Phil Mace, 2nd from left and then left to right Ashley Estwanik, Alison Petty and Neil Lupsic, shown here at last year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Australia with coach Adsy Gordon (far right), are all signed up to race in Chattanooga next weekend

One of the largest ( if not the largest) contingent of Bermuda triathletes ever will descend on Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA next week to race in their Ironman 70.3 event on Sunday 21st May. At press time 20 Bermuda triathletes appear to be making the trip but I have been unable to confirm whether everyone listed below is still going. The group might have been as large as 26 but six athletes had to pull out for various reasons.

Chattanooga will also host the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in September so this race will likely attract a strong international field looking to test themselves on the World Championships course and hoping to grab one of the 75 age group qualifying spots for those 2017, 70.3 World Championships that next weekend’s race offers.

Bermuda has a strong contingent going including Ashley Estwanik, who will be looking for a possible podium finish. Neil Lupsic and Phil Mace are two other likely contenders for a top 20 finish in their age groups. The full squad, as far as I can ascertain, is :

Aine O’Sullivan
Alec Shepherd
Alex Kronenberg
Allison Petty
Ashley Estwanik
Brian Lynch (in under Ireland)
Chris Eaton
Claire McDevitt
Deanna Didyk
Dianna White
Geoff Smith
Jenn Wilson
Joel Matthews
Liz Stewart
Louise Wells
Matt Thompson
Melissa Logie
Neil Lupsic
Philip Mace
Steve O’Reillly

Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga begins with a point-to-point swim that is mostly downstream in the Tennessee River. Athletes will begin with a short up-river section before making the turn and heading downriver to the transition area. The bike course offers spectacular views of Lookout Mountain as the riders head out 11 miles south of town for a rolling 34-mile loop in Georgia. The day ends with a chance to enjoy Chattanooga’s many tourist attractions as athletes take in the Tennessee Riverwalk and the beautiful Riverfront Parkway during the two-loop run.


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