Brayden Currie, winner of  Paymark Xterra, Rotorua, New Zealand, 16 April 2016. Photo by John Cowpland / Marathon Photos

Currie, Orchard win XTERRA New Zealand

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Braden Currie defended his title and Lizzie Orchard got her first big win in her home country at the 14th annual XTERRA New Zealand Championship on a beautiful day at the Blue Lake in Roturua on Saturday.

XTERRA media liaison Jordyn McLean was on-site to capture all the action and brings us this report (photos courtesy John Cowpland)…

Top Kiwi multisport athlete Braden Currie has defended his pro title at the Paymark XTERRA Rotorua Festival, crossing the line ahead of Rotorua’s Sam Osborne and South Africa’s Bradley Weiss at the Blue Lake today.

The 29-year old from Wanaka was neck and neck with Osborne out of the swim and into the mountain bike, but he managed to pull away towards the end of the bike leg.

“Yea me and Sam swim pretty similar and we ride pretty similar on the flat stuff and I just managed to get away on the big hill. It was great to go into transition with a little bit of a lead cause I knew we would have been real close in the run too,” said Currie. “I’m stoked with the win though. It was always going to be a hard day, I knew Sam was in real good condition and I knew how badly he wanted to win so it was never going to be easy. It was just fun to have a really good race and enjoy it.”

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Currie though.

“I had an epic crash and I’m really starting to feel it now. I was just sitting on Sam’s wheel and just scored a wrong line and went straight over the bars at full speed and slipped down the bank on my shoulder and head. I came to a stop and collected my bike and lost all my gels. In a way it was good because it made me refocus.”

Currie will head to the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championships next weekend in New South Wales, before taking a break to decide what he’ll do next.

Local athlete Osborne had a frustrating swim, but kept the pressure on Currie for the majority of the race.

“I didn’t have the best start in the swim, I actually had to swim back on which was a bit annoying. Braden and I were literally just battling it out the whole bike, but coming into the big climb he just let rip at the bottom of it and I just couldn’t go with his initial surge. It came down to a running race and I think I just burnt too many matches on the bike,” said Osborne.

Osborne had plenty of praise for the new layout of the course at the Paymark XTERRA Rotorua Festival.

“I think this course is a winner. Braden and I both think this would be the perfect World Champs course. It’s good, consistent riding and it’s technical enough that when you ride fast it is actually hard, but not ridiculous either.”

Whakatane teenager Hayden Wilde produced a remarkable result in the long course race, finishing in fourth place.

“I had one of the best swims I’ve ever had, and I came out with the likes of Olly Shaw and then from there I started a good bike, but about 5km into it I got a puncture. I had to stop and put CO2 in it and I lost about 2 minutes. Once I got going again I managed to pass guys who had passed me and then I passed a few others and then gunned it on the run,” said Wilde.  “I was stoked with the result but gutted to have got the puncture, but I guess it’s good to know where I am at. I’m going to the Asia-Pacific Champs next weekend and it will be my first elite race so I’m looking forward to it.”

Pro Men  
Pl Name Final
1 Braden Currie, NZL 2:05:42
2 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:07:23
3 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:11:33
4 Olly Shaw, NZL 2:11:50
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:17:27
6 Cameron Paul, NZL 2:20:03
7 Alex Roberts, NZL 2:28:08
8 Lachlan Davey, NZL 2:37:35
9 Kaon Cho, KOR 2:53:20
10 Kiley Momohara, NZL 3:25:11
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Liz Orchard, womens winner, Paymark Xterra, Rotorua, New Zealand, 16 April 2016. Photo by John Cowpland / Marathon Photos

In the women’s pro race, Lizzie Orchard improved on her second place finish last year to take out the 2016 title. The 30-year old defeated Sarah Backler who finished second and Rachel Challis in third.

Orchard was delighted with the victory and says it was a long time coming.

“I’m super pleased to have won XTERRA in Rotorua. It’s the home town race and you always want to do well here. I’ve actually been coming here for over 10 years, starting as a teenager before eventually trying the full triathlon. It’s always great, loads of support and so many people cheering you on.”

Orchard made her charge in the run, after coming into transition off the mountain bike in third place.

“I don’t think I have ever come out of a bike ride in a triathlon in the lead, so I am used to being on the back foot and I enjoy running so it’s good to have your strength last. It’s also good to have the others a little bit worried sometimes, they know you are coming.”

