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Kona 2020 – Scenarios

With a lot of races getting postponed and/or canceled, I have received questions about how Kona Qualifying will work this year. This post looks at the timelines required before a Kona race and discusses at a few possible scenarios. As time goes by, some of these scenarios may become very hard to implement, resulting in other scenarios becoming more likely. My focus is on Professional racing, but a lot of the scenarios can be applied to age group qualifying as well.

Of course there are still a lot of unknowns at this point around the Corona crisis and when a return to racing will be possible. Also, I don’t have any special insights into organizing races so most of the timelines are my “best guesstimate” of the required time – some of it might be off, but I hope it’s at least a good starting point to discuss the different scenarios.

Baseline: “Almost Normal”

The “Ironman World Championships” in Kona are currently scheduled for Saturday, October 10th. Of course, there are a lot of things that have to happen before race day, here is a look at how an almost normal racing season for 2020 could look like:

Timeline Almost Normal

Working backward from the race date, the following phases can be distinguished:

  • Kona Prep
    The Pros racing in Kona will obviously need some time to prepare for the race, for organizing travel, acclimatizing to the conditions in Hawaii etc. Assuming that qualifying is still going to happen in Ironman-distance races, the final qualifiers will also need some time to recover from their qualifying race. At the same time, there are a lot of things that the race organizer has to take care of.
    In a normal season, this period is about eight weeks.
  • Qualifying
    Usually, qualifying races are happening across the whole year, but with races getting canceled because of the Corona virus, we are obviously looking at a shortened period for Kona 2020 qualifying races. With a period of roughly eight weeks, you should still be able to have a decent geographic distribution. In addition to the regular European and North American races there should also be races in South America (note that IM Brasil has been rescheduled to occur before the normal cutoff on August 23rd) and Asia/Australia (no new dates for IM Australia and IM Cairns; IM Taiwan which was planned as an AG-only race might be another option).
  • Race Prep
    Athletes and race organizers will also need some lead time before having a good race. As for the Kona prep, this time will be needed both for doing the proper training (obviously athletes can’t be “almost race ready” for a prolonged period of time) and for logistics (travel but also getting the required race infrastructure in place). Again, a period of eight weeks sounds reasonable to me. For this phase to start, most of the current “lockdown” restrictions (including re-opened swimming pools and the ability for unrestricted travel) will have to have already been lifted for almost all athletes and regions (or at least a firm short-term date is in place).

When you “stack” these phases after each other for a Kona race date on October 10th, you end up with a start date for the Race Prep period at roughly mid-April.

All of these periods may be shortened a bit, but at some point things will start to break down. For example, having a final qualifying Ironman four weeks before Kona creates an uneven playing field between those that qualified early (for example, late 2019) and can take all the time to prepare and those still having to qualify that late. If you shorten the qualifying period too much, athletes will only have a single shot to qualify as it becomes difficult to prepare well for two qualifying races, and there may be a huge number of slots per race if the number of races shrinks much further.

Let’s have a closer look at the slots for this baseline scenario. At the time I’m writing this post, there are roughly 60 unassigned Pro slots (check out my post on the Kona 2020 Pro field). Starting with IM Austria on July 5th and ending with the planned cutoff on August 23rd at IM Mont Tremblant there is a total of eight Professional races (even if some of them have been planned as single-gender races). When adding IM Brasil (scheduled on the cutoff weekend) and a potential race in Australia/Asia, there could be a total of ten Pro races. That would result in three per gender in each of theses – something that could still be handled by the existing qualifying system. There are a few more races for the agegroupers (IM UK, IM Santa Rosa, IM Tallinn, IM Finland). According to Russel Cox there are roughly 1.400 slots still open, with 14 races that would result in 100 slots per race on average – a pretty large number but also completely workable with the existing system.

Regardless of how the 2020 slots are determined, there will have to be modifications for 2021 qualifying. At this time, there are already races with 18 2020 slots that have been moved into the 2021 qualifying period, plus another 10 slots from races without a new date. There will be a similar problem for agegroupers, at least 250 and potentially 450 slots may have been shifted to from 2020 to 2021. It’s unlikely that the Kona course will be able to handle these additional athletes, so changes for the slot allocation for 2021 are likely. It’s unlikely that there are going to firm announcements from Ironman until the exact number of slots that have shifted are know, and that will only be known when racing is able to restart.

