The BVI Steelman, an Olympic distance triathlon, and one of the most challenging events on the BVI Triathlon Federation calendar, takes place at Beef Island - 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run.
Sunday, May 16, Beef Island
- Registration at Tortola Sports Club, Friday, May 14, 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.
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.
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.