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XTERRA America Tour Notes

There are just 18 races left in the regular season and those fighting for a regional championship and the Maui spot that goes with it will have to get out and go off in the next month.

For those wanting to get away from heat, traffic, crowds, and over-priced lodging and thenn ride, run, swim in the cool, green southern Rocky Mountains XTERRA Tri the Torture at Glorieta Camps is the spot. August 6 is the date.

Northern New Mexico is a great escape from the urban sprawl and noise that collides with the solace that nature brings.

Glorieta Camps are a short, easy drive from Santa Fe, New Mexico, with its world-famous culture, shopping, and restaurants.  Accommodations at Glorieta Camps make it easy to enjoy the challenge of the XTERRA Tri the Torture triathlon along with a range of activities for the whole family. Stay at the Camps, “tri” the XTERRA and enjoy gourmet dining in town at the end of the day. Santa Fe consistently makes lists of “best destinations” in the United States and Glorieta Camps makes the whole thing a bargain that can’t be beat.

Find the most up-to-date XTERRA America Tour race results and regional standings at: http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/points/

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XTERRA Dominican Republic Sunday

Summertime is in full swing and so is the XTERRA World Tour with two important Gold-level races this Sunday in Italy and the Dominican Republic.

With just three races left in the inaugural 10-stop XTERRA Pan America Tour every point counts and many of the key players in the Pan Am Pro Series have traveled to Barahona for Sunday’s competition, including tour leader and reigning XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh.

“Happy to head to Barahona and discover a new spot,” said Middaugh, who welcomed XTERRA Argentina to the tour earlier this year. “It’s the spirit of XTERRA to get out and live more, to travel to amazing places like this and enjoy the environment.”

Joining Middaugh in paradise are fellow Americans Ryan Ignatz and Branden Rakita, Costa Rican star Rom Akerson, the young kiwi Kieran McPherson, Puerto Rican Fabian Roman, and home country favorites Kevin Martinez and Leandro Sanchez.

The women’s race features Pan Am Pro Series points leader Suzie Snyder, No. 2 Maia Ignatz, No. 3 Kara LaPoint, No. 4 Sabrina Gobbo, and four other women in the top 11 including Debby Sullivan (7), Myriam Guillot-Boisset (8), Laura Mira Diaz (10), and Katharine Carter (11). Ana Arias from Cuba and Katherine Garrido from the Dominican Republic will be making their XTERRA debuts.

Pending wifi capabilities we’ll be bringing you live elite race updates on twitter @xterraoffroad starting at 7:30 a.m. EST and will post stories and photos to our Facebook page all weekend.

XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES TOP 10

After 7 of 10 Events
Men

PL NAME TOT
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 342
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 322
3 Branden Rakita, USA 199
4 Chris Ganter, USA 169
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 158
6 Ian King, USA 153
7 Rom Akerson, CRC 143
8 Mario De Elias, ARG 112
9 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90
10 Thomas Spannring, USA 90

Find complete elite and amateur standings at:
http://www.xterraplanet.com/xterra-pan-am-tour/

Elite Women
PL NAME TOT
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 265
2 Maia Ignatz, USA 233
3 Kara Lapoint, USA 212
4 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 205
5 Caroline Colonna, USA 202
6 Rebecca Blatt, USA 184
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 184
8 Miriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 175
9 Sarah Graves, USA 150
10 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 149
11 Katharine Carter, CAN 131
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XTERRA All Day Everyday on Amazon Video

The award-winning XTERRA Adventures TV series, XTERRA USA and World Championship broadcasts are now available as a video subscription for Amazon Prime members in the U.S.

Four seasons (32 shows) of the half-hour episodes of XTERRA Adventures, and the 2012-through-2015 XTERRA USA and World Championship triathlon races are available for $2.99 per month as a video subscription available to Amazon Prime members via the Amazon Video app for TV, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at Amazon.com/XTERRA.

Produced by TEAM Unlimited, the XTERRA Adventure Series, USA, and World Championship shows are executive produced by Tom Kiely, and narrated by triathlon-legend Whit Raymond.  The series is Amazon’s first video subscription that looks into the world of off-road triathlon and the active, outdoor adventure lifestyle.

“Expressing the XTERRA brand through video has been a big part of XTERRA since the inception of the sport in 1996, adding a dynamic personality and a broader audience than we may have enjoyed through the events alone,” said Kiely, the CEO of TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA.  “We are thrilled to work with Amazon to make XTERRA video properties available as an on demand video subscription through their dynamic and far reaching platform, and provide access to virtually everyone in the active lifestyle space.”

