Emma Garrard

XTERRA Nationals Quotes & Notes

“Utah is exceptionally stunning and the ideal venue to host the Grand Finale of the US series again this year. I can’t wait to get back onto this demanding course to test myself against the best XTERRA athletes in the world,” – Brad Weiss

“The course is super buff, it feels like a lot of the rock has been removed from the bike course so it will probably be a pretty fast ride. I like Utah because it’s beautiful, especially this time of year with the changing colors, but even more so, the community is very active, the people here are friendly and inviting and have such great “Live More” attitudes!” – Suzie Snyder

“All the time climbing with a couple fun downhills. I like the color of the mountain here and the beautiful views,” – Ruben Ruzafa

“A spectacular mountain side. Formidable landscapes. I hope the fall colors are in full saturation next weekend. It’s a very visual place to race at.” – Dan Hugo

“Having never raced in Ogden it is difficult for me to answer this question, but from what I have seen of the profile of the course- it looks hard! A lot of climbing which will favor the smaller, strong climbers. The run also has a lot of elevation gain, which means there will be nowhere to hide any weaknesses. It seems like a tough, honest course. Another factor to consider is the starting and finishing altitude. Lucky for me, I am based in Boulder, CO so the high altitude should not be an issue.” – Flora Duffy

“I don’t know much yet about the course, this will be my first year racing Nationals, but I know it’s going to be good climbing almost all the time. For sure a beautiful place and great views all around the course. It’s amazing how all the sports and outdoor environment can create such a nice atmosphere.” – Mauricio Mendez

“It is an amazing time of year to be in the Ogden area with the fall colors and perfect temperatures,” – Josiah Middaugh

XTERRA USA CHAMPIONSHIP TRIATHLON COURSE STATS:

Swim course: 1,500-meters (0.93 miles) Combines two 750-meter laps (no run in-between)
Elevation at Port Ramp Marina for swim start: 4,900-feet / Water temperature: Traditionally around 67 degrees
Mountain bike course distance: 28-kilometers (17.7 miles) / Total climbing on bike: 3,400-feet
Elevation at highest point: 7,300-feet (where Sardine Peak Trail meets the ridgeline)
Elevation at T2/Snowbasin Resort Lodge: 6,400-feet
Trail Run course distance: 10.4kilometers (6.47 miles) / Total climbing on run: 616-feet / Total climbing on course: 4,016-feet

XTERRA NATIONALS QUICK FACTS

WHO: More than 1,000 athletes from 45 states and 10 countries ages 9-to-76.
WHAT: The XTERRA USA Championship triathlon and XTERRA Utah short and long course tri’s are on Saturday, plus kids races, clinics, and Ogden’s annual Harvest Moon Celebration, and the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon and 5k, 10k fun runs are on Sunday.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, September 19-21, 2014
The XTERRA Expo is from 10am to 6pm on Friday in Ogden
The XTERRA USA Championship race starts at 9am Saturday
The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals race starts at 9am Sunday
WHERE: Ogden on Friday and Snowbasin Resort on Sat/Sun
WHY: Both the XTERRA Tri and Trail Run National Championship races are the culmination of 70-race nationwide series, that end with a best-of-the-best showdown in Utah.
TV: XTERRA TV is producing an hour-long, nationally broadcast television show on the USA Championship, highlighting Northern Utah as a mecca for outdoor adventure recreation. Watch last year’s show right now at http://vimeo.com/84062339

WEBSITE: www.xterrautah.com

Follow Saturday’s race with live updates on twitter @xterraoffroad, #xterrautah starting at 9am MST

The 2014 XTERRA Nationals weekend is presented by the Utah Sports Commission, Paul Mitchell, and the XTERRA Live More Card. Sponsors include Snowbasin Resort, GOAL Foundation, Gatorade, PowerBar, ENVE, Utah Media Group, the U.S. Forest Service, XTERRA Wetsuits, Muscle Milk, Rockwell watches, XTERRA Fitness, LifeProof, XTERRA Coffee, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, Champion System, Greenlayer, and XTERRA Boards.

