BFIT keeps it Rolling: Bushy Park Duathlon 2019

The first Duathlon of the year on the Barbados Federation of Island Triathletes (BFIT) event calendar took place last weekend, June 16th, 2019 at the Bushy Park Racetrack. The leading circuit-racing facility in the English-speaking Caribbean more commonly known for showcasing race car speed, the manoeuvring expertise of rally-car drivers and also host of many Crop Over events, saw 70 athletes transitioning to and from mountain and road bicycles to running laps around the track at the 2019 BFIT Bushy Park Duathlon.

The event catered to participants young and old in a series of age group categories which commenced at 6:30 a.m. with the Adult Race. The race which was broken down into five age group categories (15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over) comprised of two different courses, the road bike course – 2km run, 16km bike and 2km run – and the Mountain bike course, 2km run, 10km bike, 2 km run.

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CARIFTA national coach Oein Josiah finished with the fastest time in 40:17 minutes ahead of 25 other competitors including second place finisher Stuart Maloney with a time of 44:11 minutes and Junior Emerging Athlete Eric Lashley capturing 3rd overall with a time of 45.06 minutes in the Adult Road Bike category. In the female adult category Chara Hinds (50:47) placed 1st followed by Jennifer Wosminity (53:57) and Jo Edghill (59:01). All Podium images courtesy – Alison Ince

In the Adult mountain bike race of 8 competitors, Randy Licorish finished with a time of 41:49 minutes followed by Jacob Harrison (42:14) and Jose Delgado (42:34). Kah’Ryan Adams, the lone mountain bike competitor in the 15-19 age group category finished in a time of 58:04 minutes.

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The Pinehill Kids Series Duathlon followed with 31 competitors across 5 age group categories (Under 7, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14) who all competed on road bikes except for one. The course for under 11 age groups was a 250m run, 2km bike and 500m run.

Benjamin McKinney lead the Under 7 boys age group with a time of 9:05 minutes, top Under 7 girls was Emma Wosminity (10:23), Logan Marshall topped the 7 to 8 boys age group in a field of 10 competitors with a time of 8:14 minutes and Hailee Alleyne (8:40) was the top girl. Zindzele Renwick-Williams won the 9 to 10 boys age group in 7:16 minutes and Fayth Jeffrey (7:32) took top girl honours.

The youth 11-15 road bike course, twice the length of the ‘Under 11 course’ was a 500m run, 4km bike and 1km run. In the 11-12 boys age group, Matthieu Clarke won in 22:36 minutes and Arianna Allen the 1st place girl in a time of 21:34 minutes. In the 13-14 boys age group Samuel Lamontagne finished ahead of the pack of 4 in a time of 23:24 minutes and 1st place girl in the age group was Monique Lashley (28:51).

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BFIT is the governing federation for triathlon and triathletes in Barbados. The federation also hosts the CARIFTA qualifying races, an Age Group Mixed Relay, an Age Group Sprint Triathlon and Relay, the CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, Duathlon and Aquathlon races, the Annual Barbados National Triathlon, as well as more casual events like the Parent’s Triathlon and Celebrity Race. For more information and the 2019 calendar of events, visit https://triathlonbarbados.com/, like the Facebook page @BarbadosTriathlon, or email triathlonbarbados@gmail.com

Duathlon is a part of the multisport family that includes triathlon, aquathlon and aquabike. BFIT is hoping the event becomes an annual fixture on the calendar and should appeal to a wide number of athletes due to the absence of the swimming component normally found in triathlon events. The event also catered to road and mountain bikes providing two separate and challenging courses.

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