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Coddens, Wasle win XTERRA Denmark

(Tisvilde, Denmark) – Kris Coddens from Belgium and Carina Wasle of Austria captured the second-annual XTERRA Denmark Championship titles today.

It’s the second major of the year for Coddens, who also won at XTERRA Greece, and the third of the year for Wasle who also won at XTERRA Guam and Switzerland.

XTERRA European Tour technical director and former XTERRA World Champion Nicolas Lebrun was on-site to take in all the action and brings us this report…

We had very good weather this year for XTERRA Denmark, especially for those who remember last year’s chilly and muddy race.  The race sold-out at 500 athletes, a great sign for the triathlon and XTERRA community in Denmark. They made a big reality TV show from a bunch of guys racing last year and the exposure has been great for the sport here, and the organizers from running26 are doing an amazing job promoting XTERRA Nordic.

For the race : The start was at 10:00am and sunny, with some clouds and about 20°C

Jens Roth (Ger) had a good lead out of the water.  I just saw him and left for a point half way on the bike where I found him still in the lead with Sam Osborne in second and Kris Coddens in third, Yeray Luxem 4th and Jan Kubicek 5th (the place will never change for those two!)

At the 20km mark Coddens was in the lead with Roth 2nd and Osborne 3rd and that is the same position they entered transition.  “It was the first time for me to start the run first, quite strange,” said Coddens.  “Normally I have to run down others for a place! So I did a strong first loop, to make sure.”

When I saw Roth then Osborne finishing the first running loop I was sure Osborne was on his way to second.  He was flying, and I thought he will get the best run split.

Coddens stayed a solid leader, running smooth and relaxed on the second loop knowing nobody was close behind he had also the fastest run split (like in the Bike).

Osborne was not joking and came back second, and Roth, a new serious XTERRA competitor this year, took 3rd. Luxem stayed 4th telling me he will start now the training for Maui, and so, he is happy with his place today. Kubicek completed the top 5 with a solid race.

After his win, Coddens said “I was confident in the swim, it was choppy and I like that because I use to windsurf.  I start the bike fast to get very quick in third, then it took me longer to overtake Sam and Jens. It was a beautiful bike course all in the woods, not 1% asphalt! The run had steep climbs and steep descents, flat and fast parts, dunes, ocean…a perfect loop.  It was a dream to win an XTERRA this year, and today this is my second, so I’m very happy. It’s also a good sign because I was not in good shape mid-July for ETU Champs in Germany, so I had to cancel XTERRA Italy to go back in big training.  As a teacher I had more time this summer to train, and today I know I did the good choice. It’s also a good timing, 4 weeks before ITU Cross Tri Worlds in Orosei, I won that race last year, and although the level will be not the same, I know I will be competitive.”

Pro Men      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Kris Coddens 2:12:30 75
2 Sam Osborne 2:14:17 67
3 Jens Roth 2:14:57 61
4 Yeray Luxem 2:18:48 56
5 Jan Kubicek 2:19:47 51
6 Fabrizio Bartoli 2:23:33 47
7 Theo Blignaut 2:23:36 43
8 Dominik Wychera 2:25:17 39
9 Tim Van Daele 2:26:12 36
10 Joel Jameson 2:28:47 33
Also: Jens Graenback (30), Martin Bjeld (27), Thomas Munch-Laursen  (25),Jason Rojas (23), Henrik Brandt (21)

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In the women’s race I had the first split at km 7 or 8 on the bike, and Carina Wasle was already far ahead.

About 1’30” behind she had two girls riding together, an amateur named Diane Lee (UK) and Tanja Hultengren Larsson (DK), then in 4th but far back more than 4’30” Sandra Koblemuller.

At the 20km mark Wasle was still leading and she told me after, “I was really confident and felt really good today. I never had to push 100% on the bike, I know now, after my victory in Switzerland that I can be fast on flat race, so even a girl was able to catch me, I had energy to go faster.”  At this point Diane was 2nd still at 1’30” but she dropped Tanja, who was fighting to stay on her tail only 15″ back, Sandra was still 4th but now seven minutes back. She told me after that she had to stop to put air in her tire.

Halfway through the run Carina was still focused, but relaxed at the same time.  She knows she can run, she don’t slow down and look strong, she have now a big gap 5′ on Diane and more than 6 on Tanja. Sandra who is flying, angry about her bike mechanics at 8’30” but the two girls in front are not that far if we compare the speed.

Finally Wasle capturde her 3rd XTERRA victory of the year, really happy, especially after a long period injured. She is part of XTERRA history. I remember running with her in Austria maybe in 2003 and was just behind on the run, one loop ahead, and was struggling to catch her in a very technical run, and was thinking who is this girl! Now, more than 10 years after she is still here and winning, XTERRA Family Power!

“I had a perfect race today,” she said.  “I already felt strong in the swim and enjoyed the little surf. 1 km into the bike I was leading and never looked back. I didn’t need to push 100% and my lead got bigger and bigger. With the nice weather the trails were just perfect. Once on the run I had no pressure anymore and just ran it easy to the finish with a bigl ead. Once again a great feeling to finish 1st at an XTERRA race.”

Diane Lee saved her second place finish, first amateur,  not by little more then a minute and our XTERRA Austria Deer Sandra Koblmueller ran down Tanja Hultengren Larsson to finish third and Larson, a local girl From Copenhagen, came 4th and really happy for her first XTERRA race.  Genziana Cenni from Italy completed the top 5.

