Yet how to watch Sebastian Kienle, Mirinda Carfrae, Tim Don, Rachel Joyce et al? The good news is that there will be a live video stream on the event website, with two-time Kona winner Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack on commentating duties.
But that’s not all! We’re also hosting a liveblog on the 220 website, where deputy editor Liz (who’s already out in Bahrain) will deliver lots of course-side insight and debate from 7am local time (4am UK time). Plus there will be the usual real-time updates on our Twitter feed.
The official race schedule for Saturday 6th December runs as follows:
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5:00am – Transition opens
7:30am – Start Challenge Bahrain 2014
7:30am – Pro Men
7:35am – Pro Women
8:05am – AG 50 years and older, all sub-4:40 athletes
8:15am – AG Women
8:25am – AG 18-34 Men
8:35am – AG 35-49 Men
8:45am – Relay
Approx 11:00am – Finish of the male race winner Challenge Bahrain
Approx 11:30am – Finish of female race winner – Challenge Bahrain
Nearly 100 professional athletes will be lining up on Saturday, including both current Ironman world champions Sebastian Kienle and Mirinda Carfrae, and various Olympians and Commonwealth champs.