XTERRA Pan Am Tour Heats Up in Mexico

The heat is on in the chase for the XTERRA Pan America Pro Series crowns as the Tour heads to Tapalpa, Mexico for a showdown Saturday featuring the regions’ fastest off-roaders.

XTERRA Mexico, to be held in the mountains of Jalisco (Tequila country) is the eighth of 10 stops on the tour and one of four Gold races offering more points and prize money for elites. The following weekend, on August 13, is XTERRA Dominican Republic.

For reigning Pan Am Tour Champ Josiah Middaugh, currently ranked third in the standings behind Jean-Philippe Thibodeau and Branden Rakita, this trip is all about redemption.

“Last year I had a flat tire late in the race in DR, taking me out of contention, and then quickly fell ill with a case of appendicitis in Mexico missing that race for an emergency surgery in Guadalajara,” he explained.  “Luckily, I was in great hands and experienced great care during my surgery in Guadalajara.  Despite my misfortune I am excited to return to these races to challenge myself once again.  I will have my work cut out for me at each race with the likes of Francisco Serrano in Mexico and Leonardo Chacon in DR.  Nothing worth doing is easy.”

Serrano has won XTERRA Mexico twice, is a former Olympian and one of XTERRA’s long-time favorites.  He was in hot pursuit of Rom Akerson for the lead last year on the run before literally losing his shoe in the mud on the second lap, at which point Kieran McPherson jolted past him to finish in the runner-up spot.  McPherson is also back for another crack, alongside Julien Buffe from France, Cedric Wane from Tahiti, the resurging Brian Smith from Colorado, and Tour leader Branden Rakita.

“I am coming into both Mexico and DR on a good note,” said Rakita.  “Things have been going well and I am looking forward to putting it all out there.  Mexico will be a tough race, there is a lot of strong competition.  Josiah, Paco, Kieran, and Brian are all solid racers and Cedric Wane has been getting better and better throughout the season, and those are the guys that I know are racing.  I am sure there will be a couple more of Paco’s country men that will put up a good race as well.  My primary goal is to protect my lead in the Pan Am Series and go into the Championship race in Utah with as large a lead as possible. I have a lot to fight for and am not going to give up, but Josiah is a beast so I have a lot of work cut out for me to try to hold him off.”

After the first seven races Rakita has racked up 347 points to Middaugh’s 275 points.  Mexico is scored on 100-point scale, DR is on a 75-point scale, the finale in Utah on September 16 is on a 200-point scale, and every race counts.  What all that means is anything is possible, and completely unpredictable.

Also unpredictable is the Tapalpa course itself.

“The Mexico course has some surprises,” said Rakita.  “The water is always right on the edge for a wetsuit-legal race, it really comes down to if it rains.  The bike gets tougher the further along, there is a nice steady first climb and then the second one is longer and steeper before a very steep descent that is sort of a choose your own adventure.  The run is a false flat run that you just try to open up and go and try not to lose a shoe in one of the two water/mud crossings.  The fiesta post-race and the awards fiesta are the highlight of the race for sure.  Tapalpa is a great quaint little town with a ton of character and always fun to explore.”

Middaugh agrees.  While he was sick as a dog last year he won here in Tapalpa in 2015 and said he loves the course and the experience.

“I really like heading south of the border for XTERRA racing,” he said.  “I think its a good way to get off the beaten path and experience the countries in a different way than the average tourist.  The two courses in Mexico and Dominican Republic are very different.  The race in Tapalpa, Mexico is at moderate altitude in the big hills about 2 hours from Guadalajara, so plan for afternoon showers and cooler than expected temps.  Tapalpa is a historical town with a vibrant culture and the race takes place at Los Reflejos, a community of small equestrian ranches.  There is a strong triathlon community in Guadalajara and they all show up to get dirty.  It’s a great time. I am looking forward to visiting our close knit, international XTERRA community, eating some good food, and getting in some good training and racing.”

XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Rank, Name, Nationality
1 – Branden Rakita, USA
3 – Josiah Middaugh, USA
4 – Kieran McPherson, NZL
6 – Cedric Wane, TAH
7 – Brian Smith, USA
18 – Julien Buffe, FRA
19 – Francisco Serrano, MEX


Reigning women’s Pan Am Tour Champ Suzie Snyder heads into XTERRA Mexico looking to extend her lead in the Pan Am Pro Series and have some fun while she’s at.

