Every year, during the first weekend of October, all the best long distance triathletes in the World gather to Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island to take part in the World Championships. Starting with a rough 3.8km ocean swim in Kailua Bay, it is followed by a 180km bike ride across the Hawaiian lava desert to Hāwī and back. Along the Kona Coast, black lava rock dominates the panorama, and athletes battle the “ho’omumuku” crosswinds of 80 km/h, 35 degree temperatures and a scorching sun.
Caroline Steffen (Female PRO, Switzerland)
Caroline Steffen (FPro, Switzerland), is one of the most successful female athlete of all time. Excellent swimmer (member of Junior national team), and former pro cyclist, Caroline is also a good runner. 2015 was a good season for Caroline as she finished twice 3rd at IronMan European Championship and IronMan Asia Pacific Championship. After 2 podiums and 4 Top 5 finishes, Caroline will be racing her 8th Ironman World Championship.
Shiao-Yu Li (Female Pro, Taiwan)
Shiao-Yu Li (FPro, Taiwan) started triathlon as a pro in 2012 with a goal of being the first Taiwanese athlete qualified for Kona in this category. 3 years after, her dream comes trues as she will be on the start line of IronMan World Championship. Excellent cyclist and runner, Li built her three victories at IronMan Japan thanks to her abilities.
Frederik Van Lierde
Frederik Van Lierde (MPro, Belgium), competed at Kona for the first time in 2009, went on the podium in 2012 with a 3rd place, and won the race in 2013. 2015 Africa IronMan champion and 5th at European IronMan Championship, Frederik will be racing his 7th Ironman World Championship next 10th October.
Pedro Gomes (Male Pro, Portugal)
Pedro Gomes (MPro, Portugal), is used to Top 5 and podium finishes on IronMan distance. After his victory at IronMan Kalmar-Sweden in 2013, Pedro signed a 3rd place at IronMan Wisconsin 2014 and a Top5 at IronMan North America Championship.
Brent Mc Mahon (Male Pro, Canada)
Brent McMahon (MPro, Canada) is a 2x Olympian as he competed for Canada at the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. After a successful career on IronMan 70.3 events (2x North America Champion), Brent decided to race his first IronMan in 2014 in Arizona. We could sum up his race like this: first ironman, first victory, first sub-8hrs performance! Few months later Brent repeated a sub-8hrs at Latin America Championship in Brazil and finished 3rd.
To prepare for IronMan World Championship, Brent spent several weeks training in Hawaii getting familiar with the weather conditions which are really tough on race…
Matt Chrabot (Male Pro, USA)
Matt Chrabot (MPro, USA) is part of that new generation of IronMan who raced in the ITU/short distance circuit. After a successful carrier on short distance, Matt moved to IronMan70.3 races and signed a lot of podiums and victories. Recently racing IronMan, Matt already made a podium at IronMan Cozumel 2014 and finished 2nd again few days ago at IronMan Chattanooga after a terrible sprint finish.
Miquel Blanchart (Male Pro, SPA)
Miquel Blanchart (MPro, SPA), is a complete athlete. Good swimmer, able to ride fast and excellent runner (used to sub 2h50 performances). Flying under the radar is sometimes a good thing to be able to sign a great performance in Kona.
Clemente Alonso McKernan (Male Pro, SPA)
Clemente Alonso McKernan (MPro, SPA) is that kind of athlete able to be on top on several events close to each other. In 2014, Clemente won IronMan Barcelona, finished 2nd at IronMan Arizona and 3rd at IronMan Cozumel. Good cyclist and excellent runner, Clemente is able to sign a good performance at Kona as he is flying under the radar.