With so many up and coming bike manufacturers in the triathlon market, athletes are starting to venture away from the bigger names. At this year’s IRONMAN World Championship, the numbers show the shift has begun.
Cervélo Reigns Again at Kona Bike Count but Gap Closes
A group of 30 industry experts came together on Friday to tally the makeup of all 2,500 bikes to check-in on the Kona Pier ahead of the Ironman World Championship.
The count has served for years as a global bellwether of buying patterns among athletes in the endurance triathlon space.
Toronto-based Cervélo again took top honors in the bike category, but the decade-long leader had 74 fewer bikes on the pier this year than last. The big movers chipping away at Cervelo’s lead were Canyon (28 more bikes than last year), QR (13 more), Dimond (12 more), and Scott (10 more).
Zipp again won the wheel category, but with 287 fewer wheels than last year.
We attended the “Thank God I’m Not Racing Party!” hosted by Bob Babbit
303’s Khem Suthiwan continued to add to her collection of celebrity selfies – be sure to check out the album!
303’s Michelle Bandur hit the bike check-in, checking in with all the big bike stops along the lane, and bumping into some of Ironman’s first competitors from 1978!
Several 303 staffers attended the USAT brunch at Daylight Mind Cafe, enjoying a wonderful buffet and even better company… here, Michelle Bandur asks USAT CEO Rob Urbach about USAT’s role in the Ironman World Championships.
During our time at the USAT brunch we spotted the official swim course buoys being placed – Michelle and Nicole explain how they are set and the overview of the swim course:
We had the privilege of test riding the newest Ventum bikes, and caught up with founder Jimmy Seear:
Early this morning all the 303 staffers took a nice long swim along the ocean course…
Here’s a glimpse at the actual swim stairs athletes will use to both enter and exit the water:
And, Race Director for North America, Dave Christen, reports he drank 31 bottles of water in one day and offers these tips for spectators (“‘taters”) on race day.
D3 Multisport’s long-time Kona contender, Simon Butterworth, had this advice for his teammates:
“This IM stuff is a journey as you know. Tomorrow as we run thru the Hot corner we will be able to answer the question of our family’s “Are we there yet” with a big yes.
Have a great day all fulfill your dreams. ”