16 of Bermuda’s long distance triathletes will be taking advantage of triathlon legend Greg Welch’s visit to the island to participate in a camp put on to coincide with his visit to the island to speak at the BTA Annual Dinner.
The 16 participants will be able to tap in to Greg’s almost 30 years in the sport of triathlon both as an Ironman World Champion, coach and triathlon commentator.
Saturday’s session will feature beach running and ocean swimming at Horseshoe Beach followed by a Q and A lunch. Sunday will be bike intervals from John Smiths Bay Beach followed by ocean swimming. On Monday evening the participants will take to the NSC pool for a swim technique and intervals session. Tuesday’s venue is the NSC track for bike / run intervals using bike static trainers and the track.
Bermuda’s professional triathletes Tyler Butterfield and Flora Duffy will also be “guesting” at some of the sessions to offer their advise and join in the training.
The camp will culminate on Wednesday with a wrap up dinner.
The Bermuda Triathlon Association’s 2015 Awards Dinner takes place this Saturday 21st November at Riddell’s Bay Golf Club.
The guest speaker will be triathlon legend Greg Welch and Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield, 5th at the Ironman World Championships, and XTerra World Champion and top ten ranked ITU triathlete,Flora Duffy, will attend the dinner.
Welch, who hails from Australia but is now a US Citizen, is acknowledged as one of the greatest triathletes due to his remarkable dominance in winning the “The Grand Slam” which included the ITU World Championships in 1990, the Ironman World Championships in 1994, the ITU Long Course World Championships in 1994 and the Duathlon World Championships in 1994. He also won numerous other prestigious races and finished 2nd overall in the ITU World Triathlon Series in 1991 and 2nd in the same year at the Ironman World Championships, a race in which he also finished 3rd twice. In 1997 he was 2nd in the Bermuda event of the ITU World Series. His career was sadly cut short in 2000 due to heart issues. Since then he has become one of the voices of triathlon as commentator for the Ironman World Championships and other Ironman Series races and for other races worldwide including the XTerra World Championships and the ITU 2015 World Championships. He is also Oakley’s Global Marketing Manager.
in 2014 he was one of the first group of inductees into the Triathlon Hall of Fame. In 2000 he was an ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Welch will be accompanied by his wife Sian, herself a leading professional triathlete in her time, and two daughters.
Been doing my best to keep up the training, but been a transition year, so not doing very well. Nonetheless competed at both IM Dublin 70.3 in August and IM Turkey 70.3 at the end of October. Have joined a great Tri club here in Ireland called Belpark. Great bunch of people and with easy access to the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, so fun and tough training.
Tyler Butterfield has decided to start early on his quest to qualify for next year’s Ironman World Championships as he takes on Ironman Cozumel on Sunday 29th November 2015.
Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Cozumel is located 16 kilometers off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Boasting the second largest barrier reef in the world, Cozumel has an international reputation as one of the premier diving destinations in the world.
The two-transition course starts with a single-loop swim in water that is teeming with tropical fish within the protected waters of the Reefs of Cozumel National Park at Chankanaab Park Beach. The 180-kilometer, three-lap bike course in Cozumel is pancake-flat, taking competitors along the spectacular coastline of beaches and resorts and through the town of San Miguel de Cozumel. The three-loop run is lined with local supporters and bands playing traditional Mexican music, creating a festival-liked atmosphere. The finish line is at the city hall square in San Miguel de Cozumel, where local residents provide support to all finishers like they were seasoned veterans of IRONMAN spectating.
Before then Tyler will be back in Bermuda for the Bermuda Triathlon Association’s Prize Giving Dinner and to visit family and friends.
The Island House Triathlon results have now been amended and infact Gwen Jorgensen emerged from the water just infront of Flora Duffy and Lisa Norden and despite putting time into Jorgensen on the stage 3 sprint event, Norden did not beat Jorgensen’s combined time and finished 2nd overall with Flora 3rd.
Javier Gomez finished 2nd in stage 3 to Cam Dye but won the overall from Richard Murray and Tim Don.
Despite the efforts of defending her XTerra World Triathlon title the week before, in what was a strength sapping performance, travel from Hawaii to the Bahamas and two days of hard racing, Flora finished a creditable third today in Stage 3 of the $500,0000 Invitational Island House Triathlon in the Bahamas to wrap up the three days of racing in third overall.
