Crowie to race in Ironman 70.3 Auckland
Crowie’s 2014 season begins on the 19th of January in Auckland, where he will compete alongside a star studded field at the Asian Pacific Championship.
It is the second time that the championship has been staged in Auckland, with the event carrying a $90,000 prize purse as well as qualifying places for age group contestants for both the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championships. The race comprises of a 1.9 km swim in the Viaduct Harbour, a 90 km three-lap cycle over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and a 21 km two-lap run along the waterfront.
With Craig’s focus set on the Asia-Pacific region and Ironman 70.3 distance racing, winning Ironman 70.3 Auckland will provide him with a much needed boost after a disappointing end to 2013.
“I always considered 70.3 to be my best distance. But once you are doing Ironman in Hawaii as the main focus, it basically dominates the year,” Craig said.
He said that his growing family of three needed to come first and be settled back in Sydney.
“I am excited for them and I am excited to focus on 70.3 and the Asia Pacific region.”
Craig is thrilled to be racing in Auckland.
“I have heard the course in Auckland is challenging and spectacular, with the athletes having to ride over the harbour bridge.
“I am hopeful my form for the race will be very good. Apart from being a much earlier start to my season than normal, I have trained well but I started back to training much earlier than I normally would to prepare.”
The 30-strong final men’s field is a virtual who’s who of the Ironman world, including 18 winners from Ironman 70.3 races last year, nearly one-third of all worldwide events over the distance, and 40 podium placegetters.
Bozzone leads the way with four 70.3 wins last year, Alexander had three, Docherty, Kemp, two-time Olympian Courtney Atkinson and fellow Australian Ritchie Cunningham two each. The other winners from 2013 in the field include super-talented Tim Reed, and high-flying fellow Australian young guns Sam Appleton and James Hodge, who was fifth in Auckland last year.
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