Witsup This Weekend: IM Canada | WTS Edmonton | 70.3 Ecuador Rob Sheeley July 28, 2017 News Flash Some of the best in the Ironman business line up in Whistler this weekend for Ironman Canada. In short course racing, the Duffy dominance could well continue at Edmonton. While in Ecuador, Lauren Goss looks to defend her 70.3 title (UPDATED: Goss not racing) Text By Laura Siddall and Rob Sheeley Scramble For Kona Points Is On In Canada Text By Laura Siddall In what could be the last year for the current Ironman Whistler race, and with the women lining up as the main event (women only pro race for 2017) it’s really could go out on a high. 2017 is the last year in the current five-year contract and it’s unsure what the future looks like with some of the locals not supporting the race continuing through their towns. Last year was a male only race and this year the women take centre stage. Ironman Canada is also the last race before the first cut off for Kona. It’s really a Canada v USA line up, with just one Brit in the field. But that one Brit could very well spoil the party. When the event was last run in 2015, Danielle Mack took the win ahead of Melanie McQuaid, with Jen Annett in third. All three are on the start list in 2017. Linsey Corbin always lines up as one of the ones to watch and is very likely for the podium at least. Corbin is a classy athlete who has been racing much more than usual in 2017, but steadily building through the year and could very well be timing it just right for October. Corbin came fifth at the Ironman South American Championships in May, and was third in Coeur D’Alene 70.3. One athlete that it is great to see back on the start line is Canadian Rachel McBride. This incredibly talented athlete has unfortunately had a string of injuries over the past year or so, but managed to grab third at the Long Course World Championships last year, and is now back running consistently. Looking to spoil the Canadian / USA party is Rachel Joyce. After her impressive win earlier in the year at Ironman Boulder, Joyce is proving she’s on track to be back to her best and could very well make it two wins from two since her return. Ironman Canada 2017 Start List BIB LAST FIRST CATEGORY COUNTRY REP 1 Mack Danielle WPRO USA (United States of America) 2 Bromme Uli WPRO USA (United States of America) 3 McQuaid Melanie WPRO CAN (Canada) 4 Annett Jen WPRO CAN (Canada) 5 Madison Mackenzie WPRO USA (United States of America) 6 Joyce Rachel WPRO GBR (United Kingdom) 7 Corbin Linsey WPRO USA (United States of America) 8 Thibodeau Karen WPRO CAN (Canada) 9 McBride Rachel WPRO CAN (Canada) 10 Elmore Malindi WPRO CAN (Canada) 11 Fletcher Christine WPRO CAN (Canada) 12 Fletcher Jenny WPRO CAN (Canada) 13 Godesky Alyssa WPRO USA (United States of America) 14 Baugher Liz WPRO USA (United States of America) 15 Smith Jessica WPRO USA (United States of America) 16 Corker Steph WPRO CAN (Canada) 17 Whiting Fawn WPRO CAN (Canada) 18 Dimichele Miller Leslie WPRO USA (United States of America) 19 Valentine Nicole WPRO USA (United States of America) 20 McCoy Carrie WPRO USA (United States of America) 21 Rusch Maggie WPRO USA (United States of America) 22 Wiens Kyra WPRO USA (United States of America) Duffy Chasing Four Straight Text By Rob Sheeley The sixth instalment of the WTS for 2017 takes place this weekend in Edmonton, Canada and, with the race for the top of the rankings heating up, one question has to be asked; can anyone beat Flora Duffy? Duffy has won all three of her WTS appearances this year and looks bound for back-to-back world titles. The Bermudian broke through for her first career sprint victory last time out in Hamburg and will be looking for her second in Edmonton. (c) Delly Carr American Katie Zaferes has been a model of consistency in 2017 and currently sits atop the rankings. Her best result in 2017 has been a second placing at Yokohama. The sprint distance plays to the strengths of Zaferes who could well maintain her lead with a solid result here. Fellow Americans Summer Cook and Taylor Spivey have been towards the pointy end of most races that they have contested this season. Both will be putting their hands up for a step on the dais again this weekend. Long time followers of the WTS will also recognise a name on the starting list this weekend that has been absent for an extended period; Potugal’s Vanessa Fernandes. Fernandes was the silver medallist at the Beijing Olympics back in 2008 and also World Champion in 2007. It has been some six years since the talented athlete graced the WTS circuit and in 2016 she was inducted into the ITU hall of fame. It will be interesting to see how the 31-year-old goes this weekend. ATHLETE FIRST ATHLETE LAST NATIONALITY Katie Zaferes USA Kirsten Kasper USA Flora Duffy BER Gillian Backhouse AUS Taylor Spivey USA Yuko Takahashi JPN Rachel Klamer NED Jolanda Annen SUI Lisa Perterer AUT Vendula Frintova CZE Summer Cook USA Gillian Sanders RSA Sara Vilic AUT Yuka Sato JPN Claire Michel BEL Yurie Matsuda JPN Carolina Routier ESP Simone Ackermann ITU Joanna Brown CAN Jaz Hedgeland AUS Nicole Van Der Kaay NZL Chelsea Burns USA Vittoria Lopes BRA Melanie Santos POR Dominika Jamnicky CAN Taylor Knibb USA Sarah Alexander USA Anel Radford RSA Erin Storie USA Felicity Sheedy-Ryan AUS Fuka Sega JPN Paula Findlay CAN Vanessa Fernandes POR Chances Aplenty In Ecuador Text By Laura Siddall With a few women chasing Kona points before the last cut off (30th July), and then a few who have already raced each other at various races this year (all exchanging places on each occasion), Ironman 70.3 Ecuador could very well be a close fought and exciting race. Lauren Goss returns to defend her 2016 title and has been in fantastic form this year, never being off the podium and with wins at St. Anthony’s, Escape from Alcatraz and NYC Triathlon. (UPDATED. Goss not racing) Leanda Cave won 2017 Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica ahead of Goss will be aiming for another title here. Kelsey Withrow grabbed her first Professional win at Ironman 70.3 Victoria last month and so is very likely to be up there for the podium at least in Ecuador. Ironman 70.3 Ecuador 2017 Start List BIB LAST FIRST CATEGORY COUNTRY REP 25 Goss Lauren FEMALE USA (UNITED STATES) 26 Cave Leanda FEMALE GBR (UNITED KINGDOM) 27 Tastets Pamela FEMALE CHL (CHILE) 28 Withrow Kelsey FEMALE USA (UNITED STATES) 29 Grohmann Katharina FEMALE DEU (GERMANY) 30 Bravo Elizabeth FEMALE ECU (ECUADOR) 31 Castillo Diana FEMALE COL (COLOMBIA) 32 Harari Lotty FEMALE PAN (PANAMA) 33 Storie Erin FEMALE USA (UNITED STATES) 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.