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PTO Championships 2020 at Challenge Daytona – Analyzing Results

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Female Race Results

Paula

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Paula Findlay CAN 00:25:01 01:51:13 01:06:25 03:24:55 -14:56 US$ 100,000
2 Anne Haug GER 00:25:55 01:54:26 01:05:01 03:27:32 -08:08 US$ 70,000
3 Laura Philipp GER 00:26:55 01:53:11 01:07:23 03:30:00 -07:22 US$ 50,000
4 Holly Lawrence GBR 00:24:58 01:55:38 01:08:26 03:31:09 -00:16 US$ 35,000
5 Amelia Watkinson NZL 00:25:57 01:55:06 01:08:38 03:31:50 -08:02 US$ 30,000
6 Skye Moench USA 00:26:04 01:54:18 01:09:44 03:32:30 -05:41 US$ 25,000
7 Fenella Langridge GBR 00:24:54 01:55:17 01:11:10 03:33:42 -10:52 US$ 23,000
8 Sara Svensk SWE 00:26:52 01:54:10 01:11:06 03:35:00 -07:41 US$ 20,000
9 Elisabetta Curridori ITA 00:27:43 01:56:32 01:08:17 03:35:07 -14:24 US$ 18,000
10 Nicola Spirig SUI 00:24:59 01:59:42 01:08:23 03:35:11 -04:50 US$ 17,000
11 Alissa Doehla USA 00:26:10 01:58:35 01:07:33 03:35:17 -09:15 US$ 15,000
12 Emma Pallant GBR 00:25:59 01:57:01 01:09:51 03:35:47 -03:23 US$ 13,000
13 Kimberley Morrison GBR 00:26:53 01:51:24 01:15:55 03:36:31 -10:11 US$ 11,000
14 Manon Genet FRA 00:27:15 01:56:54 01:10:01 03:36:35 -07:05 US$ 10,000
15 Jodie Stimpson GBR 00:24:59 02:00:39 01:08:48 03:36:38 02:20 US$ 9,000
16 Nikki Bartlett GBR 00:27:47 01:54:14 01:12:47 03:37:14 -08:15 US$ 8,000
17 Jeanni Seymour ZAF 00:25:00 01:58:43 01:11:18 03:37:23 -02:56 US$ 7,000
18 India Lee GBR 00:25:29 01:56:15 01:13:49 03:37:58 -02:42 US$ 6,000
19 Jackie Hering USA 00:26:49 01:55:58 01:12:51 03:38:19 00:26 US$ 5,000
20 Heather Jackson USA 00:29:11 01:55:51 01:11:35 03:38:41 00:27 US$ 4,000
21 Judith Corachan Vaquera ESP 00:26:14 01:57:20 01:12:44 03:38:46 -06:58 US$ 2,500
22 Lesley Smith USA 00:27:21 02:02:16 01:06:39 03:39:20 -02:03 US$ 2,500
23 Carrie Lester AUS 00:26:03 01:55:38 01:14:37 03:39:42 -03:47 US$ 2,500
24 Sarah Crowley AUS 00:26:02 01:56:57 01:14:56 03:40:33 04:58 US$ 2,500
25 Emma Bilham SUI 00:26:24 01:59:02 01:12:50 03:41:00 -07:10 US$ 2,500
26 Pamella Oliveira BRA 00:25:03 01:54:40 01:19:02 03:41:05 -00:44 US$ 2,500
27 Lauren Brandon USA 00:24:24 01:55:32 01:18:49 03:41:17 -10:42 US$ 2,500
28 Lucy Hall GBR 00:24:16 01:55:07 01:20:45 03:42:18 -05:12 US$ 2,500
29 Danielle Lewis USA 00:32:20 01:55:19 01:13:13 03:43:08 -06:32 US$ 2,500
30 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 00:31:10 01:59:06 01:10:17 03:43:28 -06:52 US$ 2,500
31 Renee Kiley AUS 00:29:12 01:54:21 01:17:58 03:44:40 -10:57 US$ 2,500
32 Rach McBride CAN 00:27:43 01:56:52 01:17:26 03:44:58 -01:00 US$ 2,500
33 Amelie Kretz CAN 00:25:25 02:01:52 01:16:37 03:46:07 n/a US$ 2,500
34 Lisa Becharas USA 00:27:47 01:57:14 01:19:00 03:46:52 -07:44 US$ 2,500
35 Jennifer Spieldenner USA 00:25:23 02:01:02 01:19:13 03:48:12 02:28 US$ 2,500
36 Michelle Vesterby DEN 00:26:55 01:58:52 01:19:59 03:48:47 -03:30 US$ 2,500
37 Kelsey Withrow USA 00:25:56 02:00:24 01:19:37 03:48:47 00:01 US$ 2,500
38 Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 00:26:57 02:04:15 01:17:50 03:51:24 08:19 US$ 2,500
39 Kristin Liepold GER 00:35:22 02:08:23 01:09:20 03:57:24 03:18 US$ 2,500
40 Angela Naeth CAN 00:30:57 01:59:42 01:24:56 03:58:21 16:22 US$ 2,500
  Lisa Norden SWE 00:25:02 01:51:04   DNF    
  Carolin Lehrieder GER 00:26:00     DNF    
  Katrina Matthews GBR 00:27:45     DNF    
  Ruth Astle GBR 00:30:24     DNF    

