Lionel Sanders. Credit: Julien Heon

We’re days away from one of Canada’s most prominent triathlons — Ironman 70.3 Tremblant — which boasts an impressive pro field each year that always includes multiple Canadian stars. The men’s line-up this year includes the contingent of Ontario-based long course specialists who regularly podium at local and international 70.3 races as well as some up-and-comers.

 

Lionel Sanders headlines the Ontario crew of 70.3 stars that includes Cody Beals and Taylor Reid — all three men take the top spots on the start list and have legitimate shots at the podium. Sanders is the favourite heading into the race and is looking to three-peat after victories in 2015 and 2016. Beals is looking to improve upon his best-ever finish of fourth (2016) and after some podiums and a win so far this year, Reid is also in fine form and hopes to deliver another podium finish like he did in 2015.

Lionel Sanders and Taylor Reid, first and second respectively at 2015 Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant. Credit: Barrie Shepley.

Up-and-comer Jack Laundry who impressively placed 8th at the Ironman 70.3 North American championship in St. George, Utah is another Ontario man we’ll be watching out for. With consistently strong results this year and last, Laundry recently earned his first 70.3 podium and looks to add another to his name on Canadian soil.

Two more Ontario- based pros — Mikael Staer Nathan and Alex Vanderlinden — also hope for a big performance at their first Canadian race of the year.

Other Canadian men on the start list include Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches, for whom this is a hometown race, Ottawa’s Jordan Monnink, David Lacombe, Sacha Cavelier, and first-year pro Scott Cooper.

View the full start list here.