COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) top the women’s elite start list for ITU World Triathlon Bermuda on Saturday, leading a U.S. contingent of six women and five men in the second stop of the ITU World Triathlon Series.
A second-year WTS host city, Hamilton, Bermuda, offers a scenic coastal venue with a challenging Olympic-distance course. Athletes will cover a 1,500-meter swim in Hamilton Harbor, followed by a 40-kilometer bike that takes athletes up and down the infamous “Corkscrew Hill” a total of 10 times. The 10-kilometer run course takes competitors through the spectator-lined streets of downtown Hamilton before finishing inside the National Stadium.
The elite men race first at 12:06 p.m. ET (1:06 p.m. local time), and the elite women follow at 3: 06 p.m. ET (4:06 p.m. local time). Both races will be broadcast live online at triathlonlive.tv. Monthly and annual subscriptions are available for purchase.
Zaferes and Spivey are the ones to beat in the women’s race, after a thrilling 1-2 American finish in the season opener at WTS Abu Dhabi last month. Zaferes’ win in Abu Dhabi was just her second time breaking the tape in WTS competition, though she has a total of 18 career medals on the circuit. She took silver in the overall WTS standings last year behind only Great Britain’s Vicky Holland, who is on Saturday’s start list in the No. 8 position. At WTS Bermuda last year, Zaferes and Holland ended up in an all-out sprint for silver and bronze, with the Brit gaining the advantage in a photo finish.
Spivey’s silver in Abu Dhabi marked her second career WTS medal, adding to the silver she earned in Leeds, England, in 2017. Spivey has worked her way up through the international ranks with each passing year. She first cracked the top-50 in the final season-long WTS rankings in 2016, before moving up to the No. 12 spot in 2017 and finishing the 2018 season at No. 8.
Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), a two-time WTS top-10 finisher and four-time ITU Triathlon World Cup medalist, also toes the line for the U.S. women. She has performed well in recent WTS outings, placing 13th at the 2018 WTS Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, and 16th in Abu Dhabi last month.
Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.) is a consistently strong performer on the ITU World Cup circuit, with 12 medals and seven victories to her name. She is in search of her first WTS medal since winning ITU World Triathlon Edmonton in 2016.
Also representing the U.S. in the women’s race are Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) and Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), both of whom will be chasing their first career WTS podiums.
Leading the U.S. men’s contingent is Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) at the No. 10 spot on the start list. Hemming has made a name for himself over the past year, finishing 16th as the top U.S. man at the 2018 WTS Grand Final before grabbing his first two ITU World Cup medals at the end of the 2018 season.
Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.), a five-time ITU World Cup medalist, looks to crack the top-10 in WTS competition for the first time. He has made steady progress on the WTS circuit in recent years, earning a career-best 11th-place finish in Hamburg, Germany, last July.
Also racing is Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.), who has had a standout 2019 season to date. The 25-year-old snagged his first career ITU World Cup medal with a silver in Cape Town, South Africa, in February, then just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish at the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup in Australia in March.
Second-year elite triathlete Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.), who claimed the U.S. elite national title last year and has a career-best WTS finish of 14th, will also toe the line. Rounding out the U.S. men’s squad is William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas), whose top finish in WTS competition has been 26th.
Visit wts.triathlon.org for complete men’s and women’s start lists.
ITU World Triathlon Bermuda is the second of eight stops on the circuit this year, including August’s ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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