Modifications

As stated above, there are a lot of unknowns at the writing of this post (end of March), and it’s unlikely that we are going to be in an “almost normal” state by mid- or even end-April that would allow athletes a proper race prep period.

Here are a few modifications of the “baseline” discussed above:

  • Condensed Periods
    As discussed above, there is a limit as to how much you can condense the periods without creating an impossible or unfair race in Kona. The most extreme version I can think of is to “squish” them down to maybe four weeks. With the qualifying period this short, you can’t assign the Kona slots in a full-distance race and have to offer Pro Kona slots in 70.3s – something that Ironman hasn’t done for quite some time. For this condensed timeline, a “start signal” may come as late as at the end of June.
  • No Qualifying
    If the time is running out to have qualifying races, you could assign the remaining slots using another system. (Of course, the athletes already qualified should be on the Kona 2020 start line.) One suggestion would be the PTO World Rankings, maybe requiring at least score from an Ironman race, another idea (probably more likely) is to apply the old KPR points system to the results between March/April 2019 and the last races in mid-March 2020 so you have a full season of racing that counts for qualifying.
    While this could work for the Pros, I’m not sure if the AWA system can be used in a similar way for agegroupers. If no suitable system for AG qualifying can be determined, then maybe Kona could be raced as a “normal IM” without the designation of “World Championships”, giving a lot of agegroupers (such as those looking to race on a legacy slot) the chance to race on the big island.
  • Move Kona
    Another option would be to move Kona, but obviously there are a lot of triathlon- and non-triathlon related influences which dates might work and which won’t. A date in December of February might give enough “breathing room” to implement one of the timelines discussed so far, but the lengthened 2020 qualifying period and the shortened 2021 season would also have to be kept in mind.
  • Cancel Kona
    If the Corona crisis lasts through the summer and fall, time may be running out for all options discussed so far, and there may not be a viable plan to organize Kona 2020 at all.

Here is a graphical representation of all the plans discussed:

KQ 2020 Scenarios

Decision Points

As time progresses, certain timelines will no longer be possible. As stated above, there is a bit of wriggle room for these dates, but here are the rough dates when decisions will have to be made:

  • Mid April:  Feasibility of the “Almost Normal” timeline
  • Late June: Feasibility of the “Condensed” timeline
  • Mid August: Feasibility of the “No Qualifying” timeline, announce new Kona date or cancel Kona

There are currently much more important issues than an October sporting event on a Hawaiian island. I’m looking forward to a return to “normal racing”, wishing everyone to stay healthy (or only have mild symptoms) in the meantime.

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Ironman Hamburg 2019 – Analyzing Results

IMHH_LogoCourse Conditions

Another set of course changes (different swim layout compared to 2017, another new bike course and a slightly tweaked run course) makes it hard to compare this year’s results to other IM Hamburg data and determine course records. The non-wetsuit swim was quite slow and the bike course was made relatively hard with side winds, helping to break apart larger groups in the second loop. After last year’s fast marathon times the run course was lengthened and maybe a bit long this year, resulting in slow run times.

All of this and the high temperatures contributed to a high DNF rate – only half of the 26 MPROs who started the race were able to finish. 

Kona Qualifying

IM Hamburg had one slot each for the men and women. They go to

  • Kristian Hoegenhaug
    and
  • Martina Kunz.

The slot rolled down quite far on the female side: Susie Cheetham (winner), Sarah Piampiao (second) and Caroline Steffen (fourth) were already qualified, and third-place finisher Julia Gajer declined her slot.

Male Race Results

With the fastest bike and run splits, Kristian Hoegenhaug was able to erase his swim deficit. It was a surprise to see him outrun more experienced athletes such as Ruedi Wild who finished second and Andreas Raelert (who DNF’d shortly after the half-marathon mark).

