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Smyth, Stephen win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals

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September 18, 2016 (Ogden, Utah) – Patrick Smyth of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Liz Stephen from Park City, Utah defended their Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon titles on a picture-perfect day for running up and around Snowbasin Resort this morning.

Smyth clocked in at 1:14:48 (5:42 pace), nearly five minutes ahead of runner-up Anthony Costales of Salt Lake City.  Stephen ran it in 1:31:08, more than eight minutes ahead of Ogden’s Amber Schultz.

It’s the third national title for Smyth and the fourth for Stephen, who has now won three in a row.

“Winning three is great, I think Max King has five so I’m chasing that legacy and have a couple more to go,” said Smyth.  “I love it out here, and my legs were feeling pretty fresh this morning so I was able to get a good rhythm going on the climb and really fly on the downhills.   I always savor those here, certainly one of my favorite downhill stretches is Sardine Peak to the bottom.”

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Smyth had a 15-second lead on Costales and Noah Hoffman, a 2014 U.S. Olympic Ski Team member, at the one-mile mark then the course went vertical and he started pulling away and soon after he was running by himself.

“I like running alone, just me and my thoughts, no footsteps, nobody breathing hard behind me, that’s fine by me,” said Smyth.  “The trails are great; I say it every year.  It’s one of my favorite courses in the world.  The three miles from the top of Sardine to the bottom, I love that stretch.  As soon as you start descending the switchbacks you get in a special place mentally, your feet are landing in the right place, your moving quick, I think I was able to get down to some 4:50 miles.  It’s just fun and reminds you what running is all about, getting that high.”

Next up for Smyth is the New York City Marathon, where he has a goal of finishing in the top 10.  He was 8th at the Olympic trials this year, so you know it can be done.

For the women’s winner Stephen getting back on the trails by foot was a little bit of a shock to her system.

“It’s different muscles, I’m going to be sore,” said Stephen, a two-time Olympic cross country skier who returned from a three-week ski training camp in New Zealand on Thursday.

“It’s really nice to be back here in Utah, and this is such a beautiful venue, and wonderful course, it keeps me coming back.  And I really like getting the lei at the awards ceremony, I keep it in my room for weeks it smells so nice.”

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It’s the sixth time Stephen has run this course.

“I always look forward to getting up to Sardine Peak, it’s so beautiful, and you can take a quick glance down and see how far away the lodge is.  I just think trail running is great because you’re not in the road with cars, and you get to see these beautiful places.  It’s so pure.  Plus, the people here are all so relaxed and their having fun and they’re all so pumped on running.”

Stephen is chasing her third Winter Olympics (South Korea 2018) with the goal of medaling in the 4 x 5k relay, saying “It’s where all my focus is right now.”

Elite Runner Results:

Place Men Hometown Time Purse
1 Patrick Smyth Santa Fe, New Mexico 1:14:48 $1,000
2 Anthony Costales Salt Lake City, UT 1:19:30 $600
3 Ben Dickshinkski Salt Lake City, UT 1:20:25 $400
4 Travis Morrison South Salt Lake, UT 1:20:55 $300
5 David Kilgore New York, NY 1:21:05 $200
Place Women Hometown Time Purse
1 Liz Stephen Park City, UT 1:31:08 $1,000
2 Amber Schultz Ogden, UT 1:39:35 $600
3 Selina Sekulic Farmington, NM 1:40:37 $400
4 Sarah Graves Ballantine, MT 1:42:23 $300
5 Penelope Freedman Salt Lake City, UT 1:43:19 $200

Complete Results

UTAH’S TUCK WINS EIGHTH TITLE

Although the elite runners chase the overall crown at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, the event remains an age-group race.

Twenty-five runners representing 10 different states took home age-group titles at the 2016 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals.

The home-state Utah runners led the way with 10 champions, not including Kevin Tuck (formerly from Salt Lake City but now living in Phoenix, AZ).  Tuck, 60, was an impressive 21st overall, and this was his unprecedented eighth Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship age-group win.

Bob Evers (men 65-69) from Park City, Utah won his sixth straight XTERRA National title.  It was the fourth national crown for Stephen (25-29), Hans Unger (70-74) and Tamara Tabeek (55-59), who also won the XTERRA Pan America Championship off-road triathlon championship yesterday.  Donnie Gray (45-49), Patrick Smyth (30-34), and Adrian Wolford (75-79) won their third crowns, while Andy Lee (40-44) and Micala Schultz won their second.

All of the age-group champions received a free entry to participate in the 2016 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for December 4 at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.

Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Champs
   
Division Name Hometown Time
10 – 14 Joseph Schultz Fort Collins, CO 3:15:20
20 – 24 Ben Dickshinkski Salt Lake City, UT 1:20:25
25 – 29 Anthony Costales Salt Lake City, UT 1:19:30
30 – 34 Patrick Smyth* (3) Santa Fe, NM 1:14:48
35 – 39 Joshua Merrick Tabernash, CO 1:31:38
40 – 44 Andy Lee (2) Lakeway, TX 1:32:02
45 – 49 Donnie Gray (3) Layton, UT 1:36:27
50 – 54 Blake Sacha Gilbert, AZ 1:46:08
55 – 59 Michael Fussell Grapevine, TX 1:47:03
60 – 64 Kevin Tuck (8) Tucson, AZ 1:37:23
65 – 69 Bob Evers (6) Park City, UT 1:54:35
70 – 74 Hans Unger (4) Sylmar, CA 2:43:44
75 – 79 Adrian Wolford (3) Mustang, OK 3:17:35
Women
   
Division Name Hometown Time
10 – 14 Hannah Lutzker Park City, UT 2:18:06
15 – 19 Micala Schultz (2) Fort Collins, CO 2:54:26
20 – 24 Molly Metivier New York, NY 1:56:28
25 – 29 Liz Stephen* (4) Park City, UT 1:31:08
30 – 34 Selina Sekulic Farmington, NM 1:40:37
35 – 39 Sarah Graves Ballantine, MT 1:42:23
40 – 44 Lizzie Brenkus Park City, UT 1:53:49
45 – 49 Anne Bonkowsky Salt Lake City, UT 2:01:49
50 – 54 Lina Haggard Salt Lake City, UT 2:21:18
55 – 59 Tamara Tabeek (4) Ramona, CA 2:12:45
60 – 64 Nicky Humphrey Reno, NV 3:19:39
65 – 69 Deborah Wagner Park City, UT 2:37:00
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MIDDAUGH FINISH

Middaugh, Snyder win XTERRA Pan American Championship

Middaugh, Snyder win XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Titles

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Snowbasin Resort/Ogden, UT – Josiah Middaugh out-stretched Braden Currie at the finish line to take the tape by 7/100th of a second and win the inaugural XTERRA Pan America Championship race on a beautiful day at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah this morning.  It’s the closest finish in XTERRA’s 21-year-history, 2:20:23.57 to 2:20:23.64.

In the women’s elite race Suzie Snyder came out of the water with Julie Baker, was first out of the swim-to-bike transition, took a five-minute lead onto the run and won the race in 2:51:51, exactly three minutes ahead of runner-up Lizzie Orchard of New Zealand.  With the wins both Middaugh and Snyder also secured the elite XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series titles.

“I don’t think it could have gotten any closer than that,” said Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA World Champion from Eagle-Vail, Colorado who finished 26-seconds ahead of Currie at the USA Championship held on this same course last year.

The race combined a one-mile swim in the 65-degree waters of Pineview Reservoir, an 18-mile mountain bike that climbed 3,000-feet to the top of Sardine Peak at 7,400-feet, and finished with a grueling 6-mile trail run.

Currie came out of the water with a big pack of strong swimmers led by Brad Zoller, Alex Martinek, Felipe Barraza, and Leon Griffin – took the lead early on with Leon Griffin close behind, then started to pull away from everybody but Middaugh.  Currie came into the bike-to-run transition roughly 30-seconds up on Middaugh and held the lead until the last yard of the run.

“To be honest I was coming down that hill and I had about five seconds on him when I last looked and I knew I couldn’t afford to look back and so I didn’t really know how close he was until I saw him right on my shoulder which was right on the finish,” said Currie.  “I just did everything I could, and the last thing I thought was maybe if I get something across the line before him then I would win, but obviously that wasn’t quite right.”

Middaugh was hoping it wouldn’t be that close, but in his efforts to catch Currie he crashed twice on the run.

“I was not saving anything at any time today,” said Middaugh.  “I was putting everything into the course every minute of the day and I wanted to make the catch half-way through the bike and I didn’t do that, and I didn’t make the catch at the top of the climb. I got within 30-seconds going into the run. I was like ‘okay, I got to get close in this first mile’, and I got a little bit closer and thought ‘I got to make this catch by the top of this mile’ and I didn’t make the catch.  I was like 10-15 seconds behind with 2 miles to go and that last 2 miles I kept getting within 10 seconds of Currie then I would fall, because I was just like hanging it all out there and I caught my toe on some rocks, tumbled, got back up. I fell twice and with less than a mile to go I was just 5 seconds behind and then all of a sudden I started feeling tired and wasn’t sure if I had anything left and then I started working hard again and I came in with about 5 seconds and I was like ‘okay this is it’ one last full on kick and see if it’s enough.”

It was enough, but by the slimmest of margins.

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“Obviously I came here to win and I’m absolutely gutted not to,” said Currie, who was runner-up to Middaugh at XTERRA Worlds last year as well.  “Josiah has a massive stride on him and I knew if it was going to be a downhill sprint finish with Josiah that it wouldn’t be that easy, so I was just going to try everything that I could and if my toe got across first then I’ll take that as a win.”

Interestingly, in the pictures and videos it looks as if Currie slide his leg under the finish arch and over the timing mat ahead of Middaugh, but his timing chip was on his back trailing leg which was behind Middaugh’s timing chip.

“This is the deepest field that I have ever seen at this race, it was almost like a World Championship,” said Middaugh.  “We just had strong guys and it was just hardcore racing from start to finish, I mean the swim was fast, the bike was action packed the whole way, it was just full throttle the entire race.”

Leon Griffin came home third almost four minutes back, with Felipe Barraza in fourth and Rom Akerson in 5th.

“I had a great swim, me and Braden tried to get away but he was just too strong over the top of the first climb,” said Griffin. “I thought that if I would have kept him in check I would have been a little bit closer on the downhill because that is where I lose a lot of time.  In the end, I was just stoked to come in third off the bike, I just needed to hold that. My running is coming back and I picked up a few things from the last race in Beaver Creek that I could work on and the half a dozen runs that I did between Beaver Creek and this one on the mountain were all just pure mountain climbing style.”

Elite men’s results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:20:23.57 100
2 Braden Currie, NZL 2:20:23.64 90
3 Leon Griffin, USA 2:24:10 82
4 Felipe Barraza, CHI 2:25:50 75
5 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:25:59 69
6 Karl Shaw, GBR 2:26:00 63
7 Sam Long, USA 2:27:50 58
8 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:28:28 53
9 Brian Smith, USA 2:32:04 49
10 Matt Lieto, USA 2:33:32 45
11 Alex Modestou, USA 2:33:36 41
12 Branden Rakita, USA 2:36:01 37
13 JP Donovan, USA 2:36:13 34
14 Cody Waite, USA 2:37:39 31
15 Ryan Ignatz, USA 2:37:47 28
Also:  Chris Ganter, Cameron Paul, Alex Martinek, Brad Zoller, Will Kelsay, Joshua Merrick, Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, Ian King, Alex Roberts, Patrick McKeon, Michael Nunez, Eduardo Marcolin, Barret Fishner

SUZIE SNYDER

SNYDER WINS 5TH OF THE YEAR, TOUR TITLE

For Suzie Snyder today’s win put an exclamation point on a superb season that included five wins and the XTERRA Pan America Championship race and XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series titles.

“Amazing day, I had a great swim. I know Julie is a strong swimmer and she does water polo so she is great at sighting so I just kept her on my right where I was breathing to my right, so I could keep her there.  I let her sight and just stayed on her and stayed comfortable because I knew I could ride with her,” said Snyder.  “We were together during the swim and there was another girl, Amanda Felder. I was first on the bike and I felt like I just wanted to go for it but I was trying to be smart and not trying to blow, or go too hard to early but it’s so hard to keep your effort in check and your heart rate in control because your climbing right away intensively and so I was trying to stay smart and relax and I rode really well. Technically smooth, I wasn’t making mistakes, I was just trying to stay calm and relaxed and I just felt good. As I hit the Sardine Peak I felt fine at the start then I started to feel it at the top but I just settled in, pulled back a little bit. So I road really smooth and I was really just feeling confident after the downhill. I came off the bike and as always the first climb friggen sucked, but I just kept thinking that you can lose it here, and you are not going to win by going all out. Someone told me I had a minute and a half, but I really had five, I guess it’s good that I didn’t know that I had five, I was trying not to go too hard, but at the same time I was trying to go hard enough. With a minute and a half you can still get caught if you’re not careful so you can’t settle in too much, but I didn’t want to go crazy, then I started cramping and I was like oh no! about half way I was like okay, you’re half way, you got this, just stay smooth and let it roll downhill then my legs started cramping and I was like NO! don’t eat it, you could lose it right here if you eat it, so I just tried to keep my cadence going and my feet under me and then that last half-mile I just tried to enjoy it.”

Lizzie Orchard, the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champion, passed Felder and Baker to move into second by the end of the bike and was able to take a couple minutes out of Snyder on the run but it wasn’t enough.

