Dougal Allan

Allan, Maier/Simson win Motatapu

Results / Full Release

Some wild weather came through the South Island of New Zealand on Saturday making for some tricky conditions for both racers and organizers at the XTERRA Motatapu off-road triathlon.

With heavy rain the morning of the race, the course was muddier and wetter than previous years, which appealed to many competitors citing “the challenging and brutal course” a great personal challenge.

Throughout the day organizers with a team of officials experienced in local rivers, monitored the rising river levels as the morning rain flushed down the valleys.

Near midday, high river levels meant it was unsafe for competitors to continue crossing the last river on the course. As a result, and for the continued safety of all competitors, a course diversion was put in place 2km up the Arrow River which meant competitors completed two different routes on the day.

Wanaka triathlete Dougal Allan backed up a strong performance in Challenge Wanaka just two weeks ago to come in first place, edging 24-year-old Oliver Shaw with a time of 4:27:41.

“Yea it was a tough day out there!” exclaimed Shaw, who took the runner-up spot for the second straight year. “The conditions were brutal. Some of the worst I have raced in with single digit temperatures and heavy rain making for a very slow and hard race! For a comparison to last year, I think the everyone averaged around 30 minutes or more slower this time around. The organizers do a great job of informing people that you are racing in an alpine environment and this year everyone saw firsthand just how fast things can change up there. The rivers rose dramatically making for some exciting and technical river crossings! It was also noticeable how much they had risen from when we crossed them on the bike, compared to the end of the run where they would have been at least 50cm deeper!

I had a tough day out there. It’s always interesting racing in cold conditions and personally I didn’t feel my hands or feet until I got to the run! I had a great swim to get a lead on the rest of the field but the storming Dougal Allan caught me on the bike and flew past. I managed to stay close and just trail him into T2. We stayed really close for the first 15 minutes of the run but when we reached the technical track Dougal took off and I wasn’t able to follow, being a bit restricted with the movement in my hip. Dougal was having a great run though and comfortably took the win. I managed to hold onto 2nd and come across the line feeling relieved to have crossed the line after the long and tough race!”

Competing in his first Motatapu XTERRA– he’s done the Speight’s Mountain Bike race twice – Allan said he was feeling pretty fit coming into the race, despite two big races in recent weeks.

“It was a fantastic race. I was really happy with my swim, but then the bike and run felt a little hard and I was always looking for Oliver to pass me. But then I thought, do you know what, do you want another 2nd or 3rd placing or do you want to win this,” said Allan.         “This is a really great race and with today’s weather, people are even more jubilant coming across the finish line. Full credit to everyone out there today, just getting to the finish line is a huge achievement.”

Taking out the female elite title in the XTERRA UDC Triathlon, Wanaka locals Simone Maier and Jess Simson made a pact half way through the 47km mountain bike ride that they’d “finish the race together.”

Both athletes competed in the Motatapu off the back of strong performances in Challenge Wanaka and the Coast to Coast and both admitted to “feeling a little tired.” The duo crossed the line with a skip and a hop to finish neck and neck with a joint first place time of 5:32:36 – the first time in race history there has been a joint winner.

“The conditions weren’t that bad,” said Maier. “I was expecting a lot worse but it was fine, I was just feeling tired after Challenge and also lack of sleep watching my friends compete in Godzone this week. So it was nice that Jess and I could sit back and chat on the ride.”

Coast to Coast winner Jess Simson competed in the XTERRA UDC Triathlon for the first time and said it was “really cool to finish first equal”.

“We were both feeling like sacks in this event,” said Simson. “Normally we can blitz this sort of thing but we know our bodies are tired. We’re both really proud because we’ve both done some big efforts lately and to be able to come and do this in a decent time is sweet. We’re happy.”

“It was quite muddy on the bike and the run was a bit slippery, but the swim was nice being calm and the water was warm. There’s something quite cool about going from Wanaka to Arrowtown under your own steam. Normally you drive that. The Motatapu valley is extremely typical of Central Otago, it’s quite beautiful.”

marais

Marais, Duffy win XTERRA South Africa Championship

Complete Results / Photos Part I / Photos Part II / Highlight Video

(Grabouw, Western Cape) - Stuart Marais and Flora Duffy took home the titles at the 12th annual TOTALSPORTS XTERRA South Africa Championship in front of a packed house at the magnificent Grabouw Country Club on Sunday.

Both Marais and Duffy grinded out convincing wins to claim the lions’ share of the new and improved R249,000 prize purse but the day’s story lines ran much deeper.

The drama started early with a magical African sunrise lighting up the skyline in bright orange and yellow coupled with word that four-time XTERRA World Champion Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz had pulled from the line-up due to a nasty cold.

With defending champion Dan Hugo also on the sidelines, missing his first showcase event since retiring in the off-season, the race was without not only the two biggest XTERRA stars in South Africa but perhaps the two biggest forces in off-road triathlon over the last decade.

In their place Mother Nature – the constant in all of XTERRA – showed up in full strength as if to express her displeasure with Stoltz and Hugo for not racing.  An unseasonable cold front complete with blustery winds rolled in overnight and dropped the water temps in the small lake by more than two degrees, turning a non-wetsuit swim into a wetsuit optional affair and sending unprepared elites scrambling to find some rubber to swim in.

Eventual winner Stuart Marias was the most notable of those affected but was saved by his mate Niel Swanepoel.

“In the buildup to the event I didn’t know it would be a wetsuit event and didn’t even pack my wetsuit in so when they announced it would be a wetsuit swim I was caught very off-guard.  Fortunately my mate, who finished second in his age-group today, relinquished his suit just so he could put me on the front foot today,” explained an appreciative Marais to the crowd at awarding.

Marias took full advantage and exited the water just 30-seconds or so behind the leaders then took off like a man possessed passing Bradley Weiss, Roger Serrano, and Theo Blignaut in the first 5K of the bike and built an insurmountable lead from there that was never truly challenged.

“Stuart was just one-notch up,” said Weiss, the winner of the XTERRA Philippines Championship earlier this month who came in 2nd today.  “He was in control the whole day, and he still had a few gears left that he could turn on for the run if he needed.”

In the three previous SA Championship races Marais had finished 2nd twice (last year and 2012) and fourth in 2013.  He said winning it all and joining a cast of local legends like Stoltz, Hugo, and Richard Murray is unforgettable.

“I spent a lot of time out here on this course getting to know every little rock and turn and bit of sand and I suppose that makes the difference between winning and losing.  I did my homework and the plan worked out pretty good,” said Marais.

It also seems Marais fits the proto-type of the “built tough” South African to the tee…

“I like to think of myself as a tough folk, I grew up on a farm in Eastern Cape and we were dairy farmers, citrus farmers, and always playing in the mud whether it was on bikes or running barefoot.  That’s our vibe and that’s what XTERRA is all about.  It’s a lifestyle event where the hard guy usually wins and I thought I was a bit harder than everybody else today maybe.”

Roger Serrano rode brilliantly all day to finish third, and also pulled off a classy move by sharing his bike bottle with Weiss on the course after Weiss lost his on the route.  Blignaut turned it on during the run and nearly caught Serrano at the finish, placing fourth just 15 seconds back.

Of note, Stoltz was on-hand cheering for his fellow countrymen and women and the visiting international elites he graciously hosted in the week leading up to the race.  Hugo, still in top shape, did the swim as part of a relay team then rode around on course in great support of his extended racing family.  And, the early morning chill burned off into bright sunshine and an absolute stunning day in Grabouw.

Here’s a look at the top 20 men’s finishers…

Place First  Last Time Division
1 Stuart Marais 2:32:47 PRO M
2 Bradley Weiss 2:35:42 PRO M
3 Roger Serrano 2:37:20 PRO M
4 Theo Blignaut 2:37:35 PRO M
5 Antoine Van Heerden 2:38:34 PRO M
6 Michael Szymoniuk 2:41:13 PRO M
7 Nico Sterk 2:42:35 PRO M
8 Jan Pyott 2:43:55 PRO M
9 Aidan Nugent 2:44:51 PRO M
10 Raoul de Jongh 2:46:48 35-39 M
11 Matt Daneel 2:48:49 25-29 M
12 Jim Thijs 2:50:12 PRO M
13 DESFARGES YANNICK 2:50:40 30-34 M
14 Michael Lord 2:51:14 20-24 M
15 Niel Swanepoel 2:51:48 30-34 M
16 nicolas tauty 2:51:56 30-34 M
17 Mitchell Ginsberg 2:52:22 PRO M
18 Charl-Stephan Nienaber 2:56:05 20-24 M
19 Daniel Manwwiler 2:57:20 35-39 M
20 Rohan Kennedy 2:57:54 35-39 M

Duffy

In the women’s race the reigning XTERRA World Champion Flora Duffy was simply unstoppable.  She led everybody – men included – out of the water then rode and ran seamlessly to take the tape in 10th place overall with nearly 20 minutes to spare.

“Everything seemed to work out today.  It’s a very technical, challenging bike course so my biggest fear was flatting or having a mechanical so I was concentrating on keeping it smooth in the single track,” said Duffy, who has won nine of the 10 XTERRA Championships she has raced in since capturing the SA title last February.

“Fabulous day, this is my favorite XTERRA on the circuit. It’s the best organized, the biggest, it’s just amazing and I’m so glad I could come here and defend my title.  Last year this race kind of kicked off my year that culminated in winning Maui so to come back here as a World Champion was very special.”

Runner-up Mari Rabie, Olympian and XTERRA SA Champion in 2005 and 2010, also had a very special day but for much different reasons.

“I had myocarditis chronic heart disease for seven months and I got cleared three weeks ago now, so just happy to be back racing and I haven’t ridden technical in more than a year so my main aim was just to stay on the bike.” said Rabie, who was 3rd at XTERRA Worlds in 2012.  “It was a tough couple months, you know, when a doctor tells you that you can’t do what you want to do because you might die.   I think you appreciate this so much more when it’s taken away from you.”

Rabie said her projected window to heal was six months to two years, and she did it in just seven months.  Now she’ll chase the Rio Olympics dream before getting back into the dirt.

“If I don’t get it I’ll swap over to XTERRA to race.  I’m naturally better suited to this type of racing, and definitely after Rio I’ll be racing XTERRA,” said Rabie, who puts into perspective the huge appeal the sport has in South Africa.

“It has grown exponentially. You rock up at a race like this and see people who you went to school with and everyone who is in sport at all has been bitten by this XTERRA bug.  My Dads’ racing and he’s 63, my brother was part of a team, my uncle was part of a team, everyone is just so involved.  It’s grown massively and this is one of THE multisport events in South Africa right now.  We love being outdoors and love endurance sports.”

Carina Wasle, a two-time SA Champ (2009 and 2011), said she didn’t have her best day but still managed to finish third overall.  Wasle has made South Africa her perennial training grounds at this time of year.

