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Serrano, Erbenova win XTERRA Greece

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Roger Serrano upset 3-time XTERRA World Champ Ruben Ruzafa and Helena Erbenova ran past Brigitta Poor to take the women’s title at the XTERRA Greece Championship in Vouliagmeni this morning.

It’s the second win in a row for Serrano, the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion, who also won the season opener at XTERRA Malta last month.  For Erbenova, the 3x Euro Tour Champ, the win is her first this season, 5th straight in Europe dating back to last year, and the third time in four years she has won Greece.

With the win Serrano breaks Ruzafa’s streak of 13 straight victories in Europe dating back to 2013.  It’s just Ruzafa’s third loss ever in Europe.  He is now 14-for-17 all-time on the Euro Tour.

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

A spectacular day and spectacular racing.  The city of Vouliagmeni could not have ordered it better. Temperatures in the mid 70’s, a bit of a breeze and mostly sunny with some nice puffy clouds overhead.  The sea was a typical Greek blue with a temperature of 19C (66F) so wetsuits were optional but many hardy Greeks forsake them.

There was a strong group coming out of the water on the first lap that included Malta winner and 2015 Euro Series champ Roger Serrano, new pro Pierre Antoine Guilem and age groupers including Julien Leroy, all fighting as they turned for the second lap.  Out of T1 and up the streets onto the first long climb Guilem and Serrano were still hooked together and clear of the field.  Brice Daubord was a solitary 3rd and young Aussie Max Neumann 4th.  Favorite Ruben Ruzafa was stuck as a result of a poor swim back around 7th along with Francois Carloni.  Not surprisingly Brigitta Poor led the women with young French woman Morgane Riou 2nd, Ladina Buss 3rd and Louise Fox 4th.  Helena Erbenova was over 4 minutes back coming out of the water.

At the top of the first long climb starting the second lap Serrano had separated from his 2 first lap companions but Daubord was now on his tail.  Coming back strong were Carloni and Ruzafa trading slots and pulling each other up to the leaders.  At the top of the first climb there is a 4-way intersection.  Coming up you turn right and make about a 5K look and return to the same intersection.  When Ruzafa and Carloni came to the top they were 30 seconds behind…  when they completed the 5K loop they were only 20 seconds behind.  Not far back and tied together like Serrano/Daubord and Ruzafa/Carloni were Arthur Forissier and Kris Coddens.  For the women Brigitta still had the lead and was riding beautifully.  Morgane was gone with a flat tire and Ladina was now second with Erbenova 3rd and Fox 4th.  Erbenova was looking very serious but was having problems overtaking some of the men age groupers and not gaining on the other women as fast as expected.

When Ruben made the road junction in the lead on the return, he attacked and only Roger was able to follow.  At T2 it was Roger and Ruben together – François and Brice at 1’ – Arthur Forissier at 3’30” who had moved separated from Kris Coddens at 4’ – then Tomas Kubek /Jan Pyott at 5’.

Similar to the bike, the run must go up this great set of steps that curls its way up into the Greek hills.  Then a jump over a curb and a gravely, rocky, steep section of about 200m.  Ruben now led the race but Roger Serrano was no more than 2 feet behind.  Daubord was still in 3rd but had Carloni in his shadow.  At this point early in the first run loop it was led by two Spanish followed by two Frenchmen.  The race fractured on the second run lap. Serrano headed up the hill with about 15 seconds on Ruzafa who had about 30 on Daubord.  Carloni was still in 4th but suffering and young Arthur Forissier was charging on him.

Helena Erbenova

The women did the opposite.  Where Brigitta and the others were separated on the bike they were converging on the run.  Poor still led but Ladina was close and Erbenova, while still back, could see them on the long climb. Poor Morgane was struggling with her flat and had lost all hope of a podium but she would not quit and continued in a distant 5th.

