Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2012 has been sold out for almost a year and the inaugural race is set to take place on Sunday August 19, 2012.
It is expected that over 2,500 athletes will be on hand at the race start for this much-anticipated new edition to the Ironman family.
For the first time ever, there will be two official WTC full distance Ironman races in Canada. As a matter of fact it will be a busy week as Ironman Canada in Penticton will be taking place just seven days after Mont Tremblant.
The Mont-Tremblant Resort is nestled in the Laurentian Mountains and really has the feel of one of those races that will become very popular among the triathletes of the world. The first hint was the positive feed-back that was generated by the running of the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant earlier in the season.
The 2.4-mile swim will take place in beautiful Lake Mont-Tremblant and will be followed by a 112-mile two-loop bike through the surrounding countryside that will challenge the cyclists as the bike course winds it’s way through the surrounding forests and mountains.
The two-loop 26.2 mile run course is designed to be spectator friendly and it will take the runners right through the center of the pedestrian village of Tremblant Resort.
TENTATIVE PRO ENTRIES
As with most Ironman races you just never know who is going to show up(or not)at the race start as far as the pros are concerned.
This is a very tentative list and will most likely change. For instance Magali Tisseyre does not appear to be on the entry list, but it is hard to imagine Magali not being in this race, unless of course she is injured.
As it stands now here are the pro men who are listed as entries for Ironman Mont-Tremlant 2012.
Ryan Cain Ryan Grant Dave Harju Martin Lamontagne Lacasse Charles Perreault Guy Crawford Eneko Elosegui Romain Guillaume Brendan Halpin James LaMastra Matthew Russell Alejandro Santamaria
If this indeed does happen to be the pro men start list for the race it would most likely come down to Romain Guillame and Guy Crawford fighting it out for the top spots on the podium.
I think Romain likes Mont-Tremblant as he was the winner of the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant 2012 and will try and etch his name into the record books as the winner of both Mont-Tremblant WTC inaugural Ironman races.
Guy had a great race in Ironman 70.3 Hawaii 2012 as he was right behind Lance Armstrong coming out of the water and ended up with a top-five finish.
For the pro women, there are several who are quite capable of coming out on top.
I’m not sure if Kate Bevilaqua is going to be racing or not. She was in Ironman New York just last week and was a DNF, so perhaps that was the plan. If things were not going great there, then she would not push it and instead race in Mont-Tremblant. It all depends on now much of the very hot marathon course she ran.
Kate did record a 00:42:58(current-assisted) swim and 05:17:59 bike split so she may not be recovered enough in just one week. In top form she would be quite capable of winning this race.
Hillary Biscay will be tough and Katya Meyers and Natasha Van der Merwe are sure to make their presence felt on race day.
Hillary Biscay Kate Bevilaqua Uli Brommer Jessie Donavan Katya Meyers Natasha Van der Merwe Marie Danais Amber Ferreira Rachel Kiers
**If Magali Tisseyre shows up and is on her game, she would be the logical choice to win the very first running of Ironman Mont-Tremblant.
After all, Magali won Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant and wouldn’t that be something to have the same pros, male and female, win both of the inaugural Mont-Tremblant races if Romain Guillaume were to win as well?
A special “best of luck” to all those Eastern Canadians who now have an Ironman race to call their own and do not have to make the long trek to Penticton or head South to Lake Placid (or New York).
An Ironman race in Eastern Canada has been long over-due and it’s one of the mysteries of the Universe why it took this long to come about.
Good luck to everyone in the inaugural running of Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2012!