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Mike Phillips shows huge promise, Ironman triathlon looking strong in New Zealand

What did we learn from Kona 2017









Another super race at the home of Ironman distance triathlon saw Patrick Lange take the honours with an incredible effort to run down Lionel Sanders and break the course record with an 8:01:40. In the New Zealand camp, veteran Terenzo Bozzone was the first Kiwi home in sixth place overall and becoming the fastest NZ Kona finisher along the way. While Ironman New Zealand champion Braden Currie had a day to forget he did lead the field on the bike leg before a puncture put pay to his chance of victory. Still, good early signs from the NZ multisport specialist and further evidence he is entering his prime in the long form of the sport.





Mike Phillips goes sub 8 in 2017











A local Christchurch triathlete with an impressive resume has had his best year in the longer version of the sport, joining Bozzone to become only the second Kiwi to break the magical eight-hour mark. Remarkably Phillips achieved this feat in his long-course debut with a super effort in placing second at Ironman Barcelona. At only 27 Mike represents the future of the sport and will be eager to line up against fellow kiwi heavyweights in March at the Iconic and longest standing IM race outside of Kona. Keep a close eye on this upcoming talent.

IRONMAN New Zealand may provide the strongest local field ever










We may be only in November but it seems at IMNZ 2018 the stars will align and we’ll see Taupo favourite and all-round hero Cameron Brown head the most competitive and eagerly awaited field of local pro athletes we’ve ever had the pleasure to see. With the best south island athletes likely to make the trip north this season we are anticipating the likes of current Challenge Wanaka champion Dougal Allan, Sub 8-hour athlete Mike Phillips and three times Wanaka winner Dylan McNeice to line up against last year’s trio of Currie, Brown and Bozzone. Potentially some inter-island bragging rights are on the line as well as the coveted title of New Zealand Ironman Champion. This is going to be one for the records.

IRONMAN New Zealand rated number 1 in the world.


IRONMAN New Zealand has long been a favourite for athletes the world over, the first ever qualifying event for the IRONMAN World Championships at Kona has gone from strength to strength firmly cementing its place on the IRONMAN calendar. Voted number 1 by athletes for 2017 not only does this race have history but it is played out in triathlon paradise. New Zealand offers a moderate climate, clean air and crystal clear fresh water perfect for swim bike run events. IRONMAN and tourism go hand in hand, and, New Zealand has proven time and time again that it does both superbly, athletes are welcomed into the country with open arms and the local people of Taupo turn on an incredible race week, complimenting the beautiful scenery with friendly smiles and encouragement in the lead up to and on race day itself. A favourite of the voice of IRONMAN Mike Riley this is an event that needs to be experienced at least once!

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