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Thule Make a Move into Roof Top Tents

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Thule Group acquires leading North American Roof Top Tent company

Thule Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Tepui Outdoors Inc., a leader in Roof Top Tents in North America.  This acquisition will further enhance the Thule Group’s expanding portfolio of products focused on an active lifestyle.

“Roof Top Tents offer consumers a great way to utilize their existing cars for self-reliant overnight travel to remote destinations, where the journey is the principal goal. The overlanding category has been growing steadily over the last few years and we are very pleased to add this great assortment of high-quality Roof Top Tents and accessories to our broad portfolio of products that cater to consumers who enjoy living an active life. The synergies between the Thule brand’s market leading expertise for transport solutions on the car and Tepui Roof Top Tents exist in both consumer marketing and in the supply chain. When combined with the mutual philosophies on high quality, smart engineering and great design, as well as a shared passion for the outdoors, Tepui is a natural fit to our portfolio”, said Magnus Welander, CEO and President of the Thule Group.

Tepui Outdoors Inc. was founded in 2010 by Evan and Gabriela Currid. The company is based out of Santa Cruz, California, and led by Evan Currid, who will continue to manage the product category within Thule Group.

The total purchase price for Tepui Outdoors Inc. was USD 9.5 million, on a debt-free/cash-free basis, with a potential maximum earn-out payment of USD 1.75 million, which is based on revenue performance during the period 2019-2020.

Tepui Outdoors Inc. has approximately 20 employees and net sales for 2018 is expected to be approximately USD 6.5 million.

The acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on Thule Group’s total sales and profits and the Roof Top Tent category will be consolidated into the Sport&Cargo Carrier product category in reporting going forward.

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Walking on eggshells: Veganism and performance

Triathlon Magazine Canada 4 weeks 1 day ago

Unfortunately, when it comes to any discussion about nutrition, weight loss and athletic performance, it seems almost like walking around on eggshells. No one wants to offend anyone, and no one wants to share what they are doing to reach peak performance.

If you’ve kept up with some of the new health trends, you have likely heard of many age group and professional triathletes adopting restrictive diets to cut weight and enhance performance.

At an elite level, planning specific periods of restrictive dieting to enhance performance is not new. Earlier this year, we saw Lionel Sanders, arguably one of Canada’s top Ironman athletes, become obsessed with his weight and trying to reach his performance goals. “It is the old physic argument, ‘Lighter is faster,‘” says Dr. Paddy McCluskey, Chief Medical Officer at the Canadian Sport Institute in Victoria, BC.

In an interview with Triathlon Magazine Canada’s editor Kevin Mackinnon, Lionel Sanders said, “I became too infatuated with getting lighter. I was glycogen depleted and lost five pounds, two days before the race. From the beginning (Ironman Mont-Tremblant), I felt very weak.”

Related: Is lighter faster? Is lighter healthier?

However, using a restrictive diet to cut weight is dangerous and it can put athletes at a nutritional deficit.

As Pip Taylor wrote in the Sept./Oct. issue of  Triathlon Magazine Canada, triathletes are highly aware of the importance diet plays in race day performance, recovery, day-to-day training sessions and body composition.

Because of the importance of nutrition, we are not immune to the lure of marketing campaigns or dietary trends. A growing trend in society and the triathlon world is veganism. Veganism excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived products. The reasons for an individual to adopt a vegan diet are numerous, ranging from ethics to health concerns.

Antoine Desroches: Why I became a vegan

Antoine Desroches, a Canadian professional triathlete and an outspoken vegan in the triathlon community, originally adopted veganism after watching a sustainability documentary.

“For me, I did not become a vegan out of health reasons, but because of the ethical reasons surrounding animal rights,” says Desroches. “I gradually removed beef, pork, chicken and turkey. After a few months, I removed fish.”

As Desroches learned more about nutrition and performance, he discovered that eating more plant-based foods would enhance his recovery from training.

Antoine Desroches finished fourth overall at Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2018.

“As I did more research, I discovered the effect eating more plant-based food groups would have on the inflammatory process,” says Desroches. “Fruits and vegetables have an anti-inflammatory effect, while dairy products induce an inflammatory response.”

So, by removing dairy altogether, Desroches helped his overall health.

Being a professional triathlete, as well as a student of Sports Nutrition, Desroches is well aware that veganism is not for everyone. He does, however, make a point of encouraging other triathletes to be mindful of what they eat. “There are benefits to eating more plant-based products, however, going 100 per cent vegan is not necessary to get similar benefits,” says Desroches.

