Ironman Mont-Tremblant features big names in search of a Kona start

There are some big names on the start list for Ironman Mont-Tremblant as some Kona contenders are still in the hunt for a spot at the Ironman World Championship.

| August 8, 2019 | RACES

Lionel Sanders

Lionel Sanders

Photo >Jay Prasuhn

A look at the current list of qualifiers for this year's Ironman World Championship is missing a few big names - Canadian Lionel Sanders, who was second two years ago, and Sarah True, who burst onto the Ironman scene with a runner-up finish in Frankfurt last year at the Ironman European Championship and then finished fourth in Kona. You can also add Angela Naeth, who finished eighth last year, to that list, too.

Sanders has been under the radar for much of the year after sustaining a stress fracture in the spring that has sidelined him. True has had a tough go of full-distance racing this year. She collapsed on the run course at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns and then collapsed again with less than 800 m to go at the Ironman European Championship (with an eight-minute lead, no less) to once again miss a chance at qualifying for the world championship in Hawaii. Naeth has had her own issues this year - she broke her wrist earlier this summer in a bike crash, then crashed again at Ironman Canada and was forced to pull out of that race.

Both are on the start list for Ironman Mont-Tremblant, though, where they will be in the hunt for the elusive Kona slot. 

Sanders finished second to fellow Canadian Cody Beals at last year's race and will once again face Beals this year. Beals is also coming off an injury that forced him to miss Challenge Roth in July. There are some other names on the start list who might press the two Canadians, including France's Antony Costes and Trevor Delsaut, along with American Andrew Yoder.

Competitive women's field

True might not have to win the race in Mont-Tremblant to ensure she gets a Kona slot, but there's really only one of the top seeds in the race with a Kona slot, Meredith Kessler.

Kessler returned to racing with a bang last year after the birth of her son M.A.K., winning the 70.3 race in Mont-Tremblant and finishing third at the full-distance race. She earned a Kona slot in New Zealand earlier this year, so True can finish behind her and still get to Hawaii. Carrie Lester is fresh off a runner-up finish at the Alpe d'Huez triathlon, so she is obviously fit and ready to contend for the title. Naeth appears to be ready to give Kona one more go in Mont-Tremblant, and it's certainly a course that suits her strengths. It's not a stretch to imagine that former Xterra world champ Melanie McQuaid will do well in Mont-Tremblant on a course that also suits her. We're going to assume that American Kelsey Withrow, who got a spot to Kona thanks to her third-place finish at Ironman Canada, won't be at the race.

Below you'll find the pro start lists for Ironman Mont-Tremblant.

Ironman Mont-Tremblant Pro Men's Start List

August 18, 2019 | Mont-Tremblant, Canada

BIB

LAST

FIRST

COUNTRY REP

1

Beals

Cody

CAN (Canada)

2

Sanders

Lionel

CAN (Canada)

3

Jolicoeur Desroches

Antoine

CAN (Canada)

4

Yoder

Andrew

USA (United States of America)

5

Daerr

Justin

USA (United States of America)

6

Adam

Anthony

FRA (France)

7

Boily

Cedric

CAN (Canada)

8

Botelho

Raymond

USA (United States of America)

9

Brader

Christian

DEU (Germany)

10

Cavelier

Sacha

CAN (Canada)

11

Chase

Nicholas

USA (United States of America)

12

Costes

Antony

FRA (France)

14

Defilippis

Scott

USA (United States of America)

15

Delsaut

Trevor

FRA (France)

16

Dempsey

Alan

CAN (Canada)

17

Dominguez

Ivan

USA (United States of America)

18

Holderbaum

Chad

USA (United States of America)

19

Kotland

Peter

CZE (Czech Republic)

20

Lacombe

Davie

CAN (Canada)

21

Lubinski

Jim

USA (United States of America)

22

Monchy

Wouter

BEL (Belgium)

23

Roy

Lee

CAN (Canada)

24

Scymanski

Eliot

USA (United States of America)

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Ironman Mont-Tremblant Pro Women's Start List

August 18, 2019 | Mont-Tremblant, Canada

BIB

LAST

FIRST

COUNTRY REP

30

Kessler

Meredith

USA (United States of America)

31

Lester

Carrie

AUS (Australia)

32

True

Sarah

USA (United States of America)

33

Withrow

Kelsey

USA (United States of America)

34

McQuaid

Melanie

CAN (Canada)

35

Naeth

Angela

CAN (Canada)

36

Robertson

Jodie

USA (United States of America)

37

Bachelder St-Pierre

Pamela-Ann

CAN (Canada)

38

Basso

Anne

FRA (France)

39

Burke

Melanie

NZL (New Zealand)

40

Cargiulo

Katy

USA (United States of America)

41

Hansen

Jennie

USA (United States of America)

42

Hardage

Robyn

CAN (Canada)

43

Howell

Ginger

USA (United States of America)

44

Kobelin

Kayla

USA (United States of America)

45

Lentzke

Jennifer

CAN (Canada)

46

Low

Heather

CAN (Canada)

47

Paulson

Ashley

USA (United States of America)

48

Ramsey

Lenny

NLD (Netherlands)

49

Treleaven

Sheila

CAN (Canada)

50

Van Tassel

Amy

USA (United States of America)

51

Wassner

Laurel

USA (United States of America)

52

Wiens

Kyra

USA (United States of America)

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