Triathlete.com » Liz Hichens http://triathlon.competitor.com Triathlon Training, Gear, Nutrition, Photos, Race Results & Calendars Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:08:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Guilloux, Pooley Victorious At Alp De Huez Triathlon http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/guilloux-pooley-victorious-at-alp-de-huez-triathlon_120094 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/guilloux-pooley-victorious-at-alp-de-huez-triathlon_120094#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:01:44 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=120094

James Cunnama (2nd), Arnaud Guilloux (1st) and Scott Defilippis (3rd) make up the men's podium. Photo: Twitter.com//alpedhuezfrance

France's Arnaud Guilloux and Great Britain's Emma Pooley raced to the victories at the legendary Alpe d'Huez Long Course Triathlon in

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James Cunnama (2nd), Arnaud Guilloux (1st) and Scott Defilippis (3rd) make up the men's podium. Photo: Twitter.com//alpedhuezfrance

France’s Arnaud Guilloux and Great Britain’s Emma Pooley raced to the victories at the legendary Alpe d’Huez Long Course Triathlon in France. Athletes swim 2.2K in the crystal clear waters of Lac du Verney, which is not usually open to swimmers. Then they hop on their bikes and ride up three mountain passes—the Alpe du Grand Serre, the Col d’Ornon and the Alpe d’Huez, which features 21 switchbacks. The three-lap run course takes place on roads and trails around the Alpe d’Huez Resort.

Alpe d’Huez Long Course Triathlon
Alpe d’Huez, France – July 31, 2015
2.2K swim, 115K bike, 22K run

Men
1. Arnaud Guilloux (FRA) 5:55:14
2. James Cunnama (RSA) 5:57:04
3. Scott Defilippis (USA) 5:57:27
4. Sven Van Luyck (BEL) 5:58:05
5. Colin Arros (FRA) 5:59:02

Women

1. Emma Pooley (GBR) 6:21:48
2. Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 6:27:45
3. Jeanne Collogne (FRA) 6:36:07
4. Casahuga Ester Hernandez (ESP) 6:55:34
5. Carrie Lester (AUS) 7:03:51

RELATED: 8 Dream Triathlon Trips

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Why (And How) To Try These 5 Ancient Grains http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/nutrition/why-and-how-to-try-these-5-ancient-grains_120086 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/nutrition/why-and-how-to-try-these-5-ancient-grains_120086#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:55:39 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=120086

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When it comes to the grains on your dinner plate, it’s a good idea to look to the past for future performance and health gains.

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Forget what you have heard, not all wheat is a nutritional villain.

With all do respect to your tattered running shoes, the nearly see-through biking shorts you still wear on training rides and the heart rate monitor that you purchased back in the time when Guns ‘n Roses were selling out stadiums, old isn’t always a good thing. But when it comes to the grains on your dinner plate, it’s a good idea to look to the past for future performance and health gains. From spelt to kamut, people are once again discovering ancient varieties of wheatgrains that were cultivated eons before today’s industrial farming. It’s believed that these old-timers offer a nutritional upgrade to modern day hybridized wheat, otherwise known as the supermarkets current public enemy No 1. Cutting to the chaff, here are five great grains to get the carbs you need to go hard and long. Look for them in bulk food stores, health food shops or a good online option is Bobsredmill.com.

Kamut

Kamut is a brand name for the ancient strain of wheat known as khorasan and was brought to North America from Egypt in 1949, though its true origin is still up for debate. The plump kernelsroughly twice the size of typical wheat kernelsare blessed with a slightly sweet, almost buttery flavor and a chewy bite. From a nutritional standpoint, kamut is a definite overachiever with healthy amounts of dietary fiber, protein, B vitamins, magnesium and seleniuman antioxidant that may help ease the exercise-induced oxidative stress in the body. To up its cache further, kamut grown in America is almost always done so organically.

In the kitchen: The kernels remain sturdy once cooked, making kamut a standout addition to soups, salads and even a replacement for rice in items like burritos. To cook kamut, place 1 cup kernels and 3 cups water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 1 hour. Soaking the grains overnight can slash the cooking time by about 30 percent. Also look out for kamut flour and tasty kamut pasta.

RELATED: Get Creative With Your Carbs

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First 2015 Kona Pro Slots To Be Handed Out This Week http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/first-2015-kona-pro-slots-to-be-handed-out-this-week_119896 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/first-2015-kona-pro-slots-to-be-handed-out-this-week_119896#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:43:03 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=119896

Bahrain Endurance Team members Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf top the rankings and will be among the favorites on the Kona start line. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

A total of 47 men and 35 women will be offered spots to Oct. 10's Ironman World Championship as part of the July qualifying group.

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Bahrain Endurance Team members Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf top the rankings and will be among the favorites on the Kona start line. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image


With the 2015 Ironman World Championship 74 days away, the first professional spots for the men and women will be handed out this week.

The Kona Pro Rankings (KPR) system was put into place in the fall of 2010 and requires professionals to be ranked against each other based on their finishes at 70.3 and Ironman events around the world. The top ranked 50 men and 35 women in the standings earn starts at the iconic race. Several athletes are considered automatic qualifiers and don’t count in the overall rankings. Athletes who have won the Ironman World Championship in the last five years earn spots in Kona, as long as they validate their start with a finish at an Ironman event in the qualifying period. New for 2015, the winners of the regional championship races (Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship, Ironman African Championship, Ironman North American Championship, Ironman Latin American Championship and the Ironman European Championship) also earned automatic Kona spots.

This week marks the end of the first qualifying period, and 40 men and 28 women, plus the automatic qualifiers, will be offered the opportunity to register given that they have validated. If a person has not validated or chooses not to accept his/her slot, it will roll down to the next eligible athlete. The remaining 17 spots (10 men and seven women) will be handed out at the end of August.