“So I think I heard I was down about five minutes at T2, and I thought ewww, that is a bit of an ask, but you never know, so I went my pace and I think I pulled back a couple of minutes,” said Orchard.  “I am really excited and I am pleased with how good I felt with the cold and the altitude. It was a really, really great day I really enjoyed it. I think there was a little batch that got away on the swim so I could see them ahead of me. I still tried to hang on a little bit but not too much really because I didn’t want to blow at the swim, especially at altitude for me so I was fourth out of water which was good. I jumped into third pretty quick along the lake, then I was pretty cold in the canyon so I’m relieved that I put my thermal on, and there was a heap of people on the course yelling time splits so I knew I was in touch throughout the bike ride and it was really fun. I caught up with Julie Baker at the top of the climb, so I hung back about 20 meters and we did the decent together pretty much, I just faster coming into transition and hit it out on the run.”

Baker, who upset Snyder to win XTERRA Beaver Creek in Colorado back in July, was happy to have a good day on such a big stage and finish third.

“I am super happy with today, I can’t believe I am competing in a pro race and doing so well, it’s just awesome,” said Baker.  “Lizzie and Suzie are amazing and I am super psyched to be up there with them, Suzie had an awesome, awesome swim so I am super psyched for her.”

Maia Ignatz had the fastest run split of the day to finish fourth and Kara LaPoint held on for fifth.

ELITE WOMEN’S RESULTS

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:51:51 100
2 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 2:54:51 90
3 Julie Baker, USA 2:57:57 82
4 Maia Ignatz, USA 3:00:26 75
5 Kara LaPoint, USA 3:01:43 69
6 Annie Bergen, CAN 3:13:03 63
7 Amanda Felder, USA 3:17:16 58
8 Katharine Carter, CAN 3:17:18 53
9 Debby Sullivan, USA 3:18:00 49
10 Caroline Colonna, USA 3:20:11 45
11 Sarah Graves, USA 3:20:37 41
12 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 3:24:13 37
13 Lisa Leonard, GBR 3:25:27 34
14 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:31:57 31

Complete Results

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UTAH START

MIDDAUGH, SNYDER WIN XTERRA PAN AMERICAN TOUR

With their respective wins today at Snowbasin Josiah Middaugh and Suzie Snyder locked down the inaugural Pan Am Pro Series.  They also earned the titles of XTERRA USA Champions as the top Americans.
Rom Akerson finished fifth today to secure the second spot in the standings for the men, and Maia Ignatz finished fourth on the day to finish 2nd in the Series.  Here’s a look at the final standings:

2016 XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES FINAL STANDINGS                  
FINAL                      
Men     S G S G S S G G G  
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DOM MEX USA
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 442 67 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS 75 x56 DNS 100
2 Rom Akerson, CRC 391 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 100 100 69
3 Karsten Madsen, CAN 375 DNS 90 DNS 82 75 75 DNS DNS DNS 53
4 Branden Rakita, USA 314 DNS DNS DNS 75 61 DNS x47 90 51 37
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 284 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 61 x21 82 90 DNF
6 Chris Ganter, USA 169 DNS DNS DNS 63 67 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP
7 Ian King, USA 153 DNS 53 DNS 53 DNS 47 DNP DNS DNS DNP
8 Leon Griffin, USA 151 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 82
9 Sam Long, USA 148 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS 58
10 Karl Shaw, GBR 138 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
11 Cody Waite, USA 120 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS 31
12 Mario De Elias, ARG 112 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
13 Ryan Ignatz, USA 97 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 28
14 Brian Smith, USA 94 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS 49
t15 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t15 Thomas Spannring, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNP
t15 Braden Currie, NZL 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
18 Ramon Penagos, COL 86 DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS
t19 Jonatan Morales, ARG 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t19 Francisco Serrano, MEX 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS
t21 Oscar Galindez, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t21 Albert Soley, ESP 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t21 Ben Hoffman, USA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
t21 Esteban Rosas, MEX 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
t21 Felipe Barazza, CHI 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
26 Lucas Mendez, ARG 69 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t27 Felipe Moletta, BRA 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t27 Paul Tichelaar, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t29 Fabian Roman, PUR 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS
t29 Leonardo Ramirez, MEX 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS
31 Diogo Malagon, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t32 Facu Medard, ARG 58 DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t32 Greg Bennett, AUS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
t32 Leandro Sanchez, DOM 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS
t32 Leonardo Saucedo, MEX 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
t36 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t36 Bruno Silva, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t38 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t38 Brent McMahon, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t40 Brad Zoller, USA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNP
t40 Eduardo Padilla, MEX 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS
t42 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t42 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t42 Sean Bechtel, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t42 Nathan Killam, CAN 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t46 Mauro Ayesa, USA 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t46 Anibal Sanchez, MEX 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
t48 Greg Schott, USA 47 47 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t48 Raul Furtado, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t48 Daniel Molnar, USA 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t51 Victor Arenas, COL 45 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t51 Michael Nunez, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNP
t51 Matt Lieto, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
t54 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t54 Brian MacIlvain, USA 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t54 Clarke Lind, CAN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
57 Alex Modestou, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
t58 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t58 Adam Morka, CAN 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
60 Michi Weiss, AUT 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS
t61 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t61 Jimmy Archer, USA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNF
t63 Patrick McKeon, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNP
t63 JP Donovan, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
65 Stenio Bezerra, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
66 Rogério Paula, BRA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
67 Ramon Bustos, BRA 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
68 Cristiam Suzin, BRA 25 DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
69 Juscelino Vasco, BRA 23 DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
70 Wellington Conceição, BRA 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
Women   S G S G S S G G G  
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DOM MEX USA
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 450 DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS x67 100 75 100
2 Maia Ignatz, USA 364 DNS DNS DNS 90 61 DNS 82 56 DNS 75
3 Kara Lapoint, USA 347 67 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 47 82 DNS 69
4 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 332 75 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 67 DNS
5 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 311 61 DNS 75 69 DNS DNS DNS 69 x47 37
6 Katharine Carter, CAN 283 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 75 63 36 53
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 276 DNS DNS DNS 75 51 DNS 58 43 x43 49
8 Caroline Colonna, USA 247 51 DNS DNS 63 43 DNS 45 DNS DNS 45
9 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 241 DNS 82 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 39 DNS
10 Rebecca Blatt, USA 215 47 DNS DNS 53 DNS 47 37 DNS DNS 31
11 Sarah Graves, USA 191 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 43 49 DNS DNS 41
12 Julie Baker, USA 182 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS 82
13 Fabiola Corona, MEX 172 DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS
14 Amanda Felder, USA 97 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS 58
15 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
16 Lisa Leonard, USA 85 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS 34
17 Erika Simon, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Katie Button, CAN 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Maria Barrera, MEX 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
20 Elizabeth Gruber, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS DNP
21 Dunia Gomes, MEX 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
22 Joanna Brown, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Zoe Dawson, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Annie Bergen, CAN 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
25 Isabella Ribeiro, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Danelle Kabush, CAN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Luisa Saft, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Jaime Brede, USA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
31 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Maggie Rusch, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Ana Leidys Arias Macias, CUB 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
34 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Brisa Melcop, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Julie Stupp, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS
38 Beatriz Granziera, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Melania Giraldi, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Monalisa Vieira, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

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RYAN, MCCURDY WIN AMATEUR TITLES
Lewis Ryan from Rotorua, New Zealand and Deanna McCurdy from Littleton, Colorado won the overall amateur XTERRA Pan America Championship titles today.  All of the age group winners below (aside from Lewis) won both the XTERRA Pan America and USA Championship crowns.  In the men’s 15-19 division, Bowen Satterthwaite – a 15-year-old from nearby Eden, Utah, won the XTERRA USA Championship crown.

XTERRA PAN AMERICA CHAMPIONS (FEMALE AGE GROUP)  
Division Name Hometown Time
15  – 19 Rachel Anders Sandy, UT 3:15:50
20 – 24 Kaley Rehorn Rio Linda, CA 3:49:52
25 – 29 Janel Klug Avon, CO 3:29:58
30 – 34 Heather Zimchek Olympia, WA 3:20:42
35 – 39 Anne Usher Portland, OR 3:14:54
40 – 44 *Deanna McCurdy Littleton, CO 3:11:52
45 – 49 Laura Morris Costa Mesa, CA 3:32:59
50 – 54 Margo Pitts Raleigh, NC 3:31:20
55 – 59 Tamara Tabeek Ramona, CA 3:36:38
60 – 64 Martha Buttner Boulder, CO 3:46:05
65 – 69 Libby Harrow Fruita, CO 6:23:26
PC Judith Abrahams Anchorage, AK 5:13:25
XTERRA PAN AMERICA CHAMPIONS (MALE AGE GROUP)  
Division Name Hometown Time
15  – 19 *Lewis Ryan Rotorua, New Zealand 2:40:20
20 – 24 Nelson Hegg Boulder, CO 2:43:30
25 – 29 Steve Croucher Randolph, VT 2:51:13
30 – 34 Craig Daugherty Boulder, CO 2:47:31
35 – 39 Nate Youngs Boring, OR 2:44:05
40 – 44 Garren Watkins Boulder, CO 2:45:42
45 – 49 Rife Hilgartner Vail, CO 2:51:23
50 – 54 Darron Cox Toano, VA 3:08:02
55 – 59 Dennis Brinson Carson City, NV 3:11:07
60 – 64 Johnny Davis Boulder, CO 3:17:16
65 – 69 David Rakita Durango, CO 3:51:21
75 – 79 Ronald Hill Hayden, ID 7:17:05
PC Willie Stewart Boise, ID 3:22:27
* TOP AMATEURS

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Up Next: XTERRA World Championship (October 23, 2016 / Kapalua, Maui)

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Pan America Championship was the last of 30 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 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 Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Mauricio Mendez/Lesley Paterson
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Yeray Luxem/Helena Erbenova
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Mauricio Mendez/Helena Erbenova
20-Aug XTERRA European Championship Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mauricio Mendez/Brigitta Poor
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
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Ruzafa, Flipo win XTERRA European Championship

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Zittau, Germany (August 20, 2016) – Three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa from Spain and Michelle Flipo from Mexico captured the XTERRA European Championship elite titles today in Zittau, Germany.

It’s the fourth win in a row for Ruzafa on the Euro Tour this year and the second straight for Flipo.

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

The weatherman was almost wrong.  Instead of a postcard perfect day, we started with clouds and sprinkles of rain.  But try as it did – by start time it was warm, a bit of a breeze and close to perfect conditions.  With a water temp of 22.5C there were no wetsuits for anyone.  Pro men and women got a healthy start of 3-minutes on age group men with another gap of 3-minutes to age group women.  After a bit, XTERRA lite took off.

To no surprise German Christian Otto came out of the first 750m lap with Hannes Wolpert next to him.  Roger Serrano, Steven Bayliss and Sam Osborne followed with a pack consisting of Karl Shaw, Mauricio Mendez and Brice Daubord on their heels.

For the women it was no contest with Michelle Flipo way out in front nearly two minutes ahead of points leader Brigitta Poor.  Renata Bucher was quick along with Carina Wasle and young French woman Morgane Riou. Myriam Guillot-Boisset was back 3’50” and many time champion Helena Erbenova was over 4 minutes back from Flipo and 2 minutes from the other women with a lot of age groupers to pass.

Headed around the lake and going into the trails it was Stephan Bayliss in front of Otto with Sam Gardner already coming forward and Roger Serrano on his tail.  About 10 seconds back Mauricio made a big pass under the main road tunnel followed closely by Brice Daubord, Karl Shaw and Hannes Wolpert.  Just a few meters’ back was another bunch headed by Francois Carloni with Veit Honle, Bradley Weiss, Maxime Chane, Ruben Ruzafa, Nico Fernandez, Arthur Serrieres and more.  Yes, it was early in the race but these men were fighting hard at the 3K mark.  Poor Kris Coddens was way back having suffered in the swim.  “I really don’t like non wetsuit swims” he said “I’m thin and really get cold and have a bad time thawing out.”

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At that mark Flipo was fighting with the men pros and had over a minute on Brigitta but Renata looked good, Carina was quick passing some men on a short hill and Morgane was back a few minutes with Louise Fox. Myriam Guillam-Boisset was now at 3’30” and Helena still over 4’ from the leader.

By the 10K mark things had spread a bit but the fights were still happening.  At this point the trails start to really climb and get steep.  First a rocky, rooty section that almost nobody can ride and then a semi paved climb of a few hundred meters to the Hochwald – this neat tower at the top of the mountain.  Ruben had asserted himself in first with Carloni and Bradley Weiss on his wheel.  Osborne had dropped back when he followed Brad Weiss but could not react quick enough to miss a big rock.

“Bradley jumped it but I was so close I hit it hard and just went straight over the bars” the Kiwi smiled.

Karl Shaw was strong in 4th with Roger Serrano and Mauricio next.  Then a pack with Veit Honle leading Malte Ploppert and Brice Daubord.  The quick swimmers, Otto and Bayliss had dropped back a bit but were still well placed.

Ruben chose to walk the steepest part and Carloni rode by him.  Bradley kept his pace and Osborne rode about 90% of the hill and caught the lead 3.  Francois’ lead did not last long as Ruben went hard on the downhill and started to gap the rest.

Flipo was still in command but now only 40” up on Brigitta.  Renata was caught by Carina at about 1-minute back.  It was a long wait for Myriam and Morgane to come up the hill and when Erbenova went by she was still about 4’ behind.

