Josiah Middaugh

Middaugh, Duffy win XTERRA West Championship

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(Lake Las Vegas – Henderson, Nevada) – Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy won the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series opener at the XTERRA West Championship around the desert of Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada this morning.

It’s the third time in four years Middaugh has captured the West Championship title.

It started in the calm 58-degree waters of Lake Las Vegas fronting the Reflection Bay Golf Clubhouse with 18-year-old sensation Mauricio Mendez (last year’s amateur XTERRA World Champion from Mexico) leading the swim ahead of a pack that included Dan Hugo, Craig Evans, Branden Rakita, and Flora Duffy.

Hugo, winner at XTERRA South Africa, Philippines, and Guam already this year, quickly asserted his will on the bike and broke away from the field.  He had a one-minute lead on second-place Mendez after the first of two bike laps and when he zipped by the 13-mile mark he looked poised to run away with the win.  That was until he flatted on a tricky section a few miles later, and then again not long after.  They weren’t your ordinary flats, either, rather the kind that would send most to the bike shop for help, and it took him totally out of the race.  He soldiered on to finish 7th.  Hugo put it mildly when he said “It was a nightmare. Never had that happen before, but its part of the game.”

For Middaugh, the day started two minutes, thirty seconds behind the lead swimmers but as he has so many times before, he pedaled his way back into the race on the bike.  He picked off 10-of-the-11 guys ahead of him by the second-lap and passed Hugo when his troubles struck and took a 15-second lead into the bike-to-run transition that he built into a comfortable two-minute margin of victory.

“Certainly wish Dan would have had a mechanical-free day so we would have had a clean race, but it was still a good race, and a good day for me,” said Middaugh, who has won five of the last six U.S. Pro Series majors since 2012.  “Brad (Weiss) was climbing stronger than I’ve ever seen him and he was pretty much matching me on the climbs so he’s going to be tough this year, and Mauricio is really figuring it out.”

For Brad Weiss, it was a career day.  When Middaugh caught him on his hard charge towards the front on the bike the young South African responded with everything he had and went along for the ride – something not many have ever been able to do.  He was rewarded with a U.S. Series career-best runner-up finish against a class field.

“Today, for the first time, when he (Middaugh) caught me I was really aggressive and I wasn’t going to let him go.  I sat on his wheel most of the second lap, and he’s riding a step above what I’m capable of, so I was really hurting by the end there.  Still, for the first 4K or so on the run the gap didn’t change much.  Into the descents though he seems to have the longer stride and really opened the gap up and there was not much I could do.”

Mendez, the rising star from Mexico City, beat everybody out of the water then hung tough with some of the sports best riders and entered the bike-to-run transition with Branden Rakita and Craig Evans.  Despite the heavy legs he had enough in the tank left to pull away and finish third in convincing fashion.

“It was a very hard race, very tough but it feels amazing and such a great experience being with all these guys I really admire,” said Mendez.  “When I finished the bike, I was like ‘oh my gosh I have nothing left’, but I gave all I had on the run and it was a very good result.  It’s my dream to follow this path.”

Branden Rakita and Craig Evans finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  Its Evans best performance in the desert yet, made even sweeter because his wife and two kids flew in from Tennessee to watch it unfold up-close.  Also of note Ryan Petry was stellar in his pro debut, finishing sixth overall.

PRO MEN  



Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh 35 Vail, Colorado 2:10:07 100
2 Bradley Weiss 25 Cape Town, South Africa 2:12:08 90
3 Mauricio Mendez 18 Mexico City, Mexico 2:13:00 82
4 Branden Rakita 33 Colorado Springs, Colorado 2:15:11 75
5 Craig Evans 36 Hendersonville, Tennessee 2:15:40 69
6 Ryan Petry 22 Tempe, Arizona 2:18:17 63
7 Dan Hugo 28 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:19:22 58
8 Chris Ganter 35 Boise, Idaho 2:20:18 53
9 Matt Lieto 35 Bend, Oregon 2:21:33 49
10 Ryan Ignatz 35 Boulder, Colorado 2:24:49 45
Also: Justin Thomas (41), Jeff Smith (37), Will Kelsay (34), Ryan DeCook (31), Will Ross (28), Chris Bagg, Nick Fisher, Brian Astell, Andy Lee, Chris Legh

Flora Duffy

DUFFY DOMINATES WOMEN’S RACE

Flora Duffy was sensational on Sunday, posting the fastest swim, bike, and run times on her way to a convincing win in the desert.

Just a year ago after placing sixth at the Mountain Championship race in Colorado Duffy wasn’t sure she ever wanted to do another XTERRA.  Then she had a break-out race at XTERRA Worlds, placing third, trained in South Africa over the winter (where she spent a lot of time on the mountain bike) and won the XTERRA South Africa Championship.

“I rode my mountain bike all winter so I think that’s showing and I feel more comfortable on it so I can go through things faster which makes a huge difference,” said Duffy.  “I was pleased I could ride it pretty well.  Some sections were so rutted out and dry, it was hectic out there.”

Emma Garrard, who won the race for second and was the top American for the third time in a row said Flora “is super talented, and I think she may have just found her niche in triathlon.”

Shonny Vanlandingham overcame a big deficit out of the water to bike-and-run her way into the third position, with Suzie Snyder and Chantell Widney rounding out the top five.  Danelle Kabush ran into 6th and Kara LaPoint finished in the money in her first race as a pro.

