Forissier

Forissier, Wasle win XTERRA Switzerland

(Vallee de Joux, Switzerland) – Twenty-year-old Arthur Forissier from France in his first full season as an elite and veteran XTERRA racer Carina Wasle from Austria in her 11th year of racing took home the titles at the XTERRA Switzerland Championship in Vallee de Joux on Saturday afternoon.

“It was a beautiful day,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas.  “The water was just cold enough for wetsuits and the air temp was in the low 70s with a breeze.   The winners were a comeback kid and a brand new kid.  Carina Wasle, in her second race after a big crash in Malaysia, took the win by 30-seconds over the vastly improving Brigitta Poor from Hungary.  Helena Erbenova was third, just under 30-seconds back of Poor.”

For Wasle the victory marks her 11th career championship title, but first on the European Tour since winning XTERRA Czech back in 2009.  She won her first title in her rookie season of 2005 at Germany, would go on to win two more there, plus two in Czech and South Africa, and one each in Brazil, Saipan, Guam, and now Switzerland.

“I was not fully trained last week at XTERRA Greece and could not go fast the whole race,” said Wasle.  “Here I felt good everywhere.”

Despite some rash on her right shoulder from coming off the bike, Wasle caught Poor just before T2 and managed a perfect run to take the tape in 2:29:42.

Wasle

For the men it was all about the young blood.  Forissier is not an unknown, he was 7th overall and top amateur against a tough field at XTERRA France but was just 32nd in his elite debut at XTERRA Worlds last year (he was 5th in the 15-19 division at Maui in 2013).

“I am so happy,” said Forissier, who said he was really pushing his training for next week’s XTERRA France Championship but clearly had the chops today.  “I was riding close with Luxem and Pyott and started thinking this is so good.  Then Yeray and I saw Roger (Serrano) in the distance and we pushed even harder.”

Forissier headed out onto the run in the lead and posted the second-fastest run of the day to win his first XTERRA major in 2:07:10.

Last week’s XTERRA Greece winner Kris Coddens was close in second-place, just 35 seconds back.

“I had to work very hard this past week as it was the last week of school,” smiled Coddens, who works a full-time job on top of his elite racing schedule. “I just arrived last night so I am very happy with the results.”

“Indeed the tall Belgian posted the fastest run of the day but it was not enough to catch Forissier.  In fact, it was barely enough to hold off a hard charging Roger Serrano.  Roger was passed by Coddens early but reeled him back in on the last uphill,” explained Nicholas.

Coddens said “I had a choice, either run the uphill or save it for the flats.  I knew Roger was there and it was not easy.”

Yeray Luxem was back and rode strong holding second place through the first lap of the run, but faded to finish 4th.  “On the second lap my body said, enough” grimaced Luxem.

Pro Results

Men      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Arthur Forissier, FRA 2:07:10 100
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:07:45 90
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:08:07 82
4 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:09:01 75
5 Jan Pyott, SUI 2:14:01 69
6 Jan Kubicek, CZE 2:15:44 63
7 Henry Sleight, GBR 2:16:30 58
8 Veit Hönle, GER 2:18:41 53
9 Martial Schmidt, FRA 2:20:13 49
10 Lars van der Eerden, NED 2:29:45 45
Women      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Carina Wasle, AUT 2:29:42 100
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 2:30:13 90
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 2:30:38 82
4 Maud Golsteyn, NED 2:33:24 75
5 Myriam Guillot, FRA 2:35:14 69
6 Louise Fox, GBR 2:37:46 63
7 Ladina Buss, SUI 2:40:21 58
8 Jessica Roberts, GBR 2:42:29 53
9 Karin Hansen, SUI 2:43:03 49

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XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

XTERRA Switzterland was the fifth of 12 races in the XTERRA European Tour, and the second of seven Gold level events.  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. How it Works.

Next up: July 5 – XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*

Updated Standings after 5 events:

