BVI triathlon saw two new national champions with breakthrough performances by Tash Ruscheinski and Dan Mitchell. Both ladies and men’s races came down to the wire with in each case a strong runner trying to catch a strong swimmer.
The swim is proving the most competitive discipline in the BVI at the moment and this race was no exception with front pack of Ruscheinski, Spencer, jacco Boss and Donovan dukeing it out for 16 minutes hotly pursued by a drone. The lead changed numerous times with no clear leader, Spencer and Donovan eventually emerging in a tie a step ahead of Tash and Jacco. Could these speeding fish hold onto their lead?
In the men’s event Dan Mitchell lept onto his racing bicycle and set his sights on Shane Donovan whilst in the ladies event the fleet footed Kathleen Brownsdon locked in on Tash although there were doubts that Kathleen’s hardware a trusty mountain goat of a bike would be up to the job.
Dan slowly reeled in his target and started the final run leg just 20 seconds behind Shane with the national title up for grabs.
In the ladies race Tash put her pedals to the metal and started the run with a formidable 7 minute lead on Kathleen. Despite Kathleen’s best efforts the cushion proved enough with Tash finally winning the ladies National Championships after four second places. Well done Tash!
The mens race was a much tighter affair Shane holding onto his 20 second advantage all the way to the turnaround. At this stage it looked like he would make it home with the title, but a fired up Dan Mithchell re-doubled his efforts and took Shane in the last mile to complete a fantastic race.