August 30/31 Weekend Preview – Guelph Lake II and The Canadian

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!

Photo Credit - Emma Parker, 2014
Photo Credit – Emma Parker, 2014

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
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he 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).

For those racing, remember to tweet and tag! Our Twitter handle is @du_enthusiasts, and our hashtag is #OntarioDu. If you are not racing, happy training!

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Weekly Lunchtime Reading – August 16/17 Recap, August 24 Previews

Last weekend was a big one on the Ontario duathlon scene. Chatham-Kent gave us a screaming fast sprint duathlon, Orillia saw a competitor with multiple runner-up finishes this year finally crack the top step, and we were able to take in several classic independent races across the province. Goderich, St. Joseph’s Island, and Stanhope also provided some good old fashioned Ontario racing as competitors work towards the Provincial Championships in Lakeside. Here is a rundown of all our winners across the province last weekend, with results links included.

Orillia Sprint Duathlon
Men’s Overall – Shayne Dumouchelle
Men’s Masters – Mark Koenig
Women’s Overall/Masters – Bethany Timmerman

Chatham-Kent YMCA Sprint Duathlon
Men’s Overall – Ryan Allison
Men’s Masters – Ron Steinwender
Women’s Overall/Masters – Rachelle Leonard

Chatham-Kent YMCA Do-A-Du
Men’s – William Walker
Women’s – Gina Vanroboys

Thousand Island Sprint Duathlon
Men’s Overall – Andrew Duquesnay
Men’s Masters – Brian Bax
Women’s Overall – Stephanie St John
Women’s Masters – Tanja Olmstead

Goderich Sprint Duathlon
Men’s Overall/Masters – Steve Beasley
Women’s Overall/Masters – Brigid Bedard-Hinz

Stanhope Duathlon
Men’s – Dave Farrow
Women’s – Abbey McRae

St Joseph’s Island Sprint Duathlon
Men’s Overall – Scott McCron
Men’s Masters – Jim Hachey
Women’s Overall – Rachel Campbell
Women’s Masters – Tiffany Runge

St Joseph’s Island International Duathlon
Men’s – Stephen Eles
Women’s – Jocelyne Boutin

The upcoming weekend is a relatively quiet on in Ontario, with the Subaru series and the Somersault series taking the weekend off to gear up for big races to cap off August. Multisport Canada is in action with a favourite of beginners and veterans alike on Toronto Island, while a St. Lawrence gem takes place in Cornwall, an event that annually draws a strong field. You can use the quick links below to jump straight to your race.

MULTISPORT CANADA TORONTO ISLAND
Click here for course/transition maps and description.
Click here for the pre-race report.
Click here for the Important Toronto Island Information.

The third to last entry on the Multisport Canada/Recharge With Milk Triathlon Series takes place on Toronto Island, just off the downtown core of Toronto. Though the small island requires the use of a multiple loop course, the location makes this 5km run/20km bike/2.5km run event a favourite among multisport athletes in the GTA and across Ontario.

Both runs consist of multiple laps of the same paved P-shaped loop towards Hanlon’s Point, after a long run from transition that starts on grass and transitions to pavement. If past years are any indication, the first run is closer to 5.4km than 5, consisting of 4 laps of the course. The second run is two laps, and runs closer to 3km than 2.5. The run, like the rest of the course, is pancake flat and can get crowded on later laps as more athletes get out onto the course. You will cross a timing mat after each lap, where there will also be a marshall calling out laps. Continue straight after the turnaround to head out onto another lap, and take a left back the way you came to transition after your final lap.

The bike is a similarly looped course, made up of two 10km laps that traverses nearly the length of the island before hitting the turnaround. After your transition, you will head east along Lakeshore Road along Lake Ontario. It is mostly an aerobar course heading 5km out before hitting a cul-de-sac at the Ward Island ferry, where you will turn around and head back to transition. Areas to watch for include (1) the 400m immediately following the mount line, which is shared with the run course and is a NO PASSING ZONE, (2) the intersection of Lakeshore Rd and Avenue of the Islands, where the road narrows and increased pedestrian activity can be expected, and (3) the Ward Island ferry cul-de-sac, where you can also expect increased pedestrian and tourist activity.