There is a notorious, technical rocky downhill at about 29K.  It is fierce but short and the really good guys pay almost no attention to it simply letting the suspension and tires take the beating.  It is really amazing how fast they go through this section.  Ruben came by alone with 1’20” on Carloni, Weiss and Osborne.  Bradley had done the lion’s share of work pulling the group.  Carloni admitted he did not work with the group a lot.

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“I was very tired and sick after Italy and did not even know if I could race.  So I decide to not go 100% and let Weiss do the work.  Thank you Bradley!”

Back about 4 min and out of the hunt were Daubord, Mendez, young Maxime Chane’, Arthur Serrieres and Veit Honle.

Near the end of the bike Bradley and Sam attacked and Francois could not stay with them.  Coming out of T2 Ruben had nearly 2 minutes on the field.  Osborne attacked immediately out of transition and gapped Weiss. Sam was flying on the trails and at one point got under 30” from the Spanish leader.

“I wanted to catch him or get sight of him but just blew up,” said Osborne with his head down.  “But I survived and am really happy with second.”

Bradley had a lonely run but a solid third all the way.  Mauricio and Daubord came out with Carloni but there was little doubt Francois would stay with possibly the two fastest male runners we have.  Serrieres had dropped back a bit with Honle in 8th and first German competitor and Czech Honza Kubick coming off a very fast bike in 9th.

Osborne somehow held on to second just 40 seconds off Ruben and immediately collapsed.  He recovered quick enough and was last seen at the after party with a beer, chatting with Roger Serrano and Brad Weiss and waiting for the feature band.

“I knew the other girls might be stronger on the bike so I rode hard the whole way” said Michelle Flipo.  “I did not save anything for the run and I was really tired and hurting.”

What she did not know and what we did not expect was French woman Myriam Guillot-Boisset was having the ride of her life and put in the fastest bike time.  Then she proceeded to run the quickest of all the women and pulled within 22 seconds of the winner.  Another K and we may have had a different result.  Brigitta Poor had a solid day with a good swim, bike and run to finish 3rd ahead of a fast closing Helena Erbenova who once clear of traffic had a great run to finish less than 50” out of 3rd.  Carina came home 5th, Renata 6th, Morgane 7th all within a few minutes of each other.

The day played out as expected with the exception the fighting was so close and tight.  “just before the big climb I looked back and there had to be 15 guys all in a row” said Roger Serrano.  “I never saw so many guys fighting so close”.

Mauricio and Brice Daubord fought the run all the way with the Frenchman finishing just 5 seconds ahead of our young Mexican.  “He was so fast” Mau said “I ran hard but just could not catch him.  I would get close but he was too strong for me today.”

Not hard to believe as Mauricio had done 3 weeks in a row at Italy (he won) Poland (2d) and Sweden (1st) and then came directly to Germany.

Arthur Serrieres is steadily improving and came in front of the French veteran and great rider Francois Carloni with Veit Honle 8th, Honza Kubicek 9th and Peter Lehmann 10th.

The day ended with some great bands playing, the sky clear and the big yellow moon back to say hello. Germany is simply a great race and a great organization.  The athletes know it and they return every year.  Full marks to Benno and his “family” of crew.  I’m not sure but the best party may have been in the Helpers compound.

One to go and the possibilities abound.  We’ll have more on who needs to do what to win or place high in the final standings next week.  Bring on Denmark.

Find pictures, videos, and more stories from the XTERRA European  Championship at:
https://www.facebook.com/XTERRA.Germany // https://www.facebook.com/xterraeurope

ELITE RESULTS:

XTERRA European Championship (Zittau, Germany) August 20, 2016    
       
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 2:32:27 100
2 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:33:09 90
3 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:34:43 82
4 Brice Daubord, FRA 2:35:21 75
5 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:35:26 69
6 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 2:37:58 63
7 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:38:31 58
8 Veit Hönle, GER 2:39:22 53
9 Jan Kubíček, CZE 2:39:31 49
10 Peter Lehmann, GER 2:39:43 45
11 Stephen Bayliss, GBR 2:40:26 41
12 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:41:34 37
13 Christian Otto, GER 2:42:04 34
14 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 2:42:27 31
15 Jan Francke, CZE 2:43:01 28
Also: Maxim Chane, Aidan Nugent, Dominik Wychera, Gonzola Bernal, Jonas Hoffman, Markus Benesch, Lubos Truhlar, Damien Derobert, Llewellyn Holmes, Roger Serrano, Hannes Wolpert, Vaclav Holub, Thomas Kerner, Rui Dolores, Krysztof Kokot, Rafael Delaunay, Lukas Netik,
       
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Michelle Flipo, FRA 2:54:47 100
2 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 2:55:09 90
3 Brigitta Poór, HUN 2:58:03 82
4 Helena Erbenova, CZE 2:58:51 75
5 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:03:50 69
6 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:04:45 63
7 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:05:39 58
8 Louise Fox, GBR 3:17:10 53
9 Ivana Loubkova, CZE 3:18:12 49
10 Sabina Rzepka, POL 3:21:49 45
11 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 3:25:36 41
12 Birgit Jüngst-Dauber, GER 3:43:08 37

Complete Results

ALL-TIME XTERRA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE ELITE WINNERS: 

Year Location Men’s Winner Women’s Winner
2016 Zittau, Germany Ruben Ruzafa Michelle Flipo
2015 Cranleigh, England Ruben Ruzafa Lesley Paterson
2011 Zittau, Germany Olivier Marceau Marion Lorblanchet
2010 Sardinia, Italy Franky Batelier Melanie McQuaid
2009 Klopeinersee, Austria Franky Batelier Renata Bucher
2008 Sardinia, Italy Olivier Marceau Sibylle Matter
2007 Sardinia, Italy Olivier Marceau Eszter Erdelyi
2006 Villacidro, Italy Nicolas Lebrun Renata Bucher

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RUZAFA, POOR STILL ON TOP OF XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR RANKINGS

Ruben Ruzafa and Brigitta Poor remain on top of the Euro Tour standings with just one race remaining.  The finale in Denmark in two weeks will determine both the elite and amateur European Tour Champions.
Up Next: September 4 – XTERRA Denmark (Mons Klint)

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR PRO STANDINGS                  
After 10 – 8.20.16                      
                         
Men     S S S S G G S S S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA POL SWE GER
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 442 DNS 67 75 DNS 100 100 DNS DNS DNS 100
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 360 DNS x47 DNS 75 90 41 DNS 61 56 37
3 Sam Osborne, NZL 343 DNS DNS x51 67 58 DNS 67 DNS 61 90
4 Yeray Luxem, BEL 299 DNS DNS 67 x27 DNS 90 DNS 75 67 DNS
5 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 286 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 67 75 69
6 Francois Carloni, FRA 263 DNS 51 56 61 DNS 37 x51 DNS DNS 58
7 Brice Daubord, FRA 261 43 61 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
8 Peter Lehmann, GER 239 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 39 51 DNS 45
9 Jan Kubicek, CZE 234 DNS 36 DNS DNS 37 DNS 56 56 DNS 49
10 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 230 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 63 DNS DNS 51 63
11 Bradley Weiss, RSA 227 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 82 DNS DNS DNS 82
12 Veit Hoenle, GER 226 DNS DNS 23 DNS 75 75 DNS DNS DNS 53
13 Roger Serrano, ESP 211 75 75 61 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
14 Arthur Forissier, FRA 150 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNF DNS 47 DNS 47 DNS
15 Tomas Kubek, SVK 137 DNS 43 DNS 47 DNS DNS x23 47 DNS DNS
16 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 127 47 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNP 23 27 DNS
17 Maxim Chane, FRA 126 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 36 DNS DNS DNP
18 Henry Sleight, GBR 125 DNS DNS DNS 39 28 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Damien Guillemet, FRA 120 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Hannes Wolpert, GER 114 36 DNS 33 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
21 Sebastian Norberg, SWE 111 DNS 25 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNF DNS
22 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 110 DNS DNS 25 33 DNS 31 21 DNS DNS DNP
23 Jan Pyott, SUI 110 DNF 33 DNS DNS 34 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
24 Christophe Betard, FRA 108 27 DNS DNS 36 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Dominik Wychera, AUT 108 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS 36 DNP
26 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 94 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS
27 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 87 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
28 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Max Neumann, AUS 79 DNS 30 DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Theo Blignaut, RSA 79 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 43 DNS
31 Markus Benesch, AUT 73 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 21 DNS DNP
32 Stephen Bayliss, GBR 71 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS 41
33 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 64 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS
36 Karl Shaw, GBR 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNF
37 Tim Van Daele, BEL 57 DNS 27 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Bartosz Banach, POL 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 José Estrangeiro, POR 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
41 Anthony Pannier, FRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Julen Loroño, ESP 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
43 Aidan Nugent, RSA 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNP
44 Thomas Kerner, GER 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP
45 Rui Dolores, POR 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
46 Christian Otto, GER 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
47 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
48 Norbert Durauer, AUT 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS
49 Mester Balint, HUN 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS
50 Jari Palonen, SWE 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS
51 Ben Allen, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Anthony Flinois, FRA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Jan Francke, CZE 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28
54 Gonzalo Orosco, ESP 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
55 Emil Stoynev, BUL 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS
56 Jim Thijs, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS
57 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNP
58 Simone Calamai, ITA 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS
59 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNF 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
60 Martial Schmidt, FRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNP DNP DNS DNS DNS
61 Tiago Maia, POR 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DHS DNS DNP DNS DNS
62 Boris Chambon, FRA 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS
Women   S S S S G G S S S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA POL SWE GER
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 429 75 67 x61 DNS 63 75 DNS 67 DNS 82
2 Renata Bucher, SUI 401 DNS DNS 51 DNS 75 90 61 61 DNS 63
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 382 DNS 75 75 75 DNS 82 x67 x75 x75 75
4 Carina Wasle, AUT 364 DNS DNS 56 67 58 63 DNS DNS 51 69
5 Morgane Riou, FRA 331 67 51 DNS 61 49 45 DNS DNS DNS 58
6 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 308 DNS DNS 67 DNS 82 69 DNS DNS DNS 90
7 Maud Golsteyn, NED 232 56 DNS 39 47 41 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
8 Louise Fox, GBR 229 DNS 56 47 DNS 45 28 DNS DNS DNS 53
9 Ladina Buss, SUI 228 DNS 61 DNS DNS 69 DNS 51 47 DNS DNS
10 Michelle Flipo, FRA 200 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
11 Lesley Paterson, GBR 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS DNS DNS
12 Jacqui Slack, GBR 148 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 130 DNS DNS DNS 43 31 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
14 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 125 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS 51 DNS DNS
15 Jessie Roberts, GBR 122 DNS DNS DNS 51 37 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 119 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP DNP DNS 39 DNS 41
17 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 114 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Diane Lee, GBR 103 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
19 Danica Spiteri, MLT 86 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS
20 Cecilia Jessen, SWE 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
21 Kara LaPoint, USA 65 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS
23 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Sandra Santanyes, ESP 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
25 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Ivana Loubkova, CZE 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
28 Sabina Rzepka, POL 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
29 Sara Bonilla Bernardez, ESP 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Belinda Hadden, AUS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
31 Sanne Van Paassen, NED 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Birgit Jüngst-Dauber, GER 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
33 Monica Cibin, ITA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

Learn more at…

http://www.xterraeurope.com

http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/pro-racing

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Germany was one of more than 30 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 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 Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Mauricio Mendez/Lesley Paterson
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Yeray Luxem/Helena Erbenova
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Mauricio Mendez/Helena Erbenova
20-Aug XTERRA European Championship Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
3-Sep XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
Mendez

Mendez, Erbenova win XTERRA Sweden

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Hellasgarden, Sweden (August 13, 2016) – Mauricio Mendez and Helena Erbenova won the third annual XTERRA Sweden elite titles on a beautiful day in Stockholm this afternoon.

The win is Mendez’ second in three weeks and Erbenova’s second in a row, fifth on the XTERRA European Tour this year and 23rd of her career.

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

The weatherman got it right and the day was a good one.  Cloudy and cool early and it got better by the hour. Promptly at 1pm the pro field took the deep water start.  Water temp was 18-degrees so everyone was in wetsuits; the age groupers followed two-minutes behind.

Mauricio Mendez came out of the water just a few feet in front of Sam Osborne but Sam “Bam” crushed the transition and literally gained about 20-seconds on the young Mexican.  South African Theo Blignaut was 3rd out followed by Arthur Forissier.  Forissier immediately ran into trouble when his shifter malfunctioned and his chain stuck between gears.

The bike belonged to Sam.  He rode evenly, smoothly and fast.

“I know I try to go too hard on the bike and I miss my lines and go off the road too much” he grinned.  “Today I said to myself, keep calm.  I hit my lines and had a great ride”.

Mendez was riding well but was losing time to the Kiwi.  At the end of the first lap Osborne increased to a 30+ second lead over Mendez who had about 30-seconds on Yeray Luxem and Arthur Serrieres.  Kris Coddens was coming quickly but ran into trouble.  Kris had caught the dueling duo of Luxem and Serrieres but no sooner did he get by and made an error on a small crossing and went down.

“My back hurt a little bit.  I don’t think it was from the crash but I did not feel 100-percent,” said the tall Belgian.  “I couldn’t gain the time back and thought I would go pretty hard and then give it on the run.”

Erbenova

At the end of lap 1, Helena Erbenova had taken the lead back from Carina Wasle and looked very comfortable.