The race finished with a second straight win for Roger Serrano with Ruben Ruzafa 2nd and Brice Daubord coming hard in 3rd just 20 seconds back from the 3-time world champ.  Forissier passed Carloni for 4th and last year’s Greece winner Kris Coddens had a strong run to come 6th.

It came down to the last downhill for the women.  Helena was flying down and took the lead as the run came back to the steps.  Brigitta stayed strong for 2nd and Ladina had a great race for 3rd.

All day long athletes were going up and down the hills running and riding, smiling and yelling.  This was a hard race.  Not super technical but unrelenting.  No long downhills and no long uphills but there was also no relief. You had to push the whole way.  The race uses some small side roads in Vouliagmeni that parallel the main road and passes by dozens of neat bistro’s and restaurants as well as really great Greek ice cream shops. Spectators were cheering and whistling and others just looked confused on why all these people in funny uniforms were running and riding their bikes in the middle of the city.  But this is Greece where hospitality is a given and everyone had a wonderful day with few complaints.  Finishers were treated with pasta and traditional grilled lamb on wooden skewers.  Now that is a recovery first and they were gobbled up by the hundreds.

The move to Athens was a complete success.  23 Countries were represented at the race and more Greek triathletes than ever came to give XTERRA a try.  There is no doubt this race will be another sellout and well over 500 participants next year.  Better start thinking of making plans now.

Men      
Place Name Chip Time Points
1 ROGER SERRANO 2:17:22.9 75
2 RUBEN RUZAFA 2:18:09.4 67
3 BRICE DAUBORD 2:18:29.7 61
4 ARTHUR FORISSIER 2:20:40.1 56
5 FRANCOIS CARLONI 2:21:25.8 51
6 KRIS CODDENS 2:22:20.1 47
7 TOMAS KUBEK 2:24:56.6 43
8 CEDRIC LASSONDE 2:25:09.7 39
9 JAN KUBICEK 2:25:12.5 36
10 JAN PYOTT 2:26:05.3 33
11 MAX NEUMANN 2:27:20.2 30
12 TIM VAN DAELE 2:28:59.7 27
13 SEBASTIAN NORBERG 2:29:26.5 25
14 JULIEN BUFFE 2:30:36.3 23
15 PIERRE-ANTOINE GUILHEM 2:30:52.2 21
16 RORY DOWNIE 2:32:49.9 DNP
17 THOMAS KERNER 2:38:34.3 DNP
Women      
Place Name Time Points
1 HELENA ERBENOVA 2:43:39.9 75
2 BRIGITTA POOR 2:44:02.4 67
3 LADINA BUSS 2:44:15.3 61
4 LOUISE FOX 2:59:10.2 56
5 MORGANE RIOU 3:23:59.7 51

Complete Results available soon at: http://www.xterragreece.com/language/en/

All-Time XTERRA Greece Pro Champions
     
Year Men Women
2013 Ben Allen Helena Erbenova
2014 Francois Carloni Kathrin Mueller
2015 Kris Coddens Helena Erbenova
2016 Roger Serrano Helena Erbenova

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XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

Serrano and Poor sit atop the XTERRA European Tour standings after the second of 11 races in this year’s series.  Pros count their best four Gold and three Silver scores to determine final points total.  Learn more atwww.xterraeurope.com.

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR POINT STANDINGS    
After 2 – 5.7.16      
         
