Tony Kanaan Miami 70.3 Role Model

19 11 2010

Investigative report by hate2run

Just in case you simply took us for complainers. Tony Kanaan in this video shows exactly what is wrong with WTC and how out of control the Miami 70.3 race went. Check out the video and then read our statements:

1) Kanaan was the poster child for Miami 70.3. The race directors even issued press releases for him (paying more attention than to the pros). They even feature his results on the official site: http://ironmanmiami.com/?p=1275

2) Not only did we see him drafting but he admits it in the video (1:47 in the video) “We rode together the whole way” and he is filmed doing so

3) “I am already 50 minutes quicker than my previous one” (1:20 in the video) Uhmmm either there is doping involved or his blatant cheating is responsible

4) Kanaan does not even know the distance for a 70.3 race (ok ok we will let this one fly and assume he got his kilometers mixed with miles or can’t convert) “2 mile swim, 52.1 miles cycling, 13.1 miles run”. We are not the smartest tools in the shed but our math tells us that is a 67.2 mile race

5) It must be nice to have someone help you change your tires during a race. Well according to Kanaan in an article published by WTC ““The other day I got a flat on my bike and I didn’t have six people there to change it for me,” Kanaan jokes. “In triathlons, it’s all you.”” I guess he did get lucky and have a crew for the race. http://y.ahoo.it/F1Ioc

WTC and Miami 70.3 organizers sent Tony Kanaan to the 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater. Maybe its just us but how do you beat your PR by 50 minutes when you have a flat tire that takes 13 minutes to change? Oh yeah by cheating. He was in the top 50 of the bike of 2:29.15. Hmmmmm come again?

Maybe the combination of cheating and racing a shorter course of 67.2 miles made all the difference.

His Miami 70.3 Results:
Swim: 44:54 T1: 3:05 Bike: 2:29:15 T2: 1:20 Run: 2:05:09 Total: 5:23:43 Rank: 401 Age Group: 70

His 70.3 Championship Results:
Swim: 37:28 T1: 3:22 Bike: 2:24:13 T2: 2:57 Run: 1:58:43 Total: 5:06:43 Rank: 1091 Age Group: 182

The only other race we could find for him – 2004 California 70.3:

Swim: 40:43 T1: 6:04 Bike: 2:45:12 T2: 4:42 Run: 2:19:35 Total: 5:56:13 Rank: 1061 Age Group: 115

By looking at the times above, can you tell us how he was only 5 minutes slower in Miami after a 13 minute delay because of the tire issue?

CHALLENGE:

Find the race in which Kanaan qualified for Clearwater and you get a free Hate2Run visor. My guess is you won’t find any other way except WTC giving him a free pass since this was his third race ever according to this article and the results for his three races are posted above: http://www.baynews9.com/article/news/2010/november/172621/IndyCar-drivers-take-on-Clearwaters-Ironman-triathlon

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11 responses

19 11 2010
Alexandra

Nice article!

20 11 2010
Tony Fan

Was the guy who wrote this article about Tony Kanaan picked on as a child? Dropped on his head a few times? Or is he just a hater in general? Am I missing something? Everyone knows Tony is a stand up guy. If the person who wrote this had his own flat tire on a desolate road at 3am on a cold rainy night and Tony drove by he’d probably stop and help. I’m guessing if the tables were turned this author would not stop for anyone.

19 11 2010
Bob Roberts

The author of this “article” sounds like either a jealous six-year old child or a FOX news commentator. The complete lack of command of basic English grammar coupled with the “I’ve probably had too much to drink to be writing anything for publication” style suggests a small person with petty personal issues. Get sober and grow up. Tony Kanaan is a great guy and one of the hardest working people I know.

19 11 2010
hate2run

We don’t claim to be journalists. And the point of the post has nothing to do with how hard working Tony is. World Championships in triathlons are restricted to those who qualify not to those that work hard. The post is about what the sport is becoming and not about who Tony is. But thanks for the feedback!

19 11 2010
John

This should be called hater2run. You sure attack Tony for this not being about Tony. If your gripe is about the direction of the sport then attack its leadership and stop slandering Tony.

19 11 2010
hate2run

John – you are right. We will be updating the post in an effort to correct it. We explained to Tony the nature of the post via Twitter. Stay tuned for a revision.

20 11 2010
captmagoo2

Bob, he may be a worker.. but world championships are for the best of the best…. even the last person who finishes is a hard worker.. and they had to qualify..

19 11 2010
Wombat

Wow, you must have had a bad race. No, make that a bad life. Baby loose his bottle?

I’ve know TK for some time, great guy, hard worker. I was not there and can not defend any of the issues you cry about.

Having been in several races my self, i know that there are tons of “questionable” things that can happen. Life is not fair, as you can see by who we have in the White House right now….

The sport, according to your account, is becoming a collection of babies. a shame….

19 11 2010
LCantin12

Hey bud!
No need to trash on Tony, this guy nearly doubled his workout regime to better his previous time, besides, if you’re suppose to be a triathele how can you compare times from an event in California with one in Miami?! You know as well as I do that there’s a list of factors that comes into play like course design, weather and so on. Pros and the average competitor doing a marathon don’t compare let’s say their time from NY and Boston. I’m an amateur triathlete and I did improve some of my others events by more than 10% simply because I trained better and started to get a better an understanding of the sport itself. Also, it’s easy to complain about his drafting when you see 10 secs of the footage when is actually passing….While I understand that the pros triathlon should get the most exposure at these events, it’s about making our sport more mainstream and gererating more interest from corporations and the public. It’s no different than both Nautica triathlons. Sour grapes I say, and for you to call someone a cheater that’s pretty strong. Why don’t you look for Tony on his twitter and excuse yourself.

20 11 2010
captmagoo2

LCantin12

Doubling his workout regime is awesome… and bettering his time is even better… But he still should have had to qualify like the rest of us… Does not sound like they are Trashing Tony… just the WTC that put him in that position..

5 12 2010
captmagoo2

Guys…. I love the article….. I was at that race and saw first hand the DRAFTING that was going on and yes TONY did it also….. ALOT

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