Duffy honoured for Maui triumph
Flora Duffy has added another title to her already impressive collection.
The Bermuda triathlete has been named the winner of the Most Impressive Crossover to Dirt category in Triathlete Magazine's 2014 awards
Duffy's domination of the off-road circuit, which culminated in her winning a world title in Maui, was cited as being decisive in the magazine's decision.
“The two-time Olympian with an ITU pedigree became the first pro triathlete from Bermuda to win a world title when she captured the XTERRA crown in Maui in October after dominating the off-road circuit in 2014,” the magazine wrote.
“Duffy won every race she entered save one (and by significant margins) as a relative newcomer to off-road triathlon. In July 2013, she finished out of the top five at the XTERRA Mountain Championship and told herself she'd never do another off-road triathlon.
“However, at Maui last year she surprised herself with a third-place finish. She spent the off-season honing her mountain bike skills, and the results spoke for themselves.”
Speaking after her triumph in Maui, Duffy called the achievement a dream come true.
“I've dreamed of being a world champion since I was eight years old, so to make that dream a reality was pretty special, particularly coming from Bermuda,” she said.
“I think I'm the first world champion, hence why I grabbed the flag [crossing the finish line].
“It was Bermudian pride, it means a lot to me to do this from Bermuda, we're a small little country and I love to represent them. It's a huge day for me.”