After successfully defending her Ironman Wisconsin title in September, Linsey Corbin returned to the Ironman World Championship a month later, finishing 10th for the second year in a row on her Trek Speed Concept with its 500 Series OCLV Carbon frame and drag-reducing Kammtail Virtual Foil (KVF) tube shaping. As impressive as her Kona performance was, her wins in Wisconsin (including a course-record 9:12:39 set last year which included a 4:59:01 bike split on the tough Wisconsin course) have also been a big deal for her bike sponsor, Trek, which is based in Waterloo, Wisconsin, just 40 km from the race start in Madison.
Corbin’s bike in Kona featured a different paint job and wheels than the one she used in Madison – her black Speed Concept with chrome decals certainly stood out along the Queen K. She rides with Bontrager wheels, Speedplay pedals and SRAM components.
Corbin posted a 5:00:25 bike split in Kona, then followed that up with a 3:03:50 marathon for her fifth top-10 finish, making her one of the most consistent American performers on the Big Island since her first appearance as a pro in 2006. Her top finish at the Ironman World Championship is her fifth-place finish in 2008.
She is also the fastest American ever over the full distance, having posted an 8:42:42 finish time at Ironman Austria in 2014.