PRO WOMEN



Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Flora Duffy 26 Boulder, Colorado 2:25:48 100
2 Emma Garrard 32 Park City, Utah 2:37:06 90
3 Shonny Vanlandingham 44 Durango, Colorado 2:37:59 82
4 Suzie Snyder 32 Fredericksburg, Virginia 2:38:24 75
5 Chantell Widney 34 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2:39:14 69
6 Danelle Kabush 39 Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2:40:26 63
7 Kara LaPoint 26 Truckee, California 2:44:46 58
8 Katie Button 28 Victoria, B.C., Canada 2:55:00 53
9 Jaime Brede 36 Breckenridge, Colorado 2:57:13 49
10 Debby Sullivan 32 Rocklin, California 2:58:29 45
Also: Rebecca Blatt (41), Amelia McCracken (37)

BALZER, FINCHAMP WIN AMATEUR CROWNS

A pair of familiar names – the reigning amateur XTERRA National Champ Matthew Balzer and the reigning XTERRA World Champion Hannah Rae Finchamp – won the amateur XTERRA West Championship crowns today. Maia Ignatz and Meghan Sheridan went 2/3 for the women while Cal Zaryski and John Hatala finished 2/3 overall for the men.

XTERRA WEST CHAMPIONS (FEMALE)
Division Name Time
15 – 19 Hannah Rae Finchamp 2:43:57
25 – 29 Heather Zimchek 3:14:12
30 – 34 Maia Ignatz 2:57:50
35 – 39 Meghan Sheridan 3:00:52
40 – 44 Kelli Montgomery 3:04:30
45 – 49 Linda Matheson 4:24:49
50 – 54 Janet Soule 3:21:01
55 – 59 Sheila Cotter 4:35:16
65+ Kathy Frank 5:42:24
XTERRA WEST CHAMPIONS (MALE)
Division Name Time
15 – 19 David Duncan 2:44:41
20 – 24 Rory Macomber 2:49:29
25 – 29 Tomas Matera 2:43:40
30 – 34 Matthew Balzer 2:31:04
35 – 39 Slater Fletcher 2:41:33
40 – 44 Mike Cabigon 2:41:14
45 – 49 Calvin Zaryski 2:34:52
50 – 54 Dennis Farrell 2:47:17
55 – 59 Dennis Brinson 2:54:30
60 – 64 John Royson 3:06:36
65 – 69 Dennis Freeman 4:14:51
70 – 74 Roger Kern 5:42:25
PC Jamie Brown 3:34:52

 

2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING EVENTS

The XTERRA West Championship was the ninth of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.  Up next, the inaugural XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship at Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia on April 26.

Date Race Location / Pro Winners
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Leonardo Chacon / Shonny Vanlandingham
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road
Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Ben Allen / Carina Wasle
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Conrad Stoltz / Barbara Riveros
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Putrajaya
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Pelham, Alabama
24-May XTERRA Mauritius Bois Cheri
25-May XTERRA Spain Championship Cieza, Murcia
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Golega
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Ilhabela, Sao Paulo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Richmond, Virginia
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Lake Plastira
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Vallee de Joux
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Horten
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario – Canadian Cross Tri Championship Milton, Ontario, Canada
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Xonrupt, Gerardmer
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria British Columbia, Canada
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Hellasgaarten
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Beaver Creek Resort, Avon, Colorado
20-Jul XTERRA Ireland Killaloe, County Clare
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Abruzzo, Scanno
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Tapalpa, Jalisco
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Prachatice
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Zittau
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Alberta, Canada
24-Aug XTERRA England Cranleigh, Surrey
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Tisvilde
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Lac Delage, Quebec, Canada
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thundery Bay, Ontario, Canada
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ogden/Snowbasin, UT
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Maui, Hawaii


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 2014 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 25+ 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.

Roberto Mandje

Mandje, Vantassel win XTERRA Half-Marathon at Lake Las Vegas

Complete Results / Images

Lake Las Vegas Resort – Henderson, NV – Roberto Mandje of Boulder, CO and Amy Vantassel from Portland, OR won the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas 12.5-mile trail run in 1:16:13 and 1:35:16, respectively, on a beautiful morning in Henderson, Nevada.

In winning today Mandje, a former Olympian from Equatorial Guinea, successfully defended his back-to-back weekend of wins.  The 32-year-old won the XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain 12K Trail Run in Colorado just eight days ago for the second year in a row as well.  Making it more impressive was the change in scenery between the two venues, not to mention the 12-plus hour drive from Boulder, Colorado, to Las Vegas.  There was still snow on the ground (at 6,000-plus feet) in Colorado Springs, in stark contrast to the barren desert in southern Nevada.

“I knew what to expect after last year and everything really went well,” said Mandje, who took the lead from Forrest Boughner early on and never let go.  “Bougner stuck with me the first few miles and that made it fun, but challenging.   I got away a little but never really knew how big a lead I had so was still running scared and pressed the whole way.  With Bougner being 6-foot-5 I could find him in the crowd, but felt confident if it came to a kick I’d have the strength as my training has gone really well this winter.”

Boughner, from Flagstaff, Arizona, placed second more than four minutes back, followed by Henderson, NV native Forrest Jarvi.  Mandje will now turn his focus on more training and a solid mix of trail and road races leading up to his marathon-distance debut this fall (he ran the 1500-meter race at the 2004 Olympics).

Amy Vantassel

In the women’s race, experience ruled the day as Vantassel resisted the urge to follow a torrid pace set early by Amber Throop from Henderson (who eventually finished third).

“Amber started out really fast, but I’m 38, and I knew not to go out that hard because it was going to be a long day,” said Vantassal, whose husband Chris Bagg will race in the elite field at the XTERRA West Championship triathlon tomorrow.  “About four miles in I picked it up a little, and Aimee (Balzer) and I ran together for a while.  Neither of us are super competitive so we were talking out there and enjoying the run.”

Vantassel turned on the jets midway and crossed the line with a four-minute lead on Balzer.

“It was really tough, all XTERRA’s are,” said Vantassel.  “There are no PRs out there, and your time doesn’t matter. That’s one of the reasons why I love XTERRA.  “It’s such a refresher from the road scene, such a great vibe.  The community and people and aesthetic of the event really brings the fun back into racing and I had a great day.”

Nearly 700 trail runners signed-up for today’s trail races, which also included 10K and 5K options.  Jesse Wright and Crystal Baumgart won the 10K while Gabriel Rivera and Andrea Hinojosa captured the 5K titles.

