Tyler Smith produced a strong performance on Sunday (27th August) in the British U20’s Triathlon Festival at Mallory Park in Leicestershire, England.
Tyler finished 5th (out of 57) in the Junior Male race with a time of 59:26
Tyler says he felt great during the race. He was first out of the water and was in the lead pack of 8 riders for the 20km bike.He then held on well in the run with a 16:09 for the 5km . Tyler was just 25 seconds off a podium finish in an event that contained the top British juniors vying for a place on the UK team at the Junior Elite World Championships in September.
The race was won by Ben Dijkstra (who earned his spot to the World Junior Championships for the UK with this result) with a time of 57:59 after his blistering 14:43 5km run separated him from the rest of the leading athletes. Dijkstra is one of the favorites for Rotterdam.
Tyler says his training is right where he wants it to be in preparation for the World Championships which take place in Rotterdam on Sat. Sept. 16th.
Matt Thompson led the way on Sunday (27th August) as the Bermuda team all overcame hot and windy conditions to finish the ITU World Long Course Triathlon Championships in Penticton, Canada.
Matt finished the 3km swim, 120km bike and 30km run in 6 hrs 53 mins 08 secs to take 15th place in the men’s 45-49 age group and 112th overall.
Geoff Smith,finished 28th in the Men’s 50-54 age group despite suffering from stomach troubles which had been affecting him before the race. His overall time was 7hrs 19 min 02 secs good enough for 219th overall.
Chris Eaton had a solid race. As expected he trailed after the swim but made up time on the bike and run to finish 42nd in the mens 45-49 age group in 7:23:38.
Joel Matthews finished 52nd in the competitive mens 35-39 age group in 8:07:34.
Louise Wells also suffered from stomach cramps on the run but recovered well in the later stages of the run but only after a solid swim – bike. Louise finished 24th in the Women’s 40-44 age group in 8:02: 59.
Jen Wilson finished 34th in the Women’s 40-44 age group in 8:32:56 after a solid all round performance.
In the Women’s 55-59 age group Sue Edney got off to a difficult start as she was kicked in the head by a male competitor which left a bump / cut on her forehead . She lost valuable time on the swim treading water and then suffered a little as a consequence on the bike and run. Sue still produced a good performance to finish in 23rd place in 8:39:52.
The overall male and female winners were Lionel Sanders Canada who made up a three minute deficit on the run to catch Australia’s Josh Amberger on the last lap of the run. Sarah Crowley of Australia also produced a spectacular run to win the women’s professional division.
For full results and race splits go to http://www.sportstats.ca and under RESULTS tab select Penticton World Champs and the “event details” tab and then Age Group Results and put in the individual’s last name to get their splits.
Flora Duffy returned to winning ways as she dominated a stellar field at the World Triathlon Series race in Stockholm today ( Saturday 26th August) to win by 1 min 21 secs and record a remarkable 5th Series win, a feat only matched by Gwen Jorgensen of the USA.
Flora emerged from the 1500m swim in 19.13 in the lead group with two GB athletes, Jessica Learmoth and Lucy Hall and the USA’s Katie Zaferes with about a 20 second lead over a larger group with Montreal winner Ashleigh Gentle over a minute adrift.
As has become a pattern over the past two years Flora worked with Jessica Learmonth and Katie Zaferes to open up a big gap on the field. Zaferes then crashed out of the race on a corner. Flora and Learmonth both recorded easily the fastest bike time of 1 hr 04 mins and 52 secs for the 40km . So fast was their pace that a remarkable 10 athletes were lapped on the bike and therefore could not complete the race
Ashleigh Gentle, currently in 2nd place in the World Series, produced a blistering run of 33 min and 27 secs but it was never going to be enough to catch Flora who dropped Learmonth early on the 10km run and then paced herself to the finish, recording a run time of 34 mins 45 secs. Learmonth ran 36 mins 05 secs which was just enough to hold off Gentle by 12 secs.
Flora’s winning time was 2 hrs and 9 secs.
The win for Flora means that she is all but assured of defending her World Series title ahead of the Grand Final in Rotterdam on September 16th where, if Ashleigh Gentle was to win, Flora would only need to finish 7th.
Following her last race at the ITU World Series in Montreal, Flora indicated that she was uncertain whether she would race in the World Series race in Stockholm this weekend, before the Grand Final in Rotterdam in early September. Flora will however be racing in Stockholm.
