The Trizone office sat down to discuss and debate the men’s and women’s podium for many hours and they finally come up with their predictions.
We don’t know about you, but the team at Trizone is extraordinarily excited about this weekend’s Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Arguably the most gruelling athletic event in the world, the race includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile of bicycle and a 26.2 mile run.
Suffice to say, it’s definitely not for the fainted hearted. The men and women who participate in this event are amongst the fittest people on the planet, and in celebration of their efforts we’ve decided to give you a guide to our top five male and female contenders for the big race.
Before we jump into the predictions, I also wanted to say a huge thanks to Thorsten Radde for his invaluable insights into the numbers – neck, I’m a numbers kind of guy as well. Thanks mate!
The 35-year-old German comes into this year’s World Ironman Championship as a raging hot favourite and deservedly so! Last year’s victory in Kona was extremely significant as it made Frodeno the only triathlete (male of female) to win both an Olympic Gold medal (Beijing 2008) and an Ironman World Championship. After finishing third in 2014, Frodeno started last year’s race in style, completing the swim in second place, before really asserting his authority during the cycling leg for a finishing time of 8:14:40. His form coming into this year’s race has been ominous to say the least. Last July he set a new world record for the fastest iron-distance triathlon time after clocking 7:35:39 for the 140.6 mile Challenge Roth in Germany. But what else do you expect? With a nickname like ‘Frodo’ it’s no wonder he’s champion at long journeys!
Kienle was only eight-years-old when he boldly declared to his third grade teacher that he wanted to be a professional triathlete. 2014 Kona champion is very much the baron of the bicycle, with the cycling leg often proving to be his strongest stage. In the 2012 World Ironman Championship he recorded the fastest bike time despite having a flat tyre, while his 2014 World Championship win was very built on his strong cycling – he was actually slower in the swimming legs than second placed Ben Hoffman and third placed Jan Frodendo. He will be buoyed by the fact that he comes into Kona after taking first place in Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt last March. A master of the 70.3 mile race, Kienle has twice been crowned World Champion in this category (2012 and 2013) and was the runner up in 2015 and 2016.
Frederik Van Lierde
The 2013 Ironman World Champion is being touted as one of the favourites this year. Although a picture circulating of him running this week in Kona shows him looking very lean. Maybe a bit too lean. We could be wrong and would be happy to be wrong but you need a bit of body fat to race this distance.
Missed in his first attempt. He is an enigma. He would have to be the one guy that all the other are male pros are watching. If he has got the recipe right he will be hard to beat. This guy does not seem to have a pain barrier. He will go deep to win this.
Although he has only been part of the Ironman Circuit for three years, McMahon has already had a pretty significant impact. In 2014 he announced himself to the world when he won his debut Ironman race in Arizona with a track record time and the fastest Ironman set by a rookie. McMahon made his World Championship debut last year coming in an impressive ninth place and if his recent form is any indication, he looks almost certain to better this in 2016. On May 29 he set the second fastest Ironman time ever when he racked up his second win in Brazil with a time of 7:46:10.
A former member of the USA national swimming team, Potts became a professional triathlete in 2003 and participated in the 2004 Olympics just 18 months after picking up the sport. In 2007 he won the Ironman 70.3 Championship, and currently has seven Ironman race wins to his name. At Kona last year, Potts was one of the pace setters during swimming stage (no surprises there), with his 00:50:56 was only bettered by Jan Frodeno (00:50:50) and Dylan McNeice (00:50:45) but he dropped off during the cycling stage. In terms of performances this year, Pott’s definite highlight was his win at Ironman Canada in Whistler. Potts registered a time of 8:20:23, more than seven minutes ahead of second placed Pedro Gomes (8:27:31).
