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On Your Marks: Get Ready for the World Triathlon Series in Bermuda

Calling triathletes – consider this your invitation to Bermuda. The island, located just two hours from most major U.S. airports, is hosting the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) prestigious World Triathlon Series events in 2018, 2019 and 2020; the first race takes place April 28, 2018. 

World Champion Flora Duffy, training in Bermuda for the ITU World Triathlon Bermuda

| Credit: Nhuri Bashir

Bermuda is just 21 square miles, but it’s the perfect place for a triathlon, with warm year-round conditions, crystal clear Atlantic waters for swimming (no wetsuit required!), hilly terrain for biking and the pastel building-lined streets of the City of Hamilton for running.

But don’t take our word for it. Just ask Triathlete Magazine, the leading international publication for triathletes. They recently cast Bermuda in a starring role for its annual swimsuit issue, bringing some of the world’s top triathletes to these shores for a sun-soaked photo shoot.

Or check in with Flora Duffy, the superstar Bermudian triathlete and current ITU World Champion who represented Bermuda in the Beijing, London and Rio Summer Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Oh, and she’s currently enjoying an incredible 2017, having just claimed her fourth victory in a row in the ITU World Triathlon Series, after winning in Edmonton. Think you can best her on her home turf? You’re welcome to try …

“I am excited to welcome triathletes to an island that is set apart by its location and way of life,” Duffy says. “Bermuda is about the people you meet, and a land that has its own mystique. But even though Bermudians are welcoming, remember that Corkscrew Hill is an absolute beast on the bike and I will look forward to taking it on against the best in the world. They will need to be at their best to catch me. It looks like a snake climbing a wall and is so narrow and technical that we will have to race up single file. Add local crowds cheering on either side and the atmosphere will be spectacular. These are the memories we will all treasure as athletes.”

Flora Duffy, training day in Bermuda.

| Credit: Nhur Bashir

Adding to the chorus is Barry Siff, USA Triathlon Board of Directors. “Having seen both courses, I can personally attest to the challenges and beauty athletes will experience,” he says. “The active island life will welcome spectators too. Not only is Bermuda easily accessible by air – especially travelling from the U.S. East Coast – the island country boasts mild temperatures, winding coastlines with pink sand beaches, turquoise blue waters and legendary hospitality. I’m so excited for this inaugural event in Bermuda – I hope you will join me too!”

Learn more and register at bermuda.triathlon.org.

And getting to Bermuda has never been easier, with direct flight connection from the US, Canada and UK.  

Beyond the race itself, Bermuda will provide a spectacular getaway for visiting athletes. From pink-sand beaches to fascinating historic attractions, from luxurious resorts to authentic island food & drink, Triathlon weekend will be filled with unforgettable moments and adventures. Just a few experiences to consider:

South Shore Bermuda

  • Whale Watching – Spring is when migrating humpback whales return to Bermuda’s waters.
  • Cliff Jumping – Admiralty House Park, named one of the world’s most adventurous beaches by Men’s Journal, offers high cliffs and deep waters.
  • Crystal Caves – Descend into this otherworldly natural attraction, which Mark Twain once called “the most beautiful cave in the world.”
  • Railway Trail – Spanning the island from end to end, this 18-mile trail follows an abandoned rail bed that winds through tranquil landscapes and along stunning rocky coastlines.
  • Classic Cocktails – No visit to Bermuda is complete without trying the island’s signature cocktails – the Dark n’ Stormy and the Rum Swizzle. Tip: they taste even better as you watch the sunset.
  • Sunken Treasure – Bermuda has been widely recognized as the shipwreck capital of the Atlantic, offering snorkellers, scuba divers, and other seafaring visitors some of the best wreck diving in the world.
  • The Town of St. George – This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Bermuda was born, and its rich history is evident down every alleyway.