Raña & Boterenbrood win the 1st IRONMAN 70.3 LANZAROTE
Great first edition of the IRONMAN 70.3 LANZAROTE today at Club La Santa
Spanish Iván Raña took the victory of this inaugural race today 10th of November at Club La Santa. The day started rather chilly, windy and cloudy and with wet roads as it had rained during the night. 632 participants started the swim (112 women and 529 men), of whom 597 would manage to get to the finish line (104 women and 493 men)
Danish Rasmus Petraeus, only 23 year old pro and winner of the Volcano Triathlon 2012 at Club La Santa earlier this year, was the fastest swimmer (21:51). On the bike course the Swiss Ronnie Schildknecht would soon overtake him, followed by the French Toumy Degham. But the French would have to drop out later on the run. Not far from the two leaders, followers included Konstantin Bachor, Peru Alfaru, Iván Raña, Bert Jammaer, Victor del Corral… and also Jaberg, Van der Meer, Bayliss, Strijk, Calle, Cigana, Reig Jover, Kung and Herlbauer.
Tough athletes, strong wind, fast speed… and heat on the run.
Schildknecht came back to transition from the bike in first position, followed by Degham and the three time Olympic athlete Iván Raña third, but Raña would quickly overtake both on the run, so that already upon finishing the first loop, Raña was leading.
Raña maintained a very fast pace and took the victory of the very first IRONMAN 70.3 LANZAROTE edition, with a finish time of 4:07:36.
Raña has been coming to Club La Santa for training for 15 years now, but this was his very first participation in a race on the island, and it was also his first race on a distance longer tan the Olympic one. His dream and goal now is to be at the start in Kona next October!
Runner-up was the Swiss Ronnie Schildknecht, whereas German Boris Stein took bronze.
As to the women, Dutch Danne Boterenbrood lead the race from the start. On the swim she was very closely followed by Vesterby but Boterenbrood was very fast on the bike and never even saw any contender until the run, for it was a three loop out and back course.
Boterenbrood finished in 4:40:06.
Runner-up, the Belgian Sophie De Groote, who did all she could to catch her, only managed to get 1:50 min behind. Sonja Tajsich needed another three minutes to take bronze.