This Sunday, the second round of the 2010 ITU Triathlon World Cup Season is headed to Monterrey, Mexico with 94 of the ITU’ best competitive racers striving for victory. Plus an added attraction also kicking off this weekend is the qualifier for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games which will ensue in Singapore this August. A hundred or more athletes are aiming for slots in this initiating occasion.
Monterrey, the sixth largest city in Mexico, will be hosting the Triathlon World Cup Season for the first time. The race will be held at one of the city’s popular landmarks, the Fundidora Park. The Santa Lucia
River is the venue for the swim race stretches across the very center of downtown Monterrey. It will be followed by an eight technical bike loop races which the athletes have to negotiate through the park before reaching the four- lap run along the Santa Lucia Riverwalk for the finish line.
Americans Jarrod Shoemaker and Matt Chrabot are featured in the men’s category of the race. Both Americans just had their baptism of fire during the opening leg of the Dextro Energy Triathlon World Championship series down last week at Sydney, Australia. Chrabot was in tough condition and finished ninth overall. However, Shoemaker was taken out by a flat tire along the race.
Other athletes on the watch list of the men’s category in this coming punishing event are Leonardo Chacon of Costa Rica, who has been at the finish podium twice in the Pan American Cup. In addition, Olympian Reinaldo Colucci of Brazil, the long distance favorite, Philip Graves of Great Britain and Francisco Serrano, a native of Monterrey, a three time winner of the Pan American Cup in the past couple of seasons are competing to complete the short list of titans.
The starting list for the women’s category is Ai Ueda of Japan. She is a very strong contender in the Pan American Cup circuit this year by bagging the Salinas event and finishing as a runner up in Masatlan. An American collaboration of Mary Beth Ellis, Jenna Shoemaker, Amanda Felder, Margaret Shapio and Hayley Peirsol may work together to their advantage and could pull off an upset. Peirsol, one of the strongest and fastest swimmers in this sporting event has the edge out of the water. Inspiring some of her teammates with her, the Americans will be a tough team to reckon with.
Included in this season’s event are top contenders, Elizabeth Bravo of Ecuador, Carlo Morena of Brazil, Alicia Kaye and Paula Findlay of Canada.
The triathlon event jumps off with the women’s race at 9am and followed by the men’s race at 9:45 am.