Rakita - Pelham

XTERRA Southeast Championship 10 Years at Oak Mountain

XTERRA is celebrating its 10th year of racing at Oak Mountain State Park in style on May 16.  This year the XTERRA Southeast Championship in Shelby County, Alabama will double as the 2015 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship race.

As such athletes will have the chance to be crowned USAT National Champions as well as XTERRA Southeast Champions.  The race will also serve as a qualifier for both the 2015 XTERRA World Championship and the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship races.

For amateurs, there will be 50 spots into the XTERRA World Championship to be held November 1 in Maui up-for-grabs; and the top 18 racers in each age group will qualify for the 2016 Cross Tri World Championship.

The event is also the second of four regional championship races and will feature $15,000 USD in prize money for elite athletes, who will compete over a 1.5km swim, 30km mountain bike and 10km trail run.

“One of the must do championship races,” said XTERRA Pro Branden Rakita.   “The swim is in a great cool lake, and as long as it isn’t hot and humid I have a smile on my face as we twist and turn through the trees on the bike. The run can be a challenge depending on how warm it may get but the two loop course is spectator friendly and a great mix of rolling hills.”

XTERRA will also offer a shorter distance sprint race – 750m for the swim, 15km mountain bike and a 5km trail run – as well as relay team opportunities and 5, 10, and 21-kilometer trail runs.

“Bama is my favorite race on the US Tour because of the hidden gem that is Oak Mountain State Park,” exclaimed XTERRA Pro Suzie Snyder.  “The single track is phenomenal and the conditions are always an unknown which makes the technical aspect of the course so much more of a factor in the outcome of the race.”

All races are open to everybody, and registration is open at www.xterrapelham.com.

Oak Mountain State Park was honored as one of America’s best trail destinations in Runner’s World Magazine, where the twisting, rolling trails made the “Crown Jewels – 25 best trail runs in America” list. BUMP, the local trails advocacy group, has spent more than 100,000 hours in design and construction of new trails over the past 20 years.

To complement the races, Oak Mountain offers a wealth of family activities (wildlife center, swimming beach, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, boat rental, etc.) while eating and shopping opportunities abound right outside the park.

Learn more at www.discovershelby.com.

“We’re excited to bring the USAT National Championship to Oak Mountain State Park,” said XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas.  “The course itself is one of the best in the world and provides an honest challenge for participants.  It’s also a great location to host a big event with a wealth of amenities; great food, and the most welcoming locals you’ll find anywhere.”

jerseyDevilRiders

Ricard, Dowidchuk win XTERRA Jersey Devil

By race director Bob Horn…

As is usually expected at the XTERRA Jersey Devil everyone is always worried about the water temp come race day, given the race is held in late April down in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and morning air temp can also be a little chilly. This years race definitely held true to those parameters, as the water temp was a brisk 58-degrees and the air temp around 50 at race start. However, once the horn was blown to start the race, the competition quickly heated things up, and the weather even cooperated turning to sunny skies and temps in the low 60s at the finish. The race saw a number of XTERRA veterans getting their 2015 seasons off to a great start in preparation for the big Regional Championships races coming up in May and June.

The race got off to a fast start as Adam Webber, noted more for his road triathlon fame, as an ex-USAT athlete of the year, but relatively new to XTERRA (he won the Richmond Sprint in 2014), scorched the swim and opened up a commanding lead out of the swim, finishing almost a full minute out of the water from the closest competitor. Behind him however, was a large pack, including the likes of Rob Ricard (2014 XTERRA Athlete of the Year, and defending XTERRA Jersey Devil champ,) and William Allen (XTERRA USA Age Group Champ from 2014 in UTAH). Also in that next pack was the Womens leader out of the swim Meredith Jones (2012 XTERRA Jersey Devil champ), looking to take an early lead on her closest competitors.

After the quarter-mile run back to transition it was onto the bike. The XTERRA Jersey Devil bike course is super fast, as the New Jersey Pine Barrens are not known for having any hills. That doesn’t mean it is not without its tricky sections. Unfortunately race leader out of the swim Adam Webber encountered one of these areas early on in the bike, and suffered a compound fracture to his arm and was forced out of the race (We wish Adam a speedy recovery and hope to see him back at the XTERRA Jersey Devil again next year). This left the door wide open for Ricard and Allen to take the lead on the bike. The two battled the entire bike course and really pushed each other the entire time, creating quite a lead amongst themselves. Even with XTERRA powerhouses behind them like Daryl Weaver and Josh Loren, and a few others working together to gain some ground it looked like the race was coming down to these too.

The women’s race was also being solidified on the bike course. Katrina Dowidchuk used her superior mountain biking skills to gain control and overtake Meredith Jones and a few other very fast female swimmers. Katrina put together a 55:40 bike split, almost bettering her closest competitor, Amanda Rosen, by 10 minutes.

Now it was on to the run, what is clearly the best part of the XTERRA Jersey Devil. Well, after her dominating performance on the bike the race seemed to be all sown up for Katrina. All she needed to do was really cruise on the run and she would have the win. But I guess that is not Katrina’s style as she went on to post the fasted run split of the day as well on the women’s side, and when it was all said and done she had a convincing win over 2nd place Amanda Rosen, and 3rd Meredith Jones.

