Ironman Brazil Preview Stef Hanson. Chief. May 25, 2012 Race Previews 1 Ironman Brazil is the only Ironman in South America, and it takes place on an island in Florianopolis. It consists of an M-shaped swim course, followed by two laps on the bike, and with the exception of one large climb, a fast, flat run – a large 21km lap, plus 2 x 10.5km loops. Perfect for fast times if conditions suit. Last year Amy Marsh won in 9:09:39. When you speak of Ironman Brazil, you have to speak of Fernanda Keller. She is the local girl, and with six top three finishes at the Ironman World Championships, and two wins in Brazil (2004, 2008). She is always going to be a crowd favourite. However, the women contending for a shot at the podium will more than likely be upsetting the crowd this year. In saying that, Brazilian, Ariane Gomes Monticeli da Silveira, is a red-hot favourite to take out the Ironman this year after finishing in third last year – 9:19:15. She had a solid run last year, but had given too much time away earlier in the race. It will be interesting to see if she attacks more on the bike this year. Hillary Biscay returns to Brazil, not long after her race at Ironman Australia. For most, these two races would be way too close to be able to back up, but Biscay is the master at it. She finished fourth last year in a time of 9:35. You can expect Biscay to be first out of the water. The other US athlete is Kim Loeffler. After a flat at the San Juan 70.3 earlier this year, you can bet she’ll be ready to do battle on the weekend. Canadian, Sara Gross is definitely an athlete to keep an eye out for. She’s a decent runner, who, is still searching for that pole position in an Ironman race. After a series of unfortunate events at Ironman Melbounre – bike broken in transit, and getting sick – Gross came back with a third at one of the toughest 70.3 races, St Croix. She’s one to fly under the radar a bit, but definitely in contention for Sunday’s race. Sofie Goos will also be amongst the top end on Sunday. She came third at Florida and Texas Ironman events last year, but had to pull the pin on the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships last year with a back injury. You can be sure she’s gunning for Kona this year. The race commences at 8pm Sunday (AEST) One Response Luke gillmer May 25, 2012 Go Sara gross… Reports are she is in great shape and she has performed well in Brazil in the past.. Reply Leave a Reply to Anonymous Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.