Rotor-sponsored Joe Skipper becomes first British triathlete in history to go sub-eight hours for iron-distance
Long-course triathlon star Joe Skipper has set a new British record for iron-distance racing at Challenge Roth in Germany. The 28-year old completed the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 7:56:23.
The stellar performance also netted Skipper second place in Roth, one of the sport's most prestigious events, with only reigning Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno of Germany beating the Brit to the finish line.
Skipper's new time is some five minutes faster than the previous British record of 08:01:29 set by Paul Amey at Ironman Arizona in 2011 and makes the talented racer the only Brit ever to crack eight hours. Skipper is now also in the rarefied company of only 35 athletes ever to post a sub-eight time in the sport's history.
Skipper, who is sponsored by Rotor Bike Components, is known as one of the sport's most powerful cyclists. His INpower data showed an impressive average of 308w for the 4:21:12 bike split while the efficiency savings of his 56T Q-Ring undoubtedly contributed the incredible 2:38:52 marathon time – the fastest of the day by any pro including the fleet-footed Frodeno.
Skipper will be flying the flag for Britain and Rotor at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii this October. His second time at the notoriously tough and hot event, Skipper will be looking race to his potential and score a top finish in Kona.
Meanwhile, in Roth's women's race, fellow Rotor athlete Carrie Lester of Australia also took silver behind current Ironman World Champion, Daniela Ryf of Switzerland.
Photos: Ingo Kutsche (sportfotografie.biz)