It is a big day of racing today, Sunday 28th June 2015, for Bermuda based triathletes.
Bermuda’s Island Games challenge gets underway in Jersey, Channel Islands with the men’s triathlon scheduled for 4.15 and the womens triathlon for 4.30 ( that’s 12.15 and 12.30 Bermuda time). The Bermuda team consists of :
Tucker Murphy ,Travis Cooper
Karen Smith, Belinda Castree, Julia Hawley, Martina Olcheski-Bell
Meanwhile in Europe
Sue Edney has started the Ironman France in Nice this morning and after a 1hr 16 min 51 sec swim ( 8th in age group) she had moved into 5th place after 56km of the 180km bike neck and neck with the 4th placed Australian.
Mark Wilcox exited the water today at Ironman Austria in 1.03.49 (60th in his age group) and went through 64.5 km of the bike in 2hrs 58m 59 secs.
Later today Jonny Betts, Christine Patton, Gordy Benson, Chris Gallagher, Tim Palmer and Alec Shepherd take on the Atlantic City Challenge in Atlantic City New Jersey.
Full Distance: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run
Half Distance: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
Tyler Butterfield was 5th today at the Mont Tremblant Ironman 70.3 in Quebec Canada.
Tyler had a strong swim, usually his weakest discipline, to exit with the leaders and after a strong bike was in contention for a podium going into the run. Pre race favorite Lionel Sanders, who was 4th at the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championships and comes from a strong running background, posted the fastest run split to take the win whilst Tyler was just pipped for 4th by the fast finishing Richie Cunningham.
Tom Hands, Sarah Farrah, Victor Ruberry and Nancy Stevens all competed in Victoria, BC, Canada on 14th June at the beautiful Elk Lake venue just on the outskirts of Victoria.
Sarah sent this report :
Tom Hands and I did the 70.3 and Nancy Stevens and Victor Ruberry did the sprint. Worth mentioning that Nancy beat the three time Olympian overall on the sprint!
It was a great event and a lot of people asking after you and I will be recommending the trip for people next year as it was really well organized and the swim wasn’t too cold but wet suit legal. Never been to Victoria before and it was just beautiful and great food, wine and beer post race.
Results were :
70.3 (swim : 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles)
Tom Hands 39.38 3:14:36 2:40:44 Overall : 6:41:31 78th in 50-54 age group
Sarah Farrah 43:32 3:15:32 2:08:17 Overall : 6:12:15 48th in 40-44 age group
Sprint (swim 750 meters, bike 20km, run 5km)
Nancy Stevens 19.23 50.35 30.05 Overall : 1:43:42 5th in 45-49 age group
Victor Ruberry 14.15 49.51 40.07 Overall : 1:49:41 4th in 55-59 age group
The annual Heroes Day Home Event took place last Monday at Harrington Sound School dock and attracted a good turn out.
Tim Patterson was first across the line for the 750 meter swim, 20km bike and 4km run in a quick 1hr 4 mins 38 secs catching Steve Smith on the run. Smith finished in 1:04:53 with the much improved Ben Lau in 1:7:47. Who is Tim Patterson !!!! It’s a new name to me. Well done Tim.
It was good to see Cora Lee Starzomski out again as she was first female finisher in 1:10:06 with Jenn Wilson in 2nd and Megan Berry in 3rd.
First across the line was the team of Molly Pilgrim, Ian Pilgrim and Evan Naude in 58 mins 46 secs.
Full results can be accessed at the link above. Thanks again to Patty Petty and Ben Wright for helping with the organization and timing.
If you are unable to open the attachment, the results will be published shortly on the BTA website.
Tyler Butterfield will race this Sunday 21st June in the Mont Tremblant 70.3 triathlon in Quebec.
Here is Triathlon Canada’s preview :
With 35 Kona qualifying spots on the line, a few thousand triathlete will take over Mont-Tremblant village this Sunday to tackle the challenging, yet stunning course at the Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant.
Both of last year’s winners, Jesse Thomas and Meredith Kessler are back and aiming to defend their titles but they will be challenged by some strong competition. On the men’s side, Lionel Sanders, who moved from last to fourth place on this course during the ride and run at the Ironman 70.3 world champs in 2014 is a threat at any race, but this course plays to his strengths. He also beat Thomas at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside this spring. Sanders has said he’s in the best shape of his life which is a scary thought for any of his competitors.
Sanders will also be joined by fellow Ontario natives Cody Beals who is fresh off his win at Ironman 70.3 Eagleman last weekend and Taylor Reid–the ITU speedster-turned long course threat. Beals is a fast-rising pro who consistently posts among the top bike splits in all of his races. Reid, who finished sixth in a stacked field at Oceanside this spring while he was in the midst of finishing his last year at McMaster University, has been training full-time in Poway, Calif. with Paulo Sousa’s squad.
Americans Richie Cunningham and Andrew Yoder as well as Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield are also certain to push the pace in Quebec this weekend..
For more information or to follow Tyler on race day go to this link :
Steve Trew, an outstanding triathlon coach from the UK has been coming to Bermuda for many years to coach our juniors aged 7 to 14 and this year is no exception. Steve’s camp takes place at the awesome Clearwater Beach venue from 29th June to 3rd July from 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM and is always very popular.
Don’t forget the Heroes Day Home Event Triathlon tomorrow, Monday 15th June, at 8.30AM at Harrington Sound School Dock over 750m swim, 20km bike and 4km run. Do all or part of it as an individual or team ; just show up !!