Today, Sunday 17th September, it was the turn of Bermuda’s age groupers to participate in the International Triathlon Union’s age group world championships in Rotterdam.
With so many athletes on the bike course and such a cold swim it was not the best conditions with some athletes’ performances clearly affected.
Karen Smith led the way taking 8th place in the Female 45-49 age group in the sprint distance in 1:16:41, another top ten finish at these championships after her bronze medal in Cozumel last year. Given that Karen raced in the World 70.3 Championships just a week before it was a solid performance.
Lea Osborne finished 30th in the Female 55-59 age group out of 53 starters in 1:32:43.
Kent Richardson had a disappointing race after his 11th place finish in Cozumel last year finishing 53rd amongst 55-59 men in 1:23:11, well below his best as he usually finishes in under 1 hr 10 mins. He could not put on finger on why he was unable to perform on the day although the cold may have been a factor.
Alec Shepherd finished 106th out of 145 starters in the competitive men’s 45-49 age group over the Standard distance. Alec finished the 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run in 2:25:57.
Stuart Osborne also competed over the Standard distance finishing 52nd out of 79 in 2:40:07 in the 60-64 age group.