“I stay here for six weeks from mid-January to early March,” said Wasle.  “It’s a great place for training and to get ready for the season.  I love this race.  The people here put so much into it.  You can see they love what they do.”

Indeed, the love for XTERRA amongst the organizers and crew is very apparent, and the attention to detail is remarkable all the way down to the hot-shower trailer they roll into the remote event.

Through word-of-mouth XTERRA South Africa has quickly turned in to a must-do event for every XTERRA racer.  The arena for it is perfect with epic, memorable trails and a well-rounded challenge.

“If you put all the best parts of the bike courses from Europe together into one you’d still come up short to this course,” said well-traveled elite Jim Thijs from Belgium.

“Twenty-years of racing around the world and this is by far, hands down, the greatest course and event I’ve been a part of,” added Jan Pyott from Switzerland.

With mainstream media coverage and a full-slate of TV shows that make stars out of XTERRA athletes the sport is in a perfect place in the Western Cape and poised to get even bigger.

The 2015 TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Grabouw presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT featured a 1.5km swim, followed by a 27km mountain bike discipline and a 12.5km trail run. For further information contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.

Here’s a look at the top 20 women’s finishers;

Place First  Last Time Division
1 Flora Duffy 2:45:27 PRO F
2 Mari Rabie 3:04:06 PRO F
3 Carina Wasle 3:06:38 PRO F
4 Nicolette Griffioen 3:08:22 PRO F
5 Sandra Koblmueller 3:08:43 PRO F
6 Ladina Buss 3:12:25 PRO F
7 Susan Sloan 3:19:26 PRO F
8 Louise Fox 3:19:30 PRO F
9 Adrienne Moolman 3:21:08 35-39 F
10 Natia Van Heerden 3:21:47 PRO F
11 Hanlie Booyens 3:23:56 40-44 F
12 Daz Parker 3:24:26 PRO F
13 Tanya Rabie 3:32:21 40-44 F
14 Amandine Galindo 3:33:18 30-34 F
15 Sylvia Van Tromp 3:34:03 PRO F
16 Rita Terblanche 3:34:59 35-39 F
17 AMY BURGER 3:35:14 25-29 F
18 Robyn Williams 3:36:48 25-29 F
19 Nicola Harcus 3:38:31 No Cat
20 Sandy Russell 3:39:54 35-39 F


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA South Africa Championship was the second of 42 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on November 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT
Jan-25 XTERRA Buffelspoort, Buffelspoort Dam, North West Province, South Africa
Feb-8 XTERRA Philippines Championship, Albay, Luzon+
Feb-22 XTERRA South Africa Championship, Grabouw, Western Cape
Mar-7 XTERRA Motatapu, South Island, New Zealand
Mar-28 XTERRA Saipan Championship, Micro Beach, CNMI+
Mar-29 XTERRA Malta, Mellieha, Malta*
Mar-29 XTERRA Costa Rica, Playa Reserva Conchal
Apr-11 XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti+
Apr-11 XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua
Apr-18 XTERRA Australia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+
XTERRA Australia Championship
Apr-25 XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA#
Apr-26 XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
May-2 XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
May-10 XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
May-16 XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
May-16 XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
Jun-7 XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
Jun-14 XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
Jun-20 XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
Jun-27 XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
Jun-27 XTERRA Norway
Jun-27 XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Triathlon Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
Jul-4 XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
Jul-5 XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
Jul-5 XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
Jul-18 XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
Jul-11 XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
Jul-25 XTERRA Ontario Series – Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
Jul-26 XTERRA Abruzzo, Lago di Scanno, Italy*
Aug-8 XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
Aug-8 XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
Aug-15 XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
Aug-16 XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
Aug-22 XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
Aug-23 XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
Aug-29 XTERRA Ontario Series – Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
Aug-29 XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
Aug-29 XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
Aug-30 XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
Sep-13 XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
Sep-19 XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
Nov-1 XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

Bradley Weiss

Weiss, Duffy win XTERRA Philippines Championship

Complete Results / Photo Gallery

February 8, 2015 (Albay, Luzon) - South Africa’s Bradley Weiss and Bermuda’s Flora Duffy captured the 5th annual XTERRA Philippines Championship race in Albay on Sunday.

The race was the first XTERRA World Championship qualifier of the season for amateurs, as well as the first race of the XTERRA Asian Tour.

It’s the second win of the season for Weiss and the eighth in nine races since last year for Duffy, the reigning XTERRA World Champion.

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

Let The Season Begin !!  Sharply at 7am the 2015 XTERRA World Tour season started here in Albay in the Philippines.  The black sand beaches of the Albay Riviera – honest that is what it is called – welcomed about 300 racers and over 1,000 spectators with some neat shore chop.  Not quite Maui, but it definitely had some local competitors concerned.

Sometimes it is nice when there is not a lot of drama to an event.  That’s what we had today.  A great event, well organized on a challenging course without a lot of drama.

We knew Bradley Weiss was coming off a win at Buffelspoort in South Africa, Ben Allen spent the winter in Australia and looked great and Mauricio Mendez is 19 and always ready.  For the women, World Champion Flora Duffy had also started her training in South Africa and Jacqui Slack was with Ben down under.  The question mark was Renata Bucher, last years winner in the Philippines, who had suffered a bad ankle sprain and had considered not racing at all.  Dimity-Lee Duke was looking quite slim and had been working on her biking skills, Mieko Carey lives in the tropics and was ready to race.  Daz Parker was here after working hard with Johnny Depp (actually trying to kill him in the film Out Of The Woods).

And so things went in the big race.  Ben and Mauricio were first out of the water with Flora right with them.  Brad was not far behind and quickly took control out on the bike turning in the fastest time of the day a bit over 2 minutes faster than Allen.  Mendez is fast improving and came into T2 about 30 seconds behind Ben. His running is no longer a surprise after coming from 13th out of T2 to 5th at the finish on Maui and he dispatched the Aussie and set off after the Springbok.  Mo put in a 40 minute 9K and gained almost 2 minutes, but was still a minute behind Weiss at the finish.

PRO MEN          
Pl Name Total Swim Bike Run
1 Brad Weiss, RSA 2:28:00 16:53 1:29:25 41:42
2 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:28:58 16:21 1:32:36 40:01
3 Ben Allen, AUS 2:33:51 16:19 1:31:54 45:38
4 Brodie Gardner, AUS 2:40:35 18:31 1:37:50 44:14
5 Charlie Epperson, USA 2:51:20 21:04 1:46:28 43:48
6 Joe Miller, PHI 3:10:48 24:06 1:58:21 48:21
7 Michal Bucek, SVK 3:14:42 18:59 1:56:28 59:15

The run is reminiscent of Maui in that the first half is all uphill and the second half all downhill.  The difference being Maui’s sand is on a beach and Albay’s is on the way up Mayon volcano.

Flora Duffy

Flora was first woman out of the water and kept the lead with the fastest bike and fastest run.  Indeed our world champ was 5th overall of the individuals bringing to mind Lesley Paterson’s phenomenal 4th here a few years ago.  Jacqui was in great shape and similar to Flora had the 2nd best swim, 2nd fastest bike and 3rd fastest run for the women and a very solid 2nd step on the podium.  Poor Mieko Carey was in 3rd coming off the bike but was hurting on the run and Aussie Dimity-Lee Duke passed her for her first podium in an XTERRA.  She was simply bubbling with joy.

PRO WOMEN        
Pl Name Total Swim Bike Run
1 Flora Duffy, BER 2:43:40 16:28 1:42:15 44:57
2 Jacqui Slack, GBR 2:56:51 18:25 1:47:39 50:47
3 Dimity-Lee Duke, AUS 3:03:18 20:18 1:54:08 48:52
4 Mieko Carey, JPN 3:06:39 19:51 1:51:43 55:05
5 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:12:53 21:06 1:52:34 59:13
6 Daz Parker, GBR 3:19:16 22:15 2:01:41 55:20
7 Aya Stevens, SVK 3:20:07 20:23 2:07:07 52:37

So the expected happened.  A few nice surprises to start the year were Dimity looking very strong and young Aussie pro Brodie Gardner with an impressive 4th place.  Aya Stevens was back after an injury kept her out in 2014 and while not super-fast, did finish and finish healthy.

This is the 5th edition of XTERRA Philippines and it is a totally new location. Albay is an easy 30 minute flight out of Manila and sits on a beautiful Pacific Ocean bay.  The key feature is the most impressive Mayon Volcano.  Mayon is active and in the morning, before the clouds set in, you can see steam coming from the tip.  She has been active for hundreds of years (perhaps thousands) and is most responsible for the great black sand beaches and thousands of big and small lava rocks that sit everywhere.  Mayon is the history of Albay.

No matter where we go, the hospitality and organization of Sunrise events is simply superb.  Every foreign entrant is simply amazed at how easily things flow and the level or hospitality given to the athletes.  This includes local entertainers, singers, dancers at the athlete briefing and dinner and even at the awards stage. It is why a great age group champ like Dave DeSantis from Boston keeps coming back.  The Philippines is a very happy place to visit and an even better place to race.

XTERRA ASIAN TOUR UNDERWAY

The XTERRA Philippines Championship was the first of five races in the 2015 XTERRA Asian Tour that will crown series champions at the season finale in Langkawi, Malaysia this May.

The five majors are XTERRA Philippines, XTERRA Saipan on March 28 in the Northern Marianas, XTERRA Guam on April 11 in Piti, the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on April 18 in New South Wales, Australia, and XTERRA Malaysia – which will double as the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship race – on May 2 in Langkawi. (Note: The XTERRA Japan Championship in Hokkaido on August 29 will serve as the first race of the 2016 XTERRA Asian Tour.)

The top 15 amateur, Asian-elite, and professional racers at each event will earn points, with double points being offered at the finale in Malaysia.  Racers will count their best three scores to determine champions in each division.

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

In all, more than $100,000 in prize money for pros will be awarded on the XTERRA Asian Tour.  There are $15,000 USD payouts at the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, and Malaysia races, and $50,000 AUD awarded at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia, plus the 10K bonus to the series’ top performers.

For further details on the 2015 XTERRA Asian Tour visit www.xterraasia.com, and for more on the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship in Malaysia visit www.xterramy.com, supported by Malaysia Major Event.

2015 XTERRA Asian Tour Standings

Pros count best 3-of-5, Malaysia counts double

PRO MEN              
Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Brad Weiss, RSA 100
2 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90
3 Ben Allen, AUS 82
4 Brodie Gardner, AUS 75
5 Charlie Epperson, USA 69
6 Joe Miller, PHI 63
7 Michal Bucek, SVK 58
PRO WOMEN            
Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Flora Duffy, BER 100
2 Jacqui Slack, GBR 90
3 Dimity-Lee Duke, AUS 82
4 Mieko Carey, JPN 75
5 Renata Bucher, SUI 69
6 Daz Parker, GBR 63
7 Aya Stevens, SVK 58

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERSThe XTERRA Philippines Championship was the first of 42 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe can qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on November 1, 2015.

