2017 Fast Times, Great Performances – Part 3: Bike (Women)

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.

Fastest Times

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.

Rank Name Actual Time Race
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.

Best Performances

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

2017 Ratings

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.

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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
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