Pro Women  
Pl Name Final
1 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 2:39:10
2 Sarah Backler, NZL 2:39:37
3 Rachel Challis, NZL 2:41:04
4 Mary Gray, NZL 2:41:38

Rio Olympics hopeful and National mountain bike champion Sam Gaze took out the 26km mountain bike race in a time of 1:07:50. He’s in good stead heading into next week’s World Cup event in Cairns.

“It went well out there. It was a great course, it was definitely a bit different from the other times I’ve done it but it was quite cool. I just came along with Dad just to enjoy it and test myself for the World Cup next week and everything looks pretty good for it.”

The Waikato rider has had two Olympic qualification races so far this year, one went well while the other didn’t got to plan because of health issues. But he’ll find out whether he makes the Rio Games after the third World Cup event in France around the 20th of May.

2,300 participants took part in the 14th edition of the Paymark XTERRA Rotorua Festival. As well as the XTERRA short and long course races, athletes could choose to walk or run a 5.5km, 11km or 21km distance, and the 26km mountain bike.

Event spokesperson Tony Sangster says they received great feedback on the new bike layout.

“The athletes loved the new bike course and we have seen some great performances. The people have enjoyed themselves. Having an event where you have the opportunity to go to two World Championships is fantastic as well. A lot of athletes are trying to get to Maui (XTERRA World Championships) and Lake Crackenback in Australia (ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships). This Rotorua event is great and it caters for all ages and abilities.”

XTERRA NEW ZEALAND ALL-TIME WINNERS
Year Men Women
2003 Sam Mallard Evelyn Willamson
2004 Hamish Carter Sonia Foote
2005 Hamish Carter Sonia Foote
2006 Hamish Carter Gina Ferguson
2007 Tim Wilding Gina Ferguson
2008 Terenzo Bozzone Sonia Foote
2009 Richard Ussher Nicola Leary
2010 Scott Thorne Nicola Leary
2011 Richard Ussher Karen Hanlen
2012 Ben Allen Jacqui Slack
2013 Ben Allen Renata Bucher
2014 Conrad Stoltz Barbara Riveros
2015 Braden Currie Suzie Snyder
2016 Braden Currie Lizzie Orchard

Up Next: The 3rd annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in NSW, Australia on Saturday, April 23

OGASAWARA, ORCHARD LEAD APAC TOUR STANDINGS

After four races Takahiro Ogasawara still sits atop the men’s standings and with the win today Lizzie Orchard moves to the top of the women’s elite standings in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour points series.

With two races remain (and they count three) it’s about to get interesting with the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship next Saturday at Callala Beach in New South Wales, Australia, then the finale at XTERRA Malaysia in Langkawi on May 7.  (See the press guide for the Asia-Pacific Champs here).

The top 15 amateur, Asian-elite, and professional racers at each event earn series points, with double points being offered at the finale in Malaysia.  Racers will count their best three scores to determine champions in each division.

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour will award a prize bonus of $10,000 USD to the top five pro men and women in the final standings ($2,000 for 1st, $1,500-2nd, $800-3rd, $400-4th, $300-5th).

The 2016-17 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour season will begin anew at XTERRA Tahiti (May 14, 2016), then continue at XTERRA Korea with an amateur-only race (no pro prize money or pro points) on August 27, 2016 in Daeahn Reservoir, followed by XTERRA Japan in Hokkaido on September 3, 2016.

Here’s a look at the tentative elite standings (pending NZ results confirmation) after four:

