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Lionel Sanders’ Kona race gear

The tools of the trade for the Canadian looking to top the podium at the Ironman World Championship

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Canada’s Lionel Sanders arrives in Kona as the 2017 runner-up, a feat he duplicated earlier this year at the Ironman World Championship St. George. With a new coach (Mikal Iden) who brings the attention to detail that the Norwegian program is famous for, you can be sure that Sanders is pulling out all the stops for Saturday’s race.

Lionel Sanders

Related: Mikal Iden, Lionel Sanders’ coach – “You have a shot.”

Here’s a look at the gear the Canadian star will be using this weekend:

HED Jet 180

This 180 mm deep wheel is hands down the deepest rim wheel available. According to HED, this wheel is “designed to go very fast and handle great in all wind conditions.”

Sanders is riding the latest UCI-legal version of Canyon’s Speedmax frame. He used a UCI-legal bike in St. George because he wanted a lighter bike for all the climbing, and will once again go that route here in Kona.

There’s an elite aero water bottle on the downtube, with regular cages on the bars and behind the saddle.

The cockpit features D2Z aero bars with a Wahoo bike computer.

Got to love that monstrous Ceramic Speed pulley system. Oh, and of course, it’s set up on Swift’s new Hub Smart Trainer.

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components combine with the Favero Assioma Duo power meter pedals.

Sanders helped develop the Garneau Aero Tri Suit, which pulls out all the stops to ensure he gets the best in aerodynamics and race ergonomics.

On Saturday Sanders will use a Blueseventy PZ4TX Swimskin, Bont cycling shoes, Form goggles, Garneau’s P-09 aero helmet and ingest copious quantities of maple syrup!

Sanders isn’t sponsored by Asics, but will race in the Asics MetaSpeed carbon plate shoes. (It would appear he’ll race in the first version of the shoe – we reviewed the new version here.)