"It made me smile when I crossed the line because I just love this race so much," Malenchak said.
"We had more people come to us and just tell us what a great time they had," he said. "It was far more than usual. A lot of times it’s comparing it to different races, but this time there was a level of sincerity and a true appreciation of the day and how it all came together … It was literally perfect triathlon weather."
The Windburn Multi-Sport Academy is pleased to announce that the Riding Mountain Triathlon is an ITU World Triathlon qualifying event. All athletes in the 2018 Olympic Triathlon have a chance to win a spot on the Canadian National Age Group Team to represent Canada at the 2019 World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Each athlete that places first in his/her age group in the Olympic Triathlon will qualify. Please follow the link from Triathlon Canada below for details.
"It is a pleasure to announce that Lausanne, the “Olympic Capital”, has been awarded the World Championships in 2019,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “The 2019 season will be a pre-Olympic year in which athletes are vying for Olympic spots. What better place for athletes to race for major Olympic qualifying points than in the Olympic Capital itself.”
- Article From Triathlon International Triathlon Union
The swim starts at the east end of the main beach area. Swimmers will proceed clockwise along a 750 m arrowhead-shaped course. Swimmers will pass the anchored sailboats as they exit the bay into the open water of the lake.
Lifeguards in boats as well as kayakers monitor the swimmers as they make their way around the course. Cheers from the enthusiastic crowd lining the beach carries across the water and encourages the athletes along the way.
The Olympic athletes complete a two-lap route, while the Sprint athletes complete one lap. Upon completion of the swim, athletes exit the water and run up the stone stairs past the cheering crowd and swim split timers, into the scenic transition zone.
Once exiting the transition zone, riders mount their bikes. A short cycle along Columbine Street takes athletes to the No. 10 Highway, where a left-hand turn, marshalled by volunteers and the local RCMP, directs the athletes north on an out and back course.Considered one of the most scenic rides on the prairies, the cycling course cuts through the RMNP’s boreal forest. Riders are in awe of the mosaic of mountain and prairie landscapes, which is enhanced by frequent sightings of deer, moose, bears and the occasional lynx or wolf.