Braden Currie

Currie, Duffy win XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship

April 18, 2015 (Callala Beach, NSW) – Braden Currie and Flora Duffy won the men’s and women’s elite titles at the 2nd annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race at Callala Beach in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia this afternoon.

After a wet Friday that soaked pre-riders and runners, the clouds and rain gave way to bright sunshine Saturday morning and near-perfect racing conditions, except of course, for the slick roots and muddy trails that the rain left behind. It turned intermediate routes into technical tracts and clean racing kits into mud-splattered ensembles.

In the men’s race the adverse conditions played right into the strengths of Braden Currie, one of the best adventure racers in the world.

“It was awesome, it was wet, it was muddy, it was actually quite technical because it was so loose but it’s stuff that you don’t get hurt on so you can hit it as hard as you can and if you crash you jump back up and go again,” said Currie.

The 28-year-old from Wanaka came out of the swim about the same time as Conrad Stoltz in 18:06, and trailed Courtney Atkinson and Ben Allen by about one-minute. Atkinson and Allen were up front on the bike early until the course got into some of the twisting tree lines.

“I knew it was going to be some pretty hard racing,” said Currie. “I caught Courtney on some of that single track and Ben sort of got stuck behind him and I made myself a bit of a gap and just extended that lead thru the end of the bike. I knew me and Courtney would have a pretty hard run battle if we were close, so I tried to put everything I could into that bike.”

The strategy paid off, and he posted the fastest bike split of the day in 1:24:03 (Stoltz was 1:24:23) which was more than six-minutes better than Atkinson. The way the two-time Olympian Atkinson can run, it was a necessary cushion.

“I knew when Braden was the first to catch me I was in trouble,” said Atkinson, who moved up from fifth off the bike to second by the finish by posting the fastest run split of the day (35:30) by two minutes. “Pretty cool to win the XTERRA Australian title for the third year in a row and ya know Braden, he’s not the world’s best adventurer for no reason. I came down twice on the bike today on some slippery stuff. It’s a challenge for me. There were times on the bike when I was thinking that I could get off and run faster than this, and much less dangerously. I know overseas they have sloppy, jungle XTERRA’s but this is probably the first time I’ve experienced this level of mud. I ran as quick as I could but the thing with XTERRA is the bike kills your legs. It was a tough day at the muddy office.”

For Stoltz, who was still pretty sick leading into race day, just being able to compete was a win.

“I wouldn’t have imagined a podium today,” said Stoltz, the four-time XTERRA World Champ who had to miss out on XTERRA South Africa in February and last weekend at XTERRA New Zealand due to illness. “Yesterday I didn’t think I was going to race but I woke up this morning feeling much, much better. I was just happy to be out there. Swimming felt alright but when I got out on the bike I felt pretty bad the first half. Every time I tried to push I just felt like there were insects crawling around on my head, it didn’t feel good at all, so I was losing time on Braden and the guys but I said to myself at least I’m participating which is better than watching. From there I just tried to stay steady so I could finish in the prize money but then all of a sudden in the last third of the ride I could see Ben and Courtney, and couldn’t figure out why I was making time on them. I was surprised to get off the bike in second, and on the run I knew I couldn’t push. The moment I started pushing I felt really bad so I tried to keep it steady and was second until just about 2k from the end when Courtney got by.”

“The Caveman” ultimately finished third, just ahead of Olly Shaw and Ben Allen, and had high praise for the guys in front of him.

“Two very honorable athletes in front of me, so no worries losing to those guys,” said Stoltz, who has 51 career titles of his own. “They are both real gentlemen and great athletes. Braden is very, very talented and I would say his biggest asset is his head. He’s very driven and his head is very strong. Plus, he’s a nice guy and down to earth. He’s the real deal.”

Shaw, the 23-year-old from Rotorua who was third last weekend at his hometown race, was thrilled to be in the mix and living the XTERRA lifestyle.

“Pretty happy, it’s an amazing field here. The highlight was catching Courtney on the bike. It’s my first season I’ve been up there and able to compete with these guys, and it’s just awesome,” said Shaw, who was third in New Zealand last weekend and will go on to race at XTERRA Tahiti next weekend. “Living a pretty good life, eh. I love training for it and really lucky to have these great events around the world to race at. The atmosphere is so awesome.”

Ben Allen, fresh off wins at XTERRA Saipan and XTERRA Guam, finished in fifth, with Josh Kenyon in sixth, Brodie Gardner seventh, Jarad Kohler, Kieran McPherson, and Mitchell Ginsberg rounding out the top 10.

TOP 10 MEN

Pos Name, Country Time Swim Bike Run
1 Braden Currie, NZL 2:23:37 0:18:06 1:24:03 0:37:32
2 Courtney Aktinson, AUS 2:26:23 0:17:00 1:30:26 0:35:30
3 Conrad Stoltz, RSA 2:27:12 0:18:06 1:24:23 0:40:31
4 Olly Shaw, NZL 2:27:50 0:19:48 1:25:25 0:38:35
5 Ben Allen, AUS 2:30:54 0:17:19 1:26:51 0:42:22
6 Josh Kenyon, NZL 2:34:08 0:20:31 1:28:47 0:40:43
7 Brodie Gardner, AUS 2:39:25 0:19:45 1:31:54 0:43:09
8 Jarad Kohlar, AUS 2:40:03 0:21:05 1:31:22 0:43:44
9 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:41:45 0:19:23 1:35:53 0:42:05
10 Mitchell Ginsbert, RSA 2:41:53 0:20:12 1:33:04 0:44:05

DUFFY DEFENDS APAC TITLE

Flora Duffy took most of the drama right out of the women’s race right from the start with another dominating performance on her way to her 10th XTERRA Championship win in 11 tries since the start of the 2014 season.

