FLORA DUFFY STARTS DEFENCE OF HER WTS WORLD SERIES TITLE IN MARCH

FLORA SPECIALIZED BIKE PIC

This from ITU :

Superstars of elite triathlon will descend on the capital of the Emirates this March to kick off the 2018 World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi 2018, with race organisers confirming that some of the most highly decorated athletes in the sport will compete between 2-3 March on Yas Island.

In the women’s field, the star of last year’s race, Andrea Hewitt will also return to Yas Island this spring to once again compete for the WTS Abu Dhabi title. Hewitt contested another of the most memorable finishes of the ITU World Triathlon Series calendar in the 2017 event against Jodie Stimpson, with Hewitt pipping defending champion, Stimpson to first place by a matter of steps on the iconic blue carpet. Hewitt will once again toe the line in a bid to pick up the first honours of the 2018 season, between 2-3 March.

Hoping to retain her WTS Abu Dhabi title, Andrea Hewitt commented; “I’m delighted to be returning to Abu Dhabi this year, a place that holds some amazing memories for me following my first-place finish last year. The 2017 race was a turning point for me both personally and professionally. I had trained so hard, went into the race in good form and knew that I had a chance of doing well. To pick up the gold-medal, the way I did, it was an overwhelming sense of emotion. I think that showed at the finish line. That victory would not have been possible, had it not been for the fantastic support I received from family, friends and the triathlon community. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s race holds and with a bit of luck, I’ll be on the podium again!”.

It will not be easy for the kiwi to fight again for the victory in Abu Dhabi, as the women’s field will be one of the strongest ever. Two-time world champion, Bermudian Flora Duffy, will also be toeing the start line, along with the full pódium of last season: Aussie Ashleigh Gentle and American Katie Zaferes.

The Brits will bring along a powerfull squad, with Jodie Stimpson, Non Stanford and Vicky Holland, while the Americans will be present with Summer CookChelsea BurnsRenee Tomlin and Taylor Spivey. Dutch Rachel Klamer or Japanese Ai Ueda and Juri Ide will be, for sure, among the ones to watch closely.

ERICA HAWLEY FINISHES 7TH OVERALL IN BARBADOS (DESPITE FALLING IN T1) BUT TAKES CAC SILVER MEDAL

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ERICA HAWLEY RECEIVES HER 2018 CAC TRIATHLON SILVER MEDAL TODAY

Erica Hawley began her senior triathlon career with an impressive performance today as she finished 7th overall, despite a mishap in T1,  at the CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon  America’s Cup. However, the event, which was held in Bridgetown, Babados was also the Central American and Caribbean Championships and as the second finisher from the region Erica took the silver medal.

Although Erica has raced in the senior ranks whilst still a junior, this year the Digicel sponsored athlete  officially moved up from Junior to Under 23 and Senior racing so this performance was extremely encouraging.

Here is Erica’s race report

Just wanted to let you know how my race went today in the Regional Championships here in Barbados.

I had a good day, considering it was the first race of the season but there were also a couple of mistakes made which may have cost me a couple of positions. There were some very good elite athletes here including Dominika Jamnicky (Ed. Canada triathlete) who I will race in Commonwealth Games.

I had a great swim and came out with the lead group of Jamnicky, Chase, Foley, Alexander and England . This was a great start to the race for me and i was glad to have a good swim after some mishaps during the summer. Unfortunately when mounting my bike i fell so this group got away from me right at the start. I rode with the Cuban girl but she stayed on my wheel for the 20km and luckily the gaps weren’t really changing. The group ahead were not making much time on me so i knew that i was biking well, i’m just upset that i fell during T1.

I came off the bike in 6th position with the Cuban girl and had a good run although I could not break away from her and she out-sprinted me at the end. (probably because she didn’t do any work for the entire race!)

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ERICA ON THE RUN TODAY

All in all a very good first race and i’m glad i dusted off the cobwebs. It is obvious what i need to work on for future races and i have already talked to my coach about the steps that need to be made.

I still got on the podium for the CAC region and got a silver medal which i didn’t even know there was an awards for! – but i am proud of that for Bermuda.

BLAKE – NEILL TRIATHLON CAMP STARTS SOON

 

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Blake / Neill Camp 2017- TIDE WENT OUT !!

THIS FROM THE BTA :

Annual Neill – Blake Camp 2018
Fast Approaching – Sign Up Today – Full details and sign up on Race Day World
Dates: Friday February 23rd – Saturday March 3rd, 2018
Cost: $295 for the week
+ Bring your family to the Wrap-Up Party – $25/adult, $10/child. To book these tickets, click on the “More” option, then click on Store and buy the number of tickets you need.
The camp will have a few changes this year. We want to invigorate it a little while keeping all the bits that people enjoy (or need, in the case of hill repeats). Among the changes will be a new place to meet on the first night, a coffee/breakfast stop at the Village Pantry on the first Sunday, a light-hearted team competition through the week, some yoga and a few other surprises on the way. See below for preliminary schedule so you will get the idea.

