Thanks to perfect, windless weather, smooth newly paved sections and an insufficient 12 meter no-draft zone, many male pros legally smashed the bike record that led the way a decade ago.
All photographs © Timothy Carlson
Patrick Lange (GER)
Canyon Speedmax CF SLX 9.0 LTD
Lange rode a 9th-best 4:16:05 bike split on his way to his second straight win in a record-setting 7:52:39.
Bart Aernouts (BEL)
Aernouts rode a 4th-fastest 4:12:25 bike split on his way to second place, the second man to break 8 hours at Kona.
David McNamee (GBR)
McNamee rode 4:21:18 on his way to 3rd place overall in 8:01:09.
Timothy O’Donnell (USA)
Trek Factory Speed Concept
O’Donnell rode a 16th-fastest 4:18:45 bike split on his way to 4th place overall in 8:03:17.
Braden Currie (NZL)
Specialized S-Works Shiv Disc
Currie rode 4:17:18 to finish 5th overall in 8:04:41.
Matt Russell (USA)
Russell rode the 6th fastest 4:12:58 bike split to finish 6th overall in 8:04:41.
Joe Skipper (GBR)
Ribble Ultra TRI
Skipper rode 4:15:41 to finish 7th in 8:05:54.
Andy Potts (USA)
CEEPO Viper R
Potts rode 4:18:51 to finish 8th overall in 8:09:34.
Cameron Wurf (AUS)
Pinarello Bolide TT
On the wings of his record-smashing 4:09:06 bike split – 3:48 better than his 2017 mark - Wurf sailed to 9th overall in 8:10:32.
Michael Weiss (AUT)
Weiss posted the second-fastest 4:11:27 bike split to finish 10th overall in 8:11:04.
Fastest bike splits out of Top 10
Andrew Starykowicz (USA)
Starykowicz rode the 3rd-fastest 4:12:18 bike split but fell off on the run to 77th overall in a time of 8:52:41.
David Plese (SVN)
Plese rode the 5th fastest 4:12:27 bike split on his way to 21st overall in 8:23:33.
Andreas Dreitz (GER)
Dreitz rode 4:15:17 to finish 13th overall in 8:14:02.
Lionel Sanders (CAN)
Garneau Gennix TR1
Sanders rode the 10th-best 4:16:58 bike split on his way to 30th overall in 8:30:34.
Josh Amberger (AUS)
Felt IA FRD Disc
Amberger led much of the way with a top swim and a 4:18:42 bike split before dropping out at T2.