This coming Sunday (14th March) Anna and Jörg Scheiderbauer will tackle the Ironman distance (3,8 km swim, 180 km ride, 42,195 km run) enduring tough conditions with temperatures expected to rise above 30 degrees with humidity of up to 88%. It will be Jörg´s third attempt to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii and Anna´s second Ironman. After his Ironman Debut in South Africa in 2008 (22 place, 9hrs 24mins), Jörg suffered stomach problems in Ironman Nice last year after going onto the run in 8th place. He is determined to break the 9 hr mark and of course secure a slot for Hawaii. His wife Anna´s first Ironman attempt in Nice last year was plagued by bad luck, after riding in 4th position Anna suffering three flat tires. As you can imagine both Ironman athletes are highly motivated going into the race on Sunday.
The three times Transalp Mountain Bike Challenge winners have proved strong in triathlon. Anna won the Xterra World Cup in 2007 in Austria and finished 10th place at the 2009 70.3 Ironman in Weisbaden. Jörg is German 2008 Vice Cross Triathlon Champion and finished 5th at the Heidelbergman in 2009. Since 2009 both athletes have moved the focus to the long Ironman triathlon distance. With three disciplines to train, Anna and Jörg have worked hard on their weakest leg, the run. The preparation in Ötztal (Austria) in Febuary offered the successful event organizers (best Mountain Bike World Cup organiser 2008 and 2009) the appropriate training and recovery conditions for China. Furthermore both athletes have changed their equipment for the season 2010. “With the FELT DA time trial bike we can ride in the optimal aero position required for a fast bike split. The 180 km bike course in China is flat, therefore requiring an optimal aero bike position”, commented Jörg Scheiderbauer about his race machine. On the clothing side of things Anna and Jörg are kitted up with absolute high technology temperature regulating clothing from X-Bionic. The race can begin!
The top favourites for the men´s Ironman race include the Australian Chris Mc Cormack (Ironman World Champion Hawaii 2007) and Luke Mc Kenzi (muliple Ironman winner) along with the german talents Markus Fachbach from the Dresdner Kleinwort Team and Lothar Leder. In the women´s race the European Champion Nicole Leder, the American Heather Gollnick (multiple Ironman winner) and Amy Marsh from USA (Ironman Wisconsin winner 2009) will lead the pro field.