IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney is coming to Penrith for the first time on Sunday, 30 November.
Penrith, New South Wales
The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney looks set to be an old school battle of experience verses youth with five-time IRONMAN World Champion Craig Alexander taking on an assortment of Aussie young guns.
Alexander, 41, will be testing his legs against Aussies Leon Griffin, Joe Gambles, Josh Amberger and James Seear.
The women’s race will be a hotly contested one with Germany's Anja Beranek, New Zealand’s Gina Crawford, Australia’s Rebekah Keat and Canada's Melanie McQuaid all in great form.
After a disappointing performance at the IRONMAN World Championship in October, and at IRONMAN 70.3 Mandurah on November 16, Alexander is primed for a strong showing in front of his home crowd.
“The one trouble I do have with age is travelling, but to be able to race at home, to drive an hour and be at a race is awesome,” Alexander said.
“It’s good for Sydney to have an IRONMAN 70.3 because it does have a strong triathlon community and it’s good for me to be racing so close to home.”
Amberger hits IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney after a second consecutive win at IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie, while Griffin has had a successful year in IRONMAN 70.3 races around the globe with a win at Timberman (New England, USA) and podiums at Texas, Eagleman (Maryland) and Mont Tremblant (Quebec, Canada).
Beranek is the race favourite in the women's event after finishing fourth at the recent SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Mandurah after leading for much of the day.
The main threats are Keat who finished sixth at IRONMAN 70.3 Mandurah and fourth at the IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championships, McQuaid who won on the weekend at the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat, and the ever consistent Crawford.
IRONMAN legend and six-time IRONMAN World Champion Dave Scott will also make life hard for anyone in the 60 plus age group.
Scott is one of the biggest names in the sport and has been involved in IRONMAN for over 30 years.
“I am thrilled to be part of the first IRONMAN 70.3 event in Western Sydney and am also looking forward to hosting the coaching clinic and preparing the athletes for the race,” he said.
Racing will get underway from 6.00am on Sunday, 30 November.
For event information visit www.ironmanwesternsydney.com
The IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.
Text and images courtesy Ironman.com