Men     S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 150 75 75
2 Brice Daubord, FRA 104 43 61
3 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21
4 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39
5 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS
6 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 67 DNS 67
7 Maxim Chane, FRA 56 56 DNS
8 Arthur Forissier, FRA 56 DNS 56
9 Peter Lehmann, GER 51 51 DNS
10 Francois Carloni, FRA 51 DNS 51
11 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 47 47 DNS
12 Kris Coddens, BEL 47 DNS 47
13 Tomas Kubek, CZE 43 DNS 43
14 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 39 DNS
15 Hannes Wolpert, GER 36 36 DNS
16 Jan Kubicek, CZE 36 DNS 36
17 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS
18 Jan Pyott, SUI 33 DNS 33
19 Max Neumann, AUS 30 DNS 30
20 Christophe Betard 27 27 DNS
21 Tim Van Daele, BEL 27 DNS 27
22 Markus Benesch 25 25 DNS
23 Sebastian Norberg, GER 25 DNS 25
24 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNS 23
Men     S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 142 75 67
2 Morgane Riou, FRA 118 67 51
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 75 DNS 75
4 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 61 61 DNS
5 Ladina Buss, SUI 61 DNS 61
6 Maud Golsteyn, NED 56 56 DNS
7 Louise Fox, GBR 56 DNS 56
8 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS
9 Diane Lee, GBR 47 47 DNS
10 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 43 43 DNS
11 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Greece Championship was the 12th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
7-May XTERRA Greece Roger Serrano/Helena Erbenova
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Papeete
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Pelham, Shelby County, AL, USA
21-May XTERRA Portugal Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep  XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
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Allen, Slack win XTERRA Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia – Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack captured the third annual XTERRA Malaysia on a day that lived up to the event’s pre-race billing as The Hottest Weekend on the XTERRA World Tour circuit.

Temperatures quickly peaked to around 90F (32C) as the morning sun rose over the Gunung Macincang mountains. With humidity near 83% Mother Nature was, without a doubt, the toughest competitor facing every racer today.

Allen looking to reclaim the XTERRA Malaysia title he first won in 2014 faced a deep pro field which included reigning XTERRA Asian Tour Champ Bradley Weiss of South Africa as well as top tour contenders Takahiro Ogasawara of Japan, Brody Gardner from Australia, Kaon Cho from Korea and Olly Shaw from New Zealand.

However, after putting a two minute gap between him and the rest of the field during the swim Allen left little doubt, barring a mechanical or a crash, who’s day it was meant to be. Setting a blistering pace on the bike and run Allen raced alone to finish with a time of 2:55:42 nearly ten minutes ahead of Weiss and 15 minutes ahead of third place finisher Fabrizio Bartoli of Italy.

“As always, I was just trying to play to my strengths. Coming from a swimming background I was just trying to nail the swim. I knew if I was able to do that and get a good lead I could then find that flow out on the trail.” said Allen. “I just felt like I was in the zone the whole time. I had a couple of crashes but I just tried to dust myself off and keep riding hard, pushing the pace.”

“The course out there is so gnarly. I’m just really happy to be on the top step and to win here today is a really awesome effort.” he added.

For Bradley Weiss, who valiently held on to the second spot, it was another disappointing day.

“My form over the last few weeks has been on the decline a little bit.” said Weiss. “I took a pretty aggressive racing schedule with lots of travel and it slowly has started to take its toll on my body.”

“Ben has really stepped up his game.” he added. “He’s showed that his form is really, really good and he capitalized on that today.”

Jacqui Slack

JACQUI THE JET

Not to be out-done by her fiancé Jacqui Slack exited the swim up two minutes on 2016 APAC Tour starlet Lizzie Orchard with Austrian Carina Wasle and last year’s winner Myriam Guillot-Boisset of France close behind.

Slack’s skills on a mountain bike held true today as she bombed the steep, technical downhill sections while putting the hammer down in the flats to build enough of a gap off the bike that she could hold on and keep pace on the run.

“I had no idea how much of a lead I actually had. When you’re in the lead you have to keep pushing as hard as you can.” she said. “The last few races the girls have passed me on the run so it was just a matter of fighting to the finish.”

Orchard, for her effort, walked away with the 2015-16 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Title and her share of the $10,000 USD prize bonus.