Men   S S G S G  
Pl Name, NAT MLT POR ESP GRE SUI TOTAL
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 67 56 82 67 82 354
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 47 67 75 61 DNS 250
3 Albert Soley, ESP 43 39 90 47 DNS 219
4 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP DNS 75 100 DNS DNS 175
5 Kris Coddens, BEL DNS DNS DNS 75 90 165
6 Jan Pyott, SUI DNS 23 49 DNS 69 141
7 Yeray Luxem, BEL DNS 61 DNS DNS 75 136
8 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 75 47 DNS DNS DNS 122
9 Henry Sleight, GBR DNS 25 DNS 33 58 116
10 Xavier Riart, ESP 36 DNS 69 DNS DNS 105
11 Tim Van Daele, BEL 25 27 DNS 51 DNS 103
12 Jan Kubicek, CZE 39 DNS DNS DNS 63 102
13 Arthur Forissier, FRA DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 100
14 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 56 36 DNS DNS DNS 92
15 Tomas Kubek, SVK DNS 43 DNS 39 DNS 82
16 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 21 DNP DNS DNS 45 66
17 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS 63
18 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
19 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS 60
20 Ruben Salmeron, ESP DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS 58
21 Rory Downie, GBR 33 DNP DNS 25 DNS 58
22 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR DNS 30 DNS 27 DNS 57
23 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 56
24 Jose Borrino, ESP DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS 53
25 Veit Hönle, GER DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 53
26 Clement Briere, FRA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51
27 Hector Guerra, ESP DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS 51
28 Martial Schmidt, FRA DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 49
29 Juan Gracia, ESP DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS 45
30 Markus Benesch, AUT DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS 43
31 Dominique Fernando, ESP DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS 41
32 Juan Marti, ESP DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS 37
33 Grigoris Souvatzoglou, GRE DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS 36
34 Carlos Martinez, ESP DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS 34
35 Jens Roth, GER DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS 33
36 Sergio Espejo, ESP DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS 31
37 Javier Oliver, ESP DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS 28
38 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 DNS DNS DNS DNF 27
39 Nicolas Corentin, BEL DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS 25
40 Matt Dewis, GBR 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS 23
41 Simone Calamai, ITA DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS 23
42 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS 21
43 James Walker, GBR DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS 21
44 Pablo Navarrete, ESP DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS 0
Wom Name, NAT MLT POR ESP GRE SUI TOTAL
Pl Brigitta Poor, HUN 75 61 90 67 90 383
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE DNS 67 100 75 82 324
2 Louise Fox, GBR 51 51 82 56 63 303
3 Carina Wasle, AUT DNS DNS DNS 61 100 161
4 Jessica Roberts, GBR 47 DNF DNS 51 53 151
5 Karin Hansen, SUI 43 47 DNS DNS 49 139
6 Maud Golsteyn, NED 61 DNS DNS DNS 75 136
7 Morgane Riou, FRA DNS 56 DNS 47 DNS 103
8 Kathrin Mueller, GER DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
9 Myriam Guillot, FRA DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 69
10 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 67
11 Ladina Buss, SUI DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 58
12 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
13 Sofia Brites, POR DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 43
14 Deniz Dimaki, GRE DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS 43
15 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

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

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 (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
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

Coddens Greece

Coddens, Erbenova win XTERRA Greece

(Lake Plastira, Greece) – Kris Coddens of Belgium and Helena Erbenova of the Czech Republic each posted come from behind wins to capture the third annual XTERRA Greece Championship race at Lake Plastira this afternoon.

It’s the first-ever XTERRA major title for Coddens, and for Erbenova, a two-time European Tour Champion, her second big win in three weeks (she won XTERRA Spain on June 7).

In the men’s race Roger Serrano, the XTERRA European Tour points leader through the first four races, took an early lead out of the water but it was last year’s Greece champion Francois Carloni who took control during the bike.

Carloni was first out on the run, followed by Serrano, but Coddens can fly and chased both of them down to take the tape in 2:20:28, 35-seconds ahead of Serrano with Carloni another minute behind in third.

Coddens has come close to the top step before, he was 2nd at XTERRA England last year and second here at XTERRA Greece two years ago, but this was his first signature win.

Top 15 Elite Men

Pl Name Time Points
1 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:20:28 75
2 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:21:03 67
3 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:22:07 61
4 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 2:24:54 56
5 Tim Van Daele, BEL 2:28:41 51
6 Albert Soley, ESP 2:28:50 47
7 Markus Benesch, AUT 2:29:48 43
8 Tomas Kubek, SVK 2:30:09 39
9 Grigoris Souvatzoglou 2:32:01 36
10 Henry Sleight, GBR 2:32:17 33
Also:  Fabrizio Bartoli (30), Llewellyn Holmes (27), Rory Downie (25), Simone Calamai (23), James Walker (21)

Helena Erbenova Greece

ERBENOVA IN FINE FORM

In the women’s race it was all Brigitta Poor early on.  The XTERRA Malta winner led out of the water and off the bike but Erbenova charged to the front early on the run and took the tape by 45-seconds over Poor with a winning time of 2:44:03.

Success at Lake Plastira is nothing new to Erbenova, a former Winter Olympian and Winter Tri World Champ, who won the inaugural XTERRA Greece Championship title two years ago.

