Daniela Ryf Wins Ironman 70.3 World Championship

September 02, 2015

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With the exception of 2014 Kona World Championships where she took 2nd place overall, Swiss star Daniela Ryf has won every race she’s entered over the previous 12 months. That streak continued this past weekend as Ryf won the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championships for the second straight year, and in commanding style to boot. With the aid of a very strong swim that put her into T1 less than a minute down on her nearest competitor, Ryf uncorked a blistering 2:21:10 bike ride aboard her Felt IA FRD to build an almost insurmountable lead. Her 1:22:52 run was the fastest women’s time of the day and in crossing the line she became the only pro athlete to date to have ever repeated as 70.3 World Champion. We caught up with Daniela right afterwards as she reflected on her win and the look ahead to Kona. 

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FELT: Tell us about your 2015 70.3 World Championship day. Take us through from from the time the alarm goes off until the moment you cross the finish line.

DR: It was a special race. It was the first time 70.3 Worlds was in Europe and it included a late morning start. So I got up at 7.30am, had a little walk to get some bread at the bakery. Then had brekky and rode to start. I was exited and in same time a bit nervous. My goal was to deliver a fast bike performance on this stunning course. The swim went very well for me. So I could take the lead on the bike just going into the hill. I worked it hard, as I knew could recover on the descent. Then the flat part I could really profit from the sailing wings of the IA. The goal was to push the last 40k for sure under 1h. Jumping off the bike the legs were used, but still able to push. The run course along the lake was just as beautiful as the ride course. The atmosphere of the Austrians and fans all over the world was very inspiring and helped me so much to push hard till the end. I’m looking back to a great day and I’m very happy I could show the best I can be on this day.

FELT: You are known as a particularly good bike rider. Do you have a background in cycling?

DR: No. I started with swimming and athletics. With the age of 14 I started with triathlon. From there I just liked to ride. Especially hilly courses. Since I’m riding the IA my time trialing has improved a lot and I’m starting to really feel good on the flats, too. I guess the hours on the turbo trainer also helped for this, just as the IA is just really fast with some side wind, as it feels like a sailing boat taking off.

FELT: How important are your equipment choices and specifically to have a bike like the Felt IA?

DR: I always thought it wouldn’t make a bit difference. But riding in the wind for 180k I started to realize it really does. Especially on a course like Kona. The last years I worked on my position and now I feel the best I ever have on the bike. The Felt IA really is made for a course like Kona–like I said it feels like a sailing boat with a a secret wing. But also it is very stiff, so it works just as perfect on difficult downhills like Zell am See. I ride the passes Albula, Julier, Bernina and Flüela in St.Moritz all the time and never had any problems.

FELT: After a day as big as a World Championship we known an athlete’s engine continues to run. Do you find it hard unwinding afterwards or even sleeping?

After the race in Zell I was very tired, but with all the positive emotions from race day it takes a while to come down. I normally sleep okay, but a little shorter than usual. The next day I tried to do some training, just to keep the motor rolling. Plus it helps to digest the feelings and to go through the emotions again from the day before.

FELT: You next race is the Kona World Championship where you took second last year. What are your feelings going into this race again?

DR: I’m very exited to go back to Kona. My big goal this year is to show a great performance and be a little faster than last year. I believe I can be, having done more specific Ironman training through the year. I’m looking forward to what race day will bring.

FELT: Any final thoughts?

DR: I have to say I am really proud to be a Felt rider. I’ve been on the team since 2008 and the support from Jim Felt and the guys from Felt Switzerland have been so supportive. I love the passion they put in their bikes, because I love to ride with passion, too. In Zell am See I had a mechanic there in place, which helped me to focus on my race and not having to worry about any mechanical issues. I’m very grateful for this support and I am looking forward to more passionate riding and racing on the Felt IA.




