The dust has settled in the desert and Spaniard Victor Del Corral has claimed a second Ironman title is as many weeks. Just last week, Del Corral turned heads with a blistering 2:37 marathon -one of the best ever- to chase down defending champion AndrewÂ Starykowicz who had built a huge lead on the back of a 49-minute swim and Record-Breaking 4:02 bike split. On Sunday, he did it again. This time, Del Corral used a 2:42 marathon to chase down 2009 Ironman Arizona champion Jordan Rapp.
The men’s race began with a large group of 11 professional men exiting the water together -including the likes of Matty Reed and Ironman rookie Matt Chrabot- swimming around the 48-minute mark. Contenders Jordan Rapp and Trevor Wurtele found themselves about four minutes back. By the half-way point of the ride, however, Rapp had blown by the leaders.
Rapp took two minutes of the bike course record, riding 4:14:44 to lead the field into T2. He was followed closely by Pedro Gomez of Portugal, just over two minues behind. Â Canada’s Trevor Wurtele and Del Corral came into transition some six minutes back with some work to do. Whilst Rapp is known as a great Ironman cyclist, he isn’t a slouch on the run and had run sub-2:50 before.Â The pressure was on the chasers to reel Rapp in.
Del Corral wasted no time in doing just that. He took 1:28 off Rapp’s lead in the first two miles, showing he was on track for another fast run. Wurtele, on the other hand, began to fade and saw himself falling back and out of the Top-5. Â By mile 8, Del Corral had passed Gomes for second, and was only a minute down on Jordan Rapp.
The men were certainly showing their cards in the first half the run. Del Corral ran passed Rapp at about mile 11, and went on to record a 1:18 for a the first half of the marathon – 2:36 marathon pace. Rapp wasn’t giving in, however, and was on track for a 2:50 marathon. When the race clock hit 7 hours, there was still hope for Rapp as Del Corral had slowed his pace significantly.
The Spaniard held on, however, and breaking the tape in 8:02:00, 4:14 ahead of Rapp in 8:06:14. Dane Jens Peterson-Bach used a 2:49 marathon to run himself onto the podium, crossing the line in 8:07:53.
The drama wasn’t over, it seemed, after the finish line. Last week, Del Corral used an E-Koi helmet -illegal in USAT sanctioned events- and was almost disqualified. It had appeared, based on some grainy mobile-phone pictures, that Del Corral had raced in the same helmet in Arizona which lead Rapp to file a protest with race officials. Better photographs and other evidence produced by Del Corral indicated the helmet was in fact a similarly decorated Kask Bambino, closing the case.
Men’s Top 5:
- Victor Del Corral Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ESPÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 08:02:00
- Jordan RappÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â USA Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 08:06:13
- Jens Petersen-Bach Â Â Â Â Â DEN Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 08:07:53
- Denis Chevrot Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FRA Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 08:09:04
- Pedro GomesÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â PRT Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 08:11:42
The women’s race saw an equally dramatic close. Meredith Kessler was heavy favourite coming into the race and another title seemed ominous for the fast American.
Kessler was on track for a wire-to-wire win, having beaten super-swimming Amanda Stevens out of the water in 50:14. Stevens, who holds the Women’s Ironman Swim Record – a 45:05 set in Frankfurt – wasn’t able to match Kessler’s pace, and found herself 1:25 back exiting the drink. Germany’s Julia Gajer and Katja Konschak along with Dane Michelle Versterby were next out, just over 3-minutes behind Kessler.
Kessler set abuto controlling race on the bike course, pulling away from the pack. Michelle Vesterby was the big mover over the three-lap course, moving up to second with a race-best 4:42 bike split. The gap between Kessler and Vesterby grew and shrunk like a yo-yo throughout the 180kms. Eventually, Kessler hit T2 with a 48-second lead Michelle Vesterby, and was out on to the run course a minute ahead of the Dane.
Despite appearances, it certainly wasn’t a two horse race. Julia Gajer Â found herself over ten minutes in arrears after the cycle leg. Whilst Kessler was busy fighting off Vesterby by putting an additional minute over her in the first few miles, Gajer was quietly closed the gap, besting Kessler’s pace by 20-seconds per mile – it could be a very close finish.