Top 7 Elite Women

Pl Name Time Points
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 2:44:03 75
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 2:44:48 67
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 2:46:29 61
4 Louise Fox, GBR 2:56:26 56
5 Jessica Roberts, GBR 3:01:21 51
6 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:01:32 47
7 Deniz Dimaki, GRE 3:20:15 43

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

XTERRA Greece was the fourth of 12 races in the XTERRA European Tour, and the third of five Silver level events.  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. How it Works.

Next up: June 27 – XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*

2015 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS
After 4 – As of 6.20.15
Men   S S G S  
Pl Name, NAT MLT POR ESP GRE TOTAL
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 67 56 82 67 272
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 47 67 75 61 250
3 Albert Soley, ESP 43 39 90 47 219
4 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP DNS 75 100 DNS 175
5 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 75 47 DNS DNS 122
6 Xavier Riart, ESP 36 DNS 69 DNS 105
7 Tim Van Daele, BEL 25 27 DNS 51 103
8 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 56 36 DNS DNS 92
9 Tomas Kubek, SVK DNS 43 DNS 39 82
10 Kris Coddens, BEL DNS DNS DNS 75 75
11 Jan Pyott, SUI DNS 23 49 DNS 72
12 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP DNS DNS 63 DNS 63
13 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 DNS DNS DNS 61
14 Yeray Luxem, BEL DNS 61 DNS DNS 61
15 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 30 DNS DNS 30 60
16 Ruben Salmeron, ESP DNS DNS 58 DNS 58
17 Henry Sleight, GBR DNS 25 DNS 33 58
18 Rory Downie, GBR 33 DNP DNS 25 58
19 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR DNS 30 DNS 27 57
20 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK DNS DNS DNS 56 56
21 Jose Borrino, ESP DNS DNS 53 DNS 53
22 Clement Briere, FRA 51 DNS DNS DNS 51
23 Hector Guerra, ESP DNS 51 DNS DNS 51
24 Juan Gracia, ESP DNS DNS 45 DNS 45
25 Markus Benesch, AUT DNS DNS DNS 43 43
26 Dominique Fernando, ESP DNS DNS 41 DNS 41
27 Jan Kubicek, CZE 39 DNS DNS DNS 39
28 Juan Marti, ESP DNS DNS 37 DNS 37
29 Grigoris Souvatzoglou, GRE DNS DNS DNS 36 36
30 Carlos Martinez, ESP DNS DNS 34 DNS 34
31 Jens Roth, GER DNS 33 DNS DNS 33
32 Sergio Espejo, ESP DNS DNS 31 DNS 31
33 Javier Oliver, ESP DNS DNS 28 DNS 28
34 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 DNS DNS DNS 27
35 Nicolas Corentin, BEL DNS DNS DNS 25 25
36 Matt Dewis, GBR 23 DNS DNS DNS 23
37 Simone Calamai, ITA DNS DNS DNS 23 23
38 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 21 DNP DNS DNS 21
39 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL DNS 21 DNS DNS 21
40 James Walker, GBR DNS DNS DNS 21 21
41 Pablo Navarrete, ESP DNS DNS DNP DNS
 Women Name, NAT MLT POR ESP GRE TOTAL
Pl Brigitta Poor, HUN 75 61 90 67 293
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE DNS 67 100 75 242
2 Louise Fox, GBR 51 51 82 56 240
3 Morgane Riou, FRA DNS 56 DNS 47 103
4 Jessica Roberts, GBR 47 DNF DNS 51 98
5 Karin Hansen, SUI 43 47 DNS DNS 90
6 Kathrin Mueller, GER DNS 75 DNS DNS 75
7 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 67 DNS DNS DNS 67
8 Maud Golsteyn, NED 61 DNS DNS DNS 61
9 Carina Wasle, AUT DNS DNS DNS 61 61
10 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56
11 Sofia Brites, POR DNS 43 DNS DNS 43
12 Deniz Dimaki, GRE DNS DNS DNS 43 43
13 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 DNS DNS DNS 39

THE KAHUNA’S TAKE

Dave “The Kahuna” Nicholas describes the day here…

“Race day in the mountains of Greece dawned sunny and warm. It appeared as if the rain was going to stay away and we would have a perfect day.

As with most Mediterranean cultures, racers started appearing about 9:30am for the 11am start. Greek Federation official Andreas Galanos laughed “we will need to check in 200 bikes in an hour. This is the Greek way.”

