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Ironman Hawaii 2016 Results Pro Men Triathlon

 

Hey, what’s up triathletes? Taren here. Ironman Hawaii 2016 is over. Today, we’re going to be running down what happened in the men’s race, who won, how it unfolded, and why I’m here in the office to get this video ready for you until four in the morning. Stick around for it. At the start of the day, a lot of people were expecting a very fast race. It didn’t seem like it was going to be too hot out there, too humid, and the water was fairly calm, despite a few rollers. The cannon went off at for the men’s race, as it has for the last few years, and Jan Frodeno jumped out to a very early lead.

The swim ended up going into two packs, with Jan Frodeno taking one line and Andy Potts taking another. By the time they got to the pier, they merged, and Andy Potts jumped out to a short lead, but in the end, Harry Wilshire became the first athlete out of the water in Ironman Kona. He lead a very large group that featured the perennial leader, Andy Potts, from the U.S.A., Jan Frodeno, as I mentioned, Paul Matthews, and Marco Albers. It was a fast swim, going 2 minutes and 50 seconds faster than 2016. A personal favorite of mine and a pre-race favorite, fellow Canadian Brent McMahon was also in that pack, just 8 seconds back. Sebastian Kienle was over 5 minutes back, but that’s nothing new to Kienle. He typically races from the back, having to catch up on the bike. As expected, Kienle got right up to the bike by the end of 30 miles.

The men’s bike race ended up getting clustered up at the front a lot. Some might call it drafting a lot. The top twenty Ironman athletes were all within 40 seconds of the leader. That is a racer every two seconds. That doesn’t sound like 12 meters of clearance to me. Jan Frodeno 00:01:38] was right up there in the front, as he was last year, not letting anyone get away from him, but it seemed like he was staying very smooth, so that he had enough energy to conserve himself and be fresh on the run.

Luke McKenzie, a former second-place finisher, got up to the front, even taking the lead at around the 25-mile mark. Andreas Raelert, who’s probably the most talented athlete to never have won in Kona, was actually in that front pack, which he hasn’t been for a few years. Unfortunately, he ended up getting into the sin bin, serving a 5-minute penalty, as my buddy, Brent McMahon did. Both of them ended up not being real contenders at the end of the day. Mickey Weiss was the leader at the half-way turnaround point at Hawi. He was on the brand-new, Diamondback triathlon bike, which claims to be the fastest tri-bike in the world. He seemed to really want to make a point that day about how fast the bike was, but he blew up his legs, and after that half-way point at Hawi, he ended up just consistently falling back. By the end of the bike, everyone that you would expect to have a strong bike, did. Sebastian Kienle had established himself a very small lead, with Frodeno, Ben Hoffman, Luke McKenzie, and Tim O’Donnell very close behind.

Then, with all these athletes going out onto the race together and all looking really good, it was shaping up to be a pure running race for Ironman Hawaii 2016 World Championship. Two men, Frodeno and Kienle, established themselves early on as the freshest and the top contenders to be on that podium at the end of the day. They raced side-by-side, neck-in-neck, even exchanging a few jokes together, right up until the turn onto Queen K Highway, at which point, Jan Frodeno finally broke Kienle and established himself a 30-meter lead instantly once getting out into the barren lava fields.

At that point, in third place behind Kienle was fellow German, Andy Boercherer at two-and-a-half minutes back, establishing what we thought might be the ending German 1-2-3 placing. Close-in behind in fourth and fifth were Americans Ben Hoffman and Tim O’Donnell. Coming into the energy lab, Frodeno extended that lead slightly, but Kienle wasn’t far behind. He was running still very strong at a pace, but he wasn’t gaining very much on Jan Frodeno. Behind him, however, was a relative unknown, fellow German Patrick Lang, who was running a blistering 6:04-per-mile pace, running himself up from 20th place off the bike, to being a podium contender.

Jan Frodeno, just like last year, ended up being too much for everyone. He ran into town with a decisive lead, with no one else in sight. Once again, he proved that he is an Ironman triathlete like the world has never seen before. Jan defended his title in 8 hours, 6 minutes and 30 seconds, followed behind by Sebastian Kienle in second place at 8 hours, 10 minutes and change. With the run of the day, and the fastest run in Kona history, was that German Patrick Lang, who was ecstatic with a fourth-lace finish. Shortly behind, in fourth place, was Ben Hoffman, who again, was the top American in the field.

