Ironman Canada Pro Transition Area The drama of the inaugural Ironman Canada in Whistler played out against the backdrop of the picturesque mountain sports Mecca in British Columbia, with 28 professional triathletes tackling a difficult course with cool, idyllic conditions. As the defending Ironman Canada champion, Matthew Russell’s Quintana Roo Illicito occupied the first spot in transition. Russell, who finished second, said the Whistler bike course was the hardest Ironman course he had ever ridden. Ironman Canada Pro Transition Area Canadian Jonathan Caron was looking for more stack height on his Orbea Ordu so he cleverly Duct taped an extra set of armrests over his stock pads. When asked about the ace bandage wrapped around his top tube, Caron declined to comment. Caron has had a successful career as a professional triathlete despite having to deal with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, both potentially debilitating conditions of the intestinal tract if not treated properly. Ironman Canada Pro Transition Area Caron is using Garmin’s new Vector power meter pedals. He works for Podium Imports, which is a Canadian distributor of Garmin products, so he was able to snag one of the first sets of pedals available. Podium Imports also distributes Orbea, Bonk Breaker, ISM Saddles and several other multi-sport brands to dealers across Canada. Ironman Canada Pro Transition Area The Specialized Shiv of Mike Schifferle propelled him to a 4:54:41 bike split and a fourth place overall finish. The white Kona inspired graphics were a nice touch on the gloss black frame. Ironman Canada Pro Transition Area Uli Bromme dominated the women’s race aboard her BMC Time Machine, winning her first Ironman by over 10 minutes. Her time of 9:28:13 was good for 12th overall. Ironman Canada Pro Transition Area Canadian pro Sarah Baker plastered her frame with Power Bars and Power Gels. She finished eighth in 10:44:23. Ironman Canada Pro Transition Area Paul Amey raced consistently to claim a spot on the podium. This Cervélo P5 Six had all the logos covered up with electrical tape. Ironman Canada Pro Transition Area Lisa Ribes secured her XLab Stealth Pocket 100 to the seat post of her Cannondale Slice instead of behind the stem where it is intended to be mounted. She likely made the alteration to make her gel flask more accessible.
Evan Rudd gives us a peek at eight bikes inside the Ironman Canada transition area.
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