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Scenic Mastery: Bike Highlights of Women's 2023 Ironman in Kailua-Kona
Captivating images showcase the determination and beauty of the 112-mile bike course through Hawaii's landscapes at the all-female Ironman World Championship.
Over 2,000 athletes graced the historic all-female race at the Ironman World Championship, racing through the iconic bike course. Beyond the challenge of a 112-mile stretch and elevations reaching 5,814 ft., the backdrop of lava fields and vast coastline made for some unforgettable photographic moments.
From established legends to promising debutants, here are the standout images from this captivating event.
Setting the Pace : A dominant Lucy Charles-Barclay leads a group of athletes, creating a striking silhouette against the setting of the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway. Photo: Christian Petersen / Getty Images Rookie of the Year : Taylor Knibb, in her debut IRONMAN, shows determination as she chases the leading Charles-Barclay. A notable mention, Knibb's mother also competes this year. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images Rock & Roll : An unnamed athlete is framed by the stark beauty of lava rock fields along the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images Mid-flight : The joy of the downhill ride is encapsulated in this dynamic shot, as an athlete zooms down the highway. Photo: Christian Petersen / Getty Images Flower Power : A group of athletes is surrounded by Hawaii's iconic flora, offering a splash of color against the monochrome road. Lava Fields Forever : The expansiveness of the race is captured in this wide shot, showcasing competitors dwarfed by the vastness of the surrounding landscapes. Queens on the Queen K : The commitment of age-groupers is evident as they tackle the highway's challenges, their vibrant jerseys contrasting against the highway's subdued tones. Lava Flowin' : This scenic image, a juxtaposition of human endeavor and nature's grandeur, captures athletes pedaling against the vast backdrop of lava fields.
Good Vibes : Cathy Casey from Austin, Texas exudes positivity, her shaka sign indicating her spirited approach to the challenging course.