FI’ZI:K’S FRODENO RETAINS IRONMAN HAWAII TITLE

Aboard his fi’zi:k Tritone 5.5 carbon-braided saddle, Jan Frodeno won the 2016 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on Sunday, successfully retaining the Kona title after leaving German countryman Sebastian Kienle for dead around 15km into the 42.2km run.

Frodeno became the first male to defend the Hawaii title since Craig Alexander in 2009. Coincidentally, Alexander also rode to victory on a fi’zi:k saddle – the acclaimed carbon Arione Tri. Thirty-five-year-old Frodeno defended his crown in style, recording one of the fastest times in Hawaii history. His 8:06:30 was less than 3 minutes shy of Alexander’s 8:03:56 course record and came off the back of a 48:02min 3.8km swim, 4:29:00 180km bike and 2:45:34 marathon.

Germany dominated the men’s Hawaii podium with Frodeno 3:32mins ahead of 2014 winner Sebastian Kienle and a further 1:12mins clear of third-placed Patrick Lange. ‘We got talked up so much before the race, especially in Germany,’ Frodeno said of his rivalry with Kienle, to which Kienle responded, ‘Jan is currently the strongest and that’s the motivation to push hard next year.’

Away from triathlon and to cycling, the road world championships have begun in Qatar with fi’zi:k-riding BMC Racing Team claiming an impressive silver in the 40km team time trial, in a hot and humid Doha. It was the fourth time BMC had stood on the team TT podium in the team’s history, which included victories in Ponferrada, 2014, and Richmond, 2015.

The team of six, comprised of Rohan Dennis (fi’zi:k R3B), Stefan Kueng, Daniel Oss (fi’zi:k R1B Uomo shoes), Taylor Phinney, Manuel Quinziato and Joseph Rosskopf, pedalled revolution for revolution with eventual winners Etixx-QuickStep before tiring slightly around the 30km mark to finish 12 seconds back. Orica-BikeExchange, who also use fi’zi:k saddles, followed 25 seconds later to win bronze.

The Doha world championships continue all week, culminating in the men’s road race next Sunday.