Mendez

Mendez, Harley win XTERRA Oak Mountain 20km

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Mauricio Mendez from Mexico City and Rachel Harley from Birmingham won the XTERRA Oak Mountain 20K trail runs on a beautiful day at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama.

Nearly 400 runners from 20 states took part in today’s trail runs, the last of six events in the 2015-2016 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.

Mendez, a triathlon pro who finished 2nd at the off-road triathlon held on the same trails yesterday, led from start to finish and took the tape in 1:16:58.

“It was really nice out there today,” said Mendez. “The trails were fantastic, and the weather was perfect, just a really nice day to run.”

Donny Barnes from Huntsville finished second in 1:20:33, and Travis Grappo from Birmingham was third in1:23:35.

In the women’s race Rachel Harley, a former track star at UAB, paced herself in the beginning and turned on the jets towards the end to take the win in 1:26:05, more than two-minutes ahead of runner-up Jennifer McGranahan. Christine Hoffmann in third just eight seconds later and Sarah Graves came in fourth just 17-seconds after that.

“It was awesome, I loved it.” said Harley, who use to practice on these trails when she was running in college. “The weather is perfect, Oak Mountain is awesome, and this atmosphere is cool.”

Marcus Barton and Franziska Mast won the 10K race in 42:07 and 48:47, respectively, while Jeff Clark and Libby Davis took home the 5K crowns in 19:13 and 24:16.

This week the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series Champions – those who scored the most points during the course of the season – will be announced as regional champions and earn a free entry to represent Alabama at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah this September.  And the race winners in each division of the 20K today earned an entry into the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii this December.

Full results are available at http://jtltiming.com/running.htm.

2016 XTERRA Alabama Series Champions

Female
25-29 Heather White Birmingham, AL
30-34 Danielle Chasse Anniston, AL
35-39 Sasha Robertson Oxford, AL
40-44 Mary Alford Piedmont, AL
45-49 Michelle Losekamp Bowling Green, KY
50-54 Teresa Phillips Gadsden, AL
55-59 Lynn Bolger Mobile, AL
65-69 Luvern Blackwood Trafford, AL
Male
20-24 Timothy Taylor Hokes Bluff, AL
25-29 Brad Olzinski Pelham, AL
30-34 Clint C Helena, AL
35-39 Casey Masters Ozark, AL
40-44 John Gilbert Birmingham, AL
45-49 Dennis Davis Gadsden, AL
50-54 Jeff Phillips Gadsden, AL
55-59 Casey Fannin Hoover, AL
60-64 Norman Bolger Mobile, AL
65-69 Craig Kelly Huntsville, AL
70-74 John Dagnan Vestavia Hills, AL
75-79 Bruce Greene Anniston, AL
Ruzafa

Ruzafa, Erbenova win XTERRA Portugal

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Golega, Portugal – Three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa of Spain and three-time XTERRA European Tour Champion Helena Erbenova of the Czech Republic captured the elite titles at XTERRA Portugal on Saturday.

It was the third of 11 races on this year’s XTERRA European Tour.

“It was a good day in Portugal,” said XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas.  “Mild temperature, clouds and some breeze made it perfect for the competitors.  Ruben Ruzafa is back to his dominating ways.  He made a power move on Francois Carloni on a steep uphill, passed into first and never looked back.  For the women, Helena had a good swim and worked with Myriam Guillot-Boisset to catch leaders Brigitta Poor and Renata Bucher.  Bucher, Myriam and Helena stayed together passing and repassing until the end when Erbenova was able to break away followed by Guillot-Boisset.”

In the highly competitive men’s race Ruzafa took the tape in 2:34:11, more than 1:20 ahead of Belgium star Yeray Luxem, with the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champ Roger Serrano in third.

“Carloni and Serrano were shadowed by Belgium Yeray Luxem until Luxem had a problem on a downhill,” explained Nicholas.  “He rode very hard to get back to the Franco-Spanish duo but headed on the run in 4th.  Carloni and Serrano ran together for the first 6K and then Roger pulled away.  Luxem caught Francois about 4k from the finish and passed Serrano when the Spaniard leapt over a fallen tree and immediately cramped.”

Here is the full story from Kahuna Dave…

We’re 3 races into the European season and we’ve had 3 great races. But Portugal has to top the list for hard fought battles.

It had been raining hard the week prior to the event and organizers had to do some serious reshaping of the bike course. The run remained essentially the same, and a few parts were underwater mid week but had dried out considerably by Saturday.

The race in Portugal is in Golega, pronounced gol – gah. It is a gorgeous village best known as the horse capital of Portugal.  Each November Golega hosts two festivals that bring nearly half a million people to town. This is the home of the famous and beautiful Lusitano breed. The city has dozens of small hotels and guest houses, restaurants and small bistro’s everywhere. These folks can handle tourists, even ones on 2 wheels and dressed in lycra. The pasta party was held in and on the grounds of an old winery. This was a Portuguese celebration of the highest order.  Outside Maui, there has never been such a fabulous table of food for the athletes. Six different pastas, 3 different salads, deserts, breads.  It looked as good as it tasted.

The swim here is in a narrow man made lake with a water start in front of the dam. The problem are weeds. The city worked hard with their cutting and dredging machine, and they took out loads of material, but shreds of the stuff simply floated to the top.  While not at all dangerous, it still looked funny as swimmers thrashed their ways through the green flotsam.

Here the swim does one 750m lap out and back. At the exit, you take a narrow trail up a grass bank, run to the dam, then onto the dam and dive back in to start your second lap. Lots of fun and great excitement for the fans. New Zealander Sam Osborne and Euro points leader Roger Serrano took a nice lead onto the bike with Tiago Maia, a quick Porguguese swimmer.  Jaime Rosa’s men built a cool wooden ramp riders went over, around and then under before leaving the city park for the hills and farmland. Because the usual trails were bogs of mud, the first 7K were primarily dirt and paved roads. This made for some great pace lines of drafting and the lead men were definitely working together.

Brigitta Poor was unusually second out of the water behind Sara Bonilla Bernardez but was riding quickly to the front. Behind her Helena Erbenova had a better than normal swim but was still back in 5th behind Renata Bucher, Carina Wasle and Myriam Guillot-Boisset.   Then something I have never seen in over 20 years of watching happened. Wasle went backwards, but Renata, Myriam and Erbenova caught Brigitta and all four were together racing for the lead with Wasle not far behind. Better than 20K into the bike we had the entire podium within a minute of each other.

It was not far different for the men. Osborne, better known for ITU performances, had the power, but Roger had the skills.  Francois Carloni and Ruben worked together and caught the lead duo. Sam kept spinning his rear tires on the climbs and while he could gain on the flats he could not bridge back up. This bike course has no long, sustained climbs, but it does have very steep and gravely climbs that are technical.  Ruzafa, Carloni and Serrano were together for a bit and In the meantime Belgian Yeray Luxem had caught the group. “I saw Ruben making a move on one longer really steep hills and I give 100% to stay with him” breathed Carloni. “But he comes by me like (and he moves his head quickly from looking over his shoulder to in front of him) he was making 2 KW more than me. There was no way I could keep with him.” Ruben gapped the other men who then decided to work together to not let him get too far away. Luxem crashed on a downhill. “I don’t know why I crashed, but I worked really hard and started to get back close by transition.”

