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Before the race, Magnus Ditlev was kind enough to give us a close-up look at his bike, and there was one detail in particular that stood out – while most athletes racing in the mountains of the Ironman World Championship in Nice opted for a 2x drivetrain, the Dane went 1x, confident in his ability to push the big watts on the big climbs without a derailleur. And push the big watts he did – Ditlev worked his way from 19th out of the water to third off the bike. His biggest moves came on the hardest climb – specifically, the Col de l’Ecre, an 11-mile climb with more than 3,000 feet of elevation gain.
After hanging on for a 2:41:07 marathon and 8:11:43 overall finishing time for third place, Ditlev revealed to us his thoughts about the bike course, talked about some of the risks he had to take, and more—just moments after finishing.
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