The re­al­ity is that lo­cal in­de­pen­dent races are fac­ing an up­hill bat­tle when pro­duc­ing a race with the 70.3 dis­tance.

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

APOP­U­LAR EARLY-SEA­SON STOP on the On­tario race cal­en­dar, the Rose City Triathlon Week­end, will un­dergo a big change in 2016 – the half-dis­tance race will be re­placed by a 2-km swim, 55-km bike and 15-km run.

For 21 years the event was known as the Mike Bur­well Me­mo­rial Triathlon, with Mul­tisport Canada tak­ing over the or­ga­ni­za­tion in 2007 (af­ter the event took a one-year break in 2006). Mul­tisport in­tro­duced a half-dis­tance race in 2010, but de­cided to change due to the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of the half dis­tance.

John Salt, pres­i­dent of Mul­tiSport Canada, ex­plains: “We have given care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the triathlon mar­ket and felt we had no al­ter­na­tive but to change the for­mat. The re­al­ity is that lo­cal in­de­pen­dent races are fac­ing an up­hill bat­tle when pro­duc­ing a race with the 70.3 dis­tance.”

Last year’s Bar­rel­man Triathlon be­gan at the spec­ta­tor- and ath­lete-friendly Wel­land In­ter­na­tional Flat­wa­ter Cen­tre. The site of­fers sta­dium seat­ing for spec­ta­tors, flat, clean and clear wa­ter con­di­tions, along with an easy to nav­i­gate swim that’s close to the tran­si­tion area. The site also of­fers plenty of park­ing for ath­letes and their en­tourages.

The bike is flat and fast, with the only real chal­lenge be­ing wind, while the run takes place along the flat paved fit­ness path along the Wel­land Recre­ational Wa­ter­way. How fast ath­letes will run de­pends on how hard they ham­mered the bike to get an im­pres­sive bike split and the toll that steady ped­alling has on the legs.

The week­end’s events in­clude a Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon, and Give-it-a-tri on Satur­day, June 25, and the new Long Dis­tance Triathlon, Swim/bike, Bike/run and Re­lay on Sun­day, June 26. Salt adds, “The new Rose City Long Course Triathlon will be the per­fect dis­tance as a tune-up race for ath­letes in­tend­ing to race a longer dis­tance in 2016, or a great race to chal­lenge your­self at a dis­tance that is a lit­tle less phys­i­cally de­mand­ing than a half iron race.”

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