On Saturday Tyler Butterfield raced in one of the oldest triathlons on the worldwide calendar, the non drafting St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St.Petersburg, Florida over 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run.
The race was a big favorite with Bermuda’s triathletes, especially in the 1980’s and 1990’s ,and is known for its flat but technical bike course, that includes cobbled sections, and brutal heat and humidity.
Tyler emerged from the water less than 30 secs behind the leader and put together a solid bike and run to finish 6th overall. He last raced at St. Anthony’s in 2002 as a rookie 21 year old when he finished 49th.
Flora Duffy produced a race today that everyone is talking about as she finished 3rd in the Cape Town leg of the Triathlon World Series, a result that lifted her to the No.1 ranking on points in the world series.
Flora clearly showed from the start that she was determined to finally make the podium after two fourth place finishes and in particular as she was racing in front of a “home” crowd (Flora makes this part of South Africa a second home and had alot of support).
She emerged from the 750 meter swim with a slender 16 second lead but decided to go for broke on the 20km bike, her strongest discipline. After opening up a 30 second lead she was finally brought back by a chasing group of thirty but despite her efforts on the bike she dug deep and joined a group that broke away on the 5km run that included world champion and renowned runner Non Stanford of the UK. In the end just seconds separated Flora from second placed Jodie Stimpson of the UK and winner Non Stanford. Flora outsprinted Anne Haug, one of the strongest runners in triathlon, for third.
For a full report on the race and coverage click here.
Tyler Butterfield will race Challenge Roth in July 2016. Roth, in Germany, is one of the world’s iconic long distance triathlons with tens of thousands of spectators.
This year’s race will feature Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno who is aiming to set a new world record for the Ironman distance. The current fastest time over the distance is 7 hrs 41 mins 33 secs set by Andreas Raelert in 2011 on this course.
To view the article on the men and women’s fields click here
This report from Julia Hawley from San Andres at the Junior Caribbean and Central American Triathlon Championships 2016.
It was a brutally tough day of racing for both Tyler and Erica. The course had a tough bike with a severe climb on each of 4 laps. The weather was insanely hot. The race started 2 hours late so Erica went at 9am and Tyler at 10am.
Erica came out of water in 2nd with a small group of girls. The Costa Rica girl immediately powered away on the bike with the Venezuelan girl. Erica and the Brazilian girl worked together in 3/4. The race didn’t have very big packs at all because it was such a hard bike. Erica was 4th starting the run and the Brazilian girl started to pull away. On the start of the 2nd lap Erica was still in 4th but the Brazilian and Venezuelan were close enough for Erica to see. She just dug so deep and worked her way up to 2nd on that 2nd lap of run and she got the silver!! A great race in very challenging conditions.
And from Tyler
I felt great leading for most of the swim. I attacked on the 3rd lap of the bike and the El Salvadorian race winner bridged up but I sat up when it looked like the pack would catch. I went back to the pack but suffered during the run.
Tyler Smith finished 7th today at the Central American and Caribbean Junior Triathlon Championships.
I don’t have any more information but looking at the published results ( see below link) it appears that he was in contention for at least a bronze medal but fell out of contention on the run with a 20 :55 for the 5km whereas the medalists were all around 18 mins for the 5km.
After a 6th place finish in these championships Tyler will no doubt be disappointed with his result but a top 10 in these championships is still an outstanding result.