Middaugh, Riou win XTERRA Dominican Republic

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August 13, 2017 – Reigning XTERRA Pan America Tour Champion Josiah Middaugh from Colorado and Morgane Riou from France won the 2nd annual XTERRA Dominican Republic Championship race elite titles on a clear, sunny day at the Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge in Barahona this morning.

It’s the fifth straight win of the season for Middaugh, and the 29th major victory of his storied career. For Riou, it’s her first XTERRA World Tour win as an elite.


In the men’s race two-time Olympian Leonardo Chacon from Costa Rica took the early lead with a swim that was two-minutes faster than the rest of the field, but Middaugh turned in the fastest bike of the day to take a two-minute lead of his own into the bike-to-run transition then posted the fastest run of the day to take the tape in 2:25:55, more than two minutes in front of runner-up Kieran McPherson.

“This race is the closest representation to the Maui course we have on the Pan American circuit, so it was good for me to come to this amazing location and test myself on a challenging tropical course against great competition like Kieran and Leonardo,” said Middaugh.

McPherson said, “I was happy to get out of the water with Branden and Josiah, as I knew Josiah would be riding up to the front of the race.  I managed to stay close on the first long lap with a small gap at the top of the first major climb, however it was extended on the second loop.  I was happy to share a similar run spit to Josiah.  I will be the first to commit to next year’s race here.”

Chacon, still recovering from a stress fracture suffered early in the season, finished third followed by Pan Am Pro Series points leader Branden Rakita in fourth, and Julien Buffe from France in fifth.

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:25:55 75
2 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:28:24 67
3 Leonardo Chacon, CRC 2:33:46 61
4 Branden Rakita, USA 2:47:23 56
5 Julien Buffe, FRA 2:47:47 51


In the women’s race Jessie Koltz led out of the water, roughly two-minutes ahead of Riou and Genevieve Evans. By the mid-way point on the first big climb Riou took the lead, followed next by Kara LaPoint about 15-seconds back, with Evans in third. From there the young French stand-out extended her lead to three-minutes at the bike-to-run transition and then she did what she does best … run.  Her run time was nearly three minutes faster than LaPoint, who came in second-place about six-minutes later.

Evans was third, with Laura Mira Dias from Brazil in fourth, and Koltz in fifth.

“I really went for it today” said LaPoint. “I was going for the win. Having not yet won an XTERRA major, I was really hopeful I could make my first one happen here in the DR, which is a very special place for me. I knew it would take a truly stellar day, as Morgane is in such great form right now. After getting out of the water a little behind, I fought hard to pull back time on the bike, and got within about 15 seconds near the top of the climb on the first lap, but I made a few critical mistakes that set me back, and I lost contact. In the end, Morgane was just too strong today, and she left no room for error out there. She really had an amazing race, and I am very happy for her on taking her first win here – I know she wanted it bad as well! While I didn’t quite get the result I wanted, I am happy with my day. I gave it everything, I felt strong out there, and I am very pleased with 2nd today. All the women turned in a super strong showing, which was cool to see. It was another amazing experience here at Casa Bonita, the host hotel. This venue is fantastic, and truly one of my very favorite races!”

Evans, who is back in the pro ranks after spending a brief stint back in the amateur field, added “XTERRA DR was my second international XTERRA experience and it was truly an adventure. I enjoy doing races that are out of my norm and this was certainly the case. Swimming in the Caribbean Sea as the sun rose and exchanging greetings with other racers on the out and back run course along the river were some of the highlights.  The volunteers, other racers, and locals were supportive and put on a good race.”

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:00:05 75
2 Kara LaPoint, USA 3:06:46 67
3 Genevieve Evans, USA 3:19:54 61
4 Laura Mira, BRA 3:25:13 56
5 Jessie Koltz, USA 3:34:01 51

RAKITA, SNYDER REMAIN ATOP PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS

Josiah Middaugh got another 19 points closer but Branden Rakita remains in the No. 1 spot in the Pan Am Pro Series heading into the season finale at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Utah on September 16.  In the women’s standings Snyder held on to her top spot as well.

