Former Bermuda resident Garth Thomson returned to triathlon today, Sunday 15th June, with a strong performance in the Victoria 70.3 Half Ironman Triathlon. Thomson used his excellent bike leg and a very respectable swim and run to finish 5th in his age group and 43rd overall in 4hrs 37 mins 12 secs.
For full details go to the link below and put in Thomson under surname and Garth under first name and Search :
Tyler Butterfield finished 8th at the ITU World Cup Triathlon in Mexico today, Sunday 15th June 2014. Last year Butterfield was 4th.
Although Butterfield’s swim has clearly improved he still trailed the leaders out of the swim by almost a minute with a time of 18.50. He then set about reeling in the large leading group of riders over the 8 lap 40km bike. By the three la he had dragged his group of riders up to the leaders but not content with that effort he opened up a 10 second lead before 6 riders dragged themselves back up to him. This group then put a minute into the large chasing group going into T2. Butterfield’s effort clearly toke its toll on the run as he could not live with the pace set by Frenchmen Aurelien Lescure and Etieene Diemunsch. However the Frenchmen paid the price as the heat got to them with Lescure, who had a 40 sec lead going into the last 2.5km of the 10km run, fading badly. Pacing himself well, last year’s silver medallist Luciano Taccone of Argentina overtook the Frenchmen to take the win in 2hrs 1 min 58 secs holding off a very fast finishing Davide Uccellari of Italy who just caught poor Lescure on the line. Butterfield held on for 8th, 1 min 28 secs behing the winner in 2 hrs 3 mins 26 secs.
Full results will be posted later today at the following link :
Flora Duffy continued her incredible unbeaten run in the XTerra Off Road Triathlon Series as she again destroyed the field today (Sunday 15th June) in the Xterra American Tour Series East Coast Championships. Flora is unbeaten in the Series having already won the West and SouthEast Series races and the Xterra World Tour Asia Pacific Championships. Duffy’s winning margin was nearly 10 mins as she crossed the line in 2hrs 35 mins 36 secs with Emma Garrard a distant 2nd in 2hrs 44 mins 23 secs. Flora’s margins of victory in these races over these distances are astonishing and have really made the triathlon world sit up.
The icing on the cake was that Flora’s boyfriend, Dan Hugo, took another victory in the men’s pro race in 2.17.57 holding off XTerra legend, South African Conrad Stolz, who was 2nd in 2.18.32 for a South African 1/2.
Kent “Kento” Richardson’s result will follow as soon as I have it.
Former Bermuda resident Garth Thomson will be racing today (Sunday June 15th) in Victoria, BC in the Victoria 70.3 Half Ironman.
Garth is an accomplished triathlete and cyclist, winning medals for Bermuda for cycling in the Caribbean Championships. He will be watched by wife Deanna, herself an accomplished triathlete and cyclist who also won Caribbean cycling medals and their new baby boy who is aptly named……..Tyler, although I am assured not after Tyler Butterfield ( sorry Tyler !!).
To follow Garth as he races today go to the link below in the section called “Athlete Tracker”. :
After a solid few weeks of training and racing in Bermuda Tyler Butterfield will be in Mexico this weekend to compete in the Huatulco ITU Triathlon. Butterfield’s wins in the Catlin National Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships and the Tokio Millennium Sprint Triathlon were good preparation for this upcoming Olympic distance race although in Mexico the bike will be draft legal.
This event which gets underway at 11.45AM Bermuda time this Sunday 15th June is not part of the high profile world series so will not feature the world’s leading Olympic distance triathletes but it has as usual attracted many of South and Central America’s leading triathletes and a smattering of US, European, Asian and Canadian triathletes. If all goes well Tyler should at least podium on Sunday.
Last night, Thursday 14th June’s Argo Re Super Sprint saw youngster Nick Pilgrim cross the line first just ahead of Otis Ingham whilst Kim McIvor was the first lady and finished 5th. Ben Lau, who took up triathlon in January, continues to post good results in the series and was 4th yesterday. For a great fun write up on Thursday’s event go to the BTA website via the link on this blog and look under Results 2014.
This Monday 16th at 8AM at Harrington Sound School Dock there is the Heroes’ Day Home Event Triathlon. Bring some cash for the small entry fee. More at the BTA website by following the link on this blog