Automatic Qualifiers

Sebastian Kienle (GER), Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) and Pete Jacobs (AUS) have each won the Ironman World Championship in the last five years and have all validated with an Ironman finish. Craig Alexander and Chris McCormack (AUS) are also eligible for spots based on their Ironman World Championship wins, but they have not validated and have both said they don’t have any intention of competing this year. Canada’s Jeffrey Symonds (Ironman Asia-Pacific champion), the United States’ Matthew Hanson (Ironman North America champion), Germany’s Jan Frodeno (Ironman European champion) and Belgian’s Marino Vanhoenacker (Ironman Latin American champion) have all earned automatic qualifying spots based on their regional championship wins. Vanhoenacker said at the end of last year’s Ironman World Championship that he would not return to the Big Island to compete, but revealed after his Latin American Championship win that he has yet to make a final decision on a Kona start.

For the women, Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) and Leanda Cave (GBR) are automatic qualifiers and have validated. Chrissie Wellington (GBR) is also still an automatic qualifier based on Kona wins, but has retired from the sport and will not be competing. Australia’s Melissa Hauschildt (Ironman Asia-Pacific champion), Great Britain’s Jodie Swallow (Ironman African champion), Canada’s Angela Naeth (Ironman North American champion), Brazil’s Ariane Monticeli (Ironman Latin American champion) and Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf (Ironman European champion) all earned automatic qualifying spots.

RELATED PHOTOS: Ironman Announces New Start Times For World Championships

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Viktor Zyemtsev, Danielle Mack Victorious At Cold And Wet Ironman Canada http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/viktor-zyemtsev-danielle-mack-victorious-at-cold-and-wet-ironman-canada_119655 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/viktor-zyemtsev-danielle-mack-victorious-at-cold-and-wet-ironman-canada_119655#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:45:11 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=119655

Female winner Danielle Mack. Photo: Finisherpix.com

Ukraine’s Viktor Zyemtsev and the United States’ Danielle Mack got close wins on a tough day.

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Female winner Danielle Mack. Photo: Finisherpix.com

Race morning in Whistler presented cold (approximately 50 degrees F) temperatures and cloudy skies that eventually gave way to pouring rain, making for a tough day on the athletes. Ultimately it was Ukraine’s Viktor Zyemtsev and the United States’ Danielle Mack who got close wins on a tough day.

Men’s Race
Zyemtsev put together a 53:03 swim, a 4:58:32 bike and a 2:54:28 marathon to narrowly beat out South Africa’s Kyle Buckinghamwho led much of the bike and run. Zyemtsev grabbed the tape at 8:49:46, with Buckingham following in second at 8:50:30. American Justin Daerr rounded out the top three at 8:54:45.

Women’s Race
Like Zyemtsev, Mack also claimed the top spot late in the race. She posted a 1:01:49 swim, a 5:23:53 bike and a 3:16:09 marathon to take the win in 9:46:19. Canada’s Melanie McQuaid posted the fastest bike split of the women (5:22:43) in her Ironman debut to lead much of the race. She was passed by Mack in the final miles, and had to settle for second at 9:48:23. Canada’s Jen Annett earned the final podium spot at 9:55:06.

2015 Ironman Canada
Whistler, British Canada, Canada – July 26, 2015
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR) 8:49:46
2. Kyle Buckingham (RSA) 8:50:30
3. Justin Daerr (USA) 8:54:45
4. Derek Garcia (USA) 9:02:55
5. Chris McDonald (AUS) 9:08:45

Women
1. Danielle Mack (USA) 9:46:19
2. Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 9:48:23
3. Jen Annett (CAN) 9:55:06
4. Mackenzie Madison (USA) 9:59:34
5. Jessica Fleming (AUS) 10:00:18

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Ben Hoffman, Alicia Kaye Win Controversial 70.3 Calgary http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/ben-hoffman-alicia-kaye-win-controversial-70-3-calgary_119651 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/ben-hoffman-alicia-kaye-win-controversial-70-3-calgary_119651#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:16:26 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=119651

Americans Ben Hoffman and Alicia Kaye were victorious on Sunday in Calgary, but the day didn’t come without its share of controversy.

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Americans Ben Hoffman and Alicia Kaye were victorious on Sunday in Calgary, but the day didn’t come without its share of controversy. Canada’s Magali Tisseyre took the finisher’s tape and was crowned the female winner, but was later disqualified for going off course. In the men’s race, it came down to a sprint finish between Americans Andy Potts and Ben Hoffman with Hoffman gaining an edge in the chute.

Men’s Race
The men’s race was a close battle between Potts and Hoffman—who will both be top contenders heading into October’s Ironman World Championship. Potts had a 45-second advantage out of the swim over a large chase group that included Hoffman. Hoffman posted the fastest bike split to catch Potts and the two entered T2 within a few seconds of each other. The pair turned in nearly identical run splits, with Hoffman taking the victory by a mere two seconds at 3:50:43. Potts was second in 3:50:45, with Justin Metzler making it an all-American podium in third at 3:57:01.

Women’s Race
The swim for the pro women was full of confusion, with Lauren Brandon (USA) emerging first at 25:51, followed by Tisseyre at 26:23, Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) at 27:23, Robin Pomeroy (USA) at 27:27 and Kaye at 27:23. There was reportedly immediate speculation about the fact that various athletes seemed to take different paths to reach the swim finish. It’s unclear at this point if other athletes (including professional men and age groupers) were also affected on the swim course. Tisseyre rode to first and started the run in the top spot, with a 1:58 advantage over Brandon and a 2:23 advantage over Kaye. Tisseyre was first at the finish line and was crowned the winner, with Kaye crossing in second at 4:12:09. After the race, Tisseyre was disqualified for going off course, making Kaye the winner.

Race organizers later tweeted a statement saying, “There were issues this morning with our swim course which caused many athletes to be confused. We are reviewing the problems and seeking the best solution to all athletes involved.”

Tisseyre also reacted to the news on Twitter saying, “Very frustrating DQ. Would have been nice if it had been mentioned that.most of the pro field went off course on the swim.”

