Announcing the TriRating Report 2015

BookMockup_paperback I’ve been busy working on my free TriRating Report 2015, more than 60 pages filled with results, data, and analysis about the 2015 season. This year I’ll be designating female and male “Athletes of the Year”, “Rookie of the Year” and “Comeback of the Year”. Of course the report also contains my Top 10 Ratings (overall and individually for swim, bike and run), the fastest 2015 times and best performances, 2015 Money Lists and a look forward to the 2016 Racing Season and to Kona 2016.

To test your knowledge about the 2015 season, here are a few trivia questions that will be answered in the report:

  1. Who had the fastest Ironman-distance times of 2015?
    1. Men
    2. Women
  2. Who posted the fastest marathon times in an Ironman in 2015?
    1. Men
    2. Women
  3. Who are the three Canadian athletes that won a Pro Ironman in 2015?
  4. Who had the slowest swim when winning an IM in 2015?
    1. Men
    2. Women
  5. Who overcame the biggest deficit after the bike to win an IM in 2015?
    1. Male
    2. Women
  6. Which athletes won two or more Ironman-distance races in 2015?
  7. Who are the last Pro podium finishers in Kona from the US?
    1. Men
    2. Women
  8. Which athletes won a 2015 race on a race on another continent than they are from?
    1. Three North American athletes that won a race in Europe?
    2. Three European athletes that won a race in North America (excluding Kona)?
  9. Which four athletes won a 2015 Ironman-distance race with the best times in all three legs?
  10. Which IM-distance races in 2015 had the closest margin between the winner and runner-up (Pros only)?
    1. Closest Men’s Race (race, margin, name of 1st and 2nd finisher)
    2. Closest Women’s Race (race, margin, name of 1st and 2nd finisher)

I’m sure that you’ll like what I’ve put together, so order today to re-live the 2015 season and get fired up for the upcoming 2016 races! The report is available for free, but if you want to you can show your support of my work by donating an amount of your choice. As always, thank you for your feedback and support!

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Updated Top 10 Ratings

With the release of my “TriRating Report 2015” I have also updated my Top 10 Ratings. This post describes the overall ratings, the individual discipline ratings can be found here. The Report also contains a longer discussion of the ratings and 2015 highlights.

Top 10 Women

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # Races
1 Daniela Ryf SUI 08:59:29 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 5
2 Rachel Joyce GBR 09:06:50 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 17
3 Mirinda Carfrae AUS 09:08:12 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 12
4 Caroline Steffen SUI 09:11:40 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 21
5 Liz Blatchford AUS 09:15:12 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 9
6 Eva Wutti AUT 09:15:35 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 6
7 Susie Cheetham GBR 09:17:03 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 3
8 Julia Gajer GER 09:17:12 IM Arizona on 2015-11-15 10
9 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 09:17:31 IM Western Australia on 2015-12-06 21
10 Mary Beth Ellis USA 09:17:48 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 16

Dani_KonaAfter her dominating 2015 season it’s pretty obvious that Daniela Ryf has claimed the top spot in my rankings. Daniela was unbeaten all year, and won an unprecedented string of races including the European Championships in Frankfurt, the 70.3 World Championships in Zell am See, the Ironman World Championships in Kona and the $1 Million Dollar prize for the Triple Crown
(Photo: Dani on the bike in Kona. Credit: Jay Prasuhn)

Rachel Joyce had another solid season, improving from 3rd to 2nd in my rankings. Once again she was struggling with a mid-season injury but managed to get in excellent Kona shape. She finished second even after loosing time when the zipper of her racing top came undone at the start of the bike and she missed the front group. She’ll be working hard for a shot at winning in Kona next season.

Mirinda Carfrae dropped to third place after a relatively slow (for her standard) validation race in Melbourne and an unfortunate DNF in Kona. I expect her to be back in great shape for 2016 – and hungry to prove that she can still challenge Daniela.

