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)
Play Sports Group, publisher of Global Triathlon Network (GTN), has announced its selection of Felt Bicycles as the media organization’s new official bike partner for its GTN channel. As part of its new partnership with the Southern California-based bicycle manufacturer, GTN will feature Felt bikes in future content.
After a few miles on the bike course along the legendary Queen K highway, everything seemed to be going according to plan for four-time and reigning Kona World Champion Daniela Ryf. But by race's end, Ryf would finish well off her usual pace. But it's not always results that define what the Kona triathlon experience truly is.
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