DATE RACE
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship, Albay, Luzon+
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship, Grabouw
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu, South Island, NZL
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship, CNMI+
29-Mar XTERRA Malta, Mellieha*
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica, Playa Reserva Conchal
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti+
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua
18-Apr XTERRA Australia
XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, NSW, Australia+
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Papeete
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV#
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia
XTERRA Asian Tour Championship,Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL# 
USA Triathlon Off-Road Nationals
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter, Milton, CAN!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI=
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO#
25-Jul XTERRA Ontario Series – Parry Sound, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Abruzzo, Lago di Scanno, Italy*
1-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=
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
30-Aug XTERRA England
XTERRA European Championship, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook – New Brunswick, CAN!
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
* XTERRA European Tour // + XTERRA Asian Tour
# XTERRA America Tour // ! XTERRA Canada Series
Bradley Weiss

Weiss, Griffioen win Buffelspoort

Hats off to Bradley Weiss, winner of the XTERRA World Tour opener at Buffelspoort Dam in the Northwest Province of South Africa over the weekend. After three years of focused dedication to the sport and nearly 20 top 5 finishes around the world the 25-year-old took the top step.

“Couldn’t have asked for a better way to start 2015,” said Weiss, who will travel to the Philippines in search of his second XTERRA victory.

Nicolette Griffioen won the women’s race and several hundred racers kicked off the XTERRA season in style.

Here’s the official race report:

Tension was rife at the picturesque Buffelspoort Dam (North West Province) on Saturday, 24 January 2015 when over 400 adventure seekers toed the line to partake in the first XTERRA of the season, the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Buffelspoort Full presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT.

Bradley Weiss claimed a long overdue victory in the men’s race completing the 1.5km swim, 26.5km mountain bike discipline and 12km trail run in a lighting fast combined time of 02 hours 35 minutes 31 seconds, while Nicolette Griffioen secured the women’s title in an impressive combined finishing time of 03 hours 18 minutes 35 seconds.

The third individual athlete to exit the water, it was on the run discipline that Weiss was able to capitalise. “I always struggle to swim at altitude,” said Weiss. “My transition was rusty. I entered the bike discipline behind Conrad Stoltz and Theo Blignaut. Conrad is stronger than me on the bike. So I decided not to overextend myself by trying to keep up. I caught Theo and rode with him for about ten minutes before building a gap. On entering transition two I was two minutes behind Conrad. Building up to the event I’ve done a lot of gym work and felt really strong on my feet. With about 1km to go on the run, I was now only 20 seconds behind Conrad, he made a wrong turn. I called after him, but he didn’t hear. It’s never a nice way to pass someone. Claiming my very first XTERRA victory today was intense, a surreal experience and I couldn’t be happier. My next event is XTERRA Philippines, which will be great preparation for XTERRA Grabouw”. Antoine Van Heerden came in second, while Conrad Stoltz finished third.

In the women’s race, Griffioen was pleasantly surprised by her victory. “The swim was choppy, I swallowed a lot of water,” laughs Griffioen. “I had a good bike ride. The course included some really nice technical sections. It was hot out on the trail run, with the course featuring a killer climb. I am really surprised to take the win today. The XTERRA is a great challenge, but the satisfaction at the end is worth it”. Natia Van Heerden came in second, while Sylvia Van Tromp finished third.

For further information on the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT please contact Stillwater Sports on 086 138 3591 or email entries@stillwatersports.com.

Flora Duffy

Ruzafa, Duffy win XTERRA World Championship

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(Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Maui, HI) – One elite became an instant legend in her home country and another solidified his status among XTERRA’s all-time greats at the 19th running of the XTERRA World Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Flora Duffy, who first dreamed of becoming a world champion when she was 8-years-old, became the first pro triathlete from Bermuda to win a world title and Ruben Ruzafa from Spain captured his third XTERRA World Championship and wrapped up a perfect season that featured nine straight wins, the XTERRA European Tour Championship, the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship and the XTERRA USA Championship.  Ruzafa and Duffy each received $20,000 for their respective victories.

More than 800 endurance athletes from around the world participated in the off-road triathlon, which started and finished at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua hotel on Maui. The course consisted of a 1-mile swim, a 20-mile mountain bike, and a 6- mile trail run.

RUZAFA REIGNS

It used to be all about the bike for Ruben Ruzafa, who has now posted the fastest bike split at all three XTERRA World Championship races he’s entered (and won) , but now he’s almost just as strong at swimming and running.

“I feel great, it’s incredible. Until you finish the race you don’t know if you are going to win. Today, I knew it was going to be hard because Josiah was really good. I am surprised because I swam very well… but Josiah did really well in the ride, and running of course he was very fast. So, it wasn’t until the end of the course that I knew he was not there.”

Ruzafa came out of the water less than one-minute behind the leaders and made all that up and more to take the lead on the bike by the six-mile mark when he passed the other 11 riders in front of him and finally Ben Allen. More importantly, his 20:51 swim split was 1:45 faster than his toughest opponent, Josiah Middaugh.

He extended the gap on Middaugh by 50-seconds on the bike and even though the American XTERRA icon ran more than a minute faster in the final leg of the race, it wasn’t enough. Here’s how Middaugh explained it…

“I knew I had to have a really good swim. I had a great start today and I had the best swim I’ve ever had here. I was a little over two minutes behind the lead, but really close to the people I was racing with but Ruben was off ahead with an even better swim. He wasn’t too far off the front. I caught the top 5 on the bike really early and I put together the best race I have done here. It wasn’t quite enough to win but I’m very happy with second. I feel like I pushed really hard all the way through. I feel like I emptied the tank like 50 times and put every single thing into this race. Best day I’ve had.”

Aussie Ben Allen came out of the water up front with Mauricio Mendez, was the first out on the bike course after a quicker transition and held the lead until Ruzafa caught him at around mile four. Middaugh passed 33 people in front of him before he passed Allen at mile 13 and moved into second. Allen stayed in third the rest of the way. Here’s what he said after the race:

“I’m so stoked to back up my third-place last year. It’s been a roller coaster ride but I’ve finished top 5 in every race and to come here and back it up, it just goes to show it wasn’t a fluke last year and shows me that I’m a force to be reckoned with in the sport of XTERRA. I mean, I really dug deep today and had the attitude that I had nothing to lose and gave it a crack.”

Dan Hugo, who won seven races on the XTERRA World Tour this year, also came in to the main event in fine form. Much like Middaugh, he was happy with his effort, if not the result that came with it.

“The guys set the bar exceptionally high, maybe the best expression of XTERRA we have ever seen,” said Hugo. “Salute and credit where due, especially my friend Joe in second, so sublime, he’s in the best shape and he must be recognized for that. Personally, I came in digging and I really wish there was more but it felt great. I wish it felt this way but I went quicker.”

In a finish for the ages, Mauricio Mendez from Mexico City (who turned 19 earlier in the week) edged Bart Aernouts and Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz by two seconds. Aernouts went on to finish 6th and Stoltz was 7th.

“Being fifth place in my first year as a pro is unbelievable. When I started running I just told myself that this was a fight with me, nobody else,” said Mendez, who moved up eight spots from 13th to 5th with a blistering run split of 38:50 that was second only to Middaugh.

Ruben Ruzafa

More Ruben Ruzafa Quotes

– “I knew that the run part would be really hard because Josiah runs really fast. I pushed the whole time because of him. I knew he was a really strong competitor.”

– “I feel great, it’s unbelievable. I go race by race and once again I’m really, really happy for me and for my family.”

– “Really special for me. I’ve been racing the whole season and I prepared the entire season for this. I knew that we were working in a good direction.”

– “The bike course is really tough, the run course is more tough because you come tired from the bike so the running is the worst.”

More Josiah Middaugh Quotes

– “You know, it feels good because I did everything that I could do today. I feel like I pulled out all my stops in my training and I put together the perfect race for me. You can’t control what other people do. Ruben was stronger today and I feel like I had the best race I’ve ever had here.”

– “Ruben was unbelievably tough. He had a little over two minutes going into the run, and I knew if I had a chance I would have to take a minute in the first half of the run. I tried as hard as I could to take it back but he was climbing just as fast as I was climbing and I was going for it, so yeah, he was super strong. I run downhill faster than he does and I knew I could make up a minute but I was just too far back.”

– “I’ll be a little pissed off with second but like I said, it was the best day I’ve had here just as far as really high intensity the whole way, really high energy all the way through, and the best preparation I’ve ever had for this race.”

– “It was hot but I felt like I managed the heat well, being hyper hydrated before the race started. I kept cool with some cold bottle and ice packs on my back, cold frozen bottles in my hands and I felt actually fine all the way through.”

More Ben Allen Quotes

– “Ruben caught me I think about mile 4 or 5 and I was so surprised he caught me so quickly. I was first at that stage and Ruben caught me and passed, credit to him he’s improved on his swim he’s a world champion so what do you expect. I’ll come back next year, I’ll work with my coach and we’ll go back to the drawing board and have another crack.”

– “Josiah caught me at mile 13, and he was flying. He had the look of determination on his face, I could see it. I told him to go for it. I tried to stay with him for as long as I could on the bike and not lose too much time to him and I did that and same on the run when Ii started, just tried to hold on for as long as I could.”

– “This place is so special; words can’t describe the feeling and the atmosphere, the people. It’s just one big party and all of us XTERRA athletes we really embrace this sport here, it’s the home of XTERRA its where it was born and breed, to come back here and put on a dream performance it’s a dream come true.”

More Dan Hugo Quotes

– “It was a special day being involved in Flora’s build up and execution so a lot of joy today. Brad, so much to take from, at the very top he had broken a pedal but still was just behind me. I looked around and thought maybe I’m a better tutor than I am a student.”

– “Beautiful day, as cool as it can be in Maui and the tacky course was exceptional. The single track was divine and it was such fun riding. Couldn’t have asked for better conditions. I just wish that somehow I could go quicker. Still, fantastic year. I’ll look back on 2014 with big smiles, quite the way from XTERRA South Africa to Maui, it’s been a dream-like year.”

– What now… “I plan to make up for a few things this afternoon, in excess, and then shoot to New York to run in the New York Marathon – a bucket list dream, and then fly to Bermuda, hit South Africa, then have a November month of holiday. I need to fuel the soul for a little bit.”