Diet and enhancing performance

Watching what you put into your body is important, but restricting your diet to certain food groups for the sole purpose of enhancing performance is dangerous. Dr. Paddy McCluskey, the Chief Medical Officer with the Canadian Sports Institute in Victoria, BC, says “The first thing I ask an athlete who is a vegan trying to reach peak performance is ‘why?'”

“If it is for ethical reasons, then it becomes critical to have a routine in place to make sure the athlete gets all of their nutritional needs,” says Dr. McCluskey. “However, if it is for ‘enhancing’ performance, then we have a long conversation about why a restrictive diet isn’t ‘healthier’ or ‘faster.‘”

LIghter is not always faster or healthier.

Dr. McCluskey doesn’t lean on personal opinions, but scientific proof.

“As far as I know, there is no study in this area which shows that a vegan athlete is healthier than a non-vegan athlete,” says McCluskey.

McCluskey backs his claim by referencing numerous studies that prove if you are healthy and available for training, this is the most significant contributor to reaching optimal performance.

“If your diet is too restrictive, it limits the number of nutrients and calories you take in, which increases your risk of injury,” says Dr. McCuskey. “This decreases your health and takes you away from training.”

Related: Pushing the limits of performance: Sacral stress fractures

Nancy Clark, a sports nutritionist and author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, says (to vegan athletes): “You need to be responsible. As a vegan, you need to eat about 10 per cent more protein than non-vegans.” One of the biggest issue with being a vegan is the availability of food to eat. “It is a lot easier now, but the issue becomes when you don’t eat when you’re hungry. This increases your chances of becoming energy deficit, increasing the risk of injury and illness.”

Nutrition is a key contributor to maintaining health and achieving peak performance.

“Once an individual enters a sustained state of energy deficiency, the body prioritizes basic metabolic functions to sustain life,” says Dr. McCluskey. The top priority is keeping your heart beating, your lungs taking in oxygen and keeping your brain in a functional state. To maintain these functions, the body shuts off basal metabolic functions non-essential to life. The first functions to go are: “Bone, skin and hair health, even your immune system is affected,” says Dr. McCluskey.

Dr. McCluskey makes it clear that it isn’t impossible to compete at a high level as a vegan, but it does require significant planning.

“Nutrition is key to obtaining optimal performance. If you become energy deficient due to your diet (a vegan diet includes lots of fibre which fills you up, leaving you short in calories) you increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and illness,” says McCluskey. “And if you are not available for training, you will not achieve peak performance.”

Planning for peak performance

Antoine Desroches, a committed vegan for six years and one of Canada’s top long course triathletes. Photo: Talbot Cox.

Veganism isn’t for everyone. It is challenging to maintain and can be a source of stress if your motivation is not sincere. Desroches, a committed vegan triathlete for six years, says he has come across numerous challenges travelling and racing as a vegan.

“Planning is essential. Especially, when you are travelling for races and training,” says Desroches. “You also need to be mindful that you are getting all your essential micronutrients, such as iron (a common concern), vitamin D and B12. This is regardless of your diet, because of the amount we (triathletes) train, we have higher requirements.”

“This is not to say, you can’t perform at an elite world-class level as a vegan,” says Dr. McCluskey. “However, it does add a layer of complexity when it comes to trying to achieve peak performance.”

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Angela Naeth: Year in review

Triathlon Magazine Canada 4 weeks 1 day ago

— by Angela Naeth

Plans have little to do with execution and real life. They have much more to do with making you feel like you have a sense of control – which in life, you have zero control of.

After a year that started in shambles, I’m able to reflect with bewilderment and a pretty large smile on my face. In 2018, I learned more about myself – the relationships in my life, who and what really matters to me, self-advocacy, determination and the amount of stubbornness I have.

Related: Angela Naeth: From barely being able to walk to eighth at Kona

My season and goal of getting to Kona were built on a whole lot of unknowing, and “let’s see what happens” attitude. Which brings me to the topic of how to analyze your past season and set goals for 2019. What did you learn? What can you improve on?

Angela Naeth racing at the 2018 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

To look at your past season and reflect takes a bit of time. I try to look at my year as a whole, and not just separate my triathlon races from the other areas of my life (work, career, family, etc.).

I then look at two simple questions:

  1. What are three things I did well?
  2. What is one thing/area I can improve on?

I do this for my entire year, in triathlon (swim, bike and run) and the other areas of my life.

Angela Naeth out for a run in Boulder, Colorado. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Once I look at the above two questions, I then take my answers from “What is one thing/area I can improve on” and use those as my focus for setting goals for the new season. This not only keeps things positive, but it creates goals that you are motivated to achieve.

