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Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2019: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Race two from the weekend: Ironman Mont-Tremblant. Another well established part of the Ironman calendar, Mont-Tremblant draws a large field with the standard 40 Kona slot allocation. This year’s race looks to have trended slightly slower than usual.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2019 Compared with 2012-2018

This year’s overall distribution has a much broader, flatter peak than the historical data with a lot more athletes finishing in the 14-15 hour region. This appears to be the result of slower bike and run distributions, individually they aren’t that much slower, but they combine to a bigger change to overall results. At the median this year’s race was roughly 10-15 minutes slower than the course norms.

DNF Rates at Ironman Mont-Tremblant
Year
Starters
Finishers
Swim DNF
Bike DNF
Run DNF
Overall DNF
DQs
2012
2190
2099
0.2%
2.4%
1.6%
4.2%
2013
2268
2119
0.7%
3.2%
2.8%
6.6%
2
2014
2284
2141
0.5%
3.3%
2.5%
6.3%
5
2015
2317
2152
0.5%
3.7%
3.1%
7.1%
6
2016
2444
2250
0.8%
4.6%
2.7%
7.9%
4
2017
1935
1807
0.9%
3.4%
2.4%
6.6%
3
2018
2428
2237
0.8%
4.4%
3%
7.9%
2
2019
2332
2172
0.8%
3.7%
2.5%
6.9%
5

The DNF rates this year are unexceptional. They are typical for Mont-Tremblant and fall comfortably in what could be considered the normal range for Ironman races.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2019
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2012-2018

Medians trend similarly to distributions – slightly slower in both bike and run. This looks to hold quite consistently in the male age groups, but does vary slightly for the women.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Mont-Tremblant
Country
Count
Percentage
United States
1202
44.5
Canada
1168
43.3
Mexico
57
2.1
France
43
1.6
United Kingdom
38
1.4
Germany
15
0.6
Colombia
14
0.5
Ireland
11
0.4
Philippines
11
0.4
Spain
9
0.3
Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2019 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Canada
45.0
43.3
United States
37.5
44.5
Colombia
5.0
0.5
Austria
2.5
0.1
Spain
2.5
0.3
Brazil
2.5
0.3
France
2.5
1.6
Czech Republic
2.5
0.1

Ironman Mont-Tremblant predominantly draws North American athletes and it keeps the majority of Kona slots there too.

Changes in Male Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Mont-Tremblant
Changes in Female Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Mont-Tremblant

Tracking changes in age group times for specific positions show a bit of a split depending on where you come in the field. At the front of the age group pack times are more consistent with past races, but further back we see more evidence of a slower year.

Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2019 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:28:02
09:28:02
09:28:02
M25-29
2
09:06:29
09:13:54
09:21:19
M30-34
3
08:45:24
08:56:13
09:02:03
M35-39
3
09:06:01
09:10:46
09:13:33
M40-44
3
08:54:47
09:02:43
09:07:19
M45-49
4
09:21:02
09:40:46
09:55:19
M50-54
3
09:52:17
09:53:14
09:55:01
M55-59
2
09:58:48
10:19:40
10:40:33
M60-64
1
10:47:39
10:47:39
10:47:39
M65-69
1
11:49:55
11:49:55
11:49:55
M70-74
1
14:27:20
14:27:20
14:27:20
M75-79
1
15:38:50
15:38:50
15:38:50
F18-24
1
11:30:02
11:30:02
11:30:02
F25-29
1
09:51:59
09:51:59
09:51:59
F30-34
1
10:12:26
10:12:26
10:12:26
F35-39
2
10:28:28
10:30:11
10:31:55
F40-44
2
10:24:14
10:25:14
10:26:15
F45-49
2
10:00:27
10:12:25
10:24:23
F50-54
2
11:25:31
11:27:06
11:28:41
F55-59
1
11:37:08
11:37:08
11:37:08
F60-64
1
12:52:36
12:52:36
12:52:36
F65-69
1
15:22:42
15:22:42
15:22:42
F70-74
1
15:01:13
15:01:13
15:01:13

Based on the start list I’ve calculated the Kona slot allocation and from that automatic qualification times. Roll down is not accounted for in these times. You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2019
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2019

For the most part the age group top twenty times are average. There are a few exceptions though, age groups like F25-29 which was well in advance of the course average, or M40-44 which saw a big jump in times for the Kona qualifiers. While the race appeared slightly slower, the competition for Kona was average or faster.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2019 on my Google Drive.

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