The Tokio Millennium Triathlon and Junior Duathlon, highlights of the Bermuda Triathlon Association’s race calendar, get underway Sunday morning from Albuoy’s Point in Hamilton at 8AM with the junior duathlon followed at 9AM with the Tri-a Tri and the main sprint event for individuals and teams at 10AM.
Tyler Butterfield and Erica Hawley will start as firm favorites to take overall male and female honours over the 750 meter, 20km bike and 5km course.
Last year Hawley was second to defending champion Martina Olcheski – Bell by over two minutes but since then the 18 year old has made huge strides competing on the world’s junior elite circuit. In a strong women’s field, in addition to Olcheski – Bell, Hawley will also have to watch out for Ashley Estanwik who just over a month ago was second in her age group at the North American Ironman 70.3 Championships and Cora Lee Howes (Starzomski). With Estanwik being a strong runner,Hawley will need to have a reasonable time cushion going into the run but her strong swim and much improved run could prove to be the difference between them. Another junior to watch will be 16 year old Lynsey Palmer who was 24th overall last year but has already shown in the super sprint series that she should improve on that result this year. Marie-Lyne Dore and Kristin Palmer, if she enters, are others to watch.
Sadly, a possible close battle between the two Tylers, Butterfield and Smith, is not going to happen as the talented junior and defending champion is in Victoria, BC training with coach Kelly Guest preparing for his 2016 junior elite races. Behind Butterfield 16 year old Matthew Oliviera, who was 3rd last year, should finish 2nd. An exceptional cyclist who has been in excellent form in the BAA’s races his season, Oliviera is originally from a triathlon background and is no slouch on the swim and run. At press time, others to watch include Geoff Smith and Matt Thompson and the much improved Tim Patterson and Byron Rencken. Should Spencer Butterfield or Tucker Murphy produce late entries they too could well take a podium position.
In addition to battling for overall honours participants will be looking to podium in their age group and there are also school team and individual categories for school prizes.
For information on the race and on how to enter click here
Yesterday, Thursday 9th June, was the 3rd race in the 2016 Super Sprint Triathlon Series and it attracted the usual mix of new faces and established triathletes, as well as some talented youngsters.
Thanks to Ian Pilgrim for the results and this report :
A record turn out – largest field so far this season. Hot and humid at Clearwater, and a few notable names from the past including Kamryn Minors and Caitlin Conyers who were very active juniors in their day. Byron Rencken caught Alec Shepherd on the second lap of the run to take the win, with young Tommy Marshall an impressive third, followed by Tim Patterson and youngster Caleb Ingham rounding out the top five. First female home was Becky Shepherd with Sharon Hammond second female, sandwiching Bermuda’s own Dr. McDreamy, Gerhard Boonstra, between them. It was also great to see Bob and Midge Oliver competing. Thanks to Julie Marshall and Janet Harrison for helping with the traffic and recording the finishers.
Flora Duffy will start this coming weekend’s World Series triathlon in Leeds, UK ranked as the world’s no.1 triathlete in the points series but will have her work cut out for her to maintain that ranking as she goes up against a very strong field that includes the GB Olympic triathletes who are based and train in Leeds and Gwen Jorgensen of the USA.
The event will actually see a “Duffy invasion” as both Charlie and Maria, who if you don’t know by now are Flora’s parents, will also be competing in the age group races and be on hand to support Flora.
For a pre race report on the strong women’s field click here.
Girona, about an hour by train north east of Barcelona by train and close to the Costa Brava ,has long been known as a centre for cyclists with many professional cyclists / teams basing themselves there during the European season.
Germany’s Jan Frodeno, the current Ironman World Champion and 2008 Olympic gold medallist and his wife Australian Emma Snowsill, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist and mutliple times world champion, decided to base themselves in Girona with their new baby. They spend part of the year on the Australian coast and the rest of the year in Girona.
Since Frodeno moved to Girona a number of triathletes have followed and it is quickly becoming a base for a number of leading triathletes.
Professional Canadian cyclist, Christian Meir, and his wife established La Fabrica Cafe in the beautiful old city section of Girona and it has become the meeting point for cyclists and triathletes throughout the day. More recently he established a second cafe / roastery close by called Mafia Espresso. La Fabrica is full of cycling memorabilia and items to buy and serves excellent coffee and food.
I recently visited Girona and we went to La Fabrica for breakfast and found Jan Frodeno , and Emma Snowsill sitting outside for breakfast with another leading triathlete, Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand and his wife and new baby. We chatted about Bermuda and Tyler and Flora. We then visited Mafia Espresso the next day and met up with Emma again who was just finishing a ride.
The riding, lake swimming and running trails around Girona, coupled with the beautiful weather, superb local food and inexpensive cost of living make it an ideal training location and everywhere you go you see skinny guys with shaved legs. The riding is especially spectacular and on our rides we passed ( in the opposite direction !!) a number of Trek and Orica team riders out training.
A good vacation would be to do Barcelona Ironman 70.3 and then spend time in Girona. If you need advise on how to plan a trip there, let me know.
Thanks to Steve and Patty Petty for the following :
22 year old Gordon Benson has been selected to the British Olympic Triathlon Team for Rio. Benson is a name which may not be familiar to local triathlete triathletes but his father Gerry Benson lived in Bermuda and in 1981 did the Hawaii Ironman with Jim Butterfield.
The younger Benson visited Bermuda about 6 years ago and trained with local triathletes and ran in a few running events.
For more and to see a picture of the GB Team click here