Based on the scenic Capricorn Coast, and right on the Tropic of Capricorn, Australia’s long time major destination event, the Ironman 70.3 Yeppoon, set in the Mercure Capricorn Resort has sold out a month in advance of the August 19th race and right now up to 900 athletes and some 2000 supporters, family and friends are heading for the coast for Sunday’s event.
The course will start with an unique in-shore 1.9km open water swim in the Pacific Ocean, followed by a 90km multi-lap cycle course that takes in stunning coast lines, resort roadways under palm trees, and the roads of the host town, Yeppoon, and concludes with 21kms of running through resort grounds and golf courses, finishing at the one-of-a-kind Finish Line at the Resort pools.
The record field, including 24 top pro athletes and 48 teams registered for the 13th annual event, which takes place on August 19, set mostly in the grounds of the incredible 22,000 hectare Mercure Capricorn Resort where the field has filled all rooms once again. The town of Yeppoon and surrounding areas are near full also.
The latest news has defending champion, Ollie Whistler announcing his withdrawal. He’s currently in the USA and having qualified to race for the 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas in September has elected to remain stateside to fine tune his training in hopes of bringing the world championship back to Australia. With Ollie out, there still not lack of high speed talent in the race with other Ironman 70.3 winners in the field including Lisa Marangon, Sarah Crowley, Tim Reed, Matty White, and Mitch Anderson. Some new faces will prove worthy challengers to the known names in the pro field including Sam Betten and Joey Lampe, and returning to professional triathlon, Nicole Barry, World and Australian triathlon champion and inaugural Olympian in the sport of triathlon. As Nicole Hackett, Nic was a dominant force in world triathlon but has taken time off during which she’s married, become a Mum, and now retrained for her attack on the Ironman 70.3 distance.
Runner up last year, Matty White has had a recent trip OS which may interrupted his training and preparation for this race. That may play in to the other athletes hands.Base on this Tim Reed will be the man to beat this weekend. Sam Betten should also be in the mix along with Lindsey Wall, John Poslon and Adam Gordon. The swim is Tim Reed’s weakest link (if you can call it that) so there is a possibility that he will be chasing some of the younger ex ITU guys out of the water. Joey Lampe should also be amongst the leaders out of the water. Reed has plenty of good bike speed and should be one of the fastest runners on the day.
Betten could be one of the guys that surprises. He is a fast swimmer and a fast runner. The unknown will be the ride and whether he can run fast off the bike for 21.1kms. We saw earlier this year at Huskisson long course what some of the ex ITU young guns could do with Sam Appleton and Ben Allen pushing the likes of Pete Jacobs and Mitch Robins all day.
Along with Betten it will be interesting to see what Matt Bailey has in store. Bailey was 2nd at the Canberra 70.3 in 2011 and was 2nd in the Under 23 World Long Course champs in 2009. Bailey trains under Brett Sutton and based on the form that his stable mates are producing all over the world the field will be wanting to keep a very close eye on him.
This season in the USA Tim Reed was racing a 70.3 in July in the US when he punctured and lost a bit of time. He decided that his race was over and to treat the ride back and run home like a training day. The run home was along the race course and before he knew it he was back in the race and ran in for a 3rd overall. Although Joey Lampe would have been more happy with him running home.
Last year in Yeppoon Matty White was the Greyhound chasing the rabbit with Ollie Whistler being said Rabbit. Whistler just managed to hold on for the win with White taking 2nd overall.
John Polson won the Noumea triathlon this year and has become significantly more competitive over the last year.
The women’s race is hard to pick. We haven’t seen Lisa Marangon race for a while although by all reports she has been training very strongly. Marangon is one of the faster swimmers (if she is swimming straight) but ex ITU and Ironman 70.3 Cairns winner Sarah Crowley is also a very good swimmer although she was a minute down on Wu and Lawn in Cairns. This was early days for Crowley and things could be very different this weekend. Along with Nicole Barry (nee Hacket) and Kiwi Naomi Fergusson the early stages of this race will be interesting. Look for Marangon to try to put the pressure on in the ride and back herself to get a gap on the field. The run will be where the race is won. Crowley out ran and rode Michele Wu and Joanna Lawn in Cairns. Wu and Lawn can run.
