Swimmers take off on the
first leg of Sunday's BVI Sprint Triathlon
Chris Spencer, Louise DePuy
victorious in BVI Sprint Triathlon
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
won his first title, while St. John’s Lousie DePuy pulled off a 3-peat victory
in Sunday’s BVI Sprint Triathlon in Nanny Cay.
overall winner, covered the 800 meter swim in the Nanny Cay Lagoon, the 12.5
mile cycle from Nanny Cay to West End and return and the 3.1 mile run from Nanny
Cay to Pockwood Pond and back in 1 hour, 05 minutes and 30 seconds, the second
fastest time in the 11-year history of the event.
worrying about the time because I have a cold and, I lost my goggles about 20
meters into the swim,” Spencer who finished behind Chris Ghiorse last year
noted. “The ride and swim were good. It was really nice to see so many people
out here competing today.”
Spenser who finished behind Spencer with a time of 1:09.25—a personal best and
seven minute improvement—said he was amazed but happy with his performance.
“I’ve done 1:16 every year for six years, so to go seven minutes faster is just
amazing,” he acknowledged. “I just spent $1,000 on a road bike yesterday. I’m
afraid I’ve reached the stage where I have to by my way to the front of the
field,” he joked. “The equipment made the different. I’ve also been doing more
training and reading books on how to do triathlons. It’s more complicated than I
first realized but, it all helps.”
finished in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 32 seconds—a five minute improvement over lat
year—said she was happy with her race. “I think I’ve done this course in 1:12,”
DePuy said of her overall best effort. At one point, I looked at my watch and I
said ‘if you go under 1:15 that will be OK’ and I just squeaked under.”
Triathlon she said is being used to prepare for the St. Croix Iron Man in May.
“I thought about it (St. Croix) a couple times during the run and I thought ‘13
miles, do I really want to do 13 miles?’ but, I think I will” DePuy said. “I
always think of this race as the first race. This is the beginning of the
training season for St. Croix and it’s a good indicator, because you have to put
in a few good months of training. This is a nice flat course. You can go hard
and check out your fitness level and I do like this course.”
Times reflect swim, cycle and run. Men; 1. Chris Spencer (13:55/31:09/21:26) 1
hour, 05 minutes 30 seconds. 2. Anthony Spenser, (12:29/34:45/22:11), 1:09.25.
3. Ray Wearmouth, (15:11/32:15/25:50), 1:13:16. 4. Marc Downing,
(13:44/39:42/22:06), 1:15.32. 5. Pat Nicholas, (14:23/36:03/25:17), 1:15.43. 6.
Simon Cook, (16:32/36:24/22:56), 1:15.52. 7. Matthew Crafts,
(13:22/36:41/28:10), 1:18.13). 8. Ben Butler, (18:31/37:37/24:52), 1:19.08. 9.
Robert Power, (15:08/39:08/28:31), 1:22.49. 10. Gareth Thomas,
(15:18/41:19/30:54), 1:29.11. 10. Les Elliott, (19:15/51:59/30:54), 1:42.08. 11.
Tom Merrigan, 1:44.46. 12. Robert Laseter, 1:54.27.
DePuy, (12:36/34:56/27:18), 1:14.32. 2. Susan Tucker, 15:04/36:39/30:21)
1:22.04. 3. Jessica Brodenck, (17:35/38:05/27:12), 1:22.52. 4. Carolyn Chabury,
1:54.22. 5. Kathie McMurthre, 1:54.26.
DePuy, Jim Cullimore, Linden Peters, (12:36/34:43/18:20), 1:05.49. 2. Gareth
Thomas, Pat Nicholas, Nicholas Clark (15:26/34:56/21:34), 1:08.13. 3. Victoria
Ghiorse, Patlian Johnson, Key Reddy, 16:08/37:51/27:08), 1:21.07.
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