See race report below from the ITU website (www.triathlon.org):
Germany’s own Katrin Müller capitalized on her recent European championship title to make big moves on a challenging bike course to win her first ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Zittau. Flora Duffy (BER) joined Müller on the podium for the first time with silver while reigning champion Helena Erbenova (CZE) settled for bronze.
Duffy kicked off the day by dousing the competition on the swim with her wake, propelling herself to a whopping 23 second lead over Olympic bronze medallist Erin Densham (AUS). Nobody came close to the pair, with Müller exiting the lake next a massive 1:35 down.
Sylvia Van Tromp joined Müller in the first transition, but the rest of the field was already at a disadvantage of more than 2:30. It looked as if the day would end before it really began for two-time champ Erbenova, as she exited the swim nearly six minutes behind Duffy.
But a massive climb & treacherous bike changed the game, with Müller managing to move more than a minute ahead of the competition midway through the bike. Duffy worked diligently to maintain a top position, but Densham didn’t fare as well, falling more than five minutes back.
While Duffy did work alone on the bike, behind her the trio of Emma Garrard (USA), Jacqueline Slack (GBR) and Chantell Widney (CAN) toughed it out together more than three minutes down.
The tough ride didn’t slow Müller down, as the German scorched up and down the mountain for a 2:39 lead over Duffy. With just a one-loop 9km run to go, the race was Müller’s to lose. Although Duffy made up slight ground, it wasn’t nearly enough to reel in the German, who won by 2:18. Duffy took silver, while Erbenova managed to run herself into bronze.
Erica Hawley did herself and Bermuda proud as she finished the Youth Olympic GamesTriathlon despite crashing on the bike in the wet and windy conditions. Evidently a few girls went down. Despite suffering the crash and road rash Erica finished 29th out of 32 finishers.
Team manager Karen Smith reported :
Today,Erica had an excellent swim and was right in the mix coming out in 21st. She had a crash on the first lap of the bike as the roads were wet and slippery and the back wheel gave way. Like a true champion she jumped backed on and rode in the next pack. She had a fast run and finished very strongly. Everyone is super proud of her ! The crash was disappointing and it gave her some road rash but she will be ready for revenge at the relay event.
It’s 9AM in Nanjing China on Sunday 17th August 2014 ( 10PM Bermuda time) and Erica Hawley is underway at the Youth Olympic Games Triathlon.
Here is Erica in transition getting ready to race. Follow link below to follow race if shown live ! Results later at http://www.triathlon.org.Tyler Smith races at 10PM Sunday 17th August Bermuda time which is 9AM on Monday 18th August 2014 Nanjing, China time.
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Chris Eaton and Matt Thompson race this weekend (Sunday 17th August 2014) at the Subaru Ironman North American Championships.
The quaint, rustic village of Mont-Tremblant is home to the North American IRONMAN Championships. The surrounding area is known for its hiking, skiing, kayaking, golfing and cycling—making it an idyllic location for IRONMAN athletes and their families and friends. The village of Mont-Tremblant and its surrounding communities offer a walkable, easily navigable location for all your race-week activities.
Athletes will start the 2.4-mile (3.8 km) swim in Tremblant Lake, which in August boasts comfortably warm, wetsuit-legal temperatures. The quarter-mile run to T1 is lined with a soft red carpet, and cheering spectators. The two-loop, 112-mile (180 km) bike course runs through Mont-Tremblant’s forests and low lying mountains, offering challenging elevations and highly spectator-friendly vantage points. The two-loop, 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run course takes full advantage of the famous Le P’tit Train du Nord, a former railway bed turned into the longest linear park in Canada. The crushed gravel is soft on the feet, and lined with enthusiastic spectators. The run takes runners past a waterfall alongside Tremblant Lake and into the heart of the pedestrian village of Tremblant Resort.
Follow their progress tomorrow by clicking on athlete tracker button below and entering their surname. Age group waves start at 7.42 Bermuda time on Sunday 17th August 2014.
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The individual triathlon event (men and women) will take place on Sunday 29 June 2015
An optional relay (400m swim, 6km cycle and 1.5km run) will be scheduled later in the week.
Both events will be non-drafting, and ITU rules will apply.
Competitors must be 18 years of age by 31 December 2015.
Competitors will be responsible for their own expenses.
Interested athletes will need to meet qualifying times (provisionally 2:30 for women and 2:20 for men).
The past two days have been spent visiting the race site for triathlon and getting to practice on the course. Tyler and Erica’s bikes were delivered to the race site from the airport, so we were relieved to see them in the triathlon tent waiting for us. Some other athletes were not so lucky as their bikes were delivered to the road cycling venue in error. Count your blessings as anyone who travels with a bike knows the uncertainty in it arriving!
The race course is stunning. The swim is in a small warm (25C non wetsuit) lake called Lake Xuanwu , just outside the gates of Nanjing’s dynasty wall. The wall was built 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty and has been well maintained. The finish line is just at the gates and provides a stunning backdrop. Xuanwu Lake is also a beautiful park in the middle of a busy city. No cars have ever driven in there. The road is narrow and was cobblestoned but has ben paved for this race. It’s a very technical course with 180 degree turns, going across 5 ancient bridges and a looped overpass. Both Tyler and Erica like the 4 looped course and think it will be fast. The run is equally beautiful and follows part of the bike course before running through the gardens. The two loop run will provide lots of excitement for the spectators.
The opening ceremonies are on Saturday evening. Tyler and Erica have another short training session in the morning. Erica races at 9am on Sunday (10pm Saturday Bermuda time) and Tyler races at 9am on Monday (10pm Bermuda time on Saturday). Life is busy in the village .
Erica and Tyler are both very responsible athletes and handling the experience with maturity, and have finally realized that they are the stars of the show.
Flora Duffy, who is competing at the ITU World Championships in Edmonton in the womens professional division, will be joined by 14 age group hopefuls, including mum and dad Maria and Charlie, competing in Age Group divisions in both the Sprint and Olympic (Standard) distances :
Competing on August 29th in the Sprint event will be :
Steven Petty ( 60-64),Joel Matthews (30-35).
Competing on 1st September in the Olympic (Standard) distance will be :
Maria Duffy (60-64), Charlie Duffy ( 60-64), Jen Wilson ( 35-39), Alex Wilberz (40-44), Kandis Mathews ( 35-39), Kristen Palmer ( 25-29), Amber Mehta (35-39), Duncan Scott (50 – 54) and Ben Lau ( 45-49), Seamus Fearon (30-34), Neil Lupsic ( 35-39) and Philip Mace ( 35-39).