Witsup This Weekend: 70.3’s Puerto Rico | Campeche | Taiwan Rob Sheeley March 17, 2017 Race Previews With three 70.3 events ready to rumble around the globe this weekend, plenty of the big names are preparing to get their 2017 campaigns into full swing. Puerto Rico, Mexico and Taiwan will provide the venues for a super weekend of racing. Text By Rob Sheeley | Images By Getty Images and Witsup Defending Champ Deckers Returns To Puerto Rico Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico will see the women’s field sporting the number-one bib in 2017. The race has attracted some quality athletes and should provide a great spectacle. Defending champion Tine Deckers, returns to the place that she won the title in 2016 from Sarah Haskins and Linsey Corbin. Deckers is a polished performer and we can expect big things from her this weekend. Corbin was third last year and also filled the runner-up position back in 2012. She has earned a win at this race and will be doing her utmost to grab a the top step on the podium in 2017. Helle Frederikson could be the one that Corbin and Deckers have to contend with if they hope to take this one out. The Danish star won this race in both 2013 and 2014. She has battled chronic knee injuries for some time since then. At her best, she would be the one to beat in this field. Other podium contenders in the event include Carrie Lester, Alicia Kaye and Mirjam Weerd. All three are top-class athletes and it would be little surprise to see them on the dais. It will also pay to keep an eye on Kelly Williamson, who won here in 2012 and was fourth in 2013 along with Jodie Robertson was fourth last year. Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico 2017 Start List 1 Deckers Tine BEL 2 Frederiksen Helle DNK 3 Williamson Kelly USA 4 Corbin Linsey USA 5 Robertson Jodie USA 6 Kaye Alicia USA 7 Lester Carrie AUS 8 Smith Lesley USA 9 Weerd Mirjam NLD 10 Alvarez Palmira MEX 11 Bay Sarah USA 12 Czesnik Maria POL 13 Harari Lotty PAN 14 Higgins Brittany USA 15 Jimenez Ana PRI 16 Leiggi Heather USA 17 Lendway Heather USA 18 Mathews Laura USA 19 Miller Leslie USA 20 Moench Skye USA 21 Roy Stephanie CAN 22 Valentine Nicole USA Wurtele Targets Campeche Ironman 70.3 Campeche is set to sizzle in Mexico this weekend. A relatively small field includes plenty of talent. The experienced Heather Wurtele will be one they have to beat. Wurtele is a 70.3 specialist and has appeared on the podium at World Championships on multiple occasions, including a third in 2016. She won no less than five half-distance titles last year and will be looking to notch up another victory here. Liz Lyles is very well performed, particularly over the full-distance. She took out Ironman Brazil, Ironman Wisconsin and the Wildflower long course races in 2016. She could be pushing for a top three spot here. Four-time world champion Leanda Cave possesses a wealth of experience and is always a force in any event that she decides to contest. Sarah Cameto and Celine Schaerer are also two athletes to watch in this race. Ironman 70.3 Campeche 2017 Start List 25 Cave Leanda GBR 26 Wurtele Heather CAN 27 Lyles Liz USA 28 Hering Jackie USA 29 Cameto Sarah USA 30 Schaerer Celine CHE 31 Finger Annett DEU 32 Linnell Allison USA 33 Parubocha Kateryna UKR 34 Perez Cecilia MEX 35 Walker Nicole CAN 36 Wendorff Amanda USA 37 Wiens Kyra USA Radka Chases Second Win In A Week At Taiwan An exciting field featuring a blend of experienced and promising athletes will assemble for Ironman 70.3 Taiwan. Radka Kahlefeldt will head into this race on the crest of a winning wave. The Czech took out Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay last week, defeating Caroline Steffen. Provided that she can back up well, she will take some beating again this weekend. Chilean superstar Barbara Riveros has been racing more regularly over the half-distance in 2017 with great success. She won her third consecutive Ironman 70.3 Pucon early in the year before finishing second at Ironman 70.3 Geelong against a stacked field. Her races feature a barnstorming run-leg, which is sure to present an exciting prospect at the back end of this race. Reigning Ultraman world champion, Kate Bevilaqua, has been a regular on the podium in Taiwan. The Western Australian was second in both 2013 and 2015 as well as third in 2014. Bevilaqua was also fourth last year and is one of the best-performed athletes at the Taitung City venue. She finished fifth at Subic Bay last week after being prominent in the swim and bike legs. Shiao-Yu Li is the local hope, who is never far away from the podium in most Asian events. She was fifth last year and also fifth in 2014, she will know the conditions well and can not be discounted. Other athletes include Mackenzie Madison who finished 10th at Ironman New Zealand recently despite a difficult day and Annelise Jefferies who took out the Mooloolaba triathlon last week, defeating Katy Gibb and Kirralee Seidel. Ironman 70.3 Taiwan 2017 Start List 31 Radka Kahlefeldt CZE 33 Kate Bevilaqua AUS 34 Shiao-Yu Li TWN 35 Barbara Riveros CHL 36 Emi Sakai JPN 37 Anna Eberhardt HUN 38 Mariya Shorets RUS 39 Mackenzie Madison USA 40 Jeffries Annelise AUS 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.