Zwift At Kona

Zwift At Kona

ON October 3, 2019 by Craig Taylor


It all came down to this, the 2019 IRONMAN World Championships. The Specialized Zwift Academy Tri Team took to the lava battle fields to race the best athletes in the World. Did they realize their goals or be humbled by the Big Island? Watch to find out.

If you have what it takes to race in Kona or looking for a new training challenge, make sure to sign up for the 2020 Zwift Academy Tri here.

For the full race debrief, take a listen to the Kona Recap Special Podcast. The crew are joined by Team Mentor, Tim Don, and two of the Zwift Academy Tri Team members. Take a listen here.
And if you still need to catch up on all the Big Island prep, race and insights, check out the daily updates below.


Pro athletes, Lionel Sanders & Lucy Charles, are not only familiar faces in Watopia but also burning for race day. Check out their preparation ahead of the Big Dance, October 12th.

Race day did not disappoint! From new champions being crowned to humbling experiences, the 2019 IRONMAN World Championships was one to remember. Well done to everyone who raced, inspirational! Check out the scenes from a hard, hot and long day on the Big Island below.

And it cannot go unmentioned. A massive well done to the whole Specialized Zwift Academy Tri Team, who battled the elements and gave it everything. Here are their Age-Group placings:

Ruth Purbrook – 1st
Natia Gous – 1st
Maggie Walsh – 2nd
Yvonne Timewell – 3rd
Philipp Herber – 4th
Levi Hauwert – 6th
Paul Lunn – 11th
Justin Lippert – 29th

One more sleep till the 2019 IRONMAN World Championships. Today was all about the finishing touches, from prep sessions and fuelling to racking bikes and getting an early night. Good luck to everyone racing tomorrow, NB to Ride On.

The Power Up Tri Podcast Kona preview is now live, take a listen to see who the crew has their money on. Listen here.

When it comes to authentic IRONMAN traditions, the Underpants Run takes the cakes. Continuing its 22 year streak, hundreds of IRONMAN athletes strip down to their skimpies and show off all the hard work that’s been put in to get to this point. With the World Championships just a few days away, some athletes take the run more seriously than others! Oh and it’s time for the athletes to check in.

3 legendary pros, 2 Zwift Academy Tri Team athletes, all the coffee! The Zwift House hosted the WITSUP crew for some breakfast and convo on women in triathlon. As we get closer to race day, the athletes are sharpening fitness to be primed and ready for the big dance.

Tuesday morning was all about tackling the climb up to Hawi as a team. Oh, and grabbing a well earned coffee at the top. A few athletes had runs to do, while in town the Parade of Nations kicked off. Check out the action below.

No better way to work up an appetite than riding around active volcanoes at sunrise! Following the workouts, we were beyond excited to be joined for lunch by six-time IRONMAN World Champion and legend, Mark Allen. Stay tuned for more action with the King of Kona.

What a day! From a star-studded Legends Pro Panel with Mark Allen, Craig Alexander, Sarah True and Tim Don to a Specialized Zwift Academy Tri Team bike upgrade thanks to Ceramic Speed, it has been full on. Check out the scenes from today’s Big Island action.

We’re one week away! In prep for the big race, the athletes jumped on the bike and laced up their running shoes to check out the course. When it comes to Kona, experience pays off and having every bit of time on the Queen K Highway and in the Energy Lab counts. Peep the Saturday action below!

Zwift has landed in Kona! We’re just 8 days away from the 2019 IRONMAN World Championships and the Specialized Zwift Academy Tri Team athletes are ready to go. The work has been put in and now it’s all about fine-tuning those countless hours of preparation! Check out the swim, bike, fun action from the day.