10/13/2017, Canyon Hawaii Ironman
Canyon Pros Contend for Top Honors at HAwaii Ironman
This year, with the Speedmax CF standing as the fastest bike to take on the famed Ho’o Mumuku winds, Canyon has more contenders to Kona’s crown at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships than ever before. And it goes well beyond Canyon’s centerpiece triathlete, Jan Frodeno.
As the two-time and defending world champ, “Frodo” comes into Saturday’s race as the overwhelming (and deserved) race favorite. The German had a clinical season in winning Ironman Austria. After a week of becoming one with Madame Pele and the island gods while training on the course on the Big Island, he met with select media at his private press event on Tuesday, and was as calm as usual, talking gear, expectations and inspirations.
Frodeno faces stiff competition in the men’s field this year, however.
Fellow German Patrick Lange shocked the world (and, admittedly even himself) when he notched an impressive third-place finish at last year’s race. Some industry experts are so swayed with his potential, they’re calling Lange a shot to win the whole thing. Couple him with Nils Frommhold, who is ready to spring forward and show the potential many have been waiting to see, Boris Stein, who has notched the fastest bike split in the past, and Marcus Fachbach (Canyon’s longest-sponsored pro who yet again is making a Kona appearance) and the German armada is beyond formidable with a chance at another clean German podium sweep—and by default, a clean Canyon podium sweep.
For the last year or so, Australian Nick Kastelein was simply known as Jan Frodeno’s training partner. But training with Frodo has its benefits. This year, the Australian took his first Ironman title, winning Ironman Austria. The victory thrust him from the category of interesting side note to dark horse contender.
Canyon has a strong presence on the women’s side of things as well.
Anything she accomplishes this year in Kona—or anywhere—is gravy for Denmark’s Camilla Pedersen. Hit by a car and placed in a medically-induced coma for a month after a bike crash in 2013, she has a truly new lease on life, and has bounced back admirably, and looks to improve upon her 11th-place finish from a year ago.
The young Australian Sarah Crowley is one of the top tips among tri experts, and it’s easy to see why; she won the ITU Long Distance World Championships this summer, and took Ironman’s two biggest regional championships in winning Ironman’s European title at Ironman Frankfurt, and the Asia-Pacific crown at Ironman Cairns. If there’s talk of upset, Crowley is the name on everyone’s lips. We wish our athletes the best as they take on our mantra: SWIM, CANYON, RUN