Flora Duffy will race one more time this weekend before the Rio Olympics triathlon on August 20th as she participates in the Montreal World Cup Triathlon on Sunday (5.30PM Bermuda time). She will be joined in Montreal by juniors Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley.
Although not a World Series of Triathlon event, a number of the world’s top female triathletes have decided to use this Olympic distance race as a final preparation for Rio so it will provide a good test for Flora. Australians Ashleigh Gentle, current ranking 11th, and Erin Densham, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, will be competing in Rio and the field also includes two up and coming US athletes Kirsten Kasper (ranked 14th in the world) and junior Taylor Knibb who impressed in Stockholm in her first ITU World Series race. Two others to watch who will be at Rio are Canadian Kirsten Sweetland and Japan’s Yuka Sato. Emma Jackson of Australia is another very talented triathlete who will be on the start line.
Tyler will be taking a step up in Montreal as he will race for the first time in the senior men’s field in an ITU World Cup race. For Tyler this race will be about gaining experience at this level and his first task will be to have a good enough swim to ensure that he gets into a good group on the bike or risk getting lapped which means he would have to drop out of the race. The field has attracted some very strong triathletes including Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway who was an impressive 6th in the World Series triathlon in Stockholm and 3rd in the World Series triathlon in Yokahama. Although most of the top contenders for Rio will not be in Montreal the field includes a number of top 50 World Series ranked triathletes who have had podium finishes in this level of racing this year. Tyler’s race also starts on Sunday at 7PM Bermuda time.
For more information on Flora and Tyler’s races go HERE
Erica will race the junior / U23 triathlon Quebec Grand Prix triathlon in which she will come up against many of the leading Canadian juniors whom she raced against in the Canadian Nationals two weeks ago, a race in which she finished 15th. Erica’s race gets underway on Sunday at 3PM Bermuda time.
For more on Erica’s race go HERE