Ironman New Zealand 2015 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

This year the conditions in New Zealand were pretty quick across all three legs – almost no winds, and pleasant temperatures that seemed to be not too hot and not too cold. An adjustment of 7:49 is the fastest I have seen in recent years, leading to a new course rating of 4:34. The conditions probably helped, but it was amazing to see a new swim record by Dylan McNeice (44:26, improving on Brent Foster’s 44:47 from 2004) and an overall women’s record by Meredith Kessler (9:05:45, improving on her own record of 9:08:46 from last year).

Male Race Results

Cam Brown continues to amaze: He won his 11th New Zealand title, and improved his own record of being the oldest male IM winner (now at 42 years, 8 months and 15 days). He was a bit behind after the swim, but bridged up to the front and slowly pulled away. Terns was still close to him in T2, but Cam quickly put some time into Terenzo and posted the fastest bike and run to win by six minutes.

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Just one week after his big win in Dubai, Terenzo had a solid day: He was in the lead for some time on the bike, then ran a 2:55 marathon to finish second. The race for third came down to the wire: Challenge Wanaka winner Dylan McNeice struggled a bit on the bike after his swim course record, but found another gear at the end of the run and chased down Alex Reithmeier, securing a New Zealand podium!

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Cameron Brown NZL 00:50:02 04:37:39 02:49:08 08:22:13 02:24
2 Terenzo Bozzone NZL 00:47:04 04:41:08 02:55:51 08:28:53 02:11
3 Dylan McNeice NZL 00:44:26 04:53:27 02:54:24 08:38:05 -01:11
4 Alex Reithmeier AUS 00:50:03 04:43:03 02:59:58 08:38:47 -03:44
5 Mike Schifferle SUI 00:56:36 04:38:26 03:03:07 08:46:33 -10:14
6 Carl Read NZL 00:50:41 04:51:31 03:00:02 08:47:41 00:20
7 Simon Cochrane NZL 00:49:59 04:52:25 03:03:32 08:51:11 -05:59
8 Todd Skipworth AUS 00:44:32 04:54:00 03:12:21 08:55:31 08:19
9 Chris Sanson NZL 00:56:21 04:56:00 02:56:54 08:56:06 -08:19
10 Johan Borg AUS 00:56:16 04:55:50 03:08:28 09:06:06 -05:30
11 Shanon Stallard NZL 00:56:19 05:08:49 02:56:08 09:06:25 -06:36
12 Ricky Swindale AUS 00:50:07 05:08:04 03:03:03 09:07:41 n/a
13 Graham O’Grady NZL 00:44:29 04:45:16 03:44:40 09:19:20 n/a
14 James Cotter NZL 00:47:04 05:36:44 03:52:31 10:24:30 26:42
15 James Bowstead NZL 00:50:06 04:55:42 04:43:19 10:36:12 1:11:06
Nick Baldwin SEY 00:50:06 04:52:23 DNF
Young Hwan Oh KOR 00:56:27 05:28:36 DNF
Andrew Yoder USA 00:48:00 DNF
Daiki Masuda JPN 00:56:13 DNF
Joel Jameson GBR 00:59:50 DNF

Female Race Results

There was never a doubt in the women’s race: Meredith Kessler posted the fastest times in all three legs, even closing the day a new personal best for an Ironman marathon! An impressive, dominating performance that gives her breathing room to properly build for Kona now.

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Even if Gina Crawford (also only two weeks after winning Challenge Wanaka) didn’t have a good day (as indicated by red times in all legs), she was never really challenged for second place. The final spot on the podium was taken by Melanie Burke.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Meredith Kessler USA 00:49:36 05:04:29 03:07:18 09:05:45 -07:38
2 Gina Crawford NZL 00:51:25 05:16:55 03:11:13 09:26:11 11:38
3 Melanie Burke NZL 01:02:46 05:12:19 03:20:29 09:41:51 00:56
4 Stephanie Jones USA 01:00:39 05:18:47 03:21:13 09:47:32 04:59
5 Jocelyn Mccauley USA 00:58:46 05:30:33 03:13:25 09:50:01 n/a
6 Erin Furness NZL 01:01:09 05:33:29 03:32:18 10:13:05 10:07
7 Conny Dauben GER 01:06:08 05:53:42 04:19:47 11:27:58 40:34

Photo Credits: Tweets by Cam Brown and Meredith Kessler

2 Responses to Ironman New Zealand 2015 – Analyzing Results

  1. JP March 12, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    I clearly was racing in a parallel universe on Saturday. The wind came up on the bike and we had storms on the run with heavy rain and signiifcant winds coming off the lake (which was all white tops)…I great race though

    • Thorsten March 12, 2015 at 11:24 am #

      Thanks for the feedback! I have looked a bit closer at a couple of race reports. With regards to the Pros, swimming conditions were great and it was very flat without any chop in the morning. During the bike, there seems to have been some rain early on, but that cleared away quickly. The run seemed to be pleasant with some sun and nice temperatures.
      Things have been different later in the day. Clearly – as you indicated – it seemed to get windier as the day progressed. But judging from the data, it didn’t affect the Pros.

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