Ironman 70.3 Calgary
Calgary, Canada – July 26, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men

1. Ben Hoffman (USA) 3:50:43
2. Andy Potts (USA) 3:50:45
3. Justin Metzler (USA) 3:57:01
4. Matt Lieto (USA) 3:57:57
5. Chris Leiferman (USA) 2:58:20

Women
1. Alicia Kaye (USA) 4:12:09
2. Mlindi Elmore (CAN) 4:26:12
3. Lauren Brandon (USA) 4:27:06
4. Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:29:50
5. Erin Spitler (USA) 4:30:21

*Results are still unofficial. Will post final results once confirmed.

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9 Triathlon Wetsuits Reviewed http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/gear-tech/9-triathlon-wetsuits-reviewed_119619 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/gear-tech/9-triathlon-wetsuits-reviewed_119619#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:39:15 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=119619

Photo: John David Becker

Zero in on the right choice for your body type and swim style with help from our testers, who logged yards in the latest offerings.

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Photo: John David Becker


A well-fitting and comfortable wetsuit can propel you to your fastest swim split in the open water. Zero in on the right choice for your body type and swim style with help from our triathlete testers, who logged some yards in the latest offerings.

TYR Hurricane Cat 1 Sleeveless

$175, Tyr.com

Best for: Strong kickers
Unique feature: Slick neoprene for minimal drag

You might just want to sleep in the Cat 1. Super soft in and out, this suit is also very stretchy—a feature you don’t often find in suits at this low price point. That makes the legs feel like you’re wearing your favorite yoga pants and leaves your kick totally unrestrained. In fact, if you like to switch up strokes while you’re training or racing, the Cat 1 will kindly let you get your frog kick on. While the neck is the most comfortable we’ve found on a sleeveless suit, the super wide cut of the shoulders on top may impede some swimmers’ strokes.

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Helle Frederiksen Withdraws From Ironman 70.3 World Championships http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/helle-frederiksen-withdraws-from-ironman-70-3-world-championships_119558 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/helle-frederiksen-withdraws-from-ironman-70-3-world-championships_119558#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:11:28 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=119558

Helle Frederiksen takes the Challenge Bahrain victory at the end of 2014. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images for Challenge Triathlon

Denmark's Helle Frederiksen announced today that she has decided to withdraw from next month's Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

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Helle Frederiksen takes the Challenge Bahrain victory at the end of 2014. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images for Challenge Triathlon

Denmark’s Helle Frederiksen announced today that she has decided to withdraw from next month’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See, Austria.

Frederiksen, a former Olympian and now half-iron distance specialist, will not be able to race due to an injury. According to the press release, she has been battling knee issues since early May.

Frederiksen won last year’s Challenge Bahrain event against one of the toughest fields ever assembled at the half-iron distance, posting a stellar 3:55:50 finish time in the process. She went on to win Ironman 70.3 Latin American Championships in Brazil and Ironman 70.3 Texas.

“I live for the big races,” Frederiksen said in a press release. “Racing on the biggest stage the sport can provide, against the toughest competition imaginable is what drives me. It shatters me to know I won’t be a part of this years Ironman 70.3 World Championship.”

“My health and long term consistency amongst the absolute top of the sport motivates me more than short term success,” she continued. “I need to listen to my body and give it the time it needs to heal.”

The press release concluded by saying that Frederiksen hopes to be ready to compete by November’s Challenge Bahrain triathlon.

RELATED – PROfile: Helle Frederiksen

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Ben Collins, Alicia Kaye Repeat At NYC Triathlon http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/ben-collins-alicia-kaye-repeat-at-nyc-triathlon_119373 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/ben-collins-alicia-kaye-repeat-at-nyc-triathlon_119373#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 19:26:32 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=119373

The iconic Panasonic New York City Triathlon welcomed a competitive professional field for the Olympic-distance event.

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As the only remaining race on the Life Time Tri circuit with a prize purse, the iconic Panasonic New York City Triathlon welcomed a competitive professional field for the Olympic-distance event. With the $24,000 prize purse being divided up among only the top three male and female finishers, placing on the podium was key on Sunday. Ultimately it was Ben Collins (USA) and Alicia Kaye (USA) who defended their titles and took home the top prizes.

Collins put together a 12:01 swim, a 56:12 bike and a 33:07 run to claim the 1:44:59 victory. American Cameron Dye was close to Collins all day and ultimately finished second at 1:45:30. American Jesse Thomas—a 70.3 specialist—ran his way to third at 1:47:34.

Kaye was dominant in the women’s race, combining a 13:44 swim, a 1:03:34 bike and a 36:51 run to get the 1:58:25 win. Fellow American Lauren Goss was second at 2:01:09, with Australia’s Felicity Sheedy-Ryan posting the fastest run of the women to claim third.

Panasonic Life Time Tri New York City Triathlon
New York City, N.Y. – July 19, 2015
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run

Men
1. Ben Collins (USA) 1:44:59
2. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:45:30
3. Jesse Thomas (USA) 1:47:34
4. Jason Pedersen (USA) 1:47:55
5. Rudy Von Berg (USA) 1:49:15

Women
1. Alicia Kaye (USA) 1:58:25
2. Lauren Goss (USA) 2:01:09
3. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 2:04:19
4. Laurel Wassner (USA) 2:06:08
5. Heather Lendway (USA) 2:06:26

Complete results.

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Canadians On Top At Ironman 70.3 Racine http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/canadians-on-top-at-ironman-70-3-racine_119367 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/canadians-on-top-at-ironman-70-3-racine_119367#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:33:03 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=119367

As the 70.3 and Ironman qualifying season starts to wind down, several top names turned up in Racine, Wisc.

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As the 70.3 and Ironman qualifying season starts to wind down, several top names turned up in Racine, Wisc. Sunday to race for their share of a $60,000 prize purse and a final shot at some KPR points ahead of the July cutoff date. Ultimately it was Canadians Lionel Sanders and Heather Wurtele who walked away with the victories.

Men’s Race
Sanders spent the day working his way through the field, putting him at 16th out of the swim, second off of the bike and first at the finish line. His 3:49:41 victory was a combination of a 26:21 swim, a 2:03:53 bike and a 1:15:46 run. American Matt Chrabot posted the fastest run of the day at 1:15:00 to claim second in 3:51:57. Just one week removed from racing at Challenge Roth, American Andrew Starykowicz led off of the bike and then hold on through the half-marathon to finish in third at 3:52:13.

