Ironman California 70.3 2012 Pre-Race Picks

Ironman California 70.3 officially kicks off the Ironman season for the North American Mainland in 2012.

There are two great races in the world of Ironman this weekend. California takes place Saturday March 31 and Ironman Texas 70.3 goes on Sunday April 1,2012.

Both Ironman races feature very competitive, high class pro fields and it should make for a great weekend of Ironman racing.

**As always, the pro entry list is unofficial as much can happen in the few days leading up to the race.


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Expect a great race on Saturday March 31, 2012

Matty Reed
Richie Cunningham
Chris Mcdonald
Tim Berkel
Paul Ambrose
Michael Lovato
Ben Hoffman
Leon Griffin
Matt Lieto
Jesse Thomas
Mikel Elgezabal
Jason Smith
Christian Kemp
Stephen Kilshaw
Jeff Symonds
Eric Clarkson
Erich Wegscheider
Jonathan Shearon
Dantley Young
Steven Garza
Justin Park
Billy Edwards
Raymond Botelho
Mac Brown
Ryan Borger
Mauro Cavanha
Martin Lacasse
Domenico Passuello
Gavin Anderson
Nicholas Thompson
Igor Amorelli
Kevin Taddonio
Jesse Vondracek
Jose Jeuland
Karl Bordine
Olly Piggin
Chris Boudreaux
Grant Burwash
Jim Lubinski
Markus Mlinar
Ryan Cain
Andy Potts
Dmitry Rostyagaev
Brendan Halpin
Chris Bagg
John Dahlz
Monte Still
Brian Fleischmann

For the pro men it seems that Andy Potts might be going in as the pre-race favorite as he is coming into the race as defending champion.

However he is up against some stiff competition as there are probably 8 other pro men in the race who are quite capable of making the podium or perhaps winning it all.

Matty Reed from New Zealand, Leon Griffin, Paul Ambrose, Matt Lieto, and Chris McDonald are just a few who could have a big impact on Ironman California 70.3.

My personal favorite to win is Ben Hoffman. Last year Ben won Ironman Boise 70.3, Ironman Muncie 70.3, and Ironman Branson 70.3.

Leon Griffin was second in the recently run Ironman San Juan 70.3 2012.

So my three picks in order are Ben Hoffman to win, Leon Griffin second, and Matty Reed third.


Heather Jackson
Lesley Paterson
Magali Tisseyre
Melanie McQuaid
Linsey Corbin
Meredith Kessler
Amanda Lovato
Mackenzie Madison
Haley Cooper-Scott
Beth Shutt
Jessica Smith
Jennifer Luebke
Rachel McBride
Trish Deim
Beth Walsh
Kristen Peterson
Amber Ferreira
Michelle Bremer
Kathleen Calkins
Rachel Challis
Karen Thibodeau
Kristin Andrews
Katya Meyers
Angela Axmann

As much as I would love to see Magali Tisseyre win I have a feeling that this will be Heather Jackson’s year. Not just because she was second to a hard-charging Mirinda Carfrae last year, but more because she has been taking a different approach to her training with her new coach Pete Coulson.

To me this means she is going all out to improve herself and is not afraid to think outside the box as she is incorporating Yoga, weight lifting, and mountain biking into her training regimen.

So my picks to top the podium are in this order……..Heather Jackson, Magali Tisseyre, and Linsey Corbin.

Be sure to drop by for regular up-dates in real time as the race is taking place on Saturday March 31, 2012.

Make your predictions in the comment box below and show off your Ironman Triathlon handicapping skills.

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