15 year old Nick Pilgrim got his 2018 triathlon season off to an outstanding start as he returned to Clermont, Florida for his last year as an FI 13-15 youth elite triathlete and took 2nd place today.
Nick got off to a strong start as he exited the water 2nd for the .4km swim in 5 min 58 secs and rode with the leading group for the 10km in the draft legal format. He entered T2 with the leaders after a quick 16 :09 bike and held on well on the run completing the 2.5km in 9 :30 for a total time of 32 min 35 secs.
Meanwhile Caleb also had a strong swim as he was 6th out of he water in 6 min 10 secs but dropped back from the lead group on the bike with a 17:43 time that put him in 27th into transition 2. He was able to pull back some places on the run clocking 10 : 50 for an overall time of 37:40.
The race was won by Jeremy La Joie who edged Nick on the run with a time of 9:18 for an overall time of 32:22.
Mac Howie was third just 3 secs behind Nick.
Both juniors have race a number of races in North America over the past three years so it is encouraging to see them performing so well against some of the top youth elite triathletes in the USA.
They will now travel to Sarasota, Florida where they will face a stiffer challenge in the Sarasota- Bradenton Camtri Youth Elite Triathlon Series Regional Qualifier for the USA’s Youth Elite National Championships. However, they both performed well last year in the same race with Nick picking up 8th place and Caleb 23rd .
They will be joined by Lynsey Palmer who will race in the Central American and Caribbean / North American Junior Championships for 16-19 year olds. Lynsey finished 51st in this event last year in one of her first forays into top level junior racing but will be hoping for a much stronger performance this year. Last year Erica Hawley placed 4th in this event.