THURSDAY AUGUST 18TH SUPER SPRINT RESULTS

A GREAT TURN OUT. THANKS TO IAN PILGRIM FOR THE RESULTS AND ALL WHO HELPED OUT.

BTA Super Sprint Summer Series – 18 August 2016 – Results
Distances :  200m swim/3 laps bike/2 laps run

No. Time Name
1 26.05 Karen Smith
2 26.25 Jamie Pedro
3 26.57 Ian Port
4 28.05 David Souter
5 28.10 Steve O’Reilly
6 28.26 Sharon Hammond
7 29.21 Tommy Marshall
8 29.22 Ben Edwards
9 29.53 Wayne Dill
10 29.58 Tilly Norman
11 31.13 Jessie Marshall
12 31.49 Caitlin Conyers
13 32.26 Wenda Roberts
14 34.09 Gary Joel
15 36.19 Chuck Sherer
16 37.08 Sherman Darrell
17 38.14 Alison Sherer
18 39.22 Audrey Darrell
19 40.01 Colleen Sherer
20 40.09 Nicky Stovell
21 40.58 Lindsey Sherer
22 41.52 Alshia Lugo
23 46.43 Ethan Sousa
24 47.30 Mel Sousa

19.30 Keegan Wooley No run
28.37 AJ Harkness 100m/2 laps/2K
28.38 Chris Harkness 200m/2 laps/2K
33.17 Harry Andrews 1 lap run

TYLER PREPARES FOR KONA WITH FIRST IRONMAN 70.3 WIN

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TYLER WINS IRONMAN 70.3 TIMBERMAN 2016

Tyler Butterfield continued his preparations for the Ironman World Championships in Kona,Hawaii in October, with an impressive win on Sunday in the Timberman Ironman 70.3 Triathlon.

Timberman is one of the well established races on the Ironman calendar and as such attracts a number of strong long distances triathletes. 2016 was no exception with the likes of Tim O’Donnell, 3rd at the 2015 Ironman World Championships, on the start line.

It was O’Donnell who led the way on the bike building up a two minute lead but he then suffered a puncture and fell back. Tyler and American Justin Rossi set the pace and put some time between themselves and the chasers. However by transition they were joined by Austrian Michi Weiss who posted the day’s fastest bike split. Tyler however posted the 2nd fastest run split of the day to drop Weiss and Rossi and win comfortably from Weiss and a fast finishing Chris Baird a distant 3rd despite posting the fastest run split by two minutes.

For full results and splits go here

For the Ironman race report go here

 

FLORA DUFFY 8TH IN OLYMPIC GAMES TRIATHLON

As in so many Olympics, in Rio there were many stories of “what might have been”. Favorites who  could not produce the performance on the day that mattered ; a Taekwondo athlete having gold taken from his grasp in the last second, a 4 x 100 team thinking they had won medals and then being disqualified, a 4th place finisher missing out on a medal by thousandths of a second.

But, for many of us, the lasting memory of these Olympics will be how gutted we were that Flora Duffy, despite her best efforts, just did not have the day that she needed on the day that mattered. Flora knew and we knew that Flora had it in her to contend for a medal but it just wasn’t there . Everyone was and is so proud of her but in equal measure we shared her disappointment of what “might have been”.

It all looked promising when the likes of Spirig and Norden, two excellent cyclists, emerged with the lead group of swimmers and a break seemed very possible. Even as Flora entered transition 2 her chances of medalling were still very much alive. In Stockholm just a few weeks earlier, Flora ran over 40 seconds faster than eventual bronze medal winner Vicky Holland and that despite having worked on the bike on her own for 40km before the run which would have taken alot out of her legs. But, when it isn’t in the legs there isn’t anything you can do about it other than to battle through and to her great credit that is exactly what Flora did. 2nd to 4th ran just under 35 minutes in Rio on a flat course, Flora after her astonishing effort on the bike and including slowing down to acknowledge the crowd at the finish, ran 34:28 in Stockholm. Had Flora run hard to the line her time would have been closer to 34:15. In Rio Flora ran 36:15 even though she was able to ride in the pack for large parts of the race. If she had been able to produce that run in Rio, or even a run within a minute of that run, then on the flat Rio course in reasonable temperatures,  the silver medal would have been within her grasp.

I point out all of the above not to rub salt into the wounds but because there will no doubt be those who are unfamiliar with triathlon who may not appreciate just how good Flora is. Every race Flora enters she is a medal contender and that will not change in the next ITU World Series race in Edmonton or at the World Championships in Mexico.

