The Ironman 70.3 Mandurah 2012 preview features several top pro Ironman triathletes who will clash in the inaugural Mandurah, Western Australia on Sunday October 21, 2012 to contest the Australian Professional Championship.
Mandurah will be the first WTC since a very exciting race that featured Peter Jacobs and Leanda Cave winning Ironman Hawaii 2012.
The 1.9km swim is point-to-point and the 90km bike, and 21.1km run are two loops as seems to be the way most new Ironman 70.3 races are configured.
A two-loop course may be preferred by venues for two main reasons. It is easier to manage as far as aid stations and road closures and incorporating several loops into a race make them much more spectator friendly.
PRO ENTRIES FOR IRONMAN 70.3 MANDURAH
For the pro men it looks on the surface that it will be a race between Paul Ambrose and Clayton Fettell for top spot on the podium.
The edge will most likely go to Fettell on the strength of his wins in Ironman 70.3 Mooseman 2012 as well as Ironman 70.3 Kansas.
Look out for a possible upset by Brett Carter who has been raising some eyebrows as he ventures into the pro ranks. Carter is a strong swimmer and should be with the leaders for quite some time on the bike course as he showed some speed when he recently won his first race as a professional in Indonesia.
Tim Reed, Justin Granger, and Christian Kemp will also be part of the pro men’s field.
For the women it really seems that it is a two-woman race. Liz Blatchford will most likely go into the race as the favorite but Melissa Hauschildt is going to be hard to beat and is this writers pick to win the race.
Other female pro entries include Lisa Marnagnon and Elly Franks who are quite capable of rounding out the podium.
FETTELL, Clayton AMBROSE, Paul BAILEY, Matt LEWIN, James MUNRO, Casey WILD, Ruedi REED, Tim CARTER, Brett RIGBY, Alex REITHMEIER, Alex JOHNSEN, Jimmy VAN BERKEL, Tim FRANKISH, Monty BOWSTEAD, James WHITE, Matt BORG, Johan COTTER, Ben GRANGER, Justin
BLATCHFORD, Liz LUXFORD, Annabel VODICKOVA, Radka MARANGON, Lisa BAKER, Kat GRANGER, Belinda HAUSCHILDT, Melissa CROWLEY, Sarah FRANKS, Elly HOSCHKE, Rebecca