Bermuda Welcomes 10 U.S. Elites Looking For Series Points in Penultimate WTCS Event
by USA Triathlon
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The penultimate stop of the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series heads to the beautiful island of Bermuda this Sunday, Nov. 6. A stacked roster of 10 U.S. elite triathletes will toe the line in the men’s and women’s events to earn final Series points before the WTCS Finals in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month that will crown World Champions.
The sixth stop of the WTCS, the World Triathlon Championship Series Bermuda will feature an Olympic-distance course with athletes taking on a 1500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run.
Both races in Bermuda will be broadcast live at TriathlonLIVE.tv with subscriptions available for purchase.
The elite men will compete first, with athletes lining up for a 10:00 a.m. ET (11:00 a.m. local time) start. The women will follow at 1:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. local time).
2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Bermuda
In the women’s event, all five of the U.S. athletes competing have shown their power this season.
Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) spearheads the U.S. women’s roster, sitting third on the start list. Entering the weekend, Spivey is currently ranked fifth in the Series and less than 150 points away from overall podium contention.
She comes to Bermuda with three fourth-place finishes in her five WTCS appearances this season and just wrapped a successful 2022 Super League Championship Series season, placing second in the overall standings.
Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) will also set course in Bermuda, just one weekend after winning the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, becoming the youngest woman ever to win the world title, at just 24 years old. She earned the bronze at WTCS Cagliari in October and comes to Bermuda ranked ninth in the WTCS standings.
The three remaining U.S. women competing are Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.) and Erika Ackerlund (Helena, Mont.).
Kasper has remained one of the most consistent women for the U.S. with two top-ten finishes in the Series this season and ranks 10th in the WTCS standings. Rappaport is consistently one of the first athletes out of the water and ranks 14th in the WTCS standings, giving the U.S. four women in the top 15, joining Great Britain as the only country with four athletes ranked in the top 15. And Ackerlund, the youngest U.S. woman on the start line continues to showcase her ability at the elite level in her first full WTCS season.
The U.S. men lining up in Bermuda on Sunday are Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.), Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.), Chase McQueen (Columbus, Ohio) and Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.).
McDowell placed 10th in Cagliari, earning him his second top-ten finish of the season. McElroy enters Bermuda coming off of three consecutive podiums at the World Triathlon Cup level, most recently claiming victory at the 2022 World Triathlon Cup Tongyeong.
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