In the last part of our review on the aerodynamic decisions regarding equipment and seating positions at the IRONMAN World Championship, we look at the remaining professional men.
Here are the pictures for comparison.
Lionel Sanders, Garneau Gennix TR1: We already took a closer look at Lionel before the competition. He got a new lacquered garneau, this time with Aerobox in the frame. His 2017 equipment didn’t differ much from the 2016 setup; Lionel used the Aero Pouch and the Garneau P-09 aero helmet. We think his position in 2017 looks better than in 2016 and will be doing some calculations on Lionel shortly.
Brent McMahon, Quintana Roo PRSix: Brent was one of the first to use the new Oakley Aro helmet; his head position could have been a little lower. He opted for two aero bottles between his handlebars, which is a different approach. Additionally he had two standard bottles, one each at his saddle and frame. Choosing an aero bottle in his frame could have been aerodynamically better.
Ivan Tutukin, Argon18 E-119: Igor used a KISS setup with one aero bottle in his frame and one on his handlebars. He used a Kask aerodynamic road bike helmet. On the picture, you can see his head position that is a little high in the wind.
Cyril Viennot, Scott Plasma 5: Cyril wore a Scott aero helmet, which adapted smoothly to his upper body. A lower head position could have resulted in saving a couple of watts, but should be tested to be confirmed; same for the positions of his bottles.
Michael Weiss, Diamond Back: Michael had a very individual saddle holder setup including a box for gear. He used two elastics to secure his bottles. His helmet of choice was the new aerodynamic Giro Vanquish and Michael had a good position of his head. He used the Giro Factor, which is a very aerodynamic shoe with laces.
Marko Albert, Trek Speedconcept: Marko used the aero box with his Trek Speedconcept. Additional to his aero bottle within the frame triangle, he decided to use a standard bottle. A possible aeroTEST could have verified the advantage of a second aero bottle in his saddle holder against the bottle in the frame. He used an aerodynamic road helmet.
Alessandro Degasperi, Ceepo Viper-R : Alessandro rode an identical standard Viper-R setup like the other Ceepo riders, consisting of a large aero bottle in his aero cockpit and the toolbox at the end of his frame. He had two aero bottles in his frame and additionally two standard bottles on his saddle. With this he reached a higher system weight. By lowering his head a little bit the new Ekoi helmet could have added some more benefit.
Igor Amorelli, Argon18 E-119: We think that the distance between Igor’s helmet and his upper body could be optimized a little bit. He could achieve this by shrinking in with his shoulders. Through the design of his Ceepo the saddle bottles are a little high.
Thiago Vonhal, Trek Speedconcept: Thiago raced in a sleeveless trisuit. According to our testing experience we have received better results with sleeved suits in 90 percent of the cases. He used a Kask Bambino without a visor.
David Plese, Scott Plasma: The Casco Speedairo David used fits well to his body and head position. David didn’t use a front aero bottle and decided against an aero bottle in his frame.
Marc Duelsen, Canyon Speedmax: Marc used an Uvex aerodynamic road helmet, but his head position was a little high. The setup of his Speedmax was similar to the other Canyons.
Harry Wiltshire, Reap: Harry had an aerodynamic road helmet, but could have used a lower head position. Just for explanation: We have been stating a lower head position a lot. The reason for this is, that our experience shows, that the head position has a huge influence on wind resistance. However, this is only of advantage if you can keep your head still in that position. A moving head or the necessity to get out of the position every while, would influence the aerodynamic negatively.
Jan van Berkel, Scott Plasma 5: Jan used a Scott road helmet for better cooling and ventilation. On one of the pictures you can see his bib number flattering in the wind. This is just a small input, but can sum up to some time over 180km on the bike. He also decided to use quite long bottles.
Ivan Rana, MMR Blade: Ivan had the Ekoi TT2 helmet and also used a sleeveless trisuit. Lionel Sanders choice to change into a better suited running outfit for the Kona climate would have been a good alternative as well, which we think was one of Lionel’s lessons learned from his performance in 2016. Ivan also had two aero bottles in his frame.
Reinaldo Colucci, Scott Plasma: Reinaldo decided against an aero helmet and on the picture the position could be a little bit lower. He used the Aero Pouch on his saddle and went with a standard bottle in his frame.
Patrick Evoe, Blue: Patrick like Lionel Sanders used the Garneau PR-09 aero helmet, which fits very good to his position.
Cameron Wurf, Pinarello: Cameron as a former professional cyclist took over the bike course record from Norman Stadler. He decided to use a short aero helmet without a visor. Cameron also used the Aero Pouch, but installed it closer to his saddle. We think an aero bottle in his saddle would have made him even faster.
Daniel Fontana, Kuota KTZero5: Daniel went for an aero helmet, which with a lower head position would have even better aligned with his upper body. His choice for hydration was to have a standard bottle cage on his handlebars to be flexible in the aid stations.
Jesse Thomas, Dimond: Interesting with Jesse was that he cycled with an aero roadbike helmet but didn’t have any eye protection. He was also one of the few who had two bottles on his aerobars. He used a similar setup as 2016.
Markus Fachbach, Canyon Speedmax: Markus used a small, integrated aero bottle in his cockpit. His helmet of choice was a road helmet with sunglasses.
Giulio Molinari, Argon18 E-119: Giulio’s choice was a sleeveless trisuit together with the new Kask Mistral helmet. He placed two aero bottles on his frame triangle and on his aerobars. Additionally he used the standard saddle holder of the E-119. Giulio also added a frame bag on his top tube.
Dennis Chevrot, Look 796 Monoblade : Dennis used the Giro Aerohead, which provides an aero design, good ventilation and a great view. He also used the Aero Pouch. Dennis strapped gels to his aerobars.
Michael Fox, Giant Trinity: Michael wore the Met Drone Wide Body, an aero helmet which has often received good results in our aeroTEST with various athletes. His head position was good and the helmet aligned very well with his upper body. Michael had one aero bottle in his frame and a standard bottle in the cage at his saddle. A flexible straw could have been another improvement.
Chris McDonald, Quintano Roo PRSix: Chris used a Kask aero helmet without a visor. The alignment of helmet and upper body is good. He also had two bottles on his aerobars.
Eneko Lanos, BH: Eneko’ is known for the long tailed Spiuk aero helmet. The helmet fits well to his positions and he used normal sunglasses.