Now back to the men’s race. So everyone usually checks out the bike course before an XTERRA, but the XTERRA Jersey Devil run course is definitely one you need to check out if you want to be in the mix for the overall win. And lucky for Rob Ricard he did just that, checking out the run course earlier in the weekend certainly gave him an advantage. Out of the bike transition William Allen had created a slight gap on Rob heading out into the run. William did all he could to hold Rob off, and both looked to be tearing through the tough run course, blasting through the swamps and mud found on the course. But in the end Rob picked his pace correctly and wound up with the fasted run split of the day and a 10-second win over William. It was certainly a great race to watch. And surely both these competitors are in great early season form heading to Alabama and then Richmond, in the next couple of months.

Thanks to all the competitors of the 2015 XTERRA Jersey Devil, this year’s race I think was the best yet, we hope you are all back for 2016 and will bring some more friends along to share in the experience.

For a complete list of results check out: http://raceforum.com/2015/xterraag.htm, and for photos of the race check out: https://joegawinskixterrajerseydevil.shutterfly.com/

EPC Swim Tips

EPC Tips – Race Pace Swim Session

With race season upon us it’s time to get race-specific with your training. Dial in your XTERRA race pace swimming with this key swim session. The main set consists of a broken-800 and broken-1600, at 800 and 1600 pace, respectively. Dial in your race tempo and go!

WARM-UP:
– Snorkel, buoy, band… 300/200/100 easy
– Snorkel, band… 150/100/50 moderate

MAIN SET:
– 4×200 @ 800 pace, 0:20 rests
– 100 easy
– 4×400 @ 1600 pace, 0:40 rests

WARM-DOWN:
– 100 easy

The XTERRA Workout of the Week is written by Cody Waite, professional endurance athlete, endurance sport coach and founder of Endurance Performance Coaching. Looking for help with your training for 2015? Check out EPC’s Personal CoachingGroup Coaching, and Custom Training Plan options created to fit your needs and budget.

XTERRA Malaysia

XTERRA Asian Tour Finale in Langkawi Saturday

The adventure of all adventures await athletes taking part in Saturday’s XTERRA Asian Tour Championship race in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Monkey’s, man o’ war, mosquitos, muddy water buffaloes, pythons, a long, technical run from the swim to the bike, a lung-busting opening climb on the ride and some screaming, scary down hills all in the stifling heat and humidity of Malaysia in May.

Seems a fitting final stop for the Asian Tour, which combined five of the most exotic destinations imaginable into a triathlon circuit like no other. For the intrepid triathletes who took part, the experiences shared in the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, Australia, and now Malaysia have left a permanent mark on their memories.

“It is very hard to describe this travel with words,” said Carina Wasle from Austria, who won XTERRA Guam and is ranked second in the Tour standings after four races. “I had six unforgettable and hard to top weeks. Every race was in a stunning location and on a challenging race course. It was like a big adventure with lots of new impressions. And of course I could escape the Austrian cold winter and enjoy the island life in a hot, humid climate. The training was quite good, but beside the hard work we also had lots of fun. I made many new friends who supported me during my stay and races. It was a great time thanks to all the people who helped me on the way.”

Women’s points’ leader Jacqui Slack from the UK, who took the top spot at XTERRA Saipan, is quick to agree.

“I love the Asian Tour. You get looked after so well by event organizers and home stays. These races are the whole package for me. I love the hot, humid conditions, the courses are natural, technical, and adventurous like nothing you will experience anywhere else in the world, there’s a fantastic group of athletes, and some close racing especially in the ladies.”

Brad Weiss from South Africa notched his first XTERRA World Tour win in the Philippines this year, and sits in second place just two points behind Ben Allen in the point’s series.

“This is my 3rd year racing the Asian Tour and I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every race. Both XTERRA Philippines and XTERRA Malaysia had new venues in 2015 making the trips even more rewarding because of the opportunity to experience a new area of each country,” said Weiss.

For Charlie Epperson from the U.S., a former collegiate runner for the Tennessee Vols, the opportunity to travel and race to such unique spots was too good to pass up.

“I think we are all very lucky to take part in the XTERRA Asian Tour. Many of the race venues are some of the most sought out destinations for adventure travelers and we get the opportunity to hit three or four over the course of a couple of months.         From my experience, the race directors in this Series go out of their way to put on a first class experience- the courses, assistance with trip planning, and the posh accommodations- it is well done.”

Perhaps the most well-known XTERRA Warrior on the Asian Tour is the “Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher.         She’s been traveling to the far stretches of beautiful white sand beaches for years, and won her first of seven XTERRA Saipan titles a decade ago.

“Yes, it is still my favorite time of the year to race the Asian Tour,” said Bucher. “Especially with the trip to Saipan and Guam. Every year as soon as I’m back home and back into the “normal” life, I always have something to dream about and the memories of these races & the people are forever putting a smile on my face.”

Warm fuzzies aside there is a serious race going down on Saturday.

The men’s elite field features the top six racers in the Asian Tour standings with Ben Allen (AUS) 282pts, Brad Weiss (RSA) 280pts, Joe Miller (PHI) 189pts, Takahiro Ogasawara (JPN) 164pts, Markus Benesch (AUT) 150pts, and Charlie Epperson (USA) 138pts, plus Theo Blignaut from South Africa – who finished in the top six at both XTERRA South Africa and XTERRA Reunion.

