CAPTION:  Russ raced in gym shorts and on his bike that won the first triathlon on 9.25.74 and he still carries the trophy to his major races for good luck.  The entry fee in 1974 was $1.00.

The 2017 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships and Draft Legal World Championships were held in the beautiful city of Bend, Oregon last week.  The non-draft National Championships were held on Saturday, June 17 and the draft legal World Qualifier was held on Sunday, June 18.

 

At the National Championships Russ Jones placed 4th, Bill Bentz placed 5th and Monica Lee placed 10th in their age groups.  Top 5 were awarded podium spots and top 6 were awarded a place on Team USA to compete at the 2018 World Championships in Denmark.

CAPTION:  Russ Jones -4th Place

CAPTION:  Bill Bentz - 5th Place

On Sunday, only three podium spots were available and the top 12 qualify for Team USA.  On Sunday, Maya Bryson secured a 3rd place finish and podium spot.  Bill Bentz and Monica Lee were 7th, Claudius Shropshire was 6th and Marcelo DaSilva was 15th.

CAPTION:  Maya Bryson - 3rd Place

The Cal Tri team vehicle, Cal Tr1 was a hit and many people took pictures of it.  I know we gained some new members.  Kudos to all who competed and qualified for TEAM USA!  Hope to see more Cal Tri people next year!  We all had a great time!

 

Written By:  Bill Bentz & Monica Lee

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