A triad of terrific racing is ready to roll across Europe and Asia this weekend. One of the last grabs at Kona points takes place in Copenhagen, athletes test their luck in the land of shamrocks and Leprechauns at Dublin and the heat is on in Bintan. It should be a cracking couple of days.

Text By Laura Siddall and Rob Sheeley | Images By Witsup and Getty Images

 

THE CHASE IS ON IN COPENHAGEN

Text By Laura Siddall

It’s the last weekend for qualifying for Kona. There’s going to be some nervous waiting for some athletes (those not racing) and some last big efforts for others.

Michelle Vesterby is comfortably qualified for Kona, after her sixth in 2016 and her results this year, but with this race being in Copenhagen, the Dane will be wanting to use her home country advantage to full extent as she builds towards the World Champs.

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Corinne Abraham has raced a lot already this year with several close Ironman races. She also has already qualified and may be using this race as more of a training focus towards Kona. However, training focus or not, that doesn’t mean Abraham won’t be looking to take the win and build on the good year she’s had so far.

Sophie Goos continues her comeback from the knife attack last year by lining up. Goos won Challenge Venice (full) earlier in the year and was second at Challenge Roma.

Those on the start list and chasing points and on the bubble for the final spots or possibly relying on a roll down spot are Jeanne Collonge, Darbi Roberts, Pamala Tastets and Kristin Moeller.

Kristin Moeller finished third at Ironman Hamburg last week so is unlikely to race.

Roberts is down to race Ironman Mont Tremblant too this weekend so we are unsure in which race she’ll start.

Tastets would need a second place or higher in Copenhagen, with Collonge a third or higher.

(Thanks to Trirating.com)

Ironman Copenhagen 2017 Start List

BIB LAST FIRST COUNTRY REP
1 Vesterby Michelle DNK (DENMARK)
2 Goos Sofie BEL (BELGIUM)
3 Lindholm Borg Camilla SWE (SWEDEN)
4 Abraham Corinne GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)
5 Collonge Jeanne FRA (FRANCE)
6 Godesky Alyssa USA (UNITED STATES)
7 Montgomery Julia SWE (SWEDEN)
8 Nielsen-Englyst Pia DNK (DENMARK)
9 Roberts Darbi Leigh USA (UNITED STATES)
10 Schaerer Celine CHE (SWITZERLAND)
11 Tastets Pamela CHL (CHILE)
12 Walter Verena DEU (GERMANY)
14 Moeller Kristin DEU (GERMANY)

CHEETHAM CHASES AN IRISH TRIPLE

Text By Laura Siddall

Dublin, whilst famous for Guinness may have another claim to fame after the weekend as Susie Cheetham is looking to go three-from-three at the Ironman 70.3 having won here in 2015 and 2016.

Whilst they say “Guinness is good for you” it would appear that Dublin is good for Cheetham, the 2017 Ironman South American Champion.

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She’ll have tough competition from Lucy Gossage, also enjoying a winning streak with wins at Ironman UK, and Staffordshire 70.3. Gossage will be chasing hard on the bike and the run to reel Cheetham in.

Sarah Lewis has had a great season, off the back of a couple of bad accidents and injuries at the back end of 2016 and early this year. She’s had a run of fourth places this year (and a third at the ETU European Champs) but has been improving with every race. Lewis is solid across the board and a very real threat to claim a podium.

Another Brit hoping to steal the Leprechauns’ gold is Catherine Jameson. Jameson will likely be leading out the swim and possible for much of the bike, hoping to hold off the chasers on the run.

Ireland’s own Aine Donegan will be hoping the luck of the Irish is shining down on her to knock the Brits of the podium.

Whatever the result, there is a good chance of a Guinness shower at the finish!

Ironman 70.3 Dublin 2017 Start List

BIB LAST FIRST COUNTRY REP
30 Cheetham Susie GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)
31 gossage lucy GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)
32 Donegan Aine IRL (IRELAND)
33 Deary Emma GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)
35 Du Luart Eloise GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)
37 Jameson Catherine GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)
38 Kowalska Olga POL (POLAND)
39 Lewis Sarah GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)
41 Nieuwoudt Magda ZAF (SOUTH AFRICA)
43 Stephan Julie FRA (FRANCE)

 

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BINTAN BECKONS FOR WATKINSON

Text By Rob Sheeley

The Island paradise of Bintan in Indonesia will provide the picturesque venue for this weekend’s Ironman 70.3 event.

Amelia Watkinson has an affinity with the Asian racing circuit and comes into the race in good form. The powerful Kiwi recently took out Ironman 70.3 Philippines in hot conditions and looks the good to repeat that effort here.

Jacquie Thistleton overcame a myriad of adversity to finish second at Ironman 70.3 Philippines and is finding her feet as a new professional. Thistleton ran home strongly in hot conditions despite a nasty bike crash that would have left many with a DNF. That sort of toughness is sure to see her pushing for the podium again.

Ultraman World Champion Kate Bevilaqua won this race last year and comes into it fresh and ready to put her best forward. Expect to see Bevilaqua prominent in the swim and looking to press her claims from there.

Anna Eberhardt has notched up two half-distance victories in Asia this year and is sure to be competitive again in Bintan.

The ever-improving Laura Dennis took out Ironman 70.3 Japan earlier in the year and will be another who is hunting a step on the dais in Indonesia.

Ironman 70.3 Bintan 2017 Start List

 21

Kate

Bevilaqua

FEMALE

PRO

AUS

22

Jacqueline

Thistleton

FEMALE

PRO

AUS

23

Anna

Eberhardt

FEMALE

PRO

HUN

24

Amelia

Watkinson

FEMALE

PRO

NZL

25

Claire

Horner

FEMALE

PRO

RSA

26

Monica

Torres

FEMALE

PRO

PHI

27

Alaina

Brent

FEMALE

PRO

NZL

28

Marina

Jujevic

FEMALE

PRO

AUS

29

Karen

Toulmin

FEMALE

PRO

NZL

30

Laura

Dennis

FEMALE

PRO

AUS

 

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Rob Sheeley is the Race Editor for WITSUP

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