Good Luck to All Competitors at Worlds in Pontevedra!

The biggest weekend in the 2014 duathlon calendar is here! The World Duathlon Championships in Pontevedra, Spain kicked off yesterday with the athlete briefings and opening ceremonies. Saturday will see the elite draft legal events spread out throughout the day, before the Age Group athletes take center stage on Sunday.

Canada’s only elite athlete will take to the course at 12pm EST, as Saskatchewan’s Aidan Katz takes to the course against the best U23 and Elite athletes in the world. He will be taking on a strong contingent of Belgian and Spanish duathletes, among many others. We hope you will join us in cheering Aidan on! Head here for a preview of the elite races to be held Saturday.

The age group sprint race kicks off at 2:30am EST (8:30am local time). 24 Canadian athletes will take part in the 5km run/20km bike/2.5km run.  The remainder of Canada’s 81 athletes will take part in the standard distance event, beginning at 6am EST (noon local time).  All five of Canada’s standard distance world champions from the 2013 World Duathlon Championships in Ottawa will return for the 2014 event to defend their age group titles:

Peggy Labonte F30-34 (2nd overall)
Jennifer Faraone F40-44
Carolyn Silvey F55-59
Sharryn Oleskiw F65-69
David Field M55-59

Last year’s 5th overall female finisher, Sasha Gollish, also returns in the F30-34 sprint distance race. The rest of the Canadian team is listed below. Please make an effort to follow along with their progress as the day goes on! Results will eventually be found here.

Nikolai Racicot M16-19 (Sprint)
Nicholas Patenaude M20-24
Daniel Walker M20-24 (Sprint)
Maximilien Moreau M20-24 (Sprint)
Katie Hay F25-29
Lauren Babineau F25-29
Marie-Eve Dufour F25-29
Charlotte Jacquemin F25-29 (Sprint)
Alexandre Badeau M25-29
Frederic Rainville M25-29
Spencer Summerfield M25-29 (Sprint)
Chris Macdonald M30-34
Christopher Peirson M30-34
Pierre-Luc Blais M30-34
Travis Murray M30-34
Stanley Lorenzo M30-34 (Sprint)
Isabelle Sauve F35-39
Suzie Poirier F35-39 (Sprint)
Christian Millette M35-39
Mitch Fortier M35-39
Michel Fillion M35-39 (Sprint)
Heather Mcinnis F40-44
Chantal Michaud F40-44 (Sprint)
Isabelle Pilon F40-44 (Sprint)
Melany Gauvin F40-44 (Sprint)
Sylvie Charest F40-44 (Sprint)
Curtis Rabuka M40-44
David Savard M40-44
Gaston Mogollones M40-44
Martin Vaillancourt M40-44
Rene-Pierre Roussel M40-44
Vance Lai M40-44
Francois Marceau M40-44 (Sprint)
Christine Richardson F45-49
Elizabeth Bentley F45-49
Josee Belisle F45-49
Lisa Evered F45-49
Michelle Ball F45-49
Eric Thunack M45-49
Francois Lefebvre M45-49
Mark Koenig M45-49
Marie Lapalme F50-54
Paula Lockyer F50-54
Andrew Guy M50-54
Arnold Ross M50-54
Claude Richard M50-54
Darrell Anderson M50-54
Dirk Zylstra M50-54
Jeff Shmoorkoff M50-54
Ken Wright M50-54
Luc Poulin M50-54
Miguel Caron M50-54
Andrew Tuovinen M50-54 (Sprint)
Benoit Viau M50-54 (Sprint)
Renee Hartford F55-59
Alan Marleau M55-59
Donald Macdonald M55-59
John Stuart M55-59 (Sprint)
Jane Armstrong F60-64
Laura Green F60-64
Cathy Mckibbon F60-64 (Sprint)
John Jackson M60-64
Mitchell Davidson M60-64
David Conroy M60-64 (Sprint)
Michael O’Brien M60-64 (Sprint)
Stuart Roche M65-69
Vaughan Bowen M65-69
David Coates M65-69 (Sprint)
Ian Ross M65-69 (Sprint)
Bob Hubbard M70-74
Ron Vankoughnett M70-74
Woody Paylor M70-74
Peter Higgs M75-79
Bruce Butcher M80-84 (Sprint)

Kevin Smith did a great course preview of the unique and challenging course here. Competitors will tackle a technical 2.5km loop 4 times (2 in the sprint) before heading out onto a 20km bike loop that heads straight up a mountain before turning around and heading back down. The course should produce some interesting results!

