Welcome back! This month, we’re highlighting the biggest race weekend of the year, the Big Dance in KONA! It was a fantastic year to be a Rudy Project athlete at the IRONMAN World Championship, and if you missed any of the action on the Big Island, you can get your fill here in the Rudy Project News Review. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@rudyprojectna) for daily updates and a play by play on race day next year!
RECORD-BREAKING: #1 @ KONA SEVEN YEARS IN A ROW
We set another record this year and earned our title again as the “Most Worn Helmet at the IRONMAN World Championship,”, making it 7 years in a row. LAVA Magazine released official helmet count numbers early Saturday morning, announcing that Rudy Project was once again #1 with 480 helmets.
Congratulations to Sarah Crowley for taking the podium, and to Heather Jackson and Andy Potts for being the top Americans at Kona! Sarah took third with a total time of 9:01:38, with Heather hot on her heels with a total time of 9:02:29. Andy Potts took 7th overall, with a total time of 8:14:43, coming back on the run from 17th.
Honorable mention of the race goes to Josh Amberger, who came flying first out of the water with a 47:09 swim, came out of T1 a solid 3 minutes before any other male pros, and sported his gold Boost Pro helmet gleaming in the early morning sun. For his Kona debut, Josh lead the male pro pack on the bike for a solid 30 miles, and had a 29th overall finish. We can’t wait to see what this Aussie prodigy has in store for next season.
KONA PROS – PHOTO ALBUM
Relive the year’s biggest race through our Facebook photo album.
WING57 – NEW VISOR
The popular Wing57 was prominent in both the pro and age grouper field at Kona this year, and was made even more popular with the addition of the new flip-up visor. T1 and T2 were breeze for athletes, as well as maximum peripheral vision on the Queen K with this update. The team over at Aero Geeks took a look at the new visor in the Wing57, and their impressions were very positive. Read more.
TRALYX SLIM vs TRALYX
Rudy Project’s popular shield-style sunglass is getting an update with a slimmer profile frame – the Tralyx SLIM. The Tralyx SLIM has all the features of the Tralyx, packed into a slightly more narrow frame perfect for smaller faces, including women and youth. The team over at Cyclist online took a look, and gushed about the photochromic lens options: “A pair of sunglasses that can be used just as effectively in January as they can be in June. The photochromic lens works almost instantly and the fact they are virtually indestructible means that you will not be handling them like an egg when riding.” Read the full review here.
FEED THE HABIT: RaceMaster MIPS Review
“Overall there’s little more you could want in a helmet,” said Jason Mitchell. “It is a fantastic helmet for sure and undoubtedly one of the most protective on the market.” Read the full review here.
RUDY ON THE RUNWAY
New York Fashion Week is the hippest of the hip, featuring fashion looks from flagship labels and the hottest celebrities. Pop artist and business mogul Rihanna rocked Rudy Project for her Fenty x Puma Spring 2018 show, and even made an appearance on the back of a motorbike, sporting the new Rudy Project Fotonyk.
NO FAKE SMILES HERE: USST Member Liz Stephen’s Unstoppable Grin
Liz Stephen is getting psyched for this season, with her eye on the five-ring winter circus in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018. Read how her low altitude ‘oxygen-bath’ training is getting her ready for her best season yet. Read on.
BAHRAIN-MERIDA CLOSES DEBUT SEASON WITH A WIN
Vincenzo Nibali won Il Lombardia in style last weekend at the Monument one-day classic, a repeat performance of his 2015 season. Nibali showed off the same descending prowess that won him a stage in the 2017 Giro d’Italia, bunny-hopping speed bumps and screaming through corners to take the podium. Bahrain-Merida also looks to close out their debut season seeking stage wins at the Chinese Tour of Guangxi, with the tour’s only Chinese rider, Meiyin Wang, on the team.
OFF ROAD TRIATHLON – MICHAEL LOUTZENHEISER, THE YOUNG GUN
As part of the USAT SE Junior tri team Michael is a mere 16 years old, but has made a habit of coming out of the water top three and finishing in the top ten at Xterra races. He’s headed to the Xterra World Championship on the 29th of October, courtesy of coming in as a 2017 Xterra USA age group champion. His future as a triathlete is still up in the air (Michael is weighing attending college in Arizona as a member of the cross-country team against becoming a member of the Southeast Endurance elite development team), but we know that wherever he goes, he’ go there quickly, and we’ll be cheering for him! Follow him on Instagram: @micheal_loutz
KONA DREAMS: OVERCOME EVERYTHING
Rory Duckworth used triathlon to lose 80 pounds and find a community with the Salt Lake Triathlon Club, which is currently the largest tri club in the mountain west and fosters the goal of helping others becoming healthy and happy. Rory was bitten by the Kona bug, trying and failing to qualify for 10 years before he made the cut at IRONMAN Boulder this year. But life threw him a curveball – he was diagnosed shortly after the race with a blood clot in his left leg, and even with treatment, his performance at IRONMAN Wisconsin fell short. In spite of everything, the blood clot, his Wisconsin performance, and a crash at a local race, Rory never gave up, and on October 14th he crossed the finish line in Kona with a time of 10:53:02, to hear Mike Riley proclaim, “You are an IRONMAN!” Find out more about Rory and Salt Lake Tri Club on their website: http://www.saltlaketriclub.com/
PROUD TO SUPPORT: BLACK AND GOLD RACING
The BNG Endurance Team is hard to miss in their black and gold kits, marked with the fleur-de-lis of their home state, Louisiana. This national endurance team has expanded nationwide, with athletes and ambassadors in California, Oregon, Mississippi, Texas, North Carolina, Kansas, Hawaii, and Illinois. These guys and gals do everything, not just triathlon – they participate in cycling, duathlon, and even trail and ultra running. Find out how to join: http://bngendurancesports.com/