For the women, Helena and Myriam had gotten away from Brigitta and Carina had passed Renata for 4th. At the start of the run Helena had a lead but the French woman was flying and not far back.  Brigitta looked a bit tired in 3rd and Carina was doing her usual fast pace in 4th.

“I kept hearing she is 45 seconds and then 30 seconds behind” gasped Helena after the finish.  Guillot-Boisset has won a few races putting in fast runs and Helena knew it. But she is not a 3 time European Champion by giving up and the Czech woman gutted it out for the win. Back a bit Carina had passed our Hungarian pro into 3rd. “I thought I was 4th for sure” smiled Brigitta “but a few K from the finish Carina was cramping and slowed way down and I got back to 3rd.” Carina recovered enough to take 4th.

Ruben had a lead, but kept glancing back to make sure nobody was coming. “I had a really bad swim” he said. “The green stuff got in my goggles and I didn’t like it so I had to work really hard to catch the other guys”. Behind, Carloni and Serrano were still literally tied to each other and running together. Luxem was mad at himself for his bike problem and was hunting the men in front.  “I could see them and knew I was catching.  I just hoped I had enough energy to go all the way to the finish” he said. Coming by me out of the vineyards, Ruzafa took a look back and saw nobody.  There were 4 K to go and he felt the race was his. I looked off into the distance and could see 3 small specs coming at me. Serrano had run away from Carloni and sure enough, Luxem had passed and was now in 3rd. Going into a wooded section Serrano knew the Belgian was coming. “Near where we cross the river by the bridge there is a fallen tree.  I jumped over it and OUCH, I cramped up” he growled. That was it. Luxem was past and ran to a fantastic 2d place. Serrano continued for 3rd, Carloni 4th and Sam Osborne 5th.

How’s that for some knock down battles? Passing and repassing, tight races on the bike and the run. The weather was perfect with a nice cloud cover a slight breeze and temperatures in the mid 70’s. That night, awards were held at the park and the Sagres beer flowed freely.  Once again, the people of Golega showed wonderful hospitality. Everyone came. There was only 1 person who did not make the podium and he sent a friend to apologize.         Think about how many awards ceremonies you have been to when several winners do not appear. Tables were full under a perfect full moon sky and even the normally reserved Ruzafa was still up chatting with folks at midnight. Indeed many of the pros were there having a beer and swapping stories of the day.  Exceptional.

Now we have a break of a few weeks and get back to it again in Belgium in June where this first time race already has 900 entries. This is followed by Switzerland, which is also the ETU cross triathlon championship and the always great France. No matter if you are from the North America, South America, Asia, Africa or Oceania you need to think about coming to Europe and do a few of these great events.  The cultures at each are rich and very different but the XTERRA family and spirit remain the same.

Here’s a look at the pro results:

Pos Name Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto 2:34:11 75
2 Yeray Luxem 2:35:38 67
3 Roger Serrano 2:36:28 61
4 Francois Carloni 2:37:50 56
5 Sam Osborne 2:40:52 51
6 José Estrangeiro 2:41:05 47
7 Maximilian Sasserath 2:41:51 43
8 Julen Loroño 2:43:45 39
9 Rui  Dolores 2:45:41 36
10 Hannes Wolpert 2:45:46 33
11 Tim Van Daele 2:46:56 30
12 Gonzalo Orosco 2:47:04 27
13 Llewellyn Holmes 2:48:54 25
14 Hönle Veit 2:50:34 23
15 Tiago Maia 2:54:11 21
16 Octavio Vicente 2:55:53 DNP
17 Renato Teixeira 2:58:22 DNP
18 Lars Van der Eerden 2:59:28 DNP
       
Pos Name Time Points
1 Helena Erbenová 2:59:53 75
2 Guillot-Boisset Myriam 3:00:40 67
3 Brigitta Poor 3:04:33 61
4 Carina Wasle 3:07:46 56
5 Renata  Bucher 3:11:52 51
6 Louise  Fox 3:18:04 47
7 Sara Bonilla Bernardez 3:30:24 43
8 Maud Golsteyn 3:31:26 39

Erbenova

SERRANO, POOR LEAD XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS

Roger Serrano is still the top ranked athlete in the XTERRA European Tour following two wins and a third-place showing in Portugal.  Brigitta Poor is tops amongst women having finished first, second, and third in the first three races this year.  Next up is the inaugural XTERRA Belgium off-road tri on June 11.

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS        
After 3 – 5.21.16        
           
Men     S S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 211 75 75 61
2 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 142 DNS 67 75
3 Francois Carloni, FRA 107 DNS 51 56
4 Brice Daubord, FRA 104 43 61 DNS
5 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21 DNS
6 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39 DNS
7 Hannes Wolpert, GER 69 36 DNS 33
8 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS DNS
9 Yeray Luxem, BEL 67 DNS DNS 67
10 Tim Van Daele, BEL 57 DNS 27 30
11 Maxim Chane, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS
12 Arthur Forissier, FRA 56 DNS 56 DNS
13 Peter Lehmann, GER 51 51 DNS DNS
14 Sam Osborne, NZL 51 DNS DNS 51
15 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 47 47 DNS DNS
16 Kris Coddens, BEL 47 DNS 47 DNS
17 José Estrangeiro, POR 47 DNS DNS 47
18 Tomas Kubek, CZE 43 DNS 43 DNS
19 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 43 DNS DNS 43
20 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 39 DNS DNS
21 Julen Loroño, ESP 39 DNS DNS 39
22 Jan Kubicek, CZE 36 DNS 36 DNS
23 Rui Dolores, POR 36 DNS DNS 36
24 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS DNS
25 Jan Pyott, SUI 33 DNS 33 DNS
26 Max Neumann, AUS 30 DNS 30 DNS
27 Christophe Betard 27 27 DNS DNS
28 Gonzalo Orosco, ESP 27 DNS DNS 27
29 Markus Benesch 25 25 DNS DNS
30 Sebastian Norberg, GER 25 DNS 25 DNS
31 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 25 DNS DNS 25
32 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNS 23 DNS
33 Veit Hoenle, GER 23 DNS DNS 23
34 Tiago Maia, POR 21 DNS DNS 21
Women     S S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 203 75 67 61
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 150 DNS 75 75
3 Morgane Riou, FRA 118 67 51 DNS
4 Louise Fox, GBR 103 DNS 56 47
5 Maud Golsteyn, NED 95 56 DNS 39
6 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 67 DNS DNS 67
7 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 61 61 DNS DNS
8 Ladina Buss, SUI 61 DNS 61 DNS
9 Carina Wasle, AUT 56 DNS DNS 56
10 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS DNS
11 Renata Bucher, SUI 51 DNS DNS 51
12 Diane Lee, GBR 47 47 DNS DNS
13 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 43 43 DNS DNS
14 Sara Bonilla Bernardez, ESP 43 DNS DNS 43
15 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Portugal was the 16th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
7-May XTERRA Greece Roger Serrano/Helena Erbenova
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
21-May XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa/Helena Erbenova
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep  XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
Josiah Middaugh

Middaugh, Snyder win XTERRA Oak Mountain

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Pelham, AL – Josiah Middaugh and Suzie Snyder took home the elite titles at the XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road triathlon in Shelby County, Alabama this morning.

