Celtman Dirk Zangen wins and breaks two Celtman Records

Tenth behind Graham Stewart in 2013, Dirk Zangen knocked the best part of 2 hours 20 minutes of his previous best to win the 2015 Celtman xTri in a time of 11 hours 51 minutes 14 seconds.  In so doing he set a new best time for the cycle section and became the male veterans Celtman xTri record holder.

A bottle of specially brewed Celtman Ale went to every finisher and must have tasted sweet for 2015 Celtman Winner Dirk Zangen

A bottle of specially brewed Celtman Ale went to every finisher and must have tasted sweet for 2015 Celtman Winner Dirk Zangen

A strong swim saw Dirk fourth out of the water in a time of 48 mins 2 sec

A strong swim saw Dirk fourth out of the water in a time of 48 mins 2 sec

2015 Celtman xTri

The effort of the swim shows as Dirk moves up the Shielding slipway to T1 and the task of overhauling the three in front of him.

2015 Celtman xTri

Despite the headwind in the latter stages of the course Zangen maintained good form through out the 202km cycle.

2015 Celtman xTri

He set a course record of 5 hours 54 mins 59 seconds becoming only the third Celtman to break the six hour barrier and bettering 2014 Celtman winner, Johan Hasselamrk’s previous record by just over 2 minutes

2015 Celtman xTri

The effort shows as Dirk Zangen descends the lower slopes off Beinn Eighe heading to the Glen Torridon road

2015 Celtman xTri

Under pressure from second place Celtman, Chirs Stirling, Dirk worked hard on the run section to maintain his lead and finished with just under an eighteen minute winning margin.

2015 Celtman Finish

The finishing line in sight for 2015 Celtman winner Dirk Zangen. His winning time of 11:51:14 makes him the course record holder for the Male Veteran category, knocking 18mins 34 sec off Alex Glasgow’s winning time in 2012

 

 

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Ray 01/07/2015 at 4:12 pm #

    Congratulations Dirk on an extraordinary achievement. You’re an inspiration well beyond xTri.

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