Tomorrow several hundred athletes from around the world will take part in the XTERRA West Championship off-road triathlon on many of the same trails.

Learn more at www.xterralakelasvegas.com.

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 2014 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 25+ 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.

Men's Podium New Zealand by Mark Tantrum

Stoltz, Riveros win XTERRA New Zealand

(Rotorua, New Zealand) – Olympians Conrad Stoltz of South Africa and Barbara Riveros of Chile captured the 12th annual XTERRA New Zealand Championship race on a beautiful Saturday morning around the Blue Lake in Rotorua.

Stoltz, a four-time XTERRA World Champion and three-time ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion, set his sights on discovering the adventure and thrill of racing in some of the world’s most amazing venues in 2014 and got off to a rollicking start for that today.

“The course was phenomenal, exactly what I expected,” said Stoltz after the win.  “I heard so many good things about it and saw footage of it on the internet.  When I saw the course I thought wow, this is just phenomenal. I wish I could stay longer and ride some more and see the rest of the trails out here.”

Australian Ben Allen, no stranger to the beauty of Rotorua as the reigning and two-time XTERRA New Zealand Champion, took the early lead out of the swim; however, Stoltz was not far behind and jumped into the front roughly 4km into the mountain bike.

“I had a really good race,” said Stoltz.  “I’ve had good form early this year but had a couple of bad luck races with flats and stuff earlier this summer in South Africa so it was great to come out here and make the most of it.”

Stoltz said he was smiling on the downhills, and came into the bike-to-run transition with a gap big enough to hold-off the speedy Allen who crossed the finish line just 40-seconds back in 2nd place.  It’s Allen’s third XTERRA major in as many weeks, and he won the other two – at Great Ocean Road in Australia and the XTERRA Saipan Championship last week.

Local young gun Olly Shaw, who won the 20-24 XTERRA World Title in 2012, was the top Kiwi and placed third overall. Shaw also raced the Asia-Pacific Tour the last two weeks, placing 3rd at XTERRA Guam and 4th at XTERRA Saipan.   Kiwi Sam Osborne was 4th and Spaniard Roger Serrano placed 5th.

“I saw a wallaby, all the tree ferns, this beautiful lake, it’s just stunningly beautiful here,” said Stoltz.  “Even the run, it’s shaded the whole way, lush and green.  Plus, the Kiwis are crazy about their triathlon and are very knowledgeable about the sport so it was great to come out and be part of the XTERRA family here.”

Pro Men
Pl Name Time
1 Conrad Stoltz, RSA 2:04:51
2 Ben Allen, AUS 2:05:31
3 Olly Shaw, NZL 2:07:28
4 Sam Osborne,NZL 2:08:55
5 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:11:27
6 Sam Shaw,NZL 2:13:14
7 Sam Gardner, GBR 2:15:05
8 Clark Ellice, NZL 2:16:17
9 Josh Kenyon, NZL 2:16:19
10 Nick Moore, NZL 2:16:34
Also: Andrew Small, Tayler Reid, Noah Wright

Complete Results

Women's Podium New Zealand by Mark Tantrum

RIVEROS WINS WOMEN’S RACE

In her fourth-ever XTERRA race Barbara Riveros captured her first-ever XTERRA Championship.

“Pretty happy with my performance today,” said Riveros, who placed 8th last weekend at the ITU World Triathlon Series opener in Auckland, New Zealand.  “It’s hard to spend much time on my mountain bike because my focus is ITU and next month we start qualification for Rio.”

Great Britain XTERRA star Jacqui Slack, the 2012 New Zealand Champ, pushed Riveros to the breaking point on the bike before succumbing to her phenomenal fitness level.

“Jacqui was pushing so hard on the bike, and came so very close to dropping me,” said Riveros.  “I had to put the hammer down just to stay with her. I’m really happy for her because she has brought her mountain bike skill to another level.  She’s another athlete compared to last year.”

Thought the two went neck-and-neck on the bike, Riveros took off on the run and won comfortably.

“The run around the lake was awesome, the support was great, I felt comfortable and kept my tempo and I’m really happy it worked out,” said Riveros.

Interestingly, it was Slack (and her mate Ben Allen) who talked Riveros into racing at XTERRA New Zealand.

“Yeah, Jacqui and I train in the same city in Australia and she told me you must come here, it is amazing and she was right.  I am so grateful to Ben and Jacqui to suggest coming here.  This place is unbelievable, like a dream.  I just love nature, the trails are amazing, and it is a wonderful event,” said Riveros.

Sarah Backler, a 2012 XTERRA World Champ (30-24 division), finished third, Lizzie Orchard, a 2011 XTERRA World Champ (25-29 division) was fourth, and Rachel Challis, a U.S. based XTERRA pro from New Zealand, placed fifth and two-time XTERRA NZ Champ Nicola Leary was sixth.

Pro Women
Pl Name Final
1 Barbara Riveros, CHI 2:18:32
2 Jacqui Slack, GBR 2:24:14
3 Sarah Backler, NZL 2:27:44
4 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 2:30:20
5 Rachel Challis, NZL 2:30:59
6 Nic Leary, NZL 2:35:06

The Paymark XTERRA Rotorua Festival is one of the single biggest multisport events in the world, with more than 2,000 racers taking part in a variety of challenges including a 5.5 km, 11km or 21km walk or run, a 26km mountain bike as well as a team or individual at the XTERRA New Zealand Championship.  Here’s a look at a dozen years of elite champions in Rotorua.

