Dan Hugo Norway

Hugo, Overbye win inaugural XTERRA Norway

(Honolulu, HI) –What a season South African multisport sensation Dan Hugo is having.  With his win at the inaugural XTERRA Norway Championship on Sunday he’s now won majors on five continents (and raced in six!).

Hugo, who turns 29-years-old tomorrow (July 1), has won a big race every month in 2014.  It started in his home country – XTERRA Buffelspoort in January then the South African title in February.  He stormed through Asia in March – winning titles at XTERRA Philippines and XTERRA Guam.  In April, he bounced from Saipan (2nd) to Las Vegas (7th, two-flats) to Australia where he stole the prestigious XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship crown amidst a stacked field.  May was another exotic win, this one in Putrajaya – just outside of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (he’d skip back to the U.S. for work and a stop in Birmingham where the travel took its toll and he finished 6th at the SE Champs).  In June, a voyage to South America and a runner-up finish in Sao Paulo, Brazil preceded a landmark win at the East Champs in Richmond.
Now Norway.

Eight wins in 11 tries on six continents in six months.

Here he talks about his latest (photo courtesy Camilla Hylleberg).

“Cold, crisp morning. They call it a Norwegian Summer. I’m unconvinced. The water was read at 12C – which had the swim shortened to 1000m. Large challenging wind chop. Bike and run were fast and meandering along the coastline. Stunning natural forests. Expected Ben Allen to be close, and tried to settle in on the bike with an aggressive ride. The course was high speed, which makes margins tight. 1h42 winning time or so – reflects how fast the ride and run were. Mostly I’m delighted to see XTERRA Nordic series commence. The Running26 crew are determined to establish an XTERRA community between Norway, Sweden and Denmark. It was a fine start, with many enthusiastic first-time XTERRA entrants.  Sweden in two weeks time – just outside of Stockholm.”

You can read his full, polished account of events including a tourist day in Oslo, on his blog at dghugo.com. Next up; Hugo travels back to his homeland to support XTERRA Pezula and the Knysna Oyster Festival next week.

Also of note from Norway, local Gudmund Snilstveit finished 2nd and Ben Allen third in his return to tri after overcoming some injuries, “great to be back towing the start line 100% fit & healthy,” posted Allen to his social media accounts.  Cecilie Overbye won the women’s race.

Full results / Pictures

2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING EVENTS

XTERRA Norway was the 20th of 36 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.

Date Race Location / Pro Winners
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Leonardo Chacon / Shonny Vanlandingham
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road
Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Ben Allen / Carina Wasle
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Conrad Stoltz / Barbara Riveros
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Dan Hugo / Jacqui Slack
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
24-May XTERRA Mauritius Sam Gardner / Karyn Southgate
24-May XTERRA Spain Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa / Coralie Redelsperger
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Francois Carloni / Kathrin Mueller
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Dan Hugo / Cecilie Overbye
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario Milton, Ontario, Canada
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Xonrupt, Gerardmer
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria British Columbia, Canada
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Hellasgaarten
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Beaver Creek Resort, Avon, Colorado
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Abruzzo, Scanno
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Tapalpa, Jalisco
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Prachatice
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Zittau
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Alberta, Canada
24-Aug XTERRA England Cranleigh, Surrey
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Tisvilde
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Lac Delage, Quebec, Canada
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ogden/Snowbasin, UT
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Maui, Hawaii


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