BUTTERFIELD GETS SEASON UNDERWAY NEXT WEEKEND

TYLER BUTTERFIELD GETS A FINAL BIKE FIT BEFORE IRONMAN 70.3 BRASIL
TYLER BUTTERFIELD GETS A FINAL BIKE FIT BEFORE IRONMAN 70.3 BRASIL

Tyler Butterfield gets his season underway next Sunday 5th April as he lines up for the Ironman 70.3 Brasil which is also the Ironman 70.3 Latin American Championships.

IRONMAN 70.3 Brasil takes place in Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, located in the Distrito Federal in the Midwest region of the country. The city is known for its tradition and history, and offers a spectacular mix of urban planning and architectural design by Oscar Niemeyr.

The swim takes place in the calm waters of Lake Paranoa, and follows a rectangle-shaped course. It is followed by a three-lap bike and a three-lap run along the Lake Paranoa shore.

For more on the race and to follow Tyler next weekend go to : IRONMAN 70.3 BRASIL WEBSITE

TOP CANADIAN IN BERMUDA TO WORK WITH JUNIORS

KELLY GUEST
KELLY GUEST

Former professional triathlete and leading Canadian coach Kelly Guest of Victoria, Canada arrived in Bermuda last Thursday. Kelly will be coaching some of the island’s top juniors from today, Saturday 28th March, until next Wednesday.

His visit was planned to coincide with the school vacation period.

Kelly is a renowned triathlon coach who has his own junior programme in Victoria, Kelly’s Kids Triathlon, and is also Triathlon Canada’s provincial coach for the 16 to 19 elite junior programme . Kelly was himself a top triathlete on the professional world circuit, starting in 1999, including being named to the 2002 Commonwealth Games triathlon team for Canada and being named the 2007 Canadian Off-Road Triathlon Elite Male of the Year and the Canadian National Off-road Triathlon Champion.

DE STE CROIX AND ORCHARD IN XTERRA COSTA RICA THIS SUNDAY

LAURIE ORCHARD
LAURIE ORCHARD

Neil de ste Croix and Laurie Orchard. both former Bermuda national triathlon champions, swap their road bikes for mountain bikes and running trails as they take on the XTerra Series Costa Rica this Sunday 29th March.

Neil is known in Bermuda as one of the island’s leading mountain

NEIL DE STE CROIX pictured with Karen Smith
NEIL DE STE CROIX pictured with Karen Smith

bikers so he will be hoping to use that and his strong running ability to his advantage.

Laurie is fairly new to mountain biking but is known for her strong swim and determination.

Unfortunately there is a low turn out in Neil’s age group ( just one other entrant) whilst Laurie will be the sole entrant in her age group.

More on the race and schedule and results at : http://costaricaxterra.com/site/index.php/en/

DUFFY RACES WORLD CUP THIS WEEKEND

FLORA DUFFY
FLORA DUFFY

After her impressive 3rd place finish in Abu Dhabi in the World Cup Series triathlon Flora Duffy lines up this Sunday 29th March in Auckland, New Zealand for the next race in the series. The race gets underway at 8.50PM Bermuda time tonight (Saturday 28th March) and will be televised live. You can sign up for race coverage at the link below :

http://auckland.triathlon.org/

Here is the pre race report from the ITU website which mentions Flora:

The second stop of the ITU World Triathlon Series touches down in Auckland this Sunday, which includes a roster of the highest star-studded potential all vying to take home the next circuit title in the season’s first standard distance race of the year. The world’s finest will battle it out on a choppy two-lap harbour swim, hilly eight-lap bike and finish it off with a four-lap run course.

Women’s Preview

With a blowout finish, the defending World Champion Gwen Jorgensen (USA) secured the first 2015 WTS win in Abu Dhabi. After being down nearly a minute, the top runner showcased her foot-to-pavement skills and made up the time to secure the gold-medal finish and reaffirm herself as the one to chase.

Jorgensen claimed success with the same strategy in Auckland in 2012 when she came from behind to run herself into silver medal position. But last year’s race told a different story when she got caught up in a bike crash and finished 12th – the only time she didn’t finish on the WTS podium last year.

The Americans are on a hot streak right now, having finished 1-2 in the rankings last year, and having started out the 2015 season in the same way. With Katie Zaferes and Sarah True on the start list, expect some red, white, and blue on the podium.

Joining the lineup is New Zealand’s own Andrea Hewitt, whose cycling skills will serve her well on this leg-burning course. While Hewitt has yet to step on the podium in Auckland at a WTS race, she picked up a win in the race when it was a World Cup in 2011. A strong cyclist well suited for the leg-burning course, Hewitt’s run appears more on point than ever after she posted the third-fastest run split of the day in Abu Dhabi.

But it’s Germany’s Anne Haug who knows true success in Auckland, having collected two gold and a silver medal here. Despite a disappointing 2014 season, as one of the strongest bikers on the Series, Haug knows how to handle the hilly bike course. Haug and Hewitt will have company on the bike with equally impressive riders Olympic silver medallist Lisa Norden and Flora Duffy toeing the line. If these ladies get away on the bike, it will be tough to reel them in.

GO FLORA

MARK WILCOX and MARTINA OLCHESKI-BELL RESULTS AT PUERTO RICO IRONMAN 70.3 – RACE MARRED BY SHOOTING

In a race marred by shocking injuries to two competitors who got caught in crossfire gun shots on the bike course, Mark Wilcox and Martina Olcheski-Bell produced excellent performances at the Ironman 70.3 in Puerto Rico on Sunday. More on the shooting below. Mark did not mention the shooting to me so don’t know if he or Martina were aware of it.

Mark Wilcox
Mark Wilcox

Despite struggling recently with a running injury, Mark finished an excellent 2nd in the 45-49 age group with times of 33 min 33 secs for the 1.2 mile swim ( 19th fastest in age group), 2 hrs 26 mins 37 secs for the 56 mile bike ( 7th in age group) and 1hr 38 mins 52 secs for the 13.1 mile run ( 2nd in age group) for an overall time of 4 hrs 44 mins and 47 secs.

Martina was 9th in the 30-34 age group with a 31:11 swim (4th), 2:52:16 (14th) and 1:45:55 (9th) for an overall time of 5 hrs 22 mins and 42 secs.

Professionals Sarah Haskins of the USA and Igor Amorelli of Brazil were the overall winners.

Full results at this link ( put in surname in box) :

IRONMAN 70.3 PUERTO RICO 2015 RESULTS

MORE ON THE SHOOTING ( courtesy of the Huffington Post) :

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two competitors in a Puerto Rico Ironman triathlon were injured by gunfire exchanged between occupants of two cars as they sped past the bicycling part of the Sunday event in an upscale area of the U.S. island’s capital.

Puerto Rico police identified the wounded competitors as Wisconsin woman Liz Boivin, 26, and island resident Miguel Arroyo Ramos, 49. Boivin was hit in the left calf while three bullets struck Arroyo in the left side while they raced on bicycles through the San Juan district of Miramar. The triathlon involves biking, running and swimming.

Full article at this link :

Huffington Post on athlete shooting