Weekend racing: August 28 and 29

TriathlonWorld.com previews this weekend's racing in Canada, Norway, France, Indonesia and Austria.

| August 26, 2016 | RACES

Ironman 70.3 Zell am See-Kaprun | Scene from Ironman 70.3 Zell am See-Kaprun in 2015

Scene from Ironman 70.3 Zell am See-Kaprun in 2015

Photo >Jan Sägert / spomedis

Event: Challenge Penticton

An all new course and distances will be the highlight of Challenge Penticton for 2016 and beyond. The iconic triathlon venue will host the 2017 ITU World Championships – Multisport and will see the feature race set to the ITU long distance standard of a 3 km swim, 120 bike and finished off with a 30 km run.

The men’s race is guaranteed to have fireworks. With Jeff Symonds’ successes, skill and “home town favorite” tag, Symonds will have a target on his back come race day. The Canadian will see early challenge coming from Maik Twelsiek, Bryan Rhodes, Davide Giardini and Drew Scott while the likes of Nathon Killiam Anthony Toth can’t be discounted

In the women’s race, Liz Lyles is having a stand-out year with wins at the prestigious Wildflower triathlon and the Ironman South American Championship in Brazil in May. The American should be the woman to beat come Sunday. Penticton’s own Jen Annett has “home field” advantage, but the late additions of Mel McQuaid and Sara Gross, both whom are returning to racing after a lengthy recovery from injuries bring, an unknown element to the race - both are capable of the win if they are healthy.  

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Event: IRONMAN Vichy

Location: Vichy, France
When: Sunday, Aug 21
Distances: Swim: 3.8 km, Bike: 180 km, Run: 42 km
Prize Purse: $25,000

Athletes will swim in the stunning Lake Allier, where the rowing race infrastructure will guide athletes through the course. Those racing will bike the regions of Allier and Puy-de-dome, with stunning views of the Chaine des Volcans d’Auvergne. The day ends with a run course on the shores of Lac d'Allier and through historical Vichy, where hundreds of spectators will line the course to cheer the athletes to the finish.

Christian Brader, Harry Whiltshire, Trevor DeSa, Ivan Risti and Jens Frommhold and Romain Guillaume  will be the men to watch. The women’s race will feature Diana Riesler, Celine Schaer, Nicole Woysch and Lauren Capone.

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Event: Challenge Tonsberg

Location: Tonsberg, Norway
Sunday, Aug 27
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90km, 21 km

Tønsberg is generally regarded as the oldest town in Norway and represents a rich part of the country’s history and culture.

Event: Ironman 70.3 Bintan

Location: Bintan, Indonesia
When: Sunday, Aug 28
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
Prize Purse: $15,000

Located at Singapore’s doorstep, Bintan is the epitome of an island paradise providing endless beaches, a wide variety of international-class resorts and tropical holiday activities including golf, spas and water sports. On Sunday it will be anything but a holiday for athletes competing in Indonesia.

Ironman legend Cam Brown will be race along with David Dellow, Fredrik Croneborg and Guy Crawford. Kate Bevilaqua  will face a small women’s field that includes Alise Selsmark and Amanda Wilson.

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Event: Ironman 70.3 Zell am See-Kuprun

Location: Salzburg, Austria
When: Sunday, Aug 28
Distances: Swim: 1.9 km, Bike: 90 km, Run: 21 km
Prize Purse: $15,000

After a successfully hosting the 2015 Ironman World Championship race, the venue returns to host and celebrate its sixth year of racing in the beautiful Strasburg, Austria. Belgium’s Tine Deckers and Mirino Vanhoenacker come into the race as the favorites in the women and men’s races but both will have to deal with stiff challenges coming from large European fields.

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