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6'5"  195+CM

FR61 FRW61 IA58
VR61 Z61 DA/B/S61
F61 FX60

6'4"  192–194CM

AR61 FRW61 IA56,58
FR61 Z61 DA/B/S58,61
VR61 FX60,63
F61

6'3"190-191cm

AR61 FRW61 IA56,58
FR61 Z61 DA/B/S58,61
VR61 TK61
F61 FX60

6'2"187-189cm

AR61 FRW58,61 IA54,56,58
FR58,61 Z58,61 DA/B/S56,58
VR58,61 TK61
F58 FX60

6'1"185-186cm

AR58,61 FRW58 IA54,56,58
FR58 Z58 DA/B/S56,58
VR58 TK58,61
F58 FX57,60

6'0"182-184cm

AR58 FRW56,58 IA51,54,56,58
FR56,58 Z56,58 DA/B/S56,58
VR56,58 TK58,61
F56,58 FX57

5'11"180-181cm

AR56,58 FRW56,58 IA51,54,56,58
FR56,58 VRW56 DA/B/S56,58
VR56,58 Z56,58 TK56,58
F56,58 FX55,57

5'10"177-179cm

AR56 FRW56,58 IA51,54,56,58
FR56,58 VRW56 DA/B/S56
VR56,58 Z56,58 TK56,58
F56,58 FX55

5'9"174-176cm

AR56 FRW56 IA48,51,54,56
FR56 VRW56 DA/B/S54,56
VR56 Z56 TK54,56
F56 ZW50 FX53,55

5'8"172-173cm

AR54 FRW54,56 IA48,51,54,56
FR54,56 VRW54,56 DA/B/S54,56
VR54,56 Z54,56 TK54,56
F54,56 ZW50 FX53

5'7"169-171cm

AR51,54 FRW54 IA48,51,54
FR54 VRW54 DA/B/S54,56
VR54 Z54 TK51,54
F54 ZW47,50 FX50,53

5'6"167-168cm

AR51 FRW51,54 IA48,51,54
FR51,54 VRW51,54 DA/B/S54
VR51,54 Z51,54 TK51,54
F51,54 ZW47,50 FX50

5'5"164-166cm

AR51 FRW51,54 IA48,51,54
FR51,54 VRW51 DA/B/S51
VR51 Z51,54 TK51
F51,54 ZW47,50 FX47,50

5'4"162-163cm

AR51 FRW48,51 IA48,51,54
FR48,51 VRW51 DA/B/S51
VR51 Z51 TK51
F48,51 ZW47 FX47

5'3"159-161cm

FR48,51 FRW48,51 IA48,51
VR51 VRW47,51 DA/B/S47,51
F48,51 Z51 FX47
ZW45,47

5'2"157-158cm

FR48 FRW48 IA48,51
F48 VRW47 DA/B/S47,51
Z51
ZW45

5'1"154-156cm

FR48 FRW48 IA48,51
F48 VRW43,47 DA/B/S47,51
ZW43,47

5'0"152-153cm

VRW43 IA48
ZW43,45 DA/B/S47,51
TK43

4'11"149-151cm

FF95JR VRW43 IA48
ZW43 DA/B/S47
TK43

4'10"147-148cm

FF95JR ZW43 IA48
DA/B/S47
TK43

4'9"144-146cm

FF24, F95JR ZW43 IA48
DA/B/S47

4'8"141-143cm

FF24 IA48

4'7"139-140cm

FF24 IA48

4'6"136-138cm

FF24 IA48

4'5"134-135cm

IA48

6'5"  195+CM

CompulsionXL (22") DoctrineXL (22") SurplusXL (22")
DecreeXL (22") Dispatch 9XL (22") DDLG (21")
VirtueXL (22") Dispatch 7XL (22") 7XL (22")
EdictXL (22") NineXL (22")

6'4"  192–194CM

CompulsionXL (22") DoctrineXL (22") SurplusXL (22")
DecreeXL (22") Dispatch 9XL (22") DDLG (21")
VirtueXL (22") Dispatch 7XL (22") 7XL (22")
EdictXL (22") NineXL (22")

6'3"190-191cm

CompulsionXL (22") DoctrineXL (22") SurplusXL (22")
DecreeLG (20"), XL (22") Dispatch 9XL (22") DDLG (21")
VirtueXL (22") Dispatch 7XL (22") 7XL (22")
EdictXL (22") NineXL (22")

6'2"187-189cm

CompulsionXL (22") DoctrineLG (20"), XL (22") SurplusLG (20"), XL (22")
DecreeLG (20"), XL (22") Dispatch 9LG (20"), XL (22") DDLG (21")
VirtueXL (22") Dispatch 7LG (20"), XL (22") 7LG (20"), XL (22")
EdictXL (22") NineLG (20"), XL (22")

6'1"185-186cm

CompulsionLG (20"), XL (22") DoctrineLG (20") SurplusLG (20")
DecreeLG (20"), XL (22") Dispatch 9LG (20"), XL (22") DDMD (18.5"), LG (21")
VirtueLG (20"), XL (22") Dispatch 7LG (20") 7LG (20")
EdictLG (20"), XL (22") NineLG (20")

