XTERRA Whitewater One of a Kind

The U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina plays host to XTERRA Whitewater on July 9, putting triathletes to the test at the world’s premiere outdoor recreation facility.

The brand new course for 2016 begins with a 1K flatwater swim split between the natural waters of the Catawba River and a portion of our man-made whitewater rafting channel, followed by 23K on mountain bike across all difficulty levels of the USNWC trail system, and concluding with an 6.5K trail run to cross the finish line.

Over 1,100 acres of maintained woodlands along the Catawba River provide the ideal location for this challenging trail race as well as a weekend getaway for the whole family. Competitors will find themselves swimming underneath three separate zip lines overhead, as they pass by the world’s first Deep Water Solo Climbing Complex.

Home to the world’s largest man-made recirculating river, the USNWC features over 30 unique activities available to all ages and skill levels, including whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip lines, and ropes courses. Spend the weekend challenging yourself at XTERRA Whitewater and enjoying all the adventure that the U.S. National Whitewater Center has to offer.

XTERRA Ambassador Marcus Barton will be hosting his annual transition clinic at the facility on Friday, July 8th, at 6:30pm, followed by a QnA with race director’s Adam Bratton and Jimmy Lawler.

Lock 4 Blast

Evans, Stockton win XTERRA Lock 4 Blast

Another year, another Lock 4 Blast title for “former” XTERRA pro Craig Evans over the weekend.

The long-time XTERRA fan favorite jumped into his hometown race and showed one-and-all he’s still got game.

He justified his performance by posting, “I hate losing more than I like winning” to his Facebook account.  I think Saturday’s win was his 12th in Gallatin.

There was a ringer in the women’s race as well, 3x XTERRA World Champion (40-44) Mimi Stockton and here she gives us a first-person perspective on the day…

XTERRA Lock 4 Blast is one of the longest runniner XTERRA events in America, and for good reason. This was the 16th year the event was held and after racing it, it’s easy to see why it has endured all these years.  The race is held in Lock 4 Park, about 30 minutes north of Nashville.  It’s an idyllic lakeside haven that boasts scenic mountain biking and running trails as well as warm, calm waters.  The race directors and volunteers were top notch, not only were they some of the friendliest people on the planet, but incredibly organized as well.

Race morning was picture perfect.  Clear skies, temperature hovering around 70.  The race started at 8 am (a bit on the early side), but seeing as the forecast was calling for a high of 95 that day, I think everyone was eager to get started.  The swim was an 880 meter triangle course in Old Hickory Lake (formed from the Cumberland River).  Water temperature was a balmy 81 degrees so the wetsuits had to stay in the car.

The trails in the park were clearly designed and built with mountain bikers in mind.  The day before the race, the directors decided to change the bike section from 2, 6.1 mile loops to 3, 4.2 mile loops.  This was done to protect part of the trail that was slightly damaged from the previous day’s wind and rain storm and to make it more spectator friendly. Overall, the trails were fast, fun and flowy with minimal climbs and quick descents, lots of switchbacks and plenty of rocks and roots to keep it interesting.  Some great obstacles and pretty cool jumps made this one sweet and challenging trail to ride.  The run course was equally as picturesque and demanding.  It was a 2 lap, 4.2 total mile roller coaster jaunt through the woods, with the beginning part of the trail abutting the lake and the finishing chute up on the hill overlooking the lake and transition area.

As we lined up in the water, waiting for the official start, all eyes were on former XTERRA Pro Craig Evans (who also doubled as one of the race directors!) to break free early and take the lead.  And take the lead he did! He claimed to have only swam 4 times over the past year, but nobody was buying that seeing as he completed the swim in a blistering 11:13.  Next out of the water at 14:26 was Lara Houseman, with Mimi Stockton a few steps behind. Transition was set up at water’s edge making for a very fast T1.  Stockton threw on her bike gear and was out of transition second, behind Evans.  She came into T2 with a significant lead over Christine Grant, took off on the run and never looked back.  She finished in 1:58:24 with only 2 men in front of her.  In second place was Christine Grant with a time of 2:09:17.  Susan Finney was close behind in third coming in at 2:10:34.

In the men’s race, Craig was obviously the guy to beat.  Seeing as he had an almost insurmountable lead coming out of the water, it was going to be pretty hard for anybody to catch him on the bike.  Trent Lowery was the second male out of the water after Craig in 15:49, with Alex Ohman on his tail in 15:56.  As was expected, Craig was a beast on the bike course, crushing it in under an hour.  Alex took over second place from Trent on the bike and ended up in second with a time of 1:53:09.  Trent was the third place male, coming in at 2:03:45.

The Lock 4 Blast race is a wonderful, low key event in a beautiful setting.  With opportunities to see racers 3 times on the bike and 2 times on the run, it is probably one of the most spectator friendly XTERRA’s out there.  Crossing the finish line, with rap and rock-n-roll blasting on the speakers and high-fives all around, the true #Livemore XTERRA spirit was in full display! 


