IRONMAN Texas 2022: Start time, live stream and preview – Elite News
If you love spending your weekend watching live triathlon, then you have another big Saturday coming up.
You can start early with the Anfi Challenge Mogán-Gran Canaria, then spend your afternoon and evening balancing both the Arena Games Triathlon Series London and the latest in the M-Dot umbrella, Hermann IRONMAN Texas Memorial.
The Woodlands course has delivered many fast times and high quality winners over the years, and although the vast majority of the biggest names are focused on the IRONMAN World Championship in St George two weeks later, there is always a decent scholarship and quality athletes. ready to race this next weekend.
Start time and how to watch live
IRONMAN Texas will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
The races will start at 06:25 local time (PRO Men), with the PRO Women five minutes later. This corresponds to 1225/1230 in the UK, 1325/1330 CET and 0725/0730 Eastern Time. Broadcast coverage is expected to begin approx. 25 minutes before the gun leaves for the Pro Men, at 6:00 a.m. local time.
Texas is the second of 14 long distance IRONMAN events in 2022 to be streamed live through their IRONMAN Now Facebook page and also available through Facebook Watch on smart TVs.
As always, the IRONMAN Tracker app on mobile devices is your essential complement if you want to view race data as you go along with the broadcast and commentary.
The first name on the PRO Men starting list is Ben Hoffman (USA) – which, two weeks before the IRONMAN World Championship (for a former Kona podium), is something particularly noteworthy. Ben is never shy about putting in the big miles and has seven full-distance wins to his name…but that seems like an unconventional approach, if peaking in St George is the priority, given his track record of success. What that tells me is that Hoffman’s primary focus this year is that return to Kona in October.
A man who will surely mark this race is Magnus Ditlev (DEN), the current number 14 in the PTO, but also the number 1 ranked cyclist. As far as I know he has never raced the full distance before, but if he takes the start it seems highly unlikely that he won’t find himself leading the race on two wheels at some point.
An athlete who has IRONMAN (victorious) experience is Canadian Cody Beal. If he is clear of the COVID that caught up with him last month and can regain the rich vein of form he showed from 2015 to 2019, he can be a contender for the podium. The last time he achieved this, he won back at the IRONMAN Mont Tremblant in 2019.
Add names including Antoine Coste (ENG), David Plese (SLO), Sam Laidlow (ENG), Jesper Svensson (Sweden), Matt Russel (United States) and Tyler Butterfield (BER) – with the usual caveat that we are never 100% sure who will start – and much like the PRO Women, the race looks pretty open. Like Hoffman, Laidlow, Russell (for whom that’s the norm!) and Butterfield are all set for a Texas/St George double.
The one thing we could predict with confidence? Richard Varga (SVK) will be the first out of the swim on their first IRONMAN start.
Wearing No. 1 in Texas is Jocelyn McCauley (USA) which raced in Texas every year from 2015 to 2019 inclusive. The highlight of that time was a second-place finish in 2019, a race in which she really pushed Daniela Ryf to the limit, with the pair separated by less than two minutes at the finish.
McCauley returned to racing in 2021 after the birth of her second child, finished second at the IRONMAN European Championship in Finland, raced for Team USA at the Collins Cup and finished the year with fourth place at the IRONMAN Florida.
Switzerland Joanna Ryter pressed in four IRONMAN races in the second half of 2021, finishing 3rd (Lake Placid), followed by three consecutive fourth places (Switzerland, Austria, Cozumel). With her slowest marathon time in those races being 3:01, she is one to watch for a potential podium position late in the race.
Lawrence Brandon (USA) will surely lead the way solo on the opening 3.8km swim, and with a solid bike too, she could well hold that position for several hours – and looking at what appears to be a very open, she’ll think she can wrestle all day.
You can click here for the full start list for IRONMAN Texas 2022
Prize money: what’s at stake?
IRONMAN Texas is offering competing Pro athletes a total purse of $100,000.
Race winners will take home $15,000 each, with the event paying out the top ten athletes.
In addition to cash, there will be a total of four qualifying slots (two MPRO / two FPRO) for the 2022 IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii.
Total funds will be paid out in 10 deeps, as follows:
Of course, thanks to training from the Professional Triathlete Organization, the financial rewards for performance don’t just come from day-to-day performances.
The PTO Global Ranking will see a total of $2 million awarded at the end of 2022, based on the final ranking of these point tables. The rewards can be substantial, with moving up or down the ranking system potentially earning you more than any individual event.