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THREE YEARS AGO, lots of peo­ple at­trib­uted Mirinda Car­frae’s Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship win to her amaz­ing 2:50 marathon split. What many peo­ple don’t re­al­ize, though, is that were it not for an im­pres­sive ef­fort on the bike, Car­frae wouldn’t have won that race.

Af­ter los­ing four min­utes to the women’s lead­ers in the swim, Car­frae found her­self chas­ing one of the strong­est lead groups we’d ever seen in the women’s race in Kona: Caro­line St­ef­fen, Mered­ith Kessler, Jodie Swal­low, Michelle Vesterby and Rachel Joyce. Joyce would even­tu­ally pull away from the group to lead the way off the bike, but in the end Car­frae only lost four min­utes to the su­per-bik­ers ahead of her. Af­ter the race Car­frae at­trib­uted much of that im­pres­sive bike per­for­mance to her new ride that year – Felt’s new IA. While the bike didn’t make all the dif­fer­ence (you don’t win Kona three times if you aren’t an in­cred­i­ble ath­lete), it cer­tainly helped Car­frae that day. And it also served no­tice to the triathlon world that Felt was, once again, lead­ing the way in Kona. Jim Felt started build­ing bikes in the late ’80s. In 1991 Paula Newby-fraser won the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship on a Felt – she still feels that alu­minum frame was one of the fastest she ever rode. Felt was rev­o­lu­tion­ary in the triathlon bike world be­cause he fo­cused on the rider’s po­si­tion first and fore­most, cap­i­tal­iz­ing on the aero ad­van­tages made pos­si­ble be­cause of aero bars.

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