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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Big payouts in Canada, Ironman wins and Gravel Series Success

By USA Triathlon | July 25, 2022, 3:10 p.m. (ET)

Runner at the Ugly Dog Gravel Triathlon in Michigan

2022 IRONMAN Lake Placid
Lake Placid, N.Y.

One amazing aspect of triathlon is getting to see the evolution of athletes in their career. Years ago, we watched Sarah (Groff) True chase her Olympic dream, achieving success at the shorter distance World Triathlon courses and appearing in the London 2012 Games and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. 

Now, we are witnessing her crush it in the longer courses. Earlier this year in June we watched her return to racing and win at Eagleman 70.3. This weekend, she raced in her first full IRONMAN distance in three years and claimed victory at Lake Placid. 

She finished in a time of nine hours and 22 seconds. 

Over 3,200 athletes raced in Lake Placid!



2022 World Triathlon Cup Pontevedra
Pontevedra, Spain

Over in Spain, some USA elite triathletes competed in the World Triathlon Cup Pontevedra. 

Chase McQueen had the best result for the U.S., earning a top-15 finish with 12th place - his highest World Cup finish of his career. 

What he could have owed his success to was his training partner prior to race day. 

After Hamburg, McQueen headed to Pontevedra and spent a couple weeks training with Spanaird and five-time World Champion Javier Gomez. 

Check out this cool video from World Triathlon on how the training went:


PTO Canadian Open
Edmonton, Canada

The Professional Triathlon Organization is working to change the game when it comes to pro racing. Big payouts, tons of media coverage and unparalleled maternity policy when it comes to female athletes. 

Over the weekend, the Canadian Open was hosted in Edmonton. The top prize to gun for? $100,000! The course? 100 total kilometers (2 km swim, 80 km bike, 18 km run).

Ashleigh Gentle of Australia and Gustav Iden of Norway claimed those top prizes.

Chelsea Sodaro took third and claimed the only podium spot for the U.S. 

Sodaro, who is a new Mom, has shared how revolutionary the PTO is when it comes to their 15-month maternity leave.

 

The PTO has epic racing ahead. You'll want to tune in for these events!