Next Up: XTERRA Pan Am Championship, September 16, Ogden, Utah

XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS
After 9 (As of 8.13)
S S S S G S G G S
PL NAME, NAT TOT ARG CHI CRC BRA OAK VIC BVR MEX DOM
1 Branden Rakita, USA 466 56 47 56 DNS 69 61 58 63 56
2 Josiah Middaugh, USA 450 DNS DNS 75 DNS 100 DNS 100 100 75
3 Kieran McPherson, NZL 320 DNS DNS DNS 67 63 DNS 41 82 67
4 Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, CAN 282 61 56 61 DNS 37 67 DNS DNS DNS
5 Gonzalo Tellechea, ARG 217 75 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
6 Cedric Wane, TAH 208 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 51 63 53 DNS
7 Brian Smith, USA 208 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS 75 58 DNS
8 Julien Buffe, FRA 182 43 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 51
9 Francisco Serrano, MEX 172 DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 90 DNS
10 Karsten Madsen, CAN 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 75 DNS DNS DNS
11 Ryan Ignatz, USA 149 DNS DNS 51 DNS 53 DNS 45 DNS DNS
12 Felipe Moletta, BRA 136 DNS 61 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Maximiliano Morales, ARG 118 67 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Chris Ganter, USA 114 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 56 DNS DNS DNS
15 Ian King, USA 108 DNS 27 47 DNS 34 DNS DNP DNS DNS
16 Veit Hoenle, GER 98 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS
17 León Drajer, ESP 94 51 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Micheal Nunez, USA 92 DNS DNS 30 DNS 31 DNS 31 DNS DNS
19 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS
20 Sam Long, USA 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS
21 Felipe Barraza, CHI 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Guiherme Goncalves, BRA 72 DNS DNS 36 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Ben Hoffman, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS
24 Leonardo Mata , MEX 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
25 Kris Coddens, BEL 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Alexandre Manzan, BRA 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Leonardo Chacon, CRC 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
28 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Mario de Elias, ARG 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS
30 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 51 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Andres Darricau, ARG 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Diogo Malagon, BRA 47 DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Cody Waite, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Esteban Rosas, MEX 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS
35 Greg Schott, USA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Rodrigo Moreira, BRA 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Daniel Ramirez, MEX 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS
38 Federico Venegas, CRC 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Silveira Silva, BRA 39 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Thomas Spannring, USA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS
41 Joaquin Pereda, MEX 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS
42 Diego Moya, CHI 36 DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
43 Guilherme Goncalves, BRA 36 DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
44 Joshua Merrick, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS
45 Gaspar Riveros, CHI 33 DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Billy Gordon, PAN 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
47 Anderson Ferreira, BRA 33 DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
48 Benjamin Munizaga, CHI 30 DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Wellington Conceicao, BRA 30 DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
50 Ryan DeCook, USA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS
51 Taylor Charlton, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS
52 Andres Zuniga, CRC 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Pericles Andrade, BRA 27 DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
54 Fernando Melo, BRA 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
55 Leonardo Lisboa, BRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
ELITE WOMEN S S S S G S G G S
PL NAME, NAT TOT ARG CHI CRC BRA OAK VIC BVR MEX DOM
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 582 75 67 75 DNS 100 75 90 100 DNS
2 Kara LaPoint, USA 504 61 56 67 DNS 58 51 69 75 67
3 Morgane Riou, FRA 427 67 61 DNS DNS DNS 67 75 82 75
4 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 335 51 47 56 67 DNP DNS DNS 58 56
5 Annie Bergen, CAN 246 DNS DNS 61 DNS 31 27 58 69 DNS
6 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 235 56 51 DNS 75 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
7 Lesley Paterson, GBR 190 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS 100 DNS DNS
8 Caroline Colonna, USA 173 DNS DNS 47 DNS 28 DNS 45 53 DNS
9 Julie Baker, USA 164 DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS
10 Jessie Koltz, USA 139 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 49 DNF 51
11 Katie Button, CAN 124 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 61 DNS DNS DNS
12 Liz Gruber, USA 120 DNS DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Maia Ignatz, USA 118 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 43 DNS DNS DNS
14 Emma Garrard, USA 108 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS 63 DNS DNS
15 Fabiola Corona, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS
16 Heather Zimchek-Dunn, USA 83 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 53 DNS DNS
17 Barbara Riveros, CHI 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Debby Sullivan, USA 74 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 33 DNS DNS DNS
19 Kelli Montgomery, USA 70 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 36 DNS DNS DNS
20 Dunia Gomez, MEX 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS
21 Isabella Ribeiro, BRA 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Genevieve Evans, USA 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
23 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Zoe Dawson, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
25 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 51 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Katharine Carter, CAN 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Brisa Melcop, BRA 47 DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Ladina Buss, SUI 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS
29 Anne Usher, USA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS
XTERRA Dominican Republic was the ninth of 10 races on the XTERRA Pan America Tour where amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 29.
Date Race Elite Winners or Location
25-Feb XTERRA South Africa Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
4-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Dougal Allan / Josie Wilcox
18-Mar XTERRA Saipan + Silver Sam Osborne / Carina Wasle
25-Mar XTERRA Argentina # Silver Gonzalo Tellechea / Suzie Snyder
1-Apr XTERRA Thailand + Silver Kieran McPherson / Renata Bucher
1-Apr XTERRA Chile # Silver Felipe Barraza / Barbara Riveros
2-Apr XTERRA Malta * Silver Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
8-Apr XTERRA New Zealand + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
9-Apr XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
16-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Danao + GOLD Bradley Weiss / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Cyprus * Silver Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor
29-Apr XTERRA Langkawi + GOLD Osborne,Allen,Weiss,McPherson/Wasle
30-Apr XTERRA Greece * Silver Ruben Ruzafa, Helena Erbenova
6-May XTERRA Tahiti + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
13-May XTERRA Brazil # Silver Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
14-May XTERRA Spain * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
20-May XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
27-May XTERRA Portugal * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Brigitta Poor
10-Jun XTERRA Belgium * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
17-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter ^ Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady
18-Jun XTERRA Finland * Silver Pavel Andreev / Louise Fox
24-Jun XTERRA Switzerland * GOLD Arthur Forissier / Michelle Flipo
2-Jul XTERRA France * GOLD Ruben Ruzafa / Laura Philipp
9-Jul XTERRA Victoria # Silver Karsten Madsen / Suzie Snyder
15-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Lesley Paterson
30-Jul XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver Xavier Dafflon / Helena Karaskova
5-Aug XTERRA Mexico # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
5-Aug XTERRA Norway * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Maud Golssteyn
13-Aug XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver Josiah Middaugh / Morgane Riou
13-Aug XTERRA Poland * Silver Sam Osborne / Brigitta Poor
19-Aug XTERRA Germany * GOLD Zittau
26-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant ^ Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
3-Sep XTERRA European Championship (DEN) * GOLD Mons Klint
16-Sep XTERRA Pan Am Championship / USA # D-GOLD Ogden, Utah, USA
29-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Osborne, Poor win XTERRA Poland

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August 13, 2017 : For Immediate Release

Sam Osborne from New Zealand and Brigitta Poor from Hungary captured the elite titles at XTERRA Poland in Krakow this afternoon.

The victory is Osborne’s fourth this season, and first on the European Tour.  It’s also the fourth win of the year for Poor, the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion.

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

It went about perfect for Brigitta Poor and Sam Osborne.  Both led from T1 and never gave it up.  Osborne was pushed hard by 2nd place Roger Serrano but was able to pull away on the run to win comfortably by close to four-minutes.  Poor had a strong swim, passing leader Nicole Walters when she missed a turn just after T1, and defeated her rival Helena Erbenova by more than two-minutes.

“I did not have a great first lap on the run, however, when I got close to the second loop I felt great and strong all the way to the end,” said Poor.

The finishes move the Kiwi Osborne up to 6th in the Euro Tour point standings and brought Poor eight-points closer to Erbenova with two races left in the series.

Serrano and Osborne had a fabulous battle from swim start through T2.

“I had real problems with my shoes in T2 and lost about 30 seconds.” moaned Serrano, and indeed Sam saw it and pushed super hard early in the run and had over a minute by the 3K mark.  Jens Roth, as usual, had a great swim and was holding a steady 3rd behind Serrano and Osborne.

On the second lap of the bike it became apparent that the chase group featuring two young French pros – Maxim Chane’ and Arthur Serrieres – were closing on the fast German.  Serrieres is very quick on the trails and passed Jens on the first run lap and set out after Roger.

“I wanted to go hard very soon so nobody could follow me and maybe catch Roger, but I went too hard and paid for it on the second loop,” said Serrieres.

Maxim got hit by a car after France while on Holiday in Croatia.  He hurt his back and has not fully recovered.  “I was OK on the swim and bike but could not run,” he said after the race. Chane put a valiant effort into the run but fell back steadily ending up in 8th.

Russia’s Pavel Andreev was chasing the two French riders as hard as the French duo were after Roth. He had closed to within 20-seconds when he started tiring.

“I felt so good early but could not go so hard at the end.  I will be better next week in Germany” said Andreev, who had his first XTERRA win in Finland this year.  No matter what happens he has a winning and quick smile befitting a 4-time Winter Triathlon World Champion.

Another quiet gentleman is Rui Dolores from Portugal.  Rui came off the bike 9th and ran his way to 6th behind Pavel.  Dolores has put together a string of top 10 finishes and finds himself in 5th place on the Tour.


In the women’s race it was all Brigitta, all day. Erbenova, as is typical, rode hard and ran harder to pass Carina Wasle on the run to take 2nd. Carina was feeling good today and had a very steady and impressive 3rd.

Coming back after a nice 2nd in Italy was Kiwi, Lizzie Orchard to take 4th.  Nicole Walters managed to come back to a top five after her misdirection on the bike.  Behind the top five was a battle royal with three women finishing within 45-seconds of each other.

Diane Lee (GBR) made it first of this bunch into 6th, with Kristina Niczapinova (SVK) and Angela Niklaus (SUI) separated by only five seconds.

The race was darn near flawless. Dozens of volunteers were everywhere, aid stations were full, the police did a fantastic job of intermittent traffic on the double road crossing, the awards were sensational and even the weather decided to warm up a bit with sunshine sneaking through just before Osborne came home to take his first win since Sweden in 2015.

We head to Zittau, Germany next and it is only a four-hour drive from Krakow.  A substantial number of athletes are doing this mini “double” and enjoying the short distance between the two venues.  As well, a lot of athletes (and your XTERRA European Staff) are staying in Krakow tomorrow for some shopping before heading west on the A4 (E40) with fond memories of a sensational second edition of XTERRA Poland.