Pl Name Age Hometown Final Time Purse
1 Ruben Ruzafa 30 Malaga, Spain 2:29:56 $20,000
2 Josiah Middaugh 36 Vial, Colorado 2:31:11 $12,000
3 Ben Allen 29 North Wollongong, Australia 2:34:50 $7,000
4 Dan Hugo 29 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:36:28 $4,000
5 Mauricio Mendez 19 Mexico City, Mexico 2:38:55 $2,500
6 Bart Aernouts 30 Merksem, Belgium 2:38:56 $1,500
7 Conrad Stoltz 41 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:38:57 $1,000
8 Michael Weiss 33 Gumpoldskirchen, Austria 2:39:06 $800
9 Rom Akerson 30 Paquera, Costa Rica 2:39:40 $600
10 Bradley Weiss 25 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:40:09 $500

Also: Brice Daubord, Rob Woestenborghs, Jim Thijs, Ryan Ignatz, Albert Soley, Brendan Sexton, Tomas Kubek, Cedric Lassonde, Jan Pyott, Felipe Moletta, Jan Kubicek, Llewellyn Holmes, Chris Ganter, Matt Dewis, Francois Carloni, Romaric Delupine, Roger Serrano, Brad Zoller, Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, Cody Waite, Lubos Truhlar, Arthur Forissier, Ryan Petry, Yeray Luxem, Branden Rakita, Jeff Smith, Rory Downie, Nick Moore, Oliver Shaw, Asa Shaw, Joseph Miller, Grayson Keppler, Jon Heasman, Joshua Merrick, Nicolas Hemet, Takahiro Ogsawara, Yu Yumoto

DUFFY DOMINATES

It was only a little more than a year ago when Flora Duffy finished out of the top five at the XTERRA Mountain Championship and told herself, “never again.”

There was an again, fortunately, at Maui last year where she surprised herself with a 3rd-place finish. After that she went to South Africa – where XTERRA roars – and honed her skills in the craft of mountain biking and the results were remarkable. Combine the fitness she already possessed with some mad skills and Duffy turned into a dominant racer. She won everything except XTERRA Germany, and by big margins.

Nothing could stop her today, not a mechanical, not even a wicked crash that sent her flying into the bushes and ripped holes in her racing kit.

“I crashed so hard, I literally don’t know how I got back on my bike,” said Duffy. “You know how it’s a steep gnarly decent, I hit a root awkwardly and just flew into the trees head first with the bike on top of me. I was lucky I landed in the bushes. Then, five minutes later I had a mechanical. It was a hard day out there.”

It was even harder for all the elite women trying to keep up with Duffy. Last year’s women’s winner Nicky Samuels did her best, but said she lacked the fitness after her break from ITU racing.

“I had a break after the ITU season so I think 3rd is about where my fitness is, and to hold on to 3rd place was good enough for me,” said Samuels. “Flora probably pulled away at the 1k or 2k mark on the bike, so really soon. And I think she was pulling the same ground going down, so huge difference in her bike fitness and mine. Barbara (Riveros) passed me on the last descent and then pulled away.”

Riveros, who was the runner-up two years ago and finished fourth last year, worked her way back into the second spot this year.

“I’m very, very proud of Flora,” said Riveros. “I’m happy for her for getting the title for her country. She’s a role model. She’s very strong and I knew she was the big contender here and she more than proved that today so clap for her and congratulations to everyone.”

Emma Garrard continues to shine bright as America’s top female racer and improved on her fifth-place performance of a year ago with a fourth-place showing today.

“I was about 12th out of the water but there were some girls not too far ahead so that was kind of helpful,” said Garrard. “By the ridge I had kind of caught up to Jacqui and Susie but didn’t pass them and on the next climb I could see Melanie. Before we got to the single track at the end I made a move on Melanie and Kathrin. Susie wasn’t too far in front but I couldn’t catch her on the last section coming into transition. I was side by side with Susie and had no idea if Helena was behind us. I really hoped I could make it on the podium on the run but…”

Helena Erbenova was several minutes behind the leaders after the swim but coupled a great bike and run to work her way into fifth despite crashing on the bike.

More Flora Duffy Quotes

– “I’m super happy. This was my goal for 2014 to come out and win and it feels good to have executed and achieved my goal.”

– “It was super-hot. The swim was tough because it was choppy out there. Luckily I’m a strong swimmer and my choppy stroke works in that condition. Up on the bike it was super hard, I mean this is a brutal course in the best conditions. I crashed really hard seven miles in and just tried to forget about that. I had a mechanical and that’s just part of the race and you have to stay calm and keep pedaling because it’s a really long race. There’s plenty of time to make up time.”

– “I felt alright but I didn’t feel like I was riding my best. I didn’t feel sluggish but I just kept pedaling and felt smooth through the technical, that’s a strength of mine.”

– “I was really shaken (after the crash). This was the first time I had crashed that hard on the race and for it to happen in the world champs that messes with your head. You really just have to take a deep breath and calm down, realize these things happen in mountain biking on a super gnarly descent, and just get back on your bike. I think of it in the perspective that the girls behind you are having their own issues. No one is having a perfect race out there because it’s so brutal, just stay calm and keep pedaling.”

– “I kept getting all these time splits. At one point I heard 4 minutes then 5, then 3:15, but honestly on the run I felt super strong but of course the memories of last year were in my head where I totally cracked on that beach, totally cracked. So when I hit that beach and I felt really good, I was like alright…”

– “I’ve always dreamed of being a world champion so to finally get it done today is pretty cool.”

– “I knew it was going to be a tough day and I had to be at my best to cross this line first. I was leading for pretty much all of the race, and at the time splits I didn’t really know where everyone was so I tried to push it as hard as I can.”

More Barbara Riveros Quotes

– “It could be better, obviously, I’m very hard on myself. I just felt weak on the start, you know, I crashed a couple days ago and my shoulder was a bit sore but that’s no excuse for me. It was up and down throughout the race. I started not so fast and on the bike it was really hard to find my rhythm, I think I felt the girls were going to overtake me. There was a group of guys that did and then when we got on the peak of the climb and we started descending suddenly I see Nicky and I was like woah, she’s not doing that well because I was terrible but I think, you know, some guys overtook me so I tried to find the rhythm and be strong. I try to race a little bit downhill and got out of the course a few times, but that’s XTERRA, this is exciting you have to risk something.”

More Emma Garrard Quotes

– “The swim was hard for me, diving through the first wave I got some water in my goggles so that was hard but it seemed better than last year. I thought that it was in great condition, you had to focus on the climb. There were some breezy sections but I thought the bike went by pretty fast.”

– “I’m really honored to be called America’s best. Before the race I wasn’t feeling so great and a lot of people coming up to me wishing me luck and that meant a lot. I’m glad I could race well for all the XTERRA folks.”

Pl Name Age Hometown Final Time Purse
1 Flora Duffy 27 Devonshire, Bermuda 2:47:59 $20,000
2 Barbara Riveros 27 Wollongong, Chile 2:50:04 $12,000
3 Nicky Samuels 31 Wanaka, New Zealand 2:56:31 $7,000
4 Emma Garrad 33 Park City, Utah 2:56:54 $4,000
5 Helena Erbenova 35 Jablonec Nad Nisou, Czech Republic 2:57:56 $2,500
6 Suzie Snyder 32 Fredericksburg, Virginia 2:59:53 $1,500
7 Charlotte McShane 34 Mount Taylor, Australia 3:02:59 $1,000
8 Melanie McQuaid 41 Victoria, Canada 3:03:17 $800
9 Jacqui Slack 31 Stoke On Trent, Great Britain 3:03:45 $600
10 Carina Wasle 30 Kundl, Austria 3:04:54 $500

Also: Kathrin Muller, Chantell Widney, Danelle Kabush, Sandra Koblemueller, Lizzie Orchard, Shonny Vanlandingham, Mieko Carey, Susan Sloan, Maia Ignatz, Kara Lapoint, Sara Schuler, Maud Golsteyn, Genevieve Evans, Judy Van Den Berg, Dimity-Lee Duke, Penny Hosken, Sarah Backler, Louise Fox, Debby Sullivan, Caroline Colonna

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XTERRA WORLD CHAMPION (MEN)

Guillaume Jeannin from France was the top amateur finisher and placed 20th overall, and about a minute ahead of runner-up Lars Fricke.

Both Peter Wood and Ed Fattoumy picked up their 9th XTERRA World Championship crowns and are well positioned to get their 10th at next year’s 20th XTERRA Maui race.  Also of note, Dennis Brinson and David Rakita won their second titles.

Div Name Hometown Time
15-19 Maxim Chane Falicon, France 2:55:37
20-24 Thomas Kerner Burglengenfeld, Germany 2:53:27
25-29 Martin Kostelnicak Bratislava, Slovakia 2:52:58
30-34 Guillaume Jeannin Bergholtz-Zell France 2:46:21
35-39 Johann Mathis Le Tholy, France 2:57:34
40-44 Martin Flinta Molndal, Sweden 2:53:11
45-49 Tom Evans Penticton, Canada 2:54:41
50-54 Dennis Farrell Littleton, Colorado 3:11:00
55-59 (2) Dennis Brinson Carson City, Nevada 3:20:58
60-64 Johnny Davis Boulder, Colorado 3:40:27
65-69 (2) David Rakita Durango, Colorado 4:10:39
70-74 (9) Peter Wood La Jolla, California 4:43:18
Challenged (9) Fouad Fattoumy Honolulu, Hawaii 3:40:00

(#) denotes number of World Championships won – Top Amateurs

XTERRA WORLD CHAMPION (WOMEN)
Brittany Webster from Canada was the top overall amateur woman, finishing 17th woman overall in 3:17:36.  Cindi Toepel (pictured above) and Hannah Rae Finchamp each won their fifth world title, while Judith Abrahams and Tamara Tabeek captured their second.

Div Name Hometown Time
15-19 (5) Hannah Rae Finchamp Alradena, California 3:30:52
20-24 Natia Van Heerden Hazyview, South Africa 3:29:08
25-29 Brittany Webster Canmore, Canada 3:17:36
30-34 Laurianne Levasseur Nantes, France 3:34:14
35-39 Nadine Mueller Canmore, Canada 3:25:57
40-44 Kelli Montgomery Wallingford, Connecticut 3:40:24
45-49 Riikka Vreeswijk-Kelja Gorinchem, Netherlands 3:30:27
50-54 (2) Tamara Tabeek San Diego, California 3:51:18
55-59 Martha Buttner Boulder, Colorado 4:05:10
60-64 (5) Cindi Toepel Littleton, Colorado 4:25:46
65-69 Linda Usher West Upton, Massachusetts 5:48:52
Challenged (2) Judith Abrahams Anchorage, Alaska 5:20:13

(#) denotes number of World Championships won – Top Amateurs

OUTRIGGER RESORTS DOUBLE AWARD

Bart Aernouts finished 10 seconds ahead of Michi Weiss today and 10-minutes ahead of him at Ironman Worlds for a combined time of 11:07:24 to win the 2014 Outrigger Hotels & Resorts elite double title and $2,500 prime today.

Janez Klancnik from Slovenia won the men’s amateur double in 12:42:03, 14-minutes ahead of Daniel Mannweiler of Germany; while Nicole Valentine of Maryland overcame a 16-minute deficit after Ironman to take the women’s amateur double over Kelley Hess.  Each earned a six-night stay at Outrigger Aina Nalu for their efforts.