PL NAME JPN PHI SAIPAN NZL TOT
1 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 82 75 90 DNS 247
2 Brodie Gardner, AUS DNS 82 100 DNS 182
3 Bradley Weiss, RSA DNS 100 DNS 82 182
4 Kaon Cho, KOR 53 DNS 75 49 177
5 Charlie Epperson, USA 75 69 DNS DNS 144
6 Joe Miller, PHI DNS 53 82 DNS 135
7 Cameron Oneal, USA 63 58 DNS DNS 121
8 Courtney Atkinson, AUS 100 DNS DNS DNS 100
9 Braden Currie, NZL DNS DNS DNS 100 100
10 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 90 DNS DNS DNS 90
11 Ben Allen, AUS DNS 90 DNS DNS 90
12 Sam Osborne, NZL DNS DNS DNS 90 90
13 Olly Shaw, NZL DNS DNS DNS 75 75
14 Taro Shirato, JPN 69 DNS DNS DNS 69
15 Kieran McPherson, NZL DNS DNS DNS 69 69
16 Michal Bucek, SVK DNS 63 DNS DNS 63
17 Cameron Paul, NZL DNS DNS DNS 63 63
18 Jason Hsieh , HKG 58 DNS DNS DNS 58
19 Alex Roberts, NZL DNS DNS DNS 58 58
20 Lachlan Davey, NZL DNS DNS DNS 53 53
21 Barry Lee, MAS DNS 49 DNS DNS 49
22 Kiley Momohara, NZL DNS DNS DNS 45 45
PL NAME JPN PHI SAIPAN NZL TOT
1 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 90 100 DNS 100 290
2 Mieko Carey, USA 100 82 90 DNS 272
3 Carina Wasle, AUT DNS DNS 100 DNS 100
4 Jacqui Slack, GBR DNS 90 DNS DNS 90
5 Sarah Backler, NZL DNS DNS DNS 90 90
6 Renata Bucher, SUI DNS DNS 82 DNS 82
7 Rachel Challis, NZL DNS DNS DNS 82 82
8 Belinda Hadden, AUS DNS DNS 75 DNS 75
9 Mary Gray, NZL DNS DNS DNS 75 75

Learn more

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The New Zealand Championship was the 8th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion La Reunion Island
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Langkawi
7-May XTERRA Brazil Ilhabela, São Paulo
7-May XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Papeete
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Pelham, Shelby County, AL, USA
21-May XTERRA Portugal Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep  XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
Conrad Stoltz

An XTERRA Reunion with a Caveman

This Sunday’s second annual XTERRA Reunion off-road tri has lured an XTERRA Hall of Famer out of his retirement cave to join in the fun.

“I’ve circled the globe many times to race in some of the world’s most idyllic triathlon locations but almost unbelievably, I never raced in Reunion,” said Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz, who will bring his family and make a race-cation out of the trip while also documenting the experience for TriathlonPlus Magazine.

Reunion Island, a French island located in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, is indeed a worthy destination.

“I’ve always wanted to travel there,” said Stoltz.  “I speak fluent French, I love unique cultures and unspoiled nature, and Reunion has a very strong triathlon culture.”

That culture will get even stronger this weekend when some of the world’s best XTERRA racers, including three-time World Champ Ruben Ruzafa, descend upon the island.

Other elite men in the field include Euro Tour runner-up Francois Carloni, last year’s XTERRA Reunion runner-up Yeray Luxem, age-group World Champ turned pro Christophe Betard, and a bevy of South Africans with Theo Blignaut, Antoine Van Heerden, Aiden Nugent, and Charl Stephan.

The defending men’s champ Bradley Weiss will be in New Zealand to take on the Kiwis and fight for the Asia-Pacific Crown in the coming weeks, leaving the Reunion title for another to grab.

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In the women’s race Carla Van Huyssteen returns to defend her crown but will have her work cut out for her with Carina Wasle, Sandra Koblmueller, Susan Sloan, and Natia Van Heerden also on the start list.

The race combines a 1,500-meter swim in the west coast lagoon with a hilly 30km mountain bike course through the savannah and sugar cane fields and a 10km trail run by the coast. To learn more visit www.xterrareunion.com, or write to xterrareunion@gmail.com.

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XTERRA Racing with The Devil May 1

Spring is here in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast and it is time to hit the water, singletrack and trail!

May 1 is Opening Day for XTERRA athletes in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions, so get your application in for the XTERRA Jersey Devil Off-Road Triathlon in Barnegat, New Jersey. Now in its 6th year, the Jersey Devil is still the same great family event, and an excellent way to spend a Spring Sunday morning together supporting Mom, Dad, Sis, Bro, everyone racing through the water and grounds of the Joseph A. Citta Scout Camp.

The XTERRA Jersey Devil includes a half-mile lake swim, 13-mile mountain bike and 3-mile trail run.  The lake is shallow so water temps warm daily in the spring; past race day water temps have usually been in the low ’60’s.  The mountain bike course is flat with plenty of space to pass (or be passed); and the ground is very sandy – this is the Jersey Shore.

“The course drains very well, so if there’s rain immediately prior to or even on race day, there is not much mud to deal with,” said race veteran Charlie Redmond.  “The trail run is quite tricky, with lots of turns, hops and twists through the trees, and then there’s that pesky Jersey Devil always looking to grab you!”

What makes this race especially cool is the beneficiary.

