On a flat course designed for maximum attack, the 112 mile bike leg just might be the most crucial part of the Sub7 and Sub8 attempts. Each athlete will be given complete control over how they choose to draft off their pace-making team. Time can be made up here with clever tactics, but there is no substitute for supreme power.
How will our athletes fare?
Dual Olympic Champion
There is only one place to find Alistair Brownlee during the bike leg, and that is off the front and pushing the pace. The Brit and his brother Jonny have revolutionised the tactics of the sport – full gas from the start. Good luck keeping up.
It seems crazy now, but Lucy Charles-Barclay had never ridden a road bike prior to 2014. Since then, the 3-time Ironman Vice World Champion has spent countless hours both outdoors and on the turbo trainer building the mental and physical toughness that has propelled her to the top of the sport.
Multiple Iron Distance Race Winner
Half Ironman World Record Holder
If you are mid-pack coming out of the swim, one man to look for is Kristian Blummenfelt. The Norwegian has an engine like no other, and routinely drags others with him on the way to the front of a race. The ultimate power triathlete.
Nicola Spirig knows how to meet any challenge on the bike. Whilst strong on technical short courses, the Swiss legend truly comes into her own when the distances get longer and she is allowed to impress herself upon a race, forcing rivals to dig deep to stay with her.
Dual Olympic Medalist
By the Numbers
IRONMAN WC RECORD
FOR 3:45 HOUR
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE RECORD PACE