Take some time to go over the course maps now, so you are familiar with what you will be up against on Sunday. Both races are sold out, though wave starts will space out each race (wave start information can be found above the course maps). Also take a close look at the pre-race report, the important Toronto Island messaging from Multisport Canada, and the ferry schedule before you head to Toronto, all linked above. The cost of the ferry was included in your entry fee, and the race organizers have set up special ferries for transporting athletes over to the race site. You will pick up your packet and be body-marked on the mainland at a tent outside the Westin Harbourfront Hotel, and then you will board the ferry to head to the island. You can find the ferry schedule in this messaging.

Who to watch: Two thirds of last year’s podium and the 4th place finisher return for 2014. Chris Marentette and Mitchell Valic are strong runners and will be joined by this author (Jesse Bauer), 2-time winner on the MSC series already this year. Both runs have the potential to be battles, though the race may be won by the runner who cycles strongest. Kevin Gallagher looks to break up the party and repeat last year’s podium finish while rising talent Darren Cooney looks to do the same and improve on last year’s 9th place finish. On the women’s side, Jade Carrington returns to defend last year’s title.

CORNWALL DUATHLON
Thanks to race director and friend of Duathlon Central Rob Allen for all the help with this preview.

Click here for course maps and descriptions, and a bike course video.

An eastern diamond in the rough race also takes place this weekend, on the beautiful St. Lawrence in Cornwall, Ontario. The organizing committee have done a fantastic job of creating a stellar event in Cornwall, with many unique features. I encourage everyone, whether you are competing or not, to check out the race website and see the level of detail and care that they have put into this race. Registrations for the 2.5km run/20km bike/5km run duathlon have been declining in recent years, nearly leading to the cancellation of the duathlon, but early registration numbers have been strong as the Ontario duathlon community ramps up for Provincials at Lakeside.

The first run shares the course with the bike leg, heading out onto Montreal Rd and heading west. It is a fully paved, negative split course that heads up a gentle rise the whole 1.25km out, before turning around and heading back downhill to transition. The second run heads EAST out of transition along a short stretch of grass onto a recreation path alongside the St. Lawrence River. Some sharp ups and downs will greet you on the middle 2km of the course, which will surely not be a welcome sight after 2.5km of running and 20km of hard cycling.

The bike course is only slightly rolling but very technical (~13 turns per lap). This means that though it may seem like a big ring power course, it does reward those nimble riders who are experienced bike handlers. Cornwall is a closed bike course manned by over 200 volunteers that keep the course free of traffic. You will start the bike heading east on Montreal Rd to a 180 degree turnaround near Boundary Rd. You will then head west to a right hand turn into the Nav Canada grounds for a loop around the building, before returning to Montreal Rd. The turn out of these grounds is a sharp right, and there is time to be gained if you can hold your momentum on that section. You will then meet up with your first run course, continuing past that turnaround to a left down the hill on Marlborough Rd into the lollipop section of the course. This will take you back to the eastbound lane of Montreal Rd, where you will continue straight to your second lap or turn right to head back to transition at the L’Heritage High School grounds. The wind often blows from the west, though the Nav Canada loop provides a slight reprieve before you hit it again. Be sure to check out the video of the bike course at the link above before you head to the race.

The organization committee’s aim is to put on a racer’s race. You will NOT receive a generic finisher’s medal at the end of the race. Instead, you will receive a commemorative race gift that is different for each edition of the race. There is a $700 prize purse for the top 3 male and female finishers ($200 for 1st, $100 for second, $50 for third), and the top 3 in each AG receive commemorative beer mugs. Additional features include a closed bike course and individually numbered/ranked bike racks to ensure a fair transition zone for all.

