THURSDAY SUPER SPRINT RESULTS

Maddie Durkin Tokio 2017
Maddie Durkin (file photo)

The first of the 2018 Super Sprint Triathlon Series took place last Thursday 17th May at Clearwater Beach, St Davids and attracted a good size field including many promising junior triathletes.

Neil DeSte Croix and Maddie Durkin were the first male and female finishers respectively with youngsters Tommy Marshall and Zoe Hasselkuss finishing second male and female.

Other juniors in the top ten finishers were Lianna Madeiros , Jasmine Hasselkuss and Nico Davis.

Due to the May 24th holiday there will not be a super sprint race next Thursday 24th May but the series will resume on Thursday 31st May at the BTA triathlon building at 6.30PM. There is a cash entry fee of $10 adults and $2 children.

BTA Super Sprint Results 17 May 2018

Standard Distance – 200m swim/8K bike/1.6K run
Time Name
24.11 Neil de Ste Croix
24.39 Tommy Marshall
27.41 Maddie Durkin
28.31 Zoe Hasselkuss
28.34 Gerhard Boonstra
28.36 Otis Ingham
29.03 Liana Madeiros
29.35 Jasmin Hasselkuss
29.36 Nico Davis
29.57 Christine Da Costa
30.01 Steve Wells
30.06 Debs Norman
30.15 Dirk Hasselkuss
31.05 Jenny Lightbourne
31.09 Flora’s Mum – Maria Duffy !!
31.28 Megan Hands
31.31 Gareth Tavares
32.21 Nicola Davis
34.16 Derek Hurdle
34.43 Ava Gabai-Maiato
34.45 Marie Taylor
35.34 Charlotte Millington
35.41 Rebecca Harrison
35.47 Erica McArthur
38.15 Kirstie Jones
39.55 Rebecca Hurdle
Team
28.21 Team Family Schmidt

200m swim/3 laps bike
19.41 Julia Hawley

200m swim/2 laps run
16.17 Chris Taylor

200m swim/3 laps bike/1 lap run
28.41 Chloe Castree

100m swim/3 laps bike/2 laps run
29.11 Jake Smith

100m swim/2 laps bike/1 lap run
23.05 Tom Wells
23.35 Kelise Wade
24.05 Grayson Tavares
28.26 Charlie Davis
36.19 Lucas Lightbourne

3 laps bike/2 laps run
31.51 Dennis Joell
32.05 Anton Gilbert

ROLE OF HONOUR – BERMUDA TRIATHLON

It has taken me awhile, but I have compiled the following role of honour for  Bermuda Triathlon  drawing the line essentially at a podium finish in any major world or regional  championships ( although I have allowed some leeway to record Greg Hopkins outstanding results as an amateur.)

It is not complete and I would like to add youth 13-15 and junior 16-19 age group achievements in major events and also Bermuda national senior and junior athlete of the year awards which I have found difficulty to pin down as Tyler Butterfield and Flora Duffy cant’ recall how many they have won and when ! Anyone help ?

Please let me know if you can help as I continue to build this role of honour which hopefully the BTA will feature as a separate section of the BTA website.

BERMUDA TRIATHLON ROLE OF HONOUR 
(compiled by Dave Morrison) – as at May 12th 2018

*= triathletes who started triathlon before first Bermuda National Championships / Triathlete of Year Awards
Highlights of Bermuda professional triathletes’ careers
Flora Duffy : World Junior Silver medal (2006)2 x ITU World Series Champion (2016 +2017) – 2 x ITU Grand Final Champion (2016 +2017) – Since March 2016 = World Series ( 11 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 3 x 4th, 1 x DNF) – ITU Cross World Triathlon Champion (2015 +2016) Silver (2014), 4x consecutive XTerra World Champion – 8th Olympic Games (2016) –1st Commonwealth Games 2018, 8th Commonwealth Games aged 18 (2006)
Tyler Butterfield : World Junior Bronze medal (2002) – 11 Ironman 70.3 podiums – 3rd Ironman Latin American Champs (2015) – 3rd Ironman North American Champs (2017), Ironman World Champs 5th (2015) and 7th (2013), 1st Abu Dhabi International Triathlon (2014) – Highest Ironman World Ranking 4th ( 2013), Ironman 70.3 World Champs 7th (2013), 8th (2015), 7th (2017).

