Kim Naude (formerly McMullen) and Riaan Naude, former Bermuda residents who now live in Vancouver,Canada, had outstanding performances at the Canadian National Duathlon Championships this week in Penticton, BC, Canada.
Kim took 1st place overall amongst the women to be crowned Canadian National Duathlon Champion whilst Riaan placed 9th overall amongst the men.
Kim recorded asplits of 42:08 for the 10km run, 67:47 for the 40km bike and 20:48 for the 5km run with a totla time of 2hrs 12 mins 47 secs. The runs consisted of 4 x 2.5km loops and then 2 x 2.5 km loops on a tough course that included two shortish but steep hills.
Riaan’s splits were 37:16, 64:05 and 18:07 for a total time of 2:01:30 placing him 2nd in the mens 40-44 age group.
The race was part of a week of activities in the Challenge Penticton which will be the site of the 2017 International Triathlon Union’s 2017 Long Course World Championships. The other big race is tomorrow, Sunday 28th August, over the proposed 2017 World Championships course over 3km swim, 120km bike and 30km run. Included in the field are Joel Matthews of the BTA and Human Powered Racing coach Mike Neill ( of Bermuda triathlon camps fame) who will both be racing age group. Mike’s fiancee, Sandy Wilson, who came to Bermuda to coach one of the camps and talk on injury prevention, is also racing. On hand will be Jasper Blake of B78 coaching ( also a coach at the Bermuda camps) who is a bit of a legend in Penticton, the former home of Ironman Canada. Jasper won Ironman Canada here in 2006 with a time of 8 hrs 33 mins on a tough course and was on the podium on several occasions as well as finishing 4th and 5th. Both Jasper and Mike have various athletes racing during the week including almost 30 Human Powered Racing athletes and Jeff Symonds, a two time winner of the Ironman distance course here including in 2015, who starts as the favorite amongst the professional triathletes and who is coached by Jasper.
Kara Hobby of Victoria, BC, who participated in the 2016 Neill / Blake Bermuda Triathlon Camp, finished 3rd in her age group in the Penticton Challenge Aquathlon (swim -run) earlier in the week.