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Bracebridge Recap: Ontario Duathlon Championships

MultiSport Canada’s Bracebridge event played host to Triathlon Ontario’s 2015 Provincial Sprint Duathlon and International Distance Duathlon Championships – a qualifier for the age group team to the 2016 ITU Duathlon Championships.

Saturday August 8, 2015 – Day one of the Championships featured the Sprint Distance Duathlon.

Facing off against many of the top Duathletes in Canada, eighteen year old Brian Moore of Bracebridge showed that he’s one to watch for the future, with a stellar performance right in his backyard. Trailing after the first run to Kyle Smith (who ran 16:43), the junior elite cyclist used his prowess in that department to charge into the lead with a 31:37 ride. This gave him a 1:31 cushion over Mississauga’s Larry Bradley and Lucan’s Matt Straatman heading into the final run. From there, he hung on for the victory and the Men’s Ontario Provincial Sprint Duathlon Champion title in 1:01:54. Campbellville’s Liam Donnelly chased down Bradley and Straatman to take second, while Straatman managed to stay ahead of Bradley for third.

Bracebridge Sprint Duathlon (5km Run – 20km Bike – 2.5km Run) – Top 5 Men

1. Brian Moore (Bracebridge, ON) 1:01:54

2. Liam Donnelly (Campbellville, ON) 1:02:36

3. Matt Straatman (Lucan, ON) 1:02:59

4. Larry Bradley (Mississauga, ON) 1:03:11

5. Linden Head (Ottawa, ON) 1:03:58

Orillia’s Jasmin Aggarwal opened with a 21:13 run to take a 47 second lead over Mississauga’s Haley Tyers heading into the 20km ride. Aggarwal’s 37:51 bike ride allowed her to pad her lead and the started the final 2.5 km run with a 1:34 lead over Barrie’s Karen Ugarte Bravo. Aggarwal’s lead was too large for anyone to touch and without too much pressure from behind, she claimed the Women’s Ontario Provincial Sprint Duathlon Champion title in 1:11:34. With the fastest second run of the day, Tyers passed Ugarte Bravo to take second, relegating Ugarte Bravo to third.

Bracebridge Sprint Duathlon (5km Run – 20km Bike – 2.5km Run) – Top 5 Women

1. Jasmin Aggarwal (Orillia, ON) 1:11:34

2. Haley Tyers (Mississauga, ON) 1:13:14

3. Karen Ugarte Bravo (Barrie, ON) 1:13:20

4. Anna Fiorito (Amherstburg, ON) 1:14:40

5. Annie Maly (Oakville, ON) 1:16:50

Meanwhile, Milton’s Brandon Habermehl posted the fastest bike (32:02) and run (19:18) to take the overall victory in the Sprint Triathlon.

Bracebridge Sprint Triathlon (750m Swim – 20km Bike – 5km Run) – Top 5 Men

1. Brandon Habermehl (Milton, ON) 1:04:14

2. Ruston Martin (Toronto, ON) 1:06:11

3. Peter MacIntyre (Waterloo, ON) 1:08:13

4. John Pulford (London, ON) 1:08:37

5. Andrew Archibald (Ottawa, ON) 1:09:26

Just like in the men’s race. Toronto’s Michelle Pearlman used the fastest bike (35:32) and run (20:47) times to secure the women’s victory.

Bracebridge Sprint Triathlon (750m Swim – 20km Bike – 5km Run) – Top 5 Women

1. Michelle Pearlman (Toronto, ON) 1:11:25

2. Elise Bolger (Waterdown, ON) 1:13:01

3. Amanda Switzer (London, ON) 1:14:21

4. Phaedra Kennedy (Toronto, ON) 1:14:54

5. Janet Manley (Toronto, ON) 1:15:26

Sunday August 9, 2015 – Day two of the Championships featured the International Distance Duathlon.

Today’s race showcased the Brian Moore show once again.

New York’s William Downing led the first 10 km run in 37:06, with Moore 53 seconds behind. However, in a repeat of his Sprint Duathlon performance, Moore tore through the 42 km bike course (extended 2 km from the standard 40km distance due to poor road conditions in the previous route) in a race best 1:04:44. With a 1:51 lead in hand, Moore completed the final 5 km run in 21:23 to finish in 2:05:42 and become the Ontario Provincial International Distance Duathlon Men’s Champion. Moore also took home $500 for winning Triathlon Ontario’s “Du-the-Double” Duathlon Challenge. Third in yesterday’s Sprint Duathlon Championship, Lucan’s Matt Straatman rode himself into second (2:06:39), and Mississauga’s Larry Bradley represented the Masters duathletes well by placing third (2:07:31) after finishing fourth yesterday.

Bracebridge International Duathlon (10km Run – 42km Bike – 5km Run) – Top 5 Men

1. Brian Moore (Bracebridge, ON) 2:05:42

2. Matt Straatman (Lucan, ON) 2:06:39

3. Larry Bradley (Mississauga, ON) 2:07:31

4. Brendan Howard (Toronto, ON) 2:08:57

5. William Downing (New York, USA) 2:09:28

Mississauga’s Tammy Purdy led from start to finish to claim the title of Ontario Provincial International Distance Duathlon Women’s Champion. Purdy had race best splits in the opening 10 km run (41:01), the 42 km bike (1:18:19), and the final 5 km run (21:26) to finish in 2:22:48. Jasmin Aggarwal of Orillia, the winner of yesterday’s Sprint Duathlon which won her the title of Ontario Provincial Sprint Duathlon Women’s Champion, finished second in 2:28:58, and the ageless Paula Lockyer, a member of the York University Hall of Fame for the sport of basketball, rounded out the podium in third (2:30:35). With her second place finish, Aggarwal claimed $500 in Triathlon Ontario’s “Du-the-Double” Duathlon Challenge.

Bracebridge International Duathlon (10km Run – 42km Bike – 5km Run)- Top 5 Women

1. Tammy Purdy (Mississauga, ON) 2:22:48

2. Jasmin Aggarwal (Orillia, ON) 2:28:58

3. Paula Lockyer (Meaford, ON) 2:30:35

4. Meggan Franks (Athabasca, ON) 2:31:23

5. Karen Ugarte Bravo (Barrie, ON) 2:33:18

Olympic Distance Triathlon – Time Trial Start

Featuring a time trial start in the Muskoka River, with racers leaving every 5 seconds (15 seconds for the elites), with bib number one, Kitchener’s Alex VanderLinden went off first as the carrot for the rest of the field to chase. Thanks to a race best bike (1:03:59) and run (36:37), VanderLinden held everyone off for the win in 2:02:07, his second in a row after winning last week at the K-Town Triathlon. Toronto’s Mikael Staer Nathan posted the second best run of 38:18 to take second (2:05:41), and Caledon’s Sean Bechtel had the top swim of the day (19:26) and finished third (2:07:45).

Bracebridge Olympic Triathlon (1.5km Swim – 42km Bike – 10km Run) – Top 5 Men

1. Alexander VanderLinden (Kitchener, ON) 2:02:07

2. Mikael Staer Nathan (Toronto, ON) 2:05:41

3. Sean Bechtel (Caledon, ON) 2:07:45

4. Nigel Roedde (Hamilton, ON) 2:11:54

5. Mat Reid (Burlington, ON) 2:16:42

Newmarket’s Kristen Marchant, the reigning Niagara Falls Barrelman Champion, dominated the women’s race and looks in fine form heading into the upcoming Ironman 70.3 Timberman. After coming out of the water together with Kitchener’s Angela Quick (who swam a race best 20:27), Marchant ramped up the pace on the bike (1:09:46), and added the top run of 43:27 to win in 2:15:41. Quick took second (2:23:22), and Powassan’s Jennifer Piper followed next in third (2:24:21).

Bracebridge Olympic Triathlon (1.5km Swim – 42km Bike – 10km Run) – Top 5 Women

1. Kristen Marchant (Newmarket, ON) 2:15:41

2. Angela Quick (Kitchener, ON) 2:23:22

3. Jennifer Piper (Powassan, ON) 2:24:21

4. Stephanie Summers (Whitby, ON) 2:29:29

5. Sayaka Tiessen (Toronto, ON) 2:33:33