The 27-year-old two-time Olympian from Devonshire, Bermuda had the fastest swim (almost two minutes over Barbara Riveros), the quickest bike (more than two minutes over Riveros) and the second-best run split (less than one-minute behind Riveros) to take the tape in 2:36:40, a full three-minutes in front of Riveros.

Of note, Riveros was also the runner-up to Duffy at last year’s XTERRA World Championship and the pair are amongst the very best on the highly competitive ITU World Triathlon Series.

“It was a tough day out there,” said Duffy.  “I really wanted to defend this title, and it’s a lot harder defending.  I seem to be the favorite no matter what.  I wanted to attack the swim and nail the bike, ride the technical bits as best I could.   I had a few issues out there, though, with a couple mechanicals and a little crash.  It was super muddy.  Then I just tried to run steady, and not push too hard. I’m really happy with how it went.”

Duffy, who was fifth at the ITU WTS race on the Gold Coast here in Australia last week, now heads back to her home-away-from-home in South Africa for next weekend’s ITU race.

“Flora is on fire, she’s very strong.  I knew it.  She’s racing good in ITU as well and I’m super happy for her,” said Riveros, who was in second the whole way but still had her share of misfortune.  “I fell in the mud puddles, didn’t realize it was so deep, and I couldn’t get out of there.  The guy behind was asking if I needed help getting out of there.  But it was great, a beautiful course, and I’m happy to have raced here and qualify for XTERRA Worlds.”

Behind Riveros Jacqui Slack was in third and in control, Suzie Snyder was fourth, and Lizzie Orchard ran her way into fifth.

“Mud!” said Jacqui Slack, as if the one word could describe the whole day.  “Wow, that’s a really tough course.  It’s awesome but you have to keep pedaling all the time, a real power course.  There’s no let up, you can’t rest and in the muddy sections you have to keep pushing all the time.  The competition was amazing here, and it was really close at the end for the third through fifth positions.”

Indeed it was, with just one-minute separating Slack, Snyder, and Orchard.  Carina Wasle finished sixth and covered in mud, Caroline Steffen was seventh in her XTERRA debut, Jessica Simpson placed eight and won the XTERRA Australia title for being the top Aussie, and Renata Bucher and Belinda Hadden rounded out the top 10.

Steffen, of Ironman fame, had a big smile and lots of stories to tell at the finish line.

“It’s awesome.  Lot of fun.  Bit muddy and dirty, but I really enjoyed it,” said Steffen.  “And, I’m happy to be at the finish line in one piece, my coach was so worried.   This is an awesome place, a great event with great organization.   I’ve never run on the beach before.   In Ironman we’re on the road three times longer, and we try to keep a steady heart rate, fast but steady.  Here it’s red-lining the whole time.  My body was screaming, like what are you doing to me.   That was quite painful.  Actually very proud of my performance.  I went off a few times but apparently that’s normal.  And in the forest it’s so green, I actually thought I was in the movie Lord of the Rings and was a bit scared being out there all alone.  There were puddles and mud everywhere, and the sun was coming in through the trees.  To be able to run through the forests was good fun, we don’t get that on the road.  It’s so different.  Swim, bike, and run but just so, so different.  I really enjoyed it.”

Steffen hinted at a possible run for the “Outrigger Double” – an award given to the top amateur and professional athletes with the best combined times at Ironman and XTERRA Worlds.

“Maybe after Kona I’ll go to Maui, why not!” exclaimed Steffen.  “It looks beautiful, and if my performance today was good enough I wouldn’t turn it down.”

TOP 10 WOMEN

Pos Name, Country Time Swim Bike Run
1 Flora Duffy, BER 2:36:40 0:17:24 1:34:27 0:40:26
2 Barbara Riveros, CHI 2:39:47 0:19:15 1:36:41 0:39:31
3 Jacqui Slack, GBR 2:47:06 0:20:19 1:37:37 0:44:46
4 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:47:53 0:20:29 1:39:11 0:43:34
5 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 2:48:08 0:21:25 1:41:13 0:41:07
6 Carina Wasle, AUT 2:52:36 0:22:01 1:40:15 0:45:18
7 Caroline Steffen, SUI 2:56:52 0:19:38 1:48:51 0:43:20
8 Jessica Simpson, AUS 2:57:17 0:21:49 1:44:29 0:46:13
9 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:08:40 0:22:18 1:47:00 0:53:51
10 Belinda Hadden, AUS 3:12:34 22:24 1:55:05 49:15:00

LANG, DAVIS WIN XTERRA ASIA-PACIFIC AMATEUR TITLES

Tim Lang and Jennifer Davis were the top amateurs on the day.  Lang finished 7th overall, ahead of several pros and almost three minutes ahead of last weekend overall amateur champion at XTERRA New Zealand Matt Backler.  Davis was the ninth overall female and almost four minutes ahead of amateur runner-up Sophie Bos-Stapley.   All of the age group champions and dozens more of the top performers earned a qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship on November 1, 2015 in Kapalua, Maui, and the top Aussies in each division were crowned National Champs.