6'0"182-184cm

CompulsionLG (20") DoctrineMD (18"), LG (20") SurplusMD (18"), LG (20")
DecreeLG (20") Dispatch 9MD (18"), LG (20") DDMD (18.5")
VirtueLG (20") Dispatch 7MD (18"), LG (20") 7MD (18"), LG (20")
EdictLG (20"), XL (22") NineMD (18"), LG (20")

5'11"180-181cm

CompulsionMD (18"), LG (20") DoctrineMD (18") SurplusMD (18")
DecreeLG (20") Dispatch 9MD (18") DDMD (18.5")
VirtueMD (18"), LG (20") Dispatch 7MD (18") 7MD (18")
EdictLG (20") NineMD (18")

5'10"177-179cm

CompulsionMD (18"), LG (20") DoctrineMD (18") SurplusMD (18")
DecreeMD (18"), LG (20") Dispatch 9MD (18") DDMD (18.5")
VirtueMD (18"), LG (20") Dispatch 7MD (18") 7MD (18")
EdictMD (18"), LG (20") NineMD (18")

5'9"174-176cm

CompulsionSM (16"), MD (18") DoctrineSM (16"), MD (18") SurplusSM (16"), MD (18")
DecreeMD (18"), LG (20") Dispatch 9SM (16"), MD (18") DDSM (16"), MD (18.5")
VirtueSM (16"), MD (18") Dispatch 7SM (16"), MD (18") 7SM (16"), MD (18")
EdictMD (18"), LG (20") NineSM (16"), MD (18")

5'8"172-173cm

CompulsionSM (16"), MD (18") DoctrineSM (16") SurplusSM (16")
DecreeMD (18"), LG (20") Dispatch 9SM (16") DDSM (16")
VirtueSM (16"), MD (18") Dispatch 7SM (16") 7SM (16")
EdictMD (18") NineSM (16")

5'7"169-171cm

CompulsionSM (16") DoctrineSM (16") SurplusSM (16")
DecreeMD (18") Dispatch 9SM (16") DDSM (16")
VirtueSM (16") Dispatch 7SM (16") 7SM (16")
EdictMD (18") NineSM (16")

5'6"167-168cm

CompulsionSM (16") DoctrineXS (14"), SM (16") SurplusXS (14"), SM (16")
DecreeMD (18") Dispatch 9XS (14"), SM (16") DDSM (16")
VirtueSM (16") Dispatch 7XXS (14"), SM (16") 7XS (14"), SM (16")
EdictSM (16"), MD (18") NineXS (14"), SM (16")

5'5"164-166cm

DecreeSM (16"), MD (18") DoctrineXS (14") SurplusXS (14")
EdictSM (16") Dispatch 9XS (14") 7XS (14")
Dispatch 7XS (14")
NineXS (14")

5'4"162-163cm

DecreeSM (16"), MD (18") DoctrineXS (14") SurplusXS (14")
EdictSM (16") Dispatch 9XS (14") 7XS (14")
Dispatch 7XS (14")
NineXS (14")

5'3"159-161cm

DecreeSM (16"), MD (18") DoctrineXS (14") SurplusXS (14")
Dispatch 9XS (14") 7XS (14")
Dispatch 7XXS (12"), XS (14")
NineXS (14")

5'2"157-158cm

DecreeSM (16"), MD (18") DoctrineXS (14") SurplusXS (14")
Dispatch 9XS (14")
Dispatch 7XXS (12"), XS (14")

5'1"154-156cm

DecreeSM (16") Dispatch 7XXS (12")

5'0"152-153cm

DecreeSM (16") Dispatch 7XXS (12")

6'5"  195+CM

Verza Speed AluminumXXL (61) Verza Speed CarbonXXL (61) VERZAeLG (20")
Verza PathXL (22") LEBOWSKeLG (20") NINEeXL (22")
OutfitterLG (20")

6'4"  192–194CM

Verza CafÉXL (21") Verza Speed CarbonXXL (61) VERZAeLG (20")
Verza Speed AluminumXXL (61) LEBOWSKeLG (20") NINEeXL (22")
Verza PathXL (22") OutfitterLG (20")

6'3"190-191cm

Verza CafÉXL (21") Verza Speed CarbonXL (58), XXL (61) VERZAeLG (20")
Verza Speed AluminumXL (58), XXL (61) LEBOWSKeLG (20") NINEeXL (22")
Verza PathXL (22") OutfitterLG (20") DUALeXL (22")
TOTE'mLG (20")

6'2"187-189cm

Verza CafÉXL (21") Verza Speed CarbonXL (58) SPORTe58
Verza Speed AluminumXL (58) LEBOWSKeLG (20") VERZAeMD (18"), LG (20")
Verza PathLG (20"), XL (22") OutfitterLG (20") NINEeLG (20"), XL (22")
TOTE'mLG (20") DUALeXL (22")

