Edmondson

Edmondson, Dawson Capture XTERRA Oak Mountain 20km Trail Run Titles

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(Pelham, Alabama) – Chris Edmondson and Ashley Dawson captured the XTERRA Oak Mountain 20K trail run titles on a perfect day for running at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama this morning.

Nearly 300 runners from 15 states took part in today’s trail runs, the last of five events in the 2014-2015 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.

With today’s win Edmondson, who lives about an hour away in Southside, was able to capture the 30-34 division series crown with 390 points.  It’s the third time this season he’s won his division.

“The series has been a lot of fun, and I loved today’s run,” said Edmondson, who won his division last year but not the overall.  “It’s my second time running here, and I like the double loop because you know what to expect the second time around.  I was chasing Korey (Shively) for the first couple miles, that kid is really good.”

Shively, an Alabama Series legend in the 15-19 division, finished second overall three minutes back and Clint Channell was third.

Dawson

In the women’s race Dawson decided second wasn’t going to be good enough and dug deep for the win.

“I was overheating at about mile eight and stopped to pour water on my head and that’s when (Elizabeth Morse, the eventual runner-up) passed me,” said Dawson.  “At first I told myself that’s okay, second isn’t bad, and then all of a sudden at mile 10 I thought I’d go for it.”

Dawson came in with a winning time of 1:52:53, more than a minute in front of Morse.

“The trails here are awesome.  It’s just my second year of running trails.  Last year’s race here was my first and I’ve been running them ever since.”

Morse ended up having to sprint to the finish as Anna Whitmire tried to catch her coming at the finish line but came up one second short.

There were four runners who had perfect 400-point scores in the Alabama Series this year – meaning they won their division at four of the five races in the Series.  They were Christi Daprano Evans (50-54), Hayley Long (45-49 division), Ryan King (20-24 division), and Dauna Coulter (60-64 division).

Here is a complete list of XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series Champions, who all earned a free entry into the XTERRA National Championship to be held September 20 in Ogden, Utah.  In addition, all the 20K winners from today’s race earned a free entry into the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship half-marathon on December 6, 2015 at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

https://results.events.com/showview.html#/public-result/40

 

Women Name Hometown
20-24 Julie Gyurgyik Shaker Heights, OH
25-29 Danielle Chasse Anniston, AL
35-39 Elizabeth Helland Huntsville, AL
40-44 Kristie Stewart Birmingham, AL
45-49 Hayley Long Oxford, AL
50-54 Christi Daprano Evans Fayetteville, GA
55-59 Ruth Vanzandt Arab, AL
60-64 Dauna Coulter Huntsville, AL
Male Name Hometown
15-19 Korey Shively Madison, AL
20-24 Ryan King Madison, AL
25-29 Jared Carlson Birmingham, AL
30-34 Chris Edmondson Southside, AL
35-39 Nathan Graves Cullman, KY
40-44 Gene Hood Gadsden, AL
45-49 David Long Oxford, AL
50-54 Larry Dickerson Somerville, AL
55-59 Glenn Ingram Rainbow City, AL
60-64 Barry Ege Haceville, AL
65-69 Craig Kelly Huntsville, AL

The 2015 XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs were sponsored by Paul Mitchell, XTERRA Resorts and Shelby County Tourism. Also Outrigger Resorts, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, LifeProof, Optic Nerve, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, XTERRA Boards, the Shelby County Reporter, and the Utah Sports Commission.

Ruzafa bike

Ruzafa, Mueller win XTERRA Portugal

(Golega, Portugal) – Reigning and three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa from Spain and defending ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion Kathrin Mueller of Germany captured the 2nd annual XTERRA Portugal Championship race in Golega on Saturday.

It’s the 10th major XTERRA win in a row for Ruzafa dating back to 2013, and the seventh in eight races on the XTERRA European Tour for Mueller since she won XTERRA Greece last year.

XTERRA European Tour technical director Nico Lebrun was on-site to take in all the action and brings us this report…

“The weather prediction was for a hot day, and it was!  I was happy to be a spectator and taking pictures rather than racing in the heat.  Most of the athletes I spoke with after the race said it was one of the hardest challenges they can remember.

The race started at 2pm and the water temperature was a very warm 24°C (75°F) so no wetsuits for anyone.

The swim is a fun one with two 750-meter laps.  The fun part is you must scramble up a bank, run onto a pontoon bridge and dive in to start your second lap.  Roger Serrano had the fastest swim with Ruzafa back 1’30” and Malta winner Nico Fernandez another 15-seconds behind.  For the women it was Kathrin Mueller ahead of our organizers daughter, Anna, by 30″ with Malta winner Brigitta Poor in 3rd.

At the 10K mark on the bike Serrano was still leading but only by about 20 seconds over Francois Carloni, Ruzafa and Fernandez.  When it got technical, Carloni was the only man who could follow the World Chap and at that point Ruzafa had the lead he would not relinquish.

Mueller was in command for the women during the bike, and said “When I had the lead I tried not to stress, to just focus on what I am doing.  I know I will have no info on who is behind, so I want to just focus on my skills, and stay at 95% just in case and on this really hard, long and technical race, it was important to stay focused on all those descents!”

Poor was hanging in, about 1:30 behind Mueller with Jessica Roberts in 3rd and Helena Erbenova coming.

At the 18K mark it is a repeat of last year with Ruzafa and Carloni leading the race.  Serrano was still hanging in about 30 seconds back with Fernandez and Yeray Luxem 4th and 5th.  For the women Mueller was still up front, Poor was 2’20” back, and Erbenova looking much stronger than she did in Malaysia and is now up to 3rd with Morgane Riou 4th and Jessica Roberts back to 5th.

The last 10K or so at Portugal is not technical and basically flat.  Carloni made a mistake on the last downhill, and explained “Ruben was always stronger coming down, and I had to fight all the time to not lose too much.  But the first big mistake and I was out!” he grinned.

Carloni was still 2d into transition but Ruzafa was gone, not to be seen again until the finish line. Carloni hung on to second but Yeray was very close in 3rd.  Roger Serrano fell to 4th, Hector Guerra was 5th and Nico Fernandez 6th.

mueller

In the women’s race Erbenova was charging and up to 2d place, but Muller had too much of a lead for the Czech Champion.  Brigitta is 3rd and did not challenge but hung on to a strong 3rd.  Frenchwoman Riou is 4th and Jessica Roberts 5th.

The run was flat but remember the weather.  It was super-hot.  Full marks to the organizers who immediately put up an extra water station on the run.

The second race of the European season is over and we head to Spain in a few weeks.  Some of the athletes who raced in Asia will be on their way to either the U.S. or the European Tour and it will be interesting.  Mueller is looking very strong, but Helena seems to be back on form after some long adventure races and young Brigitta Poor is still improving and leading the Championship at this point.  For the men, somebody needs to beat Ruzafa.  From what we saw today, it will take perfection from one of the many great challengers.