Male Race Results

Gustav

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Gustav Iden NOR 00:23:44 01:41:02 00:58:16 03:05:06 -03:25 US$ 100,000
2 Matt Hanson USA 00:24:40 01:41:44 00:57:21 03:05:57 -12:29 US$ 70,000
3 George Goodwin GBR 00:24:47 01:39:34 00:59:29 03:06:09 -12:53 US$ 50,000
4 Lionel Sanders CAN 00:25:54 01:38:30 00:59:46 03:06:16 -04:06 US$ 35,000
5 Rudy Von Berg USA 00:23:41 01:39:31 01:01:27 03:06:41 -06:33 US$ 30,000
6 Sam Appleton AUS 00:23:14 01:39:58 01:01:34 03:06:58 -07:35 US$ 25,000
7 Henri Schoeman ZAF 00:22:25 01:42:15 01:00:30 03:07:16 -09:36 US$ 23,000
8 Vincent Luis FRA 00:22:28 01:41:53 01:01:05 03:07:21 n/a US$ 20,000
9 Sam Long USA 00:25:55 01:38:23 01:01:05 03:07:28 -10:40 US$ 18,000
10 Andreas Dreitz GER 00:24:42 01:39:18 01:01:23 03:07:45 -09:14 US$ 17,000
11 Javier Gomez ESP 00:22:30 01:44:31 00:58:49 03:07:51 -05:09 US$ 15,000
12 Thomas Davis GBR 00:22:35 01:40:57 01:02:18 03:07:57 -14:19 US$ 13,000
13 Florian Angert GER 00:22:42 01:40:41 01:02:42 03:08:14 -07:41 US$ 11,000
14 Magnus Elbaek Ditlev DEN 00:24:54 01:38:12 01:03:29 03:08:57 -04:04 US$ 10,000
15 Adam Bowden GBR 00:22:38 01:43:02 01:01:16 03:09:16 -08:14 US$ 9,000
16 Timothy O’Donnell USA 00:23:17 01:40:14 01:04:48 03:10:15 -05:42 US$ 8,000
17 Frederic Funk GER 00:23:47 01:40:17 01:04:04 03:10:34 -07:09 US$ 7,000
18 Pieter Heemeryck BEL 00:24:03 01:41:08 01:03:38 03:10:45 -03:48 US$ 6,000
19 Chris Leiferman USA 00:25:51 01:42:46 01:00:13 03:10:58 -07:12 US$ 5,000
20 Ben Kanute USA 00:22:33 01:42:02 01:04:47 03:11:21 -05:29 US$ 4,000
21 Cody Beals CAN 00:24:59 01:43:39 01:00:52 03:11:42 -08:57 US$ 2,500
22 Andy Potts USA 00:23:20 01:42:05 01:04:35 03:12:28 -06:18 US$ 2,500
23 Ruedi Wild SUI 00:24:05 01:45:21 01:01:06 03:13:03 -04:01 US$ 2,500
24 Jackson Laundry CAN 00:24:51 01:45:28 01:00:44 03:13:17 -03:30 US$ 2,500
25 Boris Stein GER 00:25:07 01:39:35 01:06:28 03:13:24 -05:04 US$ 2,500
26 Joe Gambles AUS 00:23:50 01:44:38 01:03:00 03:13:47 -03:42 US$ 2,500
27 Thomas Steger AUT 00:24:02 01:44:12 01:03:07 03:13:56 -04:40 US$ 2,500
28 Michael Weiss AUT 00:26:33 01:42:09 01:02:47 03:14:26 -01:52 US$ 2,500
29 Jason West USA 00:23:19 01:47:57 01:01:21 03:14:52 -03:05 US$ 2,500
30 Jonathan Brownlee GBR 00:22:30 01:43:05 01:07:47 03:15:12 n/a US$ 2,500
31 Eneko Llanos ESP 00:25:04 01:45:27 01:02:38 03:15:41 -07:01 US$ 2,500
32 David Plese SLO 00:25:12 01:46:31 01:02:03 03:16:29 -08:02 US$ 2,500
33 Justin Metzler USA 00:23:58 01:46:12 01:04:20 03:16:41 -05:00 US$ 2,500
34 James Cunnama ZAF 00:25:57 01:43:05 01:05:53 03:17:13 00:02 US$ 2,500
35 Bradley Weiss ZAF 00:24:45 01:45:55 01:05:12 03:18:18 01:17 US$ 2,500
36 Igor Amorelli BRA 00:24:40 01:46:10 01:08:03 03:21:16 07:21 US$ 2,500
37 Matthew Russell USA 00:29:49 01:41:57 01:07:21 03:21:51 00:57 US$ 2,500
38 Ben Hoffman USA 00:24:55 01:51:34 01:05:30 03:24:37 10:29 US$ 2,500
39 Eric Lagerstrom USA 00:23:16 01:49:03 01:11:26 03:26:08 08:59 US$ 2,500
40 Nils Frommhold GER 00:23:20 01:53:16 01:07:31 03:26:38 07:06 US$ 2,500
41 Kieran Lindars GBR 00:24:38 01:55:40 01:05:41 03:29:13 03:36 US$ 2,500
42 Taylor Reid CAN 00:24:44 01:46:54 01:15:09 03:29:17 07:09 US$ 2,500
43 Philipp Koutny SUI 00:25:06 01:47:58 01:13:59 03:29:29 06:55 US$ 2,500
44 Kristian Hogenhaug DEN 00:25:02 01:40:09 01:27:58 03:35:50 17:04 US$ 2,500
45 Andre Lopes BRA 00:23:50 02:07:19 01:05:51 03:39:29 18:48 US$ 2,500
46 Jesper Svensson SWE 00:22:53 02:03:39 01:11:30 03:40:25 19:39 US$ 2,500
  Alistair Brownlee GBR 00:22:29 01:40:58   DNF    
  Andrea Salvisberg SUI 00:22:27     DNF    
  Morgan Pearson USA 00:22:31     DNF    
  Matthew McElroy USA 00:22:34     DNF    
  Daniel Baekkegard DEN 00:22:40     DNF    
  Sebastian Kienle GER 00:24:51     DNF    
  Tim Don GBR 00:24:53     DNF    
  Andi Boecherer GER 00:25:00     DNF    

