Mirinda Carfrae and Marino Vanhoenacker take Ironman Austria titles in Castelli kit
Last weekend, Castelli athletes enjoyed spectacular success at Ironman Austria, with Mirinda Carfrae and Marino Vanhoenacker taking the wins in Klagenfurt.
Despite the fact that Austria would be the three-time Ironman World Champion's first European Ironman, Mirinda Carfrae had stated her intention of beating the course record of Lindsey Corbin, which stood at 8:42:42.
Climbing out of the pearlescent blue water of Lake Woerthersee in 59:15, the diminutive Aussie wore Castelli's T1: Stealth top, which is designed to get you to T2 in record time thanks to its highly aerodynamic design.
The T1: Stealth certainly worked for Carfrae, who blitzed through the field ahead of her to take the lead halfway through the 112-mile bike leg and didn't look back. She rode the mountainous, yet extremely fast, course in 4:47:39 – the fastest women's split of the day – which gave her a six-minute advantage.
Known as the world's best female Ironman runner, Carfrae put in an extremely fast marathon wearing her custom-printed Castelli Free W Tri Short and Free W Tri Singlet, completing the 26.2 miles in a time of 2:49:06 – a new personal record. She crossed the line in 8:41:17 to set a new course record.
While Carfrae was new to the Austrian course, fellow Castelli athlete Marino Vanhoenacker has plenty of experience of racing in Klagenfurt thanks to seven victories in the event including the Ironman world record of 7:45:49, which the Belgian set in 2011.
After a 52:38 swim, less than a handful of seconds behind the leader, Vanhoenacker led a front bike group wearing his Castelli Free Sanremo Suit SS. Pacing wisely together, the trio of riders put plenty of time into the chasers and with 30km to go, Vanhoenacker pulled away to take a four-minute lead and the day's fastest bike split of 4:19:56.
The Belgian had all of his victories in Klagenfurt printed on his bright green suit and like a true champion, he showed no weakness or loss of speed as he clocked a 2:47:13 run. Vanhoenacker crossed the line in 8:04:18 to take his eighth Ironman Austria title in Castelli colours.
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