Geoff Smith rolled back the years and defending champion Ashley Estwanik again dominated to take the 2017 XL Catlin Olympic Distance National Triathlon 2017 titles today ( Sunday 29th Ocotber).
51 year old Geoff used his excellent swim / run to give himself enough of a cushion over his nearest rivals going into the 10km run to hold off the fast finishing Corey Brunton. Steve Smith lost time on the swim to Geoff but matched him on the 40km bike with both of them posting sub 63 minute times. However Steve dropped back on the run and was eventually passed by Corey but held on for a solid 3rd place podium finish.
Geoff, who finished in 2:14:07, also had to contend with a fast closing Ashley Estwanik who not only took overall female honours but also finished an impressive 2nd overall less than a minute behind Geoff and almost repeating last year’s 1st place overall finish. Ashley exited the water in 26 min 05 secs just 2 seconds ahead of Maddie Durkin, who finished 2nd in last week’s National Sprint Championships. However, once on the bike Ashley wasted no time in dropping her rival with a quick 1:06:31 bike split to Maddie’s 1:15:03. As expected, she then ran one of the fastest times of the day ( 40:54) to win comfortably in 2:14:56. Maddie was a solid 2nd, and 8th overall, in 2:28:50 with Becky Shepherd 3rd in 2:32:47.
For full results and swim / bike /run splits and age group, team and junior results use the link on this blog to Bermuda Timing.