The fourth of 10 stops on the 2016 XTERRA Pan America Tour had all the right ingredients … calm, clean, warm water to swim in, perfect racing weather, superb trail conditions, and great competition in both the amateur and elite fields.

Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA World Champion from Colorado, came out of the 1.5-kilometer swim in eighth position nearly three minutes behind Mauricio Mendez, the 20-year-old phenom from Mexico.

Once on the bike he quickly worked his way into the fourth spot, then passed Branden Rakita and Karsten Madsen about two-thirds of the way up the big climb, but didn’t reel in Mendez until a few miles before the bike-to-run transition.

“Really good racing,” said Middaugh at the awards ceremony flanked by Mendez who finished 2nd, Madsen who was 3rd, Rakita in 4th, and Kieran McPherson in 5th.  “All these guys up here, I came out of the water behind all of them.  And as I went by them on the bike I kept asking them ‘Where is Mauricio’ and they couldn’t tell me anything, just that they hadn’t seen him.  I was working harder and harder the whole day, and finally caught him towards the end of the bike and it was just a battle on the run to stay a few steps ahead of him.”

Mendez even put up the fastest run split, but Middaugh held on for the win in 2:19:17, 11-seconds in front of him.  For Mendez, who was fourth at XTERRA Worlds last year, the result proved his bike handling skills have improved dramatically.

“I know my weakest point is the bike and I’ve been working on it, and happy to see it improve,” said Mendez. “This bike course, I have so much respect for it.  Two years ago here everybody was catching me, so today I pushed as hard as I could.  When I saw Josiah coming behind me I lost my focus just for a few seconds and crashed into a tree.”

Middaugh took advantage and gave himself a little cushion going into the run.

“I knew I was close to Josiah and on the second lap I saw him in front of me, but he knows how to race.  It’s amazing to race him,” said Mendez.

“It feels good when it’s a battle like that, it feels rewarding” said Middaugh, who won XTERRA Tahiti last weekend.

Behind those two Madsen and Rakita kept pushing each other on the bike.

“Things went really well today,” said Madsen, who had a bad crash last year that sent him to the hospital.   “That was the lowest low-point for me, laying on a med tent, so my main goal was to dial it back a little and ride clean today.  It worked out, it was a complete race for me and I’m really happy.”

Rakita was also pleased with his day, saying “It was good. Felt like I rode well all the way through so happy with that.  On this course you really have to push the last four miles.  Karsten and I were really close and that helped us keep pushing.  I was happy with the swim, disappointed we couldn’t hold on to Mauricio’s feet, but he’s just got so much talent.  I thought we might reel him in on the bike but his bike handling skills have really improved. He works hard.  Then I ran as hard as I could, because I still had Chris and Cody behind me, so I was running scared.”

Kiwi Kieran McPherson had a solid day all the way around to take the 5th spot, just 14-seconds behind Rakita. He also won an XTERRA Wetsuit by chugging a bottle of Gatorade faster than a few dozen others in the post-race shenanigans.

Chris Ganter wasn’t too far off in sixth and Cody Waite returned to the XTERRA Tribe in fine fashion by finishing in the money in 7th.

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:19:17 100
2 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:19:28 90
3 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:23:49 82
4 Branden Rakita, USA 2:25:20 75
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:25:34 69
6 Chris Ganter, USA 2:26:34 63
7 Cody Waite, USA 2:32:18 58
8 Ian King, USA 2:35:34 53
9 Thomas Spannring, USA 2:36:56 49
10 Michael Nunez, USA 2:42:19 45

Suzie Snyder

SNYDER WIRE TO WIRE

Last year Suzie Snyder was in the midst of her best season as a pro, fresh off wins at XTERRA New Zealand and the XTERRA East Championship and the odds-on favorite to win XTERRA Mexico.  Then she fractured her pelvis pre-riding and has been recovering ever since.

“It’s good to be back,” she said.  “My first race back since July. It was a hard reminder on how hard this sport is but I couldn’t be happier to be back here racing again.”

Snyder had an incredible swim that was three minutes faster than the second-best woman, posted the fastest bike split, and had the third-best run to take the tape in 2:43:57, more than four-minutes ahead of runner-up Maia Ignatz.

“Hardest I’ve pushed myself since Beaver Creek last year, so it hurt really bad,” said Snyder.  “I had a good swim.  I’ve been swimming with Matt Balzer, and in a master’s class so my swim is improving and I needed that today.  On the run I was afraid I went too hard.  I went out too fast because I knew there were fast girls behind me and I didn’t want it to come down to a battle.  I was trying to get out of sight.”

For Maia Ignatz her second-place finish was a career-best.

“I’m so happy.  Thrilled with how things went today.  I was able to stay upright, I rode well, I ran well, but I can’t say I swam well,” smiled Ignatz, who came out of the water in 4th but more than three minutes behind Snyder.

Kara LaPoint was third out of the water, passed Maggie Rusch early on the bike to move into 2nd and held that spot until but Ignatz caught her early on the run.

“I couldn’t hang on to Maia, she is such a good runner,” said LaPoint.  “My goal was top three, and the race shaked out pretty similar to what I thought would happen. I’m happy with it.”

Debby Sullivan had a strong race all the way around to finish in fourth and XTERRA Brazil Champion Sabrina Gobbo rounded out the top five.

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:43:57 100
2 Maia Ignatz, USA 2:48:12 90
3 Kara LaPoint, USA 2:51:25 82
4 Debby Sullivan, USA 3:00:31 75
5 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 3:04:35 69
6 Caroline Colonna, USA 3:08:37 63
7 Sarah Gravves, USA 3:10:18 58
8 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:15:14 53
9 Maggie Rusch, USA 3:28:05 49

MORE QUOTES FROM THE WINNERS

Josiah Middaugh:I’ve been coming out to Alabama for a long time.  I love the park here, amazing trails, but it’s always a challenge.  I’ve got a little bit of a love-hate relationship with this course.   Broke my kneecap here one year, had to have surgery.  Had a lot of ups and downs, kind of a roller coaster ride, and it’s always a challenge. Good to see all the XTERRA Warriors out here really pushing it on that bike course.  It’s definitely a mountain bikers course.”

“People from team sports, running, biking or swimming, you just have to give it a try.  It’s a whole lot of fun, and there is a lot of camaraderie out here.”

