XTERRA Italy Championship Sunday

Stop number eight on the XTERRA European Tour heads to the incredibly beautiful heart-shaped Lago di Scanno for the XTERRA Italy Championship on Sunday.

A strong field is set to take on one of the Tour’s most challenging courses.   The top two ranked men, Roger Serrano and Francois Carloni, and the top two women after seven races this season, Helena Erbenova and Brigitta Poor, will fight to keep their rankings but have many challengers.

The reigning and three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa is in Italy and looking to win his 13th straight major and for the women the “Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher comes in fresh off a victory in Germany where she upset Erbenova, Carina Wasle, and Kathrin Mueller.

“It’s a really nice race with a hard and steep up-and-down bike and run,” said XTERRA European Tour technical director Nicolas Lebrun. “It’s a natural mountain lake, very clean, and a beautiful old Italian Village that has great food and very, very friendly people.”

Here’s a look at the tentative list of elite starters, noting their current rank on the XTERRA European Tour (NR = Not Ranked).

Rank, Name, Country
1, Roger Serrano, ESP
2, Francois Carloni, FRA
3, Ruben Ruzafa, ESP
6, Jan Pyott, SUI
8, Henry Sleight, GBR
17, Martial Schmidt, FRA
21, James Walker, GBR
26, Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA
39, Markus Benesch, AUT
NR, Pavel Andreev, RUS
NR, Fabio Guidelli, ITA
NR, Antonello Pallotta, ITA
NR, Asa Shaw, GBR
NR, Marco Spadaccia, ITA
NR, Jim Thijs, BEL

Rank, Name, Country
1, Helena Erbenová, CZE
2, Brigitta Poór, HUN
4, Carina Wasle, AUT
5, Jessie Roberts, GBR
8, Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA
9, Karin Hansen, SUI
15, Elisabetta Curridori, ITA
NR, Renata Bucher, SUI
NR, Genziana Cenni, ITA
NR, Olga Parfinenko, RUS
NR, Sabina Rzepka, POL

XTERRA’s managing director Dave Nicholas is also in Italy soaking up the ambiance and brings us this report…

The XTERRA Italy Championship race is this Sunday in one of the most amazing places on earth.

Scanno is the village, Abruzzo is the region. Abruzzo is known as the Greenest place in Europe. Fully 1/3 of the entire region is State Parks or nature reserves. The area is full of wonderful mountains and basins.

Scanno is situated high up in a mountain valley a bit over 3,000’ high. To say it is picturesque does not do it justice. Several famous photographers have done studies here and far back in the mid 1800’s it was thought the most beautiful women in Italy lived in Scanno. The swim, transition and finish are at the natural lake, Lago di Scanno. “Our lago is made by God not man” is what the locals say, but it was actually formed during a battle between a witch and a sorcerer. The basin was blocked when the witch fell and blocked the valley.

The town is all up and down. Plenty of restaurants and small hotels to choose from, all operated by locals. Many will have English speakers, some will not. But that is the charm. Walk the streets and you will find the tiniest pathways with arches over them and the streets. The doors to the homes could fill an art book with great photos. Shopping is fine with great buys on wool products and very fine, filigree gold jewelry; all made locally.

The people are warm and welcoming. There is no pretense here at all. The air is magnificent, pure, cool, and breathable to the max. The lake is so pure you would not worry to drink it and clear to the bottom. The scenery everywhere you go is spectacular.

If you come from far away or are Italian, this is a place you need to see for yourself. Maybe you like the big city, or want the crowded beach at Rimini with thousands of 20 something year olds. But do yourself a favor and come to Scanno to just look and spend a few days or better yet – come with our athletes early and train on the great trails, ride the cobble streets and watch the widows in their customary black dress bringing bread and vegetables home. Enjoy the race and the culture.

Scanno is about two hours from the Rome Airport almost all on highways. You will know when you start to hit Abruzzo as the mountains rise in their green and stone splendor. The last 20K once you leave the Autostrada are worth the entire experience. Twisting, winding, up and down. An absolute treat to drive. Be sure to keep your headlights on and listen for horns; the common way to alert oncoming traffic around one of the dozens of very tight and narrow hairpins. At the end you will come upon sparkling Lago di Scanno and the village is a scant 5K up the road.

Cody Waite Bike

EPC Tips – Aerobic Strength Bike

After your first peak of the season and your subsequent transition or rest period, you’re ready to get back into training mode with your sights set squarely on your second peak of the year in September or October. The second half of the season’s training is often built much like the first, only maybe over a little shorter period of time (which works because you’re starting from higher level of fitness than when coming off your off-season). You will first want to re-build some aerobic fitness and aerobic strength, which were likely neglected a bit in your final push towards your first peak a few weeks ago.

The following bike session is one that is a staple, not only in my own training and coaching, but most cycling and triathlon training programs. 

It’s a crucial session to build strength on the bike and improve your ability to produce force on the pedals and resist muscular fatigue when putting out more power in the coming weeks of training and racing. This session can be performed outside on hills (in larger gears up moderate grades, 5-7% ideal) on the road or even on your mountain bike for you off-road types. Cadences should hover around 50-60 rpm varying with the terrain. You can also make it a very effective trainer session if you are short on time or do not have long hills in your area. Done on the trainer you will want to elevate your front wheel on a block of wood to simulate an uphill position on the bike, shift into one of your largest gears (high resistance level) and pedal the “climbs” at around 50rpm to simulate grinding up a a long hill. Effort level on these strength intervals is moderate. HR and power output should be kept just under your threshold level.

Perform this session once or twice a week for a few weeks. Start with shorter climbs (3-5:00) and and gradually extend the length of the climbs every few sessions as you find yourself gaining strength (up to 20:00 climbs). 

After a few weeks of re-building your aerobic strength you’ll be ready to add some turnover to the equation and ramping up the power output!


  • 10:00 easy spin
  • 20+ min additional aerobic riding as desired
  • 5:00 progressive build to threshold power
  • 3:00 easy


  • 4x[5:00 big gear, low cadence climbing, 1-2 min recovery (alternate seated & standing)]
  • 10:00-20:00 easy gear spin (or downhill)
  • 4x[5:00 big gear, low cadence climbing, 1-2 min recovery (alternate seated & standing)]


  • 10:00 easy gear spin (or downhill)
  • extra aerobic riding as desired
Joshua Merrick

Merrick, Schymik win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km Trail Run

Photo Gallery / Complete Results

(Avon, CO) – Joshua Merrick and Anissa Schymik captured the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km trail run on a brisk but perfect running day in the mountains at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, CO with winning times of 1:16:34 and 1:38:13, respectively.

Merrick, one day removed from winning the overall amateur title at Saturday’s XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon made it a double today as he led from start to finish. Setting a blazing 6:29 pace, the Alamosa, Colorado resident, finished nearly nine minutes ahead of runner-up Alex Lieber from Boulder, Colorado.

“I just tried to go out hard to get a gap so I could relax and run my own race. Once I got away it was managing the hills, trying to get as much distance on the down where you’re relaxing as much as possible and trying to stay upright. It was wet out there.”

On racing yesterday, “It was just waking up this morning hoping my legs weren’t full of lead. Actually, I didn’t feel too bad today .. I was a little surprised.”

The 20km course featured more than 2,000-feet of vertical climbing.

Anissa Schmik

In the women’s race Schymik ran uncontested using her 26 years of trail running experience to put a gap of nearly 14 minutes between her and runner-up Leslie St.Louis from Morrison, Colorado.

“It was totally unexpected. The second lap was actually easier the first. Two laps courses actually work to your advantage for strategy and pacing.”

The Littleton, Colorado local added, “The course is gorgeous, through the aspens, through the wildflowers. The upper meadows area through the aspen is just beautiful.”

Today’s Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km Trail Run was the final of four races in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. The top runners in every age group for the 20km course of the Beaver Creek Trail Run received points toward the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series standings and each division champion was awarded a complimentary entry into the 2015 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship to be held December 6 at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

Final series standings can be viewed here
For more information on the XTERRA Trail Running Series visit

More than 200 runners from 21 states and Mexico took part in today’s 20K, 10K and 5K races. Bryan Perrott and Alayna Szuch won the 10K while Jake Borel and Savannah Wimon took the 5K titles.


The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run was presented by Paul Mitchell and XTERRA Travel, and sponsored by Beaver Creek Resort, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, XTERRA Optic Nerve, LifeProof, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, the town of Avon, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, Utah Sports Commission, Salming, XTERRA Boards, and Outrigger Resorts.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988. It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2015 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 35 countries worldwide. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990. View samples at, and learn more at and

Josiah Middaugh

Middaugh, Duffy win XTERRA Mountain Championship

(Beaver Creek Resort/Avon, CO) – Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy captured the 7th annual XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon pro race titles on a picture perfect day at Beaver Creek Resort in the Rocky Mountains around Avon, Colorado this morning.

It’s Middaugh’s third straight win on his home course and fourth in five years. It’s also his second win in a row on the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series and puts him in prime position to capture his third straight Series title in Utah this September. Of note, Middaugh won his first-ever XTERRA major at the Mountain Championship when it was held in Keystone, Colorado in 2004. This is his 16th career XTERRA title.

The 36-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado is living proof that you can’t win the race in the swim. He exited the 68-degree water of Nottingham Lake about 2:30 back of rookie Eli Hemming and the established XTERRA core of racers Branden Rakita, Brad Zoller, Braden Currie, and Ben Hoffman.

At mile 3.5 Currie had nine seconds on Hoffman, more than a minute on Rakita and Rom Akerson, and Middaugh was 1:35 back. By T2 after several thousand feet of climbing up the mountain Middaugh had a 40-second lead on Currie and one-minute on Hoffman. Two miles into the run that lead had stretched to two minutes and he crossed the line in 2:07:26, followed by Hoffman in 2:09:10 and Currie in 2:10:50.

Josiah had this to say about his march up the mountain.

“Ben and Braden had a pretty big lead out of the water and they kept that lead all the way up the first climb.

I reeled them in at about mile ten on the bike so I had a lot of work to do to get to them. I tried to put a little bit of a cushion on them coming into the run. Luckily I had 40-50 seconds coming into the run.

Last year I had a really good race here. Today really felt like a struggle.”

It’s Hoffman’s second straight runner-up here, and he was third in each of the previous two tries.  With his third-place showing today Currie moves into 2nd place in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series standings and could take the Series with a win at the USA Championship combined with a third-place or lower finish by Middaugh in Utah.

XTERRA Costa Rica Champion Rom Akerson finished in fourth and Alex Modestou placed fifth for the second straight season.


Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh 36 Eagle-Vail, Colorado 2:07:26 100
2 Ben Hoffman 31 Boulder, Colorado 2:09:10 90
3 Braden Currie 29 Wanaka, New Zealand 2:10:50 82
4 Rom Akerson 30 Tambor, Costa Rica 2:15:19 75
5 Alex Modestou 28 Durham, North Carolina 2:15:32 69
6 Ryan Ignatz 36 Boulder, Colorado 2:17:04 63
7 Chris Legh 42 Lyons, Colorado (AUS) 2:19:55 58
8 Brad Zoller 37 Avon, Colorado 2:20:17 53
9 Chris Ganter 36 Boise, Idaho 2:22:36 49
10 Thomas Spannring 39 Longmont, Colorado 2:23:14 45
Also: Chris Foster (41), Eli Hemming (37), James Hadley (34), Branden Rakita (31), Ben Torvik (28), Jimmy Archer (NP)
Flora Duffy

In the women’s race the reigning XTERRA World Champion Flora Duffy’s reign of dominance continued.

A week after finishing third at the PanAm Games road triathlon in Toronto, Duffy proved she’s just as strong on a mountain bike and trails. The 27-year-old from Devonshire, Bermuda had the fastest swim, bike, and run to take the tape in 2:22:41, more than six-minutes ahead of runner-up Emma Garrard.

The victory marks her 11th XTERRA win in her last 12 tries since the start of the 2014 season.

After catching her breath at the finish Flora had this to say about her race, “I made sure I didn’t go out too hard. Swam within myself. I came out onto the bike feeling pretty good. Much better than I thought. Again tried to ride within myself. I had a power-meter on my bike so I knew what watts I wanted to ride. Stuck to those. Tried to keep it smooth through any technical bits then onto the run… the run hurt… a lot. Unbelievable actually. I was just survival mode out there. Went out hard to the top of the hill then worked on good turnover on the descents.

Focused on my own race and raced within myself and that’s all you really can do.”

Behind Duffy, Emma Garrard was having a great day of her own. She posted the third-best swim, got ahead of Sara McLarty early on the bike and had the second-fastest ride and run times to finish in 2:28:43, nearly six-minutes ahead of Schuler.

It’s Garrard’s fifth straight runner-up finish this year and she’s now placed 2nd at all eight regional championship races over the past two seasons. Sara Schuler ran her way into third, Jaime Brede had a career-best day to finish fourth, and last month’s XTERRA East Champion Suzie Snyder finished fifth.

In a pre-race preview piece Garrard had predicted the podium quite nicely, saying “If there’s one athlete who suits this course it is mountain goat momma Sara as she has the podiums here to prove it. If there’s local gal for this race it’s Jaime Brede who I’m sure knows the course better than the rest of us and had a breakthrough race here last year with a 5th place. Based on her 3rd place at the Go Pro Mtn Games and ample preparation at altitude she can certainly improve this year. Suzie living closer to the mountains will surely make her faster this year, plus coming off a win in Richmond. Then of course there’s Flora Duffy, who will be about a mile ahead with Sara McLarty before the rest of us even touch our bikes. Flora proved last year and early season this year she can dominate on any XTERRA course in any condition. She is back in action after injury placing 3rd in last weekend’s Pan Am games doing most of the work at the front of the bike with a race best swim and solid run to match…”

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Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Flora Duffy 27 Devonshire, Bermuda 2:22:41 100
2 Emma Garrard 33 Park City, Utah 2:28:43 90
3 Sara Schuler 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:34:36 82
4 Jaime Brede 38 Breckenridge, Colorado 2:36:56 75
5 Suzie Snyder 33 Reno, Nevada 2:38:01 69
6 Tamara Donelson 39 Edwards, Colorado 2:42:21 63
7 Maia Ignatz 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:45:47 58
8 Sara McLarty 32 Clermont, Florida 2:55:51 53
9 Debby Sullivan 33 Rocklin, California 2:56:09 49
10 Caroline Colonna 52 Taos, New Mexico 3:04:32 45
Also: Rebecca Blatt (41)


The men’s and women’s XTERRA U.S. Pro Series title chase will come down to the final race at the USA Championship in Ogden, Utah on September 19th.  Both current leaders – Josiah Middaugh and Emma Garrard – control their own fate and can secure the crowns with a win at Nationals (or by simply finishing in front of Currie and Snyder, respectively).  For Currie, a win combined with a 3rd or worse from Middaugh would score him the Series win.  For Snyder, a win in Utah would be enough to overcome Garrard, and their are several other possibilities based on outcome that become fairly complicated.

XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Standings (After 4)
Pros count 3-of-4 regionals, plus Nationals

Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA x90 90 100 100 290
2 Braden Currie, NZL DNS 100 90 82 272
3 Chris Ganter, USA 82 82 75 x49 239
4 Branden Rakita, USA 69 63 69 x31 201
5 Ryan Ignatz, USA x45 53 82 63 198
6 Alex Modestou, USA x49 58 63 69 190
7 Craig Evans, USA 58 75 49 DNS 182
8 Brad Zoller, USA 53 x49 53 53 159
9 Karsten Madsen, CAN 63 DNF 58 DNS 121
10 Francisco Serrano, MEX 100 DNS DNS DNS 100
11 Ben Hoffman, USA DNS DNS DNS 90 90
12 Chris Foster, USA DNS 45 DNS 41 86
13 Ben Allen, AUS 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
14 Rom Akerson, CRC DNS DNS DNS 75 75
15 James Hadley, GBR 37 DNS DNS 34 71
16 Olly Shaw, NZL DNS 69 DNF DNS 69
17 Chris Legh, AUS DNS DNS DNS 58 58
18 Ben Collins, USA DNS DNS 45 DNS 45
19 Thomas Spannring, USA DNS DNS DNS 45 45
20 JP Donovan, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS 41
21 Will Ross, USA DNS 41 DNS DNS 41
22 Ian King, USA DNS DNS 41 DNS 41
23 Eli Hemming, USA DNS DNS DNS 37 37
24 Jimmy Archer, USA 34 DNS DNS DNP 34
25 Kyle Hughes, USA 31 DNS DNS DNS 31
26 Ben Torvik, USA DNS DNS DNS 28 28

Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Emma Garrard, USA x90 90 90 90 270
2 Suzie Snyder, USA 82 82 100 x69 264
3 Lesley Paterson, GBR 100 100 DNS DNS 200
4 Sara Schuler, USA 58 58 DNS 82 198
5 Maia Ignatz, USA x49 63 75 58 196
6 Kara LaPoint, USA 63 53 69 DNS 185
7 Catherine Sterling, USA DNS 75 82 DNS 157
8 Debby Sullivan, USA 45 x31 58 49 152
9 Rebecca Blatt, USA 31 34 45 41 151
10 Sara McLarty, USA x41 45 49 53 147
11 Brittany Webster, CAN 69 DNS 63 DNS 132
12 Jaime Brede, USA DNS 49 DNS 75 124
13 Flora Duffy, BER DNS DNS DNS 100 100
14 Emily Bashton, USA DNF 37 53 DNS 90
15 Caroline Colonna, USA 37 DNS DNS 45 82
16 Melanie McQuaid, CAN 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
17 Christine Jeffrey, CAN DNS 69 DNF DNS 69
18 Tamara Donelson, AUS DNS DNS DNS 63 63
19 Katie Button, CAN 53 DNF DNS DNS 53
20 Amelia McCracken, USA DNS 41 DNS DNS 41
21 Lauren Thompson, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS 34
Joshua Merrick


Joshua Merrick from Alamosa, Colorado finished eleventh overall and roughly two minutes faster than Bryce Phinney of Broomfield, Colorado to capture the men’s amateur title today.

Sonora, California’s Julie Baker was the sixth overall woman and top women’s amateur. Finishing three minutes faster than former XTERRA Amateur World Champ Elizabeth Gruber from Colorado Springs, CO.


Division Name Time Hometown
25 – 29 Elizabeth Gruber 2:44:59 Colorado Springs, CO
30 – 34 Whitney Barrett 2:52:04 Golden, CO
35 – 39  Julie Baker 2:41:23 Sonora, CA
40 – 44 Christena Ward 2:58:58 Dillon, CO
45 – 49 Lori Cooper 3:16:57 Trophy Club, TX
50 – 54 Paula Maresh 3:13:06 Littleton, CO
55 – 59 Sharon McDowell-Larsen 2:56:04 Colorado Springs, CO
60 – 64 Cindi Toepel 3:28:40 Littleton, CO
65 – 69 Libby Harrow 4:58:12 Fruita, CO


Division Name Time Hometown
15  – 19 Nelson Hegg 2:33:27 Boulder, CO
20-24 Jeff Sabatka 2:25:57 Gunnison, CO
25 – 29 Kris Ochs 2:31:46 Vail, CO
30 – 34  Joshua Merrick 2:23:16 Alamosa, CO
35 – 39 Bryce Phinney 2:25:23 Broomfield, CO
40 – 44 Ryan McMullen 2:39:13 Colorado Springs, CO
45 – 49 Stephen White 2:32:35 Avon, CO
50 – 54 Dennis Farrell 2:38:35 Morrison, CO
55 – 59 Cliff Millemann 2:59:28 Davis, CA
60 – 64 Peter Dann 2:50:07 Eagle, CO
65-69 David Rakita 3:23:01 Durango, CO
70-74 G L Brown 5:28:51 Ada, MI
Clydesdale Robin Krejci 4:24:22 Columbus, OH

* Top Amateur

Next up:
The XTERRA USA Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on September 19.


The XTERRA Mountain Championship was the 26th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

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, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
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

The XTERRA Mountain Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell and XTERRA Travel, and sponsored by Beaver Creek Resort, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, XTERRA Optic Nerve, LifeProof, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, the town of Avon, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, Utah Sports Commission, Salming, XTERRA Boards, and Outrigger Resorts.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988.                                                             It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2015 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 35 countries worldwide. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990. View samples at, and learn more at and

CEO Challenge XTERRA Maui

Hawaiian Style XTERRA CEO Challenge

Nothing better than a boss who “gets their hands dirty” and that is exactly what’s in store for executives competing in this year’s CEO Challenge at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui on November 1.

It’s off-road triathlon’s greatest day, featuring the very best amateur and professional XTERRA racers from around the world taking on a punishing course that combines a one-mile rough water swim, a dusty 20-mile mountain bike ride and an intense seven-mile trail run.

“This race is the ultimate challenge for a full-time working man or woman looking to escape from the mundane and have the adventure of a lifetime,” said former CEO Challenge participant Mary Dannelley.

The CEO Challenge package includes exclusive invitations to private events, pre-race strategy lunch, Saturday Night of Champions dinner, race entry, Sunday Awards Banquet, and 5 days / 4 night’s luxury accommodations at the host hotel – the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

“Participating in the XTERRA World Championship was the most incredible CEO Challenge that I’ve done – including the Ironman in Kona!  The CEO XTERRA World Championship has to be a “must do” on every CEO’s check list of life accomplishments,” said Rich Kylberg.

CEOs who think they can handle the toughest off-road triathlon challenge on the planet can learn more at

“I love this event – it is, and will be for as long as I can help it, the only absolute must-do race on my calendar,” said Mike Cabigon.

Utah Transition

XTERRA USA Championship Sept. 19

In just a little more than two months America’s best triathletes and trail runners will unite in Utah for the XTERRA USA Championship races.

It’s the seventh straight year Ogden will play host to the big event, and the 12th year of racing overall in the Wasatch range.

Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell was the founder of the first XTERRA race in Ogden back in 2004, and still one of its biggest supporters.

“XTERRA is a unique event for our community that has grown and progressed over the past decade into a truly world-class event. It is a huge part of our community’s DNA. These athletes and race organizers have become part of our family providing an opportunity for us to form lasting friendships with people from all over the world. Not only do I enjoy the homecoming feel the event brings, it also has great economic impact for Ogden. Our hotels sell-out and our restaurants fill up. XTERRA is proof that what GOAL is doing, works. I love XTERRA. It is the perfect fit for Ogden, and I look forward to this weekend every year knowing this year will be the best yet,” said Caldwell before last year’s race. As the last of five races in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series elites race for $80,000 in prize money while dozens of cameramen position themselves around Wheeler Canyon and the Wasatch Range to capture all the action for a nationally syndicated one-hour TV show.

For amateurs it’s the last of more than 100 races in the XTERRA America Tour of triathlons and trail runs and more than one-thousand XTERRA racers from nearly every state in the U.S. travel to Utah in pursuit of their dreams to race for an XTERRA National Championship.

The off-road tri Nationals is Saturday, Sept. 19, along with full and half-distance XTERRA Utah races open to everyone. The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals half-marathon is Sunday, Sept. 20, accompanied by 5K and 10K trail runs. It’s important to note that you don’t have to be fast to join in the fun. For some, it’s just about finishing and that’s okay as XTERRA is all about perpetuating the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle.

In addition to the races XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden on Friday with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Then on Saturday from 8am to 10pm the streets shut down for a massive, community wide block party as Ogden hosts its 14th annual Harvest Moon Celebration with a wealth of family-friendly activities including live music, a farmer’s market, kid’s activities, arm wrestling, pumpkin decorating, downtown crit races, and fantastic fare from Historic 25th Street’s incredible restaurants.

There is great entertainment to be found at Snowbasin Resort as well.  While it is an epic spot for winter sports (think 3,000 skiable acres and 3,000 vertical feet) Snowbasin is also ideal in the summer time and when the Fall colors turn the mountain landscape into a kaleidoscope of colors, it’s simply spectacular.

For more info and links to registration visit, or call toll-free to 877-751-8880.


Llanos, J-Dawg, Liggett Rule 2004 Maui Show

The legendary Phil Liggett was the voice of the 2004 XTERRA World Championship broadcast and he made a great race even better to watch with his unmistakable style and rhythm. The day itself belonged to Eneko Llanos and “J-Dawg” Jamie Whitmore and her bright red hair.

The course changed significantly in ’04 for the first time since its inception in 1996. There was a new transition area for both T1 and T2, a relentless up and down new section on the bike towards the end of the ride, and a calf-burning climb with an ankle twisting descent on the run.

“It was the hardest this race course has ever been. Straight from the swim, the run to transition went to a hard bike ride. It got really hard, really early and there was a lot of suffering going on out there,” said Melanie McQuaid after the race.

Indeed there was. Among the men’s favorites Olivier Marceau got a flat and crashed, Nicolas LeBrun got a flat, Conrad Stoltz broke a pedal, Sylvain Dodet ran out of energy fighting a bad back, Peter Reid crashed, and countless others did the same, bonked, or worse.

Except Eneko Llanos, who for the second straight year was solid all day. The defending champ posted the fifth fastest swim, second best bike and third strongest run of the day, and his winning time of 2:28:44 was a minute better than Marceau. When asked what was the key to victory Llanos responded by saying “all the race”, and then noted that Marceau’s flat towards the end of the bike also played a big part.

Marceau took the lead on the bike very early in the course and widened the gap as the race went along – it was his strategy. His climbing skills, the same that he showed to a worldwide audience at the Athens Olympics, were on display once again – although this time on a different bike and dirty trails.

“This race was my goal after Olympics and I knew I had to go hard on the bike because Eneko was such a good runner,” said Marceau. “I was trying to break away and it was working but bad luck I had this flat tire about 5k to go and finished with a flat.”

After leading for about 18 miles of the 20 mile course Marceau surrendered the lead to Llanos just a mile or so before T2. “I realized my tire was getting flatter and flatter and I crashed because of that so I stopped to try to fix it and it didn’t work.  I knew it was the end of the bike and I thought it was not worth to change the tube so I kept going carefully with a flat tire and Eneko passed me,” explained Marceau. “I lost about 1 min. 40 seconds with that flat tire, but its part of the race. To win here you have to be a bit lucky and I wasn’t today. I’m happy with second place and Eneko deserved to win it.”

Marceau went out onto the run about 40 seconds back, and ran at the same clip as the speedy Llanos (who was 20th in Athens) to hold on to second place. On his tail was rising American star Josiah Middaugh. He came out of the water almost three minutes behind the leaders, got 30 seconds back on the 0.7 mile sprint to transition, then pedaled his way to the fastest bike split of the day, churning out the 32k in 1:27:12. It’s the fourth time in five championship races in 2004 that he had the best bike time.

Dominic Gillen had unquestionably the best XTERRA race of his career to finish in fourth. Retired from full-time professional racing – instead working a steady job and paying rent – Gillen used the fresh legs to his advantage. Justin Thomas finished in fifth despite grinding through a season of injuries. He was third here last year and sixth the year before.

In the previous two season’s Jamie Whitmore had won almost everything – three straight XTERRA U.S. Pro Points Series crowns, two XTERRA European Tour titles, she even became XTERRA’s all-time winningest athlete – but she’d never won Maui. The last two years in Maui she’d been favored coming in, and left the runner-up.

Now she’s got it all. Twenty-one career wins, 10 this year alone, and the grand daddy of them all – Worlds, but it didn’t come easy.

Melanie McQuaid came in with the belt, had the better swim (by about 30 seconds), and powered through the bike course in 1:45:09 – second only to Melissa Thomas’ incredible ride of 1:41:02.

“The first time I crashed, I was sweating it a little bit,” said Whitmore. “I was flying downhill and staying real loose but fell victim to the plunge and went down. I was riding through a whole bunch of really big rocks and my front wheel nailed one of them and threw me to the side. I fell on the derailleur side so I was worried about what I did to my bike, got a little flustered and the next thing I know I go down again. I don’t even know how it happened, but I flipped over the handle bars and face planted, or the bike hit me and shoved my face into the ground, I’m not sure – but it knocked me a little silly. So at that point, I was pretty hurt.”

Hurt, and thinking McQuaid is slipping away (which she was)…“When I started back up a bunch of guys kept encouraging me as they were riding by saying ‘keep going, keep going, you can do it’,” recounted Whitmore. “Then Melissa passed me and told me to hang in there. When she said that, I felt like I had to.”

Despite the nasty falls Whitmore had the fourth best bike time and went out on to the run less than three minutes behind McQuaid. She got a glimpse of her rival heading out onto the run while she headed into transition, and at that point knew she was in striking distance.

On the other side of the coin, McQuaid was having problems of her own.  “Today I was going as hard as I could but I didn’t have that ‘I’m going to win today feeling’ and you know when you have it – you think you’re going to rip everyone’s legs off – and I wasn’t ripping legs off.  My own legs wanted to leave me behind.”

It wasn’t until the run that they did leave her, however. The new course has a lot of up and down, and turning an ankle at the top made it that more difficult for her to come down.

“Jamie had a great day and ran strong, she was turning it over on the downhill and I wasn’t. I couldn’t turn it over on the downhill. I was blowing going up the hill and coming down the hill, and because I wasn’t right I turned my ankle and was hurting on the downhill so I was losing time…all the way downhill,” said McQuaid.

A steep, rutted out loose rock section called Heartbreak Hill, about half-way through the 8.5k run course is where the lead changed hands. Jamie was at the top of the section when she saw McQuaid below.

“When I saw Melanie I knew I could win the race. All of a sudden whatever hurt, didn’t hurt anymore, and I just started charging as hard as I could to catch her.”

That she did, and even put on another three minutes making for a comfortable stroll down victory lane.

In what turned out to be a good equipment move, Melissa Thomas blistered the bike course with 29-inch wheels, “I was going so fast on the downhill it was unbelievable. That 29’er is so good on the rocks – climbing and descending. I really think my bike helped me a lot.  For me to beat Jamie and Melanie, though, I’d have to run more and I hate to run. I like these events.  Don’t mind swimming, love to bike, but I hate running.”

Danelle Kabush, who ran the 1500 in college, took advantage of that to pass Thomas in the last half-mile of the run to finish in third. It was just her second-ever XTERRA (along with the Canada Championship in August).

XTERRA Germany Champion Katrin Helmcke rounded out the podium in fifth and as with the men’s race, the women’s field encountered its fair share of heartbreak, punctuated by 2002 World Champ Candy Angle’s crash during the plunge that left her bruised and battered.

Canada’s Peter Reid, who placed second at the Ironman Championship in Kona the week before, placed 16th overall in Maui and won his fifth “Double” Award in seven years (including the last three). His combined time was 11:27:59 (8:43:40 in Kona and 2:44:19 in Maui). Another Canadian, Heather Fuhr, who placed 3rd at Ironman– won the women’s pro double in 13:18:17 (9:56:19 and 3:21:58).

Watch the 2004 Show / 2004 Results

2004 XTERRA World Championship from XTERRA TV on Vimeo.


XTERRA Racing in the Rockies

Colorado’s high country during the summer time is something to behold with its big blue skies, white aspens, majestic mountain ranges and cool, fresh air. It’s simply beautiful and Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, host to the XTERRA Mountain Championship since 2009, enhances the experience with world-class facilities and people. Then there is the course itself, which is an absolute beast.

It starts with a mile swim in the cold waters of Nottingham Lake situated at 7,400-feet elevation. Nottingham is just big enough to get a full mile swim with 2 laps, and Buck Creek flows into the reservoir so even though the lake is small, the water temp rarely tops 70 degrees.

The next step involves roughly 15 miles of mountain biking that climbs 3,500-feet into the thin air of the Rockies.

The bike course peaks out at above 9,400 feet above the Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch ski slopes, then turns into some well-maintained single track that switches through the aspen trees and works its way to the village-to-village trail and down to Beaver Creek Village.

The final piece of resistance is a calf-burning, six-mile trail run which breaks down into essentially two challenging climbs that each have over 500 vertical feet of climbing (1,300 for the course).

Appropriately, America’s best XTERRA athlete Josiah “Beast Mode” Middaugh calls this place home, and has won three of the last four races here.

“Love having XTERRA here and the opportunity to showcase my backyard,” said Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Champion. “The whole reason I do XTERRA is because of the training grounds I have access to, 90% of which are right out my front door and up Beaver Creek.  To me this place is what XTERRA is all about, the mountain lifestyle.”

Josiah Middaugh video interview link

As an athlete and coach Middaugh has personally exposed that lifestyle to a whole new generation of athletes in the valley and says he can see it taking hold.

“I think having XTERRA here has created a triathlon community, which is really cool for me to see. Kids are getting into it, adults are getting into it. We have a lot of swim teams, and open water swims in Nottingham Lake, which didn’t use to happen before. It’s the perfect place for it.”

So much so that Men’s Journal Magazine recently named it “one of nine scenic triathlons that are worth the trip.”

Here’s a look at the 30 elites who have made the trip and are taking on all-comers this Saturday.

Follow the elite race live on twitter @xterraoffroad #xterrabeavercreek starting at 9am MST.
No. – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Josiah Middaugh – 36, Eagle-Vail, CO
2 – Chris Ganter – 36, Boise, ID
3 – Branden Rakita – 34, Colorado Springs, CO
4 – Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, NZL
6 – Ryan Ignatz – 36, Boulder, CO
7 – Alex Modestou – 28, Durham, NC
8 – Brad Zoller – 37, Avon, CO
13 – Chris Foster – 32, Redondo Beach, CA
15 – JP Donovan – 28, Incline Village, Nevada
18 – James Hadley – 35, Longmont, CO (GBR)
19 – Jimmy Archer – 42, Denver, CO
NR – Rom Akerson – 30, Tambor, Costa Rica
NR – Eli Hemming – 20, Kiowa, CO
NR – Ben Hoffman – 31, Boulder, CO
NR – Chris Legh – 42, Lyons, CO (AUS)
NR – Brian Smith – 39, Gunnison, CO
NR – Thomas Spannring – 39, Longmont, CO
NR – Benjamin Torvik – 29, Boulder, CO
NR – Noah Wright – 41, Austin, TX

No. – Name – Age, Hometown
2 – Emma Garrard – 33, Park City, UT
3 – Suzie Snyder – 33, Fredericksburg, VA
4 – Maia Ignatz – 34, Boulder, CO
7 – Sara McLarty – 32, Clermont, FL
8 – Debby Sullivan – 33, Rocklin, CA
10 – Sara Schuler – 34, Boulder, CO
11 – Rebecca Blatt – 35, Lakewood, CO
16 – Jaime Brede – 38, Breckenridge, CO
NR – Caroline Colonna – 51, Taos, NM
NR – Tamara Donelson – 39, Edwards, CO (AUS)
NR – Flora Duffy – 27, Devonshire, Bermuda
NR – Jennifer Gersbach – 35, Durango, CO

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EPC Tips - Swim Set

EPC Tips – 3-Stage Swim Set

The following 3-stage swim set is a great addition to your sport-specific strength building phase.

There are three parts to this set: the long extended reach for strength with all the gear (100s), the increased turnover & core ‘taughtness’ pull with legs tied and no buoy to translate the strength from previous set to power (50s), and the regular swim (sans gear) with emphasis on high turnover rate to translate the power from previous set to speed.

The 100s are long, balanced, and strong focusing on a big reach, solid catch and strong pull. With the 50s the buoy is removed which forces you to keep your core tight to resist your hips dropping with feet still tied together. Your cadence must increase to prevent you from sinking and all the propulsion comes from your upper body. Then when you remove the band for the 25s, you regain the balance and propulsion from your lower body and with the increased tension of your core and and strong pull you move seemingly effortlessly through the water at a high turnover rate.

Be sure to warm-up well with a 800-1500 yards of swimming and finish the session off with a warm-down of choice. Good luck and have fun!


  • 6×100 buoy & band at 70% @ 0:20 rests  (paddles and/or snorkle optional)
  • 12×50 band-only at 80% @ 0:15 rests (snorkel optional)
  • 24×25 swim  at 90% high stroke rate @ 0:10 rests (no gear)
Written by Cody Waite, professional endurance athlete, endurance sport coach and founder of Endurance Performance Coaching. XTERRA Athletes, if you’re going to XTERRA USA and/or XTERRA Worlds this year join our XTERRA Championship Training Program that contains all the key training sessions that will have you in peak condition leading up to these two great events.  
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