CANA­DIAN KONA QUAL­I­FIERS

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - KONA PREVIEW -

While there’s lots of hype around Lionel San­ders’s po­ten­tial in Kona, he’s hardly the only Cana­dian we’ll get to watch race on the Big Is­land. As you can read in our “podium” sec­tion, the top Cana­dian woman in the Kona Points Rank­ing (KPR) sys­tem (the sys­tem used for pros to qual­ify for the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship) is Kirsty Jahn, who joined some heady com­pany in the Iron­man his­tory books as the win­ner of two Iron­man races in the same year (and that num­ber could be three by the time she reaches Kona if she takes the Iron­man Wis­con­sin ti­tle in Septem­ber) thanks to wins at Iron­man Brazil and Iron­man Boul­der.

Jahn will be joined on the start line in Kona by a su­per-cy­clist Jen An­nett, who’s 4:26 rocket of a bike split in Texas is now con­sid­ered the fastest women’s bike split at an Iron­man race. An­nett has en­joyed a stel­lar year that also in­cludes a run­ner-up fin­ish at Iron­man Lake Placid. An­other strong cy­clist, Rachel McBride, has also en­joyed a solid year and, as we go to print, sits 23rd in the KPR stand­ings, which should be more than enough to get her to Kona, as well.

Af­ter his im­pres­sive win at Iron­man Canada, Brent McMa­hon looks to once again be a fac­tor on the Big Is­land, where he’s fin­ished in the top 10, but has yet to have the day many be­lieve he’s ca­pa­ble of. McMa­hon was rid­ing with the lead­ers in last year’s race when he got stung by a bee and would even­tu­ally have to pull out of the race.

Jen An­nett RIGHT on the bike in Texas and on pace to break the fe­male Iron­man bike course record

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