Flora, the defending series champion, currently leads the series with 7174 points with Ashleigh Gentle of Australia in second on 5435 points and Katie Zaferes of the USA in 3rd on 5298 points. Gentle finished 1st in Montreal o close the gap on Flora and Flora will therefore be looking to ensure that she either wins or finishes on the podium to keep a cushion over her nearest rivals going into the Grand Final where the points are 1 1/2 the points awarded at other World Series events.
Th Stockholm course ( 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run) with its technical bike course through the narrow city streets, is one of Flora’s favorites and she will again be hoping to distance her main rivals on the bike before the 10km run.
The race gets underway this Saturday 26th August at 12.06 Stockholm time and more details can be found at http://www.triathlon.org under the “Events” tab.
Seven triathletes will represent Bermuda this Sunday 27th August at the International Triathlon Union’s Long Course World Championships in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. The race consists of a 3km swim, 120km bike and 30km run which is between the Ironman 70.3 distances ( 1.9km swim. 90km bike, 21.1km run) and the full Ironman distances of ( 3.86km swim, 180.25km bike and 42.20km run).
Bermuda’s team consists of a group of experienced triathletes. Matt Thompson and Chris Eaton will race in the men’s 40-44 age group. Both athletes have participated over a number of years over both short and long distance races. Chris has raced five 70.3 Ironmans and Matt raced in Penticton in 2002 in the Canada Ironman World Championships.
Geoff Smith, who recorded an impressive time of 4 hrs 57 mins in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island will compete in the 50-54 age group and Joel Matthews, who raced the Canadian Championships in Penticton in 2016 over a very similar course, goes in the 35-39 age group.
The female team members are also experienced triathletes having raced consistently over the a number of years both in Bermuda and overseas. Jen Wilson and Louise Wells, both members of the Misfits Ladies Triathlon group in Bermuda race in the 40-44 age group. Sue Edney (55-59 age group), who last represented Bermuda at the 2008 Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Australia, has completed two of the toughest Ironmans in Nice, where she finished 5th in her age group, and this May in Lanzarote where she was 4th in her age group. Sue also raced in Penticton last year over these distances and this will be her 3rd long course race in Penticton.
Al the team had to meet qualifying standards set by the Bermuda Triathlon Association by racing in long distance triathlons abroad over the past 18 months and posting the required qualifying time in their age group. As this event is a world championships and has attracted a strong and large field from Canada and the USA and from nations across the world , it will be tough to medal in the age groups but expect Bermuda’s triathletes to do well with some top 20 positions and even a top ten very possible.
Penticton is located in the beautiful Okanagan region of BC. The swim is one loop in the Okanagan Lake on which the town sits. The scenic bike takes the competitors on and out and back start along the edge of the Okanagan Lake and then through town to the Skaga Lake. The course then takes the athletes around Skaga Lake and back to town and has some tough but mostly short climbs with one longer climb. The run is flat and consists of three x 10km loops through the streets of Penticton. However it will be hot on the run as temperatures are expected to be in the mid 30’s by the time most competitors hit the run.
Bermuda’s age group triathletes will start in waves commencing at 6.35 AM (10.35AM Bermuda time) shortly after the elite triathletes. Results will be posted at http://www.triathlon.org
Digicel sponsored athlete Tyler Smith finished 30th today ( Saturday 19th August) in the Lausanne leg of the International Triathlon Union’s Junior European Cup race series.
Tyler completed the 750m swim in 9 min 13 secs but was unable to get in the lead pack of triathletes on the 20km bike as a group got away off the front. Tyler completed the bike in 29 min 36 secs as the field split on the tough Lausanne course. The leading group recorded times around 28 min 45 secs.
Tyler’s run time of 17 min 13 secs for the 5km run gave him a final time of 57 mins 21 secs.
The race was won by the UK’s Ben Dijkstra with impressive splits of 9:14, 28:49 and 15:20 for an overall time of 54:21.
Erica Hawley, Lynsey Palmer and Nick Pilgrim all raced today with mixed results.
Erica was making a welcomed return to racing as she took on a tough test in Malmo Sweden racing in a European Cup Sprint Triathlon against seniors. She produced a strong performance to finish 16th in a very pleasing time of 1 hr 03 mins 39 secs. The winner was Justine Guerard of France 1:01:12.
Lynsey gained some valuable experience today. As a relative novice to junior elite racing she took on the USA’s best 16-19 juniors in the US Junior National Championships in West Chester, Ohio and finished 50th out of 68 starters in a time of 1 hr 12 mins 25 secs. With the draft legal format on the bike in junior elite racing so much depends on how you come out in the swim and Lynsey’s time of over 13 mins left her trailing the leaders who completed the swim in under 11 minutes. However, Lynsey’s bike time of 35:52 and run of 20:46 were encouraging and with time and work on her swim she could well be challenging for a top 10 placing in the next two years.
