In a very fast race in which the top four finishers all broke 8 hours, Tyler Butterfield finished 5th today at Ironman Brasil in Florianopolis in 8 hrs 5 mins 22 secs. However his result might have been better had he not had to wait 5 minutes in the penalty box after the bike portion for what was presumably a drafting violation. If he had not had to serve the penalty he would have exited T2 with the USA’s Tim O’Donnell, Canada’s Brent McMahon and defending champion from Brazil, Igor Amorelli and looking at the run times he could well have been in the mix for a podium place.

Belgium’s Marino Vanhoenacker was over 6 minutes ahead off the bike but his lead was quickly eaten into by O’Donnell and McMahon and at one point O’Donnell got to within a minute of him. However Vanhoeneckerathen recorded a negative split second half of the marathon to hold off O’Donnell. McMahon, from Victoria BC, Canada,in only his 2nd Ironman, recorded a 2nd sub 8 hour Ironman ; one to watch !!

IRONMAN Latin American Championship Podium:
1. Vanhoenacker 7:53:44
2. O’Donnell 7:55:56
3. McMahon 7:56:5

4. Igor Amorelli  7:59:36




Tyler Smith
Tyler Smith

Martina Olcheski Bell and Tyler Smith continued with their impressive form this season as today they followed up their recent victories in the National Sprint Championships with wins in the Tokio Millenium Re Triathlon.

Choppy waters greeted competitors today in Hamilton Harbour ( as well as wakes caused by ferries) and it was Tyler Smith who exited the 750m swim first in 10 minutes 16 seconds with Flora Duffy, racing for a Tokio team, on his heels. Tyler had a comfortable 1 min 30 sec lead over Jon Herring. Jon was able to close the gap on the bike by 40 seconds with a fast 31 minutes 40 secs for the 20km bike with Tyler, feeling the effects of his 4th place finish in May 24th and strong headwinds on the bike, recording a time of 32:21. Meanwhile behind them another youngster, Matthew Oliviera, was posting the fastest individual event bike time of the day of 31 : 19 to consolidate 3rd place going into the run less than a minute behind Jon. Tyler posted the fastest individual eent run split of the day of 18.01 finishing in 1 hr 1 min 36 secs to win comfortably. Behind him a real battle developed for 2nd as 15 year old Matthew had a quick transition and began to make inroads into Jon’s lead. However, in the end he ran out of real estate as Jon edged him by 11 seconds finishing in 1 : 04 : 38 to Matthew’s 1: 04: 49.

In the women’s individual race it was another junior, Erica Hawley, who exited the water with just over a minute’s lead over Martina with Amber Mehta a further 30 seconds behind Martina. Martina however gradually ate into Erica’s lead on the bike and by transition had opened up a comfortably lead as she posted a time of 34:43 to Erica’s 37:44. Martina then extended her lead with a 22:14 run to finish an impressive 9th overall in 1:11:25. Erica finished the run in 23:13 to finish in 1:13:28. Amber rounded out the top three in 1:14:17 after another solid all round performance.

There was an excellent turn out for the team event with Butterfield and Vallis team of Chris Hands, Mark Lombardi and Spencer Butterfield first across the line to win the male team title. The Bicycle Works team of Belinda Castree, Wenda Roberts and Zoey Roberts were the first female team whilst the mixed team event was appropriately won by the Tokio team of Flora Duffy, Mark Booth and Corey Brunton.

Liz Jordan won the Tri a Tri event in an all female field.

Full results can be found by following the link on this blog to Bermuda Timing Systems.

More on the school and junior races to follow.


Tyler Butterfield
Tyler Butterfield

At Ironman BrazilTyler Butterfield got off the bike with a group of three other pre race favorites, Canada’s Brent McMahon, Brazil’s Igor Amorelli and the USA’s Tim O’Donnell. They trailed Belgium’s Mario Vanhoenacker by 6 minutes going into the run but Tyler was forced to stop to take an infraction penalty before starting the run. McMahon is quickly eating into Vanhoenacker’s lead and has about two minutes on Amorelli. Tyler is 11 minutes behind the leader in 6th early in the run.



Over the past couple of months I have been putting together details for a proposed triathlon camp in Victoria BC Canada to coincide with the 2016 Victoria Ironman 70.3 and Sprint Triathlons. The camp is aimed at Bermuda triathletes but we can accommodate athletes from other countries by arrangement. Although the date for the 2016 Victoria Ironman 70.3 and Sprint Triathlons has not yet been announced it is likely to be Sunday the 12th June 2016.

Human Powered Racing ( Mike Neill) and B78 (Jasper Blake), which as many of you will know from the Bermuda camps are

Experience Thetis Lake, a favorite swim training venue for Victoria's triathletes
Experience Thetis Lake, a favorite swim training venue for Victoria’s triathletes

both Victoria based triathlon coaching companies, will oversee the camp.

