TYLER BUTTERFIELD TAKES SILVER MEDAL AT IRONMAN 70.3 COZUMEL, MEXICO

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TYLER BUTTERFIELD – 2017 FILE PHOTO

Tyler Butterfield continued his fine season and preparation for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in two weeks time, with an excellent 2nd place finish today, Sunday 30th September, at the Ironman 70.3 Cozumel in Mexico.

Tyler exited the swim in a strong time of 22 min 16 secs, 1:20 ahead of eventual winner, Austria’s Michael Weiss. Weiss, a multiple time Ironman winner in 2018, used his renowned strong bike leg to catch Tyler on the bike and then open up a cushion on Tyler going into the run, posting a time of 2 hrs 00 mins 52 secs to Tyler’s 2 : 07 : 47. Tyler was riding well up near the front early on the bike but I have no indication on whether he just lost time or got a flat or mechanical before T2.

Tyler clawed back time on the run, moving up from 5th of the bike, with a 1:16:11 posting to Weiss 1:18:51 but it was not enough to take the win. Tyler finished in 3hr 49 min 25 secs to Weiss’ 3:47:14.

FULL RESULTS AT WWW.IRONMAN.COM

 

NO SURPRISES AS GORDON AND COUPER TAKE TOP HONOURS IN TMR TRIATHLON

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ADSY GORDON CROSSING THE LINE TODAY IN THE TMR TRIATHLON

In windy conditions in Hamilton, Adsy Gordon and Ashley Couper (Estwanik ) lived up to their pre race favorite tags as they were crowned male and female champions today, Sunday 30th September, in the popular Tokio Millenium Re Triathlon.

 

Adsy, the Australian coach and professional triathlete visiting Bermuda to conduct a triathlon camp, posted the fastest 750m swim in the individual event and never looked back as he also posted the fastest individual event and overall bike time and the fastest individual event run time to win comfortably in 1 hr 33 secs. As expected, behind Adsy there was a real battle for local honours with Phil Mace, the 2018 Bermuda National Standard Distance Triathlon Champion, finishing 2nd in 1 hr 7 mins 09 secs with Alan Potts just catching Corey Bruton to take third in 1 hr 07 mins 53 secs. Alan trailed Phil by over 2 minutes going into the bike but clawed back a minute and a half going into the run only for Phil to slightly extend his lead on the run. Corey finished just 5 secs behind Alan in 1 hr 07 min 58 secs as his run time fell 9 seconds short of Alan’s time.

In the race for overall women’s honours Ashley , who is coming back from injury, was made to work hard for the win by the impressive Maddie Durkin. Maddie exited the water 1 min 13 secs ahead of Ashley and then extended her lead on the bike to over 1 min 30 secs. Ashley however used her superior running skills to real in Maddie on the run and in the end had a cushion on the gutsy Maddie as she finished 8th overall in 1 hr 11 min 06 secs to Maddie’s 1:13:18 (10th overall). Louise Wells (13th overall), fresh from her excellent age group performance in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in South Africa rounded out the top three with a fine 1 hr 16 min 00 sec time with Laura Norman 4th.

Two of the performances of the day came from 66 year old Maria Duffy and 59 year old Kent Richardson, two incredibly dedicated triathletes. Kent was 9th overall in 1:12:54 and Maria 28th overall and 9th woman in 1:24:54.

Butterfield and Vallis Team 1, consisting of Steve Petty, Mark Lombardi and Spencer Butterfield were the overall men’s team winners. Melissa Logie, Allison Petty and Karen Smith ( Team MAK) won the female team title. Easily the fastest team of the day were the Mixed Team winners of Eileen Mullwoney (with the fastest swim of the day), Kwame Curling (with the 2nd fastest bike) and Dennis Mbelenzi (with the fastest run).

Paul Hayward and Linda Yorston were the Tri a Tri winners with Zak Froud, Zander Miller and Nirobi Smith Mills of Saltus winning the school triathlon and the team of Ava Pedro and Jessica Allitlt won the school duathlon.

FOR FULL RESULTS AND MORE PHOTOS GO TO WWW.BERMUDATIMING.BM

MORE ON THE JUNIOR EVENTS AT THE TMR IN A LATER POSTING.

CARIFTA GAMES – BERMUDA JUNIORS RESULTS AND PHOTOS

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CARIFTA GAMES 2018 BERMUDA TEAM

THANKS TO IAN PILGRIM FOR THE RESULTS, INFORMATION AND PHOTOS

As already reported Bermuda’s Triathlon / Aquathlon Team at the 2018 Carifta Games in Trinidad and Tobago took home four medals on the opening day of these games with Jasmin Hasselkuss and Nick Pilgrim taking gold, Bella Howes giving herself a great birthday present by taking bronze and Ashley Irby taking silver.

