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XTERRA Brazil Championship This Sunday

The 11th running of the XTERRA Brazil Championship race takes place Sunday in the same place where the sport got started in South America back in 2005, the island paradise of Ilhabela.

Last year’s champion’s Felipe Moletta and Sabrina Gobbo have returned to defend their crowns, and thousands of amateurs, spectators and locals are ready to literally jump off the pier in anticipation.

“The pier is lined three deep for a raucous mid-swim moment of happiness before launching like a doomed sailor off the plank into a near spring low tide,” is how past champ Dan Hugo described the mid-swim run and jump off a 10-foot pier edge. “Quite a fun swim feature, certainly more enjoyable than the wavy water swallow breathing I was into for the rest of it.”

Former age group XTERRA World Champion turned pro Albert Soley from Spain is in Ilhabela to give Moletta a run for his money, and other contenders include Rodrigo Altafini and Frederico Zacharias. Moletta, who has won the race in two of the last three years and also won the first two races in this year’s XTERRA Brazil Tour, is said to be the clear-cut favorite.

Laura Mira Dias, ranked second in the Brazilian tour, is said to be the toughest human competition for Gobbo in the women’s race but Mother Nature is the most formidable of all foes at this one.

Mike Vine was quoted as saying “It was the hardest of any, ever, and we had decent conditions w/ cooler temps and a dry course that means it easily could’ve been a lot worse. The finishing times tell the story… many took 5, 6, and even 7 hours,” he said.

“Absolutely the toughest XTERRA race I have ever done,” agreed Candy Angle. “I have done my fair share of XTERRA races around the world and cannot imagine any tougher than this one.”

Even two-time winner Conrad Stoltz described it as “more of an adventure than a race.”

As for XTERRA Brazil Race Director Bernardo Fonseca, he says  Ilhabela is “the only place in the world to host over 3,000 people having fun as a family in nature in the right place and with the right people.”

“The energy here is so great. I’ve never been to another country’s race that has such a festive atmosphere.” Vanlandingham noted after her victory in 2013.

ALL-TIME XTERRA BRAZIL CHAMPIONSHIP ELITE WINNERS

Year Man Woman
2014 Felipe Moletta Sabrina Gobbo
2013 Conrad Stoltz Shonny Vanlandingham
2012 Felipe Moletta Shonny Vanlandingham
2011 Ben Allen Carina Wasle
2010 Dan Hugo Shonny Vanlandingham
2009 Rom Akerson Maria Omar
2008 Alexandre Manzan Carla Prada
2007 Mike Vine Candy Angle
2006 Nico Lebrun Candy Angle
2005 Conrad Stoltz Jamie Whitmore
Chris Ganter

Getting to Know Chris Ganter

XTERRA Pro Chris Ganter wasn’t even mentioned in the pre-race hype leading up to the XTERRA West Championship at Lake Las Vegas last month.

Interestingly enough, that may have been a blessing in disguise.

Josiah Middaugh wasn’t listed among the favorites in Richmond the year he won the East Championship in 2008 and he’s been one of the world’s best ever since.  Ruben Ruzafa wasn’t in the media guide the year he won his first XTERRA World Title, and he won two more after that.   Emma Garrard was notably left out of the prognostication for the women’s elite race at the USA Championship two years ago, and she’s been the top American in the sport at every race thereafter.

“It’s good to fly under the radar like that,” explained Middaugh.  “No pressure, no expectations, you can just go out there and perform.”

And that is exactly what Ganter did in Vegas, posting a career-best third-place finish behind only Olympian Francisco Serrano from Mexico and Middaugh, the 10x U.S. National Champ.

While he had a solid season racing in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series in 2014, finishing in the top 10 at all five majors with a season-best 7th place finish at the Mountain Championship, he’d never been at the front and in the mix like he was in the desert last month.

Perhaps the oversight was all he needed to finally breakthrough … or maybe, just maybe, it was the result of a lot of hard work.

We caught up with the 36-year-old from Boise to find out…

XTERRA: Where did you make the biggest improvement in the off-season?
Chris Ganter: I’ve put in some good work across the board.  But the primary focus this “off-season” has been on improving my fitness on the mountain bike.  I was into recreational BMX and mountain biking growing up, so it’s like I’m kind of going back to my roots.  I love it.

XT: Can you tell us about your coach and maybe what you’ve been doing differently?
CG: I’m coached by Paulo Sousa of The Triathlon Squad fame.  I’ve been with him for 18 months (not that I’ve been counting).  You don’t necessarily have to be doing anything vastly different to make improvements. If you look at my results last season, I was steadily improving.  And we’ve continued that trend during the off season.  But without triathlon results, it looks like a big “jump” when you come back to racing.  The most important thing I’m doing is training consistently.  I saw how consistent the performances were in the ITU and I wanted a coach that knew how that’s done.  Luckily, I found a great one and he shares my style work ethic.

XT: Where do you train?
CG: I live and train in Boise, Idaho.  I have hundreds of miles of trails only blocks from our home in the North End.  I’m a little isolated here, so periodically I head down to train with the rest of the squad in Poway, CA.  I find that I get a good boost from training with a strong squad, but being a full-time XTERRA athlete I have to put in a lot of solo time on the dirt.

XT: What brought you to Boise?
CG: Everything about it!  My wife Allis and I agreed that we’d spend a few years in Philly together and then move somewhere West.  It came down to Flagstaff, Bend, and Boise.  When we visited Boise, it was like we already lived here.  And it has just become more and more appealing to us the longer we’ve been here.  Boise’s not for everyone, but it’s for me and I could go on and on about it.

XT: I know you’ve won some of the XTERRA Points Series races in Idaho, you guys have a pretty good XTERRA culture there, huh?
CG: Yes, I’ve pulled off some hard-fought results here locally.  I absolutely love our local XTERRA scene. Great venues with high-quality professional racing.  We have two notable races close to Boise that each attract solid talent:  XTERRA Les Bois, here in Boise, and XTERRA Wild Ride in McCall, ID.  They couldn’t be more different, with Les Bois down here in the desert and McCall held in beautiful mile-high ponderosa forests.