“The first race of the season, because I was not in Malta, is always hard because you don’t know if you will be ready,” said Ruzafa at the awards party.  “I had a little injury this winter trying to run faster, using more of my foot, so I was afraid to feel it, but nothing today. I had a good swim and like last year I started with Carloni on the bike. It was very hot, I never knew how far the other guys were so I kept pushing. At the finish line when I waited three minutes to see Carloni I thought if I knew, I should have run slower under this sun.”

Top 15
Pro Men
     
Pl Name Final Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 2:50:36 75
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:54:18 67
3 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:54:54 61
4 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:55:29 56
5 Hector Guerra, ESP 2:57:21 51
6 Nico Fernandez, FRA 3:00:22 47
7 Tomas Kubek, SVK 3:00:54 43
8 Albert Soley, ESP 3:01:43 39
9 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 3:03:11 36
10 Jens Roth, GER 3:05:24 33
Also: Llewellyn Holmes (30), Tim Van Daele (27), Henry Sleight (25), Jan Pyott (23), Rob Woestenborghs (21)
Pro Women    
Pl Name Final Points
1 Kathrin Mueller, GER 3:21:30 75
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:24:49 67
3 Brigitta Poor, HUN 3:31:01 61
4 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:37:46 56
5 Louise Fox, GBR 3:50:46 51
6 Karin Hansen, SUI 3:53:39 47
7 Sofia Brites, POR 4:32:42 43

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

XTERRA Portugal was the second of 12 races in the XTERRA European Tour.  Elite athletes count their best four (4) Gold and three (3) Silver finishes.  Elites can compete in as many events as they wish, but will count only their best four Gold and three Silver finishes.  Today’s race was a Silver event. See How it Works.

Next up: June 7 – XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*

2015 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS
After 2 – As of 5.17.15
Elite Men S S G S G G S  G G G  S G   
Pl Name, NAT MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER DEN GBR TOTAL
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 67 56 123
2 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 75 47 122
3 Francois Carloni, FRA 47 67 114
4 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 56 36 92
5 Albert Soley, ESP 43 39 82
6 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP DNS 75 75
7 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 DNS 61
8 Yeray Luxem, BEL DNS 61 61
9 Tim Van Daele, BEL 25 27 52
10 Clement Briere, FRA 51 DNS 51
11 Hector Guerra, ESP DNS 51 51
12 Tomas Kubek, SVK DNS 43 43
13 Jan Kubicek, CZE 39 DNS 39
14 Xavier  Jove, ESP 36 DNS 36
15 Rory Downie, GBR 33 DNP 33
16 Jens Roth, GER DNS 33 33
17 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 30 DNS 30
18 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR DNS 30 30
19 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 DNS 27
20 Henry Sleight, GBR DNS 25 25
21 Matt Dewis, GBR 23 DNS 23
22 Jan Pyott, SUI DNS 23 23
23 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 21 DNP 21
24 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL DNS 21 21
Elite Women                          
Pl Name, NAT MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER DEN GBR TOTAL
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 75 61 136
2 Louise Fox, GBR 51 51 102
3 Karin Hansen, SUI 43 47 90
4 Kathrin Mueller, GER DNS 75 75
5 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 67 DNS 67
6 Helena Erbenova, CZE DNS 67 67
7 Maud Golsteyn, NED 61 DNS 61
8 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 56 DNS 56
9 Morgane Riou, FRA DNS 56 56
10 Jessica Roberts, GBR 47 DNF 47
11 Sofia Brites, POR DNS 43 43
12 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 DNS 39


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Portugal Championship was the 16th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers

Braden Currie

Currie, Paterson win XTERRA Southeast Championship

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(Pelham, AL) – Braden Currie from Wanaka, New Zealand and Lesley Paterson from Sterling, Scotland won the 10th annual XTERRA Southeast Championship triathlon at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama this morning.

The men’s race came down to a sprint finish between Currie and last year’s champion, Josiah Middaugh from Vail, Colorado.  The two ran stride for stride for the entire six-mile trail run, the final stage of the race, with Currie taking the tape in 2:18:23, just three seconds ahead of Middaugh.

In the women’s race two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson was the sixth pro woman after the one-mile swim in Double Oak Lake, took the lead about a one-third of the way through the 20-mile mountain bike stage, and won comfortably in 2:39:13, more than four-minutes ahead of runner-up Emma Garrard of Park City, Utah.

Today’s race also doubled as the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship race. As such, the top American finishers Middaugh and Garrard were honored as the USAT Elite National Champions.

Here’s what some of the pros had to say about their day:

Braden Currie, who captured his third XTERRA of the year (following back-to-back wins at XTERRA New Zealand and XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in April).

– It’s a real mental game. I’d only ridden the course once so I knew Josiah had that advantage there and probably as well that he’s a lot stronger rider than I am, but I had that break out of the swim so he had to work really hard to catch up from the start (Josiah was 2:15 behind Braden out of the swim).

– I caught Craig Evans on the bike and I asked him when does Josiah normally catch you and he says not until the run, but then I looked back and Josiah was only five meters behind me so sure enough he shot past.

– (Out of the bike to run transition) I tried to go out at the start but Josiah hung on so I figured there was no point in killing myself so I set back

– Josiah is a really strong cyclist, so I knew he’d catch up somewhere.  When he did I let him go passed and followed him around, then ran into a tree and had to catch back up again.  We headed out on the run together.  I sat behind him for the second lap and when he grabbed a drink at that last aid station I ran as fast as I could and it worked.  Look forward to a season of racing him.

– Awesome day, great racing, really competitive.  That course is fun, a mountain bikers ride, really cool.

Josiah Middaugh, runner-up at the last five championship races he’s done (Twice to Ruben Ruzafa at the USA and World Championships last year, to Rom Akerson at XTERRA Costa Rica in March, to Francisco Serrano at the West Championship last month, and to Currie today).

– I was trying to feel it out first lap a little bit and he went out really hard and I thought maybe he might be bluffing. On that first lap I figured out I was a little bit stronger on the climbs, and he was a little bit faster on the flats, so on the second lap I hit every climb as hard as I possibly could but I just couldn’t shake him.  I’d open up a couple steps and he’d come right back.  Congrats to Braden for running really tough, just really mentally tough.  Coming down that last straight I was just trying to hang on to the rope.  At the end of the second lap we hit the pavement and I grabbed some water – not to drink but to wake myself up – and he took off.  I wasn’t giving up, though.  I was pumping my arms, giving everything I had.

– We were both trying to soften each other up a little bit on the run. We would put in these half moves, tons of bursts, but not really full on, it was just to see if the other guy would fall off.

– I can’t remember a race this close before.  I liked it.  It was a little tactical.  We attacked each other probably a dozen times on the run.  I was attacking on the hills but there weren’t enough of those.

Chris Ganter

Chris Ganter (matches career-best 3rd place finish he also achieved at West Champs last month)

– Got out of the water around Josiah and Olly.  Olly was a lot smoother on the terrain so I stayed with him.  And there are only two places where you can really use your fitness, the jeep trail climb and Johnson’s Mountain, and I used those two spots to move myself up in the race.  Moved through everyone except Craig, Braden, and Josiah.

