Holy Moly now that’s what I call a start list! 70.3 Racine is not just staked with 19 amazing pro women, but the talent that sits within those 19 is epic. Current 70.3 World Champion Mel Hauschildt joins several athletes already with multiple 70.3 titles under their belts this year including major contender Angela Naeth who comes into the race as defending champion, Helle Frederiksen, Ruth Brennan Morrey and star rookie Lauren Barnett.

Hauschildt is such a consistent performer it’s close to impossible to tip against her EVER! The super talented Aussie star has more 70.3 career titles to list, but to put into perspective, last year alone Hauschildt finished seven 70.3 events and of those lost just one; at 70.3 Cozumel Hauschildt placed second. Hauschildt broke five course records including the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas. She was crowned the Australia Pro and Long Course Champion and won two World Championship titles, the Ironman 70.3 and ITU Long Course.

Last weekend Hauschildt’s perfect winning 2014 season came to an end when Meredith Kessler defeated her at 70.3 Vineman. It was the first race in Hauschildt’s US stint so winding the clock forward a week, I think any cob webs, jet lag or altitude acclimatisation will be behind her and she should come away with the win.

Naeth will have her hands full if she is to defend her title but has been in great form so far this year. A star over this distance, Naeth already has three 70.3 titles to her name this year and will not give up her title easily. Naeth, widely known as a super biker will have to absolutely motor on the bike to try to get some time advantage over Hauschildt, who is the best runner in the field.

Helle Frederiksen has been in ripping form this year, well to be fair she has been solidly performing over this distance for the last two years. Since moving away from ITU racing, Frederiksen has blossomed. With three career title to her name in just two years as well as several at 5150 and Life Time Tri titles, she could very well take another title this weekend.

Photo: Korupt Vision

Photo: Korupt Vision

Frederiksen is coming off a strong win at 5150 Boulder Peak where she not only won the women’s race but also took out the win overall (with an equaliser handicap format). Frederiksen notes this is a key race for her and knowing her determination, that will make her a serious contender to knock off Naeth and Hauschildt. A strong swimmer, will be one of the first out of the water and one of the best runners will come home strongly.

Brennan Morrey is coming off a win recently at 70.3 Kansas with a smoking hot 1:20 run split. And outside the win in Kansas, Brennan Morrey has earned herself a fifth at 70.3 Panama and a ninth at the uber competitive 70.3 St. George this year. The mother of three is one of the older athletes on the start line, but age is no issue for the fast running super tough athlete and she will be right up at the pointy end and give Hauschildt a ‘run’ for her money – pun definitely intended!!!

Thirteen-time half iron-distance champion Magali Tisseyre will want to back up strongly this weekend after a DNF last weekend at 70.3 Muncie. Tisseyre should get a good head start out of the water over fellow contenders Naeth and Hauschildt. She will need one if she is to be on the podium at the end of the day.

Barnett may be in just her first season but already has one 70.3 title to her name. A win earlier in the season at 70.3 New Orleans and third place finishes at 70.3 Kansas and Buffalo Springs has to make her close to the unofficial US Rookie of The Year! With a wise head on her shoulders and a contagious enthusiasm towards triathlon, Barnett is a star of the future and can do damage this weekend.

We caught up with Barnett as she prepares for one of the biggest races of her pro career to date.

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WITSUP: How are you feeling heading into 70.3 Racine?
Lauren Barnett: Coming off of three consecutive podiums, I’m feeling confident and ready to test myself against many of the top women in our sport! I am racing more frequently than I ever have before, and at longer distances (last year was much heavier on the Olympic distance), so recoverability has been key. Thanks to my partnership with Performance Chiropractic and Sports Medicine in Dallas, Texas, it’s been possible to go into each race feeling fresh and rejuvenated. I am looking forward to sharing the race experience with my husband and #1 supporter Brandon and some of our closest friends (my coach Matt Smith of Mile High Multisport and his wife Molly) who are travelling in from Denver.

W: You’re facing some very experienced athletes and the current world champion, is that daunting as a first year pro?
LB: It could be intimidating, but from my perspective, it’s more so really exciting to be toeing the line with many of the women whose careers I’ve followed for a years! Racing them will make me a better athlete, and at the end of the day, it’s a chance for me to see what I’m doing well, and where I need to invest to improve more. I have to think of them not as world champs or Olympians, but as women who are just like me in that they too have to battle through the pain, make game time decisions, and push hard all the way to the finish. Changing my mindset helps me to remove limits I may have otherwise put on my performance level.

Other athletes to watch for and are genuine podium/top five contenders includes Jessica Jacobs, Laura Siddall and Jackie Arendt.

Start List

Bib # Athlete Country
35 Angela Naeth CAN
36 Jessica Jacobs USA
37 Melissa Hauschildt AUS
38 Helle Frederiksen DEN
39 Magali Tisseyre CAN
40 Jackie Arendt USA
41 Lauren Barnett USA
42 Hallie Blunck USA
43 Ruth Brennan Morrey USA
44 Valentina Carvallo CHL
45 Jessica Chong USA
46 Jocelyn Cornman USA
47 Christine Hammond USA
48 Malaika Homo USA
49 Tamara Kozulina UKR
51 Leslie LaMacchia USA
52 Heather Leiggi USA
53 Laura Siddall GBR
54 Adrienne Smith USA

 

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