XT: Ever see XTERRA ambassador Allison Moore out on the trails, or our course guy Chris Appleton?
CG: Absolutely!  One of my favorite parts of XTERRA is our ohana.  Allison is a good friend and my wife’s mountain bike teammate.  So we hang out pretty regularly.  I don’t run into Chris all that often, but Boise is a huge small town, so I’m sure I’ve passed him in the supermarket and didn’t even know it.

XT: I know you had a “real” job before going all-in, how long have you been racing full time now?
CG: First off, I love that you put “real” in quotations! One of the issues I see with endurance sports in America is the concept of a “real job”.  Professional triathlon is a “real job” if you choose to make it so.  Just like being a musician, or an artist, or professional ANYTHING. You have to work very hard to make it work for you.  This is one of the biggest things Paulo and my squad mates have taught me.  But yes, to answer your question: I worked for Johnson & Johnson in Global R&D Quality Assurance and loved it!  It was tough juggling a demanding job, some graduate school, and amateur racing.  But I got some solid results along the way.  I was there for 10 years, so I sort-of technically “retired”.  I still consider myself a “J&J’er”!

XT: You grew up on the East Coast, can you tell us about your high school days, what it was like?
CG: I graduated back in 1996 from Upper Perkiomen High, or “Upper Perk”.  It’s an agricultural rural area outside of Philly, and I think we had every character from “Dazed and Confused” at my school.  I played basketball and ran cross-country.  I participated in track, but I didn’t like running around in circles.  It didn’t help that my coach entered me in 4 distance events in every meet.  I was a work horse for the team twice a week.  I felt punished in every meet, lost passion to train hard, and consequently never really excelled in track.  Out of desperation, I showed that I could win the high jump and pole vault in dual meets so I could get out of running four distance events!

XT: You ran cross country at Chaminade University here in our hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii.  How did that happen and what was the experience like?
CG: A big influence on my life has been my childhood best friend’s family.  Her father is a proud Chaminade Alum (pretty random for rural PA, I know) and he suggested out of the blue that I send in an application to this “Chaminade University of Honolulu”.  A typical rural teen, I wanted to transcend my rather humble roots.  So when I got a running scholarship offer, I was gone!  My time in Hawai’i was formative.  I have an affinity for the islands and the culture that will never go away.  It’s hard to describe, but when I’m there I feel like I’m at home… I believe in “mana” for sure.  I left Chaminade for the promise of a Division I running scholarship at Drexel University.  However, in the summer the coach called me and informed me that our team was terminated.  I considered going back to Chaminade, but I decided to keep my education moving forward at Drexel.  It was a painful, but smart decision in the end.

XT: What other races are you doing right now, or near future?
CG: I did a few mountain bike races in the early season.  But I’m focused on the XTERRA US Pro Tour, so I’ll be lining up in Alabama and Virginia these next two months.  I really want to put my efforts into getting better here domestically.  For me, part of being a professional is to commit to “Plan A” without fear of failure.  And if I chase other goals and races, I’m afraid it will detract from the investments I have to put in to just get faster.

XT: When was your very first XTERRA and how did you first hear about it?
CG: Believe it or not, the 2010 XTERRA US Pro Championships in Ogden Utah was my first XTERRA race!  Looking back, it was comical. I was 19th Pro, 34th Overall.  I came straight from Philadelphia, (altitude 15 feet) to a race in the mountains of Utah (over 4,000’).  The experience was “breathtaking”.  But I performed the way you would expect for a flat-lander at altitude.  And I still do, albeit to a lesser extent now that I live at 3,000’ and spend some time much higher.

XT: Most ridiculous thing that’s happened to you during an XTERRA?
CG: Oh that’s easy!  2013 XTERRA Southeast Championships. Coming off a double mechanical in Vegas, I promptly broke my right hand early on the bike in Alabama.  I finished with an all-out sprint for… wait for it…. 9th!  How’s that for “ridiculous”?!

XT: You’ve set a pretty high standard for yourself with that 3rd, did you have to re-adjust your season goals afterwards?  What are your goals?
CG: I’m pretty stoked on that result for sure!  But honestly, the folks who win the race set the standard.  It’s hiding in plain sight.  So I’m focused on the process of getting better every day, and consistently putting together good performances.  I just want to continue to steadily improve through this season. So I don’t really have to adjust my goals too much.  If anything, I think that getting 3rd in the opener allows me to defend a higher position in the overall points series.  It may figure into my risk/reward calculations, but I’ll most likely keep a “push hard, take risks” attitude.

XT: When did you shave the mustache, and wasn’t that kind of your thing?  Was it an aerodynamic decision?
CG: Ha!  I think budgy-smugglers are my thing.  Like I said, I’m old school.  … and they’re also aero.  Very, very aero.

XT: You wrote on your profile form last year that after 10 years you “found where I belong in triathlon” about XTERRA?  Can you explain…
CG: XTERRA is just kind-of me.  I grew up riding my mountain bike. Whether in the forests of Pennsylvania or later on Wa’ahila Ridge by University of Hawai’i (UH).  My friends were nuts, so we’d ride hard twice or sometimes three times a day in the summer.    I ran cross country in Pennsylvania and in Hawai’i, but did not like running on the smooth surfaces.  I surfed (a lot) so I love the ocean and open water. I naturally became a triathlete.  So with XTERRA, being triathlon, in the ocean, in the woods, and based in Hawai’i, it’s a perfect fit for me. I’ve definitely found where I belong in triathlon!

XT: What should people know?
CG: I’m passionate about bringing XTERRA to new people and showing them that XTERRA is more than just triathlon.  There’s a freedom and connection with nature that go with it.  There’s also serious suffering that gets you more in touch with yourself as an athlete and a person.  So, for me, the XTERRA training and racing experiences make me feel more “alive”.   I’m extremely proud to have amazing sponsors including my title sponsor Equal Earth who allow me to share these experience with as many people as possible.

