Ontario Triathletes Battle Hard in National Junior Series Opener

June 15, 2014 – Pike Lake Saskatchewan  – In the first of four National Junior Series events Provincial Team member and Quest for Gold supported athlete, Samantha Klus showed her strength and grabs Ontario’s solo podium spot finishing 3rd.

Triathlon Ontario supported athletes racked up a number of top 10 finishes, including 4th (Myles Zagar – RTC Guelph) and 5th (Oliver Blecher – C3) on the men’s side, and 3rd (Samantha Klus– Bytown Storm) and 6th place (Meagan Adams – Bytown Storm) .  Early Saturday morning with water temperature at a “balmy 16 degrees” and 10 degree air temp with 20k winds.  It promised to be an interesting start to the season.

Up first were the men, with the woman following 5 min behind.  Over  60 Junior men and almost 30 Junior women lined up on the beach for the 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run.

On the men’s side two Ontario athletes, Myles Zagar and Oliver Blecher exited the water first with a 15-20 second lead over a group of 6-7 other men.  The bike course was one loop out and back, with the wind, it would prove to be a tough ride.  “The pack caught us a little after the turnaround,” Blecher commented.  “We worked well together but it was windy and with about 7km to go they caught up.”  Zagar and Blecher were still first out of T2 but were subsequently caught by the eventual medalists Russel Pennock (AB), Xavier Gernier-Talaveria (QC) and Jeremy Briand (QC).   Over all, Ontario Junior men placed well with seven athletes in the top 20.

On the woman’s side we had fewer bodies but as impressive results leading off with a 3rd place finish by Samantha Klus. The Junior woman start time was just 5 min. after the men.  Leading out of the water by 20 sec was Elisabeth Boutin and Ashlyn Cortvrient,  the chase pack of 8-10 led by Samantha Klus, quickly caught the 2 leaders.  “We caught up to them pretty quickly,” said Klus.   “Then I just stuck to my race plan and kept the bike pace really high, it took its toll on my legs but we cracked the pack up before the turn around and I think we dropped 3-4 riders.”

The top three women were the first out of T2 and kept the run pace pretty solid, finishing in the order of Emy Legault (QC), Elisabeth Boutin (QC) and Samantha Klus (Ont).
In just her 4th Junior event, 16 year old, Meagan Adams had a breakthrough race finishing 6th over all.  After a very solid swim coming out with 7-8 other athletes,  Adams remarked after the race, “It was nice to finally get a chance to ride with some other people,” and with the days 3rd best run split (Junior Woman) she ran into the top ten quickly finishing in 6th spot over all.

DAY 2 RELAY’S

Triathlon Canada’s 2014 Junior Series has added the Team Relay concept to select Junior series events.  The relay program is a fun competitive way to increase race opportunities for our developing athletes.  The relay consists of a 250m swim, 7km bike and a 1600m run. Each team has 4 members (2 men, 2 women) each of whom must complete the full course.

Relays were scheduled for Sunday morning at 6:30am.  With over 20 teams of 4 it was going to be a fun day.   Ontario had 3 teams entered:

  • Team One – Myles Zagar / Alec Jarvis / Samantha Klus / Meagan Adams
  • Team Two – Garrick Lowean / Alex Maxwell / Danae Morris / Kiesha Besler (Saskatchewan)
  • Team Three – Aaron Mohammadi / Jacob Jamnicky / Adian Zagar / Marty Whelan (all male team)

There were two all male teams (Ontario and BC) which were sent off 5 mins after the mixed teams.  The relay format is exciting, fun and very competitive.  With the shorter distances there is some strategy in forming teams and the order (girl-boy-girl-boy) in which you arrange your team.  Team One for Ontario was the only team we got to enter and then Triathlon Canada Officials took the extra athletes and decided the rest of the teams.

Ontario results were mixed.  Team One, which definitely had a chance for a medal, was a DNF (Alec Jarvis went into cold shock during the swim and after a bit of medical treatment he was fine with only a bruised ego).

Team 2 had a few bumps with a penalty and a really rough T1.

Team 3 (all men’s team) showed that a 5 min deficit was not too much to overcome, and while they could not qualify for a medal they all did a fantastic job moving through the field easily.

All in all the relays are an excellent addition to the series, providing more race opportunities, more experience, and a fun, exciting and relaxed event (there are no points attached to these races just bragging rights).  It allows us to get the athletes to mingle more and to take chances during a race, do things different, push harder or try new tactics without risking anything but your pride if it goes wrong.
Great weekend of racing congratulations to all the Ontario athletes and their clubs, coaches and parents for supporting them.

