From Tim Heming in Dubai
Frederiksen arrived looking relaxed and ready from a long stint in Lanzarote, and in conditions not unlike Bahrain, the flat, fast course mean she’s again a favourite. The Dane beat Swallow in both Hy-Vee and Bahrain last year and as part of the successful Uplace-BMC team does not lack confidence.
Where Swallow may get some assistance though is in the arrival of Daniela Ryf. The Swiss triathlete, runner-up in Kona on her debut in October, has the swimming and biking ability to forge from the front with Swallow. With a 20-metre draft rule in operation, they may force a break that sticks, allowing enough of a time buffer coming into T2.
From a British perspective, other notable contenders include Leanda Cave, Susie Cheetham and Alice Hector, but Swallow remains the standout – and she’s hungry for success.
“Kona is always my big one,” she admits, “I’d like to nail that one. And then the Triple Crown and Ironman 70.3 world title. And I could keep adding to that list…”
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Challenge Dubai is the first of three middle distance races in the Middle East hosted by the Challenge Family. There is $1,000,000 on offer for any triathlete who wins all three.
For our preview of the men’s race, head here. Challenge Dubai gets underway at 6.45am local time (2.45am UK time) on Friday 27 February. We’ll be covering all the action live on our Twitter feed, and will have race reports online shortly afterwards.
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