Women      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Carina Wasle 2:37:38 75
2 Sandra Koblmuller, AUT 2:44:57 67
3 Tanja Hultengren Larsson 2:46:00 61
4 Cenni Genziana 2:52:04 56
5 Corinna Choun 2:55:32 51
6 Christina Thøgersen 3:53:23 47
7 Caroline Lerche 5:09:39 43

Complete Results

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

Just one race remains in the XTERRA European Tour and Roger Serrano and Helena Erbenova have claimed the series crowns.  The XTERRA European Championship race is tomorrow with a big showdown between Ruben Ruzafa and Conrad Stoltz, Ben Allen and a host of others while Lesley Paterson leads a strong women’s field.  Follow the race on twitter @xterraoffroad at 12 noon (UK time) tomorrow…

Tentative standings after 11 of 12 events…

Men     S S G S G G S G G G S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER DEN
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 526 67 56 x82 67 82 DNS DNS 82 90 82 DNS
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 497 47 67 75 61 DNS 82 DNS 90 DNS 75 DNS
3 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 375 DNS 75 100 DNS DNS 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS
4 Jan Pyott, SUI 347 DNS 23 49 DNS 69 DNS 61 63 82 x41 DNS
5 Kris Coddens, BEL 307 DNS DNS DNS 75 90 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS 75
6 Jan Kubicek, CZE 273 39 DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS 51
7 Albert Soley, ESP 264 43 39 90 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS
8 Henry Sleight, GBR 210 DNS 25 DNS 33 58 49 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
9 Tomas Kubek, SVK 208 DNS 43 DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 63 DNS
10 Ben Allen, AUS 200 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 100 DNS
11 Yeray Luxem, BEL 192 DNS 61 DNS DNS 75 DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
12 Markus Benesch, AUT 186 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 69 37 37 DNS
13 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 180 75 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
14 Bradley Weiss, RSA 180 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNF 90 DNS
15 Arthur Forissier, FRA 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Veit Hönle, GER 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 37 DNS DNS 41 34 DNS
17 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 165 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNF 58 DNS DNS 47
18 Jens Roth, GER 163 DNS 33 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 61
19 Sam Osborne, NZL 142 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 67
20 Tim Van Daele, BEL 139 25 27 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36
21 Martial Schmidt, FRA 132 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 34 DNS 49 DNS DNP DNS
22 Pavel Andreev, RUS 106 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 53 DNS
23 Xavier Riart, ESP 105 36 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
24 James Walker, GBR 102 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS 47 34 DNS DNS DNS
25 Malte Plappert, GER 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS
26 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 92 56 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Vaclav Holub, CZE 80 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 31 DNS
28 Jim Thijs, BEL 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
29 Michael Szymoniuk, AUT 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS
30 Theo Blignaut, RSA 71 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF 28 43
31 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 66 21 DNP DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP 63 DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Damien Guillemet, FRA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
34 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Ruben Salmeron, ESP 58 DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Rory Downie, GBR 58 33 DNP DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Damien Derobert, FRA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS
39 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 57 DNS 30 DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
41 Lars Erik Fricke, GER 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Jose Borrino, ESP 53 DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
43 Tomas Jiranek, CZE 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
44 Fabio Guidelli, ITA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
45 Clement Briere, FRA 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS
46 Hector Guerra, ESP 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
47 Christian Otto, GER 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
48 Juan Gracia, ESP 45 DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Florian Luquet, FRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
50 Jan Francke, CZE 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS
51 Christopher Schwab, AUT 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNF DNS DNS
52 Dominique Fernando, ESP 41 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Antonello Pallotta, ITA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS
54 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP 39
55 Juan Marti, ESP 37 DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
56 Marc Pschebizin, GER 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
57 Marco Spadaccia, ITA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS
58 Grigoris Souvatzoglou, GRE 36 DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
59 Carlos Martinez, ESP 34 DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
60 Pavel Jindra, CZE 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS
61 Joel Jameson, GBR 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33
62 Sergio Espejo, ESP 31 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
63 Dr. Felix Schumann, GER 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
64 Jens Graenback, DEN 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30
65 Javier Oliver, ESP 28 DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
66 Sebastian Veith, GER 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
67 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 27 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
68 Nicolas Corentin, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
69 Martin Bjeld 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27
70 Thomas Munch, DEN 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25
71 Matt Dewis, GBR 23 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
72 Simone Calamai, ITA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
73 Jason Rojas, DEN 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 23
74 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL 21 DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
75 Henrik Brandt, DEN 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 21
      S S G S G G S G G G S
Wom Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER DEN
Pl Helena Erbenova, CZE 617 DNS 67 100 75 x82 x90 75 100 100 100 DNS
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 555 75 61 90 67 90 x63 x61 DNS 90 82 DNS
2 Carina Wasle, AUT 544 DNS DNS DNS 61 100 DNF 67 90 69 82 75
3 Louise Fox, GBR 340 51 51 82 56 63 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
4 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 278 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 75 DNS 67
5 Jessie Roberts, GBR 259 47 DNF DNS 51 53 45 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS
6 Karin Hansen, SUI 197 43 47 DNS DNS 49 DNF DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
7 Kathrin Mueller, GER 175 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
8 Jacqui Slack, GBR 172 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 90 DNS
9 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 168 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS 58 69 DNS
10 Morgane Riou, FRA 156 DNS 56 DNS 47 DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
11 Myriam Guillot, FRA 151 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 82 DNS DQ DNS DNS DNS
12 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 138 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS
13 Maud Golsteyn, NED 136 61 DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Corinna Choun, AUT 114 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 51
15 Genziana Cenni, ITA 105 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 56
16 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
17 Renata Bucher, SUI 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
18 Olga Parfinenko, RUS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS
19 Verena Eisenbarth, GER 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS
20 Tanja Hultengren Larsson 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
21 Ladina Buss, SUI 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Becci Kaltenmeier, GER 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Emilie Lefur, FRA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
24 Sabina Rzepka, POL 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
25 Elke Innerebner, ITA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS
26 Celine Augueux, FRA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Christina Thøgersen 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 47
28 Sofia Brites, POR 43 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Deniz Dimaki, GRE 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Caroline Lerche, DEN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43
31 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

XTERRA European Tour Points Rules Document


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Denmark Championship was the 37th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter (Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady)
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest (Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley)
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound (Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady)
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona)
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark (Kris Coddens / Carina Wasle)
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (Courtney Atkinson / Mieko Carey)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers

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Atkinson, Carey win XTERRA Japan

(Hokkaido) – Courtney Atkinson and Mieko Carey captured the XTERRA Japan Championship at Lake Kanayama in Hokkaido today.

In the men’s race Atkinson, the reigning and three-time XTERRA Australia Champion and two-time Olympian, took a big lead out of the water, hung on during the bike, and used a blistering fast run to take the tape in 2:18:55, more than two-minutes ahead of Cedric Lassonde.

For Carey, who has now won the XTERRA Japan Championship five times, a fantastic bike leg gave her a big cushion to hold-off the speedy Kiwi Lizzie Orchard by nearly three minutes at the finish.