– I was two minutes down in transition, and really worried about Olly behind me.  I ran hard, had the effort level at pegged. Caught Craig on the second lap on the bridge, gave him a pat and said let’s do this.

– I’m really pleased, my fitness was better today than in Vegas but couldn’t use it because it’s a skill course.

Notes:

Fastest swim: Craig Evans, 19:39 / Sara McLarty, 20:09
Fastest bike: Josiah Middaugh, 1:21:20 / Lesley Paterson, 1:36:09
Fastest run: Braden Currie, 34:11 / Lesley Paterson, 38:32

– Karsten Madsen crashed at mile six, suffering a bad cut on knee and had all kinds of other nicks and scrapes, got back at it and pulled into second place before suffering through three flat tires.  DNF’d.

– Craig Evans led early then stayed with Braden Currie and Josiah Middaugh on the back half of the bike.  Entered T2 in third and held on for fourth.  It’s the seventh time in eight years he’s been top four here, including two runner-ups, and three third-place finishes.

PRO MEN          
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Braden Currie 28 Wanaka, New Zealand 2:18:23 100
2 Josiah Middaugh 36 Eagle-Vail, Colorado 2:18:26 90
3 Chris Ganter 36 Boise, Idaho 2:24:32 82
4 Craig Evans 37 Hendersonville, Tennessee 2:25:49 75
5 Olly Shaw 23 Rotorua, New Zealand 2:27:14 69
6 Branden Rakita 34 Colorado Springs, Colorado 2:27:58 63
7 Alex Modestou 28 Durham, North Carolina 2:28:37 58
8 Ryan Ignatz 36 Boulder, Colorado 2:29:35 53
9 Brad Zoller 37 Avon, Colorado 2:31:40 49
10 Chris Foster 32 Redondo Beach, CA 2:41:50 45
Also: Will Ross (41)

Lesley Paterson

 

Women’s Quotes:

Lesley Paterson (winner of three straight this year at XTERRA Costa Rica, West Champs, now here.  It’s the third time if four years she has won this race, and she missed last year due to injury).

– Just tried to stay smooth.  I had a couple slips out on the bike early so once I took the lead I just wanted to keep the rubber side down.

– Swim is still tough with the shoulder (she fractured it pre-riding in Costa Rica) and I was a little sore bumping around on the bike, but it has been improving.

– Great to be back and winning races.

– This course is very rooty, twisty, turny … so I tried to recreate that training in San Diego before the race by practicing cornering and all that stuff.  It’s a technically challenging course.

– I love the Southern hospitality here, the people are so sweet and the volunteers were great.

– It was a really tough day out there for the whole field so hope everyone gets through their injuries and tough times and comes out stronger.

Emma Garrard (Runner-up to Paterson for second time this year)

– I flew off on the first slick bridge, twisted my seat around.  Hit a root wrong, twisted my handle bar, smashed my head, roughed up my shoulder.  I crashed like four times today, all before Blood Rock. After that I was fine.

Notes:

– Lesley will now switch focus to chasing her dream of making Great Britain’s Olympic mountain biking team.  She’ll probably not race another XTERRA until Maui, aside perhaps from a European race.

– Suzie Snyder had a bad crash early on and suffered the whole day, audible in a ton of pain, but soldiered through to finish third.

– Catherine Sterling had a XTERRA career day, her first top four.

– Christine Jeffrey was brilliant in her first race of the year, riding in second until Emma and Suzie caught her late.  She came with a bum ankle but still managed a solid fifth place finish.

– Maia Ignatz had one of her best days as a pro, finishing in sixth.

– Hannah Rae Finchamp had a tough day in her pro debut, crashing hard at the very beginning of the bike and eventually had to pull.

– Katie Button was riding strong, much like her Canadian counterpart Madsen in the men’s race, but three flats took her out of contention.

PRO WOMEN        
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Lesley Paterson 34 San Diego, California (Scotland) 2:39:13 100
2 Emma Garrard 33 Park City, Utah 2:44:10 90
3 Suzie Snyder 33 Fredericksburg, Virginia 2:46:52 82
4 Catherine Sterling 38 Ayer, Massachussetts 2:49:17 75
5 Christine Jeffrey 42 Tucson, Arizona 2:50:51 69
6 Maia Ignatz 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:51:45 63
7 Sara Schuler 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:52:54 58
8 Kara LaPoint 27 Truckee, California 2:53:21 53
9 Jaime Brede 37 Breckenridge, Colorado 2:56:43 49
10 Sara McLarty 32 Clermont, Florida 3:01:14 45
Also: Amelia McCracken (41), Emily Bashton (37), Rebecca Blatt (34), Debby Sullivan (31)

General Notes:

– There are a lot of really tough racers in XTERRA.  The slick bridges and roots, and tough technical course led to a bunch of crashes and the walking wounded were everywhere after the race. Incredibly, it didn’t seem to damper spirits at all, more so served like a badge of honor.  Big thanks to the guys at Pelham Fire for taking such good care of the athletes.

– XTERRA’s trail etiquette was on fine display today.  There were countless numbers of courteous passes (on your left when you can, please, thank you, good jobs, etc…).  Really great displays of sportsmanship all around Oak Mountain State Park today.

– Some good work was put in by Dr. Jay Cofield and his mass communication students from the University of Montevallo, who filmed and editing a highlight video at today’s XTERRA Southeast Championship race at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama that we could load to our Facebook page.  Also a terrific job by XTERRA’s social media team of Briana Rickertsen for updating @xterraoffroad, and showing live coverage through periscope, and Allison Moore for posting pics and updates to Facebook.

– Special thanks to the 2015 XTERRA Southeast Championship sponsors Paul Mitchell, XTERRA Resorts and Shelby County Tourism.  Also Outrigger Resorts, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, LifeProof, Optic Nerve, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, XTERRA Boards, the Shelby County Reporter, and the Utah Sports Commission.

XTERRA U.S. PRO SERIES UPDATE

Having won the first two races Lesley Paterson is the only pro with a perfect score, but this was likely her last race of the Series and if that holds true Emma Garrard is in the best position with two runner-ups and 180 points.  Suzie Snyder is not far behind with her two third-place showings.  In the men’s chase Middaugh is the man right now with 180 points but with today’s win Currie made a bold statement and he is planning on doing the rest of the series.   Pros count their best three scores in the first four, plus what they earn at Nationals on September 19 in Utah regardless of how they do.

Next up: The 17th annual XTERRA East Championship in Richmond, Virginia on June 14.

XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Standings (After 2)
Pros count best 3-of-4 regionals, plus USA Champs
PRO MEN              
Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 90 90 180
2 Chris Ganter, USA 82 82 164
3 Craig Evans, USA 58 75 133
4 Branden Rakita, USA 69 63 132
5 Alex Modestou, USA 49 58 107
6 Brad Zoller, USA 53 49 102
7 Francisco Serrano, MEX 100 DNS 100
8 Braden Currie, NZL DNS 100 100
9 Ryan Ignatz, USA 45 53 98
10 Ben Allen, AUS 75 DNS 75
11 Olly Shaw, NZL DNS 69 69
12 Karsten Madsen, CAN 63 DNF 63
13 Chris Foster, USA DNS 45 45
14 JP Donovan, USA 41 DNS 41
15 Will Ross, USA DNS 41 41
16 James Hadley, GBR 37 DNS 37
17 Jimmy Archer, USA 34 DNS 34
18 Kyle Hughes, USA 31 DNS 31
PRO WOMEN            
Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Lesley Paterson, GBR 100 100 200
2 Emma Garrard, USA 90 90 180
3 Suzie Snyder, USA 82 82 164
4 Kara LaPoint, USA 63 53 116
5 Sara Schuler, USA 58 58 116
6 Maia Ignatz, USA 49 63 112
7 Sara McLarty, USA 41 45 86
8 Debby Sullivan, USA 45 31 76
9 Melanie McQuaid, CAN 75 DNS 75
10 Catherine Sterling, USA DNS 75 75
11 Brittany Webster, CAN 69 DNS 69
12 Christine Jeffrey, CAN DNS 69 69
13 Rebecca Blatt, USA 31 34 65
14 Katie Button, CAN 53 DNF 53
15 Jaime Brede, USA DNS 49 49
16 Amelia McCracken, USA DNS 41 41
17 Emily Bashton, USA DNF 37 37
18 Lauren Thompson, USA 34 DNS 34

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THE AMATEUR RACE

More than 300 triathletes from 40 states and six countries took part in today’s event, which combined a one-mile swim with a 20-mile mountain bike and six-mile trail run.

Daryl Weaver, 42, from Lititz, Pennsylvania ran past 20-year-old Cole Bunn from Bettendorf, Iowa in the last 300-meters to win the overall men’s title in 2:35:27.

“Haven’t had that much fun on a bike course in a long, long time,” said Weaver, who was racing at Oak Mountain for the first time.  “It was an awesome day.  One of the best races I’ve ever had.  I paced myself on the bike, paced myself on the run, and took it easy on the swim.  I was just relaxed.”

Bunn, who was in the lead for 99% of the run and on his way to a big win said when Weaver caught him at the end “I was absolutely spent. I tried to stick with him but he really hammered it in that last 300 yards on the run.”

The future is bright for Bunn, a former amateur XTERRA National Champion in the 15-19 division, who just finished his freshman year racing triathlon at the University of Colorado.

In the women’s race 43-year-old Mimi Stockton from Stevensville, Michigan was four-minutes faster than 41-year-old Mary Rosser from Sterrett, Alabama with a winning time of 2:59:01.

“I spent a lot of time in the pain cave today,” said Stockton, a former XTERRA World Champion.  “I was out all last season with a stress fracture so it feels good to be back racing and to win, even though I hit a tree and might’ve cracked a rib or something … but I’m okay ya know.”

In all, 21 amateur athletes representing 16 states captured USA Triathlon National Championship titles today.  There were two local winners, David Meadows (45-49 division) and Lori Goldweber (50-54 division), both from Birmingham, Alabama.

There was a lot at stake today for amateurs.  The top 15 finishers in each division qualified to race at XTERRA Nationals, Sept. 19 in Ogden, Utah.  50 amateurs punched their ticket to the XTERRA World Championship, and the top 18 finishers in each division qualified to represent Team USA at the 2016 International Triathlon Union Cross Triathlon World Championships, the date and location of which will be announced later this year. Team USA is comprised of the nation’s top multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championships event. Visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa for more on Team USA.

Here’s a look at the 2015 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Champions

USAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONS (WOMEN)    
Division Name Hometown Time
20 – 24 Heather Wilson Temecula, CA 3:42:33
25 – 29 Anna Frey Atlanta, GA 3:56:16
30 – 34 Nicole Valentine Germantown, MD 3:05:13
35 – 39 Melanie Etherton Austin, TX 3:07:29
40 – 44 *Mimi Stockton Stevensville, MI 2:59:01
45 – 49 Margo Pitts Raleigh, NC 3:12:33
50 – 54 Lori Goldweber Birmingham, AL 3:09:51
55 – 59 Stephanie Landy Ballston Spa, NY 3:17:27
60 – 64 Susan Griffin-Kaklikian Castle Rock, CO 3:36:53
65 – 69 Linda Usher Upton, MA 4:38:30
70 – 74 Charlotte Mahan Lenoir City, TN 5:28:39
PRO Emma Garrard Park City, UT 2:44:10
USAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONS (MEN)    
Division Name Hometown Time
15 – 19 Greg Schott Chesterfield, VA 2:35:46
20 – 24 Cole Bunn Bettendorf, IA 2:35:34
25 – 29 Justin McMurrer Lehigh Acres, FL 2:41:07
30 – 34 James Haycraft Charlotte, NC 2:36:52
35 – 39 AJ Petrillo Blue Ridge, GA 2:38:35
40 – 44 *Daryl Weaver Lititz, PA 2:35:27
45 – 49 David Meadows Birmingham, AL 2:39:31
50 – 54 Ali Arasta Asheboro, NC 2:51:08
55 – 59 Bruce Wilson Temecula, CA 2:51:59
60 – 64 Doug Usher Upton, MA 3:52:55
65 – 69 Alan Moore Ada, MI 3:39:01
70 – 74 Ronald Scranton Tijeras, NM 4:26:41
PRO Josiah Middaugh Eagle-Vail, CO 2:18:26

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Southeast Championship was the 15th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+ (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA# (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss, Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (DIogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa, Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
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Malagon, Gobbo win XTERRA Brazil

Complete Results / Image Gallery

(Ilhabela, Brazil) – Diogo Malagon and Sabrina Gobbo captured the XTERRA Brazil Championship crowns on Saturday in Ilhabela.

It’s the first-ever XTERRA major win for Malagon, and the second Brazil title in as many years for Gobbo.

The course combined a 1.5km swim with unique mid-race pier jump, a grueling and muddy 24km mountain bike course and 8km trail run.

In the men’s race Malagon came out of the water about 40-seconds behind swim leaders Rodrigo Altafini and Alexandre Manzan then turned it on during the bike posting the fastest split of the day in 1:31:42. His winning time of 2:33:33 was more than one-minute ahead of Frederico Zacharias, and Altafini was able to hold off a hard charging Manzan, who had the fastest run split of the day, to finish in third.

In the women’s race Gobbo, who has been racing XTERRA in Brazil since it all started more than 10 years ago, posted the fastest swim and bike times and had the second-best run split (by two seconds) to take the tape in convincing fashion with a winning time of 3:14:11, more than 15-minutes ahead of Laura Mira Dias. Isabella Ribeiro was third.