PTO 2020 Championship – How the Race Might Unfold

Based on my seedings for Daytona, it’s interesting to have a look at how the race might unfold and what to look for at various points of the coverage.

Of course all data-based predictions have some limitations: First of all, some athletes have never raced at the half-distance – so even if Vincent Luis and Jonny Brownlee are likely going to play big roles in the race, I can’t really data-predict how they will be able to do in Daytona. Next, the data predictions don’t take into account how race dynamics will impact an athlete’s behavior in the race. With small differences, athletes will probably stay together, usually because some athletes swim, ride or run just slightly faster to stay with someone else. Then, especially some young athletes have made lots of progress from season to season and it’s difficult to properly assess their current capability. And of course there is also a “2020-special factor” when a lot of athletes had to take a long break because of Covid, and some of them haven’t raced at all in 2020 before Daytona.

So even with all these caveats and the “limited time and space” meaning we can’t discuss the chances of every athlete on the Daytona start line, I hope that the following discussion gives you a good indication of what to look for during the race .. and to quickly spot when something unexpected happens.

Women’s Race

Here’s the expected race development graph for most of the female contenders (click on the graph for a hi-res version):

Swim

  • Lucy Hall and Lauren Brandon are two very strong swimmers in the field who will likely battle for the lead into T1. On paper, I have Lucy ahead by nine seconds – which is of course too close to make a solid prediction. Maybe Jodie Stimpson will be able to hold on to the feet of Lucy and Lauren.
  • Among the rest of the field, Holly Lawrence is probably the strongest swimmer, and it’ll be interesting to see if she is able to swim away from the other contenders, maybe even staying with the front group.
  • The rest of the contenders will do their best not to let Holly get a gap from the start. With Pamella Oliveira, Jen Spieldenner, Nicola Spirig, India Lee, Paula Findlay and Meredith Kessler there are quite a few experienced women who usually come out at the front of other races. They will probably try to stay with Holly, probably meaning that the swim pace will be “on” from the gun. On paper, this group would lose about 2 minutes to the swim leaders.
  • When the athletes enter T1, look how much time the strong bike riders such as Lisa Norden, Sarah Crowley (based on seed times about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes slower in the swim) and maybe Heather Jackson (4 1/2 minutes) are behind – a good swim with a smaller gap to the front can boost their chances for a good result. Another interesting athlete to look for after the swim is Kona winner Anne Haug: She will mainly shine on the run, but a good swim (on paper 3 minutes behind in T1) and catching a good bike group will be part of her plan.

Early Bike

  • The main question at the front of the race will be how long it’s going to take Holly to work her way into the lead and who can stay with her. Last year, Lisa Norden and Paula Findlay rode hard at the start of the bike to catch up to swim leader Lucy Charles (unfortunately not racing this year). After they caught up to her the group of three were watching each other and stayed together – maybe this year Holly will be able to break away from the others?
  • Behind the lead group, will there be a “chase group” and who will be in that group? Or will the 20-meter draft rule in Daytona lead to a splintered field?