Near the end of the bike, Osborne was up by over a minute; Luxem had caught Mendez, and Serrieres had dropped back a bit.  Erbenova led handily but Carina Wasle had dropped back behind Spain’s Mayalen Noriega who was pursued by a very fast age grouper, Marie Nilsson.  Carina had broken her foot just four weeks ago and was not sure how far she could go, but our little Austrian rocket is a tough woman and she kept going to eventually finish 5th.

Coming into T2, Sam had a solid lead of over one-minute, but had two very fast runners behind.  Yeray passed Mauricio in T2 and they headed out over the Swedish bridge onto the run.

“Yeray took off very fast and I said this is a good pace, we will catch Sam,” breathed the young winner.  “I was worried about Yeray because of last week when I could not catch him, so I ran really hard to stay with him.”

Luxem was thinking the same thing in reverse.  “I knew Mau was fast and this was a better track for him than Poland so I went hard right from the beginning.  He went by me and I really pushed but simply did not have the speed to stay with him” said Luxem.

Sam’s lead was strong enough that he held it going out onto the second lap by 20-seconds over Mendez who had the same on Luxem.  It was about 1K into the second loop when Sam faltered.

“I knew they were coming and guess I was not paying attention.  I hit something and my ankle twisted badly.  I didn’t go down, but they were past me immediately,” said Osborne.

This is the kind of run that Mendez thrives on.  Twisty and tight, but not as slow as Poland and he could stretch his speed and make time.

Kris Coddens had come into T2 in 5th but caught and passed young Arthur Serrieres to bring home 4th.  Arthur Forissier rode and ran hard to make up for his mechanical problems and finished 6th behind Serrieres.  Talk about the young guns taking over – Mendez was born in 1995 and Serrieres and Forissier in 1994.  Toss in Austrian Dominic Wychera, born in 1993, and we have 4 men in the top 10 who are less than 23-years-old!!

Helena was pacing herself.  “These races are never easy,” she sighed.

“I could not go too easy because then I’d lose focus so I made a good pace and I am very happy,” our champion smiled.

Behind, age grouper Marie Nilsson had passed into second place ahead of Swedish pro Cecilia Jessen.

“This is my home course,” Nilsson said.  “I know these trails and practice them often.”

Poor Carina came around on the first lap of the run in 2nd but got lost, then cramped up and had to sit in the beautiful Swedish forests for a bit.  Noriega was not comfortable on the rocky, technical trails and dropped back to finish 4th overall but 3rd Pro woman.

The second of our northern swing trio is finished.  Both showed us great races and now we head into the XTERRA European Championship race where the field will be super strong.  Yeray will not be there as he has family commitments, but Mendez, Osborne and Coddens will be there to go up against Ruzafa, Serrano, Carloni, Bradley Weiss and toss in Dominican winner Karl Shaw.

Michelle Flipo, winner in Switzerland will be back to go up against Erbenova, Bucher, Guillot-Boisset and Brigitta Poor and hopefully Carina will be one week healthier.  That should be one heck of a show.

Find pictures, videos, and more stories from XTERRA Sweden at:
https://www.facebook.com/xterrasweden // https://www.facebook.com/xterraeurope

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ELITE RESULTS:

XTERRA Sweden (Stockholm) August 13, 2016    
       
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:19:26 75
2 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:20:16 67
3 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:21:21 61
4 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:26:02 56
5 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 2:26:33 51
6 Arthur Forissier, FRA 2:27:36 47
7 Theo Blignaut, RSA 2:30:17 43
8 Thomas Kerner, GER 2:33:09 39
9 Dominik Wychera, AUT 2:33:40 36
10 Norbert Durauer, AUT 2:34:59 33
11 Jari Palonen, SWE 2:39:45 30
12 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 2:41:13 27
13 Simone Calamai, ITA 2:41:49 25
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 2:41:54 75
2 Cecilia Jessen, SWE 2:59:37 67
3 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 3:08:18 61
4 Sandra Santanyes, ESP 3:25:50 56
5 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:36:42 51

Complete Results

RUZAFA, POOR STILL ON TOP OF XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR RANKINGS

Helena Erbenova keeps winning races but isn’t moving up in the standings because she maxed out her Silver-scoring race points by Greece, Poland, Belgium to start her season.  In the next two races is where she can make her move, as elite athletes count their best 4 Gold and 3 Silver finishes (the next two events are Gold races in Germany and Denmark).
Up Next: August 20 – XTERRA European Championship (Zittau, Germany)

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS                  
After 9 – 8.13.16                    
                       
Men     S S S S G G S S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA POL SWE
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 342 DNS 67 75 DNS 100 100 DNS DNS DNS
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 323 DNS x47 DNS 75 90 41 DNS 61 56
3 Yeray Luxem, BEL 299 DNS DNS 67 x27 DNS 90 DNS 75 67
4 Sam Osborne, NZL 253 DNS DNS x51 67 58 DNS 67 DNS 61
5 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 217 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 67 75
6 Roger Serrano, ESP 211 75 75 61 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
7 Francois Carloni, FRA 205 DNS 51 56 61 DNS 37 x51 DNS DNS
8 Peter Lehmann, GER 194 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 39 51 DNS
9 Brice Daubord, FRA 186 43 61 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS
10 Jan Kubicek, CZE 185 DNS 36 DNS DNS 37 DNS 56 56 DNS
11 Veit Hoenle, GER 173 DNS DNS 23 DNS 75 75 DNS DNS DNS
12 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 167 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 63 DNS DNS 51
13 Arthur Forissier, FRA 150 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNF DNS 47 DNS 47
14 Bradley Weiss, RSA 145 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 82 DNS DNS DNS
15 Tomas Kubek, SVK 137 DNS 43 DNS 47 DNS DNS x23 47 DNS
16 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 127 47 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNP 23 27
17 Maxim Chane, FRA 126 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 36 DNS DNS
18 Henry Sleight, GBR 125 DNS DNS DNS 39 28 58 DNS DNS DNS
19 Damien Guillemet, FRA 120 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS
20 Hannes Wolpert, GER 114 36 DNS 33 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Sebastian Norberg, SWE 111 DNS 25 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNF
22 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 110 DNS DNS 25 33 DNS 31 21 DNS DNS
23 Jan Pyott, SUI 110 DNF 33 DNS DNS 34 DNS 43 DNS DNS
24 Christophe Betard, FRA 108 27 DNS DNS 36 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
25 Dominik Wychera, AUT 108 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS 36
26 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 94 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 25 DNS DNS
27 Pierre Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Max Neumann, AUS 79 DNS 30 DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Theo Blignaut, RSA 79 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 43
30 Markus Benesch, AUT 73 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 21 DNS
31 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 64 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS 33 DNS
34 Karl Shaw, GBR 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS
35 Tim Van Daele, BEL 57 DNS 27 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Bartosz Banach, POL 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
38 José Estrangeiro, POR 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Max Sasserath, GER 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Anthony Pannier, FRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS
41 Julen Loroño, ESP 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Aidan Nugent, RSA 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS
43 Thomas Kerner, GER 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39
44 Rui Dolores, POR 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
45 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Norbert Durauer, AUT 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33
47 Stephen Bayliss, GBR 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS
48 Mester Balint, HUN 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS
49 Jari Palonen, SWE 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30
50 Ben Allen, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNP DNS DNS DNS
51 Anthony Flinois, FRA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS
52 Gonzalo Orosco, ESP 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Emil Stoynev, BUL 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS
54 Jim Thijs, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS
55 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS
56 Simone Calamai, ITA 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25
57 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNF 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
58 Martial Schmidt, FRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNP DNP DNS DNS
59 Tiago Maia, POR 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DHS DNS DNP DNS
60 Boris Chambon, FRA 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS
Women   S S S S G G S S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA POL SWE
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 347 75 67 x61 DNS 63 75 DNS 67 DNS
2 Renata Bucher, SUI 338 DNS DNS 51 DNS 75 90 61 61 DNS
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 307 DNS 75 75 75 DNS 82 x67 x75 x75
4 Carina Wasle, AUT 295 DNS DNS 56 67 58 63 DNS DNS 51
5 Morgane Riou, FRA 273 67 51 DNS 61 49 45 DNS DNS DNS
6 Maud Golsteyn, NED 232 56 DNS 39 47 41 49 DNS DNS DNS
7 Ladina Buss, SUI 228 DNS 61 DNS DNS 69 DNS 51 47 DNS
8 Myriam Guillot, FRA 218 DNS DNS 67 DNS 82 69 DNS DNS DNS
9 Louise Fox, GBR 176 DNS 56 47 DNS 45 28 DNS DNS DNS
10 Lesley Paterson, GBR 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS DNS
11 Jacqui Slack, GBR 148 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 58 DNS DNS DNS
12 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 130 DNS DNS DNS 43 31 DNS 56 DNS DNS
13 Kristina Lapinova, SVK 125 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS 51 DNS
14 Jessie Roberts, GBR 122 DNS DNS DNS 51 37 34 DNS DNS DNS
15 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 114 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
16 Diane Lee, GBR 103 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
17 Michelle Flipo, FRA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Danica Spiteri, MLT 86 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS 47 DNS DNS
19 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 78 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP DNP DNS 39 DNS
20 Cecilia Jessen, SWE 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67
21 Kara LaPoint, USA 65 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 37 DNS DNS DNS
22 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
23 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Sandra Santanyes, ESP 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
25 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Sara Bernardez, ESP 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Belinda Hadden, AUS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS
29 Sanne Van Paassen, NED 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS
30 Monica Cibin, ITA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS

Learn more at…

http://www.xterraeurope.com

http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/pro-racing

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Sweden was one of more than 30 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 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 Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Mauricio Mendez/Lesley Paterson
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Yeray Luxem/Helena Erbenova
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Mauricio Mendez/Helena Erbenova
20-Aug XTERRA European Championship Zittau, Germany
3-Sep XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
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Luxem, Erbenova win XTERRA Poland

Krakow, Poland – Yeray Luxem from Belgium and Helena Erbenova of Czechia captured the inaugural XTERRA Poland elite titles in Krakow this afternoon.

It’s the first major XTERRA win for Luxem after nine years of racing, and the 22nd career win for Erbenova, the reigning and three-time XTERRA European Tour champion.

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

A bright sunny morning greeted us here in Krakow for the first XTERRA Poland.  The crew had worked really hard and the trails and area were looking great and marked to perfection.  The day opened with three different kids races and they raced hard.  Briefings were held with numerous volunteers, the sound system was cranking and we were ready for the noon start.

The lake here is an old quarry.  It never fills so the views are bright blue water surrounded by high stone cliffs. Because there is little beach, the race started with the pros in deep water and consisted of two laps.

First out was Mauricio Mendez fresh from his win in Italy followed by our young Portuguese Tiago Maia and the giant South African Theo Blignaut.  If Theo decides to stop XTERRA I know a few NFL teams who could use him.  Following the leaders were a pack consisting of Yeray Luxem (BEL), Tomas Kubek (SVK) and Jan Kubicek (CZE).  One of our favorites, Kris Coddens was back a bit more and Spanish rider Albert Soley even farther from the leaders.

Brit Diane Lee led the women followed by Brigitta Poor (HUN), Belinda Hadden (AUS) and Renata Bucher (SUI).  XTERRA European Tour champion Helena Erbenova was off the leaders by a few minutes but riding hard.

About 8K into the bike and the end of the first technical part, Mendez was looking strong and had nearly a minute on Blignaut and Maia – and closing quickly were Kubek, Luxem, Kubicek all together and Coddens back another 30 seconds.

“I don’t like non wetsuit swims and this probably hurt me as I got cold and did not get a good start on the bike” said Coddens.

At the same distance Brigitta had taken the lead and Renata was smoking the course and already up to second. Diane Lee was holding 3rd and Helena was up to 4th but had lost more time.

“Oh, it was so hard after the swim to pass so many age groupers because the course is so tight,” smiled Erbenova after the race.

At the end of the first bike lap Mauricio still led but now by only 40-seconds.  Slovakian Tomas Kubek was riding extremely well and up into 2nd with Blignaut hanging in 3rd but now Kubicek and Luxem are with them. Coddens has warmed up and is now 6th but riding much quicker.

Our Hungarian lass Brigitta was still in the lead but now Renata was taking charge.

“I really had a great second lap – I felt like I could do anything,” said Bucher.  Erbenova was still 2:30 back but now clear of much of the heavy traffic.

Into the second lap Kubek had caught and passed Mauricio and Kubicek and Luxem were right behind him.  The young Mexican riding a borrowed bike made a mistake on a bridge and crashed.  Luxem asked if he was OK and Mendez jumped up and got on his bike, but now back a bit.  Soon Yeray and Kubek started working together and they put a gap on Kubicek and Mendez.  Coddens still coming but about 30-seconds farther back.  Theo had a big crash and lost most of his gears and was out of it, Soley lost his hub and walked his bike back.  Peter Lehmann, off a good race in Italy, was steadily moving up the charts.

Bucher hammered the second loop riding it two-minutes faster than the next woman.  She had a two-minute lead over Brigitta and an equal amount over Erbenova.

Coming into T2 Luxem had fire in his eyes and the lead with the big Slovak no more than 10’ behind having his best race ever.

Coddens had caught Kubicek and Mauricio to come in 3rd.  The first 5 men were within 1:15 of each other heading out over the X bridge into the very tough run.

We all know Mendez is a runner and he took off and passed Kubicek and Coddens to start the chase for first. But Luxem was having none of it.  While Mau posted the fastest run time of the day, it was not enough to catch the Belgian who crossed the line for his first major XTERRA win after competing for 9 years.