XTERRA USA CHAMPIONSHIP ELITES

Below is a look at the tentative elite start list for next Saturday’s XTERRA USA Championship race.  Rank denotes current position in the 2014 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series.

PRO MEN 
Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Josiah Middaugh – 36, Vail, CO
2 – Bradley Weiss – 25, Cape Town, South Africa
3 – Mauricio Mendez – 18, Mexico City, Mexico
4 – Craig Evans -36, Hendersonville, TN
5 – Dan Hugo – 29, Stellenbosch, South Africa
6 – Branden Rakita – 33, Colorado Springs, CO
7 – Ryan Ignatz – 35, Boulder, CO
8 – Chris Ganter – 35, Boise, ID
9 – Ryan Petry – 23, Boulder, CO
10 – Alex Modestou – 27, Durham, NC
11 – Jeff Smith – 31, Portland, OR
16 – Brad Zoller – 36, Avon, CO
18 – Cody Waite – Lakewood, CO
NR – Ben Allen – 29, Wollongong, Australia
NR – Rory Downie – 25, Scotland
NR – Andy Lee – 42, Lakeway, TX
NR – Ruben Ruzafa – 30, Malaga, Spain
NR – Louis Tafuto – 26, Glenwood Springs, CO
NR – Adam Wirth – 36, Boise, ID
NR – John O’Neill – 24, Edwards, Colorado

PRO WOMEN
Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Flora Duffy – 27, Boulder, CO (Bermuda)
2 – Emma Garrard – 33, Park City, UT
3 – Suzie Snyder – 32, Fredericksburg, VA
4 – Chantell Widney – 34, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5 – Shonny Vanlandingham – 45, Durango, CO
6 – Danelle Kabush – 39, Calgary, Alberta,Canada
8 – Jaime Brede – 37, Breckenridge, CO
9 – Kara LaPoint – 27, Truckee, CA
10 – Amelia McCracken – 31, Philadelphia, PA
11 – Debby Sullivan – 32, Rocklin, CA
12 – Caroline Colonna – 50, Taos, NM
13 – Rebecca Blatt – 34, Lakewood, CO
14 – Catherine Sterling – 37, West Boylston, MA
15 – Sara Schuler – 33, Boulder, CO
21 – Maia Ignatz – 34, Boulder, CO
22 – Kim Baugh – 34, Colorado Springs, CO
NR – Genevieve Evans – 41, Carnelian Bay, CA
NR – Lesley Paterson – 33, San Diego, CA
NR – Barbara Riveros – 27, La Pintana, Chile
NR - Susan Sloan – 32, Gauteng, South Africa
NR – Carina Wasle – 29, Kundl, Austria

Utah Transition

EPC Tips – Day Before Race Prep

This week’s workout is an example of what to do the day before a race…

You’ve trained hard for weeks, recovered, tapered and now just about ready to race! What’s a triathlete to do the day before a race? There are different schools of thought about tapering and what to do in the week(s) before a race depending on several key factors: including the event you’re racing and your personal training volume and intensity, among others; but the last couple days before race day are pretty universal among most coaches. Two days out is perfect for a day off, and the day before a “tune-up” or “opener” workout is pretty standard to get the body and mind ready to race. The general idea is to rid yourself of any lingering fatigue that might be left after your taper and to allow for a full “top-off” of your glycogen stores with the full rest day, two days before.  Then the “race prep” session the day before the race “opens up the system” by getting the blood pumping a bit with some short fast efforts to ready yourself for your race day effort and rid yourself of any “post-rest day lethargy” that may have occurred.

The following is a typical “Race Prep” session I prescribe to my athletes the day before a race, ideally performed at the race venue.  You may find you need to modify a bit to suit your needs, race venue logistics, or travel schedule. Good luck on race day!

SWIM (20:00)
5:00 easy warm-up
4:00 building to race pace, 1:00 rest
4x[0:30 hard, 0:30 easy], 1:00 rest
5:00 easy warm-down

BIKE (40:00)
10:00 easy warm-up
5:00 building to race pace
5:00 easy
4x[1:00 hard, 2:00 easy]
8:00 easy

RUN (15:00)
5:00 dynamic warm-up drills
5x[0:20 strides, 0:40 walk]
5:00 walk/dynamic drills

The ‘Workouts of the Week’ are brought to you by coach, Cody Waite. You can find this workout, and others like it for the swim, bike and run, by joining his Group Coaching programs for 2014.

