Sharon Hammond led home the team of Missfits Bermuda ladies as they raced over the standard (Olympic) distance (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run and Sprint Distance (750m, 20km, 5km) in Key West, Florida on Saturday 6th December. Sharon won the Ladies 45-49 age group.Also on the podium were Sharon Craig (2nd 50-44), Jen Wilson (3rd in 35-39) and Liz Peckett (3rd 45-49).
Flora Duffy arrived in Maui this week hoping to add the Xterra Triathlon World Championship title this Sunday 26th October to her already impressive record in offroad triathlon in 2014.
Having won the US National Xterra Championships this month and also in 2014 three USA Regional Xterra Championships, the Oceania XTerra Championships and the South African Xterra Championships and finished 2nd in the ITU Cross World Championships Flora will start as one of the favorites.
For the third straight year the XTERRA Worlds course will traverse Maui Land & Pineapple Company’s 22,000-acre Kapalua oasis. There are changes from last year, however, to the bike course.
SWIM DISTANCE: 1.5-kilometers (0.93 miles)
MOUNTAIN BIKE DISTANCE: 32 Kilometers (20 miles) on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains
TRAIL RUN DISTANCE: 10 Kilometers (6.1 miles)
Scotland’s Lesley Paterson, the 2011 and 2012 Xterra World Champion has been battling injuries and Lyme’s Disease and will not be on the start line but New Zealand’s Nikki Samuels, the 2013 Xterra World Champion will be along with Barbara Riveros of Chile who was 4th last year and Emma Garrard of the USA .Flora’s bike has improved this year and she is running strongly. Last year she gave up crucial time on the bike to Nikki Samuels and got caught almost on the line by Paterson to finish 3rd, but barring any spills, flats or mechanical problems and if Flora’s swim and bike go to form she should take a lead going into the run this year and would then be hard to catch.
To find out if Flora will become Bermuda’s first ever professional triathlon world champion log on to the link below on Sunday. The race gets underway at 4PM Bermuda time, which is 9M in Maui.
With Karen Smith becoming Bermuda’s first ever amateur age group world champion this week, what a month it would be for Bermuda if Flora were to claim her first world championships !!
Here are Kent Richardson and Julia Hawley’s race reports from this Sunday 7th September’s race in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Hey, great race course for the bike. It was not so technical but it was still hard. The run was almost a 10 miler with very very steep hills. I had a great swim and after bike was entering transition 5 or 6 place overall but lost places on the run, but very happy all in all 11 overall.
Dave, I had a great race and managed to get a Maui world championship spot!! I was 2nd female overall going in to run but I knew my run was not where it should be as I have been injured since Hawaii last year and not done any racing or run training until now! It was an xterra with a very long and hard run. Bit of a cold start to the day and it was a rough swim.
The excitement on the trip was seeing 2 bears on the bike course when we did this a couple of days before the race. The first scared us but we kept riding, the 2nd we turned around and found the nearest road and got off the trail!!
Julia Hawley finished 5th overall( she was the sole entry in the female 50-59 age group) out of 10 women starters today, Sunday 7th September, in the inaugural XTerra Sleeping Giant Triathlon over a 1km swim, 23.5 km mountain bike and 17km cross country run.
Kent Richardson finished 10th overallout of 38 male starters and 2nd in the male 50-59 age group out of 5 starters.
ALL WOMEN AND TOP TEN MEN RESULTS BELOW
Shown : Overall position, bib #, Age Group, Overall position (again !!), Total Time, Swim rank, Swim time, T1 rank, T1 time, Bike rank, Bike time, T2 rank, T2 time, Run rank, Run time.
Here is Karen Smith’s race report from the Ironman 70.3 World Championships raced today, 7th September at which she finished 8th ( see earlier post today).
The race went fairly well. The swim was good for me but a little crowded trying to get through some of the earlier waves. I felt great on the bike but lots of drafting. Once we got to the highway there was a significant head wind but it was a little flatter and this is where big, no actually huge pelotons formed of 40-50 people. I was disappointed that I never saw a marshall once! There were women riding right on my wheel for miles. It was pretty much a bike race until we got to the hills again where people got dropped,thankfully. I started my run but I knew right away it was going to be a challenge. The hills were tough. I just couldn’t run fast. I wanted to get moving but the legs refused. I couldn’t expect a good run so just kind of got through it. I’m happy enough. Lots of people thought this course was hard!
Karen Smith will be on the start line tomorrow, Sunday 7th September, at Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships ( 45-49 age group).
