Cheetham gets a jump on Kona 2019

As a Cervélo athlete, “qualify for Kona” must have been near the top of Susie’s 2019 to-do list.

Now that’s sorted: With her impressive second-place showing at the Ironman South America Championship, the British P5X rider has already punched her ticket for next year’s Ironman World Championship on Oct. 12 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

After coming out of the water in fifth spot, Susie moved up into second at T2 thanks to a blazing-fast 4:56:01 ride on her Cervélo P5X. She followed this up with a field-best 3:00:03 marathon, closing the gap on Australia’s Sarah Crowley to just over three minutes by the time she crossed the finish line in an overall time of 8:23:40.

When she qualified for Kona 2018 in June, Susie tweeted “Kona accommodation booked...Then told by my dad it cost the same as when he bought his first house. Thanks Dad.”

Now, she’s got some extra time to find Hawaiian digs — and to focus her efforts on the biggest race of next year.