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.

 

 

FLORA DUFFY OFF TO FLYING START AT $500,000 ISLAND HOUSE TRIATHLON.

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FLORA AT LAST YEAR’S ISLAND HOUSE TRIATHLON

Flora Duffy got off to a strong start today in the two day / three event invitiation only Island House Triathlon on Highbourne Cay, in the Exuma island chain of the Bahamas. Flora completed the first event today ( Friday 17th November), a 7km bike, 2km run and 200m swim time trial, in 20:12 seconds to open up a 23 second gap on second place Kirstin Kasper of the USA with another  American, Katie Zaferes, a further 8 seconds back in 3rd.

The field of 15 elite invited short and long course triathletes started 30 seconds apart so that this opening event was a true time trial with no drafting on the bike, run or swim.

Thia afternoon the athletes will go again in part II of the event, a sprint enduro with a mass start that is as much about endurance as speed. The event involves a 2kn run, 375 meter swim, 10km bike, 2km run, 375 meter swim, 10kn bike and finally a 1km run.

The overall positions will be decided after Saturday’s final event based on cummulative  times. Saturday’s event is a traditional sprint over 750 meter swim, 20km bike and 5km run with athletes starting in general classification order with their start time based on their time deficit to the leader after the first two events, thus giving them the chance to catch the athletes in front of them for the overall prize money.

Last year Flora finished 2nd by 18 seconds to Olympic champion Gwen Jorgensen but started this year’s event as a strong favorite after another spectacular season in which she showed both her speed and endurance qualities by racing from the front and winning the Triathlon World Series and World Championships and once again the Xterra World Championships.

More results to follow. Go to IslandHouseTriathlon.com for more information or Flora Duffy’s twitter account for a list of the full results and splits from this morning’s first event.

BECKY SHEPHERD LEADS THE WAY IN MIAMIMAN 2017

Becky Shepherd finished 3rd yesterday (Sunday 12th November) in the Miamiman Triathlon in the Female 40-44 age group over the International distance ** as Bermuda’s contingent performed well in hot and windy conditions.

Becky completed the .6 mile swim in 18 min 39 secs, the 22 mile bike in 55:53 and the 6.6 mile run in 58.30 for an overall time of 2:15:57.

FULL RESULTS :

Miamiman Half Ironman ( 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run)

Frances Betts (F 45-49)  40:23, 3:12:59, 2:51:59, 6:50:24   21st in age group

Jonny Betts (M 45-49)  34:41, 2:46:41, 1:59:57, 5:24:50   15th

Sarah Hicks (F 40-44)  53:53, 3:04:27, 2:38:53, 6:42:17  11th

Alec Shepherd (M 45-49)  35:20, 2:45:32, 2:11:39, 5:36:52  21st

Sharon Hamond – Sharon completed the swim and bike but results show no run / final time – at press time not known if Sharon DNF or result incomplete

International Distance (0.6 mile swim, 22 mile bike, 6.6 mile run)

Richard Hammond (M 45-49)  18:08, 1:00:06, 57:15, 2:19:27  15th in age group

Becky Shepherd  (F 40-44)  18:39, 55:53, 58:30, 2:15:57  3rd

AquaBike (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike)

Gordy Benson (M 50-54)  50:26, 3:14:08, 4:07:40  18th in age group

** Distances for the “INTERNATIONAL” Triathlon were not standard as previously reported.

 

BERMUDA CONTINGENT RACE MIAMIMAN TODAY

A group of Bermuda triathletes will today, Sunday 12th November 2017, take on the Miamiman Triathlon.

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Bermuda’s Miamiman contingent in relaxed mood on Saturday ahead of today’s race – photo courtesy of Jonny Betts

Jonny and Frances Betts,  Alec Shepherd, Sharon Hammond and Sara Hicks will take on the 70.3 distances ( 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run) whilst Richard Hammond and Becky Shepherd will compete in the Olympic / Standard distances of 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Gordy Benson starts in the Aquabike over 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike.

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Frances Betts on Saturday by the lake where the Miamiman swim will take place – photo courtesy Jonny Betts

For more information on the race and results go to http://www.miamimanhalfiron.com