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!
NEW MULTISPORT CANADA EVENT – GEORGINA
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!
NEW DATE FOR TORONTO TRIATHLON FESTIVAL
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…
DATES ANNOUNCED FOR IRON HAWK AND CORNWALL
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!
OFFSEASON GEAR/TRAINING DEALS
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!