Who to watch: Last year’s winners on both sides will be returning to defend their titles. Alex Michel nearly broke the hour barrier last year, despite Cornwall being his only multisport race on a schedule focused on bike racing. He will be back and challenged by second year duathlete Eric Nielsen and possibly hometown hero Matt Despatie (though he does not appear on the start list just yet). Defending women’s champ Lisa Balerna is back in search of her 5th title in the past 6 years, but will face a stiff challenge from Gatineau’s Veronique Roberts.

For those racing this weekend, enjoy these two great events. Send us your race reports, and if you are tweeting, be sure to tag @du_enthusiasts and use the hashtag #OntarioDu. For those training for Guelph Lake II, Canada 226, Wasaga Beach, Esprit and Lakeside…happy training!

Catching up with the Subaru Series, and great events in Chatham and Goderich.

This upcoming weekend is a traditional weekend on the Ontario duathlon calendar, with long-standing events like the Orillia duathlon, the Chatham-Kent YMCA duathlon, and the popular Goderich race, which features a duathlon for the first time in its history. We also recap the races of the past weekend, which featured some excellent results! As always you can use the quick links to navigate right to your race.

AUGUST 9/10 WEEKEND RECAP

It was a big weekend of racing in Ontario this past weekend. Seems like everyone and their dog (or cat) was out tuning up for a fall A race (Lakeside anyone?). Congratulations to all of our winners!

TECUMSEH DUATHLON
Men’s Overall – Ryan R Allison
Men’s Masters – Daryl-Dianne Flacks
Women’s Overall/Masters – Anna Fiorito

BRACEBRIDGE SPRINT
Men’s Overall – Brian Moore
Men’s Masters – Kevin Knight
Women’s Overall – Isabelle Sauve
Women’s Masters – Kimberley Arsenault

BRACEBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL
Men’s Overall/Masters – Andrew McLeod
Women’s Overall/Masters – Barbara Smiley-Goldman

BARRIE DUATHLON
Men’s Overall – Darryl Weston
Men’s Masters – James Delodder
Women’s Overall – Ashleigh Goodbody
Women’s Masters – Kristin Dibble

CHEMONG LAKE DUATHLON
Men’s Overall/Masters – Tim Doris
Women’s Overall – Kristin Toomsalu
Women’s Masters – Emily Downie

Send your race reports our way so we can include links!

SUBARU ORILLIA DUATHLON
Thanks to Larry Bradley for the preview.
Click here for course maps and here for a course description.

The Subaru Series moves up north to Orillia this weekend for their latest Sprint Duathlon offering. It is a 2k run/33k bike/7k run route that starts out nice and easy on the run before punishing your legs on the country roads just outside of “Sunshine City”.

The first 2k run is a relatively flat and fast out and back on Bay Street from your starting point beside Couchiching Park. This little warm up is just the start you need to prep your legs for a more challenging bike ride than most people expect. With only 2k of running some folks will be flying, so you cannot take it too easy, but save some energy for the next 33k of your journey.

Out to the bike course, you will be twisting away on some short town streets before you arrive outside the city limits. You need to be alert during this stretch as some turns come quick and need some technical skill to negotiate. The first portion of the bike ride is also uphill so use some of your power to get a good head start on your average speed.

Once you hit the main rectangle outside of town, you will encounter a number of rolling hills that you can blast through if you use your momentum wisely. If you get stuck recovering too much during this portion, you will suffer on the bike split compared to those ahead of you so don’t hold much back on the bike on this course.

As all things that go up, must come down, you do get some free speed coming back into town on this side of the bike route. This is a great feeling before a run but just remember the finishing kilometres in the residential area are a bit tricky so study the roads so you can safely maximize the return to transition.