But it all happened in fine order and promptly at 11 the gun went off and the Championship race was off. A few, fast local relay swimmers beat Roger Serrano out of the water, but the quick Spaniard took charge and had a big lead over the other contenders coming out of T1. The circuit here has two laps of the bike and run. Coming past the lake at the end of the first lap Frenchman Francois Carloni had taken the lead and had a minute on Serrano with Slovakia’s Tomas Jurkovic in third and Belgian Kris Coddens in 4th about 3 minutes back.

Out of nowhere, those pesky clouds came overhead and it looked as if we would get the expected rain. A cloud also appeared over Carloni as he broke his right pedal. “I could push on the arm but could not pull and had to climb with mostly my left” he grinned. “When I start the run my left leg is tired and I just cannot go”. For the women, young Hungarian Brigitta Poor had a nice lead from the swim with Morgan Riou, Louise Fox, Jessie Roberts and Carina Wasle together. Brigitta kept the lead for the entire bike but Czech Champion Helena Erbenova was coming fast. “I think I make a mistake doing adventure race last week” said Erbenova. “I push hard on the bike but I am tired”. Then she smiled, looked at Brigitta and said “She is growing up so fast” !!

Out in the hills of the bike course the rains came – and they came hard. Nico Lebrun was out there at a short, steep climb where organizers had cut steps to help people up the slippery slope. “by the second loop there were no more steps. People just push and slide to get up in the rain”. Carloni still led despite the missing pedal. “I think I need maybe 3-4 minutes on Coddens from the bike. He is so fast” said Carloni. The heavy rain helped him a bit. “It rained so hard you couldn’t see at all” said Coddens.

Surprisingly the quickly improving Poor held the lead at T2 but Helena had rode into second. Carina Wasle, in her first race back since crashing hard in Malaysia, had gotten within 30 seconds of Brigitta but fell back to third. “I have not had any chance to train for so long. I only started a few weeks ago and am happy I was still fast but I had no endurance today. But now I am 100%” she laughed.

The rains stopped and the winners came from behind. Coddens caught Carloni at the end of the first run loop and never looked back. Erbenova caught and passed Poor but could not get away and won by less than a minute. Coddens put in the fastest run of the day for the win, and Roger Serrano ran really well to get past poor Carloni for second.

Coddens was grinning from ear to ear. “I have a job and kids and have to fit in training, this is very special for me”. Erbenova’s mention that “Brigitta is growing up” meant the Hungarian is no longer just a fast swimmer but then no threat.

The Belgians sang and roared all during the awards ceremony in support of Coddens. Certainly the loudest I have heard in 20 years of being at awards. The Greek lifeguards were a big highlight as the new female uniforms look more like thongs than lifesaver suits. The whistles and howls from male athletes as they headed out at the start of the race were hilarious.

Great organization, a great race and a fabulous place to visit. Next up is Switzerland, the second of 4 in a row here in Europe.”

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Greece Championship was the 19th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

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 (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
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

Josiah Middaugh

Middaugh, Snyder win XTERRA East Championship

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(Richmond, VA) – Josiah Middaugh and Suzie Snyder captured the 17th annual 2015 XTERRA East Championship off-road triathlon pro race titles on a hot and humid day around the James River Park System in Richmond, Virginia this morning.

Both came from behind out of the water, took charge on the bike, and held on during the run.  It’s the second career Richmond win for Middaugh, who last won it all in 2008, and the first-ever win on the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series for Snyder.

The elite race started an hour earlier than the amateur race, right at 7:50am in the warm and shallow waters of the James River.  There was a spot in the middle of the river that had everyone running across water – quite a sight for those watching from underneath the CSX Railway line or across the river on Belle Isle.

Craig Evans led the pro men out of the water on Belle Isle, midway through the swim, followed by Ben Collins, Brad Zoller, Braden Currie, and Branden Rakita.  Those five would post the quickest swim times (roughly 15 minutes) but Middaugh was only about one-minute back and got in the mix on the bike right away.

“This is a really challenging course for me,” said Middaugh, who lives and trains at altitude in Vail, Colorado.  “It’s really different than what I train on all the time so it’s always presented a really good, hard challenge for me.  I won it one year when Conrad (Stoltz) had a flat tire, it was on Father’s Day, but it’s been a while.  I wasn’t able to do much pre-riding but luckily I’ve done this race like nine times or something so I felt like I knew the course, just wasn’t practiced at race speed on it.  So I felt pretty good and surprisingly, I’ve worked on my technical skills a little bit and that’s starting to pay off.  Keeping weight on my feet and getting around those corners.  Today I had no problems, that’s the big thing. I’ve had a lot of mechanicals here in the past but today I made it through the course unscathed.”