“The New Jersey Devil is an all-volunteer effort benefiting the Boy and Girl scouts of this region,” said race director Bob Horn, as all race profits are given back to the Joseph A. Citta Scout Camp, 229 Brockville Road, Barnegat NJ 08005, where the race is held.

More information here: http://www.xterrajerseydevil.com/home.  Please register in advance here https://www.raceforum.com/xterra.

TITLE CHASE BEGINS FOR ATLANTIC REGION

New in 2016 – for the first-time ever – XTERRA Regional Champions will earn a qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship on October 23 in Maui. And, athletes who can’t make it this year have an opportunity to defer the spot until 2017 to allow more time to plan their trip.

XTERRA Jersey Devil on May 1 is in the Atlantic Region.  If you live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, or Washington D.C. this race is IN YOUR REGION.

How old will you be on December 31, 2016? The answer determines your age group. If you’ll be 45-years-old on December 31 (even if you’re 44 on race day) you’ll be competing in the 45-49 division all year. To win your region you have to score more points than any other athlete from the Atlantic Region in the 45-49 age group.

How to score:
– You score points by finishing in the top 15 in your age group (75pts for 1st, 67 for 2nd, etc.)
– You can do as many races as you want.
– You count your best four finishes.
– You must compete in at least one (1) race in your Region.
– You must count at least two (2) races in your region.
– There are two races – XTERRA Oak Mountain (May 21 in Alabama), and XTERRA Beaver Creek (July 16 in Colorado) that offer 100 points.  In those three you can get 100-points for 1st, 90 points for 2nd, and so on.  If you do two or three of those races, just your best finish counts at 100 points, and others revert to 75-point scale.

Other races in the Atlantic Region include the XTERRA EX2 on July 10 in Flintstone, MD and XTERRA Appalachia on August 7 in Penn Runn, PA.

https://www.xterraplanet.com/uploadedfiles/XAT_RULES.pdf

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XTERRA New Zealand in Rotorua Saturday

The 14th annual Paymark XTERRA New Zealand Championship race takes place Saturday at Blue Lake in Rotorua.

It’s a big race for a lot of reasons. It’s the fourth of six events on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour, dishes out qualifying spots into XTERRA Worlds to the top amateurs, and qualifies Kiwis to race for their country at the ITU Cross Tri World Champs.

It’s also one of the biggest gatherings on the XTERRA Planet with thousands of participants taking part in the walk, runs, mountain bike races, and off-road triathlons on offer. And it all happens in one of the most magnificent locations on earth.

“It’s hard to stay focused during the race because it’s so beautiful out there,” said last year’s women’s winner Suzie Snyder.  “It’s like no place I’ve ever been.   You go from a tropical feel to a Redlands Forest-type scene to jungle action, and it changes all the time so it’s just constant stimulation.”

A terrific pro field is on hand to contend for the top step, including the top three men from last year with defending champion Braden Currie, runner-up Sam Osborne, and third-place finisher Olly Shaw.  XTERRA Asian Tour Champ Bradley Weiss of South Africa will give those three chase, as will Kaon Cho of Korea, and a deep cast of Kiwis including Clark Ellice, Kiley Momohara, Alex Roberts, and Lachlan Davey.

The race carries special meaning for both Osborne and Shaw, who hail from right there in Rotorua and would like nothing more than a big win in front of their family and friends. In last year’s race Currie came in just 13-seconds ahead of Osborne, who comes in confident having trained with New Zealand Olympian Ryan Sissons in his build-up to the Rio Olympics.

On the women’s side this could be the year for Lizzie Orchard from Auckland. She had a breakout race at XTERRA Worlds last year, finishing 5th overall, and won her first XTERRA major earlier this season at XTERRA Philippines. She’ll have her hands full with fellow kiwi and former age group XTERRA World Champion Sara Backler, Rachel Challis, and Mary Gray.

To get a sense for the beauty of Blue Lake, have a look at this video from last year’s race: http://www.xterra.co.nz/video.html

More information can be found at www.xterra.co.nz and on Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Paymark-XTERRA-Rotorua-Festival.

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XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship April 23

Intrepid triathletes and trail runners from all over the world are headed to New South Wales, Australia for the third annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship triathlon and accompanying trail running races at Callala Beach in Jervis Bay on April 23-24, 2016.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said: “NSW is Australia’s adventure capital, with so many fantastic landscapes and opportunities for athletes to test their skills and endurance. The South Coast is a wonderful location for XTERRA and I wish the athletes the best of luck.”