After another smooth transition in the park, you will be back on to Bay Street for a 7k run along the lake side neighbourhood of the north end of town. Knowing these roads are fairly flat and quick you can burn a little more energy on the bike. The second run hammers straight for much of the 7k before it curves out to the right side of the bay around the two and half kilometre mark from the park. The roads are well marked and marshelled so you can really zone out as you fly along to the 3.5k turnaround at the far end of Lake Couchiching.

Now you just have to re-trace those steps along the tree lined streets to find your way to Terry Fox Circle located in the home park. With the usually strong community support of this race, you will enjoy nice crowds of fans lining the final stretches of your race in scenic Orillia.

Who to watch: Shayne Dumouchelle of Amherstburg heads to Orillia in search of that elusive first career win. Shayne is a strong cyclist with a tough mentality who finished 2nd at Tecumseh last weekend.

CHATHAM-KENT YMCA DUATHLON
Thanks to Brad Reiter for the preview.
Click here for course maps.

If you are looking for a fast sprint duathlon, the Chatham-Kent YMCA Duathlon could be just that!  Formerly known as the Bulldog, the CK DU takes place at Rondeau Park on the shores of Lake Erie.  The course is pancake flat, sheltered and FAST.  The Lake also does a nice job of moderating the temperature, making for ideal fast race conditions.

The first run is only 2k long and has a cross country feel to it.  The start line leads you onto a gravel trail with a quick left-hander into a densely wooded area.  The course then runs straight out to the 1k turnaround and then back into transition.

The bike course is a clockwise 2 loop, 4 corner circuit.  The natural canopy of the park protects you from the elements.  This allows you to push a good gear, especially along the 2 longer straightaways that run parallel to the Lake Erie and Rondeau Bay. Looped courses are great for a fast bike split, as the lack of 180 degree turns allows you to keep more of your speed around turns.

Returning to transition, you retrace your steps along the run course through the forest again, this time with the turnaround at the 2.5k mark.  The surface is soft and there are plenty of aid stations set out on the run. Notwithstanding the fact that the run component is .5k shorter than most sprint duathlons, this course presents a great opportunity to throw caution to the wind and go for a fast time.

Who to watch: Bike ace Spencer Summerfield is registered, also looking for his first win. However, he may be in tough if a rejuvenated Ryan Allison makes an appearance, fresh off a win at the Tecumseh Du and a 1:15:44 half marathon training run. We may have a great battle shaping up!

GODERICH DUATHLON

A favourite of multisport athletes around the province, the 2014 version of the Goderich Triathlon will include a sprint duathlon for the first year. Since this race was a late edition and only came to our attention very recently, the course new course. Slated to be cancelled this year after years of declining registrations, a new management group stepped in to save the event this year, adding a sprint duathlon in the process. New management or not, the Goderich Triathlon has LONG been a favourite on the Ontario circuit.

You can check out the course maps here. The hills of Goderich annually take their toll on the racers, and the duathlon will be no different. The runs and the bike go gradually uphill for the first half of the leg, before turning around and heading back down hill. The bike uses a lollipop format, heading northeast out of town, looping to the south and back into town. It is generally rising for the first half, before descending back home with a few sharper inclines to navigate. The course starts with a tough 1.5km climb, with grades that reach 12%. The rest of the bike follows that same template. The runs start right on the beautiful shoreline of Lake Huron, loop around the inlet and out into the countryside. The course is a scenic one, and if you are planning to attend, make sure you enjoy this spectacular event. We look forward to hearing your race reports!

THOUSAND ISLANDS DUATHLON
Click here for a course description.
Click here for bike course maps.
Click here for run course maps.

The Somersault Series continues its 2014 schedule at the Brockville Rowing Club, in the Thousand Islands region. The sprint duathlon consists of a 2.3km mixed surface run, a 20.7km out-and-back cycling leg, and a 5km mixed surface run. All three legs are simple one lap, out and back segments, ranging from generally flat to gently rolling.