AGE GROUP CHAMPION MEN

Category First name Last name Finish time
Male 15-19 Tom MONTGOMERY 3:24:53
Male 20-24 Chris MUTTON 3:21:44
Male 25-29 Alex ROBERTS 2:50:51
Male 30-34 Nathan JONES 2:41:11
Male 35-39 Matt BACKLER 2:40:58
Male 40-44 Russell KENNEDY 2:46:34
Male 45-49 Tim LANG 2:37:50
Male 50-54 Chris DIMOS 2:57:11
Male 55-59 John HILL 3:08:17
Male 60-64 Richard JEFFREY 3:09:28
Male 70-74 Ray LICHTWARK 3:30:22

 

AGE GROUP CHAMPION WOMEN

Category First name Last name Finish time
Female 15-19 Matilda TERRY 3:27:07
Female 20-24 Tilly HORMAN 3:54:45
Female 25-29 Jessica EGAN 3:33:16
Female 30-34 Jennifer DAVIS 3:05:58
Female 35-39 Michelle MORRIS 3:28:13
Female 40-44 Katrina SKELLERN 3:20:32
Female 45-49 Sophie BOS-STAPLEY 3:09:35
Female 50-54 Lindy KRONEN 3:32:35
Female 55-59 Jennifer STRACK 3:31:48

 

Results

 

Photo Gallery

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.  Presenting sponsors include John Paul Mitchell Systems, the world’s largest privately owned professional salon hair care company, Outrigger Resorts – one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality companies in the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions, 220 Triathlon Australia/NZ, and XTERRA Wetsuits & Boards Australia – the official swim sponsor.

 

CURRIE, SNYDER, XTERRA ANZ DOUBLE WIN

Braden Currie and Suzie Snyder won the elite XTERRA ANZ Double titles and Matt Backler and Michelle Morwood won the amateur ANZ titles for posting the fastest combined times at XTERRA New Zealand and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship.
NEILSON, DUFFY WIN XTERRA WETSUITS SWIM PRIME

Daniel Neilson and Flora Duffy each took home $300 cash from XTERRA Wetsuits Australia for posting the fastest swim splits of the day, 16:58 and 17:24, respectively.

UPDATED XTERRA ASIAN TOUR STANDINGS

Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack remain atop the XTERRA Asian Tour standings with just the finale at XTERRA Malaysia in Langkawi on May 2 remaining.  Allen is counting two wins and a third, while Weiss is counting one win and two seconds so just two points separate the two.  With Malaysia counting double points, it’ll all come down to that one.  The women’s series chase is up for grabs, although Slack has the best odds at this point with a 27-point lead over Carina Wasle.

 

2015 XTERRA Asian Tour Standings (After 4)
Pros count their best three races, Malaysia counts double points
PRO MEN  
Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Ben Allen, AUS 82 100 100 x69 282
2 Brad Weiss, RSA 100 90 90 x 280
3 Joe Miller, PHI 63 63 63 x 189
4 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN x 82 82 x 164
5 Markus Benesch, AUT x 75 75 x 150
6 Charlie Epperson, USA 69 x 69 x 138
7 Brodie Gardner, AUS 75 x x 58 133
8 Kaon Cho, KOR x 53 58 x 111
9 Braden Currie, NZL x x x 100 100
10 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 x x x 90
11 Courtney Atkinson, AUS x x x 90 90
12 Conrad Stoltz, RSA x x x 82 82
13 Olly Shaw, NZL x x x 75 75
14 Aleksandr Dorovskikh, RUS x 69 x x 69
15 Joshua Kenyon, NZL x x x 63 63
16 Michal Bucek, SVK 58 x x x 58
17 David Esposito, FRA x 58 x x 58
18 Jarad Kohler, AUS x x x 53 53
19 Kieran McPherson, NZL x x x 49 49
20 Mitchell Ginsberg, RSA x x x 45 45
PRO WOMEN
Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Jacqui Slack, GBR 90 100 90 x82 280
2 Carina Wasle, AUT x 90 100 63 253
3 Mieko Carey, JPN 75 82 82 x 239
4 Renata Bucher, SUI 69 75 69 x49 213
5 Daz Parker, GBR 63 69 75 x 207
6 Flora Duffy, BER 100 x x 100 200
7 Belinda Hadden, AUS x 63 63 45 171
8 Barbara Riveros, CHI x x x 90 90
9 Dimity-Lee Duke, AUS 82 x x x 82
10 Suzie Snyder, USA x x x 75 75
11 Lizzie Orchard, NZL x x x 69 69
12 Aya Stevens, SVK 58 x x x 58
13 Caroline Steffen, SUI x x x 58 58
14 Jessica Simpson, AUS x x x 53 53

 

XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING RACES

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+ (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA#
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

 

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Ben Allen Guam

Allen, Wasle win XTERRA Guam

(Piti, Guam) – Ben Allen from Australia and Carina Wasle from Austria captured the 11th annual XTERRA Guam Championship race on a soggy, muddy day on the island.