Nick Pilgrim placed 27th out of 68 finishers in the US Youth Junior National Championships today for ages 13-15 which, given his results in some of the US regional youth races this year, will no doubt be a disappointing result for him. He finished in 33 min 18 secs with the young US phenom Andrew Shellenger easily winning in 29 min 30 secs with 2nd place Nick Holmes crossing the line over a minute back in 30 mins 58 secs. Nick still has one more year in the youth ranks and if he can continue to make the progress he has shown this year expect him to be up in at least the top 10 next year.
Flora Duffy was unable to continue her winning streak today but still produced another excellent race to take 2nd place in the Montreal World Triathlon Series behind Australian Ashleigh Gentle.
Perhaps feeling the effects of the race in Edmonton last week Flora was unable to break away from a group of 12 on the 40km bike and for the first time in the series this year found herself getting off the bike with some of the sport’s stronger runners, including Gentle.
A slow transition saw Flora trailing the lead runners out of T2 and she had to work hard to get to the front with the lead group of three runners that included Gentle and the winner of the first two WTS series races, the experienced New Zealander Andrea Hewitt.
Gentle, a renowned runner who did not race in Edmonton, slowly pulled away from the chasing three that also included Kirsten Kasper and by the midway point had a 41 sec lead over Flora who herself had opened up a narrow gap on Hewitt with the USA’s Kasper falling back to 4th. Flora worked hard to narrow the gap to just 23 secs at the finish but it was not enough to catch an emotional Gentle who had recorded 5 second place finishes since she started racing the WTC circuit in 2011 but had never before recorded a win. Gentle crossed the line in 1hr 59 mins 04 secs with Flora posting a time of 1:59:27 and Hewitt 1:59:48. Joanna Brown, an outstanding young Canadian produced a breakthrough race to outsprint Kasper for 4th.
Flora will know that things might have been different if the lead group of eight that started to pull away on lap 1 of the bike had maintained that momentum as Gentle was in a group that caught the lead group. Sometimes very fine margins come into play in WTS races. Gentle was actually 11 secs down after the swim but the steep and longish T1 run to the bikes allowed her to narrow that gap going into the bike. Then Flora’s uncharacteristically slow T2 in which she had to re rack her bike and stumbled whilst putting on her shoes also cost her important seconds.
For Flora though, this race will be a lesson well learnt and showed her that she is right up there with the best runners in the sport.
With the USA’s Katie Zaferes only finishing in 9th place today Flora’s lead in the series has stretched out to 654 points over Gentle who moves into 2nd place over Zaferes.
With just two races left in the series and the Grand Final in Rotterdam offering 1 1/2 the normal prize points (not 2 times the points as previously reported), Flora will need to do the maths to see if she should go to Sweden for the last race before the Grand Final.
Gentle showed today that she might well be Flora’s biggest threat for the WTS overall title but so much will depend on whether Gentle can stay with her on the bike.
Flora will however take note that there were a number of factors that might have played out differently, especially the failure of the leading 8 to get away and hopefully she will be encouraged with her run performance as she recorded the 2nd fastest run today even though she was perhaps not at her best. That said, Gentle was also suffering from a heavy cold going into today’s race so could she have run quicker ?
There is still alot to be decided in what should prove to be an exciting finale to the season.
Nick Pilgrim (13-15 Youth Elite) and Lynsey Palmer ( 16-19 Junior Elite) will take on the USA’s best youth and junior triathletes this weekend as they take to the start line for the 2017 USTA National Championships.
Both Lynsey and Nick earned their places on the start line with excellent performances in USTA junior and youth series races in 2017 which gave them solidarity spots for this weekend’s races.
The USA has great depth in junior triathlon so for Lynsey, being one of the youngest in the age group, these championships will be a strong test but also a great learning experience. In the regional race in Ohio she showed that she certainly belongs at this level of competition. A finish anywhere in the top 60% would be a big achievement.
At just 14, Nick Pilgrim still has another year as a youth elite athlete but with two top ten finishes in USTA regional races in 2017 ( he was the 1st 14 year old in both races), he will be hoping to at least crack the top 20 this weekend.
Lynsey starts at 8AM local time ( 9AM Bermuda) with Nick going at 12: 05PM (1PM Bermuda).