Caroline Steffen (#4) hasn’t had a good 2015 season. She’s had solid results with podium finishes in Melbourne and Frankfurt and a couple of wins in 70.3s, but she was sick too often to train and race well. She is still a good enough athlete to finish 9th in Kona even with food poisoning in the days before. She’ll be looking to step it up again in 2016.

Adopting a similar season plan to her IM debut season in 2013, Liz Blatchford (#5) had much better results than in 2014 and ended her season with a podium finish in Kona. Next year will be interesting for her: Can she solidify her position as one of the best long distance athletes and a Kona podium finisher or will she struggle to confirm the results of her 2013 and 2015 season?

Eva Wutti (#6) had a year with some ups (winning her home IM in Austria with another sub-9 time) and downs (struggling with an injury and having to cancel 70.3 World Champs in her home country). She was disappointed with her 16th place finish in Kona, but I consider that a solid first Kona race considering she was hardly able to run in the weeks before the race.

Susie Cheetham (#7) is the only new athlete in the female Top 10. She was steadily improving in her Ironman races, including a 6th place in Kona. It was only during this season that she became a full-time athlete so she seems to be in a great position to continue improving. With her run strength she’ll be a strong contender in her 2016 races.

Even though she had a disappointing DNF in Kona, Julia Gajer (#8) can be content with her 2015 season. A second place at IM Frankfurt showed that she is able to compete in the strongest Ironman fields. Ultimately her goal is to perform well in Kona, and she’ll be working towards the necessary improvements in the coming months.

Yvonne Van Vlerken (#9) decided not to race in Kona this year and declined her slot. Nonetheless she was racing a lot in the second half of the year, becoming the first athlete to have ten sub-9 finishes and already taking care of Kona qualifying even though she wasn’t in top form. She seems to plan for a much lighter racing schedule in 2016, with a clear focus on Roth and Kona. A healthy and rested Yvonne will be a strong contender for a Kona podium finish.

After some changes in her environment, Mary Beth Ellis (#10) had a couple of good results (wins at the ITU World Championship and at IM Mont Tremblant) but she still had issues to run well towards the end of the marathon that cost her the win at IM Switzerland (she finished 2nd) and a better place than 13th in Kona. In order to place well in Kona, she and her coach Brett Sutton need to figure out how she can run once more under 3:10 as she was able in her best IM years between 2011 and 2013.

Jodie Swallow (now #15) dropped out of the Top 10 – she had a great result in South Africa at the start of the year but was struggling to stay healthy. In Kona she tried to go for the win and had to pay the price with a DNF. Knowing her, she’ll be back in 2016 with aggressive goals.

Top 10 Men

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # Races
1 Jan Frodeno GER 08:07:22 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 4
2 Sebastian Kienle GER 08:14:23 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 11
3 Brent McMahon CAN 08:16:31 IM Arizona on 2015-11-15 4
4 Andreas Raelert GER 08:17:54 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 15
5 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 08:20:27 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 17
6 Nils Frommhold GER 08:20:39 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 7
7 Andy Potts USA 08:22:40 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 13
8 Timo Bracht GER 08:22:49 IM Mallorca on 2015-09-26 25
9 Eneko Llanos ESP 08:23:08 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 23
10 Marino Vanhoenacker BEL 08:24:38 IM Hawaii on 2015-10-10 20

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Similar to last year, there were quite a few changes in the Top 10 Ratings. Jan Frodeno is the clear #1 after a dream 2015 season including wins in Frankfurt, at the 70.3 Championships and in Kona. After he wasn’t ranked last year (he only had two finishes at the end of 2014), the question most often asked is how long he’ll be able to dominate. We haven’t seen a successful male title defense in Kona since 2009 (Craig Alexander) – and Frodo seems to be poised to be the next one.
(Photo: Jan being watched on the run in Kona, Credit: Jay Prasuhn)

Sebastian Kienle dropped back to second place. While he is probably disappointed with his season (especially his race in Kona) and being overshadowed by Frodo, he still had great results and is far from being finished. He’ll be hungry to step up again in 2016.

With Brent McMahon in #3 there is another previously unranked athlete in the Top 10. His 2014 and 2015 results (including a win in Arizona, a 3rd in Brasil and a 9th place in Kona) lead to his designation of “Rookie of the Year”, and he’s probably going to be even stronger in 2016.

