Sunday’s Lakeside Olympic Triathlon, the final race of the Recharge With Milk Triathlon Series calendar, featured a battle for the top Elite Age Group/Pro Series standings payday of $1000 along with a jockeying of positions for prize money from second to fifth.
Orangeville’s Richard Pady and Fergus’ Cody Beals were tied in the standing heading into the final showdown, setting up a great day of racing. With Beals being one of the faster runners on the triathlon scene, Pady did exactly what he needed to do to go for the win. He swam and cycled faster than Beals to take a lead onto the final 10 km run. Despite a race leading 34:09 run, Pady managed to hold off Beals for the 1:56:52 victory and the overall Series $1000 payday. Beals had to settle for second (1:57:33), and Richmond Hill’s Andrew Bolton rode the fastest 40 km split of 58:08 to take finish third (1:58:52).
Aurora’s Paolina Allan held a slight lead over St. George’s Angela Quick heading into the race, and as long as she finished within a few placings of Quick or win outright, she’d take home the $1000 prize despite having raced the day before and taking the win at the Centurion Vertical Hill Challenge.
As she often does, Quick led the swim (20:37), and she kept driving the pace from the front in the attempt to stay ahead for the win. Allan chased hard but the previous day’s hill climb took some sting out of her lungs and she was unable to close the gap. In the end, she ran out of real estate as Quick took the win (2:15:00) just seconds ahead of Allan. Barrie’s Hannah Wilkinson finished third (2:19:09) with a race best run (39:52). Despite the finishing second, Allan still had enough points in the bank (due to some previous race wins) to stay ahead of Quick for the $1000 Series top prize. Quick ended up with $750 for second in the standings.
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