Elite Men
Pos Name/Nat Time Pts
1 Sam Osborne, NZL 02:31:58 75
2 Roger Serrano, ESP 02:36:20 67
3 Arthur Serrieres , FRA 02:37:39 61
4 Jens Roth, GER 02:39:26 56
5 Pavel Andreev, RUS 02:40:09 51
6 Rui Dolores, POR 02:40:35 47
7 Peter Lehmann, GER 02:41:48 43
8 Maxim Chane, FRA 02:42:23 39
9 Doug Hall, GBR 02:43:23 36
10 Tomas Kubek, SVK 02:45:43 33
11 Sylwester Swat, POL 02:47:12 30
12 Christophe Betard, FRA 02:49:31 27
13 Balint Mester, HUN 02:50:42 25
14 Pavel Jindra, CZE 02:52:15 23
15 Theo Dupras, FRA 02:58:04 21
Elite Women
Pos Name/Nat Time Pts
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 02:55:48 75
2 Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, CZE 02:58:20 67
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 02:59:31 61
4 Elizabeth Orchard, NZL 03:08:24 56
5 Nicole Walters, GBR 03:09:57 51
6 Diane Lee, UK 03:13:45 47
7 Kristina Lapinova, SVK 03:14:24 43
8 Angela Niklaus, SUI 03:14:29 39
9 Sabina Rzepka, POL 03:17:08 36
10 Leicester Johandri, RSA 03:20:17 33
11 Daria Radczuk, POL 03:24:38 30

RUZAFA, KARASKOVA-ERBENOVA REMAIN ON TOP OF EURO TOUR

Ruben Ruzafa, the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion, is still ranked No. 1 after 12 of 14 races on this year’s tour. In the men’s chase Carloni retains his spot at No. 2, with Xavier Dafflon still in third position followed by Yeray Luxem in 4th, and Rui Dolores in fifth. With his win today Osborne climbed from 10th to 6th place and is able to climb even further up the rankings in the last two races.

For the women, Helena Karaskova-Erbenova is still in the lead but Brigitta Poor closed the gap to 43 points. Carina Wasle moved to 3rd and Golsteyn dropped to 4th. Morgan Riou remained at No. 5.

Next Up:  XTERRA Germany, August 19

Top 25 Elite Points Standings

Elite Men
Pos Name/Nat total MLT CYP GRE ESP POR BEL FIN SUI FRA ITA NOR POL
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 565 DNS DNS 75 75 75 75 DNS 90 100 DNS 75 DNS
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 373 61 47 43 DNS 61 51 DNS 63 DNF 47 DNS DNS
3 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 351 DNS DNS 47 DNS 56 67 DNS 69 37 75 DNS DNS
4 Yeray Luxem, BEL 293 DNS 75 DNS DNS 67 61 DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS
5 Rui Dolores, POR 283 DNS DNS 39 36 47 DNS DNS 41 34 39 DNS 47
6 Sam Osborne, NZL 275 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 58 67 DNS 75
7 Roger Serrano, ESP 270 75 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS 67
8 Maxim Chane, FRA 253 30 DNS 36 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNP 45 56 DNS 39
9 Arthur Forissier, FRA 233 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 82 DNS DNS DNS
10 Jens Roth, GER 222 DNS DNS 61 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 56
11 Oivind Bjerkseth, NOR 217 33 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNP
12 Arthur Serrieres , FRA 204 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNP DNS 82 DNP DNS DNS 61
13 Xavier Jove Riart, ESP 171 DNS DNS DNS 67 51 DNS DNS DNP 53 DNS DNS DNS
14 Peter Lehmann, GER 167 DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS 30 DNS DNS DNF DNF 67 43
15 Hannes Wolpert, GER 149 DNF 43 DNP DNS 36 DNP DNS 37 DNP 33 DNS DNS
16 Jan Kubicek, CZE 149 DNS DNS DNP 39 DNS 43 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
17 Jan Pyott, SUI 145 56 DNS 25 33 DNS DNS DNS 31 DNF DNS DNS DNS
18 Bradley Weiss, RSA 131 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNF 75 DNS DNS DNS
19 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 128 67 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Thomas Kerner, GER 127 DNS 61 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Pavel Andreev, RUS 126 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNP DNS DNS 51
22 Tomas Kubek, SVK 108 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS 33
23 Theo Dupras, FRA 101 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS 53 DNP DNS DNS 21
24 Anthony Pannier, FRA 101 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNF 43 DNS DNS
25 Doug Hall, GBR 97 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNP DNS DNS 36
Elite Women
Pos Name/Nat total MLT CYP GRE ESP POR BEL FIN SUI FRA ITA NOR POL
1 Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, CZE 630 67 DNS 75 75 61 75 DNS 53 82 75 DNS 67
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 587 75 75 67 67 75 DNS DNS 63 90 DNS DNS 75
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 378 51 DNS DNS DNS 67 67 DNS 69 63 DNS DNS 61
4 Maud Golsteyn, NED 343 56 DNS 47 DNS 56 51 DNS 58 DNS DNS 75 DNS
5 Morgane Riou, FRA 266 DNS 67 56 DNS DNS 61 DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS
6 Nicole Walters, GBR 256 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 69 DNS DNS 51
7 Cecila Jessen, SWE 206 39 61 DNS DNS DNS 39 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
8 Louise Fox, GBR 185 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
9 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 75 DNS DNS DNS
10 Isabelle Klein, LUX 155 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 41 58 DNS DNS DNS
11 Kristina Lapinova, SVK 139 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 43
12 Kathrin Mueller, GER 134 33 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
13 Angela Niklaus, SUI 129 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 53 DNS DNS 39
14 Elizabeth Orchard, NZL 123 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS 56
15 Renata Bucher, SUI 104 DNS DNS 43 DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF 61 DNS DNS
16 Isabelle Ferrer, FRA 100 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNF
17 Michelle Flipo, MEX 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Laura Philipp, GER 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS
19 Rocío Espada, ESP 98 DNS DNS DNS 51 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Ladina Buss, SUI 96 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Jessica Roberts, GBR 84 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS
22 Anna Pauline Sasserath, GER 79 36 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Miriam Casillas Garcia, ESP 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Sara Bonilla, ESP 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Elina Honkavuori, FIN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

XTERRA Poland was the 12th of 14 races on the XTERRA European Tour where amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 29.

Date Race Elite Winners or Location
25-Feb XTERRA South Africa Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
4-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Dougal Allan / Josie Wilcox
18-Mar XTERRA Saipan + Silver Sam Osborne / Carina Wasle
25-Mar XTERRA Argentina # Silver Gonzalo Tellechea / Suzie Snyder
1-Apr XTERRA Thailand + Silver Kieran McPherson / Renata Bucher
1-Apr XTERRA Chile # Silver Felipe Barraza / Barbara Riveros
2-Apr XTERRA Malta * Silver Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
8-Apr XTERRA New Zealand + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
9-Apr XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
16-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Danao + GOLD Bradley Weiss / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Cyprus * Silver Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor
29-Apr XTERRA Langkawi + GOLD Osborne,Allen,Weiss,McPherson/Wasle
30-Apr XTERRA Greece * Silver Ruben Ruzafa, Helena Erbenova
6-May XTERRA Tahiti + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
13-May XTERRA Brazil # Silver Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
14-May XTERRA Spain * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
20-May XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
27-May XTERRA Portugal * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Brigitta Poor
10-Jun XTERRA Belgium * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
17-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter ^ Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady
18-Jun XTERRA Finland * Silver Pavel Andreev / Louise Fox
24-Jun XTERRA Switzerland * GOLD Arthur Forissier / Michelle Flipo
2-Jul XTERRA France * GOLD Ruben Ruzafa / Laura Philipp
9-Jul XTERRA Victoria # Silver Karsten Madsen / Suzie Snyder
15-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Lesley Paterson
30-Jul XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver Xavier Dafflon / Helena Karaskova
5-Aug XTERRA Mexico # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
5-Aug XTERRA Norway * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Maud Golssteyn
13-Aug XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver Josiah Middaugh / Morgane Riou
13-Aug XTERRA Poland * Silver Sam Osborne / Brigitta Poor
19-Aug XTERRA Germany * GOLD Zittau
26-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant ^ Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
2-Sep XTERRA Japan + Silver Hokkaido
3-Sep XTERRA European Championship (DEN) * GOLD Mons Klint
16-Sep XTERRA Pan Am Championship / USA # D-GOLD Ogden, Utah, USA
29-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Allen & Allen Win XTERRA Indian Peaks

The XTERRA Elite power couple of Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack Allen each claimed the top podium spot at XTERRA Indian Peaks at Eldora Nordic Center, August 5th.

Located just outside – and above – Boulder, Colorado, XTERRA Indian Peaks is a high-altitude race. The 1,000m swim is pretty chilly at 9,000 feet, but the scenery is incredible. The 22k bike course is on Eldora’s phenomenal single track, and the 7k run took place on the eastern trails of the Eldora Nordic Center.

Allen finished the race in 1:50:03, almost four minutes ahead of the amateur winner, Pan Am Champ Nelson Hegg, who had a strong race and the fastest bike split of the day. Pro Brad Zoller was less than a minute back from Hegg in third.

In the women’s race, Jacqui Slack Allen finished in 2:09:35, almost five minutes ahead of runner-up and amateur winner Whitney Barrett. XTERRA Pan Am Champ Deanna McCurdy was third in 2:22:57. McCurdy had a phenomenal race, considering she has been taking time off to recover from some health issues. On Facebook, she said this wasn’t an A, B, or even C race on her schedule. Instead, she and her coach “labeled it an F race… as in, go out and remember why this sport is Fun.”

Specifically, McCurdy called it “gruelingly fun” which sounds just about right for XTERRA.

You can view the complete results for XTERRA Indian Peaks at www.racedirectorsolutions.com.

 

Gray, Veltri Win XTERRA Castle Rock 20k

Caroline Veltri and reigning XTERRA Trail Run World Champ, Joe Gray won the XTERRA Castle Rock 20k on Sunday, August 6th at Philip S. Miller Park.

The course showcased the newly constructed trails in Phillip S. Miller Park and the single and double track trails that surround Castle Rock, Colorado. The course was designed by Peter Maksimow, also known as “The Prez.” Maksimow is an elite mountain, trail and ultra runner and member of the silver medal-winning US team at the 2015 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.

Caroline Veltri cruised to an easy win in the women’s division, finishing in 1:40:47, about six minutes ahead of runner up Kelly Devlin. Kevyn Stokes was third in 1:50:49. All three women ran the challenging 20k course at sub-nine-minute pace. Veltri ran at 8:08 pace.

Joe Gray expertly navigated the trails, finishing the two-loop course in 1:19:10 and averaging 6:24 pace. Additionally, he ran negative splits, with the second lap about a minute faster than the first. This is typical of Gray’s relaxed, confident style and top-notch endurance.

“XTERRA Castle Rock was great,” said Gray, after the race, “And Arnold sure knows how to put on a superb event. This is what running and racing is all about – community. There’s nothing like getting on the trails for some miles as you challenge yourself and encourage others in the running community to reach their goals as well.

Gray will be heading to Europe to continue his racing season. “Some of my favorite trails are in Switzerland and Norway,” he said. “When I’m back I’m going to shift focus to train for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championships in Oahu. Right now, my training and health are great and I’m looking forward to Europe.”

Also racing last weekend were reigning XTERRA Age Group World Champs Jo May and Doug Beagle. At XTERRA Castle Rock, both Jo and Doug won their age groups, and Jo ran 27 minutes faster in the 20k than she did last year. They are also XTERRA Colorado Series Regional Champions, despite that they live in Texas.

“We are both healthy and having fun racing,” said Beagle. May added that they will both be at the XTERRA Trail Run National and World Championships later this year.

View complete results at www.onlineraceresults.com.

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Middaugh, Snyder win XTERRA Mexico

Reigning XTERRA Pan America Tour Champions Josiah Middaugh and Suzie Snyder captured the 10th XTERRA Mexico Championship elite titles on a muddy day in Tapalpa, Jalisco with winning times of 2:25:28 and 3:00:07, respectively.

The victory is the fourth of the year for Middaugh and the fifth for Snyder, and the second XTERRA Mexico win for both of them.

“It was wet,” exclaimed Middaugh, the 2015 XTERRA World Champion.  “The mud wasn’t as sticky as it was in Maui last year, but big thunderstorms yesterday and this morning sure did make it pretty ugly.”

Middaugh had a strong swim, coming out of the water just about 30-seconds behind Francisco Serrano and Branden Rakita, and made his way to the front of the race on the first big climb roughly four miles into the bike.

“I just kept the pedal to the metal from there,” he said.  “Paco was riding really strong, and XTERRA Argentina champ Gonzalo Tellechea was climbing really well.  I didn’t drop anybody, that’s for sure, but on the second climb I was able to build a little lead and I came into T2 with about 1:30 on Serrano.”

In the end Middaugh finished nearly three-minutes ahead of his long-time rival and home country hero Serrano, the former Olympian from Mexico while Kiwi Kieran McPherson turned in the fastest run split of the day to finish in third.

“After last year with the appendix fiasco and some of the bad luck I’ve had, I was really happy to just be healthy, have my bike stay operational the whole time, and get through this thing unscathed,” said Middaugh.  “This event was really well run and has a really cool atmosphere.  The triathletes that come from all over Mexico, and especially Guadalajara, clearly don’t mind getting dirty and having fun.  It was a tough day but they all finished with big smiles.”

Tellechea finished fourth and Leonardo Saucedo Mata fifth, with Tour leading Branden Rakita and Brian Smith sixth and seventh.

SNYDER STAYS SMOOTH

Two years ago before the race here in Mexico Suzie Snyder crashed hard, crushed her pelvis, and wasn’t sure what was in store for her racing career.

Two years later the American is as fast as ever and on track to defend her XTERRA Pan America Tour title for the second year in a row having won five of seven races so far, with two runner-ups (to Barbara Riveros at XTERRA Chile and Lesley Paterson at XTERRA Beaver Creek).

“Highlight of the day was staying up right and not crashing,” said Snyder.  “Ever since I broke myself on this course I’ve been cautious.  It was so slippery out there today and the ground is hard underneath that slop so it freaks me out.  Riding it clean was really important for me today and I was able to do that.”

Snyder got out of the water in front of former Olympian Fabiola Corona from Mexico, but ‘stumbled all over herself’ in transition so Corona took the lead out on to the bike.  Just one-mile or so into the bike Snyder pulled away and that was that.  She had the fastest bike of the day by far and finished more than seven-minutes ahead of Corona in second.

