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"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." --- Rabindranath Tagore

Training Camp in St George, Utah (Julia Aimers)
Winterlude Triathlon, 2016 final update (Rick Hellard)
Cycle Portugal in June - Presentation Feb. 11 (Fernando Sendao)
DESERT EXPRESS (manny agulnik)
Bike safety (Sean Corrigan)
Job Offer - Head Coach for youth Triathlon Club (Christian  Beaulieu)
North Conway, New Hampshire Condo. June 12-19 (Sean Corrigan)


 Julia Aimers   (General Comments)
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Join us for an awesome week of training in:

St George, Utah!!

April 3-10th, 2016

Swim, Bike, Run, Hike, Spa, Do Yoga

Pick from the menu or do it all! We will be staying at Red Mountain Resort at the base of Snow Canyon State Park. A beautiful red rock playground for triathletes on the St George Ironman course!

We have 12 people booked so far and the hotel has given us an extension until Feb 19th to add two more suites. We can take 4 more happy campers!!

We have all levels and ages of campers from the Ultraman Canadian champ to rank beginners. No one will get left behind!


Kitchenette Suite at Red Mountain 4 Star Resort
Transportation around St George
Professionally coached daily swims, bikes and runs
Daily Yoga on the Red Rocks of Snow Canyon
Guided hike in Zion National Park
Laughs, fun people, dry warm weather for Spring training

Fly into Las Vegas and then it's a 1.5 hour shuttle to St George

Cost $2175 CAD (plus tax)

Check out all of the details here -

Questions? Happy to answer them! Shoot me an email.

Julia Aimers
Certified Exercise Physiologist
Triathlon Coach
Team Triumph Triathlon Club
Certified Yoga Instructor

Volunteer Race Director Mike Collingwood Triathlon at Meech Lake

Sponsored by: Guru Cycles and Full Cycle

 Rick Hellard   (General Comments)
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It's not too late to register for the modified version of the Winterlude Triathlon. What a year!

If what you read below interests you, you can register at Bushtukah tonight from 5 until 7. $100 cash.

Now read on...

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of the Winterlude Triathlon and your desire to compete. There are about 110 of you fine folks still keen to race on Saturday. We are very excited and have a good set up in store for you.

Unfortunately, there will be no skate but now we know and can plan accordingly.

So, this year’s version of the Winterlude Triathlon will be a 7.5k ski + 5k run.

Sadly, though, there is not enough snow in the Arboretum to make a ski course.

The great news is that we do have snow and a ski course at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility/Mooney’s Bay Cross Country Ski Facility, and we have booked it for Saturday.

So, what’s the plan, you ask?

Race location will be at Mooney’s Bay, 2960 Riverside Dr. There is free parking and washrooms. There is not really an indoor facility large enough for everyone, so plan to be outside for everything. That said, Saturday’s weather looks quite comfortable for the race and then hanging around. For a map, go here:

Start time will be 8AM on the track.

Remember to pick up your timing chip from the Sportstats tent in the parking lot.

The ski start:
waves of 20 people based on self seeded expected finish position with fastest first (or anyone else who really wants to battle it out at the front)
1 minute separation between waves
all competitors will be required to double pole for the first 200m before breaking into whichever technique they want. This should help avoid some crashes and stepped on/broken ski poles
awards will be based on chip time (because of the wave start format)

For a complete view of the event locales, please go HERE

The ski course will be:
3 laps of 2.5km,
basically flat but twisty and turny,
groomed for skate and classic technique,
the map on the website above is not to scale and for visualization purposes only.

Our partners at Sportstats will provide overall times as well as transition and ski lap times.

The t-zone will be obvious (since you put your shoes there before the start). Relay hand off will be in the t-zone

The run course will be along the Riverside Dr sidewalk to Hogs Back Rd, then under the Hogs Back Bridge onto the NCC pathway to the turnaround and back. 2.5k out, 2.5k back.

The FINISH line will be on the pathway very close to the run start.

Awards ceremony will be around 9:30 near the FINISH line.

Our wonderful sponsor, Bushtukah will once again provide the prizes.

Speaking of Bushtukah, race kit pick up is MANDATORY on Friday night at Bushtukah, 203 Richmond Rd between 5PM and 7PM. There is no kit pick up on Saturday.

If you picked up your kit last week, you do not need to come back to Bushtukah on Friday, but you DO NEED TO USE THE SAME NUMBER AS LAST WEEK.

Rick Hellard
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Ultimate Run for Men's Cancers, June 19th, 2016
Cyclosportif Perth, Sept 24, 2016
GCWCC Wellness Challenge 5k, Oct 6, 2016
Winterlude Triathlon, Jan 30th, 2016

Sponsored by: Mizuno Running, Bushtukah Great Outdoor Gear, Trek Bicycles, Zone3 Performance Wetsuits

 Fernando Sendao   (General Comments)
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If you've dreamed of cycling in Europe someday, here is your chance to find out about a beautiful region in northern Portugal. Known for its "green" wine, fabled Caminho de Santiago route and famous Portuguese rooster, you're invited to attend a presentation next Thu, Feb 11th, organized by OK Cycle Tours, at 1737 Woodward Dr, 2nd Floor, Ottawa.

Space is limited, RSVP

And here is a video of what you could look forward to in this beautiful country -

Hosted by Sendao Excursions:

Fernando Sendao

 manny agulnik   (General Comments)
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My tour operator partner in South Africa is offering something special.

On the Desert Express and by bike to the highlights of Namibia.

August 8th to August 20th. Fully guided. Part time on the train with sleeping compartments and air conditioned bus to lodges.

Constant back-up during cycling.

The TOUR of a LIFETIME! With luck you will see lions, leopards, elephants, zebras, rhinos, giraffes and many varieties of antelope.

Plus incrediblelandscapes.

Train can accommodate maximum 48 guests. More than 40% of Namibia is already protected.

For full information, please email me.

We also have available a number of TDF offerings. A fantastic opportunity to feel the tour excitement.

And still space for the March 13th seven day COLUMBIA fully guided cycle tour which includes 5 days of cycling

As a licensed travel consultant, we have available not only all the bells and whistles that travel agents offer but over 500 cycling, trekking and adventure tours through many small operator partners. And we can do custom tours in many places.

We are constantly adding tours to our website
Don't see something on our website, please let us know.
manny agulnik
2006 City of Ottawa Bruce

Timmerman Award Winner

 Sean Corrigan   (General Comments)
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I'm submitting this posting a couple months after the fact but decided to do so because
(1) a number of people from this community have recently contacted me saying they only recently heard about this accident and wished they had known earlier.
(2) Another reminder about bike safety and vehicles is always worthwhile.
On Nov 16 I was cycling on a straight and flat stretch of road with good road conditions and low traffic volume. The sun was getting low in the sky and I was heading towards it. Without any warning I was struck from behind by a transport truck travelling the same direction at approx 90 km/h. I wasn't merely brushed by it but was struck by the front bumper and thrown onto the shoulder. I was incredibly lucky to survive and considering the accident my injuries were far less than they could have been. They included a left tibial plateau fracture, ankle fracture, collapsed lung, L2 vertebral fracture and a few broken ribs. These are significant enough but they are more of a nuisance rather than life threatening. The biggest complaint has been the boredom of almost no activity for the past few months other than limited pool workouts. I just was given the OK to begin weight bearing on Feb 1 so things are improving and already I'm looking forwards to gradually resuming training. Hopefully this will keep people alert to all the dangers faced when cycling and that even if you're doing everything safely you can't control what drivers are doing. I have always been uncomfortable riding into the sunrise or sunset and feel that this is one of the most dangerous times to be riding because there is not a whole lot that can be done to enhance visibility. Hopefully everyone will make safety a priority when they start riding again in the spring and especialy those riding through the winter.

Sean Corrigan

 Christian Beaulieu   (Announcements)
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Club Espoir Triathlon Gatineau is looking for a new head coach starting August 2016.

Club Espoir operates year round and has an average of 50 athletes between 6 and 17 years old ranging from beginners to elite athletes.

This is a part time job with coaching sessions in the afternoons, evenings and weekends and the coach must speak French fluently.

Ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years experience and a level 3 coaching certification in Triathlon or one of the 3 sports.

For more information, contact Marina Brousseau, president at: or visit

Candidates will be accepted until 22 Feb 16.
Christian  Beaulieu

 Sean Corrigan   (For Sale/Rent)
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North Conway, New Hampshire: Luxury 2 BR condo. Huge, sleeps 6+ and can be divided into 2 separate units with lockout feature. 2 kitchens, 2 bathrooms, 2 hot tubs in unit. Situated near Mount Washington in the White Mountains; a training + outlet shopping playground. Part of the Eastern Slope Inn, it is located in the Whitaker House Suites overlooking the Saco River and orchard with views of the golf course and Cathedral Ledge, one of the areas finest climbing spots. The suite buildings offer modern accommodations.
Units in these multi-level buildings feature king beds, spa tubs, gas fireplaces and large screen televisions. Additionally, units are equipped with kitchens, dining area, washer and dryer.
Rents for $2200.00 for the week($320.00 per night) but offering for $900.00 for the week. Can be rented as divided half unit for $500.00 and $600 each.
See craigslist ad
See and view Whitaker suites to view unit and resort.
Sean Corrigan