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Ashleigh McIvor, the X Games star and Olympic gold medalist, will make her tri debut at the Sooke Triathlon, part of the Subaru Western Triathlon Series.
Unless this weather-change thing is worse than hyped, there won’t be any snow in Sooke on Aug. 7 for Ashleigh McIvor.
But the 2010 Winter Olympics ski-cross champion will still feel at home in the Sooke Triathlon.
“Winter or summer, I’m always outside playing,” said the native of Whistler, who also knows the Island well from surfing at Sombrio Beach and Tofino.
McIvor, an avid cyclist, will use the Sooke race for cross-training as she continues to recover from an ACL injury sustained in January at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.
The race is part of the 2011 Subaru Western Triathlon Series, which begins May 29 with the Shawnigan Lake Half Iron followed by the Saunders Subaru Elk Lake Half Iron on June 19, the Vancouver Triathlon July 3, the Sooke race Aug. 7 and Banff International Triathlon on Sept. 10.
Growing from 750 combined competitors in its inaugural year in 2007 to an anticipated 5,000 this year, this has become the largest triathlon series in Canada.
Read More: The Victoria Times Colonist