Witsup This Weekend: IM Barcelona | IM Taiwan | 70.3 Cozumel Rob Sheeley September 30, 2016 Race Previews 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 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 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.