Top field of pros challenge for podium spots in Ironman Coeur d’Alene Results 2014
This race is a favorite for many age-group athletes hoping to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in the Fall. If you do win a spot it gives you just the right amount of time to recover for the big race in Kona.
The race also always seems to draw some excellent pros and Sunday June 29 was no exception as the field for the pro men featured Ben Hoffman, Andy Potts, Viktor Zyemtsev, Matthew Russell, and Maik Twelsiek all of whom could challenge for the top of the Ironman Coeur d’Alene results 2014 on their best effort.
Ben Hoffman and Heather Wurtele were the winners of Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2013 and both were back to defend their titles.
MALE PRO START LIST
Ben Hoffman Andy Potts Viktor Zyemtsev Matthew Russell Maik Twelsiek Pedro Gomes Nathan Birdsall Rick Floyd Derek Garcia Chris Bagg Matt Hanson Brent McBurney Dantley Young Patrick Wheeler
The swim conditions in CDA are always hit of miss at the best of times with each year bringing different swim conditions for triathletes to deal with. For this years race the conditions were less than ideal with plenty of choppy water.
This of course played into the hands of Andy Potts as he was the strongest swimmer in the field.
Andy Potts was not an unexpected leader as the pro men exited the water, but the extend of the lead was pretty amazing. He had a lead of over five minutes on a group of three that included Ben Hoffman, Viktor Zyemtsev, and Maik Twelsiek.
His lead began shrinking down as the 112-mile bike progressed. At the 20 mile mark of the bike his lead over Hoffman, Twelsiek, and Zyemtsev who were riding close together was down to 3:30.
At 50 miles Potts still had the lead but Twelsiek was closing ground fast and was just over a minute back. Probably worth noting that prior to the race Twelsiek held the bike course record for Ironman CDA.
Hoffman slipped back to third and was two minutes behind the leader. Zyemtsev was just over three minutes back in fourth place.
It seemed almost inevitable that Twelsiek would take a run at the lead on the bike and at the 100 mile mark he was in front by a minute over Potts.
That lead was two minutes as Twelsiek began the 26.2-mile marathon, but it was still anybody’s race with Potts running close in second and Zyemtsdev in third place capable of putting down a very fast marathon time.
By mile six it was quickly developing into a two-man race as Twelsiek was just 50 seconds behind Potts and Zyemtsev had fallen well off the pace and was in third over eight minutes back of the leader.
At mile ten the gap back first and second was 1:57 with Zymtsev 6:58 back of the leader in third place.
Mile 18 saw Potts still in the lead but now it was 4:45 over Zyemtsez who had moved into second as something appeared to have happened to Twelsiek.
At 20 miles the top four looked like this……….
7:43:34...........Andy Potts 7:46:22...........Viktor Zyemtsev 7:48:41...........Ben Hoffman 7:49:20...........Maik Twelsiek
Andy Potts hung on for the victory on a very challenging day and is full marks for his first place finish in the Ironman Coeur d’Alene Results 2014.
His winning time was 8:25:44.
PRO MALE FINISH TIMES
8:25:44................Andy Potts 8:28:32................Viktor Zyemtsev 8:29:12................Ben Hoffman 8:34:19................Maik Twelsiek 8:39:22................Matt Hanson 8:42:28................Matthew Russell 8:57:57................Derek Garcia 9:09:14................Patrick Wheeler 9:28:42................Nathan Birdsall 9:32:59................Rick Floyd 11:22:47...............Chris Bagg
Heather Wurtele attempts to defend title by topping Ironman Coeur d’Alene Results 2014
Heather Wurtele was out to top the podium in Ironman CDA once again and Kelly Williamson looked like the one most likely to challenge her.
The third spot on the podium was wide open with Olesya Prystayko of the Ukraine having knowledge of the course as she raced CDA last year.
Prystayko raced in Ironman Texas 2014 where she posted a time of 09:46:21 and continues to improve as her Ironman pro career moves forward.
FEMALE PRO START LIST
Heather Wurtele Kelly Williamson Stephanie Jones Cathleen Knutson Olesya Prystayko Jessica Smith Jennie Hansen Ali Black
Kelly Williamson managed a swim time of 58:30 and was the first female pro to reach transition one.
Heather Wurtele and Jessica Smith came out of the water together 45 seconds behind the leader.
PRO FEMALE SWIM TIMES
Kelly Williamson 00:58:30 Jessica Smith 00:59:12 Heather Wurtele 00:59:14 Olesya Prystayko 01:05:06 Stephanie Jones 01:05:07 Jennie Hansen 01:05:18 Cathleen Knutson 01:06:37 Ali Black 01:07:11
Heather Wurtele prefers to race at the front and at the seven mile mark took over the lead in the race for top spot among the pro women.
By mile 35 the lead was over seven minutes on Jessica Smith who had moved into second place ahead of Kelly Williamson.
The gap just kept getting wider and wider and at mile 65 it had grown to almost 12 minutes to Jessica Smith who was still riding in second.
Kelly Williamson was three minutes further back and Olesya Pystayko was in fourth and at this point had a real shot at her first podium finish.
Wurtele remained strong in the run.
