Every year, our team conducts surveys and gather all the questions and concerns that are raised by our participants. Once we plan the new edition, we try to address each of these questions. Here are the top 5 questions we received in 2019 !
1. Quality of the roads
Organizing a triathlon in the heart of Montreal means having to deal with the condition of the roadway. But the Groupe Copley World Triathlon’s team is not just sitting by. In addition to being in constant contact with the City of Montreal, our team will be on the bike course before the races to repair holes and cracks in the asphalt. In addition, the 2019 edition offers a redesigned bike route that will avoid the cobbled sections. One less pitfall!
2. The weather
It's always difficult to predict the weather on June 27-28 at the Port of Montreal's Grand Quay. One thing is sure, our team is working to make the Groupe Copley World Triathlon experience memorable, regardless of weather conditions. Pouring rain? No worries! Everyone will be able to take shelter in the Triathlon Village, a large indoor space. Bonus, dozens of exhibitors and activities for the whole family. Heatwave? No worries! The Triathlon Village will be air-conditioned. What more could you ask for?
3. Swimming in open water!
Swimming in open water is one thing, swimming in open water at the Groupe Copley World Triathlon is quite another. The swimming course in the Alexandra Basin is delimited by two docks and is therefore protected from the current. No reason to worry!Also, as a safety issue, the participants of the Groupe Copley World Triathlon have every reason to sleep soundly. In addition to the multiple rescuers who will be deployed on the swimming course on boards and boats, divers will watch below the surface. Did you know that ITU regulations allow you to hang on to a boat during the swimming portion to catch your breath? Does anyone have any other reason to be concerned? We don't see any.
4. Courses too/not enough technical
It is well known that there are as many types of courses as there are triathletes. The Groupe Copley World Triathlon is a technical course and although the best triathletes in the world follow the same course, it is not an "Elite" course. It is a unique course that requires good technical preparation and a good energy management strategy. But isn't that the essence of a triathlon? Beaver Hall hill will undoubtedly be the biggest obstacle on this cycling course. But let's not forget that everything that goes up comes down! And let's face it, having climbed one of the most infamous hills in the city 5 or 10 times, it's worth mentioning at a family dinner! And yes, you read it right, 5 or 10 times. Except that when you have a main venue as exciting as ours with an audience, bleachers, and entertainment, who wouldn't want to pass through it as often as possible?
Once again this year, we give you access to the parking located at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay, near the venue. It is absolutely perfect for the athletes who will park before 10:00 in the morning, and who will leave after 17:00. Between these hours, no travel will be allow, because of the race, on Saturday and Sunday. If it does not fit you, we invite you to find another parking by your side. You may book your parking spot through your registration. If you already registered, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you book your spot. There are other parkings available in the Old Montreal, but don’t forget take into account that certain areas will have limited access.
Last but not least Qualification
We are hosting 3 spots per age/gender category to the 2021 World Championships in Bermuda. In order to be eligible, as an athlete you need to:
Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada
Be a member in good standing with a Triathlon Provincial Sport Organization (PSO);
Be a member in good standing with Triathlon Canada (included in annual provincial membership);
Must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) PRIOR to the event
Any athlete who finishes in the top 3 in their age category (adjusted for 2021) will automatically qualify a spot. Any athlete who meets this criteria and finishes in the top 8 is eligible for a roll-down spot. All the information on qualification is also posted to Triathlon Canada website here
Good luck !