“It was a good win, and a hard, hard day,” said Snyder.  “The whole course was so muddy.  You could hear the mud grinding in your chain, splattering in your eyes all the time.  There were super sketchy muddy downhills, that were actually kind of fun.  The second big climb was horrendous and wet and soft.  Off the bike I didn’t know what my lead was, but as I came around the lake I looked back and felt like I had a decent lead but my legs had nothing.  I tried to find a rhythm but it was hard because I felt totally bonked with no energy.”

Corona, a four-time XTERRA Mexico Champ, was solid in second followed by Morgane Riou in third, Kara LaPoint in fourth, and Annie Bergen in fifth.

Elite Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:25:28 100
2 Francisco Serrano, MEX 2:28:18 90
3 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:30:12 82
4 Gonzalo Tellechea, ARG 2:31:07 75
5 Saucedo Mata Leonardo, MEX 2:32:51 69
6 Branden Rakita, USA 2:33:59 63
7 Brian Smith, USA 2:38:57 58
8 Cedric Wane, TAH 2:40:22 53
9 Julien Buffe, FRA 2:45:55 49
10 Rosas Sierra Esteban, MEX 2:50:08 45
11 Ramirez Lopez, MEX 2:51:44 41
12 Pereda Charles Joaquin, MEX 2:54:03 37
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 3:00:07 100
2 Fabiola Corona, MEX 3:07:43 90
3 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:08:56 82
4 Kara LaPoint, USA 3:11:40 75
5 Annie Bergen, CAN 3:21:09 69
6 Dunia Gomez, MEX 3:22:24 63
7 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 3:23:54 58
8 Caroline Colonna, USA 3:33:31 53
ALL-TIME XTERRA MEXICO CHAMPIONS
2017 (Tapalpa) Josiah Middaugh, Suzie Snyder
2016 (Tapalpa) Rom Akerson, Suzie Snyder
2015 (Tapalpa) Josiah Middaugh, Fabiola Corona
2014 (Tapalpa) Irving Perez, Fabiola Corona
2013 (Tapalpa) Leonardo Chacon, Fabiola Corona
2012 (Tapalpa) Francisco Serrano, Renata Bucher
2011 (Tapalpa) Seth Wealing, Shonny Vanlandingham
2010 (Valle de Bravo) Seth Wealing, Fabiola Corona
2009 (Valle de Bravo) Seth Wealing, Shonny Vanlandingham
2006 (Puerto Vallarta) Francisco Serrano, Jamie Whitmore

RAKITA, SNYDER STILL ATOP PAN AM PRO SERIES

Branden Rakita finished sixth on the day but still retained the top spot on the Tour with two races remaining.  With the win, however, Middaugh jumped into the second position just 35-points behind.

“Anything can happen,” said Middaugh.  “I know what I have to do, and that is to keep focusing on winning races. I can’t control other people.”

Both Rakita and Middaugh carry on to XTERRA Dominican Republic next weekend before the season finale in Utah on September 16.

In the women’s chase Snyder has a commanding lead, but as Middaugh says, anything can happen.

Next up: August 13 – XTERRA Dominican Republic

PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS
After 8 (As of 8.5)
S S S S G S G G
PL NAME, NAT TOT ARG CHI CRC BRA OAK VIC BVR MEX
1 Branden Rakita, USA 410 56 47 56 DNS 69 61 58 63
2 Josiah Middaugh, USA 375 DNS DNS 75 DNS 100 DNS 100 100
3 Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, CAN 282 61 56 61 DNS 37 67 DNS DNS
4 Kieran McPherson, NZL 253 DNS DNS DNS 67 63 DNS 41 82
5 Gonzalo Tellechea, ARG 217 75 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
6 Cedric Wane, TAH 208 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 51 63 53
7 Brian Smith, USA 208 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS 75 58
8 Francisco Serrano, MEX 172 DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 90
9 Karsten Madsen, CAN 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 75 DNS DNS
10 Ryan Ignatz, USA 149 DNS DNS 51 DNS 53 DNS 45 DNS
11 Felipe Moletta, BRA 136 DNS 61 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
12 Julien Buffe, FRA 131 43 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
13 Maximiliano Morales, ARG 118 67 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Chris Ganter, USA 114 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 56 DNS DNS
15 Ian King, USA 108 DNS 27 47 DNS 34 DNS DNP DNS
16 Veit Hoenle, GER 98 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS 49 DNS
17 León Drajer, ESP 94 51 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Micheal Nunez, USA 92 DNS DNS 30 DNS 31 DNS 31 DNS
19 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS
20 Sam Long, USA 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS
21 Felipe Barraza, CHI 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Guiherme Goncalves, BRA 72 DNS DNS 36 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Ben Hoffman, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
24 Leonardo Mata , MEX 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
25 Kris Coddens, BEL 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Alexandre Manzan, BRA 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Mario de Elias, ARG 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS
29 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 51 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Andres Darricau, ARG 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Diogo Malagon, BRA 47 DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Cody Waite, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
33 Esteban Rosas, MEX 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
34 Greg Schott, USA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Rodrigo Moreira, BRA 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Daniel Ramirez, MEX 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
37 Federico Venegas, CRC 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Silveira Silva, BRA 39 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Thomas Spannring, USA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS
40 Joaquin Pereda, MEX 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
41 Diego Moya, CHI 36 DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Guilherme Goncalves, BRA 36 DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
43 Joshua Merrick, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS
44 Gaspar Riveros, CHI 33 DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
45 Billy Gordon, PAN 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Anderson Ferreira, BRA 33 DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS
47 Benjamin Munizaga, CHI 30 DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
48 Wellington Conceicao, BRA 30 DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Ryan DeCook, USA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS
50 Taylor Charlton, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS
51 Andres Zuniga, CRC 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Pericles Andrade, BRA 27 DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Fernando Melo, BRA 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS
54 Leonardo Lisboa, BRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS
ELITE WOMEN S S S S G S G G
PL NAME, NAT TOT ARG CHI CRC BRA OAK VIC BVR MEX
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 582 75 67 75 DNS 100 75 90 100
2 Kara LaPoint, USA 437 61 56 67 DNS 58 51 69 75
3 Morgane Riou, FRA 352 67 61 DNS DNS DNS 67 75 82
4 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 279 51 47 56 67 DNP DNS DNS 58
5 Annie Bergen, CAN 246 DNS DNS 61 DNS 31 27 58 69
6 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 235 56 51 DNS 75 53 DNS DNS DNS
7 Lesley Paterson, GBR 190 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS 100 DNS
8 Caroline Colonna, USA 173 DNS DNS 47 DNS 28 DNS 45 53
9 Julie Baker, USA 164 DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS 82 DNS
10 Katie Button, CAN 124 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 61 DNS DNS
11 Liz Gruber, USA 120 DNS DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS
12 Maia Ignatz, USA 118 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 43 DNS DNS
13 Emma Garrard, USA 108 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS 63 DNS
14 Fabiola Corona, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
15 Jessie Koltz, USA 88 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 49 DNF
16 Heather Zimchek-Dunn, USA 83 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 53 DNS
17 Barbara Riveros, CHI 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Debby Sullivan, USA 74 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 33 DNS DNS
19 Kelli Montgomery, USA 70 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 36 DNS DNS
20 Dunia Gomez, MEX 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
21 Isabella Ribeiro, BRA 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Zoe Dawson, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
24 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 51 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Katharine Carter, CAN 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
26 Brisa Melcop, BRA 47 DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Ladina Buss, SUI 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
28 Anne Usher, USA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS

XTERRA WORLD TOUR

XTERRA Mexico was the eighth of 10 stops on the XTERRA Pan America Tour and the 28th of 40 races where amateur athletes could qualify for XTERRA Worlds.