 

Malaysia Start

Weiss, Guillot win XTERRA Malaysia

(Langkawi, Malaysia) – Bradley Weiss from South Africa and Myriam Guillot of France won the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship race in Langkawi, Malaysia this morning.

With the win Weiss also secured the Series crown for the men, and Jacqui Slack took the Tour title for the women with a third place finish to hold off Carina Wasle.

The men’s race today was akin to an honorable samurai duel.  Weiss and Allen have been going at it for years, and this year in particular.  Weiss came out on top in the XTERRA Asian Tour opener in the Philippines.  Allen came back and won the next two at XTERRA Saipan and Guam (Weiss was second at both). They forged through different XTERRA World Tour paths after Guam with Allen going to Australia then the U.S. while Weiss went to Reunion Island.  Both gave it everything, and it’s been awesome to watch.

“Great way to end the series. Certainly fitting that Ben and I finished 1-2.  We didn’t make it easy on ourselves, both racing last weekend on separate continents and then making our way to Malaysia for the grand finale of the Asia Pacific Series,” explained Weiss.  “I arrived late Thursday evening and Ben only arrived on Friday mid-morning with less than 24hrs before the gun would set us off. As expected Ben took an early lead on the swim and held it onto the bike. The weather was hot and humid sometimes even misty in the forest with 100% humidity making breathing a struggle. The course was a true test with steep elevation gain on wet trails covered in roots and leaves.  Thankfully the animals gave me a clear path but the terrain tested me right to the very end. Ben was solid on the bike and extended his lead to over 2mins after the first lap. With better course knowledge on the second lap I managed to close the gap to roughly 90sec starting the run. After losing to Ben in both Guam and Saipan I was unsure if I would be able to bridge the gap but willing to give a good dig and see if I could get him in sight. Ben has had a rough racing schedule as have I and I knew he must be weary from all the travel. The run course had two big jungle climbs on switch trails but I never got a visual on Ben. I was losing hope but still pushing hard. Cresting the second climb I got a split of 45sec, after the fast slippery descent it was down to 30sec and I was now sure I would catch him. In the distance I could see he was struggling and soon I was on his heels.”

And that was that.  Weiss surged past as if he was on roller skates and posted the quickest run split of the day by far in 57:06 to take the crown.

“Thankfully for my sake Ben had burnt his final matches and was unable to respond to my surge as I came by. The remainder of the run was flat and fast so I knew if I just kept the pace steady I would win comfortably. This was indeed the case and I was thrilled to take the Malaysian Championships as well as the inaugural XTERRA Asia Pacific Series Title. Many thanks to all for an awesome few months of racing and special thanks to Ben for making it such an exciting series and pushing me all the way to the very end. Ben is a true competitor and someone I am proud to call a friend.”

As for Allen, he did everything he possibly could.  Had the best swim, the best bike, and perhaps even the best attitude but not even that could save his weary legs after a whirlwind of racing and traveling these past few weeks.

“Five races in five different countries over five weeks has broken me,” said an understated Allen after the race.  “Today I gave it everything I had and to be honest, I came up short. The travel just to get here has been epic, flying all the way from Vegas last weekend. 24hrs of flying and 36hrs of travel time total, but I didn’t doubt myself one bit. I knew if I didn’t give up and pushed all the way to the end I might have a chance.”

As it turned out Allen had more than just a chance, he nearly pulled it off.

“The Asian Tour races have been special to me over the last couple of years and I would of loved nothing more to have crossed than line first, but I’m my own worst enemy! I think I’m invincible sometimes, biting off more than I can chew. I have to say though it has been one hell of a ride and one that has taught me some valuable lessons both as an athlete and person.  For now the journey is all over. I am in total recovery mode and I will spend the time relaxing at home with my family & friends. I’m especially excited to hang out with my nephew Jayden. I can tell you the journey has definitely been worth all the pain. The things I have seen, places I’ve visited & people I have met has been inspirational. I wear my heart on my sleeve and always give 100%. I’m proud of what I have achieved and honored to race in a sport that has given me a gift. To live my life the way I choose.”

PRO MEN      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Brad Weiss, RSA 2:45:32 200
2 Ben Allen, AUS 2:50:07 180
3 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 2:54:24 164
4 Charlie Epperson, USA 3:01:11 150
5 Theo Blignaut, RSA 3:05:45 138
6 Markus Benesch, AUT 3:07:38 126
7 Joe Miller, PHI 3:09:21 116
Myriam Guillot

GUILLOT WINS RACE, SLACK WINS SERIES

In the women’s race Myriam Guillot – an adventure racing and winter sports star from France – came seemingly out of nowhere to win the women’s race. She was way back out of the water but then cranked out the second-best bike and fastest run of the day to take the title.

Lizzie Orchard, who was recently second at XTERRA New Zealand and 5th in Australia, put together the second-best run to work her way into the runner-up spot.

Third-place was just as sweet for Jacqui Slack, who secured the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship as a result.

“Thrilled would be an understatement,” said Slack.  “I’ve never won a tour before and to come away with the Asia Pacific title is a dream come true and a testament to my hard work, sacrifice and patience. The race was always going to be hard and the field was stacked. I was leading the whole way however Carina was also very strong it was clear she wanted the title as much as me and she made me race hard.  She started to fade at 5k on the run and although I was suffering myself It was an opportunity for me to stay strong and get the job done. Myriam flew by on the run and I knew the win was off the cards it was all about racing Carina then. The run was super long and I was expecting some of the stronger runners like Lizzie to pass which she did just 2k from the end. Both girls looked so fresh and after all the racing so far this year I certainly wasn’t fresh and consolidated a solid 3rd place. I suppose this year I’ve been very consistent.  It’s very hard to hold great form through so many races and this one was the toughest by far.  I’ve seen my form deteriorate in the last couple of races, and I’m just glad I could tuff this one out to grab the crown.  It’s the end of a fantastic tour and it’s been exciting for everyone that it’s been so close. Either Carina or I could have taken the title, she has pushed me all the way through and I’ve enjoyed the battles.  A great job to Myriam and Lizzie on very strong performances, and all the tour finishers for being so consistent throughout.  I’m now taking a lot of time out to rest, train and improve. I want to go into Maui much stronger this year and the key is to be fresh.”

