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Kona 2017 Resources

Here is a list of resources for Kona 2017 (race on Saturday, October 14th):

I’ve had the chance to participate in a few recent podcast episodes, discussing the upcoming Kona race:

Here are some interesting articles written by friends in the Triathlon-Industry (please email me when you’ve found something of note that should be included!):

  • Tim Heming has written for the British “220 Triathlon” magazine about his Top 10 picks for the male Pros (female picks will be added at a later point).
  • Stef Hanson from Witsup is doing a series on the “Wahini Warriors” for this year’s female Pro race. So far, there are episodes on Michelle Vesterby and Sarah Piampiano, and Stef has probably added a few more since I updated this post.
  • A nice video on YouTube by “szTri” about Jan Frodeno and his motivation for this season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC3-Q2qaFNo.
  • Talbot Cox has posted a number of great “vlogs” on his YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/talbotcox44) about the Pro athletes participating in Kona.
  • The “Breakfast with Bob” interview videos have started. You can watch the Monday interviews (and the following day’s episodes) on the Babbitville YouTube Channel.

I’ll add to this list as soon as my friends and I release more information closer to the race!

Unofficial KPR & 2017 Kona Pro Slot Allocation for August Cutoff

2017 TitlePage Kona Report ThumbHere is my calculation of the KPR at the end of August, deciding the final 10 male and 7 female slots (in addition to the July slots). You’ll always find all Kona Pros in my “Always Up-to-date Kona 2017 Startlist“.

My results are unofficial, the official results will be posted on the Ironman website at http://eu.ironman.com/triathlon/triathlon-rankings/points-system.aspx (but as far as I can tell will show the same data).

There is still going to be some time before all slots have been accepted or maybe rolled down to the next athletes. Athletes with rankings shown in brackets (such as “(11)”) are out of the slot positions and have to hope for a rolldown slot. For now there is some speculation whether Marino Vanhoenacker and Chris McDonald would accept their slots.

Once the field has been finalized, I will work on this year’s version of the Kona Rating Report, looking at the field and each athlete’s chances for a good result. The free report will be released in time before the Kona race, you can already pre-order your copy.

Male KPR Rankings

Rank Name Points
DECL Vanhoenacker, Marino 4.555
1 Weiss, Michael 4.430
2 Wiltshire, Harry 3.765
3 Wurf, Cameron 3.485
4 Fachbach, Markus 3.400
5 Molinari, Giulio 3.395
6 Chevrot, Denis 3.390
7 Fox, Michael 3.355
8 Tohara, Kaito 3.330
9 López Diaz, Carlos 3.175
10 McDonald, Chris 3.048
(11) Llanos, Eneko 2.975
(12) Croneborg, Fredrik 2.820

Update Aug 22nd: All Top 10 males except for Marino have accepted their slots.

Update Aug 26th: Marino has declined his slot, and Chris McDonald accepted the rolldown. This means that all August slots have been decided.

Female KPR Rankings

Rank Athlete Points
1 Joyce, Rachel 5.880
2 Moeller, Kristin 5.120
3 McCauley, Jocelyn 4.415
4 Holst, Tine 4.295
Decl Kessler, Meredith 4.265
5 Chura, Haley 4.180
6 Bartlett, Nikki 4.055
7 Collonge, Jeanne 3.910
(8) Wutti, Eva 3.820
(9) Mack, Danielle 3.820

Nominally, Meredith Kessler would receive a slot but she’s pregnant and so is extremely likely to decline. I assume she will still be asked (and the rolldown procedure to take a while), but Jeanne Collonge should receive a rolldown slot. (Update Aug 21st: Jeanne has posted on her Facebook page that she has received an invitation.) In case more slots roll down, Eva Wutti would be the next in line, she has the better tie-breaking score than Danielle Mack who has the same number of points.

Update Aug 22nd: All slots on the female side have settled. As expected Meredith declined, and all slots (including Jeanne’s) have been accepted.

Always Up-to-date Kona 2017 Startlist

KPRTitleAfter all Kona slots have been decided, here is the preliminary start list for Kona 2017. There can still be some changes to the list – in addition to the August rolldown some athletes may get injured and decide not to start after all. There may be a few days in early September for a slot to roll down, but not closer to the race – that slot will just be gone then. I will update this list if any slots are declined or athletes announce that they won’t start. I will also update the list once Ironman assigns bib numbers. For now the lists are sorted in alphabetical order.

