The Samui Long Course Triathlon (4km/123km/30km) inaugural race has attracted some big names because of the sheer beauty of the island and the prize money up for grabs. The course consists of: a two lap 4km swim in Bophut; a 122.65km bike course which covers the island 1.5 times; and an out and back 30km run course. Belinda Granger checks in from the stunning island.

First up… This place is freaking amazing! We have been here since Wednesday, and are one of the few fortunate ones to have snagged accommodation at the Four Seasons. It’s the most amazing accommodation I have ever stayed in! Caroline Steffen and Dave Dellow are staying here as well, plus Dirk Bockel and his wife.

The field is awesome and the prize money is huge, so I am sure that’s also what is attracting such a quality field.

We went over most of the course yesterday. The swim is two laps in the ocean, which is calm and beautiful, but the water is at least 30deg, so 4kms in it is going to feel like soup. The ride is 1.5 laps of the island with pretty good roads for the most part, but with a few ‘interesting’ sections. There are quite a few decent little hills, but lots of flat stretches. It’ll be tough though – hot, humid, technical, and hilly… All the things I love about racing in Asia. Then the run is 15kms out and then straight back on a road that is dead flat, provides no shelter and will be brutally hot – going to be killer! But that is why I love racing here. It’s not about speed, but more about survival.

Race kicks off on Sunday morning at 7.25am (10:25am AEST) for the girls and 7.30am (10:30am AEST) for the men.

Going to be an interesting first race.

xxB

 

THE RACE HAS ATTRACTED THE LIKES OF:

* Caroline Steffen (SUI): recent winner of Ironman Melbourne, and is now the second fastest woman ever over the Iron-distance race
* Christie Sym (AUS): winner of 2011’s Ironman 70.3 in Cancun and Racine.
* Belinda Granger (AUS): winner of 11 Iron-distance races and has competed in over 40 Iron-distance races
* Jo Lawn (NZ): 7 x Ironman New Zealand champion
* Kate Bevilaqua (AUS): winner of Ironman Korea 2011 and Ironman Western Australia 2010
* Alexandra Louison (FR): winner of Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer 2011, winner of Extremerman, Spain 2011, 2010
* Candice Hammon (NZ): 4th Challenge Cairns and Henley Iron-distance 2011
* Isabelle Ferrer (FR): winner of Half Ironman Lisborne and Vouglans 2011
* Ali Fitch (AUS): 2nd Ironman Canada 2008
* Katja Rabe (DE): 7th Ironman 70.3 Phuket, 5th Ironman Regensburg

 

IN THE MEN’S FIELD:

* Faris Al Sultan (DE)
* Cameron Brown (NZ)
* William Keegan (NZ)
* Gilles Reboul (FR)
* Dirk Bockel (LU)
* David Dellow (AUS)
* Marcel Zamora (ES)
* Max Renko (AT)
* Bryan Rhodes (NZ)
* Frederik Croneborg (SE)
* Justin Granger (AUS)
* Aaron Farlow (AUS)
* Ben Allen (AUS)
* Benjamin Sansom (FR)
* Stephane Poulat (FR)
* Kieran Doe (NZ)
* Josef Major (HU)
* Ollie Whistler (AUS)

 

 


NB: Scratch – The first triathletes across the line whether they are male or female, professional or age group.

One Response

  1. Kira

    Can’t wait to see how one of the small number of AG’s go in Perth girl Anna-Lee Hazel. What an awesome experience!

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