2018 Race Results

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Trisport Guelph Lake II Triathlon 

In the Try A Tri (aka Super Sprint now that this distance will be contested in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics in relay format), both Serena and Mark had to face off against the top Junior and Youth athletes in the Province as the starting list had no less than 10 athletes who also competed at Triathlon Provincials in Welland just a few weeks ago.  Serena exited the water in 5th, came into T2 off the bike in 4th, and ran to 3rd by the finish.  Unlike the men ahead of Mark who chose to swim with a wetsuit, Mark decided go to without. He came out of the water in 9th, into T2 off the bike in 7th and ran to take 6th place overall.

2018 O-Cup Mountain Bike Provincial Champs
@Kelso Conservation Area

After a full night of rain, Kelso Conservation Area was soaked through. If you have never ridden off road then you are likely unfamiliar with what happens when mountain bike trails get soaked… instead of biking on firm hard packed dirt, its like riding on wet sand… its work, hard work. When it isn’t hard work pedaling, then its hard work balancing as your bike is slipping and sliding through puddles, muddy turns, over wet roots and rocks.

Gabe raced in the first wave that went off @ 9am. His race was the wet-est as the sun still hadn’t broken through the fog and clouds. Shallow puddles and mud pits marked a few corners, and made uphill climbs challenging.  Gabe completed his first ever OCup race and his first ever OCup MTB Provincials placing 5th. Nice! Considering Gabe started biking less than a year ago, to accept the challenge of racing at the premier event for MTB in the province took courage. Congrats Gabe.

Serena raced in the second wave that went off @ 10am. Serena in the Cadet Junior Sport girls and had to complete 2 laps of the 6.1km course. Serena placed 2nd in her category. Mark had 2 laps to do of a longer 9.6k course. With a sprint distance triathlon yesterday Mark had his work cut out for him… he finished 12th. Well done to all three of you!

Caledon Quarry Swim

Last year, it was just the 4 of us – Serena Mark & along with mom & dad – and this year there was… 12 of us! How awesome! As awesome, was that our goal of establishing a junior masters open water swim team was achieved with 5 junior athletes – one as young as 12 – joining in on the fun competing in either the 1km or 2km events. For 2 of the juniors… this was their first ever open water swim. Congratulations to our juniors and of course to our masters athletes who competed in the 1km, 2km and 4km events. Thankfully the weather held out, there was a little drizzle which seems par for the course this year when competing but we are most thankful that lightning never struck allowing the event to go on without delay. Post event burgers from the Kitchen [in Mono Mills, link here] were amazing.

1km Results

Lilja  19:56  – 4th/under 20F/1k wetsuit
Juan  21:29  – 3rd/under 20M/1k wetsuit

2km Results

Mark  31:05  – 1st/under 20M/2k wetsuit
Serena  36:20 – 1st/under 20F/2k wetsuit
Gabriel  40:11  – 3rd/under 20M/2k wetsuit

Tour of Pelham

The 2018 Tour of Pelham had to be rescheduled this year from April to July as a result of the ice storm and other inclement weather we saw in early spring. As a result, the Tour fit into our race calendar and never having done an Ontario Cycling Association road event we decided to sign up for our first ever Tour. The course was just shy of 35km with approximately 50% road, 35% gravel and 15% off road/MTB and just under 300m of vertical; the sweltering weather made the 12noon start just a bit more challenging for the 70 or so cyclists. The majority rode cyclocross bikes, but with both fixie and fat bike categories there were those as well as a few MTBs and even a road bike in the mix.  We opted for MTBs and stuck with the tires we use for the Kelso MTB series due to the off road sections.

Despite going off course twice, and despite being hit by another cyclist during the off road portion (who wasn’t in the event) Serena managed to get back on course finishing 2nd in the U19 category. Mark unfortunately flatted 3km into the race and with the Sweep not having any 29er tubes – despite having every other imagineable tube size, especially Cyclocross – Mark called it a day.

Multisport Rose City [Welland] Triathlons

Thankfully there wasn’t any lightning to delay the wave starts but there was rain, and plenty of it.  No matter, rain ain’t gonna stop a race, nor competitors from racing and with that the Sprint & Super Sprint/Try a Tri triathlons were contested at the International Flatwater Centre in Welland. Water temperature was just a smidgen under 70 degrees so wetsuits were worn, and thanks to a bit of humidity, air temperature was near ideal for cycling and running.

Congratulations to Serena who took 1st overall and 1st in the U19 Women’s category, and to Juan who placed 5th in the U19 Men’s category.

Also, Mark who raced in the Sprint distance triathlon, placed 1st in the U19 Men’s category and as a result qualified to be part of Team Canada to race at 2019 Triathlon Worlds in Lausanne, Switzerland. Congrats Mark!

Caledon KOS (Kids of Steel) Triathlon

Not sure how Barrie Shepley does it, but his C3 event –  the Caledon KOS Triathlon – had for the second year in a row absolutely incredible weather. Even though the swim was indoors at the Caledon Recreation Centre, having blue skies and warm winds in your face for the bike and run, and right from 8am is awesome for a Sunday morning in May.

Mark & Serena posted tremendous progress by taking over 3mins off their last years finishing times. Us parents couldn’t let the kids have all the fun, so mom & dad both decided to join in the fun by competing in the adults category (actually there were two adult categories 20-35 and 35+). In the end, Mark took 2nd in the 16-19 age category, and Serena came in 5th in the 14-15 category.