Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship Announces Line Up
A star-studded men’s field is set to race at Ironman 70.3 Auckland on January 19th. The deep men’s race will include five-time world champion, Craig Alexander and Olympic gold medallist Jan Fordeno of Germany, two-time Olympic medallist Bevan Docherty, 10-time Ironman New Zealand champion Cameron Brown and Terenzo Bozzone—last year’s 70.3 World Championship runner-up.The race, which also the official Asia Pacific Championship.
After moving back to Sydney following his wildly successful 10 years of racing based out of the US, the forty-year-old Crowie is showing no signs of slowing down despite shifting away from Ironman to the 70.3 distance.
“I always considered 70.3 to be my best distance. But, once you are doing Ironman in Hawaii as the main focus, it basically dominates the year,” Alexander said.
This year marks only the second time the championship will take place in Auckland. The 1.9 km swim takes place in the inner-city Viaduct Harbour, while the 90 km three-lap bike course crosses the city’s Harbour Bridge and the 21 km two-lap run along the waterfront traverses some of the course used for the original Ironman New Zealand race of 1985.
While it may not be as storied a line-up, the women’s side features some of the sport’s top performers including Annabel Luxford (AUS), Catriona Morrison (SCO), Jo Lawn (NZL) and Sam Warriner (NZL).