Triathlon Magazine Canada’s preview can be found here. Remember, Pontevedra is 6 hours ahead of all of you in the Eastern time zone.

Good luck to all Ontario and Team Canada participants, we’ll all be cheering you on from back home!

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Subaru Milton Duathlon Course Preview

-Preview written by Larry Bradley

This weekend, the Subaru Triathlon Series kicks off their season with a visit to Kelso Conservation Area just west of Milton, Ontario. This has been a staple on the series for as long as multisport has been in the province and is a popular early season fitness test for many.

Be sure to check the www.trisportcanada.com website to ensure you are well prepared, as there are some very important details that you need to work into your morning plans. The organizers ask that you arrive before 8:30am, after which the park entrance is closed for use on the bike course. Parking can also be a lengthy hike to transition with all of your gear. A link to the course maps can be found here.

The Sprint Duathlon starts with a 2km run on utility trails composed of a mix of grass, dirt and gravel. The start is on the top of a short hill beside transition, keeping the first run on relatively flat ground that snakes back towards the west. It is a mostly tree covered trail that will be a quick warm up to prime your legs for the ride. Pro tip: on your warm-up run, ensure the turnaround sign is in place before the race to save competitors confusion and valuable time!

After a gravelly transition, the bike course heads out the park entrance road onto a quick loop that takes you over the 401 bridge to the bottom of the Beast. Racers would be wise to pace themselves here before a right hand turn takes you onto the 6th Line Hill and 1.4k of steep action. This effort has forced many to dismount and walk, and takes you to the 5k marker where the small rollers start up on your mission north. A left turn is followed by a short, flat jaunt across the top of the course to your next left at 5th Line. Take care around this corner, as it has historically been a little sandy and loose.

The next 3k are quick as you start to head back downhill. Another left turn onto 15 Sideroad is followed by a winding “S” bend before the final climb. At the top of this hill you reconnect with 6th Line and head back to the very speedy decent, where you may see speeds of 70km/h on your way down. There is a quick left turn at the base of the hill, so stay within your bike handling abilities on the descent and be ready for the turn! From the bottom, there is another flat 4km back to transition.

The final 7.5km run is new for 2014. The new run takes you on the trail over the dam towards the campground area and some service roads. There are a two turnarounds on this section so watch for volunteers and signs to ensure you make it around the course properly. The first half of the run is done in this fashion before you cross back through transition and meet up with the first run course. Follow the first run course around a third turnaround to the Big Red Barn, where you will make a right and follow the course to the finish line.

We received (another) email today from Scott Breen about the road conditions, and he had this to say:

“The lane from transition to the mount line has a very uneven surface, and the speed bump in/out of the park is large. Tremaine road is very rough and has a few potholes heading out and back. A special note of a pothole immediately on  Kelso road as you turn from Tremaine returning to the park. After the 6th line hill climb , the course is rollers to 20 side road, then you encounter fast twists and turns as you travel along 5th to 15th and return to rollers on 6th line followed by a white knuckled descent down the hill.”

Best of luck this weekend and be sure to take to Twitter to let us know about your #OntarioDu experience!

Weekend Recap – May 24/25, 2014

This weekend saw duathletes converge upon Woodstock, Ontario for the season opener of the Recharge With Milk Triathlon Series, presented by Multisport Canada. The sprint duathlon saw 106 duathletes compete, including a few new faces to the duathlon scene in Ontario. Results have been posted and linked on our Schedule and Results page. Congratulations to our winners:

Women’s Overall /40+ category – Jade Carrington
Men’s Overall – Jesse Bauer
Men’s 40+ category – Bruce Raymer

Next week will bring a big weekend for Ontario and Canadian duathletes, as the world converges on Pontevedra, Spain for the World Duathlon Championships at the Sprint and Olympic distances. Racers will encounter a flat but technical run course before heading out for 1 or 2 bike laps that climb steadily up a mountain to a 180 degree turn before screaming back down to transition. Our report will be up before the weekend, but in the meantime check out Kevin Smith’s blog and course overview for some helpful tips and links.

