XTERRA Lake Tahoe – August 19th

On August 19th, XTERRA Lake Tahoe brings classic XTERRA to California. With its traditional-length course and some of the best scenery in the world, this is an adventure you won’t want to miss.

The race begins in Lake Tahoe, one of the purest and deepest lakes in North America. The bike starts up a gradual climb on Tunnel Creek and then pops out onto the epic Flume Trail, which skirts the mountainside overlooking Lake Tahoe. Riders continue on past Marlette Lake and down a rocky and fast Tahoe Rim Trail.

“Both the Duathlon and the Sprint will complete the 22 mile bike course with approximately 4000 feet of climbing,” said race director Todd Jackson.  “The 10K trail running course is relatively flat, fast and scenic with tall pines, aspens, and creek crossings.”

XTERRA Lake Tahoe will also host a Sprint, consisting of a 750m swim, a 22 mile bike, and a 3 mile run. The XTERRA Lake Tahoe Duathlon is comprised of a 3 mile run, a 22 mile bike, and another 3 mile run.

The XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5k and 10k Trail Runs occur on the same day as triathlon and duathlon.  The course starts and finishes at the Village Green in Incline Village, NV, which is a large, open, grassy community field.

From the starting area, the course heads north and onto Lake Tahoe’s amazing trail system. Athletes will run one lap for the 5K or two for the 10K. The second lap starts right back in the venue creating a fun viewing area to cheer on the 10K participants.

There will also be short, kids races for ages 4-12.

To register for XTERRA Lake Tahoe off-road triathlon, duathlon, and trail run, visit www.bigblueadventure.com.

XTERRA Cameron Park Caps Off Texas Season

XTERRA Cameron Park Off-Road Triathlon and Duathlon on August 12th, and the Trail Run on August 13th will be the final races of the 2016-2017 Texas Series. The series consists of five triathlons and six trail runs. 

“XTERRA Cameron Park is one of our most physically demanding courses in the Texas series,” said race director Joel Grimmett. “Racers navigate rocks, roots, limestone ledges, tight twisty turns, short power climbs, narrow bridges and fast descents.  Add in the summer heat and this race is challenging to even our toughest athletes.”

According to Bike Magazine, “There is nothing else like this anywhere in the country.”

Grimmett added that he receives a lot of support from The Waco Bike Club and The Waco Striders Running Club who organize our volunteers, help mark and teardown the course, and pre-ride the trails each morning.  

A USAT Certified Race Director and XTERRA Regional Event Director, Grimmett has been an accomplished mountain bike and road racer for over twenty years. He has competed in events such as the Trans Alp Challenge, La Ruta de los Conquistadores, the Leadville 100, Trans Andes Challenge, and won the two-man division of the 24-hrs of Adrenaline at the National Championships in 2001.

Prior to working as a race promoter, Grimmett devoted over 20 years to working with at risk youth, and from 2001-2010, he was the executive director of a non-profit therapeutic program for at risk boys ages 13-17.

“For me, the highlight of the season was seeing so many new racers and finally building a solid group of dedicated volunteers,” said Grimmett.  The most notable triathlete of the year was definitely Kyle.  He’s such a gifted athlete and seems to get better and better each year, and he’s a super nice guy!  On the trail running side, I was really impressed by Emma Kosiak.  She’s new to XTERRA this year and is super fast.” 

 

The XTERRA 2017-2018 Texas Season opens on April 22nd, 2018 with XTERRA ATX Off-Road Triathlon and Trail Run. Next season will also include XTERRA Bluebonnet.

“I was very disappointed to lose the venue for 2017,” said Grimmett,  “But I can’t wait to bring it back in a new location.”

You can register for XTERRA Cameron Park Off-Road Triathlon and Trail Run at www.racerevolutions.com.

 

Middaugh, Snyder win XTERRA Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SNYDER STAYS SMOOTH

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elite Results

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

RAKITA, SNYDER STILL ATOP PAN AM PRO SERIES

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

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

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

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

Next up: August 13 – XTERRA Dominican Republic

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

XTERRA WORLD TOUR

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

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

Ruzafa, Golsteyn win XTERRA Norway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It can only get more interesting from here.