XTERRA Pro Charlie Epperson, who finished fourth overall on the day, took some time after the race to tell us about the day in this report…

Turned out to be a beautiful day on Lake Kanayama.  The morning started cool and clear and once race officials determined the water temperature was 15 degrees celsius (just above the cut off to cancel the swim) participants began the daunting task of sliding into wetsuits.

With a 9am race start it was almost perfect for racers to enjoy a nice breakfast and take the short drive to the picturesque venue.  As racers entered the water, it was evident the cold water temperature impacted a number of competitors.  It’s no so common in the XTERRA Asia Pacific Tour series to encounter cool water that requires a wetsuit.  As a result, a number of racers abandoned the shorter than normal 1200-meter swim due to the conditions today.

One athlete that made little work of the swim course was none other than Courtney Atkinson.  Atkinson has probably swam in every water condition imaginable so it was just another day at the office.  Exiting the water with a 2-3 minute lead over a chase group that included Cedric Lassonde of France and Takahiro Ogasawara (Oga) of Japan, it was evident Lassonde didn’t intend to let Atkinson have too easy of day in Hokkaido.

The bike course was in pristine conditions as a few days of rain didn’t seem to slow it down.  Lassonde bridged the difference from the swim by T2, with Oga another minute back to ensure the podium would be decided by the run segment today.

As I heard from spectators, Atkinson set a blistering pace out of T2 across the sand that let Lassonde know real quickly that his ITU background means, if anything, he can run!  Atkinson broke the tape in 2:18:55 and Lassonde was not too far off at 2:21:13.  Oga held on for third place in 2:26:11.

I asked Atkinson on what the future may hold for him racing after 2016 and if he moves away from ITU racing.  Atkinson responded, “Yeah, I only got into mountain biking after the 2012 Olympics and broke my wrist during the first couple of weeks of riding, but I stuck with it.  My future (racing) may involve more adventuring races and off-road triathlons.” (paraphrased).  If you haven’t met Courtney he’s certainly the type of athlete we want to see in the XTERRA community- a genuinely nice guy that can race with the best of them.

In the women’s race Mieko Carey of Japan (Guam based) and Lizzy Orchard of Auckland, New Zealand were separated by only a few seconds exiting T1.  Carey laid a blistering bike split down that was mostly set by crushing each climb. I know this because she passed me on each and every one of them.  Her coach, Josiah Middaugh, has made her a formable opponent on the bike.  I came into T2 alongside Carey who didn’t believe her lead was great enough to hold off the gazelle-like speed that Orchard possesses.  She was almost correct as Orchard closed the 6-7 minute gap from T2 to under 3 minutes by the end of the race. Carey claimed her 5th XTERRA Japan title with a 2:41:33 compared to Orchard’s 2:44:24.

Carey, who I train with on Guam, is equally impressive in her dominance at XTERRA Japan. I asked her post race if her plan was to race the bike course lights out.  Carey smiled and offered “yeah, I was afraid of how fast Lizzy can run and I just wanted to push myself on the bike.  My training has been focused on the mountain bike the last few months and I knew if was going to have a chance to win it would be with pushing the bike to my limit.”  Carey got a moment to reflect on how important it is to come back home to race here, “I’ve raced this race for years, I know Taro and many others for over 10 years, and it’s special to come back and see them and be a part of this event.”

Men’s Elite Results:

Courtney Atkinson, Australia, 2:18:55
Cedric Lassonde, France, 2:21:13
Takahiro Ogasawara, Japan, 2:26:11
Charlie Epperson, USA (Guam), 2:35:44
Taro Shirato, Japan, 2:51:06
Cameron O’Neal, Guam, 2:55:30
Jason Hsieh, Hong Kong, 2:58:24
Cho Kaon, S. Korea, 3:00:18

Women’s Elite Results:

Mieko Carey, Japan (Guam), 2:41:33
Lizzy Orchard, New Zealand, 2:44:24

The amateur competition was just as heated with numerous XTERRA World Championships slots up for grabs.  In the men’s race, Toshiyuki Furuya of Sait crossed the line in 2:46:07 or roughly 51 seconds ahead of Hirofumi Hayakawa of Fuku.  In the women’s race, Kasumi Saito of Kana recorded a 3:26:53 effort while her closest competition, Aiko Hiroki of Ibar, crossed the tape in 3:56:36.

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Japan Championship was the 36th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter (Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady)
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest (Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley)
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound (Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady)
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona)
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (Courtney Atkinson / Mieko Carey)
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde (Kris Coddens / Carina Wasle)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers

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Belhumeur, Carbonneau win XTERRA Quebec

Partly-sunny skies and perfect 26C temps greeted athletes in Lac Delage for the second running of the XTERRA Quebec off-road triathlon and sports festival last weekend – August 22-23, 2015.

Boasting a world class trail system, pristine waters and an easy thirty minute drive from the heart of Quebec City, Lac Delage played perfect host for XTERRA’s brand of dirty, off-road endurance fun.

The festival-style weekend of events included workshops, an open water swim race, off-road duathlons, trail runs, kid’s races, short and long distance off-road triathlons, live bands and a BBQ party to send everyone home full with XTERRA spirit.

With fifteen XTERRA World Championship slots up for grabs, Vincent Belhumeur (02:59:14) and Julia Carbonneau (03:44:42) took top honors on the day for the men and women in the championship race. View full results.

Well-traveled and longtime XTERRA age grouper Chuck Fortier (pictured above by  Pascal Gagné) from New Westminster, B.C. shares his XTERRA Quebec experience.

I had the chance to take part in the second edition of XTERRA Quebec City this past weekend. Although still in its inception, this race did not disappoint and provided plenty of challenges.

Nestled near Stoneham Ski resort, Lac Delage is about 30 minutes north of Quebec City setting the stage for an epic off-road adventure. The swim course is a giant square of 1200m, favoring the less experienced swimmer as it is a bit shorter than the usual 1500m. To the dismay of yours truly, the water temperature last weekend was too warm to be wetsuit legal.

If the swim is on the short side and probably not as hard, the bike course is definitely the opposite. One could describe this course as reminiscent of a true world cup cross country course in “La Belle Province”.

Five laps of a 6 km loop posed plenty of challenges and demanded technical ability on the mountain bike. This true cross country course has it all from the Chicken pass option almost at the start of the course to steep power climbs, rocks and roots and tricky descent; mountain biking skills are a must.

