FELT PRO DANIELA RYF WINS KONA!!
(Kona, HI) — Boasting an almost flawless performance, Daniela Ryf (SUI) dominated the 2015 Ironman KONA World Championship and claimed her new title as Queen of Kona with a winning time of 8:57:57, including a blazing 4:50:46 112mi bike split aboard her Felt IA (see below).
After a very strong 56:14 swim, Ryf exited the water with the leaders and in short order moved to the front even before hitting the famed Queen K coastal highway. Once out on the open road, Daniela, whose cycling prowess is well-documented, slowly stretched her lead while putting the screws to the few who attempted to keep her in sight. The out-and-back course served up it’s usual blend of heat and high winds yet despite the seemingly never-ending elements, Daniela never teetered. With close to an eight minute lead lead out of T2, Ryf commanded the pace on the run, ultimately building to a 13min gap by the finish and all the way to her first Ironman Kona World Championship win! It was an amazing victory for the 28yr old who a year ago finished second to 3x Kona World Champion Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae in her Kona freshman effort.
Unfortunately, the highly anticipated showdown between Rinny and Daniela never fully materialized as what looked to be a relatively minor mid-week bike crash for Rinny reared it’s head raceday and she abandoned midway though the bike section due to a sore and nagging back.
The final top-10 pro women were:
1. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 8:57:57 (56:14 / 4:50:46 / 3:06:37)
2. Rachel Joyce (GBR) 9:10:59 (56:11 / 5:01:29 / 3:08:42)
3. Liz Blatchford (AUS) 9:14:52 (56:13 / 5:07:25 / 3:06:25)
4. Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 9:18:50 (56:11 / 5:00:41 / 3:17:14)
5. Heather Jackson (USA) 9:21:45 (1:04:36 / 5:04:43 / 3:07:53)
6. Susie Cheetham (GBR) 9:23:50 (57:39 / 5:14:33 / 3:06:55)
7. Sarah Piampiano (USA) 9:24:32 (1:10:01 / 5:02:28 / 3:06:33)
8. Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 9:25:41 (56:14 / 4:59:17 / 3:25:23)
9. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:27:54 (56:16 / 4:59:17 / 3:15:27)
10. Lucy Gossage (GBR) 9:28:36 (1:05:08 / 5:02:40 / 3:15:51)
Outside of Rinny’s accident it was an amazing week for us which included our race headquarters and service course set-up at Daylight Mind Coffee; fours days of tech support for any and all Felt owners; a robust increase in our bike count (153, up from 129 last year); and endless good vibes and cheers from our owners, friends and locals. Ironman Kona is an event unlike any others and we are already counting the days until next year.Massive congrats to our own Daniela Ryf–the 2015 70.3 Ironman and now KONA Champion!! Aloha, everybody–see you next year!