Where will the two-time Kona champ be racing this year? A look at Jan Frodeno's upcoming race plans.
February 4, 2019 | NEWS|
According to his current plans, Olympic gold medalist and Ironman and Ironman 70.3 world champion Jan Frodeno will be competing in a total of six races this season, three of them in Germany.
One of those will be a "bucket list" race for the 37-year-old, the Buschhütten triathlon. Frodeno will open up the 2019 season with Ironman 70.3 Oceanside in California on April 6, an event Frodeno won last year for the third time, including some thrilling duels with Canadian Lionel Sanders.
Exactly one month later Frodeno will compete in at the Buschhutten event, a popular German short-distance, non-drafting event, accepting an invitation from the organizers. The modified standard-distance event (1 km swimming, 41.9 km cycling, 9.5 km running) takes place on May 5 and it will be the first time that Frodeno will compete at the event. Last year, world champion Patrick Lange, among others, competed there. It is still unclear who will be on the start line alongside Frodeno.
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The next highlight on Frodeno's racing calendar will be Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau on June 2. Last year, Frodeno handily won his first showdown with Ironman world champion Patrick Lange at the race. Frodeno also finished ahead of the defending Kona champ at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt. This season the race along the River Main will once again see a duel between the two double Hawaii winners.
As in 2018, the main competitions of the season for Frodeno will be the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice and the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The main goal, however, is to compete on Big Island, according to Frodeno's manager Felix Rüdiger. Frodeno will only want to defend his title at the 70.3 world championship if he feels good at that point of the season. The goal is to avoid the risk of an injury. Last year Frodeno got a stress fracture right after the 2018 70.3 worlds in South Africa, putting him out of the race in Hawaii.
Jan Frodeno's 2019 Race Season
April 6, 2019
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, USA
May 5, 2019
Buschhütten Triathlon, Germany
June 2, 2019
Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau, Germany
June 30, 2019
Ironman Frankfurt, Germany
September 8, 2019
Ironman 70.3 World Championship, Nice, France
October 12, 2019
Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii