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

Matt Reed

I think with the size of Matty, he’s going to find the race to be tough. Even though the weather has been mild all week, he did Arizona and thought Arizona was hard. This is a completely different ball game. The thing with Matt, he’s such a good swimmer he’s going to be [with the leaders at the bike turn-around] in Hawi and it’s what happens between Hawi and back. He’s going to find as a big guy that if you get a bit of wind out there that it’s a long day. It’s hot. The ride from Kawaihae home is horrific and I don’t know… If I was told that I don’t have the body for this race—and I don’t know if Matt does—but you’ll see him at the front. I don’t know whether he’ll be a player in the end though. I hope he doesn’t hit me in the head for saying that. I hope he proves me wrong.

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Aaron Hersh

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