The IM 70.3 Cham­pi­onships is mov­ing to sun­nier climes as it heads to the Sun­shine Coast

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THIS YEAR’S IRONMAN 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship race crosses to the South­ern Hemi­sphere for the first time ever.

And ath­letes who have qual­i­fied for the iconic event at Mooloolaba on Aus­tralia’s Sun­shine Coast have been promised a fresh, chal­leng­ing course.

Or­gan­is­ers have guar­an­teed rolling surf, soft sand and a lumpy, un­du­lat­ing ride into the hilly hin­ter­land and Mooloolaba hills.

The beach­front re­sort has hosted the Mooloolaba Triathlon Fes­ti­val and the ITU World Cup races for sev­eral years. How­ever, the course for this par­tic­u­lar world cham­pi­onship will pro­vide a whole new chal­lenge as lo­cal pro­fes­sional triath­letes Caro­line St­ef­fen and Josh Am­berger at­test.

“The surf swim is a first and any­thing could hap­pen with a beach swim,” says Am­berger. “The race could break up with the surf con­di­tions or the run on the soft sand. Plus, there’s a hill straight out of T1 that will soften the legs fur­ther.”

The pre­vi­ous multi-lap bike course has been re­placed by a one-lap route that takes in the rolling hills to the west to­wards Palm­woods. “There’s one good climb of 18 per cent and over­all it’s lumpy and tech­ni­cal,” says St­ef­fen. “If it doesn’t break up com­pletely on the bike it­self, it will def­i­nitely take the st­ing out of the legs of the pure run­ners.”

The cur­rent 70.3 world cham­pi­ons are Jan Fro­deno of Ger­many and Daniela Ryf of Switzer­land, but af­ter the race which takes place on 4 Septem­ber, the crown could be any­one’s. We’ll bring you a full re­port.

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