Luxem was smiling and over the moon happy.

“I knew Mendez could run, but I felt very strong and was sure he could not catch me” he grinned.  “Besides, I find we are having our first baby in January and this motivated me.” So congratulations on two accounts to the fastest man who until today – had not won an XTERRA.

Mauricio was second and while always smiling, had hoped for another win.  He is here in Europe on the Mau’s Famous European Holiday and will compete in Sweden, Germany and Denmark.  Coddens played it very smart knowing he could not beat Mendez on this day and consolidated his run for a fine 3rd place after his troubling swim.  Kubicek was 4th for the second straight week with the young German Peter Lehmann home in 5th. Tomas Kubek, who had such a magnificent bike had given his all and simply had nothing in the tank but made it back for a heroic 6th.

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Erbenova did it again for the 22nd time.  Slow swim, good but not inspired bike and run like the wind.  She caught Brigitta on the first lap, passed Renata going into the 2nd lap.  Brigitta then went by the tiring Swiss Miss to take second just seconds behind Erbenova.  Renata had a good third and the steady Diane Lee stayed in 4th. The new Slovakian pro woman Kristina Nec Lapinova had the second fastest run and came home a terrific 5th.

The first XTERRA Poland is in the books.  Spectators everywhere, most visiting the park and stopping to enjoy the race.  Everyone enjoyed the city, the amazing twisty up-and-down trails and there is little doubt this event will grow quickly.

We head to Sweden next week where we again have a race within just a few minutes of a major city, Stockholm. Things have stayed hot here on the European Tour and I don’t expect it to cool off anytime soon.

Find pictures, videos, and more stories from XTERRA Poland at:
https://www.facebook.com/xterrapoland // https://www.facebook.com/xterraeurope

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ELITE RESULTS:

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:37:36 75
2 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:38:09 67
3 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:39:55 61
4 Jan Kubicek, CZE 2:41:08 56
5 Peter Lehmann, GER 2:43:35 51
6 Tomas Kubek, SVK 2:43:59 47
7 Sebastian Norberg, SWE 2:45:57 43
8 Aidan Nugent, RSA 2:46:47 39
9 Theo Blignaut, RSA 2:48:00 36
10 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 2:48:19 33
11 Mester Balint, HUN 2:49:48 30
12 Emil Stoynev, BUL 2:52:04 27
13 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 2:53:00 25
14 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 2:53:04 23
15 Markus Benesch, AUT 2:54:08 21
Also: Albert Soley, Tiago Maia, Maciej Chmura
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:02:11 75
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 3:02:23 67
3 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:03:24 61
4 Diane Lee, GBR 3:11:08 56
5 Kristina Nec Lapinova 3:13:06 51
6 Ladina Buss, SUI 3:13:28 47
7 Belinda Hadden, AUS 3:23:55 43
8 Lenka Cibulkova 3:24:25 39

Complete Results

RUZAFA, POOR SIT ATOP XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR RANKINGS

Ruben Ruzafa and Brigitta Poor continue to lead the XTERRA European Tour standings after 8 of 11 events, however, elite athletes count their best 4 Gold and 3 Silver finishes so the next three events (a Silver race in Sweden then Gold races in Germany and Denmark, will determine the champs).

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS                
After 8 – 8.7.16                  
                     
Men     S S S S G G S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA POL
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 342 DNS 67 75 DNS 100 100 DNS DNS
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 314 DNS 47 DNS 75 90 41 DNS 61
3 Yeray Luxem, BEL 259 DNS DNS 67 27 DNS 90 DNS 75
4 Sam Osborne, NZL 243 DNS DNS 51 67 58 DNS 67 DNS
5 Roger Serrano, ESP 211 75 75 61 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
6 Francois Carloni, FRA 205 DNS 51 56 61 DNS 37 x51 DNS
7 Peter Lehmann, GER 194 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 39 51
8 Brice Daubord, FRA 186 43 61 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS
9 Jan Kubicek, CZE 185 DNS 36 DNS DNS 37 DNS 56 56
10 Veit Hoenle, GER 173 DNS DNS 23 DNS 75 75 DNS DNS
11 Bradley Weiss, RSA 145 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 82 DNS DNS
12 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 142 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 67
13 Tomas Kubek, SVK 137 DNS 43 DNS 47 DNS DNS x23 47
14 Maxim Chane, FRA 126 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 36 DNS
15 Henry Sleight, GBR 125 DNS DNS DNS 39 28 58 DNS DNS
16 Damien Guillemet, FRA 120 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS DNS
17 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 116 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 63 DNS DNS
18 Hannes Wolpert, GER 114 36 DNS 33 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
19 Sebastian Norberg, SWE 111 DNS 25 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 43
20 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 110 DNS DNS 25 33 DNS 31 21 DNS
21 Jan Pyott, SUI 110 DNF 33 DNS DNS 34 DNS 43 DNS
22 Christophe Betard, FRA 108 27 DNS DNS 36 DNS 45 DNS DNS
23 Arthur Forissier, FRA 103 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNF DNS 47 DNS
24 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 100 47 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNP 23
25 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 94 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 25 DNS
26 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Max Neumann, AUS 79 DNS 30 DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
28 Markus Benesch, AUT 73 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 21
29 Dominik Wychera, AUT 72 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS
30 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS
32 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 64 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS 33
33 Karl Shaw, GBR 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS
34 Tim Van Daele, BEL 57 DNS 27 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Bartosz Banach, POL 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
37 José Estrangeiro, POR 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Anthony Pannier, FRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS
40 Julen Loroño, ESP 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
41 Aidan Nugent, RSA 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39
42 Rui Dolores, POR 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
43 Theo Blignaut, RSA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36
44 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
45 Stephen Bayliss, GBR 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS
46 Mester Balint, HUN 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30
47 Ben Allen, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNP DNS DNS
48 Anthony Flinois, FRA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS
49 Gonzalo Orosco, ESP 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
50 Emil Stoynev, BUL 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27
51 Jim Thijs, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNP DNS
52 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25
53 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNF 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
54 Martial Schmidt, FRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNP DNP DNS
55 Tiago Maia, POR 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DHS DNS DNP
56 Boris Chambon, FRA 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DNS DNS
Women   S S S S G G S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA POL
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 347 75 67 x61 DNS 63 75 DNS 67
2 Renata Bucher, SUI 338 DNS DNS 51 DNS 75 90 61 61
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 307 DNS 75 75 75 DNS 82 x67 x75
4 Morgane Riou, FRA 273 67 51 DNS 61 49 45 DNS DNS
5 Carina Wasle, AUT 244 DNS DNS 56 67 58 63 DNS DNS
6 Maud Golsteyn, NED 232 56 DNS 39 47 41 49 DNS DNS
7 Ladina Buss, SUI 228 DNS 61 DNS DNS 69 DNS 51 47
8 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 218 DNS DNS 67 DNS 82 69 DNS DNS
9 Louise Fox, GBR 176 DNS 56 47 DNS 45 28 DNS DNS
10 Lesley Paterson, GBR 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS
11 Jacqui Slack, GBR 148 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 58 DNS DNS
12 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 130 DNS DNS DNS 43 31 DNS 56 DNS
13 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 125 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS 51
14 Jessie Roberts, GBR 122 DNS DNS DNS 51 37 34 DNS DNS
15 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 114 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS
16 Diane Lee, GBR 103 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
17 Michelle Flipo, FRA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS
18 Danica Spiteri, MLT 86 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS 47 DNS
19 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 78 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP DNP DNS 39
20 Kara LaPoint, USA 65 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 37 DNS DNS
21 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
23 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Sara Bonilla Bernardez, ESP 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Belinda Hadden, AUS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43
26 Sanne Van Paassen, NED 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS
27 Monica Cibin, ITA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS

Learn more at…

http://www.xterraeurope.com

http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/pro-racing

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Poland was one of more than 30 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.

Rom wins

Akerson, Snyder win XTERRA Mexico

Complete Results

Tapalpa, Jalisco – Rom Akerson and Suzie Snyder captured the ninth of 10 races on the inaugural XTERRA Pan America Tour at XTERRA Mexico in Tapalpa this morning.

The two long-time XTERRA elites also won XTERRA Dominican Republic last week, and its Snyder’s fourth victory of 2016.

Perhaps the biggest story of the day, however, had nothing to do with the race as reigning XTERRA World Champ Josiah Middaugh was rushed to the hospital in Guadalajara, two hours away, in the middle of the night with a bad case of appendicitis.  Instead of racing today he had his appendix removed.  He’s doing well, even trending on Facebook showcasing his trademark great sense of humor and humility with pics and video from the hospital.

Back at Los Reflejos, a beautiful venue high up in the mountains, the race went on with Branden Rakita leading the elite men’s contenders out of the warm waters of Lago San Juan followed by Akerson, Francisco Serrano and Kieran McPherson.

“The swim was great, here at altitude with no speedsuit, no wetsuit,” said Akerson.  “I suffered a bit but still came out of the water feeling good.  Once we got on the bike Paco (Francisco Serrano) caught us really quick, he was really strong and right when he came in he just attacked.  My coach told me to ride a defensive and go with him until the last big climb and measure myself, and if I had it in me to attack him there to attack on the downhill.”

Serrano said “my swim wasn’t what I expected. I got a cramp getting out of the water and couldn’t walk out of transition so I had to shake it out a little bit.  I managed to bridge the gap all the way to the front and I was riding with Rom.  We were riding well…. there were 3 or 4 of us on the first descent, then it was only Rom and me…and afterwards on the uphill Rom got a little bit in front of me. I was going to give it a go on the downhill and try to catch him, but I think I went a bit too hard because I got a flat as we went down.  I tried to fix it with co2 because I thought it was going to seal.  Anyhow, I rode flat but still I was good in 2nd place heading into transition and I thought I could make it on the run.”

Akerson recalls the bike duel like this… “On the first climb 100-meters from the top I was watching Paco climb and he was dropping the pace and right before we hit the top he attacked super hard and I was ready and I went with him and I counter attacked and we were handle bar to handle bar at the top.  He made the first little downhill and I went behind him and that’s when the other guys got dropped there.  Then he pulled on the flats and I pulled some and we started climbing the second big climb and started putting up the pace…opened a little hole, maybe 10-meters, 20-meters and then a 30-second gap and coming down I’ve been feeling good on my bike, so coming down that technical hill I didn’t fall and made it to the bottom.  I knew I needed a gap on Paco to win.  He has a lot of experience racing and I thought he was going to run a little better.  I needed a minute on him to win and I had a gap – don’t know what it was – a minute or so…and I ran with what I had.  The first lap I was hurting bad, the second one I was feeling a lot better and I had the lead and got motivated for sure – I was super stoked.”

Serrano said “I was feeling alright on the run, especially on the second-lap I was feeling strong and pushed it.  Kieran (McPherson) was running strong, and I knew he was close, but still I knew I had a good enough gap …and then I lost a shoe (he literally lost his shoe in the mud) and Kieran came by.”

McPherson posted the fastest run of the day to jump past Serrano into second, his best finish yet on the XTERRA World Tour.

“I was really surprised…right in contention with Paco and Rom – in a good spot – I rode hard with them to top of the first hill and coming down the climb Paco attacked and I tried to go with him and I dropped the chain so I was riding with no chain all the way down to the bottom of the steep first hill,” said McPherson.

“I stopped and untangled it and pull it out so I lost a bit of time there…the gap stayed the same to the bottom of the big climb.  I knew I wasn’t going to get up the climb with them, but it was good pacing to get to the climb with them.  I thought I could have one of the stronger runs, so I just needed to get as close as I could.  I caught Paco on the run at the big ditch where we had to climb down into pretty thick mud at the bottom.  I tried to jump across but Paco got down in and sunk his shoe…he ended up losing a shoe in the bottom and I knew I was closing him but it would have been tight to the finish if he’d continued on…  Still, couldn’t be happier with second today.  Finally got one that went pretty right together…so I’m pretty happy.”

Men's top three

Akerson was equally excited with his win today…

“I wanted this one and I needed it…back to back in the series and for my sponsors,” said Akerson, who’s been racing XTERRA for more than a decade now (10 years ago at the age of 22 he won the overall amateur XTERRA World Championship title).

“But let’s not forget Josiah got sick – so the whole thing changed around – I hope he gets better,” said Akerson. “The race would’ve been different if he’d have been here.”

Esteban Rosas was strong all day in fourth and Branden Rakita held on for fifth.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

This time last year Suzie Snyder was in a world of hurt, having just crushed her pelvis in a pre-riding accident here in Tapalpa.  The rehab was extensive, but she’s back now and back on top.

“It’s a funny feeling…I just wanted to have fun and really enjoy being here and not worry about the results,” said Snyder.

It turns out the results would take care of themselves as Snyder got an early lead out of the water, built on it during the bike, and held on for a sprint-finish over Myriam Guillot-Boisset at the line.

“I didn’t see Mimi behind her until she appeared on the last, short downhill trail which hits the straight jeep trail leading to the finish,” said Snyder.  “I wouldn’t have known who it was if I hadn’t recognized the yellow bands on the bottom of her shorts.”

It took every ounce of energy Snyder had to hold off Guillot-Boisset for the one-second win.

“I had no legs, physically didn’t feel great, the altitude may have played a part in that (7,000-feet) but thought we’re all in the same boat,” said Snyder after race.

