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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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Your Questions About Ironman Triathlons

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What could I say on the back of my t-shirt?

Ok so my mom is Doing an Ironman (triathlon) and me and my family are all getting tshirts, they are all gonna sat the same on the front but we each have our own saying on the back. I don’t know what to say. I have like hurry up I wanna go home, or I like cheese. Something rememberable… Please help.

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Triathlon Bikes for Beginners

Triathlon Bikes for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

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The biggest purchase you’ll make for triathlon is also the one that can make the most difference to your race finish time and, more importantly, your experience.

Triathlon Bikes for Beginners

Triathlon Bikes for Beginners

Triathlon Bike vs Road Bike
The big question facing every triathlete when choosing a bike is whether to go for a specific triathlon bike or a road bike. As specific tri bikes are hard to find under £1,000 this isn’t an issue for a lot of new triathletes. Just choose a road bike with a low front end that will convert easily to tri bar use, rather than the increasingly popular high-fronted sportive bikes.

Even if you spend more than £1,000, a conventional road bike will be safer and more comfortable when you’re riding with a road club, or if your terrain involves lots of hills or rough roads. There are also far more road bike options than tri or time-trial specific ones. If you tend to do most of your training solo on flatter roads, then getting totally synced with a tri bike’s more radical position will pay dividends when you’re racing. One popular option for triathletes who can afford it is to use two bikes: have a cheap road bike (preferably with mudguards fitted) for most of your training rides, and a triathlon-specific bike to save as an instant boost for pre-event tune-ups and the races themselves.


Aluminium has taken over from steel as the most common bike frame material. It has the advantage of being lightweight and relatively cheap to produce. Over the past few years manufacturers have begun to use ‘hydroforming’ techniques to mould it into ever more elaborate shapes.

Titanium can be built into light frames that are super-strong, which can be especially valuable for surviving the perils of travel and the hurly burly of a congested transition area. Brands such as Litespeed and Van Nicolas specialise in titanium and make some beautiful frames – but be warned: they ain’t cheap.

Carbon Fibre
Carbon fibre has become an increasingly popular frame material over recent years on bikes costing more than about £1,200. Its biggest advantages are its light weight and the fact it can be moulded into aerodynamic shapes that are impossible with metal, even with the use of hydroforming technology.

Why Pay More?
The groupset is the core of a bike’s components and normally includes the gears, brakes, cranks, bottom bracket, hubs and headset. The key manufacturers classify these components together in different levels. For example, Shimano’s top-end components are Dura-Ace, then you get Ultegra SL, Ultegra, 105 and so on.
As a rule, the more you spend on a bike, the higher the groupset components. But the differences are usually small. The main benefit is that you’ll get a lighter weight. That’s always worth having, but keep it in perspective as shaving a few grams is nowhere near as important as having an aerodynamic set-up.

Women’s Bikes
It’s a fact men far outnumber women in both triathlon and road bike racing but that is changing fast, so bike manufacturers are producing more ‘women-specific’ designs. Choice is still limited compared with standard road and tri bikes, and you might not be able to find as many great-value packages as men can. Truly women’s specific bikes such as Trek’s WSD series, Specialized’s D4W and Felt’s FW models have different frame geometries to the men’s equivalents. Women have shorter bodies and arms and longer legs, so on a men’s bike they’ll have no trouble reaching the pedals, but will be overstretched reaching bars and brakes. So women’s frame shave shorter top tubes and higher head tubes to improve reach.
However, before you automatically plump for a female-specific frame, go to your local bike shop and have a proper fit. Higher front ends on bikes change the way they handle and you may find it doesn’t suit you.

Women’s bikes also have shallower drops, short-reach shifters, narrower bars and shorter cranks. Saddles are wider to accommodate women’s pelvis shapes.

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