Duncan Scott finished the famous Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon for the second year in a row finishing 56th in the male 50-54 age group in 3:27:20.
The event includes a treacherous strong current swim and a long run transition from the swim to bike start. The bike crosses the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the run includes a sapping cross country / beach run with steps at the end.
The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon includes a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. The race continues with an 18 mile bike ride out the Great Highway, through the Golden Gate Park, and concludes with the tough 8 mile run through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The finish is at The Marina Green.
Entries are limited to 2,000 competitors each year.
On a humid and overcast Thursday evening 36 people turned up for SuperSprint at Clearwater Beach. The usual motley crew was augmented last night with a few new faces,namely, Barry XU, Aine O’Sullivan, Jordan Johnson, Darrell Herrick and Ben Edwards, Caitlyn Conyers and Roxy Crockwell. There were also a couple of colleagues from cycling notably April Galda-Joyce and Dennis Joell presumably trying out some cross training.
We were also honoured last night by the presence of Fat Tire Massive (FTM) in the form of Hans and James who were testing out new timing equipment. Ten people got chips and others were allocated numbers to shout out as they finished which made it all a bit more fun on the finish line.with several people either not remembering their numbers or not physically being able to shout them out!
Kent Richardson continues to own the series but is being hard pushed by youngsters Manning Smith and Tommy Marshall. Gordon Smith and Roxy Crockwell came first male and female in the junior event. (they were the only two in the junior event). The ladies put on an impressive finish with Viv Lochead, Caitlyn Conyers and Jessie Marshall all finishing within 17 seconds of each other for first second and third respectively.
In the USAT Youth Series Triathlon Nick Pilgrim was well positioned in around 15th place after the swim and was at the front of a pack on the second lap of the bike when sadly his wheels slid out on a 90 degree turn. He suffered road rash but no major injuries but was unable to continue.
Cora Lee Starzomski, Sharon Hammond, Nancy Swart, Deanna Didyk and Frances Betts all completed the Patriot Half Triathlon today in Freetown, Massachusetts over 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run.
Leading the way was Cora Lee who was 4th in the ladies 40-44 age group in 5hrs 23 mins 39 secs
Deanna Didyk,Cora Lee Starzomski, Sharon Hammond, Nancy Swart and Frances Betts will compete tomorrow, Saturday 18th June, in the Patriot Half Triathlon. The triathlon is held at a US military base, Cathedral Camp, in East Freetown, MA. 2016 marks the 10th year of this award-winning race which was recognized as “Best Small Race” (less than 1,000 athletes) in voting by athletes as part of the “Triathlete’s Choice Awards” program. The Patriot features a 1.2 mile swim in Long Pond, the largest fresh water body of water in Masssachusetts, a 2-loop bike course offering 56 miles of beautiful, flat roads with a few rolling hills and a 13.1 mile run along country roads, farms and lakes.
For more on the race click here or watch the video below
Tyler Smith and Nick Pilgrim will compete this weekend in Monroe, Washington State in US Triathlon Association’s Elite Series triathlons.
The USAT Junior and Youth Elite Series are the premier triathlon race series for athletes 13 to 19 year olds in the United States. Consisting of four national-caliber competitions each spring and summer, the series prepares athletes for draft-legal competition and qualification to US teams competing at international championships. Each event has two competition categories – a Youth Elite Cup and a Junior Elite Cup – in which athletes are grouped by age and gender. Courses are designed to mimic Olympic style racing, with multiple laps and high speed transitions, making races exciting to watch.
Both Tyler and Nick are no strangers to this race series having already competed in various series events over the years. Tyler will race junior whilst Nick will be in the youth category.Both of them have shown in previous races that they can compete at this level and both have strong chances of finishing in the top ten or better.
Both Nick and Tyler race tomorrow, Saturday 18th June, with Nick’s race at 8.30AM (Bda 12.30PM ) and Tyler’s race at 11AM (Bermuda time 3PM)
As expected Tyler Butterfield had no difficulty in winning the 2016 Tokio Millennium Triathlon in Hamilton, his 5th win in 6 years, whilst Ashley Estanwik took her first major victory on home soil with a suprisingly comfortable victory in the women’s event.
Tyler completed the 750 meter swim, 20k bike and 5km run in 58 mins 21 seconds. 16 year old Matthew Oliviera again made the podium finishing well behind Butterfield but in an excellent time of 1 :04:29 with Mat Thompson producing another consistent performance to finish 3rd overall in 1:05:57.
Ashley trailed 18 year old Erica Hawley by around 1 min 30 secs after the swim but was able to catch Hawley with an impressive bike ride and once in the lead going into T2 she was never going to be caught. Ashley finished an impressive 4th overall in 1:06:26. Erica finished in 1:09:09 with American visitor Megan Kelly 3rd in 1:10:29.
Simon Arnott, Ed Jordan and Jessica Lewis won the Open Team division with Karen Smith, Julia Hawley and Victoria Fiddick taking women’s team honours.
Geoff Smith comfortably won the mens 50+ division finishing an impressive 5th overall. Cora Lee Starzomski was 1st in the womens 40-49 age group.
Earlier in the morning Kamryn Minors used her experience to finish 1st overall in the Tri a Tri Triathlon ahead of the first male finisher Miles Brewer with Madison Brewer in 3rd.
The junior duathlon 11 to 15 year old racing bike category featured some very talented juniors with 13 year old Nick Pilgrim ( 29 mins 37 secs) holding off 12 year old Tommy Marshall (30:19). Caleb Ingham was 3rd in 33:43. Jessie Marshall was the first 11-15 girl and 6th overall in 34.17 with Amber Simons holding off Zoe Hasselkuss for 2nd.
Jasmin Haselkuss showed just what a huge talent she is as she finished first female and first overall in the 7 to 10 racing bike category.Harlan Watson- Brown was the first boy finishing 2nd ahead of brother Flynn Watson-Brown.
The Saltus Knights team of Yannick Hillier, Kaden Hopkins and Ashly Irby were the first team in the school team triathlon.
For full results and other age group results go here
Flora Duffy has produced another astonishing performance today in Leeds as she finished 2nd in the World Series race, her highest finish ever.
After a strong swim, Flora broke away with two unfancied British athletes, Lucy Hall and Jess Leamond, with the three of them 1 min 43 secs ahead of favorites that included Gwen Jorgensen going into the bike to run transition.
It looked as though the 1 :43 might be enough going into the four lap run but although she quickly dropped the two British athletes it simply was not a good enough lead to hold off Gwen Jorgensen. Jorgensen, who has only been beaten once in over two years, is simply easily the best runner in women’s triathlon and relentlessly pulled in Flora, catching her just before the start of the last of the four 2.5km run laps. Flora held on well and had time to celebrate with the crowd as she moved one step closer to the top of the podium having had a 3rd and two 4th’s this year.
There was some frustration for Flora as the two British triathletes with her on the bike were given instructions not to allow Flora’s lead to go beyond a minute so it was Flora who had to do most of the work and paid the price on the run.