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Smith encouraged by ‘solid performance’

Tyler Smith finished 30th in Dunkirk last weekend

Tyler Smith finished 30th in the Grand Prix de Triathlon in Dunkirk, France, last weekend.

Smith, racing as an under-23 competitor for the EC Sartrouville team, competed in an open male division including 96 starters.

Luis Vincent, of France, ranked fifth in the International triathlon Union, was the overall winner.

Smith described his performance as “pretty solid against some excellent competition”.

“It’s good to be part of a team for support and tactics,” said Smith, who is happy with his form ahead of two ITU European Cups.

Smith is set to compete in Wuustwezel, Belgium, on Saturday and in Holten, Netherlands, next Saturday.

Karen Smith, Tyler’s mother, also competed last weekend, finishing second in the 50-55 age group at the Ironman 70.3 Syracuse.

Her time of 5hr 23min 33sec enabled her to finish fourteenth overall among the women.

“I did Syracuse as a bit of test to see where the fitness is at, so I definitely saw where the work needs to be done and where I need to focus,” Smith said.

“I had a good swim with the new self-seeding rolling start swim, 30.58, fastest in my age group and ninth fastest female overall.

“Athletes line up according to their predicted swim finish times and start by going over the timing mat one by one. This virtually eliminates anyone swimming over the top of you and made for a much more enjoyable swim experience.”

Smith added: “My bike was the only disappointing part of the day, 3:03.34, third in age group and seventeenth overall female. I think I had a lot of fatigue in the legs from the Bermuda National Triathlon Championships [the previous weekend].

“I wasn’t able maintain any kind of sustained effort on the bike. As this was a hilly bike course, it rewarded those who could ride hard.

“My run was pretty much where I expected to be at 1:42.51 [second in her age group and the eleventh fastest female].

“It was super hot day at 92F on a rolling hills run course, so I’m happy to be able to have a solid run after the weaker bike leg.”