Into T2

  • On paper, Holly should be the strongest athlete on the bike, so the question will be if she can ride away from the other good swimmers and if any of the strong bike riders will be able to make up time to her.
  • If a “chase group” forms, will Nicola Spirig or Jackie Hering (slower bike riders on paper) be able to stay with them? Will Heather Jackson be able to make up time and ride up to them?
  • Here’s a look at some of the main contenders and their bike capabilities (without any tactical considerations and group dynamics):
    • baseline: Holly Lawrence (well under 2 hours, probably around 1:57 for the 80k bike course)
    • + 1minute: Lisa Norden
    • + 2 minutes: Heather Jackson, Sarah Crowley, Amelia Watkinson, Paula Findley, maybe Jodie Stimpson
      (with just one 70.3 race – a second place at 70.3 Bahrain 2019 behind Holly – it’s difficult to predict how Jodie is going to perform in Daytona)
    • + 3 minutes: Skye Moench, Laura Philipp
    • + 5 minutes: Anne Haug, Lauren Brandon
    • + 7 minutes: Lucy Hall
    • + 8 minutes: Nicola Spirig
      (Nicola will be an interesting one, I wouldn’t be surprised to see her ride much faster than in her previous races where she didn’t race a field of the Daytona caliber)

Run

  • If things go according to plan for Holly, she should already have a solid gap in T2. Except for Anne Haug, no one should be able to put more than two minutes into her on the run. Anne would need to be within five minutes of Holly to still have a shot at winning, but even if she’s further back she’ll still be running for a podium finish.
  • The strong swim/bikers such as Lucy Hall, Lauren Brandon, or Lisa Norden will need a great day to not be overtaken by the faster runners.
  • Here’s a look at the run capabilities of the main contenders:
    • – 5 minutes: Anne Haug
    • – 2 minutes: Nicola Spirig, Jackie Hering
    • baseline: Holly Lawrence, Laura Philipp (probably around 1:10 for the 18k run course)
    • + 1 minute: Sarah Crowley, Jodie Stimpson
    • + 2 minutes: Heather Jackson, Paula Findlay, Amelia Watkinson
    • + 9 minutes (and more): Lisa Norden, Lucy Hall, Lauren Brandon

Men’s Race

Here’s the expected race development graph for a selection of the male contenders (click on the graph for a hi-res version):

Swim

  • The swim is probably going to be dominated by the fast ITU athletes racing Daytona, most notably Henri Schoeman. He’s often leading the swims in ITU races, and if he goes hard in the swim he should be able to put at least a few seconds into other Olympic Distance racers such as Jonny Brownlee or Vincent Luis (who are racing their first longer race and are therefore “unseeded”) and probably a bit more into the ones moving “back and forth” between distances, such Ali Brownlee, Javier Gomez or Ben Kanute.
  • The longer-distance athletes such as Sam Appleton, Rudy Von Berg or Pieter Heemeryck are probably going to be around 90 seconds behind after the swim.
  • A few more notable athletes are going to be further back: Gustav Iden and Magnus Ditlev will lose a bit more time (probably just over two minutes), but the field could be deep enough for just one large group.
  • As is typical for them, Sebastian Kienle and Lionel Sanders will start “from behind” after the swim, according to the seedings they will have to make up around four minutes on the bike.

Early Bike

  • Even if there are going to be a few seconds between the fastest swimmers, we will likely see a bigger “lead group” with Henri Schoeman, Alistair Brownlee, Javier Gomez, Sam Appleton, Ben Kanute, probably also Vincent Luis and Jonny Brownlee and maybe a few others. Who will set the pace in that group, and who will struggle to stay with the group?
  • There are two more athletes that you should follow in the early parts of the bike: Gustav Iden and Magnus Ditlev might be able to make up time to the front group. Will they also drag other athletes with them?
  • Lionel Sanders and Sebastian Kienle will also want to ride up to the front group – but their larger gap after the swim means that it’ll take them a good while longer to close the gap. Sam Long could be another athlete that starts to make up ground after losing some time in the swim.

Into T2

  • Will someone such as Magnus Ditlev be able to ride away from the lead group? Or will Ali Brownlee and the others keep the group more or less together? With the flat and fast bike course in Daytona it is unlikely that there are going to be multiple bike groups such as on the mountain course at 70.3 Worlds in Nice last year.
  • How well will the ITU athletes be able to ride on the longer distance? The flat course in Daytona will demand them to ride in the aero position for most of the 80k bike – a position that they might not be as accustomed to as the athletes with more experience on the longer distances. Watch for signs of being uncomfortable in the aero position, such as moving around on the saddle.
  • You can expect some hard efforts to drop athletes in the last quarter of the bike ride when maybe their concentration starts to slip a bit. If Lionel and/or Sebi are able to ride up to the front group, watch for the pace to pick up even more when they work their way through the group.
  • Here’s a look at some of the main contenders and their bike capabilities (without any tactical considerations and group dynamics):
    • – 2 minutes: Magnus Ditlev, Lionel Sanders
    • – 1 minute: Gustav Iden, Sebastian Kienle
    • baseline: Alistair Brownlee, Sam Appleton (around 1:45)
    • +1 minute: Rudy Von Berg, Pieter Heemeryck
    • + 3 minutes: Javier Gomez, Henri Schoeman
    • (Please note that Vincent Luis and Jonny Brownlee are unseeded as they haven’t yet raced longer than Olympic Distance.)

