Tyler Smith, who has been training with coach Kelly Guest in Victoria, produced another excellent result finishing 13th in the CAMTRI Pan American Championships yesterday, Saturday 9th July, in Des Moines, Iowa. In a tight race that saw a minute separating 1st place from 13th place, Tyler missed out on a top ten finish by just 13 seconds. However, the result qualified him for the 16-19 junior elite triathlon world championships inCozumel, Mexico from September 11th to 18th, 2016.
Here is Tyler’s race report :
It was a good race for me here at the CAMTRI Pan-American Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Official results are yet to be posted, but I believe I was 12th which is enough to qualify me for the World Championships. My swim was decent, however I came out of the water in between the two main packs, just missing the breakaway of 16 riders. After being caught by the chase pack, a large group of us worked well together to bridge up to the leading group by the end of the 3rd of 4 laps. With 50 plus riders now making up the front pack it became increasingly dangerous, and I narrowly avoided a large crash going into the second transition. I was held up by the bikes and bodies on the road so had to do some work to get back into contention for a top 15 worlds spot on the run. The heat suited me well as I had a solid finish.
For top 15 overall times go here