Kona 2014: Doppelgangers on the Queen K
images by Nick Salazar
Oct 6, 2014  hits 42,135

Caroline Steffen Doppelganger » At first glance, we thought this was Caroline Steffen. But the position looked too high, and some equipment was incorrect for Steffen's sponsors (although that in itself wouldn't be a huge thing, as athletes sometimes change sponsors at this time of year). But when we zoomed in on the bike's name badge, we saw this bike belonging to age grouper Janine Willis. Good luck on Saturday, Janine!

A mirage is an optical illusion sometimes seen in the desert, making water appear to show up in the middle of hot ground. Kona is lush, and not at all a desert - but we saw some optical illusions here all the same. Three athletes out on the Queen K made us do a double take. Have a look and tell us what you think!



Caroline Steffen Doppelganger 

At first glance, we thought this was Caroline Steffen. But the position looked too high, and some equipment was incorrect for Steffen's sponsors (although that in itself wouldn't be a huge thing, as athletes sometimes change sponsors at this time of year). But when we zoomed in on the bike's name badge, we saw this bike belonging to age grouper Janine Willis. Good luck on Saturday, Janine!

  • Caroline Steffen Doppelganger
  • Caroline Steffen Doppelganger
  • Caroline Steffen Doppelganger
  • Caroline Steffen Doppelganger
  • Caroline Steffen Doppelganger
  • Caroline Steffen Doppelganger
  • Caroline Steffen Doppelganger
  • Caroline Steffen Doppelganger

Stephane Poulat Doppelganger 

This doppelganger was perhaps the closest to the original, and the hardest to tell apart. The same P5, virtually the same position, an indistinguishable face, the same red Oakley shades that Poulat likes to wear, and some very powerful legs that look the part. The doppel here was even wearing a jersey advertising a French website, and Poulat himself is French. What gave this one away? Poulat has a sleeve tattoo that wraps around his right arm. It was tough to verify, but this guy is missing the tattoo. Not Stephane!

  • Stephane Poulat Doppelganger
  • Stephane Poulat Doppelganger
  • Stephane Poulat Doppelganger
  • Stephane Poulat Doppelganger

Frederik Van Lierde Doppelganger 

This superfit competitor looks an awful lot like defending champion Frederik Van Lierde. And when we spotted him, he had a pace biker helping him do some speed work out on the Queen K. But that giant sleeve tattoo is wrong; FVL's arm is bare - just the opposite of our Stephane Poulat doppel.

  • Frederik Van Lierde Doppelganger
  • Frederik Van Lierde Doppelganger
  • Frederik Van Lierde Doppelganger
  • Frederik Van Lierde Doppelganger
  • Frederik Van Lierde Doppelganger
  • Frederik Van Lierde Doppelganger

Nils Frommhold 

No doppelganger here - this is the real deal! Nils even rides with a name badge announcing he's 'Clearly Nils' just to remove any doubt.

  • Nils Frommhold
  • Nils Frommhold
  • Nils Frommhold
  • Nils Frommhold
  • Nils Frommhold
  • Nils Frommhold

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