McCrystal sets New Irish Long Distance Record

Bryan McCrystal_Phoenix Park

Bryan McCrystal finished an impressive eighth at Challenge Roth last weekend and in the process he has broken the Irish Long Distance Record. 

Mccrystal smashes his own record

McCrystal was the also the previous record holder, having finished IRONMAN Arizona 2015 in 08:30:50. Bryan broke the record twice that year, just a few months apart. His new record stands at 8:07:37.

Bryan McCrystal IM Record

McCrystal reports that he had a better than expected swim before putting in his usual phenomenal bike performance, the third quickest cycle of the day;

"I pushed the gears and moved up the field... everything about this course is special. Turning onto Solar Berg for the first time was... wow!" 

"I loved the run course...running up the canal was so peaceful. I was confident before this because I've never been running so fast before and I knew I nailed the correct effort on bike. "

Of his new record, Bryan says;

"This is a huge result for me, 8hrs 7 mins - new record... I nearly cried but I told myself to wise up, I'm so happy and proud."

You can read Bryan's full blog on his Facebook page.

It was an exciting weekend for the talented McCrystal family, with Bryan's sister Eve McCrystal becoming Irish Women's Elite Road Race Champion at the National Cycling Championships in Sligo.

challenge roth 2018 - top 10 finishers

1.  Kienle, Sebastian (GER)7:46:23
2.Dreitz, Andreas (GER)7:53:06
3.Thomas, Jesse (USA)7:54:38
4.Dr. Skipper, Joe (GBR) 7:56:57
5.Wurf, Cameron (AUS) 7:58:17
6.Cunnama, James (RSA) 7:59:15
7.Dr. Scheltinga, Evert (NED) 8:04:28
8.Mccrystal, Bryan (IRL) 8:07:37
9.Krämer, Lukas (GER) 8:08:21
10.Schuster, Paul (GER) 8:14:55