Aspen Valley

America Tour Notes

Last weekend Cedric Wane of Papeete, Tahiti and Tess Amer took home the amateur titles at Beaver Creek. The 24-year-old Amer from Boulder, Colorado had the fastest women’s time of the day in 2:37:21, however, due to the two-minute start time difference between the pro women’s swim wave and the amateur women’s start, she crossed the finish line in 2nd.

“I didn’t expect that at all,” said Amer.  “I haven’t done a tri in like three years.  I graduated CU in 2013, when I was the president of the tri club.  I’ve been mountain biking but not putting all three together.  And I just signed up last night.  It turned out well, it was good.  I guess I should go pro and go to Maui now.”

In Alaska, Will Ross and Megan Chelf took impressive wins at XTERRA Hammerman. Ross, 27, from Anchorage won his third-straight and seventh overall Hammerman title while Chelf, 29, of Anchorage by way of Wisconsin placed sixth overall, roughly 20 minutes ahead of women’s runner-up Corrie Smith.

Nearly 4500 miles away in upstate New York Daryl Weaver of Lititz, PA and Kelli Montgomery of Wallingford, CT took top honors at XTERRA Sky High. These wins continue an impressive run of results for both athletes. Weaver won his 2nd overall race on the year while Montgomery took her third with both holding commanding leads in their XTERRA America Tour regional division ranking.

You can view the latest XTERRA America Tour results and rankings here.

COMING UP

This weekend we’re off to Ionia, Michigan for XTERRA Ionia where well-established mountain bike single track and rail trails of Ionia State Recreation Area await you. With a new relay team option this year and their duathlon event there’s fun for everyone. Race day registration is available.

Next week XTERRA returns to the Centennial State of Colorado for XTERRA Aspen Valley on July 30th where race director Lance Panigutti says there’s, “more wood and custom features on the bike and run course than you can imagine!Check out that wooden berm in the featured photo above and check out this race for a one-of-a-kind experience.

XTERRA Panther Creek on July 31st in Morristown, TN will test your will and endurance as you navigate the rugged hills of East Tennessee. It’s also one of the final three Southeast regional races on the 2016 schedule offering up valuable tour points which will award regional champs an invitation to race at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui.

 

 

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Nau, Graves win XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km

Complete Results / Photos

(Beaver Creek Resort – Avon, CO) July 17, 2016 – Erik Nau from Boulder and Sarah Graves from Ballantine, Montana captured the XTERRA Beaver Creek 20K trail run titles on a beautiful morning at Beaver Creek Resort.

In the men’s race Nau was in the lead as soon as the cannon blast sent runners scrambling up the hill and he took the tape in 1:21:05, more than 11-minutes ahead of runner-up Mark Howell of Lafayette, CO.

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Nau, who moved to Colorado from San Diego four years ago, has done a 50K and a few half-marathons on the road but today’s race was one of his first-ever trail races.

“Just enjoying the trails, nothing brings me more happiness than just being out on the trails and the racing is a blast,” said Nau.  “I’m really just running for fun, just enjoying the whole experience. Today’s course really worked out for me because I love running hills.  I’m not the fastest guy on the flats, though, so I’ll just put my head down and suffer through it … with a smile on my face.”

Indeed, the XTERRA Beaver Creek course is a hilly one, with more than 2,000-feet of climbing.

In the women’s race first-year XTERRA triathlon elite Sarah Graves took the tape in 1:32:22 and was the third overall finisher just a day after finishing 9th amongst elites at the XTERRA Beaver Creek Championship triathlon yesterday.

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“I was questioning myself for today, because yesterday was tough,” said Graves.  “I felt like I got warmed up on the first lap though and felt good the rest of the way.  I just came out today to get some good training in, really didn’t expect to win it.”

Graves background is in running, and was a star cross country runner when going to school at Montana State University – Billings.

In other racing action today Samuel Williams (Warren Center, PA) and Carly Lockard (Avon, CO) took home the 10K titles in 39:24 and 46:39, respectively, while Brevik Petersen (Fraser, CO) and Michelle Rodgers (Littleton, CO) won the 5K crowns in 23:51 and 29:22.

Today’s XTERRA Beaver Creek 20K was the fourth of five races in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, and the top runners in every age group for the 20K course of the Beaver Creek Trail Run received points toward the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series standings and each division champion was awarded a complimentary entry into the 2016 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship to be held December at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

The XTERRA Colorado Series finale is August 7 in Castle Rock, CO with 5/12 and 24K options.

Current standings, schedule, and information can be viewed at
http://www.xterraplanet.com/trailrun/colorado-series.

Josiah Middaugh

Middaugh, Baker win XTERRA Beaver Creek

Complete Results / Photos / Video

(Beaver Creek Resort – Avon, CO) – Reigning XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh defended his home turf and rookie women’s pro Julie Baker took the top step in her elite debut on an absolutely epic day in the mountains at the 8th annual XTERRA Beaver Creek Championship in Avon, Colorado this morning.

The win is Middaugh’s fourth in a row on his home course (he lives and trains just one-mile down the road) and his fourth in a row this season following victories at XTERRA Argentina, XTERRA Tahiti, and XTERRA Oak Mountain.

For Baker, who won the overall amateur XTERRA USA and World Championship titles last year, the win re-affirms her decision to go pro.  Of note, 24-year-old Tess Amer from Boulder, Colorado actually had the fastest women’s time of the day in 2:37:21, however, due to the two-minute start time difference between the pro women’s swim wave and the amateur women’s start, she crossed the finish line in 2nd.

In the men’s race, local pro Brad Zoller swam up front in the 66-degree, wetsuit-legal waters of Nottingham Lake all by himself and had the fastest swim split of the day in 19:14 with Branden Rakita, Leon Griffin, Greg Bennett, Rom Akerson and Ben Hoffman all together about 30-seconds back.

Middaugh had a good swim by his standards (21:01) and in what has become a commonplace occurrence here at Beaver Creek, he made up the difference by the end of the first big (brutal) climb about five miles into the bike.

“I felt good in the swim,” said Middaugh. “I knew there was a gap, but it was okay, it was a pretty good gap for me.  I was worried that I was going to come out and be 2:30 behind, but I was able to keep it close enough, I think it was 1:30ish, so it was right where I wanted to be.”

By mile 11 Middaugh was 25-seconds ahead of the Costa Rican, Akerson, and roughly one-minute in front of Hoffman and the young gun Sam Long.  (Long, at just 20-year-old, was racing in his first-ever XTERRA. The CU student has only been pro for a month!)

By the time Middaugh hit the last twisty downhill section of the bike course called Corkscrew he had increased his lead on Akerson to 1:15, had 1:40 on Hoffman and Long, and 2:40 to Rakita riding in fifth.

Despite posting the fastest bike of the day (1:10:13) and taking the lead into the run Middaugh said the race was far from over.

“I did not have much left on the run,” he said.  “For the first time in a couple of years I was in survival mode.”

Survive he did, and with the win moves into the lead of the Pan Am Pro Series standings.

Behind him the longshot Sam Long put in the fastest run split of the day and caught Hoffman and Akerson to move into second-place just 20-seconds behind the world champ.

“Outrageous, I can’t even believe it right now,” said Long, who has a double major going at CU in psychology and integrated physiology.  “2nd in a pro race, against these guys, it’s incredible.”

Akerson was equally excited to hold off Hoffman and finish in third.

“On the run the Long and I hit the first big climb together and man can that kid run fast downhill,” said Akerson.  “I mean, I thought I could run fast downhill but he really went at it. I was just killing my legs going down and he just kept opening it up and I thought Hoffman was going to catch me too but he didn’t, so I guess I had a solid run and pulled it off.”

Hoffman finished in fourth, his fifth straight top four at this event.

“That was painful like always,” said Hoffman.  “I thought I would have a better day but when the run started I just didn’t have any punch. The main objective was to punch my ticket for Maui so I got that done.  I didn’t crash, and it’s fun.  I love getting out here and doing something different, it’s definitely a good fun battle with all these guys. Josiah took it to us like he always does.  He’s a class act and a world champion so I’m not surprised, but I’ll be back next year probably to see if I can go on better.”

Leon Griffin passed Rakita on the run to round out the top five, and after the race said “it was a blast, certainly going to try to do more of these in the future.”

MORE QUOTES FROM THE TOP FOUR MEN

JOSIAH MIDDAUGH

(What was it like getting into the lead on the bike?)

“I got in the top 5, I could see the lead of the race, so I felt really good about it, but you know I was around really strong guys.  Sam was riding strong.  Rom was riding strong, Leon was riding strong, Ben was riding strong too, so it wasn’t like I was flying by guys. I was catching and then dragging them all up together and then all of a sudden we had 4 or 5 guys all in a line, so I wasn’t shaking them off to easy.”

(So when did you take the lead for good?)

On the pavement climb just right before we got back on the dirt, I gradually reeled guys in but we were all kind of in a line. I put in a little attack at the very top just to put a little distance and then I was able to get ahead and then Rom and I put some distance on some of the downhill and then the only guy I could see was Rom for the rest of the way.

(Are you on track?)

I’m a little behind, I don’t know.  I can’t rest on my fitness, I gotta build on it a little bit. Yeah definitely, a wins a win and I got confidence to that, I can race well when I’m not feeling that well, so I feel good about that.