XTERRA NEW ZEALAND ALL-TIME WINNERS
Year Men Women
2003 Sam Mallard Evelyn Willamson
2004 Hamish Carter Sonia Foote
2005 Hamish Carter Sonia Foote
2006 Hamish Carter Gina Ferguson
2007 Tim Wilding Gina Ferguson
2008 Terenzo Bozzone Sonia Foote
2009 Richard Ussher Nicola Leary
2010 Scott Thorne Nicola Leary
2011 Richard Ussher Karen Hanlen
2012 Ben Allen Jacqui Slack
2013 Ben Allen Renata Bucher
2014 Conrad Stoltz Barbara Riveros

2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING EVENTS

XTERRA New Zealand was the eighth of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.  Up next, tomorrow’s XTERRA West Championship at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada, which is also the start of the U.S. Pro Series.

Date Race Location / Pro Winners
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Leonardo Chacon / Shonny Vanlandingham
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road
Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Ben Allen / Carina Wasle
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Conrad Stoltz / Barbara Riveros
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Lake Las Vegas, Nevada
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Putrajaya
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Pelham, Alabama
24-May XTERRA Mauritius Bois Cheri
25-May XTERRA Spain Championship Cieza, Murcia
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Golega
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Ilhabela, Sao Paulo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Richmond, Virginia
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Lake Plastira
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Vallee de Joux
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Horten
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario – Canadian Cross Tri Championship Milton, Ontario, Canada
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Xonrupt, Gerardmer
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria British Columbia, Canada
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Hellasgaarten
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Beaver Creek Resort, Avon, Colorado
20-Jul XTERRA Ireland Killaloe, County Clare
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Abruzzo, Scanno
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Tapalpa, Jalisco
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Prachatice
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Zittau
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Alberta, Canada
24-Aug XTERRA England Cranleigh, Surrey
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Tisvilde
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Lac Delage, Quebec, Canada
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thundery Bay, Ontario, Canada
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ogden/Snowbasin, UT
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Maui, Hawaii


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 2014 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 25+ 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.

Bernd-Pannewitz-(L)-&-Marcus-Barton-(R)

XTERRA Point Series News and Notes

Greg Schott from Chesterfield, VA and Misty Becerra of Clermont, FL captured the XTERRA Hickory Knob off-road tri Saturday at McCormick, South Carolina in 2:06:39 and 2:22:31, respectively.

XTERRA Ambassador Marcus Barton, who finished fourth on the day on first in the masters division, stumbled upon a unique natural occurrence before the race…an abundance of falling pollen.  Here’s how he described it…

“When we showed up on Friday for a pre-ride and run of the XTERRA Hickory Knob course, it was vastly different weather than 2013.  Last year, at race time, it was raining, cold and water in the mid-50’s.  In that race, I didn’t warm up until I was in the showers after the race,” said Barton.  “This year, it was sunny and mid 70’s before the race, but there was what appeared to be a fog cloud in the air.  You don’t have to be a weatherman to know that sunny and 70 is not typically when you have fog.  That’s because this cloud wasn’t fog after all, but instead a haze of pollen in the air.  The ground was covered in a layer of yellow as if it was a dusting of snow and you had nice little puffs of it with every step.  The trail was even worse and several times during my pre-ride, I’d stop and look behind me to see the yellow cloud that I had stirred up resettle to the ground.  I’ve raced in dusty conditions, but this was definitely taking it a step farther.”

You can read Marcus’ full account of race day on his blog, marcusbarton.com // XTERRA Hickory Knob complete Results

XTERRA TIGER THIS SATURDAY

The inaugural XTERRA Tiger off-road tri takes to the trails at Chewacla State Park in Auburn, Alabama. Chris Bowers, owner of www.about-time-events.com, and the guys at CAMP (Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers) who take care of the trails say it’s a “perfect venue for an off-road triathlon as it has one of the areas best parks for a Tri, a fun and fast trail system and a quiet comfortable setting.”

The race combines a half-mile swim with a 10-mile bike loop and 3.1-mile run.

PRIZE MONEY FOR RUSTMAN CHALLENGE

Race director Fred Phillips of DLT Events is putting up $1,000 to the fastest two male and females, based on cumulative time in the XTERRA Epic – Rustman and the XTERRA Gator Terra off-road triathlons to be held May 3-4 at Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston, Louisiana.

“This weekend is also the only time here in the U.S. that you can earn two full sets of point towards the XTERRA Point Series,” said Phillips.  “Who needs Iron when you can get Rusty!”

Now in its 18th year the XTERRA Gator Terra, the longest running XTERRA in the continental U.S., is ready to snap into action on May 4. Its partner, the XTERRA Epic – The RustMan, will be the feature on May 3rd. 

Last year XTERRA created the XTERRA Epic Series, which consisted of 4 races,” explained Phillips. “The Rustman is the first race of the 2014 National Series, so get a head start on your competition towards become a XTERRA Epic National Champion!”

This year’s Epic Series races include the XTERRA Epic – Rustman on May 3 (Ruston, LA), the XTERRA Epic – Marquette on Sept. 13 (Marquette, MI), the XTERRA Epic – ASP on Sept. 27 (Salamanca, NY), and the XTERRA Epic – Iron Mountain on October 18 (Arkadelphia, AR).

All four races will feature a one-mile swim, 30-to-35 mile mountain bike, and 9-to-11 mile trail run.  The Series will be scored in 10-year age groups starting from 18-29, where racers count their best two scores to vie for the 2014 XTERRA Epic Series Championship.

The four events will also award XTERRA Points Series level points into the XTERRA America Tour, with the Rustman counting for the 2014 season while the other three will count towards the 2015 season.

“Hosting the oldest continually running XTERRA on the main land, the Gator Terra, as well as the XTERRA Epic – The Rustman , the oldest XTERRA Epic, holds a certain responsibility. We have worked hard to keep it fresh and fun,” said Phillips.

DLT Events was founded in 1998, and produces events throughout Arkansas and the surrounding states.

“Our Mission is to provide events that fit the needs of the first time participant to highly driven competitor. Through these events we support the programs of Teen Challenge, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program,” said Phillips.

XTERRA New Zealand - Photo By John Cowpland

A Dozen Years in Rotorua

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour rolls into Rotorua this weekend where Ben Allen looks to join triathlon legend Hamish Carter as the only other man to three-peat at the XTERRA New Zealand Championship on Saturday.