Next week also brings us the start of the Subaru Triathlon Series, with the Milton Duathlon. We will have a brief course preview brought to you by Larry Bradley in the coming days for those looking to prepare for the epic Sixth Line Hill challenge. Multisport Canada is off until the June 7 Binbrook race.

Happy training this week Ontario duathletes! Be sure to post your training sessions and race reports online, tag @du_enthusiasts and hashtag #OntarioDu. We will add them to this post!

MEDIA FROM THE WEEKEND
MSC Woodstock Recap
Jade’s post-race interview
Jesse’s post-race interview
Jesse’s race report from Woodstock
A great account of 4th OA male Grahame Rivers’ first ever duathlon

MSC Woodstock Duathlon Course Preview

Though we were not going to do a full preview on the Woodstock Duathlon this upcoming Sunday (because MultiSport Canada does  fantastic job of that themselves), we did receive an email from Scott Breen this morning about the conditions of the roads after he pre-rode the course this weekend. Here’s what Scott had to say about the bike course:

I rode the course today, and the roads are mostly in good condition. I did not encounter any major potholes or such, but two areas of note are: the road from 13th line into/out of the park has a few bumps, and the first kilometer or so after the turn onto oxford road 33 from 13th line is also quite bumpy. Hope this helps!”

The rough spots correspond to the roads just after the hill leaving transition as you enter the park, and the first kilometer or two after you make your first right turn on the course. You can check out the course preview video presented by Multisport Canada and Ignition Fitness (shameless plug) by scrolling about a quarter of the way down this page. You can also get more information about the sprint duathlon here.

The first run starts with a short stretch of grass before heading out onto a relatively wide gravel road. The rest of the course is on similar terrain except for a short concrete section as you cross the dam and in the last couple of hundred meters to the turnaround. Last season, there were reports that the course was slightly long, though not absurdly so. The second run is similar to the first, with the turnaround being right at the end of the the dam crossing. Both courses are relatively flat with the odd small rolling hill.

The bike course starts with a short, winding hill right out of transition. If you start the bike with your shoes pre-clipped in, this is a good time to either get quickly into your shoes or wait until the end of the hill to pick up speed before you lace up. The rest of the course is straight-forward, though it is a slight gradual climb most of the way out to the turnaround. The way home is the corresponding downhill, and is a good opportunity to pick up some time without crushing your legs. The course winds through open farmland, and can be susceptible to crosswinds on occasion. The 7-day forecast looks good for wind (and everything else) however! As a final note, the hill between the park gates and the transition zone is a No Passing Zone, so plan accordingly.

Woodstock is a beautiful course at a fantastic venue, and I highly recommend it as a season opener…if you have not already opened up of course! Looking forward to seeing you there.

Iron Hawk Final Age Group Results

For those who were asking, here are the final Iron Hawk Age Group results by age group as of December 31, 2014 2015 (ie. 2015 World Championships age groups). Thanks to Spencer Summerfield for getting ahold of these for us!

M 16-19

1 78 Garrick Loewen 1:00:18 LASALLE
2 20 Nikolai Racicot 1:05:23 Caledon Village 

F 16-19
1 76 Kristen Vergara 1:08:12 F Toronto
2 3 Lucy Panko 1:18:04 Toronto
3 2 Erika Kelly 1:30:34 Harrow

M 20-24
1 22 Taylor Forbes 59:12 Dundas
2 23 Austen Forbes 59:45 Dundas
3 27 Colin Lavigne 1:01:11 Hamilton
4 84 Connor Darlington 1:01:22 Whitby
5 21 Paul Kolb 1:01:39 Ancaster
6 25 Robert Demarco 1:01:51 LaSalle
7 86 Rui Xu 1:02:26 Dundas
8 26 Forest Frair 1:14:36 Windsor
9 29 Matt Epp 1:49:33 Kingsville

F 20-24
1 75 Sadie Holmes 1:11:05 Amaranth

M 25-29
1 87 Lionel Sanders 56:00 Hamilton
2 28 Jesse Bauer 1:01:05 Hamilton
3 30 Spencer Summerfield 1:07:00 London
4 31 Kingsley Chak 1:13:56 Toronto
5 73 Nick Potvin 1:14:33 Leamington

M 30-34
1 85 Sean Bechtel 57:43 Caleden
2 34 Sjaan Gerth 58:18 Toronto
3 35 Ryan Allison 1:02:24 Windsor
4 32 David Marchesseault 1:04:49 Toronto
5 33 Tom Fancsy 1:11:24 Lasalle

F 30-34
1 4 Lauren Tucker 1:12:41 Toronto

M 35-39
1 37 Brad Reiter 1:03:43 Leamington
2 39 Steve Benko 1:09:02 Kingsville
3 41 Anthony Paniccia 1:10:46 Windsor
4 42 Darek Kawa 1:12:57 Amherstburg
5 40 Greig Tetley 1:15:54 Windsor
6 38 Steven Pavao 1:22:18 Kingsville

F 35-39
1 6 Natalie Morse 1:16:59 Leamington
2 5 Shelley Martin 1:23:11 Windsor
3 77 Colleen Middaugh 1:27:08 Windsor

M 40-44
1 48 Ming-Chang Tsai 1:03:29 Toronto
2 53 Daryl Flacks 1:03:59 Windsor
3 43 Scott Breen 1:05:45 Tillsonburg
4 45 Shawn Jyawook 1:08:36 Ann Arbor
5 52 Dan Rees 1:10:09 Toronto
6 56 Robert Pellerin 1:11:18 Delson
7 47 Jeremy Barton 1:12:17 LaSalle
8 54 Dan Travis 1:12:28 London
9 49 Mark Salisbury 1:13:35 Harrow
10 51 Ric Keller 1:22:52 Harrow
11 46 Stephen Paniccia 1:22:57 Cambridge
12 50 Todd Branch 1:24:08 Windsor

F 40-44
1 8 Kirstie Kniaziew 1:06:57 Leamington
2 9 Jade Carrington 1:13:19 Brampton
3 12 Bethany Timmerman 1:16:32 Paris
4 10 Barb Pollard 1:19:38 Harrow
5 11 Kathryn Hewson 1:37:12 Aylmer

M 45-49
1 58 Paul Kostuch 1:16:27 Windsor
2 57 Brian Allen 1:20:14 Windsor
3 55 John Scott 1:31:51 Harrow

F 45-49
1 14 Laura Docherty 1:16:22 Tecumseh
2 13 Karen Jones 1:38:44 Windsor

M 50-54
1 62 Tom Omstead 1:07:41 Kingsville
2 74 Larry Mullins 1:12:37 Woodslee
3 59 Carey Vigneux 1:14:22 Tecumseh
4 60 Dave Dudley 1:21:41 Grafton
5 71 Tom Strawford 1:32:22 F Belle River

F 50-54
1 15 Liz Wiebe 1:26:13 Leamington
2 17 Julie Piccinin 1:27:08 Harrow
3 16 Charlene Way 1:31:37 Windsor

M 55-59
1 80 Steve Wright 1:12:28 Tecumseh
2 64 John Stuart 1:16:14 Windsor
3 63 Keith Henry 1:22:09 Amherstburg

F 55-59
1 81 Renee Hartford 1:19:59 Merlin

M 60-64
1 70 Bernard Collins 1:15:00 F Kingsville
2 79 Mike Obrien 1:18:53 Newcastle
3 65 David Conroy 1:21:39 Bancroft

F 60-64
1 18 Liz Campbell 1:22:28 Leamington

M 65-69
1 82 Bob Knuckey 1:12:00 Alton
2 66 Richard Kniaziew 1:24:04 Leamington
3 67 David Campbell 1:31:51 Leamington

F 65-69
1 19 Pauline Kniaziew 1:39:01 Leamington

M 70-74
1 68 Ron Vankoughnett 1:20:00 Waterloo

M 75-79
1 69 John Marriott 1:50:23 F Millgrove

That men’s 40 to 44 age group though…deep!!

