Ironman 70.3 Auckland results 2013

Have a look at the Ironman 70.3 Auckland results 2013. Auckland, New Zealand took place on Sunday January 20, 2013 and had the honor of beginning the Ironman 70.3 Championship events for 2013 by hosting the Asia-Pacific Ironman 70.3 Championship.

Auckland, New Zealand. Looks like a great place to stay a while after the race.

The 1.9km-swim took place in Viaduct Harbor. The 90km-bike consisted of three loops with the fist loop taking the riders out over the Auckland Harbor Bridge to Albany and back. The second loops were not as long and traveled to Heliers and back. The final leg of Ironman 70.3 Auckland was the 21km, two-loop run along the waterfront.

A sensational field of male pros was on hand to challenge for the win of the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Auckland with names like Graham O’Grady, Paul Ambrose, Bevan Docherty, Cameron Brown, Fraser Cartmell, and a host of others quite capable of winning the race when the gun sounded.

PRO MEN RACE ENTRY LIST

Ambrose, Paul............United Kingdom
Appleton, Sam............Australia
Bailey, Matt.............Australia
Bell, Luke...............Australia
Betten, Sam..............Australia
Billeau, Simon...........France
Bowstead, James..........New Zealand
Bowstead, Mark...........New Zealand
Brown, Cameron...........New Zealand
Cartmell, Fraser.........United Kingdom
Cochrane, Simon..........New Zealand
Docherty, Bevan..........New Zealand
Dye, Cameron.............United States
Ellice, Clark............New Zealand
Fox, Michael.............Australia
Gambles, Joe.............Australia
Gillmer, Luke............Australia
Hodge, James.............Australia
Hotchkiss, Jonathan......United Kingdom
Kemp, Christian..........Australia
Kuwabara, Hirotsugu......Japan
Lampe, Joseph............Australia
Mcleod, Brian............Australia
Millward, Callum.........New Zealand
O'Grady, Graham..........New Zealand
Pellow, Matthew..........Australia
Prince, Michael..........Australia
Reed, Tim................Australia
Springall, Harry.........United Kingdom
Taylor, Matt.............New Zealand
Tingay, Brett............New Zealand
Van Berkel, Tim..........Australia
Widmer, Marc.............Switzerland

In a pro women field that is dominated by some of Australia and New Zealand’s best, the three athletes who are not from either country stood out as the ones to beat going into the race. Liz Blatchford of the United Kingdom(the lone U.K. pro entry)Meridith Kessler(the lone North American pro entrant)and Caroline Stephen(the lone Swiss pro entry), all had a great shot at the podium and were pre-race favorites along with one of my all-time pick, Melissa Hauschildt of Australia.

Going in it really looked like a battle between Melissa and Caroline for top honors.

Special mention to Hilary Wicks of New Zealand who has chosen Ironman 70.3 Auckland as her first pro race.

Hilary won her age-group in Ironman Hawaii 2012 with a time of 09:50:03. Best of luck Hillary!

PRO WOMEN RACE ENTRY LIST

Blatchford, Liz..........United Kingdom
Brent, Elaine............New Zealand
Cleaver, Anna............New Zealand
Crowley, Sarah...........Australia
Hallett, Kristy..........Australia
Hauschildt, Melissa......Australia
Hoschke, Rebecca.........Australia
Kessler, Meridith........United States
Lawrence, Hannah.........New Zealand
Luxford, Annabel.........Australia
Mcalpine, Wendy..........Australia
Paxton, Rachael..........Australia
Ross, Anna...............New Zealand
Steffen, Caroline........Switzerland
Tanaka, Keiko............Japan
Wagner, Dana.............Germany
Wicks, Hilary............New Zealand
Wu, Michelle.............Australia

THE RACE

In the swim for the pro men, nobody made a break for the front as 14 swimmers came out of the water virtually together. This group included Bevan Docherty, Graham O’Grady,James Hodge, Fraser Cartmell, Luke Bell and Christian Kemp.

At just over the one hour mark in the bike it was James Hodge of Australia with the lead with Paul Ambrose about 90 seconds back. Bevan Docherty and Joe Gambles are sitting just behind Ambrose.

Late in the bike course it was still James Hodge leading but by just 65 seconds with less than 15k to go to the bike/run transition. Cameron Brown and Mark and James Bowstead were both coming up behind him at this point.

There was a lot of action in the bike/run transition. Paul Ambrose passed James Hodge even before they got on the run course. Then it was Christian Kemp passing Ambrose with Bevan Docherty in hot pursuit.

Not ready to give in, James Hodge took the lead back but soon was passed by a group of three including Bevan Docherty, Christian Kemp, and Clark Ellice.

For a short time Docherty had the lead and then was passed by Christian Kemp who went on to take the win in Ironman 70.3 Auckland 2013.

TOP TEN PRO MEN FINISHERS

Kemp, Christian................03:56:03-Australia
Docherty, Bevan................03:56:37-New Zealand
Ellice, Clark..................03:58:24-New Zealand
Ambrose, Paul..................03:59:27-United Kingdom
Hodge, James...................03:59:58-Australia
Betten, Sam....................04:00:56-Australia
Appleton, Sam..................04:02:01-Australia
Reed, Tim......................04:02:22-Australia
Bell, Luke.....................04:02:28-Australia
Cartmell, Fraser...............04:02:46-United Kingdom

It was a different story for the pro women as Annabel Luxford came out of the water with a four second lead over Liz Blatchford and almost 45 seconds ahead of third place Anna Cleaver. From there the field was very split up. Meredith Kessler was also near the front but no swim time was recorded for her, so perhaps she lost her timing chip.

It’s confirmed that Meredith Kessler is still in the thick of things. At 28km into the bike course Annabel Luxford leads Caroline Steffen by two minutes. Kessler is thirty seconds behind Steffen. Apparently Melissa Hauschildt had a bit of a bike accident is over five minutes back of the leaders at this point.

At the 58k mark it is still Luxford and Steffen just over two minutes apart with Kessler 3:40 back of the leader. Melissa H. has moved into fourth but is still over six minutes back.

A great effort by Annabel Luxford as she reached transition with a lead of almost three minutes over Caroline Steffen after it looked like she was fading on the bike course. Meredith Kessler is also into transition but has some ground to make up, as does Melissa Hauschildt who is has reached transition in fourth place.

Despite a set-back on the bike course melissa Hauschildt took over third spot from Meredith Kessler at about the 6km mark in the run, but was still six minutes behind leader Luxford.

The race is still in progress and at last report Annabel Luxford was still holding the lead over Caroline Steffen heading into the final lap of the run.

What a race by Luxford! She stretched out her lead to over five minutes over Caroline Steffen and is the 2013 Ironman 70.3 Auckland and Asia-Pacific champion.

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN FINISHERS

Luxford, Annabel.................04:19:19-Austrailia
Steffen, Caroline................04:25:16-Switzerland
Kessler, Meredith................04:29:25-United States
Crowley, Sarah...................04:32:05-Australia
Ross, Anna.......................04:34:26-New Zealand
Wu, Michelle.....................04:36:08-Australia
Blatchford, Liz..................04:38:02-United Kingdom
Hoschke, Rebecca.................04:42:25-Australia
Mcalpine, Wendy..................04:44:12-Australia
Wicks, Hilary	.................4:45:40-New Zealand-***Great job Hilary. First race as a pro!

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