Mittwoch, 8. Oktober 2014

2014 IRONMAN Hawaii Triathlon World Championship - the winners listandeditor's hot picks

The Big Island of Hawaii, the largest island of this isolated island chain is facing the hottest september for likely 2 decades. If these conditions will still apperar on race day october 11th, the race strategy and chances of a few (very heavy or heat vulnerable) athletes may be impacted more than the usually hot-or-not, windy-or-calm, sunny-or-cloudy discussions leading up to the triathlon race of the races.
Ironman Hawaii will take place again on October 11th at South-West Coast of Big Island of Hawaii.

What is unique in this year's prediction? We've got two Kona rookies at the very top of the list. Both strong athletes with background in Olympic triathlon and more or less some pedigree and results. Another notable change is an all European podium. Reason is the depth of talent and quality of young athlete developing systems in European federations.

3athlon established as first triathlon media already in 1999 just a list of raw podium or top 10 predictions. We all know, the actual race outcome may vary significantly. Blame us, for dropping or hyping some athletes without proper public reasoning. That's the way it works for us. It's all for the fun and excitement for the pinnacle event of the sports beside the Olympics. The 2014 Ironman hawaii has all ingredients to be an epic battle in both pro races...

2014 Ironman Hawaii Women's Top 20 predictions
  1. Daniela Ryf
  2. Leanda Cave
  3. Caroline Steffen
  4. Mirinda Carfrae
  5. Rachel Joyce
  6. Liz Blatchford
  7. Corinne Abraham
  8. Mary Beth Ellis
  9. Jodie Swallow
  10. Sofie Goos
  11. Caitlin Snow
  12. Yvonne Van Vlerken
  13. Linsey Corbin
  14. Michele Vesterby
  15. Meredith Kessler
  16. Natascha Badmann
  17. Amanda Stevens
  18. Kristin Möller
  19. Gina Crawford
  20. Simone Braendli
  21. "Dark horses" to watch: Julia Gajer

2014 Ironman Hawaii Men's Top 20 predictions
  1. Jan Frodeno
  2. Sebastian Kienle
  3. Frederik van Lierde
  4. Luke McKenzie
  5. Bevan Docherty
  6. Timothy O'Donnell
  7. Iván Raña
  8. James Cunnama
  9. Andreas Raelert
  10. Eneko Llanos
  11. Bart Aernouts
  12. Andrew Starykowicz
  13. Nils Frommhold
  14. Marino Vanhoenacker
  15. Terenzo Bozzone
  16. Faris Al-Sultan
  17. Craig Alexander
  18. Pete Jacobs
  19. Paul Matthews
  20. Victor Del Corral
  21. "Dark horses" to watch: Christian Kramer, Maik Twelsiek.

Samstag, 4. Oktober 2014

One time Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs with an open letter to Ironman CEO Andrew Messick

Andrew Messick, CEO of Ironman Triathlon recently compared one time Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs with professional cyclists who don't peform on triathlon portal Pete Jacobs took a few deep breaths before he wrote back - in an open letter. Messick, meanwhile picked up the phone finally and called the 2012 World Champion.

Andrew Messick on Slowtwitch (1):
I will give you two contrasting examples. The contrast between the two is relevant and germane to this conversation. Last weekend one of our former world champions validated for Kona at the largest triathlon in one of the world’s five financial centers. And that athlete went 11:42 with a 51 minute swim, 5 hour and 37 minute bike and a 4:56 run. [Messick was referencing 2012 Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs of Australia who was validating his 2014 Kona entry at Ironman Switzerland in Zurich] There was never any doubt that this was simply punching a ticket.
When I ran the Tour of California, Tom Boonen came almost every year. Boonen organized his year around the cobble classics, the Tour de France and at times the world championships. But he was a two peak [per year] guy. He was in phenomenal shape on April 10. He then did not get on a bike for 3 weeks. He came to the Tour of California [in May] and he was not fit. But he knew it. We knew it. Patrick Lefevere, who ran that team, sent Boonen, with 10 kilometers left in the sprint stages, to go to the front with his guys. If you look at the pictures of Tour of California sprint finishes, there was Boonen getting beat by Mark Cavendish. There was Boonen getting beat by other top sprinters. Tom Boonen is a professional. He was not in [peak] shape but he goes to a race and he tries. And there is the contrast. 
Pete Jacobs' response (2):
As per the WTC Ironman rules, I had to validate for Kona by completing an Ironman. The only time I could now fit this in, after the depressing bout of fatigue and the troubling inability to race or train at an elite level for many months, was to complete Ironman Zurich one week after Challenge Roth. This was the event that was after my bout of fatigue had cleared, had the minimal amount of travel involved, and the minimal time away from preparing for your marquee race, and my main goal, of the Ironman World Championship.
But whatever race it is, you have no idea how I feel about not being able to race for the win. This year has been full of hard times, disappointments, and days I could barely think straight. In Zurich I did irreversible damage to my body to push to a point of stressful pain and still have 12km’s left to walk. It was no fun at all. It was a very long, very stressful, hard and tiring day.
Not once have I ever spoken up against your validation rule. Even in Zurich I accepted it for what I had to do and did not complain, but respected it was the rule that I had to abide by. I have never said a bad word against this rule.