Suzie Snyder: “This is one of the best races in the world.  I love this course. I think Oak Mountain does such a great job, such a beautiful venue.”

“The run course was tough.  My run fitness isn’t great so I was running scared.  It took a toll on me.”

“Crash knocked me out for eight months.  I’m rebuilding.  I’m finally at a point where I can train pretty strong. Couldn’t run until March.  That’s been a huge challenge.  I was trying to take it slow and focus on the swim and bike, and the run is what it is.”

“It’s scary to be chased.  A giant target on your back and you don’t know where anyone is at.  When you’re out there all alone you just have to go like hell.”

“It was a beautiful day.  Humidity was low, sun is out, little clouds, perfect temps, didn’t overheat, it was a great day and I’m super happy.”

MIDDAUGH, GOBBO LEAD XTERRA PAN AMERICA TOUR STANDINGS

With two wins in Argentina and Alabama and a runner-up finish in Costa Rica Josiah Middaugh has a big lead after the first four races on the XTERRA Pan America Pro Series, and his next race will be in his back yard in Beaver Creek, Colorado in July.

In the women’s chase Brazilan Sabrina Gobbo has the points lead as the only elite women to have raced in three events.  Racers count their best four scores plus what they earn at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race September 17 in Utah.

Learn more about the XTERRA Pan Am Tour at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xterra-pan-am-tour/

Here’s a look at the elite standings after four:

2016 XTERRA PAN AMERICAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS          
After 4 – 5.21.16          
             
Men     S G S G
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 267 67 100 DNS 100
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 172 DNS 90 DNS 82
3 Ian King, USA 106 DNS 53 DNS 53
4 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS 90
5 Jonatan Morales, ARG 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS
6 Karl Shaw, GBR 75 75 DNS DNS DNS
7 Oscar Galindez, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS
8 Albert Soley, ESP 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS
9 Branden Rakita, USA 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
10 Lucas Mendez, ARG 69 DNS 69 DNS DNS
11 Kieran McPherson, NZL 69 DNS DNS DNS 69
12 Felipe Moletta, BRA 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS
13 Mario De Elias, ARG 63 DNS 63 DNS DNS
14 Chris Ganter, USA 63 DNS DNS DNS 63
15 Rom Akerson, CRC 61 61 DNS DNS DNS
16 Diogo Malagon, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS
17 Facu Medard, ARG 58 DNS 58 DNS DNS
18 Cody Waite, USA 58 DNS DNS DNS 58
19 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS
20 Bruno Silva, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS
21 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 51 DNS DNS DNS
22 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS
23 Mauro Ayesa, USA 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS
24 Thomas Spannring, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49
25 Greg Schott, USA 47 47 DNS DNS DNF
26 Raul Furtado, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS
27 Victor Arenas, ARG 45 DNS 45 DNS DNS
28 Michael Nunez, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS 45
29 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS
30 Parada Penagos, ARG 41 DNS 41 DNS DNS
31 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS
32 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS
33 Stenio Bezerra, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS
34 Rogério Paula, BRA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS
35 Ramon Bustos, BRA 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS
36 Cristiam Suzin, BRA 25 DNS DNS 25 DNS
37 Juscelino Vasco, BRA 23 DNS DNS 23 DNS
38 Wellington Conceição, BRA 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS
Women   S G S G
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA
1 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 205 61 DNS 75 69
2 Miriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 175 75 100 DNS DNS
3 Kara Lapoint, USA 149 67 DNS DNS 82
4 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 149 DNS 82 67 DNS
5 Caroline Colonna, USA 114 51 DNS DNS 63
6 Suzie Snyder, USA 100 DNS DNS DNS 100
7 Rebecca Blatt, USA 100 47 DNS DNS 53
8 Fabiola Corona, MEX 90 DNS 90 DNS DNS
9 Maia Ignatz, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS 90
10 Erika Simon, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS
11 Debby Sullivan, USA 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
12 Isabella Ribeiro 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS
13 Sarah Gravves, USA 58 DNS DNS DNS 58
14 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS
15 Luisa Saft 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS
16 Vanessa Cabrini 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS
17 Maggie Rusch, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49
18 Fernanda Prieto 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS
19 Brisa Melcop 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS
20 Beatriz Granziera 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS
21 Melania Giraldi 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS
22 Monalisa Vieira 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS


MOLNAR,
BLUNCK WIN OVERALL AMATEUR TITLES

The amateur racing was at an all-time best with one of the toughest fields ever assembled at Oak Mountain State Park.

For the second time in three years Daniel Molnar from North Dakota (via Hungary) won the overall men’s title while Hallie Blunck – a former road tri pro from right here in Birmingham, Alabama – took top honors in the women’s field in her first-ever off-road tri.

Every age group was hotly contested, and of note, Anthony Snoble out-lasted Daryl Weaver in a sprint to the finish to win the 40-44 division by one-second.  It’s the first age-group loss in Weaver’s award-winning career, ending a streak of roughly 30 straight age group wins.

There was also feel-good moments to be had all day long.  David DeSantis finished his 5th race of the year in his 16 for 16 campaign and with the help of the Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon raised a ton of money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.  Charlotte Mahan, at the age of 71, was giving pep-talks to the nine-year-olds racing the Xticer, and Nat Grew from Costa Rica and Rodger Bivens from Arizona are still going strong well into their 70’s.  Between the perfect weather, great course, and good people today was certainly one of the most memorable XTERRA races in the eleven years the sport has raced at Oak Mountain.

Here’s a look at all of today’s age group champions:

Division Name Hometown Time
15 – 19 Heather Horton Draper, UT 3:17:51
25 – 29 Stephanie Brunnemann Salt Lake City, UT 3:28:28
30 – 34 Hallie Blunck Birmingham, AL 2:54:50
35 – 39 Courtney Kaup Hinesburg, VT 3:03:08
40 – 44 Kelli Montgomery Wallingford, CT 2:58:40
45 – 49 Christy Fritts Carlsbad, CA 3:13:53
50 – 54 Margo Pitts Raleigh, NC 3:13:51
55 – 59 Tamara Tabeek Ramona, CA 3:14:33
65 – 69 Linda Usher West Upton, MA 4:51:52
PC Beth Price Spanish Fort, AL 4:53:53
Division Name Hometown Time
15 – 19 Austin Harper Vestavia Hills, AL 3:41:06
20 – 24 Caleb Baity Boonville, NC 2:56:44
25 – 29 Kris Ochs Vail, CO 2:43:32
30 – 34 Daniel Molnar Bismark, ND 2:31:25
35 – 39 AJ Petrillo Blue Ridge, GA 2:39:45
40 – 44 Anthony Snoble East Islip, NY 2:41:15
45 – 49 Marcus Barton Waxhaw, NC 2:42:48
50 – 54 Ali Arasta Asheboro, NC 2:48:38
55 – 59 Jean-Paul Martin Oakton, VA 2:54:16
60 – 64 Steve Cole Alpharetta, GA 3:15:05
65 – 69 Michael Orendorff Pueblo, CO 3:18:39
70 – 74 Rodger Bivens Tucson, AZ 5:33:38
Clydesdale Thorsten Oelschlaeger Northport, AL 3:58:18

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

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2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Oak Mountain Championship was the 15th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
7-May XTERRA Greece Roger Serrano/Helena Erbenova
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
21-May XTERRA Portugal Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep  XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
Middaugh Tahiti

Middaugh, Paterson win XTERRA Tahiti

Mataiea, Tahiti – Reigning XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh and two-time Maui winner Lesley Paterson captured the second-annual XTERRA Tahiti off-road triathlon on a muddy day in Mataiea Saturday.

