This year's race in Kona was patently awesome. Not only are the winning rigs some of the most technologically-advanced pieces of machinery the sport has ever seen, but they played a very real part in the victory of their respective riders. For Mirinda Carfrae, the aerodynamic advantage of her Felt IA allowed her to limit the losses to super-biker Caroline Steffen, who was a pre-race favorite. That advantage put her within striking distance once she hit the pavement, allowing her to unleash her signature run and take the win by storm. For Freddy van Lierde, a similar story with his Cervelo P5 allowed him to trounce the pre-race favorites ahead of him, including multiple podium finisher Andreas Raelert, World Champion and Kona course record holder Craig Alexander, and this year's 70.3 World Champ Sebastian 'Uberbiker' Kienle. Here's a breakdown of the equipment these two champions used on course to deliver themselves to T2 and the eventual win.
Felt manufactured a custom stem for Carfrae so that she could continue using her sponsored Profile Design Aeria bar instead of the very slick one that comes stock on the IA.