Both runs start on the same stretch of road, leaving transition and heading west on Water St. This is a closed roadway and continues 700m to St. Paul St. A quick left followed by a quick right takes you to a paved path, which you will follow to either the first turnaround (at 1.15km) or the second (at 2.5km). The run course is mostly flat and tree-lined the whole way, providing some shelter from the elements on your runs.

The cycle leg heads east out of transition on Water St., heading up a short steep hill on Ford St, then right onto King St. The remainder of the cycle leg continues east on King St to the turnaround, before heading back the way you came to transition. Just like on the run, Water St is closed to local traffic, though the rest of the course is not. The whole cycle leg is gently rolling, except for the steep hill on Ford St. Due to the unpredictability of local traffic, you are not allowed to use your aerobars until you are through the first major intersection at N Augusta St. after you have made the right onto King St. Use of aerobars will result in disqualification.

ST. JOSEPH’S ISLAND DUATHLON (SPRINT AND INTERNATIONAL)

Also this weekend, the St. Jospeh’s Island Triathlon and Duathlon hosts another edition of this northern favourite. The race features a sprint race (5km run/20km bike/2.5km run) and an international distance race (10km run/40km bike/5km run). The course runs from the transition zone at Richard’s Landing and navigates the whole island in the North Channel, just outside of Sault Ste. Marie. A more scenic course you’ll likely never get than this small independent race. For more information head over to the race website, where you can find course maps and any other information you need!

Cheers and enjoy the weekend! Send your race reports as they come in, and if you are tweeting, don’t forget to use the hashtag #OntarioDu.

Previewing Tecumseh, Bracebridge and Barrie

This upcoming weekend (August 9/10) presents us with some intriguing action on the Ontario Duathlon circuit. A crowd favourite in Bracebridge, a barn-burner in Tecumseh, and an interesting independent duathlon in Barrie that generally draws some good competition. Bracebridge results links have now been added to the Schedule & Results page, check back there as the rest of the races are posted for those results. As always, you can use the quick links below to jump straight to your event!

TECUMSEH DUATHLON (Click here for course maps)

An ODC favourite adds another edition to the palmares, as the Tecumseh (formerly Windsor) Duathlon returns for another season in 2014. The Tecumseh Du (3k run/32k bike/6k run) features a mixed-surface run on a 3km loop, and a 2 lap, 16km out-and-back bike along Lake St. Clair. The course can be subject to winds (as can all races in Essex County), but the houses along much of the bike route do provide a bit of respite.

Both runs consist of a 3km loop, run once on the first run and twice on the second run. The first kilometer or so is on a paved fitness path along Riverside Dr, before it ducks south onto Arlington Blvd. A short loop around the residential area takes you to Hayes Ave, which leads into the golf course for a weaving technical kilometer that alternates an asphalt cart path with short stretches of grass. The first 2km are a great place to stretch the field before you lose them on the tight turns in the golf course. If it is wet, the last stretch (as well as transition) can get quite sloppy.

The bike can be an adventure, though a good run will very likely get you onto the first bike loop with lots of clean road ahead of you. The way east on Riverside Dr is smooth and wide, though is a residential street with the potential for vehicles to back out onto the course. The right hand turn onto Brighton is a bend in the road (as opposed to an intersection), with a median separating traffic going each direction. Brighton itself uses several traffic circles to calm traffic. Those who choose to ride the tangent across these roundabouts should keep an eye out for a change in surface as you cut close to the boulevard. The turn onto Old Tecumseh Road is tight, but the road opens up afterwards, though there is a section coming back over the creek where the organizers have coned off a narrow path to allow traffic to pass. There is no room to pass on this short 200-300m section before you get back to Brighton.

