Jasmine Hasselkuss rounded out a fantastic weekend for Bermuda’s juniors as she took 1st place in the Under 9 age group at the Trimemphre Triathlon in Magog. Jasmine not only finished 1st out of 28 girls but was 5th overall out of 63 boys and girls, winning the girls division by over a minute in 23 mins 54 secs for the 100m swim, 5km bike and 1km run.
Bermuda also entered a relay team into the four person ( 2 boys / 2 girls) relay with each athlete completing a 250m swim, 6.6km bike and 1.6km run before handing over to the next team member. Bermuda’s team consisted of juniors Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley with youth age group (13-15) triathletes, Rebecca Harrison and Alex Pilgrim. Bermuda finished a creditable 18th out of 30 teams considering that most teams consisted of 4 junior ( 16 to 19) age group triathletes.
Bermuda’s younger triathletes at the Trimemphre Triathlon in Quebec, Canada more than matched the performances of our older triathletes yesterday as they took two podium places.
Leading the way was Nick Pilgrim who competed in the Quebec Cup for 11/12 year olds. Nick was first off the bike and finished 2nd overall out of 42 competitors in 41 mins 24 secs. Caleb Ingham also finished in the top half of the field as he was 19th in 45 mins 54 secs.
Blake Oliviera also took a podium as he finished 2nd out of 43 in the boys under 11 competition in 27 mins 46 secs. Zoe Hasselkuss produced a top ten finish in the same age group as she finished 7th out of 62 in 30:25. Lindsay Smith (22nd in 32:57), Megan Hands (26th in 33:13) and Lianna Medeiros (27th in 33:15) also did Bermuda proud as they finished in the top half of the field.
Even though he has not been competing in triathlon, Charlie Pilgrim entered the 16-19 sprint event and finished 14th in the 16-19 age group in 1hr 28 mins 43 secs.
Three parents, Julia Hawley, Otis Ingham and Tom Hands entered the Olympic Distance team event, finishing 7th in the Mixed category.
Tyler Smith, Erica Hawley and Alex Pilgrim produced excellent performances today at the Canadian National Triathlon Champs in Magog, Quebec.
Tyler finished 11th out of 76 in the Junior Elite 16-19 men’s race in 59 mins 43 secs with splits of 9 min 43 secs for the 750m swim, 31:40 for the 20km bike and 17.02 for the 5km run. As in Europe, Tyler was off the bike with the lead group but was unable to match the run pace set by the top 10, all of whom went quicker than 17 mins. However, as pointed out many times, Tyler has two more years in this age group so his performance was outstanding. The winner was Stefan Daniel in a 58 min 26 secs.
Racing over the same distance in the women’s 16-19 elite juniors race, Erica was also impressive as she finished 14th out of 58 in 1hr 09 mins. Her splits were not available at press time. Like Tyler, Erica will still be competing in this age group next year. The winner was Kyla Roy in 1hr 6 mins.
Alex Pilgrim raced earlier in the 13-15 Youth Canadian Championships and finished in a very creditable 12th place out of 57 competitors in 43 mins 57 secs with splits of 7 mins 39 secs for the 500 meter swim, 18 min 37 secs for the 15km bike and 16 mins 21 secs for the 4km run. Alex also still has another year in this age group. The winner was Pavlos Antoniades in a very quick 38 mins 54 secs.
Rebecca Harrison raced in the 13-15 Youth Girls Championships and finished 51st out of 56 in 57 mins 17 secs.
Tyler Smith, Erica Hawley and a group of young triathletes from the Tri Hedz Junior Triathlon Club will be racing in Magog, Quebec, Canada this weekend. Tri Hedz have gone on tour in the summer for many years and Magog is familiar territory for many of these juniors.
Tyler and Erica will be racing in the Canadian 16-19 Junior National Championships over 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. After his 10th place last weekend in the ETU Junior Elite Series race in France, Tyler’s confidence will be high. Erica made a good start to the season competing at regional level but has not raced at this level for a couple of months so these championships will be a good test for her as she searches for a wild card entry into the 16-19 World Championships in Chicago in September.
After qualifying recently to represent the South West of England in the UK regional youth 13-15 triathlon championships Alex Pilgrim should place well in the Canadian 13-15 Youth Triathlon Championships over a 500 meter swim, 15km bike and 4km run.
Competition will be tough as junior triathlon in Canada is very strong and a lot of top clubs will be competing across the whole range of junior races including the Youth and National Championships which will feature some world class juniors.
Racing gets underway tomorrow, Saturday 25th July at 6.45 AM ET with the Youth Championships and will be followed by the Junior Championships for men at 7.30 AM and for women at 8.30AM. Many of the Tri Hedz juniors will then race in a series of races for 7 to 15 year olds over various distances.
After her impressive bronze medal at the Pam Am Games Triathlon Championships last week, Flora Duffy won her first XTerra today since coming back from a foot injury on June 6th.
Her competitors at the XTerra Beaver Creek Mountain Championships in Colorado might have been forgiven for thinking that Flora’s absence from racing might have left a chink in her amour but it was not to be as Flora dominated from start to finish to continue her dominance in Xterra races.
Exiting the water first with Sara McLarty, Flora quickly build up an insurmountable lead on the cross country bike and was never challenged finishing in 2 hrs 22 mins 41 seconds with 2nd placed Emma Garrard a distant 2nd in 2:28:43 and Jamie Brede in 3rd in 2:36:56.
