ST. PETERSBURG — Cameron Dye has no secrets when it comes to strategy.
"Everybody knows how I race," said Dye, who won his second straight St. Anthony's Triathlon on Sunday. "I go out as fast as I can, and if you think you can keep up, come on."
Dye, 32, was second out of the water, but once he got on his bike, he proved impossible to catch.
"The conditions have never been better," said Dye, who covered the Olympic-distance course in 1 hour, 46 minutes and 46 seconds. "You really could not have asked for a better day."
The water of Tampa Bay registered a cool 75 degrees, which meant the pro field could wear wet suits for the swim leg, making for a particularly fast swim. There was also no wind, and the air felt almost cool when the race started at 6:50 a.m.
"I knew if I still had a good lead at the halfway point of the run, I could hold on to it," said Dye, who finished 39 seconds ahead of runnerup Ivan Tutukin of Russia. "I have run this race before, and the times I have lost, it has been because somebody ran me down before the turnaround."
Dye — a native of Boulder, Colo., home to more pro triathletes than any other city in the country — said he is so comfortable on St. Petersburg's streets that he feels like he almost has a home team advantage.
"I have raced here nine times and won three of them," Dye said. "If I were a baseball layer, I'd be batting 300, which isn't too bad."
Dye is coming off a great 2015 season. In addition to winning last year's St. Anthony's, he had first-place finishes at the Des Moines and New York City triathlons.
"I can't think of a better way to start off the 2016 season than with a win in St. Pete," he said.
Dye was followed by Tutukin, 30, in 1:47:25 and Rodolpfe Von Berg, 22, of Boulder in third place in 1:47:25.
"If I just had one or two more kilometers, I think I could have caught him," said Tutukin, who covered the 10K run in 32 minutes, 34 seconds, the fastest split in the pro field. "But this was my third triathlon in as many weeks. … I could feel it."
Von Berg and fourth-place finisher Tim O'Donnell, 36, of Boulder ran step for step for most of the final leg.
"I am a long-distance guy, and he got me on the final sprint," said O'Donnell, who last month won the Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico. "My hat is off to him."
In the women's field, veterans Sara Haskins and Alicia Kaye, neighbors and training partners in Clermont, finished 23 seconds apart, with Haskins crossing the line first.
"We ran together for the first 5K, and I was just trying to keep a good tempo, knowing that I wanted to surge after the runaround," said Haskins, 35, who also won St. Anthony's in 2010, '11, '12 and '14. "Then I made my move and just tried to hold on to the end."
Heather Lendway, who took third at the Ironman 70.3 Pan American Championship in Panama in January, was first out of the water in 19:18. Lendway, 32, from St. Paul, Minn., had a great ride, but so did Haskins and Kaye, who won St. Anthony's last year.
"I got a better position on a turn in the final mile and moved ahead," said Kaye, 33, who also won St. Anthony's in 2013. "But then we were basically together for most of the run until Sarah picked up the pace."
Haskins finished first in 1:58:31. Lauren Goss, 28, from Mount Pleasant, S.C., took third in 2:02:11.
"I went a little offcourse on the swim leg," said Goss who won Ironman 70.3 events last year in Nevada, Ecuador and St. Croix. "But I don't think it really mattered that much. … Sarah and Alicia both had great races."