 

Greg Kealey is based out of Ottawa and is Triathlon Ontario’s Provincial Development Coach and Ontario’s Canada Summer Games coach for Triathlon.  He is also a member of Bytown Storm’s Development Team www.bytowntriathlon.com.

 

 Next Up: Quebec City Junior Elite Race – July13/14th, 2014

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2014 Ontario Youth Cup Series Makes First Stop at Guelph KOS®

June 7, 2014 – This past weekend’s Guelph Lake KOS® was the first stop in the expanded 2014 edition of the Triathlon Ontario Youth Cup Series. The start time was pushed back approximately an hour due to cooler temperatures but that didn’t cool down some blazing times put in by our competitors.

Boys  14-15

Liam Donnelly took a Series lead with 25 points from his 1 min. 28 sec. victory over second place finisher Kyle Caie.  Donnelly came out of the water in 7th place, 1:28 behind leader Will Stewart who had a swim time of 5:40 over the 400m swim course.  Donnelly made up ground over the technical 10km bike course posting the fastest bike split of the day averaging 35.9km/hr.  He also posted the fastest 4km run time of the day averaging 3:43/km to solidify his victory.

Girls  14-15

Sara Borrens put on a dominating performance on Sunday in Guelph, winning by nearly 3 minutes over the rest of the field.  Borrens and a group of five other girls came out of the water within 12 seconds of each other, but she began to put the pack behind her with a blistering bike split (5th fastest overall bike split).  Coming into T2 Borrens had over a minute lead over Emilie Tremblay and extended it even more on the run leg to comfortably take the first race in this year’s Series.

Boys  12-13

In the newly added age division Ian Young took the Series lead with a strong bike and run leg after coming out of the water in 5th place.  Young had the fastest bike and run splits amongst the field to win by 1:10 over Liam Yoell.

Girls  12-13

It was a brother-sister win in the 12-13 age category on Sunday with Emma Young matching her brother, winning in comfortable fashion by just over 2 minutes over Emma Lazenby.  Young was a second behind first place out of the water and T1, then never looked back after posting the fastest bike and run splits in the division.

 

 Please click here for full Series standings

 

 Guelph Lake KOS                              Ontario Youth Cup

The race Series moves east next to the Sharbot Lake KOS on July 27th near Kingston.  This will be the first of three draft legal races for the 14-15 year old divisions. 

Youth Cup 2  Youth Cup 1  Youth Cup 7  Youth Cup 5  Youth Cup 4 Youth Cup 3

Congrats to Lionel Sanders and Kirstie Kniaziew – 2014 Sprint Duathlon Provincial Champions!

 

May 15, 2014 – The Triathlon Ontario Provincial Championships officially kicked off its outdoor season this past Saturday in the small Essex County community of Harrow, Ontario with the Iron Hawk Sprint Duathlon. The race offered a $3,000 prize purse which attracted some of the province’s best.  The Tri On Provincial Champ logoIron Hawk Dustart list promised a blazing fast race, and the results did not disappoint.  The race also doubled as a 2015 National Team Qualifier for the World Championships in Adelaide, Australia. 

 On the men’s side, Quest for Gold supported triathlete Austen and his twin brother Taylor Forbes set a hot early pace.  Other contenders Connor Darlington, Andrew Beardsall , Sjaan Gerth and hometown hero Lionel Sanders followed an early pace that hovered near 3:00/km.  The Forbes twins continued to establish themselves at the front throughout the first two lap run of approximately 5.25km, coming through the 5k mark in close to 15:00 flat before heading to the bikes.

On the bike, strong cyclists Sanders and Sean Bechtel used this leg to establish themselves at the front of the race, with Lionel stamping his claim on the leader’s position and Bechtel moving quickly through the field into 2nd place and staying there for the remainder of the race.  Beardsall’s day unfortunately ended at the 5k mark due to a mechanical, while Gerth and the Forbes’ held strong in the 3rd to 5th positions.

No one could catch Sanders over the final 2.5km run who brought home his first provincial title of the season in 56 minutes flat.  Bechtel, Gerth, Taylor and Austen Forbes all held their positions to round out the top 5.

The women’s race also boasted a local winner as Leamington’s Kirstie Kniaziew defeated Provincial Development Team member and Quest for Gold supported athlete Kirsten Vergara and Sadie Holmes on the strength of an excellent 35:54 bike split.  Kniaziew was able to keep pace with Vergara’s strong run splits, staying within 50 seconds after the first run and backing up her bike split by nearly matching Vergara’s closing run. Holmes rounded out the women’s top 3 with an equally strong 35:58 bike split, and was followed in the overall standings by Toronto’s Lauren Tucker and Brampton’s Jade Carrington. Kniaziew’s result was good enough for 20th in the overall race, as well as top honours in the women’s 40+ division.

