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Ironman 70.3 Mallorca
The inaugural Thomas Cook Ironman70.3 Mallorca took place on Saturday, May 14, 2011 under sunny skies. This event also served as a qualifying race for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. The host city of Alcudia is located in the north of the island and offers athletes a swim in Alcudia Bay, followed by a hilly bike course and flat run. German Andreas Raelert and British Emma-Kate Lidbury took the wins.
Many professional European triathletes used this race to accumulate Kona points due to its close proximity to their home training grounds and the challenging bike course. Overall, more than 1,800 athletes from 47 countries descended upon this island in the Mediterranean to compete in the half iron distance.
In the men’s race, the one-loop course swimming course saw Horst Reichel exit first with a time of 22:31, followed closely behind by Raelert just four seconds back and Philip Graves just two seconds behind him. The chase on the bike was extremely close with Raelert coming in at 3:08:01 and Billard at 3:08:02 as they jockeyed back and forth for the lead position. On the run, Raelert was able to maintain his lead and crossed the finish line first, followed by Billard and Sylvain Sudrie. “I am very happy and proud of me and my race, but I have to say, that Bertrand really pushed me to the limit. He is a great athlete and he has an even greater future,” said Raelert.
On the women’s side, Johanna Daumas led the swim with a time of 23:38, well ahead the nearest competitor Lidbury. On the bike course, Silvia Felt clocked in with the fastest time of 3:37:50, followed by Erika Csomor and Lidbury. But Lidbury overtook the two for the win. She crossed the finish line first, followed by Csomor and Felt. “I knew that I am a good swimmer and a strong cyclist, but I didn`t know how it would be on the run. The girls really pushed me, so I am happy with that win and look forward to the season,” said Lidbury.
Ironman 70.3 Mallorca
May 14, 2011
Swim: 1.9km, Bike: 90.1km, Run: 21.1km
1. Andreas Raelert, 03:49:49
2. Bertrand Billard, 03:53:03
3. Sylvain Sudrie n/a
4. Michael Göhner, 03:59:00
5. Horst Reichel, 03:59:34
1. Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:33:18
2. Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:33:50
3. Silvia Felt (GER) 4:34:04