Ironman Emilia-Romagna in Italy is another new race on the Ironman calendar. It comes with 40 Kona slots for the 2018 World Championship and a field of over 2,000 athletes. As it’s a new race in the series I’ve no historic results to compare with, but have included a couple of Frankfurt charts to add some context.
Frankfurt is a fast race and I’ll note here – as it’s been pointed out when I’ve previously used it – that the 2017 race had a shortened bike making it faster still. Ironman Italy isn’t as fast as Frankfurt, even allowing for the bike differences this would be the case, but it’s also not that much slower. The swim and run splits come in similar or faster than the Frankfurt course, so it’s only the bike that shows a real difference. Given the shorter course in Frankfurt that difference is smaller than seen here. This first race would certainly put Italy towards the faster end of European Ironman races.
DNF rates for Italy look to be broadly comparable with those from the selection of championship races I’ve selected above. The bike DNF rate is particularly low and the run numbers come out at the high end, but this balances out only slightly higher than most of the other races.
Skipping further comparison, the above chart shows all medians splits divided by age group at this year’s race.
There is a very broad spread of athletes at this year’s race which is also reflected in the likely Kona placings.
Times in the top twenty of each age group taper off quite quickly, but they also lean towards the fast end of the Ironman scale.
Based on the athlete list I’ve estimated how Kona slots will be allocated and from that the automatic qualification times for this race. You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.
You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Emilia-Romagna 2017 on my Google Drive.