URGENT CALL FOR SECTOR HEAD MANAGERS – WTS BERMUDA
Are you ready and willing to have an inside view of MS Amlin WTS Bermuda?
As you know, World Triathlon Bermuda is not that long away now and preparations are coming along to make it a fantastic event for the island. Part of the BTA’s role has been to find suitable volunteers to fill management roles (“sector heads”) overseeing different aspects of the event, to make sure everything runs smoothly. We currently have members who will manage such areas as the bike and run courses for the elite and Age Group events, the Age Group transition zone, the Start and Finish area, the VIP guests and the medal ceremony, the event branding, the transport for the athletes, the registration area, and so on. As you will see, these are important positions which give an opportunity to be very closely involved.
Unfortunately, 2 people have had to drop out from their roles owing to other commitments, so we are looking for 2 more volunteers to take their place. There is some reward available for anyone who takes on one of these roles and there will be plenty of job satisfaction! The work for these roles has not really started yet so anyone joining up will not have to play catch-up. They will, however, need to attend a few (not many) meetings over the next few weeks and be available to work full time for 3-4 days in the week beginning April 23rd.
Who is free and willing?!
If you would like to put yourself forward, or know someone who would, please contact us as soon as possible. Time is running short, so we need to be able to fill these positions urgently. Your help would be much appreciated.
Easter Triathlon Junior Camp 10+ Coach : USA’s Matt Valyo and assistant coach Gabby. Cost : $350 for the week and can be prorated if can only attend part of camp. Dates: April 3rd thru’ 7th or 8th
Matt’s thoughts at this point (subject to change):
The camp will run as follows:
The first two days, the kids will be in the same group working skills while I assess them. When my assistant arrives we will break them into age groups (12 and under, 13 and older) for most of the remaining week. Both groups will get a great experience. My assistant Gabby raced draft legal here in the US since 2012, has been an assistant at my elite camps for the past 2 years and has been the head coach of my youth camps for 2 years. She is a sophomore at UConn here in the states. Check out https://www.tri-and-fit.com/coaches for more background on Matt and Gabby.
If you are interested, reach out to Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If ever there was a world “dedicated age group triathlete” prize then Bermuda’s Kent Richardson would be in contention.
Kento, as he is known, does not only follow a rigorous training schedule but has spent decades travelling the world to race and to find optimal places to train.
After a successful period of training and racing at altitude in Ecuador in 2017, Kento returned to Salinas, Ecuador last week to both train at altitude but also race in the Saludsa Xterra Triathlon on Saturday 24th February. Kento is hoping to qualify for the XTerra World Championships in Hawaii later in the year, a race he has previously competed in. This weekend’s race consists of an 800m swim, 16km mountain bike and 5km cross country run. He will be racing in the 50+ category
Kento is also thinking of entering the Ecuador 70.3 Triathlon on the 4th March which also takes place in Salinas. He says it would be a “training exercise” !
Superstars of elite triathlon will descend on the capital of the Emirates this March to kick off the 2018 World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi 2018, with race organisers confirming that some of the most highly decorated athletes in the sport will compete between 2-3 March on Yas Island.
In the women’s field, the star of last year’s race, Andrea Hewitt will also return to Yas Island this spring to once again compete for the WTS Abu Dhabi title. Hewitt contested another of the most memorable finishes of the ITU World Triathlon Series calendar in the 2017 event against Jodie Stimpson, with Hewitt pipping defending champion, Stimpson to first place by a matter of steps on the iconic blue carpet. Hewitt will once again toe the line in a bid to pick up the first honours of the 2018 season, between 2-3 March.
Hoping to retain her WTS Abu Dhabi title, Andrea Hewitt commented; “I’m delighted to be returning to Abu Dhabi this year, a place that holds some amazing memories for me following my first-place finish last year. The 2017 race was a turning point for me both personally and professionally. I had trained so hard, went into the race in good form and knew that I had a chance of doing well. To pick up the gold-medal, the way I did, it was an overwhelming sense of emotion. I think that showed at the finish line. That victory would not have been possible, had it not been for the fantastic support I received from family, friends and the triathlon community. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s race holds and with a bit of luck, I’ll be on the podium again!”.
It will not be easy for the kiwi to fight again for the victory in Abu Dhabi, as the women’s field will be one of the strongest ever. Two-time world champion, Bermudian Flora Duffy, will also be toeing the start line, along with the full pódium of last season: Aussie Ashleigh Gentle and American Katie Zaferes.
After a lengthy delay, the results of the CAMTRI America Cup and Central American and Caribbean Championships Sprint Triathlon were published late yesterday and showed that Erica Hawley finished 8th and not 7th as Erica previously thought.
Erica Hawley began her senior triathlon career with an impressive performance today as she finished 7th overall, despite a mishap in T1, at the CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon America’s Cup. However, the event, which was held in Bridgetown, Babados was also the Central American and Caribbean Championships and as the second finisher from the region Erica took the silver medal.
Although Erica has raced in the senior ranks whilst still a junior, this year the Digicel sponsored athlete officially moved up from Junior to Under 23 and Senior racing so this performance was extremely encouraging.
Here is Erica’s race report
Just wanted to let you know how my race went today in the Regional Championships here in Barbados.
I had a good day, considering it was the first race of the season but there were also a couple of mistakes made which may have cost me a couple of positions. There were some very good elite athletes here including Dominika Jamnicky (Ed. Canada triathlete) who I will race in Commonwealth Games.
