Cobourg Duathlon and Triathlon Race Report by Judy
I had the weekend off so I talked my daughter into coming with me to keep me company and we headed to Cobourg, a town I knew only as the home of the giant apple on the side of the 401. The race was Saturday so we drove to Brighton Friday night and spent the night at the KOA. With an early start the plan was to sleep in the back of the van so we did not have to deal with taking a tent down at 5 am. It was a little warm and my theory that you could tape fly screen in the van to cover open windows did not work too well but I would do it again.
Cobourg is part of the Canadian Multisport Series which includes several races all of which are OAT sanctioned. The race started at Victoria Park on Lake Ontario. A nice venue, parking was close and easy, there was a kid’s splash park, a sand beach and a snack bar. Overall a good spot if you want to bring the family.
The race kit pick up and T-zone were well organized. They had flags with step 1, step 2 etc. on them so you knew exactly where to go. Another major plus as far as I am concerned was assigned racks for your bike in the t-zone. The announcer had a good PA system with a wireless mic set up so you could actually hear all of the pre-race instructions and there was water in the t-zone so you could fill bottles if you needed to.
This was my first Duathlon so I looked to Nathalie for advice she warned me NOT to go too fast on the first run. I was doing the international distance 10k run- 40K bike- 5k run. The first run was two loops around a residential area. Basically flat. I thought I didn’t but when I got on the bike I realized I went too fast! The first 10k of the bike course was painful. There was a headwind but there could have been a tail wind and it still would have hurt. The bike course was out and back with a side loop. Rolling in places with a couple of hills but nothing major. Pavement was pretty good and there were volunteers or police everywhere you needed them to be. The second run was one loop of the first so it was familiar, even hotter than the first time but a local family had their hose out and there were three water stations.
Post-race snacks included chocolate milk (my favorite) a hamburger, fruit and bagels. I gave Samantha the burger and we hung out on the beach until the awards (which were on time). This series has overall winners, 45 and over winners and age group winners. As winner of the women’s 45 plus I got a nice series winner jacket, I also got a medal and a free digital image from the event as an age group winner.
Overall I was very impressed by the organization and I would go back. We even stopped at the Giant Apple on the way home, bought a pie and fed the Lamas!