Giant-sponsored triathlete Tim Van Berkel put in another strong performance at triathlon’s biggest event, finishing the Ironman World Championships in 12th place in the pro men’s category.
With mild temperatures and light winds, it was a record-setting day on the Big Island of Hawaii. Van Berkel, a 34-year-old Australian competing in the Ironman Worlds for the fifth time in his career, raced the Trinity Advanced Pro bike and wore the Giant Rivet TT helmet. He was having one of his best days ever in Kona, but paid the price for a mental mistake that cost him in his results.
“About the 70km mark on the bike I was given a penalty for drafting,” Van Berkel explained. “A little lapse of concentration, I must have rolled into the draft zone. After serving my penalty I lost a lot of time.”
Van Berkel got off to a strong start in the race, coming out of the swim in the main group. He also had one of the fastest runs in the pro men’s class (2:50:36), recovering from the time penalty to move back up through the ranks.
“To be honest I’m pretty disappointed,” Van Berkel said. “I was having a great race and feeling really good. The penalty on the bike cost me a top-five finish. I started the run in 35th place and ran my way through the field to a 12th place finish in the end. But I’ll be back next year.”