XTERRA Pro Charlie Epperson was on-site (and in the thick of the men’s race, ultimately finishing 5th overall) and brings us this report…

“On Friday night as triathletes enjoyed a pre-race dinner or made some last minute adjustments to their bikes, XTERRA Guam race director Eric Tydingco was struggling with a tough decision.  After avoiding a series of typhoons spinning in the Northern Pacific Ocean the last two weeks, Guam was not spared the rain that set in on Tuesday and never let up.  By 6pm the night before the race, Tydingco made what would ultimately be the best decision for the race- find an alternate course that would allow racers to ride vs hike-a-bike. Tydingco’s team worked quickly to establish an alternate course that would avoid a majority of the rain soaked red dirt that defines most of XTERRA Guam’s bike course.

Saturday morning was no different with rain showers that turned briefly into downpours as athletes warmed up and throughout the swim.  Ben Allen took an early lead in the swim over Bradley Weiss and Jacqui Slack earned first out of the water rights followed by Mieko Carey and Carina Wasle.  Into the bike leg, Allen extended his lead by demonstrating top-notch bike handling skills on a muddy course.  Like most competitors, Allen didn’t have an opportunity to pre-ride the alternate course, but was able to turn the fastest split of the day.

Pro Men    
Pl Name Final Points
1 Ben Allen, AUS 2:26:28 100
2 Brad Weiss, RSA 2:36:42 90
3 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 2:40:17 82
4 Markus Benesch, AUT 2:41:53 75
5 Charlie Epperson, USA 2:44:36 69
6 Joe Miller, PHI 2:55:00 63
7 Kaon Cho, KOR 2:59:32 58

Complete results

In the women’s race, Wasle and Slack rode in tandem after the climb up Nimitz Hill and quickly distanced themselves from Carey and the rest of the women’s field.  As athletes worked their way back to the top of Nimitz, they were greeted with thick foliage and deep puddles that forced riders to dismount or suffer the consequences of a head first mud bath.  At T2, Wasle and Slack were still locked into a duel and it was clear outside of a wrong turn the winner would come from this group.

Pro Women    
Pl Name Final Points
1 Carina Wasle, AUT 2:44:21 100
2 Jacqui Slack, GBR 2:44:51 90
3 Mieko Carey, JPN 2:56:10 82
4 Daz Parker, GBR 3:03:51 75
5 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:09:16 69
6 Belinda Hadden, AUS 3:19:11 63

Allen and Wasle by Takamitsu Usami

Allen and Wasle by Takamitsu Usami

The iconic waterfall run that XTERRA Guam is widely known and surely didn’t disappoint athletes today.  After five days of serious rains, the small pools throughout the course have grown, as well as the amount of water flowing down those picturesque waterfalls.  Allen (2:26:28) finished the race with the fastest swim, bike, and run splits of the day and claimed his 3rd XTERRA Guam title with a 10 minute gap over second place Weiss (2:36:42).

“The weather made for an interesting race, and the crew at Guam made the right call going for the alternate course,” said Allen.  “When the adrenaline is pumping through the body the race flies by. Today I was able to settle into a good rhythm and race my race.

My coach and I have been working hard over the last couple of months and I’m more motivated than ever to continue onto bigger and better things. Guam has been a happy hunting ground for me. My Homestay Cam and Karly Oneal are two of the kindest people and this win is as much there’s as it is mine. Also not to forget my family, friends and sponsors back home in Australia.”

Takahiro Ogasawara (2:40:17) finished a successful campaign in the Marianas by matching his third place performance at XTERRA Saipan.  Austria’s Markus Benesch (2:41:53) took a spill on the slick coral roads and battled to the end with Ogasawara, but was forced to settle for 4th place.

During the run, Wasle and Slack battled from start to finish.  Slack pulled ahead around the first aide station (1.5 mile mark) after Wasle lost a shoe in the quick sand like mud.  Wasle (2:44:21) eventually retrieved her shoe and was able to put some distance on the last road section before claiming heading back to the beach to claim the 2015 XTERRA Guam title with a 30-second margin over Slack (2:44:51).

In the amateur field, it was Dr. Peter Lombard (2:53:48) that took the honor as fastest amateur over Denmark’s Stefan Laursen (2:54:21) by almost 40 seconds.  The current Guam National Road Race Champion, Lombard showed his skills with a phenomenal bike split to once again hold the faster amateur title.  The top amateur in the women’s field was Erin Johnson (3:37:18) from Golden, Colorado.  Johnson, a former Guam resident, returns each year for a chance to earn her spot in Maui.

Thanks to the efforts of Tydingco’s team and a few hardcore triathletes this legendary race notched another successful year!”

With the win Allen takes a slim, two-point lead in the XTERRA Asian Tour standings, while Jacqui Slack extended her stay at the top spot.