(On the tight racing)

It made for a really exciting racing, you know there was a much bigger front swim pack which made it exciting, not for me so much because I wasn’t in it but you know when I caught up on the bike there was a big group of riders and those guys are just super strong in their other disciplines, those guys are monsters on the bike, and Ironman and ITU racing and you know they can climb, they are lightweight, they go up hill and they can put down the power so it wasn’t easy to catch them.  Luckily I caught them early enough and was able to put a distance and use some of the technical skills to put a little bit more gap.”

(On his 12-year-old Sullivan racing the Sprint event, his first try)

I was thinking about him all day and it was good motivation for me.  It was great to see him having fun. I took a lot of pride in that.

SAM LONG

The swim was pretty hard; I always have a hard time in the swim. Me and Josiah came right out of the water together and I said I’m just going to hang with him on the bike, so I rode right by him till the top of the climb.  We passed Ben Hoffman and all those guys. He was in first and I was in second then he lost me on the decent a little bit and I rode with Ben Hoffman the rest of the way. I think Ben Hoffman came in a little in front of me, he came in 4th off the bike.  Then I just felt amazing off the run, actually only probably ran twice in the last two weeks, I’ve been dealing with a foot injury so I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to finish to be honest but my legs felt 100 percent fresh on the run, I’ve never had such a feeling. I’ve grown up in Boulder my whole life and my family has been fortunately enough to have a house in Crested Butte so I have mountain biked up their tons, every summer I go up there and just hammer it so I like to think this is home, this is a lot like Crested Butte. I got into triathlons my Junior year in High School so its only been three years

(What’s next)

I’m racing Calgary next weekend actually, 70.3. I wasn’t planning on doing any other XTERRAs but now I have to. I’ll be at Nationals, and maybe World’s after that. It’s so fun.

ROM AKERSON

I’ve been at altitude for 12 days and this is the difference. I had a little mess up on my bike for a second, you know my chain came off but it’s all part of the racing though. Solid race. I wanted to get off my bike with Josiah today, it was close though, but one step at a time and I’ll get ready for my next race.

(On racing against Josiah in the Pan Am Pro Series)

I’ll see him in Dominic Republic, I’ll see him in Mexico, and I’ll see him at Nationals. I got plenty time to race against him.

(On Beaver Creek)

I love it here, I’m actually thinking of coming up and getting ready for the US Nationals here and the people are great. Beaver Creek is the Sh*%!

BEN HOFFMAN

(On Sam Long)

“I’m happy for him, he had a good day, you can’t argue with the way he raced, he pushed all day, he was up there with me on the bike coming in and he actually went up the top of the climb pretty much with Josiah, he had a special day, and then on the run he ran passed me about a mile and a half in and I had nothing to match it. I’ve raced him on the road a few times and pretty much have been ahead of him there but he had a great day today and definitely took it to us on the run especially, I think he ran back pretty close, he’s got a future in XTERRA for sure.

ELITE MEN RESULTS

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:10:05 100
2 Sam Long, USA 2:10:35 90
3 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:12:20 82
4 Ben Hoffman, USA 2:13:30 75
5 Leon Griffin, USA 2:14:23 69
6 Branden Rakita, USA 2:16:37 63
7 Greg Bennett, AUS 2:18:00 58
8 Brad Zoller, USA 2:19:12 53
9 Mario de Elias, ARG 2:20:40 49
10 Brian Smith, USA 2:20:53 45
11 Thomas Spannring, USA 2:22:32 41
12 Michi Weiss, AUT 2:23:49 37
13 Patrick McKeon, USA 2:25:10 34
14 Cody Waite, USA 2:26:00 31
15 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:26:15 28
Also: AJ Baucco, Michael Nunez, Joshua Merrick, Ian King

Julie Baker

BAKER SHAKES UP WOMEN’S ELITE RANKS

Julie Baker, a 39-year-old soil scientist out of Sonora, California, led just about from wire-to-wire.

XTERRA first-time Julie Stupp had the fastest swim of the day in 19:32, then came Baker in 21:17, the third best swim was from Snyder in 22:40, then it was nearly three minutes to Mayalen Noriega with the fourth-best split.

Baker caught Stupp early on the bike and never looked back, posting the fastest ride of the day in 1:29:36 and took the tape in 2:38:54, nearly two-minutes ahead of Snyder.

“This is like a dream,” said Baker.  “I can’t believe it, and I didn’t expect it. I was just hoping to beat my time from last year (when she won the amateur title here). I’m super psyched to race with all these ladies who are awesome. I kind of died a little bit on the run but I had a good enough swim and bike to hold on.”

Baker actually credits her full-time job for giving her the necessary break from training that her body needs.

“I have a good group of road biking friends in Sonora and they push me really hard,” said Baker.  “I just try and get out when I can and actually my work forces me to rest, go out and dig holes. I like racing at altitude even though I live at 2000 feet.”

As for Snyder, winner of XTERRA Oak Mountain and XTERRA Mine over Matter on the Pan Am Tour to start the season, she’s just happy to have got through it today.

“It was a just see what happens kind of day,” she said.  “My body didn’t feel great, I wasn’t digesting the nutrition well, my legs didn’t have anything.  It was hard.”

Maia Ignatz posted the fastest run of the day to finish in third, her best result yet at Beaver Creek.

“I’m so impressed with Julie and Tess today,” said Ignatz after the race.  “I never saw Julie, she swims so fast, and Tess came by me on the bike smiling and peddling away.  It was pretty good day for me, though, best I’ve ever felt on the bike here.  The run is forever hard, and swimming here I just try not to die or blow up, so all things considered it was a good day.”

Two other first-year XTERRA elites, Katharine Carter and Liz Gruber, took home the fourth and fifth spots.

ELITE WOMEN’S RESULTS

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Julie Baker, USA 2:38:54 100
2 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:40:47 90
3 Maia Ignatz, USA 2:42:36 82
4 Katharine Carter, CAN 2:50:39 75
5 Elizabeth Gruber, USA 2:52:33 69
6 Kara LaPoint, USA 2:54:53 63
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 3:00:19 58
8 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 3:02:02 53
9 Sarah Gravves, USA 3:02:44 49
10 Caroline Colonna, USA 3:07:43 45
11 Julie Stupp, USA 3:10:17 41
12 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:17:55 37

BCamateur

WANE, AMER WIN AMATEUR TITLES

Cedric Wane and Tess Amer took home the amateur titles, and as previously mentioned Amer actually won the women’s race with the fastest time.

“I didn’t expect that at all,” said Amer.  “I haven’t done a tri in like three years.  I graduated CU in 2013, when I was the president of the tri club.  I’ve been mountain biking but not putting all three together.  And I just signed up last night.  It turned out well, it was good.  I guess I should go pro and go to Maui now.”

Amer, who works as a 5th grade teacher just outside of Boulder, said she can’t wait to tell her class what happened on Monday.

As for Wane, a Tahitian who was on the CU tri club during Amer’s reign as Pres, he finished 13th overall and ahead of several pros.

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

FEMALE AGE GROUP CHAMPS    
Division Name Time Hometown
15  – 19 Heather Horton 3:18:00 Draper, UT
20 – 24 Katarina Marks 3:01:34 Durango, CO
25 – 29 *Tess Amer 2:37:21 Boulder, CO
30 – 34 Megan Riepma 3:05:59 Lafayette, CO
35 – 39 Whitney Barrett-Kaucher 2:45:04 Golden, CO
40 – 44 Deanna McCurdy 2:53:04 Littleton, CO
45 – 49 Patricia Smaldone 3:30:50 Portland, OR
50 – 54 Janet Soule 3:04:22 Davis, CA
55 – 59 Janie White 3:27:43 Paradise Valley, AZ
60 – 64 Martha Buttner 3:26:25 Boulder, CO
65 – 69 Libby Harrow 5:23:21 Fruita, CO
MALE AGE GROUP CHAMPS    
Division Name Time Hometown
15 – 19 Benny Smith 2:54:21 Glenwood Springs, CO
20 – 24 Nelson Hegg 2:31:08 Boulder, CO
25 – 29 Kris Ochs 2:26:09 Vail, CO
30 – 34 *Cedric Wane 2:24:21 Papeete, Tahiti
35 – 39 Nick Stengl 2:35:47 Longmont, CO
40 – 44 Garren Watkins 2:34:13 Boulder, CO
45 – 49 Rife Hilgartner 2:33:17 Vail, CO
50 – 54 Charlie Wertheim 2:44:43 Carbondale, CO
55 – 59 Tom Monica 2:46:49 Thousand Oaks, CA
60 – 64 Johnny Davis 3:05:40 Boulder, CO
65 – 69 David Rakita 3:28:24 Durango, CO
PC Andre Szucs 3:47:10 Encinitas, CA

MIDDAUGH, SNYDER LEAD XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES

After seven of 10 events in the Pan Am Pro Series Josiah Middaugh and Suzie Snyder sit in the top spots.  With several of the top 10 men and women all racing in the final three events at XTERRA Dominican Republic, XTERRA Mexico, and the XTERRA Pan Am Championship in Utah on September 17, anything can happen.
Pros count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) and whatever they get (or don’t get) at the finale in Utah to determine their final score.
Learn more about the XTERRA Pan Am Tour at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xterra-pan-am-tour/

