Dave Defends National Title at USAT Long Course!
At the USAT Long Distance Triathlon National Championships in Grand Rapids, MI Dave once again reigned as 40-44 age group champion in a time of 4:03. Both he and wife Carrie earned spots to compete on Team USA in Motola, Sweden at the ITU World Championships next June! Sean Casey had a top-notch race with a sub-5 hour finishing time! Sean was 33rd in his super competitive 45-49 age group.
Big Weekend Ahead....USAT Long Course and Eagleman on Tap!
Athletes will be heading to both the Mid Atlantic for Ironman's Eagleman 70.3 with hopes of earning spots for the Mt. Tremblant and Kona. Eagleman offers 1-2 spots per age group for the IM Championships in Kona, HI later this fall. This is one of the only 70.3 races which offers the coveted Kona slot.
The upper Mid West will host the USAT Long Distance Triathlon National Championships. Grand Rapids, MI will host the event where athletes from across the country will attempt to earn a top 18 finish in the age group at the one and only race to race for Team USA in Sweden next summer. Dave Slavinski of BPC, is the two-time defending race champion and two-time defending ITU World Champion. He will be toeing the line for the 5th straight year at the USAT Championships.
BPC Athletes took 3-Team USA spots and earned 2-podium finishes at the USAT Duathlon Long Distance Nationals in Cary, NC in May.
The team was led by Dave Slavinski, who took a 2nd place age group finish, and Carrie Slavinski who finished 3rd in the AG. Adam Smith, competing in his 1st LD Du, earned a Team USA spot by finishing 10th in his AG.
Athletes have earned a spot on the team which will compete at the Powerman Zofingen Chapionships in Switzerland in September. Anyone wishing to sponsor one or more these athletes please contact us to pledge your support.
May is Heating Up with Alexandridis Winning IM St George
Turch conquers IM St. Croix
Iain Alexandridis ripped off a 1:21 half marathon enroute to winning the age group title at Ironman St George. Fourth out of the water, Iain was in the lead by the 22-mile split on the bike and he continued to ride and run away from the comptition. He took the age group title by nearly 6-minutes in 4:16:41. The win qualified him for the IM Championship 70.3 to be held in Mt. Tremblant, Canada in September.
Michael Turch conquered "The Beast" on the St Croix IM 70.3 course. Finishing 14th in his age group, Turch recovered from the swim and clawed his way back toward the front of the pack with a solid bike and run performance.
The racing will continue to heat up as will the weather this season. Athletes are looking forward to USAT Duathlon Nationals, USAT Long Course Triathlon Nationals, and IM Texas and IM 70.3 Eagleman over the coming weeks.
Running The Jersey Shore...and More.....
Runners from the Jersey Shore tore it up this final weekend in April. The charge was led by Loretta Hoffman who set a new personal best in the marathon at 4:03. She took 5th in the age group as she slipped in just over 4-hours.
Michael DiBella ran a best of 1:40:41 for 13.1 miles at the New Jersey Marathon as he pushed himself to a new level. He is en-route to a new personal best performance in 70.3 triathlon this season with after turning in a solid stand-alone half marathon.
Patricia Foster completed another Boston Marathon last week in a solid 4:17. It was one year after the she finished moments before the bombings that rocked the marathon world in 2013.
Carrie Slavinski ran the annual Run-a-Palooza benifit run as part of her school teachers team on Saturday.
Great Start, Great Finish at the Delaware Valley Duathlon
The BPC crew got off to a fast start with podium finishes throughout ever age group. The team was led by Dave Slavinski who was the first age group finisher and 2nd overall. Carrie Slavinski finished 5th overall and won her age group. She was followed by Shannon Hauser who took top honors in her age group as well.
Sean Casey and Gary Smith earned 2nd place age group finishes with solid run performances while Adam Smith earned a 3rd place finish in his age group.
The race consisted of a 5k run, 15 mile bike, and 5k run on a rolling course in Nockamixon State Park outside of Doylestown, PA.
All Americans......Come Join the BPC Crowd!
All Americans were named by the governing body and BPC athletes and coaches were all on the list. Iain Alexandredis led the way along with Dave Slavinski.
BPC Coach and athlete, Matt Kemple, made All American for the 1st time with a solid year where he notched top performances in numerous 70.3 events.
Iain finished off the 2013 campaign with a 7th place finish at the Ironman 70.3 Championships in Las Vegas. He made some great strides on both the bike and the run this season and as a result, dropped to the low 4:20's for the 70.3.
