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Joe Skipper

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34
World Rank
3
National
149
Swim
30
Bike
71
Run
United Kingdom
Weight
78kg
Height
1.81m
Age
36
Born
1988
Swim
Deboer
Bike
Argon 18
Run
Hoka One One
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Joe Skipper

Joe Skipper has a lot to thank fellow Brit Lucy Gossage for, as it was she who suggested that he should try his hand at racing as a professional athlete.

Despite only competing in his first triathlon in 2010, a year later he became the amateur British Middle Distance Champion.

Joe explained: “I couldn’t afford to enter races, and she said that as a pro you can get free entries and sometimes they will put you up… this sounded fantastic to me. Prize money and free entries, what’s not to like about that!”?

It was hardly the path to fame and riches initially however, as Skipper lived in the cheapest house he could find while fighting to make a mark on the domestic and European middle-distance scene. Living the dream would have to wait a few years.

In true Joe style, his first full-distance race came by accident. He lost his passport ahead of a planned race in France and by the time that was resolved it was either race IRONMAN Barcelona at the end of 2012, or season over.

Off to Spain he went, and fifth place with a speedy 8:23 clocking was a more than encouraging debut. It appeared he had found his perfect distance, admitting: “I loved the brutality of Ironman racing and was hooked from there on”.

The American Dream

The progress continued for Skipper. Third (2013) and second (2014) at IRONMAN UK and a win at Challenge Henley 2014 were bright spots, but there were also punctures and blow-ups along the way too.

Make-or-break time was approaching as simply finding enough money to get by, despite the improving results, was becoming a huge challenge.

Despite having to once again call on support from his parents, his future would be decided in the United States as he headed across the Atlantic in early 2015.

70.3 New Orleans failed to deliver the result his preparations had suggested, which left just one opportunity. It was either a big result at IRONMAN Texas or an appointment at the job centre on his return.

The outspoken Skipper has never been afraid to put pressure on himself, but this really was the final throw of the metaphorical dice.

On a sweltering day in The Woodlands, he took second place at the North American Championship with what at the time was third fastest bike leg in iron-distance history. It left the likes of Lionel Sanders, Ben Hoffman and Ronnie Schildknecht in his wake and the $15,000 prize cheque also saved his career.

From that moment on, Skipper’s rise towards the top of sport accelerated. The following month he earned a bronze medal at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Sweden, while his first visit to the Big Island that October resulted in an encouraging 13th-place finish.

Challenge Roth in 2016 was headlined by Jan Frodeno’s attempt to set a new iron-distance world record. Joe had his own targets though as for several years he had publicly stated his aim to be the first British athlete to break the mythical eight-hour barrier. Talk is cheap, but Joe was now ready to back up his words and 7:56:23 later only the legendary German would arrive in the finish stadium before him.

Skipper was racking up the podiums with consistency now, but now the next step was to convert some of his fine performances into victories.

ETU Long Distance Triathlon Champion at Challenge Almere in 2017, winner at IRONMAN UK in 2018 and further M-Dot wins in Florida (2019) and New Zealand (2020), Skipper has now proved he is more than a contender. Those results are reflected in his lofty status in the PTO World Rankings.

The podium at Kona would appear his obvious next target. After that debut 13th in 2015, he has progressed to seventh (2018) and sixth (2019). If the arc of his career is anything to go by, expect that his best in Hawaii is yet to come, in what he says is his favourite event.

Not just a triathlete

The COVID-19 lockdown may have severely affected the triathlon calendar, but it did give Joe the opportunity to try his hand at a different discipline.

The UK has a long tradition in Time Trial racing, including ultra-long distance events. As lockdown restrictions were gently eased, Skipper raced in a 12-Hour TT event and broke the Competition Record, covering an incredible distance of 325.55 miles. Jack of all trades, master of none does not apply to the top-tier triathletes of today.

Given that effort, it’s not surprising that when asked to rank the disciplines in order of preference, Joe says: “Cycling is my favourite, it’s the most social and you can cover massive distances and see more of the scenery”.

In addition to his results on the course, Skipper can also be counted on for his performances at a press conference. There is no such thing as bland where Joe is concerned, he is always good for a quote. He believes in his ability and training, and brings that confidence and personality to every aspect of his life. Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore him.

While he loves a bit of smack-talk, Joe is one of the most engaging characters on the circuit. He hopes his legacy will be “Won some of the biggest races in the world and always had time for other people”.

He can make fun of himself too, something which is reflected in his biggest fear… “Hills… because I’m fat and like my beer too much!”

Already one of the best long-distance triathletes in the world, Joe has got to where he is the hard way. Committed, resilient and still only a decade from his very first triathlon start, the British star looks set to be a headliner for many years to come.

