Sarah Piampiano (USA)
Men: Brent McMahon. With his ITU background and proven run speed, I think he will be a strong contender for the win. On a similarly challenging course at St. George in May he ran away with the title and put everyone on alert that he has the ability to race well on hard courses.
Women: Melissa Hauschildt. This was a hard one to call for me! Heather Wurtele has been on fire all season, and with a much-improved run I think she could be a contender. But Melissa has also shown some big improvements in her swim and bike, and with her run I think that makes her the one to beat.