Unfortunately, the race weekend in Penticton was headlined with smoke and not smoking fast results from the Super League Triathlon. Age group and professional triathletes were able to complete a few of the events on the weekend. All the participants got to do the 15K TT on Friday evening. Canadians Nathan Killam and Rachel McBride were victorious in the pro race. The age group triathletes were able to do the TT on Friday evening, as well as the Equalizer on Saturday morning. However, the professional race was cancelled in the afternoon due to air quality readings. Then early Sunday morning, race organizers decided to cancel all races.
It was a disappointing way to close the inaugural Super League Triathlon event in Penticton, but necessary to ensure the safety of the triathletes. An issue did arise with the cancellations, “Who would qualify for the championship series – starting in September?” The solution – extend a silver ticket to all the pros. The ticket allows them to race in Jersey, United Kingdom, at the first Championship series event. The top five pros (men and women) from the Penticton pro field will earn a spot for the remainder of the series.
“We’re ecstatic Super League Triathlon has honoured our pro field’s calibre with these silver tickets,” said Michael Brown, Race Director of Super League Triathlon Penticton. “All the pros here were kind, understanding and good-natured throughout everything that happened on the weekend, and we’re thrilled they’ll be toeing the line in Jersey. We’ll be cheering them all on at that first event, and keeping a close on Penticton’s eventual golden ticket winners as they race throughout the season.”
— Super League Triathlon (@SuperLeagueTri) August 19, 2018