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

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

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

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

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

PRO MEN              
Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Ben Allen, AUS 82 100 100 282
2 Brad Weiss, RSA 100 90 90 280
3 Joe Miller, PHI 63 63 63 189
4 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN x 82 82 164
5 Markus Benesch, AUT x 75 75 150
6 Charlie Epperson, USA 69 x 69 138
7 Kaon Cho, KOR x 53 58 111
8 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 x x 90
9 Brodie Gardner, AUS 75 x x 75
10 Aleksandr Dorovskikh, RUS x 69 x 69
11 Michal Bucek, SVK 58 x x 58
12 David Esposito, FRA x 58 x 58
PRO WOMEN            
Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Jacqui Slack, GBR 90 100 90 280
2 Mieko Carey, JPN 75 82 82 239
3 Renata Bucher, SUI 69 75 69 213
4 Daz Parker, GBR 63 69 75 207
5 Carina Wasle, AUT x 90 100 190
6 Belinda Hadden, AUS x 63 63 126
7 Flora Duffy, BER 100 x x 100
8 Dimity-Lee Duke, AUS 82 x x 82
9 Aya Stevens, SVK 58 x x 58


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Guam was the eighth of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Australia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+
XTERRA Australia Championship
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA#
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

Braden Currie

Currie, Snyder win XTERRA New Zealand

Photos / Results

(Blue Lake, Rotorua)- Braden Currie and Suzie Snyder captured the 13th annual Paymark XTERRA New Zealand Championship on a beautiful blue sky day at Blue Lake in Rotorua this afternoon.

Early morning rain and cloud cover made way to bright sunshine by the time the race started at 11am but left behind slick and muddy conditions that made a technical bike course even more so.

In the men’s race Currie led early with the second-fastest swim split of the day, just two-seconds by Sam Osborne, and had the lead on the bike until about halfway when local favorite Olly Shaw from Rotorua came storming past.

“Sam and Olly were just killing it on the single track. It was slick out there and a lot of mud so some real challenging riding,” said Currie.

Shaw, who posted the fastest bike split of the day (1:11:01) had roughly 30-seconds on Currie heading out on to the run but that wasn’t enough.  Currie got past Shaw about three-kilometers into the run and was in cruise control until he caught a glimpse of a hard-charging Osborne towards the end.

“I was really lucky to see Sam because he was flying,” said Currie of Osborne, who had the fastest run of the day (40:40) to finish in second place just 13-seconds behind Currie.  It was the closest finish in recent memory, made all the more dramatic as Osborne collapsed in exhaustion at the line.

“This is the most rewarding win I’ve had in a few years,” said Currie.  “I haven’t been racing here because there has always been an adventure race in China on the same weekend and I’ve wanted to win this one since I started racing XTERRA, so I’m stoked to have got it.  It’s an awesome race. It’s short, it’s fast, and it hurts.”

Shaw held on for third, with Aiden Dunster and Josh Kenyon rounding out the top five.

Conrad Stoltz, the defending champ and XTERRA’s all-time wins’ leader, was a race morning scratch after coming down with a bug on the flight over.

“I was gutted to pull.  My form is good and this event is world-class.  The core of athletes here is incredible and the trails are so challenging and unique. The nature here with the huge tree furns is just amazing,” said Stoltz, who stuck around and helped the announcing team describe the day’s action as it happened.

Pro Men    
Pl Name Final
1 Braden Currie, NZL 2:06:24
2 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:06:37
3 Olly Shaw, NZL 2:07:59
4 Aiden Dunster, NZL 2:15:55
5 Josh Kenyon, NZL 2:16:37
6 Sam Clark, NZL 2:16:50
7 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:18:07
8 Dirk Peters, NZL 2:21:50
9 Cameron Paul, NZL 2:22:04
10 Mitchell Ginsberg, NZL 2:23:17
Suzie Snyder

In the women’s elite race Suzie Snyder’s victory was 12 years in the making.  The XTERRA veteran had lots of big wins as an amateur with a couple XTERRA World Championships and four National titles, but today was her first big win as a pro.

“It feels awesome, and it’s about time. It only took me 12 years,” exclaimed Snyder after the race.

Snyder had the fastest swim of the day and was riding up front alongside Rachel Challis until pulling away about midway through.

“That bike course was a ton of fun but gnarly in the mud,” said Snyder.  “The real problem I had was staying focused because I just wanted to look around, it’s so beautiful out there.  It’s like no place I’ve ever been.  You go from a tropical feel to a Redlands Forest-type scene to jungle action, and it changes all the time so it’s just constant stimulation.”

Snyder’s winning time of 2:32:29 was less than one-minute faster than Lizzie Orchard who had the fastest run split of the day (48:33) to move from fourth off the bike to second at the finish.

Pro Women  
Pl Name Final
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:32:29
2 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 2:33:24
3 Rachel Challis, NZL 2:35:16
4 Sarah Backler, NZL 2:37:35
5 Samara Sheppard, NZL 2:39:10

More than two-thousand racers came out to take part in the Paymark XTERRA Rotorua Festival today.

The morning started with a 5.5 km, 11km and 21km runs (and a walk option) then followed with a 26km mountain bike, and then the XTERRA triathlon for individuals and teams.

