St. George’s will playhost on Sunday for the final race of the Bermuda Triathlon Association’s 2015 calendar, the Bank of Bermuda Foundation Triathlon. This triathlon is the oldest event on the Bermuda calendar and historically has featured some exciting races to the finish.
This year, after outstanding seasons at home and on the international junior circuit, juniors Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley will both start as firm favorites for men’s and women’s overall honours respectively.
Tyler will be looking to make up for a disappointing Junior Elite Triathlon World Championships in Chicago in September where a lost bike shoe and flat tyre saw him having to retire from the race. This event will be his first race since then. He should lead from start to finish as he is expected to exit the 750m swim at least a minute ahead of his nearest rival and with his strong bike (20km) and much improved 5km run, barring any mishap, it is unlikely that anyone can catch him. His nearest challenger should be Evan Naude who can match Tyler on the bike and run but may have too much to do after the swim to get close enough to chase Tyler down on the run. It will be an interesting battle for podium honours with Jonathan Herring and Matthew Oliviera, ( who may not start due to injury) very closely matched.Evan might well be chasing them down going into the run. Others to watch are the much improved Chris Hands and the always consistent Matt Thompson.
Erica Hawley should have things very much her own way in the womens race especially as Karen Smith ( injured) and Maria Olcheski – Bell and Laurie Orchard ( both racing abroad) will not be on the start line. However, Erica’s improvement over the season after some tough racing and training camps in Canada and a solid world championships, would suggest that she would have been tough to beat anyway, especially with the big improvement in recent months in her run. As with Tyler, she should lead from start to finish but she should also have a big cushion by the finish. Who will take the other podium places is difficult to predict with Sue Edney, Kandis Matthews and Deanna Didyk all possible contenders.
The adult race, which includes teams, gets underway at 9AM on Sunday but will be preceded at 8AM by junior triathlons over various distances for ages 7 to 10, 11-12 and 13 to 15 in separate “racing bike” and “mountain bike” categories.
Gary Taylor and Tats Hoshina completed Ironman, Maryland on the weekend. The race had been postponed for two weeks due to Hurricane Joaquin but the event was still plagued by the weather as the swim was shortened to 3000 meters due to high winds.
THIS MESSAGE WAS SENT BY DAVE AND PAULINE GREEN WHO WERE DUE TO PARTICIPATE IN MIAMI 70.3 NEXT WEEKEND UNTIL DAVE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.
Good luck to all you Bermudian Triathletes at the Miami 70.3.
We will be with you in spirit if not physically participating this time.
The Greens will be back one day!!!
Pauline, Dave, Victoria, Oliver, Jessica and ‘young William’
A large contingent of Bermuda triathletes will race next weekend, Sunday October 25th 2015, at Ironman 70.3 Miami, Florida
The group signed up are as below although some may have pulled out because of injury or otherwise :
Sharon Hammond, Claire de St Croix,Tracy Nash,Frances Betts, Belinda Castree, Rebeca Shepherd,Cora-lee Starzomski ,Liz Stewart,Clive Langley,Neil Lupsic,Brian Lynch,Phillip Mace,Ian Morrison,David Soutter, Karl Wilson,Richard Ian, Ashley Estwanik, Marie-Lyne Dore,Melissa Logie, Allison Schindel, Steven Smith,Alec Shepherd,Carolyn Conway,Kristen Palmer, Steve Petty
The race offers a unique opportunity to swim in the protected waters of Biscayne Bay, bike through downtown Miami (the heart of this vibrant city) on your way to the striking Florida Everglades Park, and run along the Atlantic Ocean while taking in the sights only Miami can provide.
Gary Taylor and Tats Hoshina returned to Cambridge, Maryland this weekend for unfinished business as two weeks ago Hurricane Joaquin forced the postponment of Ironman Maryland but it gets underway today, Saturday 17th October 2015.
Gary will be racing in the 55-59 age group and training partner Tats, who races for Japan now, will start in the 50-54 age group.
One thing that makes this course unique is its 112-mile bike course, taking athletes through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge—a critical waterfowl sanctuary for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway and containing nearly one-third of Marylandʼs tidal wetlands. The refuge consists of over 27,000 acres of freshwater impoundments, tidal wetlands, open fields, and mixed forests. The refuge is also home to over 250 bird species, 35 species of reptiles and amphibians, 165 species of threatened and endangered plants, and numerous mammals that can be spotted throughout the year in the region’s marshes, forests, meadows, and fields.
IRONMAN Maryland begins with a 2.4-mile swim in the fresh water of the Choptank River on the Delmarva Peninsula. Water temperatures can vary between 73 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit. The 112-mile bike takes athletes through Dorchester County and into the aforementioned wildlife refuge. The course is flat, fast and scenic. The day finishes with a 26.2-mile run on flat country roads offering numerous straightaways—opportunities for athletes to size up their competition.
To follow Gary and Tats today go to the following link and put in their last name :
With all the hype surrounding Tyler Butterfield’s performance at Kona and because he is too modest to tell me himself, I was unaware that Mark Wilcox also participated in the Hawaii Ironman World Championships 2015 and produced another excellent performance in the hot conditions.