The winner of each age group (as of December 31, 2015, those results will be posted below) automatically qualifies for the 2015 World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide, Australia. Those spots not claimed by September of this year will be available on a first come, first serve basis to those who did not automatically but register for the rolldown. Of course, there will also be 10 spots per age group available at the Sprint Duathlon Nationals in Belle River and the Duathlon National Championships in Toronto, as well as 1 spot per age group at Lakeside in September. Head here for more info on Worlds!

UPDATE 5/20 7:54pm – Received an email from Paul Gelinas shortly after posting. The results posted are with 2014 age groups (as of December 31, 2014). I will post the age groups adjusted for ages as of December 31, 2015 below as soon as I receive them!

UPDATE 5/21 9:58am – Age-adjusted results for 2015 ages below. Some movers and shakers in the qualification spots!

M 16-19
1 20 Nikolai Racicot 1:05:23 Caledon Village

F 16-19
1 76 Kristen Vergara 1:08:12 F Toronto
2 3 Lucy Panko 1:18:04 Toronto
3 2 Erika Kelly 1:30:34 Harrow

M 20-24
1 22 Taylor Forbes 59:12 Dundas
2 23 Austen Forbes 59:45 Dundas
3 78 Garrick Loewen 1:00:18 LASALLE
4 84 Connor Darlington 1:01:22 Whitby
5 21 Paul Kolb 1:01:39 Ancaster
6 25 Robert Demarco 1:01:51 LaSalle
7 86 Rui Xu 1:02:26 Dundas

M 25-29

1 87 Lionel Sanders 56:00 Hamilton
2 28 Jesse Bauer 1:01:05 Hamilton
3 27 Colin Lavigne 1:01:11 Hamilton
4 30 Spencer Summerfield 1:07:00 London
5 31 Kingsley Chak 1:13:56 Toronto
6 73 Nick Potvin 1:14:33 Leamington
7 26 Forest Frair 1:14:36 Windsor
8 29 Matt Epp 1:49:33 Kingsville

F 25-29
1 75 Sadie Holmes 1:11:05 Amaranth

M 30-34
1 85 Sean Bechtel 57:43 Caleden
2 34 Sjaan Gerth 58:18 Toronto
3 35 Ryan Allison 1:02:24 Windsor
4 32 David Marchesseault 1:04:49 Toronto
5 33 Tom Fancsy 1:11:24 Lasalle

F 30-34
1 4 Lauren Tucker 1:12:41 Toronto

M 35-39
1 37 Brad Reiter 1:03:43 Leamington
2 39 Steve Benko 1:09:02 Kingsville
3 41 Anthony Paniccia 1:10:46 Windsor
4 40 Greig Tetley 1:15:54 Windsor
5 38 Steven Pavao 1:22:18 Kingsville

F 35-39
1 6 Natalie Morse 1:16:59 Leamington
2 5 Shelley Martin 1:23:11 Windsor
3 77 Colleen Middaugh 1:27:08 Windsor

M 40-44
1 48 Ming-Chang Tsai 1:03:29 Toronto
2 53 Daryl Flacks 1:03:59 Windsor
3 43 Scott Breen 1:05:45 Tillsonburg
4 45 Shawn Jyawook 1:08:36 Ann Arbor
5 52 Dan Rees 1:10:09 Toronto
6 47 Jeremy Barton 1:12:17 LaSalle
7 42 Darek Kawa 1:12:57 Amherstburg
8 49 Mark Salisbury 1:13:35 Harrow
9 46 Stephen Paniccia 1:22:57 Cambridge
10 50 Todd Branch 1:24:08 Windsor

