International triathlon athletes in action
Cheer on elite international athletes and high-level amateurs during the Triathlon International de Montréal – this August they'll swim, bike and run through Old Montréal, one of the city's most picturesque and historic neighbourhoods.
Old city racing
Montréal hosts its second annual edition of the Triathlon International de Montréal August 5-6 – this year as part of the official ITU World Triathlon Series, the highest level of competition on the international stage. Taking place in tandem with another elite sporting event in Montréal – The Coupe Rogers tennis tournament – the race begins in the water at the Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port and winds its way by bike and then on foot through the streets of Old Montréal.
Watch the races
With 120 elite athletes and over 1,000 amateur athletes competing, the Triathlon International de Montréal is a must-see anywhere along its route. Last year's race brought 20,000 spectators out to watch – this year even more are expected to cheer at the Jacques-Cartier Quay, along the streets and at medal ceremonies. Make a day of it by exploring Old Montréal's incredible sights and restaurants.
The Elite races take the Standard distance format, with 1,500 metres of swimming, 40 km of biking and 10 km of running – that's where you'll see Olympians, ITU World Cup and World Triathlon Series champions racing for international standings and prize money totalling $200,000 US for athletes placing in the top 20 in the men's and women's competitions.
Triathlon for everyone
Elite athletes hit the course on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, but mornings belong to amateur athletes. From seasoned triathletes to new racers, they'll compete on the same route as individuals or in teams at three levels: the longer Standard distance, the half-distance Sprint or the shorter Try-a-Tri Super Sprint.
Fun triathlon facts
- Elite triathletes complete a Standard distance triathlon in an average time of 1:48:00 and a Sprint distance triathlon in 55 minutes.
- An elite triathlete completes a transition from swim to bike and bike to run in less than 30 seconds.
- Biking speeds can exceed 50 km/hour on a flat course.
- The first ever Olympic gold medals for triathlon were awarded to Brigitte McMahon of Switzerland and to Simon Whitfield of Canada.
- The number of active triathletes in the world has increased by 62% between 2009 and 2013 to 1.9 million.
- Among the countries with the most triathletes, Canada was ranked 8th in 2013 with 66,260.
Follow the action
If you can't catch the entire race from the sidelines, the triathlon will be broadcast live around the world, including on RDS in Québec. Follow and post about the triathlon on @TriathlonMTL, Instagram and Facebook.
Robyn Fadden, blogger
Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.
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