Ironman Lake Placid results 2012

On Sunday July 22, 2012 over 2,800 triathletes will answer the starting gun of the fourteenth edition of Ironman Lake Placid, the second oldest WTC Ironman event in North America.

Lake Placid has a pretty small population of just over 2,500, but on Ironman weekend upwards of 25,000 people are normally on hand for the race.

THE COURSE

Mirror Lake is the venue for the two-loop 2.4-mile swim with water temperatures normally in the 65 degree Fahrenheit range and that means that wetsuits are allowed.

2012 Ironman Lake placid results

Mirror Lake is the venue for the 2.4-mile two-loop swim.


The lake is in the center of Lake Placid and provides spectators with a great view of not just the amazing mass swim start but also the swimmers in action out on the water.

This is one of the spectator-friendly advantages of a two-loop course as opposed to a 1.2 out-and-back or single-loop course that take swimmers out of sight of the spectators.

The 112-mile bike course is also two-loops and is extremely challenging as it winds its way through the Adirondacks Mountains. The course starts out downhill but that means climbing for almost ten miles before getting to the finish line and the bike/run transition.

The run course is also two-loops and it goes through the Lake Placid downtown area four times and is also very spectator friendly and the athletes can expect plenty of much-needed support as they enter the final stages of the Ironman.

SO WHO WILL WIN?

The pro fields are not exceptionally large, but it promises to be an intriguing battle for the top of the podium for both the pro men and women.

Peter Jacobs looks especially tough in here and much will depend on how much energy his main competitors use up on the bike. What makes this race really interesting is that Andy Potts excels in the swim, Romain Guillaume in the bike, and Peter Jacobs in the run, so it will be a very tactical race.

You can bet that Potts and Guillaume will want to have a bit of a cushion on Jacobs by the time they lace up their running shoes. If not, Jacobs might just come from behind and take the win.

Jacobs posted a marathon time of 2:42:29 in Ironman Hawaii 2011 and finished second behind Craig Alexander even though he posted a faster marathon split than Alexander. He will most likely be trying to stay within striking distance in Ironman Lake Placid.

Romain Guillaume won the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant 2012 but has yet to win his first Ironman distance triathlon. He is most likely the strongest cyclist in the race.

PRO MEN

Andy Potts USA
Peter Jacobs AUS
Romain Guillaume FRA
Matthew Russell USA
Jared Milam USA
Timothy Tapply USA
Eneko Elosegui ESP
Douglas MacLean USA
Logan Franks USA
Dave Harju CAN
Brad Seng USA
Jose Rosales-Yepez VEN
Kirk Nelson USA
Ryan Grant CAN

When you look at the field of pro women there appears to be about four women who are quite capable of winning the race on their best effort, but on closer examination and a look at recent past records, it really seems that Sarah Piampiano is the one to beat.

She won Ironman 70.3 New Orleans 2012 in an excellent time of 03:43:58 and finished in seventh place in Ironman Texas 2012 and appears set to take a run at top spot on the Ironman Lake Placid 2012 podium.

There is a very good chance Piampiano will take the lead at some point on the bike course and will try and carry that lead all the way to the finish line. However you can never discount Ali Fitch of Australia as she has the most experience in this field of pro women although she has never won an Ironman event.

PRO WOMEN

Sarah Piampiano USA
Ali Fitch AUS
Jennie Hansen USA
Jessie Donavan USA
Leslie LaMacchia USA
Suzanne Serpico USA
Kelly Fillnow USA
Amber Ferreira USA
Kim Schwabenbauer USA
Erin Spitler USA
Suzanne Zelazo CAN
Jacqui Gordon USA
Marie Danais CAN
Kristin Andrews USA
Kate Bruck USA

RACE DAY

Last year the winners of Ironman 2011 Lake Placid–Tj Tollakson and Heather Wurtelle–are not here to defend their titles so there will be two new Ironman Lake Placid pros at the top of the podium in 2012.

Not a lot of surprises early in the swim for the pro men. Andy Potts is first, Peter Jacobs is second, and Romaine Guillame is third and just over two minutes back of the leader. After the first lap the order remains the same with Andy Potts holding a 43-second lead over Peter Jacobs.

After the first loop for the pro women it is Suzanne Serpico, Suzanne Zelazo, and Marie Danais swimming virtually together.

Andy Potts has set a new swim course record that was held by Tom Evans for six years. The time set down by Evans was 45:28 and Potts swam a 45:01.

For the women it was Suzanne Serpico winning the duel for first out of the water with a time of 53:50 with Suzanne Zelazo just three seconds behind her. Marie Danais of Quebec is just under three minutes back in third place.

Just as a note of interest, this is Suzanne Serpico’s first race as a pro. It was time to make the jump from the age-group ranks after finishing Ironman Lake Placid 2011 in tenth position overall.

