Witsup This Weekend: 70.3 Subic Bay | 70.3 Buenos Aires Rob Sheeley March 10, 2017 Race Previews 1 Racing for 2017 starts to ramp up this week with two 70.3 events taking place around the globe. In the Philippines, Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay will be run and won. While in Argentina, Buenos Aires plays host to their own 70.3 race. Text By Rob Sheeley | Images By Witsup and Getty Images Steffen Back To Defend Her Subic Bay Title Amid a backdrop of beautiful sandy beaches and mountain ranges, Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay takes place this weekend. The athletes can expect warm conditions at the Philippines venue and the full podium from 2016 will return again this year. Caroline Steffen returns to defend the title that she won here last year. She opened her 2017 with a sixth at Ironman 70.3 Dubai behind Daniela Ryf. After a massive 2016 that saw her win six 70.3 events, Steffen will be determined to open her winning account for the year. “Subic Bay is a great race to test the form early in the year,” Steffen said in the race lead-up. “I love racing in the heat and Subic Bay is definitely going to be red-hot racing.” Radka Kahlefeldt finished in second place last year and has vast experience racing in the conditions. She has registered a win already in 2017, taking out a Thailand Tri League event in Bangsaen. Kahlefeldt looms as one of the main dangers to Steffen. Dimity Lee Duke has graced the podium at Subic Bay for the last two years. The ultra-consistent Western Australian has finished third on both occasions and will be looking to be on the dais again this year. Very few know the Asian conditions as well as Duke, which is a factor she is sure to use in her favour. Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay 2017 Start List 21 CAROLINE STEFFEN CHE 22 RADKA KAHLEFELDT CZE 23 DIMITY LEE DUKE AUS 24 IMKE OELERICH DEU 25 KATE BEVILAQUA AUS 26 SARAH LESTER AUS 29 IMOGEN SIMMONDS CHE Morrison And Monticeli Ready To Rumble In Buenos Aires Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires features a fast course and, with two of last years top three returning again in 2017, the race is shaping up as an exciting prospect. Defending champion Kimberley Morrison returns to the place where she registered her maiden professional victory last year in a thrilling finish. The Brit also finished second at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire and third at 70.3 Jonkoping. She has trained hard through the winter with this race in mind and will be very keen to defend her title on a course where she has pleasant memories. Ariane Monticeli finished third last year, just one minute behind Morrison. She also took out the Ironman South American championships, which earned her a place on the start line at Kona where she finished 30th. She looms as one of the main threats to Morrison’s title defence. Haley Chura was third at Ironman 70.3 Pucon behind Barbara Riveros early in the year. Chura is likely to be very prominent in the swim and will look to push the pace from there. Others to keep an eye on include Romina Palacio finished fourth at Ironman 70.3 Pucon and Pamela Tastets was fifth in the same race while Brazil’s Bruna Mahn is also a class act and likely to be in the mix. Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires 2017 Start List 41 Morrison Kimberley GBR 42 Monticeli Ariane BRA 43 Mahn Bruna BRA 44 Chura Haley USA 45 Brennan Morrey Ruth USA 46 Tastets Pamela CHL 47 Simon Erika ARG 48 Jahn Kirsty CAN 49 Furriela Carol BRA 50 Barrena Laura ARG 51 Biagioli Romina ARG 52 Cravo de Azevado Luiza BRA 53 Palacio Balena Romina ARG One Response Sarah Jarvis March 11, 2017 I think Ruth Brennen Morrey is definitely a factor as well and will be running her way through the field! GO RUTH! 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.