Fastest Times & Best Performances 2018 – Part 2: Bike

This is the next installment of my series looking at the 2018 IM-distance races. (You can find part 1 about the swim here.)

There have been a lot of fast times at IM Texas, among them a sub-4 bike leg by Andrew Starykowicz and lots of sub 4-30 bike rides on the female side, the fastest time was a 4:25 by Jen Annett. But there’s also been a lot of controversy if all of these are legitimate results or were significantly influenced by short courses or lack of draft marshaling. I have decided to include the Texas times but not “count” them for the ranks and thereby also show the fastest times from other races. This approach also suggests that either a lot of athletes had fantastic days at Texas or that something wonky has been going on. While I think that most of the really fast times have to be considered invalid, Starky’s 3:54 bike split (the first sub-4 in an Ironman) is the “most legit” result of the day – there is very little chance to draft while riding at the front of the field and no motos on the course.

TOP 10 Bike Times of 2018

Rank Name Actual Time Race
Andrew Starykowicz (03:54:59) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
Johann Ackermann (04:03:19) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
1 Cameron Wurf 04:05:37 Challenge Roth on 2018-07-01
Matthew Russell (04:05:56) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
2 Marc Duelsen 04:06:21 IM UK on 2018-07-15
3 Cameron Wurf 04:07:13 IM Western Australia on 2018-12-02
Matt Hanson (04:07:27) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
4 Sebastian Kienle 04:07:29 Challenge Roth on 2018-07-01
5 Joe Skipper 04:08:30 IM UK on 2018-07-15
6 Henry Irvine 04:08:35 IM UK on 2018-07-15
7 Cameron Wurf 04:09:06 IM Hawaii on 2018-10-13
8 Bryan McCrystal 04:09:46 Challenge Roth on 2018-07-01
9 Sam Long 04:09:49 IM Boulder on 2018-06-10
10 Chris Leiferman 04:09:55 IM Boulder on 2018-06-10

TOP 10 Bike Times of 2018

Rank Name Actual Time Race
Jen Annett (04:25:10) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
1 Daniela Ryf 04:26:07 IM Hawaii on 2018-10-13
Jodie Robertson (04:27:30) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
Kimberley Morrison (04:27:45) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
2 Lucy Gossage 04:28:40 IM UK on 2018-07-15
Melissa Hauschildt (04:29:55) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
Sara Svensk (04:32:33) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
Michelle Vesterby (04:33:11) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
Meredith Kessler (04:34:32) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
3 Corinne Abraham 04:34:32 IM Sweden on 2018-08-18
Amanda Wendorff (04:34:46) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
Tine Deckers (04:35:01) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
4 Jen Annett 04:35:13 IM Arizona on 2018-11-18
5 Heather Jackson 04:35:25 IM Arizona on 2018-11-18
6 Angela Naeth 04:36:01 IM UK on 2018-07-15
7 Carrie Lester 04:37:42 IM Arizona on 2018-11-18
8 Lucy Charles 04:38:10 IM Hawaii on 2018-10-13
Lauren Brandon (04:38:15) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
9 Corinne Abraham 04:38:16 IM Hawaii on 2018-10-13
10 Camilla Lindholm Borg 04:38:47 IM UK on 2018-07-15

TOP 10 Bike Performances of 2018

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Cameron Wurf 04:17:23 04:05:37 Challenge Roth on 2018-07-01
2 Sebastian Kienle 04:19:20 04:07:29 Challenge Roth on 2018-07-01
3 Michael Weiss 04:21:14 04:16:09 IM Austria on 2018-07-01
4 Cameron Wurf 04:21:24 04:07:13 IM Western Australia on 2018-12-02
5 Bryan McCrystal 04:21:44 04:09:46 Challenge Roth on 2018-07-01
6 Cameron Wurf 04:22:18 04:09:06 IM Hawaii on 2018-10-13
7 Cameron Wurf 04:22:24 04:19:44 IM South Africa on 2018-04-15
8 Cameron Wurf 04:22:42 04:14:52 IM Switzerland on 2018-07-29
9 Michael Weiss 04:23:03 04:13:05 IM Cozumel on 2018-11-18
Andrew Starykowicz (04:23:41) (03:54:59) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
10 Andreas Dreitz 04:23:51 04:11:47 Challenge Roth on 2018-07-01

TOP 10 Bike Performances of 2018

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Daniela Ryf 04:40:13 04:26:07 IM Hawaii on 2018-10-13
2 Daniela Ryf 04:43:24 04:40:55 IM Germany on 2018-07-08
3 Corinne Abraham 04:52:49 04:34:32 IM Sweden on 2018-08-18
4 Lucy Charles 04:52:54 04:38:10 IM Hawaii on 2018-10-13
5 Corinne Abraham 04:53:00 04:38:16 IM Hawaii on 2018-10-13
6 Mareen Hufe 04:53:08 04:47:26 IM Austria on 2018-07-01
7 Lisa Huetthaler 04:53:12 04:47:30 IM Austria on 2018-07-01
8 Angela Naeth 04:54:35 04:43:25 IM Cozumel on 2018-11-18
9 Jen Annett 04:55:13 04:35:13 IM Arizona on 2018-11-18
10 Daniela Saemmler 04:55:14 04:41:44 Challenge Roth on 2018-07-01
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