Photos: Talbot Cox 

After some rough years and narrowly missing out on Olympic selection for Rio last summer, Paula Findlay has never given up and has produced now two podium finishes including a win yesterday so far this year.

The former world no. 1, who splits her time between Edmonton and Boulder, won the Boulder Peak Triathlon yesterday against a field of strong pro women including Team USA member Lindsay Jerdonek and Ironman champion Kaisa Sali. The race is an Olympic distance non-drafting race with a long history in the USA as one of the country’s oldest independent races.

“It feels really good to see some results come together in a season where I’m healthy and training consistently,” Findlay told us after her race.

“Non-draft racing is really new to me, but it plays to my strengths because I’ve been riding well over the past few years. The Boulder Peak has a hard bike course with a massive hill, so I buried myself on the bike and came off with a three-minute lead. Running off the bike in non-draft racing feels much different than ITU racing (heavy legs), but it’s a different kind of challenge and I love it.

Boulder is like my second home, so it was fun to have a race with a good field right down the street from where I’m living. I’m looking forward to racing WTS Edmonton in three weeks, which will be a real hometown race! I’m putting the TT bike away this month as I focus on a build up to Edmonton and Montreal. It’s exciting to plan a race season confident that I have a solid base of training behind me, no injuries, and I’m steadily progressing. That’s when the good results start to roll in!”

Full results available here.

TMC will have a longer interview with Findlay up soon.