Ruzafa

Ruzafa, Paterson win XTERRA European Championship

(Vachery Estate, Cranleigh, UK) – Ruben Ruzafa edged Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz in dramatic fashion and Lesley Paterson chased down Jacqui Slack and Renata Bucher on the run to win the XTERRA European Tour Championship elite races at Vachery Estate in Cranleigh, England this afternoon.

A solid, driving rain the night prior left the trails muddy and slick, leaving those without the proper gripping tires (or time-tested skills) flying off their bikes left-and-right.  The day, however, was perfect for racing with cool temps and not a drop of rain.  The atmosphere was teeming with excitement as the build-up to the race heralded the Caveman’s last XTERRA, commanding the attention of the local and worldwide off-road community all at once.

In a funny side story, Stoltz woke up this morning to his watch set on South Africa time (which is an hour earlier) and ended up rushing to the race site thinking he was late.  Instead, he was an hour early, the first to set up his transition, and had plenty of time to pose for photos with his wife Liezel and baby Zena, talk to friends and fans, and speculate on the day.  Also of note, he was the last to leave the site, standing on stage and greeting the amateur champions until the very last award was handed out.  Clearly the depth and impact of his retirement decision was not lost on anyone.

To the race…  As per tradition, British legend Richard Stannard exited Vachery Pond first with the fastest 1.5km swim followed by Ben Allen in 17:41 and Stoltz more than one-minute back in 18:54 and Ruzafa almost two minutes behind at 19:35.

Allen moved past Stannard early on the bike to take the lead and Stoltz said “it took him ages” to catch him.  He eventually did, and Ruzafa ultimately did what he does best and moved into the front on the second lap of the bike but couldn’t shake Stoltz.

“I couldn’t pull away,” said Ruzafa, a three-time XTERRA World Champ who has now won 15 straight XTERRA majors since winning Worlds in October of 2013.  “I took speed and tried to pull away but he didn’t drop, he stayed on my wheel.”

The tight action made for marvelous, best in the business spectating, with viewpoints in literally dozens of places around the iconic XTERRA England tree to watch it all unfold.  Ruzafa and Stoltz came into T2 practically together and then it was a foot race.

“I thought back after my first XTERRA in Richmond where it was all about the experience and not about the result and I just wanted to enjoy the race and I did,” said Stoltz.  “The bike course was so much fun, it was slippery and challenging and it was pretty crazy.  I had the best run form I’ve had in a while and Ruben and I went out on the run and were together through about 7K and I thought I’d test him a little bit and I went to the front and he hung in and then my shoe got stuck in some mud and came undone for two seconds and he took advantage and really pushed the screws down and I went from being comfortable to pretty uncomfortable in a quick time.  Then I jumped across the river and my legs started cramping so I was literally on the ropes.  Like I said, even though I came to enjoy the race as much as possible I do get carried away in the racing and of course I wanted to win my last XTERRA.  Winning is important, but enjoying it all is important too, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself.”

After the race Ruzafa said that was as hard a challenge as he could handle.

“When I wasn’t able to drop Conrad on the bike I thought it might come down to a sprint, but then he had a problem with his shoe and I knew that was my chance.  I was behind him and he stopped and I said, OK, I’ll take it and I just pushed ahead and was able to keep it to the finish.  It was a great finish, and a really big challenge for me.   It’s exhausting.  So slippery out there, and all the time concentrating.  I really liked this race, and I think Conrad should be really proud.  He is a great person and a great racer.”

Stoltz, the four-time XTERRA World Champion and all-time wins leader with 51, said he did his best to stay in the moment and not let the idea of this being his last XTERRA get in the way.

“I didn’t try to think about it too much,” he said.  “There are too many emotions so I tried not to hang on to the emotions, I just went through the process.  I think I’ve been able to do that throughout my career, not worry about what’s happening on the outside rather what’s happening right now, so that’s what I did.  Just focused on today and the here and now, and I really enjoyed the spectators cheering and the people out there.  I actually thought I had the situation under control on the run but Ruben beat me to it and was obviously the faster one.  I wasn’t sure if he was playing cat and mouse or if he was really tired, and I tried to burn him off at 7k but couldn’t.  By the time I stepped in the mud puddle he was right on me, got that little gap, and I couldn’t close it.  I may have played it wrong, maybe should have take it easy until the sprint at the finish and I may kick myself for it later. I literally just lost two or three seconds because my shoe didn’t come off completely, it just came off the heal, and I stopped to put it back on and it was right at the summit of a little hill and when it happened he really put the hammer down.”

Behind Ruzafa and Stoltz, Ben Allen was posting the fastest run split of the day and closed the gap considerably.

“I was 30 seconds too slow,” said Allen.  “I’m a bit disappointed, but that’ll be my goal working towards Maui.  I couldn’t have done anything more.  The conditions out there were treacherous for everybody and I crashed four or five times, it was like skating on ice.  It was pretty gnarly out on the bike.  I had cross tires, not mud tires, made it hard on myself but just gave it my all.  I let two minutes go, but it gives me a good indication on what I need to do in Maui.   I thoroughly enjoyed it though and I love being here.  We got hometown support from Jacqui’s family that was great.  Coming in and out of the forest and seeing the spectators cheering you on, and all the crashes, it was spectacular.  Such a fun event.”

XTERRA Malta Champion Nico Fernandez finished fourth and Spain’s Albert Soley came in 5th. As proof of the diversity of the European Tour Championship the top 10 men represented nine countries.

Pro Men      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 02:29:05 100
2 Conrad Stoltz, RSA 02:29:30 90
3 Ben Allen, AUS 02:30:15 82
4 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 02:34:45 75
5 Albert Soley, ESP 02:36:17 69
6 Tomas Kubek, SVK 02:37:46 63
7 Jan Pyott, SUI 02:38:00 58
8 Jim Thijs, BEL 02:38:45 53
9 Chris Ganter, USA 02:39:53 49
10 Henry Sleight, GBR 02:41:11 45
Also: Doug Hall (41), Llewellyn Holmes (37), Matt Dewis (34), Lee Williams (31), JP Donovan (28), Jon Heasman, Euan Adams, Noah Wright, Pete Dyson.

Paterson

In the women’s race it was all about Jacqui Slack early and almost all the way through the bike.  Christine Jeffrey was first female out of the water but Slack was close behind and had an incredible bike and was putting more and more time on the rest of the field.

“I had an amazing swim, came out with Ruben,” smiled Slack.  “I’ve been working so hard and I felt like it paid off today.  I spent so much time training, working on corners, and was really confident, and I like the mud, and the longer the girls didn’t catch me the more I was motivated.  Renata caught me with about 4K to go on the bike. I made a mistake on a hill and she rode up it and off and was really, really strong and I had no chance to hang with her but Lesley never caught me on the bike which I was really surprised about so that gave me some confidence.  I went on the run hoping I could catch Renata but she ran strong and then Lesley came flying past early on.  She’s so fast.”

Bucher, the 33-time XTERRA winner, was out in front and if not for the blistering foot speed of Paterson would’ve made it 34.

“I gave it everything I had on the run, and when Lesley came by on the first lap I was thinking to myself ‘oh, Lesley, please come back’” said Bucher.  “I tried to keep it steady after that and hold off Jacqui. I’m super happy now.  I changed a few things this year, and have a real base, and know what I want, and I’m my own boss.  I have amazing sponsors, and I feel really good with no pressure, my family is healthy. I’m in a good place.”

As for Paterson, she didn’t play the dominant role she normally does until it counted, then she poured it on thick.

“I was pretty down on myself after the first lap because I couldn’t stay upright, but I talked myself into staying positive,” said the two-time XTERRA World Champ who has now won all four XTERRA races she has entered this season all the while chasing mountain bike racing dreams.  “I’ve not been running, so when it came down to the run I was like, awesome (sarcastically).  I got to the run though and I’m comfortable with that.  Ironically, I’m Scottish and it was like I’ve never been in the mud before. I live out in San Diego where it’s sandy and rocky and the mud out there today was just something else.  I was with one guy and he said ‘c’mon, c’mon just say positive because everybody is running’ … and this was on the bike!  Seriously though, those girls were awesome out there today. There’s just so much camaraderie, everyone is very encouraging.  It’s really cool, it’s what I love.”

Brigitta Poor, who finished the year ranked 2nd on the XTERRA European Tour, came in fourth and Jessie Roberts had a great day on the trails to finish fifth.

All in all the day of racing was magnificent, and exciting. The race announcer Richard Campbell could be heard through the fields and in the trees around the course and the action was everywhere.  Passionate fans, a really great course, and brilliant racing all around.

“It’s made me proud to be English,” said Slack.  “Every corner, every turn someone was shouting your name so I’m really pleased I could put together a good race. Looking forward to putting in some more work and giving it my best shot in Maui.”

Women      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Lesley Paterson, GBR 02:54:26 100
2 Renata Bucher, SUI 02:55:35 90
3 Jacqui Slack, GBR 02:56:14 82
4 Brigitta Poor, HUN 03:04:52 75
5 Jessie Roberts, GBR 03:05:40 69
6 Alena Stevens, SVK 03:07:34 63
7 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 03:09:34 58
8 Christine Jeffrey, CAN 03:17:22 53
9 Louise Fox, GBR 03:19:29 49
10 Verena Eisenbarth, FRA 03:19:35 45
Also: Genevieve Evans (41), Belinda Hadden (37), Karin Hansen (34), Emily Bashton (31), Daz Parker (28), Hana Kolarova

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ALL-TIME XTERRA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINNERS
Year (Location) Men’s Winner / Women’s Winner

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

2015 XTERRA European Championship Press Guide

SERRANO, ERBENOVA WIN XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR

Although neither raced today Roger Serrano and Helena Erbenova won the XTERRA European Tour points series, having scored the most points in seven events through the season.  Here’s a look at the final standings (tentative):

