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Ruzafa, Erbenova win XTERRA Italy

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

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

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

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

Ruben Ruzafa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pro Men Results

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

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

Pro Women Results

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

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XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

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

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

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

2015 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS

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

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

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

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

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

Melanie McQuaid

A Decade Ago in Maui

Ten years ago at the 2005 XTERRA World Championship Nico Lebrun broke his arm in a hard-to-watch fall on lava rock just before winning his first world title and Melanie McQuaid became the first woman to win two.

We caught up with both of the champs from ’05 to see what they remembered from that day…

“I remember the swim in Maui that year started with a beautiful rainbow,” said McQuaid. “2005 was a great Worlds because I was very confident in my ability going into that race and I wasn’t off the mark. It was special because I had both Peter Reid and Brent McMahon, two Canadian legends, there to help me celebrate along with my dad and some of my best friends from Victoria. The 2005 season was excellent because Jamie and I had an amazing battle and went into the finals tied with two wins (my first time winning at high altitude thanks to training with Josiah) and a 2nd apiece- but she was stronger and took the top spot in Tahoe. I spent a lot of 2005 traveling with Danelle Kabush as she became a regular on tour and we did a bunch of the big Canadian mtb races together along with her becoming more regular in XTERRA.  In 2003 when I won my first one in Maui I found a Canadian loonie and some quarters on the way to the start line on the beach. It began a weird superstition that if I see any coins (silver or higher) it meant a good race was coming so I HAVE to pick them up even if it means stopping on my bike and turning around. I’m pretty sure I found money before 2005 as well : )”

Nico Lebrun

For Lebrun it was all in the master plan to win that one race…

“I remember a lot, and it’s full off emotions,” he wrote.   “I knew from the previous years that I was strong at this race, and always strong enough for the podium, but two times flats stopped me but I was always there … just never enough for the victory. So, in 2005 I changed my season.  I stopped longer, started the season slower, I wasn’t competitive in winter tri, and then I trained more slowly with more body weights during the Spring and I was not winning anything. Then in July, I said, now I start, and I built slowly in July and did a crazy month of August where my smallest week was 35h and biggest 40h with long ride on the road bikes, with many passes.  I wanted to climb, climb, climb…. and wanted to do 40000m+ (120000ft+) in the month on the bike plus in the run, but I really focused on the bike. Then in September I slowed down my training to race more, and started to be really fast by the end of the month. And it worked, I had my only big peak right in time and was full of energy. But I was lucky too, because with the hard tail I was riding all out, like I knew that nothing bad could happened. But in another side I was so stressed about flatting again on the last part of the bike when I took the lead. Then I hit the paved road and I knew it was for me, nothing could happen now! Nobody will run me down but I stayed focused, my body was at 100% and this feeling was amazing, to lead this race, with the helicopter on the side, I thought about the all way to get to this point. And we know the story after that. I lost my concentration a little bit too early on the last Km and crashed! At first it was embarrassing because everybody is watching you… then you get up and start to feel the pain and then I said to myself, what an idiot! I crossed the line and my friend René jump on me, saying, you won it, you won it… and I was thinking “fuck its painful, my arm, my elbow!!  It was my biggest success and my worst body problem at the same time. But now we remember the story, I wanted to win again with no pain to enjoy more, and I was close in 2009, but already so happy with one title and 3 podiums. And to be part of this family for almost 15 years, and I hope for the next 15 again minimum ;)”

Here are some excerpts from the official race report:

Overcast but warm conditions and a welcoming rainbow that touched down on the Pacific Ocean greeted 500 athletes at the sandy start line to the XTERRA World Championship at the Maui Prince Hotel in Makena. Nicolas LeBrun of France and Melanie McQuaid of Canada found the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, capping a magical day for both as they won their respective pro divisions.

The fifth time’s a charm for LeBrun, who had the best bike of the day (1:29:13) in a field full of great mountain bikers. “He crushed the bike!” is how it was best described. LeBrun came out of the water more than two minutes behind the leaders in 55th place but went out on the run in first place by more than a minute. He finished the grueling 27-mile off-road adventure in 2:38:19, three minutes and twenty seconds faster than runner-up Eneko Llanos of Spain.

