ERICA HAWLEY GETS SEASON OFF TO A GOOD START

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Erica Hawley on the run in San Diego

After a very promising first season competing as an elite junior in 2015, Erica Hawley has been visiting leading “triathlon” colleges in the USA including University College San Diego where her visit coincided with a draft legal  race put on by the college which included professional triathletes and leading college triathletes.

Erica did exceptionally well in a field that included Olympic bronze medallist Erin Densham of Australia who finished 4th.

Erica was 16th overall out of 54 finishers in 1 hr 5 min 31 secs  with only two college students finishing ahead of her over the sprint distance Tritonman. Erica also broke 20 minutes for the first time on the run over this distance, completing the run in 19 min 49 secs.

The race as won by Summer Cook in 1 hr 30 secs.

Results at :

http://ucsdtriathlon.org/race/2016_Tritonman_DL/All-F.html

 

 

Neill Blake camp report

There was a good turn out this morning for the early morning endurance ride and with the weather cooperating everyone enjoyed the 2 to 3 hours of riding to St.Georges and St.Davids and back to Hamilton.

Cora Lee Starzomski’s new pink bike certainly caught everyone’s attention !

The Beginners had the opportunity to work on their bike skills at Astwood Park car park.

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Camp participants at Horseshoe Beach this afternoon.

The day ended with an easy run ( except the soft sand !!) on a beautiful evening at Horseshoe Beach.

Photos will be posted tomorrow. Follow the link to Flickr at this site.

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Jen Wilson, Maria Duffy and Steve O’Reilly on the run at Horseshoe !

CAMP GETS OFF TO GREAT START

The Neill Blake Camp got off to a great start on Friday night and today Saturday.

Almost all of the 40 participants attended Friday night’s meet and greet session which thanks to the generosity of Appleby again was held at an excellent venue. After grabbing a beer or wine and some food and after some thanks and introductions the participants were treated to excellent talks from Sharon Fenn and Annabel Carter.

Sharon brought an array of different style running shoes and showed her great knowledge of shoe technology providing everyone with some very helpful insights into shoe selection etc.,

Annabel Carter, a very experienced orthopaedic and sports medicine physician used an excellent overhead presentation to highlight common injuries and illnesses affecting triathletes and how to prevent and treat them.

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l to r : Zoe Roberts, Viv Lochhead, Gary Stockley and Carolyn Leder get ready for the beach to bike transition

Saturday saw four newbies brave the early morning cold to learn the key components of the sport and pick up tips on transitions. They showed great enthusiasm and finished up with a mini triathlon.

 

 

 

 

 

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The “Advanced” group prepare for the start of the first duathlon today

That session was followed by a hard first session for the Advanced programme as they took on three run/bike/run duathlons. Everyone started together and then raced time handicapped based on their time in the first duathlon. The first 12 across the line in duathlon II then raced in the “championship duathlon” with the next 12 in the “consolation duathlon”, again with handicapped times.

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Kandis Matthews won the “consolation handicap duathlon”

 

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Byron Rencken celebrates winning the “championship handicap duathlon” today. It was a hard and fast start to the camp but enjoyed by all

Despite the cold, there was a strong turn out for Saturday’s final session, a 4PM ocean swim at Harrington Sound with participants opting for easy recovery swims over distances from 750 meters to 1 mile.

 

FLORA DUFFY WITH DOMINANT WIN AT XTERRA SOUTH AFRICA

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FLORA AFTER HER WIN TODAY AT XTERRA SOUTH AFRICA 2016

Flora Duffy got her season off to a great start as she dominated the women’s field to win the XTerra South Africa Championships by over 16 minutes in 2 hr 39 mins 08 secs.

Flora won these championships for a 3rd year in a row as she continued to show that she is by far and away the dominant woman Xterra triathlete and will again be very hard to beat in 2016.

 

COACHES ARRIVE IN BERMUDA

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Jasper Blake in a happy mood at Bermuda Airport

Jasper Blake and Mike Neill arrived in Bermuda yesterday, Wednesday, rebeady for the 2016 Neill / Blake 2016 Triathlon Camp…. and were greeted by torrential downpours ! Also arriving with them was Canadian camp participant Denise McGowan with the other participant, Kara Hobby, arriving today, Thursday.

 

 

36 people have signed up for the camp

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Mike Neill, soigneur, brings the luggage !!

ranging from beginners to more experienced triathletes. This camp will be the 6th Annual Neill / Blake Camp.

Coaches Jasper Blake (B78 coaching) and Mike Neill ( Human Powered Racing) are both very experienced coaches and are both former professional triathletes.

JAVIER GOMEZ CYCLING KIT AUCTION

Javy bike suit

BIG TRIATHLON NEWS!!
Announcing an opportunity to acquire one of Javy’s bike suits (pictured) signed by the great man himself. World Champ stripes included! Wear it or frame it, whatever – I doubt there will be another opportunity any time in the near future to get your hands on kit belonging to and signed by probably the greatest all-round triathlete ever. (Male that is of course.)

Bids accepted at duffy@northrock.bm until February 27 when the auction will finish with a live session at the Neill / Blake Camp Wrap Up Dinner.

Don’t miss out – bid soon. I’ll keep all bidders up-to-date re the highest current bid.

BTW – You may have already figured this out but Flora got the suit for us.

(All proceeds to the BTA)

Charlie Duffy