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READY TO RACE – CARIFTA GAMES 2018

However the other team members also performed admirably. Full results of day 1 below :

11-12 Girls Triathlon (23 competitors) (200m swim, 5K bike, 1.25K run)

1st – Jasmin Hasselkuss
3rd – Bella Howes (on her birthday)
4th – Daria Desmond
15th – Ava Gabai-Maiato
17th – Fenella Wightman

11-12 Boys Triathlon (22 Competitors) (200m swim, 5K bike, 1.25K run)

6th Rory Fleming
9th Callum Macfarlane

13-15 Girls Triathlon (21 Competitors) (355m swim, 10K bike, 2.5K run)

4th – Zoe Hasselkuss
7th – Liana Medeiros
11th – Amber Simons
18th – Megan Hands

13-15 Boys Triathlon (32 Competitors) (355m swim, 10K bike, 2.5K run)

1st– Nick Pilgrim
4th – Tommy Marshall
10th– Caleb Ingham
13th– Brian Desmond
24th – Enshe-Nico Davis

16-19 Girls Aquathlon (9 competitors) (1000m swim, 5km run)

2nd – Ashley Irby

7th  – Jessie Marshall

Full results at http://www.odesseytiming.com/

 

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READY TO RACE – CARIFTA GAMES 2018

The Bermuda Team’s performance today places them second in the points table with 29 points, with Guadaloupe leading the points table with 47. Next is Trinidad and Tobago with 15 points (the T&T team is 42 strong).

Adsy Gordon and Ashley Estwanik favorites for tomorrow’s Tokio Millenium Re Triathlon

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Adsy Gordon

Visiting professional triathlete Adsy Gordon of Australia will add interest to tomorrow’s Tokio Millenium Re Triathlon as he lines up in a strong field of local athletes. Adsy has been in Bermuda conducting his 2nd annual triathlon camp and has been putting a group of athletes, senior and juniors, through their paces this week, partly in preparation for this popular race.

As recently as 28th August Adsy finished 7th overall in the Ballina Triathlon in Australia in 59 min 19 secs and he will he hard to beat on Sunday. Leading the local men’s challenge will be Phil Mace, the first Bermudian finisher at the ITU World Cup amateur race and the 2018 National Standard Distance Triathlon Champion, defending 2017 TMR winner Matt Thompson, who has however been recovering from a leg fracture, Alan Potts, 2nd last year in this event by 30 seconds, and Geoff Smith, who will be hoping that his usually outstanding bike leg puts him in position for a podium spot. Others to watch will be Will Green and Alex Kronenburg.

Ashley Estwanik, although only recently recovering from an ankle operation, should still be a strong favorite to take overall female honours with Maddie Durkin and a resurgent Laura Norman likely to take the other podium positions.

TOKIO MILLENIUM TRIATHLON ON TOMORROW

The Tokio Millenium Re Triathlon (also known now as the TMR Triathlon) gets underway tomorrow, Sunday 30th September, in Hamilton in what has proved to be the most popular race of the year in recent years.

Tokio Millenium Re have been fantastic sponsors of triathlon in Bermuda for many years now supporting not only our professional triathletes, Flora Duffy and Tyler Butterfield, but also the junior duathlon at the 2017 ITU World Cup weekend and also a number of junior camps.

Sunday’s race is however their flagship event focused around the transition point at Albuoys Point . The main senior event gets proceddings underway tomorrow with a 750m trangular swim in Hamilton Harbour starting and finishing at Albuoys Point . The 5 lap 20km bike takes participants left on Pitts Bay, onto Gorham Road and back down to Front Street via Bermudiana Road before headong out on Front Street and East Broadway to a turn point at Crow Lane then back the same route for the start of the next lap. The 5km run will then then take competitors along Front Street to King Street and back for three out and back laps.

As well as individual categories for the overall podium and age groupd categories from 16-19 to 60+, there will be teams competing in male, female, mixed, reinsurance and corporate categories.

There will also be a short Tri a Tri Triathlon at 8.05 PM aimed at newcomers to the sport with juniors competing in duathlons ( run / bike run) and getting underway at 10.10.

7-10 year olds will race over 1km run, 4km bike and 1km run in both mountain bike and racing bike categories. 11-15 year olds will race over 2km run 8km bike and 2km run in the same categories.

There is also a school category.

BERMUDA STRIKE GOLD AT CARIFTA GAMES

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Nick Pilgrim (front) shown competing in Richmond USA this year

Jasmine Hasselkuss (girls 11-12 triathlon) and Nick Pilgrim ( 13-15 boys’ triathlon) got Bermuda off to a fantastic start at the 2019 Carifta Games today by taking gold medals in their events.

Bermuda’s Bella Howes also got on the podium in the girls 11-12 age group as she took the bronze medal. Relative newcomer Ashley Irby took an impressive silver medal in the girls Aquathlon ( run / swim).

Bermuda produced some other top ten results today and full results and pictures will follow.