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.