By Mile 15, Gajer had closed the gap to 3:45 and passed Vesterby for second place. Kessler tried to respond, holding the gap steady for a mile or so, but Gajer’s charge continued. At 21 miles, Kessler’s lead was whittled down to 1:41, and with 5-miles to run, Gajer was on pace to catch the American in the final metres.Kessler was fading, Â desperately trying to hold off the fast-finishing Dane, but couldn’t match the pace. Kessler lost some Â three minutes in the final 1.5 miles, leaving Gajer to cross the line in 8:52:49 – her second sub-9 hour performance of 2013. Kessler hung tough to cross the line second in 8:55:47, ahead of Vesterby 8:57:24.
Women’s Top 5:
- Julia GajerÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â GERÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 08:52:49
- Meredith Kessler Â Â Â Â Â Â Â USAÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 08:55:47
- Michelle Vesterby Â Â Â Â Â Â DENÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 08:57:24
- Sarah Piampiano Â Â Â Â Â Â Â USAÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 09:05:57
- Asa Lundstrom Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â SWE Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 09:12:20
– Steve Crossman (@crosso_s)
Ironman Announces First Full Distance Event in Estonia
Ironman today announced the addition of the Ironman Tallinn triathlon. The inaugural race will take place on 4th August 2018.
The new race will take place in Estonia’s capital of Tallinn, located at the Baltic sea. Considered one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval cities of Europe, Tallinn is home to 445,000 people and has gained a reputation as Europe’s “Silicon Valley”.
“With its long and colorful history, Tallinn and its people are looking forward to applauding the triathletes’ commitment to Ironman. I believe that the Ironman Tallinn triathlon in our beautiful and modern city will be a very positive experience for everybody,” said Mihhail Kõlvart, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn.
Tallinn will become only the second capital in Europe to host an Ironman event, sharing this distinction with Denmark’s KMD Ironman Copenhagen. The race will be the second Ironman event in Estonia after SIS Ironman 70.3 Otepää.
“Triathlon has seen fantastic growth in Northern and Eastern Europe over the last few years. We are excited to build on the success of SIS Ironman 70.3 Otepää and celebrate Estonia’s 100th birthday with a new race in our capital – a city that has traditionally been a connecting point for travelers,” said Ain-Alar Juhanson, race director for Ironman in Estonia.
“We are thrilled to present our first Ironman event in Northeastern Europe,” said Hans Peter Zurbruegg, Managing Director for Ironman Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Ain-Alar and his experienced team have created a remarkable Ironman 70.3 event in Otepää and we are very much looking forward to our premiere event in Tallinn.”
The race will begin with a single-loop 3,8 km (2.4-mile) swim in the Baltic Sea near the Seaplane Harbour museum. Athletes will then continue on a two-loop 180,2 km (112-mile) bike course which leads along the coastline and nearby villages. The final 42,2-km (26.2-mile) four-loop run will take participants through the historical city center of Tallinn, an UNESCO world heritage site, and finish on Freedom Square.
Ironman Tallinn will offer 40 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 Ironman World Championship being held in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.
General registration for Ironman Tallinn will open at 4 p.m. CET on Monday, August 28, 2017 at www.Ironman.com/tallinn. Athlete inquiries may be directed to [email protected]
Ironman 70.3 World Championship Pro Start List for Chattanooga Announced
Triathlon’s top talent will come together in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship taking place on September 9 and 10. Boasting one of the most competitive professional fields in the sport, the event will make history in the Southeastern U.S. this September with the women’s field racing on Saturday and the men’s field racing on Sunday.
“The professional field set to compete is unquestionably one of the deepest in recent history,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for Ironman. “Chattanooga will no doubt be an excellent host to the best talent from around the world as they converge on the Scenic City next month. We are all extremely excited to debut this new two-day format allowing for both women and men to have their day of competition and celebration.”
Returning to the lineup to defend her title will be 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Holly Lawrence (GBR). With victories already this year at the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship, St. George, Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa, and Subaru Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, Lawrence’s flawless season has proven that she will yet again be tough competition in an impressive professional field.
The 2014 and 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and defending Ironman World Champion, Daniela Ryf (CHE) will be looking to add a third Ironman 70.3 World Championship title in four years. Also vying for the title will be 2011 and 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Championship winner and last year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship runner-up Melissa Hauschildt (AUS). Ryf and Hauschildt both have an opportunity to become the first triathletes to win three Ironman 70.3 World Championship titles and will push the pace for the rest of the field.
Challenging these world champions is a group of talented women looking to break through, led by likes of Jeanni Seymour, Laura Philipp and Heather Wurtele, who has been on the podium at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship the past three years.