The camp is aimed not just at individuals but also couples and families of camp participants. Victoria is a fabulous city and for many years has had one of North America’s most active triathlon communities with numerous triathletes in training. At this stage we are trying to gauge interest in the camp to see if it will proceed. Attached are the tentative camp details (subject to the announced of the 2016 Victoria Ironman 70.3 and Sprint Triathlons but we do not anticipate the final schedule and what we are offering to change.

Go Whale Watching
Go Whale Watching

Also attached are details of the camp cost for participants and accompanying persons and what you will get for your camp fee.   Finally on the last page is an interest form that you can complete and return to me by the deadline date for interest forms, 20th June 2015. As many of you know, Ironman 70.3 events sell out quickly so we want to ensure that those of you who are interested in the camp have plenty of opportunity to sign up for the race, and by extension the camp, as we can’t guarantee entry to the races. It may seem a long way off but the reality is that you have to act quickly to get into these races. I am in touch with the organisers of these races so will be providing updates should the race entries start to fill up quickly. Having been so welcomed in Bermuda for the past 5 years, Mike and Jazz are looking forward to showing you “their hood” and with their Victoria based athletes extending the same hospitality that you have extended to them and to showing you the amazing place that is Victoria BC. I think that the camp we have put together offers great value for money and as you will see from the schedule you will be so well taken care of that you can just focus on enjoying your race and your time in Victoria. I hope that you will sign up for a triathlon experience that you wont forget !! Dave Morrison VICTORIA CAMP 2016



Tyler Butterfield takes on his first full Ironman of the season on Sunday at Ironman Brazil which doubles up as the Latin American Ironman Championships 2015.

Tyler will be hoping for a strong performance as he builds towards this year’s Ironman World Championships and to put the disappointment of a broken bike chain at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships.

The star-studded pro field  will converge in Florianopolis, Brazil and feature some of the sport’s top athletes as they compete for the coveted title and an automatic qualification to the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship.

Headlining the men’s race is Brazilian Igor Amoreli, who claimed the title here last year at IRONMAN Brazil. Fellow Brazilian and 2014 IRONMAN Brazil runner-up Santiago Alves Ascenço is sure to be out for redemption. Another strong contender in the men’s race is Tim O’Donnell who won this race in 2013, took second at the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 Latin American Championship earlier this year and finished fifth at the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship. Marino Vanhoenacker, a multiple IRONMAN champion, will also compete for the Latin American Championship along with South Africa’s Kyle Buckingham . Former Olympian Brent McMahon, who won IRONMAN Arizona last year in his IRONMAN debut and earned a second-place finish at the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship in St. George, Utah, rounds out the talented men’s field.

Racing gets underway at 6.45AM Bermuda time and you can follow the race at the following link :



Flora Duffy with Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley last year
Flora Duffy with Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley last year

The Tokio Millenium Re Triathlon which takes place this Sunday 31st May starting at Albuoys Point has quickly become the most popular triathlon on the Bermuda racing calendar and this year 229 people (according to the registration site) will be participating either individually or in teams as seniors or juniors.

Flora Duffy, who is recovering from a shin injury, is now a Tokio Millenium Re. sponsored athlete, will be participating on a team for Tokio and the presence of the XTerra World Champion and 10th ranked Triathlon World Series athlete  will please participants and spectators alike.

Exciting youngsters Tyler Smith, fresh from his recent commanding win at the Aon National Sprint Triathlon Championships, and Erica Hawley will start as firm favorites for the senior sprint titles over 750 meter swim, 20km bike and 5km run as they look to build on excellent starts to the season both locally and abroad.

Jonathan Herring and Tucker Murphy should take the other podium spots on the mens side whilst on the womens side expect a close race for 2nd between Martina Olcheski Bell, winner of the Olympic and sprint distance national championships this year, and veteran Julia Hawley, with Amber Mehta also likely to feature.

As well as the usual individual categories and age groups the sprint triathlon has attracted numerous teams in male, female and mixed gender categories as well as categories for reinsurance and corporate teams.

As always there will be a junior duathlon for juniors aged 7 to 10 (1km run, 4km bike and 1km run) and 11 to 15 ( 2km run, 10km bike 2km run) in racing bike and non racing bike categories with prizes awadred in various age groups

This year Tokio have introduced  great new school team duathlons and triathlons with generous prizes being awarded to the winning schools sports’ departments.

There will also be a tri a tri triathlon for beginner triathletes over 200 meter swim, 8km bike and 2km run.

Racing gets underway at 8AM tomorrow ( Sunday 31st May) from Albuoys Point.



Ask triathlon historians who the greatest male triathlete is of all time to date and a large majority will say Australian triathlon legend GREG WELCH ( with apologies to Mark Allen and Dave Scott ) and if sudden heart problems hadn’t put a sudden end to his career he almost certainly would have gone on to win more triathlon world gold medals.

Greg was born in 1964 in Campsie, Sydney, Australia and he is acknowledged as one of the greatest triathletes due to his remarkable dominance in winning the “The Grand Slam” which includes the ITU Triathlon World Championships (1990), The Ironman World Championship (1994), the ITU Duathlon World Championships (1993) and the Long Course Triathlon World Championship (1994). Greg was an ambassador to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in 2000.