The main event starts with a 1.5-kilometer swim at Callala Beach, follows with 30-kilometers of mountain biking on trails through the Nowra State Forest, and finishes with a grueling 10-kilometer trail run that traverses Australia’s famous beaches and bushland.

As the most prestigious event in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour that includes championship races in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Tahiti, and Saipan – the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race boasts the second-largest prize purse in off-road triathlon at $50,000 AUD, and will be filmed and edited into a sports special to be broadcast on ESPN International and throughout the U.S. via national syndication and Fox Sports Network.

The event will also serve as XTERRA’s Australian Championship – giving Aussies the chance to grab this very special national title – and award 50 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship in Maui to the top performers. The off-road sports festival weekend also includes a sprint distance off-road triathlon, Xticer beginner triathlon, trail runs, and relay team competitions attracting more than 600 competitors of all ages.  www.xterraasiapacific.com

VISITING NEW SOUTH WALES FORESTS

forest_playground_dark_greenThe true beauty of every XTERRA race around the world is the natural environment in which the race takes place.

At the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship held on the South Coast of New South Wales, participants are treated to uncrowded beaches, crystal-clear water, and bushland that can be enjoyed by walkers, runners, bird-lovers and cycling enthusiasts alike.

“State Forests of the South Coast are home to thousands of hectares of native bushland which showcase a diversity of beautiful landscapes,” said Brendan Grimson, the Partnerships Leader at the Forestry Corporation of NSW which provides free access to thousands of kilometers of forest roads and trails and more than 100 free visitor areas, including camping grounds and picnic facilities.

“Our State Forests support a range of spectacular visitor experiences from mountain biking, horseback riding, trail biking and four-wheel driving. We welcome the XTERRA participants to explore the forests here. What’s more, you can bring your dog.”

Just a few hours south of Sydney in the beach side town of Callala on Jervis Bay XTERRA racers will find a coastline endowed with bays, interesting country towns, great food and wine, and many natural attractions. Indeed, NSW is renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, beauty and exuberant spirit.

Learn more at http://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit

Compex

Compex Partners with XTERRA

Honolulu, HI (April 14, 2106) – TEAM Unlimited LLC, owners and producers of the XTERRA America Tour, today announced Compex will join the 2016 XTERRA America Tour as a participating sponsor.

Compex is the worldwide leader in electric muscle stimulation. From injury prevention and fast recovery to muscle-strength gains and endurance improvements, Compex provides athletes and active people with the most intelligent tool to enhance sport performance. The device recruits specific motor nerves by targeting muscle fibers that cannot be reached through traditional workouts and training, and is designed to help athletes reach their goals by delivering a magnitude of benefits including increased muscle strength and density, larger muscle size, boosted speed, enhanced blood circulation, and faster recovery.

“The XTERRA community is committed to living life to the fullest and the starting point is being healthy and fit,” said XTERRA CEO Tom Kiely.  “We feel that part of our mission is to introduce XTERRA friends and family to companies and groups which have great products and services which fit with the “Live More” philosophy, and Compex is surely one of those. Coincidentally, we were exposed to Compex in our early years with XTERRA when they were just entering the USA market and at our events people were lined up to test and experience what was then a “new product.” I tried it myself and was quite impressed with the muscle energy it generated. So, when our friend Brandon Hearn joined Compex we connected and agreed to team up in the future…and we are very happy to welcome them onboard.”

The alliance puts Compex in a prime position to connect with XTERRA’s active, national audience of adventure seekers, weekend warriors and competitors via the XTERRA America Tour of more than 100 off-road triathlons and trail runs held across the U.S.

“Compex is excited to partner with the 2016 XTERRA America Tour and offer their athletes an intelligent training aid to improve their performance,” said Brandon Hearn, Sr. Director of Compex. “Not only does Compex serve as an excellent strength training tool for endurance sport athletes, it allows athletes to flush lactic acid in less than 6 minutes.”

Compex is offering XTERRA racers 20% off their first Compex purchase using coupon code XTERRA20.  See product line and order at https://www.compexusa.com/products.

ABOUT DJO GLOBAL
DJO Global is a leading global developer, manufacturer and distributor of high-quality medical devices that provide solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management. The Company’s products address the continuum of patient care from injury prevention to rehabilitation after surgery, injury or from degenerative disease, enabling people to regain or maintain their natural motion. Its products are used by orthopedic specialists, spine surgeons, primary care physicians, pain management specialists, physical therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals. In addition, many of the Company’s medical devices and related accessories are used by athletes and patients for injury prevention and at-home physical therapy treatment. The Company’s product lines include rigid and soft orthopedic bracing, hot and cold therapy, bone growth stimulators, vascular therapy systems and compression garments, therapeutic shoes and inserts, electrical stimulators used for pain management and physical therapy products. The Company’s surgical division offers a comprehensive suite of reconstructive joint products for the hip, knee and shoulder. DJO Global’s products are marketed under a portfolio of brands including Aircast®, Chattanooga, CMF™, Compex®, DonJoy®, ProCare®, DJO® Surgical, Dr. Comfort® and ExosTM. For additional information on the Company, please visit www.DJOglobal.com.

ABOUT TEAM UNLIMITED/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited LLC, founded in 1988, is the Hawaii-based television, events, and marketing company that brought off-road triathlon and trail running to the world under the brand name XTERRA.                                                             From a one-off race held on the most remote island chain in the world XTERRA evolved into an endurance sports lifestyle with worldwide appeal. Over the past 20 years XTERRA transcended its status as ‘just a race’ to become a bona-fide way of life for thousands of intrepid athletes as well as an emerging brand in the outdoor industry. In 2016 XTERRA will offer more than 200 off-road triathlons and trail running events in 30+ countries worldwide and produce 10 adventure television shows for international distribution. Learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterracontent.com.

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Stars Abound for XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on April 23

XTERRA Philippines and South Africa Champion Bradley Weiss, the dynamic duo of Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack, and American standout Catherine Sterling are the latest in a string of XTERRA stars to announce their participation in the third annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race to be held April 23 at Callala Beach in New South Wales, Australia.

“Very excited to be heading back after missing this event in 2015,” said Weiss, who is the reigning XTERRA Asian Tour men’s champion. “Training has been going really well and after a solid start to the 2016 season I am looking forward to testing my form against some of the world’s best. I will be racing in New Zealand the week before, then planning to head home after Australia before making my way to Malaysia for the Asia-Pacific Tour finale in early May.”

Sterling, who finished third at the XTERRA USA Championship race last September, comes in as America’s best-bet in the women’s field. The 40-year-old scientist (she got her PhD in genetics from Yale) recently moved to Melbourne and is working at the university.

“The job is good, I’m working in a totally different research field than I was in the states so I’m learning A LOT,” said Sterling. “Takes a while to get things going but the ball is rolling now and I’m starting to feel like a scientist again.  The work is interesting, University of Melbourne has a lot going on, and I really like my coworkers so it’s been good.”

Sterling said she loves Australia.

“What’s not to like? Great people and beautiful spot with lots of fun adventures to be had.  There is so much to explore … just a matter of finding the time to get it done. Oz is an amazing place for so many reasons – and the XTERRA lifestyle and XTERRA-folks are certainly a part of it.”

As for the racing bit, Sterling said “I’m not sure if I’m ready for it.  With the move, friends visiting, getting settled with work, finding new training grounds, etc. my training and race prep has fallen off a little.  Hopefully I’m still managing to do “just enough” to get the job done on race day.”

There are 25 pros from 10 countries on the tentative start list, including the defending XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champ and XTERRA World Championship runner-up Braden Currie, 2016 XTERRA Saipan Champions Brodie Gardner and Carina Wasle, 2016 XTERRA Philippines Champions Bradley Weiss and Lizzie Orchard, reigning ITU Cross Triathlon Australian National Champions Benny Allen and Penny Hosken, reigning XTERRA Australia Champion Jessica Simpson, reigning XTERRA Asian Tour Champion Jacqui Slack, reigning ETU European Champion Renata Bucher (who is also a 4x XTERRA European Tour Champion), XTERRA USA bronze medalist Catherine Sterling, 2015 XTERRA Sweden Champion Sam Osborne, 2016 XTERRA Motatapu Champion Olly Shaw, XTERRA Philippines National Champion Joe Miller, Korea’s lone off-road elite Kaon Cho, Malaysia’s best off-roader Barry Lee, and Hayden Wilde, who is just 18 years old and was the winner of the 15-19 division XTERRA World Championship last year.

Learn more at xterraasiapacific.com

XTERRA ASIA-PACIFIC TENATIVE PRO START LIST

Name (Alphabetical) – Age, Hometown
Ben Allen – 31, North Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
Brodie Gardner – 29, Marcoola, QLD, Australia
Kieran McPherson – 24, Matamata, New Zealand
Cameron Paul – 25, Taupo, New Zealand
Olly Shaw – 24, Rotorua, New Zealand
Sam Osborne – 25, Rotorua, New Zealand
Aiden Dunster – 25, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Joe Miller – 36, Cebu, Philippines
Robert Skillman – 32, Tarlo, NSW, Australia
Kaon Cho – 33, Jeju, South Korea
Bradley Weiss – 27, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Hayden Wilde – 18, Whakatane, New Zealand
Noah Wright – 41, Austin, Texas, USA
Barry Lee – 23, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Name (Alphabetical) – Age, Hometown
Renata Bucher – 38, Lucerne, Switzerland
Elizabeth Orchard – 30, Auckland, New Zealand
Jessica Simpson – 27, East Corrimal, NSW, Australia
Jacqui Slack – 32, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, GBR
Carina Wasle – 31, Kundl, Austria
Catherine Sterling – 38, Ayer, Massachusetts, USA
Penny Hosken – 28, Ringwood North, VIC, Australia
Sarah Backler – 33, Tauranga, New Zealand
Holly Khan – 30, Cooranbong, NSW, Australia

THREE RACES LEFT IN XTERRA ASIA-PACIFIC TOUR

The 2015-2016 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour that started last year at XTERRA Japan in Hokkaido and continued this season with XTERRA Philippines and XTERRA Saipan, will wrap with its final three races at XTERRA New Zealand (April 16), XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs in Australia (April 23), and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour finale in Langkawi, Malaysia on May 7. Here’s a look at the current elite standings in the APAC Tour:

PL NAME TOT
1 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 247
2 Brodie Gardner, AUS 182
3 Charlie Epperson, USA 144
4 Joe Miller, PHI 135
5 Kaon Cho, KOR 128
6 Cameron Oneal, USA 121
7 Courtney Atkinson, AUS 100
8 Bradley Weiss, RSA 100
9 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 90
10 Ben Allen, AUS 90
11 Taro Shirato, JPN 69
12 Michal Bucek, SVK 63
13 Hsieh Jason, HKG 58
14 Barry Lee, MAS 49



PL NAME TOT
1 Mieko Carey, USA 272
2 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 190
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 100
4 Jacqui Slack, GBR 90
5 Renata Bucher, SUI 82
6 Belinda Hadden, AUS 75

Learn more at http://www.xterraplanet.com/asian-tour/

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Middaugh Coaching Corner – Undulating Your Training

A few years ago I wrote a research paper titled “Achieving Expertise in Triathlon.”  While researching, I came across a few good nuggets that I think can apply to anyone who exercises.  One key difference between elites and non-elites, was that elites tend to undulate their training more.  I see two main mistakes I think many people can relate to.  One mistake is to do the exact same routine each week with little change in volume or intensity, which is great for maintenance, but not good for making a positive change.  The other mistake is to try to progress your training linearly.  That approach is too artificial and eventually leads to maladaptation because it is not sustainable and that is not how organisms adapt.  Non-linear periodization is an important component to long-term triathlon success.

A notion we all need to dispose of is that “if a little is good, then more must be better.”  When I council athletes after a poor performance, their solution is almost always to train more and harder, when the reality might be that they did plenty of training but not enough recovery to realize their abilities.

To understand this, we need to go back to the basics on how an organism adapts to stress, called the General Adaptation Syndrome. Exercise stresses many of the body’s systems and when the stimulus is the proper dose and at the proper frequency, super-compensation can result. The three-stage response to training includes shock, adaptation, and staleness. It is during the recovery cycles that the body achieves a higher level of homeostasis and a higher level of performance. When heavy training is carried out week after week, there is a summation of the training stimulus that creates a large amount of cumulative fatigue and can lead to staleness. If you never back it off from that linear progression, there will never be a realization of improved performance.

Most people do a pretty good job of undulating training within a week and they understand the concept of easy days and hard days. But if every week looks the same, then how can gains be made beyond a certain plateau?

The solution is to undulate your training regularly within mesocycles.  A microcycle can be thought of as a single week of training and a block of several weeks is considered a mesocycle. Many athletes undulate training unintentionally and unsuccessfully with unplanned setbacks due to overtraining, injury, or life circumstances.  A better, more effective, and more proactive approach is to plan a lighter week of training at least once a month if not more frequently.  Plan to train purposefully for a 2 or 3-week block, and then drop your training volume by 30-50% for one week.  Think of it as a short time period to let some training adaptations set in.  You will refresh your body and mind for the next cycle of training.  This principle applies to both strength/power athletes and endurance athletes.  Undulation of training should occur from day to day with harder and easier days, but it should also occur with short, restorative cycles every few weeks.  Often this can be timed with a competition or a field test occurring at the end of one of these recovery weeks.