“I think the best part of going to Mexico is the post-race festivities in town,” said Snyder.  “The restaurants have great food, there are some cute shops to get souvenirs for the kids/family and the fireworks show is spectacular!  Of course, the race is cool too.  I like how it is situated at the lake so there are competitors and spectators all the way around the lake all day.  The toughest part of the bike course is the rough terrain as it winds through a lot of farmland. The two climbs are enough to challenge you and put some fatigue in the legs but nothing like the big mountain courses! The run course is deceptively tough as it has some good false flat sections and rough footing that can also be quite wet in places and requires a fair bit of foot speed and agility which is tough when you’re fatigued.”

Snyder held of Myriam Guillot-Boisset by one-second last year, and will have another fast French woman chasing her again this year by the name of Morgane Riou, who sits third in the Pan Am Pro Series.

“I’m very happy to be back racing the Pan American tour here in Mexico, just one week after my “double” European Championship in cross-duathlon and cross-triathlon in Roumania,” said Riou. “It’s always a pleasure to visit new countries with XTERRA, and this year my boyfriend and I dedicated ourselves to this exploration. Moreover, I like speaking Spanish even if I’ve forgotten a lot of words in the past few years. With Argentina, Chile, and now Mexico and Dominican Republic, I’m very happy with this opportunity!  As for the race, I think one of the hardest challenges for me on Saturday will be dealing with the altitude. I hope not to suffer as much as I did in Beaver Creek, and with these two new races I will try to keep my place in the tour rankings.”

The elite women’s field is deep, with Kara LaPoint, ranked 2nd in the Tour, Laura Mira Dias from Brazil (5th), Annie Bergen from Canada (7th), Caroline Colonna (11th), Jessie Koltz (14th), and local hero/former Olympian Fabiola Corona.

“My goals for Mexico are two-fold,” said Snyder.  “I want to win and secure another 100 points for the Tour, and get a good week of training in since ITU Cross Tri Worlds is coming up so soon. That means I won’t be tapering too much going into race day on Saturday which may hinder my speed but it’ll be worth it to peak at Worlds!   And, of course, I want to stay upright and accident free!”

XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Rank, Name, Nationality
1 – Suzie Snyder, USA
2 – Kara LaPoint, USA
3 – Morgane Riou, FRA
5 – Laura Mira Dias, BRA
7 – Annie Bergen, CAN
11 – Caroline Colonna, USA
14 – Jessie Koltz, USA
NR – Fabiola Corona, MEX


2016 (Tapalpa) Rom Akerson, Suzie Snyder

2015 (Tapalpa) Josiah Middaugh, Fabiola Corona

2014 (Tapalpa) Irving Perez, Fabiola Corona

2013 (Tapalpa) Leonardo Chacon, Fabiola Corona

2012 (Tapalpa) Francisco Serrano, Renata Bucher

2011 (Tapalpa) Seth Wealing, Shonny Vanlandingham

2010 (Valle de Bravo) Seth Wealing, Fabiola Corona

2009 (Valle de Bravo) Seth Wealing, Shonny Vanlandingham

2006 (Puerto Vallarta) Francisco Serrano, Jamie Whitmore

Gonçalves, dos Santos Win XTERRA Ouro Preto

On July 22nd, XTERRA returned to Ouro Preto after two years and held the third race of the season in Brazil’s historic city. 

The champion of the half marathon (25.8k) on the trails was favorite Antônio Gonçalves who finished in 2:18:16. This is Gonçalves’ sixth win, but the 27-year old was surprised by his performance. 

“I had a stretch in my right thigh two weeks ago, and I did not think I would be able to do my best, so I did not expect to get first,” confessed Gonçalves. “This victory deserves to be celebrated in double.”

In the women’s division, Geisla dos Santos Moraes was the day’s champ, completing the test in 3:07:28. 

Both dos Santos and Goncalves won XTERRA Ilhabela Trail Run in May.

XTERRA Ouro Preto also featured a night run (10k), a kids race, a duathlon, and  a MTB Cup Pro race (46k). XTERRA Brazil Champ, Sabrina Gobbo, won the MTB Cup.

XTERRA Costa Verde, which is presented by SESI, will be held on August 12 and 13, in the region of Costa Verde, in Mangaratiba, Rio de Janeiro.

Learn more and register at www.XTERRAbrasil.com.