Bermuda Triathlete of the Year Awards (started 1990 – not always awarded to professional triathletes but since 2015 divided into professional and amateur):
Men : Evan Naude (6),Neil de ste Croix, Tyler Butterfield (5), Jon Herring, Greg Hopkins* (3) , Kent Richardson(2), Riann Naude, Andrew Doble, Ryan Gunn, Mark Robinson, Tyler Smith, Matt Thompson (1)
Women : Karen Smith (12), Shona Palmer (3), Flora Duffy (2)Mary Hopkins*, Julia Hawley, Kristen Robinson ,Laurie Orchard (2), Jane Christie, Dee McMullen, Martina Olcheski – Bell (1)

Bermuda National Triathlon Championships ( Olympic and Sprint Distances combined wins) – since start 1993
Men : Jon Herring (10), Evan Naude (8), Neil de ste Croix (7), Tyler Butterfield (4), Riann Naude (3),Kent Richardson, Kris Hedges, (2), Greg Hopkins*, Geoff Smith, Steve Smith, Tyler Smith, Geoffrey Smith, Jamie Brown, Tucker Murphy, Matthew Oliveira, Ryan Gunn, Andrew Doble, Steve Petty, Andrew Davis, Steve Doyling*, Alan Potts, ( 1)
Women : Karen Smith (17), Julia Hawley and Deana McMullen (6), Shona Palmer and Lori Orchard (4), Karen Bordage, Ashley Estwanik, Martina Olcheski-Bell , Kristyn Robinson (2), Flora Duffy , Cora Lee Starzomski, Lynn Patchett, Kim McMullen, Lee Osborne (1)

Bank of Bermuda ( formerly Sun Life Triathlon ) winners since start – 1979
Men : Greg Hopkins (5), Neil de ste Croix (5), Evan Naude (4), Jonathan Herring (4), Tyler Butterfield (4), Tony Ryan (3), Jim Butterfield (2), Kent Richardson (2), Lee White (2), Kris Hedges , Matthew Herring , Ryan Gunn , Tyler Smith (1 each) Overseas winners – Walt McManus , Brad Rex – USA professional , Peter Younghusband (1 each).
Women : Karen Smith (10), Anne Stevens (4), Mary Hopkins (4),Julia Hawley (3),
Cathy Gurret , Debbie Butterfield , Shona Palmer (2), Marie Hope, Midge Oliver, Sandra Mewett, Flora Duffy, Nikki Butterfield, Karen Bordage, Susan Edney, Belinda Castree, Erica Hawley ( 1 each).

OTHER NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS
Jim Butterfield* : 7th Ironman World Championships (1981) – Run course record 3hr 05 min
Karen Smith : Ironman World Championships age group 1st (2014) 3rd (2010), Ironman 70.3 World Championships age group 2nd (2008), ITU Sprint World Championships Age group (3rd)
Laurie Orchard – 3rd Small Island Games (2013), 3rd in age group – Canadian Triathlon Champs (2013).
Greg Hopkins : Canadian National Champs 1st age group f (1986), USTS Baltimore and USTS Tampa (1989) – 1st age group, Italian National Champs (Open) – 7th overall , Bermuda International Triathlon – 1st amateur (1987)
Erica Hawley : CAMTRI Championships 2nd (2017)

XL CATLIN OLYMPIC DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND SPRINT AND JUNIOR TRIATHLONS REVISED INFORMATION – READ CAREFULLY

2018 XL CATLIN NATIONAL OLYMPIC DISTANCE BERMUDA TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS AND SPRINT AND JUNIOR TRIATHLONS –  INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS

DATE : SUNDAY 10TH JUNE 2018

VENUE : CLEARWATER BEACH, SOUTHSIDE, ST.DAVID’S.

TO ENTER GO TO : https://www.racedayworld.com/.

IMPORTANT WHEN ENTERING : AGE GROUP IS THE AGE YOU / YOUR CHILD WILL BE ON THE 31ST DECEMBER 2018, NOT YOUR /YOUR CHILD’S AGE ON THE DAY OF THE RACE. FOR EXAMPLE : IF YOUR CHILD IS 10 ON RACE DAY BUT WILL BE 11 BEFORE THE 31ST DECEMBER 2018 THEN YOU MUST ENTER HIM/HER IN THE 11-12 RACE AND NOT THE 7-10 RACE.
ENTRY FEES
• Junior Race – $25.00
• ADULT Team – $60.00 ***
• ADULT Individual – $40.00 ***

***Event Pricing includes the $10 one day BTA membership Fee. If you are a member of the BTA, Membership discount will apply at Checkout WHEN ENTERING THE RACE ONLINE. JUNIORS DO NOT HAVE TO BE A BTA MEMBER OR PAY THE ONE DAY FEE.
If you wish to become a BTA member, and avoid the one race $10 fee, go to https://racedayworld.com/bermuda-triathlon-association and become a BTA member.
NUMBER PICK UP
** Number pickup will be race morning at the event**. We strongly recommend that you arrive early 45 minutes before the start of your race so you can get your numbers, set up your equipment, study transition and be prepared for race briefing.
Late Registration will be available at number pickup.

TRANSITION AREA
Closes 15 minutes before each race.

