Favorable conditions and nice weather set the frame for the Norseman 2012 race. Arnaud Epp and Julia Nikolopoulos are our winners, the latter also broke the old woman´s record.
Arnaud Epp (FRA) wins the 2012 Norseman.First out of the water, and continously increasing the gap on his competitors – Epp took home the victory on Mt. Gausta today. Except for a foggy Dyranut – the conditions was more than favorable. Epp’s had a 50 minute advantage on his closest competitor , but the better half of that disappeared on the final mountain leg. Winning at 11:37:05, he had the fastest bike split of the day (5:37:08)
First runner up, Per Øyvind Alvim, 34st(!) out of T1, gained on his competition, and at the Imingfjell checkpoint, he had made his way to second. From there on in, he kept a safe distance to trailing competitors, finishing at 11:51:10.
3rd place finisher, Øyvind Slørdahl, 76th(!!!) out of T1, put down a massive effort on the first half of the bike leg, overtaking 50 competitors before the Geilo checkpoint! Øyvind kept the pressure on, and with the second fastest bike split (05:58:40) he exited T2 in 4th place, well ahead of fellow competitors.
Julia Nikolopoulos wins the 2012 Norseman womens class. Setting a new course record of 13:00:40, with a strong bike split of 6:24:17, she managed stayed ahead throughout the day.
Ingrid Lorvik on second, with the fastest bike split (6:22:09) and a very strong finish – posted a time of 13:02:35 – also ahead of Susanne´s old record
Sue Smith (GBR) secured 3rd place with a time of 13:43:50.