Sunday, June 1, 2008


TriSport's Milton Tri historically signals the start of the triathlon season in Ontario, and the race yesterday was no exception. Between the try-a-tri, duathlon and sprint tri, there were over 1000 people racing. TriSport is an impressive logistics company - they make herding cats look easy. For those 2 or 3 people who weren't there, here's a quick summary:

Weather was overcast, 15-18 degrees, and windy; perfect for racing.

Sean Bechtel (C3 Club) led the race wire to wire - he was out of the water with a ~40sec lead, rode his bike like he stole it, and held his 3 min. lead over 2nd with a good run. Wolfgang Guembel (2nd) and Andrew Yorke (3rd) also had strong performances - outclassing the rest of the race to the tune of ~4 mins.

In the women's race, Cythia Wilson took the win, with Nicole Guembel outpacing Sheri Fraser by 5 sec for 2nd. Great race by Sheri.

Overall, it looks like the times were a bit slower than last year. The swims and bikes were slower than last year with some exceptions. I didn't get to see the swim, but the wind was likely an issue on the bike. The runs were faster than last year, likely due to the higher temps for the 2007 race.

PTC'ers raced well. Angela Quick put in a good effort in the try-a-tri, in preparation for her race at Worlds next weekend (U19 Olympic). Angela's little brother Derek (coached by Dan McKerral) also used the try-a-tri as a warm-up for Worlds, leading wire-to-wire. In the sprint race, Adrian DelMonte was 8th overall - a pretty good race as he knocks off some of the rust.

Two unfortunate DNF's at the race: Karsten flatted leaving the park, and I saw David Clinkard walking/limping back from the run course. Karsten will be racing again soon, and David will be leading the Canadian Men at the FISU World Triathlon Championships later this month in Erdek, Turkey.

(Edit: results here.)

A big tip of the cap goes to the volunteers - without them, racing would be almost impossible. There were a lot of parents out there donating their time - Cynthia and Frank VanBeurden (parents to Nicole and Chris) and Katherine Madsen (son Karsten and husband Ken were racing) were officiating, along with Colin Jenkin's parents, Pete and June. Talk about a great deal; along with fast athletes, we recruit volunteers at the same time. A big thanks to Tammy Lyle-Gravlev too - she didn't have any family racing, but she drove over from Ajax just to volunteer. Have a look at Tammy's site to see how you can support someone who selflessly supports our sport.

I took a few pics during the race, which you can find here. I think it's safe to say that I don't have a future in photography (see below where I cut off Tyler Lord's head - sorry Tyler), but if anyone wants a copy, feel free to download.

Congrats to the athletes on their performances.

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