Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote results 2012

The year may be winding down but there were no shortage of top pros on hand Saturday November 10th to contest for the top spots of the Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote results 2012.

Kona Ranking Points that are earned now are just as valuable as points earned when the 2013 season is in full swing in the Spring and Summer.

THE LANZAROTE COURSE

The swim consists of two-loops and takes place in front of the Club La Santa Resort. Once finished the first loop the swimmers will have to cover thirty meters by foot to the start of the second loop.

The two-loop swim includes a run of 30m between the loops (Course map from Lanzarote.com).


The setting for this race may be visually stunning, but it is a sheep in wolves clothing as the challenging 90.1km bike course with a tough climb of up to over 550 meters from sea level beginning around the 45k is unrelenting.

The ten kilometer Tabayesco climb that could very well go a long way to determining the final result is thought to be one of the most challenging of any Ironman 70.3 race.

Part of the 70.3 course follows the same route as the full Ironman Lanzarote.

The biggest threat during the run could well be the heat as the runners make their way toward the finish line at Club La Santa. Because the course is more than one loop there will plenty of support for the athletes as they run 21.1km with views of the ocean all the way.

The race was full of Ironman Champions going into the race and there were most likely five male pros quite capable of taking the win on their best effort.

Bert Jammaer went into the race as a top favorite as he had wins in 2008 and 2009 in Ironman Lanzarote.

However Ronnie Schildknecht went into the race with six Ironman Switzerland wins to his credit and Stephen Baylis was also a multiple Ironman winner.

Allesandro Degasperi was no stranger to challenging 70.3 courses and was also considered to be a major threat for a top spot on the podium.

PRO MEN

tentative

Bert Jammaer
Ronnie Schildkencht
Stephen Bayliss
Konststantin Bachor
Daniel Hawlksworth
Rasmus Petraeus
Patrick Jaberg
Alessandro Degasperi
Massimo Cigana
Peru Alfaro
Toumy Degham
Matt Ellis
Pedro Miguel Reig Jover
Mikolaj Luft
Edo Van der Meer
Andreas Linden
Daniel Herlbauer
Erik-Simon Strijk
Fabrizio Baralla
Jose Estrangeiro
Manuel Kung
Richard Calle
Boris Stein
Victor Arroyo Bugallo
Antony Costes
David Rodriguez
Swen Dwain Sundberg
Alejandro Santamaria Perez
Patrick Jaberg
Ivan Raña Fuentes

The race for top spot among the female pros was expected to be every bit as competitive. Bella Bayliss and Michelle Vesterby were both Ironman Lanzarote champions but were not guaranteed of a victory.

Sonjia Tajsich was fourth in Ironman Kona 2012 and was considered a serious threat to top the podium for the women.

PRO WOMEN

tentative

Sonjia Tajsich
Bella Bayliss
Eimear Maria Mullan
Nicole Woysch 
Katja Konschak
Isabelle Ferrer
Eva Ledesma Calvet
Alessandro Degasperi
Tine Holst
Sophie De Groote
Tasmin Lewis
Saleta Castro
Danne Boterenbrood
Mareen Hufe
Michelle Vesterby

RACE DAY

It was Rasmus Petreaeus leading the way out of the water for the pro men, but was closely followed out by several others including Ivan Ra-a Fluentes, Stepehn Bayliss and Daniel Hawksworth.

TOP PRO MEN IN THE SWIM

Petr¾us, Rasmus.................21:51
Pedro Miguel, Reig Jover........22:08
Alfaro, Peru....................22:11
KŸng, Manuel....................22:13
Halksworth, Daniel..............22:13
Van der Meer, Edo...............22:15
Ra–a Fuentes, Ivan..............22:17
Bayliss, Stephen................22:22

Danne Boterenbrood was the first female pro to finish the swim and had a lead of almost 40 seconds over Michelle Vesterby. Katch Konschak was five seconds behind Vesberby and Sophie Groote was almost three minutes back of the leader.

TOP PRO WOMEN IN THE SWIM

Boterenbrood, Danne.............00:24:05
Vesterby, Michelle..............00:24:44
Konschak, Katja.................00:24:49
De Groote, Sophie...............00:26:58
Castro, Saleta..................00:27:08
Ledesma Calvet, Eva.............00:27:28
Bayliss, Bella..................00:27:36

For the pro men it was Ivan Ra-a Fuentes putting in a strong bike leg to stay near the leaders and then took control of the race out on the run course.

The fastest bike spit of the day was by Ronnie Schildknecht but he was simply out-run by Ra-a Fuentes who set a blistering pace and finished with the run with the day’s best time of 1:13:27 on his way to winner’s spot on the podium. Schildknecht held on for second spot, and Boris Stein was third.

TOP TEN PRO MEN FINISHERS

Ra–a Fuentes, Ivan..................04:07:35
Schildknecht, Ronnie................04:11:27
Stein, Boris........................04:12:59
Degasperi, Alessandro...............04:13:32
Morales, Victor Del Corral..........04:13:35
Jammaer, Bert.......................04:13:59
Bachor, Konstantin..................04:16:07
Jaberg, Patrick.....................04:17:32
Strijk, Erik-Simon..................04:17:51
Cigana, Massimo.....................04:19:43

Danne Boterenbrood came out of the water with the lead and spent the rest of the day fending off Sophie De Groot who was over two minutes back at the end of the swim. Boterenbrood won the race by just under two minutes to become the Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote champion for 2012 and Sonja Tajsich finished third.

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN FINISHERS

Boterenbrood, Danne................04:40:05
De Groote, Sophie..................04:41:55
Tajsich, Sonja.....................04:44:03
Konschak, Katja....................04:48:16
Ledesma Calvet, Eva................04:49:24
Mullan, Eimear Maria...............04:54:09
Vesterby, Michelle.................04:58:49
Hufe, Mareen.......................05:01:11
Bayliss, Bella.....................05:01:46
Woysch, Nicole.....................05:11:05
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Ray hasn’t stopped since his first Ironman in Kona, 1984. He has since run 14 more Ironman races, authored 5 Triathlon books, and is now bringing together a passionate community of triathletes. Contact Ray at ray@ironstruck.com

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