Both men’s and women’s fields are looking very strong for the premier event at this weekend’s Huskisson Long Course Triathlon Festival.
Current champion Tim Reed would have to go in to this weekend’s race as the slight favourite ahead of former multiple champion of this race Pete Jacobs based on current race form and match fitness. Jacobs comes in to the race without a recent form guide but as everyone knows if he is race ready he will be very hard to beat.
Reed is coming off a huge week of training. He is working towards Ironman and the recent racing in Auckland and Geelong has been interrupting this focus. We suspect that his coach may not have been that happy that he is racing again hence the big week of training.
Reed will have his work cut out as usual from the gun with Jacobs, Michael Fox, Sam Appleton and possibly Kieran Roche likely to form a lead pack in the swim. It remains to be seen whether Jacobs will attempt to clear out and take the race to the field or back himself to be able to hold them off in the run.
Former multiple champion Pete Jacobs is ‘cruising in to the year’ with out and early season niggles. “I have been approaching this year differently. I am taking care of niggle as they appear and not rushing in to races. Batemans Bay is the next race on the calendar but the rest of the season is still yet to be decided on’.
Pete Jacobs is pleased to see that Tim Reed is racing. ‘Tim will provide me with a benchmark that will very useful going forward. He is in great form and I will love racing him. I will need to make sure that there is as big a gap as possible between myself and him as his strong bike will bring him back in to the race’.
Jacobs loves coming to Husky and it is an easy race to decide to do with out having to commit months out. Once he was comfortable with where he was at with the training he made the decision to race. ‘Huskisson is always a good way to get the season going without to many pressures. This year I want to make sure that the races I do offer some good experiences and leave with me with good muscle and emotional memory. If I am not up to their level yet then that is alright. I want to win the races I do however. That side of the memory is a focus!’.
Jacobs loves this course because he can be out of sight and out of mind. ‘I love to ride it by himself and have always ridden well here’.
He is clear that he doesn’t want to race if not ready in 2014.
There will be some good running with David Mainwaring looking to make amends after his slower than expected run at the Auckland 70.3 recently. Mainwaring is still trying to get used to running off the bike. With a 1:08 at the in the Sydney Half Marathon he can run and is still a relative newcomer to the long distance. Mainwaring was second to Tim Reed at Challenge Forster and will be wanting to narrow the gap this weekend.
Sam Appleton was second overall last year behind Tim Reed with a 1:09 20km run. Appleton’s recent results show that he is building strongly and it is only a matter of time before he is ‘the one to beat’ at these bigger races. His competitors all have a close eye on him. Appleton held on to Jacobs well in to the bike at the Sunshine Coast 70.3 last year but Jacobs was in very good bike shape. He will be looking to stay with Jacobs on the bike this weekend.
Josh Rix finished with an 7th at Challenge Melbourne with a solid swim and bike but fell off the pace on the run. It is early days in 2014 for Rix and he Huskisson will be another hit out for him as he builds in to the year. Rix can perform at the top.
Michael Fox has been a big improver in the last few months with his bike jumping up a few gears. We saw the first evidence of that at Canberra last December when he rode with Appleton and James Hodge. He lost a few spots on the run but we saw a very different runner at Challenge Melbourne when Fox ran a very solid 1:17 to match John Polson and only be a minute off Tim Berkel who was running hard to beat Polson.
Not on the original start list is Paul Ambrose who comes in without a recent form guide over this distance. What we do know is that on his day the 2012 Ironman Australia champion would be pushing the favourites all the way or likely forcing them to catch him on the run. Ambrose is a front pack swimmer and strong cyclist and has plenty of prodiums and wins in big races to his name.
Todd Israel has been growing solidly since gaining his professional license. He is swimming and riding with the leading groups and his run is constantly jumping up to the next level. The former 800m runner in a prior life is shoing tonce again that sprinters can make good long distance runners.
Scott DeFilippis was 3rd at Ironman Florida in 2012 in that insanely fast race with a 8:09 and a 2:47 run in which Starykowicz rode an incredible 4:04 to eventually win the race.
Lindsay Wall was third at Challenge Forster behind Mainwaring and Reed. He has been riding well and we look forward to seeing how he performs at Husky. He has raced here many times and knows the course well.
The women’s field is stronger than recent years with defending champion Liz Blatchford the red hot favourite. Liz had an outstanding 2013 with a win at Huskisson, a win in her maiden Ironman at Cairns and finished it off with a 3rd at the World Ironman Championship in Kona to stamp her arrival on the long course scene.
Wanting to dethrone Liz will be Lisa Marangon, Michelle Wu and Carrie Lester. Both are strong over this distance when they are on their game. They will need to be to keep anywhere near the former ITU triathlete who is one of the strongest swimmers in the game. Marangon can swim well and will be looking to improve on the bike with some added strength that should aid her run.
Michelle Wu will be playing catchup with the stronger swimmers likely to put 1-2 minutes in to her and with the bike course suiting stronger riders Wu will need to play to her strength which is the run. A race fast run will be needed to get on to the podium on Sunday.
We are looking forward to seeing how Ange Castle has progressed since her race at Ironman Australia last year where she put in a great performance to get on to the podium.
Matilda Raynolds will be looking to find the ‘fun’ in racing again this weekend and get the love back for the sport. Under new coach Chris Hanrahan Raynolds is looking forward to having a great year. A recent change in career means that she will have more time to train and race in 2014.
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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