With XTERRA, Amazon Prime members now have access to real, authentic, endurance sports racing action from around the world with profiles on the sports’ biggest stars and events.  The XTERRA Adventure Series takes viewers on some of the world’s most accessible, and fun, outdoor adventures from surfing with legends in Hawaii to climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia.

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Middaugh Coaching Corner – Give it a Rest!

IS IT TIME FOR A MIDSEASON BREAK?

(Clearly this week’s column was written by Yaro, as Josiah travels the globe in pursuit of adventure and Pan Am title).

At this point in your racing season you have probably done nearly half of your season’s races. Hopefully, you are right on track to reach your goals and crush your “A” race in a month or two. Maybe you are not exactly where you want to be and have struggled in some early races. Regardless, it might be time to consider a midseason break.

The physical and mental strain of consistent training can take its toll on you and your support group. Time to reward them before the big push to your championship race.  Too many times athletes feel the pressure to keep up the intensity to outdo their competition. They fear they will lose valuable ground, but this simply is not the case. The midseason break is just as important for mental recovery as it is for physical. Your support team could use it too!

So when do you take your break and how long should it be? We recommend taking a solid week, but no longer than two. Plan it out the same time you plan out your race schedule. Your schedule probably includes a peak race around the midseason mark. Plan your break right after this race.

Breaking your season into two sections like this makes it easier to push through and concentrate on reaching your season goals. The rest week also allows you to reevaluate the first half of the season and revise your plan for the second half based on your performances thus far. Plan a meeting with your coach or support team for the end of the break and make sure you are all on the same page as you prepare for the last few months of your season.

A rest week does not mean that you don’t do anything. It means you don’t do anything structured. This is a great time for social workouts. Triathletes and endurance athletes in general often end up on an island doing many of their workouts on their own. Your planned rest week is a great time to throw out structure, zone goals, and just enjoy the activities you do. Find your friends that would love to workout with you, but can’t quite hang and make an effort to ride, run or swim at their pace. It’s amazing how well you will feel both physically and mentally after a week with no structure and a little more social contact.

You want to relax and stay active. Some extra yoga, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking are great because they are low impact and mimic many of the movements you use in triathlon. In general, try not to do any one discipline more than twice and limit each to an hour or less. There are definitely some exceptions. A low intensity cruiser ride with your kids or significant other that lasts over 60 minutes is fine. Something like a hike with friends that is well over an hour can be fine too.

The rest week however is not time to try more intense activities that could cause injury and sabotage the rest of your season. It is not the best time to pick up crossfit or decide to jump in the local three on three basketball tournament. Your jump shot can wait! These are great activities, but not during your midseason break, and definitely not at this point in your season with your main goals still in front of you.

It’s not too late. Take a look at your schedule, talk to your coach and support team. Is it time for a midseason break?

Josiah Middaugh is the reigning XTERRA World Champion, and he dances for good causes!   He has a master’s degree in kinesiology and has been a certified personal trainer for 15 years (NSCA-CSCS). His brother Yaro also has a master’s degree and has been an active USAT certified coach for a decade. Read past training articles at http://www.xterraplanet.com/training/middaugh-coaching-corner and learn more about their coaching programs at www.middaughcoaching.com.

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Run for the Hills!! XTERRA Trail Run Nationals September 18th

The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon returns to the mountain slopes of Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah for the sixth straight year on September 18, 2016.

Since its debut in 2011, the course has received rave reviews from the runners.

“The course here is awesome, super flowy, climbs were sweet, downhills were awesome. It was sick!” said Travis Morrison, a 23-year-old from Schaumburg, Illinois after last year’s race. “It’s flowing coming down, and fun to hit the berms because you can hit the corners real hard and keep your momentum…you could fly.”

Runners of all ages and skill levels can experience what it feels like to “fly” on the trails at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, as there is no qualifying process.

“It literally couldn’t have been more perfect for running,” said last year’s women’s winner Liz Stephen. “It’s a well laid out course. It’s really hard in so many ways but it’s up and then it lets you rest, and it’s flowy and wonderful, and gorgeous.”

There will be three different courses to accommodate the various levels of runners. A 21-kilometer half-marathon course will serve as the national championship course, but there will also be a 10K and a 5K.