Ruben, Josiah Swim

Inside Scoop on the Pro Race

There are a lot of contenders in the elite men’s field set for Saturday’s XTERRA USA Championship race – Middaugh, Ruzafa, Hugo, Mendez, Allen, Weiss, Ignatz, Petry, Evans, Rakita – but of that impressive collection two names stand above the rest.

Middaugh and Ruzafa. The best in the U.S. vs. the best in Europe.

Last year at this race those two came off the bike together (along with Leo Chacon who eventually won) but Middaugh ran 30 seconds faster. The last three meetings, however, have all belonged to Ruzafa – from Maui where he won his second world title to this August at XTERRA Czech and XTERRA Germany where Middaugh finished runner-up each time. In Germany, Middaugh ran two-minutes faster but Ruzafa put away the win.

“I’d like to take the lead before the run on Saturday, but even if I don’t, on this course I think I can run with Josiah,” said Ruzafa. “I’m prepared to suffer, a lot.”

Brad Weiss, ranked 2nd in the Pro Series and a contender in his own right, said “on the day the men to watch will be Ruzafa, Middaugh, Hugo and Allen but the man to beat will most definitely be Ruzafa who has yet to lose an XTERRA race this year.”

Indeed, Ruzafa is perfect with seven straight wins on his way to collecting the XTERRA European Tour Championship crown.

“That amount of net elevation gain on the bike suits Ruzafa and Middaugh. I believe they will be hard to match, judging by recent Zittau form,” said Dan Hugo, who handed Middaugh his only regional defeat in two years at the XTERRA East Championship in June.                                           “The big Jo will get this one done.  He’s my favorite XTERRA athlete, a humble gentleman, fierce racer, and a family man with great perspective. He is the multiple world champion that is yet to be.”

As for Middaugh, he says “The competition looks tough for Saturday.  I think Ruben will be the guy to beat but there will be some good racing all around with Dan Hugo, Bradley Weiss, Ben Allen, and a group of strong Americans.  The course suits me well, but my strengths are very similar to Ruben’s and we both thrive on tough courses.”

Putting it all in perspective is Mauricio Mendez, the youngest elite in the field at just 18-years-old (who might just have the fastest swim and run times on Saturday).

He said “The man to beat…. I think is between Josiah and Ruben, but I’m sure that everyone is going for it.”

WOMEN’S FIELD IS STACKED

Flora Duffy has been dominant this season, winning all three regionals she entered and the XTERRA South Africa and Asia-Pacific Championships. Her only blemish was a runner-up finish to XTERRA European Tour Champion Kathrin Mueller last month on a muddy day in Germany.

On Saturday she’ll be in good company. Consider this, Lesley Paterson (defending champ), Duffy, Barbara Riveros, Emma Garrard, and Chantell Widney finished 2nd thru 6th at XTERRA Worlds last year and they’re all here…along with Suzie Snyder, Shonny Vanlandingham, and Carina Wasle.

“With Lesley Paterson returning to the start line, I think all eyes are on her,” said Duffy, a two-time Olympian from Bermuda. “Of course there is also Barbara Riveros, who I know is a good rider- an especially strong climber and runner, so she will be a heavy favorite too. Another to look out for is Emma Garrard. I think there are two races within next Saturday’s USA Champs- the race to cross the line first and the series win.”

Indeed. With a perfect 300 points heading into Saturday, Duffy needs to finish fourth or better to win her first XTERRA U.S. Pro Series title.

Garrard is second in the Series standings with 270 points and could capture the crown with a win and a 5th or lower showing from Duffy.

“It feels pretty great to come into this race believing I can win the whole thing,” said Garrard. “I raced in Ogden for the first time in 2006, when it was the Mountain Championships. I was an age grouper and placed 4th in my division and was bummed out that I did not make it on the podium and had zero aspirations of being a professional athlete so I have come a long way. The majority of the pros I compete against in XTERRA had success from their first XTERRA, usually coming from ITU or pro mountain biking, but for me I worked my way up slowly through the age group rankings and training specifically for XTERRA so I hope I can inspire other age group athletes to pursue the sport.”

