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Paula Findlay takes PTO Athlete of the Month thanks to historic cycling/ tri weekend double

She's skipping the next T100 race, but a third straight national TT title and 70.3 win makes her June's athlete of the month

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Even though she’s decided to pull out of the T100 London event in a few weeks (“no drama” – she just needs a break and wants to prepare for her upcoming wedding to Eric Lagerstrom, she posted on Instagram), the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) has recognized Canadian Paula Findlay’s incredible double victory in Quebec last month and named her the June PTO Athlete of the Month.

Graphic: PTO

Findlay won her third straight national time trial title on Friday, June 21, in  St. Georges, Que., then drove to Mont-Tremblant, Que., where two days later she won Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant in impressive fashion.

Paula Findlay completes magical Quebec weekend with dominant win at Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant

Findlay’s weekend was complicated when her bike was lost in transit on the way to Montreal, but she got it just hours before the time trial and was able to compete in the event. She bounced back from the turmoil to produce the highest power numbers she’s ever held for the distance.

She followed that up with another dominant bike performance in the pouring rain in Mont-Tremblant and an eventual four-minute win over fellow Canadian Tamara Jewett.

A panel of triathlon media including us here at Triathlon Magazine, Global Triathlon Network (GTN), Tri-Mag.de & Triathlete voted on their 1, 2, 3 from a four-athlete shortlist – awarding 3 points for #1, 2 pts for #2 and 1 pt for #3. Triathlon fans also voted via the PTO social media handles.

Findlay won by one vote over T100 San Francisco winner Taylor Knibb (USA), with men’s T100 San Francisco winner Marten Van Riel in third.