6'1"185-186cm

Verza CafÉLG (19"), XL (21") Verza Speed CarbonXL (58) SPORTe58
Verza Speed AluminumXL (58) LEBOWSKeMD (18"), LG (20") VERZAeMD (18")
Verza PathLG (20"), XL (22") OutfitterMD (18"), LG (20") NINEeLG (20")
TOTE'mLG (20") DUALeLG (20"), XL (22")

6'0"182-184cm

Verza CafÉLG (19"), XL (21") Verza Speed CarbonLG (56), XL (58) SPORTe58
Verza CafÉ WMD (18") LEBOWSKeMD (18") VERZAeSM (16"), MD (18")
Verza Speed AluminumLG (56), XL (58) OutfitterMD (18") NINEeMD (18"), LG (20")
Verza PathLG (20") TOTE'mLG (20") DUALeLG (20")

5'11"180-181cm

Verza CafÉLG (19") Verza Speed CarbonLG (56) SPORTe55, 58
Verza CafÉ WMD (18") LEBOWSKeMD (18") VERZAeSM (16"), MD (18")
Verza Speed AluminumLG (56) OutfitterMD (18") NINEeMD (18")
Verza PathLG (20") TOTE'mLG (20") DUALeMD (18"), LG (20")

5'10"177-179cm

Verza CafÉLG (19") Verza Speed CarbonLG (56) SPORTe55
Verza CafÉ WMD (18") LEBOWSKeMD (18") VERZAeSM (16"), MD (18")
Verza Speed AluminumLG (56) OutfitterMD (18") NINEeMD (18")
Verza PathMD (18"), LG (20") TOTE'mMD (18"), LG (20") DUALeMD (18"), LG (20")

5'9"174-176cm

Verza CafÉMD (17"), LG (19") Verza Speed CarbonMD (54), LG (56) SPORTe52, 55
Verza CafÉ WMD (18") LEBOWSKeSM (16"), MD (18") VERZAeSM (16")
Verza Speed AluminumMD (54), LG (56) OutfitterSM (16"), MD (18") NINEeSM (16"), MD (18")
Verza PathMD (18") TOTE'mMD (18") DUALeSM (16"), MD (18")

5'8"172-173cm

Verza CafÉMD (17") Verza Speed CarbonMD (54) SPORTe52
Verza CafÉ WMD (18") LEBOWSKeSM (16") VERZAeXS (14"), SM (16")
Verza Speed AluminumMD (54) OutfitterSM (16") NINEeSM (16")
Verza PathMD (18") TOTE'mMD (18") DUALeSM (16"), MD (18")

5'7"169-171cm

Verza CafÉMD (17") Verza Speed CarbonMD (54) SPORTe49w, 52
Verza CafÉ WSM (16"), MD (18") LEBOWSKeSM (16") VERZAeXS (14")
Verza Speed AluminumMD (54) OutfitterSM (16") NINEeSM (16")
Verza PathSM (16"), MD (18") TOTE'mMD (18") DUALeSM (16")

5'6"167-168cm

Verza CafÉMD (17") Verza Speed CarbonSM (51), MD (54) SPORTe49w
Verza CafÉ WSM (16"), MD (18") LEBOWSKeSM (16") VERZAeXS (14")
Verza Speed AluminumSM (51), MD (54) OutfitterSM (16") NINEeXS (14"), SM (16")
Verza PathSM (16") TOTE'mSM (16"), MD (18") DUALeSM (16")

5'5"164-166cm

Verza CafÉMD (17") Verza Speed CarbonSM (51) SPORTe48, 49w
Verza CafÉ WSM (16") TOTE'mSM (16") VERZAeXS (14")
Verza Speed AluminumSM (51") NINEeXS (14")
Verza PathSM (16")

5'4"162-163cm

Verza CafÉMD (17") Verza Speed CarbonSM (51) SPORTe48
Verza CafÉ WSM (16") TOTE'mSM (16") VERZAeXS (14")
Verza Speed AluminumSM (51") NINEeXS (14")
Verza PathSM (16")

5'3"159-161cm

Verza CafÉMD (17") Verza Speed CarbonXS (47), SM (51) SPORTe48
Verza CafÉ WSM (16") TOTE'mSM (16")
Verza Speed AluminumXS (47), SM (51) NINEeXS (14")
Verza PathSM (16")

5'2"157-158cm

5'1"154-156cm

5'0"152-153cm

SPORTe44w, 44

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