Weekend racing: August 13 and 14

The Ironman 70.3 European Championship, Challenge events in Regensburg, Turku and Iskandar Puteri, along with Ironman 70.3 events in Ireland and South Korea highlight a busy weekend of racing.

| August 12, 2016 | NEWS

wiesbaden-12 | Ironman 70.3 European Championships

Ironman 70.3 European Championships

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Event: Ironman 70.3 European Championship

Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden has always been a hotly contended race and this year is no exception. There is a mix of Europeans gunning for victory and bragging rights, not to mention a few on the hunt for points to put towards securing one of the final 10 men's and seven women's spots available for the Ironman World Championship.

On the men’s side, Lionel Sanders makes a rare European appearance and should be considered the favorite heading onto the race. Boris Stein is returning to defend his title and will be joined by Bart Aernouts, Ronnie Schildknecht, Patrick Lange and Igor Amorelli, just to mention a few of the 70 registered pro men.

On the women’s side, a star-studded field includes Melissa Hauschildt, Jodie Swallow, Camillia Pedersen, Anja Beranek and Helle Frederiksen.

Event: Challenge Regensburg

Challenge Regensburg

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Location: Regensburg, Germany
When: Sunday, Aug 14
Distances: Swim: 3.8 km, Bike: 180 km, Run: 42 km
Price Purse: 38,000 Euro

Set in the spectacular medieval city that is UNESCO world heritage site, full-distance racing returns to Regensburg in style this weekend. Over 1,100 athletes are registered for the race that finishes in the shadows of the Regensburg cathedral, a fitting finish to a spectacular race.

Event: Ironman 70.3 Dublin

Location: Dublin, Ireland
When: Sunday, Aug 14
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
Prize Purse: $15,000

Dublin has a great sporting heritage and this second year event continues add to legacy of the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. Susie Cheetham, Katharina Grohmann and Saleta Castro Nogueira highlight the women competition while Ben Collins, Joe Skipper, Harry Wilshire and Fraser Cartmell will be the men to watch come race day.

Pro Start List

Event: Challenge Turku

Location: Turku, Finland
When: Saturday, Aug 13
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
Price Purse:

Per Bittner headlines the men’s race coming off his strong second place showing at Challenge Frederica last weekend. A fresh Timo Bracht should be up for making a challenge for the win while Henrik Goesch and Darby Thomas would like to steal the thunder the two German favorites to take the win at home. Yvonne van Vlerken is a ferocious competitor and will be on a mission after her second place finish in Frederica seven days earlier. Van Vlerken will face small field that consists of Sara Munoz and Palmira Alvarez.   

Challenge Turku | Swim venue at Challenge Turku.

Swim venue at Challenge Turku.

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Event: Ironman 70.3 Chungju

Location: Chungju, Korea
When: Sunday, Aug 14
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
Prize Purse: $15,000

Small pro fields will take on this inaugural event in the city of Chungju, which lies southeast of Seoul. Known as the "Watersports City," Chungju hosted the 2013 World Rowing Championship at the stunning Tangeum Lake International Rowing Regatta, where the race transition and finish line are located.

Pro Start List

Event: Challenge Iskandar Puteri

Location: Nusajaya, Malaysia
When: Saturday, Aug 13
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km

New Zealand and Australia will be well represented at Challenge Iskandar Puteri with Dylan McNeice, Brad Kahlefeldt, Mitch Robins and Chris McCormack considered the pre-race favorites. Aussie legend Belinda Granger comes out of semi-retirement to race in Malaysia and will have her hands full with Radka Vodickova, Amelia Watkinson and Renee Baker once the start gun has sounded.