This past weekend was a huge weekend for Canadian triathletes across the world.
First, Jackson Laundry had a very impressive performance in Raleigh, NC. He has been putting together a string of impressive results this season. Including a 2nd at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga a few weeks ago. However this past weekend Jackson Laundry took his first professional Ironman 70.3 win in NC. Following Jackson this year, you knew it was bound to happen soon. Jackson came out of the water with the lead group, and then put down the fastest bike split of the day with a 2:06 for the 90km bike section. He then ran a 1:20 half to take the win, three minutes ahead of second.
Then at Ironman 70.3 Victoria, it was an all Canadian podium in the Men’s pro field. Cody Beals took the overall win followed by Brent McMahon and Nathan Kilman. Taylor Reid finished just off the podium. The result for Cody holds a lot of promise following a shaky start. In the women’s pro field, Rachel McBride took the overall win, followed closely behind by fellow Canadian Jen Annett.
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Sunday vibes: this pic gives little tid bits about my day today. In short, very, very happy with my performance here at #im703victoria. A lot went right, few lessons learned. Massive thanks to @coachtilburs for getting me there. Massive thanks to my number 1 support @mariesaportmann. This is your performance as much as mine, and of course, thank you @kleanathlete @kiwamitri @kiwamitriathlon @orca_triathlon and @ehouseoside for your support! More to share soon. Cheers all! I’m happy!
In case you missed, Lionel Sanders took the overall win at THECHAMPIONSHIPS (Challenge Samorin) in Samorin, Slovakia. Lionel came out of the water a minute thirty down on Kienle. But quickly went to work in the bike, making up the deficit and then some. On the run, Lionel continued his ‘attack’ and pulled away from Kienle, repeating as the winner in Samorin for the second year in a row.
In the women’s pro field, Lucy Charles repeated as the champion for the second year in a row as well. Canadian Heather Wurtele took 6th place.
At ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ the top Canadian result was from Paula Findlay, who finished just off the podium in 4th place with a time of 2:24:15. The top male Canadian was Garrick Loewen, who came in 10th with a time of 2:13:16.
On the ITU scene, Alexis Lepage came 23rd at the ITU World Cup event in Cagliari, Italy.