Andreas Raelert in #4, Andy Potts in #7 and Marino Vanhoenacker in #10 are athletes that have improved their rating in 2015 and moved back into the Top 10. After a few disappointments in the last years and his DNF in Texas Andreas seemed to be at the end of his career, but he bounced back with a hard earned 6th in Frankfurt and a great second place in Kona, earning “Comeback of the Year”. Andy Potts won his summer IM in Coeur d’Alene and had another good race in Kona finishing fourth, but he’s probably a bit disappointed to once again miss a podium finish by one spot. He’ll turn 40 in 2016, so he won’t have too many season to gain at least one more spot. Marino had two sub-8 finishes when he won IM Brasil and IM Austria with the fastest 2015 Ironman. His only disappointment was a flat day in Kona that lead to a DNF. He’ll try to become the first athlete with IM wins on all continents by winning IM New Zealand in March.

Frederik Van Lierde (#5) and Nils Frommhold (#6) dropped a bit in the rankings. They’ve had a mixed season with some great results (wins in South Africa for Frederik and in Roth for Nils) but disappointing Kona races finishing in 25th and 29th place. I expect them to finish much better in Kona 2016.

Timo Bracht (#8) decided once again to skip Kona. He took some time to recover from his races at the end of 2014, was back in great shape for Roth (but finished second behind a superb Nils Frommhold) and won IM Mallorca at the end of his 2015 season. It seems that he wants to race Kona again in 2016, it’s going to be interesting to see how he’ll be doing (his most recent Kona finish was a 9th place in 2013).

Eneko Llanos (#9) had a solid 2015 season that included a 5th in South Africa, an 8th at IM Germany and a 7th in Kona. He’ll be another well-ranked athlete that is going to turn 40 in 2016, and I’m sure he’ll be looking for at least one more great result.

Last year we’ve also had a couple of other athletes in the top 10:

  • Dirk Bockel (was #4) was injured for most of the year, he’ll be looking for a comeback in 2016.
  • Craig Alexander (was #6) has continued to race 70.3s in 2015, but he ended his Ironman career after Kona 2014.
  • Clemente Alonso-McKernan (was joint #8) had a great end to his 2014 season with three podium finishes in three IMs within eight weeks and needed some extra time to properly recover from those races and also deal with an injury. He DNF’d in Kona and hasn’t finished a 2015 Ironman.
  • Bart Aernouts (was joint #8, now #17) had some great 70.3 results including a 4th in the 70.3 World Championships, but DNF’d in Kona.
  • Jordan Rapp (was #10, now #15) had ups (a win at IM Mont Tremblant) and downs (DNF in Texas, 21st in Kona after dealing with a broken saddle). Even so he seems to be in a good position to re-enter the Top 10 in 2016.
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Challenge Wanaka 2016 (Feb 20th) – Predictions

WanakaLogoThis will be the tenth time that Challenge Wanaka is held. It has established itself as the traditional first Ironman distance race in the calendar year. It usually has a small Pro field, but there are always some good athletes competing on the beautiful course.

Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2007 Luke Dragstra (CAN) 08:54:17 Belinda Granger (AUS) 09:38:26
2008 Marc Pschebizin (GER) 08:47:49 Gina Crawford (NZL) 09:33:46
2009 Chris McDonald (AUS) 08:37:41 Gina Crawford (NZL) 09:28:27
2010 Richard Ussher (NZL) 08:34:41 Gina Crawford (NZL) 09:28:57
2011 Jamie Whyte (NZL) 09:03:53 Belinda Granger (AUS) 10:26:17
2012 Aaron Farlow (AUS) 08:41:53 Gina Crawford (NZL) 09:44:06
2013 Dylan McNeice (NZL) 08:51:18 Gina Crawford (NZL) 09:24:31
2014 Dylan McNeice (NZL) 08:38:48 Candice Hammond (NZL) 09:33:54
2015 Dylan McNeice (NZL) 08:37:14 Gina Crawford (NZL) 09:31:51