“My main goal this weekend is to win the XTERRA Asian Tour,” said Weiss, fresh off his second big win of the season at XTERRA Reunion on Sunday. “In order to do this I will need to finish ahead of Ben, who is currently leading the series by two points. It will certainly be a tight battle but I am excited for the challenge and looking forward to Saturday’s race. Although winning is the goal I will be sure to leave Langkawi a happy man regardless of the result.”

While Weiss is coming off a solid block of travel and racing, so too is Allen. In the last month Allen went from winning XTERRA Guam to finishing 5th at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia to placing fourth Saturday at the XTERRA West Championship in Nevada.

“I was going to opt not to go to Malaysia but that would’ve handed the Asian Tour title to Brad on a silver platter,” said Allen. “I’ll get their Friday afternoon, all the way from Vegas. I’ll be smashed but give it everything I got.”

The women’s field is also stacked with seven of the top 11 in the Series standings; Jacqui Slack (GBR) 280pts, Carina Wasle (AUT) 253pts, Mieko Carey (Guam) 239pts, Renata Bucher (SUI) 213pts, Daz Parker (GBR) 207pts, Belinda Hadden (AUS) 171pts, Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) 82pts, and Lizzie Orchard (NZL) 69pts.

“I want to win the race and win the tour,” said Slack, point blank.

In addition to her well-known rivals on the Asian Tour, Slack will also have to contend with last weekend’s XTERRA Reunion Champion Carla Van Huyssteen from South Africa, French elite Myriam Guillot, and Iran’s one-and-only ITU registered triathlete Shirin Gerami.

For all involved the course offers uncharted terrain, true to the name behind the event. As a point of interest, the name “XTERRA” is loosely defined as “unknown territory.” As founder and CEO of XTERRA Tom Kiely explains “the X is a numerical term that means unknown and Terra is Latin for land/territory, thus … unknown territory.”

Beach-Chalets

XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas, who is on-site to take in all the action, brings us this report upon his arrival.

“This is a new venue for Malaysia, as the last two years were in Putrajaya just outside Kuala Lampur. This location is super.  Tall, steep mountains, big beaches, ocean swim, and tons of local culture.  The Berjaya Langkawi Resort is not a hotel but a series of a few hundred “chalets,” some of them on stilts in the Malacca Straight, part of the Indian Ocean.  Many athletes are already here and it is only Wednesday.  Carina Wasle came in early had had a very close encounter with a python.  Poor Carla van Huyssteen came in from South Africa only to get stung badly by a Man-O-War.  Good thing her SA teammate Theo Blignaught was there to help.  She looks and feels a lot better today and expects to race on Saturday.  The bike and run courses are marked and most everyone here has had a taste.

“Uff, the run is so hard” said Renata Bucher.  “This place makes me think I am back in Switzerland!”

“It’s another stunning location with a beautiful beach and a very warm ocean,” added Wasle. “The animal noises in the jungle are so loud that you think you are in a scary movie. The trees are magical, but never stop in the jungle, because that means mosquito attack. The race course is very tough. The first 5 km on the bike are killing, uphill and downhill. Also the run course is a killer with a 1 km straight uphill in the middle of the jungle. But I love it.”

Blignaut, who was one of the first to post pics to his Facebook page, said “it’s a real jungle vibe. A crazy hard course (real XTERRA course) with one BIG hill on the bike “the Wall” I will call it. Then some very cool single track down stoke valley. Did the run just now and it also has a real jungly vibe with loads of climbing. It’s going to be a real hard race. Should be fun.”

Epperson said the new course is “nothing short of a monster.”

“As a runner, I’m rarely intimidated by run courses, but this remains the hardest course I’ve seen.         Similar to the last half mile at XTERRA Knoxville, but XTERRA Malaysia lasts for two miles of technical climbing on a steep, leaf-covered trail before presenting athletes with an equally demanding descent. I ran it with fresh legs and was at almost an hour for a 10-kilometers distance and still recovering!”

As for Slack, she said she feels right at home here.

“Love it. We have a stunning white sand beach location surrounded by mountains and thick dense jungle, what more could you want from an XTERRA race. The first 5k of the course is the most difficult start to a race I’ve ever experienced but I love it, it will certainly challenge your riding skills. After that there are some real fun sections through the jungle and it ends with a few buffalo fields to negotiate.”

“It’s spicy,” said Bucher of the course.

What’s also spicy are the rewards at this one. The XTERRA Asian 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). Racers count their best three scores to determine champions, with double points on offer here at the finale in Malaysia.

In all, more than $100,000 in prize money for pros was awarded on the Asian Tour this year.         There were $15,000 USD payouts at the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, and Malaysia races, and $50,000 AUD awarded at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia, plus the 10K bonus to the series’ top performers.

For further details on the 2015 XTERRA Asian Tour visit www.xterraasia.com, and for more on the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship in Malaysia visit www.xterramy.com, supported by Malaysia Major Event.