Date Race Elite Winners or Location
25-Feb XTERRA South Africa Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
4-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Dougal Allan / Josie Wilcox
18-Mar XTERRA Saipan + Silver Sam Osborne / Carina Wasle
25-Mar XTERRA Argentina # Silver Gonzalo Tellechea / Suzie Snyder
1-Apr XTERRA Thailand + Silver Kieran McPherson / Renata Bucher
1-Apr XTERRA Chile # Silver Felipe Barraza / Barbara Riveros
2-Apr XTERRA Malta * Silver Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
8-Apr XTERRA New Zealand + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
9-Apr XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
16-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Danao + GOLD Bradley Weiss / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Cyprus * Silver Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor
29-Apr XTERRA Langkawi + GOLD Osborne,Allen,Weiss,McPherson/Wasle
30-Apr XTERRA Greece * Silver Ruben Ruzafa, Helena Erbenova
6-May XTERRA Tahiti + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
13-May XTERRA Brazil # Silver Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
14-May XTERRA Spain * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
20-May XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
27-May XTERRA Portugal * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Brigitta Poor
10-Jun XTERRA Belgium * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
17-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter ^ Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady
18-Jun XTERRA Finland * Silver Pavel Andreev / Louise Fox
24-Jun XTERRA Switzerland * GOLD Arthur Forissier / Michelle Flipo
2-Jul XTERRA France * GOLD Ruben Ruzafa / Laura Philipp
9-Jul XTERRA Victoria # Silver Karsten Madsen / Suzie Snyder
15-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Lesley Paterson
30-Jul XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver Xavier Dafflon / Helena Karaskova
5-Aug XTERRA Mexico # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
5-Aug XTERRA Norway * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Maud Golssteyn
6-Aug XTERRA Canmore ^ Canmore, Alberta, Canada
12-Aug XTERRA Quebec ^ Quebec City, Canada
12-Aug XTERRA Parry Sound ^ Ontario, Canada
13-Aug XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver Barahona
13-Aug XTERRA Poland * Silver Krakow
19-Aug XTERRA Germany * GOLD Zittau
26-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant ^ Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
2-Sep XTERRA Japan + Silver Hokkaido
3-Sep XTERRA European Championship (DEN) * GOLD Mons Klint
16-Sep XTERRA Pan Am Championship / USA # D-GOLD Ogden, Utah, USA
29-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Ruzafa, Golsteyn win XTERRA Norway

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Ruben Ruzafa from Spain and Maud Golsteyn from the Netherlands captured the elite titles at XTERRA Norway, held at the Norejfell Ski & Spa Resort in Noresund this afternoon.

For Ruzafa, a three-time XTERRA World Champion, the win is the 30th of his career and seventh this year. For Golsteyn, it’s her first win as an elite.

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

The story today is not that Ruben Ruzafa won. Again. The story is all about the lovely Maud Golsteyn, who won her first XTERRA since starting in Sardinia in 2009.

“I am so thrilled, the feeling is fantastic,” she smiled.  “I had a very good bike, but a not so good swim. I rode pretty fast and caught Louise. We stayed together for quite a while and when we got to that final, long 10K climb I was able to get away.”

Golsteyn led Great Britain’s Louise Fox by two minutes heading onto the run and it was beginning to rain.  The unknown Nicoline Sorensen was in her first mountain bike race but pushed hard on the last 10K and came into T2 just 30-seconds behind Fox.

“I was so surprised when I started catching her,” said Sorensen.  “And then I started to cramp up on the ridge, and I knew I had to stop. Then I looked ahead and Louise was also cramping!”

Indeed the second and third place women were within shouting distance and both stopped to massage out cramps.

“I saw her stopped and stretching her leg,” said Fox.  “I was able to get going before her and felt pretty good the rest of the way. I was worried because I broke my toe in Finland and had not been able to run very much.”

Tanya Sorensen led out of the water and the first 8K of the bike and finished in 4th. All that sounds fairly normal – except you were not here and you were not running on top of a mountain in a driving, and I mean a serious, rain.

The morning was cloudy and cool, but dry.  The swim and first loop of the bike were actually warm and several bikers were shedding their jackets and sweating.  Ruben came out of the water with young German Peter Lehmann, Kristian Rod (NOR) and Anders Mortensen (DEN).  Ruzafa quickly asserted himself and started riding away.  Lehmann was not giving up and was down only a few minutes onto the second lap of the lower course.

“I was riding really well but knew I could not catch Ruben so I wanted to keep my own pace,” said Lehmann.

We were all pulling for Peter as he has had a miserable season with mechanicals and even a bee sting that felled him in France.

“I felt good the whole way and was surprised when three other guys caught me and we all came into T2 together,” added Lehman.

Czech age grouper Tomas Matera, Olympian and age grouper Eskild Ebbesen and pro Espen Helgesen went up the first hill past the resort within 20 feet of each other.

Ebbesen was a beast on the bike.  A 5-time Olympian with 3 gold and 2 bronze medals, this man is fit and focused.  He simply out muscled the others up the long final climb.  He’ll be in Maui and I suspect he will put some fear in the 45-49 age group bunch. The crowd was yelling and banging the fences, it was all very exciting.  Quietly but efficiently Anders Bregnhoj was catching the second place struggle putting in the fastest bike time, two seconds faster than Ruzafa.

Up onto the mountain where racers start with about 3-kilometers of reasonable climbing and come face to face with a steep, next to impossible climb section.  “Here it is better to walk rather than try to run and lose lots of energy ending in deep mud or slip and finally end up going no faster,” said XTERRA Euro Tour director Nico Lebrun.

Lehmann began to use that energy he had saved on the bike.  Local pro Oivind Bjerkseth, who laid out the entire course, was catching the pack.  The difficult run and the beginnings of the rain fractured the bunch leaving Peter Lehmann a very happy 2nd about seven-minutes behind Ruzafa.  In 3rd overall was Matera (a pro adventure racer) and he was just 15-seconds ahead of Espen Helgesen.

“We had a great run together,” he smiled. “I was behind him on the last downhill but he started to slow and then I pushed.  When I got past him he did not come back.  I am headed to the USA next week for the adventure racing World Championship but I think I will try to race pro in XTERRA next year.”

Espen was a fine 4th overall on a very difficult day.

Ruzafa was gracious as always.  He controlled himself and the race.  “I have many races coming up in the next weeks so I wanted to race, not just train. This is a very hard course so it was perfect for me”.

As is often the case, we were all soaked at the 3-hour mark and it only lasted an hour.  Norway is an unqualified success.  The organization was great, the resort first-class and the challenge superb.  Combine that with spectacular nature and wildlife, and this race will get on everyone’s must do list.

