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By Roger Hospedales
Jennie Hansen defended her title, while Jordan Monnink secured the overall win after finishing second twice before at the 4th Annual Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman, presented by Keystone Communications.
Defending champion, Alex VanderLinden led men (25:46) out of the calm waters of the Welland International Flatwater Centre. During the bike, Monnink caught up to VanderLinden, and both rode together for the majority of the 86 km bike course (shortened due to road construction). Within the final kilometres of the bike course, Daniel Clarke charged to the front and entered T2 first with the top ride of 2:02:59. Clarke, Monnink, and VanderLinden headed out on the 21.1 km course together, as the temperatures rose, setting the stage for a great men’s battle. Monnink eventually took control of the race and finished with the top run of 1:22:30 to claim his first Barrelman title after placing second in 2016, and 2015.
Monnink swam 28:00, biked 2:05:06, and ran a race best 1:22:30 to finish in 3:58:33.
Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon (2 km swim, 86 km bike, 21.1 km run)
Top 5 Men
Just like in 2016, Sheila Treleaven led the swim (26:26). Miranda Tomenson, second out of the water (28:43), made her way to the front of the race and entered T2 first with a ride of 2:18:26 (Paolina Allan had the top women’s ride of 2:14:11). But no one was going to stop the defending champion. Hansen passed Treleaven for the lead at the halfway mark of the run and closed with the women’s best run of 1:26:22 to defend her title.
Hansen swam 31:14, rode 2:19:08, and ran a race best 1:26:22 to finish in 4:20:35.
Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon (2 km swim, 86 km bike, 21.1 km run)
Top 5 Women
Fire and Ice (Jessey The Elf, Phillip McCatty, and Evan Maiko) won the Relay event and had the fastest overall time on the day (3:50:50) thanks to a 25:30 swim, 2:08:43 bike, and 1:14:38 run.
James McNaughton of Sudbury, ON (2:35:59) and Amy Javens of Hermitage, PA (2:53:09) won the Swim/Bike race. Toronto’s Peter Schindler (3:38:37) and Alexandra Bade (4:26:19) won the Bike/Run race.
Over 1000 athletes participated in the 4th annual Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman on Sunday September 17, the largest ever for the event.
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By Roger Hospedales
A record 1100 athletes are set to take on the 4th annual Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman this coming Sunday September 17th.
While the bulk of the field consists of age groupers racing to achieve their personal best times, there’s much on the line this weekend for those going for the podium.
There is $5000 in prize money to be awarded to the top 5 male and female finishers (whether Pro or Age Group), valuable points are up for grabs for the Triathlon Ontario Long Course Series, plus the race serves as the Ontario Long Course Triathlon Provincial Championship, and Long Course National Qualifier for next year’s ITU Long Course World Championship (2 AG qualification spots).
Last year’s overall champions, Alex VanderLinden of Kitchener, Ontario, and Jennie Hansen of Rochester, New York, are expected to be on the start line to defend their titles. Hansen is fresh off of a third place finish at Ironman Mont-Tremblant, while VanderLinden will be looking to avenge his DNF from Mont-Tremblant.
Coming in strong is Ottawa’s Jordan Monnink. Last year’s runner-up, took third at Ironman Mont-Tremblant (his debut at the distance) so he will be looking to ride the momentum to the top of the podium this year.
Toronto’s Daniel Clarke and Miranda Tomenson (second last year) notched numerous wins in the Skechers Performance Triathlon Series this season, and would love to top it off with a win on Sunday too. Clarke finished 8th at Ironman Lake Placid, while Tomenson finished 13th at Ironman Mont-Tremblant.
Guelph’s Billy Bostad, racked up numerous top 5 placings in the Skechers Performance Triathlon Series over the past two years, and has been concentrating on long course this season.
Grimsby’s Sheila Treleaven is back and recently won the Wasaga Beach Olympic Triathlon. Treleaven led the swim last year, and finished third. Americans Nickie Luse (two top 15 placings on the 70.3 circuit this year), and Carrie
McCoy (6 Kona qualifications) are also athletes to look out for.
Canadian Masters athletes Paolina Allan, Luke Ehgoetz, and Jim Sunners will be be in the mix too. Allan finished second at the inaugural Barrelman in 2014, Ehgoetz finished fourth overall last year, and Sunners sixth.
Ryan Van Praet and Syd Trefiak are taking part in the Rev3 Barrelman race for their second year in a row. The pair started racing together in 2009 and have completed many events all over the world. Van Praet has been a triathlete for 20 years, retiring from solo racing at the 2009 season due to the fact that his degenerative eye disease (retinitis pigmentosa) had worsened to the point of being unsafe. Trefiak a 14 year triathlon veteran, stepped up to help guide a total stranger, back in 2009 and the two have been good friends and teammates ever since. Ryan and Syd still have plenty of personal triathlon goals to pursue but their main focus is to lead by example, be welcoming and professional advocates for those with physical challenges, encouraging everyone to take on the life fulfilling sport of triathlon.
There are many stacked relay teams, and they will race head to head with the pro’s. Who will reach the finish line first?
Related Story: VanderLinden and Hensen Capture the Barrelman
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When it comes to long distance duathlon in Canada, Windsor’s Daryl Flacks is often the man to beat, making use of his ultra running background to finish with a strong final run.
In 2016, Flacks won the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Muskoka Duathlon, and the Niagara Falls Barrelman Bike/Run event for the second time. Flacks returns to the Rev3 Barrelman Bike/Run event this Sunday to defend his title, but the preparation this time around has been less than ideal.