After taking 3rd in the Prologue on Friday and 2nd in the Olympic Distance race on Saturday Flora was well placed to possibly challenge for overall honours as she had 22 seconds on Sweden’s Lisa Norden but trailed ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen by just over 40 secs.. With today’s sprint distance (750 meter swim, 20km bike and 5km run) being non drafting on the bike Flora, who is renowned in triathlon circles as one of if not the strongest cyclists amongst professional women in triathlon, might have been hoping to put sufficient time on Jorgensen and Lisa Norden to steal overall honours in the elite 10 women field.
However, it just wasn’t to be as Flora’s exertions over the past 10 days caught up with her and despite a creditable finish today, she could not get away on the bike.
It all looked promising after the swim with Flora (10 mins 29) and Norden (10 mins 25 secs) exiting the water with almost a minute’s lead over Jorgensen ( 11 : 16). However with the non drafting format it came down to who had the stronger legs on the bike and it was the fresher Norden (33 mins 34 secs) who opened up a telling gap on Flora ( 34 :41) and Jorgensen ( 34 : 48). Jorgensen’s lead of 1 min and 3 secs had been blown away by Norden who started the run with just over a two minute lead on Jorgensen and a 45 second lead on Flora. Sensing victory, Norden, the 2012 ITU World Series gold medalist and 2012 Olympic silver medalist ( in a photo finish for gold in London) who is renowned for her strength, did enough on the run ( 17 min 16 secs) to hold off Jorgensen ( 16 mins 39 secs) and Flora (17 mins) to take overall honours for the three days of racing ahead of Jorgensen. Flora was never in any danger of losing third on the day or overall but she was no doubt left ruing what might have been had the tough three days of racing been a couple of weeks later.
as the pictures show, the race took place on the beautiful Highbourne Cay on Xuma, Bahamas and hopefully Flora will be able to spend a couple of days there after a long and stunningly awesome season. way to go Flora, you have done us proud and we look forward to recognizing your achievements at the Bermuda Triathlon Association dinner on 21st November.
At the time of writing this post the mens third stage had not got underway but having won the Prologue on day 1 and the Enduro on day 2, world champion Javier Gomez leads by over 50 secs going into Stage 3 from South Africa’s Richard Murray with Great Britain’s Tim Don just 22 secs behind Murray. Gomez should wrap up the title today but there could be an interesting battle for 2nd and 3rd between Murray and Don.
Flora Duffy lies in 2nd place overall amongst the women as an impressive roster of INVITE ONLY 10 pro women and 10 pro men from various distance background started yesterday’s 2015 Island House Invitational Triathlon in 3 stages over 3 days in the Bahamas. All events are taking place in Highbourne Cay, Exuma with a prize purse of $500,000 being divided 10 deep equally between the men and women.
Yesterday’s Stage 1 was a 300 meter swim, 7 kilometer bike and 2 kilometer run ITT prologue and Flora finished third by just 3 seconds from Sweden’s Lisa Norden with world champion Gwen Jorgensen having to dig deep, using her renowned running ability to win by just 6 secs
Stage 2 today was a body sapping draft legal Olympic Enduro where athletes swam 500 meters, bike 13 kilometers and run 3.3km, and will do these segments 3 times in a row !!!! Jorgensen again used her running ability to take the win and establish a good lead going into tomorrow’s final Stage 3. Flora finished 2nd to go into 2nd overall with around a 22 second lead over Lisa Norden but trailing Jorgensen by 41 secs.
Stage 3 is a non drafting Sprint distance event where the athletes swim 750 meters, bike 20 kilometers and run 5 kilometers. Flora will be hoping to put time on Jorgensen on the swim and bike and with the non drafting format her superior bike skills could give her a good lead going into the run. However, with Jorgensen likely to eat into any lead on the run and holding a 41 sec lead the best Flora might hope for is to win tomorrow’s race and to hold down an impressive 3rd place overall.
They may not have gone to the dizzy heights of Flora Duffy, but Neil de ste Croix and Laurie Orchard produced excellent results today at the XTerra World Championships 2015 .
Neil completed the tough offroad 1500m swim, 30km bike and 10km run in 3 hrs 40 mins 40 secs to take 14th place in the 50-54 age group with splits of 27 mins 17 secs, 2hrs 8 mins 2 secs and 61 mins 21 secs.
Laurie was 5th out of the water in her age group in 27 mins 20 secs and then produced a bike of 2 hrs 40 ins and 41 secs and run of 68 mins 04 secs to finish 20th in her 40-44 age group.
Flora Duffy exited the water in the top 5 overall with close to a six minute lead over mountain bike specialist Lesley Paterson and although Lesley closed it down to 1 min 37 secs going into the run, it was Flora who ran the toughest finishing over 4 minutes ahead of Paterson to retain her XTerra world title.
More on Neil de ste Croix and Laurie Orchard and Flora’s splits to come.