Ironman 70.3 Mandurah 2012 preview

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.

2012 Ironman 70.3 Madurah preview

A stunning venue for the newest edition to the WTC family of Ironman races.


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.

However Paul Ambrose comes into the race with some very impressive credentials as well. He won Ironman Australia 2012 and Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island.

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.

PRO MEN

tentative

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

PRO WOMEN

tentative

BLATCHFORD, Liz
LUXFORD, Annabel
VODICKOVA, Radka
MARANGON, Lisa
BAKER, Kat
GRANGER, Belinda
HAUSCHILDT, Melissa
CROWLEY, Sarah
FRANKS, Elly
HOSCHKE, Rebecca

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