Kristian Bike

Photo: Kristian pushing hard on the bike.

Ruedi Run

Photo: Ruedi on the run.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Kristian Hoegenhaug DEN 00:52:03 04:17:29 02:54:03 08:11:26 -09:18 US$ 15,000
2 Ruedi Wild SUI 00:50:13 04:24:16 02:55:37 08:16:34 02:32 US$ 7,500
3 Paul Schuster GER 00:50:05 04:25:32 03:02:37 08:24:25 -00:39 US$ 5,000
4 Arnaud Guilloux FRA 00:52:07 04:34:20 02:55:05 08:29:14 -22:37 US$ 3,250
5 Philipp Mock GER 01:00:51 04:29:13 02:56:54 08:35:11 -15:38 US$ 2,750
6 David Breuer GER 00:52:06 04:30:32 03:06:47 08:36:08 -02:11 US$ 2,000
7 Benjamin Dicke GER 01:03:09 04:31:28 03:01:48 08:43:56 04:43 US$ 1,500
8 Thomas Bosch GER 01:01:49 04:41:32 03:04:44 08:55:53 -01:04 US$ 1,250
9 Sebastian Guhr GER 01:09:13 04:44:54 03:15:40 09:16:58 -14:48 US$ 1,000
10 Grigorii Navrotskii RUS 00:54:59 05:04:36 03:16:47 09:23:04 14:16 US$ 750
11 Philipp Fahrenholz GER 00:58:55 04:51:16 03:27:33 09:24:28 02:40  
12 Stefan Overmars NED 00:58:47 04:44:47 03:46:55 09:38:45 37:06  
13 Lukas Polan CZE 01:03:17 05:28:31 03:26:08 10:06:50 09:17  
  Andreas Raelert GER 00:50:10 04:23:04   DNF    
  Horst Reichel GER 00:50:02 04:28:07   DNF    
  Matt Trautman ZAF 00:56:27 04:29:32   DNF    
  Marc Unger GER 00:58:15 04:31:36   DNF    
  Stefan Schumacher GER 01:01:54 04:33:33   DNF    
  Christian Jais GER 01:04:06 04:45:27   DNF    
  Steeve Brugiere FRA 01:11:03 05:01:30   DNF    
  Michael Raelert GER 00:50:00     DNF    
  Ivan Tutukin RUS 00:51:56     DNF    
  Will Clarke GBR 00:53:19     DNF    
  Andreas Borch DEN 00:55:32     DNF    
  Imanol Sagarzazu ESP 01:04:17     DNF    
  Lukas Pietrek GER 01:12:53     DNF    

Female Race Results

In the female race, Susie Cheetham built a lead on the bike and was able to also have a strong run. In the end, she was able to manage the gap to Sarah Piampiano who had the marathon performance of the day – her 2:56 was just two minutes slower than the fastest run on the male side.

Susie Run

Photo: Susie on the run in front of the beautiful Alster lake in Hamburg.

Sarah Bike

Photo: Sarah getting splits to the lead at the end of the first bike lap from husband Michael.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Susie Cheetham GBR 01:00:58 04:46:57 03:03:56 08:58:02 -09:58 US$ 15,000
2 Sarah Piampiano USA 01:06:27 04:50:54 02:56:21 09:00:42 -09:53 US$ 7,500
3 Julia Gajer GER 00:56:57 04:53:30 03:12:31 09:09:39 -08:54 US$ 5,000
4 Caroline Steffen SUI 00:56:56 04:56:16 03:19:35 09:19:28 15:44 US$ 3,250
5 Martina Kunz SUI 01:06:26 04:53:54 03:21:09 09:29:03 -11:26 US$ 2,750
6 Katharina Grohmann GER 01:11:52 05:00:56 03:27:18 09:48:23 07:04 US$ 2,000
7 Gabriella Zelinka HUN 01:00:59 05:14:28 03:52:05 10:14:28 47:25 US$ 1,500
8 Janien Lubben NED 01:16:07 05:14:50 03:52:28 10:31:47 n/a US$ 1,250
  Shannon Chapman AUS 01:19:25 05:39:20   DNF    

Ironman Hamburg 2019 (July 28th) – Seedings

IMHH_LogoUpdates:

  • July 25th: Federica de Nicola won’t be racing, Corinne Abraham is going to race Tallinn instead.
  • July 24th: Mareen Hufe announced that she won’t be able to race. She has a slight injury that she doesn’t want to aggravate before her Kona build.
    Just as Mareen, Kristin Liepold and Bianca Steurer have already secured their Kona slots and won’t be racing.

Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2017 James Cunnama (ZAF) 08:00:36 Daniela Bleymehl (GER) 09:07:49
2018 Bart Aernouts (BEL) 07:05:26 Sarah Crowley (AUS) 08:08:21

Last Race’s TOP 3

The full results analysis for the 2018 race can be found here.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Run1 Bike Run Time
1 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:19:47 04:00:50 02:39:51 07:05:26
2 Joe Skipper GBR 00:19:49 04:01:39 02:45:38 07:12:35
3 James Cunnama ZAF 00:19:52 04:00:44 02:48:44 07:13:54

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Run1 Bike Run Time
1 Sarah Crowley AUS 00:22:48 04:34:45 03:05:36 08:08:21
2 Katharina Grohmann GER 00:23:16 04:38:14 03:06:17 08:13:30
3 Maja Stage Nielsen DEN 00:23:59 04:46:26 03:05:39 08:21:23

Course Records

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 08:00:36 James Cunnama 2017-08-13
Swim overall 00:47:38 Carlos Lopez Diaz 2017-08-13
Bike overall 04:24:32 James Cunnama 2017-08-13
Run overall 02:40:58 James Cunnama 2017-08-13
Total female 09:07:49 Daniela Bleymehl 2017-08-13
Swim female 00:55:53 Daniela Bleymehl 2017-08-13
Bike female 04:55:24 Daniela Bleymehl 2017-08-13
Run female 02:58:10 Kristin Liepold 2017-08-13

Course Rating

The Course Rating for IM Hamburg is 05:17.

Race Adjustments for IM Hamburg

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2017 05:17 -00:21 00:45 04:54 18 of 20 05:17 -00:21 00:45 04:54

The 2018 race started with a 5k run when algae made the swim impossible.

Kona slots and Prize Money

IM Hamburg has 1m+1f Pro Kona slots. It has a total prize purse of 80.000 US$, paying 10 deep.