“I had a good swim, not my best, but good,” said LeBrun. “And I was able to start the bike with a good group, Josiah Middaugh, Nico Pfitzenmaier, and Robert Latschen and we go very fast together, but I did not feel very good at the start. It was because ‘Pfitz’ was very, very strong so I had a hard time to stay with him. After Heartbreak Hill (the first big climb on the bike) I could push more on the uphill and catch everybody and felt better and better.”

Better and better until he eventually caught and passed everybody, including Josiah Middaugh, Greg Krause, Francisco Serrano, Conrad Stoltz, Brent McMahon, Olivier Marceau, Eneko Llanos, and finally Mike Vine.

“When Nico caught me I could tell he had some horsepower today,” said Vine, who finished in 4th place.  “The last traverse he put a minute on me and my chain jammed and I had to get off the bike but even if I didn’t have that problem I think he still would’ve gapped me. When I got to T2 1:25 back I knew I was running for second place.”

LeBrun’s strength is his run, and with the elusive world title (he finished 2nd here in 2003 and 3rd in 2002) waiting at the finish line motivation wasn’t an issue.

“When you know you might win this race it’s not about your legs, it’s about your head, and your heartbeat,” said LeBrun, who might’ve broken his arm just a half-mile from the finish after taking a nasty tumble on lava rock (X-rays are tomorrow).

For the first time in a few years, two-time XTERRA World Champ Eneko Llanos had some bad luck.

“You never know what’s going to happen here.  A flat tire, a broken chain, a crash…that’s the magic of Maui,” said Llanos.  “I hit a rock and had a flat before halfway on the bike.  I fixed it with air because I have the liquid inside of the tires, but I didn’t want to put another tube inside because I was going to lose a lot of time. But the tire was losing so much air I had to stop four or five times to refill and put more air and it made the downhill very dangerous.”

First-year XTERRA pro Brent McMahon made a splash in his Maui debut by coming out of the water first in 19:42 and posting the fastest run, reeling in Pfitzenmaier, Marceau, and Vine and getting on the heels of Llanos before settling in for third place overall. McMahon’s 10k split was 44:01 (8:18 per mile), so you can tell it’s not your average run. There was roughly 1,500 feet of climbing and descending involved.

Australian Chris Legh turned in his best ever XTERRA thanks to the second fastest run of the day. He came into transition somewhere around 8th place with nearly a dozen other guys before turning on the jets.

McQuaid Makes History. In the first nine years of the XTERRA World Championship there were nine different women’s winners. In year 10, Melanie McQuaid won her second.

“This is the best race I’ve ever had,” said McQuaid, who was also victorious in 2003.  “I knew it was going to happen today.  I knew it yesterday, I knew it last week. I knew I had the form and the only thing that was going to stop me was a mechanical.”

But there were no mechanicals, just Melanie McQuaid in perfect form. She was the fourth female pro out of the water, had the second-fastest bike and the sixth best run, just enough to cross the finish line first and in one piece.

Early on, however, it looked like the string of new champs might continue as Sibylle Matter came out of the water first by a minute and held off all challengers on the bike until McQuaid caught up about halfway through the 20-mile course.  Out on the run Matter impressed again, posting the fastest run among women in 51:53. McQuaid’s winning time of 3:07:16 was less than a minute faster than Matter’s 3:08:00.

“I had a very good swim and on the bike I just kept my rhythm,” said Matter, who won at XTERRA Spain last month. “Melanie went by me like a rocket but I never knew where the others were.”

The others, like last year’s champ Jamie Whitmore, were well behind and never did catch up. Whitmore settled into the third spot on the bike and held off a pair of great runners, Renata Bucher and Jenny Tobin, to finish there. It’s her fourth straight year in the top 3 (was 2ND in 2002 and 2003).

“Gave all that I had and it wasn’t enough,” said Whitmore.

Bucher, who was happy to just survive the swim (she was the 33RD woman a full six minutes behind) capped a great rookie season that included wins at XTERRA Saipan, Czech, and Austria. She needed a strong sprint to the finish to hold off XTERRA veteran Jenny Tobin, who fell just three seconds shy of

Watch the 2005 Show / 2005 Results

2005 XTERRA World Championship from XTERRA TV on Vimeo.

The 10th annual XTERRA World Championship.

