IT HAS BEEN 20 YEARS SINCE THE LAST TRIATHLON WORLD CUP RACE IN BERMUDA

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My newspaper clipping from the Royal Gazette after the 1996 ITU World Cup Bermuda

The year was 1994 and I was on Dr Colin Couper’s couch whilst he determined how to reconstruct my knee so that I could continue triathlon.

Colin started to reminisce on the 1987 and 1988 international triathlons with prize purses of $100,000 which at the time, along with the Gold Coast Triathlon, was the biggest prize purse in triathlon. He then asked me whether I thought I could get an international triathlon back to Bermuda.

1987 -1988 was a big logistical exercise with courses that took in the whole of the middle section of the island for the 40km bike but by 1994 under the influence of ITU President Les MacDonald the bike course for triathlon had become draft legal with 8 x 5km loops the norm. That meant that there would be far less disruption if we could find a suitable bike course.

Colin soon got government on board , I designed a 5km bike course around the Southampton Princess, which had agreed to be the race hotel, got government,Ace, Bermuda Commercial Bank and an anonymous donor to put up the $200,000 needed to put on the race and Bermuda was part of the top level ITU World Cup circuit attracting the world’s best triathletes. With the fantastic support of a group of local triathletes such as Steve Petty and Tab Froud the event soon came together and Dave McGillivray, the Boston Marathon race director , was brought in to work with local coordinator Suthy Madeiros.

The event was a huge success but the logistics of holding it in Southampton were far more complicated than holding it in Hamilton and so, on the advise of Dave MacGillvray, the race was moved to Hamilton in 1996 and 1997. After feedback from the professionals racing in 1996 I then modified the bike course to include Corkscrew Hill, which proved a great success and the Hill, as it came to be known amongst the 1997 professional triathletes, will again feature in the course announced this week for the 2018 Bermuda World Cup.

It was during these World Cups in the early 1990’s  that the young Flora Duffy got her inspiration to one day emulate the professionals she saw racing but who would have thought in 1997 that just over 20 years later the then 10 year old would be returning to Bermuda as two time ITU World Series winner.

ITU WORLD TRIATHLON BERMUDA COURSES REVEALED

ITU WORLD CUP BERMUDA LOGOOrganisers of the ITU World Series Festival to be held in Bermuda in April 2018 this week announced details of the courses for both the professionals and age group competitors.

Here is their press release :

ITU World Triathlon Series Bermuda Course Revealed

• Course highlights: Hamilton Harbour, Front Street, Corkscrew Hill climb
• Race dates: Saturday 28th April, within Bermuda Triathlon Festival Weekend
• Free public grandstand, and VIP seating, on Front Street
• All-day access to Hamilton available throughout racing
• Flora Duffy calls for volunteers to register at tribermuda.com/volunteer

Hamilton, Bermuda (November 21st, 2017) – The global triathlon spotlight will shine on Bermuda in April when it hosts the ITU World Triathlon Bermuda, showcasing the island and proudly supporting two-time reigning World Champion, Bermudian Flora Duffy.

The Local Organising Committee of the international sporting spectacle, revealed the race courses today for both the Elite and Age Group races within the event. Both races will take place on Saturday April 28th during the Bermuda Triathlon Festival Weekend (Thursday April 26th to Sunday April 29th).

Both courses start and end in Hamilton. Competitors will first swim in the waters of Hamilton Harbour, then bike through city streets and finish with the run along colourful Front Street. The central location offers great viewing for spectators, and several significant technical challenges for athletes.

One of the highlights of the bike courses will be hundreds of athletes pumping their way up Corkscrew Hill in a gruelling steep effort.

Front Street will be the focus of all racing. Athletes will line up for a spectacular swim start at Number 1 car park, where free public grandstands and VIP seating will be positioned for a great viewing advantage. The Elite race will transition onto bikes and the run right in front of spectators on Front Street.

It is anticipated that hundreds of people will participate in the Age Group event, including locals doing a triathlon for the first time. Organisers welcome sportspeople of other disciplines to register and train for the April event, which does not require a qualifying time. Not often can you do a first triathlon in a World Series event right at home!
Due to the large numbers of participants, the transition area to start the bike and run for the Age Group course is at City Hall car park.

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE COURSE MAPS

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WARWICK ACADEMY POOL NAMED AFTER FORMER PUPIL FLORA DUFFY

Flora Duffy wins XTerraFlora Duffy was on hand today as she was honoured  at a special ceremony at Warwick Academy when the school’s pool was named after her in recognition of her athletic achievements, as an ambassador for Bermuda and as a role model for Bermuda’s youth. As well as a host of dignitaries, her parents Maria and Charlie and her two brothers Joel, who represented Bermuda at football and Campbell, an accomplished sailor, were present at the ceremony.