2015 XTERRA Asian Tour Pro Standings (After 4)
PRO MEN

Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Ben Allen, AUS 82 100 100 x69 282
2 Brad Weiss, RSA 100 90 90 x 280
3 Joe Miller, PHI 63 63 63 x 189
4 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN x 82 82 x 164
5 Markus Benesch, AUT x 75 75 x 150
6 Charlie Epperson, USA 69 x 69 x 138
7 Brodie Gardner, AUS 75 x x 58 133
8 Kaon Cho, KOR x 53 58 x 111
9 Braden Currie, NZL x x x 100 100
10 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 x x x 90
11 Courtney Atkinson, AUS x x x 90 90
12 Conrad Stoltz, RSA x x x 82 82
13 Olly Shaw, NZL x x x 75 75
14 Aleksandr Dorovskikh, RUS x 69 x x 69
15 Joshua Kenyon, NZL x x x 63 63
16 Michal Bucek, SVK 58 x x x 58
17 David Esposito, FRA x 58 x x 58
18 Jarad Kohler, AUS x x x 53 53
19 Kieran McPherson, NZL x x x 49 49
20 Mitchell Ginsberg, RSA x x x 45 45

PRO WOMEN

Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Jacqui Slack, GBR 90 100 90 x82 280
2 Carina Wasle, AUT x 90 100 63 253
3 Mieko Carey, JPN 75 82 82 x 239
4 Renata Bucher, SUI 69 75 69 x49 213
5 Daz Parker, GBR 63 69 75 x 207
6 Flora Duffy, BER 100 x x 100 200
7 Belinda Hadden, AUS x 63 63 45 171
8 Barbara Riveros, CHI x x x 90 90
9 Dimity-Lee Duke, AUS 82 x x x 82
10 Suzie Snyder, USA x x x 75 75
11 Lizzie Orchard, NZL x x x 69 69
12 Aya Stevens, SVK 58 x x x 58
13 Caroline Steffen, SUI x x x 58 58
14 Jessica Simpson, AUS x x x 53 53
Donovan

Donovan, Thorpe win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run

COMPLETE RESULTSPHOTO GALLERY

JP Donovan from Incline Village, Nevada and Bree Thorpe from Las Vegas, Nevada won the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Lake Las Vegas half-marathon on a beautiful blue sky day in Henderson, Nevada.

Donovan, just a day removed from finishing 11th overall in the pro race at yesterday’s XTERRA West Championship triathlon, crushed the field with a winning time of 1:19:32, almost four minutes ahead of runner up Jorge Mejia.

“I was hurting out there, but didn’t want anybody to notice,” said Donovan, who was last year’s overall XTERRA amateur national triathlon champion.

Bree Thorpe

In the women’s race Thorpe took the tape in 1:33:02, almost 10 minutes ahead of previous winner Aimee Balzer.

“I didn’t know how I would feel today because I did a long run yesterday, but my coach is Max King and I figured he knew what he was doing,” said Thorpe.

King, of course, is the “King of XTERRA Trail Running” with four World Titles to his credit.  He’s trying to get Thorpe in a position to chase the Olympic Trials in the marathon distance.

There were also 5K and 10K races today.  James Grovom and Mercy Ray won the 10K while Andrew Dixon and Ashley Millhouse captured the 5K.  More than 400 runners from around the nation took part in today’s run, which is part of the 100-race Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series.

Every division winner in the 21K race earned a free entry into the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship to be held December 6, 2015 at Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu.

Learn more at www.xterratrailrun.com.

Brad Weiss

Weiss, Van Huyssteen win XTERRA Reunion

(Saint-Gilles, Reunion) – A pair of XTERRA stars from South Africa – Bradley Weiss and Carla Van Huyssteen – took the top spots at the inaugural XTERRA Reunion off-road tri in Saint-Gilles today.

It’s the second XTERRA World Tour win of the year for Weiss, who captured the season-opener at XTERRA Philippines in February – and a triumphant return from injury for Van Huyssteen, a two-time XTERRA South Africa Champ.  Both will now head to Langkawi, Malyasia to compete for next Saturday’s XTERRA Asian Tour Championship.

In the men’s race local triathlon hero David Hauss – winner of the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup earlier this year – was more than one-minute faster than everyone out of the water and also posted the fastest run split of the day but in XTERRA the race is usually won on the mountain bike and that’s where Weiss took over.

Weiss had a race best 1:09:32 bike split and was able to hold off XTERRA Greece Champion Francois Carloni and Yeray Luxem from Belgium on the run to take the tape in 2:17:20.

“Awesome to take another championship win, especially on such a beautiful island,” said Weiss.  “This place is fast becoming my favourite event location!”

Weiss said the race was a real battle between himself and Carloni.

“Hauss took an early lead in the swim but once the real climbing started on the bike his lack of mountain biking was evident,” said Weiss.  “Myself and Carloni worked well together on the bike and opened up a big lead on third. I was unsure of his running abilities so really wanted to open a gap on the final technical descent into transition. Unfortunately, I took a hard fall and ended up cutting my leg on my pedal. Thankfully I was able to close the gap back up to Carloni before entering T2 and we started the run together. Early on it was clear that he had biked too hard and I was able to slowly open a gap on him. The run was technical but had a few flat faster sections which I was able to take advantage of. With a 1.5km beach run to the finish I was able to back it down and take in the moment. I am unsure how often this will happen so I was determined to enjoy it.”

Luxem ran his way into second and Carloni was able to hold off Hauss for third place.  Jan Kubicek of the Czech Republic was 5th, followed by Theo Blignaut (South Africa), Sam Gardner (England) and Simone Calamai (Italy).