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Woodstock of XTERRA One Month Away

A new Bank Holiday weekend family tradition is forming as adventurous triathletes and trail runners from around the UK are taking on the challenge of XTERRA and camaraderie of camping at the enchanted grounds of Vachery Estate in the Surrey Hills.

More than 125 car camping permits have already been purchased for the off-road sports festival to be held August 29-30 in the beautiful countryside of Cranleigh.

“In our modern world filled with gadgets and electronics the opportunity to unplug and connect with Mother Nature alongside family and friends seems the ultimate form or rest and relaxation,” explained XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas. “Nothing can recharge a soul the way nature can.”

A trio of authentic athletic endeavors are on offer at the private Vachery Estate to include a free family fun run, 10 and 20K trail runs through the forest, and the world’s premier off-road triathlon challenge – XTERRA.

“It was a great race, the venue is incredible, and the family who gave up their land for the weekend are very generous. It’s a wonderful space to share,” noted one competitor after last year’s race.

Sam Gardner, a former master’s mountain biking National Champion from Surrey – is responsible for the magic of the course itself. With a pedigree that includes major victories and podiums at XTERRA races in more than a dozen countries Gardner knows what it takes to make a fun event.

“Good food, good drinks, good music, and a good course,” he says.

Gardner has lined up several bands for the post-race party, has a pre-race movie night in mind, and is stocking the bar himself.

“Brilliant event that can only go from strength to strength,” was another comment after last year’s event. “The chilled, family party atmosphere is the differentiator. Loved the venue and the live music.”

The racing will be just as entertaining with the best elites from around the world competing in the XTERRA European Championship race, the last of 12 majors across the EU, which combines a 1.5-kilometer swim with a 30km mountain bike and 10km trail run. There is a shorter distance Sprint race on offer as well (750m swim / 15km bike / 5km trail run) and both can be contested as part of a relay team.

“It’s a holiday on Monday and Vachery Estate is allowing campers to stay the night so there’s no excuses,” says Gardner. “Have a great race and then let’s celebrate.”

Sign-up now and secure your space at the campgrounds at www.xterraengland.com.

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XTERRA Italy Championship Sunday

Stop number eight on the XTERRA European Tour heads to the incredibly beautiful heart-shaped Lago di Scanno for the XTERRA Italy Championship on Sunday.

A strong field is set to take on one of the Tour’s most challenging courses.   The top two ranked men, Roger Serrano and Francois Carloni, and the top two women after seven races this season, Helena Erbenova and Brigitta Poor, will fight to keep their rankings but have many challengers.

The reigning and three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa is in Italy and looking to win his 13th straight major and for the women the “Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher comes in fresh off a victory in Germany where she upset Erbenova, Carina Wasle, and Kathrin Mueller.

“It’s a really nice race with a hard and steep up-and-down bike and run,” said XTERRA European Tour technical director Nicolas Lebrun. “It’s a natural mountain lake, very clean, and a beautiful old Italian Village that has great food and very, very friendly people.”

Here’s a look at the tentative list of elite starters, noting their current rank on the XTERRA European Tour (NR = Not Ranked).

Rank, Name, Country
1, Roger Serrano, ESP
2, Francois Carloni, FRA
3, Ruben Ruzafa, ESP
6, Jan Pyott, SUI
8, Henry Sleight, GBR
17, Martial Schmidt, FRA
21, James Walker, GBR
26, Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA
39, Markus Benesch, AUT
NR, Pavel Andreev, RUS
NR, Fabio Guidelli, ITA
NR, Antonello Pallotta, ITA
NR, Asa Shaw, GBR
NR, Marco Spadaccia, ITA
NR, Jim Thijs, BEL

Rank, Name, Country
1, Helena Erbenová, CZE
2, Brigitta Poór, HUN
4, Carina Wasle, AUT
5, Jessie Roberts, GBR
8, Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA
9, Karin Hansen, SUI
15, Elisabetta Curridori, ITA
NR, Renata Bucher, SUI
NR, Genziana Cenni, ITA
NR, Olga Parfinenko, RUS
NR, Sabina Rzepka, POL

XTERRA’s managing director Dave Nicholas is also in Italy soaking up the ambiance and brings us this report…

The XTERRA Italy Championship race is this Sunday in one of the most amazing places on earth.