Slavinski took the top spot in the age group in the duathlon rankings for the 4th straight year. In triathlon, Slavinski also earned his best ever ranking, 5th, with the help of USAT National Titles in both the sprint and 70.3 distance as well as a 2nd straight ITU World Championship.
The 2014 Season is Here!
Make 2014 a banner year!
Let's get ready for the 2014 season with swim! Here are some great swim training videos for both the pool and home http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1597&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en
Get yourself ready for these great local events with the coaches of BPC;
USAT Long Distance Duathlon Nationals, May 18
USA Triathlon Long Distance Nationals, June 8
Eagleman, June 8
Challenge Atlantic City, June 29
USAT Sprint and OLY Nationals Aug 9-10 (Qualifies for Chicago Worlds in 2015!)
Ironman Princeton September, 21st
We will not only get you to the finish line, but get your there fast!
Great End to a Great Season!
4 qualify for Team USA at USAT Long Course Tri Nationals
Gary Smith Takes on Tremblant!
Gary Smith conquered the 1st ever Ironman Mont Tremblant finishing 19th in the 55-59 age group. Gary posted a solid swim in 1:21 followed by a 6:10 bike on the rolling hills of Canada. He had to fight off stomach issues during the run that slowed him over the final 8 miles to finish in 12 hours 28 minutes
Dave Slavinski: National Champion!
Jason Butch 6th age group OLY finish
Dave Slavinski led the BPC charge at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships over the August 10-11 weekend capturing the sprint distance national title. At 42-years old, Slavinski won the 40-44 age group in a hard fought race by a mere 11-seconds. This is his second straight Sprint Distance Title and 9th overall National Title to accompany his 3-World Titles.
Jason Butch moved up the ranks and turned some heads with a 6th place age group finish in the Olympic distance race on Saturday. He was powered by a solid swim, strong bike, and a personal best run. Butch and Slavinski earned places on the 2014 Team USA which will compete at the ITU World Championships next summer in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Shannon Hauser will have to wait for the roll down process to find out if she made Team USA after an impressive 17th age group finish in the sprint distance. Although Team USA slots are awarded to the top-18 in each age group, Shannon was bumped to 20th as two athletes from the age group below will age-up in 2014. Despite the drama, Shannon turned in an impressive all-around performance at her second ever National Championship Event.
Carlos Garcia continued his preparation for the 2013 Sprint Worlds in London in September with a 30th place finish. He was just seconds ahead of Sean Casey who finished strong on the bike and run after giving time to the field in the swim. Sean finishd 31st this year after competing as a Clydesdale in 2012 and taking 3rd at the Sprint Nationals. The move from Clydesdale to age group was made in hopes of garnering a Team USA slot as there is no Clydesdale competition at the ITU World Championships.
Carrie Slavinski continued her comeback in 2013 after a tib-fib break which ended her 2012 season. She finished 33rd in the age group but said she was "just happy to be out there competing again". Leesa Eichberger flew in from the west coast to join the fun and turned in a solid mid-pack performance.
Michael Turch with a 40-minute Personal Best at IMLP
Loretta Hoffman "Runs" her way to AG Victory at Born to Tri
Michael Turch has been an Ironman before, but he took the 140.6 mile race to a whole other level this time. Toeing the line on challenging Ironman Lake Placid course, Michael turned in a solid performance going 11-hours and 10-minutes and laying down a huge personal best in the process.
He started the day swimming the 2.4-mile course in 1:15 and then made his way to thetransition to set out on the 112-mile bike course. He was off the bike in less then 6-hours, slowed by the rainy conditions, and onto the marathon. 3:55 for the marathon and a day-light finish. That is the way to be an Ironman!
Loretta Hoffman sprinted her way to age group victory this weeked at Born to Tri in Asbury Park. She trailed a few athletes after the swim, but used her time trialing bike speed to pull back the competition as she out-rode the next fastest cyclist in the age group by 4-minutes. After a top 7-overall bike performance, Loretta posted the fastest age group run to finish off the day!
Alexandridis Keeps His Winning Ways Going at Rev3 Williamsburg
Matt Kemple 5th Age Group! Smith Tackles Mt. Tremblant 70.3
Young gun, Iain Alexandridis kept the momentum going with another age group win and finished as the 2nd overall amateur at the Rev3 Williamsburg 70.3. Iain raced to victory behind 4:27 performance
in hot, humid conditions on a Virginia Sunday morning. He was steady turing in a 34-minute 1.2 mile swim, a 2:22 bike, and a 1:27 13.1 mile run. Iain, a sophmore at Virginia Tech, just keeps getting
Matt Kemple also turned in a top-5 age group performance in Williamsburg with a 4:51. After turning in a 2:23 bike leg, Matt struggled with the heat on the run losing two positions in the final portion of the run.
