This weekend’s Americas Triathlon Cup racing in Sarasota, Florida, turned out to be a huge success for the Canadian team. Led by gold medals from Quebec City’s Mathis Beaulieu (pictured above competing at the Arena Games Montreal), Montreal’s Hicham Boufekane and Alberta’s Stefan Daniel, the Canadian contingent took home a total of seven medals.
Beaulieu continues to fly
Triathlon Magazine’s junior triathlete of the year for 2022, 18-year-old Mathis Beaulieu continued his impressive string of wins by taking the elite men’s race on the weekend. (Yes, he could have competed in the junior race.) Beaulieu used a 15:30 5 km run split to pull clear of the rest of the field to take the race in 50:58, with American’s John Reed (51:13) and Kaeo Kruse (51:17) rounded out the podium.
Paratriathlon squad nails four medals
Daniel (pictured above taking last year’s world championship) started his 2023 season with a bang, winning the men’s standing classification in 55:03.
“It felt great to have a strong start to the season. I had a good swim and led the whole way,” Daniel said after the race. “On the bike, I just tried to stay as smooth as possible. Going from indoor training in the winter to racing outside is always a bit of a shock to the system, but I was able to put myself in the lead going onto the run and held on from there. It was good to see where things are at early in the season, and now I know what needs to be improved before Yokohama.”
Boufekane won the men’s PTS3 division in 1:50:21.
Winnipeg’s Leanne Taylor took the silver medal (1:02:05) in the women’s sit race category for the second year in a row behind Brazil’s Jessica Ferreira.
Sault Ste Marie’s Jessica Tuomela, along with guide Emma Skaug, took the bronze medal (1:13:23) in the women’s visually impaired category.
A pair of silvers for Canadian Juniors
B.C.’s Sidney Clement took second 57:26 in the women’s North American Junior Championships (won by Mexico’s Jimena Reata De La Pena Schott in 56:57). Quebec’s Leander Binette took second (53:06) in the junior men’s race behind American Luke Anthony (52:22)