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There had been a long time between drinks. It was 5 years since my last (and only) race on the Big Island – the biggest race of them all in non drafting triathlon; Ironman Kona. This goal of qualifying for Kona once again had essentially started two years beforehand when I was on the island supporting Ali on her very first attempt at the distance, but started for me in serious earnest just over one year ago at IM Wales. However, with some reasonable reflection since returning home I can now grasp why it was this very (drawn out!) process that resulted in my finish time being over an hour slower than ever before in an M-dot. Undeniably, once I had qualified for Kona it was ‘head down, bum up’ territory. You believe in yourself to be able to ready on that given day, which admittedly was not that far away anymore. But you tell yourself it’s far enough away. As a brief background, qualifying as a Professional for Kona is determined by a points scale (Kona Pro Rankings, or KRP). Athletes accrue points via 5 scoring races, at least one of which must be an Ironman, and up to ...

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Athletes – pros and amateurs – had to deal with one of the hottest days in recent Kona history at the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Cloudless sky in the morning, almost no swell and temperatures up to 39°C exhausted the participants past Saturday. Almost all supposed race favorites reached T1 together and a few attacks within the big leading group with more than 15 athletes were unsuccessful. After the turning point in Hawi Timothy O’Donnell mustered up his courage, attacked and formed a small gap. Unfortunately he faced a mechanical shortly before entering T2 and had Frodeno to let pass who left T2 as the race leader. “Sometimes you get an opportunity and you just have to take it and not look back.”     O’Donnell – dressed in aerodynamic T1:Stealth Top and Free two piece kit – claimed the third fastest bike split of the day. He started the concluding marathon in second position, fought bravely and achieved his first Kona podium with third place in 8:18:50, behind winner Jan Frodeno and Andreas Raelert. The American after the race: „I am really proud of taking the risk on the bike. I expected I can have a performance like this ...

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This saturday over 2,000 athletes will tackle the 226k distance that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN. At 6:25am the top 50 male pros in the Kona Point Ranking will start the race, followed by the top 35 female pros only five minutes later. The pack of age group athletes will follow at 6:55 (men) and 7:10 (women). Triple Ironman World Champion and defending champion Marinda Carfrae leads a strong team of Castelli pro athletes. In the men race Frederik Van Lierde (2013 Kona champion), Marino Vanhoenacker, Timothy O’Donnell, Andreas Raelert and Fraser Cartmell will fight for a top position. Last but not least paralympic athlete Alex Zanardi will do his best to defend last year’s title. All Castelli pros will rely on the comfort and aerodynamic benefits of Castelli’s Free collection including the groundbreaking Sanremo Tri Suits and secret weapon T1:Stealth Top. Make sure to follow our Facebook triathlon page and instagram account during race week for latest news about Kona. Mirinda Carfrae | Free W Tri Singlet & Free W Tri Short Frederik Van Lierde | Free Sanremo Suit SS Marino Vanhoenacker | Free Tri ITU Suit & T1:Stealth Top ...

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Some of the best triathletes came together last weekend at the newly established Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau (formerly known as Challenge Kraichgau) in the South West of Germany. Castelli athlete Fraser Cartmell placed 6th in a strong field that also doubled as the German Championships and was won by reigning Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle ahead of Ironman 70.3 St. Pölten dominator Andi Böcherer. Unusually for so early in the summer the race was held as a non-wetsuit swim due to the exceptionally hot weather in the week previous warming the lake temperature above the 22 °C. This suited Fraser’s swim strength fairly well and he exited the water in the top 5 right behind the leaders. Early in the bike Kienle and Andreas Böcherer pulled away through the rolling countryside and established a huge lead on the remainder of the field into T2. Fraser was part of a chase group of around 7 athletes that followed. With a consistent pace over the 3 lap undulating run course he was happy to be able to secure 6th place which given the strong field quality, was a positive move forward in his preparation towards his target summer race at Ironman UK in ...

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Last weekend Scotsman Fraser Cartmell won the Scottish National Title over the olympic distance. The race was held in Strathclyde Park, Glasgow, which was the venue for the Commonwealth Games triathlon event at Glasgow 2014 last summer. The bike course was run over a challenging course (7 laps for 40k). On the way to success, Fraser wore his customized short-sleeved Free triathlon suit plus a T1:Stealth Top. This combination doesn’t only provide best possible aerodynamics, but is also a great choice for chillier conditions, just like on that day. Full Castelli triathlon range Castelli Custom Team clothing All images: © Iain MacIntosh

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