Middaugh may have been one of the few racers today who didn’t go down at some point.  Runner-up Braden Currie from New Zealand said it was all he could do to stay on his bike.

“That was a tough day out, I tried to do what I could do and I just didn’t have it,” said Currie, who came in with three straight wins at XTERRA New Zealand, Australia, and the Southeast Champs.  “I’m a bit gutted really. I would have liked to been a lot closer to Josiah.  It’s a bit annoying to fall off so much at the end, but that’s racing.  Haven’t had the best few weeks so I’ll just take it as it is.”

Perhaps nobody in the men’s field could be as annoyed as Olly Shaw, who was in fine form and riding up front with Josiah about a third of the way through the bike before getting a flat that led to a DNF.

“Burped my tire, had a bit of a big crash, then I looked down and my Co2 canister wasn’t there.  It was a bit of a nightmare,” explained Shaw.  “I tried to keep riding with a really flat tire in hopes that someone would be generous enough to hand me something but everyone was focused on racing and it just got flatter and flatter.  I was really having a good race up there with Josiah and Braden and Craig and feeling really good on the bike.  Josiah was really super strong but I was pulling him back on the little descents and things, so pretty gutted to have that happen.”

Middaugh had the best bike split of the day, 1:24:56, to Currie’s 1:28:39 and Evans’ 1:28:49, and had nearly three minutes on Currie heading into the run.

“I wasn’t going to come here but decided on Wednesday I was going to try and strike while the iron was hot and come on out,” said Middaugh, who won the GoPro Mountain Games in his backyard for the eighth straight year last weekend.  “I’ve been racing well so thought maybe I had one more big race in me.”

Middaugh got into Richmond at midnight on Friday, then messed up his bike pre-riding on Saturday and credited Clint Kronenberger from Coqui Cyclery for getting him squared away.

“Great to have some last minute bike support from Clint, put a new shifter on there and did a bunch of other stuff last night,” said Middaugh.

Middaugh didn’t have the fastest run of the day, which went to Ryan Ignatz who shot into third place with a blistering 43:27 run split, but said he went as hard as he could.

“With this heat you never know when you’re going to just totally implode but I felt good at the start of the run so thought I’d run as hard as I could for as long as I could and actually felt pretty good the whole way,” he said.

Chris Ganter finished fourth and Branden Rakita rounded out the top five.

For all involved the course and all its character were the highlights of today’s race.

“The trails are amazing, and I love all the people out there,” said Ignatz.  “Lots of good cheering and great energy at this place.”

Currie was particularly taken with the fanatics at the “Rock Face” section, saying “It’s pretty awesome going through those crowds, it really amps you up.  Coming through the shoot by people with costumes and masks.  I just wanted to stop and hang out with those guys, but you’ve got to keep on punching it which was pretty annoying.  I’d have loved to sit down and have a beer and a BBQ with them.”

Middaugh added that the history around town makes Richmond a really compelling venue to race at.

“Just the setting, right in downtown.  We’ve got Belle Isle that was a POW camp during the civil war. There’s a lot of history here so it’s just very unique.  You don’t often get an XTERRA that has a downtown setting like this but still has really good single track and really good trails.”

Here’s a look at the top 11 elite men from today’s race:

PRO MEN          
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh 36 Eagle-Vail, Colorado 2:24:53 100
2 Braden Currie 28 Wanaka, New Zealand 2:28:40 90
3 Ryan Ignatz 36 Boulder, Colorado 2:30:21 82
4 Chris Ganter 36 Boise, Idaho 2:31:31 75
5 Branden Rakita 34 Colorado Springs, Colo. 2:32:35 69
6 Alex Modestou 28 Durham, North Carolina 2:34:38 63
7 Karsten Madsen 23 Guelph, Ontario, CAN 2:35:24 58
8 Brad Zoller 37 Avon, Colorado 2:41:31 53
9 Craig Evans 37 Hendersonville, Tenn. 2:41:46 49
10 Ben Collins 31 Chicago, Illinois 2:43:05 45
Also: Ian King (41)

Suzie Snyder

SNYDER WINS SECOND MAJOR OF 2015

Without the seemingly invincible duo of XTERRA World Champs Flora Duffy and Lesley Paterson in the line-up today the spotlight seemed destined to shine on either Emma Garrard or Suzie Snyder.  Those two have finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, at four of the last five regional championship races.

