Oftedal, Buckenlei take Norseman
Written by: Herbert Krabel
Date: Sat Aug 07 2010
Jørgen Møllerop used his superb swim skills to drop all other athletes on the way back from the ferry with a time of 51:43, but it was not expected that he would be a challenger for the top spots in the race. Defending champion Tom Remman also had a great swim and was second out of the water 2.5 minutes after Møllerop, but he was almost 4 minutes up on the next competitors and that did not bode well for anyone trying to take the title from him.
Remman jumped on his bike after a fairly smooth transition and was on his way to get across the the Hardanger mountain plateau. Henrik Oftedal had aspirations for the title too, but started his ride about 18 minutes down on Remman. Oftedal would need an amazingly fast bike ride to get himself into position and he did exactly that. His 5:36:46 bike split proved to be the fastest of the day and when combined with his fast transitions allowed him to take back almost 11 minutes on Remman. But Even Hersleth was also still in the game having been passed by Oftedal late in the bike segment.
Oftedal and Remman soon were running together and it looked like neither person would relent. On the final climb of the day Oftedal managed to drop his Team Nakamura team mate and crossed the line on top of Gaustoppen first in 10:59:57. Remman reached the finish about 8 minutes later and Hersleth rounded out the podium.
"I ran really fast on the flat parts but struggled with my thighs and stomach. But I came back and by the time I neared the top I felt pretty good," said Oftedal. "I gunned it several times and it felt good when he could not hang on."
Dutch Gonny Rosendaal had a great swim and managed to get out of the water in Eidfjord with the top men. Last year's champion Susanne Buckenlei didn't have a bad swim but she was still looking to make up 10 minutes on Rosendaal.
Known for her bike strength, the German set out in pursuit of the Dutch woman and managed to catch her target half way through the bike. Rosendaal though hung tough and it took a while before Buckenlei actually was able to get rid of her.
Buckenlei started her run with a 3 minute lead and held the gap for the first 25k of the run. On the run/hike up to Gaustoppen she added more time to her lead and repeated her title with a superb performance and 35th position overall. Rosendaal finished second and Malin Lundvik from Sweden with her third place made it a very International podium.
"I was so happy to win and to get that course record. I have never fought this hard for anything before," said Buckenlei.
Related image gallery
Norseman Extreme Triathlon 2010
Norseman Extreme Triathlon
Gaustablikk, Norway / August 7, 2010
3.8k swim / 180k bike / 42k run
Top 10 men
1. Henrik Oftedal (NOR) 10:59:57
2. Tom Remman (NOR) 11:08:15
3. Even Hersleth (NOR) 11:17:34
4. Pål Cato Elshaug (NOR) 11:40:37
5. Mikal Reinbotn (NOR) 11:49:14
6. David Ekroll (NOR) 11:55:12
7. Jonathan Smith (GBR) 11:59:59
8. Even Olsen (NOR) 12:08:55
9. Erik Guldhav (NOR) 12:11:56
10. Christian Wiig Bøen (NOR) 12:17:36
1. Susanne Buckenlei (GER) 13:13:03
2. Gonny Rosendaal (NED) 13:29:04
3. Malin Lundvik (SWE) 13:50:57
4. Vibeke Stærkebye Nørstebø (NOR) 14:00:07
5. Åslaug Golf Kardaal (NOR) 14:19:10
6. Ingvill Merete Stedøy-Johansen (NOR) 14:33:48
7. Hilde Hoff (NOR) 14:36:10
8. Ellen Robinson (GBR) 15:20:45
9. Linni Tiller (NOR) 15:35:52
10. Anne Signe Been (NOR) 15:40:23
While Germans Marc Pschebizin and Andreas Wolpert managed to take the top spots at the ultra tough Swiss 2010 Inferno Triathlon, Swiss Nina Brenn grabbed the win in the women's category followed by a bunch of her country women. 8.21.10
2x Ironman World Champion Tim DeBoom has a busy summer ahead of him and on his schedule are the Norseman Extreme Triathlon and the Alpe D'Huez Triathlon. Slowtwitch had a few words with him. 5.18.11
Henrik Oftedal won the Norseman Extreme Triathlon in 2010 and is currently getting ready for the 2012 edition - Norwegian style. What do we mean by that? Well, have a look. 2.27.12
Henrik Oftedal won the 2012 Norseman Extreme Triathlon in a time of 10:23:42 and thus broke Bjorn Andersson's course record from 2005. Annett Finger smashed the women's course record in a fantastic time of 12:17:04. 8.05.12
Øyvind Johannessen won the 2008 Norseman Extreme Triathlon in Norway and battled a tough course and an unhappy stomach along the way. Jenny Gowans was the first woman to finish the event. 8.13.08
Emily Finanger turned Pro and got married in 2006 and spent part of her honeymoon racing and winning the 2007 Norseman Xtreme triathlon in Eidfjord, Norway. Meet this Boulder, CO transplant. 12.17.07