This weekend the Subaru Triathlon series continues with its second race, Guelph Lake 1. The race weekend offers a variety of events for all abilities. It includes everything from a try-a-tri to an Olympic distance triathlon. Guelph Lake 1, also has a duathlon and swim/bike run event. With so many options, for all abilities, the race weekend is one of the biggest in Ontario.
The venue for the race is ideal, as it is easy to get to and offers an excellent course for all abilities. It is no wonder that the series holds two triathlons at the Guelph Lake Conservation Area (Guelph Lake 2 in September).
The lake this time of the year is usually at comfortable temperatures, but it is a good idea to have a wetsuit on hand. Following the swim be ready for a somewhat “long” run across the grass to transition.
The bike course is relatively flat with some gentle rollers to keep things interesting. However, because the course is relatively open and exposed the wind is a factor. Make sure to keep an eye out for speed bumps around transition. If your not careful you might end up losing a water bottle.
The run course is all within the conservation area on flat paved paths. On the route, there will be three aid stations where you can stay hydrated with water and electrolyte mix.
This weekends triathlon also holds a few perks for those competing. It is this year’s club championships, as well as a qualifier for the 2019 ITU Standard Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. For the younger competitors; it is the last opportunity to qualify for the Ontario Summer Games.
All the best to those competing this weekend at Guelph Lake and around Canada.