Flora attended Warwick Academy before moving to Kelly College in the UK which had a special triathlon programme run by former world class triathlete Robin Brew. As a Warwick Academy student Flora spent many hours in the pool as she established herself from an early age as one of the island’s leading swimmers. As a junior Flora represented Bermuda at swimming with distinction before focusing 100% on triathlon.

After another spectacular season in which she defended her WTS Series crown, her WTS World Championship and her Xterra World Championships title, Flora capped it off by taking home the $60,000 first place purse by winning the Island House Triathlon in the Bahamas. Flora’s long season has by her own admission taken both a physical and emotional toll and after consulting her coaching and management team this week she wisely decided to sit out what would have been her first foray into Ironman 70.3 in Thailand.

After a short stay in Bermuda Flora heads to Stellenbosch, South Africa, which along with Boulder have become second homes to Flora. Flora will then take a well earned rest and finish preparations for her wedding to fiance Dan Hugo, himself a former leading professional XTerra triathlete who finished 8th at the 2008 Xterra World Championships and was twice South African XTerra Champion as well as winning a number of leading XTerra races over his career.

2017 will certainly be a year to remember for Flora, who also turned 30 this year !

 

WTS BERMUDA SPECIAL RACE ENTRY OFFER EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 31ST 2017

FROM WTS

WTS SPECIAL OFFER FOR BERMUDA RESIDENTS EXTENDED!

NEW DEADLINE – DECEMBER 31st, 2017

HERE IS THE DEAL : As a Bermuda resident, bring an overseas participant to ITU World Triathlon Bermuda 2018 and your own race entry will be FREE (a $110 saving for the Sprint distance race entry and a $140 saving for the Olympic distance race entry)

Due to the interest created and the wish for as many people as possible to enjoy WTS Bermuda in 2018, the organisers have extended the deadline for this special deal to the end of the year. This is to allow more time for you to speak to friends and family and organise their travel to Bermuda next April. This is an exciting opportunity for friends and family overseas to experience racing here on largely the same course as the elites, and of course to watch the top triathletes in the world racing in Bermuda as well.

Full details are on the event website (www.tribermuda.com) so take a look at what is coming.

HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE:
(i) Get the overseas participant to enter by going to http://www.tribermuda.com
(ii) Make sure the overseas entrant completes the box provided for your name and Email
(iii) The race organisers will then EMail you a voucher number which you can then use at http://www.tribermuda.com to sign yourself up for free.
Any queries, please send an email to info@tribermuda.com.

FLORA WINS…..AGAIN

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Flora in familiar territory, in the lead, at this weekend’s Island House Triathlon.

Flora Duffy capped off a remarkable season yesterday ( Sunday 18th November) by winning stage three of the $500,000 Island House Triathlon and thus taking the overall title.

With athletes going out at intervals based on their deficit to the leader  after the first two stages, it was Flora who entered the water first for the 750 meter swim with her only realistic challenger, Katie Zaferes, chasing her just a handful of seconds later. However Flora was never going to be caught as she pulled away from Zaferes and by the end of the 20km bike and 5km run she had a comfortable gap finishing in 59 min 18 secs with Zaferes 2nd a minute back in 1 hr 18 secs. That meant that Flora took the overall title with a cumulative time for the three events of 2 hrs 17 mins 39 secs with Zaferes 2nd in 2:18:53. Holly Lawrence of the UK finished 3rd yesterday to hold on to 3rd overall in 2: 20:55 just 17 secs ahead of Kirsten Kasper of the USA who was 4th overall.

In the men’s race Ben Kanute of the USA started the day just 11 secs ahead of New Zealander Terrenzo Bonzone and in an extraordinary finished held off Bonzone to win by 4 tenths of a second in a sprint finish and take the title. Henri Shoeman of South Africa was third.

FLORA DUFFY RETAINS LEAD IN ISLAND HOUSE TRIATHLON BUT GAP IS NARROWED

Flora Duffy finished 2nd yesterday as the USA’s Katie Zaferes used her strong bike time trialing ability to narrow the gap on Flora in the Enduro event of the three part Island House Triathlon.

Zaferes, a good friend of Flora’s, finished 3rd in the 2017 Triathlon World Series, and finished the Enduro in 57 mins 51 seconds with Flora 2nd in 58:09 to reduce the gap between them to just 14 seconds going into the final event today. Long distance specialist Holly Lawrence of the UK moved up to third overall but on combined time will start 1 min 38 secs behind Flora over today’s 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.

In the final sprint event competitors start at intervals according to their time gaps from the leader so Flora will start just 14 seconds ahead of Zaferes.

The men’s event is even tighter going into the final event as the USA’s Ben Kanute holds just a 11 second lead over New Zealand’s Terrenzo Bonzone with South African Henri Schoeman a further 36 seconds back.