2016 XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS
After 7 – 7.16.16
Men     S G S G S S G
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 342 67 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS 75
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 322 DNS 90 DNS 82 75 75 DNS
3 Branden Rakita, USA 199 DNS DNS DNS 75 61 DNS 63
4 Chris Ganter, USA 169 DNS DNS DNS 63 67 39 DNS
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 158 DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 61 28
6 Ian King, USA 153 DNS 53 DNS 53 DNS 47 DNP
7 Rom Akerson, CRC 143 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82
8 Mario De Elias, ARG 112 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
9 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS
10 Thomas Spannring, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 41
11 Sam Long, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
12 Cody Waite, USA 89 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS 31
13 Jonatan Morales, ARG 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Karl Shaw, GBR 75 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Oscar Galindez, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Albert Soley, ESP 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
17 Ben Hoffman, USA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
18 Lucas Mendez, ARG 69 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Leon Griffin, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
20 Felipe Moletta, BRA 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Paul Tichelaar, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
22 Diogo Malagon, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Facu Medard, ARG 58 DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Greg Bennett, AUS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58
25 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Bruno Silva, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
28 Brent McMahon, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
29 Brad Zoller, USA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
30 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Sean Bechtel, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS
33 Nathan Killam, CAN 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS
34 Mauro Ayesa, USA 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Greg Schott, USA 47 47 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
36 Raul Furtado, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Daniel Molnar, USA 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
38 Victor Arenas, ARG 45 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Michael Nunez, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNP
40 Brian Smith, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
41 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Brian MacIlvain, USA 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
43 Clarke Lind, CAN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS
44 Parada Penagos, ARG 41 DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
45 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Adam Morka, CAN 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS
47 Michi Weiss, AUT 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
48 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Jimmy Archer, USA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS
50 Patrick McKeon, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
51 Stenio Bezerra, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Rogério Paula, BRA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Ramon Bustos, BRA 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS
55 Cristiam Suzin, BRA 25 DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS
56 Juscelino Vasco, BRA 23 DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS
57 Wellington Conceição, BRA 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS
Women   S G S G S S G
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 265 DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS 90
2 Maia Ignatz, USA 233 DNS DNS DNS 90 61 DNS 82
3 Kara Lapoint, USA 212 67 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 63
4 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 205 61 DNS 75 69 DNS DNS DNS
5 Caroline Colonna, USA 202 51 DNS DNS 63 43 DNS 45
6 Rebecca Blatt, USA 184 47 DNS DNS 53 DNS 47 37
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 184 DNS DNS DNS 75 51 DNS 58
8 Miriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 175 75 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
9 Sarah Graves, USA 150 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 43 49
10 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 149 DNS 82 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
11 Katharina Carter, CAN 131 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 75
12 Julie Baker, USA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
13 Fabiola Corona, MEX 90 DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Erika Simon, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Katie Button, CAN 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
16 Elizabeth Gruber, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
17 Joanna Brown, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS
18 Zoe Dawson, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
19 Isabella Ribeiro 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Danelle Kabush, CAN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS
21 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Luisa Saft, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Jaime Brede, USA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
24 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
25 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Lisa Leonard, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS
27 Maggie Rusch, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
28 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
30 Brisa Melcop, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Julie Stupp, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
32 Beatriz Granziera, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Amanda Felder, USA 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS
34 Melania Giraldi, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Monalisa Vieira, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS
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Up Next: XTERRA Dominican Republic on July 31.

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Beaver Creek was the 22nd of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

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

Complete Results

(Victoria, B.C., Canada) It was a great day for Canada at the 2016 XTERRA Victoria race, with Canadians Karsten Madsen and Katie Button taking top spots on the tough trails near Durrance Lake Sunday.

Ontario’s Madsen made it two in a row with back-to-back XTERRA Pan Am Tour wins – both on Canadian soil.  His win today also earned him the lead in the series rankings, leap-frogging American Josiah Middaugh for the top spot on tour.

Madsen came out of the water with two-time Olympian Brent McMahon and was first to leave transition. 

He extended his lead from there and finished with a 2-minute lead over runner-up and fellow Canadian, Paul Tichelaar.

“It’s amazing to win my second major XTERRA title!” said Madsen.  “I took the swim hard and got out of the water with Brent.  I took the bike safe as this course was very demanding and super technical. The run was also super technical with a lot of climbing and steep, hard descents. I’m incredibly overjoyed to come away with the win today. And I’m still in shock that I’m now leading the Pan-American tour… my mind is blown!”

Young Kiwi Kieran McPherson took third, with a solid performance that rocketed him up the tour rankings from 12th to 6th.   McMahon finished 4th, with his race record intact.

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In the women’s race Canada’s Katie Button took a solid win with the fastest bike split of the day. British Columbia local, Zoe Dawson had a blazing run to finish runner-up only 50 seconds back. Danelle Kabush, in semi-retirement, finished third less than a minute behind Dawson.

“I really do love the trails and the riding on Vancouver Island so its such a bonus to have a Pan Am Tour race in Victoria. I haven’t raced a triathlon since this race last year, so I was both nervous and excited to see where another year of training has gotten me.” said Button.
“I managed to have a strong and comfortable swim then after the usual post-cold swim dizziness wore off, continued to have strong and smooth bike – enjoying all the fun technical downhills and single track sections I complain I never get enough of on the other courses!
I am mostly proud of my run effort though. Zoe blew by me on the run last year and I was waiting for the same thing to happen this year, but just tried to keep my effort up as high as possible. It wasn’t until the last section of trail before the finish I realized she wasn’t going to catch me!” Button added.

The amateur athletes proved to be just as fast on the B.C. trails. Nate Youngs (Boring, OR) took fifth place overall and first place for age group men and Lisa Helmer (Shawnigan Lake, BC) was first place amateur woman and fourth overall woman.

Elite Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:10:51 75
2 Paul Tichelaar, CAN 2:13:19 67
3 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:16:02 61
4 Brent McMahon, CAN 2:16:30 56
5 Nathan Killam, CAN 2:31:09 51
6 Ian King, USA 2:35:48 47
7 Clarke Lind, CAN 2:36:36 43
8 Chris Ganter, USA 2:39:14 39
9 Jimmy Archer, USA 2:40:14 36
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Katie Button, CAN 2:37:43 75
2 Zoe Dawson, CAN 2:38:53 67
3 Danelle Kabush, CAN 2:45:35 61
4 Jaime Brede, USA 2:58:48 56
5 Lisa Leonard, USA 3:04:44 51
6 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:10:13 47
7 Sarah Graves, USA 3:20:32 43
8 Amanda Felder, USA 3:24:27 39

YOUNGS, HELMER TOP AMATEURS

The amateur athletes proved to be just as fast on the B.C. trails. Nate Youngs (Boring, OR) placed 5th overall and first place for the age group men while Lisa Helmer (Shawnigan Lake, BC) was first place amateur woman and 4th overall woman.

MEN
M16-19 Lewis Ryan

2:23:39

M25-29 Mat Signoretty

2:28:59

M30-34 Patrick Nesbitt

2:24:15

M35-39 Nate Youngs

2:20:29

M40-44 Mike Smith

2:34:12

M45-49 Kevin Donovan

2:32:18

M50-54 Steve Mackenzie

2:38:52

M55-59 Randal T Walker

2:55:43

M60-99 Scott Forrest

2:55:54

M60-99 Carl Peterson

3:06:07

WOMEN
F16-19 Heather Horton

3:14:43

F20-24 Jaylene Kemp

3:06:44

F25-29 Heidi Manicke

3:15:28

F30-34 Heather Zimchek-Dunn

2:54:47

F35-39 Lisa Helmer

2:51:14

F40-44 Kimberly Larson

3:12:44

F45-49 Jennifer Burtner

3:10:57

F50-54 Susan Moote

3:37:06

F55-59 Janice Meek

4:29:29

MADSEN, GOBO LEAD PAN AM PRO SERIES AFTER SIX

Following race #6 in the inaugural 10-stop XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Canada’s Karsten Madsen has taken the lead in the rankings, while Brazil’s Sabrina Gobo continues to hold the top spot for the women.

Racers count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) plus what they earn at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race September 17 in Utah.

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

Next up:  XTERRA Beaver Creek on July 16 in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

2016 XTERRA Pan American Tour Standings After Six

Men S G S G S S G G G
PL NAME CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DR MEX USA TOT
1 Karsten Madsen, CAN DNS 90 DNS 82 75 75 322
2 Josiah Middaugh, USA 67 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS 267
3 Chris Ganter, USA DNS DNS DNS 63 67 43 173
4 Ian King, USA DNS 53 DNS 53 DNS 47 153
5 Branden Rakita, USA DNS DNS DNS 75 61 DNS 136
6 Kieran McPherson, NZL DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 61 130
7 Mauricio Mendez, MEX DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS 90
8 Jonatan Morales, ARG DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS 82
9 Karl Shaw, GBR 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
10 Oscar Galindez, ARG DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
11 Albert Soley, ESP DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
12 Lucas Mendez, ARG DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
13 Paul Tichelaar, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 67
14 Felipe Moletta, BRA DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS 67
15 Mario De Elias, ARG DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
16 Rom Akerson, CRC 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
17 Diogo Malagon, BRA DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS 61
18 Facu Medard, ARG DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58
19 Cody Waite, USA DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS 58
20 Brent McMahon, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 56
21 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
22 Bruno Silva, BRA DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS 56
23 Alex VanderLinden, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 56
24 Nathan Killam, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 51
25 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51
26 Frederico Zacharias, BRA DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS 51
27 Sean Bechtel, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 51
28 Mauro Ayesa, USA DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
29 Thomas Spannring, USA DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 49
30 Greg Schott, USA 47 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS 47
31 Raul Furtado, BRA DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS 47
32 Daniel Molnar, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS 47
33 Victor Arenas, ARG DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
34 Michael Nunez, USA DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS 45
35 Henrique Lugarini, BRA DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 43
36 Brian MacIlvain, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS 43
37 Parada Penagos, ARG DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
38 Jimmy Archer, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 39
39 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS 39
40 Adam Morka, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS 39
41 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS 36
42 Stenio Bezerra, BRA DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS 33
43 Rogério Paula, BRA DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS 30
44 Ramon Bustos, BRA DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS 27
45 Cristiam Suzin, BRA DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS 25
46 Juscelino Vasco, BRA DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS 23
47 Wellington Conceição, BRA DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS 21
Women S G S G S S G G G
PL NAME CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DR MEX USA TOT
1 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 61 DNS 75 69 DNS DNS 205
2 Miriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 75 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 175
3 Suzie Snyder, USA DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS 175
4 Caroline Colonna, USA 51 DNS DNS 63 43 DNS 157
5 Maia Ignatz, USA DNS DNS DNS 90 61 DNS 151
6 Laura Mira Dias, BRA DNS 82 67 DNS DNS DNS 149
7 Kara Lapoint, USA 67 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 149
8 Rebecca Blatt, USA 47 DNS DNS 53 DNS

