Donovan

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

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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

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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

Rustman / Gator Terra

Gator Terra: New Home, Same Name

The XTERRA Gator Terra and Rustman off-road triathlons are still on, but the venue has changed from their iconic home in Ruston, Louisiana to their new digs in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  Long-time race director Fred Phillips explains…

“2015 is a year of change.  The Gator Terra (the oldest mainland XTERRA) and the RustMan (the original Epic distance race) get a new home.  After 17 years in Ruston LA, the Gator and its big brother the RustMan, have packed their bags and moved about 150 miles north to DeGray Lake in Arkadelphia AR.

These two brothers are taking up residence on the Iron Mt Trail System, 20 plus miles of sweet single track trails, constructed to the latest IMBA trail building techniques.  You will have a permanent grin on your face after riding here!  The construction of this trail system started in 2008 with phase one being completed in late 2009, phase 2 being completed in 2012, and phase 3 starting in mid-May this year with a projected completion of August 2015.  Once phase 3 is complete we will be at roughly 26-miles of contiguous trail.

DeGray Lake is located on the eastern edge of the Ouachita (wash-she-ta) Mountains in Southwest Arkansas.  This provides for great trail topography.  The swim uses DeGray Lake, listed by the US Army Corp of Engineers as one of the top 10 cleanest fresh water lakes in America.  The bike course is an 11-mile loop for the Gator Terra and two laps of a 15-mile loop for the Rustman.  The run is one Lap of 3.3 -mile course for the Gator Terra and three Laps of the 3.3 mile course are slated for the Rustman.

This is the only location in the US offering two XTERRA points races on one weekend.   Race one day or race both, your choice!   So for all of you looking to maximize your travel and get your endurance fix this is it.  Yes, we offer the Rustman Double awards to the top finisher Male /Female (cumulative time) for both days.

Bring your friends, we are offering a variety of events.  On Saturday, we will be offering a 1-mile open water swim.  Great for early season training.  In addition to the off road tri on Sunday, we are also hosting the Iron Mt Sprint (Road) Tri so you can bring your road buddies with ya.  After you race for two days, they can drive on the way home!

The race site is easy to get to, located just a couple miles off Exit 78, Interstate 30.  Less than three hours from Memphis and only four hours from Dallas.  This is a resort area so there is plenty of hotel space with just minutes of race site!

Come on over for some good ol’ Southern Arkansas Hospitality!”

EPC Tips - Warm ups

EPC Tips – Warming Up and Warm Downs

With race season rapidly approaching and training sessions shifting into high gear, maximizing your efforts and post-effort recovery, as well as staying healthy and injury free are crucial to continuing to build your fitness and maximizing performance. Warm-up and warming-down are two components to incorporate into your daily training sessions as the intensities increase and racing takes off.

Prior to beginning and upon completion of every workout and/or race, a proper warm-up and warm-down must be performed. These two components of your training program allow you to gain the most out of every individual training session. In addition to the physiological benefits there are also psychological benefits of warming-up and warming-down. During these times you can mentally prepare yourself for the workout ahead by thinking through the work you will be doing, the goals you have for the training session and the target measurements you are seeking. Frequently neglected by the busy and rushed athlete, there is much to be gained from incorporating a proper warm-up and warm-down into all of your training sessions.

Warming Up

A properly performed warm-up consists of gradually raising the intensity of movement from a very slow pace to a faster pace over a specific period of time. The highest pace you reach during your warm-up is typically up to and sometimes just over your anticipated training zones for the session. The early part of the warm-up is perfect for practicing some technique or form drills while the intensity is still low and slow. The gradual increase in intensity allows for improved blood-flow to your working muscles and slowly raises your core temperature to optimal levels. This increase in blood-flow and core-temp allows your body to prepare itself for the work ahead while reducing the chance of injury.

The amount of time the warm-up requires relates to the both the duration and anticipated intensity of your workout or race.

In general, the more intense your workout the longer your warm-up. Also shorter workouts often require longer warm-ups, especially if the intensity will also be high. For a low-intensity endurance workout the warm-up can often be a substantial part of the entire workout. For example, if you are heading out for a three hour aerobic ride your intensity may not exceed that of your “warm-up intensity.” Likewise let’s say you are going to do three 20-minute tempo intervals within that three-hour ride, you might ride the first hour of the ride as your warm-up, gradually raising your heart-rate up near your expected interval-pace heart-rate prior to beginning your specific intervals. As a rule-of-thumb often the longer your workout, the longer your warm-up period, as the warm-up itself can be aerobic training.