Scanno is the village, Abruzzo is the region. Abruzzo is known as the Greenest place in Europe. Fully 1/3 of the entire region is State Parks or nature reserves. The area is full of wonderful mountains and basins.

Scanno is situated high up in a mountain valley a bit over 3,000’ high. To say it is picturesque does not do it justice. Several famous photographers have done studies here and far back in the mid 1800’s it was thought the most beautiful women in Italy lived in Scanno. The swim, transition and finish are at the natural lake, Lago di Scanno. “Our lago is made by God not man” is what the locals say, but it was actually formed during a battle between a witch and a sorcerer. The basin was blocked when the witch fell and blocked the valley.

The town is all up and down. Plenty of restaurants and small hotels to choose from, all operated by locals. Many will have English speakers, some will not. But that is the charm. Walk the streets and you will find the tiniest pathways with arches over them and the streets. The doors to the homes could fill an art book with great photos. Shopping is fine with great buys on wool products and very fine, filigree gold jewelry; all made locally.

The people are warm and welcoming. There is no pretense here at all. The air is magnificent, pure, cool, and breathable to the max. The lake is so pure you would not worry to drink it and clear to the bottom. The scenery everywhere you go is spectacular.

If you come from far away or are Italian, this is a place you need to see for yourself. Maybe you like the big city, or want the crowded beach at Rimini with thousands of 20 something year olds. But do yourself a favor and come to Scanno to just look and spend a few days or better yet – come with our athletes early and train on the great trails, ride the cobble streets and watch the widows in their customary black dress bringing bread and vegetables home. Enjoy the race and the culture.

Scanno is about two hours from the Rome Airport almost all on highways. You will know when you start to hit Abruzzo as the mountains rise in their green and stone splendor. The last 20K once you leave the Autostrada are worth the entire experience. Twisting, winding, up and down. An absolute treat to drive. Be sure to keep your headlights on and listen for horns; the common way to alert oncoming traffic around one of the dozens of very tight and narrow hairpins. At the end you will come upon sparkling Lago di Scanno and the village is a scant 5K up the road.

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Josiah Middaugh

Middaugh, Duffy win XTERRA Mountain Championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIDDAUGH, GARRARD LEAD XTERRA U.S. PRO SERIES

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

XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Standings (After 4)
Pros count 3-of-4 regionals, plus Nationals
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Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA x90 90 100 100 290
2 Braden Currie, NZL DNS 100 90 82 272
3 Chris Ganter, USA 82 82 75 x49 239
4 Branden Rakita, USA 69 63 69 x31 201
5 Ryan Ignatz, USA x45 53 82 63 198
6 Alex Modestou, USA x49 58 63 69 190
7 Craig Evans, USA 58 75 49 DNS 182
8 Brad Zoller, USA 53 x49 53 53 159
9 Karsten Madsen, CAN 63 DNF 58 DNS 121
10 Francisco Serrano, MEX 100 DNS DNS DNS 100
11 Ben Hoffman, USA DNS DNS DNS 90 90
12 Chris Foster, USA DNS 45 DNS 41 86
13 Ben Allen, AUS 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
14 Rom Akerson, CRC DNS DNS DNS 75 75
15 James Hadley, GBR 37 DNS DNS 34 71
16 Olly Shaw, NZL DNS 69 DNF DNS 69
17 Chris Legh, AUS DNS DNS DNS 58 58
18 Ben Collins, USA DNS DNS 45 DNS 45
19 Thomas Spannring, USA DNS DNS DNS 45 45
20 JP Donovan, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS 41
21 Will Ross, USA DNS 41 DNS DNS 41
22 Ian King, USA DNS DNS 41 DNS 41
23 Eli Hemming, USA DNS DNS DNS 37 37
24 Jimmy Archer, USA 34 DNS DNS DNP 34
25 Kyle Hughes, USA 31 DNS DNS DNS 31
26 Ben Torvik, USA DNS DNS DNS 28 28
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Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Emma Garrard, USA x90 90 90 90 270
2 Suzie Snyder, USA 82 82 100 x69 264
3 Lesley Paterson, GBR 100 100 DNS DNS 200
4 Sara Schuler, USA 58 58 DNS 82 198
5 Maia Ignatz, USA x49 63 75 58 196
6 Kara LaPoint, USA 63 53 69 DNS 185
7 Catherine Sterling, USA DNS 75 82 DNS 157
8 Debby Sullivan, USA 45 x31 58 49 152
9 Rebecca Blatt, USA 31 34 45 41 151
10 Sara McLarty, USA x41 45 49 53 147
11 Brittany Webster, CAN 69 DNS 63 DNS 132
12 Jaime Brede, USA DNS 49 DNS 75 124
13 Flora Duffy, BER DNS DNS DNS 100 100
14 Emily Bashton, USA DNF 37 53 DNS 90
15 Caroline Colonna, USA 37 DNS DNS 45 82
16 Melanie McQuaid, CAN 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
17 Christine Jeffrey, CAN DNS 69 DNF DNS 69
18 Tamara Donelson, AUS DNS DNS DNS 63 63
19 Katie Button, CAN 53 DNF DNS DNS 53
20 Amelia McCracken, USA DNS 41 DNS DNS 41
21 Lauren Thompson, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS 34
Joshua Merrick