DeSantis’ 16 in 2016 Off to Switzerland

XTERRA Warrior David DeSantis is taking his 16 in 2016 campaign to Vallee de Joux this weekend.

The big idea, which started off as a mission to race in 16 events in 16 countries to raise $16,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation this season, has had its fair share of ups-and-downs this year.

On the upside he’s completed six races and already surpassed his fundraising goal by bringing in more than $21,000 for CAF. On the downside, the damn cancer came back and he’s going through chemo again.

DeSantis finished a fourth round of chemo last week and said “the left side of my body went nuts. My left knee, ankle, elbow, and wrist blew up. No one knows why just the left side had all the swelling, and the treatment has drastically reduced my appetite and it’s become difficult to keep weight on.  Kathy is forcing the avocados, nuts, protein powder etc.  I’m thinking of stuffing a few hot fudge sundaes in my camelback and going for a ride!”

If there is one thing we’ve come to count on with DeSantis, it’s his tongue-in-check demeanor and relentlessly positive attitude.

“Great news though, the chemo is working!” he said. “On Wednesday I had a clean brain scan. The oncologist said there is nothing in my head … Kathy said she could have told him that without doing an MRI!”

Those lucky enough to be at XTERRA Oak Mountain last month got to revel in his spirit and celebrate his mission, but little did we know he was seeing double.

“In Pelham I had double vision on the run,” he said. “It took 3 days for my vision to correct itself.  My oncologist believes it is due to a combination of over exertion and the chemo – he wants me to cool it a bit.  I thought it was a one-time issue, but, it occurred again last Tuesday on an easy mountain bike ride.  Either way we’ve already paid for the tickets so were going to Europe!  Not sure how everything will unfold…but, it should be interesting.  Switzerland on Saturday and France next Sunday.”

Follow along with DeSantis in his historic season on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DeSantis-16-in-2016-1702613439998697/), check out the article his local paper wrote about his efforts, and if you can, donate to his fundraising page for CAF at https://www.gofundme.com/DeSantis16in2016.


In Ontario, It’s All About Mine Over Matter

Intrigue awaits at the XTERRA Mine Over Matter off-road triathlon set for Saturday in Milton, Ontario, Canada as local boy Karsten Madsen carries the hopes of Ontario on his shoulders.

Madsen is off to hot start in 2016 following a runner-up performance at XTERRA Argentina (finishing behind World Champ Josiah Middaugh) and a third-place showing at XTERRA Oak Mountain, and has a wealth of experience and success in past races on the Kelso course, but will all that be enough to carry him past a quality collection of closely-matched competitors?

American pros Chris Ganter, Branden Rakita, and Ryan Ignatz – each ranked in the top six of last year’s XTERRA U.S. Pro Series – are all capable of being the fastest on the day and just like Madsen, none have an XTERRA major title on their resume.         This Saturday one of those guys – not to discount newcomers Alex VanderLinden, Brian MacIlvain, or Daniel Molnar – is going to have his name added to the scroll of 2016 XTERRA World Tour major champions.

In the women’s race Suzie Snyder comes into Ontario fresh off a win at XTERRA Oak Mountain, and will be joined on the start line by fellow Americans Maia Ignatz, Caroline Colonna, and Debby Sullivan as well as home country standouts Katharine Carter and Joanna Brown.

It all starts at 8am EST and we’ll have live twitter updates from the pro race @xterraoffroad.

XTERRA Mine over Matter is stop number five of 10 on the XTERRA Pan America Tour where elites and amateurs count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) from the first nine events plus whatever they get, or don’t get, at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Utah.

For more information, visit www.xterrapanam.com.


The Showdown in Switzerland

The fifth of 11 stops on the XTERRA European Tour takes us to the beautiful village of Les Charbonnieres in Vallee de Joux, Switzerland on Saturday.

More than 60 elite racers representing 16 countries as well as 700+ amateurs from around the EU will take part in XTERRA Switzerland, which is doubling as the ETU European Cross Triathlon Championships.

XTERRA Switzerland is the first of four 100-point Gold-level events on the tour, attracting the very best off-roaders from around the world and a sold-out field in the amateur ranks.

In the men’s field you’ll find 3x XTERRA World Champion and 2016 XTERRA Portugal winner Ruben Ruzafa, the defending XTERRA European Tour, Malta, and Greece winner Roger Serrano, the inaugural XTERRA Belgium Champion Kris Coddens, this year’s XTERRA Philippines and South Africa Champion Bradley Weiss, the reigning XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Champion Ben Allen, the defending XTERRA Switzerland Champion Arthur Forissier, and last year’s XTERRA Sweden winner Sam Osborne.

The women’s elite field is just as strong with 3x XTERRA European Tour Champion Helena Erbenova looking for her eighth straight win in the EU against the likes of reigning ETU Cross Triathlon European Champion Renata Bucher, XTERRA Costa Rica and Argentina Champ Myriam Guillot-Boisset, defending XTERRA Switzerland Champion Carina Wasle, XTERRA Malaysia Champ Jacqui Slack, the top ranked American in the XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Kara LaPoint, and a host of others.

