Caroline Steffen rode her SRAM Red equipped P5 to a 2nd Ironman Asia-Pacific title in Melbourne. After winning in 2012 and finishing third in 2013, Xena (as her fans know her) kicked off her 2014 season with an attempt to regain the title. Showing that she is fit, focused, and ready to win, she showed that she is on the right track for the year.
During the swim, it immediately became clear that Steffen would be battling fellow Cervélo P5 rider Mary Beth Ellis during the bike split. The powerful Swiss athlete drove the pace at the front along with Mary Beth and further cemented their lead. It was P5 vs P5 in a battle to see who is SimplyFaster. Caroline and Mary Beth started the run neck-and-neck. But Steffen wouldn’t be denied a 2nd Ironman Asia-Pacific championship and went on to finish in 8:57:57. She was just over 4 minutes faster than Ellis and more than 12 minutes faster than 3rd place.
Mary Beth Ellis rides a Shimano Dura-Ace equipped P5 with Hed Wheels, Cobb Saddle, and X-lab hyrdation and nutrition storage. The Ironman Asia-Pacific Champion Caroline ‘Xena’ Steffen rides a SRAM Red 22 equipped P5 with Zipp Wheels, Quarq power metre, Cobb Saddle, and XLAB hydration and nutrition storage.