As the day goes on, the bike course gets more crowded. Duathletes will likely be more in the clear on the first lap, before heading out onto a crowded second loop. By this time, even the FOP’ers will be weaving through triathletes, try-a-tri’ers and do-a-du’ers. A direct line around the course is much more difficult on the second lap. Please be mindful of slower riders, and be very vocal when passing on the left. The second run is 2 laps of the first run, looping alongside transition in between laps. You will enter transition as if heading to your bike, but you will IMMEDIATELY turn right into a chute that takes you beside transition back out to the fitness path. The finish is also on grass…make sure you ham it up for Chyla’s Race Photos on your way in!

ODC Note: The men’s race is shaping up to be deep and fast, with as many as 5 top contender set to battle it out. Check out a preview of the race here.

MSC BRACEBRIDGE DUATHLON

The Multisport Canada series heads back to the heart of Muskoka, to Bracebridge for the second of 3 sprint/international duathlon weekends of the season. The third is of course Lakeside, coming up fast in September. As Bracebridge has a little bit of a convoluted course for someone who has not ever competed there, we will defer to the directions laid out by the great crew at Multisport Canada. 

You can read about the sprint duathlon course here.
And check out the international distance course, turn-by-turn, here.
Finally, the first 90 seconds of this video by Tommy Ferris of Ignition Fitness, gives you a brief rundown of what you will be facing!

Before we move on to Barrie, here is a brief description of the inner workings of this course. The run course starts on the north side of the Muskoka river, but quickly crosses over to the south side, to Beaumont Dr. From there, it is a straight out and back. It is mostly flat, though there is a small, gentle climb at around the 3km (and 6km) marks of the run, around Henry Road. Sprint distance athletes will turn around just before this mark on the first run. It is likely advisable to stay within yourself on that first run, as a tough bike course awaits.

A bike course that passes by Santa’s Village should be a happy time, right? Well, maybe you like hills. The bike course is an undulating and winding route on scenic Muskoka roads, with a few long climbs to watch out for. Two ~400m climbs hit you in the first 8km, the first at Santa’s Village about 4km in, and the second another 3.5km down the road. This sets you up for the bigger climb at 16km, which will keep you climbing for nearly a kilometer. The turnaround loop is undulating, including downhill around 2 corners. The way out includes a little loop to the east on Golden Beach Road towards Highway 118, which you will eliminate on the way back (still hitting the hills though!). The sprint course follows the longer course, but turns around just before the left onto 118, instead turning back and heading for home. Enjoy the scenic Muskoka roads, as they will surely make you earn your result!

ODC Note: Keep an eye out for Brian Moore in the Sprint Duathlon. After placing 2nd at Gravenhurst last year, he recorded a stellar 1:01 time on a tough course, and will be hungry to win his hometown race. This high school runner turned cyclist is one to watch for the future.

BARRIE DUATHLON (Click here for course maps)

Another looped course is on tap in Barrie this weekend, a race that is typically quite fast. The race (5k run/20k bike/5k run) is completely composed of a 5km out-and-back loop (2.5km each direction), along the shores of Kempenfeld Bay, a loop that is done once on each run and four times on the bike. The runs follow Lakeshore Rd the same direction as the  bike, but utilizes the fitness path along the beach rather than the road. Lots of opportunity to scope out your competition at one of the many turnarounds on what promises to be a fast day.

The bike course is on CLOSED ROADS (hurrah!!!), leaving transition and heading south. The course follows Lakeshore Road as it bends along the shoreline towards the east, before the turnaround at Minet’s Point Road. Make the turn here and head back to transition to start your next lap. The bike loop is relatively flat, rising gently and steadily from transition to the turnaround before heading back down. The grade never exceeds 2%. Short loop courses like this tend to get crowded on later laps, and you can expect about 250 competitors between du and tri this weekend.

ODC Note: Justin Spalvieri (8th at Nationals this year) has been known to make his duathlon appearance at this race. He is a two-time past winner, so there is a chance he may appear to reclaim that title…just a hunch :).

