Kyle Jones

Professional Triathlete & Canadian Olympian


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Three Canadians into Top-10 at Triathlon World Cup in New Zealand

NEW PLYMOUTH, Nzl.—Three of Canada’s best triathletes had a solid final tune-up race for the start of the World Triathlon Series with each of them storming into the top-10 at a World Cup in New Plymouth, New Zealand on Sunday.

Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland led the Canadian charge, and narrowly missed the podium with a fifth-place finish. The 25-year-old Victoria resident clocked a time of 58 minutes, two seconds (58:02) in the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike, and five-kilometre run sprint distance race.

Sweetland and teammate, Paula Findlay, put together a solid swim and bike before the field separated itself on the run. Competing in just her second World Cup race in three years, Edmonton’s Findlay took another step forward in her rebuild from injury to her top form that saw her win five World Triathlon Series races. Findlay, who was 17th last week, was ninth on Sunday with a time of 58:44.

Katie Hursey, of the United States, won the women’s race with a time of 57:27. Andrea Hewitt, of New Zealand, thrilled the hometown crowd with a silver-medal time of 57:38. Jodie Stimpson, of Great Britain, rounded out the women’s podium in third at 57:39.

Kyle Jones, of Oakville, Ont., also took a step forward in his preparations for the start of the World Triathlon Series. The 29-year-old Jones grabbed eighth spot with a time of 53:13.

“This was a nice progression from last weekend. I feel all is looking well heading into the first race in Auckland in two weeks time,” said Jones. “I’m very happy with the race today.”

Spain’s Mario Mola won for the second straight week after posting a time of 52:30. Javier Gomez, also of Spain, grabbed the silver after stopping the clock at 52:33, while Portugal’s Joao Silva finished third at 52:56.

Victoria’s Andrew McCartney placed 39th at 54:42. Two other Canadians – Victoria’s Matt Sharpe and Winnipeg’s Tyler Mislawchuk, also hit the start line, but did not finish.

1. Mario Mola (ESP) 52:30
2. Javier Gomez (ESP) 52:33
3. Joao Silva (POR) 52:56
4. Fernando Alarza (ESP) 53:03
5. Brendan Sexton (AUS) 53:08
6. Ryan Sissons (NZL) 53:10
7. David Hauss (FRA) 53:11
8. Kyle Jones (CAN) 53:13
9. Dan Wilson (AUS) 53:22
10. Laurent Vidal (FRA) 53:26

For complete results of the New Plymouth World Cup, click here.


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Triathlon Canada Hands Out 2013 Excellence Awards

TORONTO—The names Kyle Jones, Kirsten Sweetland, Jennifer Hopkins and Stefan Daniel headline a list of Canadian triathletes that will receive Triathlon Canada’s 2013 Excellence Awards.

As the nation’s top athletes gear up for another season of swimming, biking and running, Triathlon Canada recognized the top performers for the 2013 season.

Jones, of Oakville, Ont., was named the Male Triathlete-of-the-Year for the second straight season. Feeding off his Olympic debut in 2012, the 29-year-old Jones was Canada’s top male in a season that was highlighted by a silver medal victory at the World Cup in Edmonton. He capped 2013 off by finishing 19th at the World Championships in London.

“It was a great year for triathlon in Canada and I’m honoured to be recognized for my contribution to the success we had,” said Jones. “The 2014 season is just about to kick off and I’m looking forward to another exciting year on the road to Rio.”

Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland will be recognized for her successful comeback to elite racing by winning the Women’s Triathlete-of-the-Year. The 25-year-old Sweetland had two, top-five finishes on the World Cup including a memorable bronze-medal win in Edmonton. She was also rock solid on the World Triathlon Series with two, top-15’s including a sixth-place finish in Kitzbuhel, Austria.

“Starting last year I really didn’t have any goals other than to be healthy and happy,” said Sweetland. “Every race and result that came was a bonus. To have performed above expectations, and be chosen for this award, is both a surprise and an honour! Thank you to everyone at TriCan for the support last year. I think great things lie ahead for Triathlon Canada!” 

Triathlon Canada also recognized two of its top Paratriathletes who continue to march towards the sport’s Paralympic debut in 2016. Ottawa’s Jennifer Hopkins was recognized as the top women’s Paratriathlete for her third straight victory at the World Championships. Calgary’s Stefan Daniel was named Male Paratriathlete-of-the-Year after capturing a bronze medal in his first World Championships at just 16 years of age.

Triathlon Canada also recognized four athletes in the Under-23 and Junior race categories.

Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., earned top honours in the Under-23 male category, while Calgary’s Ellen Pennock was the top female in the women’s Under-23. Winnipeg’s Tyler Mislawchuk was the top junior male for the second straight season, while Emy Legault, of Ile Perrot, Que., grabbed the junior girls award.

Triathlon Canada recognized Victoria’s Larry McMahon with the William J. Hallet Excellence Award which recognizes Significant Contributor/Volunteer of the Year Award.


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ActiveChefs Mini-Olympics

With the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games just days away I was invited to join ActiveChefs at Sheridan Public School in Oakville to celebrate and promote Olympic spirit and values, and inspire children and their families to live more active and healthier lives. It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with the kids playing “Mini-Olympics” and sharing one of my favourite recipes with them.

ActiveChefs is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering children to make healthier lifestyle choices. Like them on facebook and see what they’re all about!

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Great weekend with the OTC

This past weekend I was invited by Geordie McConnell of the Ottawa Triathlon Club to contribute to their annual coaching clinic. Each year Geordie invites a special guest to his clinic and I was honoured to attend and share my experiences. I had a great time interacting with the coaches and meeting many of the club’s members. A fantastic group of people to work with!

Lots of great photos captured here from the weekend.

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Pre-London ITU Grand Final Interview

Kyle Jones ready to become the new face of triathlon in Canada

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press, September 12, 2013

Kyle Jones has long raced in the shadow of Canadian triathlon star Simon Whitfield.

It was a spot Jones didn’t mind occupying while he trained alongside the Olympic gold medallist and soaked up all he could about the sport.

But with Whitfield easing into semi-retirement — he has said there’s just a 10 per cent chance he’ll return to full-time racing — Jones said he’s more than ready to become the new face for his sport in Canada.

The 28-year-old Jones is considered Canada’s top hope for a medal in the elite races at this weekend’s 2013 PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final in London.

“It’s definitely something I looked forward to,” Jones said on shouldering the role as team leader. “I think the best way I can lead is just by example, and that starts with just training and preparation and showing up on the day and executing. Simon helped me over the years with advice and guidance and definitely I’m open to helping any of the young guys, sort of passing along the info and paying it forward.

“It’s definitely a role I look forward to being involved in more and more over the next three years leading into Rio (the 2016 Olympics).”

Jones rose up through the sport’s ranks behind Whitfield, the two spending four or five hours a day training together in Victoria over some six years.

“We did spend a lot of time together, but it is good to kind of have a change and my own direction,” Jones said. “A lot of times when we were training together, (Whitfield) being the more dominant one, he sort of led the way and I was happy to follow. But you come to the point where you need to start making decisions for yourself and I’ve quite enjoyed that change.”

Jones won the national junior title in 2003, and raced to fourth-place finishes at the Pan American Games in 2007 and 2011.

Then he won the Canadian championships last year and went into the London Olympics as Canada’s top-ranked male. A bike crash took Whitfield out of the mix at the Olympics, and Jones was Canada’s top finisher in 25th.

Jones, an Oakville, Ont., native, wasn’t pleased with the result on the Olympic course that he’ll cover on again Sunday, saying a poor swim left him out of the hunt.

“Definitely looking forward to going back there and getting a little bit of redemption,” Jones said.

This passing-of-the-torch season hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Jones, however. Coming off one of his best winters of training, he had bike crashes in two early races in Auckland, N.Z. — where he said he had been poised for a podium performance — and San Diego.

He also left Victoria and moved back closer to home in Milton, Ont.

“There was kind of a shift of what was happening in Victoria, the group sort of wasn’t what it was, with Simon retiring, and a bunch of other athletes going in different directions,” Jones said. “I pretty much had to do what was best for me, and put myself in a situation where I can be successful.”

“It was definitely a tough start to the season. Would have been nice to have had a few more results on the World Series, but if I was going to have things happen like they did, then this year is the year for sure.”

Jones hopes to improve on his sixth-place finish at the World Series Grand Final last year. The favourites are Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez of Spain, who’ve dominated the World Triathlon Series podium this season.

Alistair Brownlee won the Olympic triathlon last summer on much the same course, that starts with a 1.5-kilometre swim in Hyde Park before a 40-kilometre bike ride that circles Buckingham Palace, capped by a 10-kilometre run that finishes in Hyde Park.

Kirsten Sweetland of Nanaimo, B.C., withdrew from Saturday’s elite women’s race due to illness.

As for the next three years heading into the Rio Olympics, Jones hopes to reach the podium at next summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

“Definitely being in Toronto, you can’t get much more of a hometown race than that,” Jones said. “So that’s one that I’ll be definitely gunning for a medal in and hopefully gold.”