The length of your warm-up prior to a race is typically more condensed and more specific. The guideline to follow prior to racing is the shorter the race, the longer and more intense your warm-up. So for a 20k time trial or sprint triathlon your warm-up could be as long or longer than the actual duration of your race! During this time you will also get your heart-rate level very high, right up and possibly a little higher than the effort you will be racing at. On the other hand, prior to an eight hour endurance race your warm-up may only consist of lightly riding around the start area or similar light activity to prior to the start.

Air temperature also plays a role in the length of your warm-up. The hotter it is the shorter your warm-up, and the cooler it is the longer your warm-up will need to be. This correlates directly to your core body temperature and getting it high enough to race well, but not too high to fatigue you. Often before a hot race your warm-up might be less than half the duration than normal. Before a cold race you will definitely want to wear several layers of clothing to help raise your core-temp and in some cases you may want to warm-up indoors or on a stationary training device that allows you to get your core-temp up higher more easily than outside in the elements.

Aside from loosening up your muscles, reducing chances of injury and simply feeling better after warming-up, the warm-up also allows your metabolism to warm-up to ensure that you maximize your fat-burning capabilities allowing for an effective workout or race. If you skip your warm-up and jump right into your main training objective or even perform too short of a warm-up, you can easily cause your metabolism to rely on sugar for fuel to quickly and this high sugar burning emphasis can remain for the entire duration of the workout causing you to not effectively burn fat as well as have you fatigue more quickly. By warming-up gradually you stay in your fat-burning zone and build your aerobic base more effectively, even during a high-intensity training session! So to become an efficient fat-burning, aerobic endurance machine, the proper warm-up is critical to success.

Warming Down

Equally important to the training process is an effective warm-down. The warm-down at the end of your workout or race allows your body to return to a resting state gradually. This process allows for the clearing of byproducts associated with high-intensity energy production, allows blood to return to all of the areas of the body that it was diverted from as your intensity increased, and allows your heart rate to return to a lower state, thereby minimizing cardiac stress and pooling of blood in the lower extremities.

The length of the warm-down corresponds to the intensity of the workout you are just completing. The higher the intensity the longer the warm-down needs to be. As with the warm-up, the warm-down can make up a large duration of longer workout, especially if there were higher-intensity work intervals within the ride. However, the warm-down is rarely as long as the warm-up within the same workout. The warm-down should be long enough to bring the heart-rate down close to the pre-workout heart-rates prior to beginning the workout. Rarely will you get your heart-rate all the way down to pre-workout levels as the body will be in recovery mode after a workout and will be left with a higher post-exercise resting heart-rate due to the “recovering” going on by the body. This is especially true with the higher the intensity training or racing that occurred. The most effective warm-down strategy involves simply slowing down over the course of several minutes, allowing the heart-rate and body-temp to decrease.

A proper warm-down will allow the body time to clear waste products produced during high-intensity energy production as well flushing the working muscles with oxygenated blood to begin the recovery process after intense training sessions.

As you slow down, your muscles will require less and less blood to function and allowing blood to return to other areas of your body. A gradual return to normal blood flow prevents the pooling of blood commonly found after abruptly stopping after a hard training session. This pooling of blood is stressful on the cardiac system as well as causes increased inflammation and muscle stiffness requiring increased recovery time following a workout. By incorporating a warm-down at the end of all your training sessions you will not only feel better but you will be helping your body increase it’s own natural recovery process thereby allowing for a more consistent training program and faster progression.

Emma Garrard

XTERRA West Championship Elites

Thirty-two elites representing 10 states plus Canada, Australia, Mexico and Scotland will toe the start line at the XTERRA West Championship just outside of the Las Vegas strip on Saturday.

Josiah Middaugh is the man to beat in the men’s race. Contenders include long-time XTERRA America Tour stars Craig Evans, Branden Rakita and Ryan Ignatz along with international stand-outs Ben Allen and Francisco Serrano.

Allen, who was 3rd at XTERRA Worlds last year behind Ruzafa and Middaugh, has already won two XTERRA World Tour races this year – in Saipan and Guam – and just finished 5th at last weekend’s XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race in New South Wales, Australia. Serrano is a former Olympian and XTERRA Mexico Champ.

There will be a bunch of new faces in the men’s elite field in Vegas that will be fun to follow with the likes of Kevin Everett, Barret Fishner, James Hadley, Kyle Hughes, and Benjamin Torvik.

There is no clear cut favorite in the women’s elite race which is highlighted by Lesley Paterson, Emma Garrard, Suzie Snyder, and Melanie McQuaid.

Paterson was able to catch Garrard on the run to take the title at XTERRA Costa Rica last month, but will be swimming literally with one-arm while recovering from a fractured shoulder.

Garrard has been the top American in the Pro Series in each of the last two years, and was 2nd to Flora Duffy at last year’s West Championship race.