Last Year’s TOP 3

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Dylan McNeice NZL 00:45:33 04:47:13 03:00:29 08:37:14
2 Dougal Allan NZL 01:02:41 04:30:51 03:03:08 08:40:06
3 Courtney Ogden AUS 00:50:56 04:50:51 03:02:59 08:49:46

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Gina Crawford NZL 00:50:55 05:12:39 03:22:25 09:31:51
2 Laura Siddall GBR 00:57:13 05:12:44 03:28:43 09:43:46
3 Michelle Bremer NZL 00:56:49 05:16:44 03:34:28 09:52:16

Course Records

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 08:34:41 Richard Ussher 2010-01-16
Swim overall 00:45:33 Dylan McNeice 2015-02-22
Bike overall 04:30:51 Dougal Allan 2015-02-22
Run overall 02:48:04 Marc Pschebizin 2008-01-19
Total female 09:24:31 Gina Crawford 2013-01-19
Swim female 00:50:01 Gina Crawford 2008-01-19
Bike female 05:08:30 Gina Crawford 2013-01-19
Run female 03:08:59 Rebekah Keat 2010-01-16

Course Rating

The Course Rating for Challenge Wanaka is – 05:30.

Race Adjustments for Challenge Wanaka

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2007 03:50 00:42 -06:30 04:29 7 03:50 00:42 -06:30 04:29
2008 00:37 01:11 -09:42 01:33 16 of 17 02:13 00:56 -08:06 03:01
2009 04:38 -03:36 -01:31 03:57 12 of 13 03:02 -00:35 -05:55 03:20
2010 00:17 -01:47 -01:12 02:41 15 02:20 -00:53 -04:44 03:10
2011 -26:34 -02:44 -22:30 -03:42 15 -03:26 -01:15 -08:17 01:48
2012 -08:53 -01:11 -07:26 -03:22 19 -04:21 -01:14 -08:09 00:56
2013 -07:00 -05:40 -09:02 02:57 15 -04:44 -01:52 -08:16 01:13
2014 -04:15 -01:03 -02:54 00:27 10 of 18 -04:40 -01:46 -07:36 01:08
2015 -12:09 00:20 -04:28 -07:28 23 of 27 -05:30 -01:32 -07:15 00:10

Prize Money

Challenge Wanaka has a total prize purse of 80.000 NZD.

Male Race Participants

Rank Bib Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. Run Overall
1 2 Dougal Allan NZL 08:37:41 08:40:11 01:03:05 04:34:17 02:55:18 52
2 1 Dylan McNeice NZL 08:42:03 08:51:47 00:46:21 04:52:35 02:58:07 89
3 3 Joe Skipper GBR 08:42:57 08:36:23 00:55:09 04:44:24 02:58:25 36
4 4 Maik Twelsiek GER 08:44:11 08:38:23 00:51:36 04:38:40 03:08:56 44
5 5 Per Bittner GER 08:45:10 08:40:12 00:50:30 04:48:28 03:01:12 53
6 6 Matthew Russell USA 08:50:02 08:48:20 00:58:32 04:49:11 02:57:19 76
7 10 Chris Sanson NZL 09:03:33 09:14:16 00:58:26 04:58:31 03:01:35 186
8 13 Sean Donnelly GER 09:21:40 09:45:26 00:49:03 04:58:23 03:29:13 (310)
9 7 Brad Williams USA 09:29:52 09:54:40 00:58:17 05:06:07 03:20:28 (341)
10 11 Dan McGuigan AUS 09:41:09 09:59:51 01:03:41 05:01:45 03:30:44 362
11 12 Graham O’Grady NZL 09:42:52 09:43:22 00:47:23 05:00:19 03:50:10 (305)
12 8 Matt Randall NZL 09:59:10 10:01:54 01:00:34 05:04:35 03:49:01 (366)
9 Allister Caird AUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)

Female Race Participants

Rank Bib Name Nation Exp. Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. Run Overall
1 50 Gina Crawford NZL 09:27:10 09:29:29 00:53:04 05:17:38 03:11:28 23
2 53 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 09:27:54 09:17:31 01:00:09 05:09:57 03:12:48 9
3 51 Laura Siddall GBR 09:47:32 10:01:37 00:59:22 05:18:30 03:24:40 90
4 52 Simone Maier GER 09:54:30 09:57:44 01:06:20 05:25:24 03:17:46 82
5 55 Anna Cleaver NZL 10:02:34 10:13:47 00:54:08 05:31:23 03:32:03 (117)
6 59 Julia Grant NZL 10:08:26 10:21:29 00:59:21 05:35:07 03:28:58 (136)
7 58 Tamsyn Hayes NZL 10:10:22 10:17:39 00:59:51 05:25:04 03:40:27 (126)
8 57 April Gellatly USA 10:12:20 10:21:48 00:57:44 05:35:46 03:33:50 (136)
9 54 Alyssa Godesky USA 10:24:38 10:23:36 01:03:21 05:43:15 03:33:02 143
60 Rachael Paxton AUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

The male race promises to be very exciting – there are six athletes that are relatively close together, each with different strengths. Three-time winner and defending champion Dylan McNeice will almost certainly lead after the swim, but then a group of strong riders (notably Dougal Allen, Maik Twelsiek and Joe Skipper) will try to make things interesting and put pressure on Dylan. The outcome of the race will probably depend on who ends up with the best run. Last year, that was where Dylan ended up winning the race.

  • Dougal Allan: 28% (3-1)
  • Dylan McNeice: 18% (5-1)
  • Joe Skipper: 15% (6-1)
  • Per Bittner: 13% (7-1)
  • Matthew Russell: 13% (7-1)
  • Maik Twelsiek: 13% (7-1)

Female Race Participants

There are two clear favorites on the female side: Gina Crawford has won the race six times and holds the course record. She’ll be challenged by Yvonne Van Vlerken who could be the first female winner that’s not from Australia or New Zealand.

  • Gina Crawford: 50% (1-1)
  • Yvonne Van Vlerken: 41% (1-1)
  • Laura Siddall: 4% (22-1)
  • Simone Maier: 3% (37-1)
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2016 Kona Pro Qualifying in Five Charts

While 2016 Kona Pro Qualifying takes a bit of a breather after the fall races, I wanted to discuss a few charts and observations about this qualifying cycle. The KPR rules itself haven’t changed, but there are some subtle issues that will impact how the season develops.

Ironman Races Qualifying for Kona 2016

Here is an overview of the Ironman races that offer qualifying points for the first cutoff at the end of July for Kona 2016. To be exact, the first of these races was IM Vichy on August 30th, the last ones will be IM Switzerland, IM Lake Placid (WPRO only) and IM Whistler (MPRO only) on July 24th.

The following table shows for each of the continents and months when IM races with a Pro category will be (the numbers correspond to the day of the race):

IMRaces

The only Ironman not shown here is IM Hawaii, which is an 8000 points race in October, but as a World Championship it doesn’t really “belong” to one continent. In addition, there will be some more Ironman races in August, but these haven’t been finalized yet and are not included in any further graphs.

KPR Points in IMs Per Continent From 2014 to 2016

The following chart shows how the total number of KPR points per continent has changed over the last few years (again excluding the August races but showing “Kona” as a separate category):

KPRYears

Some observations about the developments:

  • The number of North American IMs has been shrinking (Wisconsin and Florida no longer a Pro race in 2016, and Coeur d’Alene moves to August probably without a Pro category).
  • Growth in Europe continues (IM Vichy as an additional race in the 2016 season), overtaking North America as the continent with the most IM races and KPR points.
  • There have been declines in Asia (IM Taiwan moving to October, Pro category not clear; also cancellation of IM Japan in August), Australia (cancellation of IM Melbourne) and South America (Fortaleza without a Pro race in 2016 season)

Some of these changes are short term changes that will probably be reversed in the following years, for example Ironman has expressed their interest in expanding in the Asian market. But I expect the trend of fewer Pro races to continue, and probably be extended from North America to other continents. The way I see it, this is a likely change for the expected 2017 redesign of the KPR.

