Daniela Ryf won the Ironman Kona World Championship on Saturday, her second consecutive victory in triathlon’s most prestigious event. The Swiss athlete, sponsored by Felt Bicycles, finished the event with an overall time of 08:46:46, smashing the previous overall women’s course record. Ryf posted a 52:50 swim time, finishing in the front group coming out of Kailua Bay. She then put down a 04:52:26 bike split aboard her Felt IA, over eight minutes faster than the next fastest female pro. Finally, Ryf ran a 02:56:52 marathon.
Felt Athletes Round Out Top Five Finishes
Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae, the 2013 and 2014 Kona world champion and Felt IA rider, stormed her way to a second place finish at the 2016 edition of triathlon’s biggest race, finishing with an overall time of 09:10:30. Finnish athlete and Kona rookie Kaisa Lehtonen, who also competed aboard the Felt IA, finished her maiden world championship campaign in fifth place with an overall time of 09:15:40.
Watch the epic showdown between Felt athletes Daniela Ryf and Mirinda Carfrae below:
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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