Male Race Participants

The strength of the field is 25% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 43 Ivan Tutukin RUS 08:10:17 08:27:44 00:48:58 04:41:12 05:35:10 02:35:07 26% +0% -74% (6) (40)
2 38 Ruedi Wild * SUI 08:18:08 08:21:14 00:49:25 04:36:59 05:31:25 02:46:43 84% +9% -7% (7) 18
3 21 Clemente Alonso McKernan (KQ) ESP 08:18:48 08:22:18 00:48:46 04:37:43 05:31:30 02:47:18 56% +3% -41% (18) 22
4 1 Andreas Raelert GER 08:20:50 08:40:30 00:49:08 04:33:13 05:27:20 02:53:30 11% +5% -83% (23) (79)
5 2 Matt Trautman (KQ) ZAF 08:22:02 08:28:34 00:51:15 04:35:14 05:31:29 02:50:33 30% +34% -36% (8) 45
6 3 Will Clarke (KQ) GBR 08:22:25 08:31:36 00:49:00 04:39:57 05:33:57 02:48:28 34% +18% -48% (10) 53
7 6 Kristian Hoegenhaug DEN 08:23:59 08:43:14 00:54:42 04:30:36 05:30:18 02:53:41 50% +0% -50% (5) 86
8 31 Horst Reichel GER 08:26:54 08:49:39 00:49:14 04:41:11 05:35:25 02:51:29 26% +20% -55% (20) (111)
9 29 Giulio Molinari * ITA 08:27:48 08:30:58 00:48:50 04:34:11 05:28:01 02:59:47 84% +0% -16% (8) 52
10 40 Paul Schuster GER 08:29:54 08:53:12 00:49:36 04:36:10 05:30:47 02:59:07 38% +0% -62% (2) (125)
11 42 Anders Christensen DEN 08:31:53 08:46:09 00:53:16 04:38:43 05:37:00 02:54:53 24% +67% -10% (4) 96
12 19 Samuel Huerzeler * SUI 08:32:56 08:42:41 00:53:04 04:42:48 05:40:52 02:52:04 77% +23% -0% (13) 85
13 13 Roman Deisenhofer * GER 08:33:09 08:44:06 00:52:13 04:36:07 05:33:21 02:59:48 26% +50% -23% (11) 88
14 16 Bryan McCrystal IRL 08:34:32 09:01:03 00:57:16 04:27:05 05:29:22 03:05:10 30% +19% -51% (9) 148
15 37 Diego Van Looy BEL 08:34:59 08:44:56 01:02:03 04:45:36 05:52:38 02:42:21 100% +0% -0% (7) 90
16 17 Esben Hovgaard DEN 08:37:51 09:00:06 00:53:18 04:42:59 05:41:16 02:56:35 31% +16% -53% (14) (142)
17 7 Markus Liebelt GER 08:39:46 08:55:18 00:53:06 04:39:05 05:37:11 03:02:35 40% +0% -60% (5) (132)
18 9 Alexander Schilling GER 08:41:24 08:55:27 00:48:54 04:43:01 05:36:56 03:04:28 48% +0% -52% (4) 133
19 26 Christian Haupt * GER 08:42:20 08:55:36 00:54:42 04:46:47 05:46:28 02:55:52 100% +0% -0% (2) (134)
20 5 David Breuer GER 08:43:15 09:01:44 00:49:03 04:43:18 05:37:21 03:05:54 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (152)
21 33 Marc Unger GER 08:43:18 09:11:59 00:53:01 04:41:36 05:39:38 03:03:40 13% +39% -48% (5) 182
22 25 Benjamin Dicke GER 08:44:14 09:02:46 01:00:17 04:43:16 05:48:33 02:55:41 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (152)
23 15 Victor Arroyo Bugallo ESP 08:44:50 09:05:18 00:57:12 04:51:24 05:53:36 02:51:14 31% +0% -69% (5) 162
24 27 Sebastian Norberg SWE 08:45:57 08:55:56 00:55:54 04:45:13 05:46:06 02:59:51 41% +21% -38% (5) 134
25 18 Michael Raelert GER 08:47:41 08:50:31 00:46:42 04:52:00 05:43:42 03:03:59 86% +0% -14% (5) 114
26 36 Philipp Mock GER 08:54:01 09:09:06 00:59:22 04:35:54 05:40:16 03:13:45 63% +0% -37% (4) 174
27 11 Hannes Cool * BEL 08:56:16 09:18:04 00:53:02 04:52:50 05:50:52 03:05:24 33% +18% -49% (9) (204)
28 23 Arnaud Guilloux FRA 08:56:37 09:21:07 00:53:01 04:44:01 05:42:02 03:14:35 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (211)
29 14 Vicenc Castella Serra * ESP 08:58:37 09:12:12 00:57:46 04:59:28 06:02:14 02:56:23 69% +0% -31% (4) 184
30 39 Thomas Bosch GER 08:58:51 09:15:40 00:58:43 04:54:16 05:57:59 03:00:52 39% +25% -37% (7) (197)
31 34 Jacob Frandsen DEN 08:59:05 09:17:51 00:57:43 04:44:53 05:47:36 03:11:29 26% +0% -74% (7) (203)
32 41 Andreas Borch DEN 09:02:36 09:20:44 00:51:16 05:02:29 05:58:46 03:03:50 58% +1% -41% (9) (208)
33 32 Stefan Overmars NED 09:04:28 09:15:32 00:54:43 04:47:58 05:47:41 03:16:47 61% +0% -39% (6) 196
34 10 Grigorii Navrotskii RUS 09:12:13 09:28:10 00:52:23 05:07:46 06:05:09 03:07:04 100% +0% -0% (2) (225)
35 30 Christian Jais GER 09:15:09 09:46:23 00:57:04 04:52:14 05:54:18 03:20:51 9% +16% -75% (4) (246)
36 35 Philipp Fahrenholz GER 09:27:13 09:47:15 00:58:28 04:55:52 05:59:20 03:27:53 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (247)
37 8 Sebastian Guhr GER 09:32:39 09:45:38 01:06:14 04:56:42 06:07:56 03:24:43 61% +24% -15% (4) 245
38 24 Lukas Polan * CZE 09:44:05 10:05:56 01:02:38 05:19:21 06:26:59 03:17:06 33% +9% -58% (19) 256
39 22 Marek Nemcik * SVK 11:20:57 12:05:23 01:13:29 05:41:52 07:00:21 04:20:36 32% +12% -56% (53) 267
4 Lukas Pietrek GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
12 Imanol Sagarzazu ESP n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated 0% +0% -100% (2) (n/a)
20 Steeve Brugiere FRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (1 IM Pro race) (n/a)
28 Stefan Schumacher (KQ) GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Note: Athletes with a ‘*’ are also registered for another race within 8 days.

