Are you interesting in representing Bermuda as an age grouper at Sprint or Standard (Olympic) distances ?
If so and in the case of the world championships if you have been a resident of Bermuda for a year prior to the event there are two great opportunities in 2016 for you to race wearing the Bermuda uniform.
2016 Caribbean Age Group Triathlon & Duathlon Championship May 15, 2016
FINALLY! A fair test of your ability!
N.B. Some Locals have already registered!
This event is for age group athletes only, from 12 years old and up. You will be competing against like age, like gender athletes from the Caribbean region only. Winners in each race, each gender and each age group will be crowned Caribbean Age Group Champion.
EVENTS AND DISTANCES
Duathlon: 1.6k (1 mile) run, 16k (10 mile) bike, 5k (3.1 mile) run
Sprint triathlon: .8k (.5 mile) swim, 16k (10 mile) bike, 5k (3.1 mile) run
Standard triathlon: 1500m (.9 mile swim), 32.2k (20 mile) bike, 10k (6.2 mile) run
Juniors will be able to participate in the Sprint Triathlon Distance within the 12-14 or 15-17 Age Group Categories.
This year’s event will be held on “neutral ground” in Miami FL. It as centrally located and as easy as possible for athletes from each Caribbean nation to get to. The events will be held on beautiful Key Biscayne and will feature a sprint distance duathlon, a sprint distance triathlon and an Olympic distance triathlon.
More details to come but breaking news is that Erica Hawley has just taken the silver medal in the Central American and Caribbean Junior Triathlon Championships running her way from 4th off the bike to 2nd.
After 2 fourth place finishes in the World Triathlon Series, Flora Duffy is now ranked 2nd in the world. Points are awarded for each race entered according to your finishing position and with Jodie Stimpson of the UK and Ashley Gentle of Australia failing to take a top ten finish in Gold Coast this past weekend, Flora has moved ahead of them.
WITH APOLOGIES FOR THE BELATED POST DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES
Geoff Smith, making a welcome comeback after a prolonged injury that required surgery, and CoraLee Howes ( Starzomski) were the top male and female finishers at the 2016 Good Friday “home event” held at Harrington Sound School Car Park.
Impressing in his first ever triathlon (wearing a trisuit for the first time and on a road bike with no aerobars) was newcomer Kevin Ronaldson, better known as a footballer before his move to triathlon. Kevin, who is training for the Miami Ironman 70.3 later in the year, finished fourth overall.
Geoff was the fastest finisher in each of the three discipline with splits of 11 min 07 secs for the 750 meter swim , 29 :48 for the 20km bike ( a bit short of that distance) and 19:28 for the 4km run. He finished in 1 hr 23 secs, almost 5 minutes ahead of second placed Steve Smith ( 1 hr 05 mins 39 secs).
Cora Lee exited the water just behind Geoff to finish 3rd overall in 1:07:59
The BTA sends out regular Newsletters with important information about triathlon in Bermuda but you need to be a paid up member to receive the newsletters and ofcourse to participate in BTA events including races.
Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley will compete this weekend at the Central American and Caribbean Junior 16-19 Triathlon Championships.
These championships take place on the small resort island of San Andres which is situated off the cost of Nicaragua but is owned by Colombia. Tyler has been preparing for the race in Bermuda working with coach Kelly Guest in March when he was in Bermuda. Meanwhile Erica took advantage of her UK school vacation to travel to Victoria BC to train with Kelly and his group of Canadian elite juniors. She was also able to pick up her new Argon bike as they are providing both Erica and Tyler with top of the line road bikes for this season.
The junior elite races get underway this Friday 15th April with the junior women starting at 6AM Bermuda time and the junior men at 7AM Bermuda time.
The event website is the Colombian Triathlon Federation site at fedecoltri.com
Flora Duffy once again did herself and Bermuda proud in perhaps her best performance to date in Olympic distance triathlon as she finished 4th today in the Gold Coast World Triathlon Series just missing out on a podium place.
Unlike most of the athletes in the field, Flora only arrived in Australia 48 hours before the race but showed little signs of jet lag as she exited the water with the lead group of 23 athletes and soon moved to the front of the group. Eventually the pace set by Flora, New Zealand’s experienced triathlete Andrea Hewitt and two time world champion Helen Jenkins from the UK proved decisive as the three of them opened up a slender gap on the 3rd of 8 laps on the bike and on the technical course began to stretch their lead lap by lap.
By transition to the run, the three of them had over a minute lead on a chasing group of 18 that included Gwen Jorgensen of the USA, unbeaten since 2014, and the outstanding runner in the field.
Jenkins took off out of transition and soon opened up a significant gap on Hewitt and Duffy. The question was could the three of them hold off the inevitable charge from Jorgensen. Despite the heat, Jenkins, looking to stake her claim for the one remaining spot on the British team for the Olympics, lost only seconds on Jorgensen over the first 5km and soon distanced Flora and Hewitt. Hewitt opened up a gap on Flora as, on the out and back run course, the two of them watched Jorgensen closing in on them. Jenkins never looked back and won comfortably. Meanwhile with 2 1/2 km to go Flora passed Hewitt but with Jorgensen now just 50 meters behind them. Hewitt recovered on the last hill and with less than a kilometer to go Jorgensen came along side. The three of them entered the finishing area together but unfortunately Flora was unable to match Jorgensen and Hewitt in the sprint with Jorgensen just holding off Hewitt and Flora some 20 meters behind in 4th.
A second 4th place finish in World Series racing this season must have been hard to take after Flora held a podium position in sight for so long but she can take great heart from this performance as pretty much all of the very best female triathletes were in the field and the 5th placed finisher was almost a minute behind Flora and…… Flora’s run looked so much stronger and fluid.
The World Series now moves to Cape Town, South Africa, where Flora now spends a good part of the year training and is currently based. She will effectively be on her “home turf” and will be looking to impress and hopefully take a podium.