Witsup This Weekend: IM Hamburg | 70.3 Steelhead | Challenge Turku | Challenge Regensburg Rob Sheeley August 11, 2017 Race Previews 1 With the last few chances for Kona on the line, it is business time at Ironman Hamburg this weekend. Add to that full distance racing in Regensburg and half-distance racing at Steelhead and Turku and it shapes up as a gem of a weekend when it comes to triathlon. Text By Laura Siddall and Rob Sheeley | Images By Getty Images, Johan Badenhorst and Witsup ALL OR NOTHING FOR WUTTI IN HAMBURG Text By Rob Sheeley The inaugural Ironman Hamburg serves as one of the last few opportunities for athletes to grab a coveted Kona spot in the final cut-off on August 20. With a couple of genuine contenders in this race, there is sure to be no holding back. (c) Getty Images One such athlete is Eva Wutti who returned to Ironman racing in fine style after the birth of her daughter Kiana. At her first full-distance race back, Wutti took out Ironman Austria with a performance that gave the impression she’s never been away. Wutti has four Ironman titles to her name and, given the fact she needs to win here to secure a Kona berth, she is the one to beat in Hamburg. Kristin Moeller has raced three regional championships in 2017 and looks a good chance of making that final cut-off for the World Championship. Her last outing produced a gutsy third at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship despite having troubles with a shifting saddle on her bike, which cost her valuable time. Fifth place or better would be enough to see the diminutive German earn a place on the big island in October. Expect to see Moeller running home very well late in the race. While she may not be racing for a World Championship position, Daniela Saemmler is another who will be right in this race. The former Ironman Barcelona winner will be prominent on the bike and hoping to carry that over into her run. Verena Walter is another who can bike with the best of them and will be pushing for a place on the podium. She is likely to be a little off the pace out of the water, but expect the watt-bombs to be dropped with reckless abandon thereafter as she rides herself into the race. Kate Comber, Rahel Bellinga and Annabel Diawuoh all raced an Ironman last weekend so it would be a surprise to see any of them line up here. Ironman Hamburg 2017 Start List 1 Moeller Kristin FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 2 Sämmler Daniela FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 3 Walter Verena FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 4 Wutti Eva FPRO AUT (AUSTRIA) 6 Bellinga Rahel FPRO NLD (NETHERLANDS) 7 Bossow Franziska FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 8 Comber Kate FPRO GBR (UNITED KINGDOM) 9 Diawuoh Annabel FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 10 Kuehnlein Angela FPRO DEU (GERMANY) 11 Schaerer Celine FPRO Team Koach IV CHE (SWITZERLAND) 14 Wassink-Hitzert Sandra FPRO NLD (NETHERLANDS) SUPER STARS SET TO DOMINATE IN STEELHEAD Text By Rob Sheeley UPDATE: Jeanni Seymour has confirmed that she will not race this weekend. Ironman 70.3 Steelhead lines up as a who’s who of half-distance racing in North America. The race features a capacity line-up overflowing with stars; a mouth-watering proposition for even the most fastidious of triathlon fans. Heather Jackson headlines the list. The recent Ironman 70.3 Calgary winner continues her path towards Kona where she finished third in 2016. Jackson possesses a lethal bike/run combination and an ever-improving swim. She is one of the big guns here. Jeanni Seymour appears on yet another start-list, although it is not confirmed if she will back up from her victory last weekend at Ironman 70.3 Boulder. Seymour has won four races from five starts in 2017 and boasts 11 straight podium finishes. She is one of the hottest properties in half-distance racing at the moment and would be one of the top picks if she chose to race here. One name that we have not seen on start line for a while is Australia’s Melissa Hauschildt. The super star has dealt with more than her fair share of injuries over her career and returns here and looming as one of the top hopes. Her last outing yielded a memorable victory at Ironman Western Australia with memorable scenes of her struggling down the finish chute with cramp. Hauschildt was second to Holly Lawrence at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship last year and starts her journey towards the same race in Chattanooga in a few weeks. Hauschildt is a classy as they come and could produce anything in this race. In