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Challenge Taiwan 2017 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

After last year’s race in Taiwan was pretty slow, this year was back to the normal “quick” conditions, especially on the bike (adjustment of +19 minutes).

Fredrik Crobeborg posted a new overall course record, his 8:03 was a big improvement over the 2013 time of 8:16 by Dylan McNeice. Fredrik was also under the old bike course record (4:26 by Jason Shortis), but Guy Crawford’s 4:13:27 was a few seconds quicker.

Female winner Verena Walter also posted a new bike course record, her 4:52 was the only sub-5 split of the day and an improvement on Britta Martin’s 2014 bike time of 4:54.

Male Race Results

Fredrik Croneborg didn’t have¬†any of the fastest splits of the day, but he was the most consistent overall and won the race by eight minutes. Dougal Allan – usually the best biker in almost any field – had a great run to secure second place. Guy Crawford was leading the race in T2 and was a solid 3rd place finisher.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Fredrik Croneborg SWE 00:48:14 04:13:34 02:53:34 08:03:21 -21:21 EUR 8,000
2 Dougal Allan NZL 00:54:02 04:16:00 02:52:57 08:11:23 -05:24 EUR 5,000
3 Guy Crawford NZL 00:48:15 04:13:27 03:13:41 08:23:47 -32:18 EUR 3,500
4 Denis Sketako SLO 00:54:06 04:31:18 02:52:56 08:31:22 -08:56 EUR 2,500
5 Karol Dzalaj SVK 00:53:57 04:25:20 03:17:37 08:45:30 -02:24 EUR 2,000
6 Petr Vabrousek CZE 00:54:09 04:41:44 03:16:11 09:02:31 01:24
7 Young Hwan Oh KOR 00:58:12 04:45:03 03:10:41 09:03:14 -08:55
8 Till Schramm GER 00:54:02 04:31:33 03:34:13 09:12:48 15:04
9 Valentin Zasypkin RUS 01:07:45 05:18:38 03:22:39 09:58:03 -24:21
10 Josef Svoboda CZE 01:09:13 05:59:38 04:18:29 11:41:08 18:51
Ritchie Nicholls GBR 00:48:11 DNF

Female Race Results

German athlete Verena Walter won the race with a 16 minute margin by posting a new bike course record and following that up with a solid run. Lucie Reed (Zelenkova) lost too much time to Verena on the bike for her best splits on the swim and run to produce a better result than second place. Kathryn Haesner took the last spot on the podium.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Verena Walter GER 00:58:11 04:52:43 03:25:03 09:25:51 -10:07 EUR 8,000
2 Lucie Reed CZE 00:53:36 05:18:24 03:20:07 09:42:11 05:02 EUR 5,000
3 Kathryn Haesner NZL 00:53:56 05:13:47 03:28:32 09:46:20 -09:44 EUR 3,500
4 Alyssa Godesky USA 00:58:12 05:12:32 03:38:18 09:58:58 11:07 EUR 2,500
5 Kate Bevilaqua AUS 00:53:44 05:08:32 04:07:49 10:20:51 37:14 EUR 2,000

Challenge Taiwan 2017 (April 29th) – Seedings

CHTaiwanUpdate April 15th: Callum Millard has announced that he’ll be racing IM Texas instead of Challenge Taiwan.

Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2013 Dylan McNeice (NZL) 08:16:21 Belinda Granger (AUS) 09:23:15
2014 Dylan McNeice (NZL) 08:23:44 Britta Martin (NZL) 09:02:23
2016 Fredrik Croneborg (SWE) 08:30:28 Shiao-yu Li (TWN) 09:40:05

Last Year’s TOP 3

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Fredrik Croneborg SWE 00:51:56 04:33:57 02:59:10 08:30:28
2 Dylan McNeice NZL 00:45:35 04:35:19 03:21:31 08:48:37
3 Patrick Evoe USA 00:54:22 04:28:55 03:26:35 08:55:56

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Shiao-yu Li TWN 01:01:07 05:00:43 03:31:31 09:40:05
2 Jessica Fleming AUS 01:00:50 05:03:33 03:38:22 09:48:48
3 Kathryn Haesner NZL 00:57:07 05:14:49 03:31:04 09:49:33

Course Records

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 08:16:21 Dylan McNeice 2013-05-04
Swim overall 00:45:35 Dylan McNeice 2016-05-07
Bike overall 04:26:56 Jason Shortis 2014-04-19
Run overall 02:52:33 Fredrik Croneborg 2013-05-04
Total female 09:02:23 Britta Martin 2014-04-19
Swim female 00:53:23 Hillary Biscay 2014-04-19
Bike female 04:54:37 Britta Martin 2014-04-19
Run female 03:04:16 Britta Martin 2014-04-19

Course Rating

The Course Rating for Challenge Taiwan is 09:38.