Female Race Participants

The strength of the field is 23% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 66 Corinne Abraham * GBR 09:05:08 09:13:14 00:59:43 04:57:59 06:02:42 03:02:26 69% +31% -0% (17) 11
2 51 Caroline Steffen (KQ) SUI 09:07:12 09:11:50 00:53:13 05:01:19 05:59:31 03:07:41 97% +3% -0% (22) 8
3 55 Susie Cheetham (KQ) GBR 09:11:30 09:15:48 00:56:06 05:06:07 06:07:13 03:04:17 75% +0% -25% (11) 17
4 52 Sarah Piampiano (KQ) USA 09:12:39 09:18:25 01:02:47 05:05:56 06:13:44 02:58:55 87% +4% -9% (25) 20
5 53 Mareen Hufe (KQ) GER 09:16:19 09:25:26 00:58:53 05:00:09 06:04:02 03:12:17 79% +17% -4% (29) 30
6 54 Julia Gajer GER 09:17:08 09:26:31 00:53:35 05:09:49 06:08:24 03:08:44 47% +0% -53% (13) (32)
7 61 Kristin Liepold (KQ) GER 09:20:06 09:33:38 01:04:36 05:16:05 06:25:41 02:54:25 68% +22% -11% (27) 48
8 56 Bianca Steurer (KQ) AUT 09:25:27 09:32:58 01:00:10 05:09:57 06:15:06 03:10:21 57% +43% -0% (11) 47
9 68 Gabriella Zelinka HUN 09:28:36 09:41:42 00:58:25 05:11:29 06:14:54 03:13:42 64% +36% -0% (3) 58
10 65 Simona Krivankova CZE 09:41:25 09:53:24 01:06:27 05:18:37 06:30:04 03:11:21 95% +5% -0% (10) 73
11 58 Katharina Grohmann GER 09:43:35 09:49:51 01:11:18 05:16:46 06:33:04 03:10:31 81% +19% -0% (18) (70)
12 62 Martina Kunz SUI 09:43:52 09:54:37 01:01:46 05:15:30 06:22:16 03:21:36 52% +0% -48% (5) 75
13 67 Federica De Nicola ITA 09:44:00 09:54:31 01:01:00 05:15:56 06:21:56 03:22:04 78% +0% -22% (4) 74
14 64 Shannon Chapman AUS 10:50:15 11:23:36 01:09:28 05:48:24 07:02:52 03:47:23 44% +0% -56% (2) (126)
57 Janien Lubben NED n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
59 Natalie Seymour GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (1 IM Pro race) (n/a)
63 Sarah Lewis GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (1 IM Pro race) (n/a)

Note: Athletes with a ‘*’ are also registered for another race within 8 days.