F 40-44
1 8 Kirstie Kniaziew 1:06:57 Leamington
2 9 Jade Carrington 1:13:19 Brampton
3 12 Bethany Timmerman 1:16:32 Paris
4 10 Barb Pollard 1:19:38 Harrow
5 11 Kathryn Hewson 1:37:12 Aylmer

M 45-49
1 56 Robert Pellerin 1:11:18 Delson
2 54 Dan Travis 1:12:28 London
3 58 Paul Kostuch 1:16:27 Windsor
4 57 Brian Allen 1:20:14 Windsor
5 51 Ric Keller 1:22:52 Harrow
6 55 John Scott 1:31:51 Harrow

F 45-49
1 13 Karen Jones 1:38:44 Windsor

M 50-54
1 74 Larry Mullins 1:12:37 Woodslee
2 59 Carey Vigneux 1:14:22 Tecumseh
3 60 Dave Dudley 1:21:41 Grafton
4 71 Tom Strawford 1:32:22 F Belle River

F 50-54
1 14 Laura Docherty 1:16:22 Tecumseh
2 15 Liz Wiebe 1:26:13 Leamington
3 17 Julie Piccinin 1:27:08 Harrow
4 16 Charlene Way 1:31:37 Windsor

M 55-59
1 62 Tom Omstead 1:07:41 Kingsville
2 80 Steve Wright 1:12:28 Tecumseh
3 64 John Stuart 1:16:14 Windsor
4 63 Keith Henry 1:22:09 Amherstburg

F 55-59
1 81 Renee Hartford 1:19:59 Merlin

M 60-64
1 79 Mike Obrien 1:18:53 Newcastle
2 65 David Conroy 1:21:39 Bancroft

F 60-64
1 18 Liz Campbell 1:22:28 Leamington

M 65-69
1 82 Bob Knuckey 1:12:00 Alton
2 70 Bernard Collins 1:15:00 F Kingsville
3 66 Richard Kniaziew 1:24:04 Leamington
4 67 David Campbell 1:31:51 Leamington

F 65-69
1 19 Pauline Kniaziew 1:39:01 Leamington

M 70-74
1 68 Ron Vankoughnett 1:20:00 Waterloo

M 80-84
1 69 John Marriott 1:50:23 F Millgrove

Weekend Recap – Victoria Day Races

Only one race on our duathlon schedule this weekend. The Ottawa du’ers opened up their season with the Early Bird Duathlon at Carleton University, which featured a long (2k/35k/5k) and a short (2k/23.5k/5k) version of the race. Here are our winners from the weekend.

LONG DUATHLON
Men – Nicholas Ravanelli
Women – Kathy Morin

SHORT DUATHLON
Men – Mathieu Despatie
Women – Stephanie St. John

Congratulations to our winners on the weekend! Looking forward to following the results from the Somersault series this season. You can check out full results here. Next up for Ontario duathletes is the Multisport Canada season opener with a sprint duathlon in Woodstock, at Pittock Lake Conservation Area. If we have missed any races, either ones that have happened or future races, we apologize for that. Just shoot us a note via our Contact Us form, and we will make sure it gets addressed!

Canadian Sprint Duathlon Championship Information

As we announced after the Iron Hawk Duathlon last weekend, Triathlon Canada has awarded the 2014 Canadian Sprint Duathlon Championships to the Belle River Triathlon/Duathlon on July 6, 2014. Each age group will have 10 qualifying spots for the 2015 World Sprint Duathlon Championships in Adelaide, Australia (October 13-19, 2014), as well as bragging rights as the NATIONAL CHAMPION on the line.

Along with the Sprint Du championships, the weekend also includes an international distance event (10k/40k/5k). Belle River features a flat and fast course at the Lakeview Marina that winds through Essex County along Lake St. Clair. It is a great place to put down a fast time, and as we saw last weekend in Harrow, you can count on plenty of support from a dedicated and knowledgeable Windsor/Essex County multisport community!

Course maps can be found here, and you can find out more about this event on the Triathlon Canada Event Calendar or on the event website itself. Yet another option for Ontario (and Canadian!) duathletes to take advantage of!