This was an amazing day with amazing performances. All told, it was the second-fastest podium finish in Kona history. Everyone suffered. Everyone worked for it, and everyone is consistently getting faster year after year. If you’re interested in what happened in the women’s race, I will link that up here, and in the description below where I do the recap on the women’s side of things. Congratulations to all the podium finishers, all the age-group finishers. Kona is a magical place and be proud of what you’ve accomplished today. As always, triathletes, happy and hard training, and good luck in your next triathalon. It’s late and I’m going to flub my way through this, but we’ll do it.

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Triathlon Calendar: Race Day 2014

“Get your Triathlon Calendar ready as we list down 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series’ race schedule. Read it now!”

Triathlon Calendar

Triathlon Calendar

In 2009, the championships were revamped, expanding the former single-day World Championships event into an exciting multi-city global series, culminating with the Grand Final. Athletes earn points throughout the season and those who win the overall series are crowned the ITU Triathlon World Champions.

Entering its sixth season, triathlon’s premier global series will feature eight or nine rounds of race action, culminating with the Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada.

2014 ITU World Triathlon Series:
April 5-6: Auckland, New Zealand
May 17-18: Yokohama, Japan
May 31-June1: London, England
June 28-29: Chicago, USA
July 12-13: Hamburg, Germany
August 23-24: Stockholm, Sweden
Grand Final – August 26-September 1: Edmonton, Canada

ITU and its commercial partner Upsolut are currently in negotiations with two additional cities for the early part of the WTS season in April. A complete calendar is expected in the coming weeks.

Every event will feature age-group races and all elite women’s and men’s races will be broadcast live to an international audience and streamed online live. In 2012 and 2013, the series was broadcast in more than 160 countries.

“The popularity of triathlon continues to soar, which was evidenced by the record participation we had at our Grand Final last week,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “The World Triathlon Series is the premier triathlon circuit, which continues to garner more and more broadcast and spectator attention each year.”

The 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series will again open in Auckland as it did for this year’s season. Japan will then host the World Triathlon Series for the fourth time in Yokohama, before the series comes back to London, which has been the site of three WTS events, the 2012 Olympics and the 2013 Grand Final.

Chicago will next debut as a WTS race in its preparation to host the 2015 Grand Final. Athletes will endure a beach start as they run into Lake Michigan before hitting a course that meanders through the streets of Chicago.

After hitting the Americas, the circuit moves back to Europe for stops in Hamburg and Stockholm. Hamburg has hosted a WTS race every year since its inception and this year saw Germany take the Mixed Relay World Championship title on home soil.

Stockholm’s famous cobblestoned roads will then serve as the penultimate round of the series over a sprint distance in late August before the season culminates in Edmonton August 30-September 1. Edmonton will also welcome the 27th annual ITU Congress prior to the Grand Final.

The event will mark the fourth time Canada has hosted the Grand Final, with Edmonton having organised the race in 2001. Edmonton was also the site of nine world cup events in the last 10 years and has welcomed PATCO Junior Triathlon Pan American races on four occasions, in addition to a stand-alone Paratriathlon race in 2012. More at 2014 World Triathlon Series schedule announced

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Tri Gear

Triathlon Checklist: Must Have on Race Day

“Do you have all your gears ready for your big race? Check out this Triathlon Checklist and find out!”

Triathlon Checklist

Triathlon Gear Checklist

Ensure you are prepared with all your race gear. Add  these ones on your list now!

GENERAL

  • Watch or heart rate monitor and band
  • Energy bars, gels and fluids
  • Sunscreen
  • Talcum powder (for shoes)
  • Vaseline (to prevent chaffing)
  • Race belt (if wearing a race number)
  • Race kit (swim cap, stickers, wrist and timing band)
  • Spare pair of shoes – remember you will learn your race ones in transition

SWIM

  • Swim suit or tri suit
  • Wetsuit
  • Plastic bags (to help put wetsuit on)
  • Goggles x 2 (or spare strap/nose piece)
  • Ear and nose plugs if required
  • Swim cap (part of your race kit)
  • Body Glide, baby oil or Vaseline (to help remove wetsuit)
  • Transition towel (brightly colored)

BIKE

  • Bike and helmet (Entry will be refused if not of an appropriate standard)
  • Bike shoes or runners
  • Socks (if required)
  • Sunglasses
  • Track pump (or check tire pressure beforehand)
  • Tool bag with spare tubes and repair tools
  • Water bottles x 2
  • Race wheels (if you are a speed demon!)
  • Electrical tape (to fasten gels and repair kit to your bike)
  • Bike computer

RUN

  • Running shoes with elastic laces
  • Socks (if required)
  • Hat (to keep sun off and to keep wet/cool)
  • Sunglasses (second clean pair if required)

POST RACE

  •  Clothing (dry, warm clothing for post race recovery)
  • Recovery nutrition

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