Daniela Ryf will start her season with two races in the USA. She'll do five races in preparation for her main focus event of 2019, the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
March 1, 2019 | NEWS|
Daniela Ryf has dominated the sport's long-distance race scene over the last few years. With all her success, it's hard to imagine how the Swiss star could possibly do any better. She's released her season plans and, once again, the focus will be on the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, where she will be chasing a fifth consecutive title. Leading up to the race in Kona she has five races planned. She's preparing for the upcoming season at a training camp right now on Gran Canaria.
She'll start the season at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside on April 6th. After that she'll visit her bike sponsor Felt, whose headquarters are only an hour's drive away. Her second race will also take place in the US, three weeks later on April 27 at Ironman Texas, the North American Championship.
"I've always wanted to participate in these two races," says Ryf. In Texas, she can secure her start position in Hawaii - as defending champion she just has to finish an Ironman race to qualify.
She will then spend May in Switzerland, where she will, among other things, launch of her own collection for the sports label Scatta.
The third event on Ryf's race calendar will be Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil-Jona, a home-country race on June 2. On July 7 she'll compete at Ironman Austria in Klagenfurt, which means we won't see her at either the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt or Challenge Roth.
Saving the best for last, Ryf will round out her 2019 season with two world championships. On September 7, she will look to defend her title at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice. On October 12, it will be time to defend the Ironman World Championship title in Hawaii and look to set another course record in the process.