Saturday, 18 June 2016

TriNL now accepting nominations for Gerry Donovan Award

The Gerry Donovan Award recognizes a TRINL member who demonstrates an outstandingcontribution towards the sport of triathlon in Newfoundland and Labrador.The award acknowledges the passion, leadership, commitment, volunteerism andperformance displayed by Gerry as an athlete and a leader in the sport.

Areas of merit to be considered when selecting a recipient for the award are:
a) Athletic Contribution: Personal performance based primarily upon participation in a variety
of triathlon competitions.
b) Spirit and Passion: A nominee should foster a special spirit and passion for the sport as a
c) Leadership: A nominee should demonstrate a standard of leadership in building the sport
of triathlon on a local, regional or provincial level.
d) Volunteerism: A nominee should display a high level of volunteerism to the sport such as a
coach, organizer of cycling, running or swim groups.
e) Other: Any other special contribution made by a nominee to the sport of triathlon or it's
components at a local, provincial or national level.
f) The number of years a nominee has been involved in the sport of triathlon.

Send your nomination to including the following:

Contact Information Tel: (h) (c)


Nominated By: Name

Contact Information Tel: (h) (c)


Applications should contain (on separate copy in point form where feasible) a description of

the nominee's areas of merit.

Clarification regarding Disc Brake Rules - from Triathlon Canada

There has been considerable discussion over the disk brake rule recently. While the rule has always been in effect in the UCI Competition Rules which the ITU follows, the ITU has recently decided to highlight the rule in one of their more recent communique’s. Enforcement of the rule, as we’ve discovered, has not been consistent amongst the provinces and most of the PSOs are lobbying to have the rule reversed or softened in order to support participation and grassroots growth.

As a national federation, Triathlon Canada cannot simply change or modify the ITU Competition Rules. Triathlon Canada is a fully accredited NF within the ITU family and following the Competition Rules is an essential part of that relationship. Triathlon Canada events are the final step to qualify to ITU World status events where disk brakes have never been allowed. Disk brakes have proven unsafe in UCI testing and until industry is able to successfully address the hazards of their design the disk brake ban will continue. Modification and testing of disk braking technology is ongoing.

Triathlon Canada is cognizant of the fact that disk brakes have infiltrated the marketplace and some of the people who purchase these bikes will attempt a triathlon or related multisport. The inherent risk of injury in a draft illegal race is minimal. As promoters of the sport we have an obligation to support and encourage participation. For this reason I sent out a call for volunteers from provincial technical representatives to form a working committee to address the disk brake issue at the provincial level. Andrew Armstrong (TriBC) and Andrew Dacanay (TriNS) volunteered to take the lead on the issue. I’m appreciative of their time and comprehensive analysis undertaken by them on this issue (see attachment). I believe they have crafted a statement that encompasses what the majority of PSOs are currently enforcing. The statement addresses the issue of ensuring a common approach across all provinces while advocating for participation and supporting the integrity of the national qualifying standards for World Championships. Triathlon Canada does support the statement and recommends PSOs ratify the same or similar statement locally after checking with their insurance provider.

“Disc brakes will be allowed in all sanctioned races except draft legal races and races with national qualifying positions. This position will be reviewed and adjusted as necessary based on the status of the ITU rules. This decision is taken for the best interests of all athletes, to encourage and welcome participation, and to support the goals of Triathlon Canada on the international fields of play.”

An education aspect to rule enforcement is recommended as well. Should an athlete appear in transition prior to a race with disk brakes they should be made aware of the current disk brake rule so they may make informed decisions when making future equipment purchases.

Once again, thank you Andrew Armstrong and Andrew Dacanay for leading this initiative on behalf of the provinces.


David Markham
Triathlon Canada – Technical and Events Director
204-688-4112 mobile

TC Corporate

Monday, 30 May 2016

Carbonear Sprint Triathlon is Now OPEN!

Carbonear Sprint Triathlon on July 17th is now open for registration! Register now
to ensure you can enjoy our scenic course and steak BBQ at the finish

Follow the link here

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Disc brakes not allowed in any ITU Triathlon or multi-sport discipline in 2016

Hi all –

“For 2016, Disk brakes are not allowed in any ITU Triathlon or ITU Multi-sport discipline with the exception of PT1, Cross Triathlon, Cross Duathlon and Winter Triathlon.”
Triathlon Canada adopts the ITU Competition Rules which are enforced at all national events. The following statement from Thanos Nikopoulos of the ITU to Triathlon Quebec echoes the position Triathlon Canada takes on local modification of rules:

“It is your decision on how you want to run the events under the Triathlon Quebec. I just need to point though, that at this moment they (disk brakes) are not allowed by UCI in any road event (the governing body of the cycling sport). In case of an accident and a legal case against you, you will have to prove why you chose to adapt to your own rules.”

Kindest Regards,

David Markham
Triathlon Canada – Technical and Events Director
204-688-4112 mobile

Saturday, 26 March 2016

ITU Continental Cup in Ottawa- Register Now!

ITU Arrives in Canada's Capital

March 2016. Ottawa 

Triathlon Canada and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) are pleased to announce the newest ITU Continetal Cup event in North America. The Ottawa Triathlon CAMTRI America Cup Elite Draft Legal Triathlon on July 23rd 2016.  This first time event is located in the heart of Ottawa at Dows Lake.  

The historic Dows Lake area was constructed in the early 1800's as part of the Rideau Canal system and now almost 200 years later it will become the mecca of Canadian Triathlon, proudly hosted at the Dows Lake Pavilion.  

This 2 day Triathlon Festival will include Triathlon Canada's
National Championship events including
  • Age Group Standard Distance (1500m swim / 40k bike / 10k run) 
  • Age Group Sprint Draft Legal (750m swim / 20k bike / 5k run)
  • CAMTRI American Cup Elite Standard Distance 
  • Triathlon Canada U23 Elite National Championships
  • Junior Draft Legal National Championships
  • Youth Draft Legal National Series event
  • Triathlon Canada Paratriathlon Championships
  • Triathlon Canada's Kids of Steel 
WHEN - July 23rd and 24th 
WHERE - Dows Lake Pavillion Ottawa, Ontario