Ironman Wales 2017 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

All accounts from Wales have highlighted the “epic conditions”. The data tells the same story: While the swim was still pretty normal, the rain and wind on the bike made conditions extremely hard, a bike adjustment of -33:36 is the slowest ever in Wales, Combined with a tough run the overall adjustment of -43:11 is the second slowest ever in an Ironman-branded race .. the only slower race was in Wales 2014 when the swim and run were even harder than this year.

Even with the crazy slow bike conditions, Cam Wurf came very close to breaking the bike course record – he was just 36 seconds slower than Markus Thomschke in 2015.

Male Race Results

Australian cyclist-turned-traithlete Cameron Wurf continues his “Ironman education”: After his second place in Sweden (and securing a Kona slot) he won his first Ironman race. He built a large lead on the bike with the fastest bike split by more almost twelve minutes, then also had a solid 3:11 run. Philip Graves was able to close the gap with a strong 3:11 run, he finished second just over two minutes back. Third place went to Christian Kramer with a solid day in all three legs.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Cameron Wurf AUS 00:48:22 04:57:50 03:11:00 09:07:03 -13:01 US$ 8,000 2000
2 Philip Graves GBR 00:48:16 05:09:45 03:03:30 09:09:33 -29:55 US$ 4,000 1600
3 Christian Kramer GER 00:48:11 05:13:47 03:05:33 09:14:26 -05:35 US$ 3,000 1280
4 Andrej Vistica CRO 00:54:33 05:21:59 02:51:38 09:17:41 -06:02 US$ 2,500 960
5 Matthew Leeman GBR 00:48:10 05:27:09 03:08:12 09:30:14 n/a US$ 1,500 720
6 Antony Costes FRA 00:48:14 05:27:10 03:10:15 09:32:03 -48:58 US$ 1,000 540
7 Fabian Rahn GER 01:00:36 05:25:31 02:59:02 09:33:46 09:44   405
8 Christopher Baird USA 00:58:22 05:38:15 03:00:38 09:48:00 31:47   305
9 Xavier Torrades ESP 00:48:24 05:42:28 03:07:31 09:48:36 -08:55   230
10 Joris Buyl BEL 00:49:14 05:23:51 03:26:05 09:50:01 n/a   170
11 Pavel Simko SVK 00:48:20 05:37:05 03:19:34 09:53:25 -01:01   120
12 Jesse Vondracek USA 00:53:15 05:36:59 03:22:37 10:03:34 07:36   85
13 Hannes Cool BEL 00:51:30 05:33:14 03:34:13 10:09:58 18:01   60
14 Mike Schifferle SUI 00:58:30 05:44:34 03:24:37 10:22:23 26:07   40
15 Matthias Knossalla GER 01:00:28 05:24:11 04:19:27 10:54:53 1:08:36   30
  Markus Thomschke GER 00:50:14 05:17:21   DNF      
  Romain Guillaume FRA 00:48:17 05:20:22   DNF      
  Harry Wiltshire GBR 00:48:08 05:25:21   DNF      
  Chris McDonald AUS 00:50:44 05:24:13   DNF      
  Domenico Passuello ITA 00:54:25 05:30:34   DNF      
  Scott Cooper CAN 01:02:36 05:59:07   DNF      
  Daniil Sapunov UKR 01:07:51 05:57:55   DNF      
  Sebastian Guhr GER 01:03:26     DNF      

Female Race Results

As expected Lucy Gossage was able to win her seventh Ironman, but she had to put in more than ten hours of hard work. Parys Edwards had great first Ironman race to finish second, third place went to Kate Comber.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Lucy Gossage GBR 01:00:01 05:46:01 03:16:20 10:11:20 04:42 US$ 8,000 2000
2 Parys Edwards GBR 01:00:06 05:59:27 03:24:55 10:35:16 n/a US$ 4,000 1600
3 Kate Comber GBR 00:53:01 06:05:24 03:35:29 10:44:02 -03:23 US$ 3,000 1280
  Rachel Hallam GBR 00:58:04     DNF      

5 Responses to Ironman Wales 2017 – Analyzing Results

  1. Greg September 11, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

    Really interesting report. Do you have the breakdown of adjustments for each discipline for 2014 and 2017 please?

    • Thorsten September 11, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

      Here they are:

      2014: -43:48(O) -03:26(S) -26:33(B) -07:01(R)
      2017: -43:11(O) 00:51(S) -33:36(B) -04:38(R)

      (The numbers don’t exactly “add up” as they are average time differences from different athletes.)

  2. Greg September 12, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    Just out of interest Thorsten how does the analysis take into account the exceptionally high number of DNFs on the bike? Does the adjustment look at all athletes or just the pro field?

    http://www.coachcox.co.uk/2017/09/11/ironman-wales-2017-age-group-results-kona-qualification/

    • Thorsten September 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

      DNFs are not considered at all when calculating the adjustments .. hard to tell if a course was fast or slow based off an incomplete race. In addition, my data is based on the Pro athletes only (Russell does a great job of covering the AG data) – mainly because it’ll be very tricky to “match” the results for an athlete from different races to calculate if they went faster or slower. I have my hands pretty much full with “just” the Pro data! 🙂

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