IRONMAN COZUMEL RESULTS 2011
A strong field of pros has arrived in Mexico to try and land a spot on top of the Ironman Cozumel results 2011.
Over 2000 lucky triathletes will be in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico for the November 27, 2011 Ironman. I had a great time snorkeling there several years ago and it is truly stunning vacation destination.
Because it is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Cozumel beaches feature snow-white sand and crystal clear blue waters that are the hallmark of Caribbean destinations from Cuba to Aruba.
The Cozumel Ironman features one of those flat courses that are very deceiving.
What the course lacks in climbs and descents it more than makes up for with oppressive heat and humidity. Factor in the very good chance that howling winds will most likely be in your face for much of the bike, and you have one very tough course.
However there is a bit of good news as temperatures are not predicted to be overly high on race day with overcast skies and a chance of rain.
In what is a bit of an anomaly, the Cozumel Ironman features two transition. It’s similar to the old Ironman Hawaii course before it was changed to one transition area on Ali’i Drive.
The swim is a single loop in Chankanaab Park Beach. With any luck the swarming schools of tropical fish will temper the currents that will batter the swimmers through-out the swim.
The 112-mile bike consists of three laps so if triathletes find the winds tough to fight through, at least the first lap will give them some idea what to expect the next two times around.
On the bright side, the course will take the triathletes past coastline resorts and beaches. The run is also three laps and each lap consists of 14k.
There will be Mexican bands and plenty of supporter along the run course to help ease the difficult journey to the Ironman Cozumel finish line.
There is an excellent field of pro men and there are probably half a dozen who have a good shot at winning this race.
At first glance Patrick Evoe, Horst Reichel, Mathis Hecht, Christian Ritter, Michael Lovato, and Chris MacDonald seem to be the ones most likely to have the best chance to win Ironman Cozumel 2011.
KEVIN TADDONIO RAUL FURTADO TIM SNOW MARKUS THOMSCHKE PATRICK EVOE RICHARD WYGAND MICHAEL WETZEL ANDREY LYATSKIY ANDRES CASTILLO LATORRE MIKEL ELGEZABAL SIMON MALO TREVOR DELSAUT CESAR VALERA MIKE SCHIFFERLE HORST REICHEL BRANDON MARSH FRANK SOUZA RICHARD THOMPSON BOJAN MARIC SWEN SUNDBERG SERGIO QUEZADA RUIZ LUIZ FRANCISCO FERREIRA LUCA DE PAOLIS STEPHAN VUCKOVIC CHRISTIAN RITTER BRUNO CLERBOUT AXEL ZEEBROEK BALAZS CSOKE MATHIAS HECHT ZACH RUBLE MICHAEL LOVATO CHRIS MCDONALD PATRICK WALLIMANN BEN COTTER OSCAR GALINDEZ BRENDAN HALPIN IAN MIKELSON ALEJANDRO SANTAMARIA CHRIS HUFF GREGORY CACERAS MORALES CHRIS BAGG ADAM O'MEARA
Yvonne Van Vlerken will be attempting to repeat her victory of last year, but it may be quite a challenge for her as there are several strong entries in the women’s pro field.
Amanda Stevens and Sara Gross both took part in the recent Ironman Arizona. Amanda was 4th with a time of 9:09:39 and Sara was 8th in 9:18:03. Although they are both entered in Sunday’s race I doubt we will be seeing them.
Simone Benz, Amanda Lovato, and Sophie De Groote are all quite capable of winning Ironman Cozumel 2011.
TERRA CASTRO MARIANA ANDRADE FRANCESCA TIBALDI SIMONE BENZ TAMI RITCHIE KRISTIN ANDREWS TATIANA VERTIZ ANNETT KAMENZ YVONNE VAN VLERKEN ANA LIDIA BORBA FEDERICA FRONTINI SONJA TAJSICH SOPHIE DE GROOTE SARAH PIAMPIANO ANNE BASSO SARA GROSS AMANDA STEVENS AMANDA LOVATO CONNY DAUBEN
Of the 2300 entries, 506 are from Mexico and over 900 are from the US.
There are 1,768 are men and 557 are women.
The largest age category is the 35-39 male category with 412 competitors. Both the women’s 30-34 and 40-44 age-groups have 116 entries.
The forecast is for a bit of cloud cover so that’s good news as the swim gets underway.
According to reports the currents were quite strong and as the pros were coming in toward the swim finish they had problems keeping a straight line.
