It was the deepest field of pros since Ironman Hawaii 2012 who fought it out for top spot in the Ironman 70.3 San Juan results 2013.
On Sunday March 17 2013, the Ironman season began in earnest with WTC races coming thick and fast from now until the World Championships in the Fall of 2013.
A 1.9km point-to-point swim in the protected waters of Condado Lagoon kicked off the race and featured temperatures in the mid 70’s and a course that was configured to be spectator friendly.
There were some challenging rollers on the 90km bike course that took the triathletes to the north of the island toward Dorado.
The 21km run course was two-loops and gave the runners the opportunity to take in some spectacular views of the Atlantic and well as the amazing historical Architecture that makes Old San Juan so special and a great place to visit.
Hopefully some of the athletes had the opportunity to stay for a few days after the race.
MALE PRO START LIST
AL-SULTAN, Faris DEU ALDY, Aubrey USA ANDERSON, Weslie USA BAIRD, Christopher USA BAUCCO, Aj USA BECKER, Blake USA BILLARD, Bertrand FRA BOCKEL, Dirk LUX COLLINS, Ben USA CUNNINGHAM, Richie AUS DANAHY, Kevin UMI DEGASPERI, Alessandro ITA DONNER, Ed USA EVOE, Patrick USA GARZA, Arturo MEX GOMES, Pedro PRT GUILLAUME, Romain FRA HAGENBUCH, Henry USA HERMANSON, Mike USA HUERTA, Manny PRI JAMMAER, Bert BEL KAHLEFELDT, Brad AUS KAHN, David USA KELLY, Ryan USA KRIAT, Maxim RUS LASSONDE, Cedric FRA LOVATO, Michael USA MATTHEWS, Paul AUS O'GRADY, Graham NZL ODONNELL, Timothy USA QUINCHARA Carlos COL RAU, Ryan USA ROSETE TORES, Yunior USA RUBLE, Zach USA SHOEMAKER, Jarrod USA SILVESTRIN, Frank BRA SNOW, Tim USA STARYKOWICZ, Andrew USA VELEZ, Edgardo PRI WADE, Robert USA
FEMALE PRO START LIST
BAZLEN, Svenja DEU CARFRAE, Mirinda AUS CAVE, Leanda GBR CORBIN, Linsey USA FREDERIKSEN, Helle DNK GREGORY, Caroline USA HANSEN, Jennie USA HUTCHINS, Andrea USA JACKSON, Christina USA JACOBS, Jessica USA JONES, Stephanie USA KRAFT, Nina CAN MINTEGUI GONZALEZ, Arra ESP PEDERSEN, Camilla DNK ROOHI, Molly USA SCHWABENBAUER, Kimberly USA SHAPIRO, Margaret USA SMITH, Lesley USA SNOW, Caitlin GBR WILLIAMSON, Kelly USA
In the swim, the pro men pretty well stayed in a large pack with nobody having a decided advantage going into transition one.
The first official pro male out of the water was David Khan with a time of 23.32, but there were nine others within 20 seconds of him.
TOP TEN PRO MEN-SWIM
KAHN, David 00:23:32 SHOEMAKER, Jarrod 00:23:35 ODONNELL, Timothy 00:23:37 O'GRADY, Graham 00:23:39 COLLINS, Ben 00:23:40 BOCKEL, Dirk 00:23:41 QUINCHARA FORERO,Carlos 00:23:42 MATTHEWS, Paul 00:23:45 STARYKOWICZ, Andrew 00:23:52 VELEZ, Edgardo 00:23:53
Helle Frederiksen of Denmark was first out of the water for the pro women, reaching transition with a lead of 44 seconds over Leanda Cave. Camilla Pedersen and Svenja Bazlen were right behind Cave in 3rd and 4th.
At this point, Mirinda Carfrae and Linsey Corbin were over three minutes back of the leader.
TOP TEN PRO WOMEN-SWIM
FREDERIKSEN, Helle 00:25:20 CAVE, Leanda 00:26:04 PEDERSEN, Camilla 00:26:05 BAZLEN, Svenja 00:26:05 WILLIAMSON, Kelly 00:26:10 SNOW, Caitlin 00:26:29 JACKSON, Christina 00:26:31 KRAFT, Nina 00:26:34 SHAPIRO, Margaret 00:26:46 CARFRAE, Mirinda 00:28:48
Ben Collins of the USA had an amazing bike spit of 1:58:06 to take the lead onto the run course.