Every age-group winner from the 21K course will be awarded a free entry to race at the 2016 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii.

The top five overall males and top five overall females from the 21K course will also receive prize money. Medals and other prizes will also be awarded to the top age-group runners from all three courses.

The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals will be held one day after the XTERRA Pan America / USA Championship off-road triathlon to create the ultimate XTERRA racing weekend. The two events will bring more than 1,000 of the nation’s very best amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners to Northern Utah to battle for the title of XTERRA National Champion.

Learn more at http://www.xterraplanet.com/trailrun/nationals

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XTERRA European Tour Back in Action Sunday

The XTERRA European Tour gets back in action Sunday with race No. 7 at XTERRA Italy in the beautiful village of Scanno.

XTERRA European Tour technical director Nicolas Lebrun is on-site, still in awe of the natural beauty of this place, and brings us a preview to the weekend…

“For me, Scanno is always special,” writes Lebrun.  “It was the first time I was at a race working for XTERRA, and here, it’s the best job on earth! I know the place well and influenced much of the course design.  It’s my sixth time here and I’m still amazed by this lake and this village with its beautiful old streets, and even after all those years I’m still getting lost on these streets!

The food is amazing, lots of local treats, and every time you come here you must buy some olive oil, fresh tomato or basil, and the guy will tell you, “it’s from Abruzzo!”They love their land, and we can understand. I can also see that XTERRA is now part of their local life when July rolls around, as you can see pictures of XTERRA in the shop windows.”

He continues…

Now everybody knows that you need to like steep climbing and steep descents when you come here.  This stop on the Euro tour is maybe the hardest.  France is long and muddy, Swiss and Belgium were even more muddy, and in Portugal you have a long bike course and lots of fighting on loose rocks.  But here it’s steep, really steep, up and down. It’s about 1300-meters of climbing in 30k on the bike and 450m+ for 10.5k on the run.  The total climbing for this race is the most on tour, and for good reason. When you are in the center of the beautiful park of Abruzzo, you look around and see only steep mountains, ski resorts and deep gorges, so there is no choice but to go up and then to come down! If you are lucky, like the people of the restaurant “la Baita” on Monday night they film a bear crossing their parking lot, a famous female, that you can recognize from some hair loss on her side.

I did the bike and run loop, and the local mountain bike team did a great job, it’s all perfectly signed, ready for the athletes to train. I insist a lot to get this course signed early, because I know, if I was here as an athlete, I don’t want to try all those loops the day before, even to go slow you need to use too much energy.

Now about the pro race.  We will have again a big fight for the podium on the women side, with the top three for the last race in France – Lesley Paterson, Renata Bucher, and Helena Erbenova.

It’s hard to say who will be the best, but with this climbing, Lesley can be really strong, but I never saw her on technical downhills like this, and I know Renata can be good. Helena likes to climb and won here before, also this hard run loop fits her well, if she is not coming back from a five-day adventure race, she will be strong!

For the top five I will add Carina Wasle and our local girl Elisabetta Curridori, who was 3rd last year. Of course, in a perfect day, or a bad one from one of the three other girls, they get on the box.

Ladina Buss made big progress, but on this different race I can’t tell. I will be on the side and put some updates on the XTERRA Europe Facebook page, and I will be excited to see this battle. For the point, Helena will probably take the lead as Brigitta Poor (current No. 1) will be not at the start. Wasle can come back on 3rd as Morgane Riou will not start this one, and I’m sure Bucher will be back close to the podium to after this race.  Regardless, there are still three races after this one so nothing is finished.

On the men’s side, the Ogre Ruben is not racing, and our Malta and Greece winner Roger Serrano is not here either, nor Kris Coddens the Belgium winner! So for sure we will have a new name on the 2016 tour in number one on the podium!

If we look back, last year François Carloni was second, he loves this race, so on the paper he can be the one, but in bad shape in France, he had to slow down with a little virus, hope he will be back to fight at his best.

After his victory in front of Josiah, I was sure Karl Shaw will be one of the strong guys in Europe, but also with a bad virus he had to stop training for weeks.  He is starting to feel better, so let’s see if he is back 100%.

I also look forward to watching Mauricio Mendez from Mexico. This young kid is really good, if he survives this bike course, he will be one of the favorites for sure. Sam Osborne will race as well, he was not yet strong last year at ITU worlds, but maybe this is his type of race!