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

  • Ruedi Wild: 21% (4-1)
  • Ivan Tutukin: 21% (4-1)
  • Clemente Alonso McKernan: 21% (4-1)
  • Matt Trautman: 14% (6-1)
  • Will Clarke: 10% (9-1)
  • Andreas Raelert: 6% (17-1)
  • Horst Reichel: 5% (18-1)

Female Race Participants

  • Corinne Abraham: 44% (1-1)
  • Caroline Steffen: 24% (3-1)
  • Kristin Liepold: 12% (7-1)
  • Sarah Piampiano: 8% (11-1)
  • Mareen Hufe: 6% (14-1)
  • Susie Cheetham: 4% (24-1)

Ironman Hamburg 2018 (July 28th) – Entry List

Updates:

  • July 8th: Added Julia Gajer (WPRO), Thomas Bosch, Benjamin Dicke, Philipp Fahrenholz, Jacob Frandsen, Christian Haupt, Christian Jais, Philipp Mock, Giulio Molinari, Sebastian Norberg, Stefan Overmars, Lukas Polan, Horst Reichel, Stefan Schumacher, Paul Schuster, Marc Unger, Diego Van Looy, and Ruedi Wild (MPRO)
  • June 25th: Added Corinne Abraham, Sarah Lewis, Angela Naeth, Caroline Steffen (WPRO) and Clemente Alonso McKernan, Victor Arroyo Bugallo, Vicenc Castella Serra, Will Clarke, Arnaud Guilloux, Samuel Huerzeler, Bryan McCrystal and Matt Trautman (MPRO)

Kona Slots and Prize Money

IM Hamburg has 1m+1f Pro Kona slots. It has a total prize purse of 80.000 US$, paying 10 deep.

Male Race Participants

Name Nation
Clemente Alonso McKernan (KQ) ESP
Victor Arroyo Bugallo ESP
Thomas Bosch GER
David Breuer GER
Steeve Brugiere FRA
Vicenc Castella Serra ESP
Will Clarke (KQ) GBR
Hannes Cool BEL
Roman Deisenhofer GER
Benjamin Dicke GER
Philipp Fahrenholz GER
Jacob Frandsen DEN
Sebastian Guhr GER
Arnaud Guilloux FRA
Christian Haupt GER
Kristian Hoegenhaug DEN
Esben Hovgaard DEN
Samuel Huerzeler SUI
Christian Jais GER
Markus Liebelt GER
Bryan McCrystal IRL
Philipp Mock GER
Giulio Molinari ITA
Grigorii Navrotskii RUS
Marek Nemcik SVK
Sebastian Norberg SWE
Stefan Overmars NED
Lukas Pietrek GER
Lukas Polan CZE
Andreas Raelert GER
Michael Raelert GER
Horst Reichel GER
Imanol Sagarzazu ESP
Alexander Schilling GER
Stefan Schumacher (KQ) GER
Paul Schuster GER
Matt Trautman (KQ) ZAF
Marc Unger GER
Diego Van Looy BEL
Ruedi Wild SUI

Female Race Participants

Name Nation
Corinne Abraham GBR
Shannon Chapman AUS
Susie Cheetham (KQ) GBR
Julia Gajer GER
Katharina Grohmann GER
Mareen Hufe (KQ) GER
Simona Krivankova CZE
Martina Kunz SUI
Sarah Lewis GBR
Kristin Liepold (KQ) GER
Janien Lubben NED
Angela Naeth CAN
Sarah Piampiano (KQ) USA
Natalie Seymour GBR
Caroline Steffen (KQ) SUI
Bianca Steurer (KQ) AUT

Kona Kings & Queens: Susie Cheetham

This is an excerpt from my “Kona 2018 Rating Report“. You can download your copy here.

Susie Points Susie Bib

Last year Susie raced to her second sixth place in Kona after 2015. She has improved her swim and bike: Her Kona bike split in 2017 was eleven minutes quicker than in 2015, an indication of the level of racing in Kona getting higher and higher.

This year she finished second behind Lucy in South Africa, setting a new run PR barely missing the 3-hour mark. Her summer race at IM Austria left her frustrated as the female Pro race was overshadowed by a drafting controversy.