MERRICK, BAKER TAKE AMATEUR TITLES

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

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

XTERRA MTN CHAMPIONS (FEMALE AGE GROUP)

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

XTERRA MTN CHAMPIONS (MALE AGE GROUP)

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

* Top Amateur


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

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

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

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

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

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

CEO Challenge XTERRA Maui

Hawaiian Style XTERRA CEO Challenge

Nothing better than a boss who “gets their hands dirty” and that is exactly what’s in store for executives competing in this year’s CEO Challenge at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui on November 1.

It’s off-road triathlon’s greatest day, featuring the very best amateur and professional XTERRA racers from around the world taking on a punishing course that combines a one-mile rough water swim, a dusty 20-mile mountain bike ride and an intense seven-mile trail run.

“This race is the ultimate challenge for a full-time working man or woman looking to escape from the mundane and have the adventure of a lifetime,” said former CEO Challenge participant Mary Dannelley.

The CEO Challenge package includes exclusive invitations to private events, pre-race strategy lunch, Saturday Night of Champions dinner, race entry, Sunday Awards Banquet, and 5 days / 4 night’s luxury accommodations at the host hotel – the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

“Participating in the XTERRA World Championship was the most incredible CEO Challenge that I’ve done – including the Ironman in Kona!  The CEO XTERRA World Championship has to be a “must do” on every CEO’s check list of life accomplishments,” said Rich Kylberg.

CEOs who think they can handle the toughest off-road triathlon challenge on the planet can learn more at http://www.ceochallenges.com/triathlon/2015-xterra-world-championship-maui.

“I love this event – it is, and will be for as long as I can help it, the only absolute must-do race on my calendar,” said Mike Cabigon.

Utah Transition

XTERRA USA Championship Sept. 19

In just a little more than two months America’s best triathletes and trail runners will unite in Utah for the XTERRA USA Championship races.

It’s the seventh straight year Ogden will play host to the big event, and the 12th year of racing overall in the Wasatch range.

Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell was the founder of the first XTERRA race in Ogden back in 2004, and still one of its biggest supporters.

“XTERRA is a unique event for our community that has grown and progressed over the past decade into a truly world-class event. It is a huge part of our community’s DNA. These athletes and race organizers have become part of our family providing an opportunity for us to form lasting friendships with people from all over the world. Not only do I enjoy the homecoming feel the event brings, it also has great economic impact for Ogden. Our hotels sell-out and our restaurants fill up. XTERRA is proof that what GOAL is doing, works. I love XTERRA. It is the perfect fit for Ogden, and I look forward to this weekend every year knowing this year will be the best yet,” said Caldwell before last year’s race. As the last of five races in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series elites race for $80,000 in prize money while dozens of cameramen position themselves around Wheeler Canyon and the Wasatch Range to capture all the action for a nationally syndicated one-hour TV show.