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA New Zealand was the seventh of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Australia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+
XTERRA Australia Championship
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA#
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

UP NEXT

April  18
XTERRA Australia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+
XTERRA Tiger

Edmonds, Grant win XTERRA Tiger

Chris Edmonds and Christine Grant won the XTERRA Tiger off-road tri in Auburn, Alabama on Saturday and our intrepid correspondent Marcus Barton tells us how it happened…

“Are you an Auburn fan or Alabama fan? Well, regardless of whether you yell “War Eagle!” or “Roll Tide!”, you can race an XTERRA near both of these colleges and their names reflect their alma maters. XTERRA Tiger takes place near Auburn whereas XTERRA Tide takes place near Tuscaloosa.

XTERRA Tiger is one of the earliest races on the circuit and in the southeast. Many come from all over to test the waters of how their training is progressing and to get that racing bug again. Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were well-represented. With it being an early season race, the water temps are low and usually wetsuit legal. As the racers lined up in the water, the temp was still dropping from the day before. At breakfast it was 63, but at race start, it was 56.”

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Camp Eagle Top Female

Cartwright, Etherton Win in Texas

The XTERRA Texas series got underway at Camp Eagle in Rocksprings, TX on Saturday to the delight of winners Jack Cartwright and Melanie Etherton.

“It was a very good day,” explained Cartwright, the reigning 40-44 XTERRA National Champ who finished in 1:43:25, two minutes ahead of 11x South Central Region Champ Kyle Grieser.

“I came out of the water right with Kyle and we rode together up the first super technical climb, passing the few others who were ahead from their faster swims. I had a small crash (or rather put my foot down and had to get moving again) on the technical descent into the river bed and Kyle opened a 30-45sec gap on my. From there I kept him nearly in sight and decided I would bridge and pass him on the last long climb in the final 3km of the course. On that climb, I committed to making the pass stick and went by him and another guy (3rd place guy Donnie Bunker I believe) without looking back and once over the top, I drilled the descent to ensure they did not pull me back. Going into T2, I was all alone and the run (if you can call it that) was uneventful. It was a brutal run course, perhaps a bit too brutal. I am a sub 35min 10k runner and my pace on that run course was over 8min per mile.  I did love the bike course, it ranks as one of the best in Texas, especially since it has some real elevation rather than only rolling rock gardens like Reveille Peak and Muleshoe.”

In the women’s race four-time South Central Region Champ Melanie Etherton and Texas Series regular looked in fine form after focusing more on her engineering career than her racing career over the past couple years.

“Race Revolutions put on an excellent race – everything from race-preparation schedule and packet-pick up/registration to the swim/bike/run and the post-race food was well organized and went smoothly,” said Etherton.

“The XTERRA race at Camp Eagle in the heart of the Texas hill country is always a highlight. On race day we were excited to line up with many of our long-time friends and a few new ones in the clear water of the Nueces River. My swim went well and after the long climb on the limestone stairs from the river to the transition zone, I was excited to get on the bike and start my favorite leg of the race. Less than a mile into the ride Steve (her husband who finished 5th overall) caught up with me. I let him pass and was able to keep up with him for almost 4 more miles, which made the ride even more fun. Both the bike and the run courses were significantly different this year, and the run course was tough. Due to lack of run training over the winter (foot injury and cyclocross were the culprits), I didn’t have high hopes for the run, but the relatively high temperatures, the climbs and technical terrain made it a big challenge. The generous encouragements from fellow racers, volunteers and the beautiful hill country views kept me going and I finished the race worn out and happy. The post-race party was fun as always and is part of the reason why we race.”

Complete results

Matt Balzer

Balzer, Sullivan win XTERRA REAL

The stars were out at the 13th annual XTERRA REAL off-road triathlon in Granite Bay, California, the first of four races in The Golden State this year.

2013 overall amateur XTERRA National Champ Matt Balzer from Reno, Nevada took home the men’s title in 1:44:54, a little more than four minutes ahead of the reigning 15-19 division XTERRA National Champ David Duncan.

“David’s progress is amazing,” said Balzer, who played a big role in the success of JP Donovan who won the overall amateur XTERRA National title last year. “Two years ago he was 20min behind me, last year about 8 and this year 4 or less.  I am launching my new team very soon, Sierra Endurance Sports and David is already a teammate!  I figure if he’s going to be beating me soon I need to get him on the team early.”

The top three spots in the women’s race went to the pros – Debby Sullivan (1:58:57), Kara LaPoint (2:00:09) and Kelsey Withrow (2:03:42) while Sian Turner, the 30-34 XTERRA National Champ, took the amateur crown.

“It was a good race this weekend,” said Sullivan. “The conditions were perfect with a beautiful sunny day in the mid-70s and the course was running fast.  It felt great to get back into XTERRA and shake out the cobwebs. I felt like I was able to put together a strong race the whole way through. My swim went well but I knew I had my work cut out on the bike as Kelsey Withrow was racing and she put the whole field to work, way ahead of everyone on the swim. I was able to catch her on the bike about 3/4 of the way through the first lap of the two-lap course but I knew Kara was right on my heels out of the water. I also knew that the one thing that has not suffered from her hand injury was her run. So, I wanted to gain as much as I could on the bike. Turned out to be enough to hold!”

