TYLER SMITH 17TH IN BRITISH UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES DUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tyler Smith produced a solid performance on November 20th finishing 17th in the British Universities and Colleges National Duathlon Championships in his first race since enrolling at Leeds University in the UK.

The race took place at the famous Castle Coombe motor racing circuit and included a team and individual event over a fast course.

Tyler recorded the 12th fastest time for the first run but lost time on the bike with the 45th fastest bike time but made it up on the 2nd run with the 12th fastest run time again to finish in 44 minutes 35 secs with Loughborough University’s Richard Horton first in 41 min 40 secs. Loughborough had 4 athletes in the top ten to take the team title whilst Tyler’s Ledds University team were 3rd overall as his team mates finished 5th and 8th.

Tyler was just 21 seconds out of a top ten finish.

FOR FULL RESULTS GO HERE

FLORA WRAPS UP A GREAT SEASON WITH ANOTHER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WIN

Courtesy of International Triathlon Union :

t’s been a career best season for Bermuda’s Flora Duffy that just got dialled up another level when she dominated at the 2016 Snowy Mountains ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in Australia, and winning an historic third world championship title.

Duffy entered the race as the defending champion, reigning ITU World Champion, Xterra World Champion and raging favourite. She led from the gun and increased the margin at every change over to eventually win by four minutes from the pocket rocket Chilean Barbara Riveros in the silver medal position, and Suzanne Snyder (USA) taking bronze.

“It’s really surreal and don’t think I’ve full absorbed it yet, this race was pretty hard and I was so empty on that run course today,” said Duffy.

“It’s cool, it was kind of a crazy idea that formed after the overall win at Cozumel. I thought there’s two more world titles this year maybe I can win them and to do it to, to keep it together for this long under this much pressure and attention to detail and you really have to race at a high level if you want to win, to do all of that is cool,” she added.

Duffy led from the outset and newcomer to off-road racing Charlotte McShane was not far off the pace in second after the swim.

But once Duffy got onto the single-track mountain bike leg she was out of sight and amassed a huge 4minute lead off the bike. With limited time spent on her mountain bike McShane lost ground over the two lap 16.4km loops. With McShane’s lack of bike handling skill she was soon overtaking by the last minute inclusion to the start line for Riveros recovering from a broken foot and with no run training.

That didn’t seem to affect the fleet footed Riveros who easily glided over the tough run trails and onto the podium for a second successive silver medal at the World Championships.

Snyder was consistent all day and slowly worked her way to the front of the field and into her first world championship podium for a bronze medal.
“I didn’t have much time to train I was almost running on fumes and hopefully going off all the training I’d done this year. So I was definitely unsure how this race would go, as it’s the end of a big year.

“I managed to pull it off and hold it together,” said Duffy.

FOR FULL RESULTS GO HERE

VICTORIA – PENTICTON CAMP 2017

For those people who might have been interested in the proposed camp, regretably it will not be going ahead as originally planned due to some logistical issues.

However, we might organise a pre Penticton camp in Victoria BC from 17th to 22nd August ( Details to follow in the next two weeks). After that arrangements for Penticton would be up to you but I can offer advise on the best options to get to Penticton from Victoria.

If you are planning to do Penticton ITU World Long Course Champs or the other races on the schedule ( World Duathlon , Cross and AquaBike World Champs) I recommend that you book a hotel soon. As per my previous post, I have a possible house but need people to fill the rooms.

At the request of the BTA, I sent a qualifying criteria proposal for the Long Course Championships to them for consideration.I understand that the final criteria will be forthcoming soon. You have to qualify to race.

DAVE MORRISON – EMAIL DM@UPTONMANAGEMENT.COM

 

LOOKING FOR ITU LONG COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ACCOMODATION 2017 ?

Accomodation for the ITU Long Course World Championships is at a premium with only a very few motel rooms left.

I have found an AWESOME 6 bedroom home on the lake 5 minutes from downtown Penticton that has just become available due to a cancellation by a group that was coming to these championships but had to pull out.

The minimum stay is 7 nights so from Tuesday 22nd to Tuesday 28th August. Price per  room ( first come get room choice)  inclusive of taxes and cleaning is CD$1267 for the week or at current exchange rate US$950.

A NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF CD$633.50 is required for each room and the balance of CD$633.50 would be NON REFUNDABLE two months before 22nd August.

THIS PROPERTY IS LIKELY TO GO OVER THE WEEKEND SO TO SECURE IT I NEED TO ENSURE THAT I HAVE AT LEAST 4 BEDROOMS ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

IF INTERESTED CONTACT ME BY PHONE ON 2361685 OR EMAIL ME ON DM@UPTONMANAGEMENT.COM – FAMILIES WELCOME IF YOU NEED TWO ROOMS !!