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

RUZAFA, KARASKOVA-ERBENOVA REMAIN ON TOP OF EURO TOUR

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

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

Next Up:  XTERRA Poland, August 13

Elite Points Standings

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

Countdown to XTERRA Nationals – Meet Runner Kevin Tuck

XTERRA Ambassador Kevin Tuck will be making his 9th trip to the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah this September. Last year, he won his 60-64 age group with a time of 1:37:23. This comes out to a speedy 7:26 per mile on a very challenging course at altitude! Even more impressive was that this was Tuck’s eighth straight age-group title.

We recently caught up with Tuck to learn more about his training, his love of running, and what keeps him coming back to Utah year after year. His humble and sincere responses are further evidence that you will meet the most wonderful people on XTERRA trails.

Q. How has your season been? 
A. It’s been a great year! I am lucky and have the opportunity to run in many desert races in Arizona during the winter season. I got to jump over a rattle snake on the trail, which was a highlight!

I have done about 10 races since January in the 13-18 mile range.Because of my racing during the winter months in Arizona, the summer has turned into my off-season and it’s when I hit the fun runs. 

Q. Can you talk a bit about your training? What kind of mileage do you log?
A. I am a very low mileage trainer, around 30 miles per week depending upon if I have raced recently.  I currently live and work in Sun Valley, Idaho during the summer, so I do what I call adventure runs – I pick a new trail each week and try to see the wild back country. By the time I do one a big run each week I’m all tapped out.

Q. What are your favorite workouts? Do you train by yourself or with a group?
A. I used to train with my best friend in Salt Lake City – Dr. Bob Evers, a six-time XTERRA National age-group champ.  We were very compatible and the old push pull really helps training efforts.  In addition Dr. Bob came up with creative training runs.

Currently I run independently. I think too many runners tend to run someone else’s program, and I believe that running should be more individual and more fun. The most important thing is to listen to our bodies. 

Q. How do you balance career and training?
A. Again, I’ve very lucky. I own a consulting company and my largest client offers me the flexibility to train on my schedule in spectacular locations like Sun Valley, Idaho; Flagstaff, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; and even Snowbasin!  

Q. What are your goals for the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship
A. My goals are the same every year. I try to run as fast as the year before and avoid any nagging cramps. So far, I’m 0/9. My times keep getting slower and the cramps get worse!

Q. Can you share a favorite memory of XTERRA Nationals from the last decade?
A. Ha! I remember the first year I did XTERRA Nationals – it was still held in Lake Tahoe. I was so busy with work that year, I flew into Reno at around midnight. Early the next morning, I drove to Tahoe only to discover a course covered in snow. And it was raining. We ran through mud, jumped over logs, and dealt with the snow. I had a noon flight to catch out of Reno, and I swore I would never do that race again.

Here I am, over ten years later! XTERRA Trail Run Nationals has come a long way! I love the Utah course. It’s very challenging but I look forward to it every year. It is wonderful how XTERRA treats runners of all ages! That’s what it is all about: participating and having fun.

Sink Your Teeth Into XTERRA DINO, August 5th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos courtesy of Lara Delaney Houseman and Amanda Frost

 

XTERRA Pan Am Tour Heats Up in Mexico

The heat is on in the chase for the XTERRA Pan America Pro Series crowns as the Tour heads to Tapalpa, Mexico for a showdown Saturday featuring the regions’ fastest off-roaders.

XTERRA Mexico, to be held in the mountains of Jalisco (Tequila country) is the eighth of 10 stops on the tour and one of four Gold races offering more points and prize money for elites. The following weekend, on August 13, is XTERRA Dominican Republic.

For reigning Pan Am Tour Champ Josiah Middaugh, currently ranked third in the standings behind Jean-Philippe Thibodeau and Branden Rakita, this trip is all about redemption.

“Last year I had a flat tire late in the race in DR, taking me out of contention, and then quickly fell ill with a case of appendicitis in Mexico missing that race for an emergency surgery in Guadalajara,” he explained.  “Luckily, I was in great hands and experienced great care during my surgery in Guadalajara.  Despite my misfortune I am excited to return to these races to challenge myself once again.  I will have my work cut out for me at each race with the likes of Francisco Serrano in Mexico and Leonardo Chacon in DR.  Nothing worth doing is easy.”

