Witsup This Weekend: 70.3’s Miami | New Orleans | Coquimbo Rob Sheeley October 20, 2017 Race Previews 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. (c) talbot cox 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) 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.