By Barrie Shepley:
C3'S TWO CANCER SURVIVORS ADD ANOTHER NATIONAL TITLE TO THEIR RESUMES
As much as you can count on the sun coming up in the morning, or the Toronto Maple Leafs playing golf in May, you can count on C3's Hans Porten and Bob Knuckey to be fighting out for a national championship title regardless of where they are at in their age group. Normally one has a chance at the podium at National Championships or World Champs when you are the baby (first year in your 5 year age category). But Hans and Bob break that tradition and basically win national titles even when they are in their last year (Hans is 59 and the oldest in his category). In fact the Hans winning time in Magog, Quebec at the 2015 National Championships would have won the men's 50-54 category as well.
The two C3 superstar, masters won another National Championships in the men's 55-59 (Hans) and men's 65-69 category at the 2015 Magog National Championships. Most C3 athletes will remember Hans Porten was in the hospital in early January for prostate cancer surgery. The exact same cancer surgery that Bob Knuckey had five years ago. The two amazing C3 ambassadors both destroyed their competition on Saturday in Magog. Porten's time not only beat all men in the 55-59 category, he smashed all the men in the category below (50-54). What a freak.
For those who don't know, in many ways Magog has become the HUB of racing in Canada. It has been the national championship many times over the last decade and includes a pro race, junior championships, under 15 championships, Kids of Steel Races, a half Ironman race, a sprint triathlon and of course the Olympic Distance National Championships. The small Eastern Quebec Town has become the place to be in Mid July (kudos to sponsors, volunteers and the Triathlon Quebec officials who host the big event).
After coming out f the non-wetsuit 1500m swim (warm nice day), Hans had a 4 minute lead with a 25;03 swim and T1. Out onto the bike, Hans out rode the 2nd faster biker by another four minutes then just missed the day's fastest 55-59 year old run split for 10km, and finished 2hrs 27 minutes, 46th overall of all ages (amazing for a 59 year old man) and won by 13.5 minutes. Kudos Hans. While Hans was destroying the 55 year olds, Bob Knuckey was hurting the older boys. Bob had the day's fastest swim (not bad for a non-wetsuit dude who used to consider him-self a duathlete). Bob swam 35min and had a 4 minute leading heading onto the bike. He then out rode the 2nd fastest man by another 3 minutes and then had the day's 2nd fastest run to finish 2hrs 53min and win by 2.5 minutes. Rumor has it that Bob has to put an extension on his Alton area house to find a place to put all the hardware he has won in 50+ years of racing.
The older boys, were not the only ones to race in Magog. Juniors Meg Gregorie and Kirsten Vergara were in the National Junior women's race, while Reid Burrows, Dave Hopton and Andrew Beardsall all raced in the ITU Elite Men's race. Finally Ulie Porten rocked the Sprint Triathlon in Magog. Anyone who has never been to the beautiful Quebec Triathlon hub, needs to add it to the future. Well done to all.