Men     S S G S G G S G G G S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER DEN GBR
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 526 67 56 x82 67 82 DNS DNS 82 90 82 DNS DNS
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 497 47 67 75 61 DNS 82 DNS 90 DNS 75 DNS DNS
3 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 475 DNS 75 100 DNS DNS 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS 100
4 Jan Pyott, SUI 356 DNS 23 x49 DNS 69 DNS 61 63 82 x41 DNS 58
5 Albert Soley, ESP 333 43 39 90 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS 69
6 Kris Coddens, BEL 307 DNS DNS DNS 75 90 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
7 Ben Allen, AUS 282 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 100 DNS 82
8 Jan Kubicek, CZE 273 39 DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS 51 DNS
9 Tomas Kubek, SVK 271 DNS 43 DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 63 DNS 63
10 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 255 75 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 75
11 Henry Sleight, GBR 255 DNS 25 DNS 33 58 49 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS 45
12 Yeray Luxem, BEL 192 DNS 61 DNS DNS 75 DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
13 Markus Benesch, AUT 186 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 69 37 37 DNS DNS
14 Bradley Weiss, RSA 180 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNF 90 DNS DNS
15 Arthur Forissier, FRA 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Veit Hönle, GER 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 37 DNS DNS 41 34 DNS DNS
17 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 165 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNF 58 DNS DNS 47 DNS
18 Jens Roth, GER 163 DNS 33 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 61 DNF
19 Sam Osborne, NZL 142 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
20 Tim Van Daele, BEL 139 25 27 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS
21 Martial Schmidt, FRA 132 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 34 DNS 49 DNS DNP DNS DNS
22 Jim Thijs, BEL 128 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 53
23 Pavel Andreev, RUS 106 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 53 DNS DNS
24 Xavier Riart, ESP 105 36 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 James Walker, GBR 102 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS 47 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Malte Plappert, GER 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS
27 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 94 DNS 30 DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
28 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 92 56 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Conrad Stoltz, RSA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
30 Vaclav Holub, CZE 80 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 31 DNS DNS
31 Michael Szymoniuk, AUT 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNF
32 Theo Blignaut, RSA 71 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF 28 43 DNS
33 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 66 21 DNP DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP 63 DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Damien Guillemet, FRA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Ruben Salmeron, ESP 58 DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Rory Downie, GBR 58 33 DNP DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Damien Derobert, FRA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
41 Matt Dewis, GBR 57 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
42 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF
43 Lars Erik Fricke, GER 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
44 Jose Borrino, ESP 53 DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
45 Tomas Jiranek, CZE 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Fabio Guidelli, ITA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
47 Clement Briere, FRA 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
48 Hector Guerra, ESP 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Christian Otto, GER 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
50 Chris Ganter, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
51 Juan Gracia, ESP 45 DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Florian Luquet, FRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Jan Francke, CZE 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
54 Christopher Schwab, AUT 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNF
55 Dominique Fernando, ESP 41 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
56 Antonello Pallotta, ITA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS
57 Doug Hall, GBR 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
58 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP 39 DNS
59 Juan Marti, ESP 37 DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
60 Marc Pschebizin, GER 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
61 Marco Spadaccia, ITA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS
62 Grigoris Souvatzoglou, GRE 36 DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
63 Carlos Martinez, ESP 34 DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
64 Pavel Jindra, CZE 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS
65 Joel Jameson, GBR 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS
66 Sergio Espejo, ESP 31 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF
67 Dr. Felix Schumann, GER 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
68 Lee Williams, GBR 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
69 Jens Graenback, DEN 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS
70 Javier Oliver, ESP 28 DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
71 Sebastian Veith, GER 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
72 JP Donovan, USA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28
73 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 27 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
74 Martin Bjeld 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS
75 Nicolas Corentin, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
76 Thomas Munch, DEN 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS
77 Simone Calamai, ITA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
78 Jason Rojas, DEN 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS
79 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL 21 DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
80 Henrik Brandt, DEN 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS
Wom   S S G S G G S G G G S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER DEN GBR
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 617 DNS 67 100 75 x82 x90 75 100 100 100 DNS DNS
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 555 75 61 90 67 90 x63 x61 DNS 90 82 DNS x75
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 544 DNS DNS DNS 61 100 DNF 67 90 69 82 75 DNS
4 Louise Fox, GBR 389 51 51 82 56 63 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
5 Jessie Roberts, GBR 328 47 DNF DNS 51 53 45 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS 69
6 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 278 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 75 DNS 67 DNS
7 Jacqui Slack, GBR 254 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 90 DNS 82
8 Karin Hansen, SUI 231 43 47 DNS DNS 49 DNF DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS 34
9 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 196 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS 58
10 Kathrin Mueller, GER 175 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
11 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 168 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS 58 69 DNS DNS
12 Renata Bucher, SUI 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 90
13 Morgane Riou, FRA 156 DNS 56 DNS 47 DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Myriam Guillot, FRA 151 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 82 DNS DQ DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Maud Golsteyn, NED 136 61 DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Corinna Choun, AUT 114 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 51 DNS
17 Verena Eisenbarth, GER 108 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS 45
18 Genziana Cenni, ITA 105 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 56 DNS
19 Lesley Paterson, GBR 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
20 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Olga Parfinenko, RUS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Alena Stevens, SVK 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
23 Tanja Hultengren Larsson 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS
24 Ladina Buss, SUI 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Becci Kaltenmeier, GER 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Emilie Lefur, FRA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS
27 Sabina Rzepka, POL 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Elke Innerebner, ITA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
29 Christne Jeffrey, CAN 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
30 Celine Augueux, FRA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Christina Thøgersen 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS
32 Sofia Brites, POR 43 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Deniz Dimaki, GRE 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Caroline Lerche, DEN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS
35 Genevieve Evans, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
36 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Belinda Hadden, AUS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
38 Emily Bashton, USA 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
39 Daz Parker, GBR 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28


AMATEUR CHAMPS

Louise Hanley and Geert Lauryssen captured the overall amateur championship titles today, and here’s a look at all of this year’s age group XTERRA European Champions:

Category Name Country Time
Ages 15 – 19 Molly Campbell UK 04:00:01
Ages 25 -29 Samantha Aplin UK 03:37:28
Ages 30 – 34 Ruth Owen-Evans UK 03:44:50
Ages 35 – 39 Franziska Peier Switzerland 03:34:42
Ages 40 – 44 Nadja Mueller Schmid Switzerland 03:51:24
Ages 45 – 49 Louise Hanley UK 03:29:33
Ages 50 – 54 Mireille Martin France 04:36:50
Category Name Country Time
Ages 15 – 19 Harry Leleu UK 03:01:01
Ages 20 – 24 Tanguy Nivot France 03:09:39
Ages 25 -29 Sam Begg UK 02:53:44
Ages 30 – 34 Geert Lauryssen Belgium 02:46:33
Ages 35 – 39 Daniel Mannweiler Germany 02:58:38
Ages 40 – 44 Samuel Pourchez France 02:58:43
Ages 45 – 49 Jerome Georges France 03:00:14
Ages 50 – 54 Rob Moore UK 03:13:43
Ages 55 – 59 Simon Osborne UK 03:19:18
Ages 60 – 64 Virgile Miralles France 04:04:45
Ages 65 – 69 Ray Haines UK 04:34:46

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
The XTERRA European Championship was the 38th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.
DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter (Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady)
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest (Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley)
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound (Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady)
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona)
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark (Kris Coddens / Carina Wasle)
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (Courtney Atkinson / Mieko Carey)
30-Aug XTERRA European Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Lesley Paterson)
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

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Atkinson, Carey win XTERRA Japan

(Hokkaido) – Courtney Atkinson and Mieko Carey captured the XTERRA Japan Championship at Lake Kanayama in Hokkaido today.

In the men’s race Atkinson, the reigning and three-time XTERRA Australia Champion and two-time Olympian, took a big lead out of the water, hung on during the bike, and used a blistering fast run to take the tape in 2:18:55, more than two-minutes ahead of Cedric Lassonde.

For Carey, who has now won the XTERRA Japan Championship five times, a fantastic bike leg gave her a big cushion to hold-off the speedy Kiwi Lizzie Orchard by nearly three minutes at the finish.

XTERRA Pro Charlie Epperson, who finished fourth overall on the day, took some time after the race to tell us about the day in this report…

Turned out to be a beautiful day on Lake Kanayama.  The morning started cool and clear and once race officials determined the water temperature was 15 degrees celsius (just above the cut off to cancel the swim) participants began the daunting task of sliding into wetsuits.

With a 9am race start it was almost perfect for racers to enjoy a nice breakfast and take the short drive to the picturesque venue.  As racers entered the water, it was evident the cold water temperature impacted a number of competitors.  It’s no so common in the XTERRA Asia Pacific Tour series to encounter cool water that requires a wetsuit.  As a result, a number of racers abandoned the shorter than normal 1200-meter swim due to the conditions today.

One athlete that made little work of the swim course was none other than Courtney Atkinson.  Atkinson has probably swam in every water condition imaginable so it was just another day at the office.  Exiting the water with a 2-3 minute lead over a chase group that included Cedric Lassonde of France and Takahiro Ogasawara (Oga) of Japan, it was evident Lassonde didn’t intend to let Atkinson have too easy of day in Hokkaido.

The bike course was in pristine conditions as a few days of rain didn’t seem to slow it down.  Lassonde bridged the difference from the swim by T2, with Oga another minute back to ensure the podium would be decided by the run segment today.

As I heard from spectators, Atkinson set a blistering pace out of T2 across the sand that let Lassonde know real quickly that his ITU background means, if anything, he can run!  Atkinson broke the tape in 2:18:55 and Lassonde was not too far off at 2:21:13.  Oga held on for third place in 2:26:11.

I asked Atkinson on what the future may hold for him racing after 2016 and if he moves away from ITU racing.  Atkinson responded, “Yeah, I only got into mountain biking after the 2012 Olympics and broke my wrist during the first couple of weeks of riding, but I stuck with it.  My future (racing) may involve more adventuring races and off-road triathlons.” (paraphrased).  If you haven’t met Courtney he’s certainly the type of athlete we want to see in the XTERRA community- a genuinely nice guy that can race with the best of them.

In the women’s race Mieko Carey of Japan (Guam based) and Lizzy Orchard of Auckland, New Zealand were separated by only a few seconds exiting T1.  Carey laid a blistering bike split down that was mostly set by crushing each climb. I know this because she passed me on each and every one of them.  Her coach, Josiah Middaugh, has made her a formable opponent on the bike.  I came into T2 alongside Carey who didn’t believe her lead was great enough to hold off the gazelle-like speed that Orchard possesses.  She was almost correct as Orchard closed the 6-7 minute gap from T2 to under 3 minutes by the end of the race. Carey claimed her 5th XTERRA Japan title with a 2:41:33 compared to Orchard’s 2:44:24.