Karen doesn’t know how she will perform as she was unable to train in China whilst there as triathlon team manager for the Youth Olympic Games. However, she has an impressive record in Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races including a 3rd place finish in 2010 in the Ironman World Championships in the 40-44 age group and numerous age group wins and podium finishes and her experience will count for a lot on Sunday.
To follow Karen click on the link below and go to results and then “athlete tracker” and put in Smith in the athlete surname section :
All 12 of Bermuda’s starters today ( 1st September) in the Age Group Triathlon World Championships for the Standard (Olympic) distance finished the race.
Leading the way was Maria Duffy who finished 18th out of 28 finishers in the 60-64 Age Group in 3 hrs 2 mins 25 secs.
Phil Mace produced a very impressive time of 2 hrs 13 mins 41 secs to place 29th out of 68 finishers in the Mens 35-39 age group, one of the most competitive age groups, whilst Amber Mehta finished in 2 hrs 29 mins and 52 secs to take 31st place out of 55 finishers in the Female 35-39 age group
Other results were :
Duncan Scott ( Men 50-54) 2.35.51 71st / 81 finishers
Ben Lau (Men 45-49) 2.45.34 72nd / 75
Charles Duffy (Men 60-64) 2.42.45 30th / 40
Jen Wilson (Female 35-39) 2.46.19 50th / 55
Alex Wilberz (Female 40-44) 2.56.27 53rd / 54
Kandis Matthews (Female 35-39) 2.46.47 51st / 55
Kristen Palmer ( Female 25-29) 2.36.08 50th / 63
Seamus Fearon ( Men 30-34) 2.21.38 48th / 62
Neil Lupsic (Men 35-39) 2.24.08 52nd / 68
FULL RESULTS AND SPLITS CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW AND PUTTING IN THE AGE GROUP IN THE “Chose a Result List” scroll down box.
Julia Hawley and Kent Richardson will take on the Sleeping Giant XTerra Triathlon at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada on 7th September 2014. The park is so named because the peninsula where it sits resembles a sleeping Giant.
Well now that the individual triathlon races are all complete, the athletes are getting ready for the 4 persons mixed relay. The teams are based on the ITU regions and have been formed based on the individual results. For example, the top two men from the Americas and the top two women from the Americas will form a team Americas 1. Similarly, the third and fourth best men and women in the region will form Americas 2. Tyler is on team Americas 3 with teammates from Brazil, El Savador and Venezuela. Erica is on Team World 2 with teammates from Zimbabwe and Solomon Islands.
The relays start off with the female and alternates male/female/male. The distances are 250m swim, 6.6km run, and 1.8km run for each person.
It is a very fast race with lots of excitement and change in lead positions. This race is very spectator friendly.
The Athletes were allowed to practice the course today. The swim start and finish is the same as for the individual race, but just shorter. The bike course goes in a different direction and offers more corners, bridges and narrow passages. The run is different also but uses some of the previous bike course.
During the relay, once a team member is tagged, he or she can do a running/flying dive off the pontoon. This was very entertaining to watch the athletes practice this today. Some were launching themselves 20 feet out, doing belly flops, going way too deep or doing flips. The athletes really had some fun taking turns practicing it. It is not a skill that is typically practiced, however some refinement on this technique is probably warranted!
It was really great to see the athletes having fun with their competitors and being a little more relaxed. They take the relay seriously but you can see that the nerves are not nearly as intense as the previous days.
Tyler had a respectable race today in Nanjing in the Men’s individual sprint triathlon. He struggled in the swim with a time of 9:48 for the 750m. Coming out of T1 he was 4 seconds back of the eventual winner Ben Dijkstra, however the gap to the main pack opened up quickly with riders trying to to break away early. Tyler fell back to the chase pack of riders, and along with the Russian triathlete did the majority of the work on the bike to bridge the gap to the riders who had fallen off the tail end of the main pack. After a couple of unsuccessful break away attempts his group entered T2 together a minute down of the lead pack. His bike time was 29:32 for the 20k bike.
Tyler had a quick T2 but missed putting his helmet in his basket and was given a 10 Sec penalty. He ran well off the bike and served his penalty on the second lap. His run time was 17:43 for 5k , Coincidently he was running beside the Belgium athlete who also had to serve a penalty. They served it together and then had to sprint 100m to the finish. If was an exciting finish and although Tyler was out sprinted, he was very happy with his performance which was a personal best time of 58:11 and 19th overall
The relay event will take place on Thursday, August 21st and both Tyler and Erica Hawley will be competing.