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9 Debby Sullivan, USA DNS DNS DNS 75 51 DNS 126
10 Sarah Gravves, USA DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 43 101
11 Fabiola Corona, MEX DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
12 Katie Button, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

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13 Erika Simon, ARG DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
14 Zoe Dawson, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 67
15 Joanna Brown, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS 67
16 Danelle Kabush, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 61
17 Isabella Ribeiro DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS 61
18 Jaime Brede, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 56
19 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
20 Luisa Saft, BRA DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS 56
21 Katharina Carter, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 56
22 Lisa Leonard, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 51
23 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS 51
24 Maggie Rusch, USA DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 49
25 Fernanda Prieto, BRA DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS 47
26 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS 47
27 Brisa Melcop, BRA DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 43
28 Amanda Felder, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 39
29 Beatriz Granziera, BRA DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS 39
30 Melania Giraldi, BRA DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS 36
31 Monalisa Vieira, BRA DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS 33

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

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

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

Ruzafa, Paterson win XTERRA France

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Xonrupt, Gerardmer – Ruben Ruzafa and Lesley Paterson captured the XTERRA France Championship titles in Xonrupt this afternoon.

The win is Ruzafa’s third straight on the European Tour this year and his 22nd XTERRA major victory in 27 races since winning Worlds as a rookie in 2008.  For Paterson, the win is her second major this season (she won XTERRA Tahiti back in May) and the 14th of her career.

“I like this course and I like this race,” said Ruzafa, who has won it three years in a row now.  “It is very technical and this is where I am at my best.  I rode very good today and was able to control everything.  It was almost perfect for me.”

In the men’s race Aussie Ben Allen had the fastest swim of the day followed by Veit Honle from Germany, and those two got the early lead on the bike but by the halfway point it was Ruzafa in the lead thanks to his race-best 1:02:37 bike split.  By the bike-to-run transition Ruzafa had more than five minutes on South Africa’s Bradley Weiss, and cruised into the finish line with a winning time of three hours, seven-minutes flat.

Behind Ruzafa, Yeray Luxem from Belgium was powering his way to the fastest run of the day and overtook Weiss to finish as the runner-up.

“This course is good for me,” said Weiss.  “I came out of the water with Ruben but he was so strong on the bike I could not keep up with him.  Then on the run Yeray surprised me.  He was going so fast and when he passed me I knew I must settle for third.”

Honle finished in 4th for the second week in a row and Damien Guillemet finished in 5th.

In the women’s race it was all Lesley Paterson, who has proven time-and-time again that when the going gets tough, she gets going.

“XTERRA France lives up to its reputation…the beauty, the true toughness and the unbelievable organization and support,” said Paterson, who owns two XTERRA World Championships, an ITU Cross Tri World Title, and was the European Championship race winner last season.

“I felt great all day and just so grateful to be able to compete against great gals and in one of the best XTERRAs I’ve ever experienced! Roll on the rest of the summer!

Jacqui Slack took the early lead out of the swim, with Tour leader Brigitta Poor and Paterson close behind, but once Paterson got in front ‘that was that.’

“I knew this was a long race so I took it very easy on the first lap of the bike,” said Paterson.  “I heard Renata was close to me so I pushed really hard on the second lap and got a good gap.”

Bucher did have a great bike, cut into Paterson’s lead and worked her way into the second position where she stayed through the finish line.

“I was so disappointed and sad after Switzerland,” said Bucher, who finished 4th in her home country last weekend.  “I rode good today and the race was long, so I was able to make enough time to keep second place on the run.”

Erbenova, who finished in third, had a good run to make her way to the podium, but thinks she fell too far behind during the opening swim leg.

“My swim was just terrible today,” said the reigning European Tour Champion, who came out of the water four-minutes behind Paterson and two-minutes behind Bucher.  “I worked hard to move up into third, and am very happy with it.”

Brigitta Poor held on for fourth and Myriam Guillot-Boisset finished in 5th.

XTERRA Managing Director Dave Nicholas was on site and brings us this report…

As is usual, it rained in the Vosge Mountains in Xonrupt.  The good news is it rained on Friday and we were cool and dry for race day Saturday.  The Charbonnier’s once again did their Magic with a multi lingual race briefing and huge pasta party on Saturday eve.  Sunday morning showed a bit of blue and sunshine and racer spirits were high.  The decouvert or discovery race had over 900 entrants and the usual, hi energy music, clapping, yelling and cheering start right at 8am.  The day progressed with two youth races, the first for ages 11-13 and the second for 8-10 year olds.  These kids and families are serious.  I saw small bikes and race kits that cost more than half the adult field’s gear.  Clubs came from as far away as Calais and between the two kids events there were over 200 entries.  No wonder the French have the biggest fields in Europe.  They have a genuine feeder system and it works.

The start was equally chaotic for the Big Show.  It was impossible to keep the masses back in a water start so the gun went off at 1:58.  The dynamic duo of Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack led the men and women out of the water, respectively.  But lurking just behind each was the amazing Ruben Ruzafa and the equally amazing Leslie Patterson.  These two have 5 World Championships between them so it was no surprise that by the 3K mark on the bike Nico Lebrun reported both had the lead.  A lead neither would relinquish all day.

Renata Bucher had a fantastic day on the bike being only 20 seconds slower than Lesley for the bike leg.  “I knew this was a long race and made sure there were no mistakes on the first bike lap” said the wee Scottish lass.  Renata got within 25 seconds starting the second lap but Patterson put the speed back on and kept the gap at over a minute.  Then Les did what she does best and that is run.  She put in the 2d fastest womens run on a technical course to win by 3 minutes.  Renata’s bike was so strong she had no problem taking second by over 5 minutes over Czech Helena Erbenova.  “I was so disappointed and sad from Switzerland to lose 2d place by less than a minute” said the Swiss Miss.  “Here the bike is longer and more technical and I am so happy to finish second”.  Erbenova was just as happy with 3rd.  “My swim was so bad.  So many people in the water and then I had difficulty all day passing on the bike”.

For Ruzafa it was another epic ride.  “I was with him coming out of the swim but he just took off and no matter how hard I rode, I could not stay with him” said 3rd place Bradley Weiss.  “This is my kind of course with lots of climbing and technical parts but right now Ruben is just too good”.

German Veit Honle (pronounce that white, like the color) was 4th last week in Switzerland and again here in France.  His swim was second only to Ben Allen and he rode very well.  So did Spain’s Roger Serrano but Serrano suffered from two flats and retired – Belgian winner and Swiss 2d placer Kris Coddens also had a flat and walked his bike a long way.  Kris kept going and put in the 2d fastest run only to finish 13th.  The days mens story had to be Yeray Luxem.  Yeray had a great 2d behind Ruben in Portugal but a bad home race in Belgium.  He did not race in France to recover and did a great job here today passing Weiss on the run to finish second.  French speedster Francois Carloni had a bad day back in 14th so with 3 of the top men scoring very little, Ruzafa now has a huge lead in the men’s standings.

The big field of age groupers provided tons of entertainment.  The Charbonnier’s always have some great wooden structures near the finish and this year was no exception.  “Le Monster” super steep ramp plunked riders smack in the middle of a sand beach volleyball court and the slips and flips were many.  The huge difference in skill sets was wonderful to observe and even some age group world champs were caught out.  The pros skip onto the sand, rock the bike over and pedal away.  The normal citizen rider has the front wheel squish out or the back wheel start to spin and down they go.  The end of the feature was a neat jump ramp about 1m high.  Hundreds had fun doing mini knack-knacks and I saw one guy come to a complete stop at the end of the ramp, look it over, turn around and walk back about 20 feet and pedal hard and jump it.  Now that is entertainment and the crowd went wild for him.

If you want the longest, toughest race anywhere with hours of entertainment for the spectators you simply cannot do better than France.  And if you podium?  You get a bottle of custom XTERRA France Champagne.

