Flora Duffy got her 2017 triathlon season off to a flying start as she comfortably won the women’s pro division today at the XTerra South African Championships in Grabouw.
Flora finished 16th overall in 2hrs 39 mins 00 secs with second placed finisher Marie Rabie of South Africa 6 mins 31 secs behind in 2:45:31.
Flora exited the water just seconds behind the leading men that included Richard Murray, one of the leading men on the ITU World Series circuit, who was making a rare appearance at an “off road” triathlon and was the eventual men’s winner.
Close to 40 participants have signed up for the Mike Neill / Jasper Blake 7th Annual Bermuda Triathlon Camp which gets underway this evening, Friday 24th February, at Applebys Law Offices with the Meet and Greet session.
The week long camp for experienced and beginner triathletes features various morning, lunchtime and evening sessions before wrapping up next Saturday the 4th March at Clearwater Beach with a Mini Triathlon for all participants and a wrap up dinner in the evening.
Jasper Blake is a former professional triathlete who won Ironman Canada in 2006 and Mike Neill was also a professional triathlete. Jasper is the owner and head coach of B78 Coaching in Victoria BC and Mike is the owner and head coach of Human Powered Racing Coaching in the same city. Both coaches currently coach full time a number of Bermuda based triathletes, a number of whom will be attending the camp.
Participants are advised that they will be receiving an EMail this evening with a revised schedule and other reminders but should immediately NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER FORECAST FOR SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY.
Saturday 25th February – Beginner – Intro to Triathlon – to Sunday 26th February 8.30AM. Saturday 25th February – Advanced – Bike – to Friday 3rd March 5.30AM
Sunday 26th February – Beginner – Bike ( handling skills – gearing ) – to Saturday 4th March 8.30 – 9.30 AM ( prior to Mini Triathlon – also use session to remind Beginners on transition technique / set up before triathlon). Saturday 24th February – Moved time for long run for EVERYONE to 2.30PM
Reigning XTERRA World Champion, Flora Duffy will return to the picturesque Grabouw Country Club on Saturday, February 25th to defend her South African Champion title at the largest XTERRA in the world, the Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship.
According to Duffy, she’ll definitely be going for her fourth victory. “This is my favorite XTERRA on the circuit,” says Duffy. “I am looking forward to the course. The bike discipline offers everything you would want- climbing, twisty single track, rock gardens and beautiful views. The run is also really cool. At the highest point of the route you can see the entire race village and the surrounding mountains. It’s quite breath-taking.”
More at http://www.stillwatersports.com/event/fedhealth-xterra-grabouw/
Flora will not have much time to rest as she will then start the defence of her ITU World Series ( “road” triathlon) crown on Friday 3rd March in the Abu Dhabi World Series opener over 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. The elite women’s race gets underway at 3.55PM Abu Dhabi time with the men racing at the same time on Satyrday 4th March.
For more information or to sign up for the live tv coverage go to : abudhabi.triathlon.org
For the current world rankings go her : http://wts.triathlon.org/rankings
This Friday 17th February is the deadline to register for the Neill Blake 2017 Triathlon Camp, for experienced and beginner triathletes, which runs from February 24th to March 4th, 2017.
The camp sessions take place on the weekend and during the week in the early morning and evening. 35 triathletes or would be triathletes have already signed up. This will be the 7th year that the camp has been held and it has been very popular.
For details on the camp, the scheduled sessions and an entry form go to http://www.bta.bm and click on the camp icon at the top left corner of the web page.
Triathletes, please encourage friends, family and colleagues to sign up.
FROM TAMMY INGHAM FOR THE BERMUDA TRIATHLON ASSOCIATION (with editing by this blog) :
The BTA are fortunate to have 3 certified triathlon coaches who are all familiar with Bermuda on island for the Digicel TriFest and ITU Continental Cup races (April 9th). We are taking the opportunity to run camps the week before AND after the event as follows
Matt Valyo will be running a junior development skills camp for 13-16 year olds (apply for exceptions to these age rules) the week of April 3rd-7th (5 days);
Kelly Guest will be running a junior development skills camp for 13-16 year olds (apply for exceptions to these age rules) April 12th – 17th (6 days).
In addition, if we have sufficient demand, Steve Trew will be running a half-day camp April 3rd-7th for juniors under 13 .
The skills camps will give junior athletes the chance to take their abilities to the next level learning new and valuable skills. The camps cover, in addition to triathlon training, nutrition, strength and conditioning, anti-doping policies and other athlete development topics.
Please confirm your child’s interest by Feb 14th by email to email@example.com to attend any of the proposed camps (13-16 year olds can do both weeks) so that we may properly plan. We need the junior’s name, age and the camp(s) she/he wishes to attend.
More details to follow soon including the registration form and pricing.
The BTA is inviting expressions of interest from eligible junior triathletes who would like to be considered for nomination by the BTA for the National Junior Athlete Sponsorship Award.
The Award is provided by Government to one Junior athlete nominated by each Sport National Governing body to recognize and provide financial assistance to a junior athlete who clearly demonstrates commitment, performance and potential to become an elite athlete.
To be eligible, the nominee must be under the age of 18 (as at 31 December 2017) and must be Bermudian or deemed to be Bermudian (a certified true copy of the athlete’s passport and other evidence will be required when we submit the application to Youth and Sport).
If you would like your junior triathlete to be considered for nomination for the Award by the BTA, please e-mail Ian Pilgrim at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> confirming the name of your triathlete by no later than 14 February, 2017.Once we have received expressions of interest, the BTA will contact each interested person for the detailed information and documents which will be required in order to complete the application.
Below is the proposed racing schedule for 2017. The BTA is facing an unusual dilemma for 2017 with the America’s Cup affecting some of Bermuda’s regularly scheduled events, sponsors and schedules.
Geoff Smith and Matt Thompson have been working tirelessly with the committee, timing systems and sponsors to finalize these event dates.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EACH RACE KEEP UPDATED AT WWW.BTA.BM
9-Apr-17 — Digicel Trifest ITU Continental Cup — Hamilton
14-Apr-17 — Good Friday Home Event — John Smith’s Bay
TBD — Catlin — Clearwater
20-May-17 — Clarien Iron Kids — Clearwater
TBD — Aon Sprint National Championship — Clearwater
19-Jun-17 — National Hero’s Day Home Event — Harrington Snd Dock
4-Sep-17 — Labour Day Home Event — Harrington Snd Dock
24-Sept-17 — Tokio Triathlon — Hamilton
TBD — Bank of Bermuda Foundation — Clearwater