Kienle and Carfrae Crowned Kona Champs

Congrats to Profile Design SpeedTeam pro 2010, 2013 and now 2014 World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae! Carfrae swept the race in trademark run-them-down Rinny form, arriving in T2 over 10-minutes back off the lead female cyclists and turning on the heat to rein them in one by one. In the meantime, she posted a new run course record of 2:50:25, beating her 2013 record setting marathon by 12 seconds.   Rinny was powered on the bike course by the Profile Design Aeria bar and the Aero HC Hydration System, helping lay the groundwork for the awesome finish. From everyone at the Profile Design Ohana - CONGRATS, Rinny! Click here to check out the Profile Design products that powered Rinny on the Queen K! Kienle a Queen K Rocketship On the men’s side, SCOTT Pro Triathlon Team member Sebastian Kienle took home his first Kona World Championship title with a time of 8:14:18. His trademark bike ability helped him pick up places with expert precision as he approached Hawi, returning down the Queen K to secure the day’s fastest bike split in 4:20:46. He maintained his powerful placement during the run, with no one in sight as he came out of Energy Lab. Along the Queen K, Kienle piloted the bike that gave him the European Championship title. The new SCOTT Plasma 5, developed in partnership with Profile Design features a fast, powerful and aerodynamic front-end, utilizing the patented Profile Design Aeria bracket and riser system, while also providing a glimpse at the new 2015 T5+ extension.

Rinny Wins Roth

Carfrae came off the bike in 6th place, giving race leader Rachel Joyce a 6:22 advantage coming out of T2. Carfrae deployed her trademark strategy, and one-by-one began to gain places amongst the field. At the 30km mark, she finally caught Joyce, and reminiscent of last October on the Queen K, made her way into first place. Just two weeks after a victory at Challenge St. Andrews, Carfrae’s Roth performance included the second fastest ever Roth run split of 2:53:27, and the 4th fastest overall time on Roth records. Inspired by loud, record crowds of nearly 220,000 spectators, Carfrae and Roth’s 6,000 athletes were treated to a record-breaking audience celebrating the 30th Anniversary of one of triathlon’s greatest races. “I’ve heard so much about the race hard not to get wound up in the emotion, the last 1km the crowds were amazing and felt myself getting emotional. I felt like I was going to cry,” said Carfrae. She described the Roth experience as “like nothing I’ve ever witnessed.” Carfrae’s road to 2014 Kona has been one paved in podiums. Of the 7 events she has raced thus far in 2014, she has posted 4th or better in six of them. Carfrae is next slated to toe the line at IRONMAN 70.3 Muskoka at the beginning of September. Follow her road to Kona on Twitter @mirindacarfrae.