After eight thrilling World Triathlon Series races and nine World Cup events, the ITU season comes to a close on Sunday in Guatape with the 10th and final World Cup of the year. But the season closer will be no easy feat with the Olympic distance course set at an altitude of 1925m and a two-kilometer bike climb that will test even the best.
There may be three disciplines in triathlon, but the winner in Guatape will most likely be the woman that can climb. As one of the most experienced athletes on the ITU circuit, Ainhoa Murua (ESP) lines up first. Although she has raced sporadically following the London Olympic Games, Murua is always someone to keep an eye on. The Spaniard is solid across all three triathlon legs, so look for this veteran to be at the top of the pack.
Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) surprised at the London Grand Final with a top 10 finish. After trailing significantly out of the water, he clocked the fastest bike split of the day and topped it off with nearly a sub-30 minute run. Although London is a flat course, his bike speed suggest he may just have the stamina it takes to climb four times on Sunday.