Jeff Symonds (CAN)
Men: Brent McMahon. Canadians kick ass, if that is reason enough to pick him. Brent showed earlier this year in St. George that he can target big races and win them. 70.3 is his distance and I think he’ll surprise with some underrated cycling legs on race day. The Vegas course favors shorter athletes.
Women: Heather Wurtele. Not only is she from Canada, she is also from the Okanagan. Heather has been killing the women’s field with kindness with big wins this season at Rev3 Quassy, Panama 70.3, Calgary 70.3 and Coeur D’Alene. She has raced the course the past two seasons so she is familiar with exactly what to expect on race day–and the Vegas course favors taller athletes.