Nathan Helton on XTERRA Panther Creek Half Marathon

XTERRA Ambassador Nathan Helton hasn’t been running as much as usual this summer.

I sustained a stress fracture in my right foot during the Yamacraw 50k last April, and I have only been 100 percent back at trail running for two to three weeks now,” said Helton, who didn’t let the lack of training stop him from finishing in second place at the XTERRA Panther Creek Half Marathon on July 30th in Morristown, Tennessee.

Helton added that he would have started his training earlier. “But my regular training was slightly delayed by a trip to Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.” 

One might think that anyone who doesn’t consider a 19,000 foot mountain summit to be “regular training,” might be a bit intense about his performance. However, Helton’s main goal is to have fun and encourage others on the trail.

Because of his injury, Helton missed the XTERRA Knoxville Half Marathon, but he was happy to volunteer “and spread good vibes.” And what pleased him most about the XTERRA Panther Creek Half Marathon was that his wife finished first in her age group.

She’s been working very hard to improve her running abilities, so such an award was well-deserved and it was quite a delight for me to see her hop on that podium for a picture,” he said.

Helton was also quick to praise his fellow Ambassador Nozomi Shinoda-Wade on her age group win and congratulate his mates on the podium: Trevor Turner – the XTERRA Panther Creek Half Marathon Champ – and Noah Kilgore, who finished 3rd.

“Noah is only 13,” said Helton. “He left it all out there on the trail, for sure, and it’s not an easy course.”

XTERRA Panther Creek is one of Helton’s favorite courses.

“Ryan Roma and the Dirty Bird Events crew do a masterful job at putting the race on and making all of the athletes feel accomplished and taken care of. I can’t say enough about it—it’s a perfect blend of hills, descents, flats, and wonderful scenic overlooks. It’s a 13.1 that pushes you to your limits and makes you a more well-rounded athlete.”

For the rest of the season, Helton is focusing on increasing his endurance and health from a holistic standpoint by incorporating yoga, CrossFit, and good nutrition into his training. In August, he is going to compete in a half-Ironman distance triathlon.

I’m also wanting to check out other XTERRA trail runs in neighboring states so that I can encounter some more great courses and have the opportunity to share the trail with a host of wonderful runners.”

To view the complete results for the XTERRA Panther Creek Half Marathon, visit www.dirtybirdevents.

Barton, Carver Win XTERRA Panther Creek

Marcus Barton and Amy Carver are no strangers to the podium steps. Both of them are having a fabulous season, so it wasn’t a surprise to see them on top at XTERRA Panther Creek last weekend.

The Morristown, Tennessee race was held in Panther Creek State Park, near Lake Cherokee. Eastern Tennessee is renowned for being a mountain biking playground, and XTERRA Panther Creek is no exception.

The men’s division gave us the exceptional level of performance and sportsmanship we have come to expect from the Southeast crew.

Chuck Olinger – who was the runner up in the 50-54 age group – was first out of the water in 13:51. Right on his heels were Yaro Middaugh (13:55) and Marcus Barton (14:15). This group headed into the first transition with Ali Arasta, Darren Cox, Brad Scholtz, and Dan Ballheimer.

Arasta – the day’s runner up – had the fastest time on the bike with 1:06:24. Darren Cox – 50-54 age group champ – and young Caleb Baity also finished the course in sub-1:07. Barton finished in 1:07:13, and Yaro Middaugh put in a solid 1:09:14.

“I was excited about Marcus winning and what a great finish by Ali Arasta!” said women’s champ, Amy Carver. “He has been fighting back issues and just killed it on Sunday.”

Middaugh also put in a great effort on the run for fifth place overall. Baity – third overall – had the quickest run split of 27:35, but it wasn’t fast enough to catch Arasta or Barton.

Barton’s final time was 1:51:05, Arasta was second with 1:52:53, and Baity was close behind with 1:52:59.

In the women’s division, Amy Carver had her fifth win of the season, remarkable in that she has only ever competed in six XTERRA events. Her overall time of 2:15:24 was just over three minutes faster than runner up, Jess White who crossed the line in 2:18:54. Elizabeth Skiba was third in 2:19:22.

“I had such a great group of women to race with today,” said Carver. “I would love to continue with XTERRA and qualify for Worlds. Regardless of the points, I have enjoyed every minute of the training and races and most importantly all the people I have met along the way. XTERRA has become a family to me.”

