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A Salute to the 2006 XTERRA Regional Champions
A salute to the 2006 XTERRA Regional Champions, a sneak peek to the XTERRA Boney Mountain Scramble trail run in Los Angeles, XTERRA Managing Director "Kahuna" Dave Nicholas files his last report of the season from overseas where Sebastian Kienle and Carina Wasle won at XTERRA Germany, the final standings of the fourth annual XTERRA European Tour, and this week's XTERRA TV schedule.
Sept. 30 - XTERRA Boney Mountain Scramble (Los Angeles, CA)
This is the sixth year of amateur racing in the Nissan Xterra USA Championship Series, and just two athletes - Tom Lyons (45-49) of Reno, Nevada, and Joe Amato (60-64) of Ellicott City, Maryland - have won their regional championship each year. Jeremy Chandler, Matt Boobar, Steve Cole, and Kent Robison all picked up their 5th regional titles.
On the women's side Barbara Peterson of Berkeley, CA and Beverly Enslow of Peoria, IL stand out as the most successful regional racers through time with 5 championships each.
View the complete list (PDF) of this year's regional champs, all looking forward to the Nissan Xterra USA Championship on October 1 in Nevada.
The first annual XTERRA Boney Mountain Scramble - a bona-fide butt kicking, heart wrenching, and endorphin producing trail running race - hits L.A. on Saturday, September 30th. For the first time ever, Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa National and Pt. Mugu State Park is allowing an organized trail running event to take place in this pristine location.
The line-up for Saturday consists of two events, a 6K and a 21K half-marathon. The 6K-race takes runners along Sycamore Creek, zig-zagging throughout the creek bed all the way up. The half-marathon is one of the toughest around -- 90% of the course consists of single-track trails and with an elevation of 2,000+ feet, it gives new meaning to the phrase "runner's high".
Boney Mountain is the third race of five in the XTERRA So-Cal Scramble Series. Proceeds from the event go to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Founded in 1901, the hospital has been treating the most seriously ill and injured children in Los Angeles for more than a century.
Course map, directions, registration info, and further information can be found on the race website, http://www.trailrace.com. The XTERRA Boney Mountain Scramble race also offers a Youth Outreach Program. The program focuses on introducing 12 to 17 year old students to the California State Parks and trail running.
A new star by the name of Sebastian Kienle won the men's race and Carina Wasle claimed her second-straight title at XTERRA Germany on Saturday. Dave "Kahuna" Nicholas, the managing director of the Global Tour, tells us about the race and wraps up another season of European racing…
A fantastic postcard day in the Black Forest produced an exciting race for both the men and women pro's. Sebastian Kienle, the top finishing German in 2005 put his name on the very top of the list today with a 30 second win over second place Felix Schumann. World Champ Nico Lebrun was third and Christian Ruderer fourth with up and coming Czech Petr Novak rounding out the top 5.
What happened was terrific. The swim course was a bit long giving young German Andi Boecherer a solid lead only to find his front tire totally flat sitting in transition. He filled it and ran to bike out, mounted and went about 10 meters to find it gone again. The end to a promising day.
At the end of the first 20K lap Ruderer had a commanding 2 minute lead over Kienle and Schuman who were tied together. Following them was 2001 German winner Ronnie Dietz, then South Africa's Lieuwe Boonstra and Sasha Wingenfeld. Where was Lebrun? Where was Pfitzenmaier?
Nico had a horrible swim and came out 6 minutes behind. He could not find his legs and appeared out of the top 10 at the end of the first lap. Pfitzenmaier had bike problems and literally said he was finishing for the kids - his charity in Mozambique.
Lots of pulling and passing on the 2nd lap scrambled things going into T2 where Kienle had now taken the lead with Ruderer and Schumann close behind. A three way duel for the run. Surprisingly Lebrun had found his speed (French pro Fabien Combaluzier said he was with Nico when he started the first climb and just watched in amazement as the World Champ simply left him) and came into T2 in 5th but still 3 minutes behind. Czech Novak was 4th, Dietz and Wingenfeld were 6th and 7th but there was no Boonstra.
Kienle kept the lead but was only 30 seconds up on Schumann who was 10 feet in front of Ruderer. The surprise came when Lebrun made the turn only 2 ½ minutes behind and stalking Novak. Nico had the bit in his teeth and was flying on the run.
At the end Kienle won with a super solid performance, Schumann remained second a minute behind, but "sacre' blue" who comes running down the path to the finish having passed two men on the last lap but Nico Lebrun to take a brilliant 3rd place just 2:17 out.
The womens race was strictly between Sybille Matter and 2005 German champ, the diminutive Carina Wasle. Matter is a fantastic swimmer and put over 7 minutes on Wasle. Carina knows Sybille and understood she would have to make up a huge gap - but 7 minutes? At the end of the first lap Carina had cut the lead to 3 ½ minutes. By the time the two leaders came into the final turn going to transition the lead had changed as Wasle made back almost 8 minutes. It came down to one simple fact; had Carina used up her energy catching Sybille? Their runs were almost even and Wasle came home an exhausted but very happy 40 seconds in the lead. Hungarian pro Eszter Erdelyi was third but over 12 minutes behind Carina; Claudia Frank was 4th and first German gal with Michelle Lombardi 5th.
A sunny 75 day, slight breeze, a few thousand spectators all over the course and a very long and difficult course made for a great finish to this years European Tour. A full bravo to Nico Lebrun and Renata Bucher the overall elite winners in this years tour.
I say it every year and I mean it every year; we have 7 fantastic chances for everyone around the globe to come and enjoy Europe and meet folks that think just like you. We start next year in May. Keep your eyes on our website as the calendar is close to complete and we will announce next years tour soon.
Hope to see you there.
Renata Bucher wins her second straight XTERRA Europe title with a perfect season having notched wins in France, Italy, Czech, Spain, and Great Britain. Nico Lebrun notched three wins (Italy, Czech, Denmark) was second in France and third in Germany for his first European Tour title. Previous XTERRA European Tour Champions include Olivier Marceau (2004 and 2005), Royce Kortekaas (2003), and Jamie Whitmore (2003 and 2004).
Standings were determined by an athletes' best four finishes during the 2006 season. As proof of the diversity of the field throughout the season, women representing 10 different countries comprise the top 10 women, and the top 10 men hail from six countries.
Men (Country) Points
1. Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) 390
1. Renata Bucher (SUI) 400
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