I provide a lot more details on the race and the participants in my free “Kona Rating Report” which you can order at https://gum.co/Kona2017 (donations welcome).

Lastest Updates

  • October 11th: Tim Don won’t be racing – in an Instagram post he says that he was hit by a car while riding his bike in Kona. He fractured his C2 vertebra and will require a brace for a few weeks but luckily no operation.

Male Race Participants

Bib Name Nation Age Kona Results
1 Jan Frodeno GER 36 3 finishes out of 3 starts, 2 Kona wins (2015, 2016)
2 Sebastian Kienle GER 33 5 finishes out of 5 starts, 1 Kona win (2014)
3 Ben Hoffman USA 34 6 finishes out of 7 starts
5 Patrick Lange GER 31 1 finish out of 1 start
6 Timothy O’Donnell USA 37 5 finishes out of 6 starts
7 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 38 7 finishes out of 9 starts, 1 Kona win (2013)
8 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 33 2 finishes out of 3 starts
9 Tim Don GBR 39 1 finish out of 2 starts
10 Boris Stein GER 32 3 finishes out of 3 starts
11 Pete Jacobs AUS 35 7 finishes out of 8 starts, 1 Kona win (2012)
12 Matt Hanson USA 32 0 finishes out of 1 start
14 Andy Potts USA 40 8 finishes out of 8 starts
15 Terenzo Bozzone NZL 32 2 finishes out of 4 starts
16 David McNamee GBR 29 2 finishes out of 2 starts
17 Matthew Russell USA 34 5 finishes out of 5 starts
18 Bart Aernouts BEL 33 4 finishes out of 5 starts
19 James Cunnama ZAF 34 3 finishes out of 4 starts
20 Nick Kastelein AUS 29 no previous Kona starts
21 Josh Amberger AUS 28 no previous Kona starts
22 Braden Currie NZL 31 no previous Kona starts
23 Ronnie Schildknecht SUI 38 7 finishes out of 11 starts
24 Tim Reed AUS 32 1 finish out of 2 starts
25 Nils Frommhold GER 31 2 finishes out of 2 starts
26 Patrik Nilsson SWE 26 no previous Kona starts
27 Joe Gambles AUS 35 2 finishes out of 3 starts
28 Tyler Butterfield BMU 34 3 finishes out of 5 starts
29 Ruedi Wild SUI 35 1 finish out of 1 start
30 Lionel Sanders CAN 29 2 finishes out of 2 starts
31 Brent McMahon CAN 37 2 finishes out of 2 starts
32 Ivan Tutukin RUS 31 no previous Kona starts
33 David Dellow AUS 38 2 finishes out of 2 starts
34 Cyril Viennot FRA 35 6 finishes out of 6 starts
35 Michael Weiss AUT 36 5 finishes out of 6 starts
36 Marko Albert EST 38 5 finishes out of 5 starts
37 Alessandro Degasperi ITA 36 1 finish out of 1 start
38 Tim Van Berkel AUS 33 3 finishes out of 3 starts
39 Igor Amorelli BRA 32 3 finishes out of 4 starts
40 Thiago Vinhal BRA 34 no previous Kona starts
41 David Plese SLO 34 2 finishes out of 3 starts
42 Marc Duelsen GER 32 no previous Kona starts
43 Harry Wiltshire GBR 34 2 finishes out of 2 starts
44 Jan Van Berkel SUI 29 1 finish out of 2 starts
45 Ivan Rana ESP 38 4 finishes out of 4 starts
46 Kirill Kotshegarov EST 31 1 finish out of 2 starts
47 Reinaldo Colucci BRA 31 1 finish out of 1 start
48 Patrick Evoe USA 40 1 finish out of 1 start
49 Cameron Wurf AUS 34 no previous Kona starts
50 Daniel Fontana ITA 41 2 finishes out of 4 starts
51 Jesse Thomas USA 37 1 finish out of 1 start
52 Markus Fachbach GER 35 1 finish out of 2 starts
53 Giulio Molinari ITA 29 no previous Kona starts
54 Denis Chevrot FRA 29 1 finish out of 2 starts
55 Michael Fox AUS 28 no previous Kona starts
56 Kaito Tohara JPN 28 no previous Kona starts
58 Chris McDonald AUS 39 1 finish out of 2 starts
59 Eneko Llanos ESP 40 8 finishes out of 11 starts

Female Race Participants

Bib Name Nation Age Kona Results
101 Daniela Ryf SUI 30 3 finishes out of 3 starts, 2 Kona wins (2015, 2016)
102 Sarah Crowley AUS 34 1 finish out of 1 start
103 Kaisa Sali FIN 36 1 finish out of 1 start
104 Sarah Piampiano USA 37 3 finishes out of 3 starts
105 Heather Jackson USA 33 2 finishes out of 2 starts
106 Michelle Vesterby DEN 34 5 finishes out of 5 starts
107 Susie Cheetham GBR 31 1 finish out of 2 starts
108 Anja Beranek GER 32 1 finish out of 3 starts
109 Michaela Herlbauer AUT 30 1 finish out of 1 start
110 Linsey Corbin USA 36 9 finishes out of 10 starts
111 Leanda Cave GBR 39 8 finishes out of 10 starts, 1 Kona win (2012)
112 Elizabeth Lyles USA 39 4 finishes out of 4 starts
113 Rachel Joyce GBR 39 7 finishes out of 7 starts
114 Annabel Luxford AUS 35 1 finish out of 2 starts
115 Laura Siddall GBR 37 no previous Kona starts
116 Jodie Robertson USA 1 finish out of 1 start
117 Carrie Lester AUS 35 2 finishes out of 2 starts
118 Lucy Charles GBR 24 no previous Kona starts
119 Astrid Stienen GER 38 0 finishes out of 1 start
120 Alexandra Tondeur BEL 30 1 finish out of 1 start
121 Camilla Pedersen DEN 34 2 finishes out of 2 starts
122 Asa Lundstroem SWE 33 3 finishes out of 3 starts
123 Corinne Abraham GBR 39 1 finish out of 1 start
124 Maja Stage Nielsen DEN 29 no previous Kona starts
125 Kristin Moeller GER 33 4 finishes out of 4 starts
126 Sonja Tajsich GER 41 4 finishes out of 5 starts
127 Dimity-Lee Duke AUS 2 finishes out of 2 starts
128 Mareen Hufe GER 39 2 finishes out of 3 starts
129 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 36 1 finish out of 1 start
130 Lauren Brandon USA 32 no previous Kona starts
131 Alicia Kaye USA 34 1 finish out of 1 start
132 Diana Riesler GER 33 0 finishes out of 1 start
133 Melissa Hauschildt AUS 34 0 finishes out of 1 start
134 Celine Schaerer SUI 27 no previous Kona starts
135 Katharina Grohmann GER 30 no previous Kona starts
136 Jocelyn McCauley USA 29 no previous Kona starts
138 Haley Chura USA 32 1 finish out of 2 starts
139 Nikki Bartlett GBR 30 no previous Kona starts
140 Jeanne Collonge FRA 30 no previous Kona starts

Injury List

Unfortunately, there are a few athletes that have crashed or suffer from an injury. They have to make recovery from surgery and injuries their top priority for now.

  • On August 16th Will Clarke was in a crash and suffered a separated shoulder that needed surgery. Will
    Update Aug 30th: Will posted on his Facebook page that his injuries turned out to be worse than expected and “hopes of getting to Kona start line are stopped right here.”
  • Tine Holst crashed on August 28th and broke her collarbone. She’s also had surgery and is back home to recover. Tine
    Update Aug 14th: Tine posted on her Facebook page that she needed a second surgery. Doctors have advised her not to use her arm for some time to allow for proper healing, forcing her to call an end to her season.
  • Andi Boecherer had a DNF in his early September prep race at 70.3 Santa Cruz. On his (German language) Facebook page he writes that he thinks he suffered a tear in his plantar tendon and will be flying home to Germany for treatment and making a start in Kona impossible.
  • On September 18th Carlos Lopez Dias posted on his Facebook page that he’s been hit by a car while training: Carlos
    It sounds as if there won’t be lasting damage, but the broken bones and stitches will take some time to heal and he won’t be able to race in Kona.
  • Update Sept 25th: Kaito Tohara announced on his Facebook page that he suffered another broken collarbone and that “the road to Kona is over”. He hopes to still be able to start in Kona, but even then just race to finish.

Fingers crossed for Will, Tine, Andi, Carlos and Kaito for a speedy recovery!

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