Carfrae conquers Kona aboard Carbon Clinchers
Mirinda "Rinny" Carfrae of Australia won the women's 2013 Ironman World Championship in Kona, setting a women's course record time of 8:52:14. Rinny started the day with a solid swim, which left her roughly 4 minutes behind of the women’s leaders. The grueling 112 mile bike leg, an area of focus for her, would be crucial.
Indeed, Rinny covered the hot, windy and rolling Queen K course in 4:58:20, leaving her with energy to unleash a record-breaking run. She rode a Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher on the front, and 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher in the rear. The combination of proven stability and reduced aerodynamic drag that the Firecrest rim profile provides delivered Rinny safely into T2 fresh and ready to tackle the daunting lava field surrounded run course, which is known for cracking even the very strongest athletes in the world.
Rinny then took off took off from T2 at a pace that would turn out to be the fastest female run of any day on the Big Island, ever. Her run time of 2:50:38 goes into the Kona record books. It was a perfect way for Rinny to cap off her second Ironman world title.
The Men's Race
In the men's race, Australia’s Luke McKenzie and Germany’s Sebastian Kienle -- both Zipp athletes -- finished second and third respectively.
As with Rinny, Luke and Sebastian were both both riding Firecrest Carbon Clinchers, Luke in an 808/404 Firecrest pairing and Sebastian on twin 808 Firecrest wheels.
Of the nine pro athletes at Kona riding Zipp wheels, eight were riding Carbon Clinchers. When asked why, Sebastian had this to say “Clinchers are faster than tubulars. It has been proven. I am not the only one who knows it…”
Luke went on to finish out the race of his life, finishing in second place. Sebastian, the 2012 and 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, closed out the day with a run performance that earned him third place.