We are keen as always to welcome newcomers to the sport of triathlon and the camp is a great way to start. If you know anyone interested in getting involved, please pass on these details to them or ask them to contact Alec Shepherd (alecshep@btopenworld.com)  for information

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BLAKE / NEILL CAMP 2017 – TRANSITION

Preliminary Schedule below:
Friday, February 23rd
7pm – Meet and Greet – Pub Night (Venue TBC)
Saturday, February 24th
INTRO DAY
AM – Run/Bike/Run 30min/60min/30min – Advanced (Clearwater)
Endurance Workout geared towards working transitions/ Out and Backs from Clearwater so athletes can stay in contact with one another.
PM – Run – Beginner (NSC)
Technical/Focus on Form
Sunday, February 25th
BAKERY DAY
7AM – Long Ride/Brick – Beginner/Advanced Combined (Manor House, Harrington Sound Road)
60-90 minute ride followed by 15-30 minute run depending on levels of athletes.
Village Pantry afterwards for coffee/breakfast and talk on nutrition.
4PM – Easy Open Water Swim (Venue TBC)
Monday, February 26th
5.30AM – Bike (Knapton) – Advanced ( meet Winners Edge)
Hill Repeats (Descending efforts) on Knapton Hill Loop. Team Points available on final hill climb. Includes familiarisation ride up Corkscrew Hill for WTS Bermuda.
6PM – Swim (Technical) – Beginner (NSC)
Technical/ Stroke mechanics swim with short (50 or 100) TT that counts towards Team Points
Tuesday, February 27th
6AM – Bike (Time Trial/McGalls) – Beginner (meet Winners Edge)
Hill Repeats working on proper gearing and different techniques for climbing
Shorter Hill TT up McGalls to finish that will count towards Team Points.
1PM – Swim (Technical) – Advanced (NSC)
Technical/ 100’s workout with Short TT to finish (100) counting towards Team Points.
Wednesday, February 28th
RECOVERY DAY
6AM or 7AM – Yoga for triathletes with Cara Bowen – Beginner/Advanced (Fritholme) 2 class times to choose from.
1PM – Open Water Swim – Beginner and Advanced (Admiralty/Harrington Sound)
Aerobic Swim working on draft packs of 3-4 athletes.
5.30PM – Run (Recovery/Technical) – Advanced. Easy 40 – 50min recovery run as a group with short technical feedback session at the end working on running posture (Venue TBC)
Thursday, March 1st
BRICK DAY
6AM – Yoga for triathletes with Cara Bowen – Beginner/Advanced (Fritholme)
5.30AM – Bike (Recovery) Optional – Beginner (Winners Edge)
Easy early AM ride from Winners Edge out to Somerset and back.
7PM – Brick Workout (Team Race) – Beginners/Advanced (NSC)
Team effort where advanced athletes are matched up with the beginners on their “teams” in a relay format. Format depends on numbers, but it will be guaranteed fun.
Friday, March 2nd
“TRAIN LIKE A PRO” DAY
AM – Bike – 1:30 – Tempo
1PM – Swim – Open Water Swim/Time Trial – Mix (Admiralty)
Starts/Team Relay Swim for Team Points
PM – Run – 45min – Technical/Stride Run
Saturday, March 3rd
RACE DAY
10.30AM – Team Triathlon (super sprint race in team relay format – double Team Points)
EVENING – Camp Dinner (Betts house)
Team Prize awarded
NOTE : On the schedule provided when you sign up, sessions are colour coded to match below coding
RED – Combined Workout
GREEN – Beginner Workout
BLUE – Advanced Workout
TEAM POINTS – for the week we would like to put everyone in teams, matching more experienced triathletes with less experienced. Wherever “Team Points” is mentioned in the schedule, there will be a light-hearted competitive timed element to part of the session, with points being awarded. The team with the most points at the end of the week will win the Team Prize.

HAWLEY AND SMITH EXCITED ABOUT THE 2018 SEASON

Bermuda’s two leading 16-19 junior elite athletes, Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley have both been quietly preparing for the new season with some big races ahead.

Erica is back in Boulder, Colorado but has taken a sabbatical to prepare for the 2018 season as she looks to on a strong 2017 season. She has been on a team training camp in Arizona making the most of the warmer conditions in Tucson, a popular winter training base for US and Canadian elite athletes.

Erica will get her 2018 season off to a big start as she competes in the adult section of the 2018 of the 2018 America Cup Central American and Caribbean Championships. The race takes place in Bridgetown, Barbados on February 18th, 2018 and has attracted some strong US and Canadian entries. Erica will then take part in the Commonwealth Games in April representing Bermuda in the team event and also in the individual event.

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ERICA HAWLEY

And this from Tyler Smith :

Things are going really well. I  got the opportunity to go out to Spain for a couple weeks to get a good block of training done, but back in Leeds now trying to get through the rest of the winter. I think I’ll be starting off the season with a European Sprint Cup in Gran Canaria, and then  head down to Gold Coast for Commonwealths.

Definitely excited with where my current form is.

Tyler will also be competing in both the individual and team event at the Commonwealth Games.

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Tyler Smith ( no.18) racing in 2016

FREE ATHLETE CAREER WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY

From Sharon Hammond (sharonalikhani@northrock.bm) :

IOC

The Athletes Commission is hosting an ACP Workshop on February 24th, details below.

Where: Pavilion, National Stadium, 65 Roberts Ave, Devonshire DV01

When: February 24th, 830AM – 5PM

Who: All athletes between the ages of 15-30

Cost: FREE

The IOC will hosting the workshop in Bermuda, with an international guest speaker, to discuss topics such as CV/ Resume building, Marketing, Time Management, Balance of Sports and Education and more!

This is an exciting opportunity to sign up your athletes to help them progress in their respective sports!

Please sign up on the Google Document (link below) with your Name and Sport so that we can get a proper attendance on the day.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gbuZS9yQMoRR9BucJC6yjcU9U2wbb-2ocCqKWHF3pkw

NSGBs please sign up your participants before February 22nd, 2018 24:00.

I understand that most NSGBs will hold a practice on Saturday morning, but if you could reschedule around the workshop, I believe this would benefit your athletes greatly. There will be snacks and refreshments at the venue for all participants.

If you have any questions, please email me or olympics@ibl.bm directly. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!

Regards,

Julian Fletcher
Athlete Commission, Chairman
+1-441-504-5858
fletcher.bda@gmail.com