Women’s Race
Wurtele was solid across all three disciplines, posting a 25:37 swim, a 2:17:58 bike and a 1:24:39 half-marathon to take the win in 4:12:18. Fellow Canadian Angela Naeth was Wurtele’s closest pursuer through much of the day and she ultimately finished in second at 4:16:48. American Jackie Hering turned in a blazing 1:20:58 run split to claim the final podium spot in 4:17:39.

Ironman 70.3 Racine
Racine, Wisc. – July 19, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 3:49:41
2. Matt Chrabot (CAN) 3:51:57
3. Andrew Starykowickz (USA) 3:52:13
4. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:54:20
5. Leon Griffin (AUS) 3:55:01

Women
1. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:12:18
2. Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:16:48
3. Jackie Hering (USA) 4:17:39
4. Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:26:05
5. Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) 4:27:56

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Ronnie Schildknecht, Beth Gerdes Get Big Wins At Ironman Switzerland http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/ronnie-schildknecht-beth-gerdes-get-big-wins-at-ironman-switzerland_119364 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/ronnie-schildknecht-beth-gerdes-get-big-wins-at-ironman-switzerland_119364#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:12:19 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=119364

Ronnie Schildknecht and Beth Gerdes both earned victories on Sunday in Zurich that will no doubt rank high on their respective career

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Switzerland’s Ronnie Schildknecht and the United States’ Beth Gerdes both earned victories on Sunday in Zurich that will no doubt rank high on their respective career memories, but for very different reasons. Schildknecht regained the crown at his home Ironman race, posting his eighth win on this course (he also won in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013). For Gerdes, it was the first Ironman win of her careerone that will solidify her spot in the Kona Pro Rankings and punch her ticket to October’s Ironman World Championship.

Men’s Race
Switzerland’s Manuel Küng led the men out of the water at 48:52, with a group that included two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Michael Raelert (GER) and Jan Van Berkel (SUI) following a little less than two minutes later. Schildknecht was 10th out of the water at 55:14, giving him some work to do to catch the leaders. Raelert and Van Berkel eventually caught up to Küng but he didn’t let them go without a fight, leaving that group of three to lead a good chunk of the bike. Things really broke apart in the final miles of the bike, with Küng reclaiming his solo position out front. He used a 4:33:19 bike split to come into T2 with a 1:21 lead over Van Berkel, a 4:38 lead over Schildknecht (who turned in a race-best bike split of 4:32:11) and a 15:12 lead over Raelert (who really faltered in the final miles of the bike and eventually dropped out on the run). Küng struggled to keep up the pace on the run, quickly surrendering his lead to Van Berkel. Initially, Van Berkel and Schildknechtwho was running in second were turning in similar paces, but Van Berkel slowed toward the end of the marathon. Schildknecht excelled, turning in a 2:50:02 marathon to earn the 8:21:19 victory. Van Berkel cruised in for second a 8:28:57, with Italy’s Alessandro Degasperi turning in the fastest marathon of the day (2:47:07) to earn third in 8:31:36.

Women’s Race
Throughout the swim and the bike, it looked like American Mary Beth Ellis was on track for a dominant performance. She led the women out of the two-lap, 2.4-mile swim in 55:12. Great Britain’s Andrea Mason was next at 1:27 down, followed by Gerdes at 5:41 down and Mareen Hufe (GER) at 6:30 down. As Ellis rode away from the rest of the pro women, Hufe passed Gerdes and the three stayed in that order for most of the bike ride. Ellis dominated the bike ride in 5:02:07, giving her a 14:56 lead over Hufe and a 17:34 lead over Gerdes going into T2. As temperatures started to really heat up, Ellis worked to keep a steady pace. It was immediately clear that Gerdes was the fastest women on the run course. She passed Hufe at around the 7km mark and then slowly started chipping away at Ellis’ lead. As Ellis started to struggle out front, Gerdes remained steady and started to cut bigger chunks into the deficit. Gerdes ended up finding the top spot, posting a field-best 3:01:24 marathon to claim the important victory at 9:21:05. Ellis ran in for second at 9:26:37, with Hufe rounding out the podium in 9:35:26.

Ironman Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland – July 19, 2015
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 8:21:19
2. Jan Van Berkel (SUI) 8:28:57
3. Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 8:31:36
4. Mike Schifferle (SUI) 8:46:44
5. Pascal Ramali (GER) 8:50:44

Women
1. Beth Gerdes (USA) 9:21:05
2. Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 9:26:37
3. Mareen Hufe (GER) 9:35:26
4. Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) 9:51:24
5. Lucia Erat (SUI) 10:00:06

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10,000 people pack the stands at the finish line. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

This motto for this year is "Race the Legend" and 250,000 spectators are expected to watch the race unfold on the Bavarian course.

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10,000 people pack the stands at the finish line. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

The 31st running of Challenge Roth in Germany will take place this Sunday. This motto for this year is “Race the Legend” and once again 250,000 spectators are expected to watch the race unfold on the Bavarian course.

The story on the men’s side is the battle between defending champion Timo Bracht (GER) and last year’s runner-up Nils Frommhold (GER). Bracht has opted out of trying to qualify for the Ironman World Championship, with this race again serving as his primary focus. Frommhold finished second last year by four and a half minutes, but as a rising star in triathlon he’s expected to give Bracht some tough competition. American Andrew Starykowicz is the biggest question mark on the start list. He’s battled injury over the past year and is using this event as a test comeback race. If the super cyclist does show up in top form, he’s capable of riding away from the field. Other competitors include Markus Fachbach (GER), Blake Becker (USA), Petr Vabrousek (CZE) and Blake Becker (USA).

In the women’s race, the favorite is two-time Roth winner Yvonne Van Vlerken of the Netherlands. Van Vlerken’s second victory (in 2008) came as the result of a blistering 8:45:48 race time, which was a world record at the time. Her toughest competitors include Anja Beranek (GER), Gina Crawford (NZL) and Laura Bennett (USA).