Withrow was indeed impressive in the swim, posting a 12:39 split that was best in the field, men included. Also of note, UFC stars Nick and Nate Diaz were in the field, but the real stars are the organizers at TBF racing.

“They do an amazing job at all their races,” said Balzer.

http://totalbodyfitness.com / Complete results

Ruben Ruzafa

Ruzafa wins First Race of XTERRA Spain Tour

Reigning and two-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa opened the 2015 XTERRA season with a celebratory homecoming race, XTERRA Axarquia – Costa del Sol in Malaga, Spain on Saturday.

“Running at home is special, it allows you to be spend more time with the people you love,” said Ruzafa. “It’s exciting to see so many people here that I’ve known for a long time. It was also a very well organized race and that means a lot to me.”

The race itself was long and hard, and Ruzafa overcame two flats and the overwhelming desire to give up before crossing the line with his goddaughter in his arms with a winning time of 3:51:58, more than six-minutes ahead of runner-up David Bernal.

“On the descent of ‘La Cucaracha’ I punctured the rear wheel and I thought about retiring, but I really wanted to finish and I fought to the transition,” said Ruzafa, who rode the last eight kilometers on the rim.

Nati Gomez won the women’s elite race in 5:13:47, saying “the bike was spectacular, but very hard. I think it was the toughest bike I’ve seen in any circuit, certainly the most demanding on the XTERRA Spain Tour. It had all the right XTERRA characteristics: exigency, environment…”

The race was the first of six in the XTERRA Spain Tour. Next up is the marquee event on the Tour in Plasencia (Extremadura), home to the XTERRA Spain Championship race on June 7.

Learn more at xterraspain.es … and watch them dance here: http://youtu.be/epNCysQlMks

Rom Akerson

Akerson, Paterson win XTERRA Costa Rica

Photos / Results

(Playa Conchal, Costa Rica)- Rom Akerson and Lesley Paterson captured the XTERRA Costa Rica Championship crowns on a hot day at Playa Conchal on Sunday.

In the men’s race Akerson, the hometown favorite, had the fastest bike split of the day and held off a hard-charging Josiah Middaugh on the run to take the tape in 2:19:04.

Middaugh, who finished as the runner-up for the second straight year, was 53-seconds behind and Mauricio Mendez came in third just 12-seconds later.

“Rom was on fire today,” said Middaugh.  “I pre-rode the course with him and could tell he was fit and ready for the course. I had some leg cramping issues early in the bike, but it hurt less to pedal than to coast and stretching on the side of the trail didn’t seem to help. I usually never cramp but it was good to experience once. We had some tight racing up front since I didn’t catch Mauricio until the end of the bike. Rom stayed strong on the run though and we couldn’t catch him.”

Pro Men    
Pl Name Final
1 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:19:04
2 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:19:57
3 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:20:09
4 Sebastian Neef, GER 2:25:50
5 Fabricio Guidelli, ITA 2:37:42
6 Nils Daimer, GER 2:38:19
7 Craig Evans, USA 2:41:02
8 John Garita 2:41:29
9 Julio Ballestero 2:44:55
10 Alex Modestou, USA 3:00:36
Lesley Paterson

In the women’s race two-time XTERRA World Champ Lesley Paterson overcame a shoulder injury, slow swim, and ravaged feet on the run to win her first XTERRA major since 2013.

Her winning time of 2:44:43 was more than a minute faster than Emma Garrard, who took the lead about three miles into the bike and held it through the mid-point of the run when Paterson went flying by.

“I simply couldn’t match Lesley’s pace on the run,” said Garrard, adding that Costa Rica was beautiful and although it was hot, the race started early so a lot of the course was in the shade.

Sara McLarty, who had a stellar swim and finished third in her first-ever XTERRA, posted “my wheels only left the ground once today : ), but it was an amazing experience” on her twitter feed.

Laura Mira Dias from Brazil finished fourth and Christine Jeffrey from Canada came in fifth.

Pro Women  
Pl Name Final
1 Lesley Paterson, GBR 2:44:43
2 Emma Garrard, USA 2:46:22
3 Sara McLarty, USA 3:10:32
4 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 3:11:12
5 Christine Jeffrey, CAN 3:13:41
Podium

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Costa Rica was the sixth of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson, Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti+
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua
18-Apr XTERRA Australia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+
XTERRA Australia Championship
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA#
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

UP NEXT

April 11 XTERRA New Zealand ChampionshipXTERRA Guam Championship

 

Nico Fernandez

Fernandez, Poor win XTERRA Malta

(Mellieha, Malta) - Nicolas Fernandez and Brigitta Poor took home the elite titles at the inaugural XTERRA Malta off-road triathlon on Sunday.

It’s the first major XTERRA win for both, and puts them atop leader board of the XTERRA European Tour standings as the first race of the season.

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

“Look Out there is a new Nico in town.  No sooner does Nico Lebrun retire to become XTERRA’s technical director than Nico Fernandez puts in a dominating performance winning his first XTERRA here on Malta.

Fernandez races for Monaco and I have this theory he is a Monegasque but truly he lives in France.