Top 7 Men and Women



Pl Name Swim Bike Run Final
1 DIOGO MALAGON 0:21:56 1:31:42 0:38:59 2:33:33
2 FREDERICO CARVALHO ZACHARIAS 0:23:23 1:33:07 0:37:15 2:34:55
3 RODRIGO ALTAFINI 0:21:13 1:32:59 0:41:41 2:37:05
4 ALEXANDRE JOAQUIM FONTES MANZAN 0:21:14 1:39:46 0:36:35 2:38:51
5 CLEVERSON LUIS DEL SECCHI 0:26:49 1:51:46 0:37:10 2:57:25
6 CRISTIAN PEREIRA DA CRUZ 0:27:05 1:48:21 0:44:45 3:01:51
7 WELLINGTON SANTOS CONCEIÇÃO 0:35:38 2:23:30 0:46:07 3:48:09
Pl Name Swim Bike Run Final
1 SABRINA KOESTER GOBBO 0:25:15 1:58:16 0:49:07 3:14:11
2 LAURA MIRA DIAS 0:25:54 2:11:34 0:52:37 3:30:45
3 ISABELLA G RIBEIRO 0:29:18 2:10:26 0:49:05 3:32:07
4 TATIANA SANTOS QUEIROZ 0:27:12 2:29:14 0:57:19 3:58:56
5 LUIZA INES ZANINI 0:34:14 2:34:58 0:57:10 4:08:25
6 RITA CBL VIEIRA 0:35:31 2:39:44 1:04:38 4:22:52
7 BRISA MELCOP 0:25:26 3:03:39 1:09:59 4:41:32


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Brazil Championship was the 14th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers

UP NEXT

May 16 XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#XTERRA Portugal, Golega*

 

jerseyDevilRiders

Ricard, Dowidchuk win XTERRA Jersey Devil

By race director Bob Horn…

As is usually expected at the XTERRA Jersey Devil everyone is always worried about the water temp come race day, given the race is held in late April down in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and morning air temp can also be a little chilly. This years race definitely held true to those parameters, as the water temp was a brisk 58-degrees and the air temp around 50 at race start. However, once the horn was blown to start the race, the competition quickly heated things up, and the weather even cooperated turning to sunny skies and temps in the low 60s at the finish. The race saw a number of XTERRA veterans getting their 2015 seasons off to a great start in preparation for the big Regional Championships races coming up in May and June.

The race got off to a fast start as Adam Webber, noted more for his road triathlon fame, as an ex-USAT athlete of the year, but relatively new to XTERRA (he won the Richmond Sprint in 2014), scorched the swim and opened up a commanding lead out of the swim, finishing almost a full minute out of the water from the closest competitor. Behind him however, was a large pack, including the likes of Rob Ricard (2014 XTERRA Athlete of the Year, and defending XTERRA Jersey Devil champ,) and William Allen (XTERRA USA Age Group Champ from 2014 in UTAH). Also in that next pack was the Womens leader out of the swim Meredith Jones (2012 XTERRA Jersey Devil champ), looking to take an early lead on her closest competitors.

After the quarter-mile run back to transition it was onto the bike. The XTERRA Jersey Devil bike course is super fast, as the New Jersey Pine Barrens are not known for having any hills. That doesn’t mean it is not without its tricky sections. Unfortunately race leader out of the swim Adam Webber encountered one of these areas early on in the bike, and suffered a compound fracture to his arm and was forced out of the race (We wish Adam a speedy recovery and hope to see him back at the XTERRA Jersey Devil again next year). This left the door wide open for Ricard and Allen to take the lead on the bike. The two battled the entire bike course and really pushed each other the entire time, creating quite a lead amongst themselves. Even with XTERRA powerhouses behind them like Daryl Weaver and Josh Loren, and a few others working together to gain some ground it looked like the race was coming down to these too.

The women’s race was also being solidified on the bike course. Katrina Dowidchuk used her superior mountain biking skills to gain control and overtake Meredith Jones and a few other very fast female swimmers. Katrina put together a 55:40 bike split, almost bettering her closest competitor, Amanda Rosen, by 10 minutes.

Now it was on to the run, what is clearly the best part of the XTERRA Jersey Devil. Well, after her dominating performance on the bike the race seemed to be all sown up for Katrina. All she needed to do was really cruise on the run and she would have the win. But I guess that is not Katrina’s style as she went on to post the fasted run split of the day as well on the women’s side, and when it was all said and done she had a convincing win over 2nd place Amanda Rosen, and 3rd Meredith Jones.

Now back to the men’s race. So everyone usually checks out the bike course before an XTERRA, but the XTERRA Jersey Devil run course is definitely one you need to check out if you want to be in the mix for the overall win. And lucky for Rob Ricard he did just that, checking out the run course earlier in the weekend certainly gave him an advantage. Out of the bike transition William Allen had created a slight gap on Rob heading out into the run. William did all he could to hold Rob off, and both looked to be tearing through the tough run course, blasting through the swamps and mud found on the course. But in the end Rob picked his pace correctly and wound up with the fasted run split of the day and a 10-second win over William. It was certainly a great race to watch. And surely both these competitors are in great early season form heading to Alabama and then Richmond, in the next couple of months.

Thanks to all the competitors of the 2015 XTERRA Jersey Devil, this year’s race I think was the best yet, we hope you are all back for 2016 and will bring some more friends along to share in the experience.

For a complete list of results check out: http://raceforum.com/2015/xterraag.htm, and for photos of the race check out: https://joegawinskixterrajerseydevil.shutterfly.com/

Donovan

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

COMPLETE RESULTSPHOTO GALLERY

JP Donovan from Incline Village, Nevada and Bree Thorpe from Las Vegas, Nevada won the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Lake Las Vegas half-marathon on a beautiful blue sky day in Henderson, Nevada.

Donovan, just a day removed from finishing 11th overall in the pro race at yesterday’s XTERRA West Championship triathlon, crushed the field with a winning time of 1:19:32, almost four minutes ahead of runner up Jorge Mejia.

“I was hurting out there, but didn’t want anybody to notice,” said Donovan, who was last year’s overall XTERRA amateur national triathlon champion.

Bree Thorpe

In the women’s race Thorpe took the tape in 1:33:02, almost 10 minutes ahead of previous winner Aimee Balzer.

“I didn’t know how I would feel today because I did a long run yesterday, but my coach is Max King and I figured he knew what he was doing,” said Thorpe.

King, of course, is the “King of XTERRA Trail Running” with four World Titles to his credit.  He’s trying to get Thorpe in a position to chase the Olympic Trials in the marathon distance.

There were also 5K and 10K races today.  James Grovom and Mercy Ray won the 10K while Andrew Dixon and Ashley Millhouse captured the 5K.  More than 400 runners from around the nation took part in today’s run, which is part of the 100-race Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series.

Every division winner in the 21K race earned a free entry into the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship to be held December 6, 2015 at Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu.

Learn more at www.xterratrailrun.com.

Brad Weiss

Weiss, Van Huyssteen win XTERRA Reunion

(Saint-Gilles, Reunion) – A pair of XTERRA stars from South Africa – Bradley Weiss and Carla Van Huyssteen – took the top spots at the inaugural XTERRA Reunion off-road tri in Saint-Gilles today.

