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Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon preview

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This Sunday is the 35th annual Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco. The race will feature a deep pro field, including the 2014 Escape from Alcatraz triathlon champion Sarah Haskins, six-time Escape from Alcatraz champion Andy Potts, Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae, and power couple Eric Lagerstrom and Magali Tisseyre, as well as 2000 age group athletes and relay teams. Considered one of the most difficult courses, the race starts with a 2.4 km  swim from Alcatraz Island to shore, followed by a 29 km ride through Presidio and finishes with a 13km run through San Francisco.

Tisseyre has been training hard in California and is ready to show just how fit she is. TMC checked in with her  to see how she’s feelings about Sunday’s race:

Magali Tisseyre: I am very excited to race Alcatraz. I think it will be epic! I have never raced Alcatraz before but I have heard a lot about the legendary race and have been doing my homework. I have watched previous race coverage from the event and ridden the bike course virtually using the Computrainer interactive real bike course software.

TMC: What about the course are you most looking forward to?

MT: It get very excited about such tough courses that also have an element of strategy. Races where the course is part of the challenge get me excited and help me be in the right frame of mind. Jumping off that boat, navigating a choppy, cold water swim, riding a technical bike course, running up hills, across the beach and up those sand stairs just seems like an epic adventure. I really look forward to that. I also can’t complain about doing a race in San Fran…with my boyfriend Eric. We plan to stay an extra day in the romantic city to explore a little bit and hopefully celebrate a great week-end of racing.

TMC: How does doing a shorter race fit into your main goals for the season?

MT:  I really appreciate Olympic non draft races, it’s too bad there are not more pro races of that sort. I think Olympic and 70.3 are a nice combination. I am racing Tremblant 70.3 next and doing Alcatraz will help lots!

 Tisseyre riding the Alcatraz  course on her Computrainer.
Tisseyre riding the Alcatraz course on her Computrainer.


The forecast for Sunday’s race looks like great racing weather. The chilly water tends to be around 12 degrees celsius. For more information visit Escape from Alcatraz triathlon site.

TMC wishes you good luck Magali and everyone else who is racing!