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

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Penticton BC wins bid for ITU Triathlon World Championships festival

From Triathlon Canada:
 Penticton wins bid for ITU Triathlon World Championships festival

Okanagan city cements its reputation as a premier multisport destination

Penticton, B.C., March 21, 2016 – Penticton, B.C. (Canada) has won a bid to host the first ever ITU Multisport World Championships Festival. The 10-day event, to be held in August 2017, will see 5,000 athletes compete in four separate World Championships: duathlon, aquathlon, cross triathlon and the coveted global title for long-distance triathlon.

“There is no better place than Penticton for a multisport championship on this scale,” said Michael Brown, Executive Director, Penticton 2017. “The Okanagan has been hosting world-class triathlons for more than 30 years, and this event will cement the region’s reputation as a premier global destination for training and racing.”

The international significance of Penticton 2017 means the region will welcome up to 5,000 athletes, thousands of spectators, media and members of the global triathlon family. The economic benefit to the region is expected to be in the millions. Brown’s team is working on a list of events that the community can participate in, and hopes to enlist the famous Penticton Volunteer Army to assist with the event (s).

“Penticton is special because of the long history of triathlon with the community.  The people and the tradition of volunteerism in and support of sport,” says Les Pereira, President of Triathlon Canada. “We are very proud to be the first country to host this event. The sport of triathlon has its roots deeply entrenched in North America and much of it's soul is in Canada.

The four world championship races were previously hosted in separate cities on different dates; however, the International Triathlon Union – the sport’s governing body – has brought all disciplines into a single venue to create a more exciting event.

 “For the first time, athletes can compete in more than one Multisport World Championship race in one convenient location, which is an idea we’ve had a great response to both from cities and from age group athletes,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Penticton will set the stage for the future of the event. We are very confident in the team’s ability to deliver an exceptional experience that will set the bar of this festival very high.”

Michael Brown also owns and organizes the Challenge Penticton triathlon each year. This means the local organizing team is familiar with the area, can leverage existing relationships and partnerships, and can use this year’s Challenge Penticton as a test event for the 2017 festival.

For more information about Penticton 2017 World Multisport Championships Festival, head to

About Penticton 2017 ITU World Multisport Championships FestivalPenticton 2017 looks to building on the region’s rich history of long-distance triathlon. The 10-day event will see 4,000 athletes from across the globe compete in four niche multisport events; long-distance Triathlon, Cross Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon. In addition to thousands of the world’s best triathletes, the event will also attract thousands of spectators, national officials, triathlon media and members of the global triathlon family. The city of Penticton will enjoy an economic boost as athletes visit the region to train in the weeks and months leading up to the race. Penticton 2017 is owned and organized by Michael Brown and is organized by the Challenge Penticton team, an event known for providing superior athlete experiences and memorable events.

About the International Triathlon UnionThe International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related Multisport disciplines including Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. It has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then and also has offices in Lausanne, Switzerland and Madrid, Spain. It now has 169 affiliated National Federations on five continents and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games. Triathlon was awarded Olympic Games status in 1994 and made its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is also featured in the Asian Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. Paratriathlon was accepted into the Paralympic Games in 2010 and will make its Paralympic debut in Rio 2016. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with continental and national federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced sport development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level. For more information,

Saturday, 27 February 2016

2016 Triathlon Canada Series

Are you planning your next race season? Maybe one of the Canadian Qualifying events for the ITU 2017 World Championships are for you?
Check out the 2016 Triathlon Canada Series Races here, jot them down on your calendar and Train Hard. 
More information on

Early Bird Registration for Ottawa Triathlon July 23 & 24

Are you planning on participating in an unique triathlon in the nation's Capital? Well this is your chance to score a Provincial Triathlon Member's Early Bird rate! You have until Monday February 29 6pm EST.

More information is available here.