Czech Jakub Langhammer and Laura Wood of New Zealand hope to cash in on their good form in pursuit of victory against multi-titled rivals when the second Black Arrow Express 5150 is fired off on Sunday in Subic Bay.
Langhammer foiled fancied Mitch Robins in a recent 5150 race reduced to a duathlon event in Davao but what inspires him to aim for no less than the BAE 5150 crown is his solid buildup for this particular race set over the Olympic distance of 1.5k swim-40K bike-10K run in the country’s triathlon hub.
“I did really good training block before this race and I feel ready for tomorrow (Sunday),” said Langhammer, who placed third to Robins and Sam Betten in last year’s inaugurals of this event put up by one of the country’s top cargo movers and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc., now part of the IRONMAN Group.
“My performance is much more better than last year, so the goal is definitely to win this race. I also spent two weeks in Hawaii to watch the Ironman World Championship and of course, I did good training block there so I can’t wait for another great battle with other participants.”
Like Langhammer, Wood is coming into the event brimming with confidence, having toughened up for the first two events while hoping her legs would hold up in the deciding run part.
“I think my chances are pretty good. My swimming and biking are currently the best they’ve ever been so I should be able to put myself into a good position going into the closing run stage,” said Wood. “Then fingers crossed my running legs show up.”
But the duo will be up against a set of veteran rivals with Langhammer gearing up for a three-cornered fight with Robins and many-time Subic 5150 champion Sam Betten and Wood facing a tested Dimity Lee Duke and defending champion Manami Iijima in the centerpiece pro division of the event, which also features the Asian Elite division and the Go for Gold Sunrise Sprint, a short distance triathlon series featuring a 750m open-water swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run put up by Go for Gold to help Filipino athletes promote excellence.
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The chase kicks off at the Acea Subic Bay beach following a counter-clockwise flow. The swim course is divided into 650 meters, 200 meters, and 650 meters. After completing the swim, participants will exit the beach following the path to Transition 1 at San Bernardino Road.
From Transition 1, they move to the bike mount area in San Bernardino Road corner Argonaut Highway for the three-loop 40-km course around the scenic flat coastal roads of Subic Bay with the field to head towards the Malawaan Park for the first turnaround at KM 6.67 then to KM13.3 for the second turnaround and to the Malawaan Park for the next turnaround at KM 20 then back to Acea Subic Bay for turnaround 4 at KM 26.67. Participants will then make their final turnaround at KM 33.33 at the Malawaan Park.
The battle then heats up in the closing run stage, a 10km single loop, hilly and challenging course from San Bernardino Road through the Argonaut Highway, the hilly Zambales Highway crossing Tarlac Road to Aparri Road before they head to the single turnaround at KM 5 then back to San Bernardino Road and to the finish line at the Acea Subic Bay Parking lot.