TriBy3 is proud to announce our Elite Team members for the 2015 season. We read through a number of qualified applicants, and narrowed the team down to local athletes who we felt represented the best that our sport has to offer. Athletes on the Elite Team have a proven record of success, along with a desire to further develop their already impressive race resumes.

We look forward to building upon their already successful careers, and are excited to see them become fitter and faster as part of Team TriBy3.

MEET OUR ELITE TEAM

Darbi Roberts

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Darbi comes to TriBy3 with the most diverse athletic background of all of our coaches. Darbi was a competitive swimmer for years as a child, and rowed for Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Following graduation, Darbi played Rugby 7’s in Qatar for 3 years. While there, she developed a love of long-distance cycling and running, and–coupled with her strength as a swimmer–translated that into triathlons when returning stateside in 2010. Darbi finished as 1st amateur woman at Ironman Louisville in 2012 (her first Ironman) and blew onto the national stage from there. She repeated the feet again at Ironman Mt. Tremblant in 2013, placing in the top 10 overall women (pro and amateur). After finishing 5th in the women’s 25-29 Age Group at the Kona Ironman World Championships in both 2012 and 2013, she began competing as a professional in 2014. Although her first year as a pro was sabotaged by injury, she still managed podium finishes at Syracuse 70.3 (3rd FPRO), Princeton 70.3 (3rd FPRO), and IM Barcelona (8th FPRO) with a PR of 9:23:39 including a 4:55 bike split. She also is the owner of a 3:03:08 marathon PR (Philly 2013) and hopes to be breaking the 3 hour barrier soon. Darbi looks forward to training with a small group of athletes, and connecting on a level that a tight-knit group of like-minded teammates provides. She is looking forward to a strong although somewhat late season with Challenge Poconos, Ironman Chattanooga, and possibly a few other yet-to-be-determined 70.3’s. Darbi is pursuing a degree in International Education Development at The Teachers College of Columbia University and lives with her husband, Tyler, in Manhattan.

Greg Close

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Greg came to multisport events from the world of rowing where he competed for the Rutgers University and Pennsylvania Athletic Club lightweight squads. Greg took his skills as an elite rower to Lehigh University where he acted as a coach while earning a Master’s Degree in Political Science. While at Lehigh, Greg discovered multisport, and has been hooked since. After winning several world championship titles in duathlon, Greg turned his sights to long-course triathlon. He has finished in the top ranks of many amateur 70.3 and full Ironman events, along with 2 appearances at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. In 2011, Greg took the 3rd overall amateur spot at Ironman Lake Placid in 9:41:28 and earned his status as a professional triathlete. Since then, Greg has competed among the best in the world at venues such as Ironman 70.3 Panama, 70.3 Providence and Ironman South Africa where he put up a personal best of 9:05:57, finishing 15th overall. In 2013, Greg is gunning for a big result at Ironman Sweden in addition to a handful of 70.3 events in North America. In addition to racing as a professional triathlete, Greg is the owner and President of TriBy3 Performance Coaching. Greg applies a unique physiological approach to coaching athletes of all levels, including all members of the TriBy3-Snapple Elite Team, teaching them that–above all–they’re fitter than they think. Greg makes his home in Brooklyn, NY along with his wife and number one fan, Robin, and their three cats.