Duffy confident of dominating on home turf
The Bermuda Tourism Authority and the International Triathlon Union have signed a three-year contract to host World Triathlon Series events with the first to be held on April 28 next year.
The ITU has already inspected and approved the racecourse for the World Triathlon Bermuda. Sprint and standard distances will offer a swim in the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean, a challenging bike course over hilly terrain and a run along Front Street.
Flora Duffy, the reigning ITU World Champion, said her local knowledge could prove decisive during the race.
“Bermuda is my home, a place that I am drawn to, it's where I belong and I am excited to welcome triathletes to an island that is set apart by its location and way of life,” Duffy said.
“Bermuda is about the people you meet, and a land that has its own mystique. But whilst Bermudians are welcoming, remember that Corkscrew Hill is an absolute beast on the bike and I will look forward to taking it on against the best in the world.
“They will need to be at their best to catch me. It looks like a snake climbing a wall and is so narrow and technical that we will have to race up single file. Add local crowds cheering on either side and the atmosphere will be spectacular, these are the memories we will all treasure as athletes.”
Kevin Dallas, the BTA chief executive officer, said: “Our warm climate in April offers perfect conditions for racing.
“We invite triathletes to enjoy some early season training, kick off their race calendar and bring their friends and families to relax on our pink sand beaches.”
Marisol Casado, the ITU president, said: “We love the technical course that will challenge our elites and provide a breathtaking scenery to age group athletes.
“Bermuda is very accessible for athletes from North America and Europe. The race will provide a much needed opportunity for them to start off their ITU season in a warm climate close to home.”
Registration to enter World Triathlon Bermuda will open shortly.