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 :
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 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.
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.
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.
Coached 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.
Four 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.
Tyler Butterfield finished 6th today in 8 hrs 18 mins 39 secs at the Challenge Roth triathlon in Germany over the ironman race distances.
Butterfield had a solid swim and was third off the bike but faded in the run, perhaps a sign of his interrupted training due to illness and injury.
The story of the day was the performance of Germany’s Jan Frodeno, the 2015 Ironman World Champion, who posted an extraordinary time of 7 hrs 35 mins 39 seconds to beat the previous fastest time over this distance by over 6 minutes. Frodeno destroyed the field with second place Joe Skipper finishing in 7 hrs 56 mins 23secs, over 20 minute behind Frodeno. Defending champion, Nils Frommhold, considered one of the best ironman triathletes, was third in 2:57:49.
Frodeno’s splits make impressive reading with a 45:22 swim, 4:08:07 bike and 2:39:18 run.
When asked whether Frodeno had raised the bar to a new level, Australian pro triathlete Luke McKenzie, himself a podium finisher at Ironman Worlds, replied :”yes, to the moon”.
Tyler’s splits were 48:56, 4:17:18, 3:08:46
The women’s race was won by 2015 Ironman World Champion Daniella Ryf of Switzrland, who narrowly missed out on breaking Chrissie Wellington’s world record mark. Ryf also dominated the field finishing in 8:22:04, good enough for 9th overall.
Tyler Butterfield takes to the start line on Sunday in the prestigious Roth Challenge, Germany one of the oldest long distance distance races in the world.
Triathlon is hugely popular in Germany and well over 100,000 spectators are likely to be lining the course. Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno, from Germany, heads up a stellar men’s field and he has announced his intention to go for the fastest time over the long course distance which stands at 7hrs 41 mins.
For more on the men’s field click here for an excellent race preview in which Tyler is strongly featured.
WITH APOLOGIES FOR BELATED POSTING OF THIS ARTICLE
Following on from her emphatic win at the Tokio Millenium Triathlon, Ashley Estwanik produced another dominant performance on July 3rd at the XL Catlin Bermuda National Championships.
Competing in her first Olympic distance race in breezy and hot conditions at Clearwater Beach, Ashley not only took top women’s honours but was also first across the line, over six minutes ahead of men’s champion Steve Smith thanks to a solid swim and bike but largely to her run time of 39 mins 52 secs, easily the best run time of the day.
Steve Smith, who only took up triathlon three years ago, took full advantage of the absence of some of the island’s top triathletes to take the men’s national title.
Shock news yesterday as Spain’s Javier Gomez came off his bike whilst training and broke his arm. His arm was operated on today, Thursday 14th July, but he will not recover in time to race in Rio in the Olympic Games.
Gomez, a five time world champion and silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games would have started as one of the favorites for Rio.
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Bermuda’s up and coming junior Nick Pilgrim produced another good performance this past Sunday 10th July, finishing 24th in a field of 63 in the competitive Flatlands Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa over a 375m swim, 10km draft legal bike and 2.5km run.
The race was one of four qualifying events in the USA Triathlon’s Youth Elite Series for 13-15 yearolds with qualifiers earning the right to compete in the USA Triathlon Youth draft legal championships to be hosted in West Chester, Ohio in July 30-31, 2016. It therefore attracted a strong field.
In hot conditions Nick was 33rd out of the water in 5 min 33 secs and then rode the 10km in 17 min 41 secs before finishing the run in 9 min 34 secs for a total time, with transitions, of 34 :42. The event was won by Zach Wilson in 30:19.
Nick’s result was encouraging as he was the 2nd fastest out of 13 year olds in a race series that is attracting the best 13-15 year olds in the USA.