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)

 

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Rob Sheeley is the Race Editor for WITSUP

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