Welland Sprint Duathlon

By Jessy Deroneth

OMG! Did I ever said how much I LOVE Welland! I LOVE #MSCWelland! The Canal is quiet and peaceful, and it looks like melted crystals… I have grown very fond of my accommodation there. All this romance to say that #MSCWelland is probably my favourite race. But being the first race of the season for me, it is also the one I am the most nervous for. However, I get to reconnect with my love for the sport and chat with people from previous year and considering that I HATE the winter and spend most of it on my STAC Halcyon in my basement, this is my first social event of 2019 also.

After years of racing duathlon, this is also my first year as an ambassador for MultiSport Canada which also allows for me to give back to my triathlon community. See, the triathlon sport has been tremendously generous to me. True enough that I have been somewhat successful at this sport (okay, always room for improvement, right?) including going to the Worlds in 2018 which was an amazing experience in itself and I have learned a lot about myself -mainly, not take the wrong route and get DQ’d. And yes, I can laugh about it now. But part of me doing not too bad for myself is based on the wonderful support I’ve got from the people I met at MSC races, the CBY tri club. I guess participating in races that focus on great experiences makes a difference,and attracts positive and supportive people.

In the last 3 seasons, I have been plagued with hamstring tendinopathy and VERY slowly recovering from it. But being now at the verge of recovery, I am impatient for this injury to go away… for good. After discussing my frustration and training limitation with coach Ryan Power from BPT I have decided that instead of competing with specific results in mind, I would compete to have fun this year which changed my focus for this first race. After all, I had strong training this winter on my STAC trainer and running on the track, so his suggestion was to trust my training.

The running course for the sprint du is 2.5km on the path along the canal which is quite a beautiful and relaxing run other than my brain repeatedly asking WHY, Oh WHY are you doing this again!!!! Those thoughts quickly stopped at the 1k mark.

I am sure everyone was intimidated about the 5 loops of 4kms. How would we count? How would we remember? Would a few of us get a DQ from not doing as many loops? Fret not, my dear friends. Of course, MSC had a mat a few meters from the dismounting line counting the amount of loops we each did. What a reassurance! So I knew that someone would yell at me when I was done to enter transition just in case I was off.

I am so grateful for closed traffic race despite my cornering lowering down my average. But I know what to keep working on.

So there you have it: not my fastest race but my strongest and my most confident on the bike. The STAC halcyon had got me onto a solid base of understanding my speed and powder, how my legs feel and with the help of weekly tailored programming with Ryan Powder at BPT along as being within a traffic safe course, I have never raced that confidently.

See you at Lakeside! (and Gravenhurst… and Bracebridge… and Wasaga).

2019 Welland Long Course Triathlon Race Day Summary

Some pre race, bike course footage and post race recap video.



Forks Rd Bridge to be Demolished – Updates to Welland and Barrelman Bike Courses as a Result

The Forks Rd bridge in Dain City has been permanently closed and is set to be demolished.

Further information on the Forks Rd bridge can be found in the Welland Tribune Online.

As a result, both the Rose City Triathlon and the Barrelman Niagara Falls bike courses have received modifications for 2019.  This presents a challenging turn of events not only for our planning, but also for local residents and business.

What goes into finding a solution? While a perfect solution is always difficult to find, one must consider topics such as:

  • condition of roadways
  • distance of total course with changes
  • local traffic patterns on weekends
  • ingress / egress of residents and which road options exist as alternative routes
  • day of event and how traffic flows on that day (example, is it near the local church on Sunday morning)
  • number of police required to implement the closures, and number available in the detachment
  • stakeholders and municipal support for approval for the usage of the roadways
  • are regional roadways being used, and which traffic controls will need to be established in order to obtain permissions

This is not an exhaustive list however, we have come up with the following solutions for 2019 allowing us to continue to keep the courses as similar as possible to previous years. The City of Welland as well as the local stakeholders have agreed to support these changes. The new courses have been published to the event websites, a summary of the changes can be found below for crossing the Canal without using the Dain City Bridge.

Rose City Triathlon

  • Long Course will access Forks Rd via Fitness pathway from Canal Bank St to Colborne St and onwards to Forks Rd.
  • Short Courses will limit road usage to Townline Tunnel Road between Prince Charles Drive and Canal Bank St as well as Canal Bank St between Ontario St and Townline Tunnel in order to allow for ingress/egress of Dain City residents during the event. The result of this is that we have less road to work with, resulting in more laps, however the roads will remain fully closed from vehicular traffic…a big positive!

