This Saturday 5th August Erica Hawley will be looking to put a couple of less than ideal months behind her as she races in the senior women’s elite race in the European Triathlon Union’s European Sprint Cup Triathlon in Malmo, Sweden.
After a great start to the season and a good training camp in Banyoles, Spain, Erica came off her bike in Austria the day before her first scheduled junior elite race in Europe which resulted in her withdrawing from that race. She then raced in Holten, Netherlands but her shoulder was not healed and led to a poor swim followed by a mechanical on the bike and a 28th place finish.
To add insult to injury, on her return to Banyoles, Erica then got hit by a car on a roundabout resulting in bruising and road rash but luckily no major injuries. Erica returned to Bermuda to recuperate but has spent the past couple of weeks with team mates in Slovenia preparing for this race. Although she has a new bike on order, she has had to go back to an old bike for this upcoming race so hopefully it will not affect her performance. The driver of the car that hit her was at fault and the insurers have already compensated Erica for the bike ; that’s the good news !!
Erica is no stranger to racing in the senior elite ranks and a good performance and solid time will give her alot of confidence going into the ITU Junior Elite World Championships in Rotterdam in September , her last race world championships as an elite junior (assuming she is given a solidarity spot for these championships). Fingers crossed, this race will get her back on track after what was such a promising start to her 2017 season.
Erica’s race gets underaway at 3PM Swedish time which is 10AM Bermuda time.
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