Race preview: Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau

Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau (Picture: press release)

The professional field for the 2023 edition of Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau had been revealed. Set to take place on May 21, 2023, the German season opener will feature a professional field including defending champion Laura Philipp (DEU), as well as Daniella Bleymehl (DEU) and Lucy Charles Barclay (GBR). The professional women’s field also includes: Ellie Salthouse (AUS), Svenja Thoes (DEU), Anne Reischmann (DEU), Heini Hartikainen (FIN), Laura Jansen (DEU), Els Visser (NLD) and Nikki Bartlett (GBR).

In the men’s field, the absence of defending champion Justus Nieschlag (DEU), means that a new champion will be crowned. Patrick Lange (DEU) will be the one to beat in the men’s field. He will be up against fellow Germans Jan Stratmann (DEU) and Maurice Clavel (DEU).

The professional men’s field will also feature Andrea Salvisberg (CHE), Henrik Goesch (FIN), Marc Eggeling (DEU), Jesse Hinrichs (DEU), Lukasz Wojt (DEU), Niklas Dellke (DEU), Vincent Van De Walle (BEL) and former Ironman 70.3 World Champion Michael Raelert (DEU.

Known as the land of 1,000 hills, the Kraichgau region offers scenery, a challenging course, and a strong triathlon culture. Athletes will start the day with a 1.9km swim course that takes place near the Hardtsee leisure centre.

This is followed by a one-loop 90 km bike course which will show why the region carries the ‘land of a thousand hills’ nickname. After completing the tough bike course, athletes will complete a three-loop 21.1 km run course.