Well-known are Bryan McCrystal’s epic feats of endurance but what he did at Kona at the Ironman world championships overnight was incredible even by his standards. His bike leg of 4:29 just 14 seconds slower than the man who won outright.
By Brian Canty
Ireland’s Bryan McCrystal has finished his first Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, in 12th place in the 35-39 age category and 69th overall.
The Dundalk man had an overall time of just over nine hours (9:12) for the 3.8 kilometre swim, 180-kilometre bike ride and 42.2 kilometre run combined.
It’s a phenomenal performance by the big Dundalk man who has been one of the best riders on the domestic road scene for a number of years now with his win tally as impressive as it is long.
And yesterday, on the sun-scorched island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, he was the fastest man in his category on the bike leg, clocking an astonishing 4 hours 29 minutes.
He exited the water in 80th (and 494th) overall but passed over 400 riders on the bike leg and by the time he started the run he was up to 33rd overall and the same position in his own category.
At that point before he put on his runners to start the marathon he was 1st in the 35-39 category and on course to win that but he paid for his efforts on the run when 11 in his category passed him.
Still, it is a remarkable performance for a man who confessed to not feeling so well going into the event last week.
McCrystal averaged just over 40k an hour for his bike leg – and he somehow managed to run the marathon (42.2k) in just over three and a half hours.
We will get the big man for a chat when he pieces himself back together.