Triathlon Magazine Canada - - T1 -

Iron­man 70.3 Vic­to­ria kicks off the Cana­dian Iron­man se­ries each year in early June and draws triath­letes from across North Amer­ica to beau­ti­ful Van­cou­ver Is­land. Home to some of the coun­try’s best triath­letes, Vic­to­ria has a rich his­tory of pro­duc­ing top mul­ti­sport tal­ent. The scenic course cov­ers roads and trails that Brent Mcma­hon and other Iron­man cham­pi­ons like Peter Reid, Lori Bow­den and Me­lanie Mc­quaid train on year-round and draws a field of tal­ented pros. It’s the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for a spring va­ca­tion and a chance to test your­self against a back­drop of out­door Cana­dian beauty.

“For the past 25-plus years the or­ga­niz­ers have done a great job of mak­ing the race a pretty good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what it’s like train­ing in Vic­to­ria: loops of the penin­sula on the bike and loops of the lake run­ning,” says Cana­dian pro Stephen Kil­shaw, who looks for­ward to the event each year. “It’s clas­sic Vic­to­ria train­ing.”

Last year was the first that Iron­man 70.3 Vic­to­ria held a self-seeded rolling start for the swim, giv­ing ath­letes the op­por­tu­nity to choose their ap­pro­pri­ate speed for the one-loop swim in Beaver Lake. For most ath­letes rac­ing Vic­to­ria as their first race of the year, open wa­ter swim sea­son has barely started. Those look­ing to get some ex­tra time in the wa­ter pre-race can at­tend a weekly open-wa­ter swim group that meets on Fri­day morn­ings at the nearby Thetis Lake and draws par­tic­i­pants on race week­end for a great warm-up ses­sion.

Iron­man 70.3 Vic­to­ria’s bike course tours the beau­ti­ful Saanich Penin­sula and heads through some quiet neigh­bour­hoods for the first few kilo­me­tres be­fore tak­ing in wider, ru­ral roads for the re­main­der.

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