One face in the crowd of the age group athletes, who may draw more attention than many of the pro races is Lisa Gormley, lead actress in the long running Australian TV â€˜soap’, Home and Away. Lisa, and together with her boyfriend, Lachlan Wortman will begin a documented Journey towards the awesome Ironman distance, with her goal to compete and complete the Mercure Capricorn Resort Ironman 70.3 Yeppoon. Her purpose is to raise funds for The Milsy Foundation, a fund established to aid the recovery of Edward Milner, a friend and former sportsperson facing the difficulties of trying to finance an operation to return his ability to walk, without the use of a leg brace.
Along with Lisa former Wallaby and Kangaroo great Mat Rogers is continuing his new found love of triathlon. Rogers does not take things lightly and since being talked in to doing his first triathlon this year has since completed the Cairns 70.3, Gold Coast half marathon and his on his way to Ironman Melbourne. Trizone spoke with Mat on the Monday after he had completed the Cairns 70.3. Read the interview here
More information about the Ironman 70.3 Yeppoon and supporting event (for family, friends and supporters), the Capricorn Bush Bolt fun run, can be found at www.ironmanyeppoon.com
|3||M||Tim Reed||Lord Howe Island||NSW||AUS|
|4||M||Mitchell Anderson||West Melbourne||VIC||AUS|
|6||M||Joseph Lampe||Lennox Head||NSW||AUS|
|8||M||Johan Borg||South Fremantle||WA||AUS|
|15||M||Will O’Connor||Bigger Waters||QLD||AUS|
|19||F||Nicole Barry||Long Jetty||NSW||AUS|
|20||F||Naomi Fergusson||Havelock North||Hawks Bay||NZL|
|21||F||Kristy Hallett||Bon Beach||VIC||AUS|
Ironman World Championship: Europeans Dominate and Records Fall
European dominance of the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona has continued but not as the pre-race script had been written.
While Switzerland’s “Angry Bird” Daniela Ryf made it three Kona victories, it was not defending champion Jan Frodeno’s day, with the men’s championship title transferring to fellow countryman Patrick Lange.
Coming from a nine-minute deficit off the bike, Lange revelled in near perfect conditions to write himself into the IRONMAN history books to destroy the course record set in 2011 by Australian Craig Alexander, with a 2:39:59 marathon that helped deliver a total race time of 8:01:40.
In a record-breaking day, Aussie Cameron Wurf won the battle of the bikers taking control of the race at the 110km mark and leading into the bike/run transition to set a new bike course record of 4:12:54, more than five minutes faster than Normann Stadler’s 2006 record.
Wurf surrendered his lead early on in the run, as Lionel Sanders (CAN and Sebastian Kienle (GER) made their presence felt, but very quickly all eyes turned to a charging Patrick Lange who had moved into third at 21km of the marathon intent on reducing the six-minute deficit to the leading Sanders.
Lange was on a mission and keen to improve on his third place last year and with 5km to go on the run he flew past Sanders, heading for town and the adoring crowd lining the run course and the finish line on Ali’i Drive.
“It’s everything I ever dreamed of. Oh, my god, I cannot believe it,” Lange said. “I always, always, always since I was a child dreamed of having this crown. From time to time you think someone is hitting with a baseball beneath your knees and you just want to drop out. I had to fight, I had to fight so hard,” Lange said at the finish line.
A fading Sanders managed to hold off the hard-charging David McNamee (GBR) for second with Kienle and James Cunnama (ZAF) crossing the finish to take fourth and fifth.
Swiss miss Daniela Ryf joined an exclusive club at the IRONMAN World Championships, recording her third win in Kona with a very skilful and strategic victory that while remarkably effective, lacked her usual flair and total dominance.