Garrard, who is fresh-off her first big win at the XTERRA England Championship last month, is also the local favorite as the only elite in the field from the home state.

“It is a huge honor to have the XTERRA National Championships in my backyard and at altitude, and I have done my best to use it to my advantage. Specific training is key to be successful as an elite athlete in XTERRA and having the Nationals course close to home means I can train on the course and on similar trails and altitude close to home. I really like the course at Snowbasin and I believe it suits my strengths, it’s got a lot of climbing, some fun descents and is beautiful especially in the fall, which can take your mind off the pain of racing or hard training. I loved getting to go and race in Europe for two weeks and we rode some great trails but it really made me realize how lucky I am to live and train in Utah, we have so much singletrack you will never get bored of riding the same trails,” said Garrard.

“I feel much more relaxed and confident after getting a win under my belt at XTERRA England. That being said I am coming into XTERRA USA Champs with higher expectations than last year but also more confident. Last year I really felt like I had something to prove after a lot of patience missing a season being pregnant and spending the most of 2013 trying to get back to where I was before I became a mom. I feel really fortunate to have had a good race last year, had it gone badly no one would have known. Some people feel more pressure being ‘a favorite’ or whatever but when you spend a lot of years being the only one believing in yourself and often not living up to your own expectations it’s actually feels like a weight off my shoulders.”

Lesley Paterson

The “Braveheart” is Back!

It’s been a tough year for XTERRA fans without Lesley Paterson in the line-up. The “Scottish Rocket” – a beloved and dominate force in off-road triathlon – was forced to watch this season from the sidelines while battling with injuries and a nasty auto-immune disease (Lyme disease).

Paterson was on her way to a three-peat at XTERRA Worlds last year – having already captured the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series and USA Championship title in Utah – before Nicky Samuels spoiled those plans. She was still able to chase down Flora Duffy in the finish chute to finish 2nd in Maui last October. And that was her last big XTERRA … until now.

The Braveheart is back, ready to tackle the rigors of sport once more and defend her USA Championship crown. There is no doubt Paterson embodies the spirit of a Scottish warrior, and she’s needed every bit of that unrelenting fight just to get through this past year.

Here’s how she explains it…

“How you feel is how you feel right? It’s tough to compare yourself to others because how we feel is relative and as a professional athlete, the emphasis is always on suffering through, pushing the limits and overcoming adversities.

As I got back in to racing after I retired as a junior, I would frequently have bouts of nausea, fatigue and just general strange symptoms (muscle weakness, neurological ticks etc, etc.) I didn’t think too much of these as all athletes have some kind of ailment given how much we push our bodies. After getting a bad parasite infection in 2010, the symptoms of nausea, fatigue and anxiety seemed to rise to a new level. I went on heavy antibiotics for a month and that seemed to clear things. After abusing the body again throughout the season with tough training regimens, the neurological ticks got greater and my general fatigue come in some pretty bad waves – and not your typical fatigue, almost like having light doses of flu symptoms. A training partner suggested I get tested for Lyme as her friend had suffered for years and was finally diagnosed with it…I did, and low and behold I had it.

Now testing for Lyme disease is very contentious, in fact the entire disease is contentious. Google it and a whole host of crap will come up. Generally you contract it from a tick bite but given the length of time I’ve had these symptoms, the myriad of tests I took suggested I contracted it a long time ago and thus it had become a case of a chronic Lyme infection.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that hides itself with many other co-infections in the body. It pervades your entire system and is incredibly difficult to get rid of. Symptoms are different for everyone – some people are completely bed ridden, some end up in wheelchairs, some are fine and don’t notice it. Research and treatments are complicated, expensive and scientifically challenged.

What this means for me – well it basically means that my immune system is compromised so whenever I push it just a little too far, I can get my Lyme symptoms (ear ache, sore throat, muscle aches, nausea, stiffness, anxiety). So it’s a constant up and down such that when I feel amazing I really do feel amazing and when I feel shit, it ain’t no fun at all! The 6-month injury I suffered from at the beginning of the season was definitely made exponentially worse by my Lyme disease. Given that muscle stiffness and nerve inflammation were the primary culprits of my injury (piriformis syndrome), these are the very things that Lyme disease causes.

I manage it well and it ultimately just makes me tougher….as I love to quote “be kind to those you meet because everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

The Wards

Meet Some XTERRA Trail Runners

We polled some of the XTERRA Trail Runners taking part in next Sunday’s XTERRA Trail Run National Championship and discovered some really cool stories.  Our favorite is about the Ward Family from Layton, Utah; particularly Lota (7) and his sisters Tai (9) and Nani (10) who will be among the youngest runners in the field.  While they may be young, their big on heart as all 3 will be running for a cause.

“Lota’s passion for running has really surprised and inspired us as his parents,” said his mom Rowena.  “So we started telling him about people that run races for a cause. Lota has a friend name Jordan who has two little brothers that both have Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and he knows that Tanner and Skyler will never be able to run like he can. So when we talked about raising some money to help his little friends, he was super excited. So when Lota runs XTERRA Trail Run Nationals this month, he will be running it to raise money for Tanner and Skyler Jensen and also to bring awareness to SMA.  He is so excited and as parents, we are so proud that he is willing to do this for his friends that can’t.”

Read more about the Ward kids and dozens of other great XTERRA runner personalities here.

Josiah Middaugh

Star-Studded Field Headed to Utah

The best-of-the-best in the U.S. will meet at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah Saturday, Sept. 20th, to determine who will walk away with the coveted titled of XTERRA USA Champion.

More than 40 elites including every man in the top 10 and every woman in the top 15 of the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series rankings will toe the line, along with an influx of international stars looking to win big on American soil.

The spotlight in the men’s race is on reigning XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa, who was a perfect 7-for-7 on the XTERRA European Tour this year, and reigning XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Champ Josiah Middaugh who finished ahead of Ruzafa at this race last year (they went 2-3 behind Leo Chacon).

There are a lot of other contenders in the mix, however, with South Africans Dan Hugo (winner of seven World Tour races this season) and Brad Weiss (2nd in the Pro Series standings), the young-gun Mauricio Mendez from Mexico, and Aussie sensation Ben Allen.

The women’s race sees the return of two-time XTERRA World Champ and reigning USA Champ Lesley Paterson in her first XTERRA of 2014 up against this year’s rock star Flora Duffy of Bermuda. Duffy has been dominant, winning three races on the U.S. Tour, plus the South Africa and Asia-Pacific crowns before finally finishing runner-up to Kathrin Mueller at XTERRA Germany.

Emma Garrard, fresh off her first major at XTERRA England, is America’s best right now along with past National Champs Suzie Snyder and Shonny Vanlandingham. Canadians Chantell Widney and Danelle Kabush always race well in the mountains, as does Carina Wasle from Austria. There’s also a chance that Chilean star Barbara Riveros will make the start list, should she be healthy enough to go next Saturday.

You can follow the elite race on twitter @xterraoffroad on Saturday, September 20, starting at 9am MST.

XTERRA USA CHAMPIONSHIP ELITES

Below is a look at the tentative elite start list for next Saturday’s XTERRA USA Championship race.  Rank denotes current position in the 2014 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series.

PRO MEN 
Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Josiah Middaugh – 36, Vail, CO
2 – Bradley Weiss – 25, Cape Town, South Africa
3 – Mauricio Mendez – 18, Mexico City, Mexico
4 – Craig Evans -36, Hendersonville, TN
5 – Dan Hugo – 29, Stellenbosch, South Africa
6 – Branden Rakita – 33, Colorado Springs, CO
7 – Ryan Ignatz – 35, Boulder, CO
8 – Chris Ganter – 35, Boise, ID
9 – Ryan Petry – 23, Boulder, CO
10 – Alex Modestou – 27, Durham, NC
11 – Jeff Smith – 31, Portland, OR
16 – Brad Zoller – 36, Avon, CO
18 – Cody Waite – Lakewood, CO
NR – Ben Allen – 29, Wollongong, Australia
NR – Rory Downie – 25, Scotland
NR – Andy Lee – 42, Lakeway, TX
NR – Ruben Ruzafa – 30, Malaga, Spain
NR – Louis Tafuto – 26, Glenwood Springs, CO
NR – Adam Wirth – 36, Boise, ID

PRO WOMEN
Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Flora Duffy – 27, Boulder, CO (Bermuda)
2 – Emma Garrard – 33, Park City, UT
3 – Suzie Snyder – 32, Fredericksburg, VA
4 – Chantell Widney – 34, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5 – Shonny Vanlandingham – 45, Durango, CO
6 – Danelle Kabush – 39, Calgary, Alberta,Canada
7 – Christine Jeffrey – 40, Tucson, AZ
8 – Jaime Brede – 37, Breckenridge, CO
9 – Kara LaPoint – 27, Truckee, CA
10 – Amelia McCracken – 31, Philadelphia, PA
11 – Debby Sullivan – 32, Rocklin, CA
12 – Caroline Colonna – 50, Taos, NM
13 – Rebecca Blatt – 34, Lakewood, CO
14 – Catherine Sterling – 37, West Boylston, MA
15 – Sara Schuler – 33, Boulder, CO
21 – Maia Ignatz – 34, Boulder, CO
22 – Kim Baugh – 34, Colorado Springs, CO
NR – Genevieve Evans – 41, Carnelian Bay, CA
NR – Lesley Paterson – 33, San Diego, CA
NR – Barbara Riveros – 27, La Pintana, Chile
NR - Susan Sloan – 32, Gauteng, South Africa
NR – Carina Wasle – 29, Kundl, Austria

EPC Swim Speed

EPC Tips – Hone Your Speed in the Pool

Hone your speed in the pool to prepare for race day starts with this swim session…

With the majority of the training focus in the later part of the season on ‘race pace’ efforts, be sure to include small amounts of speed work to maintain the top-end. This swim does just that with some fast 50’s on a lot of rest in the main set.

WARM-UP:
300-600 easy, mixed stroke
4-8x 50 kick w/o fins (25 fast/25 easy)
4-6x 50 (25 skull/25 swim fast)

MAIN SET:
6-8x 50 @ FAST!, 0:30 rests
4x 50 one arm swim drill (25 right/25 left)
4-6x 50 @ FASTER!!, 1:00 rests
4x 50 one arm swim drill (25 right/25 left)
2-4x 50 @ FASTEST!!!, 1:30 rests
100 easy

STRENGTH SET:
4-8x 100 pull, moderate, :15 rests

WARM-DOWN:
100-200 easy, choice

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Rob Ricard

2014 XTERRA America Tour Statistics

Nineteen athletes racked-up a perfect 325 points during the course of the 2014 XTERRA America Tour (there were 27 last year). To score 325 points means these athletes won four races in their division, plus won their age group at one of the four regional championship events.

Of those 19, three men were a perfect 6-for-6 in their division this season; Rob Ricard (pictured) from Berwick, ME; Daryl Weaver from Lilitz, PA, and Alan Moore from Ada, MI. Taking it one step further Ricard won the overall at five of those six races, including the top spot at the XTERRA East Championship that doubled as USAT Nationals this year. Weaver won the overall at four of his races and is now 11-of-12 in his age group over past two seasons.

Stephanie Landy from Ballston Spa, New York was one of six females (along with Janet Soule, Linda Usher, Cindi Toepel, Misty Becerra, and Kelli Montgomery) to accumulate 325 points and managed to win her division at all five races she did.