TOP SIX PRO WOMEN-SWIM

45:01...........Andy Potts 
47:10...........Peter Jacobs 
50:00...........Romain Guillaume 
54:06...........Dave Harju 
57:26...........Jared Milam 
58:03...........Brad Seng

TOP SIX PRO WOMEN-SWIM

53:50.........Suzanne Serpico
53:53.........Suzanne Zelazo 
55:20.........Marie Danais
57:23.........Ali Fitch Darwin 
1:02:05.......Jacqui Gordon 
1:02:09.......Sarah Piampian

At the 15-mile mark of the bike course it is Andy Potts maintaining a lead of 3:23 over Jacobs and 5:56 on Guillaume. Guillaume is a strong cyclist and at some point in the bike it would not be a surprise to see him move up on the leader.

At the same point in the bike for the women it is Suzanne Serpico leading with Zelazo 51 seconds back, and Fitch and Danais 45 seconds back.

TOP FIVE PRO MEN AT MILE 30 IN THE BIKE

1:52:51.........Andy Potts 
1:57:11.........Peter Jacobs 
1:59:29.........Romain Guillaume 
2:07:19.........Dave Harju 
2:13:22.........Matthew Russell

TOP THREE PRO WOMEN AT MILE 30 IN THE BIKE

2:12:58.........Suzanne Serpico 
2:16:07.........Ali Fitch 
2:18:49.........Marie Danais

Romain Guillaum has moved into second spot.

TOP FIVE PRO MEN AT MILE 56 IN THE BIKE

3:04:12..........Andy Potts 
3:09:31..........Romain Guillaume 
3:13:58..........Peter Jacobs 
3:24:28..........Dave Harju 
3:31:23..........Matthew Russell

Andy Potts is having an excellent bike on top of his record-breaking swim. At mile-86 he has a lead of just over seven minutes on Guillaume who is still in second place.

TOP FIVE PRO MEN AT MILE 86 IN THE BIKE

4:10:12...........Andy Potts 
4:17:19...........Romain Guillaume 
4:22:57...........Peter Jacobs 
4:37:07...........Dave Harju
4:40:27...........Matthew Russel

TOP FIVE PRO WOMEN AT MILE 86 IN THE BIKE

 
4:59:06............Suzanne Serpico 
5:02:55............Suzanne Zelazo
5:03:41............Ali Fitch 
5:03:58............Jessie Donavan 
5:05:05............Jacqui Gordon

Andy Potts is out of the bike/run transition and has quite a big lead over Romain Guillaume

At the three-mile mark Potts has almost a ten-minute lead over Guillaume who is second and Peter Jacobs is twenty minutes back of the leader.

However, as mentioned in the pre-race above, Peter Jacobs is one of the best pro Ironman marathoners in the world and Potts and Guillaume would want to be sure to have a big lead in the run.

Peter Jacobs is just over four minutes back of Guillaume at the seven-mile mark and is charging fast. It was ten minutes not that long ago.

Jacobs is flying and at mile ten he is just 1:31 behind Guillaume.

In the pro woman race it is Jessie Donavan in the lead with Serpico just over two minutes back in second. Gordon is third, and Ali Fitch is in fourth in the final stages of the bike course.

TOP FIVE WOMEN TO LEAVE BIKE/RUN TRANSITION

6:34:00.............Jessie Donavan
6:37:53.............Suzanne Serpico 
6:39:42.............Jacqui Gordon 
6:42:21............ Ali Fitch 
6:43:55.............Suzanne Zelazo

ironman lake placid results 2012

Andy Potts is the 2012 Ironman Lake Placid champion and just missed the course record.


At mile-16 Andy Potts has taken command of the race and has a 25-minute lead on second place Peter Jacobs. Romain Guillaume is 30-minutes back in third place as they both appear to be struggling according to race spotters.

For the pro women it is Jessie Donavan with a 6-minute lead over Jacqui Gordon and Jennie Hansen is 8:57 back in third place.

With just two miles left to go Andy Potts is on his way to victory in Ironman Lake Placid 2012.

He has crossed the finish line in a time of 8:25 to make it official.

TOP EIGHT PRO MEN

Potts, Andy..................08:25:00
Jacobs, Peter................08:56:42
Guillaume, Romain............09:08:50
Russell, Matthew.............09:16:36
MacLean, Douglas.............09:33:18
Seng, Brad...................09:34:29
Tapply, Timothy..............09:36:06
Franks, Logan................09:36:56

At the 13-mile mark it is still Jessie Donavan in front. Hansen is second for the pro women 7:52 back and Gordon is 9:37 off the leaders pace in third place.

Jessie Donavan holds her big lead right until the finish line and is the pro woman Ironman Lake Placid 2012 champion.

TOP SEVEN PRO WOMEN

Donavan, Jessie..............09:47:32
Hansen, Jennie...............09:56:33
Gordon, Jacqui...............10:08:21
Serpico, Suzanne.............10:14:15
Fillnow, Kelly...............10:19:42
LaMacchia, Leslie............10:36:48
Danais, Marie................11:05:59

For a look at the top finishers in each age-group category, visit Ironman Lake Placid age-group results 2012 right here on the IronStruck website.

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