With two swim waves 10 minutes apart, the trail was not too crowded given the fact that it was a multi loop system and all riders that I encountered were very gracious to let faster riders pass as soon as they could. The nice thing about the multi loop system is that it is great for spectators as they would see you in a pump track style every lap where a live band, music, and beer garden were accessible for them.

The run course was also a challenge as although there was not a lot of elevation gain was compared to other courses around the world, the technical and short power climbs were tiring on the legs.

The run course was a two laps of a 5km loop with a longer ascent and a technical descent, so one could not take a rest. This run course was also a true cross country run presenting all the challenges that one would expect.

It is to be noted that if this course was in the rain and mud as it was last year, it would be very challenging to say the least.

Although in its infancy this race has definitely the potential to become a marquee race and should definitely be on your race calendar if you are looking for a challenge on the bike and on the run. The volunteers were great and you can see that a lot of har d work has been poured into the trail system.

As for me, it was nice to be back to racing after having been sidelined for three and a half months with a broken foot.

Happy Trails.

EPC Run

EPC Tips – Race Pace Run

As you near your final races of the season you want to be sure to train the energy systems and efforts you expect to put out on race day. The following run session is a great one with just this purpose. It is best to perform this session on terrain similar to your upcoming race (hills, trails, pavement, concrete, sand, etc.).

Also attempt this session “off the bike” following a moderately long bike ride that has left you with some fatigue in the legs as you begin the run, further mimicking the race day experience.

Begin with some one minute fast paced efforts to find your rhythm and get your cadence up to speed. These are best done on flat terrain to assist in the high turnover. Then after a short recovery break, jump into the extended race pace tempo repeats with short recoveries. These should be done on hills if your race has hills (both uphill and downhill). Finish the workout with some easy jogging and a walk to jump start the recovery process.  Off the bike…

WARM UP: 6x[1:00 fast, 1:00 easy]
3:00 walk

MAIN SET: 3-4x[8:00 race pace, 2:00 easy jog]

WARM-DOWN: 5-10:00 easy run
5:00 walk

Written by Cody Waite, professional endurance athlete, endurance sport coach and founder of Endurance Performance Coaching

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XTERRA European Championship Sunday

Sunday’s XTERRA European Championship is held in conjunction with XTERRA England and the XTERRA World Tour, a global series of off-road triathlons spanning more than 30 countries that qualifies athletes to race at the XTERRA World Championship.

It is the last of 12 championship events in the 2015 XTERRA European Tour, distributes $25,000 USD to the top 10 male and female professionals, crowns XTERRA European and European Tour Champions, plus awards an additional $20,000  to the best elite performers in the series.

For amateurs it’s their last chance to score points towards winning an XTERRA European Tour title in their age division, and also the last stop in Europe where they can secure one of 50 qualifying spots into the 20th edition of XTERRA Worlds in Maui on November 1.

The main event combines a 1.5-kilometer swim with a 30km mountain bike and 10km trail run. It starts with a swim in the strictly private and extraordinarily clean spring fed Vachery Pond.  The bike course has riders twisting in-and-out and up-and-down the dense tree-lined forests. The run is just as fun, crossing over creeks, hopping over logs.

“The course is fantastic, I really enjoy it,” explained Conrad Stoltz, who is adding a fair bit of drama to the day as its his proclaimed last XTERRA race.  “It’s all natural, freshly carved, lots of turns, twists, roots, whoops, humps, some fair pedaling sections which is nice too and the run course is really cool. There’s this big ditch you have to jump across, there’s a bog that you have to run through and not lose your shoes, you have to jump over a tree.  It’s not just running, it’s cross country. What I think XTERRA really embodies. Fun all around. Good event. Fun people. Woodstock atmosphere. The British crowd really gets into it, and a lot of South African expats come out and yell all kinds of stuff in Afrikaans.”

Reigning and three-time XTERRA World Champ Ruben Ruzafa is in the field, looking to win his 15th straight XTERRA.  Aussie Ben Allen, who won the England title here two years ago, is hell-bent on stopping him.

“I came to Europe to target Ruben and I was hoping to race against him at XTERRA Czech and Germany,” said Allen, who won both those races earlier this month without Ruzafa in the line-up.

“Now I finally get the chance to race him this weekend. I don’t really care who wins the race as long as I beat Ruben, that’s my objective. He’s undefeated. This course probably plays to his strengths, and Conrad’s too, because it is so mountain biking focused and such a tight and twisty course. I think to beat Ruben you’ve got to be ruthless, get in his way, not let him get passed you and try different things. I’ll stick to a game plan, look to limit loss on the bike and hopefully it comes down to a running race at the end.”

The women’s race has plenty of spice as well with two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson taking on four-time XTERRA European Tour Champion Renata Bucher, who won the ETU Cross Tri European Championship in July and 2013 XTERRA England Champion Jacqui Slack who is excited to race on her home turf.

“Home country, super excited, and its fun for my family and friends to get to see so many great athletes from all over the world here,” said Slack. “It’s such a strong field. Of course, I think Lesley (Paterson) is the target. I’ll see if I can stick with her on the bike and take it from there. Although, I understand she’s been mountain bike focused so probably has this technical riding nailed by now.”

Spectators are in for quite a treat as well with both the bike and run courses filtering through the “arena” several times making it quite easy to track the action.  Join the discussion by following along on Facebook/xterraplanet, Instagram/xterraoffroad, and Twitter @xterraoffroad using hashtag #xterraUK15.  Race starts at 12 noon on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the past winners of the one-day XTERRA European Championship race, last staged in Zittau in 2011…

Year (Location) Men’s Winner / Women’s Winner
2015 (Cranleigh, England) To be determined Sunday
2011 (Zittau, Germany) Olivier Marceau / Marion Lorblanchet
2010 (Sardinia, Italy) Franky Batelier / Melanie McQuaid
2009 (Klopeinersee, Austria) Franky Batelier / Renata Bucher
2008 (Sardinia, Italy) Olivier Marceau / Sibylle Matter
2007 (Sardinia, Italy) Olivier Marceau / Eszter Erdelyi
2006 (Villacidro, Italy) Nicolas Lebrun / Renata Bucher