Snyder is coming off her first big pro win at XTERRA New Zealand two weeks ago, and was fourth last weekend at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs.

McQuaid, a three-time XTERRA World Champ, is always a threat and has several West Championship crowns in her trophy case already.

Sara McLarty adds some intrigue and a super-fast swim split and Sara Schuler (nee Tarkington) could surprise some people  in the front of the mix.

As always, the first race of the Pro Series is fun to watch and a sign of things to come. Follow along on the XTERRA twitter feed @xterraoffroad for elite updates starting at 8am PST on Saturday.

Here’s a look at the start list, numbered by final position in Pro Series last year, then alphabetical and late additions…

No. – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Josiah Middaugh – 36, Eagle-Vail, CO
2 – Craig Evans – 37, Hendersonville, TN
3 – Branden Rakita – 34, Colorado Springs, CO
4 – Chris Ganter – 36, Boise, ID
5 – Ryan Ignatz – 36, Boulder, CO
6 – Alex Modestou – 28, Durham, NC
7 – Brad Zoller – 37, Avon, CO
8 – Karsten Madsen – 23, Guelph, Ontario, CAN
9 – Ben Allen – 30, Wollongong, Australia
10 – Jimmy Archer – 42, Denver, CO
11 – JP Donovan – 28, Incline Village, NV
12 – Kevin Everett – 40, Boise, ID
14 – Barret Fishner – 32, Lillington, NC
15 – James Hadley – 35, Longmont, CO
16 – Kyle Hughes – 28, Escondido, CA
17 – Francisco Serrano – 34, San Pedro, MEX
18 – Benjamin Torvik – 29, Boulder, CO

No. – Name – Age, Hometown
31 – Emma Garrard – 33, Park City, UT
32 – Suzie Snyder – 33, Fredericksburg, VA
33 – Kara LaPoint – 28, Truckee, CA
34 – Sara Schuler – 34, Boulder, CO
35 – Debby Sullivan – 33, Rocklin, CA
36 – Caroline Colonna – 51, Taos, NM
37 – Lesley Paterson – 34, San Diego (Scotland)
38 – Rebecca Blatt – 35, Lakewood, CO
39 – Maia Ignatz – 34, Boulder, CO
40 – Katie Button – 29, Victoria, B.C., CAN
41 – Emily Bashton – 35, Richmond, VA
42 – Sara McLarty – 32, Clermont, FL
43 – Lauren Thompson – 28, Albuquerque, NM
44 – Brittany Webster – 27, Canmore, Alberta, CAN
45 – Melanie McQuaid – 41, Victoria, B.C., CAN

XTERRA Tahiti

Inaugural XTERRA Tahiti on Saturday

The visually stunning island of Tahiti will host this week’s stop on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour.

Former XTERRA World Champion Nicolas Lebrun, who is now serving as a technical director for XTERRA courses around the world to assure trail quality and help with event management, arrived in Papeete yesterday to hero’s welcome and brings us this report…

“I started my trip in Marseille Monday morning, then Paris, L.A. and 21 hours in planes and two stops later I landed in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti.

Tahiti is a beautiful Island in the South Pacific, part of the 118 islands of French Polynesia divided in 5 groups.  It’s a French oversea collectivity.  South of Hawaii, the climate looks the same, and the feeling, colors, are exactly the same. The culture also looks similar, but here they speak French! Every time I want to speak with somebody, I think I’m in Maui and start in English. It’s hard to adjust after 15 trip to Hawaii.

At the arrival organizers staged a big welcome party for all of us. I was on the same plane with Brice Daubord, who just finished 3rd at XTERRA Malta, Olympian French Triathlete Tony Moulay, a journalist from Canal+ French TV station, and the one-and-only Mark Allen.

It’s my first time in this part of the world, really famous in France as our Paradise, like Hawaii for Americans. Some of these islands are really famous, like Bora Bora and Mo’orea!

First morning I woke up at 5:45 with jet lag and figured I’d go for a run. The organization put us at the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort in Papava on the Northeastern side of the Island at 6km from the Capital. Running on the black sand, not too hot at this time, was perfect for me to start the trip and stay in shape and take some pics of the place. Dogs and chickens everywhere, ok this is not Hawaii….

The Local TV came to make some footage with our two French athletes, and tonight we have our first press conference.

We can’t really go to the race site, it’s not a typical XTERRA. Athletes will be taken with their bikes to the start and T1 at Mataiea with buses and trucks. After the swim athletes will have to cross the island by climbing to the center and riding down (through a tunnel on top) then keep running down so the whole race is a point to point.

This will be the 7th edition of this race, but the first year it is also an XTERRA. It looks like everything is in order.   Tomorrow, we all go visit Mo’orea!”