9/11/19 Canyon USA
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Canyon is Coming to Kona

Island Bound

9/11/19 Canyon USA

The 2019 Hawaii Ironman World Championship is almost here. And from a huge Canyon contingent in the pro field, to tons going on for Canyon age groupers and fans, we’re convinced 2019 will be another big year for Canyon.

Island Bound Lionel Sanders // Photo: Canyon.com

The 2019 Hawaii Ironman World Championship is almost here. And from a huge Canyon contingent in the pro field, to tons going on for Canyon age groupers and fans, we’re convinced 2019 will be another big year for Canyon.

It’s the race to end all races. For many triathletes it’s the only one that matters. Kona. It’s the mecca, with more legend and lore than any other in the sport.

Canyon in Kona


Canyon will be on site all week at the Ironman Village Kona Expo Tuesday through Friday, where we'll have the Kona-winning bikes of Patrick Lange and Jan Frodeno on display, as well as several of our available and in-stock Speedmax models.


Canyon Kona athletes: we are here for you! Our booth will be providing Canyon owners racing the Hawaii Ironman a full-service mechanic's bay Tuesday through Friday during expo hours, with complimentary bike service to make sure your Canyon Speedmax is dialed for race day. Bring it by and have it checked and race-ready!


Racing your Speedmax this year in Kona? Come by our booth with your bike and race band, and we'll have a special gift ready for you to say Mahalo for choosing Canyon to carry you in the race!


What are you doing Wednesday evening of race week? How does free pupus and drinks sound, while checking out one of the biggest public press conferences on the island? Come to Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse Wednesday from 5-7 p.m., where we’ll be holding a Canyon Pro Press Conference. Hear from Lionel Sanders, Sarah Crowley, Nils Frommhold, Imogen Simmonds, Carrie Lester and others as they talk about their season and the upcoming race. It’s a rare chance to get some great pre-race insight from the pros, and enjoy free pupus and drinks on us! For those not on the island, join us for our Facebook Live broadcast of the event, and queue us with any questions you have!


Love the tech element of the Canyon Speedmax? At this can't-miss opportunity, Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m. Hawaiian time at Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse, learn the ins and outs of design and fit of the Speedmax CF SLX and Speedmax CF triathlon bikes, with Slowtwitch.com fit expert Dan Empfield, and Wolfgang Kohl, the engineer behind the design of the Speedmax. Both will be on hand to discuss the bike's design, function and practicality that has made it the fastest bike in Kona the last four years. Join us for this limited-access breakfast (breakfast is on us!) to learn. Not on the island? We'll be broadcasting this on Facebook Live!


On the fence about what size Canyon you should ride? Our team will be on hand at the Canyon booth with our PPS fitting tool to help determine your ideal size bike. Come by and our team will help nail down the size on your perfect Canyon!


Every day at the booth Tuesday through Friday, Canyon will be giving away special prize packs, including the Ryzon x Canyon Myth Race Suit. Just sign up on the iPad kiosks at our booth, and we'll notify the winner at the end of the day!

Who's going to win it?

This year, the Hawaii Ironman World Championship celebrates its 40th anniversary, and Canyon will be at the fore. With ten sponsored pros (and many more age groupers) lining up for the start in Kailua Bay on Saturday, Oct. 12th, we are sure to have a fantastic—and fast—race.

The Canyon pro field is flush, with a whopping 10 sponsored athletes making the start… and it’s all the biggest players in the game.

Consider that Patrick Lange has the last two Ironman world titles, and is primed to claim a third. And consider that Jan Frodeno, who’s had a fantastic year thus far highlighted by a win at Ironman Frankfurt in Germany, is champing at the bit to reclaim the crown he had in 2015 and 2016. To say the Beijing Olympic gold medalist is motivated would be an understatement.

The fly in the ointment to the German duo may be Lionel Sanders. The Canadian spent much of the spring recovering from an early-season injury, but came back with enough gusto to finish second at Ironman Mont Tremblant.

The top guns of Patrick and Jan are joined by fellow Germans Nils Frommhold, who notched his Kona spot with a sub-eight-hour runner-up finish at Ironman South Africa, and recent Ironman Sweden champ Boris Stein.

The women’s field is rife with talent as well; Aussie Sarah Crowley heads things for Canyon, and the Ironman Asia-Pac Championship runner-up knows where she needs to be to improve. And that’s not just to get back onto the Kona podium, which she achieved when she finished third in 2017 in Kona.

“This year, I’ve focused on myself and my own training in a quiet environment during my main blocks,” Crowley says. “We’ve made some changes in three areas to optimize; aerodynamics, body composition and power. We went away to bridge up to where we need to be. Now my goal isn’t event to get back on the podium; it’s to win the race. That’s the only goal. I’m more balanced, more focused; I can’t wait to get to Kona.”

Crowley will be joined on the start line by fellow Aussie Carrie Lester, who has assembled a career season, winning both Ironman France and Ironman Mont Tremblant.

Imogen Simmonds is another fresh face with a huge head of steam behind her. The young Swiss pro was somewhat of a surprise when she finished second at the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt this summer, but she no longer became an underdog the moment she recently claimed the bronze medal at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Nice.

Add fellow Swisswoman Laura Philipp and Germany’s Daniela Bleyhmel to the equation, and you have more ladies who could swim, ride and run their way onto the podium on any given day in Kona.

While the pros are a great storyline, it’s the age groupers that make up the bulk of the race! And we’ve got tons going on for Canyon fans all week--we'd love to see you there!

We’re thrilled to see all competitors and help Canyon owners to achieve the best (and fastest) day ever out on the Queen K Highway!

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