We strongly believe that the men’s field will be flooded with the European’s with a sprinkling of Canadian and Aussie. First will be a toss-up between Jan and Sebastian. These two are the finest athletes going around over the last few years. Rounding out the podium will be Brent with a possibility of having an Aussie nudging the 3rd place on the podium. Both Luke and Tim will be there however we are unsure as to the depth in both of them right at this moment – we know that they have it, but did they bring it to Kona? Let’s hope they have both left last year’s performances in 2015 and it’s not playing with their heads.
- Jan Frodeno – Jan has just been too good in all the big races. Unless he has some bad luck (mechanical, stomach bug or so) I think he’ll be able to deal with everything his competition and the course throw at him.
- Sebastian Kienle – Putting Sebi in #2 is a bit tricky – I think he’ll risk a lot to win the race – even if that means he could struggle late in the run and finish in 8th as last year. But I hope Sebi will have a great race and it’ll take everything from Jan to run him down.
- Brent McMahon – Brent will have learned from last year’s slow (for him!) 3:06 marathon. He’ll take the next step in his Ironman racing and will finish on the podium.
After running second at Kona in 2014, Ryf went one better last year to take out first place. While she see posted a great time in the swim last year (00:56:14), her best stage was definitely the cycling leg. The Swiss native was far and away the fastest cyclist with her time of 04:50:46 more than four minutes better than Canada’s Angela Neath who registered the second best time for that stage. Throw in the fact that Ryf also won the 2015 70.3 World Championship and it will be hard for her to top last year’s effort. Ryf’s form has been decent this year. While she dropped out of Ironman Frankfurt with hypothermia, she bounced back strongly to take out the Ironman Switzerland with an awesome time of 8:51:50. She couldn’t defend her 70.3 World Championship title after coming fourth on the Sunshine Coast, but ‘Angry Bird’ is still expected to be among the top three at Kona.
To say Carfrae’s last outing at Kona was disaster would be an understatement. The Australian pocket rocket was hit by a car in the lead up to the race, but still participated, eventually withdrawing midrace with back pain. This year’s edition will be the Queenslander’s eight attempt at the gruelling race. She regularly finds herself on the podium at Kona having won the race in 2010, 2013 and 2014, while placing second twice (2009 and 2011), and third once (2012). In fact, the 35-year-old still holds the course record at Kona after completing the circuit with a time of 08:52:14 back in 2013. Carfrae has been performing strongly in the lead up to Kona. This year she broke the Ironman Austria women’s race record with an 8:41:17 time, beating Linsey Corbin’s previous record by one minute and 25 seconds!
Like Carfrae, Swallow is another athlete looking to put a disappointing Kona DNF behind her. Last year Swallow withdrew from the race during the early stages of the run, after pushing herself too hard in pursuit of the win. Swallow’s greatest strength is definitely her swimming. In her last two attempts at Kona she has been the first out of the water. She is also a strong cyclist, but she’s been known to run out of energy during the run. Her build up has been mixed. She didn’t finish Ironman South Africa after breaking her elbow mid race, but she bounced back to take out the Asia Pacific Ironman in Cairns. She also bought up her sixth straight South Africa 70.3 Championship.
Yvonne Van Vlerken
A veteran of the long distance triathlon circuit for close on 10 years, Van Vlerken has proven herself to be a worthy podium contender coming into her fifth race at Kona. Although she qualified for last year’s race, the 2008 runner-up decided not to participate so soon after racing in Roth, preferring to focus instead on this year’s World Championships. A strong cyclist, Van Vlerken generally loses time during the swim stage. That said, she often does well during the run too and is more than capable of running under 3:05. Her build up to Kona has been solid if not spectacular. She won Ironman Barcelona and the Challenge Wanaka but placed third in Ironman Western Australia and the Challenge Roth.
Jackson’s fifth place at Kona last year made her the top finishing American in 2015. A former Ice Hockey player, she picked up long distance triathlon racing while teaching English at a private school in Thailand. Since turning pro in 2009, Jackson has focused primarily on 70.3 races and was runner up in the 70.3 world Championships in 2013. The highlight of her 2016 season was definitely excellent performance at Ironman Lake Placid during which she registered a new course record (09:09:42). A consistent runner and cyclist, Jackson will probably need to improve her swimming if she wants to finish on the podium in 2016.
