Andreas Raelert of Germany favored to finish on top of Ironman Regensburg results 2011.

Andreas had an amazing past few years. He started it all off when he first took up the 70.3 distance in 2008 and came in second in the 70.3 World Championships followed by a win at Ironman Florida.

The rest as they say, is history. In 2009 Andreas had a third place finish in Hawaii at the Ironman World Championships and then last year had a second place finish in Ironman Hawaii.

Will 2011 be the year he wins in Hawaii? How he fares in the Ironman Regensburg results 2011 might be an indication.

Only time will tell. It is going to be a sensational race with the best Ironman talent in the world all coming together in the Fall of 2011 in Kona.

As far as this year goes, Andreas comes off a win in Ironman Mallorca 70.3 and most recently a sensational world record winning time of 7:41:33 in the Roth Challenge long distance triathlon.

When looking over the pro male field for the upcoming race, it is hard to find someone who would challenge Andreas for the win. However there was always the chance that Andreas is not fully recovered from his last big effort in Roth.

Ironman Regensburg results 2011.

Ironman Regensberg finisher medal.


In the event he is not at his best it looks like fellow German Markus Fachbach might be able to force the issue if Andreas falters.

Lothar Leder was the first to ever break the 8-hour barrier for the Ironman distance, but it would be a surprise to see him challenge Andreas for the win in this race.

THE PRO MEN START LIST

1 Raelert Andreas.......(Germany)
2 Goerke Nils...........(Germany)
3 Fachbach Markus.......(Germany)
4 Brader Christian......(Germany)
5 Bischof Marcel........(Germany)
6 De Elias Mari0........(Argentina)
7 Hadley Brian..........(United States)
8 Kovac Matjaz..........(Slovenia)
9 Kriegl Flo............(Austria)
10 Leder Lothar.........(Germany)
11 Müller Daniel........(Germany)
12 Nemcik Marek.........(Slovakia)
13 Pedraza Sebastian....(Italy)
15 Sickl Heinrich.......(Austria)
16 Vallant Rene.........(Austria)
17 Wagner Martin........(Germany)
18 De Paolis Luca.......(Italy)
19 Reichel Horst........(Germany)
20 Riesen Stefan........(Switzerland)
21 Vytrisal Frank.......(Germany)

As far as the pro women go, there is a Leder who could very well end up on the podium. Nicole Leder is Lothar’s wife and is no stranger to the top spot on the Ironman podium as she has won four Ironman races.

However Mary Beth Ellis came into the race in great form she showed in winning Ironman Austria in spectacular fashion with a time of 8:43:34.

Much will depend on how well Mary Beth Recovered from her huge effort in Klangenfurt. It seems that more and more Ironman pros are doing more races virtually back to back and at times that second race can end up being a tough race if they are not fully recovered.

I think much of this has to do with gaining enough pro points in order to qualify to compete in Hawaii in the Fall. Chances are good though that Ellis will cross the line first in the Ironman Regensburg results 2011.

THE PRO WOMEN

Rabe Katja...............(Germany)
Jesberger Heidi..........(Germany)
Streiter Ute.............(Austria)
Burow Katrin.............(Germany)
Kamenz Annett............(Germany)
Monticeli Ariane.........(Brazil)
Leder Nicole.............(Germany)
Bregar Olja..............(Slovenia)
Weerd Mirjam.............(Netherlands)
Ellis Mary Beth..........(United States)

THE COURSE

It’s always nice to see a one-loop swim course. It reminds me of ironman Hawaii and Ironman Canada which were both one loop courses(and still are)back in the day when I was racing every year.

I guess I like one-loop because I always struggled in the swim and doing the course once was enough for me.

In this race, the athletes will actually be swimming a smaller loop within a big loop. It looks like two loops but it’s not really. It’s just the unique design of the swim course.

The bike course looks like it will be really fast and for the most part is a fairly flat course with lots of rollers. However there is one good climb that will have to be done twice.

After leaving the swim/bike transition, the athletes will do two loops of the bike course before ending up at a second transition area and the start of the run.

The run is comprised of four-loops and will be spectator friendly which will be a great boost to all the German pros and age-groupers alike who are in this race.

RACE DAY

Andreas Raelert is a great swimmer and almost always will come out of the water in the lead pack, or at least not very far behind. He is an excellent front-runner and often he will get the lead very quickly coming out of the swim/bike transition and is never caught if he is on his game.

Today in great swim conditions it is no different for Andreas and he is less than a minute from the leader at the end of the swim.

