Kona 2017 – This year’s IRONMAN World Championship is history and what a race we have seen:
Josh Amberger who marked the beginning of the race in the style of an Olympic distance. Jan Frodeno, a world champion who, like a true champion, was honorable towards all the participants and fought his way through the running part. Cameron Wurf, who broke the previous record of Norman Stadler for the bike split due to a super bike performance and despite the fact that his aero-optimization-potential has not reached its end, yet. A Sebastian Kienle, who had a madness race with Lionel Sanders. Lionel, who showed the entire triathlon world out there, that those who did not take him serious made a big mistake in their calculations. And last but not least, the race of runners with Patrick Lange, who deserved the crown with a perfect seating position, a low-stacking coach Faris Al-Sultan and a final incredible marathon. Adding to his portfolio not just last year’s course record for the marathon, but also pushing the allover course record closer to the magical 8-hour mark. With all this we are desperately looking forward to next year; as we say in German „reinhauen“ Frodo, Patrick, Sebi, Lionel and all the others.
On www.tririg.com you can find the entire line up of the Pros in pictures.
Here is our opinion on few athletes, always on the premise that we are talking about professional athletes, who optimize their positions in the wind tunnel, on the cycle track or even with our aeroTEST.
Patrick Lange, on a Canyon Speedmax: On almost every picture and during the broadcast you were able to see the perfect setup between his aero helmet from Ekoi and his upper body. We think that Patrick is one of the showcase examples for a good and aerodynamic bike position.
Jan Frodeno, on a Canyon Speedmax: Frodo used a new personalized Oakley helmet, which perfectly matched his position on the bike and connects seamlessly with his upper body.
Sebastian Kienle, on a Scott Plasma 5: Sebastian opted for an aero road bike helmet like the year before (see also part 3 of our Kona athletes blog series).
Ben Hoffman, on a Specialized Shiv: During the pre-race blog we had already calculated a very good CdA value for him. According to our estimates, he should have had a similar value this year.
Timothy O’Donnel, on a Trek Speedconcept: Timothy also used the aero road bike helmet option as a compromise between aerodynamics and ventilation. On the pictures, you can see a high head position, which has great influence on the aerodynamic drag.
Frederik van Lierde, on a Cervelo P5x: Frederik chose a sleeveless trisuit and an aero helmet, which unfortunately did not completely align with his upper body. With our aeroTESTs, this had a negative effect on the CdA value in 4 of 5 cases.
Kyle Buckingham on Look: Kyle also used the new Ekoi TT helmet, but when you compare his position to Patrick’s you can see that his head is positioned much higher and there is a larger gap between helmet and upper body.
Boris Stein, on a Canyon Speedmax: About Boris, we have already written in our Kona blog series and we have noticed no changes to his good position last year.
Pete Jacobs on a BMC Timemachine: Pete also took the compromise solution of an aero road bike helmet for better ventilation. Pete’s head is a little high. In his frame triangle you are able to see an aero bottle, which is neutral in respect of aerodynamics.
Matt Hanson, on Quintana Roo: Matt opted for the new Giro Factor cycling shoe, which has no Velcro or Boa closure due to its lacing system and is extremely light and stiff. Such a shoe behaves similarly positively regarding aerodynamics such as shoe covers do in time trials. The water bottles of Matt were well fitted. A further improvement could have been a bendable drinking straw at the aero bottle on the handlebars.