XTERRA European Championship Elite Start List, as of 8.25.15

Rank, Name, Age, Hometown
3, Ruben Ruzafa, 31, Malaga, Spain
4, Jan Pyott, 34, Oberageri, Switzerland
5, Albert Soley, 28, Catalunya, Spain
8, Henry Sleight, 26, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
9, Tomas Kubek, 24, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
10, Ben Allen, 31, New South Wales, Australia
12, Nicolas Fernandez, 31, Pelissanne, France
28, Jim Thijs, 35, Huldenberg, Belgium
38, Llewellyn Holmes, 34, Somerset, United Kingdom
66, Matt Dewis, 23, Loughborough, United Kingdom
NR, Euan Adams, 29, East Sussex, United Kingdom
NR, Jimmy Archer, 43, Colorado, United States
NR, JP Donovan, 28, Nevada, United States
NR, Pete Dyson, 26, London, United Kingdom
NR, Chris Ganter, 37, Idaho, United States
NR, Doug Hall, 27, Bath, United Kingdom
NR, Jon Heasman, 40, Surrey, United Kingdom
NR, Richard Stannard, 41, Surrey, United Kingdom
NR, Conrad Stoltz, 41, Stellenbosch, South Africa
NR, Lee Williams, 31, Mid Glamorgan, United Kingdom
NR, Noah Wright, 41, Texas, United States

Rank, Name, Age, Hometown
2, Brigitta Poor, 26, Sopron, Hungary
4, Louise Fox, 35, Berkshire, United Kingdom
5, Jessie Roberts, 26, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
7, Karin Hansen, 34, Lucerne, Switzerland
9, Jacqui Slack, 32, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
10, Lenka Cibulkova, Czech Republic
12, Myriam Guillot-Boisset, 36, Rhone, France
13, Elisabetta Curridori, 24, Sardegna, Italy
16, Renata Bucher, 37, Lucerne, Switzerland
18, Verena Eisenbarth, 30, Arthaz, France
NR, Emily Bashton, 35, Virginia, United States
NR, Genevieve Evans, 42, California, United States
NR, Belinda Hadden, 36, Wandana Heights, VIC, Australia
NR, Christine Jeffrey, 42, Ontario, Canada
NR, Hana Kolarova, 28, Czech Republic
NR, Nienke Oostra, 38, Angus, United Kingdom
NR, Daz Parker, 47, London, United Kingdom
NR, Lesley Paterson, 34, Sterling, Scotland
NR, Alena Stevens, 33, Slovakia
NR, Jip Veelenturf, 23, South Holland, Netherlands

Rank = Rank on the XTERRA European Tour (after 10 events)
NR = Not Ranked

FINAL WEEKEND FOR XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR

Only two races remain on the XTERRA European Tour – XTERRA Denmark on Saturday and the European Championship race in England on Sunday.

In the men’s elite chase for the XTERRA European Tour Championship title Roger Serrano sits atop the standings and needs only to wait for the formal announcement.

While there are two racers on the Tour – Francois Carloni and Ruben Ruzafa – that could potentially score more points in the final two races and pass Serrano, neither have it in their sights. Carloni is getting married this weekend and will not race and Ruzafa would need to compete at Denmark on Saturday before his scheduled appearance at the European Championship on Sunday but has no plans on doing so.

If that holds true Serrano is the champ, Carloni is safe in 2nd place, Ruzafa is solid in 3rd place, and Jan Pyott is looking good to keep his 4th place status.  There will be a lot of movement below those four, however, with Albert Soley, Henry Sleight, Tomas Kubek, Ben Allen, and Nico Fernandez all trying to move up to a better spot in the top 10 by racing well in England, while Kris Coddens and Yeray Luxem try to do the same by racing in Denmark.

The women’s standings are solid at the top with Helena Erbenova securing her third European Tour Championship in four years by posting a near-perfect score of 617 (625 is perfect) with six wins on the year.

Brigitta Poor had a breakout season to finish 2nd in the Tour standings with three runner-ups and a big win at XTERRA Malta.  Carina Wasle is solid in 3rd place, and will race in Denmark along with fellow Austrian Sandra Koblemueller.  Meanwhile Louise Fox, Jessie Roberts, Karin Hansen, Jacqui Slack, Lenka Cibulkova, Myriam Guillot, and Elisabetta Curriodori will all chase points at the XTERRA European Championship in England in hopes of climbing up high into the top 10 in the Tour.

Download a PDF of the XTERRA European Championship press guide to view current Euro Tour rankings, past history, results, racer profiles and more. Click here.

Here’s a look at the past XTERRA European Tour Champions since its inaugural season of 2003.

Year    Men’s Winner / Women’s Winner
2015    TBD / Helena Erbenova (CZE)
2014    Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) / Kathrin Mueller (GER)
2013    Hector Guerra (ESP) / Helena Erbenova (CZE)
2012    Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) / Helena Erbenova (CZE)
2011    Olivier Marceau (SUI) / Marion Lorblanchet (FRA)
2010    Franky Batelier (FRA) / Marion Lorblanchet (FRA)
2009    Franky Batelier (FRA) / Renata Bucher (SUI)
2008    Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) / Renata Bucher (SUI)
2007    Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) / Eszter Erdelyi (HUN)
2006    Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) / Renata Bucher (SUI)
2005    Olivier Marceau (SUI) / Renata Bucher (SUI)
2004    Olivier Marceau (SUI) / Jamie Whitmore (USA)
2003    Royce Kortekaas (NED) / Jamie Whitmore (USA)

HISTORY OF XTERRA IN ENGLAND

The inaugural XTERRA England Championship race was held in 2000 at the sandy beaches of Minehead in Exmoor. That race was just the second international event in XTERRA history and it’s first-ever major in Europe. This year’s race will be the 9th XTERRA in England, in its fourth different venue.

Here’s a look at the past elite winner’s from XTERRA England..

