Ironman Hamburg is another new event for the season. It offered the standard 40 Kona slots and drew a good sized field of over 2,000 competitors. As with any new Ironman I don’t have historical data to compare results to, so I’ve used Frankfurt for comparison.
Comparing 2017 results and there’s not too much difference between the overall splits at either race. Frankfurt performs better at the front of the race, but by the median it’s even. Frankfurt has the faster bike splits, but this year’s run splits are much slower. Again, this is more applicable to the middle of the pack than the front of pack. Hamburg shares similarities with Frankfurt’s results, but doesn’t appear to have drawn as deep an age group field at the front.
DNF figures for Hamburg compare well with other races (all Championship events used for comparison). Numbers generally fall somewhere in the middle of the range.
Median comparisons with Frankfurt show the same pattern as the distribution. Hamburg’s bike is slower, but it’s run faster. Overall the balance appears to place Frankfurt as the faster overall race of the two.
Unsurprisingly, there’s a strong German contingent at the German race, but as with all European events entrants are spread quite widely.
Comparing the age group top twenties in Hamburg with those from Frankfurt shows how at the very front of the two races differences are more pronounced. For most age groups, particularly the largest ones, Frankfurt is the faster race. In some age group, M40-44 for example, the difference is pronounced. This suggests a comparably fast course that didn’t draw the depth of field the older Championship race in Frankfurt did.
Finally, I’ve estimated Kona slot allocations based on the results and from that the automatic qualifying times in each age group. Final numbers and times will vary and roll down will affect the final qualifiers. You can find more information on Kona qualification and race times on my Kona Qualification Page.
You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Hamburg 2017 on my Google Drive.