Britain’s Joe Skipper beasts bike leg at Ironman Texas

Despite hot and humid conditions, British pro Joe Skipper put in the race of his life at Ironman Texas last Saturday (16 May) to claim third place, posting the third-fastest Ironman bike split in history – 4:10:07.


The men’s race started with Todd Skipworth (AUS), Barrett Brandon (USA), and Ben Hoffman (USA) taking the early lead on the swim at Lake Woodlands. It was Todd Skipworth (AUS), Barrett Brandon (USA), Faris Al-Sultan (GER), and Jeremy Jurkiewicz (FRA) who entered T1 first however, just slightly ahead of Hoffman and Andreas Raelert (GER).

By the halfway point, Hoffman’s strong riding put him back at the front, with Lionel Sanders (CAN) and Joe Skipper (GBR) behind him. Sanders and Skipper eventually bridged the gap to Hoffman, putting their race-best bike splits to use, with Skipper taking the lead shortly afterwards.