JUNIORS SHINE IN USA

Erica Hawley, Tyler Smith, Alex Pilgrim and Nick Pilgrim continued to impress in their overseas events.

Nick Pilgrim raced on Saturday (12th July) and finished a very impressive 2nd in the Hy -Vee Kids Fit Triathlon in Des Moines Iowa. See splits and full results at link below :

NICK PILGRIM RESULTS PAGE – HY – VEE KIDS 2014

NICK PILGRIM - HVEE KIDS TRIATHLON 2014
NICK PILGRIM – HVEE KIDS TRIATHLON 2014

Erica Hawley, 16 years old, and Tyler Smith, 15, competed in the very competitive Flatlands Cup Draft Legal Junior Elite Triathlon fr 16 – 19 year olds in Des Moines which attracted many of the USA’s top triathletes. Despite being two of the younger competitors both Erica and Tyler showed that their experience competing at this level abroad is paying dividends as they posted impressive times and results.

Erica was 17th out of 48 in 1 hr 6 mins 27 secs with the winner being Taylor Knibb in 1 : 02 :14.
Tyler was 20th out of 65 in 1 hr 27 secs, almost breaking the magic 1 hour. The race was won by Brent Demarest in 56 mins 23 secs.

For splits and results pages for Erica and Tyler go to the links below and click on “go to results by division:

ERICA HAWLEY RESULTS PAGES – FLATLANDS 2014

TYLER SMITH FLATLANDS RESULT – 2014

Last but not least, after two impressive results in the UK, Alex Pilgrim finished 17th in 34 mins 26 secs in a field of 73 in the Flatlands Cup Draft Legal Youth Elite Triathlon. The race was won by Evan Parres in 32 mins 11 secs. This year Alex has already raced Parres who has been dominant in youth elite races.

Go to link below for Alex’s splits and results page. When there click on “go to results by division”:

ALEX PILGRIM – FLATLANDS CUP RESULT 2014

BTA team to World Age Group Triathon Championships 2014

The Bermuda Triathlon Association will be represented by 15 athletes in the Age Group competitions at the World Triathlon Championships 2014 in Edmonton, Canada. They will join Flora Duffy who will be competing in the Women’s Elite World Championships on Saturday 30th August

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), Mark Robinson (30-34), Amber Mehta (35-39), Duncan Scott (50 – 54) and Ben Lau ( 45-49)

AND

Competing in BOTH events will be :

Seamus Fearon (30-34), Neil Lupsic ( 35-39) and Philip Mace ( 35-39).

Neill / Blake 2015 Triathlon Camp

The always popular BTA Annual Neill / Blake Triathlon Camp 2015 dates have been set for 1st to 8th February so save these dates in your calendar.

Neill / Blake Camp
Neill / Blake Camp

Christine Fletcher , one of the B78 coaches who coaches a number of Bermuda’s triathletes, will be joining Mike and Jasper this year.

The camp will as always be for all ability levels and full details and sign up forms will be out in the next few months. This blog and the BTA website will have details going forward.

Argo Re Super Sprint

The Argo Re Super Sprint continues to attract great fields with 45 adults and juniors at Clearwater this Thursday. Well done to Alan Gilbertson for organizing such a great series.

Maritz Theron and Sharon Hammond were first male and female across the line but as you can read in Alan’s great report at the BTA website (which you can access via the Links section of this blog) the event had its difficulties !!

JUNIORS RACING THIS WEEKEND

Tyler Smith, Erica Hawley and Alex and Nick Pilgrim are competing in Des Moines, Iowa this weekend.

Nick is doing the Kids HyVee triathlon on Saturday 12 July and race details and results are / will be at :

HyVee Race Site

Tyler and Erica are racing in the USAT Flatland Male Junior Elite and Female Junior Elite Cups respectively – they race Sprint distance. Alex is racing in the Male Youth Elite race. All three race on Sunday – they are all members of the T.A.F. Racing Team coached by Matt Valyo (based in Boston) who came down to Bermuda in February to run a camp for them. Website is here:

Flatlands race site

TSmith and EHawley

TYLER SMITH AND ERICA HAWLEY WITH FLORA DUFFY

Aon 2014 – A FAMILY AFFAIR !

Last Sunday’s Aon Triathlons were truly a family affair.

Topping the list was the Godfrey family with 6 family members (Jessica, Thomas and Alex on one team and Matthew (who also did the individual event), Nigel and Mark on the other team) finishing 2nd and 3rd just 1 minute apart in the team open category.

NIGEL GODFREY - Aon 2014
NIGEL GODFREY – Aon 2014

Four Hammonds took to the start line with Louis 2nd (Boys 9/10), Rudi 5th ( Boys 11/12), mum Sharon 3rd ( Ladies 40-49) behind the top two ladies overall, and dad Richard 13th ( Mens 40 -49).

The Oliveira’s had three family members with Matthew 1st (Boys 13 to 15, mum Cathie 1st( Tri a Tri)and Blake 1st (Boys 9/10) .

The Hands family had five family members with Megan 1st in the girls 9/10, Nick third in the boys 9/10, Dad Tom 6th in the mens 50/59 and Chris 3rd in the mens 20/29.Tom’s wife Nancy Stevens was 3rd in the Tri a Tri.

Also finishing were Belinda (3rd female overall), Lucas (7th in 7/8) and Chloe Castree (4th in 9/10)

And then there was Charlie (2nd 60+) and Maria Duffy ( 1st 60+) and numerous other families had 2 competitors.

Apologies if any other family had three or more family members racing. I am sure the Pilgrims would have had if they had all been in Bermuda.