Current PTO World Ranking Points
34
Challenge Roth 2023
86.16
Ironman Lake Placid 2023
Best FD +5%
86.16
Challenge Geraardsbergen 2023
71.80
Sum / 3
81.37
Ranking History
#1#98#195#292201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023*20242012Overall14.22 pts#167Swim16.20 pts#321Bike27.29 pts#196Run21.01 pts#2162013Overall40.37 pts#98Swim35.99 pts#218Bike52.06 pts#105Run51.04 pts#1062014Overall48.46 pts#119Swim40.05 pts#299Bike48.92 pts#189Run80.10 pts#192015Overall72.34 pts#57Swim43.16 pts#351Bike88.01 pts#20Run80.10 pts#332016Overall82.04 pts#34Swim44.82 pts#384Bike88.01 pts#33Run94.85 pts#82017Overall86.82 pts#29Swim53.07 pts#361Bike80.73 pts#76Run98.91 pts#52018Overall89.18 pts#26Swim66.02 pts#247Bike90.33 pts#28Run93.52 pts#142019Overall95.04 pts#16Swim66.92 pts#233Bike97.36 pts#17Run92.14 pts#182020Overall98.53 pts#7Swim60.68 pts#217Bike99.23 pts#10Run93.35 pts#92021Overall96.88 pts#7Swim72.79 pts#151Bike92.71 pts#18Run105.33 pts#22022Overall103.43 pts#9Swim86.95 pts#107Bike97.21 pts#13Run103.27 pts#62023Overall81.37 pts#36Swim57.21 pts#152Bike83.33 pts#29Run72.62 pts#702024Overall81.37 pts#34Swim57.21 pts#149Bike83.33 pts#30Run72.62 pts#71

