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!
Men’s Overall – Ryan R Allison
Men’s Masters – Daryl-Dianne Flacks
Women’s Overall/Masters – Anna Fiorito
Men’s Overall – Brian Moore
Men’s Masters – Kevin Knight
Women’s Overall – Isabelle Sauve
Women’s Masters – Kimberley Arsenault
Men’s Overall/Masters – Andrew McLeod
Women’s Overall/Masters – Barbara Smiley-Goldman
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
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SUBARU ORILLIA DUATHLON
Thanks to Larry Bradley for the preview.
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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.
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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!
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
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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.