Racing Season

Summer is here! Human Powered Racing is busy both on and off the course as our athletes are doing a tremendous job of training, racing AND volunteering.

The past two weeks have seen athletes ride their bikes up Hurricane Ridge, race The Tri of Compassion, The Langford Triathlon, The XTERRA Trail Run and XTERRA Victoria.

At The Tri of Compassion we had a great turn out as athletes raised funds and awareness for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre. Human Powered Racing athletes racing included; Sandy Wilson (1st in Age Group), Barb Rober (1st in Age Group and 3rd Overall), Christine Voggenreiter (1st in Age Group) and Marsha Petty-Johnson (3rd in Age Group). This was Marsha’s first race in a few years as she battles back from injury. It was a fine return indeed and we look forward to seeing her racing again at the Sri Chimnoy Sprint.

Congratulations to Race Winners; Jaroslav Ploc and Hannah Henry

Hurricane Ridge was another awesome Canada Day ride with sunny sky’s and very warm temperatures.  The unofficial race to the top from the ranger station was hot as well with National Triathlon team member Matt Sharpe taking the title for the men with a non Strava time in the 51min range. The first woman to the top this year was Human Powered Racing’s own Fawn Whiting in a time of 1:00.

This past Sunday at the Langford Triathlon, Human Powered Racing athlete Barb Rober followed up her 3rd place the weekend before by winning the women’s race and finishing 3rd overall in the Sprint Distance event. Barb has her sights firmly set on a great finish at the Sprint Distance Worlds in Chicago this coming September.

The focus switched to the off road enthusiasts this past weekend at Durrance Lake as athletes tackled the extremely technical XTERRA Victoria. Qualifying spots were on the line for both the XTERRA World Championship Trail Run as well as the XTERRA World Championship. Adrian Walton punched his ticket to the World Championship with an age group win while Richard Boxhall (6th in Age Group) made a great return to racing in a very technical and challenging event. After a nasty fall on the bike at last years event that saw him abandon the race, Kelly Sharman (2nd in Age Group) exorcised the demons of that day to have a strong finish in the sprint distance event. Congratulations to everyone that raced in this very grueling race!

Congratulations to Race Winners; Brent McMahon and Zoe Dawson (Championship Event), Rob Fraser and Tanya Larkin (Sprint Event), Alex Mclaren and Patricia Roney (Trail Run)

Those Human Powered Racing athletes that weren’t racing were busy volunteering their time to make sure that others were safe and having a great time at The Triathlon of Compassion and XTERRA. A special thank you to XTERRA Race Director Monique Moore who was instrumental in making this event World Class once again.

Next up is the Metchosin Triathlon at Matheson Lake. Join us for this challenging and fun grass roots event on an absolutely stunning course.

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