There are also many athletes who can’t handle the pressure of the big occasion and can’t perform because of the pressure and expectations placed on them. Trust me, Flora is not one of them. From her first triathlon training session as a young junior Flora exhibited an amazing pain threshold and a determination to be first across the line that are two of the hallmarks of a true champion that you can try and promote in athletes but which in reality they either have or don’t have.

So what is the silver lining in all of this. Tokyo may be four years away but when Flora steps onto that starting line it will be in the knowledge that she can and I believe will be Bermuda’s next Olympic medalist.

So, book your seat now for Docksiders and put your “Go Flora Go ” TShirt safely in a drawer because you are going to need it.

Get training Flora !!

 

CAN FLORA WIN GOLD ?

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As I am sure has not been lost on the Bermuda triathlon community and Bermuda at large, Flora Duffy will take to the start line this Saturday 20th August in the 2016 Olympic Triathlon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Flora enters the race with perhaps the best chance of a Bermuda Olympic medal since Clarence Hill’s boxing bronze.

Flora goes into the triathlon as one of the favorites in some commentators’ opinions and as a dark horse amongst other commentators. At the start of the season, as Flora herself admits, she would have been pleased with a top ten finish but her form in the Triathlon World Series, which Flora now leads, has now shown that she is a real contender for a medal or even gold in Rio.

As in so many sports, the ability of an athlete to “peak” for an event can often be the deciding factor between a podium finish or disappointment. The British track cycling programme is a good example of how this works. After, by their standards, a mediocre 4 years since the London 2012 Olympics, the team won 11 of the 24 Olympic medals on offer at Rio ; that’s 11 to every other nations 13. Flora’s results in 2016 would suggest that she is peaking at just the right time for these Olympics and has often been said, form and rankings often go out of the window at the Olympics. Flora has gone from 4th to 3rd to 2nd in the World Series this year and then just a few weeks ago she took 1st in the Stockholm leg of the World Series and 1st in a competitive World Cup race just over a week ago in Montreal.

A few years ago triathlons were following a standard pattern where nobody would get away on the swim or bike and a large group of triathletes ( sometimes almost the whole field) would battle it out in a foot race.

However, in the last few years the British Brownlee brothers realised that if they could get a narrow margin on the swim and early part of the bike they could eliminate the threat of some, if not all, of the fast runners. So, they focused on developing strength in all three routines and cleverly enlisted the support of their now training partner Richard Varga, who invariably leads out the swimmers in these races. With Varga pushing the pace, small gaps appear in the field and the Brownlees then build on that narrow lead in the early part of the bike by pushing the pace. In the men’s Olympics triathlon today, 18th August, they executed their now familiar plan to perfection with Varga leading them out of the water and the Brownlees and a group of ten breaking the string between themselves and the chasing group to open up a 1 min 15 sec gap on the likes of other pre race favorites, and strong runners such as Mario Mola , Richard Murray and Joao Pereira.

Last season Flora tried the same tactics but when others did not come with her Flora allowed herself to go back into the pack. This year, however, she has thrown caution to the wind, and the result has been amazing. She has upped her swim just enough to be able to sometimes open a gap with a group going into the bike or taken a few athletes with her early on the bike. Early in the season she did not have the run to hold off all of the field but the realisation that this tactic could work has transformed her thinking and confidence. After being caught so close to the line by the likes of Gwen Jorgensen, easily the fastest runner in womens’ triathlon and a strong favorite for Rio, she has shown in recent races that in Rio the margin she might need to hold off Jorgensen and others might be smaller than it was 6 months ago.

The problem for Flora may be that unlike in the men’s field, there are not as many strong swim / bikers than can emerge at the front of the swim and stay with her on the bike to share the workload and open up a gap on the likes of Jorgensen and Non Stanford, assuming they can exit the swim with a 10 to 20 second on these runners. Andrea Hewitt and Helen Jenkins ( and possibly Nicola Spirig or Erin Densham) are some of the athletes who could help Flora but if they are unwilling to match Flora’s pace on the tough hilly and technical course, then Flora, as she did in Stockholm, will have to make a tough decision as to whether she is willing to risk it all by just going off the front .