Year (Location) Men’s Winner / Women’s Winner
2000 (Minehead, Exmoor) Dave Harrison / Kerstin Weule
2001 (Minehead, Exmoor) Royce Kortekaas / Rachael Gordon
2002 (Minehead, Exmoor) Mike Vine / Kerstin Weule
2006 (Neath, South Wales) Seth Wealing / Renata Bucher
2007 (Resolven, Wales) Nicolas Lebrun / Julie Dibens
2008 (Resolven, Wales) Nicolas Lebrun / Julie Dibens
2013 (Vachery Estate) Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
2014 (Vachery Estate) Conrad Stoltz / Emma Garrard

Last year’s top 10 at XTERRA England:

Pl Name Time
1 Conrad STOLTZ 2:07:44
2 Kris CODDENS 2:11:41
3 Yeray LUXEM 2:12:04
4 Ben ALLEN 2:12:54
5 Roger SERRANO 2:14:11
6 Francois CARLONI 2:17:09
7 Matt DEWIS 2:17:31
8 Jan PYOTT 2:18:30
9 Richard STANNARD 2:19:22
10 LIAM LLOYD 2:19:37
Also: Beau Smith, Branden Rakita, Rory Downie, Grayson Keppler, Graham Wadsworth, Doug Hall, Asa Shaw, Rhys Davey
Pl Name Time
1 Emma GARRARD 2:24:29
2 Helena ERBENOVA 2:26:27
3 Chantell WIDNEY 2:28:21
4 JACQUI SLACK 2:32:48
5 Brigitta POOR 2:32:55
6 Maud GOLSTEYN 2:37:29
7 Louise FOX 2:43:02
8 Jessica ROBERTS 2:44:54
9 Bethan FOWLER 3:05:12
10 Natasha BARRY 3:14:42
Also:  Nicole Oliveri
Conrad Stoltz

Maui 2010: Stoltz First to Four and Vanlandingham Gets Her First

In 2010 the Caveman proved he was not done clubbing the XTERRA competition. Not by a long shot.

He made history by winning the 15th annual XTERRA World Championship for the fourth time, a day after celebrating his 37th birthday.

“It’s the only finish I’ve been really emotional at,” recalled Stoltz. “My dad’s cancer had come back pretty bad and I wanted to go home and I spoke to him on the phone he said no stay and race. It’s the only picture I really have of winning a race that I thought I would keep and put up on the wall. You could see the emotion. Normally I’m calm and collected, but I thought about my Dad a lot that day, and he was proud. That was cool.”

Stoltz completed the course in 2 hours, 31 minutes, 7 seconds, which was more than five minutes faster than his closest competition. It was the second-largest margin of victory in XTERRA World Championship history.

“This feels the best by far,” said Stoltz after the race that day. “2007 was rewarding because I was able to come back from injuries. This year, there was a lot of emotional pressure.”

After crossing the finish line, Stoltz dedicated the win to his father.

“No matter what the outcome of this race, I think my parents would be happy for me,” he said. “But I think bringing this big one home … is going to be the biggest gift I could give them.”

Stoltz came out of the swim in seventh place 20 seconds behind swim leader Seth Wealing, but more than made up for it with a record time in the mountain bike. He passed all the leaders early in the bike stage, and had a four-minute lead halfway through the course.

“The course was harder than I thought,” he said. “It was looser here than it has been in years – really loose, so I knew I was making time with every stroke of the pedal. The 29er just rolled over this loose, bumpy stuff.”

By the end of the bike, Stoltz had a five-minute lead on the field, and he maintained it during a lonely run. His bike time of 1:23:48, beat the previous mark that he set in 2002 by 24 seconds.

Franky Batelier of France had his best XTERRA World Championship race, but had to settle for second place with a time of 2:36:14.

“When the bike began, I was close behind, and Conrad went faster and faster,” Batelier said. “Conrad is too strong. He is The Caveman, best in the world. Congratulations to him, and I am happy for me.”

Michael Weiss of Austria also had a solid bike stage, and finished third with a time of 2:36:45. Olivier Marceau of France continued his run of success on Maui with a fourth-place finish. It was the sixth time in his career that he has placed in the top five at the XTERRA World Championship, although he is still seeking a breakthrough win. He has finished in the top five in each of the last five XTERRA World Championship races.

“Not too good and not too bad,” Marceau said of his performance. “Just stay at my pace and not to worry.”

Nicolas Lebrun of France was the runner-up in 2009, but was not in rhythm this year and finished in fifth place with a time of 2:38:50. “Nothing in my legs to start – I felt like turning around,” said Lebrun, who still finished with the best run time of 44:01 and his fifth top five performance in Maui.

Every year in Maui mechanical disasters knock out a few of the top contenders, and 2010 was no different.  Perhaps nobody had a rougher day than America’s best hope for bringing home the title, Josiah Middaugh.  Middaugh was two-minutes back out of the swim but passed 46 racers to move into second by about mile 10 despite a flat that he was able to quickly fix.  The next three flats, two tubes, and CO2 cartridges delivered the knock-out punch, but in true XTERRA Warrior style, he shouldered his bike and ran a mile to the bike-to-run transition when he couldn’t get his back tire to even turn.  He soldiered on and finished 32nd.  Also of note, Dan Hugo, who was in second-place early in the bike had his share of problems but stuck it out and crossed the line in 36th.

Fastest swim: Seth Wealing (19:29), Christine Jeffrey (19:41)
Fastest bike: Conrad Stoltz (1:23:48), Shonny V (1:40:22)
Fastest run: Nicolas Lebrun (44:01), Marion Lorblanchet (48:39)

In the women’s race the thee-year XTERRA plan of Shonny Vanlandingham finally became complete. After five consecutive years of top 10 finishes without an XTERRA world title, Vanlandingham broke through in 2010.

The Durango, Colorado native said that when she joined the XTERRA World Tour full-time three years prior she envisioned a three-year program that would culminate at the 2010 XTERRA World Championship on Maui.

“This is my third year on the XTERRA circuit, and I made it my goal, although it was a lofty goal, to win the championship in my third year at the age of 41,” she said. “I knew it had to come together today to be a special day.”

Indeed, Vanlandingham set a personal best for the Maui course, finishing with a time of 2:58:20. It was nearly 10 minutes faster than her previous best showing at the XTERRA World Championship.

“I set my PR on the course, and I was due for that; I knew I had to PR in everything to win,” she said.

It wasn’t easy. Three-time defending champion Julie Dibens of United Kingdom stayed near Vanlandingham the entire course. Dibens actually had the lead for the first 15 miles of the 20-mile mountain bike course.

“I passed Julie about mile 15 of the bike and went into T2 with a one-minute lead and I didn’t think that was going to be enough because Julie is such an amazing athlete,” Vanlandingham said.

Dibens could never make up ground during the run, and wound up in second place at 2:59:32 — 1 minute, 12 seconds behind.

