2019 Ironman World Championships - Recap

posted by Fabienne Dirksen
October 24, 2019

Hunting the wind with our new Aero Chaser, expert talks, Kona Count and athlete support on Race Day.

This year in Kona we set a new bar for aerodynamic research and focused our time collecting highly valuable wind data along the bike race course and gathering new insights into the rapidly changing wind conditions. It was a hugely successful effort and the data gathered directly benefits our current product development projects and also our ability to improve our athlete setups. -All of this with the ultimate goal to make YOU faster with Swiss Side wheels and “Aerodynamics by Swiss Side” products. Check out the Aero Chaser Video.

Swiss Side CEO and aerodynamics expert Jean-Paul Ballard was a popular guy with the media on the ground in Kona. He has studied and analyzed the conditions in Kona like no other and has worked with many of the top pro athletes in the wind tunnel to optimize their aerodynamics for the Ironman World Championships to make them faster. Besides co-commentating the ARD live stream on German TV, he was invited by Triathlon Magazine for an expert discussion for their Kona Daily live programme, and finally with Pushing Limits at their Kona Show.

Helping out at the Kona Count is a yearly commitment at the event. For 7 hours Swiss Side head of marketing, Fabienne Dirksen counted wheels of 2500 athletes rolling through check-in. Swiss Side wheels can claim the biggest increase of wheels in the Kona Count compared to all the other wheel brands. Our wheel count grew by over 50% from 2018. We are pumped – thanks for your support of our brand! See the results at Triathlete Kona Count.

On Race Day we cheered on all of our athletes! Back 2 Back Ironman 2017 and 2018 World Champion Patrick Lange had a rough day and unfortunately had to pull out on the bike course due to illness but we still could not be more proud of him for his exceptional efforts in the last years we have no doubt that he’ll be back in 2020! A huge congratulations to Laura Philipp for the fastest bike spilt in the women’s race and taking 4th place just barely missing the podium. Daniela Bleymehl picked up a 9th place, 2nd fastest bike split and a hugely respectable overall effort. Nice work Daniela. Congratulations to Swiss Side associated athlete, Philipp Koutny for taking a very impressive 8th place in the men’s pro division. We also want to mention Maurice Clavel, Andreas Dreitz and Svenja Thoes who all worked very hard to get to Kona and make the start and we are very proud of them and know they’ll be back to fight again in 2020.  

Congratulations to everyone who competed in Kona, you are all exceptional people.

Photo: Marcel Hilger, Athlete: Laura Philipp