It’s the second XTERRA World Tour win of the year for Weiss, who captured the season-opener at XTERRA Philippines in February – and a triumphant return from injury for Van Huyssteen, a two-time XTERRA South Africa Champ.  Both will now head to Langkawi, Malyasia to compete for next Saturday’s XTERRA Asian Tour Championship.

In the men’s race local triathlon hero David Hauss – winner of the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup earlier this year – was more than one-minute faster than everyone out of the water and also posted the fastest run split of the day but in XTERRA the race is usually won on the mountain bike and that’s where Weiss took over.

Weiss had a race best 1:09:32 bike split and was able to hold off XTERRA Greece Champion Francois Carloni and Yeray Luxem from Belgium on the run to take the tape in 2:17:20.

“Awesome to take another championship win, especially on such a beautiful island,” said Weiss.  “This place is fast becoming my favourite event location!”

Weiss said the race was a real battle between himself and Carloni.

“Hauss took an early lead in the swim but once the real climbing started on the bike his lack of mountain biking was evident,” said Weiss.  “Myself and Carloni worked well together on the bike and opened up a big lead on third. I was unsure of his running abilities so really wanted to open a gap on the final technical descent into transition. Unfortunately, I took a hard fall and ended up cutting my leg on my pedal. Thankfully I was able to close the gap back up to Carloni before entering T2 and we started the run together. Early on it was clear that he had biked too hard and I was able to slowly open a gap on him. The run was technical but had a few flat faster sections which I was able to take advantage of. With a 1.5km beach run to the finish I was able to back it down and take in the moment. I am unsure how often this will happen so I was determined to enjoy it.”

Luxem ran his way into second and Carloni was able to hold off Hauss for third place.  Jan Kubicek of the Czech Republic was 5th, followed by Theo Blignaut (South Africa), Sam Gardner (England) and Simone Calamai (Italy).

PL FIRST FINAL SWIM BIKE RUN
1 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:17:20 0:19:24 1:09:32 0:47:02
2 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:20:43 0:20:50 1:13:55 0:44:25
3 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:21:37 0:19:26 1:10:42 0:51:23
4 David Hauss, FRA 2:23:12 0:18:04 1:20:16 0:43:27
5 Jan Kubicek, CZE 2:24:42 0:21:50 1:15:10 0:46:25
6 Theo Blignaut, RSA 2:26:31 0:19:25 1:15:25 0:50:31
7 Sam Gardner, GBR 2:29:42 0:22:54 1:15:12 0:50:04
8 Simone Calamai, ITA 2:43:54 0:23:44 1:22:33 0:55:39
Van Huyssteen

In the women’s race Van Huyssteen was locked in a back-and-forth battle with reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion Kathrin Mueller.  The two posted near identical swim and bike times so it all came down to the run. Here is how Van Huyssteen described the action…

“The route suited me quite well. Hot and technical!   It was quite a technical swim and I was happy to get onto some good feet and actually had a decent swim. I ran into T1 just ahead of Kathrin and we basically rode together all the way. She tried to drop me on some of the climbs, but I kept working hard and managed to stay on her wheel. I have been working on my bike, and hope it will make some difference in my racing this year.  The last 5km on the bike was super rocky and technical but we stuck together and then I ran out of T2 in the lead and tried not to look back from there. The run was hard, technical, over sand, rock, and river crossings. I tried to just keep going.  Kathrin got off course at some point, so apparently lost a bunch of time, so the time gap was massive, and would not have been that big but I think I still could’ve snatched the title this time around.”

The victory is especially reward for Huyssteen after having to sit-out her hometown race at XTERRA South Africa due to injury in February.

“It was a great privilege racing here in the Reunion Islands and the organizers really went above and beyond to put on an exceptional racing experience,” said Van Huyssteen.  “Finally, a word of thanks to David Hauss for taking part in his home XTERRA and doing a race outside of his comfort zone.”

For Mueller, who won six majors in Europe last season, the past few months have been consumed by mountain biking (she did the Cape Epic four weeks ago) and skiing so she was uncertain how she’d come into it.  “It`s a fantastic area and a very challenging bike and run course,” she said.

“I’m very thankful for the invitation from the very nice and friendly people here.  It’s great organization.”

XTERRA Reunion technical director Yannick Desfargis finished 8th overall and top amateur on the day.  Local triathlete Claire Baudis finished third woman overall and captured the amateur title.

PL FIRST FINAL SWIM BIKE RUN
1 Carla Van Huyssteen, RSA 2:38:47 0:21:18 1:24:20 0:51:58
2 Kathrin Mueller, GER 2:47:58 0:21:34 1:24:10 1:01:07
3 Claire Baudis, FRA 3:24:50 0:28:39 1:49:32 1:02:49

Complete Results / Pictures


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Reunion was the 12th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson, Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti+ (Ben Allen, Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua (Braden Currie, Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+ (Braden Currie, Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA# (Francisco Serrano, Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea (Brice Daubord, Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains (Brad Weiss, Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers

UP NEXT

May 2 XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
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Daubord, Backler win XTERRA Tahiti

(Papeete, Tahiti)- Brice Daubord from Orleans, France and Sarah Backler from Tauranga, New Zealand captured the inaugural XTERRA Tahiti Championship on a beautiful island day.

Nico Lebrun, the technical director for the XTERRA European Tour, drew the lucky assignment to cover the cross-island challenge and brings us this report…

“Everyone gathered at 6:30 this morning in front of the town hall of Papeete, bikes on trucks, athletes on buses, press, VIP on 4×4’s and off for an hour drive along the cost to Mataeia – a small village  where T1 and the swim are located.

It’s a nice black sand beach with perfect water, warmer then Maui 😉

Triathlon legend Mark Allen had the honor to start the race, a two loops of 750-meters.  Something I’ve never seen before, they had a band sitting on a dock in the middle of the water playing music.

Brice Daubord, French Olympian Tony Moulay, and a great local swimmer were the first three men out of the water, with Olly Shaw about one-minute back.  In the women’s race Backler took control in the swim, and never looked back.

For 10km on rocky and bumpy fire road Moulay and Daubord stayed together.

“I had to stop to remove air in my tires” said Daubord, who was fighting with his bike, and that was the smart point, because after that, he caught Moulay, passed him and started to open the gap when they went by Lake Vaihiria.

Backler had a good gap out of the water and was able to pace herself, that what I thought, but talking to her “it was so steep going up to the tunnel, that I had no choice but to push and just keep going.”

At the top of the mountain bike part, a dark tunnel to ride through at 750-meters of altitude.

“We were lucky to get this little rain, going up” said all the athletes I talked with, because it was hot like in Maui, but more humid.

Starting the descent, Daubord was the strong leader as it seems Moulay, although an Olympian in triathlon, is not so confident on his mountain bike and gets passed by Olly Shaw.  Tony can run fast, however. so if he manages to stay close he could catch him on the run.  At 6 or 7k from T2 Moulay lost a cleat under his shoes, and had no chance, but with a big gap now he can enjoy the rest of the race, and the beautiful landscape.

