CANA­DIAN RACE 22 ITU World Triathlon Mon­treal

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - DEPARTMENT - BY KEVIN MACKIN­NON

TO ME, THE old CHOM (Mon­treal’s iconic rock ra­dio sta­tion) slo­gan says it all: Mon­treal: North Amer­ica’s great­est city. With the stun­ning Mount Royal in the back­drop and Vieux Mon­treal’s iconic cob­bled streets and cen­turies-old build­ings along the wa­ter­front, Mon­treal ex­udes a unique charm that pro­claims its French-Cana­dian char­ac­ter.

This is rea­son enough to make Mon­treal a worth­while des­ti­na­tion, but with the rapid rise of the ITU World Triathlon Mon­treal event, the city has be­come a bucket-list ad­di­tion to any triath­lete’s Au­gust race cal­en­dar.

That’s es­pe­cially true this year – the race serves as a qual­i­fier for the Cana­dian team that will com­pete at the 2019 ITU World Cham­pi­onships in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land (sprint and stan­dard-dis­tance), and, thanks to the ad­di­tion of a long-dis­tance race this year, the ITU Mul­ti­sport World Cham­pi­onship in Pon­teve­dra, Spain.

But you don’t have to be gun­ning af­ter a spot on the na­tional team to make the trip to Mon­treal worth the ef­fort. There’s some­thing for vir­tu­ally any mul­ti­sport fan at the Mon­treal event. On the triathlon front there are U13 and U15 races (375 m/10 km/2.5 km), sprint, stan­dard and even a long-dis­tance race (2 km/80 km/20 km). Duath­letes can take in a sprint- (5 km/20 km/2.5 km) or stan­dard-dis­tance (10 km/40 km/5 km) race. There’s even 5 and 10 km run events, too. Throw in the chance to watch the world’s best com­pete in the draft-le­gal WTS race, and you have the mak­ings of a spec­tac­u­lar race week­end.

Bask­ing in all the triathlon fer­vour through the week­end would be a wasted op­por­tu­nity, though – tak­ing a few ex­tra days to take in some of the Mon­treal sights is a must.

Spend­ing some time in Old Mon­treal is a log­i­cal first step to your trip to the race. The ex­quis­ite restau­rants, cafés and bars of­fer ex­cel­lent cui­sine, and it’s easy to lose a few hours sim­ply strolling through the dis­tinc­tive gal­leries and stores. Choos­ing one of the bou­tique ho­tels in the area pro­vides the ul­ti­mate op­por­tu­nity to em­brace the his­toric charm.

As much as the city is cul­tur­ally rich with the­atres and mu­se­ums, there are lots of other ac­tiv­i­ties to keep the fam­ily en­ter­tained. I can’t take a trip to Mon­treal with­out at least one visit up Mount Royal – ei­ther as a walk to take in the beau­ti­ful view of the city, or as a run where I can en­joy the beau­ti­ful vista while en­joy­ing a work­out on the gravel paths. A day at La Ronde, Canada’s sec­ond-largest amuse­ment park built on the grounds of Expo 67, is sure to be a hit with thrillseek­ers of all ages. Speak­ing of Expo 67, Île Sainte-Hélène is worth a tour with a chance to take in the en­vi­ron­men­tal cen­tre in the Bio­sphere (an­other of the clas­sic Expo 67 struc­tures). If you time things right, you can com­bine the trip to the is­land with a swim in one of the three pools that have hosted numer­ous na­tional and world cham­pi­onships, or a ride around the fa­mous Gilles Vil­leneuve race track.

The list could go on for a while, but suf­fice it to say that WTS Mon­treal won’t dis­ap­point as a des­ti­na­tion race for triath­letes, their friends and fam­ily. See for your­self why so many are happy with CHOM’s take on the his­toric gem that is Mon­treal.

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