Ironman Boulder: Race Day
images by Nick Salazar
Aug 3, 2014  hits 114,158

The sun rose over the Boulder Reservoir just in time for the race.
The sun rose over the Boulder Reservoir just in time for the race.

Boulder has long been the triathlon capitol of the world, rivaled perhaps only by San Diego. More world champions have called this place home than any other city on the planet. Yet it has never had a full Iron-distance race until this year. Following its acquisition of the 5430 Race Series, Ironman scheduled 2014 as the inaugural year for the full-distance Ironman Boulder. The first year of the race was incredibly popular with age groupers, but ill-attended by pros, attracting fewer than ten each on the men's and women's sides. Perhaps it's too close to Kona (9 weeks out) to draw the bigger names. Regardless, the race was full of great gear, and incendiary competition. Enjoy our full gallery of the race, and stay tuned tomorrow for a breakdown of some of the podium-place rigs!



Scenery 

  • The sun rose over the Boulder Reservoir just in time for the race.
  • The view on Highway 36 the racers enjoyed all day.
  • Lots of cows out to pasture.
  • The lead pack of age grouper men finishing up their swim.
  • One thing Boulder always has going for it -- beautiful scenery and great weather.
  • The motorcade ready to go out on course.

Justin Daerr 

Relative unknown before Ironman Boulder, Justin Daerr took his first full-distance Ironman win today with a blistering 8:20:56. Congratulations, Justin! But that bike ... practically makes my eyes bleed. There's SO MUCH room for improvement. I'm going to get in touch with Justin and see if he can't make it in for a TriRig Service Course treatment.

  • Justin Daerr
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  • Justin Daerr

Richie Cunningham 

Richie was a dominant force from the gun, coming out of the water first, and creating an impressive lead on the bike. However, he faded towards the middle of the run, and was passed by Justin Daerr, who earned his first Ironman victory. Richie is on a Trek Speed Concept, beautifully-built with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2.

  • Richie Cunningham
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  • Richie's shadow is all his competitors saw for most of the day.
  • Richie Cunningham
  • This is the view that the other cyclists had of Richie -- him looking BACKWARDS. Once the run came, however, one man was able to best him: Justin Daerr.
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  • Richie Cunningham

Danielle Kehoe 

Unfortunately, we missed out on women's race winner Danielle Kehoe today! I spotted her bike in transition, so I know she was riding a black Trek Speed Concept, but I didn't shoot her out on course. But she won the race, and is worth mentioning at the very last! She won on the run, getting the better of short-distance veteran and runner-up Laura Bennet, photographed below.

Laura Bennett 

In contrast to men's winner Justin Daerr, women's runner-up Laura Bennett's rig is the picture of aero cleanliness. In order to maintain the benefits afforded by the impeccable design of her New Trek Speed Concept, Laura keeps things simple. A simple BTA bottle up front (one of our favorites, the Profile Design HC Bottle), two frame bottles (maybe I'd put one of those in a BTS [behind the saddle] position), and integrated storage on the top tube. Fast wheels, fast helmet, there's very little to criticize here. Maybe she could have slightly more form-fitting wrinkle-free clothing, but otherwise she's taken care of a lot of good equipment choices.

  • Laura Bennett
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  • Laura Bennett

Dimond Bike 

I spotted this little gem among the age-grouper bikes: a Dimond! These beauties are made in Des Moines, Iowa (yes, even the carbon layup is done right here in the USA). I'm really hoping to get one to review soon.

  • Dimond Bike
  • This Dimond was built up with a Zipp Vuka Stealth aerobar - the Omega brakes come stock :-)
  • One very cool little detail - the front derailleur mount is removeable, and can be exchanged for a solid piece if you want to run a single ring up front.
  • One very cool little detail - the front derailleur mount is removeable, and can be exchanged for a solid piece if you want to run a single ring up front.
  • Nice big cable ports, front and back, will make this bike a cinch to build.
  • Nice big cable ports, front and back, will make this bike a cinch to build. And yes, that's another Omega brake on the read. You can use any single-bolt brake that fits in the space envelope. So that would include Magura, TRP, etc.

Transition 

Ironman Boulder was a two-transition race, so the only equipment in T1 was meant for the bike leg.

  • The veritable ocean of bikes in transition. This race was definitely well-attended.
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  • I also randomly bumped into this guy in Transition - the Specialized Shiv of our very own Andrew Strauss!
  • I also randomly bumped into this guy in Transition - the Specialized Shiv of our very own Andrew Strauss!
  • I also randomly bumped into this guy in Transition - the Specialized Shiv of our very own Andrew Strauss!
  • I also randomly bumped into this guy in Transition - the Specialized Shiv of our very own Andrew Strauss!
  • I also randomly bumped into this guy in Transition - the Specialized Shiv of our very own Andrew Strauss!
  • Age grouper doping control was in effect at Ironman Boulder.

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