Daubord started the run with about 2′ lead, but he is a fantastic runner, so no worry for him but the trail was hard with lots of creek crossings and slippery rocks…

“I fell in the creek but it felt so good that I took my time to get back on my feet, then kept running” said Daubord.

Backler, who had no Idea on her lead, said she just pushed at a good pace, to make sure.

Organizers set a finish line in the valley to complete this traverse from the west side of the Island to the East, with a traditional band from the Marquise Island.  It was a pretty intense and emotional finish line, with Mark Allen there to congratulate all the finishers.

XTERRA Tahiti is a truly unique XTERRA, a point to point race that is extremely well organized.  They have lots of support from the local government and sponsors, tons of volunteers, an amazing landscape, a tough race. They have all the right ingredients to be a major race on the XTERRA World Tour, and all in paradise.  After the race we learned Air Tahiti Nui will sponsor the airfare to Maui for the top local finishers, so we will have great representatives from French Polynesia at this year’s XTERRA World Championship.

“I’m really happy for my first victory on the XTERRA World Tour and so thankful for Jean Michel and the VSOP team for inviting me here,” said Daubord.  “It was a great experience, the whole week here was amazing. Swimming with stingrays and sharks on a blue Lagoon was amazing. Today I led the whole race, first with Tony then alone.  The first part was terrible, then I removed air from my tires and started to really ride properly and able to push hard.   The finish line with the typical Polynesian “band” was amazing, and something I will always remember.”

Backler was equally impressed with the event and organization, saying “The environment here is incredible and even though the bike and run were so much harder than I expected I loved every minute.  We were lucky to get a little bit of rain to cool us down and all those river crossings kept us cool too.  I wasn’t sure where the girls were behind me but still took a little more time than usal to really enjoy the scenery and especially the waterfalls in the last 2km of the run.  Really, the entire atmosphere was amazing, an incredible experience.”

Top three men:
Brice Daubord, FRA, 2:46:45
Olly Shaw, NZL, 2:48:45
Tony Moulay, FRA, 2:54:31

Top three women:
Sarah Backler, NZL, 3:32:06
Yasmina Chenel, Tahiti, 4:43:48
Sandra Labbeyi, Tahiti, 4:55:36


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Tahiti was the 11th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson, Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti+ (Ben Allen, Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua (Braden Currie, Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+ (Braden Currie, Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA# (Francisco Serrano, Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea (Brice Daubord, Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers

UP NEXT

May 2 XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+

 

Serrano

Serrano, Paterson win XTERRA West Championship

(Lake Las Vegas – Henderson, Nevada) –Francisco Serrano and Lesley Paterson won the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series opener at the XTERRA West Championship on a cool morning around the desert of Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada today.

The race started in the calm 67-degree waters of Lake Las Vegas fronting the Reflection Bay Golf Clubhouse with Australian XTERRA star Ben Allen leading everyone out of the water.  His lead wouldn’t last long, however, as former Olympian “Paco” Serrano from Monterrey, Mexico stormed to the front in the first mile and never looked back.

“I felt really good, and it was a fast swim, faster than I expected,” said Serrano, who has been racing XTERRA on-and-off since 2004 and is a three-time XTERRA Mexico Champion.  “Ben was about 35 seconds ahead out of the water but I was able to catch him fast.  He stayed close though and came back on the down hills.  I knew Josiah (Middaugh) was back there somewhere and going to be really fast and I knew he might catch me but thought if I did everything perfect I’d have a shot at the win.  Everything went smooth, my nutrition, my water, both transitions. It was just a great race.”

Middaugh had the fastest bike split of the day (1:11:18), almost two minutes better than Serrano, but still couldn’t make up the difference he lost in the swim (2:24) by the bike-to-run transition.

“I didn’t see that coming,” said Middaugh, who had won the last two West Championship titles here in the desert.  “I got into the second lap on the bike and thought Ben was in the lead and it wasn’t until I caught him that I realized Paco was still a minute-half up front.  So then I poured it on hard the last half of the bike trying to play catch-up, burnt some matches there and didn’t have a lot left on the run.”

Serrano had the fastest run of the day in 34:07 and took the tape in 2:06:56, nearly two minutes ahead of Middaugh.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Serrano.  “I know Josiah is among the very best of the best and it’s an honor to be on the podium with him and the other guys.  I can’t remember ever beating him before but like I said, I knew this is like my perfect course with the climbing, dirt, and fast running.”

The ever-humble Middaugh, who has now finished second in his last four races (to Ruben Ruzafa at the XTERRA USA and World Championship races last year, and last month to Rom Akerson at XTERRA Costa Rica), was able to take it all in stride.

“You don’t learn anything from winning,” he smiled.  “Nothing went wrong. I just came up short.  Francisco kind of led from start to finish.  I got close on the bike and maybe about a mile into the run and then he poured it on again. He looked real fresh out there, had a good turnover and was just hard to catch.  He was strong all day.  I felt like I put in a really good effort and I put it all out there.”

While Serrano and Middaugh were in a race all their own up front, Chris Ganter had the race of his life five minutes behind them. The 36-year-old from Boise, Idaho passed 10 guys on the bike to move into the third spot where he finished for his first career podium.

“Definitely my career best XTERRA performance, by far,” said Ganter, perhaps motivated on the day by his lack of mention in the pre-race prognostications.  “A lot of hard work goes into the off-season, and I give a lot of the credit to my coach for putting the pieces of the puzzle together for me, and for my sponsors support that has allowed me to train and go after this like a professional.”

Ganter was also missing his signature mustache for this one, perhaps streamlining his efforts a bit … “kind of the opposite of a playoff beard,” he laughed.

Allen overcome the understandable fatigue associated with crossing numerous time zones with races in the Western Pacific, then over to Australia, and finally to Vegas over the last couple weeks and finished fourth, holding off a hard-charging Branden Rakita by just three seconds.

“When Serrano and Josiah came past I just didn’t have that extra gear to push that I normally would have if I was fresh,” he explained.  “Those early races seem to be taken its toll on me now.  I tried to stay with Serrano when he came by but he attacked hard and I seemed stuck in a one pace rhythm.  These guys are just too strong to not have your best.  I’m realistic about it though, and won’t get too down on myself.  I’ve had a good early season and really I’m here for the experience, and to get used to the U.S.”

Allen will now head to Langkawi, Malaysia via an airport stop-over in Australia to contest Bradley Weiss for the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship next Saturday.

“I was going to opt not to go but then I would’ve handed the Asian Tour title to Brad on a silver platter,” said Allen.  “As it is, I’ll get their Friday afternoon for a Saturday race.  I’ll be smashed but give it everything I got.”

Rakita was strong all day and nearly caught Allen at the tape but ran out of real estate.

“I was in an all-out sprint in the home stretch and could see Ben right in front of me but just ran out of room,” he explained.

