Only put this less than quality image in to show the bike as it is the previous winner from 2004 and 2006 Normann Stadler.
Normann holds the current bike record on this course of 4hr 18mins 23secs .
That is Jay Prusahn from 'Triathlete magazine' in the background calling Normann over for a photo shoot and as a result I missed it.
Below is some information on the prize money for the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship.
It is less than what I thought they get for the placings.
2008/2009 Professional Prize Purse
The 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship professional prize purse consisted of $560,000 that was
distributed among the top ten male and female finishers. In addition to the prize purse, there was a total of $20,000
worth of Timex Ironman Watch Bonuses available to athletes.
The 2009 professional prize purse will reflect the
same amounts distributed in 2008.
2008 Professional Prize Purse:
First Craig Alexander Prize: $110,000
Chrissie Wellington Prize: $110,000
Second Eneko Llanos Prize: $55,000
Yvonne van Vlerken Prize: $55,000
Third Rutger Beke Prize: $35,000
Sandra Wallenhorst Prize: $35,000
Fourth Ronnie Schildknecht Prize: $20,000
Erika Csomor Prize: $20,000
Fifth Cameron Brown Prize: $15,000
Linsey Corbin Prize: $15,000
Sixth Patrick Vernay Prize: $12,500
Virginia Berasatequi Prize: $12,500
Seventh Andy Potts Prize: $10,000
Bella Comerford Prize: $10,000
Eighth Mathias Hecht Prize: $9,000
Gina Ferguson Prize: $9,000
Ninth Michael Lovato Prize: $7,500
Gina Kehr Prize: $7,500
Tenth Eduardo Sturla Prize: $6,000
Dede Griesbauer Prize: $6,000
Timex Ironman Watch Bonus Recipients:
Bike Torbjorn Sindballe Prize: $5,000
Chrissie Wellington Prize: $5,000
Run Normann Stadler Prize: $5,000
Chrissie Wellington Prize: $5,000.