For amateurs it’s the last of more than 100 races in the XTERRA America Tour of triathlons and trail runs and more than one-thousand XTERRA racers from nearly every state in the U.S. travel to Utah in pursuit of their dreams to race for an XTERRA National Championship.

The off-road tri Nationals is Saturday, Sept. 19, along with full and half-distance XTERRA Utah races open to everyone. The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals half-marathon is Sunday, Sept. 20, accompanied by 5K and 10K trail runs. It’s important to note that you don’t have to be fast to join in the fun. For some, it’s just about finishing and that’s okay as XTERRA is all about perpetuating the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle.

In addition to the races XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden on Friday with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Then on Saturday from 8am to 10pm the streets shut down for a massive, community wide block party as Ogden hosts its 14th annual Harvest Moon Celebration with a wealth of family-friendly activities including live music, a farmer’s market, kid’s activities, arm wrestling, pumpkin decorating, downtown crit races, and fantastic fare from Historic 25th Street’s incredible restaurants.

There is great entertainment to be found at Snowbasin Resort as well.  While it is an epic spot for winter sports (think 3,000 skiable acres and 3,000 vertical feet) Snowbasin is also ideal in the summer time and when the Fall colors turn the mountain landscape into a kaleidoscope of colors, it’s simply spectacular.

For more info and links to registration visit www.xterrautah.com, or call toll-free to 877-751-8880.

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Llanos, J-Dawg, Liggett Rule 2004 Maui Show

The legendary Phil Liggett was the voice of the 2004 XTERRA World Championship broadcast and he made a great race even better to watch with his unmistakable style and rhythm. The day itself belonged to Eneko Llanos and “J-Dawg” Jamie Whitmore and her bright red hair.

The course changed significantly in ’04 for the first time since its inception in 1996. There was a new transition area for both T1 and T2, a relentless up and down new section on the bike towards the end of the ride, and a calf-burning climb with an ankle twisting descent on the run.

“It was the hardest this race course has ever been. Straight from the swim, the run to transition went to a hard bike ride. It got really hard, really early and there was a lot of suffering going on out there,” said Melanie McQuaid after the race.

Indeed there was. Among the men’s favorites Olivier Marceau got a flat and crashed, Nicolas LeBrun got a flat, Conrad Stoltz broke a pedal, Sylvain Dodet ran out of energy fighting a bad back, Peter Reid crashed, and countless others did the same, bonked, or worse.

Except Eneko Llanos, who for the second straight year was solid all day. The defending champ posted the fifth fastest swim, second best bike and third strongest run of the day, and his winning time of 2:28:44 was a minute better than Marceau. When asked what was the key to victory Llanos responded by saying “all the race”, and then noted that Marceau’s flat towards the end of the bike also played a big part.

Marceau took the lead on the bike very early in the course and widened the gap as the race went along – it was his strategy. His climbing skills, the same that he showed to a worldwide audience at the Athens Olympics, were on display once again – although this time on a different bike and dirty trails.

“This race was my goal after Olympics and I knew I had to go hard on the bike because Eneko was such a good runner,” said Marceau. “I was trying to break away and it was working but bad luck I had this flat tire about 5k to go and finished with a flat.”

After leading for about 18 miles of the 20 mile course Marceau surrendered the lead to Llanos just a mile or so before T2. “I realized my tire was getting flatter and flatter and I crashed because of that so I stopped to try to fix it and it didn’t work.  I knew it was the end of the bike and I thought it was not worth to change the tube so I kept going carefully with a flat tire and Eneko passed me,” explained Marceau. “I lost about 1 min. 40 seconds with that flat tire, but its part of the race. To win here you have to be a bit lucky and I wasn’t today. I’m happy with second place and Eneko deserved to win it.”

Marceau went out onto the run about 40 seconds back, and ran at the same clip as the speedy Llanos (who was 20th in Athens) to hold on to second place. On his tail was rising American star Josiah Middaugh. He came out of the water almost three minutes behind the leaders, got 30 seconds back on the 0.7 mile sprint to transition, then pedaled his way to the fastest bike split of the day, churning out the 32k in 1:27:12. It’s the fourth time in five championship races in 2004 that he had the best bike time.