Dibens placed third in the Ironman World Championship just two weeks prior to the XTERRA World Championship, but she refused to use that as an excuse.

“She’s a demon on the bike,” Dibens said. “I was delighted with second. I got beat by a better girl today. Shonny is a true XTERRA athlete, the best mountain biker out here.”

Vanlandingham’s bike time of 1:42:40 was five minutes faster than any other woman. Still, she said she did not feel confident until the final mile of the run.

“I didn’t look back at all for the first six miles or so, and then at the black sand beach, I did take a peak and I didn’t see her,” she said. “That’s when it started to hit me. I’ve never won a world championship, not even in mountain biking, so this is really the pinnacle of both my XTERRA and mountain biking career.”

Dibens said she got as close as 30 seconds behind Vanlandingham early in the run, but then fell back toward the finish. “I had her in my sights, but didn’t have that extra gear.”

Marion Lorblanchet of France placed third in just her second attempt at the XTERRA World Championship. Making it more impressive, she overcame a broken pedal on her bike to make the podium.

“I crashed on the mountain bike, broke my pedal, so I lost a lot of time on the bike,” she said. “I just had to settle my nerves on the run. I was tired, but still knew I could run fast.”

Lorblanchet was as far back as seventh during the bike, before making up ground during the run. Her run time of 48:39 was the fastest among all the women.

Christine Jeffrey of Canada was the first female out of the swim, and went on to have her best finish at Maui with fourth place. “Super happy,” she said. “This is my best finish ever and way better than how I did last year.”

Suzie Snyder out-sprinted Austria’s Carina Wasle for fifth place.

Watch the Show / 2010 Results

2010 XTERRA World Championship from XTERRA TV on Vimeo.

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XTERRA Denmark This Saturday

The XTERRA European Tour returns to the scenic and sleepy beach town of Tisvilde for the XTERRA Denmark Championship on Saturday, the 11th of 12 stops in this year’s series.

Tisvilde is about an hour from Copenhagen on the North Sea, a beautiful place where the beach meets the forest. In summer time local and international tourists flock to the area but this week it’s all about XTERRA.

The course itself is all about cold water, sandy dunes, and singletrack trails through the dense, mystic forest. The site is considered the “spiritual home of the Viking” and competitors even ride by an elaborate Viking grave and can try their luck at pulling a sword out of a stone hidden in the bushes nearby.

At last year’s race won by Conrad Stoltz and Kathrin Mueller the weather was cold, rainy, and rather miserable but then again, that’s “Viking weather” and part of the charm.

In the men’s elite race a trio of Belgium’s best – Kris Coddens, Yeray Luxem, and Tim Van Daele – will take on a strong mix of stars from the European Tour like Jan Kubicek of the Czech Republic, Markus Benesch of Austria, Jens Roth of Germany, and XTERRA Sweden Champion Sam Osborne of New Zealand.

The women’s race is highlighted by a pair of Austrians – Carina Wasle and Sandra Koblumueller. At stake are valuable points towards the final European Tour rankings where the top 10 earn bonus cash.

Learn more at http://xterranordic.com/events/denmark/

Tentative XTERRA Denmark Elite Start List

Rank, Name, Nationality
6, Kris Coddens, BEL
7, Jan Kubicek, CZE
11, Markus Benesch, AUT
16, Yeray Luxem, BEL
18, Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA
21, Tim Van Daele, BEL
23, Jens Roth, GER
27, Sam Osborne, NZL
43, Fabio Guidelli, ITA
63, Theo Blignaut, RSA
Casper Aaen, DEN
Martin Bjeld, DEN
Henrik Brandt, DEN
Zaki Lustü El-louanzari, DEN
Jens Grænbæk, DEN
Joel Jameson, GBR
Brian W Jørgensen, DEN
Troels Messmann, DEN
Thomas Munch-Laursen, DEN
Frederik Nexøe-larsen, DEN
Jason Rojas, DEN
Dominik Wychera, AUT 

Rank, Name, Nationality
3, Carina Wasle, AUT
6, Sandra Koblumueller, AUT
19, Corinna Choun, DEN
26, Genziana Cenni, ITA
Caroline Lerche, DEN
Tanja Hultengren Larsson, DEN
Christina Thøgersen, DEN

Rank = Rank on the XTERRA European Tour (after 10 events)

Conrad Stoltz

Last Call for the Caveman

“I’m pretty sure this it,” explained the most iconic XTERRA athlete of all-time, Conrad Stoltz, about Sunday’s European Championship race in England being his last XTERRA.

“I don’t have regrets.  I’m 41, I had a fantastic career, have lots of memories and have done a lot of neat stuff,” said Stoltz, adding that the best thing that ever happened was the birth of his baby girl Zena in the off-season. “She changed our lives in a huge way. Everything else pales in comparison now that we have this little bundle.  My retirement means we can really spend a lot of time with her and we literally have her with us all the time. Being a Dad is indescribable.  It’s awesome.”

Awesome could also describe Stoltz’ career and his impact on the sport. Well beyond his unprecedented 51 career championship wins (53 if you count Buffelspoort) and seven world titles is a gentle giant beloved worldwide for his warm smile and welcoming demeanor as much as his fearless downhill skills.

Stoltz is a rare gem of a person – genuine, caring, smart, and giving. There are so many great examples showcasing the strength of his character.

Flashback to Tokyo, Japan, 2011, at one of the busiest subway stations on earth. Stoltz noticed a woman struggling with her luggage at the top of a stairwell at the exit. While hundreds of commuters quickly navigated their way around the woman, the Caveman worked his way through the crowd – like a fish swimming upstream – to help her, grabbing the cumbersome luggage and carrying it down a massive flight of 100 stairs to the bottom.

Over the past 15 years XTERRA has had the pleasure of seeing him perform countless acts of kindness – from signing autographs and providing simple words of advice to full-blown mentoring gigs and visiting sick kids at Children’s Hospitals.

Marita Oppenheimer, an avid endurance athlete who was spectating at XTERRA Worlds a few years back, discovered the Caveman’s “coolness” firsthand. Afterwards, she wrote this note to TEAM Unlimited CEO Tom Kiely to share her story…

Sunday was just one of the best days of my life. I found Conrad Stoltz’ water bottle at the bottom of the last bike hill, and felt like I won the lottery. He is such an inspiration. I mentioned to my friends that, wouldn’t it be great if I could somehow return it to him, because it seemed like a special bottle, unlike all the others.

