Dallas Cain of Rossland won the Triathlon BC 2017 Barley Mill Pub Bare Bones BC Provincial Duathlon Championships on May 13. Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Rossland’s Cain pushes himself to victory in Barebones

Dallas Cain claimed his second Bare Bones Duathlon

Rossland’s Dallas Cain captured his second Barley Mill Bare Bones Duathlon May 13.

It was Cain’s second win in the Standard Olympic since 2009.

“It was awesome,” said Cain, who clocked in at one hour, 26 minutes, 46 seconds. “I’ve probably been here 10 times over the last 15 years or so and always good competition. People to chase and people chase you. Great day.”

The Standard Olympic distance is a five-kilometre run, 32-km bike, and another five-km run. Cain said none of the course, which most of it is part of the 2017 International Triathlon Union Long Distance bike course, is easy. On the flat run, he said there are quick athletes, then they hit a hilly bike course.

“I need to make a bit of a gap on the bike to survive the second run,” he said. “The second run is a bit of a buffer. It was actually hard, but enjoyable.”

Finishing behind Cain was Penticton’s Jen Annett at 1:28:57. Annett said it was awesome taking second after she finished fifth last year. Her only focus was to have a good race and win a friendly battle with Dave Matheson, a Challenge Penticton champion. Matheson, also of Penticton, clocked in at 1:30:10.

“It was nice to do as well as I did today. I wasn’t expecting that,” said Annett, who competed in Ironman 70.3 St. George the weekend before placing 10th. “It’s hard. I’m not a short distance person. I’m not a sprinter. It hurts. It’s a good hurt.”

In the sprint distance, Vancouver’s Sean Conner won by nearly 10 minutes. He completed the 2.5-kn run, 20-km bike and a second 2.5-km run, in 54 minutes. Conner said it was a challenge taking a quick pace most of the race.

“Definitely heading out on the bike along the lake, it was a little windier than expected,” said Conner, a kinesiologist. “It will toss you around a little bit. On the way back it was a little bit nicer. The last run after the bike, the legs usually feel a bit chewed up. That’s always a good challenge trying to keep a good pace on the second run.”

Taking second was Penticton’s Clive Bradley, 17, who clocked in at 1:03:28, which won his age group of 16 to 19.

“I felt pretty good about it,” said Bradley, who hasn’t done many duathlons. “A little tiring, definitely had to push myself. The wind kind of bucked you around a bit. The road wasn’t as smooth as most people might like it to be.

Bradley, a student from Princess Margaret, entered because it gave him something to work has he has always enjoyed biking and running.

“Being able to compete is a perk,” he said.

The Barley Mill Pub Bare Bones Duathlon is a B.C. provincial championship race.