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Sat 19th Oct 2019
Weekend preview: December 03-04
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Friday 2nd December 2016

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And so the year finally plays out... November ends with sub-zero temperatures and the pro athletes all head for the sun in the southern hemisphere for a few months - and who can blame them? And, for the first time ever, there's a triathlete on the SPOTY shortlist in the form of Alistair Brownlee which means that there's at least one thing on the Christmas viewing shortlist that might be worth watching!

As far as this weekend goes it's quiet but not quite as quiet, on the domestic front but the main action is overseas. Starting off in Western Australia at the glorious setting of Busselton Jetty (which, oddly, almost perfectly aligns across the Indian Ocean with a rather shorter jetty at Port Elizabeth in South Africa...) is the double header of Ironman Western Australia and Ironman 70.3 Western Australia. Three GB athletes are listed for the main event: Laura Siddall, Graeme Stewart and Ritchie Nicholls (with his mid-bike DNF at Thailand last weekend he's either got injury issues or will have a point to make).

Busselton can provide some fast times - none more so than 12 months ago, when Luke McKenzie smashed the eight hour mark and took victory by a huge margin of 20 minutes, destroying the course record by eight minutes in the process. Is there a last chance, perhaps, of another Sub-8 hour finish from someone this weekend? With the annual total this year up to 11 (matching 2015), could it me another record on that front too?

Related Article: Luke McKenzie "career day" in numbers

Luke is not racing this year, but there are plenty of other class names on the start list including Andy Potts (USA), Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), Denis Chevrot (FRA) and Jeff Symonds (CAN) amongst others. The women's race is strong too, with Melissa Hauschildt (AUS), Sarah Piampiano (USA), Mareen Hufe (GER) and Asa Lundstrom (SWE). Laura Siddall has spent many years living in Australia and has had by far her best season to date - can she end it with another top performance this weekend?

Racing the switches to literally the opposite side of the globe with Ironman 70.3 Cartagena (Columbia), Tim Hancock is listed there, and Challenge Florianopolis for which, not surprisingly, it is a primarily Brazilian Pro field.

On the home front it's a step-up from last weekend in that there are a trio of proper races to keep your season alive. The Krazy Kristmas Kaper in Barnstaple and the BCT Splash and Dash in Wombourne offer the opportunity to run around the freezing streets in a Speedo but at least you'll have the option of dressing sensibly for the Rempstone Roast MTB Duathlon down in Dorset.

From a past Krazy Kristmas Kaper...

Krazy Kristmas Kaper 2011


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