Race Adjustments for Challenge Taiwan

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2013 12:08 -04:03 15:08 04:14 14 12:08 -04:03 15:08 04:14
2014 20:48 -00:25 12:17 -02:01 17 of 22 16:28 -02:14 13:42 01:06
2016 -04:02 -00:20 06:09 -12:27 12 09:38 -01:36 11:11 -03:25

Male Race Participants

The strength of the field is 5% of a typical Kona field.

Rank Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. Run Consistency Overall
1 Fredrik Croneborg SWE 08:23:47 08:37:44 00:52:57 04:31:30 02:54:20 85% +3% -12% (11) 59
2 Callum Millward * NZL 08:23:53 08:34:52 00:50:14 04:31:11 02:57:28 41% +0% -59% (6) 45
3 Dougal Allan NZL 08:24:16 08:35:08 00:59:03 04:18:06 03:02:07 81% +8% -10% (8) 48
4 Ritchie Nicholls GBR 08:35:20 08:49:53 00:52:40 04:43:39 02:54:01 48% +0% -52% (6) 97
5 Courtney Ogden AUS 08:39:05 08:45:09 00:52:37 04:35:58 03:05:29 63% +6% -31% (21) 85
6 Denis Sketako SLO 08:40:41 08:59:26 00:55:54 04:33:24 03:06:22 51% +49% -0% (3) 133
7 Guy Crawford NZL 08:52:16 09:15:10 00:50:15 04:29:59 03:27:02 46% +24% -30% (13) 180
8 Petr Vabrousek CZE 08:57:26 09:18:31 00:57:58 04:43:46 03:10:42 64% +1% -35% (97) 191
9 Frederic Garcia FRA 09:08:59 09:27:20 01:01:22 04:53:04 03:09:33 52% +0% -48% (4) (217)
10 Young Hwan Oh KOR 09:20:06 09:32:28 01:05:37 04:56:17 03:13:12 51% +29% -20% (7) 229
11 Valentin Zasypkin RUS 10:21:47 10:44:55 01:14:19 05:18:12 03:44:16 9% +48% -43% (6) 289
12 Josef Svoboda CZE 11:14:57 11:48:13 01:18:31 05:39:49 04:11:37 44% +22% -34% (15) 296
Christian Altstadt GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Note: Athletes with a ‘*’ are also registered for another race within 8 days.

Female Race Participants

The strength of the field is 3% of a typical Kona field.

Rank Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. Run Consistency Overall
1 Kathryn Haesner NZL 09:38:38 10:30:26 00:58:53 05:12:04 03:22:41 25% +36% -39% (3) (128)
2 Verena Walter GER 09:39:57 09:51:14 01:01:52 05:04:23 03:28:42 53% +36% -11% (7) 65
3 Lucie Reed CZE 09:43:00 09:52:51 00:54:18 05:15:51 03:27:51 64% +0% -36% (27) 67
4 Kate Bevilaqua AUS 09:43:58 10:12:26 00:56:45 05:10:22 03:31:51 25% +6% -69% (28) (102)
5 Alyssa Godesky USA 09:55:34 10:10:02 01:02:55 05:19:32 03:28:07 63% +28% -10% (16) 95
Alise Selsmark AUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

  • Fredrik Croneborg: 46% (1-1)
  • Dougal Allan: 34% (2-1)
  • Callum Millward: 14% (6-1)
  • Ritchie Nicholls: 2% (40-1)
  • Denis Sketako: 2% (44-1)
  • Courtney Ogden: 2% (63-1)

Female Race Participants

  • Kathryn Haesner: 39% (2-1)
  • Verena Walter: 29% (2-1)
  • Lucie Reed: 14% (6-1)
  • Kate Bevilaqua: 10% (9-1)
  • Alyssa Godesky: 8% (12-1)

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