Over 1,600 athletes were on hand on September 16, 2012 in an attempt to come out on top of the Ironman Wales results 2012 in either the pro or age-group categories.
Ironman Wales is one of the earliest races in the WTC Ironman family to offer up pro Kona Ranking Points as well as age-group slots for the Ironman World Championships in Kona in the Fall of 2013.
This is the second time this event has taken place in seaside town of Tenby. In the inaugural race Ironman Wales quickly gained a reputation as a very demanding course because of the degree of difficulty of all three disciplines. From the minute the starting gun sounds to begin the swim the athletes are tested and there are really no easy spots on the road to the finish line.
The race started off with a two-lap swim off North Beach. It was a break for the athletes that the water temperature was much calmer than is the norm for this time of year, but scaling a cliff up to the swim/bike transition after getting out of the water certainly added to the degree of difficulty.
The two-loop bike course that wound it’s way through Pembrokeshire Coast National Park featured just over 2000 meters of climbing before the athletes finally reached the bike/run transition area.
However things just went from bad to worse as the triathletes still had to maneuver through a 4-loop 26.2-mile marathon that is considered one of the most challenging Ironman marathon courses in the world.
It was safe to say that even before the gun went off, that no Ironman world records would be broken on this day as the main goal was just to survive and become part of the Ironman Wales results 2012 one way or another.
THE PRO FIELD
Daniel Halksworth (GBR) Paul Hawkins (GBR) Georg Potrebitsch (GER) Oliver Simon (GBR) Markus Lichtenegger (AUT) Ivan Tejero Vazquez (ESP) Craig Twigg (GBR) Daniel Niederreiter (AUT) Martin Cain (GBR) Erik-Simon Strijk (NED) Florian Kratz (GER) Rafael Gomes (POR) Andi Fuchs (AUT) Joni Pinosto (FIN) Harry Wiltshire (GBR) Diepart Xavier (BEL) Marek Nemcik (SVK) Karol Dzalaj (SVK) Michael Wetzel (GER) Freddy Lampret (RSA) Christian Ritter (GER) Sylvain Rota (FRA) Nikolaus Wihlidal (AUT)
Eimear Mullan (IRE) Hillary Biscay (USA) Dana Wagner (GER) Bethan Fowler (GBR) Jackie Pearce (USA) Regula Rohrbach (SUI) Zsuzsanna Harsanyi (HUN) Kristin Lie (NOR) Joanna Carritt (GBR) Natalie Barnard (GBR)
Äs was expected it was Daniel Hawksworth at the front leaving the water along with Harry Wiltshire who was right behind him.
At the 36-mile bike check there were four pro men within 40-seconds of each other.
Potrebitsch Georg Halksworth Daniel Wiltshire Harry Rota Sylvain
Regula Rohrbach was the first woman through the 36-mile mark and pre-race favorite Eimear Mullan was seven minutes behind the leader with co-favorite Hillary Biscay just under two minutes back of Mullan.
Rota had the best bike split of the day and his 5:04:16 time gave him enough of a cushion to hold off Daniel Halksworth and Christian Ritter who both had faster marathon times than Rota.
TOP TEN PRO MEN-finish
Rota, Sylvain Niederreiter, Daniel Ritter, Christian Halksworth, Daniel Dzalaj, Karol Wetzel, Michael Fuchs, Andi Lampret, Freddy Wihlidal, Nikolaus Hawkins, Paul
Regula Rohrbachmost led the race for most of the day for the pro women. She smashed the bike course record and crossed the line in 9:45:09 to smash the course record and is the Ironman Wales 2012 Champion.