PRO MEN          
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Francisco Serrano 34 Monterrey, Mexico 2:06:56 100
2 Josiah Middaugh 36 Eagle-Vail, Colorado 2:08:44 90
3 Chris Ganter 36 Boise, Idaho 2:13:48 82
4 Ben Allen 30 Wollongong, Australia 2:14:53 75
5 Branden Rakita 34 Colorado Springs, Colorado 2:14:56 69
6 Karsten Madsen 23 Guelph, Ontario, CAN 2:15:47 63
7 Craig Evans 37 Hendersonville, Tennessee 2:17:16 58
8 Brad Zoller 37 Avon, Colorado 2:17:54 53
9 Alex Modestou 28 Durham, North Carolina 2:18:42 49
10 Ryan Ignatz 36 Boulder, Colorado 2:19:18 45
Also: JP Donovan (41), James Hadley (37), Jimmy Archer (34), Kyle Hughes (31)

PATERSON ON TRACK

Shoulder fracture or not, Lesley Paterson is a force to be reckoned with.  She posted the fastest bike split of the day by more than two minutes and the fastest run by a minute to win the West title in 2:24:23, three minutes ahead of runner-up Emma Garrard.

“Just so exciting to be back racing after sitting out most of last year, I was in full depression mode,” said Paterson.  “Then when I crashed before Costa Rica I cried for two nights straight, but what can you do. You pick yourself up, get your Braveheart on, and think what you can do rather than what you can’t.”

It’s Paterson’s second win of the season after running down Garrard at XTERRA Costa Rica last month with a fractured shoulder.  She didn’t even know if she’d get cleared to race until this week, and the extremely good news is that she says her shoulder feels okay.

“I’ve been doing every therapy I could think of for it, and I really couldn’t believe it this morning when I started two-arm swimming and it didn’t feel that bad at all.  As a result, I didn’t come that far down out of the water and I felt good on the bike.  On the first steep climb I passed Sara McLarty (who swam almost three minutes faster than the rest of the women) and I had already passed Suzie Snyder, Emma, and Melanie McQuaid.  Emma came back at me after a couple miles and then I just went for it.”

Paterson pulled away then looked like the two-time World Champ we all remember on the run, literally flying down hills with a seemingly effortless stride.

“Ya know what’s crazy is I didn’t run for like six months over the winter to give my body some healing time, and amazingly I haven’t lost that much on my run because I was biking so much,” said Paterson, who’s next goal is to make her Olympic mountain biking team.

“I want to do the mountain bike stuff across the summer, some World Cups and the British Championship on the Olympic course and see how I stack up against some of the girls.  I think I’ve got the potential, and it would be awesome to try and go for the Olympics.  It may be a real long shot but why not.”

For the Paterson the XTERRA Tribe has come to love, nothing really seems like a long shot.

“For right now, it’s just great to be around these girls again,” said Paterson.  “I’ve got a huge smile on my face to be around Emma and Suzie and Mel and everybody. We’re giving each other “whowahs” and cheering each other on.  That’s what this sport is all about, that’s why I love it.”

Garrard posted the second-best bike and run splits to Paterson, was once again the top American female, and strode across the finish line with her son Torin who no longer needs to be carried.

“I had a pretty good race Lesley was just going really fast out there.  It was nice to be able to stay up with her in stretches and see her in front for a while,” said Garrard.

Suzie Snyder, who won XTERRA New Zealand 14 days ago and was fourth at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs seven days ago, is just happy to have survived the day and happy with her third-place finish.

“I’m so tired,” she smiled.  “I had a descent swim and a fair bike, but then on the run my legs were cramping so bad.  I’m so excited to just chill out and stay in one place for more than a day.”

Snyder is just now making the move from Virginia to Reno, Nevada, and will have a great group of XTERRA people to have fun with near her new digs.

Three-time XTERRA World Champion Melanie McQuaid was solid all around to finish fourth, and last year’s amateur XTERRA World Champ Brittany Webster – a Winter Olympian from Canada – placed fifth in her pro debut.

PRO WOMEN        
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Lesley Paterson 34 San Diego, California (Scotland) 2:24:23 100
2 Emma Garrard 33 Park City, Utah 2:27:26 90
3 Suzie Snyder 33 Fredericksburg, Virginia 2:31:33 82
4 Melanie McQuaid 41 Victoria, B.C., Canada 2:35:20 75
5 Brittany Webster 27 Canmore, Alberta, Canada 2:38:53 69
6 Kara LaPoint 27 Truckee, California 2:40:07 63
7 Sara Schuler 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:40:49 58
8 Katie Button 29 Victoria, B.C., Canada 2:40:58 53
9 Maia Ignatz 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:40:58 49
10 Debby Sullivan 33 Rocklin, California 2:45:12 45
Also: Sara McLarty (41), Caroline Colonna (37), Lauren Thompson (34), Rebecca Blatt (31)

The XTERRA West Championship was the first of five championship races in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series. Elites count their best three-of-four regional scores plus whatever they get at Nationals to determine the Series winner.   Next up is the XTERRA Southeast Championship race, which is doubling as the USA Triathlon Off-Road Nationals, on May 16 at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama.

BALZER, ANDERS WIN AMATEUR CROWNS

Matthew Balzer won the overall amateur title at the XTERRA West Champs for the second straight year, finishing two minutes ahead of Bryce Phinney.  In the women’s race 17-year-old Rachel Anders from Sandy, Utah finished 11th overall among all women, ahead of several pros and the rest of the amateur field.  Here’s a look at all of today’s XTERRA West Champions:

XTERRA WEST CHAMPIONS (FEMALE)  
Division Name Time
15 – 19 Rachel Anders 2:47:20
20 – 24 Heather Wilson 3:20:31
25 – 29 Lisa Leonard 2:49:50
30 – 34 Sian Turner 2:50:44
35 – 39 Julie Baker 2:53:03
40 – 44 Amy Thornquist 2:58:39
45 – 49 Linda Vigil 3:18:39
50 – 54 Janet Soule 3:11:19
55 – 59 Sharon McDowell-Larsen 2:58:58
60 – 64 Lorenn Walker 3:56:13
XTERRA WEST CHAMPIONS (MALE)  
Division Name Time
15 – 19 David Duncan 2:28:39
20 – 24 Jeff Sabatka 2:27:59
25 – 29 Evan Kraus 2:34:10
30 – 34 Matthew Balzer 2:21:09
35 – 39 Bryce Phinney 2:23:15
40 – 44 David Dornaus 2:32:52
45 – 49 Stephen White 2:34:13
50 – 54 Mark Milam 2:38:49
55 – 59 Bruce Wilson 2:41:33
60 – 64 Tom Perry 2:56:12
65 – 69 Bill Blankenship 3:32:48
70 – 74 Roger Kern 5:08:39
75 – 79 Ron Hill 5:41:00
PC Andre Szucs 4:13:39

Complete results / XTERRA Sprint race results / Photo Gallery

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA West Championship was the 10th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+ (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA# (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

The XTERRA West Championship is presented by Paul Mitchell and XTERRA Resorts.  Sponsors include Muscle Milk, PowerBar, Gatorade Endurance, LifeProof, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, Outrigger Resorts, XTERRA Wetsuits and Boards, Utah Sports Commission, XTERRA Fitness, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, and The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988.  It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2015 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 30 countries worldwide. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990.  View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.