Garrard was coming off a brilliant effort winning last weekend’s Mountain Games in Colorado, while Snyder was still not 100% from her crash at last month’s Southeast Championship that bruised her ribs and strained her shoulder.

The two posted identical swim times and headed out on the bike behind Sara McLarty, Christine Jeffrey, and Catherine Sterling but it was all Snyder after that.  By midway through the first lap in Forest Hill Park (about mile four) she had passed everyone and put two minutes on Garrard.

“I knew the bike course was where I could make my move because I’m so familiar with it,” said Snyder.  “I rode it every week last year for two months. My confidence was good which was key.  I nailed the technical stuff.  I rode everything so clean, for the first time ever, which kept my confidence high and it was so exciting because when your mind is good your body is good.”

Snyder took a big lead into the run and would need almost every minute of it because Garrard was putting out a heroic running effort behind her. Garrard’s 45:36 effort was five minutes faster than Snyder, but still a minute short at the finish line.

“The run was tough,” said Snyder.  “Emma was coming, I knew she was, because that’s what she does.  I was just trying to run smart in the beginning because I knew the heat would take its toll later on.  Towards the middle I had to do everything I could to put it out there and then my legs started cramping so I needed to settle down before I blew it.”

Smart effort and a big win for Snyder, who now has a XTERRA World Tour major (New Zealand) and a U.S Series win to her name this season.

“Second again,” exhaled Garrard, who has been the runner-up at seven straight regionals since the start of last season.  “I made more mistakes on the bike then I should have but nothing really bad. I kept telling myself I could close the gap, but Suzie was riding a lot better than me today.”

A month after posting a career-best fourth-place finish in Alabama Catherine Sterling did one better and finished third today.  Maia Ignatz and Kara LaPoint also had career days in fourth and fifth, respectively.  LaPoint’s podium spot took some grit after twisting her ankle pretty badly on the “Dry Way” about two miles from the finish.

No woman had it worse than Christine Jeffrey, who crashed hard early and dislocated her elbow.  “They finally got it back in joint after a couple tries, very unpleasant,” said Jeffrey from the hospital.

All-in-all an amazing day packed with action and excitement.  The locals here in Richmond are awesome supporters of XTERRA and their leader Nathan Burrell, the James River Park System manager, has done an incredibly job with the trails – getting grants and making every inch of dirt as good as it can get.

Today’s race combined a one-kilometer swim in the James with a 20-mile mountain bike and seven-mile trail run. There was a $15,000 prize purse for elites as the third of five stops in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series.

Here’s a look at the top 10 elite women from today’s race:

PRO WOMEN        
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Suzie Snyder 33 Reno, Nevada 2:48:58 100
2 Emma Garrard 34 Park City, Utah 2:50:10 90
3 Catherine Sterling 38 Ayer, Massachussetts 2:55:23 82
4 Maia Ignatz 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:56:59 75
5 Kara LaPoint 27 Truckee, California 2:59:38 69
6 Brittany Webster 27 Canmore, Alberta, CAN 3:05:04 63
7 Debby Sullivan 33 Rocklin, California 3:06:17 58
8 Emily Bashton 35 Richmond, Virginia 3:07:40 53
9 Sara McLarty 32 Clermont, Florida 3:21:18 49
10 Rebecca Blatt 35 Lakewood, Colorado 3:33:24 45

MIDDAUGH, GARRARD LEAD XTERRA U.S. PRO SERIES

With today’s victory Middaugh is assured a shot at winning the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series in Ogden, Utah on September 19.  Pros count their best three scores in the first four, plus what they earn at Nationals regardless of how they do.   Currie could put himself in the same position with a second-place or better finish at the Mountain Championship next month.  For the women, Garrard is in the lead, but just by six points over Snyder, which makes next month’s showdown in the Rockies an important one for both.

XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Standings (After 3)
Pros count best 3-of-4 regionals, plus Nationals
PRO MEN              
Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 90 90 100 280
2 Chris Ganter, USA 82 82 75 239
3 Branden Rakita, USA 69 63 69 201
4 Braden Currie, NZL DNS 100 90 190
5 Craig Evans, USA 58 75 49 182
6 Ryan Ignatz, USA 45 53 82 180
7 Alex Modestou, USA 49 58 63 170
8 Brad Zoller, USA 53 49 53 155
9 Karsten Madsen, CAN 63 DNF 58 121
10 Francisco Serrano, MEX 100 DNS DNS 100
11 Ben Allen, AUS 75 DNS DNS 75
12 Olly Shaw, NZL DNS 69 DNF 69
13 Chris Foster, USA DNS 45 DNS 45
14 Ben Collins, USA DNS DNS 45 45
15 JP Donovan, USA 41 DNS DNS 41
16 Will Ross, USA DNS 41 DNS 41
17 Ian King, USA DNS DNS 41 41
18 James Hadley, GBR 37 DNS DNS 37
19 Jimmy Archer, USA 34 DNS DNS 34
20 Kyle Hughes, USA 31 DNS DNS 31
PRO WOMEN            
Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Emma Garrard, USA 90 90 90 270
2 Suzie Snyder, USA 82 82 100 264
3 Lesley Paterson, GBR 100 100 DNS 200
4 Maia Ignatz, USA 49 63 75 187
5 Kara LaPoint, USA 63 53 69 185
6 Catherine Sterling, USA DNS 75 82 157
7 Sara McLarty, USA 41 45 49 135
8 Debby Sullivan, USA 45 31 58 134
9 Brittany Webster, CAN 69 DNS 63 132
10 Sara Schuler, USA 58 58 DNS 116
11 Rebecca Blatt, USA 31 34 45 110
12 Emily Bashton, USA DNF 37 53 90
13 Melanie McQuaid, CAN 75 DNS DNS 75
14 Christine Jeffrey, CAN DNS 69 DNF 69
15 Katie Button, CAN 53 DNF DNS 53
16 Jaime Brede, USA DNS 49 DNS 49
17 Amelia McCracken, USA DNS 41 DNS 41
18 Lauren Thompson, USA 34 DNS DNS 34

Next up: The XTERRA Mountain Championship at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado on July 18.

WEAVER, WILSON WIN AMATEUR TITLES

Daryl Weaver from Lititz, Pennsylvania won his second regional championship in as many months, finishing more than three minutes ahead of Billy Allen of Farmingdale, New York with a winning time of 2:38:51.  Young gun Greg Schott from Chesterfield, Virginia placed third.  In the women’s race Katharine Wilson from North Vancouver, Canada finished seven-minutes in front of Caroline Colonna of Taos, New Mexico with a winning time of 3:03:43.

Today’s race was an important qualifier for both the XTERRA USA and World Championship races. XTERRA’s chief racer correspondent Marcus Barton, who won the 45-49 division title in 2:47:16, will bring us a unique look at the amateur race from a first-person point of view coming soon.

Here’s a look at who won their respective divisions:

XTERRA East Champs (Men)    
Division Name Hometown Time
15 – 19 Greg Schott Chesterfield, VA 2:39:00
20 – 24 Spencer Ralston Hebron, CT 3:04:05
25 – 29 Billy Allen Farmingdale, NY 2:37:03
30 – 34 Michael Welch Bear, DE 2:53:40
35 – 39 Chris Edmonds Birmingham, AL 2:39:29
40 – 44 Daryl Weaver Lititz, PA 2:33:51
45 – 49 Marcus Barton Waxhaw, NC 2:47:16
50 – 54 Ali Arasta Asheboro, NC 2:46:43
55 – 59 Jean-Paul Martin Oakton, VA 2:53:27
60 – 64 Russell Clark Scotia, NY 3:51:08
65 – 69 Charlie Redmond Tenafly, NJ 4:13:08
Clydesdale Paul Flannigan Norfolk, VA 4:11:59
XTERRA East Champs (Women)    
Division Name Hometown Time
25 – 29 Katharine Wilson N. Vancouver, Canada 3:03:43
30 – 34 Emily Witman Ogden, UT 3:14:33
35 – 39 Maria Smit Syosset, NY 4:02:12
40 – 44 Beata Wronska Boynton Beach, FL 3:11:55
45 – 49 Katrina Dowidchuk Wilmington, DE 3:15:26
50 – 54 Caroline Colonna Taos, NM 3:11:35
55 – 59 Elaine Morison Lafayette, CA 5:12:15

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA East Championship was the 18th 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 (Ruben Ruzafa, Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh, Suzie Snyder)
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 East Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell and XTERRA Travel, and sponsored by Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, XTERRA Optic Nerve, LifeProof, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee,  XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, Utah Sports Commission, Salming, XTERRA Boards, and Outrigger Resorts.

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 35 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.

Erbenova Bike Spain

Ruzafa, Erbenova win XTERRA Spain

(Extremedura, Spain) – Three-time and reigning XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa and two-time XTERRA European Tour Champion Helena Erbenova captured the XTERRA Spain Championship crowns for the second straight year this afternoon in Extremedura.

The win is Ruzafa’s 11th in a row since winning the World title in 2013.  For Erbenova, it’s her first win since taking the XTERRA Italy crown last year.