XTERRA correspondent Nico Lebrun had a front row seat to all the action and brings us this report from a racers perspective…

This is XTERRA – tough, muddy and beautiful!

The event took place in Mataiea, about 40-kilometers from the capital in Papeete.

The organizers from VSOP do a magnificent job bringing the Tahitian culture into the opening ceremonies and throughout the day.  This year the local commemoration was especially memorable as they honored one of their members, Loic Lecottier, who passed away in October.

We all know Tahiti for the beautiful lagoon and green landscapes and now we know why it’s so green … it rains a lot! The amount of rain on Saturday turned the festival area into a muddy mess and the power flickered on-and-off to the dismay of the timers.  Even some of the roads became impassable without a four-wheel drive, so volunteers at aid stations walked to their positions. Despite all this the organizers were able to smile and put on a great event.

Last year in Tahiti I was able to watch the race as a spectator. This time I was in the race with a start number, but Josiah didn’t look too afraid about it!

The swim was three 500-meter loops with a beach run in the middle which made it really nice for spectators.

A local swimmer took the lead with Josiah not far behind.  Lesley said, “this swim was the best, with the local Tahitian Warrior show before the start, it was so powerful.”

Josiah took the lead early on the bike, but said “on this course even on the front I had to stay focused and not get hurt. It was a race against Mother Nature, one of the most challenging races I’ve ever done.”

Behind Middaugh was local Cedric Wane, who won his age group in New Zealand earlier this year and was out to prove he was the fastest Polynesian in the race. I started the mountain bike loop with Christophe Betard, the overall amateur world champ last year who is now pro, and he dropped me right away and moved his way up to the second position behind Middaugh.

Lesley was all by herself in the women’s race but it was still a good test for her after having so much trouble this winter with Lyme disease.

“It’s my first race of the year, and finally coming off a few weeks of good training,” said Paterson, who like everybody else struggled to stay on two wheels on these muddy, slippery trails.

We were all happy just to finish the bike safe, and happy to start the run, but that is only because we didn’t know what was in store for us.

“I wanted to run everything no matter what, but when you have to climb with ropes,” said Middaugh. “I failed, and of course had to walk, even crawl under some trees.  It was the most challenging trail loop I’ve ever done, it was diabolical.”

He was right and everybody who finished this race was really a warrior, it was true adventure.

After the race Josiah will fly directly to Alabama for the 4th race of the XTERRA Pan American Tour.

“This year I wanted to say yes to the opportunity to discover the world,” said Middaugh. “I’m still training hard, but it is a little bit less structured here in the first part of the season. I’ll slowly get back at 100% for Ogden and Maui.”

In the end Middaugh won by 10′ over Betard. While that seems far away Betard should feel good because in Maui he was 20-minutes back in a faster race so it is clear he is improved and can race with the pros.

I completed the podium, seven-minutes back but only one-minute ahead of Wane, who can be proud of his race.  He will be an amazing Tahitian XTERRA ambassador, and I can tell that if he keeps improving we may have a Tahitian on the first step of the podium in his age group at Maui.

Paterson Tahiti

Lesley won the women’s race, and finished 6th overall, completely exhausted.

“The run was something else,” she said. “I’ve never experienced anything like that.  There were a few tears, I’m not gonna lie. At one point I didn’t know if I was going in the right direction, because I thought there was no way they’d have us climb up this cliff but then I saw the rope, and sure enough it was part of the course.  It was crazy, a real adventure.”

To complete the podium, it was a battle for first Tahitian, and this year Bourgeoisat Alice did it. She took second place in front of Yasmina Chenel, and I can tell that just finishing this race is already a big victory for all competitors.

Thanks Jean Michel, René, Jean Pierre and your family for this amazing event. Thanks also to all the sponsors and local community. XTERRA Tahiti is now in the legend of XTERRA, you must come here for the beauty of the land, the welcome and strong culture, and one of the toughest races on tour.

Results

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Tahiti Championship was the 14th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
7-May XTERRA Greece Roger Serrano/Helena Erbenova
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Pelham, Shelby County, AL, USA
21-May XTERRA Portugal Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep  XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
Roger Serrano

Serrano, Erbenova win XTERRA Greece

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Roger Serrano upset 3-time XTERRA World Champ Ruben Ruzafa and Helena Erbenova ran past Brigitta Poor to take the women’s title at the XTERRA Greece Championship in Vouliagmeni this morning.

It’s the second win in a row for Serrano, the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion, who also won the season opener at XTERRA Malta last month.  For Erbenova, the 3x Euro Tour Champ, the win is her first this season, 5th straight in Europe dating back to last year, and the third time in four years she has won Greece.

With the win Serrano breaks Ruzafa’s streak of 13 straight victories in Europe dating back to 2013.  It’s just Ruzafa’s third loss ever in Europe.  He is now 14-for-17 all-time on the Euro Tour.

XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas was on-site to take in all the action and brings us this report.

A spectacular day and spectacular racing.  The city of Vouliagmeni could not have ordered it better. Temperatures in the mid 70’s, a bit of a breeze and mostly sunny with some nice puffy clouds overhead.  The sea was a typical Greek blue with a temperature of 19C (66F) so wetsuits were optional but many hardy Greeks forsake them.

There was a strong group coming out of the water on the first lap that included Malta winner and 2015 Euro Series champ Roger Serrano, new pro Pierre Antoine Guilem and age groupers including Julien Leroy, all fighting as they turned for the second lap.  Out of T1 and up the streets onto the first long climb Guilem and Serrano were still hooked together and clear of the field.  Brice Daubord was a solitary 3rd and young Aussie Max Neumann 4th.  Favorite Ruben Ruzafa was stuck as a result of a poor swim back around 7th along with Francois Carloni.  Not surprisingly Brigitta Poor led the women with young French woman Morgane Riou 2nd, Ladina Buss 3rd and Louise Fox 4th.  Helena Erbenova was over 4 minutes back coming out of the water.

At the top of the first long climb starting the second lap Serrano had separated from his 2 first lap companions but Daubord was now on his tail.  Coming back strong were Carloni and Ruzafa trading slots and pulling each other up to the leaders.  At the top of the first climb there is a 4-way intersection.  Coming up you turn right and make about a 5K look and return to the same intersection.  When Ruzafa and Carloni came to the top they were 30 seconds behind…  when they completed the 5K loop they were only 20 seconds behind.  Not far back and tied together like Serrano/Daubord and Ruzafa/Carloni were Arthur Forissier and Kris Coddens.  For the women Brigitta still had the lead and was riding beautifully.  Morgane was gone with a flat tire and Ladina was now second with Erbenova 3rd and Fox 4th.  Erbenova was looking very serious but was having problems overtaking some of the men age groupers and not gaining on the other women as fast as expected.

