Weekend racing: July 29 and 30

TriathlonWorld.com recaps Alpe d'Huez and previews the weekend racing that includes the inaugural Ironman Vineman in Windsor California.

| July 29, 2016 | NEWS

IronmanMallorca2015 - 27 | James Cunnama, seen here at Ironman Mallorca 2015, took Thursday\'s Alpe d\'Huez triathlon for the second time.

James Cunnama, seen here at Ironman Mallorca 2015, took Thursday's Alpe d'Huez triathlon for the second time.

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Ironman dominates the race schedule this weekend with two full-distance and a pair of half-distance races on three continents, while a tough group of athletes tackled the iconic Alpe d’Huez Triathlon on Thursday. In the ITU world, the ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup race will go in Tabor, Czech Republic.

Event: Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

Location: Alpe d’Huez, France
When: Sunday, July 28
Distances: Swim: 2.2 km, Bike: 120 km, Run: 21 km

Taking place on the iconic 21-hairpin turn climb made so famous as a frequent Queen Stage at the Tour de France, this event been been around since 2006. Jodie Swallow, Chrissie Wellington, Mary Beth Ellis, Nicola Spring  are a few women that have claimed the title on those slopes while Tim Don, James Cunnama and Victor del Corral on the men’s side have been some men who have came out on top at Alpe d’Huez.

On Thursday, the 2016 edition of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon was held and James Cunnama claimed his second win on this course, while Jeanne Collonge took the victory on her own turf.

Pro Men

Rank

Name

Country

Time

1

Cunnama, James

ZAF

5:58:02

2

Van Houtem, Timothy

DEU

6:00:07

3

Van Luyck Man, Sven

DEU

6:05:00

Swipe me

Pro Women

Rank

Name

Country

Time

1

Collonge, Jeanne

FRA

6:33:32

2

Gossage, Lucy

GBR

6:37:31

3

Edwards, Parys

GBR

6:53:11

Swipe me

 

Event: Ironman Maastricht

Location: Limburg, The Netherlands
When: Sunday, July 31
Distances: Swim: 3.8 km, Bike: 180 km, Run: 42 km
Prize Purse: $25,000
Pro Start List

Mary Beth Ellis | Mary Beth Ellis seen here winning Ironman Regensburg, competes in Limburg this weekend.

Mary Beth Ellis seen here winning Ironman Regensburg, competes in Limburg this weekend.

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For centuries Limburg was a strategic location a much-coveted region among Europe's major powers. This second-year event features Bas Diederen, who returns to defend his coveted title in his home country's Ironman in the southern Netherlands. Mark Oude Bennink, Igor Amorelli and Markus Fachbach will be out to topple the champion, while Mary Beth Ellis will be facing challenges from Sarissa de Vries and Alexandra Tondeur.

 

Event: Ironman Vineman

Location: Windsor, California USA
When: Saturday, July 30
Distances: Swim: 3.8 km, Bike: 180 km, Run: 42 km
Prize Purse: $50,000
Pro Start List

This inaugural event in the heartland of wine country in California features a number of seasoned veterans. Richie Cunningham and Chris McDonald will have to deal with Kyle Buckingham, who is coming into his own and is already a force to contend with now and in the future. Sarah Piampiano will headline the women’s race along with Kate Bevilaqua.

 

Event: Ironman 70.3 Ecuador

Location: Manta, Ecuador
When: Sunday, July 31
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
Prize Purse: $25,000
Pro Start List

Manta was rocked by the earthquakes in April and have rebuilt and recovered their community to the point where they will proudly host the world for this second-year event.

Lauren Goss will tackle a small women’s field that features Laurel Wassner, Pamela Tastets and Erika Simon. In the men’s race it looks like Matt Chrabot and Cody Beals will be the men to beat with a strong contingent of South Americans (Roberto Rivera, Fabio Carvalho, Mario de Elis) ready to take on the two North American favorites.


Event: Ironman Budapest

Location: Budapest, Hungary
When: Sunday, July 30
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
Prize Purse: $15,000
Pro Start List

One of the most beautiful captail cities in the world with its unique culture and old world opulence, Budapest provides the backdrop to an exciting race on Saturday. When Spain’s Ivan Rana is on his game he is tough to beat, however it will be no cake-walk for the Spaniard with Viktor Zyemtsev, Horst Reichel, Will Clarke  and Peter Kerr in the race. In the women’s race, Hungary’s Erika Csomor is wrapping up her pro career this year and how fitting would it be for her to claim one final a victory at home to cap off her illustrious long distance run. Lisa Huetthaler, Julia Gajer, Anna Halasz, and  Mirjam Weerd are all podium threats this weekend.

 

Event: Tábor: ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup

Location: Tábor, Czech Republic
When: Sunday, July 31
Distances: Swim: .75 km, Bike: 20 km, Run: 5 km

European junior triathletes will gather in South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic to compete at the ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup. The course consists of a one lap swim, two lap bike and three laps on the run on Sunday.