Tyler Smith led the way today, Saturday 23rd July, in the first day of racing in Ottawa as he finished an impressive 8th out of 77 starters in the Canadian National Junior Triathlon Championships. Erica Hawley was 15th in the Women’s Junior Champs whilst Nick Pilgrim was 12th and Caleb Ingham was 27th in the Canadian 13-15 Youth Series triathlon which, due to poor water quality, was changed into a duathlon.
After a 10 min 15 sec split for the 800m swim that saw him just trailing the lead group of three he then produced a 26 min 40 sec bike for the 20km to start the run in touch with the leaders. However, his run split of 17 min 31 secs, after a brave move on the bike, denied him a possible podium finish with the top three recording times around 16 minutes flat.
Here is Tyler’s race report :
Came out with the first chase pack and bridged up to the three leaders when I launched a counter attack to try and get away on the last half of the bike. I put some time into the group, but killed my legs for the run in doing so. I was eventually reeled in after a little more than 3km solo off the front, and finished 8th after finishing a run made tough from the effort on the bike.
Team Bermuda’s doing well out here. Great to have the team atmosphere!!
Tyler finished in 55 mins 31 secs with the winner, Charles Paquet, who is considered to be a possible podium contender at the Junior World Championships in September, crossing the line in 53 mins 51 secs.
Erica Hawley, who like Tyler is preparing for the Junior World Championships, also had a solid race finishing 15th in 1 hour 4 mins and 47 secs with a 11:26 swim, 31:25 bike and 20:46 run . The race was won by one of the leading world juniors Desirae Ridenour in 59 mins 55 secs.
Here is Adam Hawley’s (edited) race report :
After doing a huge amount of training this week (20+ hours) she did remarkably ok. Her swim was great for first two thirds but then she ran out of energy. She just missed getting on the first bike pack and spent a huge amount of energy trying to catch them. This led to her falling off a bit and she finished bike about 17th; was in top ten after the swim.Run was fantastic,ran solid the whole way and looked strong having regained some energy. I don’t think she tapered for the race. Two more races before worlds so all part of the journey.
At press time there is no race report for Nick and Caleb’s race. Nick finished in 35 min 09 secs with splits of 3 :42 for the 1.3km run (substituted for the swim), 19 : 37 for the 10km bike and 9:52 for the final 2.6km run. Caleb finished in 38:53 with splits of 3:57,20:00 and 12:37 clearing suffering on the last run after a courageous effort on the first two legs of the race. The race was won by Mathias Gelber in 33 mins 20 secs.
For full results go here
Tomorrow will see the younger Bermudians ( see previous post) race in the Kids of Steel events and the adults take on the Sprint Triathlon.
Pictures and a race report on tomorrow’s events will follow tomorrow.