Next in a busy weekend of Ironman racing is Ironman Taiwan. Only in it’s second year a change of date means it skipped a qualifying year, with last year being a qualifier for 2015 and this year a qualifier for 2017. It’s a relatively small race and comes with only 25 Kona slots, the lowest at any Ironman event. So with no more than 2 slots available to any age group it’s never going to be the best choice for a qualifier.
It’s worth noting that as I worked on this analysis I spotted errors in my 2015 data, I’d missed a section of slower runners. I’ve freshly retrieved the 2015 data for the following charts.
Overall this year’s race was somewhat slower than 2015, with most of that coming from a slower run. The swim was also slower, but the bike was largely comparable. The difference in run times is enough to create a roughly 30-40 minute slower race this year.
|Listed Athletes||Swim Finish||Swim DNS/DNF||Bike Finish||Bike DNF||Run Finish||Run DNF||Overall DNS/DNF|
It looks like DNS figures are not part of this year’s numbers. The clear difference we can see is the higher DNF rate on the bike and run. Allowing for the fact that the 2015 numbers include DNS that would suggest this year’s race had a higher DNF rate overall. It seems conditions made have been tougher.
Comparing median splits the male pros give an indication of a tougher run. While swim and bike times are largely the same, the median run is significantly slower for the pros. For most age groups the trend is slower swim, much slower run and a similar or slightly faster bike.
The athlete tracker didn’t include any country information for the athletes, so I’ve not been able to breakdown the nationalities at this race.
With very few exceptions every position across all the age groups trended slower this year. The entire field raced slower than in 2015.
|Slots||Winner||Average Kona Qualifier||Final Qualifier|
The table above contains my estimated Kona slot allocation and for those slot numbers the automatic qualification times. It doesn’t account for roll down in any way. You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.
In each age group’s top twenty finishers this year’s times are generally slower. However, it’s also worth noting that this so strongly the case for those who might grab one of the very limited slots. Here time differences tend to be smaller.
Overall Taiwan is a slow race, this year we slightly slower than the last. It’s a challenging qualifier given the very low number of slots given to the event.
You can access a spreadsheet of the full results and splits from Ironman Taiwan 2016 on my Google Drive.