There were 80 qualifying slots handed out at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, 40 at Ironman Hamburg, Making it to the big show required similar qualifying times.
August 16, 2017 | RACES|
Ironman races are difficult to compare. The 226 km course can vary by a few kilometers and transition areas can be different distances from the swim exit or bike finish. In Frankfurt and Hamburg, long and short legs were swapped. The first change zone in Hamburg is longer, while the run from swim finish to T1 in Frankfurt includes a long hill in the sand. The bike route in Frankfurt was three kilometers too short, the bike course in Hamburg was a bit long. The second change zone is extremely short in Frankfurt, as long as the first in Hamburg. Finally, most of those in the race in Hamburg saw 41 km on their GPS watches after the marathon in Hamburg. Frankfurt was an easier race for those who like the heat, while in Hamburg athletes were shivering in the 11-degree temperature on the bike.
Which is why it is a good thing that the Ironman does not have compulsory times for the world championship qualifying, but rather bases qualifying on slots. Because, within a race, the conditions are the same for everyone. Despite all that we're going to compare the Hawaii qualifying times in the different age groups from the two races. Apart from the fast times required at both to earn a Hawaii slot, both races were relatively similar. In half of the age groups you had to be faster in Frankfurt, in the other half you needed to be quicker in Hamburg.
Hawaii-Qualification 2017: Frankfurt and Hamburg
Ironman European Championship (Frankfurt)
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