Ruzafa France

Elite results:

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 3:07:01 100
2 Yeray Luxem, BEL 3:12:50 90
3 Bradley Weiss, RSA 3:13:57 82
4 Veit Holne, GER 3:18:19 75
5 Damien Guillemet, FRA 3:18:39 69
6 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 3:18:46 63
7 Henry Sleight, GBR 3:19:48 58
8 Peter Lehmann, GER 3:20:13 53
9 Bartosz Banach, POL 3:20:19 49
10 Christophe Betard, FRA 3:20:58 45
11 Kris Coddens, BEL 3:23:56 41
12 Francois Carloni, FRA 3:26:21 37
13 Maxim Chane, FRA 3:27:51 34
14 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 3:29:25 31
15 Anthony Flinois, FRA 3:32:00 28
Also: Boris Chambon, Felix Schumann, Martial Schmidt, Ben Allen, Rich Sumpter, Pascal Faivre-Pierret, Florian Luquet, Izar Van Gool, Valentine Genewe,
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Lesley Paterson, GBR 3:38:30 100
2 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:42:48 90
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:48:04 82
4 Brigitta Poor, HUN 3:51:57 75
5 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 3:53:03 69
6 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:54:37 63
7 Jacqui Slack, GBR 3:57:16 58
8 Sandra Koblmueller, AUT 3:57:42 53
9 Maud Golsteyn, NED 3:59:13 49
10 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:59:41 45
11 Sanne Van Paassen, NED 3:59:56 41
12 Kara LaPoint, USA 4:03:16 37
13 Jessie Roberts, GBR 4:05:31 34
14 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 4:11:41 31
15 Louise Fox, GBR 4:13:15 28
Also:  Lenka Cibulkova, Belinda Hadden

France swim

DESANTIS 16 IN 2016 HITS HALFWAY MARK

XTERRA Warrior David DeSantis knocked off race No. 8 of 16 at XTERRA France with a little help from his good mate, XTERRA elite Ben Allen from Australia.

With a knee swollen up to the size of a grapefruit following his race at XTERRA Switzerland last weekend, one of the many unexplainable side effects of chemo, DeSantis smartly decided to watch this one from the bleachers and let Allen carry the torch for his cause to raise funds (goal $32,000) for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

“Wish I could have finished on the podium for him, but it wasn’t my day,” said Allen.  “Gave 100% with what I had on the day and that’s all I could ask for! I’m proud to race for David, he fights the fight of life, everyday!  He is a true inspiration to everyone in XTERRA and the world. I admire him as a friend, person and athlete. We have had the best week in France altogether. Home cooked meals, laughter, it’s like a big family! I will remember this trip forever. It’s why I do this sport because of people like David and his wife Kathy!”

Learn more about 16 in 2016 and join the fight at: http://www.desantis16in2016.org/.

All-Time XTERRA France Elite Winners    
       
Year Men’s Champ Women’s Champ Site
2006 Cedric Fleureton Renata Bucher Saint Raphael
2008 Nicolas Lebrun Renata Bucher Auron
2008 Nicolas Lebrun Renata Bucher Mondelieu
2010 Nicolas Lebrun Marion Lorblanchet Xonrupt
2011 Victor Del Corral Renata Bucher Xonrupt
2012 Asa Shaw Helena Erbenova Xonrupt
2013 Nicolas Lebrun Helena Erbenova Xonrupt
2014 Ruben Ruzafa Kathrin Mueller Xonrupt
2015 Ruben Ruzafa Kathrin Mueller Xonrupt
2016 Ruben Ruzafa Lesley Paterson Xonrupt

RUZAFA, POOR LEAD XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS

With his third straight win, including two 100-point scores from Gold races in the last seven days, Ruben Ruzafa has taken a commanding lead in the men’s Euro Tour title chase with five events to go.   In the women’s chase Brigitta Poor sits in the top spot with five scoring races, with Erbenova not too far behind. Elite athletes count their best 4 Gold and 3 Silver finishes.
Next up: XTERRA Italy on July 31.

2016 XTERRA EURO TOUR STANDINGS            
After 6 – 7.3.16              
                 
Men     S S S S G G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 342 DNS 67 75 DNS 100 100
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 253 DNS 47 DNS 75 90 41
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 211 75 75 61 DNS DNF DNS
4 Francois Carloni, FRA 205 DNS 51 56 61 DNS 37
5 Brice Daubord, FRA 186 43 61 DNS DNS 82 DNS
6 Yeray Luxem, BEL 184 DNS DNS 67 27 DNS 90
7 Sam Osborne, NZL 176 DNS DNS 51 67 58 DNS
8 Veit Hoenle, GER 173 DNS DNS 23 DNS 75 75
9 Bradley Weiss, RSA 145 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 82
10 Henry Sleight, GBR 125 DNS DNS DNS 39 28 58
11 Damien Guillemet, FRA 120 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 69
12 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 116 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 63
13 Hannes Wolpert, GER 114 36 DNS 33 DNS 45 DNS
14 Christophe Betard, FRA 108 27 DNS DNS 36 DNS 45
15 Peter Lehmann, GER 104 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
16 Tomas Kubek, CZE 90 DNS 43 DNS 47 DNS DNS
17 Maxim Chane, FRA 90 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
18 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 89 DNS DNS 25 33 DNS 31
19 Pierre Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Max Neumann, AUS 79 DNS 30 DNS DNS 49 DNS
21 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 77 47 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS
22 Jan Kubicek, CZE 73 DNS 36 DNS DNS 37 DNS
23 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
25 Sebastian Norberg, GER 68 DNS 25 DNS 43 DNS DNS
26 Jan Pyott, SUI 67 DNF 33 DNS DNS 34 DNS
27 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS
28 Tim Van Daele, BEL 57 DNS 27 30 DNS DNS DNS
29 Arthur Forissier, FRA 56 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNF DNS
30 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
31 Bartosz Banach, POL 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
32 José Estrangeiro, POR 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS
33 Max Sasserath, GER 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
34 Anthony Pannier, FRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS
35 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Julen Loroño, ESP 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS
37 Rui Dolores, POR 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS
38 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS
39 Toma Jurkovic, SVK 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS
40 Ben Allen, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNP
41 Anthony Flinois, FRA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28
42 Gonzalo Orosco, ESP 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS
43 Markus Benesch, AUT 25 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
44 Jim Thijs, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS
45 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNF 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Martial Schmidt, FRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNP
47 Tiago Maia, POR 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DHS
48 Boris Chambon, FRA 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP
Women     S S S S G G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 341 75 67 61 DNS 63 75
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 307 DNS 75 75 75 DNS 82
3 Morgane Riou, FRA 273 67 51 DNS 61 49 45
4 Carina Wasle, AUT 244 DNS DNS 56 67 58 63
5 Maud Golsteyn, NED 232 56 DNS 39 47 41 49
6 Myriam Guillot, FRA 218 DNS DNS 67 DNS 82 69
7 Renata Bucher, SUI 216 DNS DNS 51 DNS 75 90
8 Louise Fox, GBR 176 DNS 56 47 DNS 45 28
9 Jacqui Slack, GBR 148 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 58
10 Ladina Buss, SUI 130 DNS 61 DNS DNS 69 DNS
11 Jessie Roberts, GBR 122 DNS DNS DNS 51 37 34
12 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 114 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
13 Michelle Flipo, FRA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS
14 Lesley Paterson, GBR 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
15 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 74 DNS DNS DNS 43 31 DNS
16 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 74 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
17 Kara LaPoint, USA 65 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 37
18 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
19 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS
20 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Diane Lee, GBR 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Sara Bonilla Bernardez, ESP 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
23 Sanne Van Paassen, NED 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
24 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS
25 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 39 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP DNP
26 Monica Cibin, ITA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA France was the 20th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
7-May XTERRA Greece Roger Serrano/Helena Erbenova
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
21-May XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa/Helena Erbenova
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA European Championship Zittau, Germany
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
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My 2016 Belgium XTERRA

By Lorenn Walker

“Bravo Madame! Bravo Madame!” spectators yell enthusiastically to me during Belgium’s first XTERRA June 11, 2016 as I finish climbing a steep dirt path and complete the first lap of the bike course. Along with these lovely people, is Dave Nicholas (aka Kahuna), who’s yelling: “Come on old lady, get your butt going!” I laugh and throw him my sunglasses asking: “Can you hold these for me?” I’ve known and appreciated Dave since the 1990s when he directed the Wahine Windsurfing contests at Diamond Head on O’ahu.

My first XTERRA experience was at Wailea, Maui in 1999, when no qualification was necessary for the World Championships. I had gotten a mountain bike about two years before, and an off-road triathlon sounded fun. Unfortunately, my mountain biking experience consisted mainly of riding O’ahu’s asphalt paved Peacock Flats road. The World’s bike course at Wailea was A LOT more technical than I expected. I crashed about ten miles into the bike course and dislocated two right hand fingers that stuck out at a 90-degree angle. I ran for about six miles pushing my bike, trying to avoid seeing my finger’s hideously twisted out sideways, but that’s another story.

In June 2016, I had some work and conferences in Europe, and thought it would be fun to do an XTERRA there, which my friend Barbara Peterson encouraged me to do. Like my first Maui race, the Belgium XTERRA turned out to be way more demanding than expected.

Forty-eight hours after I leave my house on the North Shore of O’ahu, I arrive in Namur, Belgium, an hour train ride from Brussels. I had arrived in Belgium the day before and spent my first night in Leuven where I gave a talk about my work in restorative justice. My work reminds me of XTERRA because it’s about suffering and healing, only from crime, not mountain biking.

Denis Detinne and Florian Badoux are the brilliant Belgium race organizers. They helped me find my hotel and a bike to use. The first bike I try is my size, but its shifters are broken and it won’t go into the lowest gear. Another kind Belgium biker tries to fix it, but he ends up messing it up further. Luckily, there is another bike. I use it even though it is too big for me and has tubed tires that need to be inflated around 40-45 pounds, while I’ve been using tubeless tires running about 20 pounds. The bike I use also has less gears than what I am used to, which coupled with my jet lag, makes biking up the hills especially hard. I am spoiled from my beloved Santa Cruz carbon bikes and Evo wheels. Still, I am hugely grateful to Denis and Florain for their kindness and help getting me the bike. It was much easier than bringing one from Hawai’i. Besides I only want to finish the race in a decent time, and not be last.

