IRONMAN BRAZIL 2011
Ironman Brazil 2011 has finally arrivee and this full Ironman will take place in Florianopolis on Sunday May 29.
Florianópolis is the capital city of Santa Catarina State in southern Brazil and has a population of 408,161.
The city has 42 beaches and in 2009 The New York Times reported Florianopolis as the Party destination of the Year in 2009.
After the race competitors are sure to find a party somewhere to let their hair down and begin recovering from the rigors of Ironman Brazil 2011.
The ocean swim consists of two laps and is a triangular course. It’s a protected beach so as a rule there is little in the way of chop. Fast swim times can be expected.
THE IRONMAN BRAZIL 2011 BIKE
Once leaving the swim/bike transition at Jurere Beach, triathletes will find themselves on a fast bike course that features a few good-sized hills.
This is a two-lap bike course that consists of 90km each. The course will favor those pros who are not necessarily exceptional climbers but have great speed on the flats.
THE IRONMAN BRAZIL 2011 RUN
The run is an out-and-back course and is a certified 42.195km distance.
It consists of a long 21km loop followed by two shorter laps of 10.5kms.
TOP MALE PROS
Oscar Galindez tends to focus on this particular race and has won it three times in the past.
The native of Argentina lives in Brazil and has over 20 years of experience in international triathlons. He’s a serious threat to win once again.
Because of his strong bike and run Oscar has done well in recent years on both 70.3 and long distance circuits.
Often he is quite far back after the swim compared to other top pros like EDUARDO STURLA. Strula is an exceptional cyclists and Galindez may be playing catch-up over the bike course.
Eduardo also has three wins in Ironman Brazil and goes into most races on this course as the favorite. Ironman Brazil 2011 might be no exception.
Not only does Eduardo hold the bike course record, he also had the opportunity to do some training with Mathias Hecht in Australia.
It would seem logical that Eduardo will be leading off the bike going into the run and it will be up to others to chase him down.
If temperatures are hot things might change. Eduardo does not appear to do well in hot temperatures. This time of year cooler temperatures should work in his favor.
Australia’s CHRIS McDonald comes into this race as one of the favorites.
McDonald could well be the one who challenges for the lead coming off the bike course.
Argentina’s EZEQUIEL MORALEZ may not be leading coming off the bike course. Still he could possibly chase down the leaders with his awesome running ability. In 2009 he had the third fastest marathon time in Kona.
The key for Moralez will be staying as close as possible in the swim and bike.
MALE PROS ENTERED IN IRONMAN BRAZIL 2011
Ezequiel Morales Santiago Alves Ascenço Eduardo Sturla Oscar Galindez Chris McDonald Antonio Manssur Filho Kelmerson Henri Buck Lucus Cocha Ivan Albano Santiago Amigo Luiz Francisco de Paiva Ferreira Guilherme Valenza Manocchio Mike Schifferle Brandon Marsh Richard Wygand Frederico Carvalho Zacharias Keegan Williams Mario de Elias Bonieck de Souza Clemente
TOP FEMALE PROS
FERNANDA KELLER is the Queen of Ironman in Brazil. She wasn’t entered in last years race.
Keller will most definitely be a serious threat this year. It all depends on her conditioning and she could well come up a little short in Ironman Brazil 2011.
American Amy Marsh might have a lot to say as she is coming of a spectacular 2010 season with wins in Lake Placid and China. She followed those wins up win an 11th place finish in Kona.
It would be no surprise at all to see Marsh leading off the bike in this years Brazil Ironman.
American HILLARY BISCAY is also a strong swimmer and should be with the lead women coming out of the water. It will also help that Hillary knows the Brazil course well and enjoys competing on it.
MARIA SOLEDA OMAR from Argentina finished in third place in this race in 2010.
Omar is strong in bike and run, but will have to stay in touch coming out of the water. She may leave herself too much work to do in this strong field of pro women.
Brazil’s VANESSA GIANINNI has done exceptionally well in the Brazil Ironman 70.3. She will taking on the fyll Ironman distance for the first time.
Expect Canadian SARA GROSS to make a charge after the leaders in the marathon. She has been off for a while after giving birth to a daughter in November. Much will depend on her current conditioning.
Sara may need a race of two in order to regain top form, but is still a threat to make the podium.
FEMALE PROS ENTERED IN IRONMAN BRAZIL 2011
Fernanda Keller Maria Soledad Omar Mariana Borges de Andrade Amanda Balding Alessandra De Carvalhoa Kelzie Beebe Amy Marsh Lucie Zelenkova Sara Gross Ana Lidia Borba Vanessa Gianinniv Federica Luizio Mariana Martins Freire Guimarães de Mello Hillary Biscay Ariane Gomes Monticeli da Silveira Silvia Fusco
This is mostly a Brazilian affair with 1211 of the 1823 entrants being from Brazil. The other 600 entries are from 39 different countries.
It’s sort of surprising as you would expect many more North Americans to gravitate to a race at such a great venue. Maybe it’s simply too costly to travel that far.
The 16 female and 19 male pros will be sharing 75,000 in prize money. Kona points are also up for grabs for the top finishers in Ironman Brazil 2011.
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