In the ultimate of ironies F1 driver Jenson Button and former pro Donna Phelan were disqualified at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside for speeding in a go slow zone.
April 5, 2017 | PERSONALITY|
Jenson Button is no stranger to speed - the 2009 Formula 1 world champion is a member of Team McLaren. As well as being one of the world's most proficient drivers, he's also an avid triathlete, having taken up the sport as a way to maintain his fitness.
Last weekend Button thought he had finished third in the men's 35 to 39 age group at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, only to learn after the race that he'd been disqualified for riding too fast on a section of the course along Basilone Road, where age group athletes are required to adhere to a 25 mph (40 kph) speed limit.
Button doesn't seem to be too upset - "Ah well onto the next one" he said in a post on social media that also featured a video put together by his bike sponsor Specialized.
Well that was a pretty interesting 70.3 Ironman! Swim went well then I jumped on my awesome new bike to find that I hadn't charged the battery for the gears so I was stuck in the toughest gear with 900meters of climbing? ran a 1hr23min off the bike which I was pretty happy with, finished 3rd in age group so qualified for the World champs only to be disqualified for speeding in a go slow zone ??♂️ Ah well onto the next one! Big thanks to @ceramicspeed @rudyproject @huubdesign @asics @sciconbags @ftechcycling @envecomposites #tririg and especially @iamspecialized_tri for my new shiv and this awesome video. @ironmantri #oceanside703 @team_ichiban
Welcome back Donna
Phelan had taken her age category by six minutes and was the second-fastest age grouper in the race. The result re-qualified her for her pro card, she wrote in a post on Facebook.
Phelan was also disqualified for riding 27 mph in the 25 mph-zone. If Phelan had been racing as a pro (at that point she had passed four pro women who had started eight minutes ahead of her), she would have been allowed to ride at up to 35 mph on the descent.
Like Button, Phelan seems to have taken the DQ in stride, as she should. The fact that she's even back racing after a raft of injuries that included bilateral hip surgeries in 2012, foot surgery in 2014 and "an injury plagued 2016" is nothing short of amazing. We'll no-doubt see her flying at more races throughout 2017.