Get To Know Our 2018 Team Colorado Kona Athletes

DIANA HASSEL

What kind of bike do you ride? I got a new Felt IA2 this year!

Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? Qualified at Ironman Hawaii last year – 1st W50-54

How many Ironman races have you done? 20

How many times have you raced Kona? This will be number 16

What is your favorite non-race activity on the Big Island – if you have not been – what non-race activity are you most excited about? Every year we rent boats out of Honokohau Harbor with our good buddies and whoever else wants to join and head to Captain Cook’s to snorkel and swim with the dolphins

What is your favorite bike training route? Fort Collins – Masonville – Eden Valley – Carter Lake – Hygeine – and back

What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Ice cream

What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? So far, no big surprises!

Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? Daniela is likely to dominate if she has a decent day, but I think Rinny will be on her tail this year, ready to pounce if anything goes wrong. My dream is for Tim O’Donnell to win, but if I had money on it, I would bet on the rookie, Javier Gomez.

 

ANDY POTTS (PRO)

*What kind of bike do you ride? CEEPO

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? All over the world; USA, Peru, Austria, Ireland, Taiwan (I had to earn points)

*How many Ironman races have you done? I’ve never counted but quite a few, over twenty for sure

*How many times have you raced Kona? 2018 is the 11th time I’ve qualified to race Kona

*What is your favorite non-race activity on the Big Island – if you have not been – what non-race activity are you most excited about? Throwing the football on the beach with my son

*What is your favorite bike training route? Pikes Peak

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Smoothie with Infinit’s Repair

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? The journey to Kona is never easy and everyone hits road bumps. This year involved a lot of travel and it is stressful to leave your livelihood up the the fine folks who work in the baggage departments of airlines. So, when I can I always use TriBike Transport!

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? Not sure but I’m excited to find out!

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