THE FIRST 10 MEN TO LEAVE THE SWIM/BIKE TRANSITION
1 RITTER CHRISTIAN 00:47:51 2 FERREIRA LUIZ FRANCISCO 00:47:52 3 REICHEL HORST 00:47:58 4 HECHT MATHIAS 00:48:06 5 ZEEBROEK AXEL 00:48:13 6 MARSH BRANDON 00:48:19 7 CSOKE BALAZS 00:48:20 8 LYATSKIY ANDREY 00:48:27 9 SOUZA SILVESTRIN FRANK 00:48:29 10 CASTILLO LATORRE FELIPE ANDRES00:49:23
THE FIRST 8 WOMEN TO LEAVE THE SWIM/BIKE TRANSITION
1 BENZ SIMONE 00:51:30 2 RITCHIE TAMI 00:57:21 4 CASTRO TERRA 00:57:33 5 BASSO ANNE 00:57:35 6 DE GROOTE SOPHIE 00:57:38 7 GROSS SARA 00:57:48 8 VERTIZ TATIANA 00:58:04
Sara Gross is indeed racing and hope all goes well for her. Her swim time here is actually 2 minutes faster than her time in the recent Ironman Arizona.
Hope she has a great result but it is very demanding on the body to attempt two Ironman races this close together and time will tell if she can hold up as the day wears on.
Amanda Steve who was also in Ironman Arizona and had a great 4th place result has opted out of this race.
FIRST TEN MEN AFTER THE SECOND LOOP OF THE BIKE
1 HECHT MATHIAS 03:42:30 2 REICHEL HORST 03:42:31 3 ZEEBROEK AXEL 03:42:49 4 SUNDBERG SWEN 03:43:47 5 RITTER CHRISTIAN 03:45:22 6 RUBLE ZACH 03:51:43 7 LYATSKIY ANDREY 03:51:44 8 THOMSCHKE MARKUS 03:55:26 9 BAGG CHRIS 03:56:25 10 SANTAMARIA ALEJANDRO 03:57:43
FIRST FOUR MEN TO LEAVE THE BIKE/RUN TRANSITION
1 LOVATO MICHAEL 05:10:27 2 RITTER CHRISTIAN 05:10:29 3 HECHT MATHIAS 05:10:34 4 REICHEL HORST 05:10:37
There was bad news for Chris McDonald. He had a collision with a volunteer at the last aid station on the bike near the end of the third loop and had a mild concussion and it out of the race. Appears the volunteer is okay.
The lead in the run changed several times over the first 20k. Michael Lovato had the lead as did Horst Reichel and at 20k it is Christian Ritter who has taken over.
No telling who is going to win this race as there are now 5 pro men within 10 minutes of each other. Patrick Evoe was sixth in this race last year and has moved into 5th spot today out on the marathon course.
It looks like the weather has been a little crazy in Cozumel. First there was sun, then there was rain, and now there is a rainstorm pounding down on the finish line.
Wow! What a wild marathon in Cozumel. Suddenly Horst Reichel and Christian Ritter are in trouble and Michael Lovato is in first place wirh Patrick Evoe in second. Not that long ago Patrick moved into 5th spot.
Michael Lovato takes top spot in the Ironman Cozumel results 2011 with a time of 8:23:52 and sets a new bike course record with a 4:19 split. Patrick Evoe ran a 2:59 marathon and hung of for second place as so many were dropping like flies out on the course.
This is a great result for Patrick who was 6th last year and has been in all four of the Ironman Cozumel races.
THE TOP FIVE MEN
1 LOVATO MICHAEL 08:23:52 2 EVOE PATRICK 08:30:36 3 SANTAMARIA ALEJANDRO 08:32:50 4 RUBLE ZACH0 08:34:51 5 LYATSKIY ANDREY 08:44:03
Simone Benz is having an amazing race and heading into the 20k mark has 16:33 lead over Sophie De Groote.
Sonja Tajsich has moved into third place. Anything can happen in an Ironman Marathon, but Benz looks to be well on her way to victory.
3-time winner Yvonne Van Vlerken is struggling and will not be winning her 4th straight Ironman Cozumel. However it was an amazing accomplishment to win this Ironman three times in a row.
Simone Benz seems to be well in control with just 8k to go and with a 13:38 lead over Sophie De Groote who has closed a bit on Simone but is running out of time.
Simone Benz is the winner and take stop spot on the podium in the Ironman Cozumel results 2011 with a time of 9:14:08.
Sonja Tajsich set a new course record for the marathon with a time of 3:02:54 and passed Sophie De Groote who would go on to finish in third place.
TOP FIVE PRO WOMEN
1 BENZ SIMONE 09:14:08 2 TAJSICH SONJA 09:23:15 3 DE GROOTE SOPHIE 09:26:07 4 CASTRO TERRA 09:39:35 5 ANDREWS KRISTIN 09:42:14
More race results are available on Ironman.com.