Chris McCormack’s Analysis Of The Kona Contenders

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Oct 7, 2011
  • Updated Oct 7, 2011 at 11:20 PM UTC
Photo: Paul Phillips

Ronnie Schildknecht

[Timo] Bracht could do something. He’s sort of been a silent achiever but I’m thinking about Ronnie. I spent two weeks training with him this year and Ronnie raced Timo at [Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkle] and absolutely decimated him. Ronnie’s a mate of mine. He’s a powerhouse on the bike, he’s a solid runner, his swim is a bit weak but this year he has Weiss, Twelsiek, Tom Lowe, that kind of crew back with him, and they are some of the biggest bikers in this field. I said to Ronnie, “That’s your ticket, that’s your cab fare to the front [of the field.] Don’t you be the idiot getting up there.” And that brings guys like Weiss into the game. And if Ronnie Plays it right, he was 4th in 08… Ronnie’s a confidence guy too. If he’s feeling good and he’s suddenly in the game it feeds itself and it could push him into the top four. Now I’ve got 10 people in my top 4.

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Aaron Hersh

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