Brownlee and Lawrence join Bahrain Endurance

Bahrain Endurance 13 "3.0" adds two more big names to the mix - two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee and Ironman 70.3 world champion Holly Lawrence.

| February 14, 2017 | NEWS

Holly Lawrence wins the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Holly Lawrence wins the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

They are calling it "Bahrain Endurance 13 3.0" and, like any new operating system should be, the latest iteration is even better than the previous two. Today Bahrain 13 announced the addition of a couple of British athletes: two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee and 2016 Ironman 70.3 world champion Holly Lawrence to the stacked team roster.

Brownlee moves to longer-distance racing

After winning a pair of gold medals, two ITU world championships, three European titles and numerous other ITU wins, Alistair Brownlee intends to test himself over longer distances over the next few years.

Alistair Brownlee at the ITU Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico.

Alistair Brownlee at the ITU Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

“The next couple of years will see me race over longer distances, though I will still be at Leeds WTS this year,” Brownlee says. “I’m looking to be as competitive as I have been over the Olympic distance, although I have a lot to learn. I’m strong over all three disciplines and I will look to use that to my advantage.”

Lawrence's breakthrough

Since moving away from ITU racing and focusing on the half-distance, Lawrence has quickly moved through the ranks and claimed her spot as a world champion. In her first Ironman 70.3 appearance at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside she was in the lead through eight miles of the run before fading to third. By last year, though, she had honed her longer-distance skills - she took three Ironman 70.3 titles. (She also won the prestigious Escape from Alcatraz event, too.)

Team roster

The Bahrain 13 main roster will also include an age group athlete in 2017 as Spaniard Mikel Calahorra, who is not only an accomplished athlete, but also coaches in Bahrain.

Javier Gomez Noya (ESP)

Jan Frodeno (GER)

Daniela Ryf (SUI)

Alistair Brownlee (GBR)

Jodie Cunnama (GBR)

Terenzo Bozzone (NZL)

Caroline Steffen (SUI)

David Plese (SLO)

Holly Lawrence (GBR)

Fredrik Croneborg (SWE)

Brent McMahon (CAN)

Mikel Calahorra (ESP)

Ben Hoffman (USA)