Carey, who I train with on Guam, is equally impressive in her dominance at XTERRA Japan. I asked her post race if her plan was to race the bike course lights out.  Carey smiled and offered “yeah, I was afraid of how fast Lizzy can run and I just wanted to push myself on the bike.  My training has been focused on the mountain bike the last few months and I knew if was going to have a chance to win it would be with pushing the bike to my limit.”  Carey got a moment to reflect on how important it is to come back home to race here, “I’ve raced this race for years, I know Taro and many others for over 10 years, and it’s special to come back and see them and be a part of this event.”

Men’s Elite Results:

Courtney Atkinson, Australia, 2:18:55
Cedric Lassonde, France, 2:21:13
Takahiro Ogasawara, Japan, 2:26:11
Charlie Epperson, USA (Guam), 2:35:44
Taro Shirato, Japan, 2:51:06
Cameron O’Neal, Guam, 2:55:30
Jason Hsieh, Hong Kong, 2:58:24
Cho Kaon, S. Korea, 3:00:18

Women’s Elite Results:

Mieko Carey, Japan (Guam), 2:41:33
Lizzy Orchard, New Zealand, 2:44:24

The amateur competition was just as heated with numerous XTERRA World Championships slots up for grabs.  In the men’s race, Toshiyuki Furuya of Sait crossed the line in 2:46:07 or roughly 51 seconds ahead of Hirofumi Hayakawa of Fuku.  In the women’s race, Kasumi Saito of Kana recorded a 3:26:53 effort while her closest competition, Aiko Hiroki of Ibar, crossed the tape in 3:56:36.

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Japan Championship was the 36th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter (Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady)
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest (Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley)
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound (Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady)
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona)
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (Courtney Atkinson / Mieko Carey)
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde (Kris Coddens / Carina Wasle)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

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Belhumeur, Carbonneau win XTERRA Quebec

Partly-sunny skies and perfect 26C temps greeted athletes in Lac Delage for the second running of the XTERRA Quebec off-road triathlon and sports festival last weekend – August 22-23, 2015.

Boasting a world class trail system, pristine waters and an easy thirty minute drive from the heart of Quebec City, Lac Delage played perfect host for XTERRA’s brand of dirty, off-road endurance fun.

The festival-style weekend of events included workshops, an open water swim race, off-road duathlons, trail runs, kid’s races, short and long distance off-road triathlons, live bands and a BBQ party to send everyone home full with XTERRA spirit.

With fifteen XTERRA World Championship slots up for grabs, Vincent Belhumeur (02:59:14) and Julia Carbonneau (03:44:42) took top honors on the day for the men and women in the championship race. View full results.

Well-traveled and longtime XTERRA age grouper Chuck Fortier (pictured above by  Pascal Gagné) from New Westminster, B.C. shares his XTERRA Quebec experience.

I had the chance to take part in the second edition of XTERRA Quebec City this past weekend. Although still in its inception, this race did not disappoint and provided plenty of challenges.

Nestled near Stoneham Ski resort, Lac Delage is about 30 minutes north of Quebec City setting the stage for an epic off-road adventure. The swim course is a giant square of 1200m, favoring the less experienced swimmer as it is a bit shorter than the usual 1500m. To the dismay of yours truly, the water temperature last weekend was too warm to be wetsuit legal.

If the swim is on the short side and probably not as hard, the bike course is definitely the opposite. One could describe this course as reminiscent of a true world cup cross country course in “La Belle Province”.

Five laps of a 6 km loop posed plenty of challenges and demanded technical ability on the mountain bike. This true cross country course has it all from the Chicken pass option almost at the start of the course to steep power climbs, rocks and roots and tricky descent; mountain biking skills are a must.

With two swim waves 10 minutes apart, the trail was not too crowded given the fact that it was a multi loop system and all riders that I encountered were very gracious to let faster riders pass as soon as they could. The nice thing about the multi loop system is that it is great for spectators as they would see you in a pump track style every lap where a live band, music, and beer garden were accessible for them.

The run course was also a challenge as although there was not a lot of elevation gain was compared to other courses around the world, the technical and short power climbs were tiring on the legs.

The run course was a two laps of a 5km loop with a longer ascent and a technical descent, so one could not take a rest. This run course was also a true cross country run presenting all the challenges that one would expect.

It is to be noted that if this course was in the rain and mud as it was last year, it would be very challenging to say the least.

Although in its infancy this race has definitely the potential to become a marquee race and should definitely be on your race calendar if you are looking for a challenge on the bike and on the run. The volunteers were great and you can see that a lot of har d work has been poured into the trail system.

As for me, it was nice to be back to racing after having been sidelined for three and a half months with a broken foot.

Happy Trails.

Ben Allen

Allen, Erbenova win XTERRA Germany

(Zittau, Germany) – Ben Allen of Australia and Helena Erbenova of the Czech Republic captured the 13th edition of the XTERRA Germany Championship in Zittau on Saturday.

It’s the second week in a row those two have been on the top step.  Last week they both won the XTERRA Czech Championship.

The men’s race came down to an epic stride-for-stride battle between Allen and Bradley Weiss from South Africa.  Here is how Allen explained it…

“Rough swim for me this time round. I exited fourth behind Christian Otto, Jens Roth & Roger Serrano. I’m normally the one being chased, but this time I was doing the chasing. I caught Roger on the first long climb in the forest and then a couple of minutes later Otto. Roth was further away setting a solid pace.  Francois (Carloni) caught me at the top of the long climb and we worked together to hunt down Roth. Before reaching Roth, Brad (Weiss) joined our pursuit and the three of us managed to drop Roth on the last steep climb. Me, Francois & Weiss came into T2 altogether but I managed to have a speedy transition and exit first just ahead of the other guys. Brad ran up alongside me and we ran shoulder to shoulder, breathing down each other’s necks, nether one of us giving each other an inch! Brad surged a couple of times and I surged a couple each times, neither of us wanted to say die! It was like Mark Allen and Dave Scott battling it out in Kona!  Brad put in one last surge about 1km from the finish line on the flat section and I was able to respond, before I attacked on the last hill with 500m to go and the elastic band broke for Brad.  It was a race neither of us will forget for a long time, both laying it on the line and giving 100%. It was an epic battle and although I was first across the line. I believe after that race we are both worthy winners!  Let’s do it again sometime Brad, pleasure going toe to toe with you!”

Weiss was equally enthusiastic of the experience, saying “Wild race. So stoked I could be a part of that one! Went right down to the line. Ben and I were very evenly matched, I gave him everything I had. He showed his class and stayed composed right till the end. Learnt a few lessons out there from a seasoned athlete. Couple Germans took an early lead in the swim but after the main climb on the bike it was just myself Ben and Carloni left up front. We shared the lead and kept the pace honest up front. Once onto the run Ben took an early lead with a slick T2 but after a k or so I closed the gap. We ran toe to toe from them on. I made a few efforts to get away but Ben hung tough and made his sprint for the line count. Loved every minute out there. I will be back next year to try and climb one step higher.”

Roger Serrano ran his way into third, his seventh top three finish on the European Tour this season, with Carloni right behind in fourth and the German Jens Roth in fifth.

Helena Erbenova

In the women’s race Erbenova was more than three minutes behind Jacqui Slack, two minutes back of Brigitta Poor, and one-minute back of Carina Wasle coming out of the water but erased all those deficits with the fastest bike and run splits of the day.

It’s the fourth win in a row on the XTERRA European Tour for Erbenova and her sixth title this year.

Slack held on for second, with Brigitta Poor in third, Carina Wasle in fourth, and Lenka Cibulkova rounding out the top five.

XTERRA’s own Dave Nicholas was on-site and provided this report.

It was a wild west shootout in the mens race on Saturday. Ben Allen and Bradley Weiss ran shoulder to shoulder almost the entire run course. Neither man wanted to follow so they just stayed side by side. “It reminded me of those great Mark Allen and Dave Scott races at Ironman years ago” said an exhausted Ben. “I would try to go and Brad would come back; then he would go and I had to come back.” In the end it appeared as if the South African stumbled just a bit going up the last climb only 200m from the finish. Allen never looked back. While the record book says 10 seconds, once Brad could see he would not catch the Aussie he tried to back down just a hair. Both men collapsed after the finish tape. Exhausted but understanding they had just put on an epic show that we will remember for a long, long time.

Allen, Weiss Finish

Meanwhile, back on the course, Francois Carloni was feeling his inflamed knee and slowing. Just behind, The Beard Roger Serrano “it felt like needles sticking in my heel. Then I saw Francois and said Run Roger, Run”. The Spaniard did catch the Frenchman for 3rd place and the European Series Championship for 2015.

The day was wonderful. A bit hot for sure, but slightly less than the previous days. Literally thousands of spectators lined the water line, some standing waist deep to catch a glance. Europeans love their sport and with a huge and highly regarded pro field that included Germany’s best off roaders – they were everywhere on the course.

I was surprised to see Ben Allen back in 4th after the first swim lap and several seconds behind Roger Serrano who was in 3rd. Germany’s Jens Roth and Christian Otto led the swim. “Big Theo Blignaught caught me in the water and nearly swam over me” grinned Ben.

Out on the bike, Francois Carloni was flying. He caught all the leaders just after the fabulous Johannesstein party field and XTERRA downhill. Jens Roth was still leading at this point about half way through the bike. Over the top of the hill came Carloni with Ben Allen on his tail and they soon passed the quick German. Carloni’s ride on this section was magic. Not far behind was Bradley Weiss and he was also coming strong. Carloni told me “the last few K’s are flat and I wanted to save some energy for the run. I knew my knee is not good so I had to save some strength”. This meant that Carloni, Allen and Weiss all coming into T2 together. Ben had a great T2 and led everyone heading out but Weiss quickly caught him and the battle was joined. The rest is in the history books.

Jacqui Slack had a nice race last week in the Czech Republic and was happy with her finish. “I was tired from all the travel and it was all I could expect” she said. “I had a good week of training and felt much stronger today”. Indeed she had the fastest swim and came out of T2 with the lead. Hungarian Brigitta Poor has joined the elite this year with a win and podiums wherever she goes. Her biking is getting strong enough that she was catching Jacqui and came out of T2 in second. Helena Erbenova and Carina Wasle were together at the end of the bike, but the Czech woman simply does not understand conserving anything and passed into 3rd quickly. “Oof, I was not feeling great about anything today” she smiled while walking through the recovery area with her daughter. I remarked that her feeling good or bad – it still ends up with a win. She smiled again, looked at me and said nothing. A very classy lady.