The race venue Namur is stunningly beautiful. It is an ancient European capital for French speaking Belgians. The town is filled with cobblestone streets from the Middle Ages, and old ornate stone buildings.

The race is held in the Citadel, which was first developed in the year 1000: “The Citadel of Namur has, at all times, held a strategic position in the heart of Europe. First of all as a command centre of an important earldom in the Middle Ages, it was then coveted and besieged by all the Great Powers of Europe between the 15th and 19th century.”

The Citadel is a fantastic fort that sits on a giant hill overlooking the town and rushing rivers that come together below. A massive stonewall encloses the Citadel that includes a castle, numerous other rock structures, along with all the cobblestone roads. The race center is held in an area of the Citadel that looks like an arena. Denis says this area was developed in the 17th Century as a village with markets, and other facilities for the community.

I practice riding the bike course two days before the race. I am exhausted, but confident I can take my time seeing what the course is like because the sun stays out in Belgium until after 10 pm in June. It’ll still be light when I finish.

The course is surprisingly tough to me. “What was I thinking?” begins to pop into my head frequently. I’d watched the race videos, and the distance didn’t seem so far, 20 miles, and the hills didn’t look super steep. Belgium is pretty flat, right? I signed up thinking we were going to ride in some easy peasy park course.

Maybe if Belgium hadn’t been inundated with torrential rains all spring, the bike course would have been much drier. I appreciated how the rain made the course lush with bright green trees and bushes, but the muddy and deeply rooted trails are hard to ride; especially on the steep sections. There is so much water coming down some of the trails I’m trying to ride up that there are gushing tiny rivers flowing down! I end up pushing my bike uphill so much that my shoulder (not the one I broke at the 2014 XTERRA Worlds, sorry yet another story) gets hurt from the bike pushing activity. No worries about an injured shoulder decreasing my swimming performance though. The unprecedented rains create extremely strong currents in the river. The swim is canceled. As Dave explains: “It’s like a dam burst basically. Normally the force of the river current flows around 70m but now it’s 450m.” Despite having practiced for months getting a wetsuit on and off (thank you again Jay Weber from XTERRA Wetsuits for the helpful info on that) it’s a relief that we’re spared having to swim in what looks like Willy Wonka’s chocolate river. We do an extra run instead of the swim on race day.

After it takes me three hours to finish one loop practicing the bike course catastrophe thinking sets in. I am worried about getting hurt, and being in the way of more competent bikers during the race. “I’m gonna get lapped for sure,” I think. I consider not doing it at all or maybe doing the XTERRA Lite that is only half the distance? After a few hours of obsessing, I decide: “Of course I’m doing it! I brought all my stuff. I’ll go slow. Be careful. No Cindi Topel or Barbara Peterson here to beat me. I’ll do my best and just have fun!”

The race starts at 1:30 pm on June 11th, four days after I arrived in Europe. It’s raining when I leave the hotel on my big bike. I’m cold until I start biking up the hill to the start at the Citadel, which takes about 45 minutes due to closed roads for the race.

By the time I get to the race start I feel good. I rack my bike next to Nathan an American Navy man, working in Germany. I’m wondering now if it was Nathan who told me that the bike course is 5000 feet in elevation? It sure seemed like it was that much during my practice ride, but it turns out the bike course is only 1200 meters, which equals about 3900 feet, and is about 1100 feet more than the Worlds at Kapalua that is roughly 2800 feet.

It’s fun chatting with Dave’s girlfriend Rosemary, and others waiting for the race to start. I notice most of the racers are really fit young men.

The race begins. My run (replacing the swim) is really slow, but I feel fine! I know I am going to finish the race, and with care, injury free.

After my first bike loop, when the dear Belgians who are cheerfully bravo-ing me, and Dave’s yelling at me to get my old ass going, I’m feeling confident I can do the second loop faster. Too bad I got a little too confident, and go too fast on a downhill muddy section.

My crash is one of those projectile headfirst sort. It’s like your body’s a missile and shoots straight out. Luckily, my helmet stays on when my head slams into a stonewall. Quickly I’m back on my bike peddling. I notice only minor scrapes and little blood. Nothing really hurts, but I begin to feel my helmet increasingly get tighter around my forehead. It takes me about thirty minutes to muster enough courage to touch my forehead. “Shit, black eye” I think when I finally feel a big swollen lump above my left eyebrow. “Just in time for the Spain speech in five days.” I brought makeup though and have developed humility from about five black eyes in my lifetime from sports (once I mediated a child protection case in family court with two black eyes from a windsurfing contest at Hookipa on Maui, and really, my husband is a business professor and one of the nicest people in the world).

After the crash I slow down, and bike way more conservative. But on some of the hills towards the end of the bike course, I manage to pass some of the younger guys pushing their bikes up. Bad me yells, “Watch out your grandma’s on your left!” Those who understand English laugh, and again I enjoy hearing. “Bravo Madame!”

Finally, I finish the bike course and am running the 10K. I have been racing for 4 hours by now, and feel strong. I’m surprised that I manage to pass people running. My usual cramps are kept at bay with the HotShot (formerly Itsthenerve) potion that I took, and tell others about who are walking because of their cramps (for real, if you cramp try this stuff that Rod MacKinnon, a long distance paddler, MD, and 2003 Nobel Chemistry Prize winner, developed to deal with his cramps).

I finish the race in 5:02, the longest XTERRA I’ve ever done. The men’s winner is 35-year-old Kris Coddens who finished in 2:33 and the women’s winner is 37-year-old Helena Erbenova who did it in 3:01. It turns out there were a lot of young men in the race. Out of the 472 finishers only 35 were women, and of the 28 people who DNF’ed, only one was a woman.

After the race I long to soak in a nice warm bath at my cozy hotel, but the after race meal seduces me. It’s giant sized meatballs covered in garlic tomato sauce with a huge serving of freshly made pommes frites (French fries). I sit and enjoy the food, and company of Johannes Franzky, and his mom, from Germany. He won the 35-year old age group finishing in 2:51.

As we eat, the weather worsens. It’s pouring rain now with lightening and thunder. I’m shivering and fantasizing about a warm jacket I left in my suitcase at the hotel. I’m not sure how I did in the race, and while I didn’t see any women around my age, I wonder if I won my age group? I can wait no longer and decide to leave. It’s getting darker out, and I have to ride the bike back to my hotel, which turns out to be the scariest part of the race. I ride down a long winding steep hill on slippery cobblestones in pouring rain with thunder. I go ridiculously slow imagining my hot bath.

I’m really happy I did the race, and makeup worked fine for the speech in Spain. Most of my restorative justice friends also know I do these races and sometimes look beat up.

BIG bravos to everyone who does what they fear they cannot. Thank you Denis and Florian, and a GIANT mahalo to Dave Nicholas for all the races, kindness and laughs over the years (but dude, please dump Trump!).

Lorenn is a sixteen time XTERRA World Championship female age group finisher—5 first places and 15x on the podium—64 years old in 2016.

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Ruzafa, Flipo win XTERRA Switzerland

Photos / Complete Results

Vallee de Joux, Switzerland – Ruben Ruzafa and Michelle Flipo captured the XTERRA Switzerland / ETU European Cross Triathlon Championship under extreme weather conditions in the Vallee de Joux on Saturday afternoon.

The win is Ruzafa’s second straight on the European Tour this year and his 21st XTERRA major victory in 26 races since winning Worlds as a rookie in 2008.  For Flipo, the win is her first on the XTERRA World Tour.

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

What a mess!  The day started with some sun and a breeze after a monster storm Friday eve.  “I think we’ll be good, maybe some little rain” said Thomas Vasser, head of the Sports Center of the Vallee de Joux.  Nine minutes into the swim it started to rain, by 15 minutes it was steady and by 25 minutes it was a downpour.  Let The Mudfest Begin!

The swim was divided in three waves; pro men, pro women and then all age groupers.

“I never saw anything like it” marveled Spain’s Roger Serrano. “It was a war.  These guys went crazy.”

German Jens Roth led big out of the water and took a nice lead early.  By 1K Ben Allen, Sam Osborne and Brice Daubord were nose to tail chasing Jens.  By 5K, 3-time World Champ Ruben Ruzafa was already up into 3rd having passed Roth in a full slide down a muddy slope and in another 2K had taken the lead.

“This condition today is good for me” he smiled. “I like technical and today with the mud and steep places – I was very fast on the downhills.”

Fast? How about nearly four-minutes faster than the second best bike time.

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The women’s swim was no surprise as ITU and former XTERRA racer from Mexico now living in France, Michelle Flipo took first out of the water.  Brit Jacqui Slack caught her by the 4K mark and started to ride away.

“I really like XTERRA but my technical bike skills are not as good as I would like,” Michelle said shortly after the finish.  “I could keep up on the flats and uphills but lost time on the downhills and technical sections.”

I had to smile while interviewing her as she is a lovely woman, tall with blonde hair, but was totally covered in mud and one could only see her eyes and smile.  Jacqui Slack put in a great ride in the lead, but 33-time XTERRA winner Renata “the Swiss Miss” Bucher was the Mistress of the Mud today.  She was almost three minutes faster than Jacqui and came into T2 with the lead.  Another Swiss, Ladina Buss was 3rd and Flipo 4th. Our winner put in the fastest run of the day and picked off Buss, then Slack and finally Renata to take the lead and come home with a 2.5-minute lead.