Josiah Middaugh is the reigning XTERRA World Champion. 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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Dreaming of Victoria, B.C., Canada

Three months from now on July 10, 2016 XTERRA Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) will take center stage on the XTERRA World Tour.

While the fresh air, perfect weather, epic trails and stunningly clean lake are reason enough to plan a trip to race around Durrance Lake on Vancouver Island, this year the event has become a “must-do” race for many more reasons.

Foremost it joined the inaugural XTERRA Pan America Tour and will award Silver-level points to both amateurs and professionals, it increased its pro prize purse to $7,500, will dish out 25 amateur qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship, award the top five Canadian athletes in each age group with a spot into the 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship, and name the top Canadian in each division its BC Provincial Cross Triathlon Champion.

“The Victoria XTERRA is presented at a world class venue, which is home to the National Mountain Bike center along with national sport centers for running and triathlon,” said three-time XTERRA World Champion Melanie McQuaid. “A long list of world class athletes from triathlon, mountain biking, road cycling and running call Victoria home and I am excited for the global XTERRA community to visit the greatest endurance city in Canada and see our beautiful trails and lakes while enjoying the incredible restaurants and hospitality Victoria has to offer.”

Now in its fifth year on the World Tour, all who have raced at Durrance Lake before have praised what it has to offer.

“XTERRA Victoria is one of my all-time favorite courses, a true off-road triathlon starting in a beautiful lake followed by fun, challenging single track and while the bike is technical, the run is even more so,” exclaimed XTERRA legend Danelle Kabush.

Canadian Olympian Brent McMahon, who grew up riding and training on the nearby trails, has won all four editions of the XTERRA Victoria off-road tri so far but will face a much deeper pro field due to the Pan America status this year.

“It’s very exciting to hear that XTERRA Victoria will be included in the XTERRA Pan American series,” said McMahon. “The series will be highlighting some of the best destinations for mountain biking and triathlon and I think Victoria will be one of the best locales on this tour. This event will draw some of the best athletes in the world in their bid for World Championship qualification and series ranking.  You can expect a great field and a challenging and fun course come July.  I can’t wait to race again and defend my title from last year.”

The cool waters are surrounded by narrow twisting trails lined by steep forest slopes. Submerged logs and dead trees on the boggy south side of the lake provide important breeding habitat and a foraging area for a number of wildlife species. Durrance Lake is also a popular fly-fishing spot with a population of smallmouth bass and cutthroat trout.

“As race director I am very excited to welcome athletes to XTERRA Victoria 2016, an international event that maintains its community vibe,” said Monique Moore. “You  can’t beat the beauty of Vancouver Island or the challenge of our west coast trails.  And I want to thank Derek and Mark of Hopkins Prosthodontics for sponsoring this event for the third year.  We feel an attachment to this race as we see in it parallels to our role in dental healthcare. XTERRA Victoria requires technical skill beyond conventional triathlon.  The Victoria race is known for the most technical bike course in XTERRA.  Victoria is a hotspot in the world of triathlon with many champion athletes and coaches calling it home.  The promotion provided by this affiliation will draw more racers to experience the XTERRA Victoria challenge showcasing our endurance sport community.”

Vancouver Island, where Victoria is located, has been rated the top island in the continental U.S. and Canada and one of the top 10 islands in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine. It’s even by named the top destination in all of Canada to visit.

After the race participants have their choice of magnificent food and beverage, even fine dining at the Butchart Gardens next door. Durrance Lake’s easily accessible parking and wash room facilities makes it a comfortable environment for both participants and spectators.

In addition to the championship event the Human Powered Racing team will also host youth and sprint triathlons, and a 14K trail run on Saturday that will award age-group champions with a complimentary entry into XTERRA’s Trail Running World Championship race at Kualoa Ranch (Oahu) Dec. 4.

“This year’s race promises to be one of the biggest and best events on the XTERRA World Tour. You’ll find one of the toughest courses at one of the most beautiful places anywhere, and the people are pretty friendly too!” smiled Moore.

To see last year’s Highlight video, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQyHHFsWg-k#action=share

For more information visit: http://www.xterravictoria.ca