Jacqui was not giving in at all. “Sometimes when Helena passes me I just kind of say There She goes” said the Brit. “Today I had something left and went after her on that last, flat gravel road. I gained some but it was not enough”. Jacqui fell short by just 33 seconds. Brigitta took 3rd place and our diminutive Austrian Carina Wasle came 4th.

Last year this course was a mudbath for the ITU cross championships. Today it was clear and dry and fast. The Johannesstein downhill was a slippery slope that not even the best could ride flat out last year. This year the top men were hitting 45kph and flying over the bumps.

The awards, big screen recap of the day and after party were the best. The compound was alive all weekend with a huge retail expo area and lots of choices to eat and drink. The night went very late with an excellent local band followed by the well known Irish Rockers “Hogan”.

Sunday are kids races and more family entertainment. This weekend is simply great with something for everyone. XTERRA is alive and very well in Germany.

Complete Results / Photos available soon at https://www.facebook.com/xterraeurope

Men    
Pl Name Time
1 Ben Allen, AUS 2:25:36
2 Brad Weiss, RSA 2:25:37
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:28:28
4 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:28:55
5 Jens Roth, GER 2:29:50
6 Tomak Kubek, SVK 2:31:04
7 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 2:32:53
8 Pavel Andreev, RUS 2:33:11
9 Christian Otto, GER 2:33:36
10 Albert Soley, ESP 2:34:10
Also: Jan Pyott (41), Markus Benesch (37), Veit Honle (34), Vaclav Holub (31), Theo Blignaut (28), Dominik Wychera, Krzysztof Kokot, Martial Schmidt
Women
   
Pl Name Time
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 2:51:58
2 Jacqui Slack, GBR 2:52:24
3 Brigitta Poor, HUN 2:53:27
4 Carina Wasle, AUT 2:54:36
5 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 3:06:24
6 Corinna Choun, AUT 3:15:20
7 Emilie Lefur, FRA 3:57:49

ALL-TIME XTERRA GERMANY ELITE CHAMPIONS

Year Location Men’s Women’s
2015 Zittau Ben Allen Helena Erbenova
2014 Zittau Ruben Ruzafa Kathrin Mueller
2013 Zittau Ruben Ruzafa Jacqui Slack
2012 Zittau Asa Shaw Helena Erbenova
2011 Zittau Olivier Marceau Marion Lorblanchet
2010 Zittau Cancelled due to flooding
2009 Zittau Franky Batelier Renata Bucher
2008 Zittau Ronny Dietz Renata Bucher
2007 Titisee Franky Batelier Carina Wasle
2006 Titisee Sebastian Kienle Carina Wasle
2005 Titisee Nicolas Lebrun Carina Wasle
2004 Titisee Olivier Marceau Katrin Helmcke
2003 Titisee Nicolas Lebrun Jamie Whitmore
2002 Titisee Ronny Dietz Ute Schaefer

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

Just one wild weekend remains on the XTERRA European Tour, Aug. 29/30, with XTERRA Denmark on Saturday and the XTERRA European Championship in England on Sunday.  Erbenova is the 2015 XTERRA European Champion and barring any unforseen circumstances Roger Serrano will win the men’s title.

2015 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS                
After 10 – 8.15.15                      
                         
Men     S S G S G G S G G G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 526 67 56 x82 67 82 DNS DNS 82 90 82
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 497 47 67 75 61 DNS 82 DNS 90 DNS 75
3 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 375 DNS 75 100 DNS DNS 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS
4 Jan Pyott, SUI 347 DNS 23 49 DNS 69 DNS 61 63 82 x41
5 Albert Soley, ESP 264 43 39 90 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
6 Kris Coddens, BEL 232 DNS DNS DNS 75 90 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS
7 Jan Kubicek, CZE 222 39 DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS
8 Henry Sleight, GBR 210 DNS 25 DNS 33 58 49 DNS 45 DNS DNS
9 Tomas Kubek, SVK 208 DNS 43 DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 63
10 Ben Allen, AUS 200 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 100
11 Markus Benesch, AUT 186 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 69 37 37
12 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 180 75 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58
13 Bradley Weiss, RSA 180 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNF 90
14 Arthur Forissier, FRA 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Veit Hönle, GER 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 37 DNS DNS 41 34
16 Yeray Luxem, BEL 136 DNS 61 DNS DNS 75 DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
17 Martial Schmidt, FRA 132 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 34 DNS 49 DNS DNP
18 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 118 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNF 58 DNS DNS
19 Pavel Andreev, RUS 106 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 53
20 Xavier Riart, ESP 105 36 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS
21 Tim Van Daele, BEL 103 25 27 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 James Walker, GBR 102 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS 47 34 DNS DNS
23 Jens Roth, GER 102 DNS 33 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
24 Malte Plappert, GER 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 31 DNS
25 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 92 56 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Vaclav Holub, CZE 80 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 31
27 Sam Osborne, NZL 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
28 Jim Thijs, BEL 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS
29 Michael Szymoniuk, AUT 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
30 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 66 21 DNP DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP 63 DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Damien Guillemet, FRA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNF DNS DNS
33 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Ruben Salmeron, ESP 58 DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Rory Downie, GBR 58 33 DNP DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Damien Derobert, FRA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
38 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 57 DNS 30 DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Lars Erik Fricke, GER 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
41 Jose Borrino, ESP 53 DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Tomas Jiranek, CZE 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
43 Fabio Guidelli, ITA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS
44 Clement Briere, FRA 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS
45 Hector Guerra, ESP 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS
46 Christian Otto, GER 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
47 Juan Gracia, ESP 45 DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
48 Florian Luquet, FRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Jan Francke, CZE 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS
50 Christopher Schwab, AUT 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNF DNS
51 Dominique Fernando, ESP 41 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Antonello Pallotta, ITA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS
53 Juan Marti, ESP 37 DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
54 Marc Pschebizin, GER 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS
55 Marco Spadaccia, ITA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS
56 Grigoris Souvatzoglou, GRE 36 DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
57 Carlos Martinez, ESP 34 DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
58 Pavel Jindra, CZE 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS
59 Sergio Espejo, ESP 31 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
60 Dr. Felix Schumann, GER 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNF DNS DNS
61 Javier Oliver, ESP 28 DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
62 Sebastian Veith, GER 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS
63 Theo Blignaut, RSA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF 28
64 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 27 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
65 Nicolas Corentin, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
66 Matt Dewis, GBR 23 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
67 Simone Calamai, ITA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
68 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL 21 DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
69 Jon Heasman, GBR DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
70 Krzysztof Kokot, POL DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
71 Peter Lehmann, GER DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
72 Dominik Wychera, AUT DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
Wom     S S G S G G S G G G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 617 DNS 67 100 75 x82 x90 75 100 100 100
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 555 75 61 90 67 90 x63 x61 DNS 90 82
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 469 DNS DNS DNS 61 100 DNF 67 90 69 82
4 Louise Fox, GBR 340 51 51 82 56 63 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS
5 Jessica Roberts, GBR 259 47 DNF DNS 51 53 45 DNS 63 DNS DNS
6 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 211 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 75 DNS
7 Karin Hansen, SUI 197 43 47 DNS DNS 49 DNF DNS 58 DNS DNS
8 Kathrin Mueller, GER 175 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS
9 Jacqui Slack, GBR 172 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 90
10 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 168 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS 58 69
11 Morgane Riou, FRA 156 DNS 56 DNS 47 DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
12 Myriam Guillot, FRA 151 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 82 DNS DQ DNS DNS
13 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 138 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS
14 Maud Golsteyn, NED 136 61 DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Renata Bucher, SUI 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS
17 Olga Parfinenko, RUS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS
18 Verena Eisenbarth, GER 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS
19 Corinna Choun, AUT 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
20 Ladina Buss, SUI 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Becci Kaltenmeier, GER 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Emilie Lefur, FRA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58
23 Sabina Rzepka, POL 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS
24 Elke Innerebner, ITA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS
25 Celine Augueux, FRA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Genziana Cenni, ITA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
27 Sofia Brites, POR 43 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Deniz Dimaki, GRE 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

XTERRA European Tour Points Rules Document

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Germany Championship was the 31st of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter (Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady)
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest (Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley)
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound (Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady)
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona)
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

Middaugh

Middaugh, Corona win XTERRA Mexico

(Tapalpa, Jalisco) – America’s best off-roader Josiah Middaugh of Eagle-Vail, Colorado and Fabiola Corona, an Olympian from Mexico, captured the eighth running of the XTERRA Mexico Championship on a rainy, muddy day in Tapalpa, Jalisco on Saturday.

It’s Middaugh’s third XTERRA major win in as many tries since winning the East Championship in June, and all came against World Championship contenders.  For Corona it’s her third straight win in Tapalpa and fourth Mexico title in six years.

In the men’s race super swimmer Irving Perez blitzed the field out of the water with a 16:30 split that was one-minute faster than Mauricio Mendez, two-minutes faster than Olympian Francisco Serrano, and a full three minutes better than ultimate winner Josiah Middaugh.

In XTERRA, however, what you do on the bike and run is a lot more important and that is where Middaugh took over.  His 1:16:41 bike split was the best of the day, and nearly three minutes faster than Serrano, the runner-up.

“I knew I couldn’t take anyone for granted and I would really need a smokin’ bike to be able to pull it off,” said Middaugh, who’s been in the top 4 at XTERRA Worlds in each of the last four years and was 2nd twice (last year to Ruben Ruzafa and in 2012 to Javier Gomez).

Serrano, who upset Middaugh to win the XTERRA West Championship in April, is from Monterrey, Mexico – a sea-level town that’s hot and humid, quite the contrast to Tapalpa, a mountain town that sits above 6,000-feet. The altitude played more to Middaugh’s strength’s than Serrano’s.

“Josiah passed me right at the bottom of the main climb,” explained Serrano.  “I kept up about half way then he took off, but I was able to extend my gap to the rest of the field. I tried to come close to Josiah on the run but altitude sucks for me.  Still, against this field, I’m really happy with this result.”

Middaugh said, “The course was very muddy, and had two challenging climbs on the mountain bike with the last one lasting about 6km and parts at 22% grade.  I caught Perez, Rom, and Paco going into the long final climb and Paco hung on for a while and then I was able to break away and I just kept pushing hard.  As hard as the climbs were, I think I actually put more time on the flatter sections that had hard pedaling through bumpy grassy cow pastures with lots of puddles and mud bogs. The run was long and also had some stream crossings and also very muddy.  Everyone was pretty spent by the run but Mauricio had a superb run to break Perez and catch Rom.”

Mendez, who was 5th at XTERRA Worlds, had the best run of the day before to work his way into third at the finish line.  Rom Akerson, who upset Middaugh to win the XTERRA Costa Rica Championship in March, placed fourth and last year’s winner Irving Perez placed 5th.

Pro Men    
Pl Name Time
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:18:55
2 Francisco Serrano, MEX 2:19:52
3 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:21:33
4 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:23:07
5 Irving Perez, MEX 2:24:40
6 Branden Rakita, USA 2:29:15
7 Esteban Rosas, MEX 2:39:06
8 Juan Gayton, MEX 2:41:01
9 Eduardo Padilla, MEX 2:43:13
10 Gustavo Penagos, MEX 2:47:37
Also: Manuel Arenas

Corona

In the women’s race the highly anticipated showdown between Corona and American great Suzie Snyder never happened as Snyder crashed pre-riding on Thursday, landed hard on her hip, and was too injured to compete on Saturday.

“She was still out there cheering the loudest for me while on crutches with a fractured pelvis. Tough chica,” said Middaugh.

Snyder’s injury left Corona to do her thing, in front of an adoring local crowd.

“I swam with Maria Barrera, but in the last buoy I passed her and took the lead,” said Corona.  “The Bike course was muddy but rideable and I began the run with six-minutes of advantage. With my family and friends, and my father’s town, I can’t ask for more. I am very happy to win in my country!”

Barrera took second, Dunia Gomez third, and Laura Mira Diaz of Brazil held off Ana Guerrero by 18-seconds to take fourth.

Women    
Pl Name Time
1 Fabiola Corona, MEX 2:59:39
2 Maria Barrera, MEX 3:09:12
3 Dunia Gomez, MEX 3:10:09
4 Laura Mira Diaz, BRA 3:18:13
5 Ana Guerrero, MEX 3:18:31

Complete Results / Pictures

Right about now XTERRA Warriors from near-and-far are enjoying the awards ceremony, fireworks, and post-race party in the town square of Tapalpa with literally thousands of locals and the best food, drink, and vibes you could imagine.  Tapalpa has been designated a “magic town” for having such rich history and beauty.

ALL-TIME XTERRA MEXICO CHAMPIONS
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

Next up: August 15 – XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Mexico Championship was the 29th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter (Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady)
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest (Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley)
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound (Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady)
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona)
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

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Allen, Erbenova win XTERRA Czech

(Prachatice, Czech Republic) – Ben Allen of Australia and Helena Erbenova of the Czech Republic captured the 13th edition of the XTERRA Czech Championship on a hot afternoon in Prachatice.

With the win Erbenova also secured her third XTERRA European Tour (XET) Championship crown in four years (she also won in 2012 and 2013).   XTERRA Czech was the ninth of 12 races in the XET and the fifth of seven Gold level events.  Elite athletes count their best four Gold and three Silver finishes.  In her seven scoring races this year Erbenova won three Gold events (Spain, Italy Czech), two silver events (Greece and Sweden) and was second at France and Portugal for a total of 607 points (625 is max possible).

It’s the former winter Olympians third win in a row on the European Tour and third win in four years at her home country championship race.

Ben Allen

For Allen the victory marks his third XTERRA World Tour win this season (16th lifetime) but his first victory in the Czech Republic after five tries.

“I’ve raced here many times before, and have always dreamed to take the win,” said Allen, who was making his first appearance on the XTERRA European Tour this season.  “I’m so stoked to have accomplished that dream today. It wouldn’t have been possible without the love and support of my team.”

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

The posters say 2002 – 2015 and the Czech XTERRA race keeps going.  We never saw one like this however. The sun burned most of the day and the temps were in the high 80’s.  The organizers were on it and put out lots more water and the local population turned out in droves, and while not exactly legal, houses offered bottles and cups of water to passing runners and bikers.

It was Welcome Back Ben and Jacqui Day with Allen coming out of the swim second, passing Roger Serrano until he finally broke free on the 2nd lap going up the first technical climb.

“Ben pulled me a bit and I forgot where I was” said the soaking wet Serrano.  “I got to the steep part and was in the wrong gear and had to unclip and run the bike.  After that I never saw him.”

Allen continued to hammer the bike having the fastest time by more than one-minute.  He led by nearly three-minutes coming into T2 and ran a smart two, tough laps.

“I knew I had a gap on Roger but did not know where Bradley (Weiss) was” said Allen.

Weiss, the South African who won the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship this year, had rear tire problems on the first lap and had to stop.  “There was a small cut that was just in the wrong place and no way I could fix it” he said while watching the race out on the course.

Serrano was worried about Weiss as well.  He came by me on a nasty uphill asking “where is Bradley?”   Brad was right next to me and when Roger completed the mountain loop the second time and came down the hill Brad ran out yelling “Here I Am.” Everybody laughed in the middle of a very hard race; but that is the XTERRA way isn’t it?

Tomas Kubek had a great day – almost.  The man from Slovakia was right on Serrano’s heels coming into T2 after posting the 2d fastest bike.  They were together going up the hill on the first lap, but when they came down Tomas was clearly in pain and had dropped back giving 2nd to Serrano by a wide margin.

There is a super fun, tricky, technical part on the bike loop that has a steep up ramp that turns 90 degrees and goes down over a small rock jump and then into a series of bermed esses that is just a joy to watch.  Everyone from the best biker to the most tentative rider has to do it and the differences are amazing.  Ben came by in the lead, Serrano second, Kubek third, Jan Pyott fourth and then you could hear screeching brakes, crunching tires locking up on the sandy base and four bikes came through so fast and furious I had no idea who was who until I looked back into my photo file.  Vaclav Holub led with Lubos Truhlar on his rear wheel followed by Czech champ Jan Kubick and Austrian Michael Szymoniuk.

Things started settling down as the weather and a tough course started taking its toll.  Allen had it pretty much his way, Roger was solid in second.  Poor young Tomas Kubek had given it all on the bike and was headed backwards.  First Jan Pyott passed him and then the battling Szymoniuk and Kubick.  These two had dropped the others and ran to a photo finish with the Austrian less than two-seconds ahead.  Kubek never gave up and had a grand 5ht place.  He’s only 24 and has a lot of years in front of him.

“Great to be back on the Euro Tour again,” said Allen after the race.  “Spending some time away has left me hungry to come back!  Roger and I exited the water with a handy lead and we worked together on the bike for 12km before Roger faded and wasn’t able to stay with me.  I know the bike course in Czech extremely well having raced here five times before. It’s not easy and if you red line on any of the climbs you will pay for it later in the race. I rode within myself and really enjoyed the race. Loads of the locals came out to support all the athletes on a very hot and humid day!  The course in Czech is extremely challenging, steep climbs, rocky descents and encompasses the Czech culture riding/running in and out of the town square.  Michal (Pilousek) and his team do an amazing job creating a fun filled weekend for all the participants. The food and beer is cheap and you will always walk away, never forgetting your Czech adventure!”

Pro Men      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Ben Allen, AUS 2:40:19 100
2 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:44:27 90
3 Jan Pyott, SUI 2:45:02 82
4 Michael Szymoniuk, AUT 2:46:08 75
5 Jan Kubicek, CZE 2:46:10 69
6 Tomas Kubek, SVK 2:46:21 63
7 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 2:47:17 58
8 Pavel Andreev, RUS 2:47:44 53
9 Vaclav Holub, CZE 2:49:54 49
10 Jan Francke, CZE 2:52:41 45
Also: Veit Honle (41), Markus Benesch (37), Pavel Jindra (34), Malte Plappert (31)
DNF: Brad Weiss, Theo Blignaut, Clement Briere, Christopher Schwab, Lukas Kocar

The women put on an equally, maybe more interesting race.  Jacqui Slack won the swim with Brigitta Poor second.  Brigitta was wise in taking a few weeks off and missing Italy to recover.  She had not missed a race in a very grueling season and showed some fresh legs today.  Carina Wasle was 3rd and coming strongly on the bike but it was not to be her day.  She flatted and fell far behind.

Up front Jacqui maintained a minute to minute and a half lead over Poor.  Czech Champion Helena Erbenova was caught in a gaggle of men and was having problems getting past them.  The same problem for Austrian Sandra Koblemueller.

“I am Austrian and my strength is climbing” she Koblemueller.  “I was so far back in the swim I would get to a hill I could climb but people in front could not and I had to walk.  I need to learn to swim,” she smiled.

Erbenova is such a racer that she never leaves anything on the table.  If she is strong she wins, if not, she still pushes until her body gives up.

“Today was so different” she sighed.  “I would be super strong and then my legs would go away.  Carina passes me going up the hill and I pass her coming down.  And oh, getting by those men was so hard.”

The heat began to get to Slack and while Erbenova had passed Brigitta for second, the Hungarian was not about to give in.  Brigitta passed Erbenova to come into T2 with all three leading women together.   It became a foot race and this is no pushover run course.  Some is flat and some is on pavement but there are two really tough hills and two equally tough, steep, loose downhills.  Helena was able to hold off Brigitta, but not by much (just 52 seconds).  Jacqui fought a valiant battle against fatigue and came home a wonderful 3rd.  As for our slow swimmer Sandra?  She ran a fabulous 45-minute run segment beating the second fastest woman by nearly 4 minutes, actually having the 8th fastest run of the day and was able to pass Wasle for 4th.

So XTERRA Czech XIII is in the books.  Awards and free beer tonight; a great race from a neat fresh water lake to a tasty, technical bike and run to a postcard perfect Bohemian village.  What more could you ask for?

