Incredible 8th Ironman Zurich title for Ronnie Schildknecht20. July 2015 — Triathlon Team
Ronnie Schildknecht of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team created history today by taking his 8th Ironman Switzerland title of his career. In a very hot edition, Ronnie dominated the bike and run leg, clocking in with a final time of 08:21:19.
Today’s record breaking 8th Ironman Switzerland title brings IRON-RONNIE’s total to an incredible 10 Ironman wins in his career, this makes him the third most successful male athlete (in terms of major Ironman wins) in the history of the sport. Ronnie started his record breaking day with a solid swim. He finished the non wetsuit swim in 10th position (swim time: 55:14), 6 minutes behind swim leader Manual Küeng. Posting the fastest bike split (bike split: 4:32:11) he then moved up to 3rd place, entering transition 4 minutes from the lead. Ronnie then took the lead with less than 14km to go and finally had enough of a gap to celebrate in the last one hundret meters with his family and friends (Marathon: 2:50:02).
Ronnie was obviously thrilled with his 8th Ironman title. “I am so stoked and over the moon! This 8th title is the sweetest by far! I felt totally in the zone all day. This one is very special to me. I had a solid year last year and a good start to the season in 2015, but to come and win here for the 8th time is really special. What was most special was the way I felt all day. I felt so good and strong on the bike. I was holding back and kept patient. I knew I would have good legs on the run. This is what I had in mind all along and it worked perfectly. This was really at my best level. In Ironman Texas earlier this year, I was ok, also last year I was ok most of the season. But today I felt really in my best shape again. Especially on the bike. I am really excited to build on this shape towards the World Championships Ironman in Hawaii. I want to thank my team Uplace-BMC for all their support. It is a great feeling knowing you are contributing to the team’s success and you can give back to the team.”