a race that is spoilt for choice when it comes to talent, there is a host of others capable of making the podium. These include, four-time world champion Leanda Cave, Angela Naeth, Kelly Williamson, Jodie Robertson, Lesley Smith, Kirsty Jahn, Jackie Hering and Stephanie Roy. Ironman 70.3 Steelhead 2017 Start List 45 Hauschildt Melissa WPRO AUS (Australia) 46 Cave Leanda WPRO GBR (United Kingdom) 47 Jackson Heather WPRO USA (United States of America) 48 Naeth Angela WPRO CAN (Canada) 49 Williamson Kelly WPRO USA (United States of America) 50 Robertson Jodie WPRO USA (United States of America) 51 Seymour Jeanni WPRO ZAF (South Africa) 52 Hering Jackie WPRO USA (United States of America) 53 Roy Stephanie WPRO CAN (Canada) 54 Smith Lesley WPRO USA (United States of America) 55 Jahn Kirsty WPRO CAN (Canada) 56 Ferreira Amber WPRO USA (United States of America) 57 Leiggi Heather WPRO USA (United States of America) 58 Shutt Beth WPRO USA (United States of America) 59 Bruck Kate WPRO USA (United States of America) 60 Benner Holly WPRO USA (United States of America) 61 Berry Desiree WPRO USA (United States of America) 62 Burdzilauskas Whitney WPRO USA (United States of America) 63 Cross Christine WPRO USA (United States of America) 64 Doehla Alissa WPRO USA (United States of America) 65 Gaudet Annie‐Claude WPRO CAN (Canada) 66 Johann Carly WPRO USA (United States of America) 67 Jones Stephanie WPRO USA (United States of America) 68 Kennedy Samantha WPRO USA (United States of America) 69 Luse Nicole WPRO USA (United States of America) 70 Mathews Laura WPRO USA (United States of America) 71 Perr Adelaide WPRO USA (United States of America) 72 Pomeroy Robin WPRO USA (United States of America) 73 Ramsey Lenny WPRO NLD (Netherlands) 74 Torres Raquel WPRO DOM (Dominican Republic) 75 Wendorff Amanda WPRO USA (United States of America) 76 Treleaven Sheila WPRO CAN (Canada) KAISA LOOKING TO WIN AT HOME Text By Laura Siddall Kasia Sali will be heading to Finland to race in her home country and will be one of the favorites to take the win. She’ll be up against Yvonne van Vlerken who won in Turku in 2016, who is consistently up there in every race and seems to be hitting her stride for this back half of the year. (c) Getty Images Ewa Komander is likely to be in the mix after some solid results and top 5 finishes this year. This race also sees a return to racing for Parys Edwards. The British athlete, and former age group world champion, has been out of action for the best part of eight-months with what she’s now found out was lymes desease. However she has shown she may be on the right path back, winning the Long Course Weekend event in Wales a few weeks ago. Challenge Turku 2017 Start List Paulina Kotfica POL Annie Thoren SWE Ulrike Schwalbe GER Olga Kowalska POL Sarah Lester AUS Yvonne Van Vlerken NED Anni Antikainen FIN Parys Edwards GBR Frankie Sanjana GBR Ewa Komander POL Kaisa Sali FIN (c) Getty Images RIESLER EYES REGENSBURG TITLE Text By Laura Siddall The full distance race in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Regensburg could be a pretty open event with several women in with a chance to take the win. Unfortunately this year will be a slightly sad event as last years winner was Julia Vielehner sadly died in a bike accident earlier this year. Professional athlete Sonja Tajsich and Julia’s partner Tom Stecher will race in a relay in honor of Julia. Diana Riesler is likely to be favorite to take the win, but only a few weeks ago raced and finished second in Ironman UK. Riesler is the three time Ironman Malaysia champion and has plenty of wins and experience to take another title at Challenge Regensburg. Erika Csomor has been racing most weekends of late over the shorter distance and is experienced over the distance to chase down the leaders on the bike and the run. Csomor finished second in the race last year. Simona Krivankova finished third at challenge Prague a few weeks ago and raced her first triathlon abroad in Regensburg, albeit as a shorter distance back then. Krivankova finished second at the ETU European long distance championships in Poznan in 2016. Challenge Regensburg 2017 Start List Franziska Bossow DEU Jana Candrova CZE Erika Csomor HUN Yvette Grice GBR Simona Krivankova CZE Nina Kuhn DEU Diana Riesler DEU Anais Tommy-Martin DEU Dana Wagner DEU One Response OJ Baucco August 12, 2017 You’ve gotta do better research before these write-ups. 6 of the women you listed in the last paragraph of the Steelhead preview aren’t even racing. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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