New Helix smashes Ironman New Zealand swim record!
blueseventy athlete Dylan McNeice shattered the swim course record at Ironman New Zealand this weekend, swimming an incredible 44mins 25seconds over the 3800m course. This accomplishment comes just two weeks after also setting the swim course record at the prestigious Challenge Wanaka. Dylan set both records swimming in the all new 2015 blueseventy Helix wetsuit.
New Zealander, McNeice finished 3rd at IMNZ, impressive following his Challenge Wanaka win just two weeks ago. Last week, the helix was first out of the water again, powered by Lauren Brandon (USA) at Challenge Dubai.
Dylan gives credit to his wetsuit and he wasn't specifically targeting a record swim: " I had a brand new helix on and it felt great, I felt great. I made the most of that and tried to swim as economically as I could. Wanaka was on my mind and there was a big day ahead. To be honest my swim was a bit of a cruise and the record was an awesome result!"
Photo credit: Darryl Carey
McNeice’s IMNZ swim equates to an average of 1minute 10seconds per 100m, and the fact that he went on to finish on the podium is truly testament to his potential for the future leading races wire to wire.
Mike Orton, blueseventy’s product specialist, said: “Our product development process is driven by feedback from our athletes, so it’s important for us to work with athletes like Dylan when it comes to making changes to our products.
“The new Helix is the result of feedback from our global sponsorship triathlon team which includes world champions Leanda Cave and Pete Jacobs, and ITU competitors at the top of the rankings. We didn’t want to make changes for the sake of changes, but we did want to make the most of new advancements in fit and construction technology.
“The new 2015 Helix features a re-designed chest and back that provides a completely new feel in the water improving reach, flexibility and propulsion compared to the previous generation suit. We took what we learned during the design process of our Core Short and added panels on the side of the legs to improve fit and rotation. The forearm panels, which are comprised of technical fabric from our best-selling elite pool swimwear range, has been a standout feature since 2010 and has been improved to allow swimmers a better feel for the water which allows them to have their natural stroke while swimming in a wetsuit.
“We’re happy that the results speak for themselves, the new Helix has been first out of the water at Ironman Arizona, Challenge Bahrain, Challenge Wanaka, Challenge Dubai and now Ironman New Zealand. We're very excited to get this suit on our athletes and see the results.”
The new Helix and updated versions of the Reaction, Fusion and Sprint wetsuits are now available at triathlon stores globally. The improved Reaction shares similar technology to the Helix making it an ideal choice for those triathletes looking to take their swimming to the next level.
Blueseventy, aptly named to suggest 70% pf the earth covered in water, is the world leader in triathlon and open water wetsuits, swimskins and goggles. Since 1993, the Seattle based company has designed, tested, refined and crafted products using superior materials and revolutionary details that equate to comfort, freedom from restriction and ultimately a competitive advantage in the water. Blueseventy products have instilled confidence in beginners as well as carried world-class athletes to victory. Blueseventy products can be found in more than 250 retail locations across the U.S. and in 30 countries. For more information visit www.blueseventy.com The water is open.