Aiden Longcroft-Harris pushed eventual champion Ryan Bailie throughout the weekend to take second in both races at Super League Ottawa this weekend, ensuring that he’ll get more Super League racing done this season as he now qualifies for the upcoming championship event in Jersey. Desirae Ridenour finished a solid third in the women’s race to ensure she’ll return to Super League racing.
McShane tops Van Der Kaay for the win
Australia’s Charlotte McShane managed to outsprint New Zealand’s Nicole Van Der Kaay for the win in today’s Eliminator event, which featured three 300 m swim/ 4 km bike/ 1.6 km races separated by 10 minutes. After each race one of the 11 starters was “eliminated,” sending off a final race of nine competitors.
The first two rounds were relatively pedestrian for the main contenders of the race, who literally jogged through the run on the first event to cross the line as a group of six. The second race saw local hero Samantha Klus cross the line first, a big thrill for the Ottawa crowd. By the third race things heated up considerably, with McShane and Van Der Kaay pulling clear of the rest of the women on the run and setting up a dramatic finish for the overall weekend win, which McShane ended up taking.
We caught up with Desirae Ridenour after her third place finish:
Bailie unbeatable again
Australian Ryan Bailie has been training with Canadian national team coach Jono Hall this year and has was happy to see his form coming back of late, which was proven in style with two days of winning in Ottawa. On both days the Australian found himself having to outrun Canadian Aidan Longcroft-Harris on the final run to take the win. Those two cruised through the first two rounds, which were won by Jamie Price, then swam and rode clear of the rest of the men to set up another run for the win. As he did yesterday, American Michael Arishita took third, with Canadian John Rasumussen finishing fourth.
Here’s what Longcroft-Harris had to say after his runner-up finish:
Here’s a photo gallery from Sunday’s elite races (photos by Kevin Mackinnon):Jones and Beaulieu tops again
The Youth/ Junior races held before the elite events were also “Eliminator” competitions, but with just two races of 200 m swim/ 4 km bike/ 1.6 km run. As they did yesterday, Ontario’s Tristan Jones repeated in the men’s race, once again beating Australian Alec Davison to the line, but this time without a come-from-behind sprint. The sprinting was saved for the women’s race where youth competitor Noemie Beaulieu from Quebec took top honours by outsprinting B.C.’s Colette Reimer, who would take the junior women’s title.
Photos from the Youth/ Junior races (photos by Kevin Mackinnon):