Ryf didn’t have it all her way, with Lucy Charles dominating the swim and majority of the bike before Ryf decided that enough was enough. Ryf wrestled the lead off the Brit and charged home with the fastest run of the day, putting a nine-minute gap to her chasers by the end of the 42.2km run.
“It was the hardest I had to ever fight for the win. I’m so happy to turn it around today,” a more emotional than usual Ryf said at the finish line.
Ironman World Championship: Patrick Lange Smashes Course Record and Daniela Ryf Earns Third Straight Win
Patrick Lange (DEU) and Daniela Ryf (CHE) earned championship titles with momentous performances today at the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Lange passed Lionel Sanders (CAN) in the final three miles, clocking in at 8:01:40 and establishing a new course record (formerly 8:03:56 by Craig Alexander, 2011). Ryf earned her third consecutive crown with a time of 8:50:47, joining an exclusive “three-peat” winners’ circle alongside the newest IRONMAN Hall of Fame inductee Chrissie Wellington and Natascha Badmann, Dave Scott, Paula Newby-Fraser and Mark Allen. Over 2,350 athletes from 66 countries, regions and territories on six continents started the IRONMAN World Championship race on the Island of Hawai`i in the toughest one-day endurance event in the world.
Lange, who raced in only his fourth IRONMAN to-date, had an incredible ascension after having been 17th out of the swim in today’s race. Shortly after the swim, a pack of strong cyclists including Sanders, Sebastian Kienle (GER) and Cameron Wurf (AUS) broke away from the group. Wurf would sail into T2, shattering the 2006 bike course record held by Normann Stadler (4:18:23) with a 4:12:54 split. Sanders and Kienle also smashed the record with 4:14:19 and 4:14:57 split times, respectively. On the run, Sanders took a quick lead as Kienle fell into second. Meanwhile, Lange moved from 11th place to a steady third-place position by the half-marathon marker. Lange then made a decisive pass at mile 23 on the run, as he moved ahead of Sanders to take a hold of the lead, finishing strong in first place. With a 2:39:59 run split, he was only 14 seconds away from breaking the run course record he set last year (2:39:45).
Sanders hung on for second place, ultimately concluding his race with a time of 8:04:07. David McNamee (GBR), Kienle and James Cunnama (ZAF) rounded out the top five.
McNamee had the second fastest run split of the race with 2:45:30, helping him clinch a third-place podium finish by more than two minutes ahead of Kienle.
Defending champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno dug deep after back spasms slowed him first to a complete stop and then run/walk pace, mustering enough strength to finish the race.
Lucy Charles (GBR) led the professional women out of the water with a 48:48 split, missing the course record by only five seconds. After a speedy transition, Charles took the lead on the bike and had an approximately a five-and-a-half-minute lead over defending champ Daniela Ryf (CHE), Sarah Crowley (AUS) and Annabel Luxford (AUS). This pace remained consistent down the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway until Ryf attacked, making up over five minutes over the final 25 miles of the bike, which positioned her at the front of the pack. Ryf then greatly extended her lead on the run, with Charles, Crowley and Heather Jackson (USA), fighting for the remaining podium positions.
Ryf took first at 8:50:47, almost exactly four minutes off of her own 2016 course record time of 8:46:46. Calling on her epic running abilities, the Swiss star claimed her third successive IRONMAN World Championship victory.
Charles, a Kona rookie, maintained her second-place position throughout most of the run and ultimately to the finish. Crowley rounded out the top three in her second-ever appearance at the IRONMAN World Championship, finishing her race exactly two minutes behind Charles. Jackson and Kaisa Sali (FIN) rounded out the top five women.
Ironman World Championship: The Best Run Images from Kona 2017
It’s never an easy day out when racing any Ironman race let alone the World Championship. Then add in some hot and humid weather and you really have a very tough set of conditions.
Here are some of the amazing images that were captured during today’s race.
Ironman World Championship: The Best Bike Images from Kona 2017
With the backdrop of the most infamous course in the world, the Ironman World Championship bike course never misses by the providing the most amazing landscapes for the bike course. This year was nothing short of spectacular.