It won’t be easy, as the adventure-inspired 7x World Champion Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz from South Africa has been ripping around on the trails for a week in anticipation of his first XTERRA race in the Blue Lakes area. Meanwhile, Allen has been traveling across the oceans to race and win at XTERRA Great Ocean Road in Australia two weeks ago and the XTERRA Saipan Championship in the Northern Marianas just last weekend.

“Great to be back in New Zealand, home of some wicked mountain bike trails,” said Allen.  “I absolutely love being involved here and racing the Kiwi’s on their turf. It’s great that Roger Serrano, Sam Gardner, and Conrad Stoltz (SA) have made the trip over to experience this one-of-a-kind race.”

Indeed, the beautiful Blue Lakes area in Rotorua has a reputation as being a well-organized race in one of the most scenic spots on the XTERRA World Tour.  This is year 12 for XTERRA in New Zealand, and more than 20,000 adventurous souls have taken part in the races in Rotorua.

“It really is one of the adventure capitals of the world,” added Allen.  “There are so many outdoors activities to do, it’s just a matter of picking one or a couple. I think it has to do with the adventurous spirit of the Kiwis, they love exploring and don’t mind getting dirty. It’s part of the fun. I am back for my fourth-time in Rotorua and I’m as excited as ever. The place thrives on mountain biking and has lots of cool little trendy cafés Jacqui and I love to visit, not to mention the natural hot springs perfect for that post race recovery session.”

For sure a first-class race is set for Saturday as some of the sports best mountain bikers tackle one of XTERRA’s best mountain bike courses.  Here’s a look at the elite men:

Ben Allen, AUS – 2x XTERRA NZ Champ, 2014 XTERRA Great Ocean Road and Saipan Champ

Conrad Stoltz, RSA – 4x XTERRA World Champ, 3x ITU Cross-Tri World Champ, 2x Olympian

Sam Gardner, GBR – Former XTERRA Japan, Guam, and Saipan Champion

Olly Shaw, NZL – 2012 XTERRA World Champion in 20-24 division, 3rd at 2014 XTERRA Guam

Roger Serrano, ESP – 2nd at 2014 XTERRA Great Ocean Road

Josh Kenyon, NZL – 5th at 2013 XTERRA New Zealand

Plus, Nick Moore, AUS, Clark Ellice, NZL, Andrew Small, NZL, and Noah Wright, AUS

Like the men’s field, the women’s elite line-up features some of the sports biggest stars, including ITU standout Barbara Riveros from Chile.  The Olympian has finished in the top four at XTERRA Worlds two years in-a-row, including a runner-up finish in 2012.

She’ll be joined by three past XTERRA New Zealand Champions, including three-time champ Sonia Foote (2004-2005/2008), two-time winner Nicola Leary (2009-10) and 2012 champ Jacqui Slack from the UK. Here’s a look at the women’s pro field:

Barbara Riveros, CHI – 2nd at XTERRA Worlds in 2012

Jacqui Slack, GBR – 2014 XTERRA Great Ocean Road Champ, 2012 NZ Champ

Lizzie Orchard, NZL – 2011 XTERRA World Champ (25-29 division)

Sarah Backler, NZL – 5th at 2013 XTERRA New Zealand

Sonia Foote, NZL – 3x XTERRA New Zealand Champion

Nic Leary, NZL – 2x XTERRA New Zealand Champion

Rachel Challis, NZL – Ranked 17th in 2013 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series

The Paymark XTERRA Rotorua Festival is one of the single biggest multisport events in the world, with more than 2,000 racers taking part in a variety of challenges including a 5.5 km, 11km or 21km walk or run, a 26km mountain bike as well as a team or individual triathlon.

More information can be found at www.xterra.co.nz

Ben Allen Malaysia

XTERRA Malaysia on May 3

On Saturday, May 3, a week after the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race, the second-running of XTERRA Malaysia will take place in Putrajaya, just outside the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

The race combines a one-mile swim in the gorgeous, man-made Putrajaya Lake fronting the Maritime Centre with an 18-mile mountain bike through Challenge Park featuring world-class trails followed by one of the most diverse and adventurous six-mile trail runs on the XTERRA Planet.

“It was a fantastic event. The swim was superb, course was unreal, and there were loads of volunteers. First-class all the way,” said last year’s men’s winner Ben Allen.

Dan Hugo, who like Allen has traveled extensively across the region, also spoke highly of the course and organization.

“So much fine detail, I can’t say enough of the organization and tourism board. Massive amount of vollies, impeccable signage, they didn’t hold back on anything and went the extra yard wherever they could.  It’s a phenomenal location, and a really, really fun course.  When the race started the moon was visible and we hit the sunrise perfectly to see the city scape.  The water was like a pool, glassy with lane rope, and the bike was almost Richmond-like, a fun mix of everything and never a straight line.  It was super entertaining, and the culture shows through here, very courteous, warm people.” said Hugo.

Indeed for all involved it was a spectacular event and assures to be even better in 2014.  The natural landscape in Putrajaya is one of pure adventure, and the mix of epic singletrack switchbacks and the most diverse, remarkable run course imaginable combined for an instant classic. With an awe-inspiring host hotel at the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside, superb organization, and so much to see and experience in the immediate and surrounding areas XTERRA Malaysia in Putrajaya is sure to become a World Tour stable.

“Lived it, loved it,” said XTERRA Pro Daz Parker.  “Amazingly organized and executed by Race Director Dave Spence and his team of wonderful smiley volunteers.”

See images from last year here, and learn more at xterramy.com.

Josiah Middaugh

XTERRA West Championship Sunday

Since XTERRA started opening its season in the desert outside the Las Vegas strip in 2009 Josiah Middaugh has been dropping faster swimmers one brutal hill climb at a time. In doing so he’s won the XTERRA West Championship two of the last three years, and placed 2nd to Conrad Stoltz in the other three.

