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From left to right: Mike Smith, Wil Smith, Katharine Wilson (Carter), Michael Mazza, Tanya Deeks, Clara Fournier (Otis), Jean-Francois Otis.
Clara Fournier (Otis)
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Clara and husband Jean-Francois from Quebec City
The white hat belongs to Tanya Deeks.
Kenny Boettger principle of Placid Planet Bicycles, Lake Placid, NY.
As always Tanya travelled in style accompanied by her own photographer and bike technician. Despite his inability to say "EH" Kenny was declared an honourary Canadian by the team .
Fraternizing with the opposition.
Tanya, Kenny and one of our opponents from North Carolina.
Asking for Tanya's phone number.
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Wil Smith from Parry Sound, Ontario
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Michael Mazza from Maple, Ontario on the first lap.
At Canada Corner there was a a moderately steep climb with a near 90 degree turn in the middle. It was a good section for overtaking.
Mike Smith, brother of Wil.
Mike lives in Prince George, BC
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Jean-Francois Otis from Quebec City
Jean-Francois, like many competitors from overseas, rented bikes in Italy rather than bringing their own.
An iPhone view looking up towards Canada Corner
There was a large Canadian flag hung between two trees - top right. There is a sharp 90 degree turn just above the rider that added to the technical difficulty of the hill.
What have I stepped in now?
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On the second lap Michael Mazza got a slashed side wall in his rear tire.
The tire could not be patched so Michael rode what he could and walked the technical sections.
Checking into the T-Zone
The organization of the event was outstanding. The race venue was centred in a large camp grounds and much of the bike course was through a national forest.
The Gulf of Orosei
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The teams were introduced on the beach.
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The water temperature was 24.5 C so wetsuits were not allowed. Fortunately the water was calm.
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Cross-tri Women (53 of 73)
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Katharine Wilson (Carter) starting the second lap of the swim course.
Katharine was in the top ten overall at this point.
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Katharine Wilson (Carter)
On the first lap Katharine was 4th on the bike at "Canada Corner"and 3rd on the second (last) lap. She finished the race first in her age category and third fastest (AG) woman overall: that's a podium finish at the world championships. An outstanding performance.
Katharine Wilson (Carter) lives in Caledon, Ontario
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