Name Hometown IM Time Gender Division XTERRA Combined
Bart Aernouts Merksem, Belgium 8:28:28 Male PRO 2:38:56 11:07:24
Michael Weiss Gumpoldskirchen, Austria 8:38:27 Male PRO 2:39:06 11:17:33
Janez Klancnik Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia 9:35:40 Male 25-29 3:06:23 12:42:03
Daniel Mannweiler Bonn, Germany 9:41:31 Male 35-39 3:14:44 12:56:15
Stefan Kusurelis Brooklyn, NY, USA 9:50:00 Male 45-49 4:26:03 14:16:03
Matt Randall Invercargill, New Zealand 10:17:20 Male 35-39 3:09:34 13:26:54
Rudi Van Aelst Herentals, Belgium 10:27:45 Male 50-54 3:17:37 13:45:22
Luis Arriba Madrid, Spain 10:53:46 Male 45-49 3:26:33 14:20:19
Gary Lilley Calwell, Australia 11:05:06 Male 50-54 3:24:42 14:29:48
Cameron Paul Taupo, New Zealand 11:57:38 Male 20-24 3:11:17 15:08:55
Noel Mackisoc Kailua, Hawaii, USA 13:09:35 Male 50-54 4:12:09 17:21:44
Nicole Valentine Germantown, MD, USA 11:51:07 Female 30-34 3:37:14 15:28:21
Kelley Hess Colorado Springs, CO, USA 11:35:34 Female 30-34 4:03:02 15:38:36
Jodi Ruby LaVerne, California, USA 12:27:04 Female 50-54 4:01:55 16:28:59

LEILANI’S PRIME

Josiah Middaugh and Barbara Riveros posted the fastest runs on the Leilani’s Run Course, and each received $100 gift certificates.

Four other amateur competitors received $100 gift certificates to Leilani’s for their running times: JP Donovan, Brittany Webster (by one second), Jefferson Oishi and Kimberly Mufalli.

XTERRA WETSUITS PRIME

Daniel Neilson and Jessica Simpson were the winners of XTERRA Vortex full wetsuits for posting the fastest amateur swim times.

MUSCLE MILK PRIME

Winners of special back packs from Muscle Milk for the Muscle Milk U25 Prime were Thomas Kerner, Xavier Jove Riart, and Maxim Chane for the males, and Natia Van Heerden, Larissa Rabago, and Hannah Rae Finchamp for females.

2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING EVENTS

The 19th annual XTERRA World Championship was the culmination of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe qualify to race at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.

Date Race Location / Pro Winners
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Leonardo Chacon / Shonny Vanlandingham
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road
Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Ben Allen / Carina Wasle
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Conrad Stoltz / Barbara Riveros
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Dan Hugo / Jacqui Slack
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
24-May XTERRA Mauritius Sam Gardner / Karyn Southgate
25-May XTERRA Spain Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa / Coralie Redelsperger
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Francois Carloni / Kathrin Mueller
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Dan Hugo / Cecilie Overbye
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario – Canadian Cross Tri Championship Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria Brent McMahon / Melanie McQuaid
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Braden Currie / Helena Erbenova
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Josiah Middaugh / Chantell Widney
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helene Erbenova
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Irving Perez / Fabiola Corona
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Mathieu Signoretty / Brittany Webster
24-Aug XTERRA England Conrad Stoltz / Emma Garrard
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Conrad Stoltz / Kathrin Mueller
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Jean-Philippe Thibodeau / Claude Godbout
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Scott Hill / Charlotte McShane
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Flora Duffy
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Flora Duffy

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Hale

Hales, Stephen win XTERRA Trail Run Nationals

Ogden/Snowbasin Resort, UT – Brett Hales made quite the first impression on Snowbasin Resort and the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.

Although he lives in Layton – about 35 miles away from Snowbasin – Hales had never raced on the picturesque trails at Snowbasin until Sunday. All he did in his first XTERRA Trail Run was win the overall National Championship.

“It was phenomenal, I loved it,” said Hales, 28, who was competing in his first-ever trail race.  “Holy cow, that was so addicting.  Looking left and seeing the valley, looking right and seeing the valley, it was unlike anything I’ve ever done before.”

Winning, however, is nothing new for the former track and cross country stand-out at Weber State University.  Just last Saturday he captured the Big Cottonwood half-marathon in Salt Lake City with a blistering time of 1:03:07.

“There was a lot of downhill in last weekends race so my quads were pretty tender all week so I was waiting to see how my body would feel.  Didn’t decide to do this until 10’o’clock last night and I had no idea what to expect having never done a trail race. It was amazing.  A little wind, little rain, critters running everywhere, and there were so many people in the race but I felt like I was the only one out there.”

By mile 3.5 on the run it looked like Hales was the only one out there as he had already established a commanding lead over eventual runner-up finisher Mario Mendoza from Bend, Oregon.  Hales winning time was 1:18:18, more than six-minutes ahead of Mendoza.  Nathan Peters came in third just 10 seconds later.

Top 10 Men

Name Time
Brett Hales (Layton, UT) 1:18:18
Mario Mendoza (Bend, OR) 1:24:35
Nathan Peters (SLC, UT) 1:24:45
Bret Ferrier (Ogden, UT) 1:26:47
Nick Scalfone (San Jose, CA) 1:28:29
Daniel Molnar (Bismark, ND) 1:28:36
Barry Makarewicz (SLC, UT) 1:30:04
Andy Lee (Lakeway, TX) 1:31:48
Diego Baca (Corregidora, Mexico) 1:32:56
Dan Crooker (SLC, UT) 1:33:20
Albert Wint (Ogden, UT) 1:33:42

Complete Results

THIRD TIMES A CHARM FOR TWO-TIME OLYMPIAN STEPHEN

In the women’s race Liz Stephen, a two-time Olympic cross country skier from Vermont who spends her off-season in Park City, captured the elusive women’s championship title after two close second-place finishes on this course in 2011 and last year.

Her winning time of 1:27:55 was more than two minutes ahead of runner-up Kimber Mattox from Eugene, Oregon.

“It was a really fun race, and there was some fast women out here,” said Stephen.  “I wasn’t really sure how far up I was because it’s hard to see anyone else when you’re grinding through the single track on the uphills and the downhill is so long you really can’t see anybody else unless they’re within seconds.”

Like Hales in the men’s race, Stephen got out front early and never looked back.  She ultimately finished 5th overall behind only four men.

“This is a really fun course. It was a beautiful day, and the weather was amazing,” said Stephen, despite the fact it was windy, cold, and raining. “Last year was really hot so this was a nice change.  Plus, I’m kind of a hot runner so I think conditions like this are just perfect.  Falling leaves and spectators all around, I really love running here at Snowbasin and XTERRA always does such a good job with the organization.”

Top 10 Women

Name Time
Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) 1:27:55
Kimber Mattox (Eugene, OR) 1:30:11
Tori Tyler (Danville, CA) 1:36:54
Mary Colburn (Culver City, CA) 1:39:11
Tracie Akerhielm (Danton, TX) 1:41:31
Rochelle Tyson (Ogden, UT) 1:44:13
Blair Bucklin (Lafayette, CO) 0:44:00
Chelsea Ollar (Provo, UT) 1:45:59
Heather Hoechst (Philadelphia, PA) 1:46:12
Kristina Owen (Ogden, UT) 1:47:15

UTAH’S TUCK WINS SIXTH TITLE

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

Twenty-six runners representing 10 different states and Mexico took home age-group titles at the 2014XTERRA Trail Run Nationals.

The home-state Utah runners led the way with 14 champions, not including Kevin Tuck (formerly from Salt Lake City but now living in Phoenix, AZ).  Tuck, 58, was an impressive 14th overall, and this was his sixth XTERRA Trail Run National Championship age-group win.

Bob Evers (men 60-64) from Park City, Utah won his fourth straight XTERRA National title, while Bryce Larkin from Eden, UT (Men 70-74), Adrian Wolford from Mustang, OK (Men 75-59), Liz Stephen (Women 25-29), and Mary Colburn from Culver City, CA (Women 35-39) each won their second national title.

On the young end of the spectrum the Ward Kids from Layton, Utah cleaned house as 7-year-old Lota, 9-year-old Taimane, and 10-year-old Leilani each went home with a National Championship crown.  In addition Lota Ward became the youngest runner to complete the 21K course at Snowbasin.

All of the age-group champions received a free entry to participate in the 2014 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for December 7 at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii.

Below is a look at the champs, and for full results visit http://jtltiming.com/running.htm

XTERRA National Champs (Male)

Division Name Hometown Time
9-under Lotatoa Ward Layton, UT 3:30:17
15 – 19 Diego Baca Corregidora, Mexico 1:32:56
20 – 24 James Gossell Salt Lake City, UT 1:42:17
25 – 29 *Brett Hales Layton, UT 1:18:18
30 – 34 Bret Ferrier Ogden, UT 1:26:47
35 – 39 Albert Wint Ogden, UT 1:33:42
40 – 44 Andy Lee Lakeway, TX 1:31:48
45 – 49 Wilhem Northrop Boise, ID 1:37:12
50 – 54 Barry Makarewicz Salt Lake City, UT 1:30:04
55 – 59 Kevin Tuck (6) Phoenix, AZ 1:33:43
60 – 64 Bob Evers (3) Park City, UT 1:51:12
65 – 69 John Mitchell Altamonte Springs, FL 2:52:07
70 – 74 Bryce Larkin (2) Eden, UT 2:32:16
75 – 79 Adrian Wolford (2) Mustang, OK 2:56:19
XTERRA National Champs (Female)

Division Name Hometown Time
1 – 9 Taimane Ward Layton, UT 3:29:04
10 – 14 Leilani Ward Layton, UT 3:28:58
20 – 24 Chelsea Ollar Provo, UT 1:45:59
25 – 29 *Liz Stephen (2) East Montpelier,VT 1:27:55
30 – 34 Tracie Akerhielm Denton, TX 1:41:31
35 – 39 Mary Colburn (2) Culver City,CA 1:39:11
40 – 44 Michelle Roy Hampton, NH 1:59:44
45 – 49 Holly Hagerman Woodland Hills, UT 1:52:05
50 – 54 Laura Brewer Morgan,UT 2:15:21
55 – 59 Marty Smith Liberty,UT 2:22:52
60 – 64 Ruth Ference Rome, GA 2:28:31
65 – 69 Cheri Uno Los Angeles, CA 3:59:26

There were also 5K and 10K races today, captured by Robert Soeberger and Kalii Caldwell (5K) and Quoc Tran and Denyse Skipper (10K).

Highlight videos & images from today’s race can be found at https://www.facebook.com/XTERRAplanet

The 2014 XTERRA Nationals weekend is presented by the Utah Sports Commission, Paul Mitchell, and the XTERRA Live More Card. Sponsors include Snowbasin Resort, GOAL Foundation, Gatorade, PowerBar, ENVE, Utah Media Group, the U.S. Forest Service, XTERRA Wetsuits, Muscle Milk, Rockwell watches, XTERRA Fitness, LifeProof, XTERRA Coffee, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, Champion System, Greenlayer, and XTERRA Boards.