Ironman World Championship: Patrick Lange Beats Sanders by a Hair for the Win & New Record
The results are in. The 2015 and 2016 winner of the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, Jan Frodeno, suffered an injury early in the run today. This is when the world turned its eyes to Lionel Sanders of Canada, who led most of the race. That is, until the final few kilometres, when Germany’s Patrick Lange took the lead, setting a new world record of 8:01:39.
Lange came in 3rd place in the 2016 championship, following Frodeno and Sebastian Kienle, both from Germany.
As of this writing, 2015 and 2016 women’s winner Daniela Ryf is leading the women with 14km to go with Britain’s Lucy Charles behind her. This is Charles’ first Kona championship as a professional.
Sanders came in 14th and 29th place in the 2015 and 2016 races, respectively. Today was his first time making the top 10 in Kona. Earlier this year, Sanders announced that he would not compete in Kona. Later, he had a change of heart.
2017 has been a good year for Sanders. He competed in August’s International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship, and a few Ironman 70.3’s. He won every race except the St. George 70.3, where he came in 2nd place.
Trizone predicted that Sanders would do well this year. After losing Kona in 2016, he decided to take this year’s championship very seriously. Sanders has been the wild card of the race.
Congratulations to Lange and Ryf, and to Sanders for his unexpected near-win.
Ironman World Championship: Are We Stuck with Jan Frodeno & Daniela Ryf in Hawaii Again?
It’s time again for another Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. The triathletes have already arrived on the Big Island, and sports news sites are speculating about who’s going to interrupt the winning streaks of Germany’s Jan Frodeno and Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf.
Frodeno & Ryf Are Each Going for their 3rd Consecutive Kona Win
Both Frodeno and Ryf were the winners of the 2015 and 2016 races. Frodeno pulled ahead of Germany’s Sebastian Kienle by 3:32 in 2016 and Andreas Raelert, also from Germany, by 3:03 in 2015. In the 2016 women’s race, Ryf led Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae by 23:44. She beat Britain’s Rachel Joyce by 13:02 in 2015.
Most of Ryf’s Rivals Dropped Out
Many of Ryf’s past competitors are not competing this year. Carfrae has a newborn baby. Canada’s Heather Wurtele, who opted out of this race, came in 3rd place in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, leaving Ryf in 4th. The winner of that race was Holly Lawrence of Britain, who is also not competing this year.
Ryf’s Competition Could Still Be Fierce
The three rivals for Ryf to look out for are Heather Jackson of the USA, Rachel Joyce of Britain, and Melissa Hauschildt of Australia. Hauschildt made 2nd place in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, and Ryf finished behind her by 3:00 to land 4th Place.
In the 2013 70.3, Jackson won 2nd place, losing to Hauschildt by 5:12. Ryf came in 6th, finishing 3:27 behind Jackson.
Who Should Frodeno Be Afraid Of?
The conversation around Jan Frodeno centres around two other German guys, Sebastian Kienle and Patrick Lange. Kienle won the 2014 Hawaii championship. Frodeno settled for 3rd place and followed behind Kienle with 8:20:32 vs 8:14:18. USA’s Ben Hoffman came in 2nd place.
These are the guys Frodeno has to worry about most.
Frodeno’s Possible Wild Card Nemesis
Another contender who could give Frodeno a run for his money is Lionel Sanders of Canada. He won 11 out of 11 races in 2013 and has won a lot of them since. Sanders, who almost skipped this year in favour of the 70.3 World Championship, missed the top 10 in Kona for the past two years in a row. He said he did not take the championship seriously in 2016, and he vows to do better this year.
Sanders is known for rapid improvement and the ability to surprise people with wins in the races he truly sets his mind to winning. He’s also known for performing below expectations now and then. Rest assured, he’s serious about Kona this time. He would not have signed up otherwise.
This May Not Be Totally Boring After All
Well, this is the data. We can leave it up to the reader to decide who will win Hawaii’s Ironman.
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