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Big weekend of long course racing this weekend – and most of the British action can be found at Ironman Switzerland, Ironman Cairns and Enduroman.
It’s not quiet on the circuit this weekend and other races include Ironman Mooseman 70.3, Ironman Hawaii 70.3, Coniston and Weymouth Middle distances.
Find out who is racing and where – I bet you we get a podium in Switzerland for a start!
There was a cracking race in cold weather over in the New Forest. Luckily, Swashbuckler was just warm enough for a shortened swim to go ahead and Tom Sturdy and Elizabeth Hutson took the wins just in a tight finish. More on that below.
Elswhere there was top performances galore at Ironman Mallorca 70.3, Tri an Mhi’s CXIII and Leicester Triathlon featuring long course athletes. Read on!
Emma-Kate Lidbury is a true star of British middle distance racing and further cemented this opinion by defending her first Ironman 70.3 title here in Mallorca. Lidbury led pretty much the whole way to take the title in a time of 4:39:05. The other stunning news of note was the performance of British age-grouper, Georgie Rutherford who came 6th overall.
The men’s race headlines will be dominated by the news that Raelert turned up and smashed the field in a time of 3:57:08. The first British male through the line was Jon Hotchkiss, in 14th.
Read on to find out how Emma-Kate Lidbury, Tamsin Lewis, Jon Hotchkiss, Ben Howard, Mark Threlfall and Alun Woodward fared in Mallorca.
The big race on the international circuit is Ironman Mallorca 70.3 – which features some of the best European middle distance triathletes – as well as plenty of British stars.
On domestic shores is The Swashbuckler, a middle distance triathlon in the New Forest – the perfect preperation for those tackling Forestman later this year.
The Ironman UK 70.3 2011 champion, Mikel Elgezabel. has announced that he will be returning to Wimbleball to defend his title in 2012.
The Spaniard wasn’t amongst the favourites last year, but a killer bike leg over the hills ensured that he pressed on to victory – beating the likes of race day favourite Stephen Bayliss.
The 2012 race is shaping up to be a cracker and, whilst still too early for he full pro field to be announced, already contains Jon Hotchkiss, Stephen Bayliss, Mark Threlfal, Erich Wegscheider, Kamil van Beijnum, Oliver Simon and Martin Cain. Keep an eye out for Nick Baldwin as well – this young age grouper is a strong candidate for overall amateur and is aiming to turn pro in 2013.
In the ladies, we will see Bella Bayliss in action here again and Corrine Abraham will be looking for KPR points and a podium. Interest in the age group race comes in the form of former track world cycling champion, Rebecca Romero as she continues her Ironman journey towards a target of sub-11 hours in Bolton.
Updated: 26th March – Amey has withdrawn
You might be forgiven for not noticing later in the week, as Lance-fever will surely descend, but there will be two races on the Ironman 70.3 circuit this weekend.
Ironman 70.3 Texas is on Sunday and is bound to get the attention of not only the tri press but also the mainstream as a certain Lance Armstrong continues his venture towards Kona. But before then we have Ironman 70.3 California on the Saturday. There is Brit interest in both races.
Ironman San Juan 70.3 promised so much – with current top Brit male Paul Amey looking to utilise the run leg and score some big points. He was joined by Jonathon Hotchkiss. Neither produced their desired results unfortunately.
Amey could only manage 7th place in a time of 4:03:42 whilst Hotchkiss appears to DNF after the bike.
Taking to Twitter, Hotchkiss wrote: “All 2 familiar story i’m afraid. Wasnt supposed 2go THAT badly… Lots of hard work don but stil Q’s 2ask & answers 2 find
A report on any Brit age group podiums will follow.
There are two races coming up this weekend to interest the long distance triathlon fan, and at this time of the year they are predictably in warmer climates than most of my readers.
Ironman 70.3 San Juan and Ironman 70.3 Singapore are on the calendar with KPR points on and age-group slots up for grabs.