By her own admission, Flora Duffy’s eight place finish in the Olympics was a disappointment even though she did Bermuda proud.
This weekend the Triathlon World Series continues in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Flora will be looking to put all of that behind her as she looks to solidify her top spot in the World Series points ranking. Jodie Stimpson of the UK and Andrea Hewitt are hot on Flora’s heels for the overall title so Flora will need to refind the form she showed in Stockholm and Montreal, her last two races before Rio, where she took first place. The World Series culminates in Cozumel, Mexico on Saturday September 17th with the World Championships which is also the last race of the World Series. With double points awarded for the World Championship race, on Sunday Flora will be looking to widen the gap on her rivals before Cozumel.
Last year the Edmonton race was run in brutal conditions with low temperatures and driving rain and Flora relished the conditions finishing a close second ( by 9 seconds) to GB’s Vicky Holland , the Rio bronze medalist. Says Flora, “fingers crossed it is cold, rainy and windy this weekend…those conditions suit me better than the other two”.
Also taking to the start line in Edmonton will be Tyler Smith who has spent the last few weeks in Victoria BC with coach Kelly Guest preparing for this final race in the Canadian Junior Elite Series before the Junior Elite World Championships which are also in Cozumel. Tyler will be hoping for a top five finish after his impressive 4th place finish in the Quebec Provincial Championships ( an event that was turned into a duathlon because of adverse water quality conditions).
Erica Hawley has now started at Boulder University but will be making the trip to Edmonton to compete in the Women’s Canadian Junior Elite Series. After a stellar season which has seen her posting a number of top ten finishes in the Series, Erica will be hoping for another solid race ahead of the World Championships in Cozumel. Erica, like Tyler, will be heading to Cozumel for the Junior World Championships.
Flora races this Sunday 4th September at 3PM Bermuda time whilst Tyler and Erica race on Saturday 3rd September with Erica starting at 4PM and Tyler at 6PM Bermuda time.
For more on the Edmonton schedule and to follow our athletes click here
Following on from his first Ironman 70.3 win in the Timberman 70.3, Tyler Butterfield takes to the start line this Sunday 4th September in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. This year’s championships takes place in Mooloolaba,Australia, one of the world’s iconic and oldest triathlon venues and a home to many professional triathletes during the year.
Tyler is no stranger to the area having gone to school there and also lived and trained there.
These championships have attracted a very strong field. Defending champion Jan Frodeno (GER) has decided not to compete, making two-time winner—and last year’s runner-up—Sebastian Kienle (GER) the favorite to reclaim the title. Other past winners include Australia’s Craig Alexander (who has also won it twice) and New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone. Brent McMahon (CAN), Ruedi Wild (SUI), Tim Reed (AUS), Lionel Sanders (CAN), Andreas Dreitz (GER), Joe Gambles (AUS), Luke McKenzie (AUS) are a few of several names who could make the podium in a competitive men’s race. However, over the past few years so many new up and coming triathletes have been posting fast times and it would be no surprise if others win or make the podium.
Bermuda triathletes Neil Lupsic, Allison Petty Schindel, Phil Mace and Ashley Estwanik have also made the journey to Australia, arriving in Brisbane yesterday, Sunday 28th August, after the long flight from Bermuda and then driving down to the Gold Coast to prepare for the race with their Australian coach. They will arrive in Mooloolaba on Thursday to check out the course before their big race.
To follow Bermuda’s athletes live go here and under “results” go to “athlete tracker”.
Sue Edney placed 9th out of 47 today, Sunday 28th August, in the 50-54 age group, in the Penticton Challenge Triathlon in Penticton, BC,over 3km swim, 120km bike and 30km run. The race doubled as the Canadian Long Course Championships 2016 and as the Canadian age group qualifying event for the 2017 ITU Long Course Championships which will take place on this course. Consequently, most age groups attracted a strong field of both Canadian and US athletes looking to either qualify or on the case of the USA athletes to check out the course for next year.
Joel Mathews placed 22nd out of 45 in the mens 35-39 age group despite losing the whole of his Di2 battery pack that fell off early on the bike. After stopping various times to change gear by hand he was able to get assistance from the on course mechanical van that gave him a spare bike and changed his pedals onto the new bike !!
Mike Neill finished 2nd in his age group and 15th overall.
Jeff Symonds, coached by Jasper Blake, was the overall men’s winner, and there was a large contingent of Human Powered Racing athletes and a number of B78 athletes racing. Sandy Wilson, Mike’s fiancee who has visited Bermuda, placed 6th in the 40-44 age group
Kim Naude (formerly McMullen) and Riaan Naude, former Bermuda residents who now live in Vancouver,Canada, had outstanding performances at the Canadian National Duathlon Championships this week in Penticton, BC, Canada.
Kim took 1st place overall amongst the women to be crowned Canadian National Duathlon Champion whilst Riaan placed 9th overall amongst the men.
Kim recorded asplits of 42:08 for the 10km run, 67:47 for the 40km bike and 20:48 for the 5km run with a totla time of 2hrs 12 mins 47 secs. The runs consisted of 4 x 2.5km loops and then 2 x 2.5 km loops on a tough course that included two shortish but steep hills.
Riaan’s splits were 37:16, 64:05 and 18:07 for a total time of 2:01:30 placing him 2nd in the mens 40-44 age group.
The race was part of a week of activities in the Challenge Penticton which will be the site of the 2017 International Triathlon Union’s 2017 Long Course World Championships. The other big race is tomorrow, Sunday 28th August, over the proposed 2017 World Championships course over 3km swim, 120km bike and 30km run. Included in the field are Joel Matthews of the BTA and Human Powered Racing coach Mike Neill ( of Bermuda triathlon camps fame) who will both be racing age group. Mike’s fiancee, Sandy Wilson, who came to Bermuda to coach one of the camps and talk on injury prevention, is also racing. On hand will be Jasper Blake of B78 coaching ( also a coach at the Bermuda camps) who is a bit of a legend in Penticton, the former home of Ironman Canada. Jasper won Ironman Canada here in 2006 with a time of 8 hrs 33 mins on a tough course and was on the podium on several occasions as well as finishing 4th and 5th. Both Jasper and Mike have various athletes racing during the week including almost 30 Human Powered Racing athletes and Jeff Symonds, a two time winner of the Ironman distance course here including in 2015, who starts as the favorite amongst the professional triathletes and who is coached by Jasper.
Kara Hobby of Victoria, BC, who participated in the 2016 Neill / Blake Bermuda Triathlon Camp, finished 3rd in her age group in the Penticton Challenge Aquathlon (swim -run) earlier in the week.
On 14th August 2016 Sarah Ruberry competed in the Key Biscayne Triathlon in Florida, part of a three race series, finishing 1st in the 40-44 age group in 2 hrs 12 mins 59 secs for the 1/2 mile swim, 20 mile bike and 6.2 mile run with splits of 18:08, 59:59 and 51:44.
Meanwhile Tyler Butterfield was not the only Bermuda triathlete competing at the Timberman Ironman 70.3 Triathlon last Sunday. Melissa Logie finished 25th in the 30-34 age group in a time of 5hrs 35 mins 43 secs with splits of 36 min swim – 2hrs 55 mins 55 secs bike and 1hr 57 mins 16 secs run.
Congrats to our age groupers who keep on hammering those overseas races.