A look at some impressive Ironman racing in Mont-Tremlbant, Sweden and Denmark, dominating day by the Ironman world champs and much more commentary from the Crank.
August 22, 2017 | NEWS|
Clemente Alonso McKernan has been knocking on the door for some time in Ironman land and finally kicked it down at Ironman Sweden. Special mention heads to Cam Wurf who made the race stretch courtesy of another brilliant bike ride and course record. These two men shredded the rest of the field. Single gender race too. Not on board.
Ironman Mont-Tremblant was a talking point for a few reasons.Marino Vanhoenacker’s win was just another reminder about the power this man has and the longevity he has been able to attain. At 41 Vanhoenacker has won 16 Ironman races. His win was by a lazy 20 minutes too. Machine.
Any time you get to talk about the ‘big sexy’ that is good time. Chris McDonald got it done again in a race behind Vanhoenacker.
The big talking point of the weekend belongs to the talented Rachel Joyce. Joyce wins in Mont-Tremblant in a dominant way, her third Ironman race in 10 weeks. And while this is a just a rubbish way to qualify, the question has to be asked as to where is the wild card for Kona. This thing even exist anymore? More on this to come!
The second part of this is the insensitive tweet of the week award going to Ironman. Yep they meant well, but “just like that?” You’re kidding me right?
Is Michelle Vesterby the best media talent in the world of triathlon? She needs her own TV show! Oh yeah, she is a brilliant athlete too! Her win at Ironman Copenhagen over the likes of Corinne Abraham and Sofie Goos was very impressive.
How tough is it to break the three-hour mark in a marathon on the women’s side right now? At Mont Tremblant the top two on the podium went 3:08 (Joyce) and 3:05 (Schwabenbauer). Given the Joyce race load the time is understandable, but it is still a hard hard thing to do.
Another tough weekend for Daniela Ryf and Jan Frodeno with the pair tearing it up at the Allgäu Triathlon in Germany. A half-distance race Frodeno won by 12 minutes. Ryf started 15 minutes ahead of Frodeno and hung on to cross the line ahead of him. 'Cause the tri world needed to be further intimidated by the both of them!
“Volunteers are the backbone, the framework of every single endurance race on the planet. They are the support that makes it possible to realize a deep dream you have as an athlete.” Mark Allen wrote this recently. If you don’t who he is please leave now. If you do then next time you go by a volunteer give them a high five! Also interesting to think a $650 million dollar business is run off the back of amateurs and volunteers.
Duathlon is the poor cousin of triathlon and rarely gets a mention. But it is an insanely hard event to be good in, especially since athletes generally race it once a year. The"|Welcome Back Kotter Award" heads to Felicity Sheedy Ryan for her knock out win in this event becoming world champion once again.
In case you missed it the cash update as Per Challenge.
Top 5 male prize money earners:
1. Richard Murray (ZAF) $116,978
2. Mario Mola (ESP) $113, 839
3. Javier Gomez (ESP) $79,354
4. Lionel Sanders (CAN) $70,000
5. Tim Don (GBR) $57,000
Top 5 female prize money earners-
1. Flora Duffy (BER) 84,000
2. Daniela Ryf (SUI) $70,601
3. Sarah Crowley (AUS) $68,250
4. Holly Lawrence (GBR) $ 65,000
5. Lucy Charles (GBR) $60, 516