Canadian triathlon star Tamara Jewett will have a new ride this year – she’s signed with Argon18.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tamara Jewett to the Argon 18 athlete roster,” the company said in an Instagram post. “This powerhouse athlete turned pro triathlete in 2019 and has been breaking barriers ever since.”
Jewett joins an impressive list of Argon 18 sponsored athletes including Ruth Astle (we featured Astle’s Kona ride in a story last year) and Joe Skipper.
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Jewett will be riding the E-119 Tri+ Disc. She had her new bike fitted at Brown’s Sports and Cycle in Toronto before heading off to a training camp in Cozumel.
Jewett, a former member of Canada’s national running team, has long been renowned as one of the sport’s premier runners. Her incredible running talent has netted her 70.3 wins thanks to impressive 73- and 74-minute half-marathon run splits , but also a number of runner-up and podium finishes where the women ahead of her into T2 were able to hold her off on the run.
What has taken Jewett to new levels in the sport over the last year, though, has been some dramatic improvements to her swim and bike splits. Last year, when she took what is arguably the biggest win of her career at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, Jewett finished the swim with the chase pack that included the likes of Paula Findlay, Chelsea Sodaro and Kat Matthews. She then rode with that group, too, signalling that she was no longer an athlete only to be feared on the final leg of the race.
After turning pro in 2019, Jewett split her time between work at Torys LLP as a corporate lawyer and training and racing. She left Torys at the end of 2022 to focus exclusively on triathlon, and enjoyed a spectacular year of racing in the process. Jewett took that big win at her first race of the season, Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, won Ironman 70.3 Michigan, and would take runner-up finishes at Ironman 70.3 Pays d’Aix, Ironman 70.3 Augusta and Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells.
Jewett’s 14th-place in the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) world rankings at the end of last year should generate a decent contract with the PTO for its tour races. That means we should see Jewett duking it out with the world’s best even more frequently this year – assuming she chooses to focus on the PTO Tour rather than Ironman events.