Feb 21 – 29, 2020 – JASPER BLAKE AND MIKE NEILL BERMUDA TRIATHLON CAMP
This popular camp run by Victoria based coaches and former professional triathletes Jasper Blake and Mike Neill has been running for 10 years and always attracts a large number of local, and the occasional overseas, triathletes. Look out for details. Sessions are run early mornings, lunchtimes and evenings during the week with other weekend sessions and this camp is for beginners up to experienced triathletes.
Feb 22 or 29, 2020 – Bermuda Triathlon Association Annual Prize Giving Dinner
BE ON HAND FOR A GREAT EVENING IN WHICH THE BTA RECOGNIZE ITS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS AND AWARDS ARE HANDED OUT FOR VARIOUS CATEGORIES SUCH AS MOST IMPROVED AND BEST NEWCOMER TRIATHLETES AND SENIOR AND JUNIOR TRIATHLETES OF THE YEAR.
THERE IS ALSO ALWAYS AN OUTSTANDING GUEST SPEAKER FROM THE WORLD OF TRIATHLON AND A RAFFLE AND AUCTION. LOOK OUT FOR DETAILS.
St.George’s today ( Monday 4th November) hosted the Bank of Bermuda Foundation Triathlon but in its new team relay format.
The exciting new format saw teams of 2 adults and 2 juniors (aged 8-16) as well as school teams compete in a relay format with each competitor completing a 200 meter swim, 4.5km bike and 1.2 km run.
The Open Category was won by the team of Fenella Wightman, Tommy Marshall, Jessie Marshall and Nick Pilgrim. First School team (and second overall) was composed of Warwick’s Daria Desmond, Callum MacFarland, Bella Howes, and Rory Fleming. And the winner of the Family category was Dominic Wright, Jacob Wright, Caroline Wright, and Adam Hopkin.
Tyler Butterfield produced a strong race on Saturday in the Florida Ironman to finish 7th overall in 8hrs 5 mins 38 secs.
Tyler, along with eventual winner Joe Skipper of the UK trailed ,the leaders out of the swim by around 2 1/2 minutes with a 53 minutes flat time. Skipper, a strong cyclist, began to make inroads into the leaders but Tyler was unable to match that pace, recording a 4 hr 21min 42 sec 180km bike to Skipper’s 4:05:51.
Tyler did however produce the 3rd fastest run time completing the marathon in 2:42:48 but he had too much time to make up to break into the top three.
Skipper clocked 2:39:01 for the run to take the win in 7:46:28 over Ben Hoffman who despite the fastest run of the day (2:36:09) gave up too much time to Skipper on the bike and finished in 7:48:29.
Andrew Starykowicz had a very fast 4:01:19 for the bike which gave him over 8 minutes over Skipper going into the run but he is to a renowned runner and his 2:58:36 run dropped him into 3rd place.
Zoe Roberts almost competed for Bermuda finishing a very creditable 26th in her 40-44 age group.
Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield will be on the start line tomorrow, Saturday 2nd November, at Ironman Florida as he looks to qualify for the 2020 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in October of next year.
Tyler will have his work cut out though if he is to get that one elusive qualifying spot as if the start list is correct he will line up with this year’s Ironman World Championships 4th place finisher, the USA’s Ben Hoffman and 6th place finisher Joe Skipper from the UK. Also in the field is highly regarded US athlete Matt Russell, 17th in Kona this year, and the experienced Rudi Wild who was 2nd in the 2019 Hamburg Ironman.
Tyler showed with his recent win in Cozumel in an Ironman 70.3 race that he has good form but he will be the first to admit that the longer Ironman distance is a very different challenge and it remains to be seen whether he has the level of fitness required to upstage the favorites. It will take a special race from him but if he is there or thereabouts going into the run and has the endurance needed he showed in Cozumel that he can run with the best of them.