Click here to read Jesse Bauer’s complete race report.

Special thanks to the Iron Hawk race organizers for putting on a fantastic event and the local crowd for their enthusiastic support.

Next stop on the Triathlon Ontario Championship schedule is back to back stops in Guelph.  First up is the Guelph Lake KOS on June 15th.  This is the first stop on the 2014 Ontario Youth Cup Series.

Followed by the Triathlon Ontario Club Championships and the final wild card qualifier for the Ontario Summer Games, both at Subaru Series’ Guelph Lake I, June 21 and 22.

 

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Triathlon Ontario Announces 2014 Ontario Youth Cup Series Venues

March 31, 2014 – Triathlon Ontario announced the race venues for the second edition of its Ontario Youth Cup Series.  New for the 2014 year is the expansion from four races to five for the 14-15 year old age category, and the addition of a four race series for the 12-13 year old age category.

As per the new Provincial Development Program, launched in late 2013, the purpose of the Youth Cup Series is to provide junior athletes a draft legal competitive race environment within the Province (for 14-15 year olds).  It is Triathlon Ontario’s belief that developing a strong Provincial race series is imperative to developing a system that encourages increased participation, skill development, club growth and a higher level of investment in the sport.  A series that encompasses draft legal events allows athletes to develop the experience needed to appreciate the complexities and competitive nature of this style of racing.

Where ever possible, events were chosen so as to not conflict with Triathlon Canada’s National Junior Series and the Ontario Summer Games.

Venues for 14-15 Age Category:

June 15th, 2014 – Guelph Lake KOS (non draft legal)
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July 27th, 2014 – Sharbot Lake KOS (draft legal)
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August 2nd, 2014 – U15 Provincial Championships Ottawa(draft legal)
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August 24th, 2014 – Dunrobin KOS (draft legal)
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September 13th, 2014 – Lakeside KOS (non-draft legal)
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Please note, athletes must be draft legal certified prior to the event in order to be able to participate in the draft legal races.

Venues for 12-13 Age Category:

June 15th, 2014 – Guelph Lake KOS (non draft legal)
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July 27th, 2014 – Sharbot Lake KOS (non draft legal)
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August 24th, 2014 – Dunrobin KOS (non draft legal)
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September 13th, 2014 – Lakeside KOS (non-draft legal)
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Series Points
Final Youth Cup series ranking is determined by the sum of the four of five best performances for the 14-15 age category and three of four best performances for the 12-13 age category.

14-15 Age Category

Places

All Non-Provincial Championship Races

Provincial Championships

1 25 pts 30 pts
2 20 pts 25 pts
3 19 pts 24 pts
4-15 18 – 7pts descending order per placing 23 – 13 pts
16+ 2 pts 7 pts
DNF 1 pt 1 pts
DNS 0 pts 0 pts

12-13 Age Category

Places All Races
1 25 pts
2 20 pts
3 19 pts
4-15 18-7 pts
16+ 2 pts
DNF 1 pt
DNS 0 pts

Tie Breakers
In the event of a tie, athletes are ranked in order of their finish at Provincials for the 14-15 age category and Lakeside KOS for the 12-13 age category.  If neither athlete participates in said events, then the deciding race will default to the beginning of the schedule for which the athletes in question participate in.

Triathlon Ontario Launches New Club Wear Program

March 27, 2014 –  Triathlon Ontario announced the launching of its new club wear program today.  Through its partnership with Ian Feldman of Genumark, the program is designed to give clubs – big and small – the opportunity to source an extensive catalogue of club wear options at competitive prices from a trusted source.

Triathlon Ontario understands the value to a club when its members proudly display their club colours either at races, training sessions, or even in casual wear.  There is no doubt that clubs who have members wearing their club colours helps develop a sense of team spirit, increases visibility, thereby attracting more members and offers additional sponsorship and revenue generation opportunities.

While some clubs may already have some sort of customized club wear, often times it’s either limited, expensive and many don’t have any club wear at all.  With the objective of furthering club development across the province, Triathlon Ontario is assisting clubs with the challenges associated with small purchase orders, not knowing where to find competitive prices from a trusted source, or clubs being offered limited options.

Interested clubs can access the catalog of clothing options by clicking here.  For those that would like to place and order, have any questions about any of the products or are interested in something that may not be there, please contact Ian at [email protected] or 416-498-4334.

Best of luck to everyone for the 2014 season and we hope to see you at the Club Championships (new format just announced) at Guelph Lake I June 21/22!