Gary Smith took the trip north of the boarder to race in Canada at Mt Tremblant and finished 13th in the age group. In August he will make a return trip and double the course distance he just covered in 5:25.
Alexandridis Wins Age Group at Ironman 70.3 Florida
2013 Results! Updated 6/26
Iain Alexandridis Rocked Ironman Florida 70.3 by winning the age group in 4:22.28. He was consistent all the way across the board swimming 28 minutes, cycling 2:20, and running 1:29 and took the age group by nearly 3-minutes! Iain just finished his freshman year at Virginia Tech and he punched his ticket to the Ironman World Championships in Las Vegas in September. By the way, he finished 30th overall!
Carrie Slaviski took 2nd in Cat 4 women and Dave Slavinski won the Cat 4/5 Men at the Upper Freehold Time Trial this weekend.
Dave Slavinski took the 2013 Devilman Half Lite title with a fast run in his final preparation for a title defense at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon Worlds next month in France. Gary Smith, had another stong finish at the Wildflower Triathlon Festival in Northern California following a 5th place AG performance last weekend at the USAT Long Course Duathlon Nationals Washington State.
Devilman saw Shannon Hauser finish a strong 5th overall in the woman's sprint earning her a new Polar Heart Rate Monitor. Steve Molyneux started the triathlon season off with a successful half lite as he scales back his racing after a successful 140.6 campain in 2012.
Loretta Hoffman (4:16), Particia Foster (4:29), and Alan Riccardi (4:03) took a long run.....26.2 miles that is. For Patricia it is her second marathon of the young season after being one of the finishers at the 2013 Boston Marathon in April. They took the New Jersey Marathon challenge and despite being a little sore, emerged successful.
Iain Alexandridis, a freshman at Virginia Tech, led the BPC effort at the USAT Collegiate National Championships with a 45th overall finish in 1:56. For Iain, it was his first time under the 2-hour barrier. He made the most significant improvement over the past year on the bike.
The BPC Crew took on a cold morning duathlon (run-bike-run) at Nockamixon State Park in Pennsylvania with continued success.
Adam Smith completed his 1st ever duathlon and beat his fater, Gary, who won his age group. Shannon Hauser had a nice race in winning her age group as well.
Carrie made her comeback to official taking 2nd in her age group 7 months and 1 week after having her tib-fib surgically repaired. Dave Slavinski finisihed 2nd overall by posting 5k runs of 16:18 and 17:06.
Dan Oldroyd started off the 2013 with a cold plunge into the San Francisco Bay....but that wasn't the hard part! The bike, up and down the hills, with almost dead stops at the bottom of every turn, wasn't even the hard part. It was the run that was the killer. the 1/2 mile on the soft sand of the beach was the killer according to Dan. But he finished with a smile on his face! Great start!
Loretta Hoffman and Patricia Foster escpaed the cold of the Northeast and conquered the IM San Juan 70.3 for the second straight year. They both spent some extra time enjoying the warm water in the 1.2 mile swim. Loretta rocked a sub-3 hour bike and pushed her way through the strong trade winds which only seem to be there on the bike. They both persevered a hot, humid run which, training all winter in NJ, no one is ready for. Loretta led the way with an 8th place age group finish. Congrats to both!
Dave Slavinski Wins ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships
Gary Smith 11th in the Age Group for Team USA in France
The ITU World Championshipson June 1st, in Belfort France showcased the best athletes from each national federation all vying for their respective age group title. Again, Dave Slavinski came away with the gold medal for Team USA in the 40-44 age group. He used the 4th fastest 20k run time on the day, including the professionals, to distance himself from the competition. He averaged 5:57 on the 12.4 mile run to close the 3-minute deficit he faced after the bike to put nearly 6-minutes on the next age group finisher.
Gary Smith had his best performance of the season in the 55-59 age group posting an 11th place finish. His strong cycling performance on le ballon d' Alsace gave him a top 25% age group performance.
Due to the persistent cold temperatures this spring in Europe, the 4k swim was cancelled and changed to a 10k run, 87k bike, 20k run. The ITU made the change on Thursday in order to give athletes time to adjust their strategies before the Saturday race. The last time ITU was forced to make a course change was in 2011 in Henderson, Nevada when an unseasonable cold front cancelled the swim on race morning and changed the bike to a time trial start.