There’s certainly no safe houses in this field either. If Rinny has it dialed-in, then it will be game over for anyone who – go you Aussie pocket rocket! Dani will be good form this year and we believe she’ll be very hard to beat. The third place getter will be Mel, another hard hut Aussie.
- Daniela Ryf – Dani has been magnificent in Roth and also in Zurich just one week later. She and her coach are smart enough to pull that off while still preparing for Kona. She’ll run close to three hours and Rinny won’t be able to make up enough time on the run.
- Mirinda Carfrae – Rinny is probably as hungry as ever to show that the Ironman Hawaii title is hers. But to reclaim her title she’ll need a faster bike than ever, and that’ll probably take something out of her run legs. I’d love it if the race becomes close towards the end of the run, but I’m afraid Rinny will be too far behind in T2.
- Melissa Hauschild – Mel will hopefully be able to finally race Kona – and she’d be disappointed finishing “only” third. But if her two top competitors are in good shape and have a great race, Mel has to be content with gaining experience in the deep Kona field.
Noosa: Jake Montgomery Finally Makes His Debut
Celebrating its 35th birthday the Noosa Triathlon will be in party mode, but the very courageous Gold Coast based professional Jake Montgomery will be the one with the biggest smile, as he finally celebrates his long-awaited debut in Australia’s greatest triathlon.
“I planned on doing Noosa for the past four years, but unfortunately I have never made it to the start line,” Jake said with a casual comment that masks several horror years of extreme courage, immense pain, hardship and the rebuilding of both body and mind.
A handy runner and swimmer at school it was his first swim coach, Mick Maroney that convinced him to have a crack at triathlon. With year 12 behind him, young Jake headed over to Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain with Jamie Turner’s squad to learn about the draft legal world of ITU Continental Cup, before eventually finding long course racing. With the help of Aussie IRONMAN legend Craig Alexander, in 2015 Jake threw himself in the deep end and headed to Boulder to continue his triathlon education on the US circuit.
“I spent three months in the US. I did a lot of training with Crowie, and he taught me the ins and outs of 70.3. He knows every aspect of it, and I was surprised how much he taught me and all the tips and tricks he gave me.”
A fifth at IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie, second in 70.3 Mandurah and Western Sydney proved that the hard work was paying off, but it was IRONMAN 70.3 in Geelong where Jake finally got the result he was looking really.
“I was getting closer, and I was pretty determined to break through, and that is when I raced Geelong in February 2016 and had my first win at the National Championship. With the win at Geelong being at the National titles a lot of the sponsors came onboard, and it got pretty full on.”
Only Slowing Jake Down
Two weeks later Jake’s world was flipped upside down when he was hit by a garbage truck only 500m from home while riding back from the pool. His bike and right foot went underneath the rear wheels, and he ruptured two ligaments in his right ankle. With the pain, Jake thought he had broken his shin and that it was snapped in half and remembers picking up his leg to see if it was still straight.
Four weeks in a hospital, two weeks in a boot and Jake was given the okay to start back again…slowly. Following the doctor’s orders to the letter by May 2016, he was again headed Stateside and trying to make up lost ground in his quest to race the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships on the Sunshine Coast. Returning to Australia Jake was in the form of his life, but in a cruel twist of fate, only 16 hours before the event his world was again thrown into chaos.
“I was doing the final spin to see that the bike was ready to race in the morning. I remember every minute of the morning, lunch and getting the bike ready and then rolling out over Alexandra Headland and that is about it. I remember the first minutes of the ride, and then I got hit by the car and things flipped upside down. I have a month missing after that. It wasn’t until weeks later that I looked at my Garmin to see that the incident happened about 20 minutes into the ride. When I went from 40kmh to zero km/h.”