When Ruben made the road junction in the lead on the return, he attacked and only Roger was able to follow.  At T2 it was Roger and Ruben together – François and Brice at 1’ – Arthur Forissier at 3’30” who had moved separated from Kris Coddens at 4’ – then Tomas Kubek /Jan Pyott at 5’.

Similar to the bike, the run must go up this great set of steps that curls its way up into the Greek hills.  Then a jump over a curb and a gravely, rocky, steep section of about 200m.  Ruben now led the race but Roger Serrano was no more than 2 feet behind.  Daubord was still in 3rd but had Carloni in his shadow.  At this point early in the first run loop it was led by two Spanish followed by two Frenchmen.  The race fractured on the second run lap. Serrano headed up the hill with about 15 seconds on Ruzafa who had about 30 on Daubord.  Carloni was still in 4th but suffering and young Arthur Forissier was charging on him.

Helena Erbenova

The women did the opposite.  Where Brigitta and the others were separated on the bike they were converging on the run.  Poor still led but Ladina was close and Erbenova, while still back, could see them on the long climb. Poor Morgane was struggling with her flat and had lost all hope of a podium but she would not quit and continued in a distant 5th.

The race finished with a second straight win for Roger Serrano with Ruben Ruzafa 2nd and Brice Daubord coming hard in 3rd just 20 seconds back from the 3-time world champ.  Forissier passed Carloni for 4th and last year’s Greece winner Kris Coddens had a strong run to come 6th.

It came down to the last downhill for the women.  Helena was flying down and took the lead as the run came back to the steps.  Brigitta stayed strong for 2nd and Ladina had a great race for 3rd.

All day long athletes were going up and down the hills running and riding, smiling and yelling.  This was a hard race.  Not super technical but unrelenting.  No long downhills and no long uphills but there was also no relief. You had to push the whole way.  The race uses some small side roads in Vouliagmeni that parallel the main road and passes by dozens of neat bistro’s and restaurants as well as really great Greek ice cream shops. Spectators were cheering and whistling and others just looked confused on why all these people in funny uniforms were running and riding their bikes in the middle of the city.  But this is Greece where hospitality is a given and everyone had a wonderful day with few complaints.  Finishers were treated with pasta and traditional grilled lamb on wooden skewers.  Now that is a recovery first and they were gobbled up by the hundreds.

The move to Athens was a complete success.  23 Countries were represented at the race and more Greek triathletes than ever came to give XTERRA a try.  There is no doubt this race will be another sellout and well over 500 participants next year.  Better start thinking of making plans now.

Men      
Place Name Chip Time Points
1 ROGER SERRANO 2:17:22.9 75
2 RUBEN RUZAFA 2:18:09.4 67
3 BRICE DAUBORD 2:18:29.7 61
4 ARTHUR FORISSIER 2:20:40.1 56
5 FRANCOIS CARLONI 2:21:25.8 51
6 KRIS CODDENS 2:22:20.1 47
7 TOMAS KUBEK 2:24:56.6 43
8 CEDRIC LASSONDE 2:25:09.7 39
9 JAN KUBICEK 2:25:12.5 36
10 JAN PYOTT 2:26:05.3 33
11 MAX NEUMANN 2:27:20.2 30
12 TIM VAN DAELE 2:28:59.7 27
13 SEBASTIAN NORBERG 2:29:26.5 25
14 JULIEN BUFFE 2:30:36.3 23
15 PIERRE-ANTOINE GUILHEM 2:30:52.2 21
16 RORY DOWNIE 2:32:49.9 DNP
17 THOMAS KERNER 2:38:34.3 DNP
Women      
Place Name Time Points
1 HELENA ERBENOVA 2:43:39.9 75
2 BRIGITTA POOR 2:44:02.4 67
3 LADINA BUSS 2:44:15.3 61
4 LOUISE FOX 2:59:10.2 56
5 MORGANE RIOU 3:23:59.7 51

Complete Results available soon at: http://www.xterragreece.com/language/en/

All-Time XTERRA Greece Pro Champions
     
Year Men Women
2013 Ben Allen Helena Erbenova
2014 Francois Carloni Kathrin Mueller
2015 Kris Coddens Helena Erbenova
2016 Roger Serrano Helena Erbenova

Greece Swim

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

Serrano and Poor sit atop the XTERRA European Tour standings after the second of 11 races in this year’s series.  Pros count their best four Gold and three Silver scores to determine final points total.  Learn more atwww.xterraeurope.com.

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS    
After 2 – 5.7.16      
         
Men     S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 150 75 75
2 Brice Daubord, FRA 104 43 61
3 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21
4 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39
5 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS
6 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 67 DNS 67
7 Maxim Chane, FRA 56 56 DNS
8 Arthur Forissier, FRA 56 DNS 56
9 Peter Lehmann, GER 51 51 DNS
10 Francois Carloni, FRA 51 DNS 51
11 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 47 47 DNS
12 Kris Coddens, BEL 47 DNS 47
13 Tomas Kubek, CZE 43 DNS 43
14 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 39 DNS
15 Hannes Wolpert, GER 36 36 DNS
16 Jan Kubicek, CZE 36 DNS 36
17 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS
18 Jan Pyott, SUI 33 DNS 33
19 Max Neumann, AUS 30 DNS 30
20 Christophe Betard 27 27 DNS
21 Tim Van Daele, BEL 27 DNS 27
22 Markus Benesch 25 25 DNS
23 Sebastian Norberg, GER 25 DNS 25
24 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNS 23
Men     S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 142 75 67
2 Morgane Riou, FRA 118 67 51
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 75 DNS 75
4 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 61 61 DNS
5 Ladina Buss, SUI 61 DNS 61
6 Maud Golsteyn, NED 56 56 DNS
7 Louise Fox, GBR 56 DNS 56
8 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS
9 Diane Lee, GBR 47 47 DNS
10 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 43 43 DNS
11 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Greece Championship was the 12th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
7-May XTERRA Greece Roger Serrano/Helena Erbenova
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Papeete
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Pelham, Shelby County, AL, USA
21-May XTERRA Portugal Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep  XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
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Allen, Slack win XTERRA Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia – Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack captured the third annual XTERRA Malaysia on a day that lived up to the event’s pre-race billing as The Hottest Weekend on the XTERRA World Tour circuit.

Temperatures quickly peaked to around 90F (32C) as the morning sun rose over the Gunung Macincang mountains. With humidity near 83% Mother Nature was, without a doubt, the toughest competitor facing every racer today.

