On Sunday 18 July at 8:30am CEST (Central European Time) local time, history was made at the Zwift Tri Battle Royale. World-record holder in full-distance triathlon, Jan Frodeno took on top Ironman pro, Lionel Sanders in a bid to smash the world record and prove once and for all who is the long-distance king of triathlon.
Two of the world’s fastest triathletes competed against each other in full-distance ironman to see who is the ultimate fastest. The intense head-to-head took place on roads of southern Germany, Allgäu.
With both athletes claiming their largest weaknesses to be the swim and with only 10 minutes separating their all-time personal bests, it was set to be a close battle between the champions.
Let’s see how they got on…
The 226km race is set in the beautiful Allgäu Valley in southern Germany, nestled by the foot of the German Alps.
Starting with a 3.8km swim in Immenstadt’s freshwater lake, Großer Alpsee, the two competitors must complete four laps along a marked loop; sighting is aided with underwater ropes around soft corners, leading the swimmers along the tightest route.
Out the water, the racers jump on their Canyon TT bikes and head out for 180km of racing along Allgäu Valley floor, which is sheltered mercifully from the brunt of the wind. The stunning bike course travels from Allgäu to Burgberg, with a flat five laps along the river en route.
The marathon finale involves four 10.55km laps of an out-and-back loop around the mountain town of Burgberg. The course boasts almost no elevation gain, giving the racers no excuses to push themselves to the limit on this final stretch.
Meet the racers
The 39-year-old German triathlete is the current world record holder with a staggering time of 7:35:39 for the full-distance triathlon. He’s also reigning Kona champion and 2008 Olympic gold medallist.
Multiple Ironman champion and 2017 ITU long-distance Champion, 33-year-old Lionel Sanders is also a seasoned pro when it comes to going the distance. The Canadian
And the winner is…
Jan Frodeno breaks his own world record by over seven minutes with a time of 7:27:53. That’s a swift 45:58 swim, 3:55:22 bike, and 2:44:21 run.
Lionel Sanders comes second with a new personal record of 7:43:32. That’s 50:58 for the swim, 4:00:26 for the bike, and 2:50:31 for the marathon.