TRIATHLONS

XL Catlin National Olympic (Standard) Distance Triathlon Championships
 Distances: 1.5 km swim / 40 km bike / 10 km run
 Age Groups: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
 Teams: Men, Women & Mixed Team (an individual participant can also swim for a team)

XL Catlin Sprint Triathlon
 Age Groups: 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
 Distances: 750m swim / 20 km bike / 5 km run
 Teams: Men, Women & Mixed Team (an individual participant can also swim for a team)

XL Catlin Junior Triathlons
 (age 7-10) swim 100m / bike 5 km / run 1 km
 (age 11-12) swim 200m / bike 10 km / run 2 km
 (age 13-15) swim 375m / bike 10 km / run 2.5 km

COURSE INFORMATION

Transition Area
WILL BE IN THE MAIN LARGE CAR PARK AT CLEARWATER BEACH

Swim Courses

Olympic Distance Triathlon and Sprint Triathlon

You will start in the water at the end of Clearwater Beach nearest the car park / transition and swim diagonally towards deep water heading south east to a turn buoy. Keeping the buoy on your left you will take a sharp left turn and head in a straight line towards Cooper’s Road to the next turn buoy where you will again turn left, keeping the buoy on your left, and head back towards the swim start point buoy. You will keep this buoy on your left as you reach it . You have now completed 750m. If you are in the Sprint Triathlon head straight towards the cones on the beach marking the beach swim exit and follow the cones to the swim transition entrance. If you are in the Olympic Triathlon take a sharp left and commence your 2nd lap which is identical to the first lap. After finishing your 2nd lap and again keeping the final buoy on your left, head to the beach finish cones and then follow the cones to the transition swim entrance.

13-15 year old triathlon

Start will be in the water off Turtle Bay and you will swim north towards Clearwater Beach and parallel to Clearwater Beach to the buoy at the main car park / transition area end of Clearwater Beach. You will keep this buoy on your left and turn left towards the beach where you will exit between the swim finish cones on the beach and follow the cones to the transition swim entrance.

7- 10 and 11-12 year olds triathlons

There will be two separate starts down Clearwater Beach away from the main car park / transition area. The nearest start will be for 7-10 year olds and the furthest start for 11-12 year olds. You will start in the water and swim parallel to the beach north towards the main car park / transition area to the final buoy near the end of the beach. You will keep this buoy on your left and turn left towards the beach where you will exit between the swim finish cones on the beach and follow the cones to the transition swim entrance.

Swim course main rules (see also “general rules” section below and refer to http://www.bermudatriathlon.com for full rules)

  • Do not cut short the buoys.
  • Wetsuits will NOT be allowed unless the water temp is F72  or below. It is anticipated that wetsuits will NOT be allowed based on historical water temp for June.
  • You may not move forward by walking or pushing off the seabed with your feet or hands except in shallow water when approaching the finish of the swim. This rule applies in particular when swimming in shallower water parallel to Cooper’s Island Road towards the beach finish.
  • The swim cap provided must be worn. Swim goggles are optional.
  • Spectators must not enter the swim course area in boats or jet skis or assist swimmers except in an emergency
  • No flotation devices or swim fins ( hand or feet) are permitted
  • If in difficulty, raise both hands above your head and wave them across each other for assistance. Try and float on your back.
  • You are responsible for determining whether you / your child are / is capable of completing the swim course.

Bike courses

5km Bike lap for all triathlons (Olympic, Sprint and Junior Triathlons)
Juniors 7-10 = 1 lap              Juniors 11-12 and 13-15 = 2 laps
Sprint Triathlon = 4 laps     Olympic Triathlon = 8 laps
Bike Course: Exit transition and follow the cones to the road that exits at the rear of the main car park ( north east corner) and passes the motorbike track on your left. After a couple of twists, this road exits onto the main road ( Coopers’ Island Road) where you go left onto the straightaway away from transition to the first roundabout. At the first roundabout go left ( first exit) onto another straightaway (Southside Road) until you reach the cycling / pedestrian footpath . Veer slightly left onto the footpath until cones direct you to veer to the right and back onto the main Southside Road. Pass Eliana’s Fine Dining Restaurant on your right and the road is then split by a centre median. Just past the fire station, which is on your left, is a roundabout. Go straight over this roundabout (2nd exit) and head up the hill. At the top of the hill you will pass historic Carter House on your left. Continue on Southside Road to the next roundabout . At this roundabout go all the way around and head back the way you came passing the Bermuda Gymnastics on your left, heading back down the hill, straight over the roundabout, passing Eliana’s Restaurant and the softball pitch / archery range on your left. The road then starts to turn to the left and on this corner take a right at the cones to continue on Southside Road. At the next roundabout take the third exit back down the straightaway to the main car park / transition area at Clearwater Beach. As you reach the main car park / transition area you have completed one x 5km lap. If you are in the 7-10 age group on reaching the car park head straight towards transition to the bike dismount line and into transition. All other competitors must enter the car park by looping around to your right ( leaving the transition area to your left hand side) and start your 2nd lap on the road at the back of the car park on which you commenced your first lap. Continue onto your 2nd lap until you have completed your laps ( as detailed above) and on completion of all of your laps on reaching the car park head straight to the transition dismount area and into transition.

