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Serrano, Poor win XTERRA Malta

Majjistral Nature Reserve –  The reigning XTERRA European Tour champion Roger Serrano from Spain and the women’s tour runner-up from 2015 Brigitta Poor from Hungary got off to a quick start in 2016 by capturing the season-opener at XTERRA Malta this morning.

XET Technical Director Nicolas Lebrun was on-site to take in all the action and brings us this report.

Malta is a beautiful place to start the 2016 edition of the XTERRA European Tour.  The temperature today was around 20°C and the water 17°C, but the strong winds made the conditions a little bit tougher than it looked in the pictures.

The swim was two loops, starting with the tail wind then a 90° turn that made it hard on everyone to go straight. Jens Roth took the lead quickly and started the second loop with 15-seconds on Serrano, followed by new pro Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, age grouper Jean Marc Rimaud from Versailles, and Fabien Combaluzier who brought a big team with him to race here in Malta.

In the women’s elite race Diane Lee from the UK (she was 2nd at XTERRA Denmark last year) took the lead on local Maltese Danica Spiteri and Brigitta Poor, with Morgane Riou more than one-minute back.

At the start of the bike Roth had a 30-second lead on Serrano.

“I did a massive block of training this winter, and came here in good shape,” said Serrano, who broke a rib a few weeks ago but said he recovered quickly from that and was confident today.

Roth was stronger on the flat sections but Serrano was stronger on the downhills and technical pieces.

“I caught Jens after about 7km on a rocky downhill, then we collaborated a bit.  I improved my run this winter, lost some weight, and wanted to start the run with energy,” said Serrano.  “When I started this race today, compared to last year, I was much more confident in my running ability and wanted to prove that to myself today.”

Behind Roth and Serrano it was a race for third led by Guilhem, a new pro to XTERRA From the southeast of France, then Maxim Chane, who was making his pro debut but we know him from some great age group performances in Maui.  Brice Daubord and Jan Pyott both got flat tires today.  While Pyott did not finish as a result, Daubord rode the last few kilometers of the bike on his rim then ran his way to a 9th place finish.

In the women’s race Lee took a 30-second lead into the bike section, followed by last year’s Malta Champ Brigitta Poor and Spiteri, with Morgane Riou and Alena Stevens more than one-minute back.  After the first loop Poor put 2:30 on Riou, and five minutes to the third place rider Lee.

“I was very nervous this morning,” said Poor. “It’s the first race of the season, and you don’t know who did what, so I just pushed as hard as I could. I lost my bottle early on the bike and that added some stress to the day.”

Back to the men’s race, Serrano led the first 500-meters of the trail run but was only five seconds ahead of Roth. His face and attitude were confident, however, like somebody in control of the race while Roth looked like he was in “all-out” mode.

It was four minutes before Guilhem came by in third, chased by another new pro Hannes Wolper and Chané in 5th.  The top three stayed the same through the finish and Serrano won his first XTERRA after several 2nd place finishes on the tour last year.

“Of course I’m happy because I’ve been trying to get a big win like this for three years, but I also know that Brice had a flat, and Ruben Ruzafa wasn’t here,” said Serrano.  “So it’s nice but I know I still have a long way to go.”

It was refreshing to see Serrano analyze his victory in this way, and I know a lot of people are happy for him tonight having got this win.

Roth was also elated with his runner-up showing, saying “it’s perfect, my condition is good and now I will start a big block of technical training on the mountain bike.  I’m improving and I’m having a lot of fun.”

Guilhem was happy too, and surprised he did so well in his first XTERRA.  It’ll be fun to follow his season and he’ll probably race next month in Greece as well.   Chane finished in fourth, and after the race said “I like these races that are a little bit shorter.  I’m really happy, especially to be able to run all the way home and forget my nightmare run from Maui last year.”

We will be watching Chane for many years to come.  Peter Lehmann from Germany, another first year pro, had a solid run to finish in 5th.  Lots of new guys out here today and I’m not sure if anyone in the top 10 was any older than 25!

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In the women’s race Poor had a big lead on the run, but her boyfriend told her it wasn’t so big so she kept pushing and ultimately finished more than four minutes ahead of Riou.  Sandra Koblmueller had a great run to move up from 6th place to third by the finish line, then Golsteyn and Stevens.

“I’m really happy,” said Poor.  “I know I’m not yet at 100%, and clearly the goal is to try to win the Tour. I finished second last year, so I need to move up one more place.  I will try to race the whole tour, and give myself the best chance of winning it.”

Riou had a career-best performance in 2nd place, a result of a lot of hard work in the off-season to improve her mountain biking with the Organicoach crew.

Another highlight for the day was seeing David DeSantis finish his 4th race of the 16 he has planned around the world to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.  “That was maybe the best trail running loop I ever did, this place is so beautiful,” he said.

If you’d like to congratulate him by donating $16 to his fundraising efforts go to: https://www.gofundme.com/desantis16in2016.

I had another great experience in Malta, and was happy to see all these new young and fast athletes.  Thanks Nathan, Deidre, Antonello, Ruben… and all the Hellfire crew, who doubled their entries this year!

Next stop in Europe: Greece!

Elite Results:

Pro Men      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:16:44 75
2 Jens Roth, GER 2:17:48 67
3 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 2:22:29 61
4 Maxim Chane, FRA 2:23:20 56
5 Peter Lehmann, GER 2:24:35 51
6 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 2:25:04 47
7 Brice Daubord, FRA 2:28:09 43
8 Dominik Wychera, AUT 2:28:41 39
9 Hannes Wolpert, GER 2:28:56 36
10 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 2:29:15 33
Also: Cedric Lassonde (30), Christophe Betard (27), Markus Benesch (25)
Pro Women    
Pl Name Time Points
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 2:40:15 75
2 Morgane Riou, FRA 2:44:21 67
3 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 2:46:51 61
4 Maud Golsteyn, NED 2:48:12 56
5 Alena Stevens, SVK 2:50:55 51
6 Diane Lee, GBR 2:59:14 47
7 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 2:59:45 43
8 Danica Spiteri, MLT 3:00:17 39

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2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Malta was the seventh 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 October 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 Rotorua, North Island
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
Emma Garrard

Emma Garrard Up for Utah Governor’s State of Sport Award

Reigning XTERRA USA and XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Champion Emma Garrard from Park City, Utah has been nominated for the 2016 Governor’s State of Sport Award in the category of Pro/Olympian female.

Garrard is one of four outstanding athletes on the ballot alongside Olympic cross country skier and reigning XTERRA National Champion trail runner Liz Stephen, Kiley McKinnon from the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, and Brittany Bowe from U.S. Speedskating.

“It’s a big honor, not just for myself but also for XTERRA,” said Garrard, who had a breakout season in 2015 and was named USA Triathlon’s Off-Road Elite of the Year for the third year in a row.

Voting is done by the people, providing the XTERRA Tribe with the opportunity to put Garrard on the top step. Vote now (and often, once per day) at http://stateofsportawards.com/pro-olympian-female-of-the-year-2016.html.

Garrard said her “off-season” has been non-stop.

“Coaching and parenting a 3-year-old has been demanding but rewarding. I have built up a good base for the season. Now it just needs to stop snowing so I can ride my bike outside,” she said.

Garrard, who was a cross country skier in college, got back to her roots this winter.  She says the shorter, faster races remind her that she does have some fitness and speed despite feeling tired all the time while working, training, and mothering.

“The off-season keeps me fresh and excited for summertime racing,” said Garrard. “It allows me to have my best races in September and October. I always look forward to the snow and it was great to have a better snow year this year and get out on cross country skis more than 2015.”

Garrard says her goals for 2016 are to “enjoy racing, take chances, improve my power on the bike, and start a junior triathlon program in Utah.”

The XTERRA Tribe can expect to see her back in action this May at the XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road triathlon May 21 in Pelham, Alabama.

Desantis

Stop 4 for DeSantis on 16 in 16 Tour

The Philippines, South Africa, Costa Rica, and this weekend…Malta.

“We are in Malta and it is amazing!” said DeSantis. “The scenery is incredible, I’ve got to consciously remind myself to concentrate on the course and stop looking at the views so I don’t crash on the bike!”

Reigning XTERRA Warrior Award winner and cancer survivor David DeSantis will race in his fourth XTERRA World Tour event on Sunday in the Mediterranean Sea and although he’s not yet one-quarter of the way through his ambitious 16 races in 16 countries quest to raise $16,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, DeSantis has already raised more than $11,000.