Hours go by, and I’m sitting alone on the lawn of the Ritz in the shade, and I was emailing my Husband to let him know how much fun I was having, and then I decided to prop up my special water bottle on the grass, and take a photo, just in case I lost or left it somewhere. So, I took the picture, and I hear a voice behind me, saying “Oh, so you like that water bottle, eh?”

And I turn around, and there are two men, and a woman standing there, and I responded “Yes, look at it, look whose name is on it! It’s my favorite guy.”

The woman says, “Is the note I wrote you still under the bottle?”

And then, I realize that it’s Conrad Stoltz. I couldn’t believe my luck. Under the bottle his fiancée (someone mentioned later in the day, that they were getting married) had written, “My champion, I love you.”

Oh my gosh. So I told Conrad, I was really hoping all day that I could return his bottle to him, because I felt it was a special bottle. He said, “you keep it, I have more”.

It just brings tears to my eyes, still. Then, they asked if I’d like a picture with him. I couldn’t believe it, because I never would have had the nerve to ask. Then we all hugged, and I wish you could have seen my face after they left. It was amazing. The best part was, that they were just the nicest, sweetest, most kind people, ever. – Marita Oppenheimer

To put Marita’s note in further perspective, Conrad had to pull from Worlds on the run that year – he couldn’t breathe. DNFs are not part of his culture, so you can trust his disappointment was off-the-charts, but despite this – his character remained true.

Perseverance. Conrad has that in truck loads. When in 2006 he broke his back pre-riding the course at Nationals, he didn’t give up. He actually showed up at the race two days later to support the rest of the XTERRA Tribe, arm in a sling, pain pursing through his body – but his character was holding strong. The next year he won everything, including his third world title.

In 2009 after slicing his foot open before the start of the East Championship, while retrieving a buoy that had gotten unhooked, he didn’t give up. He won that race.

In 2010 when he wanted to go home and be with his Dad while he was in a fierce battle with cancer, his Dad told him no, to race and make him proud. He did just that by winning his unprecedented fourth XTERRA World Title in his honor. ESPN paid tribute to his effort by naming it a top 10 play.

Conrad’s dad said, “I once showed him a dung beetle that was trying to roll his ball of dung up a very steep incline. The ball kept rolling back, but the beetle kept retrieving the ball and pressing forward. I said to Conrad, “That’s how one should live one’s life. One never gives up.”

Trust that his retirement has nothing to do with giving up, it’s more about moving on to start the next chapter of life with his lovely wife Liezel and baby Zena. It’s a move we can all admire.

Watch clips from our interview “Caveman in Cranleigh” on Facebook.com/XTERRAplanet.

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XTERRA Japan Unveils New Venue in Hokkaido

Japan was one of the very first international races on the XTERRA World Tour when it made its debut in Shiobara back in 2000 and for 10 years, 2004 to 2014, it called Marunuma home.

This year the XTERRA Japan Championship, again led by triathlon legend Taro Shirato, is introducing the Tribe to a new destination.

XTERRA Pro and roving race correspondent Charlie Epperson (pictured above with Mieko Carey) is one of the hundreds of XTERRA warriors headed to Hokkaido for Saturday’s race and brings us this preview…

XTERRA Japan returns to kick-start the 2015-2016 XTERRA Asian Tour after a one-year hiatus.  During their break, race organizers secured a new venue that led them to one of the northern most prefectures in Hokkaido. A region renown for their snow skiing, cuisine, and pristine landscape, this year’s XTERRA Japan Championship promises to offer competitors a great new experience.

The resort is amazing… with more than dozen restaurants serving world class Hokkaido cuisine, golf courses, gondola ride, hot springs, and some crisp clean air- it feels more like I’m on holiday. Great venue for the race and the community has been equally amazing in their support of the race, course preparations, and general warmness toward the athletes.

The swim will start at the snow-fed and remote Lake Kanayama, home to the ancient & mythical Sakhalin taimen flying fish.   After a likely cool morning swim, racers will enjoy a two-loop bike course that climbs over 800-meters while navigating a floating bridge that leaves little room for error. Spectators will get to see runners twice on a two-lap course that takes competitors through Lake Kanayama Forest Park, an area commonly occupied by the Japanese brown bear (as many as 2,000 roam the Hokkaido region). No kidding!

With the last XTERRA Japan Champion Dan Hugo now retired, the men’s elite race is wide open for those of us hoping to be crowned the champion in the Land of the Rising Sun.  A late entry into the race, two-time Australian Olympian and XTERRA Australia Champion Courtney Atkinson becomes the clear favorite in this field. Japan’s Takahiro Ogasawara is the local favorite and stands a good chance to offer Atkinson a close race with his mastery of technical mountain bike tracks.

Cedric Lassonde of France, a veteran XTERRA racer, will arrive in peak form after crushing an Ironman distance race two weeks prior. Scotland’s Rory Downie passed on the XTERRA European Championship in London to compete in the mountains of Hokkaido. South Korea’s Kaon Cho will use XTERRA Japan to tune-up the inaugural XTERRA Korea race that will be contested the following weekend. Japan’s veteran racer, Taro Shirato, who has also been the driving force behind the new race venue, has enough course knowledge to be a factor. Rounding out the field is my Guam training partner, Cameron O’Neal, who competes for the Guam National Triathlon team and who is debuting in his first elite off-road race at XTERRA Japan. A number of other professional and seasoned XTERRA racers are rumored to be en-route include Slovakia’s Michal Bucek, Hong Kong’s Jason Hsieh, and Josh Kenyon of New Zealand.

The women’s elite race is shaping up to be a mano-a-mano affair. Four-time XTERRA Japan Champion Mieko Carey returns to her home country in search of her fifth title. Carey, who came face-to-face with a black bear during a pre-ride at the old course will no doubt have her “bear bell” (a required item for this course) in full jingle as she sets out on her quest. Her competition, the speedy Lizzy Orchard of New Zealand, had a great performance at XTERRA Malaysia in Langkawi this past May and looks to be in even better shape going into Saturday.

Competitors should come prepared for a wetsuit swim and expect some vicious climbs in the midst of the beauty of Lake Kanayama Forest Park. With bears, floating bridges, flying fish, and icy cold water, the outlook is pure adventure for the 2015 XTERRA Japan Championships.