TOP TEN MEN IN THE SWIM

1 Bartlett David...........00:46:41
2 Diederen Bas.............00:46:48
3 Reichel Horst............00:46:51
4 Fachbach Markus..........00:47:19
5 Raelert Andreas..........00:47:26
6 Chevrot Denis............00:47:42
8 Klein Jean-philippe......00:49:51
9 Richter Stefan...........00:49:52
10 Flander Marton..........00:49:53

On the womens’s side, Mary Beth Ellis is right near the front for the women as they make their way around the 2.4 mile course.

As a matter of fact, by the end of the swim Mary Beth is first out of the water. Her biggest threat in this race will most likely be Katja Rabe who has had some very strong results as of late.

Last year Katja was second in this race so she is quite familiar with what it will take to win.

TOP TEN WOMEN IN THE SWIM

1 Ellis Mary Beth...........00:49:20
2 Weerd Mirjam..............00:50:17
3 Rabe Katja................00:52:34
4 Jesberger Heidi...........00:52:56
5 Leder Nicole..............00:52:58
6 Zingler Katharina.........00:54:58
7 Paige Becky...............00:55:00
8 Kamenz Annett.............00:55:52
9 Haude Inga................00:56:08
10 Marquart Anita...........00:56:10

It was a bit of a surprise that Markus Fachbach took over the lead in the bike and that Andreas sat in third place.

However it appears that Andreas Raelert injuured himself on a training run and was not 100% for this race. He also may have taken it easy in order to save himself for the marathon.

It could be big problems for him later on in the marathon as it is a foot-related injury, but time would tell.

At 44k Markus Fachbach and Horst Reichel shared the lead duties as they go back and forth with Andreas not far behind.

For the women it is Katja Rabe who took over the lead at the 26K mark from Mirjam Weerd.

So it is official, Andreas had an injury that was far worse than first thought earlier on and he fell back to about 50th place on the bike and the three leaders at 67k were Markus Fachbach, Horst Reichel and Frank Vytrisal.

In the women’s race, Mary Beth Ellis was riding in sixth place almost 4 minutes off the lead.

THE TOP SIX WOMEN At 67k

Mirjam Weerd...............03:27:33
Katja Rabe.................03:27:34
Heid Jesberger.............03:27:42
Annett Kamenz..............03:28:33
Nicole Leder...............03:29:59
Mary Beth Ellis............03:32:54

When the men reach the bike/run transition it looked a lot like it was going to be a hard-fought race without anyone pulling away to a huge lead.

TOP FIVE MEN AS THEY BEGAN RUN

1 Vytrisal Frank...........05:29:22
2 Fachbach Markus..........05:31:05
3 Riesen Stefan............05:36:51
4 Reichel Horst............05:39:00
5 Goerke Nils..............05:42:51

The women’s race is tight as well and Mary Beth Ellis has worked herself into third spot as they begin the run.

TOP FIVE WOMEN AS THEY BEGAN RUN

1 Weerd Mirjam.............06:09:53
2 Kamenz Annett............06:10:17
3 Ellis Mary beth..........06:12:10
4 Jesberger Heidi..........06:13:33
5 Rabe Katja...............06:13:35

By the halfway point in the run Markus Fachbach lead the race by 3:46 minutes and was beginning to pull away with some very strong, controlled running. Frank Vytrisal was running in second place at this point.

At the 17k mark in the women’s marathon there was quite a shift in positions. Annett Kamenz was slightly in the lead but Mary Beth Ellis was now stalking her and was only about 30 seconds behind.

Mary Beth ran a smart race and just waited for things to unfold in front of her and was biding her time before taking over the lead for good and topping the Ironman Regensburg results 2011 for the pro women.

Unfortunately for Katja Rabe she had stomach problems and slipped to fifth place and will have to really bear down just to be able to reach the finish line at all.

What a great race by Ironman Regensburg results 2011 and wins his first Ironman race in a time of 8:29:18.

There was a real battle going on for the other two podium spots between

TOP FIVE MEN

Fachbach, Markus     08:29:16
Riesen, Stefan       08:36:54
Vytrisal, Frank      08:37:12
Reichel, Horst       08:42:07
Leder, Lothar        08:45:30

As expected, Mary Beth Ellis took over the lead for the women and was on her way to victory as her first half marathon time is under 90 minutes as she begins to pull away.

With 9k to go, Mary Beth increased her lead to over 4 minutes and was running strong.

Mary Beth Ellis is the first female pro across the line in the Ironman Regensburg results 2011

TOP FIVE WOMEN

Ellis, Mary Beth     09:18:55
Kamenz, Annett       09:28:23
Leder, Nicole        09:30:27
Jesberger, Heidi     09:32:42
Rabe, Katja          09:44:45

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