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 2014 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 25+ 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.

 

Ruben Ruzafa

Ruzafa, Duffy win XTERRA USA Championship

(Snowbasin Resort – Ogden, Utah) – Ruben Ruzafa, 25, from Spain and Flora Duffy, 27, from Bermuda captured the 2014 XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon on a beautiful blue sky day at Snowbasin Resort today.

Ruzafa, the current and two-time XTERRA World Champion, finished in 2:21:47, less than one-minute ahead of runner-up and 2012 USA Champ Josiah Middaugh of Colorado who crossed in 2:22:32.

The difference was the bike where Ruzafa, a former national team rider in Spain, posted the fastest split of the day in 1:18:01, two-minutes faster than that of Middaugh who had the second-best bike time at 1:20:00.  Even though Middaugh ran one-minute faster, it wasn’t enough to reel in Ruzafa.

“It was tough.  I couldn’t stay with him on the bike,” said Middaugh.  “I needed to match him but he doesn’t have any weakness on the bike.  You give him 10 seconds and it blows up to a minute real fast.”

Middaugh still won the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series for the second straight year and was the XTERRA National Champ (top American) for the 10th time.

For Ruzafa, it’s his eight straight win of the 2014 season.  He won seven straight in Europe to capture the XTERRA European Tour Championship and also won the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship.  The last time he didn’t win was here in Utah last year, when he crossed the line in 3rd place behind Leo Chacon of Costa Rica and Middaugh.

“This race was important to me because last year was really hard,” said Ruzafa.  “I wanted to come back and do well here and happy that I did.  I came here two weeks early and studied the bike course, memorized all the turns so I could go as fast as I could.  I really like Utah, the people and the mountain.”

Eighteen-year-old rookie pro Mauricio Mendez from Mexico City finished in third, with South Africans Bradley Weiss and Dan Hugo taking 4th and 5th.

“It’s a dream come true, I’m so happy,” said Mendez.  “I know there is a lot more work to do but I’m still proving to myself that I can do more than I think.”

The day started with Ben Allen leading the way in the swim with Mendez right behind, but at the four-mile mark after the first big climb through Wheeler Canyon Mendez got gobbled up by Ruzafa and Middaugh and when Brad Weiss and Dan Hugo came by Mendez jumped on board for the ride.  By the bike-to-run transition it was Ruzafa, two minutes to Middaugh, then five minutes later Weiss and Mendez 3rd and 4th.  The speedy Mendez quickly moved into third and stayed there through the finish.

The 6-thru-10 spots were filled with breakthrough performances highlighted by Brad Zoller’s best XTERRA in 6th, then Cody Waite, Craig Evans, Chris Ganter, and Alex Modestou.

PRO MEN  
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa 30 Malaga, Spain 2:21:47 100
2 Josiah Middaugh 34 Vail, Colorado 2:22:43 90
3 Mauricio Mendez 18 Mexico City, Mexico 2:28:55 82
4 Bradley Weiss 25 Somerset West, South Africa 2:29:31 75
5 Dan Hugo 28 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:32:06 69
6 Brad Zoller 37 Vail, Colorado 2:33:47 63
7 Cody Waite 36 Lakewood, Colorado 2:33:59 58
8 Craig Evans 36 Hendersonville, Tennessee 2:34:14 53
9 Chris Ganter 36 Boise, Idaho 2:34:42 49
10 Alex Modestou 28 Durham, North Carolina 2:35:46 45

Also: Branden Rakita (41), Ryan Ignatz (37), Ben Allen (34), John O’Neill (31), Adam Wirth (28), Ryan Petry, Jeff Smith, Rory Downie, Andy Lee, Louis Tafuto

Complete Results

Flora Duffy

DUFFY DOMINANT AGAIN

In her first full season racing XTERRA Flora Duffy has been dominant.  She won all three regional championships and now the USA Championship.

She posted the fastest swim (coming out of the water third overall behind only Ben Allen and Mauricio Mendez), had the fastest bike split (1:32:36) and the second-best run behind eventual runner-up Barbara Riveros from Chile to take the tape in 2:38:18, more than six-minutes in front of Riveros.

“It was a lot of fun, but it was hard.  I never felt particularly stressed with my breathing but my legs were shot,” said Duffy, a two-time Olympian. “I was intimidated by this course, but apparently it suits me. The water was warm, but swimming at altitude is hard. I was redlining the entire swim trying to stay on feet.”

Duffy, who finished third at XTERRA Worlds last year, said the pro series title was just the first part of the plan.

“After Las Vegas in April I made it a goal of mine to win the series, so it’s pretty cool to do that. Now it’s time to get to work and be faster for Maui.”

Riveros, who wasn’t even sure if she’d make the starting line after crashing at the ITU Grand Finale in Edmonton three weeks ago, flatted towards the end of the bike – came into transition in third – but was able to chase down two-time World Champ Lesley Paterson for second.

“I’m pretty happy to finish, especially here. I’m very grateful.  Beautiful venue, beautiful people,” said Riveros, who was also 2nd at this race last year.  “I heard I was 53 seconds back halfway through the last downhill when I got a flat.  I hit a rock but my tire didn’t explode for a while.  It was kind of sketchy, I was happy to make it out okay.”

For Paterson, the defending USA Champion who’s been sidelined all season with injury, just getting back into the mix was a win.

“I’m truly back (pointing to blood seeping through the tip of her running shoes),” said Paterson.  “My feet were killing me, I’m just not used to it.  It all came back to me, like ‘Oh, yeah, this is what it feels like.’  But it feels awesome, so much fun just to be out there with those girls, they’re awesome and we were giving each other shouts out there.  I was bummed Barbara got a puncture on the bike but on the run she ran past me like I was standing still so I guess it all worked out.”

“Today it was great to see Lesley back racing and up here on the podium,” said Duffy at the awards ceremony.  “She’s an athlete I really respect and someone I think singlehandedly raised the bar for XTERRA racing on the women’s side. It’ll be exciting to watch the comeback and I hope to have many more battles with her in the future.”

Emma Garrard from Park City, Utah finished fourth and the National Champ (top American in the Series) for the second straight year, and Chantell Widney placed 5th.

The race combined a 1.5km swim in the 67-degree waters of Pineview Reservoir with a 28km mountain bike that climbed 3,400-feet up to Sardine Peak and back down to Snowbasin Resort, then finished with a 6.1-mile trail run that had another 600-feet of climbing.  Altitude is 4,900-feet at Pineview, 7,300-feet at top of Sardine, and 6,400-feet at T2 and the finish.

PRO WOMEN
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Flora Duffy 27 Boulder, Colorado (Bermuda) 2:38:18 100
2 Barbara Riveros 27 La Pintana, Chile 2:44:28 90
3 Lesley Paterson 33 San Diego, CA (Scotland) 2:46:24 82
4 Emma Garrard 31 Park City, Utah 2:48:10 75
5 Chantell Widney 34 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2:50:10 69
6 Suzie Snyder 32 Fredericksburg, Virginia 2:52:04 63
7 Carina Wasle 29 Kundl, Austria 2:52:53 58
8 Danelle Kabush 38 Calgary, Canada 2:53:32 53
9 Sara Schuler 33 Boulder, Colorado 2:55:57 49
10 Shonny Vanlandingham 45 Durango, Colorado 3:01:40 45

Also: Genevieve Evans (41), Maia Ignatz (37), Kim Baugh (34), Susan Sloan (31), Kara LaPoint (28), Catherine Sterling, Jaime Brede, Debby Sullivan, Caroline Colonna, Amelia McCracken, Rebecca Blatt

MIDDAUGH, DUFFY WIN XTERRA U.S. PRO SERIES

Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy capped off remarkable seasons on XTERRA’s U.S. pro circuit. Duffy went undefeated, while Middaugh’s only blemish was his runner-up performance today. They each received a check for $10,000 for taking the series title.

In the race for second Brad Weiss’ 4th place finish today was enough to secure his 2nd place standing in the overall – by one point!  Weiss finished with 322 points, Mendez with 321.

In the women’s chase Emma Garrard’s 4th place finish also secured her 2nd place standing for the Series. Middaugh and Garrard took home the honors of XTERRA USA National Champions for having the best seasons of American’s on the tour.

2014 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Standings (Final)

Pros count their best 3-of-4 regionals, plus USA

PRO MEN  
Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Josiah Middaugh 100 100 x82 100 90 390
2 Bradley Weiss 90 82 75 DNS 75 322
3 Mauricio Mendez 82 75 x63 82 82 321
4 Dan Hugo 58 63 100 DNS 69 290
5 Craig Evans 69 90 69 DNS 53 281
6 Branden Rakita 75 69 58 x53 41 243
7 Chris Ganter 53 x45 53 58 49 213
8 Ryan Ignatz 45 58 DNS 63 37 203
9 Alex Modestou DNR 41 DNS 69 45 155
10 Ryan Petry 63 DNR DNS 75 DNP 138
11 Brad Zoller DNS DNS DNS 49 63 112
12 Jeff Smith 37 37 34 DNS DNP 108
13 Cody Waite DNS DNS DNS 45 58 103
14 Ruben Ruzafa DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 100
15 Karsten Madsen DNF 49 49 DNS DNR 98
16 Ben Hoffman DNS DNS DNS 90 DNR 90
17 Ryan DeCook 31 DNR 45 DNS DNR 76
18 Nick Fisher DNP 53 DNS DNS DNR 53
19 Matt Lieto 49 DNR DNS DNS DNR 49
20 Thomas Spannring DNS DNS DNS 41 DNR 41
21 Justin Thomas 41 DNR DNS DNS DNR 41
22 Takahiro Ogasawara DNS DNS 41 DNS DNR 41
23 Alex Libin DNS DNS DNS 37 DNR 37
24 Jean-Philippe Thibodeau DNS DNF 37 DNS DNR 37
25 Joshua Merrick DNS DNS DNS 34 DNR 34
26 Will Kelsay 34 DNR DNS DNS DNR 34
27 Ben Allen DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 34
28 Gavin Anderson DNS DNS DNS 31 DNR 31
29 Charlie Epperson DNS DNP 31 DNS DNR 31
30 John O’Neill DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 31
31 Will Ross 28 DNR DNS DNS DNR 28
32 Noah Wright DNS DNS 28 DNS DNR 28
33 Adam Wirth DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 28
PRO WOMEN
Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Flora Duffy 100 100 100 DNS 100 400
2 Emma Garrard x90 90 90 90 75 345
3 Chantell Widney 69 69 DNS 100 69 307
4 Suzie Snyder 75 82 82 x63 63 302
5 Shonny Vanlandingham 82 DNF 75 75 45 277
6 Danelle Kabush 63 63 DNS 82 53 261
7 Kara LaPoint 58 58 41 x28 28 185
8 Christine Jeffrey DNR 75 69 41 DNS 185
9 Jaime Brede 49 49 DNS 69 DNP 167
10 Amelia McCracken 37 53 49 DNP DNP 139
11 Sara Schuler DNS DNS DNS 58 49 107
12 Debby Sullivan 45 DNR 58 DNP DNP 103
13 Caroline Colonna DNR 45 45 DNP DNP 90
14 Barbara Riveros DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 90
15 Lesley Patersno DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 82
16 Rebecca Blatt 41 DNR 37 DNS DNP 78
17 Maia Ignatz DNS DNS DNS 37 37 74
18 Kim Baugh DNS DNS DNS 34 34 68
19 Catherine Sterling DNS DNS 63 DNS DNP 63
20 Carina Wasle DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 58
21 Katie Button 53 DNR DNS DNS DNR 53
22 Mieko Carey DNS DNS 53 DNS DNR 53
23 Rebecca Dussault DNS DNS DNS 53 DNR 53
24 Kelley Cullen DNS DNS DNS 49 DNR 49
25 Heidi Rentz DNS DNS DNS 45 DNR 45
26 Genevieve Evans DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 41
27 Rachel Challis DNS DNS DNS 31 DNR 31
28 Susan Sloan DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 31

DONOVAN, FINCHAMP WIN OVERALL AMATEUR TITLES

JP Donovan and Hannah Rae Finchamp captured the overall amateur XTERRA USA Championship titles today.  It’s the third time Donovan has won Nationals, but his first overall victory, while it’s the second overall title in three years for Finchamp (who has now won the 15-19 division four straight times).