Next up for the Southeast Region is XTERRA Auburn on August 19th.

You can view the complete results from XTERRA Panther Creek at www.dirtybirdevents.com.



XTERRA Stays in Canada for XTERRA Parry Sound

On August 12th, XTERRA will be halfway through its Ontario racing series which includes:

XTERRA Mine Over Matter
XTERRA Parry Sound
XTERRA Sleeping Giant

XTERRA Mine Over Matter was a great success on June 17th at Kelso Quarry, and XTERRA Sleeping Giant will be held on August 26th in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The XTERRA Parry Sound full-length triathlon will feature a 1.5k swim, a 25k mountain bike, and a 10k run. The run course is identical to the course used in the XTERRA Parry Sound Trail Run, which will also be held on the 12th. Included in the day’s races are a sprint triathlon and relay and an off-road duathlon.

Fourteen qualifying spots for XTERRA World Championships will be up for grabs at the race and will be awarded to seven male and female age-group champions.

The XTERRA Parry Sound 5k Trail Run will be held at 9AM, before the triathlons and duathlon. All events will be held on the magnificent trails at the Georgian Nordic Ski and Canoe Club.

Located about 225k/140mi north of Toronto, the town of Parry Sound is a popular “cottage country” region for southern Ontario residents. The sound for which the town is named is also the world’s deepest, natural, freshwater port in the world. Perhaps more importantly, Parry Sound is the birthplace of Bobby Orr, making XTERRA Parry Sound a perfect weekend destination for triathletes, hockey fans, and anyone looking for a tranquil and idyllic summer holiday.

So pack those runners, eh?

Watch a preview of XTERRA Parry Sound. You can register at www.elementracing.ca.


Dafflon, Karaskova-Erbenova win XTERRA Italy

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Xavier Dafflon from Switzerland and Helena Karaskova-Erbenova from Czech Republic captured the titles at XTERRA Italy Championship, at the Lago di Scanno in Abruzzo this afternoon.

The win is the first as an Elite athlete, for the 2016 Amateur World Champion Xavier Dafflon and the fourth for Helena Karaskova-Erbenova this year.

XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas was on-site to take in all the action and brings us this report…

Another European race and another beautiful day.  Some years it seems rain is always the order of the day, but this year we have been blessed with some spectacular days, and Scanno was gorgeous.

Our 10th race and once again we have a new Champion.   Xavier Dafflon nearly pulled off a victory in Belgium, had a disastrous France but came back super strong  today to win a very difficult XTERRA Abruzzo.  We know Xavier is a world class duathlete and is working hard on his swim.  Today he was 25th out of the water despite having a 3 minute head start over the age groupers, some of beat him.  But like others before him, the Swiss rider had the fastest bike split by nearly 7 minutes to arrive at T2 in 3rd place.   Not only should all the elites worry about Dafflon but Roger Serrano is back in a very serious way.  Our Spaniard was first from the water and led into T2.  New Zealander Sam Osborne was just a tick behind Roger in the swim but came out from the Miracle of Scanno bridge under the highway in first.  The two stayed together like peanut butter and jelly the entire two laps, it was a great race.

“Roger got about 100m on me coming into T2 but I really took off on the run hard” said Osborne.  “I got him before the top of the first hill but going into town I started to get a cramp in my side and he came right back on me”.  Roger had the same story “I nearly caught him and then my legs started to cramp and I could not stay with him”.  Cramping seemed to be the order of the day as Dafflon began to suffer a bit as he caught Sam.  “We got to the top of the highest place on the run and my legs were a bit tight.  When we started down I pushed and got a gap and was able to hold my place.”  It was a solid 90 second win for Dafflon and a great 2nd for Osborne. “I am very happy with 3rd” said Serrano.  “I was doing a lot of 30 minute climbs in my training and it paid off today.  I am back” he smiled.

For the women, tall and lanky Kiwi Lizzie Orchard was making her first appearance of the tour after injuries left her watching the Euro tour but too hurt to race.  “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I felt really good.  My swim was nice and easy and I was able to ride almost all the steep climbs.  I didn’t want to push myself too much first time out but it all went really well”.  Our other quick Swiss Renata Bucher was on fire.  She was second from the swim and quickly took the lead on the bike posting the fastest women’s bike of the day by nearly 2 minutes.

