Witsup This Weekend: 70.3’s Chattanooga | Barcelona | St. Polten Rob Sheeley May 19, 2017 Race Previews A triple-treat of half-distance racing is set to take place around the globe this weekend with races in Spain, Austria and the United States. Some of the biggest names in the sport will be out to press their claims and it promises to be a super two days of triathlon. Text By Laura Siddall and Rob Sheeley | Images By Witsup and Getty Images Jackson The One To Beat In Chattanooga Text By Laura Siddall In September 2017 Chattanooga hosts the World Ironman 70.3 Championships and it’s the first time that the women will race in a separate race on a different day to the men. This weekend, 25 women line up on the start list of the World Championship course. Defending champion Heather Jackson has already won in 2017 and will be wanting to retain her title and gain some further valuable familiarisation on the course, if she races in the Championship in September. Lauren Goss, off the back of third in Monterrey last weekend, will be up at the front of the race too, one of the first out of the water and trying to stretch the field out over the race. Kelly Williamson had the fastest marathon at Ironman Texas last month with a sub three-hour performance, so will be one to watch come the run. Representing the short course athletes Barbara Riveros has this year stepped up to half distance racing already clocking up a win at Ironman 70.3 Pucon and Ironman 70.3 Taiwan. USA Rio Olympian Sarah True is also on the start list and it’ll be exciting to see how True goes over the half distance. She’s a World Class athlete at ITU level but is more than capable of stepping up and winning at the half distance. Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga 2017 Start List BIB LAST FIRST CATEGORY COUNTRY REP 41 Jackson Heather FEMALE USA (United States of America) 43 Hering Jackie FEMALE USA (United States of America) 44 Ferreira Amber FEMALE USA (United States of America) 45 Goss Lauren FEMALE USA (United States of America) 46 Williamson Kelly FEMALE USA (United States of America) 47 Riveros Barbara FEMALE CHL (Chile) 48 TRUE Sarah FEMALE USA (United States of America) 49 Baugher Liz FEMALE USA (United States of America) 50 Schwabenbauer Kim FEMALE USA (United States of America) 51 Shutt Beth FEMALE USA (United States of America) 52 Burdzilauskas Whitney FEMALE USA (United States of America) 53 Capone Lauren FEMALE USA (United States of America) 54 Davis‐Hayes Cecilia FEMALE USA (United States of America) 55 Hansen Jennie FEMALE USA (United States of America) 56 Higgins Brittany FEMALE USA (United States of America) 57 Jones Stephanie FEMALE USA (United States of America) 58 Leiggi Heather FEMALE USA (United States of America) 59 Luse Nickie FEMALE USA (United States of America) 60 Marchant Kristen FEMALE CAN (Canada) 61 McCoy Carrie FEMALE USA (United States of America) 62 Moench Skye FEMALE USA (United States of America) 63 Ramsey Lenny FEMALE NLD (Netherlands) 64 Rusch Maggie FEMALE USA (United States of America) 65 Treleaven Sheila FEMALE CAN (Canada) 66 Wiens Kyra FEMALE USA (United States of America) Philipp Chases Another Win In St. Polten Text By Rob Sheeley Austria will provide the venue for Ironman 70.3 St.Polten this weekend, with the top-two from 2016 returning to do battle again. Laura Philipp heads the start list, fresh of a convincing victory last weekend against quality opposition at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca. She won this race last year and will start as favourite for a repeat performance in 2017. Philipp is one of the best European half-distance athletes in the business and could make it two wins in as many weeks here. The evergreen Yvonne Van Vlerken will be one of the major chances in this race as well. There’s very little that she has not done in the sport and she finished second to Laura Philipp here last year. She showed she is still world class when she took out Challenge Wanaka earlier in the year. She recently finished fifth at Challenge Rimini and will be putting the pressure on in Barcelona. Maria Czesnik finished second at Ironman 70.3 Pays d’Aix last weekend behind Emma Bilham. That form has to warrant some sort of respect. Julia Gajer is an Ironman Texas winner with plenty of talent who also comes into calculations. Leanda Cave is another who has achieved it all in the sport of triathlon. She will be prominent out of the water and hoping to stay at the pointy end of proceedings throughout. Ironman 70.3 St. Polten 2017 Start List BIB LAST FIRST CATEGORY COUNTRY REP 51 Philipp Laura FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 52 Van Vlerken Yvonne FPRO NLD (NETHERLANDS) 53 Hütthaler Lisa FPRO AUT (AUSTRIA) 54 Gajer Julia FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 55 Dornauer Lisa‐Maria FPRO AUT (AUSTRIA) 56 Steurer Bianca FPRO AUT (AUSTRIA) 57 Donegan Aine FPRO IRL (IRELAND) 58 Cave Leanda FPRO GBR (UNITED KINGDOM) 59 Kunz Martina FPRO CHE (SWITZERLAND) 60 Grohmann Katharina FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 61 Sämmler Daniela FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 62 Kowalska Olga FPRO POL (POLAND) 63 Kuehnlein Angela FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 64 Thorén Annie FPRO SWE (SWEDEN) 65 Wiese Anna FPRO POL (POLAND) 66 Bernardi Marta FPRO ITA (ITALY) 67 Czesnik Maria FPRO POL (POLAND) Pallant Poised To Strike In Barcelona Text By Rob Sheeley A quality field will head to Spain for Ironman 70.3 Barcelona, including a two-time champion as well as a couple of ultra-consistent conveyances. Emma Pallant is one of the most consistent half-distance athletes in the sport at the moment. She finished second to Laura Philipp at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca last weekend. Before that she caused a major upset, winning Challenge Mogan Gran Canaria against a field that included Daniela Ryf. There is little doubt that Pallant will be right in the mix again this weekend. BMC Etixx team mate Amelia Watkinson is another who is sure to be putting her hand up for a place on the podium here. She was third last weekend at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca and had an exceptional 2016 on the Asian circuit. Eva Wutti will be an interesting starter in this race. The highly accomplished athlete returns to the sport after the birth of her daughter, Kiana. At her best she would give this race an almighty shake. Camilla Pedersen is a two-time winner of this race and comes into the 2017 installment as one of the big guns. Pedersen won in both 2014 and 2015. She is consistent across all three disciplines and should be up near the lead all day. Others who should be in the mix includeTine Deckers, who finished fourth here in 2015 along with the British pairing of Catherine Jameson and Natalie Seymour. Ironman 70.3 Barcelona 2017 Start List 61 Wutti Eva FPRO AUT (AUSTRIA) 63 Pallant Emma FPRO GBR (UNITED KINGDOM) 64 Stienen Astrid FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 65 Jameson Catherine FPRO GBR (UNITED KINGDOM) 66 Seymour Natalie FPRO GBR (UNITED KINGDOM) 68 Jerzyk Agnieszka FPRO POL (POLAND) 69 Watkinson Amelia FPRO NZL (NEW ZEALAND) 70 Stephan Julie FPRO FRA (FRANCE) 71 Noguera Anna FPRO ESP (SPAIN) 72 Tusell Merce FPRO ESP (SPAIN) 73 Donat Camille FPRO FRA (FRANCE) 74 Pedersen Camilla FPRO DNK (DENMARK) 75 Deckers Tine FPRO BEL (BELGIUM) 76 Herrero Gómez Helena FPRO ESP (SPAIN) 77 Morel Charlotte FPRO FRA (FRANCE) 78 Loehr Muñoz Sara FPRO ESP (SPAIN) 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.