XTERRA Czech Photos

Women      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:07:04 100
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 3:07:56 90
3 Jacqui Slack, GBR 3:12:04 82
4 Sandra Koblmueller, AUT 3:13:59 75
5 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:19:29 69
6 Verena Eisenbarth, GER 3:23:04 63
7 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 3:27:06 58
8 Elke Innerebner, ITA 3:27:39 53
XTERRA CZECH ALL-TIME PRO WINNERS
Year Men Women
2002 Olivier Marceau Candy Angle
2003 Nicolas Lebrun Jamie Whitmore
2004 Nicolas Lebrun Jamie Whitmore
2005 Olivier Marceau Renata Bucher
2006 Nicolas Lebrun Renata Bucher
2008 Nicolas Lebrun Carina Wasle
2009 Franky Batelier Carina Wasle
2010 Franky Batelier Renata Bucher
2011 Ronny Dietz Marion Lorblanchet
2012 Nicolas Lebrun Helena Erbenova
2013 Felix Schumann Helena Erbenova
2014 Ruben Ruzafa Kathrin Mueller
2015 Ben Allen Helena Erbenova

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

Erbenova made it mathematically impossible for anyone to catch her after today’s win and Roger Serrano nearly did the same thing with his second-place showing.   With three races to go only Francois Carloni and Ruben Ruzafa have a mathematical chance at catching Serrano.  For Ruzafa to contend he’d have to do the XTERRA Denmark / XTERRA European Championship double – a tough task as Denmark is on Saturday, August 29th and the European Championship in England is on Sunday, August 30th.  Not impossible, but not easy.  And while there are a myriad of scenarios where Carloni could catch Serrano all are tough and Serrano does hold his destiny in his own hands.  With wins at the last three races (Germany, Denmark, England) nobody could match his final points score.  XTERRA European Tour Points Rules Document.

2015 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS              
After 9 – 8.8.15                    
                       
Men     S S G S G G S G G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 526 67 56 82 67 82 DNS DNS 82 90
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 422 47 67 75 61 DNS 82 DNS 90 DNS
3 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 375 DNS 75 100 DNS DNS 100 DNS 100 DNS
4 Jan Pyott, SUI 347 DNS 23 49 DNS 69 DNS 61 63 82
5 Kris Coddens, BEL 232 DNS DNS DNS 75 90 DNS 67 DNS DNS
6 Jan Kubicek, CZE 222 39 DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS 51 DNS 69
7 Albert Soley, ESP 219 43 39 90 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
8 Henry Sleight, GBR 210 DNS 25 DNS 33 58 49 DNS 45 DNS
9 Arthur Forissier, FRA 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS DNS DNS
10 Markus Benesch, AUT 149 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 69 37
11 Tomas Kubek, SVK 145 DNS 43 DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
12 Yeray Luxem, BEL 136 DNS 61 DNS DNS 75 DNF DNS DNS DNS
13 Martial Schmidt, FRA 132 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 34 DNS 49 DNS
14 Veit Hönle, GER 131 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 37 DNS DNS 41
15 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 122 75 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 118 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNF 58 DNS
17 Xavier Riart, ESP 105 36 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS
18 Tim Van Daele, BEL 103 25 27 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 James Walker, GBR 102 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS 47 34 DNS
20 Malte Plappert, GER 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 31
21 Ben Allen, AUS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
22 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 92 56 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Bradley Weiss, RSA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNF
24 Sam Osborne, NZL 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS
25 Jim Thijs, BEL 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
26 Michael Szymoniuk, AUT 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
27 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 66 21 DNP DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP 63 DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Damien Guillemet, FRA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNF DNS
30 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Ruben Salmeron, ESP 58 DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Rory Downie, GBR 58 33 DNP DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Damien Derobert, FRA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
34 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58
35 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 57 DNS 30 DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Lars Erik Fricke, GER 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
38 Jose Borrino, ESP 53 DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Tomas Jiranek, CZE 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
40 Fabio Guidelli, ITA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS
41 Pavel Andreev, RUS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
42 Clement Briere, FRA 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF
43 Hector Guerra, ESP 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS
44 Vaclav Holub, CZE 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
45 Juan Gracia, ESP 45 DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Florian Luquet, FRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
47 Jan Francke, CZE 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
48 Christopher Schwab, AUT 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNF
49 Dominique Fernando, ESP 41 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
50 Antonello Pallotta, ITA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS
51 Juan Marti, ESP 37 DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Marc Pschebizin, GER 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS
53 Marco Spadaccia, ITA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS
54 Grigoris Souvatzoglou, GRE 36 DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
55 Carlos Martinez, ESP 34 DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
56 Pavel Jindra, CZE 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
57 Jens Roth, GER 33 DNS 33 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
58 Sergio Espejo, ESP 31 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
59 Dr. Felix Schumann, GER 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNF DNS
60 Javier Oliver, ESP 28 DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
61 Sebastian Veith, GER 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS
62 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 27 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
63 Nicolas Corentin, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
64 Matt Dewis, GBR 23 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
65 Simone Calamai, ITA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
66 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL 21 DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
Wom     S S G S G G S G G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 607 DNS 67 100 75 x82 90 75 100 100
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 536 75 61 90 67 90 63 x61 DNS 90
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 387 DNS DNS DNS 61 100 DNF 67 90 69
4 Louise Fox, GBR 340 51 51 82 56 63 37 DNS DNS DNS
5 Jessica Roberts, GBR 259 47 DNF DNS 51 53 45 DNS 63 DNS
6 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 211 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 75
7 Karin Hansen, SUI 197 43 47 DNS DNS 49 DNF DNS 58 DNS
8 Kathrin Mueller, GER 175 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS
9 Morgane Riou, FRA 156 DNS 56 DNS 47 DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
10 Myriam Guillot, FRA 151 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 82 DNS DQ DNS
11 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 138 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS
12 Maud Golsteyn, NED 136 61 DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 99 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS 58
14 Jacqui Slack, GBR 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82
15 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
16 Renata Bucher, SUI 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
17 Olga Parfinenko, RUS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
18 Verena Eisenbarth, GER 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
19 Ladina Buss, SUI 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Becci Kaltenmeier, GER 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
21 Sabina Rzepka, POL 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS
22 Elke Innerebner, ITA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
23 Celine Augueux, FRA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
24 Genziana Cenni, ITA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
25 Sofia Brites, POR 43 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Deniz Dimaki, GRE 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

Next up: August 15 – XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Czech Championship was the 28th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter (Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady)
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest (Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley)
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound (Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady)
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona)
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

Erbenova

Ruzafa, Erbenova win XTERRA Italy

(Lago di Scanno, Abruzzo) – Reigning and three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa of Spain and Helena Erbenova of the Czech Republic won the XTERRA Italy Championship in Scanno this afternoon.

It’s the 14th straight major for Ruzafa and his 4th in a row on this year’s XTERRA European Tour.  Ruzafa hasn’t lost an XTERRA Championship race since winning the 2013 World Championship.

For Erbenova it marks the end of an incredible two months where she raced eight times in eight weeks.  During the stretch she won at XTERRA Spain, XTERRA Greece, XTERRA Sweden, and today in Italy.

“So many races and I knew I couldn’t be in top form at all of them but just tried to do my best,” said Erbenova, a two-time XTERRA European Tour Champion.  “I enjoy the races, to be at such amazing places and meet amazing people.  Now I’d like to have a good rest and spend some time with my daughter!”

Ruben Ruzafa

XTERRA Managing Director Dave Nicholas was on-site to take in all the action and brings us this report…

After two years of hard rain and cold weather the day could not have been more perfect for XTERRA Italy.  And, another perfect day for the unstoppable Ruben Ruzafa and 3-time Italy winner Helena Erbenova.

Ruben took the win by 5 1/2 minutes over Francois Carloni.  For Carloni, second was a complete surprise.

“I came this morning thinking I cannot finish because I cannot run.  Yesterday my back was terrible and my knee terrible because of a fall last week,” he grinned.  “But today I am the most surprised person here because everything went perfect.  I could run better than I have all year.”

As for Ruben – he laughed at Carloni saying “I tried to go ahead of Francois and pull him a little bit, but every time I passed him, he comes and passes me back.  Finally at the top of the big hill I got ahead and stayed ahead.”

Roger Serrano had another good performance with a solid 3rd.  As usual Serrano had the big lead from the swim, but “Ruben and Carloni are just too strong on the bike now,” he said.

The best story of the day has to be Belgian Jim Thijs and his Italian partner Elisabetta Curridori.  They have been together now for a while and both have been racing XTERRA for many years.  Elisabetta comes from a Sardinia family of XTERRA champions and has graduated to elite this year.  Jim Thijs ran by me yelling “JIMBO IS BACK.”  The reason why this is such a great story is the couple both finished fourth.  Jim has had trouble this year after having been a contender years ago.  It was a great day for Italy with Elisabetta 4th woman and age grouper Francesca Figini 5th overall and a total of three Italian men in the top 10 overall.

Winner Erbenova said she had a terrible swim, but she always says this.

“I had a really good bike, but it was so hard,” she smiled.

Starting the first loop of 18K Carina Wasle and Curridori led into town but Erbenova was coming on strong.  The always smiling Myriam Guillot-Boisset was 4th in town just behind Renata Bucher.  By the time the women came back to town to start the shorter second loop Helena was up by two minutes.

“Carina passed me on the downhill so fast” said Erbenova.

“I was really happy with my downhill” said the tiny Austrian Wasle.

Guillot-Boisset had a fall on the downhill and had to fix her bike.  “This took so much energy because I am not so good fixing the bike” she said.  But Myriam kept her 3rd place on the bike and for 3rd woman overall.  Renata had won the ETU race last weekend and was a bit tired coming in.  She relinquished 4th to Elisabetta on the run but continued to a top 5 finish.

A great race with smiles everywhere.  The village of Scanno was totally crazy.  Businesses were open with bikers and runners whizzing by.  Tourists out for a stroll walked the streets and bikers had to sometimes swerve to miss them.  The marshals did what they could, but the citizens and visitors were so thrilled seeing this colorful event there were times you could count dozens of phones taking videos and photos and people jostling to get a better view.

The vibe through town stayed constant all day.  Riders come up to the village from transition then take a hard right turn down a few sets of stairs making a loop in town and climbing back up just a few feet from where they descended minutes ago.  Red Bull had their disco wagon at this spot and the music rocked all afternoon.  It was truly exciting.  Think of hundreds of bikers climbing past 1,000-year-old churches on cobbled streets, blasting down steps past fruit stands, climbing back up again past restaurants and more fabulous, ancient stone houses and then disappearing up into the mountain – only to come and do it again on the second lap.  Some might say there is too much biking on the rough streets of Scanno, but nobody that raced here would agree.  This is one tough, hard course that simply everyone enjoys to the max.  It took the amazing Ruben Ruzafa nearly 3 hours to finish; that should say enough.

The event ended with a big Abruzzo BBQ at the main compound.  The DJ kept the music going, the announcers hailed every finisher.  It was one heck of a day.  Why weren’t you here?

Pro Men Results

Pl Name Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 2:52:49 100
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:58:23 90
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 3:03:26 82
4 Jim Thijs, BEL 3:05:27 75
5 Markus Benesch, AUT 3:06:30 69
6 Jan Pyott, SUI 3:11:43 63
7 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 3:13:11 58
8 Fabio Guidelli, ITA 3:13:26 53
9 Martial Schmidt, FRA 3:13:42 49
10 Henry Sleight, GBR 3:16:11 45

Also: Antonello Pallotta (41), Marco Spadaccia (37), James Walker (34)

Pro Women Results

Pl Name Time Points
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:24:02 100
2 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:28:57 90
3 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 3:37:16 82
4 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:41:23 75
5 Olga Parfinenko, RUS 3:52:01 69
6 Jessie Roberts, GBR 3:52:21 63
7 Karin Hansen, SUI 3:53:25 58
8 Sabina Rzepka, POL 4:01:49 53
9 Genziana Cenni, ITA 4:04:30 49

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XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

XTERRA Italy was the eighth of 12 races in the XTERRA European Tour, and the fourth of seven Gold level events.  Elite athletes count their best four (4) Gold and three (3) Silver finishes.  Elites can compete in as many events as they wish, but will count only their best four Gold and three Silver finishes. How it Works.

*Tentative standings, pending final Italy results for elite finishers past top 10 men / top 5 women.

Next up: August 8 – XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*

2015 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS

Men S S G S G G S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 436 67 56 82 67 82 DNS DNS 82
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 422 47 67 75 61 DNS 82 DNS 90
3 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 375 DNS 75 100 DNS DNS 100 DNS 100
4 Jan Pyott, SUI 265 DNS 23 49 DNS 69 DNS 61 63
5 Kris Coddens, BEL 232 DNS DNS DNS 75 90 DNS 67 DNS
6 Albert Soley, ESP 219 43 39 90 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
7 Henry Sleight, GBR 210 DNS 25 DNS 33 58 49 DNS 45
8 Arthur Forissier, FRA 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS DNS
9 Jan Kubicek, CZE 153 39 DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS 51 DNS
10 Yeray Luxem, BEL 136 DNS 61 DNS DNS 75 DNF DNS DNS
11 Martial Schmidt, FRA 132 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 34 DNS 49
12 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 122 75 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 118 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNF 58
14 Markus Benesch, AUT 112 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 69
15 Xavier Riart, ESP 105 36 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF
16 Tim Van Daele, BEL 103 25 27 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
17 James Walker, GBR 102 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS 47 34
18 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 92 56 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Veit Hönle, GER 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 37 DNS DNS
20 Bradley Weiss, RSA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS
21 Tomas Kubek, SVK 82 DNS 43 DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Sam Osborne, NZL 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
23 Jim Thijs, BEL 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
24 Malte Plappert, GER 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS
25 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 66 21 DNP DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
26 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP 63 DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Damien Guillemet, FRA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNF
28 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Ruben Salmeron, ESP 58 DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Rory Downie, GBR 58 33 DNP DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Damien Derobert, FRA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS
32 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 57 DNS 30 DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Lars Erik Fricke, GER 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
35 Jose Borrino, ESP 53 DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Tomas Jiranek, CZE 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS
37 Fabio Guidelli, ITA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
38 Clement Briere, FRA 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Hector Guerra, ESP 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF
40 Juan Gracia, ESP 45 DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
41 Florian Luquet, FRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS
42 Christopher Schwab, AUT 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS
43 Dominique Fernando, ESP 41 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
44 Antonello Pallotta, ITA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
45 Juan Marti, ESP 37 DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Marc Pschebizin, GER 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS
47 Marco Spadaccia, ITA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
48 Grigoris Souvatzoglou, GRE 36 DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Carlos Martinez, ESP 34 DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
50 Jens Roth, GER 33 DNS 33 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
51 Sergio Espejo, ESP 31 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Dr. Felix Schumann, GER 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNF
53 Javier Oliver, ESP 28 DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
54 Sebastian Veith, GER 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS
55 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 27 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
56 Nicolas Corentin, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS
57 Matt Dewis, GBR 23 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
58 Simone Calamai, ITA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS
59 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL 21 DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
Women S S G S G G S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 589 DNS 67 100 75 82 90 75 100
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 446 75 61 90 67 90 63 x61 DNS
3 Louise Fox, GBR 340 51 51 82 56 63 37 DNS DNS
4 Carina Wasle, AUT 318 DNS DNS DNS 61 100 DNF 67 90
5 Jessica Roberts, GBR 259 47 DNF DNS 51 53 45 DNS 63
6 Myriam Guillot, FRA 151 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 82 DNS DQ
7 Karin Hansen, SUI 197 43 47 DNS DNS 49 DNF DNS 58
8 Kathrin Mueller, GER 175 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS
9 Morgane Riou, FRA 156 DNS 56 DNS 47 DNS 53 DNS DNS
10 Maud Golsteyn, NED 136 61 DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
11 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 136 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS
12 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 138 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82
13 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS
14 Renata Bucher, SUI 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
15 Olga Parfinenko, RUS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
16 Ladina Buss, SUI 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
17 Becci Kaltenmeier, GER 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS
18 Celine Augueux, FRA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
19 Sabina Rzepka, POL 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
20 Genziana Cenni, ITA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
21 Sofia Brites, POR 43 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Deniz Dimaki, GRE 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS
24 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Italy Championship was the 26th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter (Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady)
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest (Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley)
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound (Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady)
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

Joshua Merrick

Merrick, Schymik win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km Trail Run

Photo Gallery / Complete Results

(Avon, CO) – Joshua Merrick and Anissa Schymik captured the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km trail run on a brisk but perfect running day in the mountains at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, CO with winning times of 1:16:34 and 1:38:13, respectively.

Merrick, one day removed from winning the overall amateur title at Saturday’s XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon made it a double today as he led from start to finish. Setting a blazing 6:29 pace, the Alamosa, Colorado resident, finished nearly nine minutes ahead of runner-up Alex Lieber from Boulder, Colorado.

“I just tried to go out hard to get a gap so I could relax and run my own race. Once I got away it was managing the hills, trying to get as much distance on the down where you’re relaxing as much as possible and trying to stay upright. It was wet out there.”

On racing yesterday, “It was just waking up this morning hoping my legs weren’t full of lead. Actually, I didn’t feel too bad today .. I was a little surprised.”

The 20km course featured more than 2,000-feet of vertical climbing.

Anissa Schmik

In the women’s race Schymik ran uncontested using her 26 years of trail running experience to put a gap of nearly 14 minutes between her and runner-up Leslie St.Louis from Morrison, Colorado.

“It was totally unexpected. The second lap was actually easier the first. Two laps courses actually work to your advantage for strategy and pacing.”

The Littleton, Colorado local added, “The course is gorgeous, through the aspens, through the wildflowers. The upper meadows area through the aspen is just beautiful.”

Today’s Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km Trail Run was the final of four races in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. The top runners in every age group for the 20km course of the Beaver Creek Trail Run received points toward the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series standings and each division champion was awarded a complimentary entry into the 2015 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship to be held December 6 at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

Final series standings can be viewed here https://results.events.com/showview.html#/public-result/33.
For more information on the XTERRA Trail Running Series visit www.xterratrailrun.com.

More than 200 runners from 21 states and Mexico took part in today’s 20K, 10K and 5K races. Bryan Perrott and Alayna Szuch won the 10K while Jake Borel and Savannah Wimon took the 5K titles.

SPECIAL THANKS

The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run was presented by Paul Mitchell and XTERRA Travel, and sponsored by Beaver Creek Resort, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, XTERRA Optic Nerve, LifeProof, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, the town of Avon, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, Utah Sports Commission, Salming, XTERRA Boards, and Outrigger Resorts.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988. It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2015 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 35 countries worldwide. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990. View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.

Josiah Middaugh

Middaugh, Duffy win XTERRA Mountain Championship

(Beaver Creek Resort/Avon, CO) – Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy captured the 7th annual XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon pro race titles on a picture perfect day at Beaver Creek Resort in the Rocky Mountains around Avon, Colorado this morning.

It’s Middaugh’s third straight win on his home course and fourth in five years. It’s also his second win in a row on the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series and puts him in prime position to capture his third straight Series title in Utah this September. Of note, Middaugh won his first-ever XTERRA major at the Mountain Championship when it was held in Keystone, Colorado in 2004. This is his 16th career XTERRA title.

The 36-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado is living proof that you can’t win the race in the swim. He exited the 68-degree water of Nottingham Lake about 2:30 back of rookie Eli Hemming and the established XTERRA core of racers Branden Rakita, Brad Zoller, Braden Currie, and Ben Hoffman.

At mile 3.5 Currie had nine seconds on Hoffman, more than a minute on Rakita and Rom Akerson, and Middaugh was 1:35 back. By T2 after several thousand feet of climbing up the mountain Middaugh had a 40-second lead on Currie and one-minute on Hoffman. Two miles into the run that lead had stretched to two minutes and he crossed the line in 2:07:26, followed by Hoffman in 2:09:10 and Currie in 2:10:50.

Josiah had this to say about his march up the mountain.

“Ben and Braden had a pretty big lead out of the water and they kept that lead all the way up the first climb.

I reeled them in at about mile ten on the bike so I had a lot of work to do to get to them. I tried to put a little bit of a cushion on them coming into the run. Luckily I had 40-50 seconds coming into the run.

Last year I had a really good race here. Today really felt like a struggle.”

It’s Hoffman’s second straight runner-up here, and he was third in each of the previous two tries.  With his third-place showing today Currie moves into 2nd place in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series standings and could take the Series with a win at the USA Championship combined with a third-place or lower finish by Middaugh in Utah.

