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Back 3.30.2014

Lord of The Rings

Germany’s Jan Frodeno, lord of the Olympic rings in 2008, made his point last weekend.  That point is that he is the guy to beat when he shows up to race.  Saturday's Ironman Oceanside 70.3 was the first big North American hit out and also one of the bigger points races in Ironman’s professional ranking system, qualifying athletes for the World Championships later this year.

The race unfolded as most 70.3’s have of late. A group of former ITU short course speedsters took the swim out hard. This front pack included 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Frodo, as well as the reigning 6x Oceanside champion, all-american collegiate swimmer and former Olympian Andy Potts of the USA. After a blazing 22 minute 1.2 mile swim, the fireworks continued to the  challenging bike course. Oceanside is quite famous for its bike course, which takes the athletes through Camp Pendleton, a massive USMC base with some twisty roads and brutal climbs. Jan and Potts went back and forth, pushing the pace the entire bike leg. Quietly there was a storm brewing behind them, however. Two of the sport's very best bikers were chasing, hard. Andrew Starykowitz and Sebastian Kienle were making their way to the front. Although the two former Olympians would have nothing to do with it. They were in a head to head battle royale. Off the bikes in just over 2 hours, is when Frodissimo took permanent control of the race and never let go again. He managed to put over a minute into Potts and the rest of the field in the first 2 miles and then went on to cruise control -- taking the title, the course record and a handful of points toward the World Championship. Behind the battle up front, Germany’s Sebastian Kienle patiently put his head down and worked hard all day, clawing his way through the field and throwing down a 1:14 run that would put him on the last step of the podium. This type of early season form and killer run speed does not bode well for Sebi’s competitors as the year unfolds. His bike profile gallery is shown here, Sebastian Kienle Oceanside Bike

Which World Championship will those points go toward?  Well Frodeno has been hinting that he would race the full distance Ironman in Frankfurt this summer, and Saturday confirmed that he would indeed race it, with the ultimate goal of qualifying for Kona this fall. As we have already established, when Jan shows up to race, he races to win. This season just got interesting!

Frodeno's victory came aboard Zipp Carbon Clinchers, a Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc in the rear, 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher in the front. His Oceanside bike is profiled here, Jan Frodeno Oceanside Race Bike