A group of Bermuda long distance triathletes represented the island last weekend at the Ironman 70.3 North Carolina .
Steve Smith finished 58th in the mens 45-49 age group in 5hrs 20 mins and 39 secs with splits of 27 min 34 secs for the 1.2 mile swim, 2hrs 57 mins 09 secs for the 56 mile bike and 1hr 46 mins and 24 secs for the 13.1 mile run.
Christine Soutter had the best Bermuda finish by age group as she took 40th place in the women’s 40-44 age group with splits of 28:55, 2:48:18 and 2:18:50 for an overall time of 5:46:10.
Caroline Wright and Jennie Lightbourne also finished in the women’s 40-44 age group with Caroline 50th in 5:58:36 with a fast 26:07 swim, a 2:52:05 bike and a 2:31:13 run. Jennie finished 95th in 6:45:12 ( 32:10, 3:09:02 and 2:53:12).
Melanie Sousa was 122nd in the women’s 45-49 age group in 8:39:34 with splits of 43:23, 4:31:52 and 3:07:46
After sitting out a good part of the World Triathlon Series due to injury, Flora Duffy embarked on a busy schedule of racing as she looks to both test her body and hone her fitness ahead of the crucial 2020 season as she looks for a medal winning performance at the Olympic Games, the one medal missing from her impressive collection to date.
After not racing since July 2018 Flora made a stunning comeback taking the win at the Tokyo olympic course test event that attracted a very strong field. Flora followed that up with a 5th place finish at the ITU World Series Grand Final, the biggest race on the 2019 calendar , and a 3rd place finish at the Banyoles World Cup event the following weekend in a race that also attracted a strong field. To cap off her Olympic distance racing Flora competed in the Beijing International Triathlon, an event that attracted a small but impressive field of athletes that on the women’s side included Lucy Hall, Non Stanford, Natalie Van Coverden and Caroline Routier. As expected Flora and the British athlete Lucy Hall used their strong swim / bike combination to open up a four minute lead by the end of the bike with Flora posting a minute quicker run to finish in 2 hr 04 mins and 55 secs, over a course which clearly had a long 10km run, to take the win.
This weekend Flora returns for the first time since 2017 to the Xterra “offroad” triathlon scene as she races at the Xterra World Championships 2019. Flora won her first Xterra World Championship in 2014 and went on to win three more as she completely dominated the women’s field for four years wherever she raced, often also beating many of the male professional triathletes n in the mass start event. Between 2014-17 Flora won 4 world titles by large margins, before injury in 2018 curtailed her winning streak, and if she were to win this weekend she would be the first Xterra athlete to win 5 world professional XTerra titles. Flora will go into this event as the favorite.
See below for the preview of the women’s professional race and an interview with Flora.
This year’s Bank of Bermuda Triathlon will take place on Monday 4th November, a public holiday, in St George’s and has an exciting new format.
The 2019 event will now be a Mixed Relay featuring teams of two adults (16 years + / one male and one female) and two juniors (age 8-15 / either two boys, two girls or one boy and one girl).
There are various categories including corporate ( adults in team working for same company / institution), open and family (extended family).
There is also a school category for teams of two boys and two girls and in the case of BHS teams of four girls are permitted. Ages are determined as at 31st December 2019 EXCEPT that the minimum age requirement for juniors is 8 ON RACE DAY and not at December 31st, 2019.
Each competitor will complete 200m swim, 5km bike and 1km run but in relay format.
Bermuda was represented at the Commonwealth Games in a Mixed Relay when Bermuda’s two professional triathletes, Tyler Butterfield and Flora Duffy, teamed up with elite juniors Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith. The event will feature in next year’s Olympic Games for the first time.
ENTRIES AT WWW.RACEDAYWORLD.COM BY 5PM ON SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER.
FOR FULL DETAILS AND COURSE MAPS GO TO WWW.BERMUDATRIATHLON.COM
UK Coach – Jack Maitland – Junior Camp & Coaching
Jack Maitland, coming to us from the UK, will be conducting a Junior Camp during the week of October 21st (school mid term) and “Coach the Coach” sessions during the week in the early evenings. Junior Camp HALF DAYS Mornings:
Mon 21st / Tues 22nd – NSC North Field
Wed 23rd / Thurs 24th – NSC Swimming Pool
Fri 25th – BTA Shed, Clearwater ending with a lunchtime BBQ
Registration Contact: Caroline Wright Adult/Parent Coaching Sessions: FREE
Mon 21st – Thurs 24th Evenings: 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: BOA, Ground Floor, Belvedere Bldg (Opposite Waterloo House)
Registration Contact: Caroline Wright
Jack comes to us highly recommended by British Triathlon. He ran the Leeds Center of Excellence and coached the Brownlee brothers for a number of years. He is now applying his expertise to developing more coaches around the world. You can visit his website at http://www.britishtriathlon.org Jack Maitland.