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)
Rally UHC Cycling’s road captain, the venerable Svein Tuft, is calling it a career at the Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec and Montréal on September 13th and 15th. The 11-time Canadian National Time Trial Champion and two-time road champion will lead a roster full of Canadians at North America’s premier WorldTour one-day races.
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We're race fans through and through, and we'd love to watch our favorite racers roll up to the start line for one more season. But life is much, much more than bike racing, and we're always thrilled when our athletes can retire on their own terms. Thank you, Allie, for the memories—we salute you.
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