Ironman Austin 70.3 results 2011

IRONMAN AUSTIN 70.3 RESULTS 2011

So who will come out on top of the Ironman Austin 70.3 results 2011?

Ronnie Schildknecht and Paul Amey recently returned from Ironman Hawaii and Michael Raelert is trying to get back into form after being injured for most of the year.

It’s been pretty quiet in the world of Ironman since the World Championships in Kona, but this week it is the 70.3 Ironman in Austin, Texas that takes center stage as the new season continues.

Austin is not only one of the live music capitols of the world, it has also become a favorite training ground for some of the best triathletes in the world.

For this reason the race attracts an excellent field of both male and female pro triathletes.

There will be $15,000 in prize money up for grabs and perhaps more importantly, 500 Pro Ranking Points toward the 2012 Ironman and 70.3 World Championships.

THE COURSE

The 1.2 mile freshwater swim will take place in Decker Lake. The water temperature averages around 73 degrees and the course is one loop.

The bike is also one loop and will lead the athletes over rolling hills and past huge Texas ranches and farms. By all reports from past years this is a fast course and we can expect some excellent bike splits.

The run is the only double-loop of the three disciplines. The runners will make their way through Walter E. Long Park to the shores of Decker Lake and the Travis County Expo grounds and will finish their second loop in the Luedecke Hockey Arena.

Their are many interesting story-lines in this race.

First of all, Australian Richie Cunningham is entered to race as he works his way back into form after a crash on wet roads in the 2011 Ironman 70.3 European Championships in Weisbaden back in August.

He may need a few more races yet in order to win a 70.3, but he could well be in the top five in this race.

Ironman Austin 70.3 results 2011

Official WTC Ironman 70.3 Austin banner


Paul Amey and Ronnie Schidknecht come off DNF races in the Ironman Hawaii World Chapionships and should be right near the front in this race.

Michael Raelert suffered with a hip injury through-out most of the year and had to miss out on The Marine Corps 70.3 as well as the World Championships in Kona earlier in October.

If Michael indeed does show up for the ra and has overcome his early season injury, he would be my pick to win with Paul Amey and Ronnie Schildknecht putting applying the pressure and fighting it out for the other top spots top spots.

Fraser Cartmell is also quite capable of having a big race and should never be left out of the podium equation.

THE PRO MEN

Richie Cunningham
Matthew Russell
Paul Amey
Fraser Cartmell
Kevin Taddonio
Devon Palmer
Jim Lubinski
Stephen Dyke
Blake Becker
Sergio Quezada
Grant Glauser
James Cotter
Chris Ganter
Weslie Anderson
Jordan Bethke
Pedro Gomes
Raymond Botelho
Massimo Cigana
Balazs Csoke
Robbie Wade
Brandon Jessop
Gerhard de Bruin
Damon Barnett
Ethan Brown
Ronnie Schildknecht
Michael Raelert

It’s really hard not to favor Jessica Myers in this race. She knows the course well as she competed in her very first 70.3 in Ausin in 2008.

She also comes off a win at Ironman Branson 70.3 in September so should be in great form and ready to go.

Like many of the pro athletes, Jessica was also injured for part of the 2011 season and that most likely resulted in her poor performance in the Marine Corps 70.3 world Championships. Her success in Branson is a good indication that she may be rounding into top form.

Desiree Ficker sure can run and if she can stay close in the bike she could be a serious threat in this field to challenge for a podium spot.

THE PRO WOMEN

Terra Castro
Rachael Paxton
Natasha Van der Merwe
Haley Cooper-Scott
Lesley Smith
Kristen Peterson
Jessica Meyers
Kristin Iavarone
Morgan Chaffin
Lisa Ribes
Mandy McLane
Caroline Gregory
Tenille Hoogland
Amie Krasnozon
Jennifer Luebke
Desiree Ficker
Erin Spitler
Alexandra Weber

RACE DAY

Every one of the major players on the pro men side have come out of the water virtually together.

Michael Raelert was the first out of the water with a two second lead over Fraser Cartmell with three others close behind.

TOP TEN PRO MEN IN THE SWIM

Raelert, Michael.....00:24:06
Cartmell, Fraser.....00:24:08
Cunningham, Richie...00:24:13
Amey, Paul...........00:24:14
Schildknecht, Ronnie.00:25:51
Barnett, Damon.......00:26:02
Dyke, Stephen........00:26:05
Gomes, Pedro.........00:26:33
Quezada, Sergio......00:26:36
Cigana, Massimo .....00:27:22

For the pro women it was Tenille Hoogland who holds a five-second lead over Kristen Peterson as they head for their bikes at transition one. Jessica Myers is almost two minutes back and will have some catching up to do.

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN IN THE SWIM

Hoogland, Tenille......00:26:19
Peterson, Kristen......00:26:24
McLane, Mandy..........00:27:28
Luebke, Jennifer.......00:27:44
Chaffin, Morgan........00:28:02
Meyers, Jessica........00:28:05
Castro, Terra..........00:28:36
Paxton, Rachael........00:28:41
Gregory, Caroline......00:28:58
Smith, Lesley..........00:29:54

note: Desiree Ficker apparently decided not to compete today and is not listed as completing the swim leg.

Ironman Austin bike course

Ronnie Schildknecht has a great bike split and it the first on to transition two with a lead of 4 minutes over Michael Raelert.

The run should tell if Michael Raelert is fully recovered from his injury and if he is back in top form.