“It’s a very honorable move of David to do this. It’s a great story” said Andre Szucs, a below-the-knee amputee a beneficiary of the support Challenged Athletes Foundation provides. “Because of people like him we can do what we do!”

Caitlin Snow, an Ironman star who did her first XTERRA in Costa Rica earlier this month on the urging of DeSantis, a family friend, started a grand idea to donate $16 after every race he finishes.

“A bunch of friends are taking Cait’s advice and donating $16 per race and it’s all adding up nicely,” exclaimed DeSantis, who placed 2nd in his division at XTERRA Costa Rica and said he “had a blast” doing it.

To join the 16 in 16 movement, visit https://www.gofundme.com/desantis16in2016.

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XTERRA America Tour About to Get Real

The 2016 XTERRA America Tour is ready to rock with the first two races in the continental U.S. this Saturday at the XTERRA REAL off-road triathlon in Granite Bay, California and XTERRA Bluebonnet in Burnet, Texas.

XTERRA REAL is entering its 14th season overall and its 13th as part of the XTERRA America Tour, and organizers say the “lake is full, turn-out is strong, the weather is a perfect 75 degrees and sunny, and the trails are in excellent condition.”

“What keeps us going is the energy that the athletes bring and share with our team,” said Mark Shaw, who produces the event alongside Bill Driskill and the team from TBF (Total Body Fitness). “The spirit of the XTERRA athletes is unique. Throw it down…no excuses…have fun…party hard!”

The alumni list from REAL races past reads like a virtual who’s-who in the sport of XTERRA with the likes of Hall of Famer Jamie Whitmore, World Champs Melanie McQuaid and Lesley Paterson, Mr. and Mrs. XTERRA award winners Cliff Milleman, Janet Soule, and Tom Lyons, XTERRA Warrior award winners Willie Stewart and Bryan Medrano, original announcer Whit Raymond, inspiration blind racer Bobby McMullen, U.S. Pro Series Champ Emma Garrard, future legend Shayna Powless, American triathlon greats like Ben Hoffman, Mike Pigg, Justin Thomas, Matt Lieto, and a countless number of former XTERRA Age Group National and World Champs like Matt Balzer, Phillip Glenn, Ross McMahon, David Cloninger, Meiling Yee, Scot Zavack, Debbie Sullivan, Kara LaPoint, Bryce Phinney, Brian Astell, Aracelly Clouse, David Duncan, and the list goes on….

This year XTERRA REAL will be getting some “real” attention from people outside the triathlon industry as mixed martial artist star Nate Diaz, fresh off a big win earlier this month against Conor McGregor, and his brother Nick Diaz will be racing.

Of the coures Matt Balzer, the defending men’s champion, said “I always love starting my season with XTERRA REAL.  It’s almost a local race for me with a very fast, twisty course, and hero dirt.  The short, steep climbs on the run are tough, but that’s XTERRA.  It’s always hard to get a win at REAL, but I think I’m ready to defend my title.  There are a few pros within driving distance of the race and great young, local talent that make for fast racing.  As always the TBF crew will put on an amazing event so that and the beauty of Folsom Lake keep me coming back every year.  The home baked pies at IKEDA’s after the race don’t hurt either.”

About the “vibe” two-time winner Kara LaPoint added that “TBF is amazing, and we are so lucky to have access to their races so close to home. They host a ton of events throughout the year, and a great variety, from mountain biking to trail running to both road and off-road tri and duathlon. The TBF staffers are so nice and supportive, and really make an effort to get to know their frequent racers. The events are very professional and well-organized. I attend their events as often as I can and feel really fortunate to have such good racing opportunities here in our area. All of their events have an awesome community vibe. Much of the time we see the same core group of regional athletes attending, which is a great group of people and allows for some really strong competition, particularly for us in the women’s field! The vibe is always friendly among the racers, and there is always great spectator and volunteer support at the venues. The XTERRA REAL course is super fun. It’s a great little mountain bike loop that offers a good variety of technical elements, fast riding and beautiful scenery. You get to do two laps so it gives you a chance to re-try anything you may not have nailed on the first lap! The swim is COLD so early in the year, but it’s nice and short, so you get out quick! The run is one of my favorites. It’s almost all on hard-packed dirt so it’s fast, but there are a couple big hills that really hurt!”

