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What is a Pentathlon?

The unique Pentathlon des neiges is the biggest winter multisport event in the world. Solo or in a team relay of 2 to 5 participants, you must complete, on a continuous basis, the 5 disciplines of the Pentathlon : 

 

 

Multiple challenges of different distances and level of difficulty are offered, making it accessible to everyone. 

Bike

First leg of the Pentathlon, the Le Man type bike start is always spectacular! Ride the streets of old Quebec surrounding historical Plains of Abraham. All types of bikes are allowed, as long as you use groove tires. Slick tires are prohibited.

Pentathlon basics

  • Disciplines must be completed one after the other, in the order presented above.
  • After each disciplines, you must enter the transition zone to complete the course, change your equipment and start the next discipline or give the relay to your teammate if you participate in tandem or team format. 

Run

Run on the streets surrounding the transition area located on the Plains of Abraham facing the Musée National des Beaux-Arts. This mainly flat course makes running the easiest and most accessible leg of the Pentathlon. Anyone can do it! 

 

Pentathlon basics

  • A Pentathlon runs like a Triathlon, without interruption between each disciplines. Transition time is included in the total race time. Timing stops only when you reach the finish line at the end of the fifth discipline. 
  • Each discipline lasts between 20 to 40 minutes, which makes it accessible to everyone. Consult the different race descriptions to find yours! 
  • You must provide all the required equipment to complete your Pentathlon.

Ski

Traced in both classical and freestyle technique, the Pentathlon ski path will offer everyone a fun and exciting challenge. Ski on Plains of Abraham on a professionally groomed trail made exclusively for the event by Pentathlon des neiges. 

Participation formats

SOLO

One person complete all 5 disciplines.


TANDEM (Team of 2 people)

Each member must complete a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 disciplines.


Team (team of 3 to 5 people)

Each member must complete a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 2 disciplines.

Skate

Skate this fantastic artificial skating oval downtown Quebec City on Plains of Abraham! With a length of 400 meters, next to the transition area, it is the hearth of the Pentathlon des neiges. All types of skates are permitted, from hockey skates to speed skates to racers favorite, the innovative Nordic blades. 

 

Competitions by formats

SOLO

Merrell Short distance challenge
Long distance challenge

TANDEM

Merrell Short distance challenge
Long distance challenge

TEAM

Merrell Short distance challenge
Opticité Long distance challenge
Merrell Families and friends challenge
RSEQ Invitational Tournament - Elementary and high school
RSEQ Invitational Tournament - College
University and adult education challenge
Corporate challenge
Health and social services day 

Snowshoe

Last leg of the Pentathlon, but not least! Walk or run the hilly racecourse using your old style “babiche” snowshoe or your high tech lightweight race snowshoes. Get to the finish line cheered by the spectators and your teammates. You are a Pentathlete! 

You want to learn more?

Read the race instructions and the rules to really live what is a Pentathlon!

What is the Quebec ITU Winter Triathlon?

Welcome to the Québec ITU Triathlon, the new winter triathlon format of the International Triathlon Union (ITU).  Elite, age groupers and paratriathlete can participate to the races open to athletes of all levels.

Solo or in a team relay exclusively for paratriathletes, you must complete, one after the other on a continuous basis, the 3 following disciplines: 

 

Snowshoe

On the first leg of the triathlon, all triathletes line up for the spectacular snow splash start wearing either their old style “babiche” snowshoes or their lightweight high tech snowshoes. Walk or run the hilly course on historical Plains of Abraham, downtown Quebec City. Finish the snowshoe leg in the transition area. 

 

Triathlon basics

  • Disciplines must be completed one after the other, in the order presented above.
  • After each disciplines, you must enter the transition zone to complete the course, change your equipment and start the next discipline. 
  • A Triathlon runs without interruption between each disciplines. Transition time is included in the total race time. Timing stops only when you reach the finish line at the end of the third discipline. 
  • You must provide all the required equipment to complete your Triathlon. 

Skate

Complete transition and then skate this fantastic artificial skating oval on Plains of Abraham, downtown Quebec City. With a length of 400 meters, next to the transition area, it is the hearth of the Quebec ITU Triathlon. All types of skates are permitted. The elite race allows spectators to see “fast trains” of skaters offering a spectacle of Olympic dimension. Last transition, from skate to ski.

 

Competitions

Quebec ITU Winter Triathlon - Age groups
Quebec ITU Winter Triathlon  - Elite
Paratriathlon 

Ski

Traced for both classical and freestyle technique, the Quebec ITU Triathlon ski path will offer everyone a fun and exciting challenge. Ski on Plains of Abraham on a professionally groomed trail made exclusively for the event. Cross the finish line cheered by other racers and the spectators. You are a Triathlete!

 

You want to learn more?

Read the race instructions and the rules to really live what is the Quebec ITU Winter Triathlon!