Over the October 13-14th weekend, Canada’s elite triathletes competed at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Sarasota-Bradenton World Cup in Florida, USA. Due to water quality readings, the race was switched to a duathlon format – a one-lap 2.5K run, then an 18.3K bike and two-lap 5km run.
On Saturday, Canada’s Joanna Brown had the top Canadian result of the day finishing sixth in the women’s race. For most of the race, the elite field stayed in a large pack until the 5K run, when Renne Tomlin (USA) made a small gap and took the win. She was followed by Kirsten Kasper (USA) and Vendula Frintova (CZE). Brown finished just four seconds short a podium result. Karol-Ann Roy (CAN) finished 33rd.
In the men’s race, Canada’s top result came from Alexis Lepage of Quebec City, QC, who finished 12th. Like the women’s race, the race came down to the 5K run. Vincent Luis (FRA) displayed his run speed by clocking a 14:36 and took the win over Jelle Greens (BEL) and Joao Pereira (POR). Lepage was quickly followed by his teammate Matthew Sharpe in 13th. Tyler Mislawchuk set a blazing first run of 6:59, but would fault falter in the second run and drop to 27th. Taylor Forbes and John Rassmusen finished 33rd and 41st.
On Sunday, it was the CAMTRI Mixed Relay American Championships. The race was also the last chance for teams in 2018 to collect qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Team Canada was led off by Brown, who gave the Canadians the early lead. Next was Mislawchuk, who keep the Canadians in front. In the third exchange, the Americans made their move as Taylor Spivey (USA) passed Desirae Ridenour (CAN). In the final leg, Sharpe held off any late surge from the Brazilians and finished second.
Mixed Relay Results
- United States of America 1:07:40
- Canada 1:07:45
- Brazil 1:08:00