Guillot-Boisset, who came off the bike more than five-minutes behind Snyder, said “I love running. I started the run fast and caught Fabiola (Corona) in the middle of the first lap and after that I had no expectations because I had no idea where Suzie was. Then at the end of the second-lap at the little downhill I saw Suzie…I just needed another 10 meters.  Next time.”

Corona, winner of the last three XTERRA Mexico titles, said “I’m very happy.  Mimi runs like a rabbit and this is the first time we had such a deep women’s elite field with 10 women – and six from other countries!”

Corona may have finished third but she was first in the hearts of the adoring local crowd, who was shouting “Fabi, Fabi” as she crossed the finish line.

“Of course it’s always special for me here.  My whole family is here, my friends, and this is my town.”

Her fellow countrywomen Maria Barrera and Dunia Gomes finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Women's top three

Quote on the day: “In the swim, I got passed by a duck!” – Myriam Guillot-Boisset.

XTERRA President Janet Clark was on hand to witness all the action, and said “The XTERRA Family is alive and well in Mexico. They definitely LIVE MORE!  There were hundreds of athletes and supporters – it rocked.”

The race started with traditional Mexican drummers, the marching in of the flag, and singing of the national anthem.  At the finish line was a traditional mariachi band.

“There was even a dog swimming with the athletes and a duck that crossed the timing mat for the first lap,” exclaimed Clark.  “There were cows and horses all over the bike course. Laura Mira Dias told me they were moo-ing at the cows to get them out of the way and that sometimes you couldn’t even see the trail, it was covered with cows.”

Up Next: XTERRA Pan America Championship (Ogden, Utah) September 17

ELITE RESULTS:

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:20:40 100
2 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:22:53 90
3 Francisco Serrano, MEX 2:24:24 82
4 Esteban Rosas, MEX 2:24:40 75
5 Branden Rakita, USA 2:30:36 69
6 Leonardo Ramirez, MEX 2:34:46 63
7 Leonardo Saucedo, MEX 2:34:52 58
8 Eduardo Padilla, MEX 2:36:46 53
9 Anibal Sanchez, MEX 2:39:02 49
10 Ramon Panagos, COL 2:39:43 45
Also: Nicolas Alvarez (41), Salvador Ruiz (37)
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:48:32 100
2 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 2:48:33 90
3 Fabiola Corona, MEX 2:52:14 82
4 Maria Barrera, MEX 2:56:36 75
5 Dunia Gomes, MEX 2:59:47 69
6 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 3:04:46 63
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 3:05:34 58
8 Laura Mira Diaz, BRA 3:13:26 53
9 Katharine Carter, CAN 3:17:47 49


ALL-TIME XTERRA MEXICO CHAMPIONS

2016 (Tapalpa) Rom Akerson, Suzie Snyder

2015 (Tapalpa) Josiah Middaugh, Fabiola Corona

2014 (Tapalpa) Irving Perez, Fabiola Corona

2013 (Tapalpa) Leonardo Chacon, Fabiola Corona

2012 (Tapalpa) Francisco Serrano, Renata Bucher

2011 (Tapalpa) Seth Wealing, Shonny Vanlandingham

2010 (Valle de Bravo) Seth Wealing, Fabiola Corona

2009 (Valle de Bravo) Seth Wealing, Shonny Vanlandingham

2006 (Puerto Vallarta) Francisco Serrano, Jamie Whitmore

Mexico Winners
MIDDAUGH, SNYDER SIT ATOP PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS

Appendix or not, Josiah Middaugh still holds the lead in the Pan Am Pro Series elite standings with only the must-count finale at the XTERRA Pan America Championship race in Utah on September 17 remaining.

With today’s win at XTERRA Mexico Rom Akerson jumped into a tie for second with Karsten Madsen.  Madsen won both Canadian races in the Pan Am Tour, was 2nd at XTERRA Argentina behind Middaugh and third at XTERRA Oak Mountain behind Middaugh and Mauricio Mendez.

Akerson started the season with a 3rd place finish at XTERRA Costa Rica behind Karl Shaw and Middaugh, a 3rd place finish at XTERRA Beaver Creek behind Middaugh and Sam King, then won the last two races at the Dominican Republic and today in Mexico.

The kiwi Kieran McPherson jumped into fourth after posting a career-best runner-up finish today and sits seven points in front of Branden Rakita heading into the finale.

On the women’s side Suzie Snyder became the only elite to secure a perfect 350-point score heading into the Pan Am Championship by virtue of winning her fourth race in five tries today.

Myriam Guillot-Boisset jumps into second-position with her fourth scoring race of the season, followed by Maia Ignatz, Kara LaPoint, and Sabrina Gobbo.  Just 15 points separate those three making for some really exciting racing in Utah on September 17.

Elites count their best four scores (two gold, two silver) PLUS whatever they get at the Pan Am Championship to determine their final points total.  The top 10 ranked men and women in the final elite standings will split $60,000 USD in winnings, plus the race itself offers a $20,000 purse.

Learn more at

http://www.xterraplanet.com/xterra-pan-am-tour/

http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/pro-racing/

2016 XTERRA PAN AMERICAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS                
After 9 – 8.6.16                    
                       
Men     S G S G S S G G G
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DOM MEX
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 342 67 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS 75 x56 DNS
t2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 322 DNS 90 DNS 82 75 75 DNS DNS DNS
t2 Rom Akerson, CRC 322 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 100 100
4 Kieran McPherson, NZL 284 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 61 x21 82 90
5 Branden Rakita, USA 277 DNS DNS DNS 75 61 DNS x47 90 51
6 Chris Ganter, USA 169 DNS DNS DNS 63 67 39 DNS DNS DNS
7 Ian King, USA 153 DNS 53 DNS 53 DNS 47 DNP DNS DNS
8 Mario De Elias, ARG 112 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
t9 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t9 Thomas Spannring, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS
t9 Sam Long, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS
12 Cody Waite, USA 89 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS
13 Ramon Penagos, COL 86 DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
t14 Jonatan Morales, ARG 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t14 Francisco Serrano, MEX 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82
t16 Karl Shaw, GBR 75 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t16 Oscar Galindez, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t16 Albert Soley, ESP 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t16 Ben Hoffman, USA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS
t16 Esteban Rosas, MEX 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
t21 Lucas Mendez, ARG 69 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t21 Leon Griffin, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS
t21 Ryan Ignatz, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
t24 Felipe Moletta, BRA 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t24 Paul Tichelaar, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS
t26 Fabian Roman, PUR 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS
t26 Leonardo Ramirez, MEX 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
28 Diogo Malagon, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t29 Facu Medard, ARG 58 DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t29 Greg Bennett, AUS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS
t29 Leandro Sanchez, DOM 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
t29 Leonardo Saucedo, MEX 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58
t33 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t33 Bruno Silva, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t33 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t33 Brent McMahon, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
t37 Brad Zoller, USA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS
t37 Eduardo Padilla, MEX 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
t39 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t39 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t39 Sean Bechtel, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t39 Nathan Killam, CAN 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS
t43 Mauro Ayesa, USA 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t43 Anibal Sanchez, MEX 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
t45 Greg Schott, USA 47 47 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t45 Raul Furtado, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t45 Daniel Molnar, USA 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t48 Victor Arenas, COL 45 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t48 Michael Nunez, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS
t48 Brian Smith, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS
t51 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t51 Brian MacIlvain, USA 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t51 Clarke Lind, CAN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
55 Nicolas Alvarez, MEX 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
t56 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t56 Adam Morka, CAN 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t58 Michi Weiss, AUT 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS
t58 Salvador Ruiz, MEX 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
t60 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t60 Jimmy Archer, USA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS
62 Patrick McKeon, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS
63 Stenio Bezerra, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
64 Rogério Paula, BRA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
65 Ramon Bustos, BRA 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
66 Cristiam Suzin, BRA 25 DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
67 Juscelino Vasco, BRA 23 DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
68 Wellington Conceição, BRA 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
Women   S G S G S S G G G
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DOM MEX
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 350 DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS x67 100 75
2 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 332 75 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 67
3 Maia Ignatz, USA 289 DNS DNS DNS 90 61 DNS 82 56 DNS
4 Kara Lapoint, USA 278 67 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 47 82 DNS
5 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 274 61 DNS 75 69 DNS DNS DNS 69 x47
6 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 241 DNS 82 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 39
7 Katharine Carter, CAN 230 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 75 63 36
8 Debby Sullivan, USA 227 DNS DNS DNS 75 51 DNS 58 43 x43
9 Caroline Colonna, USA 202 51 DNS DNS 63 43 DNS 45 DNS DNS
10 Rebecca Blatt, USA 184 47 DNS DNS 53 DNS 47 37 DNS DNS
11 Fabiola Corona, MEX 172 DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82
12 Sarah Graves, USA 150 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 43 49 DNS DNS
13 Julie Baker, USA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS
14 Erika Simon, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Katie Button, CAN 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
16 Maria Barrera, MEX 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
17 Elizabeth Gruber, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS
18 Dunia Gomes, MEX 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
19 Joanna Brown, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Zoe Dawson, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS
21 Isabella Ribeiro, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Danelle Kabush, CAN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS
23 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Luisa Saft, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Jaime Brede, USA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
26 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS
27 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Lisa Leonard, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS
29 Maggie Rusch, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Ana Leidys Arias Macias, CUB 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
31 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Brisa Melcop, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Julie Stupp, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS
35 Beatriz Granziera, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Amanda Felder, USA 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS
37 Melania Giraldi, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Monalisa Vieira, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
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2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Mexico was one of more than 30 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 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 Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Mauricio Mendez/Lesley Paterson
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
20-Aug XTERRA European Championship Zittau, Germany
3-Sep XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
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XTERRA America Tour Notes

The busiest weekend of the XTERRA America Tour season is upon us with seven races in seven states (Colorado, Indiana, Oregon, New Mexico, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Florida) on tap this Saturday and Sunday.

Where will you be?

LLINAS, FINNEY WIN XTERRA PANTHER CREEK

Alex Llinas and Sue Finney captured the XTERRA Panther Creek off-road triathlon titles in Morristown, Tennessee on Sunday.

“It was beyond my expectations to finish first overall in an XTERRA event, especially with the caliber of athletes that enter these events,” said Llinas in his post-race report (see below).

Alex Ohman was second and Caleb Baity, who blew out his tire on a sharp rock, still managed to finish third overall and win his division for the eighth straight time this year.

“What I Learned,” wrote Baity in his blog, “sometimes things happen that you can’t always be prepared for or fix, so just make the most fun out of the situation possible.”

On the women’s side, in an interview with the speedy lizard, Finney said she could not swim a straight line but was able to catch up quickly during the bike despite the slippery roots.

“The run is usually my strong leg, but I broke my foot last winter and it’s still not 100 percent,” she added. “Between the humid heat and injury the run was difficult.”

Christina Halioris finished second with Cortney Mild in third.

Next up in the Southeast: XTERRA Auburn (AL) on August 20.

MARTINEK, RIEPMA WIN XTERRA ASPEN VALLEY

Elite triathlete Alex Martinek and Megan Riepma captured the XTERRA Aspen Valley crowns on Saturday.

Nelson Hegg was the fastest men’s amateur, coming in just eight seconds later with Craig Daugherty just four seconds behind in what must have been a thrilling finish line scene.

Jamie Brede was second among women, followed by Ashlie Angel.  Full Results

Find the most up-to-date race results and regional standings at: http://www.XTERRAplanet.com/races/points/

Alex Llinas XTERRA Panther Creek Race Report (unedited):

My friend Kelly and I arrived the previous day to pre-ride the course and do our work out, but the trail run was still going on and they could not mark the bike course yet.  I rode by memory as best as I could in very wet and muddy conditions to try and gauge the difficulty of the course and select the proper gear ratio for my single speed.  Turns out my memory was pretty awful and ended up on some horse trails and mostly on the running side of the race, which led me to believe that there wasn’t as much climbing as there really was.  My pre-ride coupled with information from my buddy Kelly’s trail report from later that day, led me to select a 32/17 gear ratio for my Niner single speed.  This proved to be a little tougher that I expected the next day.

Panther Creek was my 3rd XTERRA event this year and having had mechanical failures that affected the outcome of the race in the first two events I was looking forward to finishing this race without issues.  Having raced the Greensboro and Whitewater center races previously, I noticed who was always coming toward the front of the races and Caleb Beaty was one of those guys.  In my first race he passed me on the bike leg and left me in the dust and in the second race he won it all.  I knew Marcus Barton another really fast guy wasn’t going to be at Panther Creek, so my focus was squarely on Caleb.

My race day strategy was to capitalize on my swimming and go a little harder than I usually do to create a bigger gap between me and Caleb knowing that he is a really fast biker and runner, after that I planned to limit my redlining on the bike so that I could have enough energy to finish the run at a respectable pace.  In the Greensboro race I had a really difficult time managing my energy on the bike and settling down and even though I had destroyed my rim about a mile from T2 and had to walk /ride a flat, I was already cooked… by the time I had put on my running shoes, thoughts of quitting were already swirling in my head. To mitigate this, I ramped up my training volume and focused on my worst enemy aka going uphill.

During race day, I lined up myself on the side closer to the buoy toward the front of the pack and started my swim with no issues, my friend Kelly was drafting behind me and I was lucky enough to get behind a girl that was swimming faster and did not mind me drafting behind her (or at least she didn’t let it be known during the swim) the pace was pretty fast for me, but I managed to hang on for about 90% of the race until I had to stop to get rid of my swim cap, which at this point was sitting at the very top of my head like a gnome cap.  Anyway I came out of the water in 2nd place, about 10 seconds behind the girl.