Bike course main rules (see also “general rules” section below and refer to http://www.bermudatriathlon.com for full rules) 

  • Your bike must display the numbers provided as instructed.
  • You / your child must wear an ANSI approved helmet which must clip up and the strap must be tight enough that the helmet cant be put on / removed unless it is unclipped. This is for safety reasons.
  • You / your child may not ride their bike in transition and must cross the mount line at the bike exit before riding their bike and must dismount before the dismount line before entering transition.
  • You / your child must clip their helmet on before taking your / their child off the bike rack / moving with their bike if not on a rack.
  • You / your child’s bike must be in good working order. In particular the brakes must be working and there must be suitable air in the tyres.
  • You / your child may only pass other competitors on the right side except on roundabouts and on the curve entering the car park to commence your second loop.
  • You / your child must obey all traffic regulations including going around roundabouts correctly and you  / your child must not cross the road center line except at the right turn on Southside Road after the softball / archery field on the return part of your lap and when entering transition or commencing your bike laps.
  • NO DRAFTING IS PERMITTED. This means you / your child can’t ride close behind one or more cyclists or in packs and must pass within the time permitted by the rules. For full details go to rules at http://www.bermudatriathlon.com. Leniency will be shown in the 7-12 junior races except where it is clear that a competitor is knowingly trying to get a drafting advantage.
  • Competitors must slow down when entering transition and must dismount before or at the dismount line.
  • You are responsible for determining whether you / your child are / is capable of completing the bike course and have / has the necessary bike handling skills and rules of the road awareness to ride on roads which will not be closed to vehicular traffic.

Run courses

2.5km lap for Olympic Distance, Sprint Distance and 13-15 year old triathlons
Olympic Distance = 4 laps     Sprint Distance = 2 laps      13-15 year olds = 1 lap
Exit transition by the run exit ONLY and follow the cones onto the main road by the car park ( Cooper’s Island Road) . Do not cut the cones when exiting onto the road. Stay in the coned lane sending you to the left side of the road. Head right onto Cooper’s Island Road heading in a westerly direction. Follow the road left past the children’s playground area on your right and continue on Coopers Island Road past Gombeys’ Restaurant on your left right and the BTA building on your right. Continue on the road past Turtle Beach and through the gates and follow the road up the hill, staying on the left hand side of the road ( you will pass orange cones on your right at the water stop but ignore these orange cones for now). Keep going on the main road until you reach a GREEN turn around cone. At this cone turn around and head back on the left hand side of the same road the way you came until you reach the orange cones blocking the road and sending you left into the Nature Reserve. Follow this new route back and continue following the cones. You will eventually be running with the ocean on your left and you will come out of the Nature Reserve through the gates on the corner of the main road with the children’s playground in the park to your right. Head back down the road to the left on the left side of the road towards the transition area / main car park. If you are in the 13-15 year old triathlon, head into the car park to your left by following the Finish arrow sign into the finish shute to the finish line. If you are in the Olympic or Sprint distance triathlon follow the “LAPS” sign arrow to the right by continuing on the main road to the GREEN lap turn cone on the main road just before the transition swim entrance. Turn around keeping the green cone on your right shoulder and head out on the left side of the road again onto your 2nd lap. After completing your last lap ( see above for number of laps for each race) head left at the “Finish” arrow sign into the car park to the finish line as described above.
7-10 and 11-12 run lap
7-10 year olds = one lap 11-12 year olds = 2 laps
Exit transition by the run exit ONLY and follow the cones onto the main road by the car park ( Cooper’s Island Road) . Do not cut the cones when exiting onto the road. Stay in the coned lane taking you to the left side of the road and then head right onto Cooper’s Island Road heading in a westerly direction towards Gombeys’ Restaurant and Turtle Bay Beach. Follow the road around to the left passing the children’s play area on your left. Continue on the main road passing Gombeys Restaurant on your left and the BTA building on your right and stay on the road until you reach the turn around cone which will be on the main road next to Turtle Beach. Turn at the GREEN turn around cone keeping the cone on your right and head back the way you came staying on the left side and all the way back the same way towards the transition area / main car park. When heading out and back do not cross the centre line of the road as this will be cutting the course.

If you are in the 7-10 year old triathlon, head into the car park to your left at the sign that shows an arrow to the left saying Finish and follow the cones to the finish line.
If you are in the 11-12 year old triathlon continue on the main road (don’t go to the finish line) following the sign with an arrow to the right that says “Laps” and keep going to the GREEN lap turn cone on the main road just before the transition swim entrance and turn around keeping the cone on your right shoulder and head out onto your 2nd lap. After completing your 2nd lap ( exactly the same as your first lap) head left into main car park to the finish line by following the sign with an arrow that says FINISH.

Running course main rules  (see also “general rules” section below and refer to http://www.bermudatriathlon.com for full rules)

  • Run number must be visible on the front either pinned on or attached to a number belt.
  • Do not cut corners. Cones will show the run course and you must not cross the centre line of the road unless the coned route requires that you cross the centre line.