“I don’t have any recollection of hospital time, and when I got back home, I was just sitting in the lounge. It was all I was doing through the day. I had a fractured sternum and shoulder and several muscle tears through the neck and shoulders, and there was also brain bleeding and swelling in three different spots. The fractures are a six-week heal, but the Neurologist said he didn’t think I would be running again. He said we would give it four months, and you can try if you are desperate, but he wasn’t recommending that I try again. That wasn’t exactly what I wanted to hear, and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else at that stage of my life, so I was going to try my hardest to get back to running or at least give it a go.”
“I was seeing speech therapists and occupational therapists and all the doctors. In the first session with the speech therapist, she came in, and she was quite shocked. She said, ‘Oh, you can talk.’ My speech wasn’t great, and my sentences were really jumbled and stop-start for the first couple of months. She said from what I have read happened to your brain, on paper, you shouldn’t be able to talk. So that was pretty scary to hear that I got that lucky.”
“I went through some pretty dark spots early on, where going to the kitchen was the most I could do all day. Going from 25 hours of training a week to zero was a bit of a shock and knowing that running might never happen again, I was pretty depressed at that stage and had pretty bad thoughts. I was lucky that I had my parents by my side the whole time, looking after me and helping me through it all. Without them, things would have been a lot different.”
For eight weeks Jake did nothing but then he embarked on another program to rebuild his body and confidence in the hope that he would one day get back to competing in the sport that he loved. Initially, it was the hydro pool to rebuild his strength, then a five-minute walk became a two and a half hour walk and eventually he was on a stationary trainer building up week by week. Four months after the incident his training miraculously started in earnest when he was able to run, ride and swim properly again.
Back racing in Geelong
IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong in February 2017 was his comeback race, and a fifth place in a strong field was the boost he needed. Similar results at IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder and Santa Cruz have helped rebuild his confidence and reboot his career and now Jake is determined to use the Noosa Triathlon as final hit out before IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney Asia Pacific Championships in November.
“After Santa Cruz, I made it to Vegas for a sponsorship commitment for Cervelo then took two weeks recovery and let the body reset. As soon as I got home, I got back into training and now have my eyes set on Noosa. I am looking forward to the draft free bike. Racing for half the time as a 70.3 I will be able to push 100 percent and see how long the body can last for. It will be a bit of fun.”
“Noosa is probably the most stacked race in Australia and the organisers put up a good prizemoney, so it encourages all the professionals in Australia to toe the line and have a crack. It is only a two and half hour drive for me so that is just nice and no plane flight required which is a bonus. Noosa will be a nice hit out and the perfect opportunity to use a bit of speed and see how the body comes down from the altitude.”
“I have spoken to plenty of people who have done it before and they love the race and the whole atmosphere of the weekend. I have heard that it is crazy busy but pretty good at the same time. So, I am looking forward to getting up there and getting amongst it,” he said with anticipation.
Noosa Triathlon: The Big Guns Will Be In Town To Celebrate
The 35th Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with the who’s who of Australian sport and some of the nation’s most recognisable faces heading to the Sunshine Coast to join in the birthday celebrations.
The five-day festival (1-5 November) features an ocean swim, a fun run, the Charity Golf Day and elite cycling and running events and culminates on Sunday 5 November with the Noosa Triathlon hosting more than 8,500 competitors, making it the world’s largest standard distance triathlon.
Headlining the Noosa Triathlon are key athletes from Australia’s Commonwealth Games triathlon team for 2018, Ashleigh Gentle and Jake Birtwhistle, defending champion Dan Wilson, plus Commonwealth Games hopefuls Aaron Royle, Ryan Bailie, Gillian Backhouse and Luke Willian.
The long-distance world is also well represented with Sarah Crowley fresh from her podium at the IRONMAN World Championships, IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Champion Josh Amberger, Jake Montgomery making his long-awaited Noosa debut, Liz Blatchford in her first race back as a new mum and two time World Duathlon Champion Felicity Sheedy-Ryan mixing it up with a swim.
