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70.3 Mallorca: The BIG Brit preview
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Wednesday 4th May 2016


Tags  Andreas Dreitz  |  Emma Pallant  |  Emma Pooley  |  Hywel Davies  |  Kate Comber  |  Mallorca  |  Natalie Seymour  |  Nicola Spirig  |  Oliver Simon  |  Richard Westover  |  Stuart Hayes  |  Tim Don


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Can Tim Don end the German domination of the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca on Saturday?

Two British reigning World Duathlon Champions feature among a strong women's startlist too.

Starting in 2011, the IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca has been a huge hit from that start. It's popular location and easy access for athletes from across Europe make it perhaps the largest Ironman 70.3 event in the world in terms of athlete numbers. Once again, the 2016 edition is a sell out.

Given its location, it is no surprise to see an extended list of British professionals on the start list (along with a VERY long list of British Age-Groupers, if my own triathlon club is anything to go by...).

Previous Race Reports: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

The Men

The last two editions of the race have been won by Germany's Andreas Dreitz. In both years he has crushed the field on two wheels and then ran strongly for a clear margin of victory. He is back again, wears #1, and there is no reason to think he would be changing his tactics this year. Among the other uber-bikers on the start list (see link below), look out for Markus Thomschke (GER), Henrik Hyldelund (DEN), 70.3 Pays d'Aix winner Bertrand Billard (FRA) and Thomas Steger (AUT).

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Top ranked Brit has to be Tim Don. Winner already this year in Monterrey and Brazil, the former ITU World Champion in Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon has been looking completely at ease with the 70.3 distance and perhaps as good as he has ever been in his long career. Well known for his enthusiasm and love of the sport, that doesn't appear to have diminished in the slightest - and he still believes he has World Championship medals in his future. Looking at his results over the last two years, with good reason. Dreitz will surely need a significant lead at T2 if he wants to hold off the fast running Brit. That's if he can get a lead at all, as Tim has been looking very strong across all three disciplines of late.

Stuart Hayes recently earned his first Ironman 70.3 podium in Malaysia last month, and as one of the few male athletes to have ever won an ITU World Triathlon Series event and been to an Olympic Games too, he's a class athlete and will want to continue with his progress at what is a relatively new distance and format for him.

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Last year Oliver Simon broke the Welsh Ironman record and started this season with some great training and running PB's. His race at Ironman South Africa didn't go to plan, so he'll want to put in a solid result here and get back on track for other goals later in the season. Another athlete who would like to claim the Welsh Ironman record is Hywel Davies. The multi-talented Davies has claimed world records om the treadmill and Concept2 rower, and two weeks ago ran 2:32:37 at the London Marathon.

Related Article - Hywel Davies: Record Breaker

The full list of British Pro athletes is provided below, and includes first year Pro Richard Westover in his first race of 2016, twice Outlaw Triathlon winner Craig Twigg and Mark Threlfall, who has experience on this course to call upon.

The Women

Emma-Kate Lidbury is the sole British winner of this race - having won the first two editions in 2011 and 2012. She's not racing this year, but we do have some decorated athletes that are - including another two "Emma's".

2015 saw a Swiss domination from Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Champion Daniela Ryf, and this year a Swiss athlete is once again the marquee name on the start list - a certain Olympic Champion, Nicola Spirig.

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Emma Pooley is the two-time and reigning ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Champion and Emma Pallant is the ITU Duathlon World Champion at the Standard distance. Pooley was recently third at Challenge Fuerteventura while Pallant warmed up last weekend with a win at the Mallorca Olympic Distance triathlon. Pooley will surely enjoy the main climb which comes early in the race, though it's going to be a tough ask to overcome her swim weaknesses and make her way back into podium contention. Pallant is still in a 'learning' phase for this style of racing and will likely have her attentions set on defending her World Championship in Aviles, Spain in a few weeks time. She's in good form though and will definitely look to tear up the run course in particular.

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Joining that World Champion duo is Kate Comber. Kate had a great year last year, finishing as the first Age-Group athlete (and with the third fastest overall time) and Ironman UK as well as second overall at Challenge Weymouth. The final British Pro on the start list is Natalie Seymour, a former Elite hockey player. Natalie was first overall at 70.3 Wimbleball last year as well as winning the Sandman and Snowman events.

Related Article: Kate Comber Ironman UK interview

IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca 2016 - British Pro Athletes listing

MEN

  • #4 - Tim Don
  • #17 - Richard Westover
  • #18 - Brennan Townshend
  • #21 - Oliver Simon
  • #23 - Stuart Hayes
  • #27 - Mark Threlfall
  • #40 - Chris Walker
  • #43 - Craig Twigg
  • #52 - Hywel Davies

WOMEN

  • #74 - Emma Pooley
  • #76 - Kate Comber
  • #79 - Natalie Seymour
  • #87 - Emma Pallant
  • #94 - Leanda Cave

FULL PRO START LIST

IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca - Race History (Winners)

Year Men Women
2011 Andreas Raelert (GER) Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR)
2012 Michael Raelert (GER) Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR)
2013 Eneko Llanos (ESP) Lisa Hütthaler (AUT)
2014 Andreas Dreitz (GER) Lisa Hütthaler (AUT)
2015 Andreas Dreitz (GER) Daniela Ryf (SUI)

Other British podium finishes:

2016 - David McNamme (3rd)
2013 - Lucy Gossage (3rd)

IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca - Prize Money / Ranking Points

Kona Pro Rankings (KPR) points status = P-750

Prize purse total = $25,000

Pos Men Women
1st $5,000 $5,000
2nd $2,750 $2,750
3rd $1,750 $1,750
4th $1,250 $1,250
5th $1,000 $1,000
6th $750 $750

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