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Results
65 Races10
1
9
2
5
3
2024
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallSOFPoints
06 Apr
10
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
26:39
2:13:21
1:12:31
3:57:53
85.35-
2023
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallSOFPoints
10 Sep
30
Ironman World Championships - Nice
53:19
4:58:50
3:42:03
9:40:13
49.72
91.5249.72
23 Jul
1
Ironman Lake Placid
53:46
4:19:53
2:45:16
8:03:45
82.06
79.1382.06
25 Jun
5
Challenge Roth
51:18
4:09:04
2:40:52
7:44:10
86.16
89.8186.16
11 Jun
3
Challenge Geraardsbergen
26:27
2:14:43
1:16:36
4:01:21
71.8
73.6171.80
07 May
22
WT Long Distance Championships
41:33
2:52:04
1:55:53
5:35:16
65.65
78.8865.65
22 Apr
DNF
Ironman Texas
52:37
4:20:27
--:--
--:--
0
80.26-
2022
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallSOFPoints
20 Nov
1
Ironman Arizona
50:28
4:05:27
2:44:42
7:45:59
84.49
83.6784.49
08 Oct
5
Ironman Hawaii
52:54
4:11:10
2:45:25
7:54:04
89.53
91.4589.53
11 Sep
1
Ironman Wales
49:38
5:00:28
2:37:24
8:35:48
75.82
64.8875.82
26 Jun
DNF
Ironman Nice
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
67.11-
03 Apr
4
Ironman South Africa
8:45
4:21:43
2:45:12
7:19:41
76.16
70.8576.16
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
26 Sep
1
Ironman Chattanooga
43:36
4:14:47
2:44:05
7:46:18
100.095
07:46:22100.09
05 Sep
2
Ironman Switzerland
38:22
4:20:12
2:39:35
7:41:06
92.8148
07:36:1192.81
28 Aug
8
Collins Cup
28:11
1:44:56
1:02:26
3:18:46
93.7937
03:16:5693.79
25 Jul
3
Ironman Lake Placid
52:01
4:35:35
2:49:03
8:24:00
81.0223
08:10:0381.02
04 Jul
1
Ironman UK
53:21
5:02:42
2:41:44
8:42:58
96.7548
08:40:2696.75
13 Jun
5
Eton Dorney Triathlon
25:46
1:17:26
48:40
2:33:30
59.7006
02:24:4559.70
23 May
6
Ironman Tulsa
52:19
4:15:56
2:45:37
7:57:39
91.4953
07:51:3891.50
12 Mar
DNF
Ironman 70.3 Dubai
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
03:29:18-
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
06 Sep
10
Helvellyn
24:18
1:39:27
1:45:50
3:52:29
0
03:14:47-
07 Mar
1
Ironman New Zealand
51:58
4:13:02
2:43:06
7:54:17
103.866
07:57:03103.87
15 Feb
7
Challenge Wanaka Half
25:49
2:12:43
1:26:29
4:09:50
49.4761
03:52:1449.48
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
02 Nov
1
Ironman Florida
54:18
4:05:51
2:39:01
7:46:28
98.3045
07:45:1798.30
12 Oct
6
Ironman Hawaii
52:28
4:16:18
2:53:30
8:07:46
93.4208
08:03:0093.42
30 Jun
DNF
Ironman Frankfurt
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:06:34-
02 Jun
16
Challenge "The Championship" Samorin
27:45
2:03:32
1:17:51
3:55:32
42.1716
03:36:4442.17
27 Apr
4
Ironman Texas
53:33
4:21:19
2:44:38
8:05:03
84.1225
07:53:4684.12
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
18 Nov
DNF
Ironman Arizona
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:51:43-
13 Oct
7
Ironman Hawaii
50:53
4:15:41
2:54:15
8:05:54
93.3952
08:01:0893.40
29 Jul
2
Ironman Hamburg
19:49
4:01:39
2:45:38
7:12:35
85.5671
07:03:2585.57
15 Jul
1
Ironman UK
56:35
4:08:30
2:45:56
7:55:34
83.0374
07:43:4683.04
01 Jul
4
Challenge Roth
49:17
4:22:16
2:42:27
7:56:57
87.0813
07:47:5387.08
10 Jun
4
Challenge Geraardsbergen
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:59:55
56.4338
03:45:1256.43
03 Mar
2
Ironman New Zealand
51:47
4:19:13
2:49:46
8:05:32
87.0287
07:56:1687.03
17 Feb
7
Challenge Wanaka Half
27:04
2:12:14
1:23:44
4:08:13
47.8752
03:50:1347.88
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
30 Sep
6
Ironman Barcelona
50:38
4:17:18
3:02:21
8:15:17
57.5996
07:45:4057.60
10 Sep
1
Challenge Almere
51:15
4:22:35
2:41:05
7:59:39
87.0591
07:50:3187.06
09 Jul
2
Challenge Roth
53:07
4:19:53
2:46:44
8:03:00
84.2946
07:51:5384.29
18 Jun
6
Challenge Heilbronn
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:14:28
41.8453
03:54:0341.85
10 Jun
4
Challenge Denmark Half
--:--
--:--
1:16:38
3:53:25
54.379
03:38:2854.38
22 Apr
DNF
Ironman Texas
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:48:09-
02 Apr
12
Ironman South Africa
53:59
4:32:04
2:57:57
8:28:46
56.3467
07:57:3056.35
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
08 Oct
42
Ironman Hawaii
54:11
4:49:58
3:34:14
9:25:07
0
08:11:05-
14 Aug
DNF
Challenge Regensburg
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:01:53-
17 Jul
2
Challenge Roth
52:36
4:21:12
2:38:52
7:56:23
87.4532
07:47:3587.45
24 Jun
2
Challenge Galway Half
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:55:11
51.6607
03:39:1751.66
12 Jun
4
Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire
25:22
2:19:42
1:17:30
4:06:51
29.691
03:43:1829.69
23 Apr
8
Challenge Fuerteventura
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:11:34
32.1118
03:48:1932.11
05 Mar
2
Ironman New Zealand
53:11
4:25:11
2:45:51
8:09:37
85.9581
07:59:3185.96
20 Feb
DNF
Challenge Wanaka
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:14:17-
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
10 Oct
13
Ironman Hawaii
57:31
4:28:34
3:04:09
8:36:02
72.7004
08:15:4472.70
19 Jul
3
Ironman UK
56:06
4:58:30
2:55:44
8:55:38
52.822
08:20:1452.82
27 Jun
3
ITU Long Distance
20:54
2:43:22
1:47:46
4:55:10
0
--
16 May
2
Ironman Texas
55:09
4:10:07
3:04:35
8:16:26
72.0872
07:56:2972.09
19 Apr
8
Ironman 70.3 New Orleans
22:07
2:04:31
1:19:48
3:50:26
59.0019
03:37:0559.00
27 Feb
19
Challenge Dubai
26:07
2:07:08
1:15:42
3:53:18
72.2181
03:43:5872.22
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
05 Oct
6
Ironman Barcelona
56:29
4:32:49
2:47:32
8:20:39
52.5491
07:47:2352.55
14 Sep
1
Challenge Weymouth
31:00
4:43:18
2:29:40
7:49:03
0
--
20 Jul
2
Ironman UK
51:17
5:04:04
2:48:20
8:48:12
52.1829
08:12:5152.18
06 Jul
8
Ironman 70.3 Norway
25:29
2:14:50
1:18:36
4:01:58
28.5696
03:38:3328.57
17 May
DNF
Ironman Lanzarote
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:25:32-
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
02 Nov
10
Ironman Florida
54:58
4:20:30
2:55:47
8:17:27
37.8022
07:35:0037.80
04 Aug
3
Ironman UK
49:37
5:00:59
2:57:11
8:51:49
40.6619
08:08:2140.66
2012
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
30 Sep
5
Challenge Barcelona Full
54:08
4:28:14
2:58:38
8:23:57
42.6526
07:44:0242.65
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2024
81
34
2023
81
36
2022
103
9
2021
96
7
2020
98
7
2019
95
16
2018
89
26
2017
86
29
2016
82
34
2015
72
57
2014
48
119
2013
40
98
2012
14
167
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2024
57
149
2023
57
152
2022
86
107
2021
72
151
2020
60
217
2019
66
233
2018
66
247
2017
53
361
2016
44
384
2015
43
351
2014
40
299
2013
35
218
2012
16
321
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2024
83
30
2023
83
29
2022
97
13
2021
92
18
2020
99
10
2019
97
17
2018
90
28
2017
80
76
2016
88
33
2015
88
20
2014
48
189
2013
52
105
2012
27
196
Run
Year
Points
Position
2024
72
71
2023
72
70
2022
103
6
2021
105
2
2020
93
9
2019
92
18
2018
93
14
2017
98
5
2016
94
8
2015
80
33
2014
80
19
2013
51
106
2012
21
216
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