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Weekend Preview: Canadians Converge on Miami and Los Cabos

Magali Tisseyre won’t be back in Miami this weekend to try and defend her Ironman 70.3 Miami title – she’s off to Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos, but Taylor Reid is heading to Florida to take on defending men’s champ Michael Raelert in the men’s race.

Reid will have his work cut out for him in the men’s race in Miami with two-time world champion Raelert back in search of another title. The last time the two faced each other, at Ironman 70.3 Silverman in Henderson, Nevada (just outside of Las Vegas), Raelert was first across the line but was later DQ’d for multiple drafting calls. After coming off the bike in fifth Reid ran through the field to take the win.

Raelert will do well to even be close enough to the lead to get into drafting issues – super-cyclist Andrew Starykowicz is also registered and will no-doubt press the pace on the bike.

Other Canadians in the men’s field include Sacha Cavelier, Derek Lanz and Jean-Phillippe Thibodeau.

Leanda Cave moved to Miami a few years ago to be with her boyfriend, Diaa Nour, one of the founders of Ventum Bicycles, which is based there, so the British-born, Australian-trained Cave will enjoy a bit of a homefield advantage. She returns to Ironman 70.3 Miami in search of another title and also no-doubt eager to display the fitness and form she had heading into the Ironman World Championship in Kona. Unfortunately the 2012 Ironman and 70.3 world champion had to pull out in Hawaii after crashing early in the bike.

Canadian women in the field include Cindy Lewis and Kristen Marchant.

Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos

Canadians Magali Tisseyre and Melanie McQuaid highlight the women’s field in Los Cabos, Mexico this weekend. They’re biggest competition is likely to come from Dr. Amanda Stevens, the fastest women’s swimmer in Ironman history.

Fergus, Ontario’s Cody Beals will be one of the men to watch in Los Cabos, especially after his recent runner-up finish to Reid at the Silverman race a few weeks ago. Beals takes on a tough field that includes South Africa’s James Cunnama and Australian Leon Griffin.