I had a great swim and came out with the lead group of Jamnicky, Chase, Foley, Alexander and England . This was a great start to the race for me and i was glad to have a good swim after some mishaps during the summer. Unfortunately when mounting my bike i fell so this group got away from me right at the start. I rode with the Cuban girl but she stayed on my wheel for the 20km and luckily the gaps weren’t really changing. The group ahead were not making much time on me so i knew that i was biking well, i’m just upset that i fell during T1.
I came off the bike in 6th position with the Cuban girl and had a good run although I could not break away from her and she out-sprinted me at the end. (probably because she didn’t do any work for the entire race!)
All in all a very good first race and i’m glad i dusted off the cobwebs. It is obvious what i need to work on for future races and i have already talked to my coach about the steps that need to be made.
I still got on the podium for the CAC region and got a silver medal which i didn’t even know there was an awards for! – but i am proud of that for Bermuda.
Annual Neill – Blake Camp 2018 Fast Approaching – Sign Up Today – Full details and sign up on Race Day World Dates: Friday February 23rd – Saturday March 3rd, 2018 Cost: $295 for the week
+ Bring your family to the Wrap-Up Party – $25/adult, $10/child. To book these tickets, click on the “More” option, then click on Store and buy the number of tickets you need.
The camp will have a few changes this year. We want to invigorate it a little while keeping all the bits that people enjoy (or need, in the case of hill repeats). Among the changes will be a new place to meet on the first night, a coffee/breakfast stop at the Village Pantry on the first Sunday, a light-hearted team competition through the week, some yoga and a few other surprises on the way. See below for preliminary schedule so you will get the idea.
We are keen as always to welcome newcomers to the sport of triathlon and the camp is a great way to start. If you know anyone interested in getting involved, please pass on these details to them or ask them to contact Alec Shepherd (email@example.com) for information
Preliminary Schedule below: Friday, February 23rd
7pm – Meet and Greet – Pub Night (Venue TBC) Saturday, February 24th
INTRO DAY AM – Run/Bike/Run 30min/60min/30min – Advanced (Clearwater) Endurance Workout geared towards working transitions/ Out and Backs from Clearwater so athletes can stay in contact with one another. PM – Run – Beginner (NSC) Technical/Focus on Form Sunday, February 25th
BAKERY DAY 7AM – Long Ride/Brick – Beginner/Advanced Combined (Manor House, Harrington Sound Road) 60-90 minute ride followed by 15-30 minute run depending on levels of athletes. Village Pantry afterwards for coffee/breakfast and talk on nutrition. 4PM – Easy Open Water Swim (Venue TBC) Monday, February 26th 5.30AM – Bike (Knapton) – Advanced ( meet Winners Edge) Hill Repeats (Descending efforts) on Knapton Hill Loop. Team Points available on final hill climb. Includes familiarisation ride up Corkscrew Hill for WTS Bermuda. 6PM – Swim (Technical) – Beginner (NSC) Technical/ Stroke mechanics swim with short (50 or 100) TT that counts towards TeamPoints Tuesday, February 27th 6AM – Bike (Time Trial/McGalls) – Beginner (meet Winners Edge) Hill Repeats working on proper gearing and different techniques for climbing Shorter Hill TT up McGalls to finish that will count towards Team Points. 1PM – Swim (Technical) – Advanced (NSC) Technical/ 100’s workout with Short TT to finish (100) counting towards Team Points. Wednesday, February 28th
RECOVERY DAY 6AM or 7AM – Yoga for triathletes with Cara Bowen – Beginner/Advanced (Fritholme) 2 class times to choose from. 1PM – Open Water Swim – Beginner and Advanced (Admiralty/Harrington Sound) Aerobic Swim working on draft packs of 3-4 athletes. 5.30PM – Run (Recovery/Technical) – Advanced.Easy 40 – 50min recovery run as a group with short technical feedback session at the end working on running posture (Venue TBC) Thursday, March 1st
BRICK DAY 6AM – Yoga for triathletes with Cara Bowen – Beginner/Advanced (Fritholme) 5.30AM – Bike (Recovery) Optional – Beginner (Winners Edge) Easy early AM ride from Winners Edge out to Somerset and back. 7PM – Brick Workout (Team Race) – Beginners/Advanced (NSC) Team effort where advanced athletes are matched up with the beginners on their “teams” in a relay format. Format depends on numbers, but it will be guaranteed fun. Friday, March 2nd
“TRAIN LIKE A PRO” DAY AM – Bike – 1:30 – Tempo 1PM – Swim – Open Water Swim/Time Trial – Mix (Admiralty) Starts/Team Relay Swim for Team Points PM – Run – 45min –Technical/Stride Run Saturday, March 3rd
RACE DAY 10.30AM – Team Triathlon (super sprint race in team relay format – double Team Points) EVENING – Camp Dinner (Betts house) Team Prize awarded
NOTE : On the schedule provided when you sign up, sessions are colour coded to match below coding
RED – Combined Workout
GREEN – Beginner Workout
BLUE – Advanced Workout
TEAM POINTS – for the week we would like to put everyone in teams, matching more experienced triathletes with less experienced. Wherever “Team Points” is mentioned in the schedule, there will be a light-hearted competitive timed element to part of the session, with points being awarded. The team with the most points at the end of the week will win the Team Prize.