Below is the pro women’s start list for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship:
|1||Lawrence||Holly||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|4||Seymour||Jeanni||ZAF (South Africa)|
|8||Pallant||Emma||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|12||Smith||Lesley||USA (United States of America)|
|14||Chura||Haley||USA (United States of America)|
|15||Kaye||Alicia||USA (United States of America)|
|16||Watkinson||Amelia||NZL (New Zealand)|
|17||Spieldenner||Jennifer||USA (United States of America)|
|18||Brandon||Lauren||USA (United States of America)|
|22||Seymour||Natalie||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|24||Morrison||Kimberley||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|32||Wassner||Laurel||USA (United States of America)|
|33||Brennan Morrey||Ruth||USA (United States of America)|
|34||True||Sarah||USA (United States of America)|
|35||Linnell||Allison||USA (United States of America)|
|36||Hector||Alice||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|38||Jackson||Heather||USA (United States of America)|
|43||Pomeroy||Robin||USA (United States of America)|
|44||Roberts||Lisa||USA (United States of America)|
|45||Palacio Balena||Romina||ARG (Argentina)|
|47||Joyce||Rachel||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|53||Cravo De Azevedo||Luiza||BRA (Brazil)|
|55||Wendorff||Amanda||USA (United States of America)|
|57||Drewett||Hannah||GBR (United Kingdom)|
On the men’s side, an equally determined group will seek to win this year’s title with 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Tim Reed (AUS) returning to defend his title. Sebastian Kienle (DEU), who was the 2012 and 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and 2014 Ironman World Champion, will be looking to become the first man to win three Ironman 70.3 World Championship titles. This year’s world championship also sees the return of 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and 2015 Ironman 70.3 runner up, Javier Gomez to the start line after an accident in 2016 sidelined his goals of an Olympic medal in Rio. With a victory in his only Ironman 70.3 event this year plus a win and top placings on the WTS circuit, he will bring some top-end speed to the field. Unfortunately, a nagging hip injury and season ending surgery has put the much anticipated debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee on hold for this year.
Below is the pro men’s start list for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship:
|4||Don||Tim||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|9||Mendez Cruz||Mauricio||MEX (Mexico)|
|10||Von Berg||Rodolphe||USA (United States of America)|
|17||Collington||Kevin||USA (United States of America)|
|18||Hanson||Matt||USA (United States of America)|
|21||Tutukin||Ivan||RUS (Russian Federation)|
|23||O’Donnell||Tim||USA (United States of America)|
|24||De Elias||Mario||ARG (Argentina)|
|26||Thomas||Jesse||USA (United States of America)|
|27||Quinchara Forero||Carlos Javier||COL (Colombia)|
|34||Chrabot||Matt||USA (United States of America)|
|35||Van de Wyngard||Felipe||CHL (Chile)|
|37||Cunnama||James||ZAF (South Africa)|
|41||Wiltshire||Harry||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|42||Scott||Drew||USA (United States of America)|
|43||Kalashnikov||Ivan||RUS (Russian Federation)|
|44||Leiferman||Chris||USA (United States of America)|
|46||Jolicoeur Desroches||Antoine||CAN (Canada)|
|47||Kanute||Ben||USA (United States of America)|
|49||Cartmell||Fraser||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|51||Carrillo Avila||Alan||MEX (Mexico)|
|54||Otstot||Adam||USA (United States of America)|
|55||Crawford||Guy||NZL (New Zealand)|
The 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon will offer a $250,000 total professional prize purse which will be distributed to male and female first through tenth place finishers.
In addition to the competitive professional field, approximately 4,500 registered age-group athletes representing more than 90 countries, territories and regions from around the world are expected to compete at this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
Luke Bell and Tim Van Berkel go head to head again
Two of the biggest names in IRONMAN racing, aussies Luke Bell and Tim van Berkel are returning to IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast to headline the pro field and test themselves on the tough 2016 World Championships course.
The veteran Bell is set to re-invigorate his racing season that stalled with an uncharacteristic and almost unbelievable DNF at IRONMAN Cairns, while Van Berkel is using the Sunshine Coast race as a tune up for his assault on the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona.
Bell’s IRONMAN Cairns was one of the shortest on record, when he was pulled out of the water by the rubber ducky (IRB) no more than fifty metres off shore.