PL FIRST FINAL SWIM BIKE RUN
1 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:17:20 0:19:24 1:09:32 0:47:02
2 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:20:43 0:20:50 1:13:55 0:44:25
3 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:21:37 0:19:26 1:10:42 0:51:23
4 David Hauss, FRA 2:23:12 0:18:04 1:20:16 0:43:27
5 Jan Kubicek, CZE 2:24:42 0:21:50 1:15:10 0:46:25
6 Theo Blignaut, RSA 2:26:31 0:19:25 1:15:25 0:50:31
7 Sam Gardner, GBR 2:29:42 0:22:54 1:15:12 0:50:04
8 Simone Calamai, ITA 2:43:54 0:23:44 1:22:33 0:55:39
Van Huyssteen

In the women’s race Van Huyssteen was locked in a back-and-forth battle with reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion Kathrin Mueller.  The two posted near identical swim and bike times so it all came down to the run. Here is how Van Huyssteen described the action…

“The route suited me quite well. Hot and technical!   It was quite a technical swim and I was happy to get onto some good feet and actually had a decent swim. I ran into T1 just ahead of Kathrin and we basically rode together all the way. She tried to drop me on some of the climbs, but I kept working hard and managed to stay on her wheel. I have been working on my bike, and hope it will make some difference in my racing this year.  The last 5km on the bike was super rocky and technical but we stuck together and then I ran out of T2 in the lead and tried not to look back from there. The run was hard, technical, over sand, rock, and river crossings. I tried to just keep going.  Kathrin got off course at some point, so apparently lost a bunch of time, so the time gap was massive, and would not have been that big but I think I still could’ve snatched the title this time around.”

The victory is especially reward for Huyssteen after having to sit-out her hometown race at XTERRA South Africa due to injury in February.

“It was a great privilege racing here in the Reunion Islands and the organizers really went above and beyond to put on an exceptional racing experience,” said Van Huyssteen.  “Finally, a word of thanks to David Hauss for taking part in his home XTERRA and doing a race outside of his comfort zone.”

For Mueller, who won six majors in Europe last season, the past few months have been consumed by mountain biking (she did the Cape Epic four weeks ago) and skiing so she was uncertain how she’d come into it.  “It`s a fantastic area and a very challenging bike and run course,” she said.

“I’m very thankful for the invitation from the very nice and friendly people here.  It’s great organization.”

XTERRA Reunion technical director Yannick Desfargis finished 8th overall and top amateur on the day.  Local triathlete Claire Baudis finished third woman overall and captured the amateur title.

PL FIRST FINAL SWIM BIKE RUN
1 Carla Van Huyssteen, RSA 2:38:47 0:21:18 1:24:20 0:51:58
2 Kathrin Mueller, GER 2:47:58 0:21:34 1:24:10 1:01:07
3 Claire Baudis, FRA 3:24:50 0:28:39 1:49:32 1:02:49

Complete Results / Pictures


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Reunion was the 12th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson, Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti+ (Ben Allen, Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua (Braden Currie, Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+ (Braden Currie, Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA# (Francisco Serrano, Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea (Brice Daubord, Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains (Brad Weiss, Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
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

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

UP NEXT

May 2 XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
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Daubord, Backler win XTERRA Tahiti

(Papeete, Tahiti)- Brice Daubord from Orleans, France and Sarah Backler from Tauranga, New Zealand captured the inaugural XTERRA Tahiti Championship on a beautiful island day.

Nico Lebrun, the technical director for the XTERRA European Tour, drew the lucky assignment to cover the cross-island challenge and brings us this report…

“Everyone gathered at 6:30 this morning in front of the town hall of Papeete, bikes on trucks, athletes on buses, press, VIP on 4×4’s and off for an hour drive along the cost to Mataeia – a small village  where T1 and the swim are located.

It’s a nice black sand beach with perfect water, warmer then Maui 😉

Triathlon legend Mark Allen had the honor to start the race, a two loops of 750-meters.  Something I’ve never seen before, they had a band sitting on a dock in the middle of the water playing music.

Brice Daubord, French Olympian Tony Moulay, and a great local swimmer were the first three men out of the water, with Olly Shaw about one-minute back.  In the women’s race Backler took control in the swim, and never looked back.

For 10km on rocky and bumpy fire road Moulay and Daubord stayed together.

“I had to stop to remove air in my tires” said Daubord, who was fighting with his bike, and that was the smart point, because after that, he caught Moulay, passed him and started to open the gap when they went by Lake Vaihiria.

Backler had a good gap out of the water and was able to pace herself, that what I thought, but talking to her “it was so steep going up to the tunnel, that I had no choice but to push and just keep going.”

At the top of the mountain bike part, a dark tunnel to ride through at 750-meters of altitude.

“We were lucky to get this little rain, going up” said all the athletes I talked with, because it was hot like in Maui, but more humid.

Starting the descent, Daubord was the strong leader as it seems Moulay, although an Olympian in triathlon, is not so confident on his mountain bike and gets passed by Olly Shaw.  Tony can run fast, however. so if he manages to stay close he could catch him on the run.  At 6 or 7k from T2 Moulay lost a cleat under his shoes, and had no chance, but with a big gap now he can enjoy the rest of the race, and the beautiful landscape.

Daubord started the run with about 2′ lead, but he is a fantastic runner, so no worry for him but the trail was hard with lots of creek crossings and slippery rocks…

“I fell in the creek but it felt so good that I took my time to get back on my feet, then kept running” said Daubord.

