For the second year in a row Lyne Bessette topped the women’s field (finishing third overall), while Jérôme Bresson led the men’s field at the second running of the Canada Man/Woman Xtreme Triathlon in Lac-Megantic.
July 10, 2018 | NEWS|
Jérôme Bresson moved up a spot from his runner-up finish a year ago to become the first person to go under 11 hours at the challenging race, one of seven Xtri World Tour races – the other races in the series include: the Norseman, the Celtman, the Swissman, the Alaskaman, the Swedeman, and the Jánošík—Slovak.
Bresson finished the 3.8 k swim, 180 k bike and 42 k road and trail running that finishes at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory in 10:59:37.
“My ultimate goal was 10:45, but with the wind while biking, it was quite difficult and I was more or less in the time I had set,” Bresson said. “I worked on a more relaxed pace at the beginning of the running course to be able to finish in force. Once in the trail, I knew I had to run 82 minutes for the last section to go under eleven hours. I can really say that my race has been perfect from start to finish. I didn’t have a huge loss of power, my team helped me well. I reached my goal! ”
Bresson was nearly one hour ahead Sylvain Lafrance, who finished in 11:54:06, just ahead of women’s champion Lyne Bessette, who finished in 12:02:00 to successfully defend her title. The former Olympian improved her time by more than half an hour..
The rest of the women’s podium included Uruguay’s Federica Frontini (14:14:21), who passed Joannie Desroches (14:21:12).
The Canada Man/Woman race will be back for a third edition July 6 and 7, 2019.