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Weekend Preview: 16th-17th April 2011
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Posted on: Friday 15th April 2011


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The bigger races are now coming thick and fast as the season really starts to pick up pace week-on-week.

International Racing

Duathlon takes plenty of the headlines this week. Limerick in Ireland hosts the ETU European Duathlon Championships on Saturday and Sunday. An update on the GE GB Great Britain team for that can be found HERE. The GB male elites racing are Richard Hobby, Phil Wylie and British Elite Champion Mark Buckingham, while there appear to be no female elites entered in what looks to be a very small elite ladies entry.

The other big Duathlon of the weekend is the Powerman European Championships from Horst aan de Maas in Holland. Check out our separate preview piece on that one HERE. Britain's Matt Moorhouse will be looking to match (or better) his third place last year.

The ITU circuit moves on from the super exciting racing of last weekend's World Championships Series event in Sydney (see reports: LADIES and MEN), to Ishigaki, Japan this time for a World Cup race, effectively 'tier 2' of the ITU hierarchy. Helen Jenkins, Kerry Lang, Non Stanford, Harry Wiltshire and Marc Jenkins are the GB representatives. Jenkins crashed last week in Sydney pushing her back to 33rd place, however her speedy run time after that disappointment suggests that despite being known as a slow starter to the season, Helen is in excellent form for this stage of the year. Hopefully she will have more chance to display that in Japan this weekend.

Stepping up in distance it is the debut of Tristar111 Mallorca, the 1km / 100km / 10km format, where Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack is one of the series ambassadors. After winning in Nevis two weeks ago, he has a little more competition this time with the likes of Normann Stadler, Marcel Zamora, Olivier Marceau and Britain's Joel Jameson, part of the recently announced Team GI Bridgtown. James Gilfillan is also listed for this one, and having won both ITU Duathlon and Ironman 70.3 World Championships last season, will be keen to match his cycling prowess against the bigger international names. Tamsin Lewis and Eimear Mullan (IRL) look to be in with a good shout at a podium at least. Start list is HERE.

The final race of the weekend (internationally) we'll note here is the Oschner Ironman 70.3 New Orelans. $50,000 and almost 2000 athlete sign-ups suggest that the 70.3 brand is still going strong. We'll go for Timothy O'Donnell to get the better of Terrenzo Bozzone for the win, and will also be hoping for more from Sebastian Kienle who showed such promise in 2010, but was - to us - a little behind our expectations last week in Texas when finishing seventh. Julie Dibens returns to 70.3 racing after her early season win in Abu Dhabi, and that's enough for us to make her the favourite. Heather Jackson had a career best day to push Mirinda Carfrae to the limit in Oceanside, but we think Dibens more than has her measure.

Domestic Events

As the weeks progress, so the number of triathlons appearing on the weekend schedules grows too. Alnwick, Wombourne, Chirk, Duston, Galashiels, Peterlee, Skipton, Trafford and Guernsey are all scheduled to see swim-bike-run action this weekend, and we'll be bringing you all of the results from those as swiftly as possible across the weekend and into Monday.

The Cambridge Duathlon on Sunday is the final Age Group World Championship qualifier of the season, and there are further events at Newlands, Ayr, Hereford, University of Wales (Welsh Championship) plus the Pollock Junior Off-Road event.

In Aquathlon, the St Mary's Summer Series starts on Saturday and there are further swim-run events in Tavistock and Exeter Middlemoor across the weekend.

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