Coming up: Roth, Ironman UK, ITU Hamburg, Racine, Xterra Beaver Creak

All eyes might be on Roth this weekend, but there's lots to watch for in the triathlon world. Will Gwen stay tops in Hamburg? Can Lionel Sanders get his sixth 70.3 title in Racine? How will the Bennett's and Ben Hoffman fair at Xterra Beaver Creek? Check out what's coming up.

| July 15, 2016 | NEWS

Ironman 70.3 Oceanside 2016 - 20 | Lionel Sanders, seen winning Ironman 70.3 Oceanside earlier this year, is after his sixth 70.3 title this year in Racine.

Lionel Sanders, seen winning Ironman 70.3 Oceanside earlier this year, is after his sixth 70.3 title this year in Racine.

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Event: ITU World Triathlon Hamburg - Elites

Location: Hamburg, Germany

When: Saturday, July 16

Distances: Swim: .75 km, Bike: 20 km, Run: 5 km

Prize Purse: $75,000

One of the most popular races on the ITU circuit takes place on Saturday in Hamburg Germany. Athletes swim in the Alster lake, bike on the main streets of the old port trading city and finally run around the Binnenalster before completing the race in the historic Hamburg City Hall in this sprint distance triathlon.

This weekend’s race will feature a number athletes looking for that one last “hit-out” ITU World Triathlon Series race before the Olympic Games while keeping another eye on grabbing points in the chase for World Championship. Jodie Stimpson will be racing with a lot of motivation to go after the world title since she missed the Olympics, so she’ll be another to watch in Hamburg. Gwen Jorgensen (USA), Helen Jenkins (GBR) and Ai Ueda (JPN) are featured in the women’s race while Mario Mola (ESP), Fernando Alarza (ESP) and Richard Murray (ZAF) highlight the men’s race.

Other women to watch: Katie Zaferes (USA), Rene Tomlin (USA), Jodie Stimpson (GBR), Lucy Hall (GBR).

Other men to watch: Crisanto Grajales (MEX), Aaron Royle (AUS)

Event: ITU World Triathlon Hamburg: ITU Mixed Relay World Championships

Location: Hamburg, Germany

When: Sunday, July 17

Distances: Swim: 300 m, Bike: 6.6 km, Run: 1.6 km

Prize Purse: $70,000

In addition to the men’s and women’s elite races at the World Triathlon Hamburg, this weekend Hamburg will also host the thrilling ITU Mixed Relay World Championships.

ITU’s Triathlon Mixed Relay format consists of teams of four, compromised of two men and two women. Each athlete completes a mini triathlon of swimming, cycling and running, before tagging their teammate.

Depending on who lines up for each Federation, which won’t be revealed until a few hours before the race, a number of teams could feature on the podium. Last year’s winner, France, will be among the ones to follow during the race, with Great Britain, New Zealand, the US, as well as the Australians and Spaniards trying to bring home the eighth edition of the Mixed Relay World title.

Event: DATEV CHALLENGE Roth

Location: Roth, Germany

When: Sunday, July 17

Distances: Swim: 3.8 km, Bike: 180 km, Run: 42 km

Prize Purse: 73,500 Euro

This iconic race never fails to attract some of triathlons most gifted distance triathletes and the 2016 version of the race lives up to the attraction. The reigning Ironman world champions, Jan Frodeno (DEU) and Danielle Ryf (CHE), are both capable of smashing the course records if the race and weather conditions are cooperative.

TraithlonWorld.com will have extensive prerace to post race race coverage from Roth throughout the weekend. Check back often.

Event: Ironman UK

Location: Bolton, England

When: Sunday, July 17

Distances: Swim: 3.8 km, Bike: 180 km, Run: 42.2 km

Prize Purse: $50,000

Bolton and Lancashire host Ironman UK in England’s north-west with a course that features breathtaking views and a spectator-friendly course. The bike course has a bit of a sting to it as athletes will have to deal with a variety of hills, a number of fast sections and sprinkled with technical tight roads to really test everyone cycling abilities.

British athletes Fraser Cartmell, Ritchie Nicholls and Harry Wiltshire will take on Romain Guillaume (FRA) in the men’s race. Other men to watch: Patrick Evoe (USA), Markus Thomschke (DEU).

Lucy Gossage (GBR) has a pair of wins in Bolton (2013, 2015) and will have to contend with multiple IRONMAN champion Tine Deckers (BEL) as her main rival in Bolton. Katja Konschak (GER) comes into this race fresh off her second place finish at Ironman European Championship and if she has sufficiently recovered from that strong performance may be a threat for the podium. Other women to watch: Kristin Moeller (DEU), Alysssa Godesky (USA).

Location: Racine Wisconsin, USA

When: Saturday, July 16

Distances: Swim: 1.2 miles, Bike: 56 miles, Run: 13.1 km

Prize Purse: $50,000

All eyes will be on Canada’s Lionel Sanders in Wisconsin on Sunday as he is out to claim a sixth Ironman 70.3 race win in 2016. Sanders has one of the deadliest bike and run combinations and uses this lethal weapon with precision. Other men to watch: Matt Chrabot (USA), Tim Don (GBR), Richie Cunningham (AUS), Tyler Reid (CAN).

If Sarah Haskins (USA) comes into the race healthy she has to be considered the favorite. The American has five wins in six attempts at the Ironman 70.3 races since switching over to distance racing. Other women to watch: Magali Tisseyre (CAN), Lauren Barnett (USA), Sarah Piampiano (USA), Jackie Hering (USA).

Event: XTERRA Beaver Creek

Location: Beaver Creek/Avon Colorado, USA

When: Saturday, July 16

Distances: Swim: 1 mile, Bike: 16 miles, Run: 6 miles

Prize Purse: $15,000

The XTERRA Beaver Creek off-road event returns to Avon, Colorado for the eighth straight year on July 17. It’s the seventh of 10 championship races in the XTERRA Pan America Tour, and awards points for those racing for regional championships in the America Tour.

A number of off-road triathletes and road triathletes who live and train in Boulder Colorado will be heading to Beaver Creek. Of note, triathlon power couple Greg and Laura Bennett will be taking their first plunge into XTERRA on Saturday.

“The top 10 is going to be the strongest ever at this race I think,” said the reigning XTERRA World Champion champion Josiah Middaugh.  “It’s a super talented, deep field, which we don’t always see here.  Some are new to XTERRA, some dabble in it, and there are a few XTERRA veterans here as well.  It’s going to be interesting to see how it all pans out.”

Other men to watch: Ben Hoffman (USA) and Brian Smith (USA) Brandon Rakita (USA) Rom Anderson (CRC), Greg Bennett (AUS).

Suzie Snyder (USA) has successfully overcome a prolonged rehab after crushing her pelvis in a bike crash while pre-riding at XTERRA Mexico last year. The American has won XTERRA Oak Mountain and XTERRA Mine over Matter in convincing fashion to start the season and currently sits in third position in the Pan Am Pro Series. She hopes to improve on her best-ever third-place finish from 2013.

Other women to watch: Caroline Colonna (USA) , Maia Ignatz (USA), Kara LaPoint (USA)

 Laura Bennett (USA) Julie Baker (USA).