Bren­nan three­p­eats Goose Deuce Duathlon

The Labradorian - - Sports - BY CRAIG WAL­LACE craig_wal­lace@ymail.com

For the third year in a row, the over­all win­ner of the Goose Deuce Duathalon held July 15 was Cyril Bren­nan with a com­bined time on one hour, 12 min­utes, 17.3 sec­onds. Bren­nan nar­rowly beat out Rich Lewis who fin­ished just over two min­utes be­hind in sec­ond place with a time of one hour, 14 min­utes, 31.1 sec­onds.

Bren­nan told the Labradorian the race pace was pretty fast, even though there was a head wind on the way out for the bike leg.

“Rich Lewis started off in­cred­i­bly fast, I was chas­ing him for a while and man­aged to catch him on the bike leg and stay ahead of him enough that he couldn’t get me,” he said. “The course was good, two-and-a-half kilo­me­tre run out and then a two-and-ahalf kilo­me­tre run back along the bike trail be­fore get­ting on the high­way with the bike. The traf­fic wasn’t too bad, lots of of­fi­cials who po­si­tioned them­selves strate­gi­cally around the course to man­age the traf­fic.”

Lewis said that it was a good day, a lit­tle warm so he knew he needed to have a good run to have a chance of win­ning.

“Cyril is just so ef­fi­cient on a bike, he’s a fan­tas­tic biker and about four kilo­me­tres into the bike leg he passed me with ease and from that point on it was smooth sail­ing for him, com­ing into the sec­ond run leg, I couldn’t see him and I knew at that point that he prob­a­bly had a lead that was too big for me to close but it was a great race, a great day.”

Lewis said he was also head­ing to St. John’s to com­pete in the Tele 10 race and his big­gest race for the year is the Trapline Marathon which is be­ing held in Oc­to­ber.

The Goose Deuce Duathlon is jointly or­ga­nized by Bike Labrador and Trap­per Run­ning Club. Jes­sica Dahn from Bike Labrador is one of the race or­ga­niz­ers. This was her third year be­ing in­volved in the or­ga­niz­ing of the event.

She said they changed the date this year, bring­ing it for­ward to July, but will be try­ing next year to sched­ule it back in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber.

“Bike Labrador is look­ing at sched­ul­ing a se­ries of 15 kilo­me­tre time trial events in the fall to al­low cy­clists the op­por­tu­nity to for­mal­ize their train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for next year’s Goose Deuce Duathlon.”

“The Duathlon would not be pos­si­ble with­out the con­tri­bu­tion of our won­der­ful vol­un­teers, thanks to Alan Bock our race di­rec­tor, John Houla­han our race timer, our road mar­shals, wa­ter stop and tran­si­tion zone helpers and to all of the Bike Labrador and Trap­pers Run­ning Club vol­un­teers,” said Dahn.

With the change in sched­ule there were only 19 en­tries into this year’s event, slightly fewer than last year, which could very well be a re­sult of so many fam­i­lies tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to get away for fam­ily va­ca­tions over the school sum­mer break.

PHOTO BY CRAIG WAL­LACE

Cyril Bren­nan (left) won first place and Rich Lewis came in sec­ond at the 2018 Goose Deuce Duathlon.

PHOTO BY CRAIG WAL­LACE

The 5-km run por­tion of the course.

PHOTO BY CRAIG WAL­LACE

The 16.8 km bik­ing por­tion of the course.

PHOTO BY CRAIG WAL­LACE

Just un­der 20 peo­ple regis­tered for this year’s Goose Deuce event.

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