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The weekend preview
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Friday 19th March 2010


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International Racing

After the excitement of Abu Dhabi last weekend, the headline international race this week is the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore. Last year this saw a convincing debut middle distance win for Jodie Swallow, who later on the season added the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champs title to her racing CV. Jodie is back, as is reigning Ironman Champion and 2009 winner Craig Alexander - and it's difficult to predict anything other than repeat wins.

On paper Caroline Steffen (SUI), who was fourth in Clearwater last year, and recently won Geelong 70.3 would appear a tough challenge - but having just finished fourth in Abu Dhabi it may be expecting too much to see her on top form in Singapore. James Cunnama (RSA) should another step forward in his progression at Ironman 70.3 South Africa, but we can't see him challenging the mighty "Crowie" just yet. We have an in depth race preview HERE.

If you fancy some exotic, perhaps the Nevis (Caribbean) Triathlon is for you (www.neviscycleclub.com), or perhaps Saipan, where Sam Gardner will be looking to follow up last weekend's XTERRA Saipan win, with another victory in the on-road Tagaman Triathlon (www.tagaman.com).

Domestic Racing

We do have a couple of swim-bike-run offerings this weekend. In Scotland, the Tranent Triathlon (Edinburgh) is a pool-based sprint, as is the Luton Triathlon, and you can check out the start list for that one HERE.

A couple of aquathlons too. The Earlybird Winter Aquathlon (Machynlleth) is the race originally scheduled for 17th January, while in Scotland the kids will be racing at the Boclair Aquathlon.

Not surprisingly for March, duathlons still make up the majority of the racing schedule. An interesting new event is the Dambuster Duathlon, which takes place at the venue and course of the Dambuster and Vitruvian triathlons. With a proven course and ambitions to host the National Championships in future years, it should be a race to watch. Local athlete Lucy Gossage should be the one to beat in the ladies event, as the challenging course should suit her strong riding ability.

The Marlow Duathlon has developed some very positive feedback in just a couple of years, and with some very swift athletes located in the region, this should be another competitive race. Also in the South East, more racing at Dorney Lake, Eton at the Votwo Duathlon plus SuperSprint.

Market Bosworth plays host to the 1485 No Frills Duathlon which we reported on last year while kids get to race at the Holmfirth Harriers Junior Duathlon in Yorkshire. At Market Bosworth all 100 places were filled two weeks ago with Craig Twigg and Conor Murphy of Leics Tri the race favourites, advises organiser Richard Billington.

The final event to highlight is one of the increasing number of off-road races, the second Mud and Mayhem Off Road Duathlon of the season, the first of which was won by Tim McDowell, who reported on his race HERE.