Run

  • Even if it’s hard to predict who is going to run well in Daytona, you can expect the pace to be extra-hard coming out of T2. Everyone will want to impress with their run speed. Gustav Iden would like to show that Daytona is going to be a repeat of his win at 70.3 Worlds in Nice, while Javier and Ali will want to show that they can run faster than in Nice or South Africa 2018 (when Jan Frodeno was able to gap them). I expect the winner to run under an hour for the 18k run course in Daytona.
  • Where are the ITU athletes at the start of the run, and how well will they be able to run, especially beyond the 10k mark? It won’t be a surprise to see “unseeded” Vincent Luis and Jonny Brownlee fight for the win or finish on the podium.
  • Which athletes from the bike lead group will be able to run well? Some of the 70.3 specialists such as Rudy Von Berg or Pieter Heemeryck would love to battle it out with “the ITU group” at the front but will likely lose some time to them.
  • What will Lionel and Sebi be able to do on the run? Sebi has run well in Nice (second fastest run split behind Gustav) and Lionel is always ready to work extra hard on the run – as evidenced by his run duel with Pablo Dapena in last year’s Daytona race.
  • Here’s a look at the run capabilities of the main contenders:
    • – 2 minutes: Gustav Iden
    •  baseline: Alistair Brownlee, Javier Gomez, Lionel Sanders (around 1:02)
    • + 1:30 minutes: Sebastian Kienle, Rudy Von Berg
    • + 2:30 minutes: Pieter Heemeryck, Sam Appleton
    • + 4 minutes: Magnus Ditlev
    • (Please note that Vincent Luis and Jonny Brownlee are unseeded as they haven’t yet raced longer than Olympic Distance.)

PTO 2020 Championship at Challenge Daytona (December 6th)

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Daytona

Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2018 Pieter Heemeryck (BEL) 02:27:45 Sarah Haskins (USA) 02:42:52
2019 Lionel Sanders (CAN) 02:23:02 Paula Findlay (CAN) 02:38:47

Last Race’s TOP 3

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Lionel Sanders CAN 00:23:15 01:14:54 00:42:51 02:23:02
2 Pablo Dapena Gonzalez ESP 00:20:44 01:17:22 00:43:31 02:23:32
3 Jason West USA 00:20:46 01:21:26 00:43:19 02:27:32

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Paula Findlay CAN 00:22:49 01:25:01 00:48:52 02:38:47
2 Lucy Charles-Barclay GBR 00:21:40 01:26:14 00:49:50 02:39:48
3 Lisa Norden SWE 00:22:50 01:25:01 00:53:45 02:43:50

Prize Money

Challenge Daytona has a total prize purse of 1.115.000 US$, paying 60 deep.

Estimated Time Plan

The following table shows the time plan for the race start and the estimated times for the first athlete in the transition zones or across the finish line. The estimates are based on the local start time and my time estimates, these times can change based on how fast or slow the race ends up:

What Est. Racetime Est. Local Time
Female Pro Start 10:00 am
First Female in T1 00:23:23 10:23 am
First Female in T2 02:23:53 12:23 pm
Female Winner 03:34:48 1:34 pm
Male Pro Start 2:00 pm
First Male in T1 00:25:32 2:25 pm
First Male in T2 02:09:23 4:09 pm
Male Winner 03:10:07 5:10 pm

Daytona is on Eastern Standard Time, 5 hours behind of UTC. Here are the conversions to a few other time zones:

  • + 14 hours: Melbourne (AEDT), races start on Monday at 2am and 6am
  • +5 hours: United Kingdom (GMT), races start at 3pm and 7pm
  • + 6 hours: Central Europe (CET), races start at 4pm and 8 pm
  • +/- 0 hours: US East Coast (EST), races start at 10am and and 2pm
  • – 3 hours: US West Coast (PST), races start at 7am and 11 am

A “Technical Note” on Predicted Times

In previous years, Challenge Daytona was contested on a distance of 1.6k swim, 60k bike, and 13k run. Obviously, this is very different from the normal 70.3 distances, but even so it is obvious that the course is very fast. Take for example the bike time of Lionel Sanders: Scaling up his 1:14:54 (from a 60k bike) to a “normal” 70.3 distance of 90k, you get a 1:52:21 – a few minutes faster than the fastest times on “legitimate” 70.3 courses or about the same as the fastest bike time on the known-to-be-somewhat-short 70.3 Dubai. Similarly, Paula Findley and Lisa Norden rode a 1:25:01 last year which equals a 2:07:31. (For comparison, Imogen Simmonds rode a 2:06:58 when she won in Dubai.)

