THURSDAY NIGHT SUPER SPRINT SERIES GOING STRONG

cropped-cropped-neill-blake-camp-02022014-01113.jpgThe Thursday night Super Sprint Series at Clearwater Beach, St. David’s, continues to attract a good field of beginners, juniors  and more experienced triathletes.

Here are the results from Thursday 7th July’s event

100m Swim, 5K Bike, 1K Run

13:45 TEAM ROTHWELL
23:41 JAKE LOMAS
25:33 GORDON SMITH

200m Swim, 8K Bike, 2K Run

25:38 ALEX PILGRIM
26:24 KENT RICHARDSON
27:39 CALEB INGHAM
27:42 GERHARD BOONSTRA
28:09 OTIS INGHAM
28:50 JORDAN JOHNSON
29:23 TOM HANDS
29:47 CHRIS HANDS
30:21 ENSHE DAVIS
30:36 LAURA HOPE
30:50 MEGHAN DIEL
31:21 CHRIS SMITH
32:18 AARON CANNONIER
33:03 LARA ROGERS
36:09 DAVID HOPE
38:15 DAWN JOHNSON
38:31 GARY JOEL
40:29 KIRSTY JONES
42:50 LITANNYA SMITH
44:49 MANNING SMITH

FOLLOW UP TO FLORA DUFFY’S WIN IN STOCKHOLM

It was good to receive this comment (and correction !!) from former BTA Executive member Tim Goodyer on my write up on Flora’s win at the ITU World Series race in Sockholm. He makes a good point on Flora’s run time as well !

Dave, great write up. Non Stanford ( Ed : one of the women’s favorites for Rio who I thought had not started) was in the field, but pulled out after a poor swim. Flora slowed to celebrate with the crowd whilst Andrea Hewitt sprinted to the finish ahead of Helen Jenkins, so I would say Flora’s run was equal to Andrea’s. Phenomenal stuff.

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ERICA HAWLEY 19TH AT CAMTRI PAN AMERICAN TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS

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ERICA HAWLEY FINISHING YESTERDAY

Erica Hawley, despite less than ideal preparations for the event, finished a respectable 19th yesterday at the CAMTRI Pan American Junior Elite Triathlon Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Erica’s result means that she will again join Tyler Smith as Bermuda’s two juniors at the 16-19 Junior Elite World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico in September 2016.

Here is Julia Hawley’s race report :

Erica’s race was dominated by Taylor Knibb who just finished 11th at her first WTS Stockholm behind winner Flora Duffy ! Erica came out of the water in about 20th or so. 3 small 8 person packs formed and Erica was in 3rd pack. They worked hard and caught the 2nd pack by T2. The top pack split and it became a foot race for the WC spots as everyone was within a minute of each other!! It was brutally hot at nearly 90 degrees today! Erica ran well enough to take the final WC spot! She is so happy as for her the last month has not been ideal preparation as she had all her A level final exams and was finishing at Millfield School  with a lot of distractions at the end of school. Now she is qualified she goes to Victoria and trains/races in Canada for the rest of summer and is looking forward to just focusing on training and improving over the next 2 months!!

FOR RESULTS GO HERE

TYLER SMITH 13TH AT JUNIOR ELITE NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPS

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TYLER SMITH (N0 18) ON THE BIKE YESTERDAY

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

FLORA DUFFY WINS FIRST WORLD SERIES TRIATHLON

FLORA WITH ITU SERIES LEADER TROPHY

Flora Duffy produced perhaps one of the most astonishing performances ever in Triathlon World Series racing in Stockholm today as she won her first ITU World Series race to extend her World Series overall top place.

For Duffy it was an extra special moment as she has more than once come close to taking top spot on the podium with some “off the front” racing but just been pipped to the line in the last few kilometers of the run.