Carla Van Huyssteen from South Africa, winner of last weekend’s XTERRA Reunion title, took the fourth spot while Wasle came in fifth.

PRO WOMEN    
Pl Name Time Points
1 Myriam Guillot, FRA 3:05:56 200
2 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 3:07:46 180
3 Jacqui Slack, GBR 3:09:22 164
4 Carla Van Huyssteen, RSA 3:11:57 150
5 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:15:03 138
6 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:16:19 126
7 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:20:41 116
8 Mieko Carey, JPN 3:23:26 106
9 Dimity-Lee Duke, AUS 3:26:43 98
10 Daz Parker, GBR 3:41:56 90
Also: Belinda Hadden (82), Shirin Gerami (74)

FULL RESULTS

XTERRA Managing Director Dave Nicholas was on-site, standing courageously in the midst of growling monkey’s, to bring us this report…

“This was no dominating, win from the front race.  It was a heavyweight punch-out from the start.  The 7:15 start had the pros leading the way with age groupers starting when the pros finished their first lap.  Ben Allen went out hard and came out with a one-minute lead on Theo Blignaut but more importantly 90-seconds on his main competition Bradley Weiss.

Ben added a bit to it and had closer to two-minutes on completion of the big first loop of the bike.  This moved out to a bit more on the start of the second loop but Weiss was not intimidated.

“I should have come here a bit earlier as I did the first lap of the small loop too slowly.  The second time around I made up some time because I knew where I was going” said Weiss.

Into T2 the Aussie Allen had 2 ½  minutes on the South African, but the heat of the day was on us and the sky blue and the sun beat down hard on the jungle.  I was eaten alive by mosquitoes every time I ventured into the jungle and at my spot on the run was nearly attacked by monkeys!  I was fooling around with a couple young ones who were curious and soon after an older, grey bearded male jumped on branches above me and shook them until the leaves were falling on me and growled fiercely.  When it all started I thought the wind had picked up because the trees were swaying but I was wrong.  It was about 20 monkeys of this old man’s family coming to see what the growling was about.

But back to the race.  Ben was leading at the half-way mark of the run but Brad was coming strong and fast and only 30-seconds back.  The quick Weiss caught Ben at the lighthouse and brought it home to win by almost four minutes.  Ben was simply fatigued from four straight races on four weekends plus about 25,000 miles of air travel.  “I gave it what I could but Brad was too strong today, full congratulations to him.”

Blignaut looked like a sure 3rd place but had bike problems early in the bike and lost too much time.  Takahiro Ogasawara posted a very strong bike segment and was never threatened for an excellent 3rd place.  “Swim was not so good” smiled the Japan Champion “but the bike was very good”.  Then he really smiled and said “Oh the run was so hot.”

Charlie Epperson battled with Markus Benesch for most of the bike but pulled away near the end and kept his fine 4th. Theo never quit and came all the way back to take 5th.

The women’s race was even wilder.  The swim was close between Jacqui Slack and Carla van Huyssteen.  Out onto the small double loop Jacqui led with Carla falling back about one-minute followed by Carina Wasle and a surprising Lizzie Orchard.

“Lizzie has really started getting serious following some good finishes” said her husband “instead of making sure she saves energy to finish she’s now racing to win”.

Coming up behind Lizzie with a big smile on her face was French adventure racer Myriam Guillot.  While I noticed the smile, I did not recognize how confident she looked.

Jacqui continued her lead into T2 but Carla had dropped far back and it was Carina, Lizzie and Carla were now 2nd, 3rd, and 4th with Myriam slightly back.

Both Myriam and Czech Helena Erbenova were coming to Malaysia from an adventure race in China.

“I was in very good fitness from the adventure race, but different fitness from triathlon” said Guillot.  “I come from the swim behind by four minutes.”

But Myriam was absolutely flying on the run.  First she got past Lizzie, and Lizzie followed her speed and both swept by Carla.  Jacqui had been caught by Carina and it was a repeat of the men’s top two fighting each other.

The battle for the Asian Tour series was between Jacqui and Carina and they were literally side by side.

“We were running together, well sometimes walking together” said Slack.

“I don’t know what happened but when we started downhill I just lost all energy” Carina said.

It was all over after that.  Carina stopped at an aid station and kept pouring cold water on her head to cool down.  But while this was happening, Myriam and Lizzie swept by into 2nd and 3rd and shortly after they passed Jacqui putting the race leader back into 3rd.  And so it finished.  Formerly unknown Myriam Guillot taking a blistering fast sub 1 hour run in the Malaysian heat to first place (only Bradley Weiss ran faster) and Bradley taking the fastest run of the day to chase down Ben Allen.

If there was a fun part to the run it had to be the river that ebbs and flows depending on the tides.  At the finish it was almost high tide and waist deep.  Every finisher had to jump down, wade or swim about 30-meters and clamber up the other side and run to finish.  “Oh it felt so, so good to get into the water when we were so hot” smiled Mieko Carey.

So the first Asian Tour ends with a super race in Langkawi.  A great effort and organization by Major Events Malaysia with Sean Chee heading the company and the never ending energizer race director Dave Spence simply manhandling every problem to the ground and making it all happen.  A great staff and a great race.  A fitting way to end the Asian Tour for 2015.

XTERRA ASIAN TOUR FINALE

The XTERRA Asian Tour awarded a prize bonus of $10,000 USD to the top five pro men and women in the final standings ($2,000 for 1st, $1,500-2nd, $800-3rd, $400-4th, $300-5th).  Racers counted their best three scores to determine champions, with double points on offer here at the finale in Malaysia.  In all, more than $100,000 in prize money for pros was awarded on the Asian Tour this year.  There were $15,000 USD payouts at the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, and Malaysia races, and $50,000 AUD awarded at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia, plus the 10K bonus to the series’ top performers.