Serrano has won XTERRA Mexico twice, is a former Olympian and one of XTERRA’s long-time favorites.  He was in hot pursuit of Rom Akerson for the lead last year on the run before literally losing his shoe in the mud on the second lap, at which point Kieran McPherson jolted past him to finish in the runner-up spot.  McPherson is also back for another crack, alongside Julien Buffe from France, Cedric Wane from Tahiti, the resurging Brian Smith from Colorado, and Tour leader Branden Rakita.

“I am coming into both Mexico and DR on a good note,” said Rakita.  “Things have been going well and I am looking forward to putting it all out there.  Mexico will be a tough race, there is a lot of strong competition.  Josiah, Paco, Kieran, and Brian are all solid racers and Cedric Wane has been getting better and better throughout the season, and those are the guys that I know are racing.  I am sure there will be a couple more of Paco’s country men that will put up a good race as well.  My primary goal is to protect my lead in the Pan Am Series and go into the Championship race in Utah with as large a lead as possible. I have a lot to fight for and am not going to give up, but Josiah is a beast so I have a lot of work cut out for me to try to hold him off.”

After the first seven races Rakita has racked up 347 points to Middaugh’s 275 points.  Mexico is scored on 100-point scale, DR is on a 75-point scale, the finale in Utah on September 16 is on a 200-point scale, and every race counts.  What all that means is anything is possible, and completely unpredictable.

Also unpredictable is the Tapalpa course itself.

“The Mexico course has some surprises,” said Rakita.  “The water is always right on the edge for a wetsuit-legal race, it really comes down to if it rains.  The bike gets tougher the further along, there is a nice steady first climb and then the second one is longer and steeper before a very steep descent that is sort of a choose your own adventure.  The run is a false flat run that you just try to open up and go and try not to lose a shoe in one of the two water/mud crossings.  The fiesta post-race and the awards fiesta are the highlight of the race for sure.  Tapalpa is a great quaint little town with a ton of character and always fun to explore.”

Middaugh agrees.  While he was sick as a dog last year he won here in Tapalpa in 2015 and said he loves the course and the experience.

“I really like heading south of the border for XTERRA racing,” he said.  “I think its a good way to get off the beaten path and experience the countries in a different way than the average tourist.  The two courses in Mexico and Dominican Republic are very different.  The race in Tapalpa, Mexico is at moderate altitude in the big hills about 2 hours from Guadalajara, so plan for afternoon showers and cooler than expected temps.  Tapalpa is a historical town with a vibrant culture and the race takes place at Los Reflejos, a community of small equestrian ranches.  There is a strong triathlon community in Guadalajara and they all show up to get dirty.  It’s a great time. I am looking forward to visiting our close knit, international XTERRA community, eating some good food, and getting in some good training and racing.”

ELITE MEN
XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Rank, Name, Nationality
1 – Branden Rakita, USA
3 – Josiah Middaugh, USA
4 – Kieran McPherson, NZL
6 – Cedric Wane, TAH
7 – Brian Smith, USA
18 – Julien Buffe, FRA
19 – Francisco Serrano, MEX

SNYDER FAVORITE IN WOMEN’S RACE

Reigning women’s Pan Am Tour Champ Suzie Snyder heads into XTERRA Mexico looking to extend her lead in the Pan Am Pro Series and have some fun while she’s at.

“I think the best part of going to Mexico is the post-race festivities in town,” said Snyder.  “The restaurants have great food, there are some cute shops to get souvenirs for the kids/family and the fireworks show is spectacular!  Of course, the race is cool too.  I like how it is situated at the lake so there are competitors and spectators all the way around the lake all day.  The toughest part of the bike course is the rough terrain as it winds through a lot of farmland. The two climbs are enough to challenge you and put some fatigue in the legs but nothing like the big mountain courses! The run course is deceptively tough as it has some good false flat sections and rough footing that can also be quite wet in places and requires a fair bit of foot speed and agility which is tough when you’re fatigued.”

