In it’s sixth year running, Ironman 70.3 Austria has possibly attracted it’s deepest field yet. The likes of Steffen, Van Vlerken, Csomor, Badmann, Zelenkova and Crawford. With 32 professional women lining up, we are expecting a fantastic race to play out in St Polten.

The 1.9km swim course is unique, covering two separate lakes, with a 200m run between them. Followed by a one lap 90.1km bike course, which features two decent climbs, and a two-lap 21.1km run course.

Some of the women have history here, in particular Yvonne Van Vlerken, who has won here twice before (2008, 2010) and a third in 2011; and Erika Csomor who won at it’s inaugural race in 2007, and finished second in 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2010 these two women sprinted for the finish line,with Van Vlerken JUST taking the win (see video, from 1:50 onwards).

Looking to take the crown at Austria is the unstoppable Caroline Steffen. She has had a storming start to the year with big wins at Ironman Melbourne and the long course at Koh Samui. She will definitely be going into this race as one of the favourites, if not the favourite. Still improving her run, it will be interesting to see if she can gain much advantage over the 90kms on the bike.

Gina Crawford has made the trek overseas as well, and has been off to a great start since the birth of her son, Benji. She won Challenge Wanaka just 6months after Benji was born, and placed 5th at both Ironman 70.3 New Zealand, and Ironman Melbourne. She will be arriving just days before the race, and will battling jet lag as well as a stacked field.

Other women to be on the lookout for will be: Lucie Zelenkova who was second back in 2009, and who won her second 70.3 title in February in Sri Lanka; Natascha Badmann, who just weeks ago at Ironman South Africa, became the oldest woman to ever win an Ironman race at the age of 45. While Badmann is still a machine, we are not expecting a podium from her, but a strong race regardless.

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