Breakdown Of 2016 Points By Continent

The reduced number of IM Pro races has been most pronounced in North America. The following chart shows the distribution of the 2016 KPR points (excluding Kona) available in the different continents:

KPRPoints

This corresponds quite well to the number of races: Europe has 10 of 22 non-Kona races (45%), while North America only has 5 (23%).

Breakdown Of 2016 Prize Money By Continent

There is less of a disadvantage for North America when considering the Prize Purse:

KPRPrizePurse

Most of the North American IMs are races with a 100k$ prize purse, while a lot of the European races only offer 25k$ for the field.

Breakdown of 2015 Pro Finishers Per Continent

To build an opinion if Ironman’s distribution of races is detrimental to North American Pros, one has to consider where the Pros are from. The next chart breaks down the number of Ironman finishers in 2015 season Pro races based on athlete’s nationality and corresponding continent:

ProFinishers

(I could have included a similar chart showing the number of Pros qualified for Kona per continent, but the distribution is almost identical and wouldn’t have provided additional information.)

Comparing the points distribution to the distribution of the athletes:

  • Europe has the most Pros and also the largest number of points. Still there are only 41% of the points for 52% of the Pros.
  • There is also a gap for North America, but the difference is smaller (22% of points for 28% of the Pros).
  • Australia has more points than their share of Pros would indicate (19% of the points vs. 13% of the Pros).
  • The continents with fewer Pros have a larger share of points, especially South America and Africa who only have between 1% and 3% of the Pros but 4% to 7% of the points.

Summary

Comparing the continents based on the nationality of athletes may not be completely fair to North America, as there are a lot of non-US athletes that have moved to the US or at least spend a considerable time there. But the number of IMs in North America is still roughly fitting as North America has a larger share of the prize money and also a larger number of 70.3s (in the 2015 season, there have been 17 in Europe and 25 in North America) which should help both the established Pros and the athletes still growing in the Pro ranks. However, qualifying for Kona as a Pro is more and more a year-round and global endeavor, one that needs careful planning and almost flawless execution.

If you are interested in Pro qualifying, you should subscribe to the 2016 KPR Observer newsletter!
More details can be found here.

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Ironman Western Australia 2015 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

Even with the smaller field this year, the athletes in the Busselton race posted fast times, mainly aided by the flat bike course. This year’s adjustment of 14:52 is almost the same as the course’s new rating of 13:15. Compared to last year, the windy conditions lead to the swim and bike being a little bit slower, but allowed for a quicker run.

Male Race Results

LukeWA

Luke McKenzie had a fantastic day of racing: It only took him 20 miles to erase his two minute deficit after the swim, and he never waited for anyone to set the pace on the bike for him. Before the race he had said he couldn’t see “a 4:15 bike split happen” – instead he annihilated the 4:18 bike course record by Mitch Anderson with a fantastic 4:08 bike leg (the second fastest in 2015)! He followed that up with a 2:52 marathon which was within a minute of his IM marathon PR (a 2:51:37 from Louisville 2009). Combined, this gave him a new Ironman PR, also improving the old course record (8:03:55 by Jason Shortis from 2006). In addition, this is now the fastest time on Australian soil, beating the old record of 7:57:44 by Craig Alexander from Melbourne 2012. The Australian Iron-distance record is still held by Chris McCormack (7:54:23 from Roth 2007).

It took more than 20 minutes after Luke for the next athlete to cross the finish line: Defending champion Denis Chevrot had a good race but with Luke’s fantastic day it was clear he was only in a race for second place. There was a close race for third place, Per Bittner managed to hold off David Dellow who had the best marathon of the day.

