IRONMAN CANBERRA 70.3 RESULTS 2011
The Ironman canberra 70.3 results 2011 will be contested in Australia and this race is the last M-dot event of 2011.
However the Ironman is a sport that seldom rests for long. There really is no end of the season for the Ironman Triathletes of the world.
After a break for the holiday season the Ironman roadshow will descend on Chile for Ironman Pucon 70.3 on January 15, 2012 followed just a week later by Ironman South Africa 70.3. On March 3, 2012 Ironman New Zealand will be the first full ironman of the year followed by Ironman Melbourne on March 25.
This is the inaugural year for Canberra under the M-dot flag but the race has a lengthy history as the Canberra Half-Ironman. There is no questioning it’s popularity as a race venue as it has been sold out for a few months now.
The swim will take place on man-made Lake Burley Griffin and is a rectangular one loop course.
There will be a five wave deep-water start and the Pro’s will kick off the race at 6:25 a.m. The normal temperature of the water is around 20 degrees Celsius.
The bike leg consists of three laps and includes freeway riding as well as urban and country roads.
The bike times will most likely be quite fast as the course is flat with some undulations and one fairly long climb that the riders will get to do three times.
The run course that travels through the surrounding CBD Parklands of Canberra is also fairly flat and consists of two loops.
THE PRO ENTRIES
There is a solid line-up of pros entered in the race as the quest for World Championship Points continues.
On the pro woman side it looked for a while like Michelle Wu and Melissa Rollison would be renewing acquaintances after recently squaring off in the Asia Pacific Ironman 70.3 Championship in Phuket, but Melissa did not make it to the start line.
If the results of that race were any indication, Michelle would have been hard-pressed to keep up with Melissa who won the in Phuket going away with a sparkling 04:17:01 clocking that was over 12 minutes ahead of “Swiss Miss” Natascha Badman who had an amazing race to take second spot. Michelle Wu was over 20 minutes behind Melissa with a clocking of 04:38:27.
Now I am leaning towards Lisa Marangon to win after seeing her strong performance in the Shepparton 70.3 where she was second to the winner Samantha Warriner. Michelle Wu will most likely be fighting it out with Nicole Ward for a spot on the podium.
Crowley, Sarah Marangon, Lisa Paxton, Rachael Raynolds, Matilda Ward, Nicole Lawrence, Hannah Worland, Jacinta Wu, Michelle
For the men there are a few that really seem to stand out. Ollie Whistler should have a good chance at a win here. He might be hard to beat on his best effort, but might be challenged by Tim Reed for top spot on the podium.
Ollie clocked a 04:01:33 in Shepparton this year and was second to Leon Griffin.
I had also picked Jason Shortis to challenge for a podium spot but he chose not to compete as several other male and female pros did. I’m just wondering how made a last minute decision to drop out because the skies have opened in Canberra and it’s pouring rain.
Hopefully all the athletes who are entered will make it through the bike course safely.
Bailey, Matt David, Bardi Fox, Michael Gillmer, Luke GORDON, ADAM Holborow, Adam Kent, Michael Lampe, Joseph Reed, Tim Wall, Lindsey Whistler, Ollie Maeder, Joshua Frankish, Monty Anderson, Chad
Lisa Marangon looks strong right from the start and is the first out of the water for the pro women and leaves the swim/bike transition with just over a two minute lead.
Nicole Ward, Michelle Wu, Matilda Reynolds, and Jacinta Worland all came out of the water together and are chasing after Lisa.
The men’s race has shaped up much differently as ten of the pros are within 90 seconds of each other as they leave on their bikes.
Joseph Lampe was officially first out of the water, but all the major players are right with him.
TOP TEN MALE PROS IN THE SWIM
LAMPE, Joseph 00:23:45 MAEDER, Joshua 00:23:47 BAILEY, Matt 00:23:53 FOX, Michael 00:23:54 WALL, Lindsey 00:25:11 WHISTLER, Ollie 00:25:15 REED, Tim 00:25:16 DAVID, Bardi 00:25:24 FRANKISH, Monty 00:26:14 HOLBOROW, Adam 00:26:18
Information on the bike is spotty to say the least but it was Tim Reed with a blistering-fast 1:16 run split who is the winner of Ironman Canberra 2011 and he will go on the record as the final winner of an Ironman race for 2011.
Matt Bailey was second and Joshua Maeder finished in third spot.
No news on Ollie Whistler so there is an outside chance that he did not finish as the last recorded finisher was Adam Gordon with a time of 4:21:31.
TOP FIVE PRO MEN AT THE FINISH
REED, Tim 04:00:46 BAILEY, Matt 04:04:39 MAEDER, Joshua 04:06:05 FRANKISH, Monty 04:07:45 KENT, Michael 04:08:37
On the women’s side, Lisa Marangon was an easy winner and led from the start. She finished over five minutes ahead of Michelle Wu who also had a good day at Ironman Canberra.
Nicole Ward was third and the complete results for the rest of the pro women field and top female age-groupers has not yet been made available.
They will be posted at a later time when they are confirmed.
PRO WOMEN FINISHERS
MARANGON, Lisa 00:26:18 02:24:57 01:29:21 04:24:41 WU, Michelle 00:28:38 02:29:38 01:28:00 04:30:24 WARD, Nicole 00:28:36 02:38:12 01:28:45 04:39:55 RAYNOLDS,Matilda 00:28:40 02:35:47 01:34:14 04:42:53 WORLAND, Jacinta 00:28:42 02:43:00 01:33:28 04:49:08 LAWRENCE, Hannah 00:29:55 02:48:18 01:32:30 04:55:21
COMPLETE SPLITS FOR TOP NINE MALE PROS
REED, Tim 00:25:16 02:14:56 01:16:49 04:00:46 BAILEY, Matt 00:23:53 02:15:46 01:20:54 04:04:39 MAEDER, Joshua 00:23:47 02:18:13 01:20:02 04:06:05 FRANKISH, Monty 00:26:14 02:13:48 01:23:24 04:07:45 KENT, Michael 00:28:36 02:15:00 01:21:04 04:08:37 FOX, Michael 00:23:54 02:17:20 01:24:34 04:09:22 WALL, Lindsey 00:25:11 02:23:22 01:18:08 04:10:14 DAVID, Bardi 00:25:24 02:21:15 01:29:56 04:20:34 GORDON, Adam 00:29:42 02:22:47 01:25:00 04:21:31
TOP FIVE MALE AGE-GROUPERS
BROWN, Jim 00:30:02 02:23:54 01:41:41 04:40:16 FRAME, Alex 00:34:49 02:26:45 01:37:53 04:44:20 HARRISON,Scott 00:37:17 02:32:34 01:28:09 04:44:36 EDWARDS, Tim 00:33:05 02:29:13 01:38:09 04:45:12 SOUTHCOMBE,MiKE00:34:36 02:34:22 01:32:08 04:45:41
TOP FIVE FEMALE AGE-GROUPERS
CROWE, Susan 00:32:55 02:38:38 01:33:29 04:50:45 SNIPE, Rhiannon 00:34:12 02:41:57 01:29:43 04:50:47 JUHART, Monica 00:29:22 02:43:07 01:42:18 04:58:54 UEBEL, Julie 00:33:44 02:38:22 01:41:55 04:59:54 BARKER, Jodie 00:34:31 02:48:46 01:32:43 05:01:00