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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
ITU 2018 Bermuda Date Reconfirmed

Following the ITU Executive Board meeting held in Rotterdam, and the Annual Congress, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) is announced the calendar for the 2018 season.

In doing so it created some Confusion.

According to the schedule Bermuda is set to host the 2nd ITU event as seen in this promo featuring Female World Champion Flora Duffy.

The confusion came as the ITU have the date for Bermuda as April 21st, but the promo clearly reads the event in Bermuda will take place on April 28th.

We sought clarification and it has been confirmed by both local ITU and Local Officials that the dates in Bermuda for the ITU event is April 28th & 29th

WTS 2018 Calendar

2-3 March - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
28-29 April – Bermuda

12-13 May – Yokohama, Japan
9-10 June – Leeds, Great Britain
14-15 July – Hamburg, Germany
27-29 July – Edmonton, Canada
25-26 August – Montreal, Canada
12-16 September – Gold Coast, Australia
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
ITU Announces the 2018 WTS & World Cup

Following the ITU Executive Board meeting held in Rotterdam, and the Annual Congress, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the calendar for the 2018 season. With 7 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) events plus the ITU Grand Final; 18 ITU World Cups, 3 ITU Paratriathlon World Series and 6 ITU Paratriathlon World Cups, the season is going to be busier than ever.

In its tenth season, the World Triathlon Series will feature at eight stops, with one city debuting for the first time in the calendar. The WTS will again get underway in Abu Dhabi on March 3rd, to then move onto a new addition to the calendar, Bermuda. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean island will host its very first WTS race on April 21st.

Next stop will be Japan for one of the longest running events on the calendar, Yokohama, where triathletes will be performing on May 12 to then move over to Europe for the third edition of WTS Leeds, which will take place on June 10th.

The series will continue its journey through Europe for again another classic Series, Hamburg, not only for a WTS race, but also one of the most spectacular events on ITU’s calendar, the Mixed Relays World Championships. The excitement and emotions of the team event will be showcased again in front of thousands of spectators on the weekend of July 14th - 15th.

For the second year in a row, two Canadian cities will host a WTS race. First, triathletes will stop in Edmonton on July 28th - 29th for a fast an exciting race on a challenging course. The last stop before the ITU Grand Final will be Montreal, ready to welcome athletes to the old port on August 25th - 26th.

The golden beaches of the Gold Coast will host the Grand Final, as well as the Junior, Under 23 and Paratriathlon World Championships September 12th – 16th.

ITU is working with various WTS events and National Federations on the creation of the first ever Mixed Team Relay Series, which is expected to be announced in a few weeks.

The second-tier events, ITU World Cups, will have a new and revamped calendar in 2018, with 18 races across the globe. First stop will be Cape Town in February, and last one will be in Miyazaki (Japan) in November, and in between all kinds of scenarios for races in Sprint, Olympic and Semi-finals and Final formats.

WTS Calendar

2-3 March - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

21-22 April - Bermuda

12-13 May – Yokohama, Japan

9-10 June – Leeds, Great Britain

14-15 July – Hamburg, Germany

27-29 July – Edmonton, Canada

25-26 August – Montreal, Canada

12-16 September – Gold Coast, Australia

World Cup Calendar

10-11 February - Cape Town, South Africa

10-11 March – Mooloolaba, Australia

24-25 March - New Plymouth, New Zealand

14-15 April - New Orleans, USA

5-6 May – Chengdu, China

19-20 May – Astana, Kazakhstan

2-3 June – Cagliari, Italy

9-10 June – Huatulco, Mexico

16-17 June – Antwerpen, Belgium

7-8 July – Tiszaujvaros, Hungary

18-19 August – Lausanne, Switzerland

1-2 September - Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

22-23 September – Weihai, China

29-30 September – Madrid, Spain

13-14 October – Sarasota, USA

20-21 October – Salinas, Equador

27-28 October – Tongyeong, South Korea

3-4 November – Miyazaki, Japan

World Championships

12-16 September – Gold Coast, Australia
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Bermuda Five Compete in World Grand Final

Karen Smith
Five Bermuda Triathletes competed on the final day of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam.

Karen Smith competed in the 45-49 Female AG Sprint finishing 8th with a time of 1:16:41, Smith clocked a time of 12:08 on the Swim, before clocking 37:34 on the Bike, before closing out with a time of 19:28 on the Run Course.