One big caveat is that plans are not finite. My past year took me on a whirlwind, but I kept my goals in site.

The path to reaching your goals may not be straight, but be flexible and focus on the process — one day at a time.

Angela Naeth is a Canadian professional triathlete with multiple sub-9-hour Ironman performances and 30+ podiums at the 70.3 and Ironman distances. Recently, Naeth finished eighth at the 2018 Ironman World Championship. She has also created a women’s triathlon/cycling community in 2017, IRACELIKEAGIRL. Growing in numbers, IRACELIKEAGIRL gives Naeth the ability to support others in the sport of triathlon.

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Sea Otter Classic Rolls Into Canada

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Sea Otter Canada – A New Cycling Festival for 2019

The Sea Otter Classic announced today it has entered into an agreement with Toronto-based group Sea Otter Cycling Canada Inc. to launch Sea Otter Canada. 
Sea Otter Cycling Canada has significant event and mass participation experience ranging from production of FIS World Cup events to national cycling, running and obstacle course series. The first annual Sea Otter Canada Festival will be held in beautiful Blue Mountain, Ontario on July 4-7, 2019. 

Sea Otter Canada visitors can expect to see many of the same events and activities that they have grown to love at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA: Mountain Bike racing (Dual Slalom, Downhill, Enduro, XC Short Track and Pump Track); Road Cycling events (Criterium, Gran Fondo, Gravel, Hill Climb and Stage Race) along with Hub & Spoke recreational rides will be included. In addition, children’s activities, an expansive product expo and entertainment program are just some of the highlights for the whole family to enjoy at Sea Otter Canada.

Other events created and produced by the Sea Otter Cycling Canada team include the FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Blue Mountain, the Spartan Race Series Canada, the Everest Challenge at Blue Mountain, and the R2//NYC (an 800-km cycle challenge from Toronto to New York City).

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Sea Otter Cycling Canada Inc. to introduce our celebration of cycling to the Canadian market,” said Frank Yohannan, president and CEO of the Sea Otter Classic. “Reaching more cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts has been the long-standing goal of Sea Otter. Blue Mountain is the perfect location for us to be able to expand our reach to the Canadian cycling community.”

Photo – About Sea Otter Canada 

The cycling festival will be hosted at the Blue Mountain resort, a short two-hour drive from Toronto. The Blue Mountain region has emerged as the number one destination for both mountain biking and road cycling in Ontario and is already host to a number of large-scale cycling events. Blue Mountain is a world class resort located on the shores of Georgian Bay offering a beautiful backdrop for both mountain and road events. The quality of the sports infrastructure and the range of available tourist services is unparalleled in Ontario. Outdoor enthusiasts and all levels of cyclists, from the recreational rider to professional athletes, will enjoy the offerings of Sea Otter Canada.

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5 high-end bikes we got excited about in 2018

Triathlon Magazine Canada 1 month 28 min ago

Specialized S-Works Shiv Disc – $17,999, LIMITED EDITION

Specialized S-Works Shiv Disc – $17,999, LIMITED EDITION. Photo: @carrollcx

A little over a week out from her debut race in Kona, Sarah True was caught by a few journalists out on Specialized’s new Shiv Disc, which was released on the Monday night before the race.

“You can’t take pictures of this,” True yelled at us as she rode by on a training ride up to Hawi.

“We know,” we all replied, despite grabbing photos of the speedy new bike. “These are for Tuesday.”

Related: Spy shots: New bikes spotted at Kona

The new Shiv is certainly designed with Kona in mind. The fork, nose cone and seat tube are designed to be quick in crosswinds. There’s a huge rear Fuelcell behind the saddle which holds a whopping 50 ounces of fluid. There’s a hose that makes all that liquid available up front, so athletes don’t have to move from the aero position to drink. There’s another Nutrition Fuel cell in the downtube for bars, gels and the like.

An aero and easily adjustable cockpit are must-haves when it comes to super-bikes these days, and the new Shiv does just fine in that category. Travelling is a breeze, too – “pack mode” requires loosening just five bolts. A 5 mm Allen wrench is all you’ll need to get this bike ready to throw in a bike case. Javier Gomez, Lucy Charles and True all had stellar rides on their new bikes in Kona, which bodes well for Specialized’s first revamp of the Shiv since 2011.

Felt IA FRD Disc – $18,499

Felt IA FRD Disc – $18,499. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

The day after Specialized announced their new bike, Felt held a press conference to show off their new flagship bike, the IA FRD Disc. Daniela Ryf, Mirinda Carfrae, Josh Amberger and Kaisa Sali were all on hand to show off the bikes they would be racing within Kona. ITU Grand Final champion Ashleigh Gentle was also there with the bike she planned to use at the Noosa Triathlon.

