Ironman World Championship ON A FIXIE?!?

>> Wednesday, November 04, 2009

It’s happened. In Kona, at the IM World Championship a few weeks back, someone finished with a fixed gear single speed bike for the first time in Kona race history.

On a website devoted to fixies, Cory Foulk said this about his race:

This is the bike I finished the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on last Saturday. Never been done on a fixie. I know why - unbelievable effort.

He said he had to add brakes to the back wheel to make it “race legal,” even though there’s really no need on a fixie.

I looked up his results. He finished in 16:34 with a bike split of 8:01 (14.0 mph). I’d say that’s pretty darn good on a single speed!! Not that bright... but pretty darn good!

It wasn’t the first time Cory tried something “different.” He did Kona back in 1996 like this:

Frustrated by finding the Hawaii Ironman crowd "too serious," Cory Foulk decided to make a statement, that is, you don't need ten grand to do the race. How did he prove it? By riding a 61 pound single speed beach cruiser, barefoot, with ten pounds of Jolly Ranchers on board.

Well, he’s doing something right: his fixie finish this year in Kona was his 45th Ironman finish, his 15th at Kona, in his 7th age group. Congrats Cory, you crazy man!


McHaste 8:06 AM, November 04, 2009  

Don't you agree he cheated with the zipp front-wheel ;-P

ShirleyPerly 8:11 AM, November 04, 2009  


I think I have seen this guy riding around town before. The local athletes often look to spice things up and there are some fun crazy races to keep things interesting on the rock.

Georgia Snail 9:11 AM, November 04, 2009  

There is something about that second picture that should be illegal...hmm, can't quite put my finger on it...Is it the hat? No. Maybe the horn? No. Hold on, it will come to me....

The Boring Runner 9:57 AM, November 04, 2009  

This is SO awesome. It is the tale of two bikes: Straight up Ironman in the front, straight up 5th grade in the back.

Maria 9:59 AM, November 04, 2009  

This guy cracks me up, can't wait to see what else he does!

Amy 10:10 AM, November 04, 2009  

That is hilarious - good find! I love the bit about the jolly ranchers.

Regina 10:54 AM, November 04, 2009  

Wonder if he'll sell that bike WITH the Jolly Ranchers, I could use a commuter bike that has personality.

Great effort!

Unknown 11:04 AM, November 04, 2009  

It is so crazy that it is awesome! That Speedo...not so much.

Amytrigirl (aka Amybee) 12:03 PM, November 04, 2009  

there is hope for me yet! If he can do it, I can do it with my trusty road bike. (although I'll need a really bronze tan and some actual abs, apparently)

Jason 1:24 PM, November 04, 2009  

Wow. Dude is crazy. I guess he is having fun and enjoying life so that's cool. Good for him.

Shelley 3:02 PM, November 04, 2009  

Yup..totally amazing eh?

Pip 7:03 PM, November 04, 2009  

Awesome! For his next challenge I suggest Kona on a unicycle!

X-Country2 8:24 PM, November 04, 2009  

Anyone who fuels with Jolly Ranchers is okay in my book.

JC 2:42 PM, November 05, 2009  

This guy ROCKS!
And Jolly Ranchers for fuel - yum!

Lance 7:15 PM, November 05, 2009  

The best thing about is that this guy is an orthopedic surgeon. Maybe he could help you with the heel.

Coach Liz 10:26 PM, November 05, 2009  

HA! I wonder if he was the dude I passed on the bike leg at IMAZ who was on one of those fold up bikes. The dude was in flip flops, a Hawaiian shirt, plastic leis, and a straw Calypso hat banded to his bike helmet.

Cory Foulk, PhD 12:09 PM, November 17, 2009  

yes, we used to do the fold-up bike thing in the 80's, and i remember tom warren at tecate / ensenada in 1979 riding with a sombrero using a bungee cord as a chin strap. no helmet though...

today, i suppose you could buy a kevlar sombrero with gu holders built in. cowman has graphite horns these days, last i checked anyway.

thanks for the blog stevo - i like the whole idea of a little looser gourp out there. i have my 17th ultraman world's in a week or so, should be fun to see what kind of rolling entertainment that crew comes up with. wingnut central.

cory foulk

Unknown 8:24 PM, December 03, 2009  

Cory Foulks is an insane idiot who doesn't wear a helmet and has pissed off a LOT of people. Better watch out.

Cory Foulk, PhD 9:28 PM, December 03, 2009  

wow. someone got up on the wrong side of bed. no, i have a special dispensation with USTS to allow not ever wearing a helmet...what on earth are you talking about?

cory foulk

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