RAC­ING WITH THE BEST

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TRIATHLON AND RUN­NING are unique in the sports world be­cause “reg­u­lar” triath­letes (and we put that word in quotes be­cause there’s no such thing as a reg­u­lar triathlete) have the op­por­tu­nity to race with the world’s best. How of­ten do hockey en­thu­si­asts get to step onto the ice with their heroes from the NHL? All those arm chair quar­ter­backs would prob­a­bly give up a body part to be able to spend some time on a CFL field.

So, while you might not be on the course at ex­actly the same time as the pros in a triathlon, you are rac­ing over the same dis­tance, un­der the same con­di­tions and fac­ing the same chal­lenges. At some triathlon events, you’ll even head off at the same time as the pros, so you can truly com­pare your per­for­mance.

The ITU World Triathlon Mon­treal of­fers an even more spec­tac­u­lar op­por­tu­nity when it comes to rac­ing and see­ing the pros. As a World Triathlon Se­ries (WTS) race, it’s al­most guar­an­teed that a good por­tion of the world’s top draft-le­gal triath­letes will be on hand as they com­pete for valu­able points for the world cham­pi­onship. As im­por­tant as the points are, Mon­treal has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar stops on the WTS cir­cuit, which helps draw a stel­lar field. Race or­ga­niz­ers have set up the sched­ule, too, so that you can en­joy your own race, then watch the world’s best fly through the wa­ter at the Old Port, then rip up the streets of Old Mon­treal on the bike and the run over a spec­ta­tor-friendly course, where you’ll see some of the world’s pre­mier triath­letes nu­mer­ous times.

So what should you be look­ing for, and what can you learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence? Here are some things to look for.

Mon­treal is a great place to race amongst the worlds top pro’s in­clud­ing Flora Duffy (in red) LEFT Ath­letes ride through the streets of Old Mon­treal ABOVE

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