Jens-Petersen Bach in fifth had a good comeback race after a string of injuries, while Christian Kramer had to pay the price with a 3:07 marathon for trying to limit the distance to Luke on the bike.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Luke McKenzie AUS 00:50:31 04:08:12 02:52:29 07:55:58 -28:22 US$ 10000
2 Denis Chevrot FRA 00:48:45 04:28:58 02:54:49 08:16:24 -09:11 US$ 5000
3 Per Bittner GER 00:50:56 04:27:33 02:56:37 08:19:15 -08:08 US$ 3250
4 David Dellow AUS 00:50:36 04:38:22 02:46:04 08:19:24 08:43 US$ 2500
5 Jens Petersen-Bach DEN 00:51:53 04:37:00 02:51:47 08:25:04 01:38 US$ 1750
6 Christian Kramer GER 00:49:42 04:26:49 03:07:52 08:28:33 03:14 US$ 1250
7 Adam Gordon AUS 00:57:28 04:49:29 02:52:39 08:44:35 -42:54 US$ 750
8 Petr Vabrousek CZE 01:02:23 04:42:10 03:06:03 08:55:19 09:22 US$ 500
9 Darren Jenkins AUS 01:07:55 04:48:29 02:58:10 08:59:50 01:34
10 Jarmo Hast FIN 00:52:18 04:47:45 03:24:13 09:09:43 37:07
Tim Reed AUS 00:50:54 04:28:48 DNF
Fredrik Croneborg SWE 00:51:56 04:36:44 DNF
Todd Skipworth AUS 00:48:41 04:40:23 DNF
Bryan Rhodes NZL 00:50:33 04:39:41 DNF
Courtney Ogden AUS 00:52:03 04:38:19 DNF
Allister Caird AUS 01:02:38 04:30:08 DNF
Simon Billeau FRA 00:57:33 DNF

Female Race Results

A small, but fast field of women made the female race very interesting. In her IM debut race, Georgie Rutherford led the race into T2 but she struggled with her nutrition for the rest of the day. Yvonne Van Vlerken took control of the race on the bike and quickly built a lead over Dimity-Lee Duke who swam a few seconds faster. But it quickly became apparent that the real threat for Yvonne would come from the pair of Mareen Hufe and Sarah Piampiano who had lost four minutes to Yvonne in the swim but were keeping the difference under control. Towards the end of the bike Mareen was eating a bit into Yvonne’s lead, and she was second in T2 about three minutes back putting about three minutes into Sarah. It was quickly apparent that Sarah would have the best run of the three leaders, and when Yvonne had to walk a bit after vomiting, Sarah took the lead and managed to build a solid lead. What a fantastic year for Sarah: A year ago she raced Busselton as her comeback Ironman race after being forced to take some time off with a broken leg, now she can look back to a great season of racing including qualifying for Kona, finishing seventh there and winning her first Ironman title! (She’ll still have some goals left for 2016: Sub-9 finish, a sub-3 marathon and I’m sure she’d love to be on the Kona podium – qualifying has already been taken care of.)

SarahWA

Behind Sarah, Yvonne continued to struggle with food poisoning and Mareen managed to have a good run until the finish. (In Kona she was in the Top 10 less than 5k from the finish but then had to walk for most of the rest.) After crashing at Mandurah 70.3 and struggling for a while with her injuries, Mareen finished in second place and scored valuable KPR points to keep Kona qualifying in reach. Yvonne’s 9:12 finish would have been good enough to win a number of Ironman races, in Busselton it resulted in a third place. She’ll only need a few more points to secure a Kona slot (placing well in a 70.3 should be enough for her). But first it’s time to take a break to recover from a lot of hard racing in 2015!

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Sarah Piampiano USA 01:06:49 04:50:46 03:01:18 09:03:47 -15:32 US$ 10000
2 Mareen Hufe GER 01:06:52 04:47:38 03:10:18 09:09:16 -13:20 US$ 5000
3 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 01:02:53 04:49:09 03:15:50 09:12:07 10:56 US$ 3250
4 Dimity-Lee Duke AUS 01:02:33 05:03:29 03:16:05 09:26:38 -04:39 US$ 2500
5 Georgie Rutherford GBR 00:59:31 05:21:09 03:47:22 10:17:47 n/a US$ 1750

Photo Credits: Korupt Vision/Ironman, Witsup

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