Backler, who had no Idea on her lead, said she just pushed at a good pace, to make sure.

Organizers set a finish line in the valley to complete this traverse from the west side of the Island to the East, with a traditional band from the Marquise Island.  It was a pretty intense and emotional finish line, with Mark Allen there to congratulate all the finishers.

XTERRA Tahiti is a truly unique XTERRA, a point to point race that is extremely well organized.  They have lots of support from the local government and sponsors, tons of volunteers, an amazing landscape, a tough race. They have all the right ingredients to be a major race on the XTERRA World Tour, and all in paradise.  After the race we learned Air Tahiti Nui will sponsor the airfare to Maui for the top local finishers, so we will have great representatives from French Polynesia at this year’s XTERRA World Championship.

“I’m really happy for my first victory on the XTERRA World Tour and so thankful for Jean Michel and the VSOP team for inviting me here,” said Daubord.  “It was a great experience, the whole week here was amazing. Swimming with stingrays and sharks on a blue Lagoon was amazing. Today I led the whole race, first with Tony then alone.  The first part was terrible, then I removed air from my tires and started to really ride properly and able to push hard.   The finish line with the typical Polynesian “band” was amazing, and something I will always remember.”

Backler was equally impressed with the event and organization, saying “The environment here is incredible and even though the bike and run were so much harder than I expected I loved every minute.  We were lucky to get a little bit of rain to cool us down and all those river crossings kept us cool too.  I wasn’t sure where the girls were behind me but still took a little more time than usal to really enjoy the scenery and especially the waterfalls in the last 2km of the run.  Really, the entire atmosphere was amazing, an incredible experience.”

Top three men:
Brice Daubord, FRA, 2:46:45
Olly Shaw, NZL, 2:48:45
Tony Moulay, FRA, 2:54:31

Top three women:
Sarah Backler, NZL, 3:32:06
Yasmina Chenel, Tahiti, 4:43:48
Sandra Labbeyi, Tahiti, 4:55:36


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Tahiti was the 11th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson, Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti+ (Ben Allen, Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua (Braden Currie, Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+ (Braden Currie, Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA# (Francisco Serrano, Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea (Brice Daubord, Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
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

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

UP NEXT

May 2 XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+

 

Serrano

Serrano, Paterson win XTERRA West Championship

(Lake Las Vegas – Henderson, Nevada) –Francisco Serrano and Lesley Paterson won the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series opener at the XTERRA West Championship on a cool morning around the desert of Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada today.

The race started in the calm 67-degree waters of Lake Las Vegas fronting the Reflection Bay Golf Clubhouse with Australian XTERRA star Ben Allen leading everyone out of the water.  His lead wouldn’t last long, however, as former Olympian “Paco” Serrano from Monterrey, Mexico stormed to the front in the first mile and never looked back.

“I felt really good, and it was a fast swim, faster than I expected,” said Serrano, who has been racing XTERRA on-and-off since 2004 and is a three-time XTERRA Mexico Champion.  “Ben was about 35 seconds ahead out of the water but I was able to catch him fast.  He stayed close though and came back on the down hills.  I knew Josiah (Middaugh) was back there somewhere and going to be really fast and I knew he might catch me but thought if I did everything perfect I’d have a shot at the win.  Everything went smooth, my nutrition, my water, both transitions. It was just a great race.”

Middaugh had the fastest bike split of the day (1:11:18), almost two minutes better than Serrano, but still couldn’t make up the difference he lost in the swim (2:24) by the bike-to-run transition.

“I didn’t see that coming,” said Middaugh, who had won the last two West Championship titles here in the desert.  “I got into the second lap on the bike and thought Ben was in the lead and it wasn’t until I caught him that I realized Paco was still a minute-half up front.  So then I poured it on hard the last half of the bike trying to play catch-up, burnt some matches there and didn’t have a lot left on the run.”

Serrano had the fastest run of the day in 34:07 and took the tape in 2:06:56, nearly two minutes ahead of Middaugh.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Serrano.  “I know Josiah is among the very best of the best and it’s an honor to be on the podium with him and the other guys.  I can’t remember ever beating him before but like I said, I knew this is like my perfect course with the climbing, dirt, and fast running.”

The ever-humble Middaugh, who has now finished second in his last four races (to Ruben Ruzafa at the XTERRA USA and World Championship races last year, and last month to Rom Akerson at XTERRA Costa Rica), was able to take it all in stride.

“You don’t learn anything from winning,” he smiled.  “Nothing went wrong. I just came up short.  Francisco kind of led from start to finish.  I got close on the bike and maybe about a mile into the run and then he poured it on again. He looked real fresh out there, had a good turnover and was just hard to catch.  He was strong all day.  I felt like I put in a really good effort and I put it all out there.”

While Serrano and Middaugh were in a race all their own up front, Chris Ganter had the race of his life five minutes behind them. The 36-year-old from Boise, Idaho passed 10 guys on the bike to move into the third spot where he finished for his first career podium.

“Definitely my career best XTERRA performance, by far,” said Ganter, perhaps motivated on the day by his lack of mention in the pre-race prognostications.  “A lot of hard work goes into the off-season, and I give a lot of the credit to my coach for putting the pieces of the puzzle together for me, and for my sponsors support that has allowed me to train and go after this like a professional.”

