Continuing my look at fast times and great performances from last year, this post has a close look at the bike leg by the Professional women.
There were a number of fast bike times in 2017, most of them from courses such as Barcelona that are known to be quite fast. By now you have to be able to race well under five hours if you want to be competitive in the female Pro field.
|1||Lisa Huetthaler||04:36:41||IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30|
|2||Kimberley Morrison||04:37:22||IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30|
|3||Daniela Ryf||04:37:34||Challenge Roth on 2017-07-09|
|4||Daniela Saemmler||04:37:56||IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30|
|5||Diana Riesler||04:38:13||Challenge Regensburg on 2017-08-13|
|6||Jen Annett||04:38:17||IM Arizona on 2017-11-19|
|7||Yvonne Van Vlerken||04:41:17||IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30|
|8||Rachel McBride||04:42:35||IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26|
|9||Jodie Robertson||04:43:45||IM Texas on 2017-04-22|
|10||Yvonne Van Vlerken||04:44:15||Challenge Almere on 2017-09-10|
Other quick 2017 bike rides were from Western Australia where Mel Hauschildt rode a 4:37 and Carrie Lester a 4:38, but while the bike was accurate the swim at IM WA was cancelled.
Looking at Normalized Times that adjust for a fast or slow course, the best bike performance was Jen Annett’s course-record setting ride at IM Arizona, closely followed by Daniela’s time from Challenge Roth. Jen and Dani are way ahead of the next performances who are more than five minutes back.
|Rank||Name||Normalized Time||Actual Time||Race|
|1||Jen Annett||04:52:28||04:38:17||IM Arizona on 2017-11-19|
|2||Daniela Ryf||04:52:47||04:37:34||Challenge Roth on 2017-07-09|
|3||Yvonne Van Vlerken||04:57:41||04:44:15||Challenge Almere on 2017-09-10|
|4||Diana Riesler||04:58:14||04:38:13||Challenge Regensburg on 2017-08-13|
|5||Daniela Ryf||04:58:24||04:53:10||IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14|
|6||Sarissa De Vries||04:58:26||04:44:58||Challenge Almere on 2017-09-10|
|7||Heather Jackson||04:59:09||04:53:54||IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14|
|8||Daniela Ryf||04:59:31||04:50:50||IM South Africa on 2017-04-02|
|9||Daniela Saemmler||04:59:38||04:55:24||IM Hamburg on 2017-08-13|
|10||Rachel McBride||05:00:00||04:42:35||IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26|
Even though Daniela’s bike rating has become slightly slower this season (not a big surprise considering she raced IM South Africa with back problems and her times in Roth and Kona were quicker in 2016), she still leads the rankings by more than seven minutes over Heather Jackson. Heather, Kaisa Sali (now #9) and Tine Deckers (#10) were able to improve their bike rating by more than a minute.
Foto: Daniela on the bike in Kona. Credit: Flows Journal
|Rank||Name||Nation||Rating||Last Race||# IM Races|
|1 (1)||Daniela Ryf||SUI||04:55:20 (+0:59)||IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14||11|
|2 (4)||Heather Jackson||USA||05:02:29 (-1:25)||IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14||8|
|3 (-)||Lisa Huetthaler||AUT||05:02:33 (n/a)||IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30||5|
|4 (3)||Yvonne Van Vlerken||NED||05:03:13 (-0:35)||IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30||28|
|5 (2)||Anja Beranek||GER||05:03:56 (+2:02)||IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26||10|
|6 (-)||Rachel McBride||CAN||05:05:15 (n/a)||IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26||3|
|7 (7)||Diana Riesler||GER||05:05:43 (-0:55)||IM Malaysia on 2017-11-11||19|
|8 (8)||Lucy Gossage||GBR||05:06:11 (-0:27)||IM Italy on 2017-09-23||18|
|9 (22)||Kaisa Sali||FIN||05:06:15 (-5:26)||IM Arizona on 2017-11-19||6|
|10 (13)||Tine Deckers||BEL||05:06:36 (-2:13)||IM Mar del Plata on 2017-12-03||19|