“The main challenge of the first half of the year was supposed to be IRONMAN Cairns but unfortunately when the gun went off and I dived in the water, I dived onto the feet of a couple of guys in front of me and cracked a rib within the first few strokes. So that ended that goal. It was a very quick trip.”
“That is the nature of IRONMAN, you spend a lot of time and effort hoping everything is going to be good on one day. It is either good or it is not, but that is the way it is and we are all used to it. You just put it behind you and move on. I rested up fully for about three weeks and did what I could that was pain bearable, but it took me 4-5 weeks all up to recover.”
Back in peak fitness Bell is keen to leave Melbourne and head north to the warmth the Sunshine Coast and show everyone that at 38, he is still a force in the world of IRONMAN 70.3.
“It has been a couple of years since I have actually raced on the Sunshine Coast so I am happy to hear that they are using the 2016 World Championship course. A challenging bike course is always better than an out and back on a freeway. It keeps it honest and makes sure that someone who is good over all three disciplines wins the race.”
“The Sunshine Coast is one of those places that everyone in Australia likes to race. Whether it is the 70.3, or Mooloolaba. Over the years coming up through the juniors and all the age groupers racing Moooloolaba and the ITU events, it is a place that everyone is very familiar with. You look forward to getting up there hanging out on the beach and spending a few days in an enjoyable family oriented location.”
“Sunshine Coast 70.3 is great preparation for the guys heading over to Kona because it is about four weeks out and you also have the young guys trying to make their mark on the 70.3 world coming up through. It is a great opportunity for them and it gets everyone in the one spot at the one time and we try and belt the hell out of each other,” he said.
One of those athletes looking for a last minute tune up for the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona is Tim Van Berkel who has done IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast twice with mixed results.
“I DNF’d the first time but the second time I won in 2015, so I have good memories there and I am looking forward to having another crack at it.”
“The bike is changed from the year I won it but the swim and the run are the same. It is awesome that they are keeping the World Championship course from last year because it has a harder ride that goes out into the hinterland. Being a smaller guy and it being pretty hilly I think it will suit me. When the bike is hard, packs split up a bit and it takes the sting out of some of the faster runner’s legs. I think the new bike course is the way to go.”
“Everything is about Kona for me I am hoping to get back in the top ten like I did in 2014 and that is the big goal. The last two years I have been really disappointed with my results there and I want a top ten and I am putting all my eggs into that basket.”
“IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast is five weeks out from Hawaii and it is my last solid hit out. It is perfect for me because all I have to do is jump in the car and head three hours north and I am there.”
“I love racing up that way and I am expecting a very strong field to turn up. It is a triathlon Mecca up there in Mooloolaba and Maroochydore with the ITU and the 70.3 racing and the 70.3 Worlds last year. I love racing in Australia and I like to come home in good form so I am really looking forward to it,” he said.
Community-inspired “Small Batch” Collection launches with Cola Me-Happy Energy Gel
Last fall, GU Energy Labs turned to its community of athletes to nominate and vote for the next great Energy Gel flavor. After the votes were tallied, GU’s innovation team hit the kitchen to bring the voter’s choice flavor to fruition. The company announced the launch of “Cola Me-Happy” Energy Gel, the first in a series of special-made “Small Batch” flavors made at their headquarters in Berkeley, CA..
“Our community of athletes constantly inspires and challenges us to come up with new flavors, and some of their ideas can be unique,” said Magda Boulet, vice president of innovation, research and development, GU Energy Labs. “Our innovation team loves tinkering in the kitchen. We love creating flavors that will satisfy our athletes’ taste buds while training and racing. It’s the best part of our job.”
The family owned company has been manufacturing all GU Energy Gel flavors at its headquarters in Berkeley, Calif., since, 1983. GU currently has 27 vibrant flavors of Energy Gels in its line, joined by Cola Me-Happy, which is available now for a limited time. All “Small Batch” Collection flavors will be sold in 8-packs only, exclusively through www.guenergylabs.com.
Cola Me-Happy, box of 8 MSRP $12.00
Cola Me-Happy Energy Gel packs a light sweetness, and it is a refreshing and tasty take on a classic aid-station favorite. Created for daily training, the Cola Me-Happy Gel packs energy-dense calories in a portable 100-calorie packet to keep athletes light on their feet and flying past the competition.