But it’s tricky to transfer the times from last year to this year’s PTO Championship which will be a 2k swim, 80k bike, and 18k run. The swim and run times can probably just be linearly scaled from the regular distances, but what about the bike? As discussed above, the flat, fast Daytona course is likely to have a big impact on the bike times. Continuing to use Lionel as an example, scaling down his 70.3 bike rating (2:07:48) to 80k, we’d get a 1:53 while his 2019 time (scaled to 80k = 1:40) is only 90% of that. Of course there will be some speed differences between riding 60k, 80k and 90k, but coming up with an exact number is next to impossible with the limited amount of data there is. (For those interested, I’m speeding up the scaled 80k bike times to 92% which gives Lionel an expected bike time of 1:43:29.)

All of this goes to show that the times shown in the seedings below have to be taken with an even larger grain of salt than for other races. But I think they still provide some value in that the order of the athletes and – probably as important – the time difference between the athletes should be pretty stable (at least for those with a decent number of 70.3s) and give a good indication of how the race might unfold when everyone is racing with their “paper form”. For example, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Magnus Ditlev to ride through the field on the bike. Even then, numbers can’t predict what is going to happen when he rides past Alistair Brownlee or Gustav Iden and if Ali is going to stay with him (or trust his much better run). Similarly, on the women’s side Holly Lawrence should ride away from the rest of the field on the bike, possibly building a large enough lead for the run. But there are a few ladies in the field who have raced well in 2020 – for example Lisa Norden has posted the fastest bike split in all her 2020 races (and consistently outperformed my predictions), and at IM Florida four weeks before Daytona, Renee Kiley, Ruth Astle, Skye Moench and Kat Matthews have ridden splits of 4:32 to 4:36 over a flat 180k bike course – even if they don’t ride at a much faster speed they’d be under the two-hour-mark in Daytona.