His nearest competitor was Andrew Starykowicz who was over 90 seconds back.
TOP TEN MEN AFTER THE BIKE
COLLINS, Ben 00:23:40 01:58:06 STARYKOWICZ, Andrew 00:23:52 02:00:45 BILLARD, Bertrand 00:24:55 02:04:17 BOCKEL, Dirk 00:23:41 02:05:13 ODONNELL, Timothy 00:23:37 02:05:41 GUILLAUME, Romain 00:24:12 02:04:54 MATTHEWS, Paul 00:23:45 02:06:19 SHOEMAKER, Jarrod 00:23:35 02:10:39 CUNNINGHAM, Richie 00:24:56 02:09:27 KRIAT, Maxim 00:26:01 02:08:57
Svenja Bazen of Germany used her 2:15:43 bike split to grab the lead for the pro women as they reached the bike/run transition.
However, Helle Frederiksen was right with her, with Camilla Pedersen several minutes back in third place. Many of the major contenders were seemingly already too far back to be factors in the final outcome of the race.
It apeared that Mirinda Carfrae had dropped out of the race somewhere on the bike course, but may have run into mechanical problems as she is still in the race but far back.
TOP TEN WOMEN AFTER THE BIKE
FREDERIKSEN, Helle 00:25:20 02:16:29 BAZLEN, Svenja 00:26:05 02:15:43 PEDERSEN, Camilla 00:26:05 02:20:02 SHAPIRO, Margaret 00:26:46 02:22:59 CAVE, Leanda 00:26:04 02:23:39 JACKSON, Christina 00:26:31 02:26:01 WILLIAMSON, Kelly 00:26:10 02:28:35 KRAFT, Nina 00:26:34 02:28:30 SCHWABENBAUER, Kimberly 00:30:26 02:25:17 JACOBS, Jessica 00:33:04 02:24:23
Andrew Starykowicz came from behind and crossed the finish line first and is the Ironman 70.3 San Juan champion for 2013.
Really happy for Andrew as he was on his way to a top finish in Abu Dhabi 2012 when he was involved in an unfortunate accident with a volunteer and suffered several serious injuries.
Well, Andrew is back and good for him.
He is an amazing cyclist and it looks like his running is getting just as good. He will be a force to be reckoned with for some time to come.
Ben Collins who was leading the run at the transition ended up far back. Bertrand Billard took second place, and Timothy O’Donnell was third.
TOP TEN MALE PROS
STARYKOWICZ, Andrew 03:50:12 BILLARD, Bertrand 03:51:02 ODONNELL, Timothy 03:51:19 GUILLAUME, Romain 03:52:52 BOCKEL, Dirk 03:53:53 SHOEMAKER, Jarrod 03:55:44 MATTHEWS, Paul 03:55:56 KRIAT, Maxim 03:56:45 CARVALHO, Fabio 03:57:18 CUNNINGHAM, Richie 03:58:23
Helle Frederiksen of Denmark takes the victory for the pro women with a time of 04:11:35 and is full value for her win. Helle spend the majority of the race at the front of the pack.
Svenja Bazlen of Germany was second almost two minutes back with a finish time of 04:13:24.
Camilla Pedersen of Denmark was third in 04:19:00.
Is seems that all of the pre-race favorites have been shut out of the podium. Kelly Williamson recorded a fourth place finish to go with her two victories in San Juan.
TOP TEN FEMALE PROS
FREDERIKSEN, Helle......04:11:35 BAZLEN, Svenja..........04:13:24 PEDERSEN, Camilla.......04:19:00 WILLIAMSON, Kelly.......04:21:52 SHAPIRO, Margaret.......04:24:18 SCHWABENBAUER, Kimberly 04:33:00 CAVE, Leanda............04:26:42 SNOW, Caitlin...........04:30:27 JACOBS, Jessica.........04:30:52 HANSEN, Jennie..........04:31:52