Dominic Gillen had unquestionably the best XTERRA race of his career to finish in fourth. Retired from full-time professional racing – instead working a steady job and paying rent – Gillen used the fresh legs to his advantage. Justin Thomas finished in fifth despite grinding through a season of injuries. He was third here last year and sixth the year before.

In the previous two season’s Jamie Whitmore had won almost everything – three straight XTERRA U.S. Pro Points Series crowns, two XTERRA European Tour titles, she even became XTERRA’s all-time winningest athlete – but she’d never won Maui. The last two years in Maui she’d been favored coming in, and left the runner-up.

Now she’s got it all. Twenty-one career wins, 10 this year alone, and the grand daddy of them all – Worlds, but it didn’t come easy.

Melanie McQuaid came in with the belt, had the better swim (by about 30 seconds), and powered through the bike course in 1:45:09 – second only to Melissa Thomas’ incredible ride of 1:41:02.

“The first time I crashed, I was sweating it a little bit,” said Whitmore. “I was flying downhill and staying real loose but fell victim to the plunge and went down. I was riding through a whole bunch of really big rocks and my front wheel nailed one of them and threw me to the side. I fell on the derailleur side so I was worried about what I did to my bike, got a little flustered and the next thing I know I go down again. I don’t even know how it happened, but I flipped over the handle bars and face planted, or the bike hit me and shoved my face into the ground, I’m not sure – but it knocked me a little silly. So at that point, I was pretty hurt.”

Hurt, and thinking McQuaid is slipping away (which she was)…“When I started back up a bunch of guys kept encouraging me as they were riding by saying ‘keep going, keep going, you can do it’,” recounted Whitmore. “Then Melissa passed me and told me to hang in there. When she said that, I felt like I had to.”

Despite the nasty falls Whitmore had the fourth best bike time and went out on to the run less than three minutes behind McQuaid. She got a glimpse of her rival heading out onto the run while she headed into transition, and at that point knew she was in striking distance.

On the other side of the coin, McQuaid was having problems of her own.  “Today I was going as hard as I could but I didn’t have that ‘I’m going to win today feeling’ and you know when you have it – you think you’re going to rip everyone’s legs off – and I wasn’t ripping legs off.  My own legs wanted to leave me behind.”

It wasn’t until the run that they did leave her, however. The new course has a lot of up and down, and turning an ankle at the top made it that more difficult for her to come down.

“Jamie had a great day and ran strong, she was turning it over on the downhill and I wasn’t. I couldn’t turn it over on the downhill. I was blowing going up the hill and coming down the hill, and because I wasn’t right I turned my ankle and was hurting on the downhill so I was losing time…all the way downhill,” said McQuaid.

A steep, rutted out loose rock section called Heartbreak Hill, about half-way through the 8.5k run course is where the lead changed hands. Jamie was at the top of the section when she saw McQuaid below.

“When I saw Melanie I knew I could win the race. All of a sudden whatever hurt, didn’t hurt anymore, and I just started charging as hard as I could to catch her.”

That she did, and even put on another three minutes making for a comfortable stroll down victory lane.

In what turned out to be a good equipment move, Melissa Thomas blistered the bike course with 29-inch wheels, “I was going so fast on the downhill it was unbelievable. That 29’er is so good on the rocks – climbing and descending. I really think my bike helped me a lot.  For me to beat Jamie and Melanie, though, I’d have to run more and I hate to run. I like these events.  Don’t mind swimming, love to bike, but I hate running.”

Danelle Kabush, who ran the 1500 in college, took advantage of that to pass Thomas in the last half-mile of the run to finish in third. It was just her second-ever XTERRA (along with the Canada Championship in August).

XTERRA Germany Champion Katrin Helmcke rounded out the podium in fifth and as with the men’s race, the women’s field encountered its fair share of heartbreak, punctuated by 2002 World Champ Candy Angle’s crash during the plunge that left her bruised and battered.

Canada’s Peter Reid, who placed second at the Ironman Championship in Kona the week before, placed 16th overall in Maui and won his fifth “Double” Award in seven years (including the last three). His combined time was 11:27:59 (8:43:40 in Kona and 2:44:19 in Maui). Another Canadian, Heather Fuhr, who placed 3rd at Ironman– won the women’s pro double in 13:18:17 (9:56:19 and 3:21:58).