Weiss and Slack win the XTERRA Asian Tour series crowns, and here’s a look at the final elite standings

2015 XTERRA Asian Tour Standings (Final)
Best three, Malaysia counted double
PRO MEN              
Pl Name PHI SAI GUA AUS MAS TOT
1 Brad Weiss, RSA 100 x90 90 x 200 390
2 Ben Allen, AUS x82 100 100 x69 180 380
3 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN x 82 82 x 164 328
4 Charlie Epperson, USA 69 x 69 x 150 288
5 Markus Benesch, AUT x 75 75 x 126 276
6 Joe Miller, PHI x63 63 63 x 116 242
7 Theo Blignaut, RSA x x x x 138 138
8 Brodie Gardner, AUS 75 x x 58 x 133
9 Kaon Cho, KOR x 53 58 x x 111
10 Braden Currie, NZL x x x 100 x 100
t11 Courtney Atkinson, AUS x x x 90 x 90
t11 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 x x x x 90
13 Conrad Stoltz, RSA x x x 82 x 82
14 Olly Shaw, NZL x x x 75 x 75
15 Aleksandr Dorovskikh, RUS x 69 x x x 69
16 Joshua Kenyon, NZL x x x 63 x 63
t17 David Esposito, FRA x 58 x x x 58
t17 Michal Bucek, SVK 58 x x x x 58
19 Jarad Kohler, AUS x x x 53 x 53
20 Kieran McPherson, NZL x x x 49 x 49
21 Mitchell Ginsberg, RSA x x x 45 x 45
PRO WOMEN            
Pl Name PHI SAI GUA AUS MAS TOT
1 Jacqui Slack, GBR x90 100 90 x82 164 354
2 Carina Wasle, AUT x 90 100 x63 138 328
3 Mieko Carey, JPN x75 82 82 x 106 270
4 Renata Bucher, SUI x69 75 69 x49 116 260
5 Lizzie Orchard, NZL x x x 69 180 249
6 Daz Parker, GBR x63 69 75 x 90 234
7 Belinda Hadden, AUS x 63 63 x45 82 208
t8 Myriam Guillot, FRA x x x x 200 200
t8 Flora Duffy, BER 100 x x 100 x 200
10 Dimity-Lee Duke, AUS 82 x x x 98 180
11 Carla Van Huyssteen, RSA x x x x 150 150
12 Helena Erbenova, CZE x x x x 126 126
13 Barbara Riveros, CHI x x x 90 x 90
14 Suzie Snyder, USA x x x 75 x 75
15 Shirin Gerami, IRI x x x x 74 74
t16 Caroline Steffen, SUI x x x 58 x 58
t16 Aya Stevens, SVK 58 x x x x 58
18 Jessica Simpson, AUS x x x 53 x 53

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERSThe XTERRA Asian Tour Championship in Malaysia was the 13th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify for 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, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

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

Degray Lake

Epic Arkadelphia Adventure Awaits

For those intrepid individuals near Arkadelphia, Arkansas, this is the weekend for you. Arkadelphia will host two XTERRA American Tour Triathlons. The XTERRA Epic – Rustman and XTERRA Gator Terra will take place this weekend on May 2nd and May 3rd, respectively.

XTERRA Epic will begin with a two lap one mile swim, which transitions into a 30-mile bike ride and finished with a 10-mile run.

XTERRA Gator will not be as taxing as XTERRA Epic and will consist of an 880 yard swim, an 11-mile bike ride and finish with a 3.3-mile run on a combination of trail and paved road.

XTERRA Gator Terra is the longest running America Tour with its inception race back in 1997. New with its 18th year celebration is a new venue. No longer in Ruston, Louisiana, XTERRA Gator and XTERRA Epic will be held in Arkadelphia, Arkansas featuring a new course but the same challenges people have faced for almost two decades.

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers in each Age Group at each XTERRA American Tour race. The athlete with the most points by gender, age group, and by XTERRA Region of Residence will earn the title of XTERRA Regional Champion and is named as 2015 Regional Champion. Regional champions and point scorers from each region are invited to compete against each other in the XTERRA USA Championship Race in Ogden, Utah.

For more information on the two events visit dltevents.com.

To register for the events visit imathlete.com

Upcoming South Central Region Races:

May, 31 XTERRA Eureka Springs Eureka Springs, Arkansas

June, 13 XTERRA Muleshoe Spicewood, Texas

June, 11 XTERRA Magnolia Hill Navasota, Texas

August, 8 XTERRA TRI the Torture Glorieta, New Mexico

August, 15 XTERRA Cameron Park Waco, Texas

Squaw Lake Yuma

XTERRA Tri2Unify Gathers The Tribe for Good Cause

Returning for its second race is XTERRA Tri2Unify in Yuma, Arizona is taking place this weekend on May, 3. The Tri2Unify race is unique where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Yuma Special Olympic Athletes.

There will also be three different variations to the races for contestants to choose from. They are categorized as the Unify Course, Sprint Course and Olympic Course. Each with increasing total distances for each leg of the competition.

The Unify Course will begin with a 1.28 kilometer swim, transition into a 28 mile bike and finish with a 6.2 run. The race starts at Squaw Lake in California and ends in the Historic Quarter Master Depot in Arizona.

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers in each Age Group at each XTERRA American Tour race. The athlete with the most points by gender, age group, and by XTERRA Region of Residence will earn the title of XTERRA Regional Champion and is named as 2015 Regional Champion. Regional champions and point scorers from each region are invited to compete against each other in the XTERRA USA Championship Race in Ogden, Utah.