The mens race was won by veteran Josiah Middaugh in 2:07:26.
Despite nursing a long standing shoulder injury, Duncan Scott completed the tough Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon on Sunday 6th Jun.
The race is one of the oldest on the triathlon calendar and includes a 1.5 mile swim in cold water and with strong currents from just of Alcatraz Island ( yes the famous prison in San Francisco Bay, a half mile run to transition, an 18 mile bike course that takes in the Golden Gate Bridge and a tough 8 mile cross country run that includes a section over a deep sand beach and a 400 steps climb up a cliff in the middle of the run known as the Sand Ladder
Duncan completed the swim in 40 mins 57 secs and the first transition ( including the 1/2 mile run) in 10 mins 07 secs . His bike time was 1 hr 05 mins 33 secs and his second transition was 2 :58. Interestingly each athlete’s time for the 400 step Sand Ladder is posted separately with Duncan’s time being 3 mins 05 secs for a run time of 1 hr 4 mins 38 secs and an overall time of 3hrs 4 mins 11 secs. He was 55th in the mens 50-54 age group.
The race was won by San Diego’s Eric Lagerstrom o in 2 : 02 :06 just two seconds ahead of the USA’s Andy Potts, a multiple time winner. Potts is a past winner of the Escape to Bermuda Triathlon and a past guest speaker at the BTA’s Annual Prize Giving Dinner. Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle was the top female pro.
Tyler Smith produced one of the strongest Bermuda performances of the season finishing 10th today at the European Triathlon Union’s Junior Elite Series race in Chateauroux, France against some of Europe’s and other nations top junior triathletes. There were 47 starters and Tyler was just 34 seconds of a podium finish.
What was especially impressive is that he still has two more years to race in this age group and his result will give him some confidence as he heads for Magog, Quebec, Canada to compete in next weekend’s Canadian Junior Elite Championships.
Tyler completed the 750 meter swim, 20km bike and 5km run in 58 min 49 secs and was just 5 secs out of 7th place.
The top ten, as shown on the International Triathlon Union’s website, are shown below. The columns show overall , swim , transition, bike, transition and run times :
Tyler Smith races again tomorrow, Saturday 17th July, against Europe’s elite 16-19 year old juniors in the Chateauroux ETU Junior Elite Triathlon, part of the European Junior Elite Series.
After a promising start at the ETU Junior Elite Triathlon in Holten, Nerthelands two weeks ago, Tyler returned to his training base in Northern Spain to continue training with the Canadian junior elite group under coach Kelly Guest. I spoke with Tyler and he says he is enjoying the experience and learning a lot. The facilities are very good in Spain and he has had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some top triathletes as Canadian National Coach Jamie Turner is also in Northern Spain with his athletes. Turner, in addition to his duties with the Canadian squads, coaches such elite athletes as world no 1 female Gwen Jorgensen.
Tyler admitted that the extreme heat at Holten got to him and he felt nauseous on the run but was looking forward to this race.
Tyler’s race gets underway at 1.15PM Bermuda time which is 6.15PM in Chateauroux.
Although Flora took a hard earned bronze medal at last Sunday’s Pan Am Games she was left wondering what might have been had Sarah Haskins not decided to wait in T1 for her teammates.
Haskins has a reputation for being one of the strongest cyclists in the draft legal format and has often taken medals in major events by driving the pace off the front. However, she is not noted for her strong run and on the flat Toronto bike course the team might have decided that a group could not get away and so opted for Haskins to work for the stronger runners in the team.
With Haskins in her mini break, Flora’s lead of 40 seconds after the third lap could well have held and even increased because Haskins did a lot of work to reel her in and without Haskins the large chase pack might have continued to lose time.
Team tactics are now not uncommon in larger triathlon events and infact quite often in the past there has been some controversy when countries have selected athletes with specific strengths to protect or support their key athletes, not unlike in cycling. Infact the renowned Brownlee brothers, gold and bronze medallists in the London Olympics, have been known to team up before races with strong swim / cyclists from other nations to try and work with them to get a group away on the bike.
Great credit to Flora though who showed her usual determination and ability to dig deep to hold off some strong runners. You can never underestimate the ability to dig deeper than your opponents in a race but unfortunately in my experience it is largely a character trait and not something that is easy to just learn !!
For Flora this gutsy performance is just another good building block that will add to her ability to continue winning and stand on podiums. Now….just stay injury free !!
The official results have not been published but, despite her recent injuries, Flora produced a gutsy performance today to take bronze in the Pan Am Games Womens Triathlon.
As expected, Flora pushed the pace on the bike and on lap 3 went on a solo ride, opening up a gap of 40 secs on the main chasing group who had to work hard to catch Flora on lap 7. Flora and Chile’s Barbara Rivieros ( often 2nd to Flora at XTerra events) again pushed the pace on lap 8 to enter transition about 5 secs ahead of the chasers. However, with the likes of Canadians Paula Findlay and Joanna Brown in the chase group it seemed likely that Flora would be caught but she hung on well although details on Twitter are sketchy.
Rivieros took gold with Mexico’s Diaz moving up into silver and Flora going one better than in last year’s games to take bronze. With the very best Canadians in the field on home turf and some strong Americans in the field t was a shock that these two nations failed to take a medal but Flora’s pace on the bike might have burnt a few strong runners going into the run.