BANNED SUBSTANCES – YOU SHOULD KNOW

ANTI DOPING

Whether you are a professional or age group athlete you must adhere to the anti doping rules of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

To find out what substances are banned ( or just banned in competition) go to :

http://list.wada-ama.org/prohibited-all-times/prohibited-substances/

DON’T FORGET THAT IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW THESE BANNED SUBSTANCES AND AVOID TAKING THEM, EXCEPT AS PERMITTED.

If found to have doped, whether deliberately or accidentally, not only could you be subject to a ban from competition but it could cause you embarassment if the media got hold of the information and also have other adverse consequences.

RACING ABROAD – IMPORTANT NEWS

ANTI DOPINGIf you are racing abroad and require a Bermuda Triathlon Association (BTA) membership licence to do so, then YOU MUST NOTIFY THE BTA EXECUTIVE AT LEAST A MONTH BEFORE YOUR RACE DATE.

 

WHY ? Because the BTA are required to notify the BSADA (Bermuda Sport Anti Doping Authority) of all athletes racing abroad so that the BSADA can, if they so wish, drug test you before your race.

Send an EMail to btamembership@gmail.com in order to notify the BTA of your race(s).

 

HAWLEY AND SMITH QUALIFY FOR PAN AMERICAN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley shown with Flora Duffy at the 2014 Pan American Championships

News has reached me today that both Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith have qualified for the Pan American Triathlon Championships which will take place in Des Moines, Iowa, USA on the 9th July 2016.

The two Bermuda 16-19 elite age group juniors both qualified by virtue of their top 20 finishes in the CAMTRI North America Championships this past weekend ( see previous post) and will now go up against the best juniors from North, Central and South America.

The Pan American Championships also double up as the regional qualifier for the International Triathlon Union’s Junior World Championships on September 16th in Cozumel, Mexico.

JUNIORS SHINE IN NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Tyler Smith at the CAMTRI North American Championships on Saturday

Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley made a great start to their junior season on Saturday competing in the CAMTRI North American Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Tyler finished 8th in 56 min 54 secs, 3 1/2 mins quicker than last year, whilst Erica was 16th in 1hr 3 mins and 29 secs, 5 mins quicker than last year.

The event attracts the best juniors from Canada, USA and Mexico and athletes from South America racing over 750m swim, 20km draft legal bike and 5km run.

In the junior men’s event, three athletes got off the front after a quick swim but Tyler had a strong swim of 9 mins 39 secs and settled into the 2nd pack of riders, completing the bike in 29.17. He then had a solid run of 16 min 55 secs.The race was won by Oliver Blecher of Canada, one of the lead group of three on the swim / bike, in 55 min 33 secs. Tyler was just 38 secs of a podium place. 60 juniors started.

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Erica had a solid swim of 10 min 55 secs but off the small lead group who emerged from the water in around 10:15. Erica settled into the 2nd pack of riders and worked hard on the front of that group finishing the bike in 31.13 and then produced a solid run of 20 min 09 secs for the 5km. 46 juniors started the event and 44 finished.

GOOD LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ERICA HAWLEY

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Erica Hawley on the bike on Saturday

Erica Hawley added to her experience racing in the top ranks as she took on an adult and top junior women’s field in the Camtri Triathlon Series in Clermont, Florida on Saturday.

For Erica racing with the likes of Sarah Haskins, world championships silver medalist in 2008 and still one of the USA’s to professional triathletes, was a big step up but she handled herself well.

As always, the swim is critical in draft legal racing and Erica’s 750m swim left her chasing the leading packs on the 20km bike. Despite the heat, Erica showed good form on the 5km run and her coach, Canadian Kelly Guest was pleased with her overall performance especially as she went into the race after a bout of flu.

 

Erica’s time of 1 hr 06 mins 05 secs saw her finish 31st out of 39 starters. Her splits were :

Swim 750m : 11 min 25 secs Bike 20km draft legal: 32 : 25 and Run 5km : 20 :21

The race was won by Taylor Knibb of the USA who was the silver medalist at the 2015 junior elite 16-19 world championships in Chicago. Sarah Haskins was 2nd whilst India Lee of the UK, who represented GB at the world championships in Chicago in the womens pro field, was 3rd.

Erica has remained in Florida and is training with coach Kelly Guest and a Canadian junior elite squad ahead of this Saturday’s 16-19 junior elite North American Championships.

NICK PILGRIM OUTSTANDING AT CLERMONT FI CHALLENGE

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NICK PILGRIM ON THE RUN IN CLERMONT

13 year old Nick Pilgrim produced an outstanding performance today in Clermont, Florida competing in the FI Series for juniors aged 12-16.

Nick finished 13th over the 375m swim, 10km draft legal bike and 2.5 km run but was the 2nd 12-13 year old overall. The top 6 spots were taken by 15-16 year olds.

The F1 Series attracts many of the USA and Canadian leading “youth” level (12 to 16) triathletes. Canada’s Antoniades Pavlos from Quebec, the 2015 winner, again took 1st place in 30 min 12 secs. Nick’s time was 33:12. Last year the time difference between Nick and Pavlos was over 6 minutes and Nick finished 39th so his improvement in 2016 is very encouraging especially as he has three more years in the F1 Series and the “youth” category.

For full results and splits go to

http://www.draftlegalchallenge.com