IRONMAN BUFFALO SPRINGS 70.3 2011
The 22nd running of the ironman buffalo springs 70.3 2011 is shaping up to be a great race. Qualifying spots for both Kona 2011 and the 70.3 World Championships are up for grabs.
THE BUFFALO SPRINGS COURSE
The open water lake swim that begins at 6:30 a.m. on June 26 features a wave start. There is expected to be about 100 swimmers in each wave.
There are not too many wave starts in the Ironman races around the world and usually it means a swim start area that is quite small. Most Ironman races allow the pros a head-start, but normally after that it’s a free-for-all for the age-groupers.
When you think about it, this might be a good swim course for those who are not that familiar with open water swimming. This is a counter-clockwise rectangular course that begins in a beach area and ends in a cement boat dock section of the beach.
When the swimmers exit the water they will less than 25 yards from the bike transition area. The swim has a 75-minute cut-off time.
The average Buffalo Springs Lake water temperature on race-day is is 70-74 degrees and wetsuits are allowed in water temperatures of 24.5 degrees Celsius/76.1 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bring your wetsuit as the water is seldom over 75 degrees regardless of the air temperature.
Most 70.3 races seem to have two bike loops these days, but that is not the case in the Ironman Buffalo Springs 70.3 2011 race.
The bike course is an out and back that will have limited traffic. This bike course includes 8 challenging hills with grades ranging from 2.9% – 8.9%. One of the hills is 1.2 miles in length.
The run in on a relatively flat course but does have 3 hills that will challenge the runners. All in all the course is a tough one that the athletes will find challenging. However it is shaded and that will help somewhat in the event of a hot day.
Keep in mind that you have eight and a half hours to reach the finish line or you will not be an official finisher.
The Buffalo Springs 70.3 2011 edition is the 22nd running of the event.
I’m not sure how they managed it, but this race is one of few that offers qualifying spots for both the Ironman Championships in Kona and 70.3 World Championships.
As far as the weather goes this course set a record for a high temperature in an Ironman event in 1994 when it was 113 degrees Fahrenheit. The average winds are from the South at 10-13 miles per hour. In the event of extreme temperatures athletes will be informed of course changes the day before the race.
REGISTERED PRO WOMEN
Teri Albertazz Jackie Arendt Andres Castillo Jessica Chong Susana Festner Dos Santos Whitney Garcia Jessica Jacobs Heather Leiggi Amanda Lovato Ashley Messoline Jessica Meyers Donna Phelan Lisa Ribes Margaret Shapiro Lesley Smith Kelly Williamson
The pro women field is a strong one with several favorites going into the race. I’m going to go with Jessica Jacobs to win and Kelly Williamson to be right up there near the leaders.
REGISTERED PRO MEN
Gavin Anderson Jimmy Archer Terenzo Bozzone James Cotter Monty Frankish Andrew Hodges Ben Hoffman Dan Hugo Freddy Lampret Michael Lovato Brandon Marsh Joe McDaniel Chris McDonald Josiah Middaugh Kyle Pawlaczyk Brent Poulsen Tim Reed Josh Rix Matthew Russell Gavin Scott Brad Seng Jason Shortis Nicholas Thomson Raynard Shayne Tissink TJ Tollakson Moises Torres Robert Wade
There are also some strong contenders on the men’s side and if I were to choose(as I usually like to do in the days leading up to an Ironman event)I would go with Raynard Tissink to win this one with TJ Tollakson being right there.
Best of luck to all the pros and age-groupers(especially the first-timers)in the Buffalo Springs 70.3 2011 triathlon.
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