MAIN GENERAL RULES AND ADVISE ( refer also to http://www.bermudatriathlon.com for full rules)

  • If provided, you / your child must wear the timing chip provided at all times and  display all numbers as instructed.
  • Competitors may not be accompanied by parents, relatives or friends etc as they might interfere with other competitors. Supporters may go to any points of the course to encourage athletes but may nor run or ride or drive alongside them and must not enter the course, in particular the run exit and finish shute area. For example : No person should run with their child / other athlete to the finish area or drive or ride alongside them on the bike course or enter the water to assist them on the swim unless in an emergency. Please avoid driving on the course during the race.
  • Except in the case of an emergency, such as for example an emergency difficulty on the swim or a bike accident or clear emergency distress during the race, no person may assist an athlete who has not finished. You / your child may not be handed drinks or food etc unless it is by an official helper at a drink station.
  • You / your child may not accept mechanical assistance on the bike. Leniency may be shown to competitors aged 7 to 12 who for example are unable to clip their helmet or unrack / rack their bike or for example whose chain comes off .
  • No bare torso is permitted on the bike or run.
  • You/ your child are / is  solely responsible for counting and completing all laps in full although spectators / parents can assist  in counting laps so long as they do not enter the race course to provide competitors with this information. Marshalls are NOT responsible for giving you this information so please don’t ask them.
  • You / your child are / is solely responsible for understanding how to enter and exit transition for each part of the triathlon. These exits and entrances will be clearly marked and will be part of the race briefing. Transition marshalls may assist with directions IF they see you / child exiting the wrong way or confused but you / your child must not rely on this happening. Each competitor must follow the exact routes designated in and out of transition and  not cut through cones as this constitutes cutting the course. He /she must go  fully around all turn cones and roundabouts and stay left at all times except where the course cones send you on the right hand side of the road.
  • Do not interfere with any other athlete. For example by moving their equipment in transition, blocking them on the bike or run course. If someone has put their equipment in your / your child’s  transition spot advise a transition official to ask for it to be moved.
  • Only designated officials and volunteers are allowed in the transition area. Absolutely no parents or non officials may enter the transition area once the transition area is closed for the start of the race.
  • It is your responsibility to know the course so please ensure that you / your children arrive in time for the race briefing and athletes and parents we suggest that you read the course descriptions carefully and if possible do a practice tour of the course before race day. On race day also check where you enter and leave transition for each part of the course and memorise where you need to put your bike when you come in from the bike.
  • Do not leave any equipment in transition which you do not need for the race such as bags, bike pumps or non race clothing.
  • You must at all times treat your fellow competitors, officials and volunteers and spectators / members of the public on the course with respect. If you are a victim of abuse by members of the public or experience dangerous driving then please report it to the race director and if possible obtain car / bike number plates and provide them to race officials. Avoid confrontation whenever possible.
  • Behave in a responsible and safe manner at all times.
  • Understand your body’s fuel requirements including for energy, electrolytes, hydration and post race recovery taking into account weather conditions and follow a plan.
  • You are responsible for determining whether you / your child are / is capable of completing the run course and have / has sufficient rules of the road awareness to run on roads which will not be closed to vehicular traffic.

POST RACE REFRESHMENTS AND AWARDS
Junior Triathlons
Refreshments and snacks after the junior race. Junior awards to be presented following the conclusion of their race and during the Olympic and Sprint Events.

BBQ following Olympic Distance and Sprint triathlons 
This year we will once again be hosting a catered BBQ following the conclusion of the Olympic race. The Olympic award presentation is planned for 11:30am. We invite all athletes to relax and enjoy lunch after the event and cheer on any and all other finishers!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Please contact andrew.davis@xlcatlin.com
QUESTIONS

email andrew.davis@xlcatlin.com

FLORA DUFFY RECORDS 10TH WTS WIN IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS IN YOKOHAMA AND MOVES TO THE TOP OF THE WTS STANDINGS -BUT SHE DID IT IN A DIFFERENT WAY.

FLORA SPECIALIZED BIKE PICFlora Duffy showed today that she can win in more than one way as she started the run with 8 other athletes and still left the field in her dust to win by another convincing margin of around 30 seconds with a blistering run.

The 1500 meter swim did not go quite as Flora might have liked as she emerged from the water with a group of athletes including some excellent runners. Another superb transition saw her exit transition with the USA’s Katie Zaferes and open up a 10 second lead after a lap. However the group behind was well organised and slowly reeled in the two leaders. A couple of mishaps that almost took out Flora left the group reduced to just 9 athletes with WTS points leader Kristin Kasper, 4th in Bermuda, ending up in hospital with a suspected broken wrist. Flora tried to surge again but was quickly reeled back in by the group who now had over a minute on a larger chasing group.

Flora, perhaps now confident in her run, settled in to the group conserving her energy for the first real test she has had for some time. The question now was just how good was her new found running prowess against the likes of the UK’s Non Stanford, a renowned runner.

And Flora wasted no time answering that question as she set a blistering pace in the opening 1km of the 10km run that only Zaferes could match. Zaferes however could simply not hold the pace and it soon became clear that Duffy was going to once again take top honours as she went into complete concentration and stuck to her relentless pace clocking off km after km without faltering and opening up a 30 second + gap on Zaferes and almost a minute on 3rd place Non Stanford with renowned runner Ashley Gentle of Australia running through from the 2nd group of the bike to take 4th.

