Joe Skipper
Country
World Rank
74
Weight
78kg
Height
1.81m
Age
33
DOB
03/25/88
Swim: DeboerBike: Quintana RooRun: Hoka One One
72%Swim95%Bike78%Run84%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
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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
74
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
98.53
2021 IM 70.3 Florida
48.54
Average
73.54
Ranking History
#1#98#195#29220122013201420152016201720182019202020212012Overall42.6526 pts#167Swim32.39 pts#321Bike54.5886 pts#196Run42.0147 pts#2162013Overall121.117 pts#98Swim71.9751 pts#218Bike104.12 pts#105Run102.083 pts#1062014Overall145.394 pts#119Swim80.0925 pts#299Bike97.8404 pts#189Run160.199 pts#192015Overall217.006 pts#57Swim86.3285 pts#351Bike176.024 pts#20Run160.199 pts#332016Overall246.112 pts#34Swim89.6365 pts#384Bike176.024 pts#33Run189.709 pts#82017Overall260.47 pts#29Swim106.144 pts#361Bike161.469 pts#76Run197.828 pts#52018Overall267.536 pts#26Swim132.044 pts#247Bike180.656 pts#28Run187.033 pts#142019Overall285.121 pts#16Swim133.832 pts#233Bike194.725 pts#17Run184.272 pts#182020Overall295.591 pts#7Swim121.362 pts#218Bike198.47 pts#10Run186.692 pts#92021Overall73.5375 pts#74Swim48.1432 pts#289Bike93.463 pts#15Run58.7379 pts#161
Rivals
wins / races
Results
47 Races5
1
8
2
3
3
2021
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
18 Apr
9
IM 70.3 Florida28:222:00:421:23:443:58:53
48.5445
03:41:4648.54
12 Mar
DNF
IM 70.3 Dubai--:----:----:----:--
03:29:18-
2020
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
6 Sep
10
Helvellyn24:181:39:271:45:503:52:29
0
03:14:47-
7 Mar
1
IM New Zealand51:584:13:022:43:067:54:17
103.866
07:57:03103.87
15 Feb
7
Challenge Wanaka Half25:492:12:431:26:294:09:50
49.4761
03:52:1449.48
2019
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
2 Nov
1
IM Florida54:184:05:512:39:017:46:28
98.3045
07:45:1798.30
12 Oct
6
IM Hawaii52:284:16:182:53:308:07:46
93.4208
08:03:0093.42
30 Jun
DNF
IM Germany--:----:----:----:--
08:06:34-
2 Jun
16
Challenge Samorin27:452:03:321:17:513:55:32
42.1716
03:36:4442.17
27 Apr
4
IM Texas53:334:21:192:44:388:05:03
84.1225
07:53:4684.12
2018
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
18 Nov
DNF
IM Arizona--:----:----:----:--
07:51:43-
13 Oct
7
IM Hawaii50:534:15:412:54:158:05:54
93.3952
08:01:0893.40
29 Jul
2
IM Hamburg19:494:01:392:45:387:12:35
85.5671
07:03:2585.57
15 Jul
1
IM UK56:354:08:302:45:567:55:34
83.0374
07:43:4683.04
1 Jul
4
Challenge Roth49:174:22:162:42:277:56:57
87.0813
07:47:5387.08
10 Jun
4
Challenge Geraardsbergen--:----:----:--3:59:55
56.4338
03:45:1256.43
3 Mar
2
IM New Zealand51:474:19:132:49:468:05:32
87.0287
07:56:1687.03
17 Feb
7
Challenge Wanaka Half27:042:12:141:23:444:08:13
47.8752
03:50:1347.88
2017
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
30 Sep
6
IM Barcelona50:384:17:183:02:218:15:17
57.5996
07:45:4057.60
10 Sep
1
Challenge Almere51:154:22:352:41:057:59:39
87.0591
07:50:3187.06
9 Jul
2
Challenge Roth53:074:19:532:46:448:03:00
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--:----:--1:16:383:53:25
54.379
03:38:2854.38
22 Apr
DNF
IM Texas--:----:----:----:--
07:48:09-
2 Apr
12
IM South Africa53:594:32:042:57:578:28:46
56.3467
07:57:3056.35
2016
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
8 Oct
42
IM Hawaii54:114:49:583:34:149:25:07
0
08:11:05-
14 Aug
DNF
Challenge Regensburg--:----:----:----:--
08:01:53-
17 Jul
2
Challenge Roth52:364:21:122:38:527:56:23
87.4532
07:47:3587.45
24 Jun
2
Challenge Galway Half--:----:----:--3:55:11
51.6607
03:39:1751.66
12 Jun
4
IM 70.3 Staffordshire25:222:19:421:17:304:06:51
29.691
03:43:1829.69
23 Apr
8
Challenge Fuerteventura--:----:----:--4:11:34
32.1118
03:48:1932.11
5 Mar
2
IM New Zealand53:114:25:112:45:518:09:37
85.9581
07:59:3185.96
20 Feb
DNF
Challenge Wanaka--:----:----:----:--
08:14:17-
2015
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
10 Oct
13
IM Hawaii57:314:28:343:04:098:36:02
72.7004
08:15:4472.70
19 Jul
3
IM UK56:064:58:302:55:448:55:38
52.822
08:20:1452.82
27 Jun
3
ITU Long Distance20:542:43:221:47:464:55:10
0
--
16 May
2
IM Texas55:094:10:073:04:358:16:26
72.0872
07:56:2972.09
19 Apr
8
IM 70.3 New Orleans22:072:04:311:19:483:50:26
59.0019
03:37:0559.00
27 Feb
19
Challenge Dubai26:072:07:081:15:423:53:18
72.2181
03:43:5872.22
2014
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
5 Oct
6
IM Barcelona56:294:32:492:47:328:20:39
52.5491
07:47:2352.55
14 Sep
1
Challenge Weymouth31:004:43:182:29:407:49:03
0
--
20 Jul
2
IM UK51:175:04:042:48:208:48:12
52.1829
08:12:5152.18
6 Jul
8
IM 70.3 Norway25:292:14:501:18:364:01:58
28.5696
03:38:3328.57
17 May
DNF
IM Lanzarote--:----:----:----:--
08:25:32-
2013
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
2 Nov
10
IM Florida54:584:20:302:55:478:17:27
37.8022
07:35:0037.80
4 Aug
3
IM UK49:375:00:592:57:118:51:49
40.6619
08:08:2140.66
2012
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
30 Sep
5
Challenge Barcelona54:084:28:142:58:388:23:57
42.6526
07:44:0242.65
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
73
74
2020
295
7
2019
285
16
2018
267
26
2017
260
29
2016
246
34
2015
217
57
2014
145
119
2013
121
98
2012
42
167
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
48
289
2020
121
218
2019
133
233
2018
132
247
2017
106
361
2016
89
384
2015
86
351
2014
80
299
2013
71
218
2012
32
321
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
93
15
2020
198
10
2019
194
17
2018
180
28
2017
161
76
2016
176
33
2015
176
20
2014
97
189
2013
104
105
2012
54
196
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
58
161
2020
186
9
2019
184
18
2018
187
14
2017
197
5
2016
189
8
2015
160
33
2014
160
19
2013
102
106
2012
42
216
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