-by Patrick Janukavicius
Victoriaville, Que. will host the triathlon component of the Victoriaville Challenge on June 28 and June 29 at Beaudet-Reservoir. Throughout the summer, the Victoriaville Challenge also holds running, cycling and roller blading races, as well as a CrossFit event and a pentathlon. On Saturday, June 28 the kid’s triathlon and both a 5km and 10 km race will be on offer. On Sunday, there will be both a sprint triathlon and duathlon, as well as an Olympic triathlon. The event is sanctioned by Triathlon Quebec.
The race has impressive prize purse of $4500 for both men and women. The race starts with a reservoir swim. Athletes swim around its outer edge of 190 meters. The sprint race consists of four laps and the Olympic race requires eight laps. The bike is flat but features numerous technical turns including three 180 degree hairpin turns per lap. Athletes complete four laps for the sprint and eight for the Olympic race . The race finishes with an out-and-back run alongside the reservoir.
With all the competitions they’re hosting this summer, Victoriaville is hoping to motivate locals to stay in shape.