Congratulations to a fine victory for Maud Golsteyn. This has vaulted her to 3rd in the season points standings behind only Helena Erbenova and Brigitta Poor.  Ruzafa is now nearly 200 points ahead of Francois Carloni and just over 200 ahead of Xavier Dafflon.  There are three races left and two of them are Gold offering 100 points to the winner and 90 to 2nd place.  Ruzafa does have a commanding lead, but certainly does not have a lock on the Championship.  For some reason neither Carloni nor Dafflon are entered in Poland next week and Ruzafa will not be there.  Hmm, change of mind anyone?

It can only get more interesting from here.

Elite men
Pos Name Nat Time Pts
1 Ruben Ruzafa ESP 2:41:27 75
2 Peter Lehmann GER 2:49:21 67
3 Oivind Bjerkseth NOR 2:53:28 61
4 Anders Bregnohj DEN 2:55:50 56
5 Kristian Rod NOR 2:59:10 51
Elite Women
Pos Name Nat Time Pts
1 Maud Golsteyn NED 3:22:44 75
2 Louise Fox GBR 3:28:28 67
3 Nicoline Sorensen DEN 3:30:05 61
4 Tanja Hultengren Larsson NOR 3:40:49 56
5 Lucie Materova CZE 3:47:51 51

RUZAFA, KARASKOVA-ERBENOVA REMAIN ON TOP OF EURO TOUR

Ruben Ruzafa the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion is now almost untouchable after 11 of 14 races on this year’s tour. In the men’s chase Carloni retains his spot at No. 2, with Xavier Dafflon still in third position followed by Yeray Luxem in 4th and Rui Dolores remains in 5th place.

For the women, Helena Karaskova-Erbenova is still in the lead with Brigitta Poor in second as neither raced today in Norway. With her victory today Golsteyn moved up to third place, Carina Wasle dropped to 4th and Morgane Riou still at No. 5.

Next Up:  XTERRA Poland, August 13

Elite Points Standings

Elite Men
Pos Name/Nat Total MLT CYP GRE ESP POR BEL FIN SUI FRA ITA NOR
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 565 DNS DNS 75 75 75 75 DNS 90 100 DNS 75
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 373 61 47 43 DNS 61 51 DNS 63 DNF 47 DNS
3 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 351 DNS DNS 47 DNS 56 67 DNS 69 37 75 DNS
4 Yeray Luxem, BEL 293 DNS 75 DNS DNS 67 61 DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS
5 Rui Dolores, POR 236 DNS DNS 39 36 47 DNS DNS 41 34 39 DNS
6 Arthur Forissier, FRA 233 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 82 DNS DNS
7 Oivind Bjerkseth, NOR 217 33 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS 61
8 Maxim Chane, FRA 214 30 DNS 36 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNP 45 56 DNS
9 Roger Serrano, ESP 203 75 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS
10 Sam Osborne, NZL 200 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 58 67 DNS
11 Xavier Jove Riart, ESP 171 DNS DNS DNS 67 51 DNS DNS DNP 53 DNS DNS
12 Jens Roth, GER 166 DNS DNS 61 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
13 Hannes Wolpert, GER 149 DNF 43 DNP DNS 36 DNP DNS 37 DNP 33 DNS
14 Jan Kubicek, CZE 149 DNS DNS DNP 39 DNS 43 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Jan Pyott, SUI 145 56 DNS 25 33 DNS DNS DNS 31 DNF DNS DNS
16 Arthur Serrieres , FRA 143 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNP DNS 82 DNP DNS DNS
17 Bradley Weiss, RSA 131 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNF 75 DNS DNS
18 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 128 67 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Thomas Kerner, GER 127 DNS 61 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Peter Lehmann, GER 124 DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS 30 DNS DNS DNF DNF 67
21 Anthony Pannier, FRA 101 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNF 43 DNS
22 Mark Hamersma, NED 94 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS
23 Dominik Wychera, AUT 80 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS
24 Theo Dupras, FRA 80 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS 53 DNP DNS DNS
25 Julien Buffe, FRA 79 DNS 56 23 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS
Elite Women
Pos Name/Nat Total MLT CYP GRE ESP POR BEL FIN SUI FRA ITA NOR
1 Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, CZE 563 67 DNS 75 75 61 75 DNS 53 82 75 DNS
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 512 75 75 67 67 75 DNS DNS 63 90 DNS DNS
3 Maud Golsteyn, NED 343 56 DNS 47 DNS 56 51 DNS 58 DNS DNS 75
4 Carina Wasle, AUT 317 51 DNS DNS DNS 67 67 DNS 69 63 DNS DNS
5 Morgane Riou, FRA 266 DNS 67 56 DNS DNS 61 DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS
6 Cecila Jessen, SWE 206 39 61 DNS DNS DNS 39 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
7 Nicole Walters, GBR 205 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 69 DNS DNS
8 Louise Fox, GBR 185 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 67
9 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 75 DNS DNS
10 Isabelle Klein, LUX 155 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 41 58 DNS DNS
11 Kathrin Mueller, GER 134 33 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS
12 Renata Bucher, SUI 104 DNS DNS 43 DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF 61 DNS
13 Isabelle Ferrer, FRA 100 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
14 Michelle Flipo, MEX 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS
15 Laura Philipp, GER 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS
16 Rocío Espada, ESP 98 DNS DNS DNS 51 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
17 Ladina Buss, SUI 96 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
18 Kristina Lapinova, SVK 96 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
19 Angela Niklaus, SUI 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 53 DNS DNS
20 Jessica Roberts, GBR 84 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS
21 Anna Pauline Sasserath, GER 79 36 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Elizabeth Orchard, NZL 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
23 Miriam Casillas Garcia, ESP 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Sara Bonilla, ESP 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Elina Honkavuori, FIN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
XTERRA Norway was the 11th of 14 races on the XTERRA European Tour where amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 29.
Date Race Elite Winners or Location
25-Feb XTERRA South Africa Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
4-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Dougal Allan / Josie Wilcox
18-Mar XTERRA Saipan + Silver Sam Osborne / Carina Wasle
25-Mar XTERRA Argentina # Silver Gonzalo Tellechea / Suzie Snyder
1-Apr XTERRA Thailand + Silver Kieran McPherson / Renata Bucher
1-Apr XTERRA Chile # Silver Felipe Barraza / Barbara Riveros
2-Apr XTERRA Malta * Silver Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
8-Apr XTERRA New Zealand + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
9-Apr XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
16-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Danao + GOLD Bradley Weiss / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Cyprus * Silver Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor
29-Apr XTERRA Langkawi + GOLD Osborne,Allen,Weiss,McPherson/Wasle
30-Apr XTERRA Greece * Silver Ruben Ruzafa, Helena Erbenova
6-May XTERRA Tahiti + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
13-May XTERRA Brazil # Silver Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
14-May XTERRA Spain * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
20-May XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
27-May XTERRA Portugal * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Brigitta Poor
10-Jun XTERRA Belgium * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
17-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter ^ Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady
18-Jun XTERRA Finland * Silver Pavel Andreev / Louise Fox
24-Jun XTERRA Switzerland * GOLD Arthur Forissier / Michelle Flipo
2-Jul XTERRA France * GOLD Ruben Ruzafa / Laura Philipp
9-Jul XTERRA Victoria # Silver Karsten Madsen / Suzie Snyder
15-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Lesley Paterson
30-Jul XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver Xavier Dafflon / Helena Karaskova
5-Aug XTERRA Mexico # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
5-Aug XTERRA Norway * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Maud Golssteyn
6-Aug XTERRA Canmore ^ Canmore, Alberta, Canada
12-Aug XTERRA Quebec ^ Quebec City, Canada
12-Aug XTERRA Parry Sound ^ Ontario, Canada
13-Aug XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver Barahona
13-Aug XTERRA Poland * Silver Krakow
19-Aug XTERRA Germany * GOLD Zittau
26-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant ^ Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
2-Sep XTERRA Japan + Silver Hokkaido
3-Sep XTERRA European Championship (DEN) * GOLD Mons Klint
16-Sep XTERRA Pan Am Championship / USA # D-GOLD Ogden, Utah, USA
29-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Sink Your Teeth Into XTERRA DINO, August 5th

XTERRA DINO might not be what you expect. (For one, it’s pronounced DEE-no.) For another, it has nothing to do with dinosaurs – although the course in Southern Indiana certainly has some teeth.