Susie BikeSusie has been working hard to improve her bike leg and it’s hard to properly balance that with keeping her run strength. If she can manage another five-minute improvement on the bike in Kona, she could ride with a faster bike group and start the run still in touch with the podium spots. If she runs to her potential and is maybe even able to run her first sub-3, she will be in a great position to step up from her previous Kona results.

Photo: Susie on the bike at Kona 2017. 
Credit: Jay Prasuhn


Thorsten: Why have you decided not to race 70.3 Champs even though it’s in your “second home” South Africa?

Susie: The timing and travel aren’t ideal for preparation for Kona. For me, the focus has to be on Kona. I know I can have a better race at Kona and that means a solid build without too much travel and the risk of illness etc that comes with traveling and racing.

T: How do you view last year’s Kona result and your racing in 2018?

S: I was happy to come sixth for the second time! On the other hand I would have loved to improve my position. I do think it was a better performance than 2015 for the same position but that just shows how the standard continues to progress.
To be honest I think IM South Africa in April was my best Ironman to date. I was strong across all three disciplines, seconds away from breaking the 3-hour mark on a relatively tough run course. My decision to focus on a second Ironman that I didn’t need to do was probably the wrong one in hindsight but the timing has allowed me to come back and put in my best training block I’ve ever put together in the run-up to Kona.

T: How fierce is the rivalry between the British women? Sometimes there seem to be parallels to the German males in the 90s when being the first German was almost more important than finishing on the podium in Kona …

S: It’s funny, someone asked me which British women were going to Kona this year. I reeled off a couple of names but because we don’t compete as a team I wasn’t sure I’d covered everyone. The British women are really very strong, but I wouldn’t say I have an ambition to be the best Brit. If that was the case we’d all compete domestically and save the travel to Kona! For me finishing on the podium is a much stronger motivator, but in order to do so, you’ll probably have to be just about top Brit!

T: What’s the goal for this year’s race in Kona? What performance do you think will be needed for a podium in Kona?

S: You won’t make the podium in Kona unless you go sub-9 I would say. On the day you just give your best race, Kona is a race rather than targeting a specific time. But when you get the best women going head to head in the best shape of the year, you’re going to have to find something pretty special to make the podium. I think I’ve got that in me but it also means producing the best Ironman performance I’ve had to date. Everyone says it going into Kona, but I am training faster than I’ve ever done and I’ve had the best block of training I’ve ever done. All I can do is control what I’m capable of, I’m capable of more than I was last year but it depends where the rest of the women are which is something nobody will know until race day.

T: With ten IM finishes you are already one of the more experienced athletes who are racing at the front of the race. Do you have any advice for the Kona rookies?

S: It’s hot and windy! To be honest it’s the same as any Ironman in that it’s just an Ironman. What makes it tough is that you have the best women in the shape of the year on a hot and windy island. It’s when you start changing your prep (because you’re taking 16 different peoples advice) that you get into trouble!

T: With your long list of low-3 marathons (3:03 South Africa 2015, 3:02 in SA 2016, 3:02 in Brasil 2017, 3:00 at SA 2017), when will you be able to finally run a sub-3 marathon?

S: I know, right! If I’d known in SA .. had no idea I was so close! Start running with a better idea of what time I’m running maybe!? I’ve mixed up my run training a lot in this block. I’ve gone back to running training like I was when I was a runner. I’ve been cautious in the past because of injury but I’m more robust now than I’ve ever been. 2017 was about adapting my bike, I’ve been adjusting to that for the last year and now have got to the place that I can absorb that training and also get the run quality in (something that suffered at first when I moved to my bike coach). My run has been on a bit of a plateau because of that, but with some changes I have begun to see a shift in my running so I’m excited to see what that brings.

T: What changes have you made since becoming a full-time athlete?

S: I went full time mid-2015, so it seems a lifetime ago now. I suppose it’s all the little things. I have time to go and tweak my bike position, time to allow me to get away in the winter (northern hemisphere athletes will appreciate this is important!). The sleep is a big thing, when I was working I was training at 5 am, working a full day and getting on the bike at 7 or 7:30 pm which at the time I convinced myself was normal but in hindsight I have no idea how I did it!

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