Calling out for interest in participating in the 2017 NatWest Island Games Olympic Distance triathlon in Gotland.
When: June 24-30, 2017
Qualifying time: 2.20 (M) and 2.35 (F) in a recent race.
The Bermuda Island Games Association (BIGA) needs preliminary numbers to confirm accommodation for all Bermuda teams by the end of September 2016 (tomorrow !). If you are interested in racing please send an email to races@. There is no commitment needed at this time though we do need an idea of numbers so we can secure accommodation. Even if you are just a little bit interested or want some more information please send an email now so we can register interest, as booking accommodation at a later date may be difficult.
The BIGA are also planning a raffle which will be drawn on November 24th at a wine tasting event. Funds from both the raffle and wine tasting will benefit all athletes from all sports competing in Gotland and go towards accommodation costs. The BTA has been asked to contribute a prize to the raffle. Anyone that could contribute something please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Come down to CLEARWATER BEACH by 6.15PM ( Race starts at 6.30PM) today, Thursday, for what should be a perfect evening for racing. This race will be the last race in the 2016 series so let’s have a bumper turnout.
Erica Hawley has got her collegiate triathlon career off to a flying start at the University of Boulder, Colrado. Erica raced for the university raced in the USA Triathlon draft legal collegiate regional sprint triathlon just outside Boulder on Sunday (25th September) and took 1st place with her team also winning the collegiate trophy.
Erica came out of the 750 meter swim in th lead in 10 min 54 secs with Liberty Ricca.The two of them opened up a big gap over the chasers coming into transitions over 3 minutes ahead. Erica posted a time of 33:38 for the 20km bike entering transition some 15 secs ahead of Ricca. Erica then showed her experience racing in the draft legal format as she gained a further 12 seconds on Ricca in T2. She then ran the 2nd fastest 5km run split of the day, 20:25 , to fonish in 1 hr 6 mins 25 secs, 40 seconds ahead of Ricca .
Erica’s win comes soon after the news that she has been offered an amazing opportunity to work with a new coach, Ian O’Brien, in Boulder/Colorado Springs. Erica and her parents acknowledged the fantastic work done by Canadian coach Kelly Guest to get Erica to the junior elite level but with Erica based in Boulder they felt that she could not turn down this opportunity.
The coaching company founded by O’Brien, ORIGIN Performance, is one of the leading coaching organisations in Boulder. O’Brien is originally from the UK and is also a consultant working with USA Triathlon. Erica’s new team consists of top level triathletes racing for the USA at U23/Elite and Junior Elite level including junior sensation Taylor Knibb who, as the defending champion, easily won the junior elite World Championships in Cozumel and was 2nd to Flora Duffy in the Montreal World Cup Triathlon just before the Olympics. O’Brien asked Erica onto the team when he heard she was in Boulder ( he had known her from a USA Junior camp a few years ago where he had done some coaching). Here is what he wrote to the Hawleys….
“I cannot wait to see where we can take her. She is a great person and athlete. I really focus on coaching good people first then everything else comes later. so I am really looking forward to working with Erica! I will also ensure she gets to the next level with complete consideration for her academic load. There will be opportunities to be analyzed by some of the Olympic sports scientists here at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. I use as many specialists as possible to ensure ultimate performance progression, as I have with Taylor Knibb and all my elite athletes Its going to be an epic first year and then a continuous developmental pathway. My ultimate focus is 2020. I really want Erica to progress through the elite ranks and racing circuits effectively over the next few years, gradually building success and doing it right. It’s going to be great to see her develop as an athlete and as a person!Thanks for allowing me to coach her. It is going to be my pleasure.”
Apologies for the delay in publishing ; I was travelling !
5 Bermuda triathletes represented Bermuda at the ITU Age Group World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico over the standard distance of 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run.
Steve Smith was 32nd in the Men’s 40 – 44 Age Group in 2:13.41.
Becci Shepard was 37th in the 40-44 age group in a time of 2:33:28, while Louise Wells (2:42:06) was 49th and Sarah Ruberry (2:56:15) was 61st in the same age group
Maria Duffy finished 18th in the Women’s 60 – 64 Age Group in 3:27:54.
For full results in each age group and to see the Bermuda finishers split times go HERE