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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Best & Worst of 2013: An Arbitrary Account

As the title boldly states, here's an arbitrary account of the year 2013. Nothing personal here, it's just for laughs. I've got the memory of a peanut, so if you think my list sucks feel free to make your own. There's a 'collective' list & a small 'personal' list at the bottom. I haven't done a Women's list, I wouldn't be able to do it justice (peanut memory). Enjoy!

The Collective: 


  • Most memorable performance- Sebastian Kienle, Las Vegas. He did the same thing, two years in a row & still no one could stop him!
  • Biggest implosion- Ben Collins x2: San Juan & St. Croix
  • Most dominating performance- Pete Jacobs, Sunshine Coast
  • Old dog but gets it done- Greg Bennett
  • Best swim- Tim Berkel, Mandurah, front pack effort
  • Best ride- Seb Kienle, Las Vegas yeow
  • Best run- Ritchie Nicholls, Wiesbaden
  • King Beef of 2013- Terenzo Bozzone
  • Comeback king- Terenzo Bozzone
  • Breakthrough athlete- Christian Kemp
  • Most consistent- Tim Reed
  • Most inconsistent- Ivan Vasiliev
  • Best newcomer- Jan Frodeno or Courtney Atkinson
  • The phantom- Filip Ospaly
  • Best quote- Tim Don; "Dirty fast".
  • Best backhanded compliment- Tim Reed, backhanded compliment to author after Vegas; "Big respect for the way you raced on Sunday. Sorry it didn't work out. The pack was pretty ridiculous there for a while although I have to say I found it harder in the pack then when I got the front later on and could just ride steady state".
  • Failure to launch- 75% of the field in St. Croix, flat tyres
  • Fastest first mile- Jan Frodeno, Las Vegas
  • Slowest last mile- Peter Robertson, Wiesbaden 70.3
  • Want to see more of- Javier Gomez

Iron Distance 
  • Most memorable performance- Luke McKenzie, Kona
  • Biggest implosion- Courtney Atkinson, Metaman
  • Most dominating performance- Tim O'Donnell, IM Brasil
  • Old dog but can't get it done- Bryan Rhodes
  • Best swim- Don't know, Andy Potts?
  • Best ride- Sebastian Kienle, Kona (how could anyone else have ridden up to the front & still lasted?)
  • Best run- Bart Aernouts, IM Nice (2.37.01)
  • Breakthrough athlete- Tyler Butterfield
  • Best newcomer- Bevan Docherty, IM NZ
  • Comeback king- Chris 'Big Sexy' McDonald Or Luke Bell
  • Most consistent- Eneko Llanos & Victor Del Corral
  • Most inconsistent- Chris McCormack
  • Sure can race a lot- Pedro Gomes
  • King Beef of 2013- Freddy Van Lierde
  • Best quote- Sebastian Kienle, Kona post-race presser (we've all thought this!) 
  • Good, but please know when to stop!- Andrew Starkowicz's 'diamond man' 
  • Did he really say that?- Unknown, Kona post-race presser (see bottom of page)
  • Failure to launch- Pete Jacobs, Kona press conference
  • Most honest/humble- Craig Alexander, Kona post-race


  • Best swim: St. Anthony's 5150 (1st out, 18.55 & a little long)
  • Best cycle: Port Macquarie 70.3 (2:10:10, fastest ride)
  • Best run: Weisbaden 70.3 (1.14.46)
  • Best overall race: Port Macquarie 70.3 (1st)
  • Hardest race: Wiesbaden 70.3 (crazy bike course)
  • Most competitive: Las Vegas 70.3 (it's a World Champs)
  • Worst swim: Buffalo Springs 70.3 (HOT water, diabolically uncomfortable)
  • Worst cycle: Hy-Vee 5150 (drafting penalty + blow up)
  • Worst run: Las Vegas 70.3 (mmm poor bike tactics)
  • Worst overall performance: Hy-Vee 5150
  • Best training base: Boulder
  • Best race destination: St. Croix
  • Best race experience: Wiesbaden 70.3 
  • Best crowd support: Noosa Tri
  • Best training Partner: Martin Van Barneveld
  • Worst blog of 2013: You've just read it!!

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