The back story was Myriam Guillot-Boisett.  Her run was only a handful of seconds slower than Flipo’s and she passed Ladina and Renata to take a hard fought 3rd.  Second-place to fourth-place was separated by less than four seconds, a fantastic finish.

Back with the men, poor Sam Osborne took a wicked fall on lap two about 100m from me and nearly took Brice Daubord with him.  I’m not sure how Brice got around the Kiwi but this put him solidly in 2nd.  Sam never really recovered.  “I hit really hard and it knocked me pretty good” he said after the event.

Our fast swimmer Jens Roth was 4th, Ben Allen 5th and Veit Honle 6th.  XTERRA Belgium winner Kris Coddens was coming fast but was still back around 9th.  Allen did not look happy and yelled “I HATE MUD” every time he went past.  The men were really fighting on the bike.  A bunch were scrapping hard on the 2nd lap.

“I knew I could not run because I had a muscle tear” said Roger Serrano, the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion.  “These guys were going so hard I ask how will they run? Maybe I should go.”

Passing up and down the hills, slipping and sliding on the ever-worsening mud they came into T2 as a bunch with Roger, Veit Holne, Sam Osborne, Brice Daubord, Italian Mattia De Paoli and Kris Coddens all mixed together and now four minutes behind Ruzafa.

Serrano stopped, Sam was still stunned by his fall and dropped back.  Brice was a good second with Veit 3rd but Coddens was charging, caught them on the 1st lap and started chasing after Ruben.  At the end of the first lap officials stopped Kris in the penalty booth for a 15-second helmet infraction at T2.  This dropped him back to 4th but about the 2K mark the speedy Belgian was past Daubord and settled in for a great 2nd place finish just over a minute behind Ruben.

Today the mud was worse than Belgium two weeks ago, but the finish line was full of smiles as racers washed themselves off in the fresh water stream coming down from the mountains.

“Nobody was going to catch Ruben today,” said Ben Allen as he chatted with Brad Weiss at the awards.  “All those years as a pro mountain biker just makes him unbelievable in conditions like this.”

Our women’s winner was also all smiles and like a champ should say – she told me “I’m going to Maui.”

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Tentative Elite Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 2:47:58 100
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:49:18 90
3 Brice Daubord, FRA 2:49:28 82
4 Veit Holne, GER 2:49:36 75
5 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 2:50:28 69
6 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:51:36 63
7 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:52:49 58
8 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 2:53:17 53
9 Max Neuman, AUS 2:53:22 49
10 Hannes Wolport, GER 2:55:12 45
11 Anthony Pannier, FRA 2:55:49 41
12 Jan Kubicek, CZE 2:56:02 37
13 Jan Pyott, SUI 2:56:27 34
14 Toma Jurkovic, SVK 2:56:38 31
15 Ben Allen, AUS 2:57:37 28
Also: Henry Sleight, Maxim Chane, Andreas Silberbauer, Filippo Galli, Andy Klay, Ronnie Schildknecht, Jens Roth, Norbert Durauer, Lars Van der Eerden, Maia Tiago, Thomas Kerner, BG Orozco, Anthony Flinois, Julien Pousson, Rene Wuthrich, Joosh Christiaans, Leandro Glardon, Staps Joep, Richard Sumpter, Llie Regost, Barret Fishner, Kenny Van Laere
       
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Michelle Flipo, FRA 3:18:40 100
2 Jacqui Slack, GBR 3:21:16 90
3 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 3:21:20 82
4 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:21:20 75
5 Ladina Buss, SUI 3:22:21 69
6 Brigitta Poor, HUN 3:25:37 63
7 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:28:18 58
8 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 3:29:39 53
9 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:32:22 49
10 Louise Fox, GBR 3:32:45 45
11 Maud Golsteyn, NED 3:34:29 41
12 Jessica Roberts, GBR 3:34:47 37
13 Monica Cibin, ITA 3:35:55 34
14 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 3:36:58 31
15 Kara LaPoint, USA 3:39:43 28
Also:  Sabina Rzepla, AL Marechal, Lenka Cibulkova, Danica Spiteri
All-Time XTERRA Switzerland Elite Winners  
       
Year Men’s Champ Women’s Champ Location
2010 Olivier Marceau Marion Lorblancet Prangins
2011 Olivier Marceau Marion Lorblancet Prangins
2012 Nicolas Lebrun Helena Erbenova Prangins
2013 Victor Del Corral Helena Erbenova Vallee de Joux
2014 Ruben Ruzafa Kathrin Mueller Vallee de Joux
2015 Arthur Forissier Carina Wasle Vallee de Joux
2016 Ruben Ruzafa Michelle Flipo Vallee de Joux


RUZAFA, POOR LEAD XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS

Ruben Ruzafa and Kris Coddens jumped past Roger Serrano to take the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in the elite men’s standings after five of 11 races in the XTERRA European Tour.  Elite athletes count their best 4 Gold and 3 Silver finishes.  In the women’s chase Brigitta Poor and Morgane Riou moved into the 1 and 2 spots after recording their fourth scoring event.  Erbenova, who was a scratch in Switzerland, is still perfect having won all three races she’s entered and sits in third.
Next up: XTERRA France on July 3.

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS            
Elites after 5 (Tentative) – as of 6.25.16            
               
Men   S S S S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 242 DNS 67 75 DNS 100
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 212 DNS 47 DNS 75 90
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 211 75 75 61 DNS DNF
4 Brice Daubord, FRA 186 43 61 DNS DNS 82
5 Sam Osborne, NZL 176 DNS DNS 51 67 58
6 Francois Carloni, FRA 168 DNS 51 56 61 DNS
7 Hannes Wolpert, GER 114 36 DNS 33 DNS 45
8 Veit Hoenle, GER 98 DNS DNS 23 DNS 75
9 Yeray Luxem, BEL 94 DNS DNS 67 27 DNS
10 Tomas Kubek, CZE 90 DNS 43 DNS 47 DNS
11 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21 DNS DNS DNS
12 Max Neumann, AUS 79 DNS 30 DNS DNS 49
13 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 77 47 DNS DNS 30 DNS
14 Jan Kubicek, CZE 73 DNS 36 DNS DNS 37
15 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39 DNS DNS DNS
16 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
17 Sebastian Norberg, GER 68 DNS 25 DNS 43 DNS
18 Jan Pyott, SUI 67 DNS 33 DNS DNS 34
19 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS DNS DNS DNP
20 Henry Sleight, GBR 67 DNS DNS DNS 39 28
21 Christophe Betard, FRA 63 27 DNS DNS 36 DNS
22 Bradley Weiss, RSA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
23 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 58 DNS DNS 25 33 DNS
24 Tim Van Daele, BEL 57 DNS 27 30 DNS DNS
25 Maxim Chane, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Arthur Forissier, FRA 56 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNF
27 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
28 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
29 Peter Lehmann, GER 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Damien Guillemet, FRA 51 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS
31 José Estrangeiro, POR 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
32 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
33 Anthony Pannier, FRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
34 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Julen Loroño, ESP 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS
36 Rui Dolores, POR 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS
37 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Toma Jurkovic, SVK 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
39 Ben Allen, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28
40 Gonzalo Orosco, ESP 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS
41 Markus Benesch, AUT 25 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Jim Thijs, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS
43 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS
44 Martial Schmidt, FRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS
45 Tiago Maia, POR 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP
46 Boris Chambon 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS
Women   S S S S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 266 75 67 61 DNS 63
2 Morgane Riou, FRA 228 67 51 DNS 61 49
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 225 DNS 75 75 75 DNS
4 Maud Golsteyn, NED 183 56 DNS 39 47 41
5 Carina Wasle, AUT 181 DNS DNS 56 67 58
6 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 149 DNS DNS 67 DNS 82
7 Louise Fox, GBR 148 DNS 56 47 DNS 45
8 Ladina Buss, SUI 130 DNS 61 DNS DNS 69
9 Renata Bucher, SUI 126 DNS DNS 51 DNS 75
10 Michelle Flipo, FRA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
11 Jacqui Slack, GBR 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
12 Jessie Roberts, GBR 88 DNS DNS DNS 51 37
13 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 74 DNS DNS DNS 43 31
14 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
16 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
17 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Diane Lee, GBR 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 43 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Sara Bonilla Bernardez, ESP 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
21 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP
22 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 39 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP
23 Monica Cibin, ITA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
24 Kara LaPoint, USA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA France was the 18th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

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

Milton, Ontario, Canada – Karsten Madsen and Suzie Snyder won the elite titles at the XTERRA Mine over Matter off-road triathlon on a beautiful day at the Kelso Conservation Area in Milton this morning.

For Madsen, it’s his first-ever XTERRA major victory and it came in front of a big contingent of family and friends on a course he’s ridden “a million times.”

“This race had more stress than the others, since it is more of a hometown race. You feel you are expected to win, although that is the pressure I put on myself,” said Madsen.

Madsen was on fire from the start, posting the fastest swim and bike splits.  He took an early lead out of the swim, increased the gap on Branden Rakita to nearly two minutes by the end of the first bike lap, made that a 3:30 gap heading into the run, and crossed the finish line in 1:37:53, almost a full five minutes ahead of runner-up Chris Ganter.

