March 12 2014 Edition

The first Quebec International Winter Triathlon

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Photo: Bill Cox

The world première of the ITU Quebec Winter Triathlon took place on the Plains of Abraham this past weekend, showcasing the world's best male and female triathletes and paratriathletes.

Summer triathlons include swimming, cycling and running, whereas the winter edition involves 5 km of snowshoeing, 12 km of speed skating and 8 km of cross-country skiing for a total of 25 gruelling kilometres.

Elite racers break new ground at ITU Winter Triathlon

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The 34 athletes lined up on the Plains of Abraham for the start of the ITU Winter Triathlon Elite races were among the best in their sports. Quebecer Marc-André Bédard and Slovak Dušan Simocko are world-class biathletes. New Brunswick-born Quebecer Joël Bourgeois is a two-time track Olympian.

Disability no barrier for paratriathlon athletes

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Skating or skiing without seeing where you're going may sound like a daunting experience, but Simon Tremblay is used to it. Tremblay, who is blind from birth, took the silver medal in the solo event in Saturday's winter paratriathlon on the Plains of Abraham.

"You need to follow the track," says Tremblay. "In a lot of places on the ski course there weren't ski prints to follow.

Big Mountain Battle on Mont-Sainte-Anne

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On March 8, the Mont-Sainte-Anne ski resort hosted the Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle, a three-hour scavenger hunt. Battles are held at eight ski resorts across North America with a final event, Battle in the Bowls, to be held in Aspen, Colorado, on March 23.

Skiers and snowboarders compete in pairs in one of three skill level categories: Advanced, Intermediate and Age 12 year or younger.

Electricity in the air at auto show

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The Salon de l'Auto de Québec drew hundreds of people out to the Centre des Foires de Québec this past week, from vintage-car enthusiasts like the members of Quebec-based Club des Belles Autos d'Hier, to families looking for something to do over March Break.

ESL students make the news in Thetford Mines

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Deep inside a maze of hallways at the Cégep de Thetford Mines, more than a dozen ambitious adults are working to improve their English skills.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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