Ironman Copenhagen 2014 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

For Copenhagen, the adjustment of 18:11 was a relatively slow race (new course rating of 23:55). It was relatively cold and windy on race day, so both the bike and the run were slower than they usually are.

Male Race Results

Henrik Hyledlund had a great day: He broke away from the rest of the field on the bike, being more than 10 minutes faster than anyone else, then posted a solid 2:56 marathon. Pre-race favorite Timo Bracht was closed to Henrik after the bike, but his legs were not fresh enough for one of his blistering marathons. Clemente Alonso-McKernan closed the gap to him, then they battled for a while before Clemente managed to put a little gap to Timo and finished in second with a margin of 39 seconds.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Henrik Hyldelund DEN 00:46:09 04:16:41 02:56:58 08:03:39 -39:14
2 Clemente Alonso-McKernan ESP 00:45:58 04:30:30 02:49:24 08:10:53 -10:38
3 Timo Bracht GER 00:46:21 04:27:16 02:53:54 08:11:32 07:16
4 Mads Vittrup DEN 00:54:21 04:32:13 02:45:05 08:16:03 -13:33
5 Jens Petersen-Bach DEN 00:48:41 04:41:59 02:50:26 08:25:37 -00:08
6 Esben Hovgaard DEN 00:50:53 04:38:27 02:59:18 08:32:44 -01:34
7 Teemu Lemmettylae FIN 00:54:16 04:36:40 02:57:34 08:33:31 -14:35
8 Petr Vabrousek CZE 00:54:35 04:35:51 02:59:59 08:35:10 -06:35
9 Nicolas Hemet FRA 00:54:23 04:36:50 03:05:50 08:42:02 -19:16
10 Hendrik-Jan Verhaegen BEL 00:54:19 04:44:49 03:10:15 08:54:24 n/a
11 Christian Nilsson NOR 00:58:28 04:40:19 03:14:04 08:56:25 n/a
12 Richard Whitfield GBR 00:54:38 04:46:34 03:12:11 08:59:34 n/a
13 Mika Luoto FIN 00:54:17 04:59:12 03:07:07 09:05:02 28:33
14 Matic Modic SLO 00:54:28 04:53:00 03:11:59 09:05:22 -09:47
15 Steve Clark GBR 00:55:38 04:52:01 03:14:47 09:07:32 -32:37
16 Gerhard De Bruin ZAF 00:54:23 04:58:08 03:32:46 09:30:10 -08:34
17 Petr Vales CZE 01:02:10 05:13:40 03:16:35 09:40:09 -04:43
18 Roman Krutina CZE 00:54:24 05:00:50 03:40:33 09:42:04 n/a
19 Vincent Depuiset FRA 01:06:36 05:02:18 03:28:15 09:42:56 n/a
20 Anders Lawaetz DEN 01:01:55 05:04:33 03:55:06 10:06:43 40:36
21 Martin Cain GBR 00:58:52 05:16:30 03:56:55 10:22:40 40:30
Anton Blokhin UKR 00:46:16 04:39:24 DNF
Marc Duelsen GER 00:51:07 04:46:19 DNF
Kasper Ougaard DEN 00:58:48 04:55:07 DNF
Antonio Jesus Aguilar Conejo ESP 00:58:41 05:02:18 DNF
Ludovic Le Guellec FRA 00:58:33 05:20:04 DNF
Lukas Polan CZE 01:01:58 05:20:33 DNF
Anders Stampe DEN 00:48:35 DNF

Female Race Results

Daniela Ryf continues her winning streak – after a fast bike she could afford to shut it down a bit on the run and still going sub-9. Sofie Goos took care of Kona qualifying by finishing in second, while Mareen Hufe had a solid race in third – but will probably be just short of a Kona slot.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Daniela Ryf SUI 00:48:37 04:44:09 03:16:15 08:53:33 -15:20
2 Sofie Goos BEL 00:54:30 04:56:38 03:10:36 09:06:08 -12:22
3 Mareen Hufe GER 00:58:44 04:58:39 03:22:44 09:25:18 -02:52
4 Tamsyn Hayes NZL 00:54:22 05:02:40 03:32:56 09:34:42 -23:41
5 Maria Lemeseva RUS 01:06:26 05:15:22 03:10:59 09:38:42 -17:08
6 Beate Goertz GER 01:03:35 05:14:27 03:25:35 09:49:02 12:43
Line Foss NOR 01:23:08 05:14:07 DNF

2 Responses to Ironman Copenhagen 2014 – Analyzing Results

  1. Dino Pjanic August 29, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Hi Thorsten !

    Thanks for great work you put on analyzing IM races ! It is appreciated.

    I have some questions regarding your result analysis in Copenhagen and Kalmar.
    You state that CPH was slower than the last year but also you consider IM Kalmar to be a fast race.

    I a bit confused with the conclusions. I was in Copenhagen last sunday and my impression was that the race was really fast compared to IM Sweden, specially on the bike course.

    In Kalmar I finished on 57th place in total with the time 9:38:22. The same finishing time would give just 137th place in Copenhagen. The complete race field in Kalmar (including PRO’s) was slower than the race field in Copenhagen. It was a windy day i Kalmar too on the race day.

    Of course if I compare my bike/run time there is a big difference in rankings.

    Example comparing my own results from Kalmar:
    I had the 54th fastest bike time and 81st fastest run time. Athletes in CPH who had similar bike/run time as me were ranked as 170th on bike and 120th during the run. So bike course gives larger spreading within the race field than the run course which should be opposite I would say.

    My impression is also that the bike course might actually be shorter than 180,2 km since so many athletes managed a sub 5 hours bike leg. It is possible that the run course is bit shorter than a marathon distance as well.

    Next year I aim to go for sub 9-hour IM and I think IM Copenhagen gives me higher chances of reaching this goal. Maybe I’m wrong.

    Looking forward hearing your reflections !

    Regards /Dino, Malmö

    • Thorsten August 29, 2014 at 11:19 am #

      Hi Dino,
      thanks for your comment! I will follow up directly with you!
      Thanks
      Thorsten

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