TYLER BUTTERFIELD RACES THIS WEEKEND IN MONT TREMBLANT CANADA 70.3

Tyler Butterfield
Tyler Butterfield

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..

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MONT TREMBLANT 70.3 RACESITE 2015

HEROES DAY TRIATHLON

HEROES DAY HOME EVENT 2014 START
HEROES DAY HOME EVENT 2014 START

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 !!

ENJOY.

JUNIORS CONTINUE TO SHINE

CALEB INGHAM
CALEB INGHAM

With the 2015 triathlon season now well underway and the Clarien Ironkids Triathlon almost upon us it is clear that the Tri Hedz junior programme, junior triathlon camps and well organized junior races are ensuring that Bermuda’s junior triathlon programme is in a healthy state. The Tokio Millenium Triathlon saw 16 year old Tyler Smith dominate the field and Matthew Oliveira take 3rd in the adult category whilst on the women’s side 17 year old Erica Hawley was 2nd and 15 year old Lynsey Palmer clocked an impressive 1 hr 17 mins 29 secs in her first sprint distance triathlon. With Tri Hedz starting juniors at 7 years old it is no surprise that in the 7 to 10 and 11 to 15 junior distance triathlons we almost have some exciting prospects some of whom will no doubt be competing with the adults in the next few years.

BLAKE OLIVIERA
BLAKE OLIVIERA

Amongst the 7 to 10 year old boys Blake Oliveira (10) has dominated this season and has been unbeaten, notably taking 1st place in the Caitlin and Aon junior triathlons and 1st place in the Tokio Millenium Duathlon. Ed Norman (9), was 2nd in all of these races. Only 37 secs separated the top 6 at the Tokio Duathlon with Manning Smith (10), Lucas Castree ( 9), Oliver Verster and Rory Fleming rounding out the top 6. Rory  and Jake Smith are just 8 years old and showed that they are exciting talents as they finished 3rd and 4th overall amongst 7 to 10 year olds at the Aon Junior Triathlon   . Amongst the girls, Jasmin Hasselkuss (9) has dominated the 7 to 10 category this year with some impressive performances showing that she has her dad’s (Dirk) racing genes and determination. The 11 to 15 age group has some very experienced juniors some of whom are not only racing in Bermuda but in competitive Youth Elite races abroad. Notable amongst the boys are Alex Pilgrim (14) and brother Nick (12) who when in Bermuda (Alex is away at school) dominate this category and are competitive against some of the CAMTRI regions best junior elite triathletes.  Tommy Marshall (who was 1st in the Aon Triathlon 11-15) and Adrian McPhee (both 11) and Caleb Ingham (2nd in Aon) and Alex Southern (both 12) are  other exciting junior prospects. Yannick Hiller (14) who won the Tokio Duathlon is a new name on the scene who is sure to impress whilst 15 year old brothers, Cameron and Max De Ste Croix, whose parents Neil and Claire were both national triathlon champions, are two other excellent juniors who often podium in the 11-15 age group.

Laura Hope at last year's Clarien Bank Iron Kids Triathlon
Laura Hope at last year’s Clarien Bank Iron Kids Triathlon

Amongst the girls we have already mentioned Lynsey Palmer. 12 year old Amber Simons is an outstanding junior with an impressive swim and run and improving bike and finished only seconds behind Lynsey at Aon. Two 11 year olds, Zoe Hasselkuss and Megan Hands, are also ones to watch whilst amongst the older girls Laura Hope (15 – see report on the Argo Re Series) and  Alyssa Rowse continue to impress. Ofcourse junior triathlon is all about participation and it is great to see that numbers, especially amongst the 7 to 12 ages, continue to be strong in junior races. A new exciting initiative  for 13 to 19 year olds will be announced by the BTA in September / October which will provide the platform for these juniors to develop their talent, help train new coaches at all levels and introduce many more juniors to racing at international level ; more to follow !! With apologies to any juniors who did not get mentioned who should have been but were overlooked.

