As we approach the end of the 2014 duathlon season and start to gear up for the Ontario Duathlon Championships at Lakeside, there are fewer and fewer events, which more and more athletes are attending as they attempt to tune up for Lakeside. The duathlon events at the Milton Women’s Triathlon saw good turnouts, and over 120 athletes showed up at Toronto Island, which featured a see-saw battle between Garvin Moses, duathlete for the day Phil McHatty and eventual winner Jesse Bauer. Jade Carrington took the women’s race comfortably. In Cornwall, defending champion Alex Michel win comfortably over Matt Despatie, while rookie Veronique Roberts upsets 4-time winner Lisa Balerna for the women’s title. Here are the results from the weekend for you to browse!
MSC Toronto Island Sprint Duathlon
Men’s Overall – Jesse Bauer
Men’s Masters – Kevin Gallagher
Women’s Overall/Masters – Jade Carrington
Cornwall Sprint Duathlon
Men’s Overall – Alexandre Michel
Men’s Masters – Jeff Seaby
Women’s Overall – Veronique Roberts
Women’s Masters – Lisa Balerna
Milton Women’s Duathlon
Super Sprint Overall – Amanda Parsons
Super Sprint Masters – Karla Richards.
Sprint Overall – Jennine Robertson
Sprint Masters – Connie Mason
EARLY LAKESIDE RUMOURS AND CONFIRMATIONS
Some buzz is already generating over both events at the Lakeside Triathlon Weekend this September 14, especially on the men’s side. Names like Larry Bradley, Grahame Rivers, Scott Finch, Shayne Dumouchelle, Daryl Flacks, Scott Breen and Jesse Bauer have all posted wins on the circuit this year and have confirmed their attendance in the international distance event. Darren Cooney (3rd at Binbrook, 4th at Toronto Island) has also confirmed, while Tecumseh & Chatham-Kent winner Ryan Allison has expressed interest but is yet to confirm
Binbrook and Toronto Island runner-up Garvin Moses is contemplating a switch from the sprint to the international distance event. If he decides to stay in the sprint, he will look to build on recent momentum against Spencer Summerfield and reigning Triathlon Ontario Age Group Duathlete of the year Brad Reiter. The women’s field has been slow to develop, but we are checking registrations daily to stay on top of future confirmations. Be sure you don’t miss this great event, which promises tough competition for the one berth per age group to the 2015 World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide, Australia!
SUBARU GUELPH LAKE II DUATHLON
The Subaru Series wraps up its 2014 season this weekend, with its annual second event at Guelph Lake. While the first weekend consists of both a sprint and an Olympic distance event, this second event concentrates the talent into one race, an intermediate distance event consisting of a 2km first run, a 30km bike, and a 7km second run. Subaru’s Guelph Lake events are historically well attended, and take place at an excellent venue with plenty of camping for those who want to make a weekend out of it.
For those of you planning to head to Guelph Lake this weekend, you will find the course is exactly the same as the Guelph Lake I Olympic Duathlon (click the link for our preview of that event), except you cut off the last 5km of the bike along Wellington Rd, as well as a the complicated double turnaround section on the north side of Conservation Rd during the second run. The rest of the course will be identical! You can find the course maps for Guelph Lake II here.
THE CANADIAN 226, 113 AND SPRINT DUATHLONS
The Somersault Series also wraps up its 2014 season this weekend with its featured event on the schedule, the Canadian. This race weekend features several duathlons to satisfy both the long and short distance specialists. The 226 consists of a 4km run, a 180km bike and a 42km run, while the 113 is made up of a 2km run, a 90km bike and a 21km run. There is also a 3km run/30km bike/5km run sprint distance event for the short course specialists.
All races use the same 15km bike loop out and back on Colonel By Drive, which is done multiple times. Sprint distance racers complete 2 loops, half distance racers do 6, and full distance racers will do 12 laps to make up their 180km of riding. The course is basically flat, with a few small but easily manageable slight climbs around transition. The run starts and finishes at a stadium transition at the Terry Fox Athletic Complex, heads through Mooney’s Bay Park and onto Riverside Drive, continuing onto Revelstoke Drive for the longer loops. The sprint distance runs consist of partial loops of the out-and-back long course run route, while the 113 and 226 events consist of multiple laps of the full route. 113 racers will complete 4 laps of the course, while 226 competitors will complete 8 laps for a total of 42.2km. The bike map can be found here, while the run routes can be viewed here (first run) and here (second run).
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