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Ben Allen, AUS 2:55:42 200
2 Bradley Weiss, RSA 3:06:02 180
3 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 3:10:27 164
4 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 3:13:30 150
5 Brodie Gardner, AUS 3:17:54 138
6 David Escolar Ballesteros, ESP 3:18:29 126
7 Joe Miller, PHI 3:24:20 116
8 Olly Shaw, NZL 3:28:48 106
9 Jason Hsieh, HKG 3:42:08 98
10 Shahrom Abdullah, MAS 3:44:39 90
Also: Kaon Cho (82)
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Jacqui Slack, GBR 3:28:28 200
2 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 3:35:05 180
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:41:25 164
3 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 3:41:25 150

Photos / Complete Results

Lewis Ryan

LEWIS RYAN OVERALL  AMATEUR XTERRA MALAYSIA CHAMP

The young-gun from Rotorua is another name to remember in a long list of fast XTERRA athletes from New Zealand. He’s made a name for himself this year on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Tour while under the tutelage of fellow Kiwi and XTERRA Pro Olly Shaw.

Ryan has collected two second place finishes at XTERRA New Zealand and XTERRA New South Wales and picked up his first tour win today. Those combined efforts awarded him the overall XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour 15-19 divisional title tonight. It’s safe to say his future is as bright as those award stage lights.

Lizzie Orchard

ALLEN, ORCHARD TAKE HOME TOUR TITLES

XTERRA Malaysia was the final stop on the 2015-16 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Tour.

The top 15 amateur, Asian-elite, and professional racers at each event earn series points, with double points being offered at the finale in Malaysia.

Racers count their best three scores to determine champions in each division.

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour awards 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).

The 2016-17 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour season will begin anew at XTERRA Tahiti (May 14, 2016), then continue at XTERRA Korea with an amateur-only race (no pro prize money or pro points) on August 27, 2016 in Daeahn Reservoir, followed by XTERRA Japan in Hokkaido on September 3, 2016.

Here’s a look at the final elite standings:

PL NAME JPN PHI SAI NZL AUS MAS TOT
1 Ben Allen, AUS DNS 90 DNS DNS 82 200 372
2 Bradley Weiss, RSA DNS 100 DNS 82 x69 180 362
3 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 82 x75 90 DNS DNS 150 322
4 Brodie Gardner, AUS DNS 82 100 DNS x49 138 320
5 Joe Miller, PHI DNS 53 82 DNS DNS 116 251
6 Olly Shaw, NZL DNS DNS DNS 75 63 106 244
7 Kaon Cho, KOR 53 DNS 75 x49 x28 82 210
8 Braden Currie, NZL DNS DNS DNS 100 100 DNS 200
9 Jason Hsieh , HKG 58 DNS DNS DNS 34 98 190
10 Sam Osborne, NZL DNS DNS DNS 90 90 DNS 180
11 Courtney Atkinson, AUS 100 DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS 175
12 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 164 164
13 Charlie Epperson, USA 75 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 144
14 David Escolar Ballesteros, ESP DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 126 126
15 Kieran McPherson, NZL DNS DNS DNS 69 53 DNS 122
16 Cameron Oneal, USA 63 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS 121
17 Cameron Paul, NZL DNS DNS DNS 63 45 DNS 108
18 Alex Roberts, NZL DNS DNS DNS 58 41 DNS 99
19 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
20 Shahrom Abdullah, MAS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 90
21 Barry Lee, MAS DNS 49 DNS DNS 31 DNF 80
22 Taro Shirato, JPN 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
23 Michal Bucek, SVK DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
24 Aiden Dunster, NZL DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 58
25 Lachlan Davey, NZL DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS 53
26 Kiley Momohara, NZL DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS 45
27 Noah Wright, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS 37
PL NAME JPN PHI SAI NZL AUS MAS TOT
1 Lizzie Orchard, NZL x90 x100 DNS 100 100 180 380
2 Jacqui Slack, GBR DNS 90 DNS DNS 82 200 372
3 Carina Wasle, AUT DNS DNS 100 DNS 90 164 354
4 Mieko Carey, USA 100 82 90 DNS DNS DNS 272
5 Renata Bucher, SUI DNS DNS 82 DNS 75 DNS 157
6 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 150 150
7 Sarah Backler, NZL DNS DNS DNS 90 58 DNS 148
8 Rachel Challis, NZL DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 82
9 Belinda Hadden, AUS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
10 Mary Gray, NZL DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS 75
11 Jessica Simpson, AUS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 69
12 Catherine Sterling, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS 63
13 Penny Hosken, AUS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS 53
14 Holly Khan, AUS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS 49

Learn more about the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour and View Final Amateur Tour Standings.