Due to his being diagnosed with Ventricular tachycardia, he has undergone nine open-heart surgeries from 2001 until 2003 and has retired from triathlon. He maintains contact with triathlon through his work as an advisor, coach and commentator

So… when I asked Greg if he would be prepared to speak at the BTA 2015 Annual Prize Giving Dinner on Saturday Welch2November 21st, 2015 I was delighted that he accepted my invitation. He will be accompanied by his wife Sian, herself an outstanding professional triathlete in her day, and his two daughters and will be staying for a week and holding a 5 session / wrap up dinner camp during his stay (details to follow).

Greg+Welch+Oakley+Beyond+Reason+Global+Launch+1bW8AbI6ttUlGreg is no stranger to Bermuda as he came here in the early 1990’s to compete in the ITU World Cup Series Triathlon and as the organizer of that event I had the chance to meet him and watch him take 2nd place. He won the hearts of many Bermudians on that visit and I know that many of the older generation of triathletes will be excited to know that he is coming back.

So set aside 21st November for what should be a great night. Sian and Greg’s two daughters aged 12 and 13 will be coming to the dinner.

Here is just a selection of Greg’s achievements in the sport before his career was cut short.

Greg Welch
Medal record
Men’s Triathlon
Competitor for  Australia
ITU World Championships
Gold 1990 Orlando Elite
ITU Long Distance World Championships
Gold 1996 Muncie Elite
ITU World Cup
Silver 1991 Overall
Ironman World Championship
Gold 1994 Elite
Silver 1991 Elite
Bronze 1989 Elite
Bronze 1996 Elite
Men’s Duathlon
ITU World Championships
Gold 1993 Arlington Elite


Julia Hawley
Julia Hawley

The Bermuda Triathlon Association has announced Bermuda’s team for the Small Island Games to be held in Jersey, Channel Islands next month.

33 year old Tucker Murphy, who competed for Bermuda in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and was 3rd in last Sunday’s AON National Sprint Triathlon Championships, will lead the men’s team. Tucker placed well in the last Small Island Games held in Bermuda in 2013 placing 6th in 2hrs 06 mins 41 secs with the second fastest run split on the day. The winner was the Orkney Islands Bobby Oag in 2hrs 00 min 04 secs.

43 year old Travis Cooper has represented Bermuda at various events including as an age grouper at the World Championships and finished 5th in Sunday’s AON National Sprint Triathlon Championships with a solid all round performance that shows that his preparation for these Games is going well.

The women’s team will most likely have the best chance of collecting a medal with Martina Olcheski Bell, who this year has already won our national olympic and sprint distance triathlon championships, Karen Smith and Julia Hawley all likely to be in the mix with Belinda Castree providing the basis for a strong women’s team.

Martina finished 8th in the Bermuda Island Games but has improved considerably since then and her confidence will be high going into these Jersey Games after her two championship wins. Her time in the Bermuda Games was 2 hrs 24 mins 16 secs behind the runaway winner, Kerry MacPhee of the Western Isles who finished in a very quick 2 hrs 10 mins 52 secs. However, the bronze medal was won in 2hrs 19 mins 39 secs by Bermuda’s Laurie Orchard who will not however be in Jersey.

Karen’s form going into these games will be uncertain as she has been deliberately protecting a recurring foot injury as she concentrates towards getting ready for these games and therefore did not finish in either the Bermuda National Olympic and Sprint Distance Championships despite leading off the bike in both events. If she can get her injury under control and get in some good run training then Karen will be the most likely medal winner for Bermuda.

Julia  Hawley has tremendous experience having competed for Bermuda for many years and was just 27 seconds behind Martina at the Catlin Olympic Distance National Championships where she took silver.

In the past few years Belinda Castree has emerged as one Bermuda’s leading female triathletes and she is noted for her strong swim and bike. Her run has been her Achilles heel but if she can improve on it before 28th June she should place well at these games.

The competition this year is likely to be much tougher than in the 2013 Bermuda Games as most of the top small island triathletes come from Europe or that part of the world and many of those top triathletes were unwilling to travel to or could not afford the trip to Bermuda in 2013. Jersey however is much closer and with 17  islands entering teams, many with larger teams than came to Bermuda, our team will have its work cut out.

In addition to the individual event there is a team competition for men and women with the lowest combined time for the  top three men on each team counting towards the men’ medals and the lowest combined time for the top two women on each team counting towards the women’s medals. Bermuda took silver in the women’s team category in 2013 and the men narrowly missed a medal  finishing in 4th. However in Jersey only the women will be eligible for the team medals as we only have two men competing but with such a strong women’s team we should be in with a good chance of a medal.

The triathlons will be over a course used each year for the Jersey Triathlon, a tough course over 1500 meter swim, 40km bike and 10km run. The triathlons take place on 28th June, day 1 of the Jersey Games, with the men starting at 4.15PM and the women at 4.30PM Jersey time ( 4 hours ahead of Bermuda). The start / finish and transition area will be on the waterfront in St. Helier, Jersey’s capital.

The team will be managed by Neil De Ste Croix.