The Bahrain 13 Endurance team announces yet another stacked roster of Olympic and world champions.
January 30, 2018 | NEWS|
Including eight of the founding members of the Bahrain Endurance 13 team, the 2018 iteration of the super-team is as stacked as ever.
The original eight include five-time ITU world champion and two-time 70.3 world champ Javier Gomez, three-time (in a row in Kona) Ironman and Ironman 70.3 world champion Daniela Ryf, Olympic gold medalist and two time Kona champ Jan Frodeno, two-time ITU long course and 70.3 world champion Jodie Cunnama, five-time world champion Terenzo Bozzone, two-time African Ironman champion Ben Hoffman, Ironman South American champion Brent McMahon and Ironman champion David Plese.
As if that group isn't impressive enough, there's last year's additions to the team: two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee and 70.3 world champion Holly Lawrence.
OK, so we're at 10.
The new athletes to the roster include last year's runner up to Gomez in Chattanooga (70.3 worlds) Ben Kanute and Olympian Ashleigh Gentle.
Rounding out the teams roster is the man behind the team, team captain and founder, His Highness Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who has qualified for the Ironman World Championship later this year.
The team announcement confirmed that Gomez will be after a spot in Kona later this year, where he will take on a determined Frodeno, who was forced to walk much of the marathon in Kona last year due to back issues. Ryf will certainly have her eyes set on a fourth-straight Kona title. Cunnama, who took much of 2017 off to her pregnancy and delivery of son Jack will be aiming for the 70.3 world championships in South Africa, virtually a home race for her and husband James Cunnama.
The team will be ably represented in the chase for the Triple Crown at the first race of the three-race series - Ironman 70.3 Dubai (the second two legs are the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and Ironman 70.3 Bahrain), with Brownlee and Lawrence going after the big million-dollar paycheck that goes to the athlete who can win all three titles.
2018 BAHRAIN ENDURANCE 13 TEAM
Javier Gomez (ESP)
Daniela Ryf (SUI)
Jan Frodeno (GER)
Jodie Cunnama (GBR)
Terenzo Bozzone (NZL)
Holly Lawrence (GBR)
Ben Hoffman (USA)
Ashleigh Gentle (AUS)
Brent McMahon (CAN)
Alistair Brownlee (GBR)
Ben Kanute (USA)
David Plese (SLO)
HH Shaikh Nasser (BAH)