Flora has shown for the past year that she could match the best on the run but the question was whether she could do it off the bike with a group of athletes. Answering that question with an emphatic “yes”: will only serve to boost her confidence still further and it was the kind of different test she needed to show what perhaps she has already shown that it is going to take something special to beat her on this form. The relentless pace she is setting on the bike and the effort it takes to catch up is certainly also a factor as she takes the sting out of the legs of the fastest runners without seemingly affecting her own run.

The fact that she admitted to feeling fatigued coming into this race and that most of the athletes in the lead group were fresh having not raced in Bermuda only showed just home dominant she is at the moment.

At press time the full splits are not available but don’t be surprised if in the final analysis Flora has the fastest run time, a massive statement.

Another great performance and she now sits atop of the rankings again and can take a well deserved rest eating sushi and seeing the sights of Tokyo for a couple of days, a city where in 2020 she hopes to realise her biggest dream of an Olympic gold medal.

GO DUFFY GO !

XL CATLIN NATIONAL OLYMPIC DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, SPRINT AND JUNIOR TRIATHLONS – REGISTRATION OPEN – RACE DETAILS BELOW.

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2018  XL CATLIN NATIONAL OLYMPIC DISTANCE TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS AND SPRINT AND JUNIOR TRIATHLONS FOR  INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS

DATE : SUNDAY 10TH JUNE 2018

VENUE : CLEARWATER BEACH, SOUTHSIDE, ST.DAVID’S.

TO ENTER GO TO : https://www.racedayworld.com/

RACE DETAILS

XL Catlin National Olympic (Standard) Distance Triathlon Championships
 Distances: 1.5 km swim / 40 km bike / 10 km run
 Age Groups: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
 Teams: Men, Women & Mixed Team (an individual participant can also swim for a team)

 Swim Course: The Olympic swim course will consist of 2 laps of a 750 meter triangle swim course.
 Bike Course: The course will consists of 8 out and back 5 km laps. Starting from transition, left past the fire station, up the hill toward Carter House and turning at the traffic circle.
 Run Course: Runners will exit transition, bearing right into Cooper Island Nature Reserve, following the marked course to the turn-around. Runners will then keep right exiting Cooper’s Island by Turtle Bay and following the road back to the turnaround near transition. 4 Laps

XL Catlin Sprint Triathlon :
 Age Groups: 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
 Distances: 750m swim / 20 km bike / 5 km run
 Teams: Men, Women & Mixed Team (an individual participant can also swim for a team)

 Swim Course: The Sprint swim course will consist of 1 lap respectively of a 750 meter triangle swim course.
 Bike Course: The bike course will consists of 4 out and back 5 km laps. Starting from transition, left past the fire station, up the hill toward Carter House and turning at the traffic circle.
 Run Course: Runners will exit transition and follow the road toward the Cooper Island Reserve. Runners will exit transition, bearing right into Cooper Island Nature Reserve, following the marked course to the turn-around. Runners will then keep right exiting Cooper’s Island by Turtle Bay and following the road back to the turnaround near transition. 2 Laps

XL Catlin Junior Triathlons
 (age 7-10) swim 100m / bike 5 km / run 1 km
 (age 11-15) swim 200m / bike 10 km / run 2 km
 (age 13-15) swim 375m / bike 10 km / run 2.5 km

 Swim Course:
o 7-11 swim course will be parallel to the beach
o 11-15 swim course will be parallel to the beach
o 13-15 swim course will be parallel to the beach – starting at Turtle bay

 Bike Course:
o 7-11 5km – One lap to the round-a-bout just past Carter House /
o 11-15 10km – Two laps to the round-a-bout just past Carter House
o 13-15 10km – Two laps to the round-a-bout just past Carter House

 Run Course
o 7-11 1km – Runners will exit transition and head toward Coopers Island. There will be a turnaround point at Turtle bay Beach. 1 Lap
o 11-15 2km – 2 Laps as detailed above
o 13-15 2km – 2 Laps as detailed above / or 1 lap of the adult run course (TBC)
Age Group note: An athlete’s age group on race day is based on the athlete’s age on the 31st of December 2018, not on the race day.

Entry Fees
• Junior Race – $25.00
• Team – $60.00 ***
• Olympic Individual – $40.00 ***

***Event Pricing includes the $10 one Day BTA membership Fee. If you are a member of the BTA Membership discount will apply at Checkout. (Not applicable to juniors)
All individual entries must be BTA members. https://racedayworld.com/bermuda-triathlon-association/

Number pickup
** Number Pickup will be Race morning at the event**
Late Registration will be available at number Pickup.

Post race refreshments and awards
Junior Event
Refreshments and snacks after the junior race. Junior awards to be presented following the conclusion of their race and during the Olympic and Sprint Events.

BBQ following Olympic Distance race
This year we will once again be hosting a catered BBQ following the conclusion of the Olympic race. The Olympic award presentation is planned for 11:30am. We invite all athletes to relax and enjoy lunch after the event and cheer on any and all other finishers!

