Double victory on clouds: On athletes win the Ironman Cozumel
On Sunday in Cozumel, Mexico, Nicola Spirig and Michi Weiss showed an impressive performance over the legendary long-distance triathlon. Both of had something special to celebrate: they reached the top of the podium.
Title defence and debut: The initial position of the two On athletes Michi Weiss and Nicola Spirig could not have been more different. So was their choice of shoes: The reigning champion chose the Cloudracer, whereas Nicola Spirig laced up her Cloud. 3.8 kilometers of swimming, 180 kilometers on the bike and 42.195 kilometers of running later, they both found themselves on the top of the podium – after an outstanding performance. Nicola tackled her debut with professionalism and at ease: “My main goal is it, to pull through the nine hour race and to see, if this could be a distance for fortune competitions. As we know now: It sure is! Coming out of the water, Nicola was already part of the top flight. Despite falling behind on the bike track due to an mishap at the supply station, she found her way back to the top: After 21 kilometers on the running track, she overtook the leading Dane Vesterby and hold on to the lead until the very end. Nicola celebrated her first victory, finishing the Ironman Cozumel impressively in 9:14:07 hours. Michi Weiss also took a head start with one of his best swimming performances so far. Only 50 kilometer into the bike track, he was in the lead. During the marathon, he made it clear that he is one of the fastest runner amongst the Ironman: After 8:12:15 hours, he crossed the finish line as defending champion. „I’m more than happy to close this season full of ups and downs like this. I’m really looking forward to the highlights lined up for 2015: Hawaii and the 70.3 world championship Zell am See. Besides to the two winners, On athlete Céline Schärer can also celebrate an incredibly strong performance and a great 4th place with a finishing time of 9:38:20. Congratulations to Nicola, Michi und Céline to their incredible performances! We are proud to have you in our On family!