Triathlon Ontario Announces New 2014 Club Championship Format

2014 Club Championships

New Format for 2014

March 20, 2014 – Triathlon Ontario announced today their exciting, New Club Championship Format for 2014.  The purpose of the annual adult Club Championship is to encourage the growth and development of the multisport club system in Ontario and to encourage and promote friendly competition between clubs in a sanctioned environment. Prize money is awarded to assist clubs with their financial obligations and to better serve their athletes.

Divisions

Clubs will be designated either Division I or Division II clubs for the purpose of the Club Championships. Clubs with 50 or more members at the time of the competition will be a Division I club and will compete only against other Division I clubs. Clubs with 49 or less members at the time of the competition will be deemed a Division II club and will only compete against other Division II clubs.

Event

The Club Championships will be contested at Subaru Triathlon Series’ Guelph Lake I event June 21/22, 2014. The events that will count towards point totals will be the individual Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and duathlons as well as relays. In order for a relay result to count, all members of the relay must be members of the same club. Results from Try-a-Tri and Swim/Bike competitions will not count towards the point totals.

To register for the event please click here.

Eligibility

Clubs must be sanctioned with Triathlon Ontario and their members must also be members of Triathlon Ontario. Only those participants that are members of the sanctioned club at the time of the competition are eligible to score points for the Club Championship. Only members listed on the official club list maintained in the Triathlon Ontario office will be eligible to score for a club.

Scoring

Every participant who finishes will be awarded minimum points.  Points will be awarded to participants based on their finishing position in their age group as per the following:

1st Place    100pts 6th Place       50pts
2nd Place      90pts 7th Place       40pts
3rd Place      80pts 8th Place       30pts
4th Place       70pts 9th Place       20pts
5th Place       60pts 10th Place and all other participants – 10pts

Relays will only count as one participant when tallying up point totals

Cash Prizes

Clubs in both Divisions I and II will each compete for a purse of $1,000 from Triathlon Ontario ($2,000 total).

Money will be divided as follows in each Division:

1st Place $500

2nd Place $300

3rd Place $200

Scoring Process

Although Triathlon Ontario will do its best to cross reference and verify results, it is up to each club to provide Triathlon Ontario with a list of participating members no later than July 31st, 2014 via email to [email protected]. Winners will be determined and announced shortly thereafter.

Draft Legal Provincial Championships Open for Registration

Prize money increased for Elites/U23

February 28, 2014 – Triathlon Ontario announced today that registration for its 2014 Draft Legal Provincial Championships, being held in Ottawa at Mooney’s Bay on August 2. The Provincial Championships will include Elites and U23 athletes battling it out for an increased prize purse, a Junior Developmental race and a U15 race.

Participants can register via Events Online at:

https://secure.eventsonline.ca/events/nationalcapital_tri_ont/ and must be Triathlon Ontario members (or members of their home PGB if not an Ontario resident) at the time of the race as well as draft legal certified by Triathlon Ontario (or by their home PGB if not an Ontario resident). Athletes from other Provinces/countries are welcome but will not be eligible for the Provincial Champion title.

Prize Money

The prize money available has been increased this year from last year. The Elites/U23 men and women will each be competing for a$400 cash prize (up from $300) for first place, second place will receive $250 (up from $200) and third place will receive $150 (up from $100). Athletes from other Provinces and countries will be eligible for the cash prizes but not for the Provincial Champion title.

Ontario Youth Cup

Once again the U15 Draft Legal Provincial Championships will play an integral part of the Ontario Youth Cup Series with additional points to be available. Triathlon Ontario has tentatively selected four additional races to be a part of the 2014 edition, expanding the Series from four races last year to five this year. The races and dates were selected in part , to avoid as best as possible, any conflicts with Triathlon Canada’ s National Junior Series. Also new for this year is the expansion of the Youth Cup to include the 12-13 age group. The new age group will tentatively consist of four races.

More details about this year’s edition of the Ontario Youth Cup will be forthcoming in a special announcement once all of the race details are finalized and registration is open for all of the races within the Series.

Triathlon Ontario Announces 2 Great Offers For Members!

February 26, 2014 – Triathlon Ontario announced today two exclusive offers for its members:

Offer #1

Our sponsor, Infinit Nutrition, has put together a custom package deal for all TriOntario members.

A Deal You Can’t Pass Up!

We are happy to announce that exclusive to Triathlon Ontario members, for the remainder of February, INFINIT Nutrition Canada will create your very own custom blend and send it to you for $20including shipping.

As part of the offer, INFINIT will first spend 10-15 minutes with you to get key information on your body composition, typical symptoms and your race plans in order to create a blend that fuels your best performance.

You will get 5 servings of a blend that was created specifically to fuel you to your potential.

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