Ironman Boise 70.3 Results 2011
Ironman Boise 70.3 Results 2011 are in and the race featured several exceptional pro performances.
First a bit about IM boise 70.3.
This is the fourth edition of Ironman Boise and it was expected that just over 1300 age-group and pro athletes would be at the start line.
In all the years that I competed in road races and Ironman races I have to say that I never had the opportunity to take part in an event that started at noon.
Somehow I have the feeling that an early morning start would be a better option. For myself I think I would lose the edge with all that waiting around.
THE SWIM COURSE
You would think the water would be a bit warmer by noon, but normally this is a swim that will definitely require a wetsuit as water temperatures around the 62 degree F mark can be expected on race day.
This is a single loop course in Lucky Peak Lake that is situated about 17 miles Southeast of Boise. This of course means that it is a two-transition race as opposed to a central transition area for the race.
THE BIKE COURSE
The Boise Ironman 70.3 bike course features quite a varied terrain of flats, hills, and rollers. This course has a history of howling winds appearing out of nowhere and for the athletes the wind that appears will most likely be a race-day surprise.
It seems to me that the afternoon start might have a lot to do with the amount of wind the athletes face as often wind does seem to pick up later in the day as opposed to early morning.
The bike course took the competitors downtown where they made their second transition into the run.
The two-loop 13.1 mile run is known to be quite spectacular and took the runners along the Boise Greenbelt pathway system that is lined with trees and follows the Boise River.
The run finished in the heart of downtown Boise in the BoDo District.
There will be $15,000 in prize money up for grabs for the pros as well as Pro Ranking points that will go towards qualifying for the first ever 70.3 championships to be held in Henderson, Nevada Sept. 11, 2011.
The favorite for the pro men title was Ben Hoffman mainly because of his outstanding 2010 season. He was picked by many before the race to take first place in the Ironman Boise 70.3 Results 2011.
Paul Ambrose from Australia was also highly rated in this race after coming off a second place finish in the Ironman 70.3 just one week before the Boise race. He lost by just 7 seconds to Maxim Kriat.
It was a great battle because they were neck and neck for most of the race.
Jesse Thomas surprised a lot of people in Wildflower when he came out of nowhere on a borrowed bike to earn a victory in the Wildflower Long course in the Spring. Jesse was the unknown quantity as far as how the Ironman Boise 70.3 results 2011 would play out for the pro men.
MEN’S PRO START LIST.
Ben Hoffman Paul Ambrose Jesse Thomas Treveor Wurtele Kevin Everett Chris Ganter Matt Taylor Guy Crawford Chris Boudreaux. Nicholas Thompson Elliot Holtham Adam Jensen Christopher Bagg Dantley Young Karl Bordine Christopher Baird Heath Thurston Juan Carlos Ramirez Damon Barnett Matt Shryock Stephen Kilshaw Matt Lieto Kyle Leto Cesar Valera Jeff Symonds
Heather Wurtele from Canada was coming off a win in the St. George Ironman that took place in May and was expected to make a good showing and be very near the top of the Ironman Boise 70.3 results 2011 for the pro women at the end of the day.
Heather Jackson just finished racing the 70.3 distance the weekend before Boise and finished in 5th place. She was also in Ironman Florida 70.3 and just about won but was caught by Mirinda Carfrae in the last mile of the run.
It was expected that Australia’s Kate Bevilaqua would be eager to make up for her DNF in Ironman Lanzarote by having a solid performance in Boise.
Kate is the 2010 Ironman Western Australia champion so came into Boise with plenty of credentials.
WOMENS’S PRO START LIST
Heather Wurtele Heather Jackson Uli Bromme Ann Ciaverella Jennifer Luebke Kate Bevilaqua Charisa Wernick Teri Albertazzi Haley Cooper-Scott Annie Warner Heidi Spees Jessica Jacobs Michelle Wu Rachel McBride
IRONMAN BOISE 70.3 RESULTS 2011 PRO MEN
Ben Hoffman...............3:52:41 Nicholas Thompson.........3:54:48 Jeff Symonds..............3:55:26 Paul Ambrose..............3:57:50 Jesse Thomas..............3:59:06
Ben Hoffman’s sensational bike time of 2:05:34 was the difference as he held on in the run to finish just under two minutes ahead of second place finisher Nicholas Thompson.
IRONMAN BOISE 70.3 RESULTS 2011 PRO WOMEN
Magali Tisseyre............4:18:28 Heather Wurtele............4:20:41 Rachel McBride.............4:22:14 Heather Jackson............4:26:06 Michelle Wu................4:26:54
Magali was solid in all three events and proved unstoppable as she won by two minutes over Heather Wurtele.
Magali and Heather had almost identical swim and run times but it was Magali’s excellent performance on the bike course that made the difference and put her on top of the Ironman Boise 70.3 Results 2011 for pro women.
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