Ironman Lanzarote 2016 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

As has to be expected by the tough course in Lanzarote, the race was quite slow. An adjustment of -23:21 is easily 40 minutes slower than Austria, Roth, Copenhagen or Barcelona, mainly because of the hard bike course (adjustment of -20:07). This year’s edition was maybe two or three minutes slower (again mainly because of the bike) than what is “normal” for IM Lanzarote.

Male Race Results

Jan Frodeno started the race well: He had the fastest swim of the day but then lost roughly two minutes in T1 in order to fix some issue with his helmet. (He also had some issues with the same or very similar helmet in Frankfurt.) While Johann Ackermann was leading the bike, a lot of good runners were within minutes. After T2, Jan was quickly back in the lead, but Jesse Thomas had paced the swim and bike well, had the best run of the day, was able to overtake Jan and continue his perfect IM record by winning IM Lanzarote. Jan validated his Kona slot with a solid second place finish while David McNamee had to fight hard for the third spot on the podium.

Christopher Baird had the best relative race of the day – the best bike split and a 2:47 run was more than an hour quicker than expected and good for fourth. Ivan Rana finished fifth while Timo Bracht couldn’t quite find the run speed to finish better than sixth.

Jesse, Jan and David are now safe for a July Kona slot, while Ivan is “on the bubble”. Timo and the rest of the finishers still need more points.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Jesse Thomas USA 00:50:55 04:58:33 02:46:56 08:42:33 -04:26 US$ 5000
2 Jan Frodeno GER 00:46:52 04:58:18 02:50:03 08:44:38 14:35 US$ 2750
3 David McNamee GBR 00:47:03 05:01:39 02:51:51 08:46:36 -03:19 US$ 1750
4 Christopher Baird USA 00:55:11 04:57:27 02:47:54 08:48:35 -1:01:14 US$ 1250
5 Ivan Rana ESP 00:47:04 05:02:34 02:54:35 08:50:09 02:19 US$ 1000
6 Timo Bracht GER 00:50:55 04:58:35 02:56:59 08:52:47 06:56 US$ 750
7 Miquel Blanchart Tinto ESP 00:50:57 05:07:15 02:54:35 08:58:21 -02:47
8 Roman Deisenhofer GER 00:52:41 04:59:05 03:03:51 09:02:33 -30:52
9 Diego Van Looy BEL 01:04:24 05:05:35 02:52:10 09:11:22 n/a
10 Erik-Simon Strijk NED 00:52:44 05:10:24 03:03:38 09:13:56 02:04
11 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 00:50:45 05:12:10 03:10:44 09:20:12 -02:18
12 Nicholas Ward Munoz GBR 00:54:37 05:20:18 02:59:35 09:22:09 02:58
13 Marcel Bischof GER 00:56:47 05:15:36 03:06:54 09:26:56 -09:25
14 Marcus Hultgren SWE 00:58:26 05:14:59 03:08:58 09:29:55 -24:13
15 Andrey Lyatskiy RUS 00:52:46 05:27:18 03:04:23 09:31:39 05:54
16 Esben Hovgaard DEN 00:54:39 05:13:36 03:20:24 09:35:07 25:51
17 Till Schramm GER 00:56:24 05:23:04 03:09:20 09:35:52 -21:41
18 Mikita Hryhoryeu POL 00:52:12 05:25:40 03:08:41 09:35:56 14:22
19 Michael Louys BEL 01:03:10 05:15:49 03:17:48 09:45:12 -14:06
20 Frederic Garcia FRA 00:56:35 05:31:39 03:12:58 09:49:23 n/a
21 Armin Atzlinger AUT 00:57:01 05:39:03 03:06:48 09:53:59 -18:06
22 Eneko Elosegui ESP 00:58:28 05:23:41 03:41:35 10:10:43 15:55
23 Gilian Oriet SUI 00:57:22 05:30:54 03:41:13 10:18:12 03:54
24 Graeme Stewart GBR 00:55:41 05:55:59 03:19:17 10:19:48 56:33
25 Rob Bobbaers BEL 01:00:44 05:29:01 03:47:56 10:26:57 n/a
26 John Manuel Galindo Rooney ESP 00:50:58 06:04:56 03:29:13 10:33:32 34:00
27 Enric Gussinyer ESP 00:52:21 05:52:03 03:41:26 10:35:21 42:32
Johann Ackermann GER 00:47:00 04:59:17 DNF
Stephen Bayliss GBR 00:46:57 05:24:03 DNF
Carlos Lopez Diaz ESP 00:46:58 05:29:47 DNF
Craig Twigg GBR 00:52:50 05:34:41 DNF
Jim Thijs BEL 00:54:41 06:06:29 DNF

Female Race Results

For a long time, Lucy Charles was leading the field in her Pro IM debut. She swam with the men’s lead group, her 47:11 is a new swim course record. She maintained the lead on the bike, but defending champion Diana Riesler was closing the gap. But the fastest bike of the day was posted by Tine Holst who also stormed to the lead on the run. Towards the end Alexandra Tondeur was getting closer with the best run of the day, but Tine won her first Ironman race in front of Alexandra. Lucy Charles managed to finish third, she overtook Diana Riesler who was cramping towards the end and finished fourth. Caroline Livesey finished fifth. Alyssa Godesky has recovered from her crash in Wanaka to finish the day with a good 3:21 marathon and sixth place.

With Lanzarote only Tine managed to score enough points to be safe for a Kona slot. Alexandra Tondeur is “on the bubble”, while the others will need to race again and score more points.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Tine Holst DEN 01:01:15 05:34:25 03:19:48 10:02:35 -23:37 US$ 5000
2 Alexandra Tondeur BEL 01:03:00 05:42:36 03:10:26 10:04:53 -03:29 US$ 2750
3 Lucy Charles GBR 00:47:11 05:48:36 03:27:40 10:10:13 n/a US$ 1750
4 Diana Riesler GER 00:56:51 05:40:19 03:40:02 10:24:52 31:24 US$ 1250
5 Caroline Livesey GBR 00:58:53 05:45:22 03:34:03 10:28:32 06:51 US$ 1000
6 Alyssa Godesky USA 01:00:22 06:01:51 03:21:52 10:32:40 -12:06 US$ 750
7 Anne Jensen DEN 01:03:28 05:52:17 03:40:25 10:44:16 -08:07
Saleta Castro Nogueira ESP 00:54:48 05:49:31 DNF
Nicole Woysch GER 01:03:30 06:36:28 DNF
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