For the first time in IRONMAN history, the World championships will be held on the African continent, specifically Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth. The event will be held tomorrow, on Saturday the 1st (Elite Woman) and Sunday the 2nd of September (Elite Men).
As far back as 2004, Nelson Mandela Bay has been a popular location for the IRONMAN series, and it shall showcase the pinnacle of all the IRONMAN challenges by hosting the World Championships. An expected 6,000 athletes selected from over 100 global qualifying events, were hand-picked from the 130,000 season participants. The competition is said to be closer than any World Champs prior. The 70.3 mile (113km) race will include a 1.93km swim, a 90km cycle and a 21km run.
BMC athlete and 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 silver medalist, Emma Pallant, looks to be one of the favourites for this year’s encounter. Emma is no stranger to the top step of the podium as she boasts an already impressive CV, including being named a two-time duathlon world champion. Unfortunately, she suffered a calf injury on the bike leg which induced a DNF result at the South African IRONMAN in April earlier this year at her first attempt at full IRONMAN distance. However, in typical Emma style she made a full recovery and came back fighting by winning three IRONMAN 70.3 titles in the season thereafter, as well as claiming a 3rd place in only her 2nd full IRONMAN at IRONMAN Austria in Klagenfurt in July. She has arrived in Nelson Mandela Bay in top form and will be looking to add the title of 70.3 World Champ to her name.
The race machine that will carry her through the daunting 90km cycle will be none other than the BMC Timemachine 01 ONE. State of the art Swiss design & development at its finest. There is none quite like it. Simply put, it’s the fastest bike BMC has ever engineered. In order to make the Timemachine 01 as “slippery” as possible, BMC entered a three-year partnership with previous Formula 1 team owners, Sauber. The result being that the Timemachine is now the benchmark for all time-trial and triathlon specific bicycles.
So, if you don’t already have plans for this weekend, you do now. The race will be broadcasted live on local and international sport channels.
We wish Emma all the best in her race to reach that top step tomorrow!
Enjoy your riding…and go a’bloc!