This weekend will play witness to some terrific racing across the globe with two full-distance and one half-distance events set to take place. Ironman Barcelona features one of the fastest courses in the world and is sure to feature some very quick times, while the hot conditions at Ironman Taiwan and Ironman 70.3 Cozumel will test competitors to their limits.

Text By Laura Siddall | Images By Getty Images and Witsup

 

Bilham And Gruber Set To Fly In Speedy Spain

UPDATE: Emma Bilham will not race at Ironman Barcelona

Last years third place woman was Elisabeth Gruber and she returns as the number one ranked woman in Barcelona this year. Barcelona is a fast course with the top four women going sub 9hrs in 2015.

Tough competition will come from Emma Bilham. Emma DNF’d at Ironman Mallorca last weekend, and it is not confirmed that she will race this weekend yet. However if she lines up, she’s one tough athlete, with great talent and a bright future, and will be sure to put Mallorca behind her and tackle the day, fighting for that win.

 Ironman Barcelona 2016 Startlist

82 Gruber Elisabeth AUT (AUSTRIA)
83 Bilham Emma CHE (SWITZERLAND)
85 Neuscheler Evi DEU (GERMANY)
86 Rudolf Michaela AUT (AUSTRIA)
87 Watkinson Annah ZAF (SOUTH AFRICA)
88 Comber Kate GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)
89 Tastets Pamela CHL (CHILE)
90 Woysch Nicole DEU (GERMANY)
91 Javens Amy USA (UNITED STATES)
93 Mahn Bruna BRA (BRAZIL)
94 Stienen Astrid DEU (GERMANY)
95 Herrero Gomez Helena ESP (SPAIN)
96 Lehrieder Carolin DEU (GERMANY)
97 Kuhn Nina DEU (GERMANY)
98 Zelenkova Lucie CZE (CZECH REPUBLIC)
100 Kuch Celia DEU (GERMANY)

 

 

Mack Ready To Attack In Taiwan

Challenge Taiwan (full) winner Shiao-Yu Li will be one of the favourites to take the title at Ironman Taiwan this weekend, in her home country race. Li also finished fourth at this race in 2015.

However, it is also hard to go past Danielle Mack, providing Mack has recovered from illness that forced her out of racing for much of the year. Mack is a two-time Ironman Champion, winning Ironman Boulder (2014) and Ironman Canada (2015), but became ill at the end of 2015.

Mack describes her ailments as “A combination of multiple issues that were combining to cause a toxic environment to her body, leaving her extremely weak, with numbness in her right leg, sleeping upwards of 14+hours a day, pale and being sick most days.” *

(* Taken from Danielle Mack’s website http://daniellemack.com/2016/09/d2l2016update/ )

If she is anywhere near her best, she will go close to taking this race out.

Ironman Taiwan 2016 Startlist

31 Shiao-Yu Li TWN
32 Danielle Mack USA
33 Keiko Tanaka JPN
34 Katharina Grohmann DEU
35 Emi Sakai JPN
36 Kathryn Haesner NZL
37 Stef Puszka AUS
38 Ali Fitch AUS
39 Jana Candrová CZE

 

Salthouse bike (c) Witsup

Quality Field In Cozumel

Another great line up in Cozumel. Names such as Celine Schaerer, Angela Naeth, Radka Vodickova, Emma-Kate Lidbury, Lauren Barnett, Ellie Salthouse, Lauren Brandon to name a few. However it’s unfortunately difficult to know who will actually turn up and race on the day, as several of these names have been on recent start lists but haven’t ended up racing.

The 2015 champion, Celine Schaerer, lines up to defend her title. Schaerer finished fourth in Ironman Zurich and then second at Ironman Vichy.

Lauren Brandon is most likely to lead out the water so the rest of the field will be chasing hard. Brandon has a solid bike and her run is getting better and better, making it harder for the chasers to reel her in.

As well as Schaerer, Ellie Salthouse will be one of those chasers. She is having a great debut year and should be considered as one of the favourites going into this race. Salthouse recently finished 11th at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, in Mooloolaba. She’s proving to be a quality athlete and force to be reckoned with.

One to watch is Lindsey Jerdonek. Jerdonek has been racing on the ITU circuit for the past few years, and makes a move up the distance to race in Cozumel. It’s going to be exciting how Jerdonek goes over the longer non drafting format, but since she was third in Escape from Alcatraz, which whilst isn’t a half distance but is a challenging course, we think she’ll do pretty well.

 Ironman 70.3 Cozumel Startlist

41 Schaerer Celine CHE
42 Naeth Angela CAN
43 Vodickova Radka CZE
44 Lidbury Emma‐Kate GBR
45 Komander Ewa POL
46 Barnett Lauren USA
47 Salthouse Ellie AUS
48 Gross Sara CAN
49 Alvarez Palmira MEX
50 Benson Hayley USA
51 Brandon Lauren USA
52 Brown Christen USA
53 Cameto Sarah USA
54 Finger Annett DEU
55 Harburg Michelle USA
56 Huse Sue CAN
57 Jahn Kirsty CAN
58 Jerdonek Lindsey USA
59 Mendez Natasha DOM
60 Rusch Maggie USA
61 Stevens Alena SVK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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