A triple treat of racing is ready to rumble across the Americas this weekend. In North America  super fields will assemble in Miami and New Orleans, while in South America, a brand new race takes place in Coquimbo, Chile. 

Text By Rob Sheeley | Lead Image Talbot Cox, Images By Getty Images, Talbot Cox and Witsup

 

Salthouse Returns In Miami

The toasty conditios of Florida has attracted a good-sized field for Ironman 70.3 Miami this weekend.

The much-anticipated return of Aussie Ellie Salthouse will be one of the features of the event. Salthouse has had a frustrating season with injury but returns as the defending champion and, no doubt, keen to defend that title.

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Salthouse was in quality form earlier in the year, including a third placing at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship and a second at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside.

Lauren Goss has spent her season pursuing some shorter distance events with great success. She recently took out the Lake Geneva Escape race and also took out the reduced Escape from Alcatraz event earlier in the year. Goss finished second in this race back in 2014 so she is more than familiar with the Miami course. Goss also appears on the start list at New Orleans this weekend.

Leanda Cave appears on the start list, although it is unclear whether she will take her place after racing the Ironman World Championship last weekend. Cave is the undisputed Queen of this race with victories in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as well as a second in 2015 and a third in 2016. She will be right in the mix if she races this year.

Jennifer Spieldenner was second in this race last year behind Ellie Salthouse and will return in 2017 looking to go one better.

Angela Naeth is competitive in any race she competes in and we can expect that to be the case again in Miami on the weekend.

Ironman 70.3 Miami 2017 Start List

BIB

LAST

FIRST

CATEGORY

COUNTRY REP

35

Cave

Leanda

WPRO

GBR

36

Naeth

Angela

WPRO

CAN

37

Salthouse

Ellie

WPRO

AUS

38

Goss

Lauren

WPRO

USA

39

Spieldenner

Jennifer

WPRO

USA

40

Hansen

Jennie

WPRO

USA

41

Jones

Stephanie

WPRO

USA

42

Lester

Sarah

WPRO

AUS

43

Lewis

Sarah

WPRO

GBR

44

Barrena

Laura

WPRO

ARG

45

Basso

Anne

WPRO

FRA

46

Davis-Hayes

Cecilia

WPRO

USA

47

Doehla

Alissa

WPRO

USA

48

Hachmeister

Ericka

WPRO

USA

49

Švadlenková

Pavlína

WPRO

CZE

50

Thoren

Annie

WPRO

SWE

Goss Looking To Keep Winning In New Orleans

The cultural hub of New Orleans will transform to a swim, bike and run epicentre on the weekend with their Ironman 70.3 event taking centre stage.

Lauren Goss has spent her season pursuing some shorter distance events with great success. She recently took out the Lake Geneva Escape race and also took out the reduced Escape from Alcatraz event earlier in the year. Goss finished fourth in this race in 2015 so she is au fait with the conditions. Goss also appears on the start list in Miami this weekend.

Sarah Cameto was second in this race a year ago behind Sarah Piampiano. She should be in the mix right from the word go with her quality swim allowing her to attack from the front.

Alice Hector has been threatening to break through for a 2017 victory at 70.3 level. She finished fourth at Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh and Challenge Lisbon. She has raced New Orleans in the past and has to be considered a great chance this weekend.

Lesley Smith finished second at Ironman Louisville last weekend, which is good form, provided she has recovered well for this race.

Emma Kate Lidbury appears on the start list. A multiple 70.3 winner, she has had a less than favourable run with injury of late and could well surprise if she is at her best here.

Laurence Delisle makes her professional debut in New Orleans. She has finish second in her age-group at the past three Ironman 70.3 World Championships and should be prominent in the swim leg.

Ironman 70.3 New Orleans 2017 Start List

30 Sarah Cameto USA
31 Lauren Goss USA
32 Camilla Lindholm-Borg SWE
33 Alice Hector GBR
34 Pamela-Ann Bachelder St-Pierre CAN
35 Christen Brown USA
36 Kate Bruck USA
37 Laurence Delisle USA
38 Jesse Donavan USA
39 Brittany Higgins USA
40 Emma-Kate Lidbury USA
1 Kristen Marchant CAN
42 Laura Mathews USA
43 Sara Perr USA
44 Robin Pomeroy USA
45 Maggie Rusch USA
46 Frankie Sanjana GBR
47 Lesley Smith USA
48 Kyra Wiens USA

Quartet Tackles Inaugural Coquimbo

A field of four women will tackle the new Chilean race on the calendar, Ironman 70.3 Coquimbo.

Talented Canadian Magali Tisseye looks to be the one to beat. She possesses plenty of experience and boasts multiple wins over the distance. Her 2017 results include a third behind Holly Lawrence and Sarah True at Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant in June and replicating that would see her very tough to beat this weekend.

Her main opposition is likely to come from Pamela Tastets who is ultra-consistent and in solid form. She recently finished third at Ironman 70.3 Ecuador and that looks to be good form for this race.

They will face off against Luiza Cravo and Nayara Luniere who will also be keen to get on the podium.

Ironman 70.3 Coquimbo 2017 Start List

15

Pamela

Tastets

CHL (CHILE)

16

Magali

Tisseyre

CAN (CANADA)

17

Luíza

Cravo

BRA (BRAZIL)

18

Nayara

Luniere

BRA (BRAZIL)

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Rob Sheeley is the Race Editor for WITSUP

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