Cola Me-Happy Energy Gel provides carbohydrates that use non-competing pathways to help maximize absorption and utilization while diminishing stomach distress. As well as providing the optimal level of sodium, the primary electrolyte lost in sweat, to ensure hydration by maintaining water balance while branched-chain amino acids reduce mental fatigue and decrease muscle damage.
Melissa Bodeau, who nominated the winning flavor, said she is extremely excited to see Cola Me-Happy be brought to life. “The packaging is absolutely perfect, and it’s so neat to have the opportunity to train with a flavor that I dreamt up,” Bodeau said.
The packaging on the Cola Me-Happy Gel was inspired by a piece of art commissioned by GU from California artist and trail runner Maggie Tides, titled “Places We Play,” which celebrates the beautiful trails, hills, roads and water in the Bay Area of Northern California.
For more information about the “Small Batch” Collection, or to purchase the new flavor, visit www.guenergy.com/small-batch. To learn how to incorporate this flavor into a nutrition plan for a race or training session, visit www.guenergy.com/nutrition-plan.
Ironman 70.3: Tim Don and Jeanni Seymour win at Ironman 70.3 Boulder
Tim Don and Jeanni Seymour both came from behind to run to victory at Ironman 70.3 Boulder last weekend. Here’s how the races played out.
The men’s swim saw Aussie Jake Montgomery chasing Matt Chrabot, with Matt Franklin following close behind. Chrabot made it out of the water in the lead, finishing in just 24:44, while Montgomery was seconds behind, making it out of the water in 24:46.
The leading pair maintained their position at the front, ahead of a solid chase pack of Tim Don, Drew Scott, Rodolphe Von Berg, Ben Hoffman, Justin Metzler and Matt Franklin.
Impressively, Montgomery and Chrabot maintained their lead as the run began. Behind them, infamously strong runner Tim Don made his way into third place.
Throughout the run though, Don was able to set the fastest time and take the lead, running to victory in 3:41:32. Matt Chrabot made it to second, while Ben Hoffman finished in third.
Alicia Kaye set the fastest swim time of 26:52, with Katy Evans finishing in 27:56, and Leanda Cave chasing hard making it out of the water just behind her in 27:58.
As the bike leg got well underway, Kaye maintained her lead, building it to a huge two minutes by the 13-mile mark. Chasing her was Leanda Cave, Jeannie Seymour, Christen Brown and Katy Evans.
After the second transition, Kaye was still in the lead but the run was where things were about to change. Jeanni Seymour was only 1:20 behind Kaye at the transition, which set her up perfectly for the rest of the run where she ran to victory, finishing in 4:07:56. Lesley Smith made it to second, while Alicia Kaye finished in third.
ITU: Gomez ends Mola’s winning streak with victory at Montreal ITU 2017
Javier Gomez Noya triumphed in Montreal in a fierce race and very windy conditions. Blummenfelt and Murray chased close behind to round out the podium.
The swim was anyone’s race, and by the start of the bike leg it was destined to be a battle between the top seven riders, including Gomez, Blummenfelt and Brownlee and more. South African Richard Murray chased hard and reached the leaders in the bike, setting himself up for the run.
“I know that about halfway through the second lap that it was possible to catch Johnny,” said Murray. “I saw the pace difference.
ITU run sets Gomez up for victory
Most exciting though was the run. As Gomez flew through the second transition, he took the lead and didn’t look back, finishing the race in 01:47:50.
“It was a really good course,” said Gomez. “A lot of spectators, and it’s always nice to see people cheering.
“A few Spaniards are on holiday here as well, supporting us. I hope they keep doing this race because it’s one of the best ones.”
Mola retains top spot on the ITU leaderboard
This victory ended fellow Spaniard Mario Mola’s impressive winning streak this year, where Mola has run to victory in four huge events.
“That’s racing,” said Mola. “Of course I wanted to keep the momentum I had, but the guys in front did well.
“I emptied the tank on the bike. I tried to start hard on the run. Halfway through the run my legs said ‘that’s enough, that’s all you have today.’ So I made it to the end with what I had left.”Mola finished in 14th place, perhaps out of steam after his win in Edmonton last week.
While Mola may maintain his first place on the leaderboard, Gomez is now in second place, so it remains to be seen who will take out the final victory after Stockholm later his month and the final in Rotterdam in September.
- Javier Gomez Noya 01:47:50
- Kristian Blummenfelt 01:48:05
- Richard Murray 01:48:42
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