I’m also always happy to see this next generation, fighting, so motivated and getting stronger and stronger.  I think about Max Chané, who I saw riding a big pass in the alpes last week, training specially for this race, Peter Lehmann always who start well in Malta, good also to see Arthur Forissier back after his big crash in Switzerland. So many can finish in the top 10 : Jim Thijs, Jan Kubicek, Jan Pyott, Llewellyn Holmes..

And a special mention for our locals, the Italians, who start to play in the front, like De Paoli who did an amazing race in Switzerland, Bartolli who will cook a vegan meal for us on Friday night, and I hope Simone Calamai brought me some of his famous cheese : )

It will be also interesting to see what the Bayliss couple – Stephen and Bella – can do on a mountain bike, they are brave because this is not the easiest race to start XTERRA, hope they will not get hurt!

We don’t know who will win, for the pro and the age groupers, but I know that every athlete who will crosses the finish line will be so happy and with some goosebumps, because the atmosphere, and to celebrate a great accomplishment, and the party after the race, it is at the perfect place, and if you are not with us, book it for next year!

Now I have to go, Dave’s beer is waiting for me, and a 100% local fresh Buffala mozzarella, artichoke, prosciutto…  pizza, cook in the wood oven! Now, you will book your flight.

XTERRA ITALY ALL-TIME WINNERS
Year Men Women
2004 David Henestrosa Jamie Whitmore
2005 Olivier Marceau Melanie McQuaid
2006 Nicolas Lebrun Renata Bucher
2007 Olivier Marceau Eszter Erdelyi
2008 Olivier Marceau Sibylle Matter
2009 Franky Batelier Renata Bucher
2010 Franky Batelier Melanie McQuaid
2011 Olivier Marceau Marion Lorblanchet
2012 Nicolas Lebrun Jacqui Slack
2013 Conrad Stoltz Helena Erbenova
2014 Ruben Ruzafa Helena Erbenova
2015 Ruben Ruzafa Helena Erbenova

Find complete elite and amateur standings at:
http://www.xterraeurope.com/ranking/

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS
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Men

Pl Name, NAT TOTAL
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 342
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 253
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 211
4 Francois Carloni, FRA 205
5 Brice Daubord, FRA 186
6 Yeray Luxem, BEL 184
7 Sam Osborne, NZL 176
8 Veit Hoenle, GER 173
9 Bradley Weiss, RSA 145
10 Henry Sleight, GBR 125

 

Women

Pl Name, NAT TOTAL
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 341
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 307
3 Morgane Riou, FRA 273
4 Carina Wasle, AUT 244
5 Maud Golsteyn, NED 232
6 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 218
7 Renata Bucher, SUI 216
8 Louise Fox, GBR 176
9 Jacqui Slack, GBR 148
10 Ladina Buss, SUI 130
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XTERRA Parry Sound in Ontario on Saturday

Canada’s Muskoka region has long been known for stunning scenery – an abundance of pristine lakes, and beautiful Group of Seven landscapes sprinkled with exposed granite and weathered pines. And for competitors in this weekend’s XTERRA Parry Sound, it offers one of the toughest courses in Canada.

The swim is in clean and clear Nine Mile Lake. The mountain bike course features two loops of balanced single track and double track and several unique sections along bare granite ridges which are the signature feature, along with a beaver dam crossing.

The two-loop run course features a granite challenge of its own. “The Wall” is a huge slab that is barely climbable with weary legs after the bike, but fortunately, there’s a 50-foot rope that has been installed to help competitors up this final steep pitch. Technical running on a wilderness trail completes the loop, and few will finish with dry feet.

This year’s XTERRA Parry Sound will also serve as Ontario’s Provincial Cross Triathlon Championship and offers XTERRA World Championship slots to leading athletes of the full distance race.

Check out the promo video here: https://youtu.be/mqaS29-fqj0   More information is at: http://elementracing.ca/xterraparrysound/

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XTERRA Warrior – John Davis

By Janet Clark – XTERRA President

In Beaver Creek last weekend, I had the privilege of meeting John Davis, XTERRA Warrior extraordinaire.  That meeting reinforced why I love my job. With his permission, I am sharing his inspiring story.

In July of last year, John was recovering from spinal surgery and was in Beaver Creek the same weekend as the XTERRA Mountain Championship. Walking the trails, he noticed a lot of XTERRA arrows and met one of Beaver Creek’s fabulous volunteers who told him all about the event.