Another wonderful surprise today was Brigitta Poor’s first XTERRA win in the woman’s race.  Brigitta was first out of the water, built a great lead on the bike and was able to stay well in front of a hard charging Sandra Koblmueller.

The winners were not the only story today.  Finally the weather became Malta Magnificent with sun, blue skies, nice waves and perfect temperatures. The pretty blue sea turned brilliant blue sea and the neat wildflowers simply pumped with color.  It was a perfect Chamber of Commerce day in Malta.

Big problems at the start as the jet ski that was taking the buoys out got the anchor line somehow caught in its jet shaft and could not get it out.  It also meant the prop would not turn inside its housing and the jet ski, buoy, line and anchor all started drifting dangerously close to the rocky cliffs.  We quickly changed the swim route from a U shape to a triangle and finally got things started about 20 minutes late.  Quick swimmer Roger Serrano from Spain was first out followed closely by young Brice Daubord and a bunch that included Jan Pyott and Fernandez were not far behind.

Fernandez quickly caught Daubord and took the lead at about the 6K mark.  He steadily rode away leaving Serrano wondering.  “I had a good race today” he said.  “Not my best ever but everything was fast.  This guy was too strong today.”

Roger was stronger than the rest, however, and although Daubord came back fast on the run coming from 5th off the bike to 3rd overall he cramped a bit and the Spaniard beat him by 15 seconds.

The run here proved to be the game changer.  Francois Carloni had broken a toe on Friday but was able to get up into 3rd off the bike only to be run down by the French trio of Daubord, Fabien Combaluzier, and Clement Briere.  Jan Pyott was having a very strong bike before crashing heavily and injuring his hip.  The Swiss was quite calm about it saying “these things happen.  I was coming up through the field and felt good on the bike when something went wrong.”

The same luck for my pick to win, Kris Coddens.  Coddens was not particularly fast on the swim but was also coming up strong on the bike and then suffered two flats.  “ach, I must have lost 25 minutes fixing one flat and then having another.”  A shame as Coddens is probably the fastest male runner out there and while he pulled back a lot of time it was not enough to gain him points.

Pro Men      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 2:09:28 75
2 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:11:37 67
3 Brice Daubord, FRA 2:11:52 61
4 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 2:13:33 56
5 Clement Briere, FRA 2:14:12 51
6 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:14:32 47
7 Albert Soley, ESP 2:14:43 43
8 Jan Kubicek, CZE 2:18:17 39
9 Xavier  Jove, ESP 2:18:25 36
10 Rory Downie, GBR 2:21:22 33
Also: Fabrizio Bartoli (30), Arthur Serrieres (27), Tim Van Daele (25), Matt Dewis (23), Lars Van der Eerden (21), Simone Calamai, Kris Coddens, Michal Bucek
Brigitta Poor

In the women’s race, as mentioned, our Hungarian lass Brigitta Poor was out of the water first.

“Oh I just kept looking forward and pushing hard” she smiled.  “I did not know how fast Sandra was running but she made up 3 minutes every la !”

Good thing Brigitta had 9 minutes on Sandra coming off the bike.  As for the fleet-footed German “I swallowed so much water in the waves” Sandra said.  “My stomach was upset and I couldn’t get rid of the taste for a long time.”  (Note: she said this while drinking a cold Cisk beer after the finish.)

There was a fabulous battle going on in front of Koblmueller between Elisabetta Curridori and Brit Jessica Roberts.  Roberts had the best of it leading Curridori off the bike but she faded badly on the run.  “I gave so much on the bike I just could not get the energy” she said, but still had a nice 6th place finish.

Unknown to both Curradori and Roberts, Maud Golsteyn was coming up fast.  She had completed the South African Cape Epic the week before and was simply tired.  “That is a cool race” she said, “but it is 8 days of hours on the bike and I am still tired”.

Maud put in the second best female run and passed her way up to 3rd getting by Currodori just near the end and got to the podium by a scant 12 seconds.  Louise Fox had a steady race never faltering to take 5th.

Pro Women    
Pl Name Time Points
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 2:37:40 75
2 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 2:40:13 67
3 Maud Golsteyn, NED 2:43:16 61
4 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 2:43:28 56
5 Louise Fox, GBR 2:44:36 51
6 Jessica Roberts, GBR 2:47:28 47
7 Karin Hansen, SUI 2:53:51 43
8 Danica Spiteri, MLT 2:59:21 39

The day ended well with over 300 liters of Cisk beer available as well as a great buffet from the Radisson Blu kitchens.  Gorgeous handmade glass trophies went to the top 3 in each age group and competitors, friends and families all sat and drank and chatted on the sun drenched deck for hours after the finish.

Our European series started with a true World Class introductory race by the solid Maltese crew with the added benefit of two spanking new XTERRA winners.  Normally I just send photos of the podium finishers but for this race I am including some of the great vistas from the run and bike.

While the winners led nearly wire-to-wire there was a lot of passing and changing of positions.  All this bodes well for a very competitive year.  Make sure you start thinking now about starting 2016 here on Malta.  You could not do better.


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Malta was the fifth of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on November 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson, Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti+
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua
18-Apr XTERRA Australia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+
XTERRA Australia Championship
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA#
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

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