La ITU Triathlon World Cup It resumes this weekend in Huatulco (Mexico), home of the sixth round of the tournament. This race will feature the participation of Mario Mola y Fernando Alarza, triathletes sponsored by BH, who will try to be as high as possible to continue scoring points for the JJ.OO. de Londres 2012.
The race will begin with a 1.500 meter swimming sector on Huatulco beach, which will consist of 2 laps. Later they will face a 40-kilometer cycling circuit, divided into eight laps, to finish with a 10-kilometer foot race that they will have to do in four laps. Two external factors can be decisive in this test, the heat and humidity and the possible state of the sea.
Huatulco has been a World Cup event since 2008. In the first year New Zealanders Kris Gemmell and Samantha Warriner prevailed. In 2009 the winners were the North American Matt Chrabot and the Japanese Ai Ueda. In 2010, Ueda defended her title, while 2010 ITU World Champion Javier Gómez Noya won the men's event.
This year one of the main favorites is the Portuguese Joao Silva, winner in the Dextro Energy Triathlon Series from Yokohama. Silva also has fond memories of Mexico, where he signed his first World Cup victory in Monterrey last year. Other rivals to take into account are the New Zealander Kris Gemmell, who inaugurated this test in 2008, the North American Matt Chrabot or Alarza and Mola's teammate on the Spanish National Team, Iván Raña.
As far as the women's event is concerned, there are several candidates, such as the North American Sarah Haskins, who already knows what it is to win in Mexico after her victory in Monterrey; Ireland's Aileen Morrison, who won the silver medal in Ishigaki this year and is coming off an excellent fourth place in Yokohama; or the Slovenian Mateja Simic, the Austrian Lisa Perterer or the Italian Annamaria Mazzetti. There is also a very strong Spanish women's team, with Ainhoa Murua, Marina Damlaimcourt and Zuriñe Rodríguez.
The elite women's event begins at 8.00:9 a.m. (local time) on Sunday, October 10, followed by the men's race from 45:XNUMX a.m. You can follow the race live in www.triathlon.org/live