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Ironman Maastricht-Limburg 2017: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

A lighter weekend of racing just gone with only one event: Ironman Maastricht-Limburg. This is the third year for this Ironman, it drew a relatively small field of around 1,000 athletes and offered the regular 40 Kona slots to competitors. As a race, results have so far fallen in the middle of European races, this year doesn’t look to be an exception.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Maastricht-Limburg 2017 Compared with 2015-2016

This year’s race appears to have been slower on the swim, faster on the bike and about the same on the run meaning the overall distribution is similar to the previous two years. There’s nothing in these results that indicates anything exceptional about this year’s running of the event.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Maastricht-Limburg
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2015
896
811
9.5%
784
3.3%
710
9.4%
20.6%
2016
1828
1664
9%
1607
3.4%
1528
4.9%
16.4%
2017
1061
1049
1.1%
1026
2.2%
991
3.4%
6.6%

Noting that this year’s statistics exclude the DNS numbers present in the previous two it’s still clear the the DNF rate was at its lowest this year. Both bike and run DNF numbers are lower so we can be confident the overall is too.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Maastricht-Limburg 2017
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Maastricht-Limburg 2015-2016

With smaller fields – two years of racing in Maastricht have had around the 1,000 athletes or lower – there’s a little more variability in age group medians. Still, the trend of slower swim, faster bike and similar run is largely present in this view of the results too.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Maastricht-Limburg
Country
Count
Percentage
Netherlands
372
32.2
United Kingdom
176
15.2
Belgium
164
14.2
Germany
127
11
France
62
5.4
Spain
48
4.2
United States
19
1.6
Ireland
17
1.5
Sweden
13
1.1
Italy
12
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Ironman Maastricht-Limburg 2017 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Germany
35.0
11.0
Netherlands
22.5
32.2
Belgium
15.0
14.2
France
12.5
5.4
United Kingdom
5.0
15.2
Denmark
2.5
0.7
Ireland
2.5
1.5

The race drew a broad spread of Europeans with the Germans likely to have taken home the most slots.

Changes in Male Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Maastricht-Limburg
Changes in Female Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Maastricht-Limburg

Tracking positions within age groups over the last 3 years gives the clearest signs of the variability across the field. Front runners are often faster, but further back in an age group and we see times drop off for the place. Some of this a reflection of field size and depth – with a smaller field 50th place in some age groups will be nearer the back. While this variability is present most times don’t deviate too far from previous results.

Ironman Maastricht-Limburg 2017 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:18:00
09:18:00
09:18:00
M25-29
2
09:09:34
09:10:25
09:11:17
M30-34
4
09:14:08
09:22:48
09:31:32
M35-39
4
09:01:13
09:11:25
09:21:24
M40-44
4
09:28:30
09:32:40
09:36:51
M45-49
4
09:34:14
09:40:59
09:47:01
M50-54
3
09:45:53
09:53:33
09:57:53
M55-59
2
10:16:22
10:19:36
10:22:50
M60-64
1
11:01:09
11:01:09
11:01:09
M65-69
1
12:44:59
12:44:59
12:44:59
M70-74
1
13:10:52
13:10:52
13:10:52
F18-24
1
12:12:11
12:12:11
12:12:11
F25-29
1
10:18:57
10:18:57
10:18:57
F30-34
1
10:15:17
10:15:17
10:15:17
F35-39
2
10:13:28
10:28:15
10:43:03
F40-44
1
09:58:08
09:58:08
09:58:08
F45-49
2
10:44:10
10:58:36
11:13:02
F50-54
1
11:39:17
11:39:17
11:39:17
F55-59
1
11:43:35
11:43:35
11:43:35
F60-64
1
12:50:59
12:50:59
12:50:59

Based on the results list I’ve estimated the allocation of slots likely at Ironman Maastricht-Limburg, actual allocation may vary. Assuming these slot numbers I can then calculate automatic qualifying times for each age group before roll down takes place. For more statistics on Ironman qualifying times, check out my Kona qualification page.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Maastricht-Limburg 2017
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Maastricht-Limburg 2017

Although it’s not true of all age groups, for a good number the top twenty trends faster than average. Most notably, the M35-39 category produced the fastest results for the course yet, a significant step up on the previous two years of racing. Again variability means not every group performed so well. However, while the race overall looks to be quite similar to previous years, the Kona qualification times appear to have trended slightly faster.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Maastricht-Limburg 2017 on my Google Drive.

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