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Malaysia Championship was the 11th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Ilhabela, São Paulo
7-May XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Papeete
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Pelham, Shelby County, AL, USA
21-May XTERRA Portugal Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep  XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
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Racing Through Adversity

By Lauren Hall

Life is full of ups and downs, triumphs and failures, but through the hard times we are able to appreciate the good. Just ask Beth Price.

Price was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when she was 35-years-old, but instead of giving in to the disease she got going and started to push her body through triathlon.

“I had always wanted to do a triathlon but hadn’t got around to it, so when I was diagnosed with MS I knew I had to do it while I still could,” said Price.

Nearly 20 years later, Price is still racing triathlon, and with great success. She won back-to-back gold medals in the TRI-3 category at the ITU World Championships of 2007/2008 and has been a regular fixture on the podium at big races around the world.

This year, she’s looking to add an XTERRA World Championship title to her resume, and to qualify for Worlds she’ll race at the XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road triathlon on May 21 in Pelham, Alabama.

“My goal for Oak Mountain is to raise awareness about MS, inspire others with physical challenges to pursue their dreams in spite of living with a disability, finish strong, and qualify for the XTERRA World Championship in Maui,” said Price.

MS is a disease of the central nervous system which includes the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves and can manifest itself differently in those living with it. For Price, symptoms include vision loss, balance problems, fatigue, heat sensitivity, cognition and muscle tightness.

“Having lost 30-40% vision in my left eye, I prefer wearing goggles with a larger vision field when I swim,” she said.                                                             “Balance is an issue with the bike portion, navigating the course quickly when making split second decisions on the ascents, and heat sensitivity also comes into play, especially during the run.”

And to think that for some, just being 53-years-old is an obstacle.

“I’m aware there are very few physically challenged females competing in XTERRA and hope to encourage others to become involved,” said Price, who raced at XTERRA Blackwater and XTERRA Tide last year and got “hooked” on off-road triathlon.

“This will be my first ‘big’ XTERRA and I’m excited & nervous at the same time, but feel like this is an opportunity to race again on a national and international level.”

And a chance to show one-and-all that anything is possible.

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Alford, Bayer win XTERRA Jersey Devil

The 6th annual XTERRA Jersey Devil was held on May 1 at the Citta Scout Camp in Barnegat, NJ in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The XTERRA Jersey Devil enjoys a great partnership with this top ranked Scout Camp, and all profits from the race go back to supporting the Scout Camp were the race is held.

Race director Bob Horn brings us this story on how the day unfolded…

The Jersey Devil certainly showed his sixth sense this year, it being the 6th annual and all, by treating racers to torrential rain for most of the race. Just when you thought the rain was letting up the Devil would unleash another downpour. Credit to the 130+ XTERRA athletes who came out and braved not only the course but also the extreme conditions.

The race got under way with a slight drizzle as athletes finished the first leg of the race, the roughly ½ mile swim in 59-degree water temps. Unfortunately they were greeted to 49-degree air temps upon exiting the water, not the best conditions for ripping off a wetsuit with cold hands.

The 13-mile bike course was next on the usually very tame trails of the Pine Barrens, but not this year.   The drizzle during the swim turned into full on rain minutes into the bike and athletes were now forced to navigate the soaked trails along with slick wooden bridges. Several athletes could be seen showing the scars of not staying upright on the bike due to the wet conditions. One athlete even stated, “you should have had the lifeguards guard the streams after the swim, because I was in the drink after sliding off one of the bridge creek crossing.”