ARGO RE SERIES WELL UNDERWAY

CLEARWATER BEACH
CLEARWATER BEACH

The popular Argo Re Series is well underway at Clearwater Beach, St. David’s with a mixture of more experienced triathletes, beginners and families taking part.

Congratulations to Tucker Murphy, who won the opening race on 14th May. Matt Thompson in second pushed him hard until losing a little ground on the run. One of the new faces, Chris Hands, grabbed third place.

The leading lady was a “young veteran”: Laura Hope has been coming to the Super Sprints virtually since she was crawling. Well done, Laura. Liz Stewart–modelling a new, hot pink tri-suit–was second, with Rebecca Harrison in third.

OTIS INGHAM
OTIS INGHAM

Well done to Chris Harris for placing first overall at Race 2. . Otis Ingham resumed last year’s achievements with a strong (at least) second place and Randy Smith continued his own improvement with a first podium place, in third spot–and has Otis in his sights. Junior Laura Hope was, for the second week in a row, our leading lady.

The third race of this year’s series took place in tough conditions, with even the relatively sheltered waters of Clearwater Beach being rough thanks to strong winds which must have made the bike a challenge. It’s hardly surprising that there was a somewhat small field.Well done to Tucker Murphy, who stormed into first place, followed by Dirk Hasselkuss and David Soutter. Liz Stewart was the first (admittedly only!) lady home. Nico Davis was the first junior to finish.

It is great to see so many families represented at these races with Dirk Hasselkus and daughters Jasmin and Zoe, Roz Wingate and kids Rowdy and Roxy, Dave and Jane Hope and Laura, the Ingham crew and Chris and Megan Hands competing regularly ! I think some of the Smiths participating are related as well ( someone fill me in by posting a comment !!)

For full results and reports go to the Bermuda Triathlon Association link on this blog and click on the 2015 results tab on the top left of the home page.

BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR TYLER SMITH

TYLER SMITH
TYLER SMITH

Tyler Smith has been afforded a great opportunity to prepare himself for September’s Junior Elite 16-19 Triathlon World Championships in Chicago.

Tyler will fly out to Vitoria Gastiez in Spain to join Canadian BC Provincial Junior Elite Coach, Kelly Guest, and six of his Canadian junior elite triathletes for an extended training camp. In addition Tyler will be traveling as part of the squad to two races in the European Junior Elite Series. Europe is where the junior competition is the toughest and many of the triathletes he will race against are expected to be in the top 20 in Chicago so these races will be a good test for Tyler.

In addition Tyler will head back with the squad to Canada to race in the Canadian Junior Elite Championships in Magog, near Montreal, before heading home to Bermuda.

Tyler’s schedule

25th June – 2nd July – Vitoria ( near Bilbao) training camp

2nd July – 5th July – to the Netherlands to race in Holten in the European Triathlon Union’s European Junior Cup Series race.

5th July – 16th July – back in Vitoria training camp

16th July – 19th July – to France to race in Chateauroux in the European Triathlon Union’s European Junior Cup Series race.

July 19th – 26th – Return to Vitoria and depart 20th to Magog, via Montreal for continuing training camp then race in Canadian Junior National Championships on July 26th.

Whilst in Vitoria Tyler will also train with Jamie Turner, the Canadian National Triathlon coach, who is considered one of the top coaches in the world, and some of his top adult triathletes who will also be based in Vitoria. Turner, an Australian, was involved with the Australian triathlon programme, including their Olympic programme, for more than 20 years before being recruited by Triathlon Canada. Turner is the coach of Gwen Jorgensen, the no1 ranked triathlete in the World Triathlon Series, who in London recently won her 10th consecutive World Triathlon Series race. He also coaches a number of the world’s leading male triathletes.

Tyler may also spend some time in the summer in Victoria, BC, where Kelly Guest is based, training with Kelly Guest’s junior squad.

Kelly Guest is no stranger to Bermuda having held a triathlon camp here this year and assisted Bermuda junior triathletes with final race preparation at races in the USA at which his Canadian juniors were racing.