The race will serve as bucket list experience for about 3,400 age-group athletes and 650 relay teams from around the world.

Tune in for the live action at www.Challenge-roth.com. The live stream will include commentary from Chris McCormack and Till Schenk.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2014 Challenge Roth Triathlon

RELATED: Pre-Race Interviews From Challenge Roth

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Germany's Jan Frodeno and Switzerland's Daniela Ryf turned in blazing performances in hot conditions in Frankfurt.

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Germany’s Jan Frodeno and Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf, both members of the newly-formed Bahrain Endurance 13 team, turned in blazing performances in hot conditions at Sunday’s Ironman European Championships to establish new course records on the way to earning the key victories. Read the race recap.

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Frodeno, Ryf Get Course Records In Hot Conditions In Frankfurt http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/frodeno-ryf-get-course-records-in-hot-conditions-in-frankfurt_118437 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/frodeno-ryf-get-course-records-in-hot-conditions-in-frankfurt_118437#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:19:15 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=118437

Daniela Ryf will go after both the 70.3 and Ironman world titles this fall. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf were impressive against top competition on a tough day of racing in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Daniela Ryf will go after both the 70.3 and Ironman world titles this fall. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

Germany’s Jan Frodeno and Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf earned the Ironman European Championship titles today in Frankfurt, Germany by outlasting hot conditions and an extremely competitive professional field. Despite the 100 degrees F heat, Frodeno and Ryfwho are both members of the newly-formed Bahrain Endurance 13 teampowered through the swim, bike and run to establish impressive new course records. Frodeno and Ryf finished on the Kona podium last year and, with these wins, will both be considered top contenders as they each pursue their first Ironman world titles this October. In addition to the automatic Kona spots handed out to each winner, professionals were also competing for their share of $150,000 and coveted KPR points.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2015 Ironman European Championship

Men’s Race
It was the 2.4-mile swim that set the tone for a strong day for Frodeno. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist exited the water in 46:02, with only fellow German Andi Boecherer (46:56) exiting within a minute of the eventual race winner. 2013 Ironman world champion Frederik Van Lierde (2 minutes back) and 2014 Ironman world champion Sebastian Kienle (4 minutes back) started the bike with some work to do.

Frodeno rode strong out front and it initially looked like Kienlewho is known for his cycling abilitieswould catch him before the end of the 112-mile ride. At the 60K mark, the gap from Frodeno to Kienle had shrunk down to 1:16. From about that point in the race, it went the other way as Frodeno pushed the pace on his way to a blistering course record 4:08:43 bike split. By the time bike turned to run, Frodeno’s lead was a solid 6 minutes over Kienle and Boecherer, and 11 over Van Lierde, Eneko Llanos (ESP), Tyler Butterfield (ESP) and Bas Diederen (NED).

Frodeno capped off his wire-to-wire win with a 2:50:49 marathon, putting him across the finish line in 7:49:48 and besting Kienle’s 2014 course record of 7:55:14 by more than 5 minutes. Kienle was solid in second, posting a 2:56:44 marathon to cross the line in 8:01:39. Boecherer rounded out the championship podium in 8:03:49. Diederen ran his way to fourth at 8:05:36, with Van Lierde claiming fifth in 8:07:09.

RELATED – PROfile: Jan Frodeno

Women’s Race
Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen established a slim early lead, exiting the water in 52:42, with Denmark’s Michelle Vesterby (52:45), Ryf (52:46) and Germany’s Julia Gajer (52:47) all following close behind. Steffen started the ride out front, but was quickly forced to the side of the road to deal with a mechanical on the bike. Ryf also lost some time very early, as she stumbled while trying to mount her bike out of T1.

Vesterby inherited the lead, with Gajer chasing close behind. Once Steffen and Ryf got settled from their mishaps, they were able to bridge the gap up to the leaders. As Vesterby fell off of the pace, Gajer, Ryf and Steffen rode neck and neck through much of the first half of the bike. With about 40 miles left in the ride, Ryf decided to make a move. The three-women race quickly became all about Ryf as she used a 4:47:50 bike split to power her way to a sizable lead to start the run. Gajer was next into T2 (7:38 back), with Steffen (10 minutes back) and Vesterby (14 minutes back) following. Ryf maintained her lead throughout the marathon, posting a 3:06:06 marathon to best Chrissie Wellington’s 2008 course record (8:51:24) and take the win in 8:51:00. Gajer was impressive in front of her home crowd, crossing the finish line second in 9:01:58. Steffen rounded out the top three in 9:11:55. Germany’s Sonja Tajsich was fourth, with American Ruth Brennan-Morrey posting a fast 3:04:59 marathon to run her way to fifth.

RELATED – PROfile: Daniela Ryf

Ironman European Championships
Frankfurt, Germany – July 5, 2015
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Jan Frodeno (GER) 7:49:48
2. Sebastian Kienle (GER) 8:01:39
3. Andi Boecherer (GER) 8:03:49
4. Bas Diederen (NED) 8:05:36
5. Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 8:07:09

Women
1. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 8:51:00
2. Julia Gajer (GER) 9:01:58
3. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:11:55
4. Sonja Tajsich (GER) 9:19:29
5. Ruth Brennan-Morrey (USA) 9:21:09

Complete results.

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Top Names To Tackle Ironman European Championships http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/top-names-to-tackle-ironman-european-championships_118322 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/07/news/top-names-to-tackle-ironman-european-championships_118322#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:59:29 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=118322

Kienle celebrated a course record on his 30th birthday last year. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

Unquestionably the best professional Ironman race outside of the Ironman World Championship this season will take place this Sunday.

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Kienle celebrated a course record on his 30th birthday last year. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

Unquestionably the best professional Ironman race outside of the Ironman World Championship this season will take place this Sunday, July 5, in Frankfurt, Germany. The bragging rights for the two athletes crowned Ironman European champs will be huge, but there are also important season implicationsguaranteed Kona spots, KPR points and prize moneyfor several pros on the start list.