What that volunteer did not know, is that a year earlier, John had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease. The doctors had told him “move or die”. An All American swimmer and former member of the U.S. swim team. He had trained and tried out for the 1988 and 1992 Olympic teams. Given this ultimatum, and despite the pain, John got back in the pool and started walking.

The pain he was experiencing was from compressed discs, stenosis, synovial cysts and arthritis in his lower spine, and in May, 2015, when he was healthy enough, he had spinal fusion surgery to help alleviate the pain. The surgery left him with difficulty bending over – and everyday things such as taking off and putting on shoes, became more difficult. And that is how I met John – he had asked for a chair in transition… which we were happy to provide.

Since the surgery, John has hiked, walked, biked, swam and run 6,700 miles – and he decided to use participation in this year’s XTERRA as motivation in his recovery. In June of this year, he took a group and climbed one of the tallest mountains in South America at 21,122 feet, and the day before XTERRA Beaver Creek, he warmed up for the race with a fund raiser that climbed one of Colorado’s famed 14,000 foot peaks.

This year’s XTERRA Beaver Creek event was his first triathlon. He was joined by his partner Leslie, who was also doing her first ever athletic competition, not to mention first triathlon.

John’s primary athletic motivation is sustaining his neuromuscular strength. “I have lost the power aspect in my athletics due to the motor neuron disease”, He said. “But I am sustaining a strong cardio endurance level of fitness. The cross training fuels my emotional stability as I am in the dark as to what my future physically looks like. As a collegiate athlete I had total control and power over my body. Now my body has a mind of its own.”

“XTERRA meets so many desires in keeping people healthy. It provides a community of excited people who see your strength or struggle and are encouraging. I had folks saying “c’mon 473! Looking good” – despite the fact I wiped out four times on my bike! It provides adventure and accomplishment. It really is a fun day to work out in a beautiful location with a large group of new friends who are all about the same goal…being the best they can be at that one moment.”

John is a psychologist, founder and president of 2Xtreme, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 which serves families and young men in the Colorado area. “I exist on this planet to give to people. To foster change through connected relationships and I am blessed to impact young men, teens and families in this way. My personal fuel is no longer about winning. It’s about living one’s best life and XTERRA offers that through an attainable extreme challenge.”   More power to you John in all aspects of your life and we look forward to seeing you at your next XTERRA!

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America Tour Notes

Last weekend Cedric Wane of Papeete, Tahiti and Tess Amer took home the amateur titles at Beaver Creek. The 24-year-old Amer from Boulder, Colorado had the fastest women’s time of the day in 2:37:21, however, due to the two-minute start time difference between the pro women’s swim wave and the amateur women’s start, she crossed the finish line in 2nd.

“I didn’t expect that at all,” said Amer.  “I haven’t done a tri in like three years.  I graduated CU in 2013, when I was the president of the tri club.  I’ve been mountain biking but not putting all three together.  And I just signed up last night.  It turned out well, it was good.  I guess I should go pro and go to Maui now.”

In Alaska, Will Ross and Megan Chelf took impressive wins at XTERRA Hammerman. Ross, 27, from Anchorage won his third-straight and seventh overall Hammerman title while Chelf, 29, of Anchorage by way of Wisconsin placed sixth overall, roughly 20 minutes ahead of women’s runner-up Corrie Smith.

Nearly 4500 miles away in upstate New York Daryl Weaver of Lititz, PA and Kelli Montgomery of Wallingford, CT took top honors at XTERRA Sky High. These wins continue an impressive run of results for both athletes. Weaver won his 2nd overall race on the year while Montgomery took her third with both holding commanding leads in their XTERRA America Tour regional division ranking.

You can view the latest XTERRA America Tour results and rankings here.

COMING UP

This weekend we’re off to Ionia, Michigan for XTERRA Ionia where well-established mountain bike single track and rail trails of Ionia State Recreation Area await you. With a new relay team option this year and their duathlon event there’s fun for everyone. Race day registration is available.

Next week XTERRA returns to the Centennial State of Colorado for XTERRA Aspen Valley on July 30th where race director Lance Panigutti says there’s, “more wood and custom features on the bike and run course than you can imagine!Check out that wooden berm in the featured photo above and check out this race for a one-of-a-kind experience.

XTERRA Panther Creek on July 31st in Morristown, TN will test your will and endurance as you navigate the rugged hills of East Tennessee. It’s also one of the final three Southeast regional races on the 2016 schedule offering up valuable tour points which will award regional champs an invitation to race at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui.