Beaver-Creek

XTERRA Mountain Championship Back at Beaver Creek Resort this July 19-20

The XTERRA Mountain Championship triathlon and accompanying off-road sports festival returns to Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado for the sixth straight year on July 19-20.

Several hundred competitors from across the country will gather at Beaver Creek to take part in the various races.  The main event, an off-road triathlon comprised of a one-mile swim in Nottingham Lake, a 16-mile mountain bike and 6-mile trail, awards $15,000 in prize money and attracts some of the world’s best athletes.

As the last of four regional championships in the nationwide XTERRA America Tour that features 70 races in 38 states, the Mountain Championship on Saturday, July 19 awards 46 qualifying slots into the XTERRA World Championship to the top amateur finishers in each age group.

In addition to the main event a half-distance off-road triathlon dubbed the “XTERRA Sprint race”, and 5km, 10km, and 20km trail runs will be offered. The best Paul Mitchell stylists in Colorado will be onsite giving haircuts in exchange for a $15 donation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and there are free kids races too.

“Of the plethora of endurance events on this state’s summer sports calendar, perhaps none screams “Colorado” as much as the XTERRA Mountain Championship triathlon,” 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.”

Here’s a look at the tentative elite field assembling for the big race:

Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Josiah Middaugh – 35, Vail-Eagle, CO
5 – Mauricio Mendez – 18, Mexico City, Mexico
6 – Branden Rakita – 33, Colorado Springs, CO
7 – Chris Ganter – 35, Boise, ID
8 – Jeff Smith – 31, Portland, OR
9 – Ryan Ignatz – 35, Boulder, CO
12 – Ryan Petry – 23, Boulder, CO
17 – Alex Modestou – 27, Washington, D.C.
NR – Gavin Anderson – 35, Boulder, CO
NR – Joshua Merrick – 32, Alamosa, CO
NR – Thomas Spannring – 38, Longmont, CO
NR – Louis Tafuto – 26, Colorado Springs, CO
NR – Patrick Valentine – 28, Colorado Springs, CO
NR – Cody Waite – 35, Lakewood, CO
NR – Brad Zoller – 36, Palatine, IL
Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
2 – Emma Garrard – 32, Park City, UT
3 – Suzie Snyder – 32, Fredericksburg, VA
4 – Shonny Vanlandingham – 45, Durango, CO
5 – Kara LaPoint – 26, Truckee, CA
6 – Christine Jeffrey – 41, Tucson, AZ (Canada)
7 – Amelia McCracken – 30, Philadelphia, PA
8 – Chantell Widney – 34, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
9 – Danelle Kabush – 39, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
10 – Debby Sullivan – 32, Rocklin, CA
11 – Jaime Brede – 37, Breckenridge, CO
13 – Rebecca Blatt – 34, Lakewood, CO
NR – Kim Baugh – 34, Colorado Springs, CO
NR – Rachel Challis – 38, Carlsbad, CA (NZL)
NR – Julie Dibens – 39, Boulder, CO (GBR)
NR – Tamara Donelson – 37, Edwards, CO (AUS)
NR – Maia Ignatz – 34, Boulder, CO
NR – Kelley Cullen – 33, New Castle, CO
NR – Heidi Rentz – 30, Moab, UT
NR – Sara Schuler – 33, Boulder, CO

Learn more at www.xterrabeavercreek.com

Highlight Video from 2013

Stockholm Lake

Inaugural XTERRA Sweden Championship Sunday

The XTERRA World Tour flies into Stockholm for the inaugural XTERRA Sweden Championship at Hellasgarden Park on Sunday.  South Africa’s Dan Hugo, fresh off a win at the XTERRA Pezula duathlon in South Africa on Thursday, will join a staple of the European Tour regulars for race No. 6 of 11 in the Series this Sunday.

XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas is on-site and brings us this report…

What a wonderful surprise taking in the terrain and trails of the first XTERRA Sweden.  The course is no more than 30 minutes from the center of the Old Town part of Stockholm and even closer to the newer suburb of Nacka.

Stockholm is separated by huge bays and inlets and a lot of residents actually take ferries from one part of town where they live to another where they work.  Buses everywhere and a very nice underground.  Combine that with hundreds of folks on bikes and for a city of millions we have not seen traffic jams.

