The Bermuda Triathlon Association’s traditional and popular informal Good Friday Triathlon ( and Duathlon) takes place tomorrow at 8AM sharp at John Smiths Beach. It’s a great way to lose calories in time to stuff them back on with Easter eggs afterwards.
In his first major appearance since joining triathlon’s senior ranks, Tyler Smith finished a creditable 18th out of 69 starters at the European Cup Sprint Triathlon in Las Palmas, Canary Islands.
The race featured many of Europe’s up and coming juniors as well as more experienced athletes. Tyler exited the 750m swim with the lead pack in 9 min 19 secs and then featured prominently on the bike staying with the lead group over the 20km course and finishing in 30 min 05 secs. He was not able to match the very fast pace of the stronger runners but still produced a solid run of 15 min 58 secs for the 5km. Tyler crossed the line in 57 min 12 secs.
The race was won by GB triathlete Barclay Izzard who posted a time of 14 min 54 secs for the run to finish in 56 min 03 secs.
Tyler was just 26 secs outside of a top ten finish. He now heads to Australia for the upcoming Commonwealth Games,
Despite getting boxed in on the swim and therefore missing the lead group onto the bike, Nick Pilgrim and Caleb Ingham put up creditable performances in the draft legal Sarasota Youth Elite Cup on the 10th March.
Nick finished the 375m swim, 12.2km bike and 2.5km run in 34 min 55 sec to take 10th whilst Caleb was 14th in 35 min 17 sec.
The race was won by Jeremy LaJoie in 33 min 39 secs.
In the US Junior National Championships at the same venue, Lynsey Palmer suffered a 10 sec technical penalty before the start of the race which meant that she had to wait ten seconds on the swim pontoon after the other girls had started and was unable to catch up on the swim, finishing the 750 meter swim in 13 min 36 secs. She was therefore lapped at the end of the bike and as a consequence had to retire from the race. Lynsey however is determined to bounce back at the upcoming Bermuda World Cup Age Group Sprint Triathlon.
Incase you havent’ already seen it, here is the schedule :
30-Mar-18 8am Good Friday Home Event – BTA John Smith’s
28-Apr-18 7 / 8am ITU WTS Olympic/Sprint Hamilton
10-Jun-18 TBD XL Catlin – Nat Champs – Olympic Clearwater
18-Jun-18 TBD National Hero’s Day Home Event – BTA Harr. Sound Dock
23-Jun-18 TBD Clarien Iron Kids Clearwater
24-Jun-18 TBD Bank of Bermuda Foundation Sprint Clearwater
3-Sep-18 TBD Labour Day Home Event – BTA Harr. Sound Dock
30-Sep-18 TBD Tokio Sprint Hamilton
28-Oct-18 TBD AON Sprint Nat Champs Clearwater
If you finished on the podium (top 3) in your age group in a senior, junior or youth triathlon national or regional championship (other than Bermuda) or in the top 10 in your age group in a triathlon world championship please submit the result to me by tomorrow, Thursday 8th March, with details of the race, the year, and the medal you achieved.
I still urgently need the names of the winners of the Bermuda Triathlete of the Year awards from 2008 to 2016. Can anyone help. If you have an old triathlon dinner Order of Ceremony the winners should be listed on there.
At the request of The Royal Gazette for thier WTS Bermuda supplement I have been asked to provide (1) a history of triathlon in Bermuda (2) a history of the junior programme in Bermuda (3) a Bermuda “role of honour” highlighting multiple winners of Bermuda national championships ( 4 minimum), triathlete of the year awards (2 minimum), international world and regional championships or country (e.g. UK, USA, CAD) national championships ( senior and junior and youth) medalist, Ironman or 70.3 top 3 age group or professional finishes, Bermuda athlete of the year ( senior and junior awards), Olympics and Commonwealth Games representation.
If you (a) are in the (3) category or know achievements of someone in (3) category or (b) wish to identify a meaningful date / person in the history of Bermuda triathlon or (c) wish to highlight any special date / person in the history of junior development in Bermuda, please EMail me at firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow evening (Tuesday 6th March).
Results should show name of event, place achieved ( top 3 only) and year. Local championships should show just number of sprint / national championships COMBINED won ( not years). Triathlete of the Year should just show number of times winner ( not years). Pre national championship mutiple winners should show number of times won SunLife Triathlon ( now Bank of Bermuda Foundation triathlon ).
I already have most of the information but do not want to leave anyone/ anything out before submitting the information to the BTA for review and then to Royal Gazette so am looking to fill in the pieces.
I am also doing a piece on anecdotes / interesting moments from triathlon over the years so if you recall something amusing or interesting let me know.
Hopefully much of this information will subsequently go into the the BTA website and be updated from time to time.
Donna Pilgrim has provided this update on Caleb Ingham’s result at the FI Youth Elite Series race on Sunday in which he finished 19th.
Just wanted to flesh out Caleb’s result as you will have seen that his times didn’t really add up. He had a major wardrobe malfunction in T1 – the zipper on his wetsuit seized or got jammed and he couldn’t get it down – he struggled for 2.5 minutes and eventually an official stepped in and had to wrench it off. So, he was out in lead group from the swim, and ended up going out of T1 onto the bike course with swimmers who were 2.5 minutes behind him. Have to stay, he handled himself extremely well, stayed calm and made the most of the rest of the race. The F1 girls watching went up to him afterwards and said if it had been them, they’d have just burst into tears and dropped out! Despite the setback, he made up time on other cyclists and ran himself into 13th in the F1 boys division.
After picking up a stomach virus in Barbados, where she took a silver medal in the Central American and Caribbean Triathlon Championships, Erica Hawley returned to her training base in Tucson, Arizona where she was sick for 10 days and was unsure whether she would even race this past weekend.
However, Erica decided to travel to Clermont Florida for the Americas’ Cup Elite Sprint Triathlon yesterday ( Saturday 3rd March) and placed 13th in 1hr 05 mins 29 secs. The race was won by Erika Ackelund of the USA in 1:02:47.
HERE IS ERICA’S RACE REPORT :
The swim ( 750m time 11 mins 02 secs) to the first buoy was brutal. I didn’t have that start speed that I needed and just got pounded and felt like I was drowning. Couldn’t tell exactly where I was in the pack but I knew I wasn’t in the top 3rd. However didn’t let the affect me and told myself onwards and upwards – just focus on the process and T1 and bike.
Biked first 10km solo TT and feeling nauseous. Got in a pack eventually by waiting up. T2: no dramas. Not first to dismount but first to my shoes and first out so that’s good. 20km Bike time : 33 min 52 secs.
Run (19 min 33 secs for 5km) felt strong. It was hot and I knew I had strong runners in my pack and that they would get away from me. However, still managed to run a few girls down which felt good and I just focused on chasing one girl at a time in front of me. Time not so fast but felt strong. Compared to Barbados where 5km felt long – today 5km felt good and I’m happy.
Considering where I was coming into the race I’m really proud of 13th (thought I was going to be around 20th after the swim).