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The inaugural handcycling 70.3 national championships will take place on Saturday in conjunction with Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs. The event will also offer opportunities for hand cycle athletes to qualify for this October’s Ironman World Championship.
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Buffalo Springs Lake is one of Patrick Doak’s favorite places to race.
It’s where he has earned four trips to Hawaii for the Ironman World Championship, and where he’s twice won the handcycling division. Doak also likes the challenge of the 70.3-mile triathlon course, and he appreciates the West Texas hospitality of race directors Mike and Marti Greer.
As of this year, the 42-year-old resident of Carlisle, Mass., has another reason to cherish the race. It’s giving him an opportunity to be crowned a national champion.
The inaugural Ironman 70.3 U.S. Handcycle Championship will be held in conjunction with the 21st annual Buffalo Springs Lake Ironman 70.3, which is scheduled for Sunday. Doak is one of eight handcyclists who will be competing for the men’s national title in the half-Ironman distance, while Tricia Downing and Susan Katz will vie for the women’s championship.