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Jones embraces leadership role

Jones embraces leadership role with Canadian triathlon team

Oakville Beaver – By Herb Garbutt

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When Simon Whitfield retired following the London Olympics, Kyle Jones assumed the mantle as Canada’s top male triathlete. It’s no easy task taking the place of a Canadian sports icon.

Whitfield had been the face of triathlon since winning the sport’s first Olympic gold medal in Sydney in 2000, not just in Canada — where he won 10 straight national titles — but around the world. It was inevitable, though, that eventually Whitfield would retire and the Canadian team would need a new leader.

Jones had been groomed for the role for years. He had moved to Victoria to train alongside Whitfield, learning all he could from the four-time Olympian. Along the way, the Oakville native began assembling a solid career of his own. A junior national champion in 2003, Canadian sprint champion and a top-10 finish at the world under-23 championships in 2005. He narrowly missed the podium at the 2007 Pan Am Games, finishing fourth, a result he repeated four years later in 2011. That same year, he nearly ended Whitfield’s run of national titles after being edged in a sprint to the finish.

Jones and Whitfield raced together in London and after a bike crash took Whitfield out of the race, Jones was Canada’s top finisher in 25th. So went the passing of the torch, which Jones gladly accepts.

“It’s a new era and I’m happy to be the leader of that. We have a younger team and it’s exciting to be a part of it. I’ll help any way I can and pass on what I learned from Simon.”

Jones knows, though, the best way to carry on what Whitfield started and to be an example for his teammates is to win races.

“He set the bar high for us,” the 28-year-old said. “I’m not in it for the track suits. I want to win medals. This is my job.”

That made the start to Jones’ season all the more frustrating. Coming off a sixth-place finish at last year’s world championships, Jones was feeling very good about his off-season training. Then he had his first two races derailed by bike crashes in Auckland, New Zealand and San Diego.

It took time to recover from those mishaps, both mentally and physically.

“Crashing at 40 or 50 kilometres an hour takes its toll,” he said. “I’ve got some nice scars now. It took some time to heal and get my body back in form.”

There were also mental scars as Jones said it took time to once again feel comfortable riding at speed in a pack. As a result, his results were mixed — an eighth place at a Grand Prix in France and 27th at a World Triathlon Series race in Madrid.

But with a second-place finish at the International Triathlon Union World Cup race in Edmonton at the end of June — finishing just seven seconds behind France’s Gregory Rouault — Jones showed he is up to the task of leading the Canadian squad. The race also served as the Canadian championships, allowing Jones to claim his second straight national title.

It was a continuation of a good run in Edmonton. Jones finished fourth two years ago and then won last year’s race, his first World Cup victory. And though he had hoped to defend both titles, Jones saw a lot of positives.

“I knew I was in good form,” he said, “it just hadn’t been reflected consistently in my results. Any time you win a national championship it’s important and I’m proud of that. Hopefully, this is a springboard for the rest of the season.”

Racing on Canadian soil has agreed with Jones over the years, and now as he enters a new stage in his career, he’s returning a little closer to his roots. After several years living in Victoria, Jones moved to Milton at the beginning of the year. In addition to bringing Jones and his wife Kelly closer to their families, he said the area has much to offer in terms of training — new pools for swimming, open water swims and running at Kelso Conservation Area and good roads for biking — all a few minutes from his home.

And just as he said he’s always had a positive experience feeding off the energy of the crowd in Edmonton, Jones is hoping for a similar boost for the 2015 Pan Am Games.

“It’s not every day you have a major games at home. It’s something I’m looking forward to and it will be great to see as the momentum builds toward that.”

For now, Jones will look to build off the momentum of his performance in Edmonton at World Triathlon Series race in Kitzbuhel, Austria on Saturday, followed by another race in Hamburg, Germany two weeks later.

Jones embraces leadership role with Canadian triathlon team


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French Grand Prix Dunkerque

After crashing in the first two events of the 2013 World Triathlon Series I took some time to recover and then got in a nice 3 week training block at my new home in Ontario. Feeling fit and ready to resume racing I flew over to Europe last week to compete with my French club in the first Grand Prix race of the year in Dunkerque. These GP events offer a great opportunity to mix it up in a very fast and competitive field. The depth at these races is very similar to ITU racing so it was a good chance for me to get in a proper race ahead of the Madrid WTS this weekend. It felt good to finally put on my race flats and have a go at it. Overall the race went well. I was a bit hesitant on the bike with the crashes still fresh in my mind but overall was happy with the race. I ran well and crossed the line in 8th place. Our team finished 3rd overall which was a nice bonus!

Here’s a link to the results: French Grand Prix Dunkerque

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