The final leg of the XTERRA Jersey Devil is the “Crown Jewel” of the course, the 3.1-mile trail run.  The run navigates through the great network of Citta Scout Camp trails. This year the run was changed a little to take advantage of some new trails the Scouts completed last summer, and those trails did not disappoint. Athletes had to dodge sticker bushes, downed trees, and slick wooden planks to get through the run course and to the finish line. No easy task given they were all now soaked to the bone.

Athletes were all glad to finish and greeted to some nice warm New Jersey PIZZA in the dry dining hall of the Scout Camp. Everyone showed great perserverance and determination in completing the race.

Coming out on top in the tough conditions, FINALLY, after finishing second in several XTERRA races last season, was Matt Alford. Matt finished in a time of 1:26:27, using the fastest run split of the day to pull away from the field, and having the 2nd fastest swim split and 3rd fastest bike split helped too.  Rounding out the top 3 men were Iain Banks in 2nd in a time of 1:28:58, and Dillon Shaffer in third at 1:29:35.

The women had a great race as well.  Amanda Bayer came out on top for the women.  Amanda also used the fasted run split of the women to increase her lead to the finish.  Having a top 10 overall swim split and the 2nd fastest bike split of the women also helped her finish 20th overall in 1:40:41. Amanda was closely followed by Courtney Kaup in 2ndin a time of 1:42:20, and Erica Cline in third at 1:44:26.

Complete results can be found at: https://raceforum.com/2016/xterraoa.htm

We look forward to seeing everyone at next years 7th annual XTERRA Jersey Devil, under much drier conditions.

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XTERRA Greece This Saturday

XTERRA World Tour managing director is in Athens and brings us this report from his first day on the ground…

XTERRA Greece has a new home and has found new success.  The race has a total of 350 participants which was the limit for this first year in Vouliagmeni.

The location is perfect being just outside Athens and less than 30 minutes from the Athens International airport.  The organizing team of Kostas and Zoe have things well set and Nico Lebrun has been here marking the course.  Everything was complete today with the exception of a few bike course markings removed overnight.  “We go out and find the arrows laying on the ground but the local farmers like the wood stakes we use and keep taking them” laughed Kostas.  Indeed, the stakes he uses are beautifully made, about 2″ square and a meter high.  “The ground is hard so we need heavy stakes like this” said Lebrun while holding a 2-pound hand sledgehammer.  “I will have big muscles when this is over.”

The pro start list is impressive.  Three-time World Champ Ruben Ruzafa will be challenged by 2015 European Champion and recent Malta winner Roger Serrano, super-fast Frenchman Francois Carloni, 2015 Swiss winner Arthur Forissier, 2015 Malta and Denmark winner Kris Coddens, and a bunch of podium winners like Jan Pyott, Brice Daubord, Jan Kubicek and new pros Thomas Kerner, Julien Buffe and our first Bulgarian pro Kamen Tonchev.

For the women many time Euro Champion Helena Erbenova will start her pursuit of another Championship but she will have her hands full with Brigitta Poor fresh from her win in Malta.  Young Frenchwoman Morgane Riou was 2nd on Malta and is looking towards a breakout year.

XTERRA European Tour technical director Nico Lebrun is also in Athens and excited for Saturday’s race.

“It will be good to see the battle between our two Spanish athletes, Ruben and Roger,” said Lebrun.   “Roger won Malta so he will be full of confidence, but he knows the road is still long to be at Ruben’s level.  Still, he will be in the front early and will fight to stay. I know that Ruben is never at 100% at the start of the season, so Roger might be able to stay in the lead longer than he thinks. Carloni will exit the swim with Ruben and try to follow him on the bike as long as he can, like he did twice in Portugal and two weeks ago in La Réunion, and if they make a big gap during the bike, maybe nobody will see them anymore. But, there are many good athletes here. Forissier won Switzerland, and he could be coming off a good winter and crush everybody. Coddens is the defending XTERRA Greece Champion, so he’ll return with good feelings. Daubord had flats in South Africa and Malta and you can trust that won’t happen again and he’ll fight for a top five spot.  And there are some new athletes I’m excited to see, and of course all the Greek will watch their champ Gregoris, he was tenth last year.

