Top field at Busselton Ironman 70.3 Stef Hanson. Chief. May 4, 2012 Race Previews 2 Photo courtesy of Graeme Gillmer In a weekend that is chock a block full of racing worldwide, many of Australia’s top athletes have travelled West to the gorgeous town of Busselton. With a single lap swim, a two lap ride and a three lap run course, this spectator friendly course will host some quick times if weather conditions are favourable. Last year’s champion, Jo Lawn has opted for some rest and recovery after a big start to the year at New Zealand, Melbourne and the oven that was Koh Samui. But the 2010 champion, Lisa Marangon is back to have a crack at the title, just weeks after her first race of the year in Sydney where she came up trumps. “[in 2010] physically I was stronger, but mentally I’m stronger now. I’m ready to put it all on the line and make the other girls work hard,” said Maragnon. “The other girls have all been racing heaps for 2012, and I have only just started. But I feel I’m ready to show them I’m back.” Kate Bevilaqua is the hometown favourite, loves racing in Busselton, and the crowd love her. Bevilaqua wants to head to Kona this year, but, “this race is not about points for Kona as there’s not much on offer. I just love racing at Busso.” After coming down with an illness post Singapore 70.3, and having to pull out of the Samui Triathlon, Bevilaqua has been working hard on her swim so that she can be more competitive at the top end of the swimming field. However, will be watching out for the likes of Maragnon to lead out of swim, and Michelle Wu to set a quick pace on the run. Photo courtesy of Graeme Gillmer Michelle Wu, who has been training under the guidance of Siri Lindley is looking forward to testing out the hard work she has been doing in training. Wu’s strength is her whippet-like run speed. Busselton is a ‘tough’ course, so conditions will play a huge factor, and if conditions are pleasant, this will come down to a running race. Her goal for the year is to get to Vegas 70.3 Championships. So after Busselton, she will be attacking Cairns 70.3 and Japan 70.3 before heading to the US to train and race, then build for Vegas. Belinda Granger is always in amongst the mix as well. “Busso is THE race that the pros and amateurs want to be at. The girls here want to push hard and race well.” While Granger is traditionally a strength athlete, and the Busselton course is suited more for speed than strength, she still races well at Busselton, and can drop the hammer on the bike. The men’s race is going to be fast and furious with the likes of Matty White, Luke McKenzie, Ollie Whistler and Luke Bell vying for the top spot. Bell is expecting the winner to cross the line in sub 3:50 tomorrow, and the others agree. Graham O’Grady is a hot tip who is flying under the radar as well. The race kicks off at 7am (9am AEST) tomorrow. 2 Responses Luke Gillmer May 4, 2012 Looks like we will see who can maintain the pace for the entire distance. Lisa is a great competitor and has to be a huge chance. Reply admin May 4, 2012 Looks like the wind is up and the rain is settling in. Could make for a few changes in the way the race pans out Reply Leave a Reply 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.