Defending champ Ashleigh Gentle is shooting for Noosa title #5, and Dan Wilson is hoping to go back to back this year, but they are fully aware of the strength of the field assembled for the 35th anniversary year.
Four-time champ, Ashleigh Gentle has developed a real affinity with the Noosa over many years, and she can’t wait to get back this year.
“I’ve raced six times, and been up a couple more on top of that to watch and be part of the festival. I love the atmosphere. I love Queensland, and it is very special to come back to the race each year after spending so much time abroad. I love seeing familiar faces and being surrounded by so many other people who love triathlon. Noosa has always been really important to me. It’s the one I look forward to the most. I obviously want to do well, but there is a lot less pressure than the intensity of World Series races.”
“I would love to defend my title. I’m sure as always it will be a competitive field, but I’m looking forward to getting out there and going hard. Noosa Triathlon has been a big part of my career, and I am thrilled I can be a part of this milestone, although it only feels like yesterday we were celebrating the 30th year of Noosa,” she recalled.
Dan Wilson is a Noosa veteran, and he is hoping he can revisit the form that saw him dominate in 2016 and go out on a high note.
“I think this is around my 10th Noosa. I first came here in 2003 as a little junior. I’ve missed a few through injuries along the way, but always come back when I’m able. It is a bastion of Australia triathlon, and it is a ripping location, it is one of the ‘funnest’ races on tour. What more could you need?”
“I would obviously love to repeat last year’s result, but it also looks like it will probably be the best field we’ve ever seen at Noosa, so it’s going to be a tough ask. Noosa is always a special race, it is usually at or near the end of the season, so everyone is looking to finish the season strong at a fun race.”
“This year, Noosa will be even more special, I’m hanging up the suit at the end of this year, so it’ll be the last chance to go round at Noosa, and one of my last races ever, so I’m looking forward to really savouring the weekend,” Wilson said.
Aussie Olympian and two time Noosa champ Aaron Royle is pumped up and glad to back in Noosa looking attempting to keep his perfect Noosa record intact.
“I’ve raced Noosa twice and had two good wins there, which has been fantastic for myself in my career. I guess because of that, and the expectation to go there and win is greater with each year. I want to win again to make it three from three races, but that is always easier said than done. I’m sure there will be a handful of others saying that they also want to win.”
“I knew of the Noosa triathlon before I knew what triathlon really was, and certainly before I followed the sport. I think it was Channel 7 showing it back in the day and I remember thinking this looks pretty cool (before I even contemplated doing one myself).”
“For me, Noosa always signifies the end of my racing season, but with a race of this significances, I’ve never struggled to find motivation for this race. It’s the biggest domestic race on the calendar with so many legendary winners that have gone before, so it is easy to see why so many top-level athletes turn up each year,” Aaron said.
IRONMAN 70.3 specialist Jake Montgomery might be a Noosa debutante this year, but he is well aware of Noosa’s legendary status.
“I’ve been meaning to race Noosa for a few year’s now but have never been able to toe the line. I went there once a few years back for surfing but have never experienced the triathlon weekend.”
“Noosa is definitely the pinnacle race in Australia and one that everyone loves to put on their calendar. Not necessarily just the race but the whole weekend of event and atmosphere make it a must for many. Having not raced anything shorter than a 70.3 for the past three years it will be interesting to see how my body handles the faster racing and pushing myself over the shorter distance. I am mostly looking forward to the swim, any race with a beach start and ocean swim is a must for me.”
“Nearing the end of a hard year it will be a good hit out to finish off. While it’s still a competitive race, it will also be a lot of fun catching up with friends, sponsors and watching the other events before the triathlon. Being one of Australia’s oldest triathlons, it is now also the biggest in the country with sold out entries and days of multisport events. It attracts some of the best athletes in the world and organisers of the event have the weekend dialled in,” Jake said.
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
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