NICK PILGRIM 39TH AT CLERMONT 12-16 F1 SERIES RACE – 2ND 12 YEAR OLD

NICK PILGRIM RACING TODAY AT THE CLERMONT F1 YOUTH SERIES TRIATHLON
NICK PILGRIM RACING TODAY AT THE CLERMONT F1 YOUTH SERIES TRIATHLON

Nick Pilgrim took on the big boys as he raced today in the Clermont F1 Series draft legal race for 12 to 16 year olds. Nick finished a creditable 39th out of 64 starters  but more importantly he was the 2nd 12 year old across the line.

Nick finished the 375 meter swim in 5 mins 54 secs and the 10km bike ride in 17.40 before completing the 2.5 km run in 12.07 for a total time, with transitions, of 37 mins 36 secs.The F1 Series attracts the best  juniors in the USA so Nick’s performance against athletes of his own age was especially pleasing.

The F1 Youth boys race was won by 15 year old Canadian Pavlos Antoniades in 31 mins 45 secs.

Nick will now be joined by brother Alex and Lynsey Palmer in Sarasota for the next race in the F1 series next weekend whilst Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley will compete at the same venue in the equally competitive CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon which will double up as the North American Junior Championships. CAMTRI is the regional governing body for triathlon for the Americas, including Canada, the USA, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America so a very strong field is expected for this race.

Full results for the Clermont Boys F1 Series race can be seen at this link :

CLERMONT F1 SERIES TRIATHLON 2015 BOYS RESULTS

FLORA DUFFY ON PODIUM AT WORLD CUP SERIES OPENER

Flora Duffy swapped her XC bike for her road bike today, Saturday 7th March, to take 3rd place at the International Triathlon Union’s World Cup Series opener in Abu Dhabi in a stellar field of the sport’s top names including world champion Gwen Jorgensen

Flora’s performance was a real break through as she made the podium for the first time in the World Cup Series, the highest level of the sport.

As expected Flora was out with the lead group after the 750 meter rough swim and then made a break on the 20km technical bike course dragging 4 other athletes with her. Duffy then took off on the run to open up a 30 meter gap at 2.5 km of the 5km run. World Champion Gwen Jorgensen , easily the best runner on the ITU circuit, was a minute back after the bike after a poor swim but blew through the field catching Duffy early on the 2nd 2.5km lap as she ran 15 mins 57 secs for the 5km run. Duffy visibly tired on the 2nd lap of the run and was just beaten into 2nd place by the USA’s Katie Zaferes finishing in 59 minutes and 23 secs ; overall it was a brilliant performance by Flora who was visibly delighted when interviewed at the race end, saying that it was a big day for both her and Bermuda. Mum and Dad, Charlie and Maria, also got a few mentions as did Patty and Steve Petty and the “Bermuda group”.

Flora got tremendous accolades for her performance and Bermuda, the “tiny island that seems to produce outstanding triathletes”, was also mentioned numerous times. The Bermuda flag was raised during the medal ceremony.

The race was covered live worldwide from the very impressive venue at Abu Dhabi where no expense was spared. The BBC , UK covered the race live as did other networks worldwide, providing both Flora and Bermuda with tremendous exposure.

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Full results can be found at :

ABU DHABI WORLD CUP 2015 WOMENS’ RESULTS

ITU race report now posted at (includes free video highlights):

ITU WORLD CUP ABU DHABI WOMENS’ RACE REPORT

The mens race has yet to start as I post this.

WAY TO GO FLORA !!

LEADING JUNIOR TRIATHLETES START SEASON IN THE USA

A group of Bermuda’s most promising junior triathletes head to Florida over the next couple of weeks to get their season underaway as they test themselves against some of the best juniors in the US, Mexico and Canada.

NICK PILGRIM - HVEE KIDS TRIATHLON 2014
NICK PILGRIM – HVEE KIDS TRIATHLON 2014

12 year old  Nick Pilgrim, the youngest competitor, will race this weekend on Sunday 8th March in the Clermont Youth F1 draft legal challenge for 12-16 year olds which gets underway at 9.50AM Bermuda time. Having just gone 12  Nick will be right at the bottom of the age group but he is already an experienced triathlete so this race should be a good test for him. The distances are super sprint – 375m swim, 10k bike and 2.5k run. There are 75 entrants in the boys race, and 75 in the girls. Brother Alex Pilgrim did this race last year when there were only 30 participants so the increase in numbers is evidence of the growing popularity of the sport in the USA.

Link to Clermont race site and results :

CLERMONT WEBSITE

The following weekend a group of juniors will be racing in Sarasota. With a year’s experience racing at the top level in 2014, Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith will hope to continue to build on their success last season as they will start in the very competitive CAMTRI North American Championships featuring some of the best 16-19 juniors from the US, Canada and Mexico. They will race over 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run and again the bike will be draft legal. Erica Hawley will get underway at 9.30AM Bermuda time on Saturday 14th March with Tyler starting the same morning at 11AM Bermuda time.

ALEX PILGRIM - Eton Dorney TriStars 2014
ALEX PILGRIM – Eton Dorney TriStars 2014

Nick Pigrim will be joined on Sunday 15th March by elder brother Alex and Lynsey Palmer in another F1  12-16 super sprint series race , in Sarasota, on the same loop course as the CAMTRI race . Again there will be full fields for these races of 75 boys and 75 girls. This race will be the promising Lynsey Palmer’s first draft legal race. Their race gets underway at 11.30AM Bermuda time.

For more information on these races and results go to :

SARASOTA F1 AND CAMTRI TRIATHLON WEBSITE

Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley with Flora Duffy (2014)
Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley with Flora Duffy (2014)

The juniors will also get to rub shoulders with some of North America’s professionals as both events feature pro races with prize money.

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WARNING – PORTUGUESE MEN ‘O WAR

I have started to see Portuguese Man ‘O War on South Shore so am reposting this article from last year.

BERMUDA TRIATHLON NEWS

For those of you who are ocean swim training please note that I have spotted a lot of Portuguese Man o War (called jellyfish but not actually of the jellyfish family) on South Shore this week so watch out for them and note that they have long tentacles below the water surface. They cause a very painful sting. See below from Wikipedia and how to treat stings.

MAN 'O WAR STING EFFECT MAN ‘O WAR STING EFFECT

Portuguese Man 'O War Portuguese Man ‘O War

This from Wikipedia :
Stings usually cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin that normally last two or three days after the initial sting, though the pain should subside after about an hour. However, the venom can travel to the lymph nodes and may cause, depending on the amount of venom, a more intense pain. A sting may lead to an allergic reaction. There can also be serious effects…

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