The obvious big change to the previous version of the FRD is the addition of disc brakes to the frame, which provides better braking performance and makes it easier to switch out wheels – you don’t have to worry about rim widths (the new frame can handle up to 28 mm tires) or adjusting brake pads. The frame also features a new rear triangle with added lateral stiffness, so more of your power goes into moving you forward. There’s a new fork, too, designed to handle the added stopping power of disc brakes and provide even better aero performance. There’s a new head tube cover for easier maintenance.

The changes certainly make for a speedy ride. Ryf ripped through the Kona bike course in a blazing 4:26 on her way to the fastest ever Ironman time.

Related: Daniela Ryf wins at the 2018 Ironman World Championship

Though we may never actually have the means of buying one these bikes, it is fun to admire the engineering that goes into creating a beast of a bike.

Pinarello Bolide TR+ – $15,800

Pinarello Bolide TR+ – $15,800. Photo: Pinarello.

Pinarello has built some of the fastest bikes on the planet. Successes like the hour record and time trial wins at the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana prove it.

Not only has Pinarello proven itself on the cycling scene, but they’ve also shown their potential on the triathlon circuit. Last year, Australian triathlete and former professional cyclist, Cameron Wurf, rode his Bolide to break the bike course record in Kona. He rode the 180K in 4:12:54, over five minutes faster than the previous record. This year, he broke his own course record – 4:09:06.

Related: The 10 best performances of 2018

This performance pushed Pinarello to invest the resources in developing a version of the Bolide specifically designed for triathletes, the Bolide TR+.

Related: Pinarello releases the Bolide TR

In addition to the top end Bolide TR+, Pinarello has also released theBolide TR. Both the TR and TR+ shares the same frame shapes, geometry, flatmount disc brakes, thru axle and integrated storage. What separates the TR+ from the TR is the type of carbon used and the layup. The higher-end Bolide TR+ are built with Torayca’s T1100G carbon, and will be lighter and stiffer than the Bolide TR, which are built with Torayca’s T700 UD finish carbon. However, Pinarello’s Canadian distributor will only be making the TR+ version available, for now. As to the price for all this Italian speed? The suggested MSRP for a frameset, which includes the integrated bar and stem, is a cool $15,800.

Ventum One – FROM US$6,875

Ventum One – FROM US$6,875. Photo: Ventum

Related: The Ventum One: Lauren Brandon’s lethal weapon

With its minimalist design, we’re seeing more and more of these aero bikes in transition zones these days. Cody Beals has powered his Ventum One to a perfect Ironman record with wins at Ironman Mont-Tremblant and Ironman Chattanooga, but he’s hardly the only triathlete enjoying the aero benefits of this frame. With water storage an integral part of the frame, you get lots of hydration without having to move out of the aero position. Available as a frameset, you can also build up your own complete bike with Shimano Di2 components, Pioneer power meters and more.

Related: Cody Beals’ record-setting Ventum One

Cervélo P5X Di2 Fluoro Green – $19,000

Cervélo P5X Di2 Fluoro Green – $19,000. Photo: Cervélo

The P5X celebrated its second birthday at the Ironman World Championship this year, and it remains a standout performer in the ever-growing super-bike category. A new Fluoro Green paint job gives this bike a new look, but the aerodynamic features remain the same. Designed to be an aerodynamic wonder while carrying all the fuel, liquid and supplies you will need in a full-distance race, the P5X offers a versatile fitting system so you can dial in your best position on the bike, too. Add in the customized Bknd travel case, and you have the complete package to get you through your next long-distance tri both comfortably and extremely quickly.

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Les 5 performances les plus impressionnantes de 2018

Triathlon Magazine Canada 1 month 2 hours ago

L’année 2018 a été remplie de performances incroyables dans le monde du triathlon. Il est donc extrêmement difficile pour moi de choisir les performances plus impressionnantes de la saison. Voici, selon moi, les cinq performances les plus impressionnantes de 2018. Je vous invite donc à commenter et à donner votre opinion.

Nouveau record du monde 70.3

Nouveau record du monde 70.3. Photo: @kiristianblu

La performance du Norvégien Kristian Blummenfelt au Ironman 70.3 Bahrain est absolument incroyable. En plus de défendre son titre, il a battu le record du monde 70.3. Il a nagé en 21min 36 secondes, roulé en 1h56 :52 et couru un impressionnant demi-marathon en 1h06 :57 pour un temps total de 3h29 :04.