There are no less than a handful of male athletes who could claim the win on Sunday, with several current and former Kona podium finishers on the start list. Reigning Ironman world champion Sebastian Kienle (GER) will be racing this distance for the first time since his big Kona win, and will look to defend his European crown in his home country. 2013 Ironman world champion Fredrik Van Lierde (BEL) finished second to Kienle at this race last year and then went on to have a disappointing race in Kona, but he’s coming off of an impressive victory at the Ironman African Championships back in March and is showing the form that earned him the world title two years ago. Perhaps the athlete that many will be most excited to watch is 2008 Olympic gold medalist and 2014 Kona third-place finisher Jan Frodeno (GER). Frodeno has competed in two Ironman events (this race last year and Kona) and, despite several setbacks in both races, managed to finish third each time. Other top Ironman veterans making the start include Eneko Llanos (ESP), Andreas Raelert (GER), Bas Diederen (NED), Andi Bocherer (GER), Marko Albert (EST) and Tyler Butterfield (BER).

The big story in the women’s race is the battle between Swiss starsand Bahrain Endurance 13 teammatesCaroline Steffen and Daniela Ryf. Steffen will be looking to again prove her ability to dominate at the distance after struggling in Kona last year and in Melbourne this year. Triathlon fans will be excited to see how Ryf can perform on this big stage. The former ITU star has been nearly flawless in her transition to long course, with an Ironman 70.3 World Championship title and Kona runner-up honors to her name. A dominant win in Frankfurt could solidify her status as a pre-race favorite for the Ironman World Championship title. Other contenders on the start list include Julia Gajer (GER), Tine Deckers (BEL), Kristin Moeller (GER), Michelle Vesterby (DEN) and Sonja Tajsich (GER).

RELATED PHOTOS: 2014 Ironman European Championships

See the professional start lists below:

Men
1 Sebastian Kienle (GER)
2 Frederik Van Lierde (BEL)
3 Jan Frodeno (GER)
4 Eneko Llanos (ESP)
5 Andreas Raelert (GER)
6 Bas Diederen (NED)
7 Andy Boecherer (GER)
8 Miquel Blanchart Tinto (ESP)
9 Carlos Lopez (ESP)
10 Michael Ruenz (GER)
13 Marko Albert (EST)
14 Simon Billeau (FRA)
15 Thomas Bosch (GER)
16 Tyler Butterfield (BER)
17 Emanuele Ciotti (ITA)
18 Martijn Dekker (NED)
19 Martin Droell (GER)
20 Thomas Kaiser (GER)
21 Lachlan Kerin (AUS)
22 Maxim Kriat (RUS)
23 Ludovic Le Guellec (FRA)
24 Wouter Monchy (BEL)
25 Young Hwan Oh (KOR)
26 Gilian Oriet (SUI)
27 Mark Oude Bennink (NED)
29 Lukas Polan (CZE)
30 Mario Radevic (GER)
31 Evgenii Rulevskii (RUS)
32 Evert Scheltinga (NED)
33 Andreas Thissen (GER)
34 David Dellow (AUS)
35 Marek Nemcik (SVK)
37 Alfred Rahm (GER)
39 Frederic Limousin (FRA)
40 Ivan Jezko (SVK)
41 Anton Blokhin (URK)
42 Juha Laitinen (FIN)
43 David Jilek (CZE)
44 Fabio Carvalho (BRA)
45 Mathias Nagel (GER)
46 Maksim Kalinin (RUS)
47 Lewis Elliot (USA)

Women
51 Caroline Steffen (SUI)
52 Daniela Ryf (SUI)
53 Julia Gajer (GER)
54 Tine Deckers (BEL)
55 Kristin Moeller (GER)
56 Michelle Vesterby (DEN)
57 Ruth Brennan-Morrey (USA)
58 Katharina Grohmann (GER)
59 Helena Herrero Gomez (ESP)
60 Tine Holst (DEN)
61 Annett Kamenz (GER)
64 Nicole Woysch (GER)
66 Sonja Tajsich (GER)
67 Astrid Ganzow (GER)

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Bowstead, Hering On Top At 70.3 Buffalo Springs http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/news/bowstead-hering-on-top-at-70-3-buffalo-springs_118089 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/news/bowstead-hering-on-top-at-70-3-buffalo-springs_118089#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 01:03:01 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=118089

New Zealand's Mark Bowstead and the United States' Jackie Hering earned the Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs victories on Sunday in Texas.

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New Zealand’s Mark Bowstead and the United States’ Jackie Hering earned the Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs victories on Sunday in Texas.

Bowstead’s 3:53:04 victory was thanks to a 23:44 swim, a 2:09:09 bike and a 1:17:53 bike. American Chris Leiferman was just off of Bowstead’s pace all day, putting him across the finish line in second at 3:57:19. American pro Justin Metzler rounded out the top three in 4:02:34.

In the women’s race, Hering won a close battle with fellow American Lauren Barnett. Hering’s day consisted of a 25:00 swim, a 2:30:11 bike and a 1:21:14 half-marathon, giving her the win in 4:18:44. It was a slower swim that ultimately cost Barnett, putting her in second position at 4:19:35. Kelly Williamson made it an all-American podium, finishing third in 4:24:57.

Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs
Buffalo Springs, Texas – June 28, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Mark Bowstead (NZL)  3:53:04
2. Chris Leiferman (USA) 3:57:19
3. Justin Metzler (USA) 4:02:34
4. Christopher Baird (USA) 4:05:36
5. Jordan Rapp (USA) 4:06:42

Women
1. Jackie Hering (USA) 4:18:44
2. Lauren Barnett (USA) 4:19:35
3. Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:24:57
4. Haley Chura (USA) 4:33:49
5. Bailey Hinz (USA) 4:44:30

Complete results.

 

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Vanhoenacker, Wutti Dominate Ironman Austria http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/news/vanhoenacker-wutti-dominate-ironman-austria_118086 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/news/vanhoenacker-wutti-dominate-ironman-austria_118086#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:54:13 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=118086

Marino Vanhoenacker again showed the strength that earned him the fastest Ironman time ever recorded (7:45:58).