XTERRA Costa Rica Champion Rom Akerson finished in fourth and Alex Modestou placed fifth for the second straight season.

PRO MEN 



Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh 36 Eagle-Vail, Colorado 2:07:26 100
2 Ben Hoffman 31 Boulder, Colorado 2:09:10 90
3 Braden Currie 29 Wanaka, New Zealand 2:10:50 82
4 Rom Akerson 30 Tambor, Costa Rica 2:15:19 75
5 Alex Modestou 28 Durham, North Carolina 2:15:32 69
6 Ryan Ignatz 36 Boulder, Colorado 2:17:04 63
7 Chris Legh 42 Lyons, Colorado (AUS) 2:19:55 58
8 Brad Zoller 37 Avon, Colorado 2:20:17 53
9 Chris Ganter 36 Boise, Idaho 2:22:36 49
10 Thomas Spannring 39 Longmont, Colorado 2:23:14 45
Also: Chris Foster (41), Eli Hemming (37), James Hadley (34), Branden Rakita (31), Ben Torvik (28), Jimmy Archer (NP)
Flora Duffy

In the women’s race the reigning XTERRA World Champion Flora Duffy’s reign of dominance continued.

A week after finishing third at the PanAm Games road triathlon in Toronto, Duffy proved she’s just as strong on a mountain bike and trails. The 27-year-old from Devonshire, Bermuda had the fastest swim, bike, and run to take the tape in 2:22:41, more than six-minutes ahead of runner-up Emma Garrard.

The victory marks her 11th XTERRA win in her last 12 tries since the start of the 2014 season.

After catching her breath at the finish Flora had this to say about her race, “I made sure I didn’t go out too hard. Swam within myself. I came out onto the bike feeling pretty good. Much better than I thought. Again tried to ride within myself. I had a power-meter on my bike so I knew what watts I wanted to ride. Stuck to those. Tried to keep it smooth through any technical bits then onto the run… the run hurt… a lot. Unbelievable actually. I was just survival mode out there. Went out hard to the top of the hill then worked on good turnover on the descents.

Focused on my own race and raced within myself and that’s all you really can do.”

Behind Duffy, Emma Garrard was having a great day of her own. She posted the third-best swim, got ahead of Sara McLarty early on the bike and had the second-fastest ride and run times to finish in 2:28:43, nearly six-minutes ahead of Schuler.

It’s Garrard’s fifth straight runner-up finish this year and she’s now placed 2nd at all eight regional championship races over the past two seasons. Sara Schuler ran her way into third, Jaime Brede had a career-best day to finish fourth, and last month’s XTERRA East Champion Suzie Snyder finished fifth.

In a pre-race preview piece Garrard had predicted the podium quite nicely, saying “If there’s one athlete who suits this course it is mountain goat momma Sara as she has the podiums here to prove it. If there’s local gal for this race it’s Jaime Brede who I’m sure knows the course better than the rest of us and had a breakthrough race here last year with a 5th place. Based on her 3rd place at the Go Pro Mtn Games and ample preparation at altitude she can certainly improve this year. Suzie living closer to the mountains will surely make her faster this year, plus coming off a win in Richmond. Then of course there’s Flora Duffy, who will be about a mile ahead with Sara McLarty before the rest of us even touch our bikes. Flora proved last year and early season this year she can dominate on any XTERRA course in any condition. She is back in action after injury placing 3rd in last weekend’s Pan Am games doing most of the work at the front of the bike with a race best swim and solid run to match…”

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PRO WOMEN



Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Flora Duffy 27 Devonshire, Bermuda 2:22:41 100
2 Emma Garrard 33 Park City, Utah 2:28:43 90
3 Sara Schuler 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:34:36 82
4 Jaime Brede 38 Breckenridge, Colorado 2:36:56 75
5 Suzie Snyder 33 Reno, Nevada 2:38:01 69
6 Tamara Donelson 39 Edwards, Colorado 2:42:21 63
7 Maia Ignatz 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:45:47 58
8 Sara McLarty 32 Clermont, Florida 2:55:51 53
9 Debby Sullivan 33 Rocklin, California 2:56:09 49
10 Caroline Colonna 52 Taos, New Mexico 3:04:32 45
Also: Rebecca Blatt (41)

MIDDAUGH, GARRARD LEAD XTERRA U.S. PRO SERIES

The men’s and women’s XTERRA U.S. Pro Series title chase will come down to the final race at the USA Championship in Ogden, Utah on September 19th.  Both current leaders – Josiah Middaugh and Emma Garrard – control their own fate and can secure the crowns with a win at Nationals (or by simply finishing in front of Currie and Snyder, respectively).  For Currie, a win combined with a 3rd or worse from Middaugh would score him the Series win.  For Snyder, a win in Utah would be enough to overcome Garrard, and their are several other possibilities based on outcome that become fairly complicated.
PRO MEN

Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA x90 90 100 100 290
2 Braden Currie, NZL DNS 100 90 82 272
3 Chris Ganter, USA 82 82 75 x49 239
4 Branden Rakita, USA 69 63 69 x31 201
5 Ryan Ignatz, USA x45 53 82 63 198
6 Alex Modestou, USA x49 58 63 69 190
7 Craig Evans, USA 58 75 49 DNS 182
8 Brad Zoller, USA 53 x49 53 53 159
9 Karsten Madsen, CAN 63 DNF 58 DNS 121
10 Francisco Serrano, MEX 100 DNS DNS DNS 100
11 Ben Hoffman, USA DNS DNS DNS 90 90
12 Chris Foster, USA DNS 45 DNS 41 86
13 Ben Allen, AUS 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
14 Rom Akerson, CRC DNS DNS DNS 75 75
15 James Hadley, GBR 37 DNS DNS 34 71
16 Olly Shaw, NZL DNS 69 DNF DNS 69
17 Chris Legh, AUS DNS DNS DNS 58 58
18 Ben Collins, USA DNS DNS 45 DNS 45
19 Thomas Spannring, USA DNS DNS DNS 45 45
20 JP Donovan, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS 41
21 Will Ross, USA DNS 41 DNS DNS 41
22 Ian King, USA DNS DNS 41 DNS 41
23 Eli Hemming, USA DNS DNS DNS 37 37
24 Jimmy Archer, USA 34 DNS DNS DNP 34
25 Kyle Hughes, USA 31 DNS DNS DNS 31
26 Ben Torvik, USA DNS DNS DNS 28 28

PRO WOMEN

Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Emma Garrard, USA x90 90 90 90 270
2 Suzie Snyder, USA 82 82 100 x69 264
3 Lesley Paterson, GBR 100 100 DNS DNS 200
4 Sara Schuler, USA 58 58 DNS 82 198
5 Maia Ignatz, USA x49 63 75 58 196
6 Kara LaPoint, USA 63 53 69 DNS 185
7 Catherine Sterling, USA DNS 75 82 DNS 157
8 Debby Sullivan, USA 45 x31 58 49 152
9 Sara McLarty, USA x41 45 49 53 147
10 Brittany Webster, CAN 69 DNS 63 DNS 132
11 Jaime Brede, USA DNS 49 DNS 75 124
12 Rebecca Blatt, USA x31 34 45 41 120
13 Flora Duffy, BER DNS DNS DNS 100 100
14 Emily Bashton, USA DNF 37 53 DNS 90
15 Caroline Colonna, USA 37 DNS DNS 45 82
16 Melanie McQuaid, CAN 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
17 Christine Jeffrey, CAN DNS 69 DNF DNS 69
18 Tamara Donelson, AUS DNS DNS DNS 63 63
19 Katie Button, CAN 53 DNF DNS DNS 53
20 Amelia McCracken, USA DNS 41 DNS DNS 41
21 Lauren Thompson, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS 34
Joshua Merrick

MERRICK, BAKER TAKE AMATEUR TITLES

Joshua Merrick from Alamosa, Colorado finished eleventh overall and roughly two minutes faster than Bryce Phinney of Broomfield, Colorado to capture the men’s amateur title today.

Sonora, California’s Julie Baker was the sixth overall woman and top women’s amateur. Finishing three minutes faster than former XTERRA Amateur World Champ Elizabeth Gruber from Colorado Springs, CO.

XTERRA MTN CHAMPIONS (FEMALE AGE GROUP)

Division Name Time Hometown
25 – 29 Elizabeth Gruber 2:44:59 Colorado Springs, CO
30 – 34 Whitney Barrett 2:52:04 Golden, CO
35 – 39  Julie Baker 2:41:23 Sonora, CA
40 – 44 Christena Ward 2:58:58 Dillon, CO
45 – 49 Lori Cooper 3:16:57 Trophy Club, TX
50 – 54 Paula Maresh 3:13:06 Littleton, CO
55 – 59 Sharon McDowell-Larsen 2:56:04 Colorado Springs, CO
60 – 64 Cindi Toepel 3:28:40 Littleton, CO
65 – 69 Libby Harrow 4:58:12 Fruita, CO

XTERRA MTN CHAMPIONS (MALE AGE GROUP)

Division Name Time Hometown
15  – 19 Nelson Hegg 2:33:27 Boulder, CO
20-24 Jeff Sabatka 2:25:57 Gunnison, CO
25 – 29 Kris Ochs 2:31:46 Vail, CO
30 – 34  Joshua Merrick 2:23:16 Alamosa, CO
35 – 39 Bryce Phinney 2:25:23 Broomfield, CO
40 – 44 Ryan McMullen 2:39:13 Colorado Springs, CO
45 – 49 Stephen White 2:32:35 Avon, CO
50 – 54 Dennis Farrell 2:38:35 Morrison, CO
55 – 59 Cliff Millemann 2:59:28 Davis, CA
60 – 64 Peter Dann 2:50:07 Eagle, CO
65-69 David Rakita 3:23:01 Durango, CO
70-74 G L Brown 5:28:51 Ada, MI
Clydesdale Robin Krejci 4:24:22 Columbus, OH

* Top Amateur


Next up:
The XTERRA USA Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on September 19.

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Mountain Championship was the 26th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter (Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady)
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest (Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley)
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

The XTERRA Mountain Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell and XTERRA Travel, and sponsored by Beaver Creek Resort, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, XTERRA Optic Nerve, LifeProof, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, the town of Avon, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, Utah Sports Commission, Salming, XTERRA Boards, and Outrigger Resorts.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988.                                                             It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2015 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 35 countries worldwide. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990. View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.