For more details visit http://tri2unify.com/

Upcoming West Region Races:

May, 16 XTERRA Renegade San Dimas, California

May, 31 XTERRA Laguna Beach Laguna Beach, California

May, 31 XTERRA Deuces Wild Show Low, Arizona

June, 27 XTERRA Tahoe City Tahoma, California

July, 4 XTERRA Freedom Fest Kaneohe, Hawaii

August, 15 XTERRA Lake Tahoe Incline Village, Nevada

XTERRA Myrtle Beach

XTERRA Returns to the Palmetto State at XTERRA Myrtle Beach

XTERRA Myrtle Beach on Sunday, May 3, features one of the most unique starts compared to all other XTERRA triathlons. The race begins with boat ride to the start line where then competitors will swim 1000 meters back to shore into transition one. The bike will challenge all competitors with a two lap 14 mile course which will then end with a very fast run. The run is a five miles on a flat course that will allow racers to run quick splits.

The XTERRA triathlon will test the will of even the most headstrong athletes but you are left with no greater feeling of satisfaction when it comes to accomplishing this challenge. Myrtle Beach is a great place to start participating in triathlons for people of all levels.

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers in each Age Group at each XTERRA American Tour race. The athlete with the most points by gender, age group, and by XTERRA Region of Residence will earn the title of XTERRA Regional Champion and is named as 2015 Regional Champion. Regional champions and point scorers from each region are invited to compete against each other in the XTERRA USA Championship Race in Ogden, Utah.

For more information visit mbtriclub.org

Upcoming Southeast Region Races:

May, 31 XTERRA Tsali Bryson City, North Carolina

June, 7 XTERRA Knoxville Knoxville, Tennessee

June, 13 XTERRA Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina

June, 27 XTERRA Clemson Clemson, South Carolina

July, 18 XTERRA Whitewater Charlotte, North Carolina

July, 26 XTERRA Panther Creek Morristown, Tennessee

August, 2 XTERRA Blackwater Milton, Florida

August, 16 XTERRA Lock 4 Blast Gallatin, Tennessee

August 29 XTERRA Tide Coker, Alabama

Rakita - Pelham

XTERRA Southeast Championship 10 Years at Oak Mountain

XTERRA is celebrating its 10th year of racing at Oak Mountain State Park in style on May 16.  This year the XTERRA Southeast Championship in Shelby County, Alabama will double as the 2015 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship race.

As such athletes will have the chance to be crowned USAT National Champions as well as XTERRA Southeast Champions.  The race will also serve as a qualifier for both the 2015 XTERRA World Championship and the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship races.

For amateurs, there will be 50 spots into the XTERRA World Championship to be held November 1 in Maui up-for-grabs; and the top 18 racers in each age group will qualify for the 2016 Cross Tri World Championship.

The event is also the second of four regional championship races and will feature $15,000 USD in prize money for elite athletes, who will compete over a 1.5km swim, 30km mountain bike and 10km trail run.

“One of the must do championship races,” said XTERRA Pro Branden Rakita.   “The swim is in a great cool lake, and as long as it isn’t hot and humid I have a smile on my face as we twist and turn through the trees on the bike. The run can be a challenge depending on how warm it may get but the two loop course is spectator friendly and a great mix of rolling hills.”

XTERRA will also offer a shorter distance sprint race – 750m for the swim, 15km mountain bike and a 5km trail run – as well as relay team opportunities and 5, 10, and 21-kilometer trail runs.

“Bama is my favorite race on the US Tour because of the hidden gem that is Oak Mountain State Park,” exclaimed XTERRA Pro Suzie Snyder.  “The single track is phenomenal and the conditions are always an unknown which makes the technical aspect of the course so much more of a factor in the outcome of the race.”

All races are open to everybody, and registration is open at www.xterrapelham.com.

Oak Mountain State Park was honored as one of America’s best trail destinations in Runner’s World Magazine, where the twisting, rolling trails made the “Crown Jewels – 25 best trail runs in America” list. BUMP, the local trails advocacy group, has spent more than 100,000 hours in design and construction of new trails over the past 20 years.

To complement the races, Oak Mountain offers a wealth of family activities (wildlife center, swimming beach, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, boat rental, etc.) while eating and shopping opportunities abound right outside the park.

Learn more at www.discovershelby.com.

“We’re excited to bring the USAT National Championship to Oak Mountain State Park,” said XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas.  “The course itself is one of the best in the world and provides an honest challenge for participants.  It’s also a great location to host a big event with a wealth of amenities; great food, and the most welcoming locals you’ll find anywhere.”

jerseyDevilRiders

Ricard, Dowidchuk win XTERRA Jersey Devil

By race director Bob Horn…

As is usually expected at the XTERRA Jersey Devil everyone is always worried about the water temp come race day, given the race is held in late April down in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and morning air temp can also be a little chilly. This years race definitely held true to those parameters, as the water temp was a brisk 58-degrees and the air temp around 50 at race start. However, once the horn was blown to start the race, the competition quickly heated things up, and the weather even cooperated turning to sunny skies and temps in the low 60s at the finish. The race saw a number of XTERRA veterans getting their 2015 seasons off to a great start in preparation for the big Regional Championships races coming up in May and June.

The race got off to a fast start as Adam Webber, noted more for his road triathlon fame, as an ex-USAT athlete of the year, but relatively new to XTERRA (he won the Richmond Sprint in 2014), scorched the swim and opened up a commanding lead out of the swim, finishing almost a full minute out of the water from the closest competitor. Behind him however, was a large pack, including the likes of Rob Ricard (2014 XTERRA Athlete of the Year, and defending XTERRA Jersey Devil champ,) and William Allen (XTERRA USA Age Group Champ from 2014 in UTAH). Also in that next pack was the Womens leader out of the swim Meredith Jones (2012 XTERRA Jersey Devil champ), looking to take an early lead on her closest competitors.

After the quarter-mile run back to transition it was onto the bike. The XTERRA Jersey Devil bike course is super fast, as the New Jersey Pine Barrens are not known for having any hills. That doesn’t mean it is not without its tricky sections. Unfortunately race leader out of the swim Adam Webber encountered one of these areas early on in the bike, and suffered a compound fracture to his arm and was forced out of the race (We wish Adam a speedy recovery and hope to see him back at the XTERRA Jersey Devil again next year). This left the door wide open for Ricard and Allen to take the lead on the bike. The two battled the entire bike course and really pushed each other the entire time, creating quite a lead amongst themselves. Even with XTERRA powerhouses behind them like Daryl Weaver and Josh Loren, and a few others working together to gain some ground it looked like the race was coming down to these too.