“I thought the course would be in a cornfield,” said Larry Klutenkamper, who drove from Missouri to race XTERRA DINO on July 15th. “Then we drove down a huge hill into Versailles State Park, which was incredible.” (It’s pronounced Ver – SALES.)

“Versailles is one of the best mountain bike trails around,” said race director, Brian Holzhausen. “I think people are surprised by how challenging it is.”

XTERRA DINO Southern Indiana is known for its tough mountain bike course and grueling run. Despite – or because of – this, the race is gaining in popularity. This year, XTERRA DINO had a record number of participants.

“On the bike, I was riding right next to a bluff,” said Klutenkamper, who was the 55-59 age-group champ. “And the run was crazy hard. I think I ran up a quarter mile of stairs. Up and down, roots and rocks.”

XTERRA DINO Northern Indiana, which will be held August 5th in South Bend’s Potato Creek State Park, is a more beginner-friendly course.

“XTERRA DINO Northern Indiana is flatter than the course at Versailles,” said Holzhausen. “The hills are smaller and it’s a better course for beginners because the swim and run are shorter distances. On the other hand, it’s great for all levels because you can really get up some speed. It’s a playful course and with flowy trails.”

XTERRA DINO Northern Indiana is also the closest XTERRA event to Chicago, making it a key race for those in midwest and Great Lakes region.

Holzhausen and his wife Amanda have been putting on the DINO races since 2001. The series got its name from an earlier set of mountain bike races in the 1990s called “Do-INdiana Off Road,” or DINO.

They have a loyal following of athletes including Chris Scott, Mimi Stockton, and Russ Goodman, who have each won their divisions 10 times. (You may know Mimi from the XTERRA Couch to Trail Series.)

In XTERRA DINO Southern Indiana, the course took a bite out of Stockton’s tire, leaving it beyond repair. This left Kristen Wade the task of catching Amanda Frost, whose swim put her a minute in the lead. Wade did so in short order, gaining four minutes on the bike. 

Frost finished the race with Klutenkamper. On Facebook, Frost wrote about XTERRA DINO:

Decided to do a little swim in a lake, then a bike through the woods followed by a trail run in Indiana this morning. Ended up with a little hardware too. Finished 2nd overall but that wasn’t the best part.

On the run, I met a gentleman, Larry, who I ran with basically the whole race. We talked (sorta between gasps of air), learned about our families and about other races we had done. If it hadn’t been for him talking to me and encouraging me I would have gone much slower. It reminded me what these races are about. The journey, the experience, and the people that you meet.

In the men’s division, “Neal Ross went through T1 in the lead, but Dalton Guggemos absolutely crushed the bike split, catapulting him into the lead,” said Holzhausen. “It then became a matter of whether Guggemos could hold the lead on a steadily closing Ross, during the run. Near the end of the brutally difficult first half of the run, Ross made the pass and extended it for just over a one-minute win.” 

View complete results of XTERRA DINO Southern Indiana at www.dinoseries.com.

Learn more and register for XTERRA DINO Northern Indiana at www.dinoseries.com.

Photos courtesy of Lara Delaney Houseman and Amanda Frost

 

Gonçalves, dos Santos Win XTERRA Ouro Preto

On July 22nd, XTERRA returned to Ouro Preto after two years and held the third race of the season in Brazil’s historic city. 

The champion of the half marathon (25.8k) on the trails was favorite Antônio Gonçalves who finished in 2:18:16. This is Gonçalves’ sixth win, but the 27-year old was surprised by his performance. 

“I had a stretch in my right thigh two weeks ago, and I did not think I would be able to do my best, so I did not expect to get first,” confessed Gonçalves. “This victory deserves to be celebrated in double.”

In the women’s division, Geisla dos Santos Moraes was the day’s champ, completing the test in 3:07:28. 

Both dos Santos and Goncalves won XTERRA Ilhabela Trail Run in May.

XTERRA Ouro Preto also featured a night run (10k), a kids race, a duathlon, and  a MTB Cup Pro race (46k). XTERRA Brazil Champ, Sabrina Gobbo, won the MTB Cup.

XTERRA Costa Verde, which is presented by SESI, will be held on August 12 and 13, in the region of Costa Verde, in Mangaratiba, Rio de Janeiro.

Learn more and register at www.XTERRAbrasil.com.

Barton, Carver Win XTERRA Panther Creek

Marcus Barton and Amy Carver are no strangers to the podium steps. Both of them are having a fabulous season, so it wasn’t a surprise to see them on top at XTERRA Panther Creek last weekend.

The Morristown, Tennessee race was held in Panther Creek State Park, near Lake Cherokee. Eastern Tennessee is renowned for being a mountain biking playground, and XTERRA Panther Creek is no exception.

The men’s division gave us the exceptional level of performance and sportsmanship we have come to expect from the Southeast crew.

Chuck Olinger – who was the runner up in the 50-54 age group – was first out of the water in 13:51. Right on his heels were Yaro Middaugh (13:55) and Marcus Barton (14:15). This group headed into the first transition with Ali Arasta, Darren Cox, Brad Scholtz, and Dan Ballheimer.

Arasta – the day’s runner up – had the fastest time on the bike with 1:06:24. Darren Cox – 50-54 age group champ – and young Caleb Baity also finished the course in sub-1:07. Barton finished in 1:07:13, and Yaro Middaugh put in a solid 1:09:14.

“I was excited about Marcus winning and what a great finish by Ali Arasta!” said women’s champ, Amy Carver. “He has been fighting back issues and just killed it on Sunday.”

Middaugh also put in a great effort on the run for fifth place overall. Baity – third overall – had the quickest run split of 27:35, but it wasn’t fast enough to catch Arasta or Barton.

Barton’s final time was 1:51:05, Arasta was second with 1:52:53, and Baity was close behind with 1:52:59.

In the women’s division, Amy Carver had her fifth win of the season, remarkable in that she has only ever competed in six XTERRA events. Her overall time of 2:15:24 was just over three minutes faster than runner up, Jess White who crossed the line in 2:18:54. Elizabeth Skiba was third in 2:19:22.

“I had such a great group of women to race with today,” said Carver. “I would love to continue with XTERRA and qualify for Worlds. Regardless of the points, I have enjoyed every minute of the training and races and most importantly all the people I have met along the way. XTERRA has become a family to me.”

Next up for the Southeast Region is XTERRA Auburn on August 19th.

You can view the complete results from XTERRA Panther Creek at www.dirtybirdevents.com.