This year, with Stoltz racing at XTERRA New Zealand on the same weekend, Middaugh enters Sunday’s race as the clear-cut favorite, the fastest in the field.  He’s the reigning West Champ, the defending XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Champ, and the top American at both the U.S. and World Championships last year.  Still, humble is the rule for the 35-year-old…

“I think both the men’s and women’s races are wide open,” said Middaugh in a phone interview this morning from his home in Eagle-Vail, Colorado where he took his daughter sledding yesterday.

“There are a lot of fast guys in the field and with it being so early in the season it’s hard to know what to expect.  I know Dan (Hugo) has been racing fast on the Asia-Pacific Tour, and the kid Mauricio (Mendez) is amazing, and Luke McKenzie is one of the better cyclists in all of Ironman so you know he can pedal, Chris Legh can make up a ton of time on the run, and Matt Lieto is tough too, so it’ll be fun to see how it goes.  I’m definitely excited about starting the U.S. season.”

Others wouldn’t be so fast to agree that the race is “wide open.” In fact, even after Hugo won XTERRA Guam two weeks ago, his third World Tour race win of the season, he made a point to say it would be “a different game in Vegas vs. Josiah.”

That’s because Hugo, and the other dozen or so pros that beat him out of the water have seen Middaugh’s “beast mode” in full effect.  He traditionally exits the swim one-to-three minutes behind his toughest competitors, then unleashes on the bike and run.

“I’ve actually been working a lot on my swimming in the off-season…haven’t gotten any faster though,” chuckled Middaugh, the epitome of dedication when he’s walking out in sub-zero temps to do laps in the pool in January (see proof).

His most interesting counterpart for Sunday has to be rookie sensation Mauricio Mendez, an 18-year-old from Mexico City.  Last year Mendez took the XTERRA World by storm here in Vegas by posting the fastest swim and run splits of the day and finishing 7th overall.  He proved it was no fluke repetitively for the rest of the season which culminated with the amateur world title in Maui.  Two weeks ago Mendez finished third behind only Leonardo Chacon and Middaugh in his pro debut at XTERRA Costa Rica.

“When I passed him on the bike he put up a strong fight, and he can outrun me on the flats” said Middaugh.  “I’m going to need to catch him as soon as possible on the bike in Vegas and put some time in on the climbs.”

Mauricio Mendez

In the XTERRA Costa Rica highlight video they show a post-race interview with Mendez in Spanish, complete with subtitles.  Here’s what he said…

“Pursue your dreams, fight for want you want, believe in yourself.  I think that is the basis for everything.  The only success is finding a way to live your life your way.”

Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Josiah Middaugh – 35, Vail-Eagle, CO
2 – Dan Hugo – 28, Stellenbosch, South Africa
3 – Branden Rakita – 33, Colorado Springs, CO
4 – Ryan Ignatz – 35, Boulder, CO
5 – Bradley Weiss – 25, Cape Town, South Africa
6 – Craig Evans – 36, Hendersonville, TN
9 – Nick Fisher – 28, Ogden, UT
10 – Will Kelsay – 32, Boulder, CO
14 – Andy Lee – 41, Lakeway, TX (Great Britain)
15 – Chris Ganter – 35, Boise, ID
18 – Will Ross – 24, Anchorad, AK
19 – Matt Lieto – 35, Bend, OR
24 – Karsten Madsen – Guelph, Ontario, Canada
25 – Ryan DeCook – 33, Rochester, MI
NR – Chris Bagg – 34, Portland, OR
NR – Brendan Halpin – 29, Missoula, MT
NR – Chris Legh – 41, Lyons, CO (Australia)
NR – Luke McKenzie – 32, Encinitas, CA (Australia)
NR – Mauricio Mendez – 18, Mexico City, Mexico
NR – Jeff Smith – 31, Portland, OR
NR – Justin Thomas – 39, Reno, NV
NR – Alexander VanderLinden – 24, Ontario, Canada

Emma Garrard

WOMEN’S RACE

In the last five years of racing in Vegas Melanie McQuaid (twice), Shonny Vanlandingham, Renata Bucher, and Lesley Paterson have won the titles.  Of that bunch, only Vanlandingham, the 2010 winner, will line-up on the sandy shores in front of the Reflection Bay golf club on Sunday.

The 44-year-old is fresh off a win at XTERRA Costa Rica, and living proof that age is just a number.  One of the greatest mountain bikers in U.S. history, Vanlandinhgam consistently posts the best bike splits at the biggest races.  She’ll need to do that once again if she wants to catch the likes of Flora Duffy, a 26-year-old Olympian from Bermuda who swims as fast as the best men in the sport.

Duffy, who was third at the XTERRA World Championship last year and won the XTERRA South Africa Championship in February, enters her first season as a full-timer with the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series on Sunday.  One could guess she’ll do great on this course, which is deemed to be more about fitness than technical mountain biking skills, but as Middaugh pointed out, “it’s still rough out there, and you’ll need some courage to get through some of the downhills and the sandy washes require some skill.”

There are a host of proven XTERRA women pros familiar with those sandy washes that will certainly be factors on the day with Emma Garrard (pictured above), who was the top American at both the U.S. and World Championships last year, the “Big Fish” Christine Jeffrey (top 3 here in 2009-2011), Danelle Kabush, and last year’s runner-up Suzie Snyder.

The pro race starts at 8am PST on Sunday.  Follow along @xterraoffroad and check facebook.com/xterraplanet for race updates and photos.

Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
2 – Shonny Vanlandingham – 44, Durango, Colorado
3 – Danelle Kabush – 39, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
5 – Suzie Snyder – 32, Fredericksburg, Virginia
6 – Emma Garrard – 32, Park City, Utah
8 – Christine Jeffrey – 41, Tucson, AZ (Canada)
11 – Jamie Brede – 36, Breckenridge, Colorado
12 – Katie Button – 28, Victoria, B.C., Canada
14 – Tamara Donelson – 37, Edwards, Colorado (Australia)
15 – Chantell Widney – 34, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
19 – Flora Duffy – 26, Boulder, CO (Bermuda)
NR – Rebecca Blatt – 34, Lakewood, CO
NR – Solana Kline – 31, Bend, OR
NR – Kara LaPoint – 26, Truckee, CA
NR – Amelia McCracken – 30, Philadelphia, PA

LIST OF WHO’S WHO SET FOR AMATEUR RACE

The XTERRA West Championship brings out the best, that’s for certain.  As proof, simply look at the start list which features more than a dozen current and former XTERRA National and World Champs including:

4x World Champ Hannah Rae Finchamp (15-19)
2x World Champ Liz Gruber (aged up to25-29)
2x National Champ Mat Signoretty (aged up to 25-29)
Reigning WC Debby Sullivan (30-34)
Reigning National Champ Maia Ignatz (30-34)
Reigning National Champ Matthew Balzer (30-34)
5x World Champ Cal Zaryski (45-49)
4x National and World Champ Tom Monica (55-59)
4x World Champ John Royson (60-64)
4x National Champ Kathy Frank (65+)
Reigning PC National Champ Craig Vogstberger

Count on yet another great battle between Finchamp and Gruber for the women’s amateur title, while Signoretty chases Balzer for the amateur men’s crown.

Also of note last year’s 25-29 division World Champ Kara LaPoint went Pro and this will be her first-race as an elite.  The overall amateur men’s World Champ Mauricio Mendez also went pro, and is one of the race favorites.

The most “experienced” in the field are 72-year-old Roger Kern for the men and 66-year-old Kathy Frank for the women – both former XTERRA World Champions.  The youngest is Mitch Child from Salt Lake City, Utah – who turned 15 on March 9, and Rachel Anders from Sandy, UT, who is 16-years-old.

The top finishers in each division will earn one of 46 qualifying spots into this year’s XTERRA World Championship in Maui, and the top 15 in each division will score championship-level points in the XTERRA America Tour Points Series.

Visit www.xterralakelasvegas.com for more details.

Bama

EPC Tips – Lactate Threshold on the Bike

Train your lactate threshold on the bike with this workout.

Improving your lactate threshold is one of the best ways to move up the results sheet on race day. Threshold training pace/power, by definition is the maximum pace/power you could sustain for about an hour. It’s a hard pace that you have to focus to maintain and you don’t want anyone talking to you. Typical heart rate zone is “zone 4”  and RPE is 7-8. You spend a significant amount of time at this effort level in races up to 3 hours in length.

This workout incorporates some ‘medium’ length threshold intervals at the beginning of the ride while you’re fresher, and some ‘shorter’ length threshold intervals at the end of the ride when you’re a little more fatigued.

WARM-UP:

  • 20+ minutes easy/moderate paced riding

MAIN SET:

  • 3-4x[10:00 @ threshold pace/power, 5:00 easy]
  • 20+ miniutes aerobic riding
  • 3-4x[5:00 @ threshold pace/power, 5:00 easy]
  • additional aerobic riding to meet volume goals

(2-3 hours ride time)

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

Ben Allen Saipan

Allen, Wasle win XTERRA Saipan Championship

(Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands) – Aussie Ben Allen and Austrian Carina Wasle won the 13th running of the XTERRA Saipan Championship on a breezy and beautiful Saturday morning in the Northern Marianas.

It’s Allen’s 3rd-straight win in Saipan, his second victory on the World Tour in as many weeks (he won XTERRA in Australia last weekend) and the 14th of his career.

“Never gets any easier, that’s for sure,” said Allen.  “Dan (Hugo) and I broke away from the main pack in the swim and then went back-and-forth on the bike almost the whole way.”

Hugo had a noteworthy swim that put him just 15-seconds back of Allen at the swim-to-bike transition where often that difference has been upwards of a minute.

“There was quite a bit of current pushing around, and a bit of wind-chop, it made the swim about as fun as can be and I was able to stay with Ben most of the way,” said Hugo, who entered the event having already won XTERRA World Tour race titles in South Africa, the Philippines, and Guam last weekend.

Out on the bike the duo drove an even larger wedge between themselves and the rest of the field.  Allen’s bike split was six seconds faster than Hugo then it was another 3:30 to the third-best bike time posted by Kiwi Olly Shaw.

“It was great racing, Dan was right on my wheel and really pushing the whole way,” said Allen.

“He had me covered,” said Hugo.  “I was trying to be aggressive on the bike, and over the top I might have got 10-seconds on him and was hoping to build on that but he was superb on the technical stuff.  I took a bad line at one point and that 10 seconds up turned into 10-seconds down.  I’ll tell you, I enjoyed the dual, it was a fair fight, a great tussle.”

Allen took a 20-second lead into the signature Saipan run course and then put the hammer down.

“I went well beyond my limitations up the initial climbs trying to put time on Dan,” said Allen.  It was out-of-sight; out-of-mind and Allen posted the fastest run of the day by almost four minutes for a winning time of 2:34:29.

“I made a few mistakes, but salute to the victor, he thrives in the hot, humid conditions and was just brilliant today,” said Hugo, who will now head to the U.S. to help kick-start the Pro Series at the XTERRA West Championship at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada next Sunday, April 13.

Allen, on the other hand, heads to Rotorua in pursuit of another three-peat, this time at the XTERRA New Zealand Championship on Saturday, April 12 where Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz awaits his arrival.  Hugo and Allen will then meet up once again – along with a cast of stars – at the inaugural XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship at Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia on April 26.

Brad Weiss was solid all-around to finish 3rd in Saipan for the second year in a row. It’s Weiss’ fourth top 4 finish of the season, and he’ll head to Vegas for next week’s West Championship as well.

Olly Shaw came in fourth while three-time Olympian Olivier Marceau rounded out the top five.  There were a dozen elite men from nine countries in this year’s race, all of whom enjoyed the training and racing opportunities in Saipan.

“It’s been a great three weeks from the Philippines to Guam to here on Saipan,” said Hugo.  “Brad and I set-up training camp, enjoyed the simple living and island life.  Saipan is an amazing sporting destination.”

Allen agreed, adding that the 50-meter pool, ocean conditions, climbing, single track, and friendly laid back locals create an ideal atmosphere to train and race.

“I made a point to come from Australia to Saipan instead of going straight to New Zealand because of the people involved in the organization here,” said Allen.  “Wolf (Mojica) and his whole team put their heart and soul into this and it really comes across to the athletes. It makes me want to give back to Saipan, and ensure his legacy continues year-after-year.  It’s one of the most challenging courses on the tour, and I’ve done almost all of them.  It really tests your abilities to see what you’re capable of, and it was great to see so many guys come out this year.  The field is getting bigger and bigger, it’s testament to the word we athletes spread around about how special this place really is.”

Pro Men



Pl Name Final Swim Bike Run
1 Ben Allen, AUS 2:34:29 20:18 1:22:20 50:35
2 Dan Hugo, RSA 2:39:01 20:33 1:22:26 54:41
3 Brad Weiss, RSA 2:44:11 21:18 1:26:45 54:25
4 Olly Shaw, NZ 2:45:54 22:34 1:25:59 55:33
5 Olivier Marceau, SUI 2:49:48 22:45 1:28:35 56:50
6 Nico Sterk, RSA 2:52:56 22:41 1:28:46 59:46
7 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 2:54:48 25:31 1:29:45 57:39
8 Markus Benesch, AUT 3:00:33 22:47 1:33:29 1:02:26
9 Aleksandr Dorovskikh, RUS 3:01:24 26:15 1:33:46 59:27
10 Mark Leishman, NZL 3:02:51 26:41 1:34:16 1:00:16
Also: Charlie Epperson, Michal Bucek

Carina Wasle Saipan

WASLE WINS WOMEN’S RACE

Carina Wasle put together the “perfect day” to win her first XTERRA major since 2011 and her first in four-years of trying on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour.

Defending champ Jacqui Slack took the early lead out of the swim, with Mieko Carey close behind, Renata Bucher more than a minute back and Wasle over two minutes behind.

Bucher, a 7-time XTERRA Saipan Champ, took the lead on the bike with the fastest split of the day and headed out on to the run with a two-minute gap on Wasle but it wasn’t enough.

“I pushed really hard on the bike and felt good but Carina was a lot stronger on the run today,” said Bucher, who will stay on in Saipan and race in next week’s Tagaman road tri.   “I can tell you already a fantastic week, it’s a wonderful life here.”

Wasle posted the fastest run-split of the day, the only woman to run the grueling jungle course in less than an hour.

“It was a very good race for me,” said Wasle, who picked up her 8th XTERRA World Tour race victory.  “I’m so very happy.  The last two races Renata out-sprinted me to the finish.  I lost in the last 50-meters in the Philippines, then missed an arrow and got lost in Guam so it’s very special to win.”

Slack rolled in to third, overcoming some nagging injuries, with fan-favorite Mieko Carey in fourth and Yasuko Miyazaki in fifth.

Pro Women



Pl Name Final Swim Bike Run
1 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:06:31 26:23 1:40:29 57:58
2 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:07:41 25:35 1:38:54 1:01:24
3 Jacqui Slack, GBR 3:12:21 24:18 1:42:36 1:03:50
4 Mieko Carey, JPN 3:16:32 24:43 1:44:21 1:05:56
5 Yasuko Miyazaki, JPN 4:08:42 27:19 2:31:06 1:07:36

Chuck Fortier from Canada and Erin Johnson from Guam won the overall men’s and women’s amateur titles for the second week in a row (they were also the top age-group finishers at XTERRA Guam last week).

Complete Results

XTERRA SAIPAN ALL-TIME PRO WINNERS
Year Men Women
2002 Mike Vine Jamie Whitmore
2003 Jason Chalker Jamie Whitmore
2004 Olivier Marceau Jamie Whitmore
2005 Olivier Marceau Renata Bucher
2006 Olivier Marceau Renata Bucher
2007 Olivier Marceau Renata Bucher
2008 Andrew Noble Renata Bucher
2009 Sam Gardner Renata Bucher
2010 Sam Gardner Renata Bucher
2011 Sam Gardner Shonny Vanlandingham
2012 Ben Allen Renata Bucher
2013 Ben Allen Jacqui Slack
2014 Ben Allen Carina Wasle

2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING EVENTS

XTERRA Saipan was the seventh of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.  Up next, the XTERRA New Zealand Championship on April 12th and the start of the U.S. Pro Series with the XTERRA West Championship in Nevada on April 13.

Date Race Location / Pro Winners
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Leonardo Chacon / Shonny Vanlandingham
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road
Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Ben Allen / Carina Wasle
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Rotorua
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Lake Las Vegas, Nevada
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Putrajaya
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Pelham, Alabama
24-May XTERRA Mauritius Bois Cheri
25-May XTERRA Spain Championship Cieza, Murcia
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Golega
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Ilhabela, Sao Paulo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Richmond, Virginia
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Lake Plastira
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Vallee de Joux
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Horten
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario – Canadian Cross Tri Championship Milton, Ontario, Canada
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Xonrupt, Gerardmer
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria British Columbia, Canada
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Hellasgaarten
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Beaver Creek Resort, Avon, Colorado
20-Jul XTERRA Ireland Killaloe, County Clare
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Abruzzo, Scanno
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Tapalpa, Jalisco
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Prachatice
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Zittau
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Alberta, Canada
24-Aug XTERRA England Cranleigh, Surrey
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Tisvilde
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Lac Delage, Quebec, Canada
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thundery Bay, Ontario, Canada
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ogden/Snowbasin, UT
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Maui, Hawaii


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