Flora Duffy Earns “Best Of 2016” First Honour

November 27, 2016

Bermuda’s world champion Flora Duffy has earned the first honour of Triathlon.org’s “Best of” series for her swim performance in Cape Town this year, with the publication also noting her “amazing ride” during the third WTS race of 2016.

The story said “Duffy started out this “Best of” series by earning the first honour for her swim performance in Cape Town this year. Well, Cape Town was a significant race for the Bermudian, because it was during that same race where she can attribute this week’s honour: Best Women’s Bike.

“It would be hard to forget her amazing ride during the third WTS race of 2016. After exiting the water as the swim leader about 15 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, Duffy went on to mount her bike and ride the 20-kilometre spint course…solo.

“The chasers eventually did catch up to her just before the second transition, but her efforts caught up and it earned her a bronze medal.

“But Duffy’s impressive riding does not stop there in Cape Town. With a feeling of déjà vu, Duffy found herself in a solo ride again in Stockholm. While she left the first transition with about 5 riders in line, her swift cycling was too much for the pack and she zoomed away to continue the course alone.

“This time however, her efforts on the bike proved to be worthwhile as she went on to win the race and earn her first WTS gold.

“And to top off an incredible season for Duffy, she displayed the perfect race in the Cozumel Grand Final to win the World Championship. Part of that perfect race came from her bike leg. Duffy is easily one of the strongest cyclists in the elite field right now, and that ride in Cozumel showcased that right.

“She was able to pull Brits Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth away in a three-man pack to gain enough of a lead on USA’s Gwen Jorgensen, where Jorgensen was unable to catch her on the run. It was Duffy’s riding that played a huge role in winning the 2016 World Crown.”

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  1. moonbeam says:

    Well done Flora — your hard work is resulting in amazing rewards.