Ironman Lake Placid 2017 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

The course in Lake Placid is one of the slower ones on the circuit, and this year’s edition was particularly slow. Even though we have seen some fast times and great relative results, most athletes were slower than expected, leading to an adjustment of -8:09 (one of the slowest ever in Lake Placid) and a new course rating of -0:09. This makes Brent McMahon’s winning time of 8:13 (normalized 8:06:25) almost an equal performance to Tim Don’s 7:40 from Brazil (normalized 8:02:16) or Ben Hoffman’s 7:58 form South Africa (normalized 8:06:04).

Brent also posted new run and overall course records, beating Simon Lessing’s times from 2004 by three minutes on the run and by ten minutes overall!

Male Race Results

For most of the bike, Brent McMahon, Andy Potts and TJ Tollakson switched the lead of the race. But as soon as the run started, Brent built a big gap, eventually winning by more than 20 minutes over Andy Potts who ran a 3:05 marathon for a second place finish. TJ Tollakson wanted to make it to Kona and needed a second place, after the race he said his knee wasn’t quite ready for that and he dropped after ten miles. With the second best run (and the only one in addition to Brent who ran sub-3!) Justin Daerr finished in third.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Brent McMahon CAN 00:50:12 04:35:25 02:43:39 08:13:53 -09:41 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Andy Potts USA 00:50:10 04:36:00 03:05:50 08:37:46 12:31 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Justin Daerr USA 00:55:54 04:50:00 02:54:46 08:45:40 -05:04 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Greg Close USA 00:59:54 04:51:57 03:00:35 08:57:09 -21:54 US$ 3,250 960
5 Lucas Pozzetta USA 00:51:08 04:58:23 03:06:36 09:02:55 n/a US$ 2,750 720
6 Paul Ambrose AUS 00:55:46 04:51:40 03:13:08 09:05:54 10:48 US$ 2,000 540
7 Daniel Clarke CAN 00:59:57 04:55:44 03:07:19 09:07:54 n/a US$ 1,500 405
8 Colin Laughery USA 00:55:50 04:59:02 03:08:10 09:09:34 -08:26 US$ 1,250 305
9 Chad Holderbaum USA 00:58:52 04:55:02 03:13:27 09:12:55 -01:13 US$ 1,000 230
10 James Capparell USA 00:50:00 05:02:09 03:19:07 09:16:31 08:50 US$ 750 170
11 James Lubinski USA 01:06:43 04:55:37 03:08:56 09:16:54 -11:28   120
12 Douglas MacLean USA 00:59:54 05:07:49 03:08:59 09:23:25 -02:45   85
13 Scott Cooper CAN 01:03:18 05:08:47 03:08:44 09:29:37 n/a   60
14 Scott Bradley USA 01:05:19 04:59:59 03:27:36 09:38:39 07:59   40
15 Jonathan Fecik USA 00:57:57 05:05:12 03:31:05 09:39:26 -22:34   30
16 Timothy Clarke USA 01:00:02 05:13:54 03:29:22 09:49:31 13:26   20
17 Sacha Cavelier CAN 01:01:37 05:18:40 03:54:07 10:21:03 -26:02   15
18 Matt Shanks USA 00:59:55 04:59:24 07:00:38 13:05:11 1:18:15   10
  TJ Tollakson USA 00:50:05 04:36:01   DNF      
  Bryan Rhodes NZL 00:50:12 04:58:23   DNF      

Kona Qualifying Implications

With TJ being forced to drop out of the race, only Brent McMahon secured a Kona slot. Andy Potts was already safe before the race.

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