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WTS Montreal this weekend

Looks like the start lists are still from 2016 - I just about passed out when I saw Kirsten Sweetland's name on the list!

Will Gomez put a hurtin' on the whippersnappers over the full Olympic distance? Or is he too old to play sprintsies with the youngsters? Can anyone touch Duffy (keep it classy, dinks)? Will @Martin and @Matt streak onto the course with TRIROOST.COM painted on their boyish, hairless chests?
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    How do you know about my chesticle alopecia?
    MartinAaronWebsteyKenElPescadoPelado
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    I'll be following the ITU's usual excellent coverage online. I will not be recovered from the Crapaud, PEI Tractor Pull prelims on Friday night. But I have given up my house to top Canadian AGer Kirsty Andrews.
    AaronWebsteyPevashishDaul
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    Start lists are up. triathlon.org/events/start_list/2017_itu_world_triathlon_montreal/309382

    I am interested in seeing if Mola and Duffy keep their winning streaks alive.

    I think I am most curious though to see how Taylor Knibb does on the Oly distance. I haven't looked at the bike course. Is it a technical course where it's likely Knibb and Duffy will get out in a break? Interesting that there aren't any women from GBR. I know Sanford, Holland, and Stimpson are injured but wish the other swim/bike specialists from GBR were racing.
    AaronWebsteyfyrehaar
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    Swim course
    Bike Course - 8 loops for Oly
    Run Course - 4 loops for Oly


    "5 km long, the course offers a combination of climbs and drops and starts with a climb on one of the oldest streets of Montreal, St-Jean Baptiste. There will be three (3) technical turns (de la Commune/St-Jean Baptiste, St-Antoine/Montcalm and St-Laurent/de la Commune) and two (2) 180-degree turns (Notre-Dame and Viger)."

    There is a climb/descent at the 'laps' arrow which will be short and brutal (descent, 180, climb) and hopefully good and breaking up the packs before they hit the straightaway. The technical turns won't be too bad, and the straight sections are false flats (descend out, climb back)



    AaronWebsteyJennifer PostMartinJames LangeCraig D
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    If they ever drop a road south and send everyone across the cobbles on St Paul, I will rearrange my summer vacation to attend.
    Jennifer PostAaronWebstey
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    Two hot takes: Duffy isn't loosing again this season, and Gomez will never win another WTS race.
    AaronWebsteyCraig DMartintrineuropa


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    Two hot takes: Duffy isn't loosing again this season, and Gomez will never win another WTS race.

    Sadly, I agree with you about Gomez.

    James Langefyrehaar
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    Tommy Z just put a video of the bike course preview up on Facebook. Looks like it has a bit of everything.
    AaronWebsteyJennifer PostMatt
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    The Facebook Live preview was great. Check it out. https://facebook.com/worldtriathlon/videos/10157073948959572/
    M_Warefyrehaar
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    Had a great visit with @Eric Lagerstrom in the studio today.





    Blurry and non BAAW, but we'll have some better pictures and video soon.
    M_WareAaronWebsteyKenElPescadoPelado
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    I feel a little sad I was in Montreal LAST weekend.
    MattMartinAaronWebsteyKenElPescadoPelado
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    @Matt that white one was AMAZING, wow!
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    Brent_R said:

    I feel a little sad I was in Montreal LAST weekend.

    NEVER BE SAD YOU WERE IN MONTREAL!
    MattJennifer PostKenElPescadoPelado
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    Yeah, you ran Mt Royal with me AND had Schwartz's.
    AaronWebsteyJennifer Post
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    @Matt did @Eric Lagerstrom know you were visiting with him? Pic looks a little stalker/voyeurish.
    AaronWebsteyTad_MachrowiczJennifer PostMattEric Lagerstromidking90
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    I was in the middle of messaging @AaronWebstey and @ItsShug on my way to a meeting, so I took these as proof.
    RashM_WareEric LagerstromCraig DAaronWebsteyItsShug
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    I was aware, but not until after those pictures were taken. They were not consensual.

    Oh, and we're putting an American inside the top 5 tomorrow. Or we'll die trying.
    MattRashTad_MachrowiczAaronWebsteysimonsen77ItsShugMartinKenElPescadoPeladoAlexSJames LangefyrehaarGranpa Chookellsworth53t
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    Looks like ITU might be cracking down on bad conduct during the swim. I recall a few athletes giving podium interviews where they mentioned getting hit during the swim.

    One athlete was DQ'ed yesterday and It was mentioned on the broadcast and noted at the bottom of the results. "Athlete #30 Kubono was disqualified because unsportsmanlike behaviour during the swim segment."