Other Important Event Details

  •  Wetsuits will NOT be allowed unless the water temp is 72oF or below. It is anticipated that wetsuits will NOT be allowed based on historical water temp for June.
  • Transition closes promptly 15 minutes prior to race start
  • Race Briefing: prior to the start of each race
  • Swim cap required (and will be supplied at number pickup)
  • Helmets are mandatory,
  • No bare torso on bike or run
  • No drafting on bike
  • Refer to race rules and instructions downloadable fro http://www.bermudatriathlon.com

You must have a bike in good working order and an approved helmet that fits and clips in.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  – Please contact andrew.davis@xlcatlin.com
Questions (?) email andrew.davis@xlcatlin.com

CARIFTA GAMES TRIATHLON AND AQUATHLON (SWIM / RUN) FOR JUNIORS AGED 11 – 19 – SEPTEMBER 2018 – ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION

Please see below from the BTA :

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9 May 2018

2018 Carifta Triathlon and Aquathlon – Tobago – 29 and 30 September 2018

The Bermuda Triathlon Association is pleased to announce that Bermuda will be sending a team of young athletes to compete in the Carifta triathlon and aquathlon events to be held in Trinadad and Tobago (specifically Tobago) on 29 and 30 September 2018. The team will most likely travel to Tobago on 26 September and return on 1 October.

This will be the second Carifta Triathlon and Aquathon festival, and will attract teams from around the Caribbean.

The events and age groups, for both girls and boys, will be as follows (note age for all events is age as at 31 December 2018 – NOT age as at race day):

Triathlon
11-12yrs – 200m Swim, 5k Bike, 1.25k run (draft legal)
13-15yrs – 375m Swim, 10k Bike, 2.5k run (draft legal)
16-19yrs – 750m Swim, 20k Bike, 5k run (draft legal)

Aquathlon
11-12yrs – 250m swim, 1.25k run
13-15yrs – 500m swim, 2.5k run
16-19yrs – 1,000m swim, 5K run

We can enter 5 girls and 5 boys per age group in each event up to a maximum of 30 athletes in aggregate. Eligibility requires at least 12 months Bermuda residency.

There will also be a mixed relay event – relay teams will be selected by the race organizers at random so we will not be able to enter just Bermuda teams – all athletes from all participating countries will be mixed up into teams.

Preliminary entries have to be in by 30 June 2018, with final entries due by 30 August 2018.

To ensure the Bermuda team is as strong as possible, team selection will be determined on the following qualification/selection criteria:

Triathlon age 11-12, 13-15yrs and 16-19 yrs:

1. Participation and placing at the following events

10 June 2018: XL Catlin National Championships, Clearwater (age appropriate distance which means Sprint distance for 16-19)
18 June 2018: National Hero’s Day Home Event, Harrington Sound Dock (we can do age appropriate distances)
23 June 2018: Clarien Iron Kids, Clearwater (only available for athletes up to 15 yrs)

2. Attendance and finish time at not less than 4 of the Thursday night super sprint triathlons

3. Confirmation of at least 3hrs swim training per week with a club or swim instructor. Please provide 200m and 400m times if available;

4. Confirmation of 3 run sessions per week (Trihedz would count). Please provide 800m, 1500m, 1600m and/or 3000m times if available;

5. Participation in 3 competitive BBA scheduled bike races (any discipline).

Aquathlon age 11-12, 13-15 and 16-19 yrs

1. Confirmation of at least 4 hours swim training per week either with a club or swim instructor – please provide 400m or 800m times if available;

2. Confirmation of 3 run sessions per week – please provide 800m, 1500m, 1600m and/or 3000m times if available;

3. Participation in appropriate open water swim events.

Final team entries have to be submitted to the race organisers by 30 August 2018. Once the team has been selected, there will be mandatory training sessions for all team members during the month of September.

We are very grateful that Tokio Re have provisionally agreed to sponsor a Bermuda team attending this event which should help in reducing the cost of participation of each athlete. We will also be looking to organize some fund raising events.

We currently anticipate that Neil de ste Croix will travel as the team coach. There will also be a team manager and a number of chaperones depending on the ultimate size of the team. Parents will be welcome to attend, but we would like all the athletes to stay in the same hotel. In addition, there is an opportunity for an ITU Technical Official to accompany the team and officiate at the event.

Please advise by email to ipilgrim@mayflower.bm if you would like your athlete to be put on the long list for team selection. The long list will not be a commitment to attend nor a guarantee of selection, but will ensure you receive all future emails regarding the event. When responding, please confirm your athlete’s age as at 31 December 2018.

Kind regards,

Ian Pilgrim

FLORA DUFFY RACES ITU WORLD SERIES – YOKAHAMA THIS WEEKEND

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Flora Duffy winning WTS Yokahama in 2017

At 10 PM Bermuda time this Friday 11th May,  Flora Duffy will continue her quest for a third straight ITU World Series title as she lines up with a very strong field in WTS Yokahama, Japan.