Flacks battled cellulitis early this year, knee issues (meniscus tear, loose kneecap, and the onset of osteoarthritis), and on August 24th, while on a training ride, a truck pulled out in front of him and he collided with it, snapping the aerobars of his bike.
“Luckily, I anticipated the turn and was able to dramatically slow down before coming to a sudden halt while smashing my body against his truck,” said Flacks.
Determined to be on the start line Sunday, Flacks got right back into training, and raced to a third place finish at the Lakeside Standard Duathlon last weekend.
We will have to wait until Sunday to find out if Flacks will capture his third Barrelman Bike/Run title, but there’s one thing we know for sure, when he toes up to the start line, he will give it his all from start to finish.
Find out more about Daryl Flacks below: Read more
By Tim Doris 2017 Multisport Canada Ambassador
An approach to training that works for me, sometimes!
We are all busy with work commitments, family commitments, and extra-curricular activities which in my family are competitive dance, rep. soccer, and baseball, and of course my own training.
The most important thing that I have learned this past year is to schedule my workouts and try to stick to them. This has allowed me to be more consistent with my training and to log a significant amount of running and riding during the winter months. Read more
The MultiSport Canada Ambassador Team returns for the sixth year, and we are looking for passionate triathletes and duathletes to help us grow our incredible sport.
Please send your proposal/application to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 17.
Welcome to our first newsletter issue of 2017.
We know a lot of you were eagerly awaiting the call for applications to our MultiSport Canada Ambassador Team, and that is our first news item announced here first. Check out that and our other news highlights below.
|Apply for the MultSport Canada Ambassador Team
The MultiSport Canada Ambassador Team returns for the sixth year, and we are looking for passionate triathletes and duathletes to help us grow our incredible sport. Get details on how to apply for the team.
|Three Triathlon Ontario Championships and the Du-the-Double Duathlon Challenge
For the upcoming season, MultiSport Canada is proud to host the popular Du-the-Double Duathlon Challenge and three Triathlon Ontario Championships. Get full details.
Skechers USA Canada, Inc. Becomes Title Sponsor of the MultiSport Canada 2017 Triathlon Series
MultiSport Canada (MSC) is excited to announce that Skechers Performance Canada, a division of Skechers USA Canada, Inc., will be the 2017 Title Sponsor for the MultiSport Canada (MSC) Triathlon Series. Get full details.
|STAC Performance partners with the MultiSport Canada 2017 Triathlon Series|
Rudy Project Deals & Steals: Up to 50% off Helmets / Sunglasses!
|The Necessity of Running|
|How to Train for a Spring Training Camp
OUR NEXT RACE:
BARRIE, ONTARIO (February 28, 2017) – MultiSport Canada (MSC) is excited to announce a partnership with STAC Performance for the 2017 triathlon season. STAC Performance is the perfect training partner for the avid triathlete. Initially funded through Kickstarter, the STAC Zero bike trainer is designed to be completely silent and easy on your tires.
Instead of using a flywheel and roller to push up against your back wheel or a direct drive system, the STAC Zero uses magnets to create resistance. Two neodymium magnets are placed either side the rim — which needs to be alloy — and as the wheel spins they create resistance.
“STAC Performance, creator of the STAC Zero silent trainer, is proud to join the Skechers Triathlon Series as a sports technology sponsor”, said STAC Performance CEO Andrew Buckrell. “STAC is looking forward to working with MSC to develop new training and racing technologies to help racers of all levels.”
STAC Performance will be onsite at all Skechers MSC races this summer. The year’s race series will take place on the following dates: June 24/25 (Rose City), July 15/16 (Gravenhurst), August 6 (Kingston), August 12/13 (Bracebridge), August 19/20 (Toronto Island), August 26 (Wasaga Beach) and September 9/10 (Lakeside).
About STAC Performance
STAC Performance, located in Kitchener, Ontario, is the creator of the STAC Zero, the world’s first Zero noise, Zero contact, Zero tire wear bike trainer. The STAC Zero has sold into 29 countries and is on influential reviewer DC Rainmaker’s 2016/2017 recommended trainer list. Learn more at www.staczero.com
About MultiSport Canada
MultiSport Canada (MSC) was founded by John Salt and Mike Buck in 2002. The first race was held in 2002 at Erin Meadows Community Centre and has now grown into Canada’s largest triathlon series with over 9,000 athletes participating in multiple races. MSC owns and produces the Skechers Performance Triathlon Series, the Niagara Falls Barrelman, and The Ontario Women’s Triathlon. MSC is also one of Canada’s premier event management companies contracted by several other event partners and not-for-profits such as the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and Joe’s Team. Learn more at www.multisportcanada.com
By Dr. Cindy Lewis, CLPerformance Training
For reasons of pride and practicality, nobody wants to show up at a training camp unprepared.
The prospect of getting outside again in the sunshine to train in warm weather draws a lot of athletes to early spring training camps. Who doesn’t want to take a break from the pre-dawn swim sessions and hours on the trainer to get a head start on your season – especially in a vacation destination like Arizona? But showing up unprepared, and hoping to launch your training for the season there can really backfire. The last thing you want is to be bailed out mid-workout and hold the rest of your group back, or sit out the last few days because of an injury that will take several more weeks to rehab.
Here are some tips to make sure you arrive prepared to make the most of the opportunity. Read more