The Triathlon will be Samantha's chance to avenge herself against Chrissie, who won
Samantha will have a bit of an advantage on Chrissie at this year's Triathlon being a two year veteran of the race, while this will be Chrissie's first time at Laguna Phuket. However, changes in the race course may help provide leverage for Chrissie. The new swim start, which has been changed to 7am, will be on the beach at
Minor changes have also been made to the 55k bike course, which leads competitors from Laguna Phuket to the north of the island over the tough Naithon hills, past tropical jungles, rubber plantations, beach front and local villages.
2006 Laguna Phuket Triathlon champion Reinaldo Colucci has had a strong year with recent wins at the Ironman 70.3 Singapore, the Triathlon de l'Alpe d'Huez 2007 and the Mekong River ITU Asian Cup, as well as placing second at the Ironman Brazil. He is currently trying to qualify for the Olympics in 2008, representing the Brazil Triathlon Federation, which may make him unable to return to the Laguna Phuket Triathlon to defend his title this year as other Olympic qualifying races may take place at the same time.
Other professionals who will be competing for the US$ 20,000 pro prize purse at the 2007 Laguna Phuket Triathlon include Massimo Cigana (ITA), 2005 Ironman World Champion Faris Al-Sultan (GER) and Mirinda Carfrae (AUS).
Apart from an exciting pro race, race organisers also anticipate one of the largest fields ever at the 2007 Laguna Phuket Triathlon as this year is the third consecutive year that entries to the individual race have completely sold-out.