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Weekend preview: April 20-22
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Posted on: Friday 20th April 2012


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In association with Orca

They say you have to win it to be in it and that's definitely going to be the case for the elite at this weekend's ETU European Championships in Eilat - winning it is a guaranteed (country) slot for the London 2012 triathlon events. There's a preview of the elite field HERE but as always Team GB is heading out en masse with representation in all the championship races which kick off today (Friday) with the Age Group Olympic, Junior girls and Elite ladies. Good luck to all.

(Tri247 Eilat prediction: Elite Ladies - Nicola Spirig (SUI) to regain the Euro title she won in 2009 (Holten) and 2010 (Athlone) and Javier Gomez (ESP) to head off the challenge of Sven Riederer (SUI) to put behind him the disaster of Pontevedra last year).

The Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa in Port Elizabeth had its elite field boosted this week with the news that defending champion Raynard Tissink will join, Andi Boecherer (GER) and Mike Aigroz (SUI). Tissink, a former PE resident and veteran of all seven previous IMSA races, has moved to Cape Town to start a new venture which had seen him take a short sabbatical from racing. He indicates he's racing for fun - we'll see! The women's field sees the return of Natascha Badmann (SUI), a triple winner in PE, Diana Riesler (GER) and Virginia Berasategui (ESP). A number of GB athletes are also startlisted: Jonathan Hotchkiss, Craig Twigg and a certain Jodie Swallow... ...who definitely won't be there after discovering a stress fracture in her left foot last month.

(Tri247 Port Elizabeth prediction: The rapidly improving Andi Boecherer to step up from second last year to take the title ahed of sixth placed Kona finisher Aigroz. Diana Riesler to head off Berasategui and Badmann for another teamTBB victory)

Ironman 70.3 racing is also on the calendar, this time it's the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans. Tom Lowe is on the startlist for that one for his first race of the year. Michael Raelert is a late notice DNS for this one and so the headline names are arguably Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL), Richie Cunningham (AUS), Michael Lovato (USA) and TJ Tollakson. The ladies race is headlined by Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) who will be challenged by Caitlin Snow (USA), Magali Tisseyre (CAN), Amy Marsh (USA), Heather Wurtele (CAN) and Rebekah Keat (AUS)...probably!

(Tri247 New Orleans prediction: After third in Panama and second in California, we'll go for a Cunningham win here with a strong race from Lowe, a little 'ring rust' perhaps preventing him challenging for top spot this early in his season. Carfrae is the obvious name, but she took something of a beating from Steffen and Joyce in Melbourne and with that still in her legs, may not be the force she can be at 70.3 for this race. So, we'll go for a close finish and a 1/2/3/4 of Marsh-Snow-Carfrae-Wurtele).

The ITU have the Ishigaki Triathlon World Cup race which not surprisingly is impacted by many of the top European athletes racing in Eilat. You can read the ITU Ishigaki preview HERE.

On the domestic front this is, and it's hard to believe given this week's grim weather, the start of the open water season! Dorney Lake sees the All Nations Triathlon with a 400m dip in the rowing lake followed by the 20k/5k bike run format that's so familar there. [Perhaps we should just call that distance a 'Dorney'?]

Triathlons outnumber duathlons by a significant amount this weekend, apart from the Dorney event they are all pool-based though. There's racing in Bicester, Duston, Kendal, Lincoln, Wombourne, Great Yarmouth, Holmfirth, Stonyhurst and at Ribby Hall.

A couple of duathlons survive the transition, there's the Pollock Off-Road near Glasgow and the Hetton Lyons Junior event in the North East. Two junior aquathlons on the books; the Tri Sport Epping Junior and the Deva Junior plus the Teesdale Aquathlon and the fourth race in the Tewkesbury Aquathlon series for the grown-ups.

Raw Energy Pursuits also have their annual 10k Bluebell Run at Angmering in West Sussex with the addition of a 10 mile edition this year.

FULL WEEKEND RACE LISTINGS

In association with Orca


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