Allen looking to reclaim the XTERRA Malaysia title he first won in 2014 faced a deep pro field which included reigning XTERRA Asian Tour Champ Bradley Weiss of South Africa as well as top tour contenders Takahiro Ogasawara of Japan, Brody Gardner from Australia, Kaon Cho from Korea and Olly Shaw from New Zealand.

However, after putting a two minute gap between him and the rest of the field during the swim Allen left little doubt, barring a mechanical or a crash, who’s day it was meant to be. Setting a blistering pace on the bike and run Allen raced alone to finish with a time of 2:55:42 nearly ten minutes ahead of Weiss and 15 minutes ahead of third place finisher Fabrizio Bartoli of Italy.

“As always, I was just trying to play to my strengths. Coming from a swimming background I was just trying to nail the swim. I knew if I was able to do that and get a good lead I could then find that flow out on the trail.” said Allen. “I just felt like I was in the zone the whole time. I had a couple of crashes but I just tried to dust myself off and keep riding hard, pushing the pace.”

“The course out there is so gnarly. I’m just really happy to be on the top step and to win here today is a really awesome effort.” he added.

For Bradley Weiss, who valiently held on to the second spot, it was another disappointing day.

“My form over the last few weeks has been on the decline a little bit.” said Weiss. “I took a pretty aggressive racing schedule with lots of travel and it slowly has started to take its toll on my body.”

“Ben has really stepped up his game.” he added. “He’s showed that his form is really, really good and he capitalized on that today.”

Jacqui Slack

JACQUI THE JET

Not to be out-done by her fiancé Jacqui Slack exited the swim up two minutes on 2016 APAC Tour starlet Lizzie Orchard with Austrian Carina Wasle and last year’s winner Myriam Guillot-Boisset of France close behind.

Slack’s skills on a mountain bike held true today as she bombed the steep, technical downhill sections while putting the hammer down in the flats to build enough of a gap off the bike that she could hold on and keep pace on the run.

“I had no idea how much of a lead I actually had. When you’re in the lead you have to keep pushing as hard as you can.” she said. “The last few races the girls have passed me on the run so it was just a matter of fighting to the finish.”

Orchard, for her effort, walked away with the 2015-16 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Title and her share of the $10,000 USD prize bonus.

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Ben Allen, AUS 2:55:42 200
2 Bradley Weiss, RSA 3:06:02 180
3 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 3:10:27 164
4 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 3:13:30 150
5 Brodie Gardner, AUS 3:17:54 138
6 David Escolar Ballesteros, ESP 3:18:29 126
7 Joe Miller, PHI 3:24:20 116
8 Olly Shaw, NZL 3:28:48 106
9 Jason Hsieh, HKG 3:42:08 98
10 Shahrom Abdullah, MAS 3:44:39 90
Also: Kaon Cho (82)
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Jacqui Slack, GBR 3:28:28 200
2 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 3:35:05 180
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:41:25 164
3 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 3:41:25 150

Photos / Complete Results

Lewis Ryan

LEWIS RYAN OVERALL  AMATEUR XTERRA MALAYSIA CHAMP

The young-gun from Rotorua is another name to remember in a long list of fast XTERRA athletes from New Zealand. He’s made a name for himself this year on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Tour while under the tutelage of fellow Kiwi and XTERRA Pro Olly Shaw.

Ryan has collected two second place finishes at XTERRA New Zealand and XTERRA New South Wales and picked up his first tour win today. Those combined efforts awarded him the overall XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour 15-19 divisional title tonight. It’s safe to say his future is as bright as those award stage lights.

Lizzie Orchard

ALLEN, ORCHARD TAKE HOME TOUR TITLES

XTERRA Malaysia was the final stop on the 2015-16 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Tour.

The top 15 amateur, Asian-elite, and professional racers at each event earn series points, with double points being offered at the finale in Malaysia.

Racers count their best three scores to determine champions in each division.

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour awards a prize bonus of $10,000 USD to the top five pro men and women in the final standings ($2,000 for 1st, $1,500-2nd, $800-3rd, $400-4th, $300-5th).

The 2016-17 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour season will begin anew at XTERRA Tahiti (May 14, 2016), then continue at XTERRA Korea with an amateur-only race (no pro prize money or pro points) on August 27, 2016 in Daeahn Reservoir, followed by XTERRA Japan in Hokkaido on September 3, 2016.

Here’s a look at the final elite standings:

PL NAME JPN PHI SAI NZL AUS MAS TOT
1 Ben Allen, AUS DNS 90 DNS DNS 82 200 372
2 Bradley Weiss, RSA DNS 100 DNS 82 x69 180 362
3 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 82 x75 90 DNS DNS 150 322
4 Brodie Gardner, AUS DNS 82 100 DNS x49 138 320
5 Joe Miller, PHI DNS 53 82 DNS DNS 116 251
6 Olly Shaw, NZL DNS DNS DNS 75 63 106 244
7 Kaon Cho, KOR 53 DNS 75 x49 x28 82 210
8 Braden Currie, NZL DNS DNS DNS 100 100 DNS 200
9 Jason Hsieh , HKG 58 DNS DNS DNS 34 98 190
10 Sam Osborne, NZL DNS DNS DNS 90 90 DNS 180
11 Courtney Atkinson, AUS 100 DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS 175
12 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 164 164
13 Charlie Epperson, USA 75 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 144
14 David Escolar Ballesteros, ESP DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 126 126
15 Kieran McPherson, NZL DNS DNS DNS 69 53 DNS 122
16 Cameron Oneal, USA 63 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS 121
17 Cameron Paul, NZL DNS DNS DNS 63 45 DNS 108
18 Alex Roberts, NZL DNS DNS DNS 58 41 DNS 99
19 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
20 Shahrom Abdullah, MAS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 90
21 Barry Lee, MAS DNS 49 DNS DNS 31 DNF 80
22 Taro Shirato, JPN 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
23 Michal Bucek, SVK DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
24 Aiden Dunster, NZL DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 58
25 Lachlan Davey, NZL DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS 53
26 Kiley Momohara, NZL DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS 45
27 Noah Wright, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS 37
PL NAME JPN PHI SAI NZL AUS MAS TOT
1 Lizzie Orchard, NZL x90 x100 DNS 100 100 180 380
2 Jacqui Slack, GBR DNS 90 DNS DNS 82 200 372
3 Carina Wasle, AUT DNS DNS 100 DNS 90 164 354
4 Mieko Carey, USA 100 82 90 DNS DNS DNS 272
5 Renata Bucher, SUI DNS DNS 82 DNS 75 DNS 157
6 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 150 150
7 Sarah Backler, NZL DNS DNS DNS 90 58 DNS 148
8 Rachel Challis, NZL DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 82
9 Belinda Hadden, AUS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
10 Mary Gray, NZL DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS 75
11 Jessica Simpson, AUS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 69
12 Catherine Sterling, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS 63
13 Penny Hosken, AUS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS 53
14 Holly Khan, AUS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS 49

Learn more about the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour and View Final Amateur Tour Standings.

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Malaysia Championship was the 11th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Ilhabela, São Paulo
7-May XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Papeete
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Pelham, Shelby County, AL, USA
21-May XTERRA Portugal Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep  XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
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Sloan, Montgomery win USAT Nationals

Chuck Sloan and Kelli Montgomery won the XTERRA Gator Terra off-road triathlon that doubled as the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship on Sunday in Arkansas.

In addition, the top 18 finishers in each age-group qualified to represent Team USA at the 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships next August in Penticton, B.C., Canada.
(Read full USAT release).

One of the 21 age-group winners was Cindi Toepel (pictured), who has also won an unprecedented 11 XTERRA National Titles, and here she brings us her story on the day…

XTERRA is about overcoming adversity. That concept is not supposed to transcend to the Race Director! After several days of torrential rain, Fred Phillips of DLT Events got a call from the Army Corps of Engineers saying that the outflow could not keep up with the inflow of water at DeGray Lake. The transition and compound area which was completely set up needed to be moved to a different location. This call came in about 3pm on the day before the race. The choices were clear; cancel the race or move the transition 5 miles down the road to another marina and construct a brand new run course at the new area. The bike course trails were still accessible from the new location with an added 2 miles each way (hilly road) to enter and exit the trails. Not many race directors would be capable of this challenge let alone take it on. Not one to back down from a challenge, Fred called his crew back. They worked into the night and executed the move with flawless precision.

Low and behold, race morning a new transition appeared, complete with swim, bike and run. The race even started at the pre-scheduled time of 8:30am.  The swim was changed to a 2 lap triangle but the distance was still the same at 1500 meters. The already long 19.5-mile bike became a 24-mile course. The bike was also more challenging with the amount of water and mud that had been deposited on the trails. This was evident by the amount of mud that returned to transition with the competitors! The mostly rolling single track received rave reviews in spite of adverse conditions and was worthy of a National Championship race. Because of the limited time to construct the run course, the exact distance was unknown until race day. It turned out to be a punishing 8.6 miles! Because of the added lengths and long distances, Fred opted to eliminate cut off times and allow all competitors that finished to receive official results.

Andrew Kelsey was the first triathlete out of the water in 16:35 followed by Scott Claycomb in 17:13. Abby Johnson was 3rd overall and first female out of the water with a smokin’ time of 18:29. Nate Youngs 2nd overall male had the fastest bike of the day at 1:48:57. Kelli Montgomery, 1st overall woman secured her position early with a bike split of 2:09:40.

Chuck Sloan propelled himself to take 1st overall male with the fastest run split at 1:00:34. Atomic Timing chips gave us a run split of 1:14:54.7 for Abby Johnson which was only 2/10’s faster than Nikki Balderson. Nikki’s great run put her in 2nd place overall women with Kristen Wade rounding out the top 3. Marcus Barton (pictured) solid performance in all 3 events earned his 3rd overall place.

Post-race DLT provided a buffet of baked potatoes, hot dogs (beef and turkey) with all the fixin’s, baked beans, fruit and cookies. Johnny Davis, the 60-64 Champion, was heard saying ‘hot dogs never tasted so good!’

This event was a collaboration between XTERRA and USAT to be the USAT Off Road National Championship race. Congrats to all the National Champions and everyone who finished this epic event!

READ MARCUS BARTON’S RECAP HERE

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Last Week in Austin & Myrtle Beach

Last weekend on the XTERRA America Tour Kyle Grieser and Alissa Magrum took home the titles at the XTERRA ATX off-road triathlon in Austin, Texas.

Grieser, a long-time legend in Race Revolutions events, edged Chris Ellis-Ferrara by just 22-seconds to take the tape in 1:49:27. Magrum, who is a relentless proponent for Colin’s Hope – the children’s drowning prevention non-profit she runs – finished nearly seven-minutes ahead Keri Rimiel. Find full results here.

ATX was the second of five races in the XTERRA Texas Series. Next up is XTERRA Muleshoe in Spicewood on June 11.

Over in Myrtle Beach, South Caroline our favorite field reporter Marcus Barton was making his way through some of the new trails on offer to a third-place finish.

Daryl Weaver and Sophie Evans won the race, but for the real story, pictures, maps, quotes from other racers, and a dose of inspiration you’ve got to click this link through to Marcus’ story about the day: https://speedylizard.com/2016/04/28/hulk-got-some-upgrades-xterra-myrtle-beach/

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Family Fun at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs

By Lauren Hall

Tough races like the XTERRA Asia-Pacific off-road triathlons and trail runs that took place last weekend in New South Wales, Australia take a lot of time, money, sweat, and tears to get ready for, and not many people commit to such a challenge … let alone a whole family.

While feeling accomplished at the end of the race is something we all look forward to, being able to share the joy of racing with the ones we love makes the experience all that much sweeter.

Just ask Jenny Hart, who finished 3rd in her division in Saturday’s tri then got to watch her boys Hamish, Lachlan, and Ethan (ages 10-to-14) finish first, third, and fifth overall in the 5-kilometer trail run the next day.

Although she says there are a lot of inspiring people in this world, Jenny sees her boys as her greatest inspiration.

“They inspire me to go out there and try, for age is just a number,” she said.

In return, Jenny hopes that by participating in these races she will show her boys that “anything can be achieved when you put your mind to it.”

She seems to have made an impact because since she started doing triathlons, her boys have competed in events where there are options to do so. Her two older ones have developed a love for triathlons, and hopes to one-day race at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui. Jenny said she loves watching her boys race, and “it’s fantastic to have them at the finish line too.”

Jenny is a primary school teacher that works with a number of schools in her area to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for her students in K-2 in more socioeconomic disadvantaged small schools.

She heard about XTERRA from her friends that raced pro at last year’s XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, and when she won the prize drawing of a free entry while participating at Elite Energy’s Husky Long Course tri she decided to jump in feet first and do the championship race.

“XTERRA races seem to becoming a lot more popular with more people signing up for these races,” she said. “I thought it would be fun to do and something a bit different.”

In order to get ready for their family XTERRA race outing, Jenny continued her normal triathlon training while adding some mountain bikes rides in the mix. Her boys attending swim practice with a club team and have been also mixing in mountain bike rides with their mom. Jenny said that 12-year-old son’s cross country training has played an important part in Hamish’s training. Going into the race, they had no expectations. Jenny stated she “just wanted to go out there and have fun.”

One thing that worried her entering the race was the 30km mountain bike course. She worried the course might be too technical to start doing at her age. Jenny went for it anyways, and ended up finishing the XTERRA race with a time of 3:48:14 coming in 3rd in her 50-54 age group.

“Determination and perseverance are qualities that that can be transferred across all facets of our lives.”

Jenny hopes that through competing in the XTERRA Asia Pacific Championship triathlon race as she turns 50 will inspire not only her family, but others to have fun with life and do what makes them happy.

Through traveling as a family, they have made friends from all over the world and seen many beautiful new places. Jenny and her family encourages you and yours to take on the XTERRA race challenge so you too can be exposed to “the world of possibilities.”