Ganter was also missing his signature mustache for this one, perhaps streamlining his efforts a bit … “kind of the opposite of a playoff beard,” he laughed.

Allen overcome the understandable fatigue associated with crossing numerous time zones with races in the Western Pacific, then over to Australia, and finally to Vegas over the last couple weeks and finished fourth, holding off a hard-charging Branden Rakita by just three seconds.

“When Serrano and Josiah came past I just didn’t have that extra gear to push that I normally would have if I was fresh,” he explained.  “Those early races seem to be taken its toll on me now.  I tried to stay with Serrano when he came by but he attacked hard and I seemed stuck in a one pace rhythm.  These guys are just too strong to not have your best.  I’m realistic about it though, and won’t get too down on myself.  I’ve had a good early season and really I’m here for the experience, and to get used to the U.S.”

Allen will now head to Langkawi, Malaysia via an airport stop-over in Australia to contest Bradley Weiss for the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship next Saturday.

“I was going to opt not to go but then I would’ve handed the Asian Tour title to Brad on a silver platter,” said Allen.  “As it is, I’ll get their Friday afternoon for a Saturday race.  I’ll be smashed but give it everything I got.”

Rakita was strong all day and nearly caught Allen at the tape but ran out of real estate.

“I was in an all-out sprint in the home stretch and could see Ben right in front of me but just ran out of room,” he explained.

PRO MEN          
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Francisco Serrano 34 Monterrey, Mexico 2:06:56 100
2 Josiah Middaugh 36 Eagle-Vail, Colorado 2:08:44 90
3 Chris Ganter 36 Boise, Idaho 2:13:48 82
4 Ben Allen 30 Wollongong, Australia 2:14:53 75
5 Branden Rakita 34 Colorado Springs, Colorado 2:14:56 69
6 Karsten Madsen 23 Guelph, Ontario, CAN 2:15:47 63
7 Craig Evans 37 Hendersonville, Tennessee 2:17:16 58
8 Brad Zoller 37 Avon, Colorado 2:17:54 53
9 Alex Modestou 28 Durham, North Carolina 2:18:42 49
10 Ryan Ignatz 36 Boulder, Colorado 2:19:18 45
Also: JP Donovan (41), James Hadley (37), Jimmy Archer (34), Kyle Hughes (31)

PATERSON ON TRACK

Shoulder fracture or not, Lesley Paterson is a force to be reckoned with.  She posted the fastest bike split of the day by more than two minutes and the fastest run by a minute to win the West title in 2:24:23, three minutes ahead of runner-up Emma Garrard.

“Just so exciting to be back racing after sitting out most of last year, I was in full depression mode,” said Paterson.  “Then when I crashed before Costa Rica I cried for two nights straight, but what can you do. You pick yourself up, get your Braveheart on, and think what you can do rather than what you can’t.”

It’s Paterson’s second win of the season after running down Garrard at XTERRA Costa Rica last month with a fractured shoulder.  She didn’t even know if she’d get cleared to race until this week, and the extremely good news is that she says her shoulder feels okay.

“I’ve been doing every therapy I could think of for it, and I really couldn’t believe it this morning when I started two-arm swimming and it didn’t feel that bad at all.  As a result, I didn’t come that far down out of the water and I felt good on the bike.  On the first steep climb I passed Sara McLarty (who swam almost three minutes faster than the rest of the women) and I had already passed Suzie Snyder, Emma, and Melanie McQuaid.  Emma came back at me after a couple miles and then I just went for it.”

Paterson pulled away then looked like the two-time World Champ we all remember on the run, literally flying down hills with a seemingly effortless stride.

“Ya know what’s crazy is I didn’t run for like six months over the winter to give my body some healing time, and amazingly I haven’t lost that much on my run because I was biking so much,” said Paterson, who’s next goal is to make her Olympic mountain biking team.

“I want to do the mountain bike stuff across the summer, some World Cups and the British Championship on the Olympic course and see how I stack up against some of the girls.  I think I’ve got the potential, and it would be awesome to try and go for the Olympics.  It may be a real long shot but why not.”

For the Paterson the XTERRA Tribe has come to love, nothing really seems like a long shot.

“For right now, it’s just great to be around these girls again,” said Paterson.  “I’ve got a huge smile on my face to be around Emma and Suzie and Mel and everybody. We’re giving each other “whowahs” and cheering each other on.  That’s what this sport is all about, that’s why I love it.”

Garrard posted the second-best bike and run splits to Paterson, was once again the top American female, and strode across the finish line with her son Torin who no longer needs to be carried.

“I had a pretty good race Lesley was just going really fast out there.  It was nice to be able to stay up with her in stretches and see her in front for a while,” said Garrard.

Suzie Snyder, who won XTERRA New Zealand 14 days ago and was fourth at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs seven days ago, is just happy to have survived the day and happy with her third-place finish.

“I’m so tired,” she smiled.  “I had a descent swim and a fair bike, but then on the run my legs were cramping so bad.  I’m so excited to just chill out and stay in one place for more than a day.”

Snyder is just now making the move from Virginia to Reno, Nevada, and will have a great group of XTERRA people to have fun with near her new digs.

Three-time XTERRA World Champion Melanie McQuaid was solid all around to finish fourth, and last year’s amateur XTERRA World Champ Brittany Webster – a Winter Olympian from Canada – placed fifth in her pro debut.

