Challenge Wanaka 2015 – Analyzing Results

Wanaka

Course Rating

Dougal Bike

Compared to the regular conditions in Wanaka, the swim and the bike ride were pretty quick and resulted in two new course records: 45:33 by Dylan for the swim and 4:30:51 by Dougal Allen (pictured on the right) for the bike. Maybe the athletes paid for it on the run which was pretty slow. Overall Wanaka continues to be one of the slowest courses on the Pro circuit with a new course rating of -5:30.

Male Race Results

After his  trademark fast swim (even though it was a new course record, it was actually slower than expected!), Dylan McNeice continued to be in the lead for the rest of the race. While he quickly distanced the good swimmers, Dougal Allen made up most of his more than 17 minutes deficit after the swim, and they were within a few seconds of each other after T2. Dylan (pictured on the bottom) then needed a race-best 3-hours-flat marathon to win by less than three minutes over Dougal. Courtney Ogden took the last spot on the podium.

Dylan Run

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Dylan McNeice NZL 00:45:33 04:47:13 03:00:29 08:37:14 -25:45
2 Dougal Allan NZL 01:02:41 04:30:51 03:03:08 08:40:06 -22:17
3 Courtney Ogden AUS 00:50:56 04:50:51 03:02:59 08:49:46 -03:03
4 Carl Read NZL 00:50:32 04:55:21 03:00:59 08:50:47 -20:21
5 Braden Currie NZL 00:50:01 04:57:12 03:05:09 08:56:11 n/a
6 Michael Fox AUS 00:48:18 04:58:47 03:11:38 09:02:58 n/a
7 Chris Sanson NZL 00:56:47 04:53:35 03:08:54 09:03:18 -37:22
8 Luke Martin AUS 00:50:40 04:58:13 03:11:40 09:05:47 00:15
9 Joel Jameson GBR 01:01:38 04:54:32 03:06:58 09:07:14 02:56
10 Petr Vabrousek CZE 00:56:46 05:05:18 03:20:40 09:29:19 17:31
11 Marcus Hultgren SWE 00:56:40 05:12:46 03:17:53 09:31:32 -28:59
12 Matt Burton AUS 00:53:02 04:50:32 03:58:54 09:47:23 55:07
13 Benjamin Williams USA 00:53:08 05:23:34 03:33:30 09:55:12 43:09
14 Thijs Hubber NZL 00:50:48 05:36:58 03:52:14 10:25:28 n/a
Matt Randall NZL 00:58:54 04:56:01 DNF
Keegan Williams NZL 00:50:45 DNF

Womens Podium

Female Race Results

Gina Crawford put on a dominating performance, putting up the race-best times in all three legs, reclaiming the title she lost to Candice Hammond last year and winning Challenge Wanaka for the sixth time. Her PurplePatch training colleague Laura Siddall finished second in her second IM-distance race, with Michelle Bremer taking the third spot. (The photo on the right shows Michelle, Gina and Laura from left to right.)

Simone Maier finished in fourth place just one week after finishing New Zealand’s „Coast to Coast“ race in second place – a performance as remarkable as Braden Currie finishing fifth on the men’s side after winning Coast to Coast the week before.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Gina Crawford NZL 00:50:55 05:12:39 03:22:25 09:31:51 -04:17
2 Laura Siddall GBR 00:57:13 05:12:44 03:28:43 09:43:46 -11:46
3 Michelle Bremer NZL 00:56:49 05:16:44 03:34:28 09:52:16 -05:52
4 Simone Maier GER 01:05:12 05:26:32 03:29:02 10:05:58 00:10
5 Charisa Wernick USA 00:59:24 05:45:24 03:28:37 10:18:54 08:27
6 Tracy Douglas AUS 01:05:13 05:31:31 03:39:23 10:21:20 04:14
7 Larisa Marsh NZL 00:58:46 05:32:28 04:01:43 10:38:31 23:13
8 Katya Meyers USA 01:06:17 05:31:15 04:14:49 10:56:54 20:14
9 Kristin Lemos USA 00:59:42 06:07:15 03:57:39 11:11:44 1:10:57
Jessica Fleming AUS 00:58:42 05:19:19 DNF
Christie Sym AUS 00:56:31 05:26:51 DNF

Photo Credits: Getty Images, 2015 (through Challenge Wanaka)

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