However, this tactic is unlikely to give her the kind of lead off the bike to hold off Jorgensen and other fast runners in a chasing group especially with designated athletes from some countries busting themselves to bring their top athlete into contention going into the run. In Stockholm Flora got a minute on the pack but in the last two laps her solo effort told and the lead was reduced to 25 seconds, not enough to beat Jorgensen in a foot race.

Flora’s run has improved dramatically over the season, despite the fatigue in her legs going into the run after her mammoth efforts. In Stockholm the TV commentators expected strong runners such as Helen Jenkins and Andrea Hewitt to catch Flora but Flora matched their times ( taking into account that she slowed dramatically near the line to take the crowd’s applause whilst Hewitt and Jenkins sprinted for the line). Jenkins in particular is considered to be one of the very best runners, so Flora’ run time was especially pleasing. Imagine what her run might be like if she has the opportunity to share the workload with  a few others or, if she is unable to break away from the pack, to sit in and conserve energy in the pack.

If a pack comes in together at the front and it includes Jorgensen and the UK’s Non Stanford then gold and silver may be out of Flora’s reach but, assuming she is in that pack, don’t rule Flora out for that bronze medal.

If ,however, she comes in with the likes of Jenkins and Hewitt, or slightly ahead of them if there is a group off the front and she tries to distance them in the last two laps, then silver or gold is possible, depending on how far behind Jorgensen is and how she has handled the heat and hills. How much of a gap will the group need on Jorgensen ? Some would say at least 1 min 30 secs. I think at the Olympics that 1 minute may, just may, be enough.

One thing is for certain,and it is making many athletes like Jorgensen nervous, Flora will be going all out to break the top runners before the run and with the heat and 17% gradient on the hill, x 8,  a bit of support on the bike and a disorganised chase group on the technical course, she just might do it. She has such an “off the charts” pain threshold and endurance engine that will be key.

Whatever happens, Flora has already earned huge respect in the triathlon community, especially after her start to finish solo effort at Stockholm, and I guarantee you she will leave everything out on the course.

GO FLORA GO.

 

 

CERVELO P2 TRIATHLON BIKE FOR SALE

FOR SALE CERVELO P2 – NEW MODEL – 56CM FRAME

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FLORA GOING FOR GOLD – WATCH THE RACE PARTY -SATURDAY

flora stockholmCOME AND WATCH FLORA GO FOR GOLD !!

WHEN : SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST FROM 10AM (RACE IS FROM 11AM TO 1PM)

WHERE : DOCKSIDERS – BACK ROOM – LARGE TV SCREEN – SEATING FOR 60-70 AND ROOM FOR 200

BREAKFAST : ENGLISH BUFFET BREAKFAST – $20 ADULTS ( INCLUDES A BLOODY MARY) AND $12 KIDS UNDER 12. EMAIL NANCY STEVENS AT TRIHEDZBERMUDA@GMAIL.COM IF YOU WOULD LIKE THE BREAKFAST.

LUNCH : REGULAR LUNCH MENU AVAILABLE FROM 11.30AM ONWARDS

TSHIRTS : BUY YOUR “GO FLORA GO” T – SHIRT (DESIGNED BY CHARLIE DUFFY) FROM INTERNATIONAL SPORTS SHOP AND WEAR IT TO DOCKSIDERS AND /OR BRING A BERMUDA FLAG.

COME AND JOIN THE PARTY !!

THURSDAY 11TH AUGUST SUPER SPRINT RESULTS

BTA Super Sprint 11 Aug 2016
Results
Distances:
1 – 200m swim; 3 laps bike; 2 laps run
2 – 100m swim; 2 laps bike; 1 lap run
# Time Name Distance
1 25.46 Karen Smith 200m/3 laps/2K
2 26.08 Nick Pilgrim 200m/3 laps/2K
3 27.18 Steve O’Reilly 200m/3 laps/2K
4 29.17 Matthew Viney 200m/3 laps/2K
5 29.47 Jeff Conyers 200m/3 laps/2K
6 29.49 Tilly Norman 200m/3 laps/2K
7 30.05 Deb Norman 200m/3 laps/2K
8 30.13 Caitlin Conyers 200m/3 laps/2K
9 31.03 Wayne Dill 200m/3 laps/2K
10 33.05 Gary Joel 200m/3 laps/2K
11 34.08 Simon Fraser 200m/3 laps/2K
12 35.04 Denise Carey 200m/3 laps/2K
13 40.44 Litanya Smith 200m/3 laps/2K
14 41.40 Alshia Lugo 200m/3 laps/2K

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