Jasmin Hasselkuss and Blake Oliviera led the way earlier today at the Kids of Steel Triathlons in Ottawa with Jasmin taking 2nd place (with the same time as the winner in what must have been a sprint finish) in the girls under 11 and Blake taking 2nd in the Boys under 11. However, looking at the run splits in this age group I suspect that there may have been some confusion on the run course as Blake’s time of 9 mins 34 secs compared to Jasmine’s time of 8:34 suggests that they did not do the same course. There were also some girls who finished lower down the order with run times of just over 6 minutes. At press time I am waiting clarification on whether there were problems on the run.

In the Under 13 race Amber Simons showed that she will be one to watch in the future as she took 7th place amongst the girls. Zoe Hasselkuss had a solid race finishing 13th with Lianne Medeiros in 18th and Megan Hands in 24th. Lindsay Smith completed the swim and bike but did not finish the run.

Not to be outdone by the youngsters, Karen Smith won her age group in the draft legal sprint event, finishing 8th overall amongst the women as she continues her comeback from injury. Dirk Hasselkuss (11th)Tom Hands (12th) and Otis Ingham (13th) in the mens 50-54 age group were the other Bermuda results.



As already reported yesterday, Nick Pilgrim and Caleb Ingham competed in the draft legal Canadian Youth Series triathlon in Ottawa which was turned into a duathlon. Here is Ian Pilgrim’s race report with a photo from Aaron Smith :

Caleb entering T2 yesterday

The early races on Saturday in Ottawa including the youth races were changed to Duathlons as water quality tests were still awaited at race time. The youth race started with a 1.3K run with the Youth boys setting off in a fast sprint. Nick hung in with the lead pack on the first run coming in to T1 in about 15th, his pace for the first run being 4.55 minute mile pace. Caleb was just a little bit further back into T1. The bike split into several packs, with Nick in the second chase pack and Caleb in the third. Both boys worked well in their respective packs. The eventual winner made a break from the lead pack on the last of the three laps on the 11.4K bike, for about a 15 second lead coming out of T2. Nick went into T2 at the head of the second chase pack and came out of T2 at the back of it – not his best transition. Caleb maintained his position in the third chase group. The field then split on the final 2.5K run, with the leader almost being caught.

Nick on the run yesterday

Nick had a solid run at just over 6 minute mile pace to finish 12 out of a field of 43. Caleb had a fantastic performance in his first draft legal race at this level to finish a very creditable 27, both boys being at the lower end of the age group. Nick is racing at Magog next weekend which features a Duathlon and Aquathlon on the Saturday and a triathlon on the Sunday for the 13-15 age group, with combined times for the three events determining final standings.


TS Sarasota 2016.jpgTyler 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.

EHawley 2016.pngErica 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.



Otawa Triathlon juniors 2016
L to R : Nick Pilgrim, Caleb Ingham, Megan Hands, Lianna Medeiros, Lindsay Smith, Blake Oliviera.

A  group of Bermuda’s talented juniors and parents are headed to Ottawa this week to compete this weekend in the Ottawa Triathlon.


Leading the way will be Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley who will participate in the junior elite event over 750m swim, 20km draft legal bike and 5km run ,which is the Canadian Junior Elite 16-19 National Championships and part of the CAMTRI series (CAMTRI is the Americas Triathlon Federation that includes South, Central and North America). Tyler and Erica have continued to impress this year after excellent 2015 seasons and have both qualified for the 16-19 junior elite world championships in Mexico in September.

EHawley Des CAMTRI NA Champs runCoached by Kelly Guest, one of the leading Canadian junior coaches, they are both familiar with many of the Canadians that will be vying for top honours including a number of juniors coached by Kelly with whom they have trained.

Nick Pilgrim has already been competing at youth elite level (13-15) for two years now and produced some very promising results on the North American youth elite circuit. Despite being only 13 he has generally finished in the top third of the very competitive fields and been either the fastest or top three amongst 13 year olds. He has a good chance of placing in the top ten in this event .

Caleb Ingham is another youth athlete who has been in the sport for a number of years and he will need all of that experience as he steps up to the youth elite level. Much will depend on his swim as that will determine whether he gets into a group for the draft legal bike and which group he is in. Last year Caleb was 19th in the Quebec Cup in Magog in the 11-12 age category but this event will be a big step up for him with the draft legal format.

The youth elite event will consist of   a 500m swim, 10km bike and 2.6km run.

Ingham is part of the Tri Hedz triathlon club and a number of Tri Hedz juniors will be competing in the Kids of Steel events over various age group distances. The Kids of Steel races in Canada are very popular and attract strong junior fields from ages 5 to 13. Tri Hedz have been sending teams to these races for over 20 years and a number of these juniors have already competed in these events for a few years now.

Last year the Tri Hedz juniors travelled to Magog to compete. Bermuda’s juniors performed very well with Jasmin Hasselkuss winning the girls under 9 age group by over a minute ( a big gap over such short distances) beating out 28 other girls and finishing 5th out of 63 boys and girls.

Blake Oliviera also made the podium finishing 2nd (out of 43) in the under 11 boys with Zoe Hasselkuss 7th in the girls division (out of 62).

Lindsay Smith (22nd), Megan Hands (26th) and Lianna Medeiros (27th) also finished in the top half of their age groups last year at Magog and will be looking to crack the top 20 this year.

Amber Simons was not in Magog last year but is a very talented junior and should do well in her age group.

Catlin Bda Triathlons May 11th 2014 560_14159015382_lFour parents (Karen Smith, Otis Ingham, Dirk Haselkuss and Karen Smith) will compete in the bike draft legal Sprint Triathlon for adults. The draft legal format is unusual at the age group amateur level so the event should prove interesting although with such a wide range of bike handling skills I suspect that the key will be to stay out of trouble when riding in a group which might contain triathletes who are not used to racing in packs as, unlike in Bermuda, the majority of triathletes do not compete in bike races as well. Expect Karen Smith to be one of the top women in the event.

The full list of juniors and adults going

Zoe Hasselkuss (KOS), Jasmin Hasselkuss (KOS), Lindsay Smith (KOS), Megan Hands (KOS), Caleb Ingham(youth elite), Liana Medeiros (KOS), Amber Simons (KOS), Blake Oliveira (KOS), Nick Pilgrim (youth elite),Tyler Smith (junior elite), Erica Hawley (junior elite), Otis Ingham (sprint draft legal), Karen Smith (sprint draft legal),Dirk Hasselkuss (sprint draft legal),Tom Hands (sprint draft legal)