Home > Personalities

Can Sam Laidlow stay patient on the bike at Ironman Lanzarote tomorrow? Even he doesn’t think so

Ironman World Championship runner-up takes on Uber-cyclist Cam Wurf and knows things are going to get out of hand

Photo by: Club La Santa/ Signe Ungermand

France’s Sam Laidlow didn’t really shock the world with his bike-record performance in Kona last year – he’d had similar break out performances on the bike in the past. What did surprise many, though, including the two Norwegians he split on the podium (champion Gustav Iden and third-place finisher Kristian Blummenfelt), was his impressive run split that saw him get to the line in the second-fastest time ever posted in Kona (7:42:23).

We caught up with Laidlow a couple of days before he takes on the sport’s toughest Ironman race in Lanzarote, and got some insight on how his life has changed since that big day in Kona, some insights on how his background led him to the sport’s big stage and, of course, what we can expect as he takes on the man who’s course record he took away in Kona last year, Cam Wurf.

The gear that helped Sam Laidlow set a new bike course record in Kona