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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
Hot on the heels of the news that Bermuda will be hosting a World Triathlon Series event in 2018 for three years, comes the announcement that plans have now been finalised for Bermuda to host a regional CAMTRI (Confederacion Americana de Triathlon) Continental Cup Series event on April 9th of this year.
CAMTRI is the regional governing body for triathlon covering Canada, the USA, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean,Bermuda and South America. CAMTRI, like other regional bodies such as Oceania, organises Continental Cup Series events throughout the season that attract both elite professional athletes and elite juniors. The Bermuda event offers $10,000 in prize money for the professional athletes divided equally between men and women with the winners taking home US$1500 down to 5th place who receive $500.
The event is known as the 2017 Hamilton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and will be raced in Hamilton over a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. The transition will be at No 1 Car Park with the swim in the harbour, the cycle taking in Front St, Reid St, Par-la-Ville, Bermudiana and Woodbourne Avenue, and the run on Front St.
Although Bermuda’s two professional triathletes, Tyler Butterfield and Flora Duffy, will not be racing, local elite juniors Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley will be returning home from college to participate adding significant local interest. They are both familiar with this level of racing, having competed in similar events over the past few years, and competing with professional triathletes at this level will be an excellent experience for them. Tyler has been training with many of the top GB professionals and junior elite and U23 athletes in Leeds whilst Erica, like Flora, is based in Boulder, where she is training with many of the USA’s top elite juniors.
The event will be part of a week of events sponsored by Digicel known as the Digicel Trifest that will include sprint distance races for age group amateurs races over the same sprint distances to include individuals and teams. In addition, leading junior coaches, Matt Valyo of the US (from April 3-7)and Kelly Guest of Canada (April 12-17), will be conducting junior development camps for 13-16 year olds and in addition, depending on interest,Steve Trew, a leading UK coach who has conducted numerous summer camps in Bermuda, may be conducting a camp for under 13 triathletes from April 3 to 7.
Bermuda’s junior elite triathlete Tyler Smith is at Leeds University in the UK where he continues to juggle his school work with training whilst handling the weather and an encounter with a truck ! He sent me this report with details of his tentative schedule for 2017 :
Everything is going well with me, unfortunately I was recently hit by a truck while riding, and luckily haven’t got any major injuries but I’ve had to reduce training a bit for the moment. My next races will be the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Costa Rica, and then the North American Championships in Florida on the 4th and 11th of March respectively. I’m then planning on racing two Continental Cup races in April, the first in Bermuda, as well as one in Barbados 2 weeks after. May and June will likely be filled up by university races, then hopefully I can stay over here to race some European Cups over the summer in the lead up to worlds in Rotterdam (ed. 16-19 Junior Elite 2017 World Championships).
It’s looking to be a busy year, but I’m excited for my final year of junior racing, especially after training with the Leeds Triathlon Center. The center here is quite large, and includes some great triathletes with whom I’ve been lucky enough to train, including with 4 of the members of the GB Olympic team and several of the top U-23 and junior triathletes in the world. My training volume has definitely increased this year, and managing 28 hours of training a week can be difficult, but luckily the hours of my course are fairly flexible. The weather presents another challenge, both physically and mentally. I still haven’t got used to it, but wrapping myself up in 4 layers and a decent cafe stop are essential for getting through the long hours on the bike in the cold and rain. Hopefully persevering through the elements pays off and just adds another layer of mental toughness to my racing.
Excited to get the season started in less than a month!