“On the woman’s side Helena is back, and like last year she already has done a few adventure races so for sure she will be in good shape, but maybe a little bit tired after all the travel. She won the Tour last year in front of Brigitta so this will be their first race together this year. We’ll see if Brigitta is now ready to stay in front the whole race and be the Europe’s best. To play with our two favorites we will look for Morgane, especially me, because she is an Organigirl and I was happy to see what she did in Malta. We also have Louise Fox and Ladina Buss in the mix.  It will be a fun day to watch for sure.”

Cindi Toepel

Sloan, Montgomery win USAT Nationals

Chuck Sloan and Kelli Montgomery won the XTERRA Gator Terra off-road triathlon that doubled as the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship on Sunday in Arkansas.

In addition, the top 18 finishers in each age-group qualified to represent Team USA at the 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships next August in Penticton, B.C., Canada.
(Read full USAT release).

One of the 21 age-group winners was Cindi Toepel (pictured), who has also won an unprecedented 11 XTERRA National Titles, and here she brings us her story on the day…

XTERRA is about overcoming adversity. That concept is not supposed to transcend to the Race Director! After several days of torrential rain, Fred Phillips of DLT Events got a call from the Army Corps of Engineers saying that the outflow could not keep up with the inflow of water at DeGray Lake. The transition and compound area which was completely set up needed to be moved to a different location. This call came in about 3pm on the day before the race. The choices were clear; cancel the race or move the transition 5 miles down the road to another marina and construct a brand new run course at the new area. The bike course trails were still accessible from the new location with an added 2 miles each way (hilly road) to enter and exit the trails. Not many race directors would be capable of this challenge let alone take it on. Not one to back down from a challenge, Fred called his crew back. They worked into the night and executed the move with flawless precision.

Low and behold, race morning a new transition appeared, complete with swim, bike and run. The race even started at the pre-scheduled time of 8:30am.  The swim was changed to a 2 lap triangle but the distance was still the same at 1500 meters. The already long 19.5-mile bike became a 24-mile course. The bike was also more challenging with the amount of water and mud that had been deposited on the trails. This was evident by the amount of mud that returned to transition with the competitors! The mostly rolling single track received rave reviews in spite of adverse conditions and was worthy of a National Championship race. Because of the limited time to construct the run course, the exact distance was unknown until race day. It turned out to be a punishing 8.6 miles! Because of the added lengths and long distances, Fred opted to eliminate cut off times and allow all competitors that finished to receive official results.

Andrew Kelsey was the first triathlete out of the water in 16:35 followed by Scott Claycomb in 17:13. Abby Johnson was 3rd overall and first female out of the water with a smokin’ time of 18:29. Nate Youngs 2nd overall male had the fastest bike of the day at 1:48:57. Kelli Montgomery, 1st overall woman secured her position early with a bike split of 2:09:40.

Chuck Sloan propelled himself to take 1st overall male with the fastest run split at 1:00:34. Atomic Timing chips gave us a run split of 1:14:54.7 for Abby Johnson which was only 2/10’s faster than Nikki Balderson. Nikki’s great run put her in 2nd place overall women with Kristen Wade rounding out the top 3. Marcus Barton (pictured) solid performance in all 3 events earned his 3rd overall place.

Post-race DLT provided a buffet of baked potatoes, hot dogs (beef and turkey) with all the fixin’s, baked beans, fruit and cookies. Johnny Davis, the 60-64 Champion, was heard saying ‘hot dogs never tasted so good!’

This event was a collaboration between XTERRA and USAT to be the USAT Off Road National Championship race. Congrats to all the National Champions and everyone who finished this epic event!

READ MARCUS BARTON’S RECAP HERE

Desantis

DeSantis Doubles Down on 16 for 16

XTERRA Warrior Award winner David DeSantis is only four races into his campaign to race 16 XTERRA’s in 16 countries yet he’s already more than three-quarters of the way towards his goal of raising $16,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

As such, he’s doubling his donation target amount to $32,000, and he’s enlisted the help of some friends to get him across the line.