“Everything fell in place and I had the race I knew I could have,” said Madsen.  “I executed well and had no mechanicals. The race is unique as there is no travel, such as to the U.S. or Argentina, and you have friends and family who support you all season and you want to show them their dedication to you is important.”

Ganter came out of the water more than two-minutes behind the leaders but strung together the third-best bike and second-best run splits to move into second-place by the finish, and Rakita held on for third.  Canadian Alex VanderLinden had the fastest run split to finish fourth with fellow countryman Sean Bechtel not too far behind in 5th.

Of note, Daniel Molnar finished sixth in his pro debut, and Brian MacIlvain and Adam Morka came in 7th and 8th in their XTERRA debuts.

In the women’s race Suzie Snyder won her second Pan Am Pro Series race in as many tries, solidifying her successful return to the sport after nearly a full year spent recovering from a broken pelvis.

“It was amazing,” said Snyder, who picked up her fourth XTERRA major in the span of one calendar year.  “It was hard today, the shorter distance makes it that much harder in intensity and mentally, which also makes it more enjoyable and lots of fun while you are suffering.”

In her first-ever XTERRA race Joanna Brown took the early lead with the fastest swim of the day, one-minute quicker than Snyder, but XTERRA is all about the mountain bike and that’s where Snyder took over – posting the fastest bike split and crossing the line two-minutes in front of Brown.

Maia Ignatz was solid in third, her second top three finish of the season, with Canadian Katharine Carter in fourth and Debby Sullivan in fifth.

Special thanks to Briana Rickertsen for race correspondence and live twitter coverage @xterraoffroad 

Tentative Elite Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Karsten Madsen, CAN 1:37:53 75
2 Chris Ganter, USA 1:42:42 67
3 Branden Rakita, USA 1:43:36 61
4 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 1:44:46 56
5 Sean Bechtel, USA 1:45:24 51
6 Daniel Molnar, USA 1:46:33 47
7 Brian MacIlvain, USA 1:53:01 43
8 Adam Morka, CAN 2:02:36 39
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 1:52:12 75
2 Joanna Brown, CAN 1:54:11 67
3 Maia Ignatz, USA 1:54:23 61
4 Katharina Carter, CAN 1:59:05 56
5 Debby Sullivan, USA 2:03:53 51
6 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN 2:04:21 47
7 Caroline Colonna, USA 2:08:36 43

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MIDDAUGH, GOBBO STILL LEAD IN PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS

At the midway point in the inaugural 10-stop XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Josiah Middaugh from the U.S. and Sabrina Gobbo from Brazil still hold the top spots in the rankings.   With the win today Madsen moves into the second-position, just 20 points behind Middaugh.  In the women’s chase Suzie Snyder moves into a tie for 2nd with Myriam Guillot-Boisset.  Each of those two have one Gold and one Silver race victory for 175 points.

Racers count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) plus what they earn at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race September 17 in Utah.
Learn more about the XTERRA Pan Am Tour at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xterra-pan-am-tour/
Next up: XTERRA Victoria on July 10 on the other side of Canada in British Columbia.

2016 XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS            
After 4 – 6.25.16            
               
Men     S G S G S
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 267 67 100 DNS 100 DNS
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 247 DNS 90 DNS 82 75
3 Branden Rakita, USA 136 DNS DNS DNS 75 61
4 Chris Ganter, USA 130 DNS DNS DNS 63 67
5 Ian King, USA 106 DNS 53 DNS 53 DNS
6 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS
7 Jonatan Morales, ARG 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS
8 Karl Shaw, GBR 75 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
9 Oscar Galindez, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
10 Albert Soley, ESP 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS
11 Lucas Mendez, ARG 69 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS
12 Kieran McPherson, NZL 69 DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
13 Felipe Moletta, BRA 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS
14 Mario De Elias, ARG 63 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS
15 Rom Akerson, CRC 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Diogo Malagon, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS
17 Facu Medard, ARG 58 DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
18 Cody Waite, USA 58 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
19 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Bruno Silva, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
21 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
22 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS
24 Sean Bechtel, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51
25 Mauro Ayesa, USA 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
26 Thomas Spannring, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
27 Greg Schott, USA 47 47 DNS DNS DNF DNS
28 Raul Furtado, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
29 Daniel Molnar, USA 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47
30 Victor Arenas, ARG 45 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
31 Michael Nunez, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS
32 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
33 Brian MacIlvain, USA 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43
34 Parada Penagos, ARG 41 DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS
35 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS
36 Adam Morka, CAN 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39
37 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS
38 Stenio Bezerra, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS
39 Rogério Paula, BRA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS
40 Ramon Bustos, BRA 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS
41 Cristiam Suzin, BRA 25 DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS
42 Juscelino Vasco, BRA 23 DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS
43 Wellington Conceição, BRA 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS
Women     S G S G S
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM
1 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 205 61 DNS 75 69 DNS
2 Miriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 175 75 100 DNS DNS DNS
3 Suzie Snyder, USA 175 DNS DNS DNS 100 75
4 Caroline Colonna, USA 157 51 DNS DNS 63 43
5 Maia Ignatz, USA 151 DNS DNS DNS 90 61
6 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 149 DNS 82 67 DNS DNS
7 Kara Lapoint, USA 149 67 DNS DNS 82 DNS
8 Debby Sullivan, USA 126 DNS DNS DNS 75 51
9 Rebecca Blatt, USA 100 47 DNS DNS 53 DNS
10 Fabiola Corona, MEX 90 DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS
11 Erika Simon, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
12 Joanna Brown, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 67
13 Isabella Ribeiro 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS
14 Sarah Gravves, USA 58 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
15 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Luisa Saft, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
17 Katharina Carter, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
18 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS
19 Maggie Rusch, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
20 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
21 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47
22 Brisa Melcop, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
23 Beatriz Granziera, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS
24 Melania Giraldi, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS
25 Monalisa Vieira, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS
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2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Mine Over Matter was the 19th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

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

Evans, Stockton win XTERRA Lock 4 Blast

Another year, another Lock 4 Blast title for “former” XTERRA pro Craig Evans over the weekend.

The long-time XTERRA fan favorite jumped into his hometown race and showed one-and-all he’s still got game.

He justified his performance by posting, “I hate losing more than I like winning” to his Facebook account.  I think Saturday’s win was his 12th in Gallatin.

There was a ringer in the women’s race as well, 3x XTERRA World Champion (40-44) Mimi Stockton and here she gives us a first-person perspective on the day…

XTERRA Lock 4 Blast is one of the longest runniner XTERRA events in America, and for good reason. This was the 16th year the event was held and after racing it, it’s easy to see why it has endured all these years.  The race is held in Lock 4 Park, about 30 minutes north of Nashville.  It’s an idyllic lakeside haven that boasts scenic mountain biking and running trails as well as warm, calm waters.  The race directors and volunteers were top notch, not only were they some of the friendliest people on the planet, but incredibly organized as well.

Race morning was picture perfect.  Clear skies, temperature hovering around 70.  The race started at 8 am (a bit on the early side), but seeing as the forecast was calling for a high of 95 that day, I think everyone was eager to get started.  The swim was an 880 meter triangle course in Old Hickory Lake (formed from the Cumberland River).  Water temperature was a balmy 81 degrees so the wetsuits had to stay in the car.

The trails in the park were clearly designed and built with mountain bikers in mind.  The day before the race, the directors decided to change the bike section from 2, 6.1 mile loops to 3, 4.2 mile loops.  This was done to protect part of the trail that was slightly damaged from the previous day’s wind and rain storm and to make it more spectator friendly. Overall, the trails were fast, fun and flowy with minimal climbs and quick descents, lots of switchbacks and plenty of rocks and roots to keep it interesting.  Some great obstacles and pretty cool jumps made this one sweet and challenging trail to ride.  The run course was equally as picturesque and demanding.  It was a 2 lap, 4.2 total mile roller coaster jaunt through the woods, with the beginning part of the trail abutting the lake and the finishing chute up on the hill overlooking the lake and transition area.

As we lined up in the water, waiting for the official start, all eyes were on former XTERRA Pro Craig Evans (who also doubled as one of the race directors!) to break free early and take the lead.  And take the lead he did! He claimed to have only swam 4 times over the past year, but nobody was buying that seeing as he completed the swim in a blistering 11:13.  Next out of the water at 14:26 was Lara Houseman, with Mimi Stockton a few steps behind. Transition was set up at water’s edge making for a very fast T1.  Stockton threw on her bike gear and was out of transition second, behind Evans.  She came into T2 with a significant lead over Christine Grant, took off on the run and never looked back.  She finished in 1:58:24 with only 2 men in front of her.  In second place was Christine Grant with a time of 2:09:17.  Susan Finney was close behind in third coming in at 2:10:34.

In the men’s race, Craig was obviously the guy to beat.  Seeing as he had an almost insurmountable lead coming out of the water, it was going to be pretty hard for anybody to catch him on the bike.  Trent Lowery was the second male out of the water after Craig in 15:49, with Alex Ohman on his tail in 15:56.  As was expected, Craig was a beast on the bike course, crushing it in under an hour.  Alex took over second place from Trent on the bike and ended up in second with a time of 1:53:09.  Trent was the third place male, coming in at 2:03:45.

The Lock 4 Blast race is a wonderful, low key event in a beautiful setting.  With opportunities to see racers 3 times on the bike and 2 times on the run, it is probably one of the most spectator friendly XTERRA’s out there.  Crossing the finish line, with rap and rock-n-roll blasting on the speakers and high-fives all around, the true #Livemore XTERRA spirit was in full display!