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Belgium’s Marino Vanhoenacker again showed the strength that earned him the fastest Ironman time ever recorded (7:45:58) on this same Ironman Austria course in 2011. While he came up just short of the record time, his 7:48:45 victory (his seventh at this race) was the second Ironman domination of his 2015 season (he also won the Ironman Latin American Championships last month) against another stellar field. The Belgian said last year that he wouldn’t return to race in Kona, but he has yet to confirm whether he will or won’t race at this fall’s Ironman World Championship. Austria’s own Eva Wutti was equally impressive on the women’s side, earning the win in 8:45:37.

Vanhoenacker’s day was made up of a 46:40 swim, a 4:11:47 bike and a 2:45:53 marathon, putting him across the finish line 18 minutes ahead of second-place finisher Michael Weiss of Austria. Spain’s Ivan Rana struggled on the bike, but posted a race-best 2:44:27 to finish on the podium .

Wutti put together a 52:39 swim, a 4:53:57 bike and a 2:54:42 marathon to claim the victory. Fellow Austrian Lisa Huetthaler was second (9:02:46), with American Sarah Piampiano claiming third (9:03:10).

Ironman Austria
Klagenfurt, Austria – June 28, 2015
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 7:48:45
2. Michael Weiss (AUT) 8:06:59
3. Ivan Rana (ESP) 8:08:25
4. David Plese (SLO) 8:17:54
5. Massimo Cigana (ITA) 8:25:20

Women
1. Eva Wutti (AUT) 8:45:37
2. Lisa Huetthaler (AUT) 9:02:46
3. Sarah Piampiano (USA) 9:03:10
4. Elisabeth Gruber (AUT) 9:10:10
5. Martina Dogana (ITA) 9:18:50

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Boris Stein, Cait Snow Victorious At Ironman France http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/news/boris-stein-cait-snow-victorious-at-ironman-france_118084 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/news/boris-stein-cait-snow-victorious-at-ironman-france_118084#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:32:29 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=118084

Caitlin Snow at the 2011 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Nils Nilsen

Germany's Boris Stein and the United States' Caitlin Snow earned the wins on the legendary Ironman France course in Nice on Sunday.

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Caitlin Snow at the 2011 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Nils Nilsen

Germany’s Boris Stein and the United States’ Caitlin Snow earned the wins on the legendary Ironman France course in Nice on Sunday.

Stein—who put together a 56:58 swim, a 4:41:18 bike and a 2:44:20 marathon—earned the 8:27:32 victory thanks to his ability to catch France’s Romain Guillaume (who had an 8:30 lead to start the run) and hold off a fast-running Victor Del Corral (who posted a 2:42:04 marathon). Del Corral finished second thanks to that stellar run split, with Guillaume holding on for third.

Like Stein, Snow earned her victory by putting herself in solid position off of the bike and then turning in a solid marathon. Her splits of a 57:43 swim, a 5:21:59 bike and a 2:58:26 run gave her the win in 9:24:50. Fellow American Lisa Roberts turned in the fastest run split of the day (2:54:45) to finish a close second at 9:26:00. It was a larger gap to third-place finisher Emma Pooley (GBR), who crossed the finish line at 9:43:48.

Ironnman France
Nice, France – June 28, 2015
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile marathon

Men
1. Boris Stein (GER) 8:27:32
2. Victor Del Corral (ESP) 8:30:00
3. Romain Guillaume (FRA) 8:34:44
4. Timothy Van Houtem (BEL) 8:44:48
5. Sylvain Sudrie (FRA) 8:48:02

Women*
1. Caitlin Snow (USA) 9:24:50
2. Lisa Roberts (USA) 9:26:00
3. Emma Pooley (GBR) 9:43:48
4. Stephanie Reymond (FRA) 10:01:21
5. Anna Rovira Garrido (ESP) 10:21:44

*Results include professionals only.

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2,000 Athletes Set To Battle Heat At Ironman Coeur d’Alene http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/news/2000-athletes-set-to-battle-heat-at-ironman-coeur-dalene_117981 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/news/2000-athletes-set-to-battle-heat-at-ironman-coeur-dalene_117981#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:56:58 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=117981

Potts celebrates his 2014 victory. Photo: Rocky Arroyo

Ninety pros have signed up for the opportunity to earn KPR points and a share of the $100,000 prize purse.

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Potts celebrates his 2014 victory. Photo: Rocky Arroyo

It’s been a busy weekend of news for Ironman Coeur d’Alene with Ironman first announcing that the start time would be pushed up to 5:30 a.m. due to concerns about the heat (the current forecast calls for a high of 107 degrees F), and then revealing that beginning in 2016 the full Ironman will take place in August with a 70.3 taking over the late June date.

While nearly 2,000 age-group athletes will be vying for 50 spots to this fall’s Ironman World Championship, 90 professionals have signed up for the opportunity to earn KPR points toward a start at the same Kona race and a share of the $100,000 prize purse. Defending champion Andy Potts (USA) does not need points thanks to his fourth-place finish at last year’s Ironman World Championship, but he is still missing the Ironman finish he needs to validate his Kona start. Though Potts is the heavy favorite to repeat, he’ll face tough competition from athletes who are motivated to improve their KPR standing. Top athletes include Callum Millward (NZL), Trevor Wurtele (CAN), Paul Matthews (AUS), Matt Russell (USA), Maik Twelsiek (GER), Leon Griffin (AUS) and Matt Lieto (USA). With two-time defending champion Heather Wurtele (CAN) not on the start list, the opportunity is wide open for a handful of Americans to earn a breakthrough victory on the women’s side. Top contenders include Heather Jackson (USA), Amanda Stevens (USA), Dede Griesbauer (USA) and Kim Schwabenbauer (USA).