Ruzafa Run Spain

In the men’s race Ruzafa was up to 2nd place by the 5K mark on the bike then took the lead at the 8K mark and never looked back.  The day was very hot at 35 degreesC (95F), but was actually cooler than the predicted 39C (102F).  The story of the day was not Ruzafa’s win, but Albert Soley coming from way back out of the swim to a brilliant second place.

For the women Erbenova took the lead from Hungary’s Brigitta Poor by the 20K mark on the bike and held on for the win.

See video clips from all the action on the XTERRA Spain Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/xterraspain?fref=ts

Top 15 Elite Men

Pro Men
Pl Name Final Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 2:59:06 100
2 Albert Soley, ESP 3:05:09 90
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 3:06:36 82
4 Francois Carloni, FRA 3:08:57 75
5 Xavier Riart, ESP 3:09:07 69
6 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP 3:17:51 63
7 Ruben Salmeron, ESP 3:18:48 58
8 Jose Borrino, ESP 3:27:58 53
9 Jan Pyott, SUI 3:28:47 49
10 Juan Gracia, ESP 3:28:52 45

Also: Dominique Fernando (41), Juan Marti (37), Carlos Martinez (34), Sergio Espejo (31), Javier Oliver (28), Pablo Navarrete

Top 3 Elite Women

Pl Name Final Points
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:40:16 100
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 3:54:20 90
3 Louise Fox, GBR 4:12:46 82

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

XTERRA Spain was the third of 12 races in the XTERRA European Tour.

With his third place finish today Serrano stays atop the leader board with Francois Carloni moving up to 2nd and Ruzafa close behind in third.  In the women’s standings Brigitta Poor also kept the No. 1 spot with Fox and Erbenova close behind.

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 Gold event. How it Works.

Next up: June 20 – XTERRA Greece at Lake Plastira

2015 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS

After 3 – As of 6.7.15.  Tentative and subject to change.

Men S S G
Pl Name, NAT MLT POR ESP TOTAL
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 67 56 82 205
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 47 67 75 189
3 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP DNS 75 100 175
4 Albert Soley, ESP 43 39 90 172
5 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 75 47 DNS 122
6 Xavier Riart, ESP 36 DNS 69 105
7 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 56 36 DNS 92
8 Jan Pyott, SUI DNS 23 49 72
9 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP DNS DNS 63 63
10 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 DNS DNS 61
11 Yeray Luxem, BEL DNS 61 DNS 61
12 Ruben Salmeron, ESP DNS DNS 58 58
13 Jose Borrino, ESP DNS DNS 53 53
14 Tim Van Daele, BEL 25 27 DNS 52
15 Clement Briere, FRA 51 DNS DNS 51
16 Hector Guerra, ESP DNS 51 DNS 51
17 Juan Gracia, ESP DNS DNS 45 45
18 Tomas Kubek, SVK DNS 43 DNS 43
19 Dominique Fernando, ESP DNS DNS 41 41
20 Jan Kubicek, CZE 39 DNS DNS 39
21 Juan Marti, ESP DNS DNS 37 37
22 Carlos Martinez, ESP DNS DNS 34 34
23 Rory Downie, GBR 33 DNP DNS 33
24 Jens Roth, GER DNS 33 DNS 33
25 Sergio Espejo, ESP DNS DNS 31 31
26 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 30 DNS DNS 30
27 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR DNS 30 DNS 30
28 Javier Oliver, ESP DNS DNS 28 28
29 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 DNS DNS 27
30 Henry Sleight, GBR DNS 25 DNS 25
31 Matt Dewis, GBR 23 DNS DNS 23
32 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 21 DNP DNS 21
33 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL DNS 21 DNS 21
34 Pablo Navarrete, ESP DNS DNS DNP 0
Women
Pl Name, NAT MLT POR ESP TOTAL
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 75 61 90 226
2 Louise Fox, GBR 51 51 82 184
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE DNS 67 100 167
4 Karin Hansen, SUI 43 47 DNS 90
5 Kathrin Mueller, GER DNS 75 DNS 75
6 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 67 DNS DNS 67
7 Maud Golsteyn, NED 61 DNS DNS 61
8 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 56 DNS DNS 56
9 Morgane Riou, FRA DNS 56 DNS 56
10 Jessica Roberts, GBR 47 DNF DNS 47
11 Sofia Brites, POR DNS 43 DNS 43
12 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 DNS DNS 39


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Spain Championship was the 17th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

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 (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
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

Edmondson

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

Complete Results / Photo Gallery

(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

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(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/