Taylor Knibb credits triathlon legend Daniela Ryf for inspiration after Oceanside victory

Taylor Knibb (USA) reveals that Daniela Ryf's bike course record inspired her to keep pushing at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside.

Staff Reporter
Last updated -

When your nearest competitor is more than 10 minutes behind you, it can sometimes be hard to find the motivation to keep pushing, especially in the depths of the second half of a middle distance race.

Luckily for Taylor Knibb, then, the bike course record set by Daniela Ryf at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside was there to keep her driven, as the two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion pushed herself to new heights on Saturday.

Eventually tying Ryf’s record to the second, Knibb crushed the course and her competitors to pick up a first win of the season, afterwards crediting the Swiss stars legacy for keeping her honest throughout the race.


“I’m grateful for a great race”

Finishing almost 11 minutes ahead of second place Emma Pallant-Browne, Knibb was in a league of her own last weekend, but was quick to applaud the efforts of her fellow competitors on the race course.

“I am grateful to have finished and grateful for a great race, the women were fantastic and so were the men racing in Oceanside.” 

Coming home in a time of 4:09:55, Knibb beat over half of the professional men’s field in Southern California, and was more than 30 minutes quicker than all the women outside the Top 10.

“Trying to get the best out of myself is the whole goal”

On the topic of her bike leg, Knibb said it was extremely beneficial to have Ryf’s record in the back of her mind throughout the race.

Taylor Knibb IRONMAN World Championship Kona 2023 T2
(Getty Images for IRONMAN).

“I knew Daniela [Ryf] set the bike course record and that was in the back of my mind, especially the last 30-40 minutes and you have to say, it’s great for a competitor to motivate you and inspire you.

“She and her record were helping me over the last hour especially and even though I tied it, trying to get the best out of myself is the whole goal and that’s why we have competition and it is what it is!”

Written by
Tomos Land
Tomos Land is a triathlon & running journalist whose expertise lies in the professional world of short course & long distance triathlon, though he also boasts an extensive knowledge of ultra-running.


In episode 1 of our new SBRX Show we sit down with ultra runners and coaches Kim and Jayson Cavill to get their take on the Barkley Marathons and triathlon & trail running gear reviews, training tips and more
Discover more
Sumarpo vanguard vs Zone 3 Vanquish X triathlon wetsuits
ZONE3 Vanquish X wetsuit vs Sumarpo Vanguard wetsuit – how do these triathlon wetsuits match up?
Essential Beginner's Triathlon Gear & KIt
Triathlon gear for beginners: essential kit for getting started
open water swimming Sumarpo wetsuit
How to improve swimming endurance – PRO tips to help you swim further in open water
sumarpo triathlon swimming wetsuit
Wetsuit buying guide – How to choose the best wetsuit for triathlon, open water swimming, SwimRun and cold water
Aviles Duathlon
What is a duathlon? Beginner’s guide to distances, training plans and kit
latest News
Lucy Charles-Barclay IRONMAN World Championship Kona 2023 Tape
IRONMAN France 2024: Start time, preview and how to follow live as Lucy Charles-Barclay chase Nice validation
T100 San Francisco 2024 Men sprint finish - Marten Van Riel, Kyle Smith, Rico Bogen
Kyle Smith says Olympic Games triathlon dream still alive but focus now turns to Taupo glory bid
Joe Skipper IRONMAN Arizona 2022 [Photo credit Patrick McDermott Getty Images for IRONMAN]
IRONMAN Cairns 2024: Start time, preview and how to watch on livestream or TV
India Lee (GBR) crosses the finish line in first in Miami.
British triathlon star India Lee reveals she almost QUIT the sport before receiving lifeline contract
Pierre Le Corre Leo Bergere WTCS Sunderland finish 2023 photo credit World Triathlon / Tommy Zaferes
Olympic Games triathlon: Which athletes have qualified so far for Paris 2024?
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

Share to...