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Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz 2019: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

The second Ironman of the weekend, Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz, was a brand new race. The opening year was mid-sized with roughly 1,750 starters and offered the standard 40 Kona slots for age group athletes. As a new race I don’t have historical results to compare which means this will be a quick look at the results. I have included some data from Ironman Barcelona to give some context.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz 2019
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Barcelona 2018

The distributions from Vitoria-Gasteiz compare quite well with those from Ironman Barcelona 2018. Overall Vitoria-Gasteiz trends very slightly faster, but this is a really small shift in the chart. The differences appears to come from both bike and run which are a fraction faster at Vitoria-Gasteiz. Ironman Barcelona is a fast course and while 2018 wasn’t the fastest year it’s a still a reasonable example; this suggests that Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz offers a fast course.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Vitoria-Gastiez and Barcelona
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
Vitoria-Gastiez 2019
1747
1723
1.4%
1669
3.1%
1598
4.3%
8.4%
Barcelona 2018
2713
2673
1.5%
2559
4.3%
2466
3.6%
9.1%

The DNF rates from Vitoria-Gasteiz are normal for Ironman racing as shown by the comparison with Barcelona last year. Course and conditions didn’t present any additional challenges to competitors beyond racing an Ironman distance.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz 2019

I’ve not offered comparison of median splits across age groups as they follow similar trends to the distributions: Vitoria-Gasteiz generally slightly faster than Barcelona 2018.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Vitoria-Gastiez
Country
Count
Percentage
Spain
944
50
France
202
10.7
United Kingdom
137
7.3
Portugal
87
4.6
Italy
75
4
Belgium
54
2.9
Israel
47
2.5
Germany
41
2.2
United States
31
1.6
Netherlands
31
1.6
Ironman Vitoria-Gastiez 2019 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Spain
37.5
50.0
Belgium
7.5
2.9
Germany
7.5
2.2
United Kingdom
7.5
7.3
United States
7.5
1.6
Switzerland
5.0
0.7
Israel
5.0
2.5
France
2.5
10.7
Guatemala
2.5
0.1
Slovenia
2.5
0.2
Sweden
2.5
0.5
Poland
2.5
0.8
Mexico
2.5
0.3
Portugal
2.5
4.6

The new race drew quite a wide range of nationalities to compete with Kona slots spread widely among them.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz 2019
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz 2019

The main thing the age group top twenty charts show is how fast Kona qualification placings were. A lot of sub-9 hour Ironman qualifiers in the biggest age groups. While the course appears to be fast that’s still a challenging qualifier.

Ironman Vitoria-Gastiez 2019 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:29:51
09:29:51
09:29:51
M25-29
2
09:00:06
09:03:48
09:07:31
M30-34
3
08:39:49
08:42:59
08:46:18
M35-39
4
08:46:45
08:51:28
08:58:09
M40-44
6
08:48:29
08:54:41
09:04:03
M45-49
4
08:53:26
09:08:22
09:18:49
M50-54
3
09:14:21
09:25:06
09:31:03
M55-59
2
09:29:57
09:43:44
09:57:32
M60-64
1
10:17:25
10:17:25
10:17:25
M65-69
1
12:18:07
12:18:07
12:18:07
M70-74
1
14:07:20
14:07:20
14:07:20
M75-79
1
No Finishers
 
 
F18-24
1
10:52:04
10:52:04
10:52:04
F25-29
1
10:39:57
10:39:57
10:39:57
F30-34
1
09:39:20
09:39:20
09:39:20
F35-39
1
09:56:21
09:56:21
09:56:21
F40-44
1
09:33:34
09:33:34
09:33:34
F45-49
1
10:18:23
10:18:23
10:18:23
F50-54
1
10:44:52
10:44:52
10:44:52
F55-59
1
10:59:52
10:59:52
10:59:52
F60-64
1
12:37:12
12:37:12
12:37:12
F65-69
1
14:38:48
14:38:48
14:38:48
F70-74
1
No Finishers
 
 

Based on the athlete lists I’ve calculated the Kona slot allocation and from that the automatic qualification times in each age group. Final allocation may vary and roll down will influence times (two age groups appear to have had no finishers ensuring 2 slots rolled to other divisions). You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.

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

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