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Super League Ottawa – Recapping Day 1

Super League Ottawa made its debut in style, featuring four “Enduro” events – men’s and women’s youth and junior races, along with men’s and women’s elite races. The youth and juniors took on a 200 m swim/ 4 km bike/ 1.6 km run twice, back to back. The elite’s did three continuous triathlons including a 300 m swim/ 4 km bike/ 1.6 km run.

The day featured some top Canadian performances including a runner-up finish in the men’s elite race by Aiden Longcroft-Harris and a third-place finish for Paula Findlay in the women’s elite race. There was some sad news for national team member Alexis Lepage, who had a bike accident in transition and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken finger.

Here’s our recap of the day’s races through photo galleries and videos by Kevin Mackinnon:

In the women’s youth/ junior event it was 16-year-old Noemie Beaulieu who crossed the line first, taking both the day and the youth competition. First junior was Colette Reimer, who was second overall.

Here’s a photo gallery from the race:

The youth/ junior men’s race turned out to provide the day’s most exciting finish, despite a terrific downpour, that drenched athletes and spectators alike partway through the race. Tristan Jones managed to come from behind on the final run to outsprint Australian Alec Davison for the win.

Here’s our photo recap of that race:

Next up was the elite women’s race, which came down to a two-woman race as New Zealand’s Nicole van der Kaay and Australian Charlotte McShane managed to separate themselves from Canadian’s Paula Findlay and Desirae Ridenour.

We caught up with Findlay after the race for a chat about her third-place finish:

Here’s our picture-recap of the women’s race:

The final event of the day was the men’s elite race, which turned into another exciting two-man race as Australian Ryan Bailie pulled away from Aiden Longcroft-Harris in the final run to take the first leg of the two-race event.

Here’s what Longcroft-Harris had to say after his impressive race:

Here’s the photo-recap of the men’s elite race: