The Abu Dhabi Triathlon may not be a WTC event, but it is no doubt one of the most anticipated races of the global triathlon season. The 2013 Abu Dhabi Triathlon takes place on Saturday March 2nd and is no exception to the rule as many of the world’s top pros are expected to be at the start line when the gun sounds.
The 2012 event drew such notables as Andi Boecherer, Andrew Starykowicz, Chris Lieto, Eneko Llanos, Faris Al-Sultan, Rasmus Henning, Leon Griffin, and Paul Ambrose for the pro men just to name a few.
The women’s field was show-cased by Angela Neath, Caroline Steffen, Emma-Kate Lidbury, Jodie Swallow, Mellisa Rollison, Nikki Butterfield, Rachel Joyce, and Silvia Felt.
On any give day most of these top pros were quite capable of taking the win in Abu Dhabi, but it was Rasmus Henning of Denmark and Nikki Butterfield of Australia coming out on top to claim the lion’s share of the prize money in the 2012 race.
And what a share it was as $250,000 in prize money was available to be won which makes Abu Dhabi very lucrative to pros from all over the world. The age-groupers are not left out either as there is $20,000 up for grabs which makes it the richest triathlon age-group prize pool in the sport.
Andrew Starykowicz will most likely not be making the trip to Abu Dhabi in 2013 after what he had to go through in the 2012 race. You can read the story about Andrew Starykowicz ending up in jail because of a 2012 race incident by visiting this link on rootshed.com.
It still remains to be seen if the unfortunate race incident will effect the over-all pro entry for the 2013 event, but most likely the prospect of winning huge prize money will overpower the fear of being thrown in jail for no apparent reason.
Abu Dhabi features a Long Distance Course, a Short Distance Course, a Sprint Distance Course, and a team relay and that diversity of distances is also one of the factors that make it such a popular race.
The Long Distance Course is comprised of distances that are totally foreign to many pro triathletes. It falls somewhere in between an Ironman 7.3 and a full Ironman race.
The swim is 3km, the bike 200km, and the run 20km.
SWIM The swim section of the Abu Dhabi Triathlon will take place in the stunning lagoon in the shadow by the world famous 6 star Emirates Palace hotel.
BIKE The bike course will take in the unmistakable scenery of the city of Abu Dhabi, featuring the iconic landmarks such as The Emirates Palace Hotel, The Sheikh Zayed Mosque and The Corniche all under the safety of completely closed roads. To the east of the city the bike route of the Abu Dhabi Triathlon passes over Saadiyat Island and on to another attraction sure to whet the appetite of the cyclist; the brand new sports and leisure center island known as Yas Island. Here the route will incorporate the Yas Marina Formula One Circuit which hosted the 2009 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final race of the 2009 F1 season. Cycling around the track in the shadow of towering grandstands will be a once in a life time opportunity not to be missed.
RUN The Abu Dhabi Triathlon run course returns athletes to the Corniche and takes in the stunning Heritage village to the west of the city ensuring that the athletes will have taken in many of the areas of Abu Dhabi that make the emirate one of finest tourist destinations in the world.
Thanks to sportstouristinternational for the course description.
For a look at how the 2012 Abu Dhabi Triathlon unfolded and how Nikki Butterfield and Rasmus Henning out-raced a great field of pros visit Ironstruck.com