Male Race Participants

# Bib Name Nat Expected ESwim EBike ET2 ERun
1 54 Gustav Iden NOR 03:11:13 00:25:39 01:44:48 02:12:27 00:58:46
2 1 Alistair Brownlee GBR 03:12:50 00:24:27 01:45:30 02:11:57 01:00:53
3 3 Lionel Sanders CAN 03:14:31 00:27:43 01:43:29 02:13:12 01:01:19
4 7 Javier Gomez ESP 03:15:31 00:24:06 01:48:46 02:14:52 01:00:39
5 53 Magnus Elbaek Ditlev DEN 03:16:37 00:25:59 01:43:24 02:11:23 01:05:14
6 5 Rudy Von Berg USA 03:16:56 00:25:05 01:46:54 02:13:59 01:02:57
7 2 Sebastian Kienle GER 03:16:59 00:27:17 01:45:06 02:14:23 01:02:36
8 14 Sam Appleton AUS 03:17:18 00:24:56 01:45:50 02:12:46 01:04:32
9 9 Pieter Heemeryck BEL 03:18:12 00:25:14 01:47:13 02:14:27 01:03:45
10 18 Daniel Baekkegard DEN 03:18:58 00:24:29 01:49:15 02:15:44 01:03:14
11 17 Florian Angert GER 03:19:01 00:24:47 01:47:40 02:14:27 01:04:34
12 8 Timothy O’Donnell USA 03:19:09 00:24:58 01:47:14 02:14:12 01:04:57
13 16 Maurice Clavel GER 03:19:10 00:25:19 01:47:22 02:14:41 01:04:29
14 56 Henri Schoeman ZAF 03:19:16 00:23:23 01:48:58 02:14:21 01:04:55
15 24 Igor Amorelli BRA 03:19:28 00:25:15 01:45:03 02:12:18 01:07:10
16 26 Ben Kanute USA 03:19:41 00:24:38 01:47:19 02:13:57 01:05:44
17 32 Sam Long USA 03:19:53 00:28:16 01:45:08 02:15:24 01:04:29
18 34 Adam Bowden GBR 03:20:09 00:24:43 01:51:26 02:18:09 01:02:00
19 25 Andi Boecherer GER 03:20:10 00:25:40 01:47:04 02:14:44 01:05:26
20 10 Andreas Dreitz GER 03:20:29 00:26:35 01:46:29 02:15:04 01:05:25
21 29 Bradley Weiss ZAF 03:20:42 00:25:48 01:49:42 02:17:30 01:03:12
22 27 Frederic Funk GER 03:20:43 00:25:20 01:47:36 02:14:56 01:05:47
23 36 Ruedi Wild SUI 03:20:46 00:25:20 01:49:54 02:17:14 01:03:32
24 4 Ben Hoffman USA 03:20:47 00:26:08 01:48:12 02:16:20 01:04:27
25 11 Michael Weiss AUT 03:20:58 00:28:42 01:47:20 02:18:02 01:02:56
26 49 Chris Leiferman USA 03:21:01 00:27:28 01:46:58 02:16:26 01:04:35
27 13 Matt Hanson USA 03:21:04 00:28:29 01:44:45 02:15:14 01:05:50
28 44 Tim Don GBR 03:21:07 00:25:32 01:48:43 02:16:15 01:04:52
29 28 Andy Potts USA 03:21:13 00:25:04 01:49:30 02:16:34 01:04:39
30 40 Joe Gambles AUS 03:21:13 00:26:08 01:48:28 02:16:36 01:04:37
31 35 Jackson Laundry CAN 03:21:15 00:26:48 01:47:50 02:16:38 01:04:37
32 31 George Goodwin GBR 03:21:24 00:26:04 01:50:31 02:18:35 01:02:49
33 50 James Cunnama ZAF 03:21:33 00:27:00 01:48:44 02:17:44 01:03:49
34 12 Bart Aernouts BEL 03:21:40 00:28:37 01:47:31 02:18:08 01:03:32
35 52 Jason West USA 03:21:42 00:25:39 01:50:49 02:18:28 01:03:14
36 39 Thomas Steger AUT 03:22:14 00:26:34 01:50:37 02:19:11 01:03:03
37 41 Boris Stein GER 03:22:29 00:27:54 01:47:31 02:17:25 01:05:04
38 15 Cody Beals CAN 03:22:37 00:26:54 01:48:48 02:17:42 01:04:55
39 43 Eric Lagerstrom USA 03:22:44 00:24:48 01:49:28 02:16:16 01:06:28
40 42 Thomas Davis GBR 03:22:48 00:24:43 01:51:28 02:18:11 01:04:37
41 20 Andrew Starykowicz USA 03:23:17 00:26:07 01:46:42 02:14:49 01:08:28
42 Cameron Wurf AUS 03:23:38 00:27:27 01:46:17 02:15:44 01:07:54
43 30 Eneko Llanos ESP 03:23:54 00:25:33 01:52:19 02:19:52 01:04:02
44 37 Nils Frommhold GER 03:24:32 00:25:27 01:48:21 02:15:48 01:08:44
45 48 Justin Metzler USA 03:24:35 00:25:54 01:51:04 02:18:58 01:05:37
46 23 Matthew Russell USA 03:26:01 00:29:15 01:48:07 02:19:22 01:06:39
47 33 Kristian Hogenhaug DEN 03:26:31 00:26:33 01:47:38 02:16:11 01:10:20
48 45 Taylor Reid CAN 03:26:39 00:26:51 01:51:17 02:20:08 01:06:31
49 46 Jesper Svensson SWE 03:27:27 00:25:02 01:51:34 02:18:36 01:08:51
50 51 Andre Lopes BRA 03:27:54 00:26:47 01:52:00 02:20:47 01:07:07
51 22 Philipp Koutny SUI 03:28:05 00:26:48 01:52:18 02:21:06 01:06:59
52 38 David Plese SLO 03:28:10 00:27:53 01:51:45 02:21:38 01:06:32
53 55 Kieran Lindars GBR 03:30:31 00:24:42 01:56:30 02:23:12 01:07:19
54 59 Andrea Salvisberg SUI 04:05:05 unrated unrated unrated unrated
57 Jonathan Brownlee GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated
58 Vincent Luis FRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated
60 Morgan Pearson USA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated
61 Matthew McElroy USA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated

Female Race Participants

# Bib Name Nat Expected ESwim EBike ET2 ERun
1 102 Holly Lawrence GBR 03:35:44 00:26:19 01:57:34 02:25:53 01:09:51
2 101 Anne Haug GER 03:37:46 00:28:29 02:02:28 02:32:57 01:04:49
3 150 Jodie Stimpson GBR 03:39:02 00:25:57 02:00:07 02:28:04 01:10:58
4 108 Paula Findlay CAN 03:41:23 00:27:27 02:00:19 02:29:46 01:11:37
5 100 Sarah Crowley AUS 03:41:31 00:28:39 01:59:58 02:30:37 01:10:54
6 105 Laura Philipp GER 03:41:59 00:29:42 02:00:51 02:32:33 01:09:26
7 110 Amelia Watkinson NZL 03:42:02 00:27:57 02:00:08 02:30:05 01:11:57
8 152 Nicola Spirig SUI 03:42:05 00:27:25 02:05:21 02:34:46 01:07:19
9 111 Jackie Hering USA 03:42:42 00:29:02 02:03:30 02:34:32 01:08:10
10 104 Heather Jackson USA 03:43:20 00:30:12 01:59:43 02:31:55 01:11:25
11 115 Emma Pallant GBR 03:43:23 00:29:21 02:03:15 02:34:36 01:08:47
12 112 Jeanni Seymour ZAF 03:43:50 00:27:47 02:02:43 02:32:30 01:11:20
13 106 Skye Moench USA 03:43:52 00:29:42 02:00:27 02:32:09 01:11:43
14 130 Katrina Matthews GBR 03:44:29 00:29:20 02:02:32 02:33:52 01:10:37
15 153 Anneke Jenkins NZL 03:44:40 00:27:38 02:04:55 02:34:33 01:10:07
16 127 India Lee GBR 03:44:49 00:27:25 02:02:13 02:31:38 01:13:11
17 113 Sara Svensk SWE 03:45:18 00:31:07 02:01:44 02:34:51 01:10:27
18 119 Lesley Smith USA 03:45:30 00:29:13 02:04:51 02:36:04 01:09:26
19 117 Meredith Kessler USA 03:45:58 00:27:29 02:03:33 02:33:02 01:12:56
20 129 Pamella Oliveira BRA 03:46:08 00:26:54 02:02:11 02:31:05 01:15:03
21 135 Lisa Norden SWE 03:47:10 00:27:58 01:59:18 02:29:16 01:17:54
22 103 Carrie Lester AUS 03:47:16 00:28:25 02:02:29 02:32:54 01:14:22
23 123 Manon Genet FRA 03:47:26 00:30:09 02:03:05 02:35:14 01:12:12
24 137 Alissa Doehla USA 03:47:40 00:29:48 02:03:21 02:35:09 01:12:31
25 131 Fenella Langridge GBR 03:47:45 00:27:48 02:05:19 02:35:07 01:12:38
26 118 Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 03:48:54 00:28:44 02:03:57 02:34:41 01:14:13
27 138 Nikki Bartlett GBR 03:48:54 00:30:39 02:03:11 02:35:50 01:13:04
28 121 Kimberley Morrison GBR 03:49:05 00:29:29 02:00:11 02:31:40 01:17:25
29 116 Judith Corachan Vaquera ESP 03:49:44 00:28:41 02:05:31 02:36:12 01:13:32
30 133 Angela Naeth CAN 03:49:48 00:31:32 02:00:37 02:34:09 01:15:39
31 144 Lucy Hall GBR 03:49:51 00:25:32 02:04:12 02:31:44 01:18:07
32 140 Jennifer Spieldenner USA 03:50:14 00:27:02 02:05:54 02:34:56 01:15:18
33 141 Elisabetta Curridori ITA 03:50:31 00:29:55 02:05:44 02:37:39 01:12:52
34 134 Rach McBride CAN 03:50:51 00:28:43 02:02:58 02:33:41 01:17:10
35 139 Emma Bilham SUI 03:51:24 00:28:38 02:06:10 02:36:48 01:14:36
36 154 Ruth Astle GBR 03:51:47 00:32:18 02:04:17 02:38:35 01:13:12
37 128 Lauren Brandon USA 03:52:00 00:25:41 02:02:37 02:30:18 01:21:42
38 142 Kelsey Withrow USA 03:52:18 00:27:56 02:05:42 02:35:38 01:16:40
39 145 Danielle Lewis USA 03:53:45 00:36:33 02:02:06 02:40:39 01:13:06
40 120 Carolin Lehrieder GER 03:53:59 00:28:59 02:07:07 02:38:06 01:15:53
41 114 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 03:55:13 00:34:26 02:08:15 02:44:41 01:10:32
42 146 Renee Kiley AUS 03:56:06 00:30:42 02:02:50 02:35:32 01:20:34
43 125 Michelle Vesterby DEN 03:56:50 00:28:11 02:07:11 02:37:22 01:19:28
44 126 Lisa Roberts USA 03:57:41 00:33:24 02:08:24 02:43:48 01:13:53
45 147 Lisa Becharas USA 03:57:41 00:32:36 02:04:37 02:39:13 01:18:28
46 132 Kristin Liepold GER 04:01:00 00:36:17 02:13:11 02:51:28 01:09:32
155 Amelie Kretz CAN n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

  • Gustav Iden: 42% (1-1)
  • Alistair Brownlee: 29% (3-1)
  • Lionel Sanders: 13% (6-1)
  • Sam Long: 5% (20-1)
  • Javier Gomez: 3% (29-1)
  • Pieter Heemeryck: 3% (30-1)
  • Rudy Von Berg: 2% (62-1)

In addition to these rated athletes, you also have to consider Vincent Luis and Jonathan Brownlee (who haven’t raced on the 70.3 distance before) as potential winners for the race – I expect at least one of them to finish on the podium in Daytona.

Female Race Participants

  • Holly Lawrence: 53% (1-1)
  • Anne Haug: 15% (5-1)
  • Amelia Watkinson: 9% (10-1)
  • Sarah Crowley: 6% (15-1)
  • Laura Philipp: 4% (23-1)
  • Paula Findlay: 4% (27-1)
  • Nicola Spirig: 3% (30-1)
  • Skye Moench: 3% (31-1)

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