Czech Helena Erbenova had an excellent swim, posted the 2nd fastest bike and came into T2 just ahead of Lizzie.  Both women run well.  Helena took off and gapped Lizzie but was wondering where Renata was.  “I could not see her, but I came around a corner in the village and there she was.

It is so much fun running in Scanno with people in the restaurants, the old women taking home their groceries or coming from church.  Most of the time my run is great and my bike OK.  Today the bike was really good and it put me in position to win”.  Indeed her run was one of only two women under an hour.

Spanish age group wonder woman Eva Garcia Gonzalez put in an amazing 58 minute 11 K, just 1 second slower than Helena and finished 3rd woman overall.  With Brigitta Poor away in Romania todays victory vaults our Czech woman into first place in the Tour standings.

Back to the men young Maxine Chane was an amazing 4th today.  “this is my kind of course with lots of tough hills” he smiled.  “the flat courses like Swiss don’t suit me too well, so I was very happy today”.  Indeed Max rode in 3rd most of the bike until Dafflon got him at about 23k into the course.

Another great story was the return of Cedric Fleurton.  Cedric has not raced an XTERRA in years, but back in the day he won several XTERRA European Tour races.  “I remember Cedric well” said European Director Nicolas Lebrun “He kicked my ass a few times”.  Fleurton has not stopped racing all together and is regarded as the fastest middle distance trail runner in Europe.  He ran himself all the way up to 6th for a great return result.  “I wanted to get in a hard race and this is why I chose Italy.  Now I know how I stand against the best and will be ready for Maui.”

What he did not mention is he lost about two minutes when he followed some bikers down a hill back to the village before realizing he was running the bike course and had to back-track.Francois Carloni put in another fine event with a 6th and will keep his 2nd in Euro Tour points, but Dafflon is now up to 3rd and will challenge Francois over the next few weeks.

As for Xavier Dafflon?  He is no longer a new pro with potential; he is a Tour winner and all the others now understand potential has changed to realization.  This was a tailor made circuit for Xavier.  Long and hard, the bike took him 1:36 and the fastest rider 1:42.  Will he be able to make up his losses from the swim at events where the bike is not as difficult and takes an hour-thirty or less?  He really wants Maui but did not have it in his race budget.  Who out there wants to back a real winner?  Xavier would be a real threat in Hawaii.

Stay tuned as we go next to Norway, then Poland and Germany for 4 straight weeks of racing before a break and the final of the year in Denmark.  Ruzafa is back for Norway and that is an entirely new event so everyone will arrive without an advantage.  Brigitta will be back to reclaim her top spot from Helena and also returning will be Carina Wasle.  The next few weeks will be great fun.

Elite Men
Pos Name Time Points
1 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 02:51:32 75
2 Sam Osborne, NZL 02:53:01 67
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 02:55:14 61
4 Maxim Chane, FRA 03:00:57 56
5 Cedric Fleureton, FRA 03:02:06 51
6 Francois Carloni, FRA 03:05:41 47
7 Anthony Pannier, FRA 03:08:25 43
8 Rui Dolores, POR 03:12:45 39
9 Francesco Masciarelli, ITA 03:16:06 36
10 Hannes Wolpert, GER 03:20:23 33
11 Valentin Genewe, FRA 03:36:19 30
Elite Women
Pos Name Time Points
1 Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, CZE 03:32:45 75
2 Elizabeth Orchard, NZL 03:40:17 67
3 Renata Bucher, SUI 03:41:36 61
4 Genziana Cenni, ITA 04:01:24 56
5 Belinda Hadden, AUS 04:32:41 51


Ruben Ruzafa the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion is still leading the tour for the men after ten of 14 races on this year’s tour. In the men’s chase Carloni retains his spot at No. 2, with Xavier Dafflon now in third position followed by Yeray Luxem, who dropped in 4th. Rui Dolores who is racing more this year, is now in 5th place.

For the women, the new leader is Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, leaving the 2017 ETU Cross Triathlon Champion Brigitta Poor, in second. Behind them, Carina Wasle remains in 3rd position, Golsteyn in 4th place and Morgane Riou at No. 5.

