Bike Tech at Ironman Boulder
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Race Winner (Women): Lauren Brandon » Lauren Brandon absolutely stormed the race, developing a massive 30-minute lead on the bike, which she maintained during the run. She also smashed the Boulder course record, with a time of 9:09:09. Lauren's position, apparel, and helmet choice are all completely spot on. She looks great on her Ventum, although I'd love to change her bars to Alpha One and make her front end just a little cleaner. With this win, she earned her spot to race in Kona in October.

The 2019 edition of Ironman Boulder was a barnburner, with records falling on both the men's and women's side due to ideal conditions and a very strong set of athletes. Positions, equipment, and apparel choices are becoming better across the board, with ideal setups becoming more the rule than the exception. It's really great to see our sport progress in this way, but perhaps more daunting for professionals who can no longer rely on the competition using bad gear or sitting up. Check out the gallery below for lots of nice tidbits and great gear.



Race Winner (Men): Matt Hanson 

Matt absolutely smashed the Ironman Boulder course record, with a blistering time of 7:57:03. He had already earned his Kona slot last December, so the available slots rolled down to 2nd and 3rd on the Men's side. Matt has an absolutely fantastic position, and his attention to detail on equipment is very very good. My only real complaint about his setup is that he's using a Zipp bar tilted up significantly in order to achieve his desired hand position, but this leaves the bar in a position that may compromise the aerodynamics of the bar itself. Absolutely everything else about his position, equipment choices, apparel, and hydration/storage solutions is basically perfect. Except, of course, those disc brakes! They are adding weight and drag that could otherwise be eliminated.

  • Race Winner (Men): Matt Hanson
  • Race Winner (Men): Matt Hanson
  • Race Winner (Men): Matt Hanson
  • Race Winner (Men): Matt Hanson
  • Race Winner (Men): Matt Hanson
  • Race Winner (Men): Matt Hanson

Race Winner (Women): Lauren Brandon 

Lauren Brandon absolutely stormed the race, developing a massive 30-minute lead on the bike, which she maintained during the run. She also smashed the Boulder course record, with a time of 9:09:09. Lauren's position, apparel, and helmet choice are all completely spot on. She looks great on her Ventum, although I'd love to change her bars to Alpha One and make her front end just a little cleaner. With this win, she earned her spot to race in Kona in October.

  • Race Winner (Women): Lauren Brandon
  • Race Winner (Women): Lauren Brandon
  • Race Winner (Women): Lauren Brandon
  • Race Winner (Women): Lauren Brandon
  • Race Winner (Women): Lauren Brandon

Kennett Peterson 

In his debut Ironman finish, Peterson took second place with an awesome time of 8:01:35. He earned a slot to Kona in the process, despite having several equipment choices that we consider sub-optimal. We will be in touch with Kennett to see if we can't help him upgrade a bit.

  • Kennett Peterson
  • Kennett Peterson

Tim O'Donnell 

Rounding out the Men's podium was T.O., who led starting very early on in the bike ride, but faded a bit once the run started. Nevertheless, Tim punched his Kona ticket with this race, and we will be excited to see him on the island in just four months' time. Tim's position has evolved a lot over the years, and this is probably the best I've ever seen it.

  • Tim O'Donnell
  • Tim O'Donnell
  • This is one of my favorite pictures from the gallery, showing T.O.'s front end setup. He has 30-degree J-bend extensions. Further, he appears to be using a one-piece carbon arm cup (Wattshop? D2Z?), tilted even higher than his Speed Concept bar allows, via a tilt spacer. And behind the bar, he is using the aero bottle from the new Cervelo P5 Disc, but he has covered the Cervelo logo with the name of his very young daughter, Izzy.
  • Tim O'Donnell
  • Tim O'Donnell
  • Tim O'Donnell
  • Tim O'Donnell
  • Tim O'Donnell
  • Tim O'Donnell

Tyler Butterfield: Duct Tape Catastrophe 

I don't know what else to say, except that this is absolutely disgusting. Please just run a clean brake and ditch the hideous tape. Also, we think the position and rear cluster could use quite a bit of refinement. And that helmet is sticking into the air like a cockatoo's crest! We are totally happy to help you sort this out! You're a fantastic athlete, Tyler. You deserve a better setup, and you can have one without having to change a single sponsor. Shoot us an email, we're happy to help!

  • Tyler Butterfield: Duct Tape Catastrophe
  • Tyler Butterfield: Duct Tape Catastrophe
  • Tyler Butterfield: Duct Tape Catastrophe
  • Tyler Butterfield: Duct Tape Catastrophe
  • Tyler Butterfield: Duct Tape Catastrophe

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