Boasting an almost flawless performance, Swiss athlete Daniela Ryf dominated the 2015 Ironman World Championship and claimed her new title as "Queen of Kona" with a winning time of 8:57:57, including a blazing 4:50:46 bike split aboard her Felt IA race bike.
After a very strong 56:14 swim, Ryf exited the water with the leaders and, in short order, moved to the front even before hitting the famed Queen K coastal highway. Once out on the open road, Ryf, whose cycling prowess is well-documented, slowly stretched her lead while putting the screws to the few who attempted to keep her in sight. The out-and-back course served up its usual blend of heat and high winds. Yet despite the seemingly never-ending elements, Ryf never seemed to fade. With close to an eight-minute lead lead out of the second transition (T2), Ryf commanded the pace on the run, ultimately building to a 13-minute gap by the finish and all the way to her first Ironman Kona World Championship win! It was an amazing victory for the 28-year-old who, only one year ago, finished second to three-time Kona World Champion Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae in her Kona freshman effort.
Unfortunately, the highly anticipated showdown between Rinny and Ryf never fully materialized as what looked to be a relatively minor mid-week bike crash for Rinny reared its head on race day, forcing Rinny to abandon midway though the bike section due to a sore back.
2015 Kona Ironman World Championship Results (Pro Women):
1. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 8:57:57 (56:14 / 4:50:46 / 3:06:37)
2. Rachel Joyce (GBR) 9:10:59 (56:11 / 5:01:29 / 3:08:42)
3. Liz Blatchford (AUS) 9:14:52 (56:13 / 5:07:25 / 3:06:25)
4. Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 9:18:50 (56:11 / 5:00:41 / 3:17:14)
5. Heather Jackson (USA) 9:21:45 (1:04:36 / 5:04:43 / 3:07:53)
6. Susie Cheetham (GBR) 9:23:50 (57:39 / 5:14:33 / 3:06:55)
7. Sarah Piampiano (USA) 9:24:32 (1:10:01 / 5:02:28 / 3:06:33)
8. Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 9:25:41 (56:14 / 4:59:17 / 3:25:23)
9. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:27:54 (56:16 / 4:59:17 / 3:15:27)
10. Lucy Gossage (GBR) 9:28:36 (1:05:08 / 5:02:40 / 3:15:51)
TWENTY20 Pro Cycling has announced the signing of Simone Boilard, who will make her professional debut in 2019. Boilard is a rising talents, and has made the steady climb through the junior ranks, closing out her junior racing with a bronze medal in the junior women’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships.
Josh Amberger shocked the world last year when he emerged first out of the water during the 2017 Kona World Championship. He returned to Hawaii in 2018, but no longer as an up-and-comer. His is a story of tenacity and maturity, and it's one of the most unique of Kona 2018, one he shared with us in his own words.
Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae is amongst the most beloved stars of triathlon. And that’s all thanks to her fierce competitive drive, affable disposition, and never-say-die attitude. We sat down with Rinny a few days after Kona to gain some insight into the mind of a legendary competitor with a new outlook on life.
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