Weekend racing: August 6 and 7

Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, Challenge Fredericia and Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup highlight a busy weekend of racing.

| August 4, 2016 | NEWS

Challenge Roth 2015 - Radfahren - 23 | Per Bittner will be the man to beat in Fredericia

Per Bittner will be the man to beat in Fredericia

Photo >Frank Wechsel / spomedis

This weekend the Challenge series carries on in Denmark, the ITU World Cup makes a pre-Olympic appearance in Canada and, on the Ironman front, we have the Asia-Pacific 70.3 championship race in the Philippines and events in Estonia and Poland.

 

Event: Challenge Fredericia

Location: Fredericia, Denmark
When: Saturday, Aug 6
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
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Maja Stage Nielsen is returning to defend her title in front of a home crowd. Stage Nielsen will likely see tough challenges coming from Yvonne van Vlerken and from countryman, Camilla Pedersen. She will have to be on top of her game if she is to defend her title. Germany’s Per Bittner is the class of the men’s field, but he will have to deal with a number of Danish pros looking to make a name for themselves at home along with other European pros vying for a big win.  

Event: Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup

Location: Montreal, Quebec Canada
When: Saturday, Aug 6
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
Prize Purse: $60,000

Montreal, Canada is the final World Cup stop on the circuit before the Olympic race in Rio de Janeiro. The race will highlight no fewer than 10 Olympians hammering out one last tune up before their big day in South America later in the month. Bermuda's Flora Duffy, who is currently on top of the WTS rankings, highlights the women’s field along with Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Kristen Kasper (USA) and Yuka Sato (JPN). In the men’s race Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt will see challenges from Drew Box (AUS), Kevin MacDowell (USA) and Spain’s Francesc Gody.
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ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast 2015 - 04 | Flora Duffy headlines Montreal ITU World Cup this weekend

Flora Duffy headlines Montreal ITU World Cup this weekend

Photo >triathlon.org / Delly Carr

Event: Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship

Location: Cebu, Philippines
When: Sunday, Aug 7
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
Prize Purse: $75,000

Triathlon’s popularity has taken the Philippines by storm, which is evident by the explosion of youth and adult participation, triathlon teams and genuine community support of the events. This weekend Cebu will host the 2016 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship with a number of high-caliber pros making their way to the Philippines for Sunday’s race. Three-time Ironman world champion Craig Alexander has shown little sign of slowing up at the age of 43 and already has claimed two Ironman 70.3 wins (Bussleton and Putrajaya) in 2016. The Australian’s primary threats will come from Brent McMahon, Tim Reed, Cam Brown and Tim Van Berekel. In the women’s race, an always tough-to-beat Caroline Steffen comes into the race as the favorite, but we'll see Radka Vodickova, Amelia Watkinson and Dimity-Lee Duke on the hunt to take the win, too.
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Event: Ironman 70.3 Otepaa

Location: Otepaa, Estonia
When: Saturday, Aug 6
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
Prize Purse: $15,000

The inaugural Ironman 70.3 event in Otepää has become a part of annual triathlon festival that annually attracts hundreds of multi-sport athletes in Estonia. A relatively small field will fight it out for the wins that features Viktor Zyemtsev and Mauro Baertsch in the men’s race and six-time Ironman world champion Natascha Badmann and Verna Walter.
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12 Ironman Switzerland 2014 | Six-time Ironman World Champion Natascha Badmann shooting for the win in Estonia on Sunday.

Six-time Ironman World Champion Natascha Badmann shooting for the win in Estonia on Sunday.

Photo >Michael Rauschendorfer / triaphoto.com

Event: Ironman 70.3 Gdynia

Location: Gdynia, Poland
When: Sunday, Aug 7
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
Prize Purse: $15,000

The port town of Gdynia was built on the wave of Polish enthusiasm for independence regained after years of captivity, and was built from scratch on the edge of the Baltic Sea. The coastal town of will host the half-distance race for the second year and the local community will be out enthusiastically supporting athletes on Sunday. The race will feature Joe Skipper, Steffan Schmid and Anthon Blokinas, along with Diana Riesler, who will take on Polish pros Ewa Bugdol and Ewa Komander.
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