The race will be held over two-lap 4km swim in the ocean, followed by a grueling three-lap hilly and technical 120km bike and will be finished off with a four-lap 20km seaside run. In addition to the elite titles, the event will see age group and paratriathlon races contested.
In her first and only ITU result, Melissa Hauschildt returns as the reigning queen of long distance triathlon. Despite her lack of ITU starts, Hauschildt is no stranger to triathlon - especially at longer distances as she is a two-time 70.3 Ironman World Champion. Since making the switch from steeplechase to triathlon in 2011, the Aussie has scored a host of first place finishes in the sport and that trend doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.
Hauschildt will have successful short course competitors Laura Bennett and Andrea Hewitt, who are each two-time Olympians, to contend with. While their experience at this distance is limited in comparison to the defending champ, both appear to be in strong form. Bennett just won the Beijing triathlon against a talented field, while Hewitt capped off her World Triathlon Series schedule with an overall third-place finish.
Camilla Pederson (DEN) had a hold on the title last year until Hauschildt clawed her way back into gold-medal position despite a three-minute deficit off the bike, making Pederson settle for silver for the second consecutive year. Her hunger for the allusive gold will make her stiff competition in the women’s race.