The ITU Triathlon World Cup series resumes this weekend and returns to Mexico for the second time in 2011, with the always sunny Huatulco hosting the sixth cup this year.
This holiday hotspot has been a World Cup event since 2008. In its first year, Kiwis swept the podium thanks to Kris Gemmell and Samantha Warriner. In 2009 Matt Chrabot and Ai Ueda both claimed their first ITU World Cup wins in Huatulco. In 2010, Ueda defended her title while the eventual 2010 ITU World Champion Javier Gomez stormed to gold in the men’s race.
The course starts with beach start into a two-lap ocean swim, before an eight-lap 40km bike course and a four-lap 10km run, with minor hill at the start.
Elite Women’s Preview
There are five women in the Huatulco field who already have World Cup medals this year, and the USA’s Sarah Haskins already has a win in Mexico. Haskins has spent most of 2011 racing in America, but she won her only World Cup race in Monterrey. Ireland’s Aileen Morrison claimed a silver medal in Ishigaki this year and is coming off an excellent fourth place in Yokohama. There are two of the three Edmonton medallists in the field, Slovenia’s Mateja Simic and Austria’s Lisa Perterer and Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti claimed silver in in Tiszaujvaros.