2014 70.3 WC in Mont-Tremblant
Written by: Dan Empfield
Date: Fri May 31 2013
Mt. Tremblant seeks to become a winter and summer haven for outdoor and endurance sports enthusiasts, and the city of 9000 inhabitants in Quebec’s Laurentian mountains has the physical beauty and infrastructure. The Mont-Tremblant bike course is not flat, and 70.3 veterans remember the notoriously flat Clearwater course that was the site of the first 5 world championships starting in 2006. But it is not overly challenging either.
Mont-Tremblant is a drivable distance from the U.S. Northeast, 450 miles from New York City, just under 400 miles from Boston. It sits almost equidistant from Ottawa and Montreal, not more than 100 miles from each.
The 2015 World Championship will take place in Europe, and the likeliest – though not certain – scenario is that the 2016 race will take place in Australia. While this 2014 event will occur in September this may not always be the month for 70.3 Worlds, and the race could well take place as early as June. Indeed, a June date holds some appeal, as many long distance triathletes historically peak twice annually, once in or around June and then in October for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships.
While WTC has held the legal right to call its races world championships, this move to rotate the WC venue around the world signifies to athletes that the 70.3 series is not a North American event that other countries athletes are invited to, rather an egalitarian series that equally belongs to Europeans, Australians, Asians, and those living in the Southern Hemisphere. In this sense the 70.3 was free to become what the full Ironman cannot, because the Ironman finale is inextricably tied by history and lore to Hawaii’s Big Island.
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