The manner of Flora’s victory today was spectacular. Emerging from the water with a 23 second lead with a group of six, including two favorites Sarah True and Helen Jenkins, Flora set a blistering pace out of transition. None of the others seemed prepared to go with her and with 38km to go it seemed likely that once a pack formed behind Flora she would be caught. Undettered, Flora once again showed that she is prepared to risk all by riding the full 38km on her own, at one point opening up over a minute margin over one of the strongest fields assembled. Inevitably the group behind closed the gap to just over 20 secs by the bike to run transition and after Flora’s solo effort it seemed like only a matter of time before the runners in the field such as Jenkins, Vicky Holland and Andrea Hewitt would catch her.

Flora however defied all the odds by extending her lead to 30 seconds after the first of four x 2.5km laps on the run and still had a 23 sec gap going into the last 2.5km lap. Despite their best efforts Jenkins and Hewitt were not able to reel in Flora and despite her clear exhaustion as she reached the line Flora had a beaming smile and was clearly overcome by the emotion of her first World Series win.

There have been many occasions in World Series racing when a small group of athletes got away on the bike and took the podium places. But, I do not recall a race when just one athlete was able to stay away for the whole of the bike and run on their own and win so convincingly. Flora’s performance must rank as one of the, if not THE, top performance on World Series racing.There can be little doubt that Flora’s style of racing has caused mayhem amongst the women’s field and played havoc with all of the coaches best laid plans. What will worry them even more going into the Olympics is that in the past few months Flora’s has developed from a swim / bike specialist who could be caught on the run  into an all round triathlete with a run to match nearly all of the top women in the sport. Today she posted the second fastest run time and her time of 34:28 was only beaten by Andrea Hewitt (34:23) with Helen Jenkins, recognised as one of the fastest runners in the sport, finishing the run in 34:30. What is even more extraordinary is that working on her own for the full 38km bike course Flora will have expended significantly more energy than the chase group going into the run so her run time is especially impressive.

The USA’s Gwen Jorgensen and Britain’s Non Stanford were not in Stockholm and would likely have been in the chase group that entered transition 2 around 25 seconds behind Flora and certainly Jorgensen  have caught her. However, they know now that if Flora can get away on the tough Olympic bike course in Rio with the likes of Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig and Sweden’s Lisa Norden, and they are not in that group, then Flora and the lead group could open up a lead which even Jorgensen cant close over the 10km run. And by Rio that lead might only need to be 1 1/2 minutes.

Flora still has seven weeks before Rio and if she continues to progress as she has been every race then she will fear none going into Rio and could well gain the overall and especially run fitness to produce an even stronger performance and faster run in Rio.

“Don’t let Flora get away because you might not catch her” will be the message many coaches will be giving their athletes going into Rio.

FOR THE ITU WRITE UP ON THE RACE GO HERE

FULL RESULTS HERE

 

XL CATLIN BERMUDA OLYMPIC DISTANCE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE THIS WEEKEND

One of the oldest and most prestigious races on the Bermuda triathlon calendar takes place this weekend, Sunday 3rd July, as local triathletes will vie for the title of Bermuda National Triathlon Champion at the XL Catlin National Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships.

These championships over 750m swim, 40km bike and 10km run get underway at 8AM at Clearwater Beach, St. Davids. Also starting at the same time will be athletes competing over sprint distance (teams and individuals) of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run as well as juniors.

Entries closed yesterday BUT late entries are being accepted today, Friday 1st July between 4.30and 7PM at the number pick up which is at O’Hara House in Hamilton.

On the men’s side, at press time, Neil Henderson, who was 7th in the recent Tokio Millenium Triathlon, along with Alec Shepherd, 11th in Tokio Millenium, and Tim Paterson and Karl Wilson look to be the likely contenders for a podium position on Sunday unless we see a late entry from, amongst others, Geoff Smith, Spencer Butterfield, Neil Lupsic,  Mark Robinson, Jon Herring or Matt Thompson who would certainly be in the mix for overall honours if they entered.

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Ashley Estanwik

After her excellent and commanding win in the Tokio Millenium Triathlon, Ashley Estanwik will be the overwhelming favorite to take the women;s title on Sunday with last year’s winner Martina Olcheski – Bell and Cora Lee Starzomski likely to take the other podium places.