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2004 XTERRA World Championship from XTERRA TV on Vimeo.

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XTERRA Racing in the Rockies

Colorado’s high country during the summer time is something to behold with its big blue skies, white aspens, majestic mountain ranges and cool, fresh air. It’s simply beautiful and Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, host to the XTERRA Mountain Championship since 2009, enhances the experience with world-class facilities and people. Then there is the course itself, which is an absolute beast.

It starts with a mile swim in the cold waters of Nottingham Lake situated at 7,400-feet elevation. Nottingham is just big enough to get a full mile swim with 2 laps, and Buck Creek flows into the reservoir so even though the lake is small, the water temp rarely tops 70 degrees.

The next step involves roughly 15 miles of mountain biking that climbs 3,500-feet into the thin air of the Rockies.

The bike course peaks out at above 9,400 feet above the Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch ski slopes, then turns into some well-maintained single track that switches through the aspen trees and works its way to the village-to-village trail and down to Beaver Creek Village.

The final piece of resistance is a calf-burning, six-mile trail run which breaks down into essentially two challenging climbs that each have over 500 vertical feet of climbing (1,300 for the course).

Appropriately, America’s best XTERRA athlete Josiah “Beast Mode” Middaugh calls this place home, and has won three of the last four races here.

“Love having XTERRA here and the opportunity to showcase my backyard,” said Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Champion. “The whole reason I do XTERRA is because of the training grounds I have access to, 90% of which are right out my front door and up Beaver Creek.  To me this place is what XTERRA is all about, the mountain lifestyle.”

Josiah Middaugh video interview link

As an athlete and coach Middaugh has personally exposed that lifestyle to a whole new generation of athletes in the valley and says he can see it taking hold.

“I think having XTERRA here has created a triathlon community, which is really cool for me to see. Kids are getting into it, adults are getting into it. We have a lot of swim teams, and open water swims in Nottingham Lake, which didn’t use to happen before. It’s the perfect place for it.”

So much so that Men’s Journal Magazine recently named it “one of nine scenic triathlons that are worth the trip.”

Here’s a look at the 30 elites who have made the trip and are taking on all-comers this Saturday.

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No. – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Josiah Middaugh – 36, Eagle-Vail, CO
2 – Chris Ganter – 36, Boise, ID
3 – Branden Rakita – 34, Colorado Springs, CO
4 – Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, NZL
6 – Ryan Ignatz – 36, Boulder, CO
7 – Alex Modestou – 28, Durham, NC
8 – Brad Zoller – 37, Avon, CO
13 – Chris Foster – 32, Redondo Beach, CA
15 – JP Donovan – 28, Incline Village, Nevada
18 – James Hadley – 35, Longmont, CO (GBR)
19 – Jimmy Archer – 42, Denver, CO
NR – Rom Akerson – 30, Tambor, Costa Rica
NR – Eli Hemming – 20, Kiowa, CO
NR – Ben Hoffman – 31, Boulder, CO
NR – Chris Legh – 42, Lyons, CO (AUS)
NR – Brian Smith – 39, Gunnison, CO
NR – Thomas Spannring – 39, Longmont, CO
NR – Benjamin Torvik – 29, Boulder, CO
NR – Noah Wright – 41, Austin, TX

No. – Name – Age, Hometown
2 – Emma Garrard – 33, Park City, UT
3 – Suzie Snyder – 33, Fredericksburg, VA
4 – Maia Ignatz – 34, Boulder, CO
7 – Sara McLarty – 32, Clermont, FL
8 – Debby Sullivan – 33, Rocklin, CA
10 – Sara Schuler – 34, Boulder, CO
11 – Rebecca Blatt – 35, Lakewood, CO
16 – Jaime Brede – 38, Breckenridge, CO
NR – Caroline Colonna – 51, Taos, NM
NR – Tamara Donelson – 39, Edwards, CO (AUS)
NR – Flora Duffy – 27, Devonshire, Bermuda
NR – Jennifer Gersbach – 35, Durango, CO

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