Competing in the 55-59 Female AG Sprint Lea Osborne finished 30th clocking 1:32:43, Osborne was clocked at 16:17 on the Swim, 43:20 on the Bike and 23:55 on the Run Course.

Clocking a time of 1:23:11 saw Kent Richardson finish 53rd in the 55-59 Male AG Sprint. Richardson clocked 14:15 during the Swim, 36:07 during the Bike Course and 23:28 on the Run.

Alec Shepherd competed in the 45-49 Male AG Olympic Distance finishing 106th clocking 2:25:57, Shepherd was clocked at 27:15 over the Swim, he then clocked 1:06:49 on the Bike and then 44:10 on the Swim.

Also competing at the Olympic Distance was Stuart Osborne who finished 52nd competing in the 60-64 Male AG, Osborne was clocked at 2:40:07, this was after a time of 28:22 on the Swim, 1:16:05 on the Bike Course and 45:59 on the Run Course.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Smith Finishes 11th in Junior World Championships

Bermuda’s Tyler Smith crossed the line 11th overall in what can only be described as an amazing performance.

Aussie Matthew Hauser added another World Championship Title to his resume after claiming victory as the Junior World Champion at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final.

It was a cold and wet morning but Smith stayed amongst the leaders in this 75-man race from the gun clocking a time of 57.18.

Smith was 11th out of the water at 9:06, which saw him only 10 seconds behind leader and he clocked the fastest bike of the day at 29:26 put him in the lead pack which dwindled to 7 riders by T2.

Smith got caught by a few faster runners in the chase pack but was happy with his 16:38 5km Run time.

Smith was 1:24 behind race winner Houser who clocked 55:54 and just 43 seconds off the podium.

Smith said, “I was really happy with my performance today in Rotterdam. I knew I had good fitness coming in, and it was just about executing a clean race.”

“I knew that on a technical course it would be essential to stay at the front of the bike, and myself along with 2 Norwegian athletes and the Australian Hauser put in work to shake off a few athletes and narrow the lead group to only 9 riders,” continued Smith.

Smith went on to say, “With the run being my weakness I just tried to protect my position off the bike, and knew that if I ran strong I'd finish the day with the race of my life.”

Smith concluded, “I am really pleased that the commitment to train overseas in the U.K. this year paid off, and look forward to moving into Under 23 and Elite racing.”

Friday, September 15, 2017
Hawley Finishes 40th in Grand Final in Rotterdam

Bermuda Junior Elite Female Triathlete Erica Hawley was the first Bermudian to compete in the 2017 International World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam.

After a delay of an hour due to weather and in a field of 64 competitors Hawley finished 40th clocking a time of 1:05.47.

Hawley competed in the Junior Women’s Race that got underway in water temperatures of 63.1F.

Hawley came out of the water in a time of 10.49, she was 1:05 behind the leader Fuka Sega from Japan, Hawley was in 41st at that time.

Hawley then recorded a time of 33.14 on the Bike, before closing out with a Run time of 19.29.

Taylor Knibb from the United States won the race with a time of 1:01.22, Kate Waugh from Great Britain was second in 1:01.38 and Sega finished 3rd clocking a time of 1:02.05.

Following the race Hawley said, “This being my last year at worlds and I would've hoped for more. I had amazing preparation going into this and was feeling strong. After the long travel here I arrived with a sore throat which was far from ideal but I told myself to push through it, and I wouldn't blame that for my end result.”

Hawley went on to say, “I had a solid swim, bike and run and at the end of the day it was positioning and the minute mishaps that differentiated 10th-40th. I felt pretty solid on the swim, had a relatively slow transition and then was onto the bike. The course presented a lot of challenges by nature with so many turns and narrow widths that you always had to be focused. I found it hard to move my position on the bike which could've been due to being extra cautious from a couple of crashes over the summer (I think I need to switch to Mountain Biking this winter to get some mad skills like Flora ;)).”

Hawley went on to say, “I got off the bike near the end of my pack and then tried to hold strong for the run. I ran 19:30 which a year ago would've been really good but considering my fitness now I was truly disappointed. I felt strong and the time was way off what I have actually been running - maybe because I was feeling a bit under the weather, maybe because everyone else was running well too,”

Hawley concluded, “After the race was done I reminded myself that I'm at the world champs with the best of the best and I still finished my best position at a world champs (I've had some pretty bad races here haha). Now it's just onto the next one - the season isn't over yet and I'm ready to redeem this performance as I feel like I am physically and mentally fitter than the outcome of today.”
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