He may be healed buy may come up a little short today and may need a few more races to get back into his championship form.

TOP FIVE PRO MEN BIKE SPLITS

Schildknecht, Ronnie......02:05:53
Raelert, MichaeL..........02:09:58
Cunningham, Richie........02:11:35
Amey, Paul................02:12:08
Cartmell, Fraser..........02:12:24
Cigana, Massimo...........02:09:07

The first pro woman to leave transition two is Tenille Hooglang who has led the race from the start. Jessica Jacobs has moved up in the field but there are still several women in contention for the podium spots.

PRO WOMEN AT TRANSITION 2

Hoogland, Tenille........02:25:41
Meyers, Jessica..........02:28:42
Peterson, Kristen........02:30:26
McLane, Mandy............02:30:15
Luebke, Jennifer.........02:30:11

Tenille Hoogland won the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Calgary women’s title with an overall time of 4:34:21 and is looking well-placed to add another win to her 2011 campaign, but things can change quickly in the run.

It looks like Michael Raelert is back in business. He has a sensational run split of 1:11:05 and wins Ironman Austin 70.3 with a time of 3:47:48.

Raelert was well back of Ronnie Schildknecht leaving the bike/run transition but his run time was 4 minutes faster than Schildknecht’s who finishes second in Austin in a time of 3:49:48. Paul Amey is third in 03:52:36.

Both Ronnie Schildknecht and Paul Amey showed why they were in the recent Ironman World Championships in Kona earlier this month. They both had strong races, but just happened to come up against one of the best pros in the world in Michael Raelert.

TOP FIVE PRO MEN OVERALL

Raelert, MichaeL.......03:47:48
Schildknecht, Ronnie...03:49:48
Amey, Paul.............03:52:36
Cigana, Massimo........03:56:26
Cunningham, RichiE.....03:56:59

Jessica Myers is the winner for the pro women with a time of 4:29:15. Tenille Hoogland dropped out on the run course and did not finish the race after leading though the swim and the bike.

TOP FIVE PRO WOMEN OVERALL

Meyers, Jessica.......04:29:15
McLane, Mandy.........04:34:40
Gregory, Caroline.....04:38:28
Smith, Lesley.........04:39:10
Cooper-Scott, Haley...04:40:48

TOP THREE FEMALES 18-24

Wegman, Roxanne.....04:51:59
Wright, Catherine...04:59:57
Baugher, Liz........05:02:21

TOP THREE FEMALES 25-29

Clark, Sarah.........04:53:27
Hawrylo, Shannon.....04:55:08
Freeman, Hannah......05:07:25

TOP THREE FEMALES 30-34

Jackson, Christina....04:35:03
Haag, Kortney.........04:40:00
Oconnor, Colleen......05:03:06

TOP THREE FEMALES 35-39

Hutchins, Andrea.......04:44:28
Rimel, Keri............04:58:30
Schlosser, Stacia......05:08:18

TOP THREE FEMALES 40-44

Drummond, Crystal.......05:04:20
Trinkle, Linda..........05:07:36
Figueroa, Lilia.........05:07:46

TOP THREE FEMALES 45-49

Luttmer, Kelly..........05:09:48
Lewis, Jacqueline.......05:10:38
Present, Cindy..........05:18:31

TOP THREE FEMALES 50-54

Schurman, Tamsen........05:14:34
Gassner Bentz, Cornelia.05:40:25
Kelso, Colleen..........05:46:40

TOP THREE FEMALES 55-59

Silvey, Carolyn.........05:43:32
Jonas, Holly............06:10:56
Rosen, Patricia.........06:11:47

TOP TWO FEMALES 60-64

Chu, Ellen...............06:56:23
Lewis, Elizabeth.........08:08:39

TOP FEMALE 65-69

Carroll Theo.............7:14:40

TOP THREE MALES 18-24

Trainor, Brian...........04:23:38
Murr, Romedy.............04:25:27
Whalen, Daniel...........04:31:55

TOP THREE MALES 25-29

Medel, Fernando..........04:31:06
Saeugling, Lee...........04:41:31
Lentzke, Jason...........04:42:29

TOP THREE MALES 30-34

Pennington, Charles......04:14:22
Silva Neto, Antonio......04:18:59
Nickel, Kevin............04:19:15

TOP THREE MALES 35-39

Litwora, Alexander.......04:19:20
Miller, Scott............04:27:42
Saylor, Austin...........04:28:30

TOP THREE MALES 40-44

Hamilton, Todd...........04:29:34
Lewis, Sean..............04:31:04
Breitenbach, Lon.........04:37:42

TOP THREE MALES 45-49

Caswell, Christopher.....04:46:10
Armstrong, Rafe..........04:54:21
Cooper, Todd.............04:56:18

TOP THREE MALES 50-54

Rasmussen, Randal........04:51:50
Lukanich, Jim............04:55:08
Hoffman, David...........05:01:22

TOP THREE MALES 55-59

Adlerz, Cliff............05:06:22
Skelte, Mark.............05:26:03
Manley, Jim..............05:28:00

TOP THREE MALES 60-64

Dallain, Robert..........05:38:44
Cobb, Bruce..............05:49:15
Ortlip, Stephen..........06:24:46

TOP THREE MALES 65-69

Garver, Eugene...........06:04:42
Byard, Robert............07:59:00
Stephan, Jalal...........08:23:18

TOP THREE MALES 70-74

Elmitt, Garry…………07:42:26
Mehl, Wayne…………..08:22:25

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