Busselton, Western Australia - Defending champion, America’s Liz Lyles, will be back in Busselton next month doing everything she can to add to her burgeoning collection of titles at the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia.
Standing in her way will be a strong field of experienced and world class athletes including two time IRONMAN Cairns champion Australia’s Liz Blatchford and three-time IRONMAN winner Netherland’s Yvonne Van Vlerken.
“I can't wait for the race. I love Busselton and I am really looking forward to coming back,” Lyles said.
The men’s race is wide open with Australia’s David Dellow looking to improve on his third place in Busselton last year, France’s Romain Guillaume who was 10th at the 2014 IRONMAN World Championships and multiple IRONMAN 70.3 champion Australia’s Joe Gambles.
Lyles is not only looking to defend an Ironman title for the first time but she is chasing a late season win in her bid to race at the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii.
“I like the timing of Western Australia with the additional recovery time post Kona."
Blatchford will hit IRONMAN Western Australia after a disappointing day in Hawaii, the first time in her short endurance career where she has not performed up to her lofty standards, her previous efforts producing two wins and a third.
The women’s field is packed with talent with the 29 starters including last year’s runner up Mareen Hufe (GER), 2014 IRONMAN Canada winner Bree Wee (USA) and Sweden’s Asa Lundstrom who was third at IRONMAN Cairns and fifth at the IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championships in Melbourne.
In the men’s race Dellow will be keen to show he’s still a force after an injury plagued season, while Gambles is looking for a good performance after getting his first taste of the heat on the Big Island this year.
A big men’s field of 31 athletes will be chasing honours including stalwart Jason Shortis who will be racing his 79th (83 in total) and final IRONMAN as a professional.
“I love IRONMAN Western Australia, my favourite memory is winning in 2006 in a time of 8.03, coming down the finish line with enormous crowd support was fantastic,” the Australian said.
More than 1900 athletes will be chasing their own dreams when racing gets underway from 5.30am on Sunday, 7 December.
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