The women’s race was also being solidified on the bike course. Katrina Dowidchuk used her superior mountain biking skills to gain control and overtake Meredith Jones and a few other very fast female swimmers. Katrina put together a 55:40 bike split, almost bettering her closest competitor, Amanda Rosen, by 10 minutes.

Now it was on to the run, what is clearly the best part of the XTERRA Jersey Devil. Well, after her dominating performance on the bike the race seemed to be all sown up for Katrina. All she needed to do was really cruise on the run and she would have the win. But I guess that is not Katrina’s style as she went on to post the fasted run split of the day as well on the women’s side, and when it was all said and done she had a convincing win over 2nd place Amanda Rosen, and 3rd Meredith Jones.

Now back to the men’s race. So everyone usually checks out the bike course before an XTERRA, but the XTERRA Jersey Devil run course is definitely one you need to check out if you want to be in the mix for the overall win. And lucky for Rob Ricard he did just that, checking out the run course earlier in the weekend certainly gave him an advantage. Out of the bike transition William Allen had created a slight gap on Rob heading out into the run. William did all he could to hold Rob off, and both looked to be tearing through the tough run course, blasting through the swamps and mud found on the course. But in the end Rob picked his pace correctly and wound up with the fasted run split of the day and a 10-second win over William. It was certainly a great race to watch. And surely both these competitors are in great early season form heading to Alabama and then Richmond, in the next couple of months.

Thanks to all the competitors of the 2015 XTERRA Jersey Devil, this year’s race I think was the best yet, we hope you are all back for 2016 and will bring some more friends along to share in the experience.

For a complete list of results check out: http://raceforum.com/2015/xterraag.htm, and for photos of the race check out: https://joegawinskixterrajerseydevil.shutterfly.com/

XTERRA Malaysia

XTERRA Asian Tour Finale in Langkawi Saturday

The adventure of all adventures await athletes taking part in Saturday’s XTERRA Asian Tour Championship race in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Monkey’s, man o’ war, mosquitos, muddy water buffaloes, pythons, a long, technical run from the swim to the bike, a lung-busting opening climb on the ride and some screaming, scary down hills all in the stifling heat and humidity of Malaysia in May.

Seems a fitting final stop for the Asian Tour, which combined five of the most exotic destinations imaginable into a triathlon circuit like no other. For the intrepid triathletes who took part, the experiences shared in the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, Australia, and now Malaysia have left a permanent mark on their memories.

“It is very hard to describe this travel with words,” said Carina Wasle from Austria, who won XTERRA Guam and is ranked second in the Tour standings after four races. “I had six unforgettable and hard to top weeks. Every race was in a stunning location and on a challenging race course. It was like a big adventure with lots of new impressions. And of course I could escape the Austrian cold winter and enjoy the island life in a hot, humid climate. The training was quite good, but beside the hard work we also had lots of fun. I made many new friends who supported me during my stay and races. It was a great time thanks to all the people who helped me on the way.”

Women’s points’ leader Jacqui Slack from the UK, who took the top spot at XTERRA Saipan, is quick to agree.

“I love the Asian Tour. You get looked after so well by event organizers and home stays. These races are the whole package for me. I love the hot, humid conditions, the courses are natural, technical, and adventurous like nothing you will experience anywhere else in the world, there’s a fantastic group of athletes, and some close racing especially in the ladies.”

Brad Weiss from South Africa notched his first XTERRA World Tour win in the Philippines this year, and sits in second place just two points behind Ben Allen in the point’s series.

“This is my 3rd year racing the Asian Tour and I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every race. Both XTERRA Philippines and XTERRA Malaysia had new venues in 2015 making the trips even more rewarding because of the opportunity to experience a new area of each country,” said Weiss.

For Charlie Epperson from the U.S., a former collegiate runner for the Tennessee Vols, the opportunity to travel and race to such unique spots was too good to pass up.

“I think we are all very lucky to take part in the XTERRA Asian Tour. Many of the race venues are some of the most sought out destinations for adventure travelers and we get the opportunity to hit three or four over the course of a couple of months.         From my experience, the race directors in this Series go out of their way to put on a first class experience- the courses, assistance with trip planning, and the posh accommodations- it is well done.”

Perhaps the most well-known XTERRA Warrior on the Asian Tour is the “Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher.         She’s been traveling to the far stretches of beautiful white sand beaches for years, and won her first of seven XTERRA Saipan titles a decade ago.

“Yes, it is still my favorite time of the year to race the Asian Tour,” said Bucher. “Especially with the trip to Saipan and Guam. Every year as soon as I’m back home and back into the “normal” life, I always have something to dream about and the memories of these races & the people are forever putting a smile on my face.”

Warm fuzzies aside there is a serious race going down on Saturday.

The men’s elite field features the top six racers in the Asian Tour standings with Ben Allen (AUS) 282pts, Brad Weiss (RSA) 280pts, Joe Miller (PHI) 189pts, Takahiro Ogasawara (JPN) 164pts, Markus Benesch (AUT) 150pts, and Charlie Epperson (USA) 138pts, plus Theo Blignaut from South Africa – who finished in the top six at both XTERRA South Africa and XTERRA Reunion.

“My main goal this weekend is to win the XTERRA Asian Tour,” said Weiss, fresh off his second big win of the season at XTERRA Reunion on Sunday. “In order to do this I will need to finish ahead of Ben, who is currently leading the series by two points. It will certainly be a tight battle but I am excited for the challenge and looking forward to Saturday’s race. Although winning is the goal I will be sure to leave Langkawi a happy man regardless of the result.”

While Weiss is coming off a solid block of travel and racing, so too is Allen. In the last month Allen went from winning XTERRA Guam to finishing 5th at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia to placing fourth Saturday at the XTERRA West Championship in Nevada.

