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Round up on a spectacular weekend in Magog

Recap of the 23rd TriMemphré and 2nd year with Polar as name sponsor

This past weekend was a busy one in Magog, QC. With two full days of racing and over 2,400 participants in total, the Polar TriMemphré race weekend was a success for the organizers, volunteers and participants.

The weekend event began Friday with 17-time Ironman 70.3 Champion and Polar Ambassador, Magali Tisseyre, hosting an event for all athletes. Here Tisseyre offered advice and answered questions athletes of all abilities.

The races began Saturday with the junior and youth Quebec Cup races. The CAMTRI American Cup and ITU Para-triathlon World Cup followed the youth races in the morning. In the afternoon, it was the age group sprint races (triathlon, duathlon and aquabike).

In the ITU Para-triathlon World Cup race, Lyne-Marie Bilodeau competed against the clock in the PTS2 women’s division and finished in 1:42:46. Kamylle Frennette in the women’s PTS5 division would also be racing solo in her division and finished in 1:10:22. In the men’s PTS6 division, John Dunkerley would win on Canadian home soil ahead of Charles Edouard Catherine (FRA) and Donnacha McCarthy (IRL). Then, in the women’s PTS6, Jessica Tuomela posted a 1:12:52.

The CAMTRI race saw Canadians, Karol-Ann Roy and Hannah Henry just miss the podium in the women’s elite competition. Canadian Martin Sobey claimed second spot in the men’s race. With over 20 Canadians participating in each race, Canada dominated the top 10 standings with four in the women’s and six in the men’s. The top 10 in the men’s race finished less than a minute apart, and 20th was only a 1:16 behind first.

The fast racing would continue for the rest of the day with the sprint triathlon, duathlon and aquabike. The male and female winners of the sprint triathlon were Nicolas Proulx-Begin and Isabelle Gagnon. Michael McGuire and Isabelle Latremouille won the sprint duathlon, and Marc-Andre Lachapelle and Nanci Sirois won the sprint aquabike.

On Sunday, it was the Olympic distance races. Nicolas Proulx-Begin doubled up on the weekend, also winning the Olympic triathlon. Marie-Odile Francoeur won the female division. In the Olympic duathlon, Martin Vaillancourt and Alana Bonner won the race. In the Olympic aquabike, Maxime-Gael Coppens and Francine Amyot took the top spot on the podium.

Also on Sunday were the triathlon and aquabike long course races. In the triathlon, David Lacombe came out on top in the men’s division and Pamela-Ann Bachelder St-Pierre won the women’s category. Dave Jobin and Terry Boghossian won the long course aquabike.