Ses compatriotes Gustav Iden et Casper Stornes ont rejoint Blummenfelt sur le podium et ont eux aussi battu l’ancien record du monde 70.3 de 3h34 :04 établit par Michael Raelert en 2009. Ce n’est pas la première fois que ce trio Norvégien a rempli le podium. Ils avaient fait le même coup à la WTS de Bermuda, mais Stornes avait monté sur le plus haute marche.

La performance de Jan Frodeno au Championnat du Monde 70.3

La performance de Jan Frodeno au Championnat du Monde 70.3. Photo: @fx_makesapicture

Quand Jan Frodeno, Alistair Brownlee et Javier Gomez sont sur la même ligne de départ, on peut s’attendre à une bataille incroyable, que ce soit un triathlon Sprint, Olympique ou 70.3. Le Championnat du Monde 70.3 n’a pas déçu et on a assisté à une compétition sensationnelle. Le trio Frodeno, Brownlee et Gomez se sont livré une bataille en course à pied et le gagnant, Jan Frodeno, a dû sortir de son chapeau un demi-marathon en 1h06 pour remporter le duel. Malheureusement, seulement quelques jours après cette incroyable performance ont a appris la nouvelle de la blessure de Frodeno qui l’a empêché de prendre part au Championnat du Monde Ironman. On ne peut que s’imaginer la performance que Frodeno aurait pu livrer à Kona, mais il ne fait aucun doute que l’on aurait assisté à une autre performance incroyable et probablement un duel Allemand avec Patrick Lange.

Le championnat du monde 70.3 et Ironman de Daniela Ryf

Le championnat du monde 70.3 et Ironman de Daniela Ryf. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Il est difficile de déterminer quelle performance de Daniela Ryf est la plus impressionnante. Au championnat du monde, Ryf a eu une course pratiquement parfaite avec un vélo en 2h15 et une course à pied en 1h17. Au championnat du monde Ironman, elle a fait face à beaucoup plus d’adversité. Elle a été piquée par une méduse juste avant le départ ce qui a affecté grandement sa performance en natation et a permis à sa compétitrice Lucy Charles de lui prendre encore plus de temps. Ryf devait donc rouler et courir comme elle seule sait le faire pour reprendre son retard. C’est ce qu’elle a fait pour finalement terminer avec un nouveau record de parcours en 8h26 :18.

La première victoire Ironman de Cody Beals

La première victoire Ironman de Cody Beals

L’Ontarien Cody Beals a offert une performance éblouissante au Ironman Mont-Tremblant et ce, à son premier Ironman. Il a sorti deuxième de l’eau, a battu le record de parcours en vélo pour se distancier de ses compétiteurs et a ensuite couru le marathon en 2h49 :22 pour non seulement remporter la course mais aussi obtenir le record de parcours grâce à son temps de 8h10 :36. Cody Beals a ensuite terminé sa saison avec une autre victoire Ironman avec l’Ironman de Chattanooga.

Le premier Ironman Kona en moins de 8 heures

Le premier Ironman Kona en moins de 8 heures. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Avant que Roger Bannister courre le mile en moins de 4 minutes en 1954 on ne pensait pas que c’était possible.  Également avant le projet de Nike pour battre la marque du 2h pour le marathon on ne pensait pas que c’était faisable. La barrière du 2h n’a pas été brisée mais on sait maintenant qu’avec des conditions idéales et la fine pointe de la technologie c’est probablement attaignable. Il est peut-être exagéré de comparer le premier sub-8h à Kona aux premier sub-4 minutes mile ou le premier sub-2h marathon, mais il reste que ce fut un exploit incroyable que l’on attendait depuis plusieurs années.

Grâce des conditions parfaites, que l’on ne voit presque jamais à Kona, ainsi qu’une gestion de course impeccable, l’Allemand Patrick Lange a non seulement brisé la marque du sub-8h, mais il a pulvérisé son ancien record de 8h01. Il a nagé en 50 minutes 37 secondes afin d’être dans le gros « peloton » de tête en vélo, a roulé en 4h16 minutes 4 secondes sans dépenser de l’énergie inutilement et a couru le marathon en 2h41 minutes et 31 secondes pour finalement terminer en 7h52 : 39 secondes.

Il est très difficile de sélectionner les cinq plus grandes performances de l’année puisque de nombreuses performances n’ont pas été nommées et ce, particulièrement dans le circuit ITU. Par exemple la victoire de Mario Mola et de Vicky Holland sur le circuit final WTS et la domination de Vincent Luis lors du Super League Jersey, Malta et Mallorca.

Quelles sont, selon vous, les 5 performances les plus impressionnantes de 2018?

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