The park at Hellasgarden is a gem.  Totally in nature yet so close to population.  A big, clear freshwater lake surrounded by pine and hardwood forests and huge outcrops of rocks (mostly granite).  “The bike course is awesome” agree pros Ben Allen, Rory Downie, Carina Wasle and Louise Fox.  A great combination of climbs, rocks and roots, quite technical but fun all over.  The bike is two laps and comes back through the main compound.

I did the run today and it is also fantastic.  The run starts flat and fast around the lake but turns uphill after about 1K.  Then things get interesting as one has to scramble over the huge rocks jutting out of the hills.  Think an uphill dry-way from Richmond.  The climbs are not long but they are technical and you’ll need confidence and some strength left in your legs to literally leap from one to the other to make fast times.  The trails go from totally open rock faces to very slim and technical (roots and rocks every inch to twist your ankles) trails then back to more climbing and finally to coming back down to lake level to start your second lap.  The views at the top are spectacular and the smells inside the forest from the pines and woods is perfume to any XTERRA racer.

The pro field is filling up and I will have a better handle on it tomorrow. As the race is on Sunday some did not arrive until today.  We do know that Dan Hugo is making an appearance as is the return of Helena Erbenova.  Jacqui Slack had commitments in England this weekend so Ben is here alone.  Kathrin Mueller had raced four straight weekends and is taking this one off as a well-deserved rest.

The best part has to be the weather.  Sunny and in the low 80’s, beautiful sky blue/pink sunsets.  The weatherman predicts 60% chance of rain for Sunday, but in this part of the world weather is not an exact science.

Nationals Downhill Running

EPC Tips – Downhill Running Intervals

If you’re racing a hilly course, don’t forget to include some downhill running intervals in your schedule.

Downhill running requires a different kind of strength than what we think of when we think hill strength; eccentric vs. concentric muscular contractions. Most endurance athletes include some form of ‘hill repeats’ in their training schedule, typically performed as hard uphill, easy downhill. A surprise to many is how muscularly fatiguing extended downhills can be in their race!

Don’t get caught off guard and lose valuable time in your next hilly race, by incorporating some fast downhill running in your program.

Here is a favorite of mine when preparing for the hilly XTERRA races of the Mountain Championships, USA Championships, and World Championship (for more XTERRA USA & World Champs training ideas click HERE)…

WARM-UP:
– 5:00 dynamic warm-up drills
– 5:00 easy running
– 5:00 building effort

MAIN SET: Performed on a 1 mile off-road hill climb, gaining about 600 feet elevation. If you don’t have large hills to run, you can run multiple shorter repeats.

2-4 rounds of:
– Run uphill hard (appx. 10:00)
– Rest 1:00 at the top
– Run downhill fast!  (appx. 6:00)
– Rest 1:00 at the bottom

Repeat

Goal is to maintain pace (interval times remain similar without dropping off more than 15-20 seconds from the first rep). If paces drop, you likely ran too fast on the first one.

WARM-DOWN:
– 10:00 easy run
– 5:00 walk
– Total time is 60-90 minutes.

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.

Josiah Middaugh

EPC Tips – Include Longer Rides Mid-Season

Include some longer rides in your mid-season program to maintain your aerobic base for late-season success.

Typically off-season and early season training includes plenty of longer endurance based riding in most people’s programs as they begin to build up for the upcoming race season. Then once fully immersed in the race season, the longer endurance based sessions often get put on the back burner as racers focus on shorter high intensity training sessions. As a result your aerobic endurance gradually erodes as your race season progresses. Over the course of a long race season you may find yourself lacking the endurance needed for your end-of-season races. To prevent this loss of endurance from occurring, be sure to include some longer aerobic sessions within your race season training program.

A favorite strategy of mine is to find a weekend where you can get away for 2-3 back to back long rides.

This mini-block of endurance riding can really give you a boost to help maintain, or even improve, your endurance and strength on the bike. Here’s how to implement…

  • This works best the week after a race, or toward the end of a ‘recovery week’. Take the first several days of the week to recover and rest from your race effort.
  • Map out routes to ride. It works best if the ride is different from your regular riding routes.
  • Think BIG! The idea is to really challenge yourself with distance and elevation gain, two or even three days in a row.
  • Try planning an ‘overnighter’ where you ride to a far away destination town, stay the night in a hotel, and ride home the next day. This works with a small backpack for extra clothes (or have some meet you at your destination).
  • Gather some friends to ride with (for safety and enjoyment).
  • Enjoy the ride! With no intervals or specific objectives, other than getting from point A to point B and back again, you can simply ride. Ride a comfortable pace all day just cruise.

Implementing these mini-blocks of big riding in the middle of your race season will help preserve your aerobic endurance as well as give you something fun to look forward to other than racing. If your racing season is really long, you should consider implementing a dedicated endurance training block after a mid-season break (see previous post) to ensure you rebuild your base for the second half of your season.

The ‘Workouts of the Week’ are brought to you by coach, Cody Waite. Racing XTERRA USA and/or World Championships this Fall? Then checkout his XTERRA Championship specific Group Coaching Program for a complete XTERRA specific program leading up to the BIG races!

XTERRA England

TEAM Unlimited Takes on England

TEAM Unlimited, the Hawaii-based owners of the XTERRA brand and worldwide series of off-road triathlon and trail running races, has taken ownership of the XTERRA England Championship to be held August 24, 2014 at Vachary Estate in the Surrey Hills near Cranleigh.

It marks the first-time TEAM Unlimited has taken production of an XTERRA European Tour Championship race in-house.

“We’re excited to establish our own production in Europe where the sport is growing by leaps and bounds,” said XTERRA Managing Director Dave Nicholas.  “We feel England can become one of the premier destinations for XTERRA.  By organizing this event we’re putting the England race in a position to make that dream come true.”

The XTERRA England Championship is the tenth of 11 events on the European Tour, which awards points and prize money to professionals as well as points and qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship for amateurs.  The main event consists of a 1.5km swim, 30km bike ride, and 10km trail run.  There is also a shorter distance Sprint race on offer (750m swim / 15km bike / 5km trail run) and both races can be contested as part of a relay team.

The race will be held just one week after the XTERRA Germany Championship race which is doubling as the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, enticing international elites and amateurs to extend their stay and race in both events.  In addition, the XTERRA Denmark Championship will be held a week later in Tisvilde, offering another appealing two-race vacation travel opportunity.

The location for the event is noteworthy; secreted away in the beautiful ancient wooded countryside of the Surrey Hills at a private family home steeped in history.

“It’s a great course in the south of England just about an hour from Heathrow airport and 30 minutes from Gatwick,” explained Nicholas.  “In the heart of Surrey and West Sussex this area is a postcard of England.  Great pubs and B&B’s everywhere, country estates, small villages and even golf courses.  Be prepared for typical British weather.  Not cold but not warm, a bit of rain here and there and the friendliest folks you will find anywhere.  It’s an absolute classic British experience and one to be planned for.”

Learn more at www.xterraengland.com

About the Vachery Estate

Secreted away in the beautiful ancient wooded countryside of the Surrey Hills; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the Vachery Estate, a private family home and stunning location for this unique sporting weekend.

History: There was a manor house in Vachery in 1296. Henry III granted John, son of Geoffrey, to stock his park of Vachery (cows) and his son John obtained a grant of a weekly market and an annual fair at nearby Cranleigh, self-proclaimed the largest village in England. The village name is popularly believed to come from the large crane breeding grounds that were supposed to have been historically located at Vachery pond.

One of Surrey’s best kept secrets; surrounded by woods this strictly private spring fed pond is almost 900m long, 3.1 kilometers around and covers an area of almost 50 acres.

A fish-pond is mentioned at Vachery in the 13th century. That original pond was connected with the moat for the manor house and, later, Vachery ironworks, a 16th century iron forge, Nearby Cranleigh village was a great seat of the iron industry.

More recently the enlarged lake covering over 50 acres was used as a reservoir for the Wey and Arun Canal, which opened in 1816 and connected the Thames to the English Channel at Littlehampton. The canal’s traffic was attracted to the Horsham to Guildford railway which opened in 1865 and was closed by Dr. Beeching in 1965 and that disused railway line now forms part of the Downs Link, a long-distance path opened in 1984 linking St. Martha’s Hill, near Guildford, to Shoreham on the south coast.

Heather Pady

Bechtel, Pady win Mine Over Matter

Photo: www.jrichardson.ws

Sean Bechtel and Heather Pady defended their 2013 National crowns in style and the top 3 men had a massive dog fight to finish within 100m of each other at the XTERRA Mine over Matter off-road triathlon in Milton, Ontario, Canada on Saturday.

In the men’s race Bechtel led right from the start.  Karsten Madsen had the bike of all bikes as he made up a ton of time after a lack-luster swim to get within a hand full of seconds of Bechtel coming out of T2.

“Bechtel was able to gain some seconds back by having quicker transitions and in the end that was a major factor in his win,” said race director James Kowalewski.

In third place from Quebec, Jean-Phillipe Thibodeau had a great swim exiting second to Bechtel, and the days fastest run, however lost position on the bike.

The women’s race played out in similar fashion to the men’s as Heather Pady had a great swim and was able to defend her lead throughout while Nadine Meuller from Canmore, Alberta closed the gap on the bike and on the run, but ran out of real-estate to provide Heather the overall women’s win by just over a minute.  Molly Hurford from USA rounded out the top 3.

Results / Photos

Ruben Ruzafa

Ruzafa, Mueller win XTERRA France; Top European Tour Standings

Since finishing third at the XTERRA USA Championship in September of 2013 Ruben Ruzafa has been perfect. He won the XTERRA World Title in Maui in October, and started 2014 with XTERRA European Tour victories in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and now France.

For the women it’s been all about Kathrin Mueller of late.  She’s won three championship races in as many weekends with Greece, Swiss, and France titles pushing her to the top of the European Tour standings.

XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas was in Xonrupt to take in all the action on Sunday and filed this report…

Another fabulous contest in France with all the bells and whistles anyone could ask for.  Thankfully, the forecast rain held off for the race.  In the morning I was speaking with the announcer (who did the PA in five languages) and told her I had said to the weather Gods “no rain until 7 tonight”.  To my amazement and hers, we were starting awards and at 7:03pm it poured!

The race was another classic battle a la Switzerland last week.  The unbeatable Ruben Ruzafa came out of the swim 19th and I watched him as he started the bike and could see he was relaxed and knew his strongest point was about to come.  A confident man.  First out of the water was a recovered Ben Allen followed by Asa Shaw, Braden Currie and then about 800 of their best friends.

Portugal winner Francois Carloni had a good swim but was caught by Ruzafa on one of the many big climbs.  “Ruzafa comes past me and I get on his wheel to follow” said the Frenchman.  “Maybe I stay with him 200m and then he is gone, he is so powerful.”

Ben Allen agreed, saying “I went out to play catch me if you can, but those guys; Ruben, Braden, Kris, Asa, Yeray are in a different league than me right now.”

Ruzafa knew the race was long and had his bike loaded with drink and gels.  He clearly knew what he wanted as he posted the fastest bike time by nearly five minutes.  That is domination.  Ruben put in a solid and quick run to take the victory, but he was being chased down by Kiwi Braden Currie.  Braden had a minute on Ruben out of the swim, lost five on the bike then took back more than three on the run to finish just under a minute behind in second.  A great effort and Currie is not far away from the top step.

Farther back, Asa Shaw had been passed by Belgian Kris Coddens and was being chased by another Belgian, Yeray Luxem.  It was a better day for Belgian XTERRA racers than their World Cup team as Coddins finished 3rd and Luxem did pass Shaw to take 4th.  Not far behind Shaw was an age group phenom named Arthur Forissier.  Just 20 years old, Arthur is fast at everything and took 7th overall including the 6th fastest men’s run.

Carloni was close to Shaw out on the run and thought he could catch the Briton on the climb but cramped badly and lay suffering for a very long time.  He did finally continue to a valiant, but disappointing 16th.

Kathrin Mueller continued her run of victories.  By far the quickest out of the swim – actually 7th overall – she put in the fastest bike and like Ruzafa; had a solid run to take victory by four-minutes over Carina Wasle.  The Austrian woman has had a great comeback year.  Carina was a winner on the XTERRA Tour a few years ago but had studies that hampered her training and did not have the results we expected.  She is back and she is combining very fast bike times with great run times and is solidly on the podium at each event.  The “Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher had a wonderful race and was 2nd off the bike before Carina passed her on the last lap.

Chasing Renata hard and missing 3rd by just nine seconds was Canadian Chantell Widney.  Chantell had a great 2nd last week in Switzerland and continued her solid finishes with 4th here in France.  Young Sandra Koblmueller again posted the fastest women’s run to take 5th.  As her mtb skills improve this young German pro will be a force to reckon with.

“The course is so hard you cannot go slow.  I knew I had an advantage off the bike, but could not rest on the run.  I was worried about today as this was my 4th race in 4 weeks” sighed our winner Kathrin Mueller.  “But, I am very fit and had to prove that Germany not only has the best footballers, but the best XTERRA racers as well.”

Indeed all of Europe is glued to the World Cup Soccer/Football matches, but for this Sunday, the French press eyes were on XTERRA and the Vosges mountains in the north.  I posted videos and photos and while they are neat – nothing can truly capture the BIG SHOW that happens in France.  The Monster, the Sand Snake, the huge live TV screen in the compound.  There is a very good reason that 700 race in the short distance and over 800 in the Championship event and that is because the course, the organization, the Show is simply at the highest level possible.  Even those who did not make the cutoff time (over 100) enjoyed the day and are planning on being faster for 2015.  This race sells out quickly, so if you plan to come over next year, keep your eyes out when registration opens and get your slot.  Rain or no rain – this is the place to be in July.  On to our first race in Sweden.

Images / Results

RUZAFA, MUELLER LEADERS AFTER FIVE

Two-time and reigning XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa from Spain and Kathrin Mueller from Germany remain atop the XTERRA European Tour standings after five events.

Pros count their best six of 11 races through the course of the season to determine their final point totals.  Races still to come include XTERRA Sweden on Sunday, followed by XTERRA Italy (July 26), XTERRA Czech (Aug 9), XTERRA Germany (Aug. 16), XTERRA England (Aug. 24), and XTERRA Denmark (Aug. 31).

As proof of the diversity of the elite field, the top 10 men hail from eight different countries, and the same can be said for the women’s top 10.  Here’s a look at the current standings:

Pl Name ESP POR GRE SUI FRA TOT
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 100 100 x 100 100 400
2 Yeray Luxem, BEL x 82 x 69 75 226
t3 Albert Soley, ESP 90 x 82 49 x 221
t3 Francois Carloni, FRA x 90 100 x 31 221
5 Asa Shaw, GBR x 69 x 75 69 213
6 Will Kelsay, USA 63 63 49 34 x 209
7 Braden Currie, NZL x x x 90 90 180
8 Kris Coddens, BEL x x x 82 82 164
9 Jan Pyott, SUI 75 x x 58 x 133
10 Alexander Haas, GER x x x 63 53 116
Pl Name ESP POR GRE SUI FRA TOT
1 Kathrin Müller, GER 90 x 100 100 100 390
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 100 x 90 63 x 253
3 Sandra Koblmueller, AUT x 90 x 58 69 217
4 Jacqui Slack, GBR 75 82 x x 58 215
5 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 63 100 x x 49 212
6 Chantell Widney, CAN x x x 90 75 165
7 Maud Golsteyn, NED 82 x x 82 x 164
8 Carina Wasle, AUT x x x 69 90 159
9 Renata Bucher, SUI x x x 75 82 157
10 Rebecca Kaltenmeier, GER x x x 53 63 116
XTERRA Victoria

McMahon, McQuaid win XTERRA Victoria

Brent McMahon and Melanie McQuaid captured the XTERRA Victoria off-road triathlon titles in British Columbia, Canada on Sunday.

Here we share the story three-time XTERRA World Champion Melanie McQuaid penned for Triathlon Magazine Canada (visit original article online at triathlonmagazine.ca) …

// The XTERRA Victoria triathlon represented one of the few Canadian opportunities for age group athletes to punch their ticket to the XTERRA World Championship in October on the island of Maui. For this reason, the Victoria event was certainly not limited to a local field. Athletes from all over Canada and the US rolled into town to see the legendary singletrack in “The Dump” where all of Canada’s best mountain bikers have sharpened their skills. It is no accident that Canada has produced the world’s best national team for mountain biking every year for more than 20 years. The trails in Victoria are an excellent venue for creating mountain bike champions.

The race offered a clinic the Friday before the event where pro athletes including Brent McMahon (Olympian and 70.3 star), Danelle Kabush (Luna Pro Women’s Team) and Melanie McQuaid (Trek Factory Racing) took more than 20 riders out onto the bike course to practice. The pro athletes shared tips on which lines to take, strategy for pacing and how to improve technical skills. The bike course started at the Mt Work Park entrance with a long, steep climb up to Old Payoff and down Harem Scarem to the Switchbacks. The course included sections of fast and flowy singletrack with short technical elements that required some courage, while still remaining approachable for advanced beginner to intermediate athletes.

Race day began with some early morning showers which resulted in damp conditions on the trails. The clean, clear waters of Durrance Lake set a pretty backdrop for the race venue with wetsuit temperatures called on race morning. Kate Button recalled her favourite moment from the morning before the race start. “My favourite moment was Brent rolling into transition between Danelle and me in his fancy compression tights. I realize Danelle is wearing loose fitting yoga pants and I’m wearing free ride shorts and say to him…”didn’t you know you’re racing in the baggy-pants triathlon today?” Good thing you’re extra awesome at mountain biking Brent.”

The swim proved to be marked a little short, as the two fastest swimmers, Brent McMahon and Ironman legend Tom Evans, were out of the water in under 13 minutes. Next out was a group that contained pro woman’s competitor Melanie McQuaid at 14:30 followed by her main competition, Kate Button and Danelle Kabush, a further minute back.

McMahon’s race best 1:09 bike split immediately started riding clear of the field while Mat Signoretty posted the second fastest split in hot pursuit. Courtenay-based superfast chiropractors Derek Vinge and Clay Ward were next fastest off the bike, but it was Vinge’s lightning fast run split, only 10 seconds short of McMahon’s race best 41:10, that earned him second place on the day over Ward in third.

Kate Button, a new XTERRA pro, was showing her growing improvement on the bike to come into T2 ahead of Danelle Kabush. However Kabush’s running ability, particularly on very technical and steep terrain, erased her deficit and earned her a strong second place behind McQuaid.

After the race Kabush said: “XTERRA Victoria now ranks as one of my all-time favourite courses, a true off road triathlon starting in a beautiful lake followed by fun, challenging SINGLE TRACK! The bike was technical but the run was even more so! I was excited to see so many competitors out for an exciting day of racing! Nice to see the legend of XTERRA, Mel, back on the dirt showing us how it is done on the home trails and thanks to Katie for pushing me right through to the run!”

The event was championed by the Human Powered Racing triathlon team in Victoria, headed up by Ironman star Mike Neill.   The local Trek Procity store also fielded a team where Troy Woodburn teamed up with Chek News celebrity Erin Glazier.  Glazier was inspired by last year’s event to become a triathlete, and had this to add:  “Racing my first XTERRA as part of a relay team was the best time. The race was very well organized, the course was phenomenal and the people involved were fantastic. From a warm lake swim, to technical single track on the mountain bike (I passed off to my teammate!) finishing with a scenic run on the trails, the experience is truly a triathlon in the woods. And, nowhere else can you put your bike on the rack in transition next to world class pros like Melanie McQuaid and Brent McMahon, while at the same time having the race emceed by former Ironman champ Jasper Blake. Hands down I’ll be back next year!”

Men’s champion McMahon said: “XTERRA Victoria was again a great fun race in the back yard where I spend many hours training. The course was a little slick with just a misting of rain creating a locals advantage. A great turnout and fresh hot dogs made for a great race scene.” //

Results / Melanie’s personal account at racergirl.com

Whitmore ESPY

Jamie Whitmore Nominated for ESPY

XTERRA Hall of Famer Jamie “J-Dawg” Whitmore has been nominated for a prestigious ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) which is presented by ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievements and other sports-related performances.

Whitmore is one of five women in the “Best Female Athlete with a Disability” category, joining triathlete Minda Dentler, sit-skier Oksana Masters, wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden, and alpine monoskier Laurie Stephens.

At the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships Whitmore won gold medals in the time trial and pursuit events with world-record times. On the road, she took first place in the road race 2014 UCI World Cup in Italy. In 2013, she was undefeated in both the Road World Cup series and the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.

As an XTERRA racer Whitmore is still the winningest female elite of all-time having collected 37 majors in a dozen different countries including the World Championship in 2004 before being diagnosed with cancer in 2008.  After several surgeries, including one to remove her entire left gluteus muscle she was told she’d likely never ride or run again.  It was just the kind of challenge Whitmore thrives on and she was back crushing the competition in all kinds of races shortly thereafter.  (Watch her HOF video).

ESPY Award winners are selected through online fan balloting taking place now through July 16.  To vote for Jamie go to http://espn.go.com/espys/2014, “click for more categories,” select Best Female Athlete with a Disability and click on her picture.

To hear Jamie chat about the nomination and what she’s up to today listen in on this interview with Coach Jeff on the XTERRA Podcast at: http://www.thexterrapodcast.com/