PRO WOMEN        
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Lesley Paterson 34 San Diego, California (Scotland) 2:24:23 100
2 Emma Garrard 33 Park City, Utah 2:27:26 90
3 Suzie Snyder 33 Fredericksburg, Virginia 2:31:33 82
4 Melanie McQuaid 41 Victoria, B.C., Canada 2:35:20 75
5 Brittany Webster 27 Canmore, Alberta, Canada 2:38:53 69
6 Kara LaPoint 27 Truckee, California 2:40:07 63
7 Sara Schuler 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:40:49 58
8 Katie Button 29 Victoria, B.C., Canada 2:40:58 53
9 Maia Ignatz 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:40:58 49
10 Debby Sullivan 33 Rocklin, California 2:45:12 45
Also: Sara McLarty (41), Caroline Colonna (37), Lauren Thompson (34), Rebecca Blatt (31)

The XTERRA West Championship was the first of five championship races in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series. Elites count their best three-of-four regional scores plus whatever they get at Nationals to determine the Series winner.   Next up is the XTERRA Southeast Championship race, which is doubling as the USA Triathlon Off-Road Nationals, on May 16 at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama.

BALZER, ANDERS WIN AMATEUR CROWNS

Matthew Balzer won the overall amateur title at the XTERRA West Champs for the second straight year, finishing two minutes ahead of Bryce Phinney.  In the women’s race 17-year-old Rachel Anders from Sandy, Utah finished 11th overall among all women, ahead of several pros and the rest of the amateur field.  Here’s a look at all of today’s XTERRA West Champions:

XTERRA WEST CHAMPIONS (FEMALE)  
Division Name Time
15 – 19 Rachel Anders 2:47:20
20 – 24 Heather Wilson 3:20:31
25 – 29 Lisa Leonard 2:49:50
30 – 34 Sian Turner 2:50:44
35 – 39 Julie Baker 2:53:03
40 – 44 Amy Thornquist 2:58:39
45 – 49 Linda Vigil 3:18:39
50 – 54 Janet Soule 3:11:19
55 – 59 Sharon McDowell-Larsen 2:58:58
60 – 64 Lorenn Walker 3:56:13
XTERRA WEST CHAMPIONS (MALE)  
Division Name Time
15 – 19 David Duncan 2:28:39
20 – 24 Jeff Sabatka 2:27:59
25 – 29 Evan Kraus 2:34:10
30 – 34 Matthew Balzer 2:21:09
35 – 39 Bryce Phinney 2:23:15
40 – 44 David Dornaus 2:32:52
45 – 49 Stephen White 2:34:13
50 – 54 Mark Milam 2:38:49
55 – 59 Bruce Wilson 2:41:33
60 – 64 Tom Perry 2:56:12
65 – 69 Bill Blankenship 3:32:48
70 – 74 Roger Kern 5:08:39
75 – 79 Ron Hill 5:41:00
PC Andre Szucs 4:13:39

Complete results / XTERRA Sprint race results / Photo Gallery

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA West Championship was the 10th 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.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+ (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA# (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
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 West Championship is presented by Paul Mitchell and XTERRA Resorts.  Sponsors include Muscle Milk, PowerBar, Gatorade Endurance, LifeProof, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, Outrigger Resorts, XTERRA Wetsuits and Boards, Utah Sports Commission, XTERRA Fitness, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, and The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa.

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 30 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 www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.

XTERRA Bluebonnet

XTERRA Bluebonnet This Weekend

This will be a busy weekend for athletes in Burnet, Texas. The fourth race in the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series begins this Saturday and this Sunday is XTERRA Bluebonnet Triathlon of the South Central Region.

The Bluebonnet Trail Run will commence at Reveille Peak Ranch for a 5 and 15-kilometer trail run. Runners will take part in a 5 or 15-kilometer single track race that explores the serene views of the Ranch. Runners will experience the granite-carved hills and the fields of bluebonnets while running on the track. The race begins and ends at the lake on the ranch where runners are welcome to cool off after their run.

The Texas series is still highly competitive at the moment and no one person has a significant lead in series points. With five more races in the series we might have to wait until we get some clarity on who will be the favorite to win the series for each division.

Runners in the 15-kilometer race will be eligible to earn points towards the Texas Series. Points will be awarded after each race to the top runners in each respective age group. Standings will be updated throughout the season, and at the conclusion of the series, each age-group winner will receive a free entry to run at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, in September.

XTERRA Bluebonnet will take place on the same ranch as the trail run and will physically test even the most durable athletes. The race begins with an 800 meter two lap swim transitions into a 12.5 mile mountain bike and finishes with a 6-kilometer run.

Points will be rewarded in the triathlon to the top 15 in each age group for each gender division. The top athletes of Southcentral region can qualify for the XTERRA USA Championship at Ogden, Utah, in September.

2015 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series

9/20/14 XTERRA Terra Firm Trail Run

3/21/15 XTERRA Eco Lonestar Trail Run

3/28/15 XTERRA Camp Eagle Trail Run

4/25/15 XTERRA Bluebonnet Trail Run

5/17/15 XTERRA Rock Dallas Trail Run

6/14/15 XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run

6/21/15 XTERRA Gator Bait Trail Run

7/12/15 XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run

8/16/15 XTERRA Cameron Park Trail Run

For more information visit xterraplanet.com

View the current Trail Run Texas Point Standings here