Next Up:  XTERRA Norway, August 5

Elite Points Standings

Elite Men                      
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 490 DNS DNS 75 75 75 75 DNS 90 100 DNS
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 373 61 47 43 DNS 61 51 DNS 63 DNF 47
3 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 351 DNS DNS 47 DNS 56 67 DNS 69 37 75
4 Yeray Luxem, BEL 293 DNS 75 DNS DNS 67 61 DNS DNS 90 DNS
5 Rui Dolores, POR 236 DNS DNS 39 36 47 DNS DNS 41 34 39
6 Arthur Forissier, FRA 233 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 82 DNS
7 Maxim Chane, FRA 214 30 DNS 36 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNP 45 56
8 Roger Serrano, ESP 203 75 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS 61
9 Sam Osborne, NZL 200 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 58 67
10 Xavier Jove Riart, ESP 171 DNS DNS DNS 67 51 DNS DNS DNP 53 DNS
11 Jens Roth, GER 166 DNS DNS 61 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
12 Oivind Bjerkseth, NOR 156 33 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
13 Jan Kubicek, CZE 149 DNS DNS DNP 39 DNS 43 67 DNS DNS DNS
14 Hannes Wolpert, GER 149 DNF 43 DNP DNS 36 DNP DNS 37 DNP 33
15 Jan Pyott, SUI 145 56 DNS 25 33 DNS DNS DNS 31 DNF DNS
16 Arthur Serrieres , FRA 143 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNP DNS 82 DNP DNS
17 Bradley Weiss, RSA 131 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNF 75 DNS
18 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 128 67 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Thomas Kerner, GER 127 DNS 61 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Anthony Pannier, FRA 101 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNF 43
21 Mark Hamersma, NED 94 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS 28 DNS
22 Dominik Wychera, AUT 80 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS
23 Theo Dupras, FRA 80 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS 53 DNP DNS
24 Julien Buffe, FRA 79 DNS 56 23 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNP DNS DNS
25 Tiago Maia, POR 79 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNF DNS DNS 49 DNP DNS
26 Geert Lauryssen, BEL 75 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNP DNS
27 Tomas Kubek, SVK 75 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS
29 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 74 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS
30 Josiah Middauh, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
31 Stephan Radeck, GER 64 25 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Marcello Ugazio, ITA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS
33 Doug Hall, GBR 61 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNP DNS
35 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 58 DNS DNS DNS 25 33 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS
36 Peter Lehmann, GER 57 DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS 30 DNS DNS DNF DNF
38 Tim Van Daele, BEL 52 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNP DNS
39 Jörg Scheiderbauer, GER 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS
40 Sebastian Neef, GER 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Cedric Fleureton, FRA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51
44 Pekka Nieminen, FIN 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS
45 Clement Briere, FRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNF DNS
46 Pau Botella Tarres, ESP 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
47 Samuli Heikkila, FIN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
49 Jonne Tuomas Mustonen, FIN 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS
50 Pierre Alain Nicole, FRA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
51 Francesco Masciarelli, ITA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36
52 Guillaume Jeannin, FRA 30 DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Alejandro Salm. Tenorio, ESP 30 DNS DNS DNS DNP 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
54 Valentin Genewe, FRA 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30
56 Octavio Vicente, POR 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
58 Javier Oliver Vives, ESP 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
59 Markus Benesch, AUT 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
60 Zeus Gutierrez Ochoa, ESP 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
Elite Women
1 Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, CZE 563 67 DNS 75 75 61 75 DNS 53 82 75
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 512 75 75 67 67 75 DNS DNS 63 90 DNS
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 317 51 DNS DNS DNS 67 67 DNS 69 63 DNS
4 Maud Golsteyn, NED 268 56 DNS 47 DNS 56 51 DNS 58 DNS DNS
5 Morgane Riou, FRA 266 DNS 67 56 DNS DNS 61 DNS 82 DNS DNS
6 Cecila Jessen, SWE 206 39 61 DNS DNS DNS 39 67 DNS DNS DNS
7 Nicole Walters, GBR 205 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 69 DNS
8 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 75 DNS
9 Isabelle Klein, LUX 155 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 41 58 DNS
10 Kathrin Mueller, GER 134 33 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS
11 Louise Fox, GBR 118 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
12 Renata Bucher, SUI 104 DNS DNS 43 DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF 61
13 Isabelle Ferrer, FRA 100 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
14 Michelle Flipo, MEX 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS
15 Laura Philipp, GER 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS
16 Rocío Espada, ESP 98 DNS DNS DNS 51 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
17 Ladina Buss, SUI 96 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS
18 Kristina Lapinova, SVK 96 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
19 Angela Niklaus, SUI 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 53 DNS
20 Jessica Roberts, GBR 84 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS 41 DNS
21 Anna Pauline Sasserath, GER 79 36 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Elizabeth Orchard, NZL 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67
23 Miriam Casillas Garcia, ESP 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Elina Honkavuori, FIN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS
27 Genziana Cenni, ITA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
29 Belinda Hadden, AUS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51
32 Sheila Marques, POR 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Daria Rogozina, RUS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS
34 Anne-Sophie Marechal, BEL 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Rebecca Kaltenmeier, GER 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS
36 Mikaela Alicsandra Jonsson, RSA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS
38 Marta Menditto, ITA 30 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Sanne Van Paassen, NED 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS

XTERRA Italy was the 10th of 14 races on the XTERRA European Tour, and 25th of 40 on the XTERRA World Tour where amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 29.

Date Race Elite Winners or Location
25-Feb XTERRA South Africa Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
4-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Dougal Allan / Josie Wilcox
18-Mar XTERRA Saipan + Silver Sam Osborne / Carina Wasle
25-Mar XTERRA Argentina # Silver Gonzalo Tellechea / Suzie Snyder
1-Apr XTERRA Thailand + Silver Kieran McPherson / Renata Bucher
1-Apr XTERRA Chile # Silver Felipe Barraza / Barbara Riveros
2-Apr XTERRA Malta * Silver Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
8-Apr XTERRA New Zealand + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
9-Apr XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
16-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Danao + GOLD Bradley Weiss / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Cyprus * Silver Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor
29-Apr XTERRA Langkawi + GOLD Osborne,Allen,Weiss,McPherson/Wasle
30-Apr XTERRA Greece * Silver Ruben Ruzafa, Helena Erbenova
6-May XTERRA Tahiti + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
13-May XTERRA Brazil # Silver Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
14-May XTERRA Spain * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
20-May XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
27-May XTERRA Portugal * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Brigitta Poor
10-Jun XTERRA Belgium * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
17-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter ^ Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady
18-Jun XTERRA Finland * Silver Pavel Andreev / Louise Fox
24-Jun XTERRA Switzerland * GOLD Arthur Forissier / Michelle Flipo
2-Jul XTERRA France * GOLD Xonrupt
9-Jul XTERRA Victoria # Silver Victoria, B.C., Canada
15-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD Beaver Creek, CO, USA
30-Jul XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver Scanno, Abruzzo, Italy
5-Aug XTERRA Mexico # GOLD Tapalpa
5-Aug XTERRA Norway * Silver Norefjell
6-Aug XTERRA Canmore ^ Canmore, Alberta, Canada
12-Aug XTERRA Quebec ^ Quebec City, Canada
12-Aug XTERRA Parry Sound ^ Ontario, Canada
13-Aug XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver Barahona
13-Aug XTERRA Poland * Silver Krakow
19-Aug XTERRA Germany * GOLD Zittau
26-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant ^ Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
2-Sep XTERRA Japan + Silver Hokkaido
3-Sep XTERRA European Championship (DEN) * GOLD Mons Klint
16-Sep XTERRA Pan Am Championship / USA # D-GOLD Ogden, Utah, USA
29-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Cool Off at XTERRA Quebec

On August 12th, XTERRA Quebec will feature a triathlon, a sprint triathlon, and a duathlon. On August 13th, three trail runs, and a youth duathlon will begin at 9AM.

The standard triathlon will consist of a 1.2k swim, a 25k bike, and a 10k run.

“You will begin your challenge in the majestic Lac Delage at the Manoir du Lac Delage in a natural and enchanting setting,” said race director, Alain Deraspe. “You will then embark on bike trails developed especially for mountain biking.  To finish, it is to the race of “trail” that you will have to give everything between the roots, rocks, climbs and descents to rally the arrival arch.”

Three trail runs will be offered on Sunday: a 12k race, an 8k race, and a 1k kids’ run. A youth duathlon will also take place on Sunday.

The XTERRA Quebec standard triathlon has a total of 15 age group selection slots for the World Championships held in Maui, Hawaii on October 29th, 2017.

Additionally, this race will also be a qualifying race for the ITU 2018 Cross-Triathlon World Championship to be held in Odense, Denmark.