T1 was a complete Chinese fire drill, I had not had a chance to practice my transitions and left the rack without my helmet on, luckily I noticed that before exiting transition and dropped bike on the ground and ran back to get my helmet.  Immediately after I exited transition I reached down to grab my water bottle only to notice I had forgotten to put it in the bottle cage.  I proceeded to again throw the bike on the ground and ask the relay girl to throw me the bottle sitting next to where my bike was.  She tried her best to throw it my way, but her arms must have been spend from all that swimming, because the bottle only went about 3 feet from and landed still inside the transition area, so I had to run back into transition area and grab the botte….maybe that was her way of letting me know I shouldn’t have drafted off her.

Once on the bike I quickly came up on the relay team member and passed him.  The first lap went without consequences aside from me cursing all the uphills I did not account for in my gearing and feeling a little tired.  The course was wet, muddy and rooty and it took almost the entire first lap to settle in a rhythm.  During the 2nd lap I felt a lot better, until I slid out and hit my knee on some rocks. My legs were too muddy and I was too excited to check for any damage to my knee, I was just hoping my bike was still functional, thankfully it was.  During this whole time I was expecting the fast mountain bikers aka Caleb to start gaining on me and was thinking if I can stay ahead of him during the bike I will give it my all during the run and see if I can stay in the top 3.  When I came by a volunteer group they informed me I was 2-3 minutes ahead of the 2nd place and I was able to finish the bike without ever seeing anyone come behind me.  I arrived at T2 with no issues, had an uneventful change of shoes and went on my way hoping I would not lose too much time to the faster runners.  I was feeling fairly good during the run and tried to keep a good pace, but once again the course had a lot more hills than this coastal guy is used to and I knew that the longest climb of all was still ahead. By the time I ran across the bridge and past the soccer fields and began to walk/run the hill I figured that if I got to the top of the hill and could not see anyone behind me I would cross the line first or collapse trying.  Basically if I survived the hill, I was home free with only a mile to go.  As it turns out my swim coupled with the fastest bike split had built me a lead long enough to where I never saw anyone come behind me during the race.  I cruised into the finished line with a huge smile on my face knowing that all the training and hard work had finally paid off.  It was beyond my expectations to finish first overall in an XTERRA event, especially with the caliber of athletes that enter these events.  Second place came in just over two minutes behind me and Caleb came in 3rd almost 4 minutes later.  Turns out Caleb suffered the same fate I had in my Greensboro race and had to ride on a flat for the last couple of miles of the race. I know how frustrating it feels to have that happen to you and I wonder if the outcome of the race would have been the same…. I guess I will have to wait till next year to find out.

Akerson Dominican Republic

Akerson, Snyder win XTERRA Dominican Republic

Barahona, Dominican Republic – Costa Rica’s Rom Akerson, and Pan Am Tour women’s leader Suzie Snyder (USA) took the wins today at the inaugural XTERRA Dominican Republic.  In the process, they introduced a brand new adventure destination at Casa Bonita in the beachside town of Barahona and an epic race course three hours southeast of Santo Domingo.

The win is Akerson’s first on the XTERRA Pan American Tour.  A native of Costa Rica, the hot and humid conditions suited him to a tee.  For Snyder, this was her third win on the Tour following her victories at XTERRA Oak Mountain in Shelby County, Alabama, and XTERRA Mine over Matter in Ontario, Canada.

As the sun rose over the ocean this morning, it revealed intimidating surf (which local surfers were taking full advantage of), along with a wicked shore break onto a rocky beach.  When the gun went off for the elites they encountered strong cross currents, and huge sets that some estimated were ten to fifteen feet from top to bottom.  After two laps of a 750-meter course with no beach run between due to the shore break, Puerto Rico’s Fabian Roman was first out leading a group that included Akerson, 16-year-old local DR elite Kevin Martinez, and American Branden Rakita.  Reigning world champion, Josiah Middaugh, was only steps behind in 5th.

Leaving transition for two laps of a gnarly 15.5k with 562m of elevation gain and loose, rocky downhills likened to Maui’s famous “Plunge”.  Middaugh took the lead early on the bike – was first to a closed gate which he opened for the rest of the field.  At the river crossing right before transition and the start of the second lap, Josiah had a minute and a half lead over Akerson with Rakita in 3rd about 2 mins behind Akerson.  The young kiwi, Kieran McPherson, trailed in 4th with American Ryan Ignatz in his first race back after a bad crash in June, in 5th.

About half way down the descent on the second lap, Middaugh was stopped by a flat which took him 15 minutes to repair.  “I was having a good time for a while,” he quipped.  “And then I got a puncture.  I tried to plug it. I used my first CO2 to find the hole, but the hole was too big.  So I put a tube in and inflated it with my other CO2, but the tube had a hole in it, so then I had nothing.  I started running with the bike.  Rom and Braden went by and didn’t have anything to give me…then finally somebody had a tube.  I put that in and then I couldn’t find my through axle.  It was a half a mile back up the hill.  I left the bike and ran up the hill but couldn’t find it.  I ran past it, looked everywhere and then finally, found it and ran back to the bike.”

Akerson was first back to transition with the fastest bike of the day (1:39:55) and went out on the run with a lead of four and half minutes which he extended to nine and a half minutes to take the win in 2:45:30.

“This is a super hard course and very challenging.  This race will be known for its toughness but so is the XTERRA family,” he said.  “I need the points, and this throws me up (in the Tour rankings where he moved from 7th to 4th)”.

Rakita was very happy with second, “I really powered on the run.  I wanted to stay ahead of Kieran.  He ran well in Alabama and almost closed down on me, so I had to run hard not to let him catch me. I am happy with second, but it is bitter sweet with Josiah getting the flat.”

McPherson took third and Middaugh 4th with the fastest run split at 41:26.  Ignatz was 5th in his first race back on XTERRA circuit since a bad crash in June.

Of note, local DR elite athlete Kevin Martinez was a DNF today.  He experienced a mechanical on the first lap bike.  He finished the race unofficially on a borrowed bike and completed the full run course.

Snyder Dominican Republic

SNYDER WINS THIRD OF THE YEAR

In the women’s race, it was Suzie Snyder’s day.  She led from start to finish – and her finish was strong enough for 5th place overall.

“This win means a lot,” she said.  Snyder broke her pelvis a year ago, and has had a long recovery.  “Thinking back to the beginning of the season when I didn’t know if I’d be able to race the series, or what races I’d be able to do, and at what level.  I didn’t think I could be winning races this year.  I trained really hard swimming and biking over the winter when I couldn’t run.  Here it helped going into the run knowing I had a really strong swim and bike, but I ran hard regardless.”

Finishing second, nine and a half minutes behind Snyder, was France’s Myriam Guillot-Boisset.

“Kara (LaPoint) and I worked together on the bike although she knew I would be faster in the run. We made a gap on the other girls, but I couldn’t stay with her and she dropped me.  But then I caught her at transition and we left together on the run.  I knew Suzie was very far in front, so I didn’t really push hard, I just went for a good run,” said Guillot-Boisset, who finished 2-1/2 minutes ahead of LaPoint in 3rd.

LaPoint said “the swim was very difficult as the waves were huge and getting out was a big challenge.  I was really tired and had swallowed gallons of sea water.  Myriam and I stuck together through almost the whole ride.  It was great to have someone else to share the suffering with, and it made it fun for me.  She’s an amazing runner, so I knew I couldn’t stick with her on the run, but it was great to have that carrot to guide me through.  I knew Maia (Ignatz) was somewhere behind me on the run. She is an awesome runner.  So I put my nose to the ground and charged as hard as I could.  I had enough of a gap to hang in there.  I’m excited with third.”

American Maia Ignatz took 4th with Brazil’s Sabrina Gobbo in 5th.

ELITE RESULTS:

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:45:30 100
2 Branden Rakita, USA 2:55:03 90
3 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:59:01 82
4 Josiah Middaugh, USA 3:01:00 75
5 Ryan Ignatz, USA 3:22:21 69
6 Fabian Roman, PUR 3:24:13 63
7 Leandro Sanchez, DOM 3:56:03 58
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 3:14:09 100
2 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 3:23:35 90
3 Kara LaPoint, USA 3:26:09 82
4 Maia Ignatz, USA 3:30:59 75
5 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 3:35:26 69
6 Katharine Carter, CAN 3:43:30 63
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 3:49:26 58
8 Laura Mira Diaz, BRA 4:00:42 53

AGE GROUP RACE

Brazilian Luiz Escudero took 1st place for age group men in 3:50:36 and first place Men 50-54.  American Mimi Stockton won the age group women’s race in 3:52:34. Here’s a look at all of today’s age group champs:

Men 20-24 Fernando Rosario 5:52:08
Men 30-34 Gaston Fischer 4:00:09
Men 35-39 Juan Carlos Arenas 4:14:55
Men 40-44 Luis Manuel Gonzalez 4:02:21
Men 45-49 Rene Lopez 4:10:04
Men 50-54 Loiz Escudero 3:50:36

Women 35-39 Mirtha Lucia Re Palacios 4:26:15
Women 40-44 Mimi Stockton 3:52:34

MIDDAUGH, SNYDER LEAD XTERRA PAN AMERICA PRO SERIES

After eight of 10 events in the Pan Am Pro Series Josiah Middaugh and Suzie Snyder sit in the top spots as both have amassed 342 points, the result of two Gold-scoring race victories, one Silver-scoring race win, and one Silver-scoring race 2nd-place.

Many of the top 10 men and women are racing in the final two events at XTERRA Mexico (next weekend), and the XTERRA Pan Am Championship in Utah on September 17, so there’s still a lot that can happen.

Pros count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) and whatever they get (or don’t get) at the finale in Utah to determine their final score.

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 eight:

2016 XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS
After 8 – 7.31.16
Men    
PL NAME TOT
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 342
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 322
3 Branden Rakita, USA 273
4 Rom Akerson, CRC 243
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 233
6 Chris Ganter, USA 169
7 Ian King, USA 153
8 Mario De Elias, ARG 112
9 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90
10 Thomas Spannring, USA 90
11 Sam Long, USA 90
12 Cody Waite, USA 89
13 Jonatan Morales, ARG 82
14 Karl Shaw, GBR 75
15 Oscar Galindez, ARG 75
16 Albert Soley, ESP 75
17 Ben Hoffman, USA 75
18 Lucas Mendez, ARG 69
19 Leon Griffin, USA 69
20 Ryan Ignatz, USA 69
21 Felipe Moletta, BRA 67
22 Paul Tichelaar, CAN 67
23 Fabian Roman, PUR 63
24 Diogo Malagon, BRA 61
25 Facu Medard, ARG 58
26 Greg Bennett, AUS 58
27 Leandro Sanchez, DOM 58
28 Francois Carloni, FRA 56
29 Bruno Silva, BRA 56
30 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 56
31 Brent McMahon, CAN 56
32 Brad Zoller, USA 53
33 Federico Venegas, CRC 51
34 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 51
35 Sean Bechtel, USA 51
36 Nathan Killam, CAN 51
37 Mauro Ayesa, USA 49
38 Greg Schott, USA 47
39 Raul Furtado, BRA 47
40 Daniel Molnar, USA 47
41 Victor Arenas, ARG 45
42 Michael Nunez, USA 45
43 Brian Smith, USA 45
44 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 43
45 Brian MacIlvain, USA 43
46 Clarke Lind, CAN 43
47 Parada Penagos, ARG 41
48 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA 39
49 Adam Morka, CAN 39
50 Michi Weiss, AUT 37
51 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA 36
52 Jimmy Archer, USA 36
53 Patrick McKeon, USA 34
55 Stenio Bezerra, BRA 33
56 Rogério Paula, BRA 30
57 Ramon Bustos, BRA 27
58 Cristiam Suzin, BRA 25
59 Juscelino Vasco, BRA 23
60 Wellington Conceição, BRA 21
Women    
PL NAME TOT
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 342
2 Maia Ignatz, USA 289
3 Kara Lapoint, USA 278
4 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 274
5 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 265
6 Debby Sullivan, USA 227
7 Caroline Colonna, USA 202
8 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 202
9 Katharine Carter, CAN 194
10 Rebecca Blatt, USA 184
11 Sarah Graves, USA 150
12 Julie Baker, USA 100
13 Fabiola Corona, MEX 90
14 Erika Simon, ARG 75
15 Katie Button, CAN 75
16 Elizabeth Gruber, USA 69
17 Joanna Brown, CAN 67
18 Zoe Dawson, CAN 67
19 Isabella Ribeiro 61
20 Danelle Kabush, CAN 61
21 Caitlin Snow, USA 56
22 Luisa Saft, BRA 56
23 Jaime Brede, USA 56
24 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 53
25 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 51
26 Lisa Leonard, USA 51
27 Maggie Rusch, USA 49
28 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 47
29 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN 47
30 Brisa Melcop, BRA 43
31 Julie Stupp, USA 41
32 Beatriz Granziera, BRA 39
33 Amanda Felder, USA 39
34 Melania Giraldi, BRA 36
35 Monalisa Vieira, BRA 33

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Dominican Republic was one of more than 30 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 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 Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Mauricio Mendez/Lesley Paterson
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
20-Aug XTERRA European Championship Zittau, Germany
3-Sep XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
From lr Shaw, Mendez, Osborne

Mendez, Paterson win XTERRA Italy

Photos courtesy Daniele Marsili

Scanno, Abruzzo – Mauricio Mendez, a 20-year-old from Mexico City, and his mentor Lesley Paterson, a two-time XTERRA World Champion, won the XTERRA Italy elite races on a hot day in Scanno this afternoon.