“I was going to opt not to go to Malaysia but that would’ve handed the Asian Tour title to Brad on a silver platter,” said Allen. “I’ll get their Friday afternoon, all the way from Vegas. I’ll be smashed but give it everything I got.”

The women’s field is also stacked with seven of the top 11 in the Series standings; Jacqui Slack (GBR) 280pts, Carina Wasle (AUT) 253pts, Mieko Carey (Guam) 239pts, Renata Bucher (SUI) 213pts, Daz Parker (GBR) 207pts, Belinda Hadden (AUS) 171pts, Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) 82pts, and Lizzie Orchard (NZL) 69pts.

“I want to win the race and win the tour,” said Slack, point blank.

In addition to her well-known rivals on the Asian Tour, Slack will also have to contend with last weekend’s XTERRA Reunion Champion Carla Van Huyssteen from South Africa, French elite Myriam Guillot, and Iran’s one-and-only ITU registered triathlete Shirin Gerami.

For all involved the course offers uncharted terrain, true to the name behind the event. As a point of interest, the name “XTERRA” is loosely defined as “unknown territory.” As founder and CEO of XTERRA Tom Kiely explains “the X is a numerical term that means unknown and Terra is Latin for land/territory, thus … unknown territory.”

Beach-Chalets

XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas, who is on-site to take in all the action, brings us this report upon his arrival.

“This is a new venue for Malaysia, as the last two years were in Putrajaya just outside Kuala Lampur. This location is super.  Tall, steep mountains, big beaches, ocean swim, and tons of local culture.  The Berjaya Langkawi Resort is not a hotel but a series of a few hundred “chalets,” some of them on stilts in the Malacca Straight, part of the Indian Ocean.  Many athletes are already here and it is only Wednesday.  Carina Wasle came in early had had a very close encounter with a python.  Poor Carla van Huyssteen came in from South Africa only to get stung badly by a Man-O-War.  Good thing her SA teammate Theo Blignaught was there to help.  She looks and feels a lot better today and expects to race on Saturday.  The bike and run courses are marked and most everyone here has had a taste.

“Uff, the run is so hard” said Renata Bucher.  “This place makes me think I am back in Switzerland!”

“It’s another stunning location with a beautiful beach and a very warm ocean,” added Wasle. “The animal noises in the jungle are so loud that you think you are in a scary movie. The trees are magical, but never stop in the jungle, because that means mosquito attack. The race course is very tough. The first 5 km on the bike are killing, uphill and downhill. Also the run course is a killer with a 1 km straight uphill in the middle of the jungle. But I love it.”

Blignaut, who was one of the first to post pics to his Facebook page, said “it’s a real jungle vibe. A crazy hard course (real XTERRA course) with one BIG hill on the bike “the Wall” I will call it. Then some very cool single track down stoke valley. Did the run just now and it also has a real jungly vibe with loads of climbing. It’s going to be a real hard race. Should be fun.”

Epperson said the new course is “nothing short of a monster.”

“As a runner, I’m rarely intimidated by run courses, but this remains the hardest course I’ve seen.         Similar to the last half mile at XTERRA Knoxville, but XTERRA Malaysia lasts for two miles of technical climbing on a steep, leaf-covered trail before presenting athletes with an equally demanding descent. I ran it with fresh legs and was at almost an hour for a 10-kilometers distance and still recovering!”

As for Slack, she said she feels right at home here.

“Love it. We have a stunning white sand beach location surrounded by mountains and thick dense jungle, what more could you want from an XTERRA race. The first 5k of the course is the most difficult start to a race I’ve ever experienced but I love it, it will certainly challenge your riding skills. After that there are some real fun sections through the jungle and it ends with a few buffalo fields to negotiate.”

“It’s spicy,” said Bucher of the course.

What’s also spicy are the rewards at this one. The XTERRA Asian Tour will award a prize bonus of $10,000 USD to the top five pro men and women in the final standings ($2,000 for 1st, $1,500-2nd, $800-3rd, $400-4th, $300-5th). Racers count their best three scores to determine champions, with double points on offer here at the finale in Malaysia.

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

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

2015 XTERRA Asian Tour Pro Standings (After 4)
PRO MEN

Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Ben Allen, AUS 82 100 100 x69 282
2 Brad Weiss, RSA 100 90 90 x 280
3 Joe Miller, PHI 63 63 63 x 189
4 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN x 82 82 x 164
5 Markus Benesch, AUT x 75 75 x 150
6 Charlie Epperson, USA 69 x 69 x 138
7 Brodie Gardner, AUS 75 x x 58 133
8 Kaon Cho, KOR x 53 58 x 111
9 Braden Currie, NZL x x x 100 100
10 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 x x x 90
11 Courtney Atkinson, AUS x x x 90 90
12 Conrad Stoltz, RSA x x x 82 82
13 Olly Shaw, NZL x x x 75 75
14 Aleksandr Dorovskikh, RUS x 69 x x 69
15 Joshua Kenyon, NZL x x x 63 63
16 Michal Bucek, SVK 58 x x x 58
17 David Esposito, FRA x 58 x x 58
18 Jarad Kohler, AUS x x x 53 53
19 Kieran McPherson, NZL x x x 49 49
20 Mitchell Ginsberg, RSA x x x 45 45

PRO WOMEN

Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Jacqui Slack, GBR 90 100 90 x82 280
2 Carina Wasle, AUT x 90 100 63 253
3 Mieko Carey, JPN 75 82 82 x 239
4 Renata Bucher, SUI 69 75 69 x49 213
5 Daz Parker, GBR 63 69 75 x 207
6 Flora Duffy, BER 100 x x 100 200
7 Belinda Hadden, AUS x 63 63 45 171
8 Barbara Riveros, CHI x x x 90 90
9 Dimity-Lee Duke, AUS 82 x x x 82
10 Suzie Snyder, USA x x x 75 75
11 Lizzie Orchard, NZL x x x 69 69
12 Aya Stevens, SVK 58 x x x 58
13 Caroline Steffen, SUI x x x 58 58
14 Jessica Simpson, AUS x x x 53 53