Barrelman Niagara Falls

  • Access to Forks Rd will be done via Prince Charles Dr, Kleiner, Pietz for outbound cyclists only. See first 3kms of route on course page.
  • Canal Crossing will be done via Colborne St and then using the Fitness Path to access Canal Bank St for cyclists on return route towards the Tunnel. See kms 56-58 on gps map on course page.

See Course Page for details

Once the future of the Dain City bridge; specifically if a replacement will be built or not has been determined, we will revisit the routes once again.

– The MultiSport Canada Team

MultiSport Canada News 2017 – Issue #1

MultiSport Canada News 2017 – Issue #1

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.

We look forward to seeing you at our season opener in Welland/Rose City on June 24/25. If you haven’t registered yet, make sure to register before the first price hike on Sunday, April 2 at midnight.

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

Read about the STAC Partnership.


Rudy Project Deals & Steals:  Up to 50% off Helmets / Sunglasses!


The Necessity of Running

Read this article by Daryl Flacks.


How to Train for a Spring Training Camp

How to Train for a Spring Training Camp.





TJ Flynn’s Day at the Welland Long Course Triathlon

The Welland long course was on my radar for some time. New distances (56 KM bike, 15 KM run), an incredibly friendly swim course at the Flatwater Centre (perfect for a weaker swimmer such as myself), three loops of a flat, fast running trail and a little taste of things to come for MultiSport Canada’s Barrelman later in the summer. Read more

Rose City Post-Race Report 2016

Quick links – Get the full Welland/Rose City 2016 Race Results. Get your free #MSCWelland #MSCRoseCity race pictures at

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share your experiences, view the experiences of others, and to get race day coverage and up to date information.


A New Distance & A New Venue Equals an Awesome Weekend!

The rave reviews continue to come in and by all accounts, everyone enjoyed their race experience during the 10th #MSCWelland #MSCRoseCity Weekend, and the World Class venue of the Welland International Flatwater Centre. The setting is hard to beat, and if you’d like to experience it again and much more, you can take on the challenge of the Skechers Performance Niagara Falls Barrelman on September 18.

Read more

Race Reports from Rose City

Here are some great athlete race reports from #MSCWelland #MSCRoseCity to take a look at.

Angela Quick’s Race Report – Women’s Champion

Miranda Tomenson’s Report – Women’s Runner Up

Billy Bostad – 6th Overall

Lauren Heinken’s Report – 5th place woman

Join us in Welland – There is Race Day Registration


wifc swim

We are looking forward to a spectacular summer weekend of racing at the Rose City Triathlon Weekend in Welland, and if you are still considering joining us on Saturday June 25 or Sunday June 26 you can still do so because There Will be Race Day Registration.

The racing will be fast, so come and get that pb you are looking for. The winds will be low during the bike ride, and the run will escape the peak heat on both days.

The waters of the WIFC will be ideal for wetsuit use and to trim even more time off that pb. If you don’t have a wetsuit of your own, check out


WETSUIT RENTALS, SALES and REPAIRS from the professionally experienced team at Trysport Niagara.

Find all your swimming and triathlon equipment. With Trysport Niagara you can shop for swimwear, goggles, rentals, wetsuits, and tri suits online and have us bring it to you on race site!

Visit us:

  • On-site in Welland, Belwood, Wasaga Beach, Lakeside, and Barrelman
  • Online at
  • In store at 15 Lock Street, St. Catharines, L2N 5B6

triathlon ontario - new pantone

Sunday’s Long Course Triathlon kicks off Triathlon Ontario’s Long Course Series.

  • The Series will consist of four events this year – including Rose City, K-Town, and Barrelman, with the best two results counting towards the points calculation.  Points are awarded based on finishing position in age groups within the top 20 placings.  Participants must be a member by the end of the last race for their results to be included in the final standings.
  • Winners of each division will have their names engraved on the permanent Long Course Series trophy, soon to be on public display at Triathlon Ontario’s home at the Milton Velodrome, as well as an individual trophy presented at the annual Awards Banquet.  In the inaugural year, over 420 members earned points in the competition.

Read the Welland Pre-Race Information for all event details.

Arrive during Race Kit Pick Up for Race Day Registration.

Register for Welland before Monday June 13

wifc swim

The new swim venue for Rose City (Welland) Triathlon Weekend

Register for the Rose City (Welland) Triathlon Weekend before Monday June 13, to beat the final price jump.

We’ve got a new swim course, run course, and the Long Course race is part of the Triathlon Ontario’s Long Course Series Championships.