According to Smith, the Thursday change was a welcome move. The race was made into a duathlon which made it easier for athletes and spectators to know where each athlete stood within the age group as compared to a time trial start where each racer started in 5-second intervals.
The 2014 ITU Championship will be held in Xuahai, China on Spetember 21st.
USAT to Honor Dave Slavinski as Athlete of the Year.....Again!
The USAT will soon announce the 2012 line-up of "Athletes of the Year" and you will find Dave Slavinski on that list for the 3rd straight year. Slavinski will be crowned Masters Duathlete of the Year for the 2nd straight season following being named 2010 Overall Duathlete of the Year.
Slavinski started the season by winning the age group title at USAT Standard Course Duathlon National Championships in Tucson, AZ placing 5th ovearall. He also won the overall title at the USAT Long Course Duathlon National Championships this spring in Cambridge, Maryland before moving on to win two additional USAT titles in triathlon and the ITU World Championships in long distance triathon.
USAT will honor Slavinski and the other recipients in Milwaulkee, WI in August during the USAT Sprint and Olympic National Championships.
Glen Thompson WINS Kewiah Island 26.2!
Glen Thompson: "They have chip time at 2:39.43 and clock time at 2:40.13....I like chip time! there was not that much of a delay since I was at the front at start, so I dunno. Was on target through mile 20 for around a 2:37 (5:56ish pace) and then I lost about 2 minutes in last 5 miles from hamstring cramping , but so happy about the win. Did not expect that."
Great job Glen....we knew you had it all the way!
Trio Do the Triple of 140.6
Loretta Hoffman, Patricia Foster, and Steve Molyneux conquer Ironman Arizona
Steve Molyneux lead the NJ assault in Arizona in November posting a 12:31 in his first ever 140.6. He was steady through the 2.4 mile swim and on the 112 mile bike portion, and was able to run the entire 26.2 miles in what can olny be described as an inspiring effort. His effort was not to be overshadowed by the two other first-timers who trained together throughout the last year and ended up drawing back together on the run and finishing together in the time of 13-hours 46-minutes.
Riccardi Steams to 3rd Age Group Finish at Shoreman 70.3!
Swim 37-Bike 2:46- Run 1:01 = 5:28 and a new personal best!
Gary Smith With a 4th Place at the ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships!
10k run, 150k bike, 30k run/ 9:01 in Switzerland!
Rev3 Portland-Matt Kemple and Steve Molyneux Rip it!
Matt Kemple was solid all around as he captured the 4th age group spot at the Rev3 Old Orchard Beach 70.3. Steve Molyneux rocked a personal best at the challenging Maine course.
Matt posted a 4:51 while rockin 22+ on the bike. Steve came in with a 5:43 as he churned out a steady paced run. The rock-solid 70.3 is a good lead-in for the November Ironman in Arizona.
Sean Casey Takes Podium at USAT Nationals!
Dave Slavinski wins age group national title and Carrie Slavinski places 7th AG
The USAT Age Group Spint and Olympic Distance National Championships were held in Burlington, VT on August 18-19. BPC athletes who made the trek had a tremendous amount of success including Dave Slavinski's thrid age group national title of the 2012 season. Sean Casey garnered a 3rd place podium spot in the Master's Clydesdale division. Carrie Slavinski joined Dave in qualifying for the 2013 USAT Team that will compete at the ITU World Sprint Championships in London.
Dave, who has won two duathlon national titles already this season as well as the ITU World Championship in the long course triathlon, turned up the gas and ran to his first ever sprint distance triathlon national title. After a 10th place swim, Dave moved to 4th on the bike portion of the race and by mile one of the run he was alone in 1st place in the age group. Dave turned in the fastest run split in the age group and the 4th fastest on the day at 16:29 (5:18 mile pace). He also was voted as turning in the "performance of the day" by USAT as he was the lone athlete over the age of 30 who placed in the top 8 in the overall and winning the 40-44 age group.
Sean Casey, competing at his first National Championship event, surprised the field when he turned in one of the fastest bike spilts in the Clydesdale division and running sub-7-minute pace for the 5k.
By finishing 7th in her age group, Carrie Slavinski earned a spot on Team USA which will compete in London, GB in September 2013. She improved on her 2011 performance by nearly 40-positions. It is a credit to all of the hard work she put in during the winter of 2012 and the continued effort this summer.
The USAT hosted both an Olympic and sprint distance championship over the weekend which saw more then 3,700 athletes compete for overall and age group national titles as well as positions on Team USA for 2013.
YOU ARE IRONMEN!