While DeSantis’ cancer was in remission when the dream season started and he was able to knock out XTERRA Philippines, South Africa, Costa Rica, and Malta early, he felt a bump in his side last month and went to the doctors to check it out.

“They discovered some new small tumors and I will need to take a break from competing for treatment and recovery,” said DeSantis. “I have asked friends to fill in for me, so that we can keep the fundraising for CAF on track.”

David’s niece Rachel stepped in this past weekend and on Saturday Alan Moore, a trusted intrepid traveler and XTERRA junkie – will take his place at XTERRA Greece.

“The good news is the First Taunton Group and McLaren Boston are letting my XTERRA friends fill in for me while I do my chemo and to kick things off, during the month of May, any donations made to CAF through our site will be matched by First Taunton Group,” said DeSantis. “Plus, the two companies will donate $500 for each win, $250 for a second place finish and $100 for a third place finish.”

DeSantis says he hopes to be back in time to race the XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road tri on May 21 in Alabama, but if not, “Mr. XTERRA” Cliff Milleman will race for him.

To show your support for DeSantis and the Challenged Athletes Foundation visit his gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/desantis16in2016.

Flora Duffy

Exciting Times for the XTERRA Tribe

It’s an exciting time to be part of the XTERRA Tribe right now.

Flora Duffy is literally on top of the world as the No. 1 ranked female in the WTS, and Rio is just a few months away! Josiah Middaugh is the cover boy for this month’s USA Triathlon Magazine. Lesley Paterson is looking like the mega-star she is in a recent Paul Mitchell feature story. Braden Currie capped off a 5-year racing binge with a big win at the Asia-Pacific Championship. Emma Garrard was nominated for the prestigious Utah State of Sport award and Ruben Ruzafa got back to his winning ways at XTERRA Reunion.

And those are the just the top three men and women from XTERRA Worlds last year!

We’re also humbled to follow Dave DeSantis in his incredible 16 in 16 journey to raise funds for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and Beth Price as she strives to raise awareness for those living with MS.

On the racing scene the XTERRA Pan Am Tour is in Brazil, the European Tour is in Greece, and the Asia-Pacific Tour is in Langkawi … all epic destinations with big turnouts and star-cast pro fields, and that’s just what’s on tap for Saturday.

All the while XTERRA is on TV everywhere. Those in the Denver, Colorado area can watch XTERRA Nationals this Saturday at 12 noon on KMGH and if you’re in or around the Los Angeles, California you can tune-in to XTERRA Worlds Sunday morning at 7am on KABC.

To get a better idea of all the things going on with XTERRA visit www.xterracontent.com. Better yet, unplug and go enjoy XTERRA’s healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle with your family and friends …

 

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Last Week in Austin & Myrtle Beach

Last weekend on the XTERRA America Tour Kyle Grieser and Alissa Magrum took home the titles at the XTERRA ATX off-road triathlon in Austin, Texas.

Grieser, a long-time legend in Race Revolutions events, edged Chris Ellis-Ferrara by just 22-seconds to take the tape in 1:49:27. Magrum, who is a relentless proponent for Colin’s Hope – the children’s drowning prevention non-profit she runs – finished nearly seven-minutes ahead Keri Rimiel. Find full results here.

ATX was the second of five races in the XTERRA Texas Series. Next up is XTERRA Muleshoe in Spicewood on June 11.

Over in Myrtle Beach, South Caroline our favorite field reporter Marcus Barton was making his way through some of the new trails on offer to a third-place finish.

Daryl Weaver and Sophie Evans won the race, but for the real story, pictures, maps, quotes from other racers, and a dose of inspiration you’ve got to click this link through to Marcus’ story about the day: https://speedylizard.com/2016/04/28/hulk-got-some-upgrades-xterra-myrtle-beach/