 

 

For more information go here

STEVE O”REILLY 5TH AND LIZ STEWART 9TH IN PHILADELPHIA TRI ROCK TRIATHLON

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STEVE O’REILLY

Despite riding a women’s geometry rented bike Steve O’Reilly finished a very respectable 5th in his age group out of 51 finishers at the Philadelphia Tri Rock Triathlon on June 25th in 1 hr 35 mins 38 secs for the : Swim: 800 meters. Bike: 15.7 miles. Run: 3.1 miles which is longer than the usual sprint distance of 750m swim and 20km bike (approximately 12.4274 miles) and 3.1 mile run.

For full results go here 

Liz Stewart was 9th in her age group out of 21 finishers in 1 hr 53 mins 01 secs.

For full results go here :

DUFFY RACES THIS WEEKEND

FLORA WITH ITU SERIES LEADER TROPHY

Flora Duffy will be looking to maintain her #1 World Ranking in the International Triathlon Union’s Triathlon World Series as she competes this weekend in the next leg of the series in Stockholm Sweden.

Here is the ITU write up on the womens field which with the Olympics just weeks away is a strong field.

The World Triathlon Series continues this weekend at the 2016 Vettenfall World Triathlon Stockholm with a stacked women’s start list. Top ranked Flora Duffy and Jodie Stimpson lead the contingency that will race on the infamous cobblestone streets of the Swedish capital over a two-lap swim, eight-lap bike and four-lap run course this Saturday.

For the second WTS race in a row, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy will wear the golden number 1 for the race. As the current Columbia Threadneedle Rankings leader, she is having a career-best WTS season. After just missing the podium with fourth-place finishes in Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast, she has biked her way to a bronze in Cape Town and then a silver in Leeds. She is only missing a gold medal this season, so this Saturday could be her day to finally reach the top of the podium especially considering her success on tough bike courses.

However, one woman who does have experience being at the top of the Stockholm podium is USA’s Sarah True. She returns as the reigning back-to-back champion after she claimed the WTS Stockholm titles in 2014 and 2015. If she can manage another huge performance this weekend, she will earn a three-peat win.

American compatriot Katie Zaferes will join True on the start line this weekend. Zaferes, like True, will compete in Rio this summer after a remarkable six podiums last season, one of which was silver in Stockholm. While she hasn’t featured on the podium yet this year, this could be the venue that gets her back on the medal stand.

However, the American duo will face off with the full Great Britain Olympic roster with Helen Jenkins, Vicky Holland and Non Stanford all making appearances in Stockholm. Jenkins started off her season by earning third place in the season opener in Abu Dhabi, and continued on to win in Gold Coast. Holland is fresh off a podium performance in Leeds, while Stanford has one win under her belt this season from Cape Town.

The medals haven’t stopped there for the British women this year. Jodie Stimpson opened up the WTS season by winning in Abu Dhabi. She also earned the silver medal in Cape Town, and just missed the podium in Leeds to sit second overall Columbia Threadneedle rankings. Her results mean she has a good chance of being named World Champion in Cozumel later this year if she pulls out another strong performance this Saturday in Stockholm.

Andrea Hewitt (NZL), always a force to be reckoned with, kicked off her season with a roar in Gold Coast where she raced to bronze. Stronger in the back half of the season, Hewitt has scored bronze and silver in Stockholm the last two years. Although a consistent feature to the WTS podium, Hewitt hasn’t won a WTS race since 2011, but that could all change on Saturday.

Japan’s Ai Ueda also lines up as a medal contender having wowed her home nation by claiming the bronze medal in Yokohama in May.

After  a difficult journey to Stockholm Flora is raring to go in this her final race before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Flora’s race gets underway tomorrow, Saturday 2nd July, at 11AM Bermuda time and for more information on the race and to watch the video feed live ( subscription required) go to http://www.triathlon.org