Despite some clouds and light drizzling on the early morning of the seventh annual Squamish Triathlon: A Memorial to Bob McIntosh, things cleared up at the start for the almost 500 athletes who took part in the race as individuals and teams.
It was a close race from the start, with Travis Chater and Tim Dewailly of Victoria racing neck and neck through the 1.5 kilometre swim leg. They emerged from the water within a few metres of one another with times of 19 minutes and nine seconds and 19:10 respectively.
The third competitor out of the water this year was a member of the top men’s relay team, Martindale/Bullington in 19:24.
The next solo competitor out of the water was a woman; Victoria’s Regan Petelski climbed out of Alice Lake at 20:00.
Although Chater and Dewailly had a lead of over a minute heading into the 40 km bike, UBC student Paul Krochak pulled into the lead after the bike leg with a time of 58:38.
Vancouver’s Scott Curry, last year’s winner, also pedalled his way into second place with a time of 59:56, while Chater and Dewailly dropped back to sixth and third respectively.
The bike leg was also key to the women’s race with Christine Fletcher taking over the lead with a time of 1:04:00.
Although they didn’t post the fastest times on the 10 km trail run, Krochak and Curry were fast enough to finish first and second overall and in the men’s 25 to 29 group with times of 1:56:32 and 1:57:29 respectively. The runner from the Martindale/Bullington team was third over the line in 1:58:30.
Travis Chater was the third solo male and first in the men’s 20 to 24 age group in 1:59:10.
Christine Fletcher held onto her lead through the run to finish 10 th overall, first among women and first in the women’s 30 to 34 group with a time of 2:06:53. Penny Lidstone was in sight of Fletcher the whole time, finishing second among women and first in the 25 to 29 class in 2:07:20. Tiffany Evans, competing in the 30 to 34 group, was third in a time of 2:07:48.
There was a strong turnout from Whistler this year with 21 athletes and three relay teams taking part.
The first athlete across the line was David Higgins, who was 15 th overall and second in the men’s 30 to 34 race in 2:08:21. Higgins completed the swim in 21:33, the bike in 1:07:23 and the run in 39:25. At the finish line he was just 14 seconds back of North Vancouver’s Jonathan Silcock, who won the 30 to 34 age category.