Featuring the new venue of the Welland International Flatwater Centre and a new distance (2 km swim, 56 km bike, 15 km run instead if the half distance of previous years), Guelph’s Jackson Laundry and Kitchener’s Angela Quick led from start to finish to take the Rose City Long Course Triathlon titles in Welland today.
Quick led all racers out of the water (26:50) closely followed by Laundry (26:52). On the flat but windy bike course, Laundry rode 1:20:11 to make gains on everyone except the veteran Nigel Gray (1:19:56) from Don Mills. While, Quick added another race best split (1:30:57), to further pad her lead.
Laundry shut down all notions of being caught by throwing down a stunning 55:09 run on the 15 km course along the Welland Recreational Waterway. He finished with a time of 2:42:09 to take the overall win in his long course debut. Gray took second (2:49:11), and Frankford’s Adam Doxtator third (2:55:26).
Welland Long Course Triathlon 2016 (2km swim, 56km bike, 15km run) – Top 5 Men
- Jackson Laundry (Guelph) 2:43:09
- Nigel Gray (Don Mills) 2:49:11
- Adam Doxtator (Frankford) 2:55:26
- Duncan Ross (Brantford) 2:58:14
- Ryan Power (Komoka) 3:01:46
Quick held a 5:19 lead heading into the run, and Toronto’s Miranda Tomenson did her best to chase her down, posting the top split of 1:08:28. However, Quick ran 1:11:09 and that was good enough to hold off Tomenson for the victory (3:09:53) – her second in a row, after taking the win at Woodstock too. Tomenson finished second (3:12:31), and Aurora’s Paolina Allan took a break from the elite cycling circuit to grab third (3:19:05).
Welland Long Course Triathlon 2016 (2km swim, 56km bike, 15km run) – Top 5 Women
- Angela Quick (Kitchener) 3:09:53
- Miranda Tomenson (Toronto) 3:12:31
- Paolina Allan (Aurora) 3:19:05
- Julie Martens (Oakville) 3:20:14
- Lauren Heinken (Mississauga) 3:32:20
The Long Course Triathlon kicked off Triathlon Ontario’s Long Course Series, and provided participants a big taste of of what the racers of the Niagara Falls Barrelman will experience on September 18.
Thornhill’s Frank Sorbara and Vaughn’s Deirdre Maloney won the Long Course Swim/Bike event, while Etobicoke’s Andrew McLeod and Mississauga’s Tammy Purdy claimed the Long Course Bike/Run titles.
The previous day’s races showcased the Sprint events where Burlington’s Chris Jocelyn (1:01:01) and Laura Burberry (1:09:33) won the 750 m, 20 km bike, 5 km Sprint Triathlon. Sean Delanghe of Waterloo and Bethany Timmerman of Paris topped the podium in the 2.5 km run, 20 km bike, 5 km run Sprint Duathlon.