Race preview: Ironman 70.3 Bahrain

(Picture: instagram Alistair Brownlee / takervazquez / bahrainvictorious13)

Tomorrow Ironman 70.3 Bahrain takes place: one of the fastest Middle Distances races in the world. Although there may be slightly fewer big names on the start line than usual, spectators can still get ready for a more than spectacular battle. In both the men’s and women’s races, there is a field of world-class stars racing IM 70.3 Bahrain.

Starting with bib number one is Gregory Barnaby, but most likely he is not the biggest favorite for victory. Perhaps that is Alistair Brownlee, who will no doubt hope to finish his season with an impressive victory. Other big names starting include Kacper Stepniak, Antonio Benito López, Wilhelm Hirsch, Thor Bendix Madsen, Dylan Magnien, Nicholas Quenet, Marten van Riel and Nicholas Quenet.

Most likely the pro field in the women’s race is even more impressive. Biggest favorite seems to be Kat Matthews, but she can expect big competition from India Lee, Amelia Watkinson, Ellie Salthouse, Lucy Buckingham and Ruth Astle, among others. Also competing are Giorgia Priarone, Caroline Pohle, Anna Bergsten, Sif Madsen, Renee Kiley and Magda Nieuwoudt, among others. The latter will also win the Challenge Family World Bonus standings this coming weekend – and she doesn’t have to race for it anymore.

Last year, Ironman 70.3 Bahrain was won by Vincent Luis (3:38:02) and Marjolaine Pierre (4:05:54). Both of them aren’t racing this weekend.