Following on from his first Ironman 70.3 win in the Timberman 70.3, Tyler Butterfield takes to the start line this Sunday 4th September in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. This year’s championships takes place in Mooloolaba,Australia, one of the world’s iconic and oldest triathlon venues and a home to many professional triathletes during the year.
Tyler is no stranger to the area having gone to school there and also lived and trained there.
These championships have attracted a very strong field. Defending champion Jan Frodeno (GER) has decided not to compete, making two-time winner—and last year’s runner-up—Sebastian Kienle (GER) the favorite to reclaim the title. Other past winners include Australia’s Craig Alexander (who has also won it twice) and New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone. Brent McMahon (CAN), Ruedi Wild (SUI), Tim Reed (AUS), Lionel Sanders (CAN), Andreas Dreitz (GER), Joe Gambles (AUS), Luke McKenzie (AUS) are a few of several names who could make the podium in a competitive men’s race. However, over the past few years so many new up and coming triathletes have been posting fast times and it would be no surprise if others win or make the podium.
Bermuda triathletes Neil Lupsic, Allison Petty Schindel, Phil Mace and Ashley Estwanik have also made the journey to Australia, arriving in Brisbane yesterday, Sunday 28th August, after the long flight from Bermuda and then driving down to the Gold Coast to prepare for the race with their Australian coach. They will arrive in Mooloolaba on Thursday to check out the course before their big race.
To follow Bermuda’s athletes live go here and under “results” go to “athlete tracker”.
For more on the race watch the video below