“It feels really nice to take the title back,” said Finchamp, who is in her freshman year at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.  “I felt really smooth and really good today, maybe more physically ready than ever because I’ve been training with the collegiate teams and it has been so much fun being with other people training.  It does take a toll on you mentally, however, having to come all the way from Missouri and flying by the seat of my pants.”

Finchamp is on the cross country, cycling, and swim teams at Lindenwood this season, and said “I love it there, nowhere else I’d rather be for school.”

There was an interesting twist in the men’s race as Matthew Balzer, the reigning USA Champion, looked poised to capture his second straight until another guy – wearing the same kit – stormed past.  And it was his fault.

“I’ve got to give thanks to Matthew Balzer from the Reno Running Company,” said Donovan, 27, a lifeguard from Incline Village, Nevada who has been racing XTERRA since 2006.  “He hooked me up with a kit, drove me out here, and really pushed me to train the last couple weeks.  I wasn’t even going to do it this year but he conned me into it. While he’s not my coach, he is in my mind, kind of like the conscience on my shoulder.”

The two came into transition close together but Donovan charged hard on the first steep incline out of transition and never looked back.

“I wouldn’t want to give it up to anybody else,” said Balzer, who finished second.  “At least we got the kit involved.”

Cindi Toepel from Littleton reached a milestone mark today, winning her unprecedented 10th XTERRA USA Championship crown.

David Rakita, father to XTERRA pro Branden Rakita, won his 5th title (he got his first in 2002).

Craig Vogtsberger, who was honored as this year’s Mr. XTERRA award winner for best exemplifying the “Live More” spirit of the sport, captured his fourth National Championship in the physically challenged division.

Donovan, Lucia Colbert, and Katherine Pollard each won their third USA Championships, while Balzer, Peter Lilley, Paula Maresh, and Meghan Sheridan captured their second each.

Here’s a look at all of this year’s National Champs:

XTERRA USA CHAMPIONS (WOMEN)

Division Name Time Hometown
15 – 19 Hannah Rae Finchamp (4) 3:03:09 Altadena, CA
20 – 24 * Katherine Pollard (3) 3:52:44 Roseville, CA
25 – 29 Amie Graf 3:40:54 Glenwood Springs, CO
30 – 34 Sian Turner 3:15:11 Truckee, CA
35 – 39 Meghan Sheridan (2) 3:14:28 Salt Lake City, UT
40 – 44 Kathy Waite 3:19:12 Lakewood, CO
45 – 49 Patty Smaldone 3:54:08 Portland, OR
50 – 54 Paula Maresh (2) 3:33:58 Littleton, CO
55 – 59 Lucia Colbert (3) 3:52:59 Cordova, TN
60 – 64 Cindi Toepel (10) 3:57:04 Littleton, CO
XTERRA USA CHAMPIONS (MEN)
Division Name Time Hometown
15 – 19 David Duncan 3:02:36 Shingle Springs, CA
20 – 24 Billy Allen 2:52:23 Farmingdale, NM
25 – 29 *JP Donovan (3) 2:38:08 Incline Village, NV
30 – 34 Matt Balzer (2) 2:40:48 Reno, NV
35 – 39 Jeffrey Dewitt 2:53:37 Castle Rock, CO
40 – 44 Jack Cartwright 2:46:26 Austin, TX
45 – 49 Chris Phenicie 2:52:04 Lakewood, CO
50 – 54 Andrew Macnaughton 2:52:37 Newbury Park, CA
55 – 59 Dennis Brinson 3:03:48 Carson City, NV
60 – 64 Johnny Davis 3:24:25 Boulder, CO
65 – 69 David Rakita (5) 3:53:53 Durango, CO
70 – 74 Peter Lilley (2) 5:22:01 Charlotte, NC
PC Craig Vogtsberger (4) 3:55:27 Littleton, CO
* TOP AMATEURS

Complete Results

Now, it’s time to party at the Harvest Moon Celebration block party in downtown Ogden, Utah where the National Champs will be recognized on the main stage.

Tomorrow, it’s the trail runners turn as harriers from around the country will gather for the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship half-marathon at Snowbasin Resort at 9am.  Learn more at www.xterrautah.com.

Of note, both the XTERRA Tri and Trail Run National Championship races are the culmination of 70+ race nationwide series and XTERRA TV is producing an hour-long, nationally broadcast television show on the USA Championship, highlighting Northern Utah as a mecca for outdoor adventure recreation (you can watch last year’s show right now at http://vimeo.com/84062339).

Highlight videos & images from today’s race can be found at https://www.facebook.com/XTERRAplanet

The 2014 XTERRA Nationals weekend is presented by the Utah Sports Commission, Paul Mitchell, and the XTERRA Live More Card. Sponsors include Snowbasin Resort, GOAL Foundation, Gatorade, PowerBar, ENVE, Utah Media Group, the U.S. Forest Service, XTERRA Wetsuits, Muscle Milk, Rockwell watches, XTERRA Fitness, LifeProof, XTERRA Coffee, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, Champion System, Greenlayer, and XTERRA Boards.

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 2014 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 25+ 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.

2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA USA Championship was the last of 35 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.

Date Race Location / Pro Winners
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Leonardo Chacon / Shonny Vanlandingham
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Ben Allen / Carina Wasle
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Conrad Stoltz / Barbara Riveros
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Dan Hugo / Jacqui Slack
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
24-May XTERRA Mauritius Sam Gardner / Karyn Southgate
24-May XTERRA Spain Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa / Coralie Redelsperger
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Francois Carloni / Kathrin Mueller
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Dan Hugo / Cecilie Overbye
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria Brent McMahon / Melanie McQuaid
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Braden Currie / Helena Erbenova
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Josiah Middaugh / Chantell Widney
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helene Erbenova
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Irving Perez / Fabiola Corona
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Mathieu Signoretty / Brittany Webster
24-Aug XTERRA England Conrad Stoltz / Emma Garrard
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Conrad Stoltz / Kathrin Mueller
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Jean-Philippe Thibodeau / Claude Godbout
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Scott Hill / Charlotte McShane
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Flora Duffy
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Maui, Hawaii

 

XTERRA Sleeping Giant Women's Podium

XTERRA Sleeping Giant Race Recap

To run an XTERRA event in Thunder Bay has been the dream of local race director Gordon Ryan for several years. Teaming up with James Kowalewski of XTERRA Ontario and Element Racing, that dream became a reality on Sunday at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada.

The second of two Ontario races (XTERRA Mine Over Matter: 2014 Canadian Cross Triathlon Championships took place July 5th and was Canada’s largest full distance off-road triathlon event in 2014) debuted with a large local and provincial field, however it also drew-in participants from as far as Brazil, Hawaii and Bermuda. Additionally, it was the debut race for the 2013, 23 and under ITU World Champion from Australia, Charlotte McShane.

Coming off the 2014 ITU season, Charlotte came to Thunder Bay to end her race season on a high note and stamp her qualifying ticket to the 2014 XTERRA World Championships in Maui Hawaii.

The day got on its way with overcast skies and a cool breeze coming off of Marie Louise Lake. The cool temperatures were warmed with an emotional and heartfelt welcome from race organizer Gordon Ryan, which set the tone for the rest of the day.

With some significant chop on the water, the swim favoured the swimmers and was lead quite convincingly by Aussi pro Charlotte McShane. Charlotte exited the 2-lap course over a minute ahead of the next closest athlete in any race category; the bike portion of the race, however, was the great equalizer. While the bike course itself was not technical, it was relentless as the rain the night before the race and the relatively new, soft trails did not allow for participants to let off the pedals- it was an all-out grind on the 24km double looped course.

By the time the bike came to an end there was a definite shift in the standings as locals Doug Thiessen and Scott Hill moved into the lead, and Charlotte McShane dropped down into 6th overall (while still maintaining her convincing lead over the next fastest female).

Charlotte was far from done, as she shot out of transition onto the run course determined to regain the spots lost on the bike. In fact, she left transition so fast that you could hear a domino effect of volunteers and spectators gasp ‘my goodness, did you see that girl run!!’ as she flew by. Charlotte confessed in her post race interview (see Charlotte’s post race interview here: http://youtu.be/9D19y8ebO58) that she took off from T2 way too fast and that it might have caught up to her in the later stages of the run. She must not have faded too badly as she was able to regain 3rd spot overall with the days 3rd fastest run, and managed an almost 30 minute victory over her next closest female competitor.

Scott Hill on the other hand had a different kind of day- racing from behind but always in the mix. Known more for his abilities as a Nordic skier, Scott proved that a little cross training can go a long way. Scott came out of the water in 3rd and would battle out the bike course with the second fastest swimmer in the field, Doug Thiessen. While Doug got the better of Scott, who came off the bike dropping down to 4th overall, it was Scott’s blistering run which brought him the overall win, with a final run time 7 minutes faster than the next fastest competitor in the race. You can see Scott Hills post race interview here: http://youtu.be/cG5Jwg-wqIA.

‘This race is going to be a gem in Ontario’ said XTERRA Ontario’s James Kowalewski. ‘The organizers, the volunteers and the northern Ontario hospitality came shining through, and it will only get much bigger in the years to follow. Gordon Ryan and his crew put on a fantastic event and we look forward to seeing what they will have in store for us in 2015!”

Conrad Stoltz Denmark

Stoltz, Mueller win XTERRA Denmark Championship

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Conrad Stoltz and Kathrin Mueller captured the XTERRA Denmark Championship in “Viking weather” at the beach and forest of Tisvilde.

