Local star Paula Findlay headlines deep women’s field; Simon Whitfield and Hunter Kemper among the men.
The ITU World Cup circuit returns to Edmonton for the first time in four years, a perfect time to see home grown star Paula Findlay in the best form of her career.
The last time there was a World Cup event in Edmonton, in 2007, Findlay did race and did win, it was in the junior division of the PATCO Pan American championships. This time, she’ll return as the new darling of triathlon and current leader in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series.
Expect crowds to be tightly packed around the course as everyone hopes to catch a glimpse of the ITU’s newest star on course, almost exactly ten years after the event that first put Edmonton on the triathlon map, the 2001 ITU World Championships. Edmonton hosted World Cup events from then up until 2007, with triathlon royalty Simon Whitfield, Bevan Docherty, Emma Moffatt, Loretta Harrop, Emma Snowsill, Hamish Carter, Andy Potts and Siri Lindley topping the podium. It’s also the site of one of the quirkiest ITU World Cup history facts, in more than 20 years of World Cup racing, only one event has ever had to be cancelled – that was the Edmonton men’s race in 2004 when a wintery blast hit the city. The event is the fourth World Cup event of 2011, and the only stop in Canada.
Click here for a complete preview of the women’s and men’s races as well as start lists.