From left: triathletes Ryan Parton, Tyler McCallan and Derek Vinge competed at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui Oct. 29.

Comox Valley triathlete cracks top 10 in age group at world competition

Comox Valley triathletes Ryan Parton, Tyler McCallan and Derek Vinge battled ocean swells, 36-degree temperatures and a course affectionately known as ‘the toughest cross triathlon course on the planet’ at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui, Oct. 29.

The event featured racers from 52 countries competing in a 1.5-kilometre ocean swim, a 33-km mountain bike and a 10-km trail run.

Vinge cracked the top 10 in his age category, finishing in seventh place with a time of 3:09, while Parton and McCallan also achieved their respective goals for this challenging race.

“Just qualifying for the XTERRA World Championship is an accomplishment, let alone finishing that course,” says Parton. “For my part, I did what I could physically and mentally to prepare for the elements, and the guys at Trail Bicycles made sure my bike was up for the challenge as well. All in all it was an incredible experience in a stunning part of the world.”

Parton, McCallan and Vinge qualified by winning their respective age categories at XTERRA Victoria last July.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Comox Valley Ringette Association requests equal ice time

The Comox Valley Ringette Association has appealed to the regional district for… Continue reading

Vancouver Island under a thunderstorm watch tonight

Environment Canada forecasts downpour and possible thunder and lightning

Vancouver Island NDP MP responds to Liberal’s throne speech

’Feds say nice things but when it comes to taking action it’s a different story’ says North Island- Powell River MP, Rachel Blaney

Suspicious van report leads police to issue important reminders

Police received a report about a suspicious white van driving slowly around Comox.

Sheila McDonnell elected chair of Comox Valley Schools board

Sheila McDonnell was elected chair of the Comox Valley Schools board of… Continue reading

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

‘Show us the money’ for cannabis, local governments tell B.C.

Municipal tax, transit revenues falling as costs rise

Courtenay doctor completes virtual Boston Marathon

Janet Green has run another Boston Marathon — a virtual one —… Continue reading

Cops for Cancer: COVID-19 can’t stop Tour de Rock

‘having the chance to come back and ride this year means everything to me’

Most Read