The ominous gray skies opened up just as the race started at 1pm.  The cold North Sea, somewhere around 17 degrees Celsius (63 Fahrenheit), was just the start of the challenge Mother Nature dished out for competitors.  To follow was slick roots, soft sand, biting trees, treacherous, relentlessly steep hills, pouring rain and slinging mud that made for blinding conditions.

Nobody handled better than the “Caveman” – seven-time World Champ Conrad Stoltz who won his second major in as many weeks (it was XTERRA England last Sunday).  By midway through the two-lap bike course he was up by almost two minutes and by transition it was more than four.

Interestingly, the last split he got was still 1:40 (from after the first lap on the bike) so he figured he better lay down the hammer early on the run jest he might get chased down by the younger guns behind him.  As such, he made even more time after the first lap on the run, until he heard he was five minutes for the good.

“I got off the bike and heard I had 1:45 on three people, and thought I’m gonna have to run hard because who knows how fast guys like Ben are going to run. I didn’t know I had that time,” explained Stoltz, who collected his unprecedented 51st career XTERRA Championship win.

He shared his thoughts after the race, saying “During the swim the rain came pouring down, which changed everything.  It made a relatively easy course quite technical, which made it fun for me.  Today was much more technical and slippery than yesterday.  I crashed one time and I could hear my neck go “crraaacck”.  I just clipped a pedal because you can’t see with all the water and mud in your eyes.  It was just a little bump in the trail and my pedal caught it and I went flying and I could hear my neck wrench. And the run course was very challenging, long sections sliding down my backside, holding on to trees.  This was my first time here and I really enjoyed it, and would love to come back and support the sport here.  People here are passionate about the outdoors and it’s great to be a part of this event.  It’s really true to the XTERRA tradition where you can combine a great country and experience with exceptional racing.  I think the race was fantastic.  Muddy and cold and wet, you really have to thank the volunteers for braving these conditions as well.  Hopefully it grows from strength to strength and XTERRA builds roots here in the Viking country.”

Behind Stoltz was a marvelous duel for 2nd, with Dan Hugo (7 World Tour wins this season), Ben Allen (2 World Tour wins this year and 7 last) and Francois Carloni who captured his first major in Greece this year.

Allen led out of the water, followed by Hugo and then Stoltz.  About 6K into the bike Stoltz passed Allen, then Hugo caught up and those two rode together until Carloni went flying by during the second lap and took a one-minute lead on Allen and Hugo heading into the run.  Ultimately both Allen and Hugo caught and passed Carloni (as did Jan Pyott to take fourth down the finish chute) with Allen finishing runner-up.

Here is how Allen tells it…

“Rough conditions like this during the swim are my specialty.  I took a hard line to the shallow section at the end of the first lap because you can run faster than you can swim, so I swam to the shallow end then dolphin dived and that played to my advantage.  Conrad caught me probably 6 or 7K into the bike, and I tried to stick on his wheel, which I did for a bit, but then he got away and Dan and I rode together the rest of the way.  Francois came by riding like a man possessed on the second lap.  He had a minute on us heading on to the run but started to fade and I caught him as we started the second lap. They say Mother Nature is your toughest competitor in XTERRA and she nailed every one of the competitors out there to the ground today. I am absolutely tired, hurting, my legs are stinging, and I’ve got mud in every crack and crevice of my body.  Those hills, you couldn’t run down them and you couldn’t run up them.  It was like a slippery slide.  I just slide on my bum all the way down to the bottom, which was the quickest way.  This was a cool race atmosphere, got some Euro disco-tech blasting, ridiculously challenging weather, but a fantastic day, and a really good overall experience.”

Fair to say the conditions were gnarly, dark and wet, but it did not dampen the spirit of this competitor group, clearly something of note about the Viking culture.  Here’s how Dan Hugo explains it…

“Everybody seems to be smiling, loving it; they are used to the cold and rain.  I mean, nobody seems to be up in arms about it, but I can tell you this is not summer.  I can show you summer, and this isn’t it.  You could hardly see out your eyes it was that muddy.  That I found as tough as anything, the visibility.  It was touch, super tricky.  Assure you it was really tough for the first-time XTERRA athletes today.  It was super slippery, unclipping around corners. On the run, sitting down on my haunches, hands behind me like rudders.  On the ups clawing with all fours.  It was pretty messy.  Stoltz, he’s got great race form at the moment and with these sorts of conditions he is a true genius. When it’s like this, he is unmatched.  Still, it was fun to race with Ben and Carloni and be in the same space.  I struggled a bit, but knew it would be the case.  Still, to race in Denmark is fantastic.  The forest is beautiful, especially being here by the coast and all its history.  You can see the fisherman’s cottages.   Races with culture like this float my boat.”

Place First name Last name Time Swim Bike Run
1 Conrad Stoltz 2:30:56 00:19:31.900 01:23:03.170 00:47:13.750
2 Ben Allen 2:35:47 00:18:39.000 01:28:53.910 00:47:14.000
3 Dan Hugo 2:36:28 00:19:03.610 01:28:30.680 00:47:42.470
4 Jan Pyott 2:38:23 00:20:46.250 01:28:55.990 00:47:26.070
5 Francois Caloni 2:38:37 00:20:44.800 01:25:37.170 00:50:41.400
6 Tomas Kubek 2:39:58 00:20:49.170 01:28:49.630 00:48:54.220
7 Philip Tavell 2:41:17 00:25:35.550 01:26:44.190 00:46:58.950
8 Michael Szymoniuk 2:44:19 00:22:12.950 01:32:29.950 00:47:59.230
9 Markus Benesch 2:47:31 00:21:04.470 01:34:04.350 00:50:33.840
10 Rory Downie 2:48:49 00:19:40.830 01:37:46.910 00:50:04.170
11 Simone Calamai 2:57:20 00:23:41.400 01:37:41.520 00:54:09.840
12 Jim Thijs 3:07:48 00:21:03.260 01:33:18.900 01:12:12.020
Women            
Place First name Last name Time Swim Bike Run
1 Katrin Müller 2:53:01 00:20:46.670 01:41:26.320 00:49:20.360
2 Helena Erbenová 2:54:15 00:23:45.770 01:38:14.010 00:50:31.390
3 Jacqui Slack 3:01:44 00:21:04.040 01:43:06.770 00:56:01.160
4 Carina Wasle 3:02:08 00:23:44.190 01:46:30.180 00:50:15.750
5 Renata Bucher 3:07:13 00:23:40.700 01:42:51.120 00:59:02.650
6 Maud Golsteyn 3:08:28 00:24:59.510 01:46:54.350 00:55:01.690
7 Louise Fox 3:17:40 00:23:47.000 01:55:22.780 00:55:42.480
8 Darrelle Parker 3:26:44 00:26:58.370 01:57:46.620 00:59:34.590
Kathrin Mueller

In the women’s race Kathrin Mueller put an exclamation point on her XTERRA European Tour Championship with her sixth win of the season against the best in the business as the top five women in Europe were in the race.

She came out of the water and rode the first lap with Jacqui Slack, then grabbed on to the wheel of two-time Euro Tour champ Helena Erbenova on the second lap.  The two took off on the sandy run at the same time but Mueller sprinted out, forced a small gap, and never looked back.

“Yesterday I really loved this course in dry conditions, but today it was too technical for me.  I had difficulties on the bike,” said Mueller.  ” The run was fantastic though, like a monkey course.  I sprinted the first 2K to try to get away from Helena and it worked.”

When asked what her secret to success has been this season, Mueller replied, “I don’t know, it’s a secret to me too. I’m happy in my life, I have really good conditions to train at home in Freiburg, the atmosphere with my family and friends is really good and I think the secret is just being happy and relaxed and enjoying racing.”

Mueller will now focus her attention on good preparation for Maui and the ultimate goal of winning an XTERRA World Championship.

Erbenova finished second on the day and second in the XTERRA European Tour after standing on the top step in 2012 and 2013.  Jacqui Slack had a magnificent day in third, Carina Wasle was fourth and Renata Bucher fifth.  In the final Tour standings, it went Mueller-Erbenova-Wasle-Slack-Bucher.

The day was defined by athletes with the Viking spirit – resilient and steadfast in their determination to conquer this course where most would rather curl up in bed with a book or a movie.

“It’s Viking weather, we’re Viking people, this is how we do it,” explained race announcer and Danish cycling legend Torbjørn Sindballe.

FINAL EUROPEAN TOUR ELITE TOP 10 (Counting six of 11 majors)

Elite Men
Place First Last ESP POR GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER ENG DMK TOT
1 Ruben Ruzafa X100 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
2 Braden Currie 90 90 ## 90 75 82 527
3 Francois Carloni 90 100 x31 75 58 63 69 455
4 Ben Allen 63 82 82 75 90 392
5 Jan Pyott 75 58 63 53 53 75 377
6 Yeray Luxem 82 69 75 69 82 377
7 Conrad Stoltz 82 53 ## 100 335
8 Kris Coddens 82 82 63 90 317
9 Asa Shaw 69 75 69 69 282
10 Rory Downie 75 58 45 34 45 257

 

Elite Women
Place First Last ESP POR GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER ENG DMK TOTAL
1 Kathrin Müller x90 100 100 100 X82 100 100 100 600
2 Helena Erbenova 100 90 X63 ## 100 X82 x82 90 90 570
3 Carina Wasle 69 90 90 90 75 x41 75 489
4 Jacqui Slack 75 82 58 90 x63 75 82 462
5 Renata Bucher 75 82 82 75 69 x58 69 452
6 Brigitta Poór 82 75 69 58 49 69 402
7 Maud Golsteyn 82 82 63 45 63 63 398
8 Louise Fox 75 69 49 45 58 58 354
9 Chantell Widney 90 75 75 82 322
10 Sandra Koblmueller 90 58 69 63 280

2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Denmark Championship is the 32nd of 35 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.

Date Race Location / Pro Winners
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Leonardo Chacon / Shonny Vanlandingham
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road

 

Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Ben Allen / Carina Wasle
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Conrad Stoltz / Barbara Riveros
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Dan Hugo / Jacqui Slack
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
24-May XTERRA Mauritius Sam Gardner / Karyn Southgate
24-May XTERRA Spain Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa / Coralie Redelsperger
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Francois Carloni / Kathrin Mueller
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Dan Hugo / Cecilie Overbye
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria Brent McMahon / Melanie McQuaid
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Braden Currie / Helena Erbenova
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Josiah Middaugh / Chantell Widney
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helene Erbenova
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Irving Perez / Fabiola Corona
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Mathieu Signoretty / Brittany Webster
24-Aug XTERRA England Conrad Stoltz / Emma Garrard
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Conrad Stoltz / Kathrin Mueller
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Lac Delage, Quebec, Canada
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ogden/Snowbasin, UT
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Maui, Hawaii