The BVI Steelman, an Olympic distance triathlon, is the most challenging event on the BVI Triathlon Federation calendar, and takes place at Beef Island.
Next event: Sunday, December 6, Beef Island – 6.30am start.
- Registration at Tortola Sports Club, Friday, December 4, 5.30-6.30pm
- Entry Fee: $10/person.
- Race will start at 6.30am.
- Open to individuals and teams
- Drafting is allowed on bike. TT bikes and aerobars allowed.
- Athletes are responsible for own drinks and nutrition
- Breakfast after event at D Best Cup, Trellis Bay
The Course & Rules
Athletes of all ages and abilities are encouraged to take part and enjoy the triathlon, competing either individually or as part of a team. NOTE: Solo athletes are responsible for setting up their own Transition stops before the start of the race. The equipment will be looked after at these stops.
1500 m swim, 40 km bike, 10 k run…it’s a draft legal event on bike.
Swim starts and finishes at emergency ramp opposite end of the airport runway. Competitors swim right to first buoy (First Buoy) then into Well Bay, around two buoys, and back to First Buoy then the ramp.
Bike is 9 ¾ laps of Beef Island from ramp towards Beef Island bridge, turnaround at Little Mountain junction, then along main road to turnaround at junction with old road to Minine’s nursery (Minine’s junction) the bike finishing at Minine’s Junction.
Run starts and finishes at Minine’s Junction and is 3 laps. One lap is down old airport road to junction with main road, then past airport terminal, around the back of Jeremy’s kitchen, up to Minine’s junction, then out to Minine’s nursery gates and back.
Philippe Leroy (2:32:45) and Johanna Murphy (2:48:35) Top The Field; Johanna breaks record held by Sally Blackmore since 2011 After a Hurricane Irma induced “Gap Year” the BVI Steelman returned on Beef Island with a simplified swim leg. Returning to the start line after a 15 year sabbatical BVI triathlon legend Philippe Leroy a former 5 times BVI national triathlon champion was looking confident and had even invited the press along to document his efforts. There was also a welcome return from Joe MCcIvor after a two year sabbatical sailing solo backwards and forwards across the Atlantic. A new simplified swim course didn’t effect the usual order on the swim with Shane Donovan and Tash Ruscheinski dominating from the start. The swim progressed true to form until Philippe veered off course heading for a stray lobster pot on the shores of Tortola returning to land with a few choice words which will not be printed in this column. In the team event Christian Hidlago and Clifton Struiken set off neck and neck on the bike whilst Colm Rafferty after a fine swim, heading Aaron Gardner, Joe McIvor, Dan Mitchell and Philippe in the Men’s with Sarah Bolt narrowly heading Johanna Murphy in the ladies. The bike leg settled down with Christian and Clifton in the lead group, still neck and neck, Dan, Aaron and Johanna working hard to catch them and Philippe riding like the wind attempting to overhaul the entire field. In the Ladies event Johanna put in a strong bike leg and run to finish ahead of a brave Sarah Bolt, and broke the ladies record held by Sally Blackmore since 2011. Johanna took 1 minute and 10 seconds off the 2011 time. In the team event Christian was unable to shake Clifton on the bike, who then strode off superbly on the run. In the Mens event Philippe’s remarkable bike leg put him first whilst Dan Mitchell held off a fast finishing Joe McIvor for second followed by Colm and Aaron. A great effort with everybody finishing BVI’s toughest triathlon event.
“The Steelman” BVI’s toughest multi discipline event was switched from its traditional afternoon Winter slot to a new Spring date. Triathletes reveled in the fabulous flat, fast, traffic free conditions with some superb racing in both adult and junior divisions to the delight of the spectators and best of all..not a mozzie in sight!
The 2016 BVI triathlon and aquathon calendar will see nine events, starting with the tri-tasting Try A Tri on Sunday, January 31, and finishing with the CaneChristmasAthon on December 10th.
For 2015, the BVI Triathlon Federation has added a new event – Try VG – and the ‘Four Islands Cup’ – a ‘best of five’ points series with Garmin prizes for the top three mens and ladies individuals.
On Saturday, Richard Morgan won his second BVI Steelman title and Tash Ruscheinski, hot off her recent Semi Steel win, her first. Richard covered the 51.5km race in 2 hours, 42 minutes and 30 seconds, while Tash completed the course in 2 hours, 51 minutes and 54 seconds. Neither of last year’s winners – Chris Ghiorse and Gillian Howe – defend their titles.
Chris Ghiorse won the men’s title in the 2013 BVI Steelman vanquishing young pretenders with a finish time of 2:37:05. Gillian Howe won the ladies field with a time of 2:59:34 and all-girl G.I. Janes (Liezl Van Der Schyf, Lisa Adamson and Kat Crumpler) cleaned up the teams division with a fast time 2:32:01.