Coming off the swim leg in 12th, Hoffman worked hard as he made his way to the front of the lead group, eventually taking over the lead at the midway point of the bike leg.
“I pushed the pace on the first lap, but I wasn’t able to shed many of the guys, so I settled in a little bit and let us ride together. I knew that I wanted to come off the bike with a bit of a lead and my legs felt good.
“I guess it was about 90-95 miles into the bike, I decided to attack a little bit and over one of the final climbs before heading into town I just pushed the pace and went all in. I said this was my moment and I wasn’t going to look back.”
Charles-Barclay, whose finish time stood at 8:35:32 said she felt so loved on the run course as the crowd helped drive her towards the end.
“It was a really tough day out there, conditions were tough, but I managed to tough it out and have a strong run at the end.
“I am really, really happy to defend my title here as it means a lot to me, because the crowds always give me so much here and I feel so loved out on that run course,” Charles-Barclay said.
Feeling slightly disappointed with the shortened swim leg of the event, she added: “The swim is one of my super strengths. At first, I was really disappointed that it was shortened,