TRI247
Search
shop
WIN a year of riding on ROUVY plus indoor cycling kit bundle
ENTER NOW

Kienle adds name to IRONMAN New Zealand roll of honour

Sebastian Kienle's farewell tour will start in New Zealand as he races in the second oldest IRONMAN in the world for the first time

News Director
Last updated -
SHOP
Rouvy Logo
Ride real routes with ROUVY

It’s been confirmed that Sebastian Kienle will be on the start list for the Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand in Taupō on 4th March.

The popular German triathlete, winner of the IRONMAN World Championship at Kona in 2014 and the 70.3 Worlds in 2012 and 2013, had already announced that 2023 will be his last year as a pro and feature some bucket list races on what is his farewell – or ‘discontinued’ – tour.

Advertisement

‘One of those dream races’

IRONMAN New Zealand is the second oldest IRONMAN in the world. First held in 1985, it’s welcomed many global stars of the sport to its start line, though not Kienle until now.

The men’s titles have been dominated by New Zealanders, including Cameron Brown an astonishing 12 times and two-time winner and reigning champ, Braden Currie.

And it’s caught the attention of Kienle over the years, with the 38-year-old saying: “Cam Brown, Terenzo [Bozzone, who won it on his 10th attempt in 2018], I always had a lot of respect for these guys, and I love to watch them race. The race has such a great and long history. I can’t imagine a better place to do the first IRONMAN for my ‘discontinued’ tour.

sebastian-kienle-kona-2022-bike
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN

“New Zealand is an absolute classic in the IRONMAN calendar. When I started the sport there were only a handful of races, New Zealand was always one of those dream races.

“I’ve never been able to do the race because of the time of the year but now I gave myself the freedom to take things a little sideways, not do an off-season, and race more and earlier. I won’t save anything for later anymore,” added Kienle.

The 2023 IRONMAN New Zealand returns to its usual slot this year after being postponed from March to December in 2022 due to COVID restrictions in place at the time.

The event consists of a 3.8km swim in Lake Taupō, a 180km ride through idyllic New Zealand countryside and a 42.2km run along the lakefront.

Jonathan Turner
Written by
Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  
Discover more
Challenge Family Roth
Five things you need to know about the Challenge Roth bike course
Pelotan - Kristian Blummenfelt
Training and racing in the heat – top tips for keeping your cool when the heat is on
ROUVY routes and workouts – Best ROUVY routes to get ready for Challenge Roth
Sumarpo vanguard vs Zone 3 Vanquish X triathlon wetsuits
ZONE3 Vanquish X wetsuit vs Sumarpo Vanguard wetsuit – how do these triathlon wetsuits match up?
Rouvy indoor cycling app routes
Virtual training for real life racing – How year-round indoor cycling could benefit your race day performance
latest News
Sam Laidlow IRONMAN World Championship 2023 breaks tape for victory
Was Sam Laidlow’s Vitoria-Gasteiz DQ enough to validate his Kona ticket? The IRONMAN verdict is in
Matt Hauser Hamburg WTCS 2024 Photo credit: Tommy Zaferes / World Triathlon
Olympic Games triathlon: Hauser SMASHES 5km WTCS run best – what will be needed in Paris over 10km?
Olympic Games Triathlon Paris Test Event August 2023
Olympic Games triathlon: French sports minister and Hanquinquant swim in the Seine
Lisa Tertsch Cassandre Beaugrand Beth Potter Hamburg WTCS 2024 Photo credit: Tommy Zaferes / World Triathlon
Olympic Games triathlon: No panic from Potter after Hamburg – ‘the big one’s in two-and-a-half weeks’
Kat Matthews runs down the red carpet to second place (Photo by Nigel Roddis, Getty Images for IRONMAN)
British triathlon star celebrates MAJOR win after record breaking day at IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
WIN A 12-MONTH ROUVY SUBSCRIPTION
WIN ONE YEAR OF RIDING ON ROUVY
Share to...