You can find the full start list online here.

This is the fourth year of racing in the Vallee de Joux and XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas says, “Everything looks superb.  The location is stunning with long green hills, typical Swiss cows munching grass and ringing their bells.  The lake is cool and clear and the forests tall and dark. The pro field is enormous.  We’ll find out how they are feeling and get some more news for you tomorrow.”

Current XTERRA European Tour Standings

Here’s a look at the past champs from XTERRA Switzerland:

Year Men’s Champ Women’s Champ
2010 Olivier Marceau Marion Lorblanchet
2011 Olivier Marceau Marion Lorblanchet
2012 Nicolas Lebrun Helena Erbenova
2013 Victor Del Corral Helena Erbenova
2014 Ruben Ruzafa Kathrin Mueller
2015 Arthur Forissier Carina Wasle

HUB801 to Host XTERRA Pan Am Party

For the first-time ever XTERRA is replacing its pre-race Night of Champions dinner with a POST-race dinner party to remember.

Hub-801-logo-TMThe 13th annual XTERRA gathering in Ogden, Utah for the Pan America / USA Championship race on September 17th will honor its race and tour champions, feast, and celebrate in style Saturday night at Hub801, a historic 1940’s bottling hall.

“This place is going to rock. It has such great character,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “You can feel its colorful history in the brick walls while appreciating its three huge panoramic presentation screens where we’ll show our highlight videos and photos from the race, its brilliant lighting, and great sound system.”

Roosters Brewing Company will cater the dinner, which is included in the entry fee for all those racing in the championship event.

The XTERRA Pan American Championship is the culmination of a series of off-road triathlons spanning South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S. It offers $80,000 in prize money to professional athletes and is televised for a one-hour feature show that is distributed throughout the U.S. and internationally on ESPN. The following day the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship culminates a nationwide series of trail running events and also features 10K and 5K trail runs.

Learn more and register at www.xterrautah.com.


2017 Season Starts in South Africa

Online entries have opened for the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA South Africa Season.

“We are extremely proud to host South Africa’s premier off-road triathlon, the Fedhealth XTERRA,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.

“Taking place in the North West Province in January, and the Eastern and Western Cape in February, Fedhealth XTERRA focuses strongly on family enjoyment. Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are in for a treat.  Together with Fedhealth’s unwavering support we look forward to hosting an event that can be likened to no other.”

According to Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth, South Africa is seeing an alarming increase in lifestyle diseases that can mostly be ascribed to the modern-day lifestyle of reduced activity and increased ‘conveniences’. “That’s why Fedhealth is so proud to be associated with these events.  We believe in individuals taking responsibility for their own health. The athletes that compete in these events are shining examples of what can be achieved when one is dedicated to a healthier lifestyle.”

In one of the coolest cross-promotions we’ve ever seen, Fedhealth members will be pleased to hear that they can enter free of charge by typing in their Fedhealth membership number when entering on line.

All three events in the series host kids, light, and full-distance XTERRA races.

January 20-22 – XTERRA Buffelspoort (North West Province)
Feb 10-12 – XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay (Eastern Cape)
Feb 24-26 – XTERRA SA Championship (Grabouw, Western Cape)

For further information or to enter the Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort, Nelson Mandela Bay or Grabouw visit www.stillwatersports.com

Beaver Creek

XTERRA Racing in The Rockies July 16

There are wealth of great XTERRA events in the Mountain Region this season, but only one dishes out qualifying spots to the World Championship and big points in the XTERRA America and XTERRA Pan America Tour.

XTERRA Beaver Creek returns to Avon, Colorado July 16 for the eighth straight year. It’s the course that American great Josiah Middaugh built, so you know it’s tough.

“Of the plethora of endurance events on this state’s summer sports calendar, perhaps none screams “Colorado” as much as XTERRA,” wrote Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post.  “You know, just a quick dip in a mountain lake, a mountain bike ride up a ski hill — with 3,600 feet of climbing — and nearly six miles of running on dirt trails through aspen and pine trees.”

With so much on the line you can rest assured the best-of-the-best from around the country are headed to the Rockies for the challenge.

Learn more at www.xterrabeavercreek.com.

P.S. Stick around for the XTERRA Beaver Creek 5k/10k/20k trail runs on Sunday, July 17.


Lock, Lory & Aloha This Saturday

There are three great races coming up this weekend on the XTERRA America Tour with the Craig Evans-inspired XTERRA Lock 4 Blast in Tennessee, a sold-out XTERRA Lory in Colorado, and an island-style XTERRA Freedom Fest off-road triathlon on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

All three races take place Saturday. You can find all the upcoming races in the U.S., along with a breakdown on how the series works at http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/america-tour.

Last weekend in North Carolina Dwayne Dixon and Carly Anderson (pictured above) captured the XTERRA Greensboro titles, while Brent Mattison and Julie Baker were victorious at the inaugural XTERRA Granite Man at Applegate Lake in Oregon.

Find the most up-to-date race results and regional standings at: http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/points/