This past weekend was a success for Canadian triathletes at 70.3 Mont Tremblant, with Lionel Sanders and Brent McMahon reaching the podium in the men’s pro field. Rachel McBride came in second in the pro women’s field.
Sanders came out of the water a minute back of his main competitors. He then went to work on the bike, pulling back his deficit and posting the fastest bike split of 2:02:19. On the run he continued to stretch his lead, posting the fastest half marathon split of 1:11:23. At the end of the day, Sanders topped the podium for the fourth straight time at 70.3 Mont Tremblant.
McMahon had a strong race as well, spending most of the day in a battle with Rodolphe Von Berg. At the end of the day, Van Berg would pull ahead of McMahon on the run. He would finish in third, five minutes back of Sanders and just under two minutes back of Von Berg. Also worth mentioning is Jackson Laundry’s respectable fourth place finish following his big win in Raleigh.
In the women’s pro race, McBride and American Meredith Kessler spent much of the day out in front of the pro women’s field. The two came out of the water together, making an early break from the field. Then on the bike, they went back and forth. It was on the run where Kessler moved past McBride for the win. The win was Kessler’s first at 70.3 Mont Tremblant since 2015. McBride is now off to Germany where she will do Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt on July 8th.