AsiaTRI this Weekend: Ironman Dubai 70.3, Ironman South Africa 70.3, National Age Group Triathlon-Subic

      • National Age Group Triathlon- Subic, Philippines

      Right in the heart of triathlon mecca in the Philippines, Subic, is where the National Age Group Triathlon will be held this weekend.  It will feature 3 categories, Super Sprint Distance (500m swim, 16km bike and 2.5k run)  Sprint Distance (750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run) and Standard Olympic Distance (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10k run).

      It is important to note that the Super Sprint Distance is a qualifying event for the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games.

      AsiaTRI will be there in Subic this weekend to cover the race.

       

      • Ironman Dubai 70.3

      A loaded Pro startlist on both men and women’s categories.  Javier Gomez (ESP) headlines the men’s list, and will be racing for the first time since that arm injury he suffered before the Rio games.  Joining him in the startline will be Josh Amberger (AUS), last year’s 2nd placer, Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL), Ruedi Wild (CHE)), Michael Raelert (DEU), Fredrik Croneberg (SWE) and Tim O’Donell (USA).  Noticeably missing is last year’s winner Jan Frodeno.

      In the women’s side, it will be a more interesting matchup as the top 3 finishers of last year’s event comes back to fight for the 2017 crown.  Defending champion Daniela Ryf (CHE) is the prohibitive favorite, but will be challenged by Caroline Steffen, Kaisa Lehtonen and Jocelyn McCauley, who finished fourth last year.

       

      • Ironman South Africa 70.3

      Athletes will begin their day with a 1.2-mile ocean swim in East London’s Orient Beach. Protected by the breakwaters of East London’s harbor, athletes can expect generally calm and warm waters. The rolling hills of the 56-mile bike course will be a challenge. Road closures will allow the athletes to safely navigate the course while enjoying the inherent beauty of the landscape. A 13.1-mile, flat run will consist of two-loops with spectacular ocean views. Finishers will be greeted in true style with African dancers, music and spectators. (from ironman website)

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      Startlist among the Pros include:  South Africans Matt Trautman, James Cunnama, Kyle Buckingham, and Stuart Marais.  On the Women’s list, Jodie Cunnama, we used to know her as Jodie Swallow, headlines this event as she is seeking to win for the 7th consecutive time.   Looking to break the streak is fellow Brit Susie Cheetham, and South African Annah Watkinson.

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