THE 325-POINTS CLUB
Rob Ricard (North East Men 35-39) 6-of-6 in division, OA @ 5
Daryl Weaver (Atlantic Men 40-44) 6-of-6 in division, OA @ 4
Alan Moore (Mid West Men 65-69) 6-of-6 in division
Stephanie Landy (North East Women 55-59) 5-of-5 in division

G L Brown (Mid West Men 70-74) 5-of-6 in division
Charlie Redmond (Atlantic Men 65-69) 4-of-4 in division
David Rakita (Mountain Men 65-69) 4-of-4 in division
Dennis Freeman (West Men 65-69) 4-of-4 in division
David Duncan (West Men 15-19) 4-of-4 in division
Linda Usher (North East Women 65+) 4-of-4 in division
Ian Davidson (Southeast Men 60-64) 4-of-4 in division
Cindi Toepel (Mountain Women 60-64) 4-of-4 in division
Janet Soule (West Women 50-54) 4-of-5 in division
Jim Fisher (Atlantic Men 45-49) 4-of-5 in division
Chris Phenicie (Mountain Men 45-49) 4-of-5 in division
Dennis Farrell (Mountain Men 50-54) 4-of-5 in division
Misty Becerra (Southeast Women 30-34) 4-of-5 in division
Rory Macomber (West Men 20-24) 4-of-5 in division
Kelli Montgomery (North East Women 40-44) 4-of-6 in division

While there were only 19 to reach the perfect score, there were 70 racers in this year’s America Tour to rack up at least 300 points. Among them is past ENVE Performer of the Year award winner Chris Scott – who like Ricard, Weaver, and Moore – was a perfect 6-for-6 in his races (and like Ricard, won the overall at five of them). James Dewlen also won six races this year. Beverly Bickell was 5-for-5 in her division just like Stephanie Landy, and others with five W’s included G L Brown, Jan and Kim Bear, Kevin Adams, and Josh Schaffer.

THE 300-POINTS CLUB
Chris Scott (Mid West Men 40-44) 6-of-6 in division, OA @ 5
James Dewlen (South Central Men 65-69) 6-of-9 in division
Beverly Bickell (South Central Women 60-64) 5-of-5 in division
Jan Bear (South Central Men 55-59) 5-of-6 in division
Kevin Adams (Atlantic Men 55-59) 5-of-11 in division
Josh Schaffer (Southeast Men 35-39) 5-of-8 in division
Kim Bear (South Central Women 55-59) 5-of-6 in division

Dane Baldini (South Central Men 25-29) 4-of-4 in division
Greg Piske (South Central Men 50-54) 4-of-4 in division
Kristen Wade (Mid West Women 35-39) 4-of-4 in division
Jeffrey Dewitt (Mountain Men 35-39) 4-of-4 in division
Hadley Nylen (Mountain Women 30-34) 4-of-4 in division
Melanie Etherton (South Central Women 35-39) 4-of-4
Alissa Magrum (South Central Women 40-44) 4-of-4 in division

Benjamin Dillon (Southeast Men 30-34) 4-of-10 in division
Nicole Valentine (Atlantic Women 30-34) 4-of-5 in division
Marc Hawley (Mid West Men 60-64) 4-of-5 in division
Joshua Loren (Atlantic Men 30-34) 4-of-5 in division
Sam Chalk (Southeast Men 25-29) 4-of-5 in division
Ralph Nurse (Mid West Men 35-39) 4-of-5 in division
Tad Norton (North East Men 45-49) 4-of-8 in division
Clay Moseley (South Central Men 40-44) 4-of-6 in division
Missy Hunnicutt (Southeast Women 45-49) 4-of-5 in division

Kyle Wachenheim Southeast Men 20-24) 3-of-8 in division
Ali Arasta (Southeast Men 50-54) 3-of-4 in division
Brook Pace (Southeast Women 35-39) 3-of-4 in division
Slater Fletcher (West Men 35-39) 3-of-4 in division
John Royson (West Men 60-64) 3-of-4 in division
Michael Orendorff (Mountain Men 60-64) 3-of-4 in division
Jay Sampsel (North West Men 50-54) 3-of-4 in division
Laurence Goddard (South Central Men 65-69) 3-of-6 in division
Tiziana Dehorney (South Central Women 15-19) 3-of-4
Avery Nelson (Southeast Men 20-24) 3-of-4 in division
Marcus Barton (Southeast Men 40-44) 3-of-6 in division
Lucia Colbert (Southeast Women 55-59) 3-of-4 in division
Kathy Waite (Mountain Women 40-44) 3-of-4 in division
Tanya Houghton (Southeast Women 45-49) 3-of-4 in division
Cliff Millemann (West Men 55-59) 3-of-8 in division
Russell Clark (North East Men 60-64) 3-of-5 in division
Greg Seaman (Mid West Men 55-59) 3-of-5 in division
Kristofer Ochs (Mountain Men 25-29) 3-of-4 in division
Daniel Molnar (Mountain Men 30-34) 3-of-5 in division

