Local Pros Chase Bragging Rights in Boulder Ironman 70.3

LEG LUBE: Notorious as a training ground for many of the world’s top triathletes during the North American summer months, the fourth edition of X2PERFORMANCE IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder has once again attracted a huge pro field, many of whom look forward to a pre-race sleep in their own beds. The women’s race includes three IRONMAN 70.3 world champions.

“Smoking” Joe Gambles (AUS) is looking to extend his stranglehold on the X2PERFORMANCE IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder title on Sunday. The two-time defending champion is gunning for a hat trick and another year of bragging rights in the cafes of Boulder. Gambles believes that this year’s field is the toughest he has had to face. His biggest competition will likely come from fellow Aussies. 2004 Olympian Greg Bennett will likely provide the greatest threat to his winning string, Gambles says. With two half-distance wins already this year, Bennett has been hot all season. Other Australians with a shot at the podium include Paul Ambrose, Paul Mathews, Jimmy Seear, Joey Lampe and Leon Griffin.

The men’s race might be competitive, but the women’s race promises some fireworks. The 2012 IRONMAN 70.3 world champion, Leanda Cave (GBR), faces off against the 2011 world champion, Melissa Hauschildt (AUS). Cave has been notoriously slow out of the gate in her racing season the past two years, then lights it up in a big way through the second half of the season. Hauschildt has already racked up four wins this year over various distances, including her ITU long distance world championship win.

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