To register for XTERRA Quebec, visit www.XTERRAQuebec.ca.




XTERRA Italy – T-minus Two Days

We talk and write about Scanno in Abruzzo always telling everyone how magical this place is.  Some of you must be tired of hearing it by now – but the plain truth is this place IS magical.  Let me tell you a story.

Within the first 300m of the start of the bike riders must cross the only road that leads to Scanno.  Not that this is a big highway, to the contrary, it is a small, rural two-lane road.  This means it always has some traffic.  After last year the local Carabinieri said “basta – no more” because of traffic problems.  They would not allow XTERRA to cross this road.

The organizers came up with an ingenious solution to this insurmountable problem that could only be Italian.  There is a small bridge over the creek that comes from the mountains to Lago diScano that is exactly at the spot where the bike crosses the road.  Local construction men looked at the problem and created a nice sloping path from the trail down to the creek leading under the bridge.  No problem you say?  Except that the creek is about 2-3’ deep and is running full tilt down the hill.  On the other side of the bridge there is nothing but 90 degree walls.  Easy to get down and under the bridge, but how do you get back out, scale the walls and onto the trails?


Italian ingenuity, engineering and art made it efficient and beautiful.  The men cut 4×4’s to the exact width of the walls under the bridge.  There was a small lip of about 6”s and the long boards were placed on the ledge and wedged so they would not move.  Then ¾” (19mm) thick boards were nailed along the 4×4’s creating approximately a 5’ (1.5m) wide wooden path that was inches above the bubbling water.  Not too difficult so far – but how do you scale that 10’ wall?

The men nailed in more 4×4’s in a radial patter making a right hand turn.  They secured this with more top boards and a truck brought in 20’ long (6m) poles that were about 8” (20cm) thick.  These were more than strong enough to hold a dozen bikers.  Men then cleared the top of the hill alongside the road – cut and fit blocks of wood so the ramp would be level at the top and nailed it all in place.

So how did it all work out?  We made the decision that while the entire bridge was ridable; having 450 crazy XTERRAists arriving at this structure at the same time was a recipe for disaster.  So athletes will dismount and run the boards until they clear the top and continue on up the mountain.  Riders will cross under the road twice and after, this Wonder of Abruzzo will be taken away to return next year.

The rest of preparations are going very well.  Massimo, Alex and their band of men and women are making the place gorgeous.  The level of the lake is down a bit, but not a problem.  Signs and banners are spread all over the village, people are smiling and waving as riders go down and up the streets and steps of Scanno.  After 5 years the residents have embraced our sport and are happy to have us here.  Latest news is that Nicole Waters and Doug Hall will not make the race.  Roger Serrano looks very fit, tanned and relaxed.  Renata Bucher has the eye of the tiger and do not be surprised at her result on Sunday.  The weather is absolutely perfect and the forecast is for more of the same all the way to next Monday.  We’re ready to race now, by Sunday the entire field will be more than ready to go.

XTERRA Syracuse Promises Family Fun

XTERRA Syracuse is a race for the entire family. From the classic triathlon to trail runs to the kids triathlon and swim/bike, XTERRA Syracuse has something for every athlete. All events will be held at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, NY, approximately 10 miles east of the city of Syracuse.

XTERRA Triathlon
in its second year, the XTERRA Syracuse triathlon features a 1 km swim, a 20 km mountain bike, and a 10 km trail run.

XTERRA 20K and 10K Trail Run
Hit the ground running on the most enjoyable, root slipping, mud hopping, tree ducking, stream crossing, hill climbing, dirt on your shirt, sweat in your eye trail run this side of Grandma’s house.

The XTERRA Syracuse Trail is the final race of the XTERRA Northeast Trail Run Series. Each age group winner in the Northeast Series will receive a complimentary ticket to the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah this September.

You can view the XTERRA Northeast Trail Run Series Standings at www.xterraplanet.com.

Introduce your kids to the sport you love! This year, XTERRA Syracuse is proud to partner with USA Triathlon Splash and Dash Aquathalon Series.

Kids Ages (11-15):200m swim/8k mountain bike/2k run

Kids Ages (7-10): 100m swim/4k mountain bike/1k run

Kids Ages (11-15): 200m swim/2k run

Kids Ages (7-10): 100m swim/1k run

To learn more and register for XTERRA Syracuse off-road triathlon and trail runs, visit www.syracusebicycle.com.