Tomorrow, for the first time, the 70.3 World Championships will be on European soil, in Zell Am See, Austria. More than 130,000 athletes participated in 85 qualifying races around the globe to try to win a place at tomorrow’s race. It’s a diverse group – the athletes in tomorrow’s 70.3 World Championship range from 18 to 70-plus, and will represent over 50 countries.
Guillaume Rondy, our brand ambassador, is one of the 1,800 athletes who succeeded in earning a slot.
According to IRONMAN, “the swim takes place in a lake so clean you can drink the water”. The new bike course winds its way through alpine villages and over a mountain pass, most notably a 12km climb up the Hochkonig with finishing gradients of 14-16%. The run returns to the beautiful lake Zell. It’s predicted to be hot, with forecasts in the upper 80’s (30-32C), which should give Guillaume an advantage. That’s normal temperature for us!
In the women’s race, Daniel Ryf returns to defend her title. Jodie Swallow is a strong contender for this year’s title, while Alicia Kaye, Lauren Brandon, Meredith Kessler are also predicted to be in the mix. Watch out also for Heather Wurtele who has the potential for the fastest run split of the day.
On the men’s side, Javier Gomez, fresh off a win at the ITU WTS Stockholm is a favourite. Last year’s podium finishers, Jan Frodeno and Tim Don, are also looking strong. Frodeno is predicted to force the pace on the bike leg, with the Hochkonig climb sorting the men from the boys. The pundits are saying that a run time of 1:10 will be needed to win the title (!). Hence people are talking about Terrenzo Bozzone as a podium finisher.
You can follow the race on www.ironman.com, with event coverage starting at 10.30 CEST (4.30pm Singapore time). We’ll be posting on Guillaume’s progress too on facebook and Instagram at inzone5
inzone5 wish Guillaume the best of luck. Enjoy!!