Thanks to a race date six weeks after the Ironman World Championship, Ironman Arizona will welcome one of the toughest pro fields of any Ironman this year.

Thanks to a race date six weeks after the Ironman World Championship, Ironman Arizona will welcome one of the toughest pro fields of any Ironman this year.

Photo: Paul Phillips

Wearing No. 1 will be 2009 Ironman Arizona winner Jordan Rapp. Unlike many of his competitors, Rapp did not compete in Kona, but he will be racing on somewhat tired legs after earning a world title at the ITU Long Distance World Championships in Henderson, Nev., two weeks ago. Three of the freshest athletes will be Viktor Zyemtsev, Fraser Cartmell and Sebastian Kienle. Zyemtsev and Cartmell have both tasted Ironman victory in their careers, and Kienle is looking to close out a stellar year with his first. Two athletes looking to put Kona DNFs behind them are Eneko Llanos and Tim O’Donnell. The pair battled it out back in May at Ironman Texas, with Llanos coming out the victor. Another top contender is recently crowned Xterra World Champion Michael Weiss of Austria.

Click here to see the complete men’s pro start list.

While the women’s lineup is not as deep as the men’s, it should be a very competitive race. Despite never winning an Ironman event, Great Britain’s Leanda Cave is the favorite. In the past six weeks Cave has finished third at the Ironman World Championship, first at Ironman 70.3 Miami and second at the ITU Long Distance World Championships. Cave raced a similar schedule leading up to last year’s Ironman Arizona event and finished third behind now four-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington of Great Britain and American Linsey Corbin. Although Wellington is not on the start list this year, Corbin is. The American will be looking to come back after a tough Kona race in which she finished 16th. Other top contenders include Americans Amanda Stevens, Kelly Williamson and Meredith Kessler, and Hungary’s Erika Csomor.

Click here to see the complete women’s pro start list.

PHOTOS: 2010 Ironman Arizona

2011 Ironman Arizona Pro Men’s Start List

Rapp is fresh off of a win at the ITU Long Distance World Championships. Photo: Jayne Furman

1 Jordan Rapp (USA)
2 Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR)
4 Fraser Cartmell (SCO)
5 Matthew Russell (USA)
7 Christophe Bastie (FRA)
8 Scott Neyedli (GBR)
9 Mike Schifferle (CHE)
11 Leif Baradoy (CAN)
12 Kevin Taddonio (USA)
13 Rene Vallant (AUT)
14 Dave Harju (CAN)
16 Dominik Berger (AUT)
17 Jared Milam (USA)
18 Stefano Paoli (ITA)
19 Patrick Jaberg (CHE)
20 Michael Weiss (AUT)
21 Martin Jensen (DNK)
22 Raymond Botelho (USA)
23 Eneko Llanos (ESP)
25 Chris Boudreaux (USA)
26 Nicholas Peter Ward Munoz (DNK)
28 Gudmund Snilstveit (NOR)
29 Douglas MacLean (USA)
30 Oliver Simon (GBR)
31 Arland Macasieb (USA)
32 Ryan Kelly (USA)
33 Ivan Albano (BRA)
34 Paul Amey (GBR)
35 Chris Wichert (USA)
37 Torsten Abel (DEU)
38 Christof Schmidt (DEU)
39 Nick Waninger (USA)
40 Anthony Toth (CAN)
41 Lewis Elliot (USA)
42 Heinrich Sickl (AUT)
43 Jesse Vondracek (USA)
44 Jeff Paul (USA)
45 Marek Nemcik (SVK)
46 Benjamin Sanson (FRA)
48 Stefan Schmid GER
50 Stephane Poulat (FRA)
51 Tim O’Donnell (USA)
52 Kyle Pawlaczyk (USA)
53 Ryan Rau (USA)
54 Sebastian Kienle (DEU)
55 Peter Clode (USA)
56 Olly Piggin (CAN)
57 Joe Umphenour (USA)
59 Tim Marr (USA)
60 Christian Nitschke (DEU)
61 Pedro Gomes (PRT)
62 Jan Raphael (DEU)
63 John Dahlz (USA)
64 Chad Johnston (CAN)
65 Erich Kunz (CHE)
66 Trevor Wurtele (CAN)
67 Jeremy Jurkiewicz (FRA)
68 Florian Kriegl (AUT)
69 Andrew Powell (CAN)
102 Thomas Gerlach (USA)

2011 Ironman Arizona Pro Women’s Start List

Corbin earned a podium spot at the 2011 Ironman World Championship 70.3 race in Henderson, Nev. Photo: Jeff Bottari

70 Linsey Corbin (USA)
71 Leanda Cave (GBR)
72 Meredith Kessler (USA)
73 Amanda Stevens (USA)
75 Susan Dietrich (DEU)
78 Erika Csomor (HUN)
79 Kelly Williamson (USA)
81 Amber Ferreira (USA)
82 Erin Spitler (USA)
83 Kelly Liljeblad (USA)
84 Rebekka Essmueller (DEU)
85 Jessie Donavan (USA)
86 Charisa Wernick (USA)
87 Tamara Kozulina (USA)
89 Donna Phelan (CAN)
90 Regula Rohrbach (CHE)
91 Lisa Ribes (USA)
92 Marie Danais (CAN)
93 Whitney Garcia (USA)
94 Kathleen Calkins (USA)
95 Jeanne Collonge (FRA)
96 Uli Bromme (GER)
97 Mirjam Weerd (NED)
98 Caroline Gregory (USA)
99 Sara Gross (CAN)
100 Jessica Smith (USA)
101 Michelle Vesterby (DNK)