70.3 Oceanside Kicks Off North American Season

Thursday 31 March 2022

Camp Pendleton. The Strand. Strong IPA's and crispy fish tacos. All of these are synonymous with one of the most popular IRONMAN 70.3 races in North America: IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside. Taking place just north of where triathlon has its roots in Mission Bay, San Diego, this event always feels like the kick-off to the triathlon season in North America.

This weekend's race is back to its early-Spring time slot, and boasts one of the strongest pro fields the event has seen in years. With returning legends like multiple-time Oceanside veteran Andy Potts to up-and-comers like Taylor Knibb on the women's side, it's clear that an exciting year of pro racing—and dynamic live coverage—is upon us.

Whether you're an age-grouper gunning for a slot to the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, fine-tuning your race strategy for the (postponed) 2021 IRONMAN World Championship this May in St. George (as many of the below pros are!), or just happy to be back out on the race course, here are our top pro picks for the big day.

The men:
Ben Kanute: This American IRONMAN 70.3 specialist won the October edition of this event late last year, and brings incredible strength and consistency across all three disciplines to the table. He also won this event in 2019, making him a sure-fire pick for this year's podium given his familiarity with the course.

Lionel Sanders: A popular athlete on social media and with an inspiring addict-turned-elite-athlete story, this Canadian is a gritty competitor every time he shows up. Last year, he was first at IRONMAN 70.3 St. George and Texas, showing early-season fitness. He went on to back those results up with three full-distance podium placements and a win at IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells to cap off the year. This will be his first race of 2022.

Rudy Von Berg: Another young American, Von Berg stormed the European circuit last year with a win at IRONMAN 70.3 Switzerland, and a second-place finish at two other half-distance races. He took 4th at IRONMAN 70.3 St. George last spring and has also performed well on the Oceanside course.

The women:
Paula Findlay: This Canadian Olympian has been training up a storm in her home of Bend, Oregon, and can't wait to unleash her strength on one of her favorite courses. She won the October edition of this race last year, and also took 4th at IRONMAN 70.3 St. George. 2019 was also a strong year for her and she's poised to make an impact in 2022.

Daniela Ryf: The unbeatable Ryf comes to Oceanside off a second-place result in Dubai, and is quite likely looking to redeem herself as the year takes shape. She was strong at both full and half-distances events all through last year, bagging five wins, but had a disappointing 11th place finish at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

Taylor Knibb: This 24-year-old American stormed onto the IRONMAN scene after participating in the Tokyo Olympic triathlon relay. She took second at IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder win, her first IRONMAN 70.3, giving seasoned pros a run for their money. She placed third at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, while also remaining strong in the WTSC series.

MALE PRO:
1 Ben Kanute USA 
2 Sam Appleton AUS 
3 Lionel Sanders CAN 
4 Sam Long USA 
5 Rodolphe Von Berg USA 
6 Jackson Laundry CAN 
7 Matthew Hanson USA 
8 Alistair Brownlee GBR 
9 Andreas Dreitz DEU 
10 Bart Aernouts BEL 
11 Chris Leiferman USA 
12 Jason West USA 
13 Andy Potts USA 
14 Arnaud Guilloux FRA 
15 Steven Mckenna AUS 
16 Ben Hoffman USA 
17 Cody Beals CAN 
18 Andre Lopes BRA 
19 Michael Weiss AUT 
20 Brent Mcmahon CAN 
21 Eric Lagerstrom USA 
22 David McNamee GBR 
23 Matt Russell USA 
24 Tristan Olij NLD 
25 Tripp Hipple USA 
26 Kevin Portmann FRA 
27 Pedro Gomes PRT 
28 Tomasz Szala POL 
29 Antonio Villardaga MEX 
30 Ted Treise USA 
31 James Scott-farrington GBR 
32 Blake Kappler AUS 
33 Jason Pohl CAN 
34 Tomas Andres Rodriguez Hernandez MEX 
35 Yu Hsiao TWN 
36 Brennen Smith CAN 
37 Tyson Wieland USA 
38 Erik Peterson USA 
39 Evan Price USA 
40 Eduardo Perez Sandi MEX 
41 Andy Krueger USA 
43 Marek Bialkowski CAN 
44 Simon Shi USA 
45 Benjamin Ford USA 
46 David Hodge USA 
47 Grant Grafentin USA 
48 Kyle Boorsma CAN 
49 Harrison Brown USA 
50 Nick Cosman CAN 
51 Vinicius Canhedo BRA 
52 Loren Nelson CAN 
53 Steven Parker USA 
54 Antoine Francoeur CAN 
55 Travis Wood USA 
56 Chris Hammer USA 
57 Kristian Rød NOR
58 Jim Lubinski USA 
59 Ernest Mantell USA 
60 Ari Klau USA 

FEMALE PRO:
61 Paula Findlay CAN 
62 Daniela Ryf CHE 
63 Skye Moench USA 
64 Holly Lawrence GBR 
65 Heather Jackson USA 
66 Ruth Astle GBR 
67 Tamara Jewett CAN 
68 Chelsea Sodaro USA 
69 Ashleigh Gentle AUS 
70 Taylor Knibb USA 
72 Jackie Hering USA 
74 Luisa Baptista BRA 
75 Danielle Lewis USA 
76 Pamella Oliveira BRA 
77 Haley Chura USA 
78 Lauren Brandon USA 
79 Mollie Hebda USA 
80 Cecilia Perez MEX 
81 Linsey Corbin USA 
82 Melanie Mcquaid CAN 
83 Dominika Jamnicky CAN 
84 Ai Ueda JPN 
85 Danielle Treise USA 
86 Angela Naeth CAN 
87 Sarah Karpinski USA 
88 Britt Vocke USA 
89 Lara Gruden USA 
90 Jenna Horner USA 
91 Alexandra Watt USA 
92 Irena Ossola USA 
93 Melanie Baumann CHE 
94 Tyler Hudacek USA 
95 Stefanie Cullingford USA 
96 Amy Vantassel USA 
98 Brianna Troksa USA 
99 Julie Aspesletten NOR 
100 Caroline Shannon USA 

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