(Bi-)Weekly Wrap: Georgina, TTF, Iron Hawk, Cornwall, Black Friday

The snow has started to fall, and the news has slowly started to trickle in over the past few weeks. Among the highlights are a new Multisport Canada race, some news about the Toronto Triathlon Festival, and dates announced for the independent Iron Hawk and Cornwall Duathlons. As well, we bring you some deals that caught our eye!

Multisport Canada added an 11th event to their 2015 schedule this past week, a 5k/20k/2.5k sprint duathlon on the shores of Lake Simcoe. The Georgina triathlon and duathlon will be the season finale on September 13, one week before Barrelmen. The course is said to be flat to gently rolling. That date, however, is in direct conflict with the tentative (and historical) date for the Lakeside Triathlon weekend, which leads us to believe that MSC is attempting to do what they tried to do last year: moving Lakeside to an alternate date (we speculate mid-August). This will make for quite the fun-filled August after light June/July months on the schedule!

The Toronto Triathlon Festival, the site of last year’s Canadian Duathlon Championships, will be moving to a new date in 2015. This year’s version will be on June 21. The bigger news, however, is the absence once again of  a duathlon. The on again, off again relationship between TTF and duathletes continues, with 2015 being an off year. Early opinions are split, with some lamenting the loss of a big-ticket event while others are less disappointed about not having to navigate the difficult logistics of the event that Triathlon Canada continues to consider an preferred option for Nationals. The conversation continues on Facebook…

This past week, last year’s popular early-May independent event, the Iron Hawk Duathlon, was renewed for another year. The 2015 event will be held on May 9 on the flat country roads of Harrow. The event will continue as a sprint distance event, and hopefully last year’s addition of prize money will continue in 2015, drawing another world class field.

Lost in the shuffle of the 2014 season wrap-up was the renewal of another excellent independent event that did well in 2014. The Cornwall Duathlon (2.5k/20k/5k) will be held on August 23, 2015, and will look to continue its momentum of drawing heavily from Quebec, despite sharing the weekend with the popular Valleyfield race. It makes for a novel event for Ontario duathletes looking for a new race in 2015.

We are working on the 2015 schedule page at the time of this post, so keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks!

The offseason is a time for targeting marginal gains and picking up upgrades at holiday prices. Here are some that caught our eye:

  • Wheelbuilder: For those athletes who are interested in upgrading their race wheels, or training with power, Wheelbuilder’s annual Black Friday sale is on now. $100-200 off fast carbon race wheels or a reliable and steady Powertap is no small thing, and neither is over 30% Aerojacket disc covers for your existing rear wheel.
  • Trainer Road: For those still one the fence about training with power, check out this low risk/high reward option, where you can get all the benefits of training with power indoors on your trainer for only $10/month.
  • 3sixty5 Cycling: Save from now until the end of the month on carbon race wheels and accessories from a local Canadian company. Product offerings are highlighted by a new offering, a carbon clincher disc. Wheels range in price up to $1,075, and are another great option to upgrade your race wheels. 3sixty5 is also accepting applications for their 2015 sponsorship team.
  • Ignition Fitness: Finally, there are only a few days left to apply for the Ignition Fitness Skechers Athlete Team. Discounts on coaching, a $100 A race credit, and two FREE pairs of Skechers Performance running shoes highlight a well-stocked package for successful applicants. Apply before time runs out!

Keep an eye out for the 2015 schedule as it stands in the coming weeks!


Weekly Wrap: 2015 Schedules and Awards Banquets

What we would like to do going forward through the “off”-season with this site is provide you with a weekly update of all the Ontario duathlon related happenings around the continent. Obviously, when breaking news hits (ie. an announcement regarding 2016 Worlds, or 2015 Nationals/Provincials), we will have it for you. This time around, we will start off with some 2015 news before circling back to wrapping up 2014.

2015 Subaru Triathlon Series Schedule Announced
Earlier this week, the schedule for the 2015 Subaru Triathlon/Duathlon Series was announced, and with it came some curious omissions. Obviously the push for Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Muskoka came at the expense of some events, as new events Cambridge and Valens dropped off the schedule after only one year, and long-time long course favourite Peterborough disappeared as well due to major construction planned on the race course (though IM70.3 Muskoka’s new date would cause a conflict in future years if it stays where it is). The latter is particularly notable to duathletes, as Peterborough represented one of the last long course events on the Ontario Duathlon calendar, and follows the apparently-permanent removal of the popular Victoria’s Duathlon from the Subaru Series schedule last year. Here’s hoping Victoria’s makes a re-appearance on our calendar in some form later this year (independent event anyone?).

Milton Triathlon/Duathlon – June 7, 2015
Guelph Lake I Triathlon/Duathlon – June 20/21, 2015
Niagara Triathlon/Duathlon – July 19, 2015
Orillia Triathlon/Duathlon – August 16, 2015
Guelph Lake II Triathlon/Duathlon – September 5, 2015

2015 MultiSport Canada Series Schedule Also Available
While browsing the website, we discovered that the tentative Recharge With Milk Triathlon Series 2015 schedule was also made available this week, featuring a re-shuffling of the dates for the events we have come to know and love. There were some notable omissions: the Binbrook and Huronia Duathlon will not be back for 2015 at this time, creating a 3 week gap between Woodstock and Welland and a hole on Canada Day weekend. Though it would be sad to see these events go, it does remove a conflict with the Milton Triathlon of the Subaru Series (Binbrook), and with seemingly every other race in Ontario on the weekend after Canada Day (Huronia). One thing to note is that 2015 will feature fewer head-to-head battles between the two series, as only Niagara and the second day of the Gravenhurst weekend will conflict for 2015. This should help create a well-balanced schedule for all athletes, regardless of series preference.

Woodstock Triathlon/Duathlon – May 24, 2015
Rose City Triathlon/Duathlon – June 13/14, 2015
Belwood Triathlon/Duathlon – July 11, 2015
Gravenhurst Triathlon/Duathlon – July 18/19, 2015
Bala Falls Triathlon – July 26, 2015
K-Town Triathlon/Duathlon – August 2, 2015
Bracebridge Triathlon/Duathlon – August 8/9, 2015
Toronto Island Triathlon/Duathlon – August 22/23, 2015
Wasaga Beach Triathlon/Duathlon – August 29/30, 2015
*Lakeside Triathlon/Duathlon – September 12/13, 2015
**Barrelman Triathlon/Bike-Run – September 20, 2015

*Tentative date
**Non-series event

Awards Banquet Information
With two of our awards banquets now behind us, we look forward to the Multisport Canada awards on November 22. This is a day to recognize all the winners of the series points standings accumulated throughout 2014. Information for that event can be found here.

We’d like to take this time to congratulate all of our duathletes who won awards in Ontario this year, be that at the Triathlon Ontario awards or in the Multisport Canada or Subaru Series. Great seasons all around!

TriOnt Duathletes
Some of our duathletes honoured at the Triathlon Ontario Awards. From left, Daryl Flacks, Spencer Summerfield, Scott Finch

If you care to check out where you stood in the Multisport Canada series, you can do so by clicking here.