At the 10-mile mark Kelly Williamson was in second place as she had passed a tiring Jessica Smith. Olesya Prystayko was in fourth, seven minutes behind Smith.
This is how it looked as they neared the 11-mile mark….
7:41:55..........Heather Wurtele 7:55:13..........Kelly Williamson 7:58:58..........Jessica Smith 8:06:37..........Olesya Prystayko
Heather Wurtele is an easy winner and is deserving of top spot in the Ironman Coeur d’Alene Results 2014.
Her time was 9:34:32.
PRO FEMALE RESULTS
Heather Wurtele 00:59:14 05:22:19 03:09:10 09:34:32 Kelly Williamson 00:58:30 05:37:52 03:09:47 09:50:07 Jessica Smith 00:59:12 05:29:38 03:26:14 09:58:42 Olesya Prystayko 01:05:06 05:34:43 03:24:49 10:07:59 Jennie Hansen 01:05:18 05:54:07 03:08:17 10:12:09 Ali Black 01:07:11 05:36:13 03:41:13 10:28:45 Cathleen Knutson 01:06:37 05:49:12 03:30:49 10:30:43
Here are the top finishers in each of the age-groups
Tanna Deruyter 11:54:05 Ashley Buxton 12:00:19 Madison Tustian 12:31:32 Gina Myers 12:57:03 Chelsea Padrta 13:10:11
Jamie Woodbury 10:14:18 Tyler Woodbury 10:14:58 Malachi Henry 10:17:08 Nic Carey 10:47:19 Steven Ems 11:56:06
Maggie Rusch 10:26:52 Claire Twark 11:00:28 Laura Gersten 11:09:27 Caroline Lea 11:24:40 Vanessa Aders 11:32:27
Eric Engel 09:36:43 Edward Schmitt 09:37:53 Carnes Jesse 09:41:22 Miroslav Rybacek 09:51:55 Chris Boettcher 10:15:18
Rachel Beckmann 10:33:34 Jessica Brannigan 10:34:54 Jessica Demello 10:42:51 Courtney Hayes 11:02:36 Kristi Stocking 11:03:50
Scott Frandsen 09:16:36 Jason Jacobs 09:37:14 Owen Kendall 09:37:35 Wylie Belasik 09:43:46 Nathan Veldhoen 09:51:41
Neilia Bliss 10:33:25 Maggie Fournier 10:42:14 Carla Schubiger 10:42:59 Steph Neufeld 11:08:38 Katie Frauts 11:12:56
Sean Schnur 09:25:19 Ray Fiori 09:30:23 O'Gorman Ivan 09:33:59 B.J.Christenson 09:39:43 Billy Edwards 09:40:05
Cailla Patterson 10:48:23 Katherine Buchowski 10:59:11 Janis Neufeld 11:02:23 Jennifer Razee 11:08:53 Maria Simone 11:10:23
Eric Reid 09:26:28 John Jenkins 09:54:31 Sam Picicci 09:59:39 Mark Carey 10:02:21 David Tindall 10:02:23
Jeanne Debonis 11:08:55 Susan Kitchen 11:31:59 Robin Sayed 11:31:59 Megan Hoefer 11:39:08 Gina Anixter 11:51:34
Michael Rushton 09:47:31 Pierre Heynemand 09:55:02 Dean Discher 09:55:21 Ted Breault 09:59:58 Troy Nelson 10:07:25
Jodi Ruby 11:33:12 Kris Stolmeier 11:59:31 Ann Williams 11:59:44 Lore-Ann Krysko 12:10:14 Janet Buss 12:29:12
Jeff Crosby 10:15:59 John Poisson 10:28:39 Mark Ford 10:32:48 John Bursell 10:34:29 Bob Morris 10:51:04
Carol Currie 12:25:22 Kathryn Klepinger 12:56:53 Sharon Johnston 13:31:21 Susan Armstrong 13:36:14 Cindy Scott 13:52:11
Roland Eble 10:25:54 Laurent Cali 10:50:50 Jaimie Roth 10:59:18 Jeff Hager 11:23:55 Randy Hoffman 11:25:27
Ruth Kohstall 13:31:54 Karen Macpherson 14:08:32 Joanne Furu 14:30:23 Cindy Thorpe 15:36:18 Gretchen Sorensen 15:55:33 Alexandra Dronkers 15:57:52 Georgia Winestorfer 15:59:59 Edie Heideman 16:08:44
Randy Norris 10:59:41 Ray Shane 11:21:34 Robert Smith 11:56:36 Pete rRutherford 12:09:05 Charles Gillum 12:35:43 Eugene Partridge 13:24:25 Lee Plourde 13:30:37
Sunny McKee 16:08:35
Al Truscott 13:01:35 Richard Nordquest 13:37:39 Dwight Schuh 14:18:34 Patrick Moneymaker 15:00:47 Cecil Pegram 15:21:10 James Hutter 16:37:15 Bill Pattinson 17:08:48
Gary Ferris 14:06:35 Richard Weinbrandt 16:16:41 Merrill Schwartz 17:10:01
Bob Heins 16:04:18
These results originated on Ironmanlive.com. Be sure to visit the Ironmanlive site if your results are not listed here.