After her accident in Abu Dhabi led to a DNF when leading the race Flora entered WTS Bermuda in 18th spot in the world rankings but another emphatic victory in Bermuda infront of an adoring home crowd has lifted her to 7th in the rankings ahead of WTS Yokahama. With 1000 points to the winner, Flora will be hoping to repeat her performance in Yokahama in 2017 when she got away on the bike with the UK’s Sophie Coldwell and then posted the third fastest run time to win by a record margin of 1 min 51 secs in a time of 1hr 56 mins 18 secs for the 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run.

The Yokahama course, like the Bermuda course, plays into Flora’s strengths with the 1500 meter swim allowing her the opportunity to break away with one or two others before heading out on the technical bike course. The technical nature of the bike course means that a small group of riders can negotiate the corners quicker than a larger chasing pack which, if Flora does get away with a small group, will allow the leading group to put time into the pack before the 10km run.

The field in Yokahama will be stronger than Bermuda and bigger, with 54 athletes taking to the start line. It will also include Ashleigh Gentle, who was not in Bermuda but is the only person to beat Flora in 2017 and is perhaps the fastest runner in the field. Vicky Holland (UK) and Katie Zaferes (USA) who were involved in an exciting sprint finish in Bermuda to take 2nd and 3rd place respectively, will also be on the start line. Returning to Yokahama after missing Bermuda, will be Australian Natalie Van Coervorden who was an impressive 3rd in Abu Dhabi and since then has won the Oceania Triathlon Championships.

Japanese triathletes are known to perform well infront of home crowds so expect Yuko Sato, ranked 4 in the world and who was 7th in Bermuda, and Yuko Takahashi, ranked 5 in the world and who was 5th in Bermuda, to be in contention for top honours.

Rachel Klamer, who by her standards was a disappointing 12th in Bermuda, will be hoping to bounce back to the form that saw her win Abu Dhabi. Klamer is currently ranked 2nd in the world and is a strong all round athlete with a very strong bike and run . I suspect Bermuda was just one of those bad days and on current form she might present Flora with the biggest challenge if there isn’t a split in the field or if she ends up coming into T2 with Flora.

If Flora is to get support on the bike then it is likely to come from the current ITU Series No.1 ranked athlete, Kirsten Kasper of the USA, who was 4th in Abu Dhabi and 4th in Bermuda. Kasper was distanced on the first lap of the bike by Flora in Bermuda but on the Yokahama course might be able to stay with Flora and take turns at the front. Kasper is not however as strong a runner as Flora so a break with Kasper would be the ideal scenario for Flora.

If the race comes down to a larger group going onto the run then Flora, with her much improved run ( she had the fastest run split in Bermuda despite he effort of riding solo in windy conditions and with 10 Corkscrew Hills to climb) will still be one of the favorites to take the win.

For those wishing to watch the race live it can be streamed by going to Triathlonlive.tv and subscribing for the rest of the season’s races for approximately $30.

Nick Pilgrim 4th and Caleb Ingham 23rd at USAT Richmond Youth Elite Series race

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Nick Ingham (foreground) and Caleb Ingham ( matching outfit just behind Nick) entering T1 with the lead swimmers today.

Nick Pilgrim and Caleb Ingham continued their excellent performances in a US Youth Elite Triathlon race today as they took 4th and 23rd place respectively out of 80 starters in the East Coast Triathlon in Richmond, Virginia.

Both Bermuda juniors got off to a solid start emerging from the 375 meter swim in  4 min 51 sec ( Caleb – 2nd) and 4 min 53 secs (Nick – 3rd) just a few seconds behind the lead swimmer.

Jack Larkin who came out of the water in 4:55 set a hard pace to follow on the bike with a 14:12 split for the 10km two lap course with Eli Hopenfeld joining him into T2 with a 14:02 split.

Behind them a small group entered T2 that included Nick who posted a 14:33 split. Caleb fell off the lead pace on the bike with a 15:21 split.

In Nick’s group, Ethan Nordman distanced Nick and and two others on the 2.5km run and in an exciting finish just caught Larkin at the line to win by one second in 29:38 with a 8:42 run. Andrew Flynn (8:49 run – 29:45 finish)) held off Nick by just 10 seconds for the final podium as Nick finished in 29:45 with a 8:57 run.

Caleb finished with a solid 10:14 run for a total time of 32:06.

The event was run by Endorphin Fitness, the coaching firm that coaches both Bermuda juniors.

Caleb has already results of 13th (Clermont F1 Youth Elite) and 14th (Sarasota Youth Elite) with Nick finishing in 2nd in Clermont and 10th in Sarasota.

Nick was also 2nd overall and Caleb 4th overall in last weekend’s MS Amlin World Cup age group sprint triathlon.

Nick was also first overall in the recent Good Friday Triathlon in Bermuda competing against an adult field.

The two 15 year olds ( Caleb turned fifteen today, Sunday 6th May) continue to impress as they take on many of the USA’s best youth elite athletes.