It’s the first XTERRA major win as a pro for Mendez, who finished fourth at XTERRA Worlds last year and was 2nd to Josiah Middaugh at XTERRA Oak Mountain earlier this season.  It was the 15th career win for Paterson and her second this month on the Euro Tour (she won XTERRA France on July 3.).

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

In each of the past three years we’ve finished this race with our rain jackets on, finishers covered in mud.

Not today.  This year we had Maui weather!  It was sunny and almost 35°C.  The beautiful heart of Abruzzo, the water in the “Lago di Scanno” was warm at 22°C so the pros started without wetsuits at 11 a.m., then three-minutes later the age groupers started (wetsuits optional for them).

The swim was one big 1,400-meter loop with a little run over a foot bridge for show, then back in for the last 100-meters.  It was one of several great spectator additions, and the athletes will tell you the atmosphere from start to finish, and also for the award ceremony, was something special … and this year with perfect sunny weather, it was magic.

The first to exit the water was a group of four featuring Mauricio Mendez, Karl Shaw, Sam Osborne and Stephen Bayliss.

“I wanted to swim fast and take some time on the good mountain bikers,” said Mendez.

Shaw, who won XTERRA Costa Rica earlier this year and is noted for his strong swim, said “François (Carloni) told me to take this race easy at the start and I listened.”

About 1’30” behind was François Carloni with Max Chané, then about 30″ behind them was Thjis, Lemann, Pyott, Kubicek, Kubek and Forrissier.

Danica Spiteri from Malta was first out the water for the women with about one-minute on Lesley Paterson, Elisabetta Curridori and Renata Bucher.

“When I saw Renata with me out of the water, I started to stress, because she is a really good mountain biker,” said Paterson.  “At XTERRA France I started the bike fast to put the pressure on her, not it was on me.”

Ladina Buss was a little back in the swim and Helena Erbenova was the last podium contender out of the water but she did not panic.  She has won races in this position with her fantastic bike and run.

After a few kilometers in the beautiful village center, after climbing those small stairs, the men’s positions were almost the same, just Bayliss already let the mountain bikers do their thing!

For the women, just after 3k and only 100m+ we saw some big change with Lesley already leading, Renata second one-minute back, then Danica and Ladina at 1’15”, Curidorri at 1’30” and Helena at 3’55.

The bike loop was made in two parts, one small loop of 12k with 450m+ of climbing, after this hot warm up, the three guys were still together, Mendez, Osborne and Shaw, but Mauricio was a little bit weak on every downhill, but stronger going up, so he was able to come back with them.

“I tried to attack on the big climb on the big loop, to get some lead before hardest downhill, but even though I was stronger there it was not enough,” said Mendez.

Shaw was still waiting, and said “I’ve never done so much climbing on a MTB in one day!”

That is why it is smart to save some energy.   To try to finish first, first you have to finish.

Behind those three, Carloni was alone, not with his best mountain biking legs, but better than in France, “I knew I needed to start slow, because I was not at 100% but it was hard to do it, so I think I paid a little bit at the end,” said Carloni.  He was at 2′ back, then a group of three with Max Chané another young French talent, Pyott and Kubicek.

Kubek was 10″ back of them and Forissier also on the top ten but not look at his best today. That was the position starting the big climb of the day, in the second loop (18km for 850m+). At this point Lesley had already 3’25” on Renata, Ladina was at 5′ “this race was just against the heat,” she said.

Erbenova started the comeback, on place, but not on time, because Lesley was on another planet today!

“I did lots of training in altitude in Switzerland, and I could feel the difference, and because I started to be fit, I didn’t struggle that much with heat,” said Paterson.

At the end of the bike, Sam Osborne entered T2 alone with about 1’30” on Mendez and Shaw.

“I was a little bit better then Karl and Mauricio going downhill so I attacked just before we jumped on the most technical downhill to try something,” said Osborne.

It worked! Mendez was not able to follow, Karl was, but he had a flat on the second part.

“I decided to finish on the rim, at only 3k from the finish, two down and one flat on the road,” said Shaw, who got into T2 with Mendez.

Carloni started to pay a little bit, his fast start and was now at 4′ but still in 4th position, Chané came in 5th at 5’40” then Pyott, Kubicek, Forissier and Kubek all with about 1′ from each other.

In the women’s race Paterson was really too strong today and finished the bike with more than eight-minutes on Renata and 9′ on Helena. Buss was now in 4th but with Elisabetta in 5th, she wanted to be strong again, in Italy, in her country, and she knew she can run fast on this kind of trail.

Halfway on the run there is a long and steep climb, 200m+ up in 1km, and not a lot of athletes were able to run here … and maybe this place was the key to victory because Mendez passed Osborne on this climb and never stopped.

“I like this type of run,” said Mendez.  “I like the technical trails and the steep climbing, so even though I didn’t know I could win when I started the run, I was confident in my abilities to be strong on this last part.”

Mendez will now do the rest of the XTERRA European Tour races (Poland, Sweden, Germany, and Denmark) and be in contention for the overall Tour title.

“It’s my first time in Europe, and I’m so happy to start my trip in such a nice place and with a victory,” he said.

Osborne finished second and was also really happy because he had a strong race, “I’m on the podium with some really strong guys. I loved those technical downhills, so it’s a good day for me,” said Osborne.

Shaw completed the top three, Kubicek had a fantastic run to finish in 4th, and Carloni was 5th.

From lr Erbenova, Paterson, Bucher

In the women’s race Paterson had a 14-minute lead after 5k of the run!  And, she was running when most of the others were walking.

Helena finished second and happy, she knew today Lesley was too strong and really managed the race for the second place.

“I was trying to catch Renata on the bike, and was almost with her on the last up hill, but she is too strong down. So I had to wait for the run to catch her, then I tried to enjoy this hilly and beautiful run loop, I’m happy with my second place today,” said Erbenova.

The day before, during the pre-race presentation, Erbenova had said that even after many victories here, she will need to get ready for the second position.

Renata managed to stay in third position, but it was close… our young Italian was right behind but stayed in 4th as Ladina completed the top 5th.

“It’s always good to be on the podium here at this beautiful race,” said Bucher.  “When I started the run, I knew Helena would pass me, and I just wanted to stay in this position and not lose too much energy, so I could also race well next week in Poland.  When I saw Betta at the end, I had the energy to accelerate, no more sprint! (In Switzerland – she missed the podium after a sprint finish)

From the start to the end the show was perfect, of course like in every race, some points need to be fixed, but everybody had fun and enjoyed the race even though many told me it was the hardest race of their life!

I want to thank Wolf and his crew for the show, MTB Scanno for all the volunteers and the technical part and the local community who supported the race!  Ciao e Si Vediamo l’anno prossimo Scanno!

Elite results:

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:49:37 75
2 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:53:15 67
3 Karl Shaw, GBR 2:53:56 61
4 Jan Kubicek, CZE 3:01:31 56
5 Francois Carloni, FRA 3:02:18 51
6 Arthur Forissier, FRA 3:03:11 47
7 Jan Pyott, SUI 3:03:35 43
8 Peter Lehmann, GER 3:04:57 39
9 Maxim Chane, FRA 3:05:33 36
10 Dominik Wychera, AUT 3:06:26 33
11 Stephen Bayliss, GBR 3:06:58 30
12 Markus Benesch, AUT 3:07:48 27
13 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 3:09:08 25
14 Tomas Kubek, SVK 3:10:49 23
15 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 3:11:04 21
Also: Aidan Nugent, Richard Sumpter, Martial Schmidt, Leandro Glardon, Michael Szymoniuk, Jim Thijs, Fabrizio Bartoli, Tom Kerner, Valentine Genewe, Simone Calamai,
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Lesley Paterson, GBR 3:15:59 75
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:29:01 67
3 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:37:15 61
4 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 3:37:26 56
5 Ladina Buss, SUI 3:43:53 51
6 Danica Spiteri, MLT 4:01:33 47

ALL-TIME XTERRA ITALY PRO CHAMPIONS

Year Men Women Venue
2004 David Henestrosa Jamie Whitmore Sardinia
2005 Olivier Marceau Melanie McQuaid Sardinia
2006 Nicolas Lebrun Renata Bucher Sardinia
2007 Olivier Marceau Eszter Erdelyi Sardinia
2008 Olivier Marceau Sibylle Matter Sardinia
2009 Franky Batelier Renata Bucher Sardinia
2010 Franky Batelier Melanie McQuaid Sardinia
2011 Olivier Marceau Marion Lorblanchet Sardinia
2012 Nicolas Lebrun Jacqui Slack Sardinia
2013 Conrad Stoltz Helena Erbenova Abruzzo
2014 Ruben Ruzafa Helena Erbenova Abruzzo
2015 Ruben Ruzafa Helena Erbenova Abruzzo
2016 Mauricio Mendez Lesley Paterson Abruzzo

RUZAFA, POOR LEAD XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS

Ruben Ruzafa and Brigitta Poor continue to lead the XTERRA European Tour standings after 7 of 11 events.

Elite athletes count their best 4 Gold and 3 Silver finishes.  Learn more here.

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS              
After 7 – 7.31.16                
                   
Men     S S S S G G S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 342 DNS 67 75 DNS 100 100 DNS
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 253 DNS 47 DNS 75 90 41 DNS
3 Sam Osborne, NZL 243 DNS DNS 51 67 58 DNS 67
4 Roger Serrano, ESP 211 75 75 61 DNS DNF DNS DNS
5 Francois Carloni, FRA 205 DNS 51 56 61 DNS 37 x51
6 Brice Daubord, FRA 186 43 61 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS
7 Yeray Luxem, BEL 184 DNS DNS 67 27 DNS 90 DNS
8 Veit Hoenle, GER 173 DNS DNS 23 DNS 75 75 DNS
9 Bradley Weiss, RSA 145 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 82 DNS
10 Peter Lehmann, GER 143 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 39
11 Jan Kubicek, CZE 129 DNS 36 DNS DNS 37 DNS 56
12 Maxim Chane, FRA 126 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 36
13 Henry Sleight, GBR 125 DNS DNS DNS 39 28 58 DNS
14 Damien Guillemet, FRA 120 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS
15 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 116 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 63 DNS
16 Hannes Wolpert, GER 114 36 DNS 33 DNS 45 DNS DNS
17 Tomas Kubek, SVK 113 DNS 43 DNS 47 DNS DNS 23
18 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 110 DNS DNS 25 33 DNS 31 21
19 Jan Pyott, SUI 110 DNF 33 DNS DNS 34 DNS 43
20 Christophe Betard, FRA 108 27 DNS DNS 36 DNS 45 DNS
21 Arthur Forissier, FRA 103 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNF DNS 47
22 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 94 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 25
23 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Max Neumann, AUS 79 DNS 30 DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
25 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 77 47 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNP
26 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
27 Dominik Wychera, AUT 72 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33
28 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Sebastian Norberg, GER 68 DNS 25 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
30 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS
31 Karl Shaw, GBR 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
32 Tim Van Daele, BEL 57 DNS 27 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
34 Markus Benesch, AUT 52 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27
35 Bartosz Banach, POL 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
36 José Estrangeiro, POR 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Anthony Pannier, FRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS
39 Julen Loroño, ESP 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Rui Dolores, POR 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
41 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS
42 Toma Jurkovic, SVK 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS
43 Stephen Bayliss, GBR 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30
44 Ben Allen, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNP DNS
45 Anthony Flinois, FRA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS
46 Gonzalo Orosco, ESP 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS
47 Jim Thijs, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNP
48 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNF 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Martial Schmidt, FRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNP DNP
50 Tiago Maia, POR 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DHS DNS
51 Boris Chambon, FRA 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DNS
Women     S S S S G G S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 341 75 67 61 DNS 63 75 DNS
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 307 DNS 75 75 75 DNS 82 x67
3 Renata Bucher, SUI 277 DNS DNS 51 DNS 75 90 61
4 Morgane Riou, FRA 273 67 51 DNS 61 49 45 DNS
5 Carina Wasle, AUT 244 DNS DNS 56 67 58 63 DNS
6 Maud Golsteyn, NED 232 56 DNS 39 47 41 49 DNS
7 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 218 DNS DNS 67 DNS 82 69 DNS
8 Ladina Buss, SUI 181 DNS 61 DNS DNS 69 DNS 51
9 Louise Fox, GBR 176 DNS 56 47 DNS 45 28 DNS
10 Lesley Paterson, GBR 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75
11 Jacqui Slack, GBR 148 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 58 DNS
12 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 130 DNS DNS DNS 43 31 DNS 56
13 Jessie Roberts, GBR 122 DNS DNS DNS 51 37 34 DNS
14 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 114 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS
15 Michelle Flipo, FRA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS
16 Danica Spiteri, MLT 86 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS 47
17 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 74 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS
18 Kara LaPoint, USA 65 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 37 DNS
19 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
20 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS
21 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Diane Lee, GBR 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Sara Bonilla Bernardez, ESP 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Sanne Van Paassen, NED 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS
25 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 39 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP DNP DNS
26 Monica Cibin, ITA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS

Next up: XTERRA Poland on August 7.

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Italy was one of more than 30 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 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 Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Mauricio Mendez/Lesley Paterson
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
20-Aug XTERRA European Championship Zittau, Germany
3-Sep XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui