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ITU Canadians racing all over this Canada Day weekend

From Asia to Africa and everywhere in between, the red and white will be racing for victory this weekend

On July 1st, it’ll be Canada’s 151st birthday. Tonnes of parties will be happening coast-to-coast this Saturday and Sunday. While the festivities kick off this weekend, many of Canada’s top ITU racers will be repping the red and white around the world.

Dongdaihe ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup

On June 30th, Michael Lori, from Tecumseh, Ontario, will be the lone Canadian flying the maple leaf in China. Earlier this June, Lori made his first pro race appearance since August, taking second place at the Taizhou ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup.

Holten ETU Sprint Triathlon Junior/Premium European Cup

Out in Holten, Holland, there will be a number of Canadians competing in the junior and elite races. In the junior men’s race, it will be Tate Haugan, Jackson Konkin and Braden Kersey. On the women’s side, it will be Colette Reimer, the lone Canadian.

In the elite men’s race, it will be the Canadian trio – Brennen Smith, Martin Sobey and Alexander Hinton. In his last two races, Sobey has reached the top 15 in each one. He will be looking to continue his climb the results list this weekend with teammates, Smith and Hinton. Canada’s women’s squad includes Elisabeth Boutin, Kyla Roy, Keisha Besler and Abby Speirs.

Iseo – Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Series

Canadian Paralympian, Stefan Daniel headlines the Canadian team in Italy this weekend.

In 2015, Daniel for the first time became a world champion. Then, at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, he won silver. Last year, at the World Championships in Rotterdam, he became world champion again. Entering the 2018 season as defending world champion, all eyes will be on him. This weekend in Italy, Daniel will be competing in the PTS5 category.

Jessica Tuomela joins Daniel and will compete in the PT6 division. Last year, Tuomela won the Duathlon World Championships in Penticton, BC.

Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup

Larache, Morocco, is the site of the ATU African Sprint Cup this weekend. Despite the far distance from Canada, a total of six Canadian men will be eyeing the top step of the podium. Charles Paquet, Alexis Lepage, Edouard Garneau, Aiden Longcroft-Harris, Thomas Windisch and Hamish Babin will represent the red and white in Morocco.

The youngster, Longcroft-Harris, has been getting a swift introduction to elite racing this season. Last year, he finished his junior career by winning the Aquathlon World Championships in Penticton, BC. He also came fourth in the Junior Duathlon World Championships, also held in Penticton, BC.

Team leaders, Paquet and Lepage, will look to get back on track after falling short of expectations in the last few races due to mechanicals and strategy mishaps.

Salinas CAMTRI Triathlon American YOG Qualifier

Then in Ecuador, the youngsters of Triathlon Canada will be looking to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games. Keegan Ingram, Brock Hoel and Solen Wood will compete in the youth men’s race. In the women’s race, Alexandrine Coursol is the lone Canadian.