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.
To allow potential competitors to better prepare for the crown jewel of the BVI triathlon calendar – the Olympic distance BVI Steelman – events and dates have been changed. The BVI Steelman has moved to December 7, replacing the Santathon; on the original date for the BVI Steelman, November 16, there will be a Semi-Steel, half the distance of the BVI Steelman but on the same course.
In the 2012 BVI Steelman triathlon held on Saturday (Nov 10), defending men’s champion Antony Spencer snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on the final furlong. Young pretender Richard Morgan slowly reeled Spencer in on the run to eventually win with a time of 2 hours, 33 minutes and 24 seconds, beating him by 2 minutes and 24 seconds. Liezl Van Der Schyf comfortably won the women’s division with a time of 3 hours, 1 minute and 19 seconds; Henkle were the team winners with a time of 2 hours, 42 minutes and 51 seconds.
The 2012 BVI Steelman, an Olympic distance triathlon and the most challenging event on the BVI Triathlon Federation calendar, will take place at Beef Island on Saturday, November 10. The event, open to 3-person teams as well as individuals, comprises a 1500 metre swim held in Well Bay, a 25-mile bike leg lapping the road from the airport to the ramparts of Beef Island Bridge, and ends in a six-mile run along the roads and trails of Beef Island heading towards Minines. In last year’s event, Antony Spencer took the Men’s title of most steely from 2010 winner Chris Ghiorse with a time of 2:38:34 beating him by 4 minutes and 39 seconds; Thomas Layer from St Thomas was third, a mere 17 seconds behind Chris. However, Antony’s time was considerably off Chris’s 2010 winning time of 2:32:07. The current course record of 2:27:03 was set in the 2008 event by Chris Ghiorse.
The BVI Steelman, an Olympic distance triathlon and the most challenging event on the BVI Triathlon Federation calendar, will take place at Beef Island on Saturday, October 22. The event, open to 3-person teams as well as individuals, comprises a one-mile swim held in Well Bay, a 25-mile bike race lapping the road from the airport to the ramparts of Beef Island Bridge, and ends in a six-mile run along the roads and trails of Beef Island heading towards Minines.
Chris Ghiorse won the 2010 BVI Steelman with a time of 2:32:07. Kay Reddy won the Ladies with a time of 3:06:05, top team was the Governor’s team.
Chris Ghiorse won the 2010 BVI Steelman with a time of 2:32:07 on Sunday, October 24th. This is an olympic distance triathlon with a one-mile swim held in Well Bay on Beef Island, followed by a 25-mile bike race lapping the road from the airport to just into East End, and ending in a six-mile run along the roads and trails of Trellis Bay.
The 2007 Steelman Olympic distance triathlon got off to a blistering start last Saturday. A record 46 competitors entered, with athletes coming from Miami, St Maarten and the USVI to compete in the grueling event. The eager competitors began the first leg of the competition, a 1500 swim in Well Bay. As the swimmers kicked and splashed their way round the triangular course, Anthony “Chorpedo” Spencer, in his usual casual fashion , took control of the race. Spencer was first out of the swim, followed closely by Sue Tucker and Kevin Drysdale. Overall at the end of the first leg, Spencer led the solo event for the men, with Eddie Robbins from Miami in second and Iron Man Peter Wilmott in third.