Recapping the August Long Weekend in Duathlon

All of the duathlon action in Ontario over the August long weekend was in the East of Ontario. We were treated to just what Eastern Ontario has to offer at the National Capital Sprint and Olympic duathlons, as well as the historic K-Town Duathlon in Kingston. Several duathletes were also in action at the Tour de Terra Cotta, near Caledon, with some excellent results to be seen there! Let’s get to it.

MSC K-TOWN DUATHLON (KINGSTON)
This weekend marked the first edition of the historic K-Town Duathlon since the Multisport Canada/Recharge With Milk Triathlon Series took over administration of the race.  Dan Rees got his first overall (and masters) win of the season with a 2:50 margin of victory over the nearest male competitor. The top 3 men came into transition in a clump, with Rees leading the way but closely followed by Adric Heney, Andrew Duquesnay and overall women’s winner Karine Travaillaud. However, Rees broke away with a race-fastest 49:31 30k bike and sealed the win with the third fastest duathlon run of the day. Heney fought hard to take 3rd overall (2nd male) and Duquesnay rounded out the men’s podium 2:48 behind Heney.

Travaillaud dominated the women’s race, taking the overall by 6:14 over 2nd place finisher Marie-Claude Cyr and 10:09 over Michele Sheehy. Travaillaud followed the men’s podium out on the run and never looked back, recording the fastest women’s splits over all three disciplines (and top 5 overall), coming up 2:40 short of the overall win. Haley Cruse won the women’s masters race, on the strength of her 12th overall/4th female finish at Confederation Park.

NATIONAL CAPITAL DUATHLON (SPRINT/OLYMPIC)
The Ontario Draft Legal Championships at Mooney’s Bay were accompanied by sprint (2k run/20k bike/5k run) and Olympic (5k run/40k bike/10k run) distance duathlons. Christian Millette (men’s overall), Pierre Regis (men’s masters) and Lisa Balerna (women’s overall & masters) came out on top over the sprint distance, while Matthew Quick (men’s overall), Kathy Morin (women’s overall), Andrew Bridges (men’s masters) and Sheri Cayouette (women’s masters) took those honours in the Olympic race.

In the sprint, Millette would lead the race wire-to-wire thanks to a race-fastest 7:39 2k run and an equally strong 34:47 20k bike. Derek Smith followed, 2:35 back, with Regis 6:21 in arrears at the head of the masters category. Lisa Balerna leveraged a 6th overall finish into both ladies’ honours, taking a 1:14 margin of victory over Sonia Tessier thanks to a 24:06 second run.

In the Olympic, Quick held on for the win after a race-fastest 20:34 opening run, despite a hard charge on the second run by 2nd overall finisher and women’s champion Morin (41:34). She was 28:19 faster than the nearest female, but the key margin was the 1:29 she was behind the Quick during this impressive race. Bridges put together a strong race across all three disciplines to win the men’s masters category, while Cayouette did likewise in the women’s.

TOUR DE TERRA COTTA
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Several duathletes were also in action at the Tour de Terra Cotta bike race just outside Caledon. The race consists of several loops of a tough 8.7km loop, with one short but steep hill on the early part of each lap. Grahame Rivers finished 6th overall and in the first chase pack in the Elite men’s race, at 2:23 behind overall winner Ryan Roth.

Several more regulars on the duathlon scene were in the intermediate (52km) race, highlighted by Katya Masun finishing in the bunch to take the overall win in the women’s category. Rising duathlon star Brian Moore also finished in the bunch…keep your eye on this kid, who is only in Grade 11 yet posted a stellar 1:01 sprint in Gravenhurst. He will possibly be in action this weekend at his hometown race in Bracebridge. Other duathletes in action in the intermediate race were Garvin Moses and Vance Lai (2:17), Parichit Bagga (8:54), and Adam Foley.

Next week we see action in Bracebridge, Tecumseh and Barrie. Keep your eye out for previews to be out by Thursday, and as always, send us your race reports and tweets so they may be linked here for others to enjoy. Cheers!