    This follows another race (World Cup I think) where two swimmers were DQ'ed. See tweet from @multisportbrain. (Jono Hall)

    https://twitter.com/multisportbrain/status/889152463852363777
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    Two hot takes: Duffy isn't loosing again this season, and Gomez will never win another WTS race.

    Sadly, I agree with you about Gomez.

    Strike the above. C'mon Javi!!!!!!
    M_WareMattRashfyrehaar
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    edited August 6
    Holy crap, what an exciting race. Gomez broke both Browlee and Blummenfelt early on the run, Mola cracked and Murray caught up big time.


    Eric had some bad luck...

    Literally 10 seconds from catching the main pack. Snapped chain for Eli, derailleur bent into the spokes for me. #wtsmontreal #gameover pic.twitter.com/WVHlLj7t0C

    — Eric Lagerstrom (@Elagerstrom) August 6, 2017

    AaronWebsteypeteGranpa ChookEric Lagerstrom
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    Ha!!! Gomez for #GOAT
    M_WareJennifer PostRashfyrehaarEric Lagerstrom
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    I shiver thinking about the pain Eli must have felt when he slammed down on his top tune. Yikes!
    Granpa ChookEric Lagerstrom
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    Two hot takes: Duffy isn't loosing again this season, and Gomez will never win another WTS race.

    ...yeah.
    AaronWebsteysimonsen77idking90RashpeteTad_MachrowiczJennifer PostfyrehaarEric Lagerstrom


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    Age group races were a joy. I'm hunting for draft legal races now, that was a blast.

    I can't believe how well the weather cleared up for the women's elite race after the downpour Saturday morning.
    KenElPescadoPeladoMattJennifer PostAaronWebsteyCraig DfyrehaarGranpa Chook
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    Blummenfelt is my fave right now. Dude just looks like an ox racing gazelles... and winning.
    AaronWebsteyKenElPescadoPelado
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    @pete Can you talk a bit about the age-group races? What was it like from a cycling pack perspective? How big were the fields? Did they do mass starts?
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    Also love that THE @Eric Lagerstrom is spending a little time on this forum these days.
    MattCraig DEric LagerstromAaronWebsteyellsworth53t
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    Also love that THE @Eric Lagerstrom is spending a little time on this forum these days.

    We are all grateful for that.
    MattTad_Machrowicz
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    Also love that THE @Eric Lagerstrom is spending a little time on this forum these days.

    It's my current favorite way to procrastinate editing race videos and sending emails. That being said, I just have to narrate Montreal and Edmonton now. Then I can get back to fun stuff. The bikinis
    M_WareMattAaronWebsteyTad_MachrowiczJennifer Postfyrehaarmbrekk44ellsworth53t
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    @Granpa Chook The age group race was relatively well attended. There were 145 registered, 95 men, 50 women. For comparison the non-draft sprint two hours before had 175 register.

    All the draft legal men started in one wave. I think to have any hope of letting draft packs form across the various swimming levels you need to have an unusually large wave. We started in the water with one hand on the pontoon. I head the race director telling a draft legal woman there was a chance they'd be able to dive of the pontoon if there weren't too many of them, but I doubt that happened. The women started a full 40 minutes after the men.

    The average swim time was 12:53 for the swim. Officially it was a 750m swim, but my Garmin recorded 700m. Really fast start to the swim. I came out of the water 34th in 11:09.

    As best as I can tell there was a lead group of about 10, a chase group of about a dozen and a few other guys scattered between them. Me and another guy were about a minute behind the chase pack. I did the Toronto Triathlon Festival draft legal race a few weeks ago, and caught the packs ahead of me pretty quickly, so I figured we'd reel in the leaders. Turns out the Quebecois are much better cyclists than Torontonians. Me and the other guy were on the rivet the whole ride, we picked up a couple dropped riders along the way, but didn't catch the chase group until about 3k to go in the bike. The packs seemed fairly organized, though towards the end a few guys broke away.

    Watching the pros ride the bike course after us was humbling. There's two decent uphills on the course and they waltzed up. The age group course was arguably a little more technical than the elite course because we had a couple 180 turns to make up for the fact that we didn't ride through transition like the pros do. And there was a hairpin turn at the bottom of the main downhill where you could smell brake pads. On a related note, I hope the ITU allows disc brakes next year for draft legal racing.


    The run was relatively non eventful. Two laps of a course that was only for AGs. The elites ran a shortened version of the bike course. I can't imagine running down St. Laurent like they did. We got to finish on the blue carpet, which was cool.

    I'm really happy I went. If you're thinking of attending next year registration is available for 50% off until August 11th https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/tim-certificat-cadeau-2018
    AaronWebsteyJennifer PostMattfyrehaarCraig DGranpa ChookHensatc

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