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Sam Long highlights stacked men’s field at Clash Miami

Jackie Herring and Sara Perez Sala arrive as top-ranked women

Photo by: Clash-Endurance/ Eric Wynn

The men’s field set to compete at Clash Miami this year is, in a word, stacked. While defending champion Sam Long (USA) will likely garner a lot of the attention going into the race, the field includes some pretty major players, including two time world champion and Clash Daytona champ Vincent Luis (FRA), Ironman and 70.3 champion Daniel Baekkegard, multiple-Ironman champion Joe Skipper, two-time Kona podium finisher David McNamee and last year’s winner of Challenge Almere, Kieran Lindars.

Vincent Luis wins Clash Daytona. Photo: Clash Endurance

Others in the field who could finish on the podium, or even take the win, include Canadian Olympian Matthew Sharpe, Australian Sam Appleton and Sweden’s Jesper Svennson.

The Clash Miami event will offer $50,000 in prize money, with athletes racing through a 1.7 km (1.1 mile) swim, 62.7 km (39 mile) bike and a 16 km (10 mile) run around the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Perez Sala returns after crash

Sara Perez Sala takes the win at the Challenge Championship. Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade

Last year Spain’s Sara Perez Sala was in the lead on the bike at Clash Miami when she crashed into a cone. She would bounce back a few months later to take the Challenge Championship. The Spaniard burst onto the long-distance scene in Miami two years ago when she came out of the water with super-swimmer Lucy Charles-Barclay and would remain at the front through the bike at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Perez Sala will take on Americans Jackie Hering and Haley Chura, with Brazil’s Pamella Oliveira another to watch. Challenge Wales champ Lucy Byron (GBR) should also be in the hunt for a podium finish.

Clash Miami won’t be streamed live this year, but race-day updates will be provided on Clash Endurance’s digital channels.

Age group races at the event include a middle-distance triathlon, a sprint event, duathlons, along with a kids race. There will also be a new cycling event, the “Redline Relay,” which will allow the cycling teams to use the “pit” facilities for their relay needs.

The pros and age-group athletes will swim in a spring-fed lake in the middle of the speedway, while the bike and run courses take part on the speedway and surrounding roads.

Professional Women’s Field:

Jackie Hering at the Clash Daytona press conference. Photo: Nils Nilsen/ Clash
Jackie Hering
Sara Perez Sala
Haley Chura
Lucy Byram
Pâmella Oliveira
Grace Alexander
Olivia Mitchell
Brianna Troksa
Brittany Higgins
Bruna Stolf
Kristoffer Visti Graae
Sif Madsen
Rebecca Marrou
Ella Hnatyshyn
Gabrielle Suver
Olivia Dietzel
Erin Horil
Lauren Babineau
Kayla Pokorny
Holly Smith
Kaylee Slade

Professional Men’s Field:

Sam Long
Vincent Luis
Daniel Bækkegård
Joe Skipper
Jason West
Youri Keulen
Matthew Sharpe
David McNamee
Samuel Appleton
Thomas Bishop
James Teagle
Andrew Starykowicz
Jesper Svensson
Mattia Ceccarelli
Ruben Zepuntke
Kieran Lindars
Marty Andrie
David MendozaSanchez
Elliot Bach
Luis Ortiz
Domenico Passuello
Ivan Tutukin
Ted Treise
Jørgen Gundersen
Maximilian Sperl
Casimir Moine
Justin Riele
Yunior Rosete
Harvey Nelson