Beata Wronska (Southeast Women 35-39) 2-of-4 in division
Steve Cole (Southeast Men 55-59) 2-of-4 in division
James Rawie (Southeast Men 65-69) 2-of-4 in division
Sian Turner (West Women 30-34) 2-of-4 in division
Gary Falls (Southeast Men 60-64) 2-of-4 in division
George Mainas (West Men 25-29) 2-of-4 in division
John Hatala (West Men 45-49) 2-of-4 in division
Bruce Wilson (West Men 55-59) 2-of-4 in division
Brian Brown (Mountain Men 35-39) 1-of-4 in division

XTERRA Sleeping Giant Women's Podium

XTERRA Sleeping Giant Race Recap

To run an XTERRA event in Thunder Bay has been the dream of local race director Gordon Ryan for several years. Teaming up with James Kowalewski of XTERRA Ontario and Element Racing, that dream became a reality on Sunday at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada.

The second of two Ontario races (XTERRA Mine Over Matter: 2014 Canadian Cross Triathlon Championships took place July 5th and was Canada’s largest full distance off-road triathlon event in 2014) debuted with a large local and provincial field, however it also drew-in participants from as far as Brazil, Hawaii and Bermuda. Additionally, it was the debut race for the 2013, 23 and under ITU World Champion from Australia, Charlotte McShane.

Coming off the 2014 ITU season, Charlotte came to Thunder Bay to end her race season on a high note and stamp her qualifying ticket to the 2014 XTERRA World Championships in Maui Hawaii.

The day got on its way with overcast skies and a cool breeze coming off of Marie Louise Lake. The cool temperatures were warmed with an emotional and heartfelt welcome from race organizer Gordon Ryan, which set the tone for the rest of the day.

With some significant chop on the water, the swim favoured the swimmers and was lead quite convincingly by Aussi pro Charlotte McShane. Charlotte exited the 2-lap course over a minute ahead of the next closest athlete in any race category; the bike portion of the race, however, was the great equalizer. While the bike course itself was not technical, it was relentless as the rain the night before the race and the relatively new, soft trails did not allow for participants to let off the pedals- it was an all-out grind on the 24km double looped course.

By the time the bike came to an end there was a definite shift in the standings as locals Doug Thiessen and Scott Hill moved into the lead, and Charlotte McShane dropped down into 6th overall (while still maintaining her convincing lead over the next fastest female).

Charlotte was far from done, as she shot out of transition onto the run course determined to regain the spots lost on the bike. In fact, she left transition so fast that you could hear a domino effect of volunteers and spectators gasp ‘my goodness, did you see that girl run!!’ as she flew by. Charlotte confessed in her post race interview (see Charlotte’s post race interview here: http://youtu.be/9D19y8ebO58) that she took off from T2 way too fast and that it might have caught up to her in the later stages of the run. She must not have faded too badly as she was able to regain 3rd spot overall with the days 3rd fastest run, and managed an almost 30 minute victory over her next closest female competitor.

Scott Hill on the other hand had a different kind of day- racing from behind but always in the mix. Known more for his abilities as a Nordic skier, Scott proved that a little cross training can go a long way. Scott came out of the water in 3rd and would battle out the bike course with the second fastest swimmer in the field, Doug Thiessen. While Doug got the better of Scott, who came off the bike dropping down to 4th overall, it was Scott’s blistering run which brought him the overall win, with a final run time 7 minutes faster than the next fastest competitor in the race. You can see Scott Hills post race interview here: http://youtu.be/cG5Jwg-wqIA.

‘This race is going to be a gem in Ontario’ said XTERRA Ontario’s James Kowalewski. ‘The organizers, the volunteers and the northern Ontario hospitality came shining through, and it will only get much bigger in the years to follow. Gordon Ryan and his crew put on a fantastic event and we look forward to seeing what they will have in store for us in 2015!”