IRONMAN SWITZERLAND RESULTS 2011
Before the race start it seemed that Ironman Switzerland results 2011 could hold some surprises this year.
As the race nears the start it will be interesting to see who grabs the lead heading out onto the bike course and just how long they can hold on to it.
The lake swim in Switzerland will most likely be a comfortable 20 degrees Celcius or warmer in calm, placid water.
The two-loop swim course should allow for fast swim times as barring some sudden storm, the water is usually quite placid.
However in the big scheme of things an Ironman race is a long way and for a pro to be even 8 or 10 minutes off the pace of the leader is not the end of the world.
For instance the winner of the pro women’s division in the Ironman Muncie 70.3. on Saturday July 9th was three minutes off the leaders in the swim and still came back to catch two excellent triathletes and take first place.
THE BIKE COURSE
This is a great bike course because it has a good combination of flats and elevation gains so there really does not seem to be a particular advantage to a climber or a pro who does well on the flats.
It is a two-loop bike course and I still think it might be difficult for any one athlete to gain a huge margin on the rest of the field.
THE RUN COURSE
Ironman Zurich Switzerland run features a four-loop course. A I stated in my lead-in article to this race a few days ago, this is where the race will be decided.
In several races the leader off the bike has pulled away to win the race, but that might not be a guarantee on this course.
With four loops I think the course really favors the better runners because the will know where the competition is at all times and just exactly what they will have to do to catch or stay ahead of someone.
SO WHO WILL WIN TODAY?
It sure does seem that Swiss pros will be dominating the podium.
Many are coming off great 2010 seasons, but when it comes to form, what you have done in the current year seems to be more important.
Ronnie Schildknecht is a great example and has had some great results stretching back three years but that does not mean he will necessarily win this year.
For instance Ronnie was 5 minutes behind in an Ironman 70.3 race this year when he was beaten by Andi Böcherer.
So that might indicate he is not in quite the same top form as he has been in the past few years. Or perhaps he needs the Ironman distance in order to assert himself late in the race.
I think he will have to watch out for fellow Swiss Ironman Mathias Hecht who will certainly be pressing the issue and is my pick to win this race as my original pick did not make the race start.
The women’s race seems to be even more wide open as Sybille Matter, the winner of the past two years is not entered this year.
I believe it is more likely that a Swiss woman pro will win this race because both Monika Lehmann and Sarah Schütz seem to be in good form.
Amy Marsh may prove to be a threat today and be a major player in the Ironman Switzerland results 2011.
Mathias Hecht had a great swim and gets out onto the bike course with a 2 minute lead on Ronnie Schildknecht.
In an Ironman that’s not a big deal, especially when these two are both excellent cyclists and most likley won’t be too far apart heading out on the run course in around 4 and a half hours from now.
TOP TEN PRO MEN IN THE SWIM
Clemente Alonso.................51:04 Mathias Hecht...................51:11 Daniel Fontana..................51:12 Mike Aigroz.....................53:16 Ronnie Schildknecht.............53:18 Daniel Müller...................55:36 Cyril Viennot...................55:37 Damien Landon...................55:37 Sergio Marques..................58:03 Erich Kunz......................58:17
An age-grouper was first out of the water. Josu Elorriaga had an amazing swim time of 48:46.
PRO WOMEN SWIM RESULTS
It looks like Amy Marsh will be in the thick of things as expected and had an excellent swim.
Two age-group women had the second and third fastest swim times. Miram Moser had a 55:34 swim and was followed closely by Barbara Guglielmetti in 55:39.
Anja Ippach.....................55:33 Amy Marsh.......................55:46 Erika Csomor....................1:00:23 Regular Rohrbach................1:00:27 Nicole Woysch...................1:01:41 Megumi Shigaki..................1:01:47 Karin Thürig....................1:02:41 Jana Candrova...................1:05:02
It doesn’t take long into the bike before Amy Marsh and Mathias Hecht begin to pull away. Hecht has a 4 minute lead over Ronnie Schildknecht and it seems to be widening.
Karin Thurig however is staying close to Amy who has a 2-minute lead at the 35k mark.
At the end of the first loop Mathias held a 4-minute lead and by the 140k mark Ronnie Schildknecht closed the gap to just over 2 minutes.
At the 123k marker the third place man was Clemente Alonso and he was 13:19 behind and it seemed the top Ironman Switzerland results 2011 would come down to a two-man race.
As for the top women, Karin Thurig took over the lead and by 140k was over 2 minutes ahead of Amy.
BIKE SPLITS FOR TOP 3 MEN AND WOMEN
Mathias Hecht............4:35:20 Ronnie Schildknecht......4:36:11 Clemente Alonso..........451:38 Karin Thurig.............4:41:18 Amy Marsh................5:02:12 Regula Rohrbach..........5:14:29
It should be noted that the bike course was 3k longer today because of road construction, so these bike times are all actually much faster.
As expected there is only a 2-minute gap between first and second place as Mathias and Ronnie leave transition and by 10k they are running vitrually together for a while until Ronnie makes the pass and goes into the lead.
Clement Alonso is in third position and is also beginning to close some ground on Mathias Hecht.
Amy Marsh is falling back and is in second place as Karin Thurig has widened the gap to over 5 minutes near the 8k point of the run.
Ronnie Schildknecht appears get stronger as the race progresses and by 32k has the race well in hand with over a 4 minute lead on Mathias Hecht. It’s looking very much that Ronnie will be on top of the Ironman Switzerland results 2011 and win one more time.
So it’s now official and Schildknecht does indeed become a five-timer winner with a winning time of 8:19:51 and takes top spot on the podium in the Ironman Switzerland results 2011 .
Perhaps the most amazing race of the day belongs to Clemente Alonso who caught and passed Mathias Hecht late in the run and comes in to finish second in the Ironman Switzerland results 2011 with a time of 8:27:56.
Mathias Hecht finishes third with a time of 8:30:26 and continues to have a great season with a first place finish in St.George and a second place finish in Ironman South Africa earlier in the year.
Fourth place goes to Cyril Viennot of France with a time of 8:36:02
In the women’s race, Karin Thurig is on her way to victory in the Ironman Switzerland results 2011 and crosses the finish line well ahead of Amy Marsh.
Amy Marsh is hanging onto second place and is 7 minutes behind.
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