Snyder held of Myriam Guillot-Boisset by one-second last year, and will have another fast French woman chasing her again this year by the name of Morgane Riou, who sits third in the Pan Am Pro Series.

“I’m very happy to be back racing the Pan American tour here in Mexico, just one week after my “double” European Championship in cross-duathlon and cross-triathlon in Roumania,” said Riou. “It’s always a pleasure to visit new countries with XTERRA, and this year my boyfriend and I dedicated ourselves to this exploration. Moreover, I like speaking Spanish even if I’ve forgotten a lot of words in the past few years. With Argentina, Chile, and now Mexico and Dominican Republic, I’m very happy with this opportunity!  As for the race, I think one of the hardest challenges for me on Saturday will be dealing with the altitude. I hope not to suffer as much as I did in Beaver Creek, and with these two new races I will try to keep my place in the tour rankings.”

The elite women’s field is deep, with Kara LaPoint, ranked 2nd in the Tour, Laura Mira Dias from Brazil (5th), Annie Bergen from Canada (7th), Caroline Colonna (11th), Jessie Koltz (14th), and local hero/former Olympian Fabiola Corona.

“My goals for Mexico are two-fold,” said Snyder.  “I want to win and secure another 100 points for the Tour, and get a good week of training in since ITU Cross Tri Worlds is coming up so soon. That means I won’t be tapering too much going into race day on Saturday which may hinder my speed but it’ll be worth it to peak at Worlds!   And, of course, I want to stay upright and accident free!”

ELITE WOMEN
XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Rank, Name, Nationality
1 – Suzie Snyder, USA
2 – Kara LaPoint, USA
3 – Morgane Riou, FRA
5 – Laura Mira Dias, BRA
7 – Annie Bergen, CAN
11 – Caroline Colonna, USA
14 – Jessie Koltz, USA
NR – Fabiola Corona, MEX

ALL-TIME XTERRA MEXICO CHAMPIONS

2016 (Tapalpa) Rom Akerson, Suzie Snyder

2015 (Tapalpa) Josiah Middaugh, Fabiola Corona

2014 (Tapalpa) Irving Perez, Fabiola Corona

2013 (Tapalpa) Leonardo Chacon, Fabiola Corona

2012 (Tapalpa) Francisco Serrano, Renata Bucher

2011 (Tapalpa) Seth Wealing, Shonny Vanlandingham

2010 (Valle de Bravo) Seth Wealing, Fabiola Corona

2009 (Valle de Bravo) Seth Wealing, Shonny Vanlandingham

2006 (Puerto Vallarta) Francisco Serrano, Jamie Whitmore

Barton, Carver Win XTERRA Panther Creek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

XTERRA Stays in Canada for XTERRA Parry Sound

On August 12th, XTERRA will be halfway through its Ontario racing series which includes:

XTERRA Mine Over Matter
XTERRA Parry Sound
XTERRA Sleeping Giant

XTERRA Mine Over Matter was a great success on June 17th at Kelso Quarry, and XTERRA Sleeping Giant will be held on August 26th in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The XTERRA Parry Sound full-length triathlon will feature a 1.5k swim, a 25k mountain bike, and a 10k run. The run course is identical to the course used in the XTERRA Parry Sound Trail Run, which will also be held on the 12th. Included in the day’s races are a sprint triathlon and relay and an off-road duathlon.

Fourteen qualifying spots for XTERRA World Championships will be up for grabs at the race and will be awarded to seven male and female age-group champions.

The XTERRA Parry Sound 5k Trail Run will be held at 9AM, before the triathlons and duathlon. All events will be held on the magnificent trails at the Georgian Nordic Ski and Canoe Club.

Located about 225k/140mi north of Toronto, the town of Parry Sound is a popular “cottage country” region for southern Ontario residents. The sound for which the town is named is also the world’s deepest, natural, freshwater port in the world. Perhaps more importantly, Parry Sound is the birthplace of Bobby Orr, making XTERRA Parry Sound a perfect weekend destination for triathletes, hockey fans, and anyone looking for a tranquil and idyllic summer holiday.

So pack those runners, eh?

Watch a preview of XTERRA Parry Sound. You can register at www.elementracing.ca.