RELATED PHOTOS: 2014 Ironman Coeur d’Alene

See the complete professional start lists below:

Men
1 Andy Potts (USA)
2 Matt Russell (USA)
3 Maik Twelsiek (GER)
4 Trevor Wurtele (CAN)
5 Paul Matthews (AUS)
6 Leon Griffin (AUS)
7 Callum Millward (NZL)
8 Matt Lieto (USA)
9 Barrett Brandon (USA)
10 Trevor Delsaut (FRA)
11 Pedro Gomes PRT
12 Andrew Fast (USA)
13 Derek Garcia (USA)
14 Patrick Wheeler (USA)
15 Dantley Young (USA)
16 James Lubinski (USA)
17 Patrick Evoe (USA)
18 Stephen Kilshaw (CAN)
19 Doug Maclean (USA)
20 Eric Reid (USA)
21 Jonathan Shearon (USA)
22 Matt Sheeks (USA)
23 Yu Shinozaki JPN (JPN)
24 Michael Starkey (USA)
25 Dan Brown (AUS)

Women
31 Amanda Stevens (USA)
32 Dede Griesbauer (USA)
33 Heather Jackson (USA)
34 Amber Ferreira (USA)
35 Alyssa Godesky (USA)
36 Sarah Jarvis (GER)
37 Leslie DiMichele Miller (USA)
38 Kim Schwabenbauer (USA)
39 Anne Basso (FRA)
40 Katy Blakemore (USA)
41 Terry Casey (USA)
42 Haley Cooper (USA)
43 Olesya Prystayko (UKR)
44 Sarah Graves (USA)
45 Amy Javens (USA)
46 Tamara Kozulina UKR
47 Mackenzie Madison (USA)
48 Michelle Mighdoll (USA)
49 Jen Annett (CAN)
50 Laura Siddall (GBR)

RELATED: Beat The Heat At Your Next Triathlon

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Chris Lieto Launches Bike Training Video Series http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/news/chris-lieto-launches-bike-training-video-series_117971 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/news/chris-lieto-launches-bike-training-video-series_117971#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:09:22 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=117971

Chris Lieto training in Kona in 2013. Photo: Kurt Hoy

Ironman winner and 2009 Kona runner-up Chris Lieto has launched a bike training program for triathletes and cyclists.

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Chris Lieto training in Kona in 2013. Photo: Kurt Hoy

Former professional triathlete, Ironman winner and 2009 Kona runner-up Chris Lieto has launched a bike training program for triathletes and cyclists.

Master the Bike is a series of training videos features sessions straight from Lieto’s Ironman training journals. The series, which includes five essential workouts, promises to help athletes of all levels build speed, power and endurance. In addition to the training sessions (with two workouts made for the trainer), Master the Bike includes advice for establishing baseline fitness using a threshold test and tips for better bike handling.

“These are the essential workouts every triathlete should do,” Lieto said in a press release. “I took them straight from my Ironman playbook. They worked for me, and they’ll work for you.”

Learn more and join at Masterthebike.com.

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Canada's Lionel Sanders gets the victory. Photo: Julien Heon

Canada’s Lionel Sanders and the United States’ Meredith Kessler turned in stellar races on what turned out to be a very competitive day.

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Canada's Lionel Sanders gets the victory. Photo: Julien Heon

Canada’s Lionel Sanders and the United States’ Meredith Kessler turned in stellar races on what turned out to be a very competitive day of racing at Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada.

Men’s Race
Australian super swimmer James Seear led the strong men’s field out of the 1.2-mile swim with a time of 23:14. Canada’s Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches was next at 19 seconds back, but it was a solid minute before any of the top contenders made it to T1. Paul Ambrose (AUS), Richie Cunningham (AUS), Tyler Butterfield (BER) and Taylor Reid (CAN) made up the main chase pack, with Cody Beals (CAN) and Jesse Thomas (USA) chasing about 15 seconds after that. Sanders’ 26:58 swim split put him at nearly 3 minutes back from the leaders.

Beals was the early leader on the bike, but not far behind a large (and legally riding) group made up of many of the pre-race favorites kept Beals within their sights. The fastest rider on the Mont-Tremblant course was Sanders, who was working quickly to eliminate that deficit from the swim. By the time bike turned to run, Butterfield held the lead with Sanders (8 seconds), Thomas (9 seconds), Reid (13 seconds) and Cunningham (18 seconds) all right on his heels.

From there, the race quickly became a battle between Sanders, Reid and Thomas as Butterfield and Cunningham struggled to keep pace. The trio ran together for a good chunk of the half-marathon, but it was all-star runner Sanders who was able to finally make a break. He capped off his day with a 1:11:14 half-marathon to claim the 3:45:38 victory. Reid was the second man across the line at 3:46:22. Thomas, who won this race last year, had to settle for third at 3:48:06.

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Women’s Race
The battle between Kessler, Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence and the United States’ Alicia Kaye started from the moment the gun went off. Kessler led the women out of the water at 24:34, but Lawrence (24:35) and Kaye (24:35) were as close as it gets. Canada’s Magali Tisseyre was next to finish the swim at 1:20 back, but the fiery pace up front would make it difficult for her to catch up.

At 33K into the bike, Kessler, Kaye and Lawrence continued to stay within a few seconds of each other with the rest of the women’s field losing more time. Kessler was eventually able to get a little bit of a break, turning in the fastest bike split of the women (2:16:27) to earn a 54-second lead over Lawrence and a 4:30 lead over Kaye —whose legs may have been feeling the effort of her 70.3 Boulder win just one week ago—to start the run.

Kessler carried that momentum onto the run and didn’t surrender her lead, posting a field-best 1:25:29 run split to defend her Mont-Tremblant title in 4:10:32. Lawrence finished in second at 4:15:33, with Kaye claiming the final podium spot in 4:18:22. The women’s race was truly a story of that fast trio, with a full 19 minutes passing by before fourth-place finisher Christine Fletcher (CAN) completed her day.

2015 Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada – June 21, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Lional Sanders (CAN) 3:45:38
2. Taylor Reid (CAN) 3:46:22
3. Jesse Thomas (USA) 3:48:06
4. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:50:02
5. Tyler Butterfield (BER) 3:50:04

Women
1. Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:10:32
2. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 4:15:33
3. Alicia Kaye (USA) 4:18:22
4. Christine Fletcher (CAN) 4:37:22
5. Charisa Wernick (USA) 4:40:50

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