KELOWNA, B.C.—British Columbia athletes dominated the elite junior races at the famed Pushor Mitchell Kelowna Apple Triathlon on Saturday with Michael Milic and Desirae Ridenour capturing the boys and girls gold medals.
Milic, of Delta, B.C., ran to his second title of the four-race Triathlon Canada Junior Series in 2015. Milic clocked a time of 56:03 in the boys race that combined a 750-metre swim with a 20-kilometre bike ride and five-kilometre run.
“I had a good bike keeping ahead of the guys behind us and then I just really focused on holding on for the run,” said Milic. “I’ve raced here a couple of times before. It feels great to get my first win as a junior in Kelowna.”
Milic pulled away from Regina’s Brennen Smith who finished second at 56:24. Calgary’s Cooper Bentley rounded out the boys podium with a time of 56:41.
Desirae Ridenour kept the B.C. faithful lining the course on their toes as she roared down the finishing stretch to victory. The Cowichan Bay teen grabbed her first victory on the national junior series after punching the clock at 1:01:40.
“It feels really good to win here. I love this course,” beamed Ridenour, who raced in Kelowna as a Kids of Steel participant.
“I had a good swim and was able to stay in the lead pack with about nine girls throughout the bike. It was a relief to make the lead group,” added Ridenour.
Despite some efforts to break the lead pack on the bike and run, the group stayed in tact until three-quarters of the way through the five-kilometre run, where Ridenour broke Hannah Henry and the rest of the field.
“I knew with 400 metres to go I had it. It was a good win.”
Henry, of Saanich, B.C., was forced to settle for the silver medal with a time of 1:01:59, while Winnipeg’s Kyla Roy was back on the junior series podium in third place with a time of 1:02:08.
The fourth and final leg of Triathlon Canada Junior Series is set for Edmonton, September 5-6.