DAVE MORRISON

You can find details of the property here

MIAMIMAN RACE REPORT

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LIZ STEWART ON THE BIKE IN MIAMI THIS WEEKEND

A group of Bermuda triathletes competed in the Miamiman triathlons last weekend and Steve O’Reilly, who finished 6th in his age group in the International distance provided this report :

Miami Zoo – Kendall – November 13th
Swim waves were super fun running off the beach through the start gate into the spring fed fresh water lake barely cold enough to use a wetsuit. It was  calm and clean but some challenges on the home straight with the sun in your eyes causing a number of swimmers (Marina included) off course a little. If you were lucky, as I was, some pair of toes could be found for most of the journey.
Everyone liked the bike route which was fairly flat and fast on open roads with efficient cops maintaining safety as riders hammered through the cross roads of the grid like semi rural, semi urban streets of the South-West Miami suburb of Kendall. The 70.3 riders went out into the rural farm zones . Sadly there were flats had by unlucky riders who met with thumb tacks on the road, this the second event recently plagued with this activity. The roads were great and there was just a light breeze. Helene had some issues with her pedals having been unable to bring her own and this caused her some challenges during her ride. Sharon was unlucky to receive a 4 minute penalty as an overtaking rider pulled in very close  as the official rode by. Bad luck Sharon but obviously very cool to be the bad girl

The ladies talked of having seen Zebras and Turtles on the 6.55km run loop but I only saw one deer and I’m not sure he was even part of the zoo. There were bits of shade, some views of the lake and some longer stretches through car parks making for a bearable run. Jen and Sharon had two loops and spoke less favorably of it, for obvious reasons!
I think everyone loved the event with the bike and swim as the favourites (who actually “likes” a run anyway, I mean really). Certainly Florida’s Multirace.com know their stuff and it would a great event for anyone wanting to step up to their first oversees race!
Results
½ Iron distance
Jenn Wilson 5:35:34, 13th /33 Female 40-44 (Overall 263rd /750)
Sharon Hammond 5:39:48, 17th /47 Female 45-49 (Overall 288th /750)

International Distance (.6m swim, 22m bike, 6.55 m, run)
Marina O’Shea 2:57:30, 9th /19 Female 25-29 (Overall 292nd /532)
Helene Simmons 3:24:44, 17th /30 Female 50-54 (368th / 532)
Liz Stewart 2:52:41, 14th /28 Female 45-49 (273rd / 532)
Steve O’Reilly 2:17:41, 6th /41 Male 50-54 (57th /532)

AN EVENING WITH FLORA DUFFY

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CONTRIBUTED, AT MY REQUEST, BY CHARLIE DUFFY (POET AND SCHOLAR) WITH A VERY LITTLE EDITING BY ME :
On November 6th at City Hall over 150 tri-adults and tri-kids paid their money to taste wines from various countries in which the Flora Duffy, the champ, has competed. The wine was  accompanied by sushi and other delicious foodstuffs.
Don’t know why I’m telling you this because I’m pretty sure nearly all of you were there!
Anyway I led off with my epic poem “Going like Hell in Cozumel” which has in the past been described as moving and witty (by me.) Surprisingly nothing was thrown, nobody booed and my bit wasn’t a complete disaster (Still haven’t got in any cash though!).
The Premier followed and was obviously impressed by Flora if not his warm-up act. He’s a bit of a sportsman himself so is able to comprehend at least to some extent just what Flora has managed to achieve, particularly this year. He expressed his great appreciation of Flora’s efforts both personally and on behalf of the island.
Next came the main event of the evening, the Q & A session with Flora. Most in the crowd had a pretty good idea of who Flora was which was a good start. All went well with Flora being particularly adept at patiently answering inane questions. Just joking, Neil did a good job with the questions.
Then came the auction of Flora’s Olympic racesuit signed by herself ; not the one she wore – a nice clean one. After a bidding war with Mr Fisher, it was acquired by Ms Howes for $1,050. Thanks Ms Howes and also Daddy Howes as I imagine he may be involved somehow in this deal.
Finally the raffle with the first prize (of about a dozen) being a half case of wine going to yours truly. It was suggested politely though quite loudly that I should refuse to take the prize and I did try but it was too late (next day).
All in all a great night. Thanks to the efforts of Jules Hawley and a team of volunteer members (apologies if I should have named more), non-members and even at least one bartender who turned up to help with no idea what the night was actually all about. Roughly $6,500 was raised for the BTA so thanks to all who paid to attend as well.
And as I’m writing this I get the last word. Actually the last three…………GO FLORA GO!!!!
Flora’s Dad

DUFFY FAVORITE FOR ITU WORLD CROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 THIS WEEKEND

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FLORA IN TRAINING THIS WEEK AT LAKE CRACKENBACK

FROM TRIATHLON.ORG :

Reigning ITU World Champion Flora Duffy (BER) turns to her attention to cross triathlon this weekend as she hunts for her second ITU world title in two months, and her second consecutive Cross Triathlon World Title. In the men’s race, two-time ITU Cross Triathlon World Champ Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) is back to try for a triple crown at the 2016 Snowy Mountains ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships over a 1.5km swim, 32.8km mountain bike and 10km cross country run.

Women’s Preview

Duffy enters the Lake Crackenback race as the heavy favorite, having won the event last year and having finished with silver in 2014. Not to mention Duffy pulled out all-star performances across the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series that amassed to an ITU World Championship title. The Bermuda star also is fresh off a win in the Xterra World Championships, which was her third straight Xterra world victory.

Fellow ITU triathlon racers Charlotte McShane (AUS) and Barbara Riveros (CHI) will offer up a challenge to Duffy, with the added advantage of knowing Duffy’s strengths from having raced her all year. Riveros finished second to Duffy last year, and recorded a top five finish at the Olympics this year.

While she hasn’t delved in the discipline often, McShane found early success in cross triathlon as the 2008 U23 Xterra World Champion. Having just racked her highest finish ever in a WTS, McShane appears more on point than ever.

However, the traditional triathletes will have to go up against Jacqueline Slack (GBR), who is far more experienced in racing the cross terrain events. Slack worked her way to a career-high fourth-place finish last year and will no doubt be hungry for a podium. Slack and Olympic bronze medallist Erin Densham (AUS), who is also featured on the start list, have the added advantage of having raced the course last year.