Over in Texas the XTERRA Bluebonnet off-road tri is the first race in the South Central Region this year and the first of five in the Texas XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series.

“The Pure Austin Fitness XTERRA Bluebonnet Off-Road Triathlon will challenge even the toughest athlete with miles of rugged single track and screaming fast downhill trails that cut across exposed granite outcrops and beautiful fields of wildflowers,” said race director Joel Grimmett. “Overlooking Lake Buchanan and Inks Lake, Reveille Peak Ranch showcases the spectacular geology of the Llano Uplift. The ranch’s location and amenities create a unique event venue and destination, with perfect trails, glorious views and natural treasures.”

These events also mark the start of the chase for XTERRA Regional Championship titles and the qualifying spot into XTERRA Worlds that goes with it. See How it Works for specifics.

XTERRA Schedule: http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/xterra/

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High Hopes for Hosken at XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship April 23

Last month Penny Hosken (above, courtesy photo) was the top Aussie female finisher at the Australian Cross Triathlon National Championship race to earn the title of elite national champion and a spot on Team Australia.

“It’s Amazing!” said Hosken of the honor.  “I couldn’t believe it. I have struggled with illness the past 18 months and was ready to give high level racing away but I decided to have one more crack with the announcement of the ITU Off-Road Worlds in Australia. Even though I didn’t win the race, the top four females were all very close and I was right in the mix. To get any Elite National title is special, especially in Australia where we have such a rich history of successful females.”

Next month, Hosken hopes to carry that momentum into the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race at Callala Beach, Jervis Bay/New South Wales on April 23.

“I have unfinished business in Callala from 2014,” said Hosken, who did not finish two years ago due to illness. “I absolutely hate DNFs so this is my chance to erase that memory.  I want to be in the mix and have a solid day out.”

Hosken, who also works full-time as an engineer to “fund my triathlon habit,” says she has limited time for training and has to be selective with her racing and traveling but loves the variation off-road racing provides.

“There is no getting into a rhythm and switching off at XTERRA,” she said.  “You have to be focused at all times. I love when they start with a surf swim and you can catch a wave back into shore. Every bike course is different and throughout the bike leg the terrain is usually changing so there is no time to get bored. Its full on the whole time. I also like that the run is not straight and flat. I am not from a run background and strength run courses appeal to me much more. You get distracted by the terrain from the hurt in the legs.”

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XTERRA European Tour Starts Sunday in Malta

The 2016 XTERRA European Tour gets underway at XTERRA Malta on April 3rd, and our technical director for the Tour Nico Lebrun has been counting down the days. Here he brings us his thoughts on the race and season to come…

The spotlight is on Malta this weekend, as the first of eleven races in this year’s XTERRA European Tour. The big question is, will 2015 Tour winners Roger and Helena repeat, or who will beat them?

On the women’s side the focus is on the young Hungarian, Brigitta Poor, as Helena Erbenova who competes in both XTERRA and adventure races will not start until later in the Tour.  Poor was runner up in last year’s Series and is the reigning XTERRA Malta champion. If she can step it up again, like she did last year, she will be hard to beat.

Morgane Riou and Maud Golsteyn are both likely to fight for the podium. Morgane has been working with Organicoach on her mountain bike skills and I can’t wait to see how she improves in the race. Last year, Maud was exhausted coming in from the Cape Epic race, but if she is 100%, she will be strong. There’s also Diane Lee.  As an age grouper, she took second place overall in Denmark last year, and this will be her first XTERRA race as a pro, and she may be able to move fast over Malta’s rock. I will also look for a strong performance from Anne Sophie Maréchal. She is an age grouper with a strong athletic background and wants to race pro in the future.  And of course, all of Malta will be cheering for home country favorite Danica Spiteri.

On the men side, Spaniard Roger Serrano is back with his magic beard. Serrano is highly charismatic and does a great job promoting XTERRA.  He was second last year in Malta to Nico Fernandez who will not be racing.

The victory will not be easy for Roger, however, as Karl Shaw will be on the start line. Shaw beat out world champion, Josiah Middaugh in Costa Rica a few weeks ago, and like every Shaw brother, they are hard to beat when they are on their game.

Brice Daubord, who was third in Malta last year, won XTERRA Tahiti last year and is a 3-time French cross triathlon champ. He will fight for the podium again, and guys, ride fast because he will run faster than you!

Brice has the run covered, but Jens Roth has the swim. Last year, he was first out of the water at cross tri worlds and third overall at XTERRA Denmark. This young German is improving, and is likely to stay longer in the front of the field.

From last year’s top ten in Malta we will have also Fabien Combaluzier, a father of two and natural runner.  He will have a good race if he doesn’t lose too much time on the mountain bike. Jan Pyott, who finished 4th in the 2015 European Tour, will also start the season in Malta.  We will see if his Swiss winter training has put him in good shape.

It will also be exciting to see new pros who had amazing results in age group or in Elite ETU racing.  These include Julen Lorono, who was second in ETU’s Duathlon Euro Championship behind Kris Koddens, and young Maxim Chané, who is jumping into pro out of Junior ranks and into the Pro field. I saw some improvement on his run this winter, so I’m sure he will be a surprise. It would not be a surprise to see Christophe Betard in the top 10.  He finished top 10 in France and is our overall age group world champion. Betard will fight for a prize money finish and if he improved his swim, he can be close.  Also look for Hannes Wolper, 20-24 cross tri world champ in Sardinia, and Julien Buffe overall age group winner in Portugal last year. Finally, we have age grouper Nicolas Durin, who I hope will move to pro.  Durin won the overall amateur at ITU cross tri worlds last year and is very fast.

It will also be great to see our XTERRA Warrior, David DeSantis, who will be doing his 4th race of 16 around the world this year to raise awareness and money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. DeSantis will also race in France, Italy and Germany, and a lot more! Another inspiring athlete is Michel Gonon, a Challenge Athlete who was third in Maui in 2014.

It’s going to be an exciting race, and an exciting season, and I’m looking forward to seeing our new Euro Tour marketing associates Kristian and Andreas in Malta.  Onward!

Read more and see images from Malta / XTERRA Malta FB

Icarus Sports

XTERRA TV Plants Flag in Europe

Honolulu, HI – TEAM Unlimited LLC, owners and producers of the XTERRA World Tour, has entered into a television distribution partnership with Icarus Sailing Media that will significantly increase XTERRA television programming in Europe and beyond.

Icarus Sports, which annually distributes more than 20,000 hours of content through 85 broadcasters and 160 territories, recently expanded into outdoor sports and views XTERRA content as a valuable addition to its current offerings in water sports programming.

“Icarus Sports is very proud to partner with XTERRA and provide our world class distribution service to this amazing event,” said Jason Georgaris, Icarus Sports Chief Executive Officer.

The new distribution stream with Icarus Sports in Europe will complement XTERRA’s existing U.S. distribution that includes airings on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and FOX Sports Network, it’s international programming with ESPN stations in Oceania, Canada, Latin America, Japan, and the Caribbean, as well as its upcoming online distribution with Amazon Fire TV.

“In a relatively short time period, the XTERRA endurance sports platform has grown around the world,” said Tom Kiely, the CEO of TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA. “In our history, we have primarily distributed our award winning TV productions in the USA. Recently we expanded to South America, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Rim. However, we were lacking in our TV distribution in Europe where the XTERRA European Tour is strong and expanding. Through Kostas Koumargialis, our XTERRA partner in Greece, we were introduced to Icarus Sports and have developed a great relationship for the expansion of our media.”

The partnership begins this May with European distribution of the one-hour 2015 XTERRA World Championship show, with plans to add the hour-long XTERRA Pan American Championship and the 8-part XTERRA Adventures series of half-hour programs shortly. Details and a broadcast schedule will be available at xterraplanet.com/television.

About Icarus Sports
Icarus Sports is the leading media & marketing company specializing in the sport of sailing, outdoor events and water sports. Founded in 2008 as Icarus Sailing Media, Icarus Sports is now active in 45 countries in all continents with more than 25 employees and offices & partners in Athens, Istanbul, Incheon and Rio De Janeiro. In 2011, Icarus Sailing Media won the “Rising Star Award” from the Enterprise European Network for its innovative business model. Icarus Sports has developed its own specialized technology and manages the media production, post-production and distribution in-house. In this way, the company can satisfy the sailing fans, the general audience, the media and the sponsors by tailoring its products and services. Icarus is also managing the commercial rights for various sailing events and federations, such as the 49er class, the International Kiteboarding Association, the Korean Sailing Federation and others.

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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Middaugh, Guillot-Boisset win XTERRA Argentina

Dique Ullum, San Juan – Josiah Middaugh and Myriam Guillot-Boisset captured the elite titles at XTERRA Argentina in San Juan on Saturday.

The victories put both Middaugh and Guillot-Boisset atop the leader board in the inaugural XTERRA Pan American Tour standings.

It’s the second win in as many weeks for Guillot-Boisset, who took home the XTERRA Costa Rica title last Sunday, and the first major XTERRA victory of the year for Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA World Champ.

When Middaugh caught Canadian Karsten Madsen on the bike he started yelling in Spanish … “I heard this Argentinian racer yelling he wanted to pass,” said Madsen. “I turned around to see who it was and there was Josiah with a big grin.”
Madsen said he hit some soft sand and bobbled a bit and Josiah was gone. On the podium Middaugh said “Karsten is getting faster and we all need to start worrying about him.” Middaugh finished a little over one-minute ahead of Madsen who came in 2nd.

Home country favorite Maximiliano Morales finished third, Oscar Galindez finished 4th, and Lucas Mendez was 5th.

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In the women’s race Guillot-Boisset flew past Fabiola Corona just after T2 and put the hammer down.

“She went by me-zoom, so fast,” said Corona. “I just made a good run but could not catch her.”

Corona finished 2nd with Laura Mira Dias from Brazil in third and home country favorite Erika Simon from Argentina in 4th.

XTERRA Argentina (San Juan) March 26
   
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:34:47 100
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:36:04 90
3 Maximiliano Morales, ARG 2:40:40 82
4 Oscar Galindez, ARG 2:44:00 75
5 Lucas Mendez, ARG 2:46:54 69
6 Mario De Elias, ARG 2:50:05 63
7 Facu Medard, ARG 2:50:05 58
8 Ian King, USA 3:01:12 53
9 Mauro Ayesa, ARG 3:09:44 49
10 Victor Arenas, ARG 3:27:08 45
Also: Parada Penagos (41)
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 3:00:56 100
2 Fabiola Corona, MEX 3:06:28 90
3 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 3:48:49 82
4 Erika Simon, ARG 5:00:52 75

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THE OFF-ROAD TO UTAH

XTERRA Argentina was the second of ten races in the 2016 XTERRA Pan American Tour. The inaugural series for both amateur and professional athletes started last weekend at XTERRA Costa Rica and concludes September 17 with the XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Ogden, Utah.  In between are two majors in the U.S., two in Canada, and one each in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.

The XTERRA Pan American Tour features Gold and Silver level events, where Gold events award points on a 100-point basis and Silver races award points on a 75-point basis.

The XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Utah will offer $20,000 USD for the race and distribute an additional $60,000 USD in prize money to the top 10 men and women in the final XTERRA Pan American Pro Series rankings.

Next up on the XTERRA Pan American Tour is XTERRA Brazil (May 7, 2016).

XTERRA Pan Am Tour Elite Standings (after 2)
PL NAME CRC ARG TOT
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 67 100 167
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN DNS 90 90
3 Maximiliano Morales, ARG DNS 82 82
4 Karl Shaw, GBR 75 DNS 75
5 Oscar Galindez, ARG DNS 75 75
6 Lucas Mendez, ARG DNS 69 69
7 Mario De Elias, ARG DNS 63 63
8 Rom Akerson, CRC 61 DNS 61
9 Facu Medard, ARG DNS 58 58
10 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 DNS 56
11 Ian King, USA DNS 53 53
12 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 DNS 51
13 Mauro Ayesa, USA DNS 49 49
14 Greg Schott, USA 47 DNS 47
15 Victor Arenas, ARG DNS 45 45
16 Parada Penagos, ARG DNS 41 41
PL NAME CRC ARG TOT
1 Miriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 75 100 175
2 Fabiola Corona, MEX DNS 90 90
3 Laura Mira Dias, BRA DNS 82 82
4 Erika Simon, ARG DNS 75 75
5 Kara Lapoint, USA 67 DNS 67
6 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 61 DNS 61
7 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 DNS 56
8 Caroline Colonna, USA 51 DNS 51
9 Rebecca Blatt, USA 47 DNS 47

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Argentina was the sixth 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 October 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 Majjistral Nature Reserve
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Rotorua, North Island
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
Matt Dews Malta

XTERRA European Tour Starts in Malta

The 2016 XTERRA European Tour gets underway in one-week at XTERRA Malta, and our technical director for the Tour Nico Lebrun has been counting the days.  Here he brings us his thoughts on the race and season to come…

First race of the season in Europe! Malta will once again have all the light shining upon it in one week as the first race of 11 in this year’s European Tour.  The big question is, who will replace Roger and Helena, our 2015 tour winners, or can they repeat?

On the women’s side Helena Erbenova will not race in Malta.  We know Helena alternates XTERRA and adventure racing, and may start later like last year. So all our focus in Malta will be on Brigitta Poor, this sweet young Hungarian pro, who took second place last year in the series, and won Malta to show how much she improved and that she was ready to win. If she can make the same step from 2014 to 2015 again this season she will be hard to beat.

For the Podium, if I look at the list, I think two other girls will fight for it … Morgane Riou and Maud Golsteyn, I had Morgane in camp with me so I know she improved a lot on the mountain bike and I can’t wait to see her improvements in the race. Maud was dead coming from Cape Epic last year, but if she is 100% she can be strong. I want to talk about Diane Lee, she will race pro after a second place overall in Denmark last year, so maybe she can move fast over Malta’s rock. I will also look Anne Sophie Maréchal, she will race AG but want to race pro in the future, and she comes from an athletic career.  And of course all of Malta will be cheering for home country favorite Danica Spiteri.

On the men side, Roger Serrano is back.  We will see his magic beard again, this guy who does a great job for XTERRA with a lot of promotion and is such a nice and charismatic athlete.  He was second last year to Nico Fernandez who will not be racing.

The victory will not be easy for Roger, however, as Karl Shaw will be on the start line.  Shaw just beat our world champion in Costa Rica, and like every Shaw brother, at 100% they are hard to beat.

Brice Daubord, who was third in Malta last year, won XTERRA Tahiti last year and is a 3-time Cross triathlon champ. He will fight for the podium again, and guys, ride fast because he will run faster than you!

Ok for the run split we have Brice, but for the swim we have Jens Roth, he was first out of the water at Cross tri worlds and third overall at XTERRA Denmark, this young German is improving, and I’d think he will stay longer in the front.

From last year’s top ten we will have also Fabien Combaluzier, a father of two, natural runner, can have a good race if he doesn’t lose too much time on the MTB. Jan Pyott, who was 4th of the tour last year, will also start the season in Malta.  We will see if the Swiss winter training will bring him in good shape?

It will also be really exciting to see new pros who had amazing results in AG or in Elite ETU like Julen Lorono, second in Duathlon Euro Champ ETU behind Kris Koddens, and young Maxim Chané, out of Junior, he jumped into Pro, this is good for XTERRA.  I saw some improvement on his run this winter, so I’m sure he will be a surprise.  Not a surprise would be to see Christophe Betard in the top 10, he was already in France and he is our overall AG world champ.  Betard will fight for money podium and if he improved his swim, he can be close. Also Hannes Wolper, 20-24 cross tri world champ in Sardinia, and Julien Buffe overall AG winner in Portugal last year. Finally, we have Nicolas Durin, he is in age group group but I hope he will move to pro, he won the overall amateur Sardinia ITU world last year and is very fast.

It will also be great to see our XTERRA Warrior, David DeSantis, who will be doing his 4th race of 16 around the world this year to raise awareness and money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. DeSantis will also race in France, Italy and Germany, and a lot more!  Another inspiring athlete is Michel Gonon, a Challenge Athlete who was third in Maui in 2014.

It’s going to be an exciting race, and an exciting season, and I’m looking forward to seeing our new Euro Tour associates Kristian and Andreas in Malta.  Onward!