Sadly Bermuda’s participation in the ITU Age Group World Champs was reduced to three athletes with injury and illness ruling out Alec Shepherd and Stuart Osborne.
Lea Osborne (Female 55-59 Sprint) 40th in 1hr 33 mins 04 secs
Alan Potts ( Men 40-44 Standard) 84th in 2 hrs 29 mins 08 secs.
Becci Shepherd ( Female 45-49 Standard) 50th in 2hrs 51min 10 secs
Here is Lea Osborne’s race report :
The conditions were ideal for the Sprint event on Saturday 31 August.
The lake temperature at Bellerive peaked at just above 22° C (71.6F) on the morning of the race which meant that wetsuits were not allowed.The 750 swim was a water start with the entire ladies 55 – 59 age group (72 of us) making up one wave.The transitions were long (378 metres on my Garmin) and I lost a lot time on some of the other ladies who are able to start with their shoes attached to the pedals and therefore run barefooted with their bikes and not in slippery cleats. I loved the bike course which was 2 x 10k laps with one steep hill and a couple of gentler ones plus a short steep downhill. I lost more valuable time locating my bike spot in T2 (no excuse really) It was getting quite hot by the time I reached the run, which I had wrongly assumed would be a flat route along the lake and back. The course actually veered off through a park with some nasty little hills thrown in.
It was so great to be part of such a huge and well organised event, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Lausanne is a beautiful place, and the weather cooperated perfectly.
The air and lake temperature have both dropped dramatically since we left on Monday.