Alan Riccardi and Joe McMahon earned their iron-stripes today with solid performance. Alan Posted a time of 11:46 to earn a great 106th age group finish. Joe Mac, posted an 11:19 in his IM debut and a top 30 age group finish.
Gary Smith had the most impressive age group finish capturing a top-10 age group finish (9th) in the inagural IM US Championship in NYC. Another friend, Jesse O'Donnell completed his first IM in 9:27 and captured 3rd in the 25-29 age group! Chris Wilcox finished his 2nd Ironman and took a top 30-age group finish. Great job to all!
The conditions were right for a fast swim, all under 51-minutes, cloud cover for the bike and rain for the run led to a fast day overall. The hilly 112-mile bike course seemed to provide some relief for the athletes who had to change gears and the muscles they were using. All three men completed the marathon without walking and earned their impressive age group finishes.
The Triathlon Season is in Full Swing, Check out the Results!
Dave Slavinski Leads USA With Gold Medal in Spain
Dave Slavinski led the USA Triathlon Age Group World team in Vitoria-Gasteiz Spain on Sunday by taking his first ITU gold medal. Dave posted the 5th fastest age group time of the day by running 6:24 pace for the 18.6 mile run to go along with a 24 mph average bike for 74 miles. His overall time was 6:09.23.
At the 8k mark of the run Dave passed Matt Molloy of Irelend to take the lead in the 40-44 age group. Despite fading on the 2nd half of the run (1:59.26) he took the age group by nearly 9-minutes.
ITU, the International Triathlon Union and the governing body of the sport, holds its world championships at different venues around the world on a yearly basis. The 2.5 mile swim was hosted in a fresh water lake, the 120k bike was started at the lake and ended in the city of Victoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country, and the 4-loop, 30k, run course weaved through the crowded streets fiilled with enthustiastic triathlon fans.
Three other Team USA athletes also won age group titles while former Ironman and ITU World Champion Chris McCormick led the elite men´s field.
Hal Soden is an Ironman! Congratulations and Enjoy the Feeling of Accomplishment!
Syracuse 70.3, the Whole Crew~
Syracuse was good for Carrie Slavinski and Jamie Moreng as they punched their tickets to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Joe McMahon had a solid 5:01 and finished 18th in the age group while Iain Alexandredis finsihed 9th in the 18-24 in 5:05. Shannan Hauser finished 13th in her age group and Alan Riccardi had a solid performance as he marches toward Ironman NYC in August.
Dave Slavinski Claims 2nd Straight USAT Duathlon Long Course National Title....Glen Thompson 3rd Overall. Carrie Slavinski 6th Overall and 2nd AG! Gary Smith 4th Age Group!
CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Dave Slavinksi and Peggy Yetman claimed the overall titles at Sunday’s USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championship, which was held in conjunction with the Blackwater Duathlon.
Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.) earned his second consecutive
Long Course Duathlon national title in 2 hours, 53 minutes, 32 seconds on the 10-kilometer run, 70-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course. The 2011 USA Triathlon Masters Duathlete of the Year opened
with a 33:15 10k run split en route to the win. Rounding out the national championship podium were C.W. Moran (Millsboro, Del.), who won the men’s 25-29 title in 2:57:39, and Glen Thompson
(Charlotte, N.C.), who was the runner-up in the men’s 40-44 age group to Slavinski, in 2:59:53.
Yetman (Leesburg, Va.) claimed the women’s overall title and the 40-44 age group in 3:10:29 with nearly identical 10k splits of 37:46 and 37:48. Defending champion Gail Kattouf (Greenville, S.C.) was second overall and won the 35-39 age group in 3:21:23, while 30-34 winner Monica Schoeneck (Muskego, Wis.) placed third in 3:25:59.
On the men’s side, elite duathlete Eneas Freyre (Norwalk, Conn.) was the first athlete to cross the finish line in 2:48:31 to earn a spot on the U.S. roster for the ITU Elite Long Course Duathlon World Championships. As an elite (professional) duathlete, Freyre is not eligible for age group national title honors.
Sunday’s Long Course Duathlon National Championship also served as the lone qualifier for Team USA for the 2012 ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championships, which will take place Sept. 2 in Zofingen, Switzerland. The top 18 finishers in each age group (rolling down to 25th place) qualified for Team USA. U.S. age-groupers earned five medals at 2011 Long Course Duathlon Worlds, which were also held in Zofingen.
Team USA is comprised of the nation’s top multisport amateur athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championships event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA.
USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championship – Complete Results
(10k run, 70k bike, 10k run)
Slavinski Clean Sweep at the JSMS Kick Off!
Shannon Hauser win AG at Devilman