Check out these beautiful shots from the first day of Penticton’s ITU Multisport World Championships — elite, U23 and age-group duathlons.

All photos are courtesy of Brad ReiterCheck out his full gallery here.

Check out these beautiful shots from the first day of Penticton’s ITU Multisport World Championships. All photos are courtesy of Brad Reiter.

Australian Felicity Sheedy-Ryan won the Elite Duathlon World Championship title yesterday in a competitive women’s field, besting Spain’s Margarita Garcia Canellas and heavily favored Great Britain athlete Emma Pallant.

Benoit Nicolas won the men’s title in a competitive race that saw multiple lead changes and smoking fast run splits. Nicolas tops the podium with Spain’s Emilio Martin and Great Britain’s Mark Buckingham following in second and third place respectively.

In the U23 race Lucie Picard of France won the women’s Championship and Richard Allen of Great Britain won the men’s race. Relia Sclabas and Cameron Richardson won the Junior Duathlon World Championship titles with Canada’s Desirae Ridenour finishing in second place, the best Canadian finish of the day.

Top Three Elite Men:

Benoit Nicolas (France) 1:54:20

Emilio Martin (Spain) 1:55:12

Mark Buckingham (Great Britain) 1:55:14

Top Three Elite Women:

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (Australia) 2:03:57

Margarita Garcia Canellas (Spain) 2:05:14

Emma Pallant (Great Britain) 2:06:12

These three races mark the beginning of the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival with five races remaining, three with Elite, U23 and Junior racing including Cross Triathlon, Aquathlon and Long Distance Triathlon.