Quick Facts on XTERRA Worlds

WHAT IS IT: The world’s premier off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim that starts at D.T. Fleming Beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua … a 32-kilometer (20-miles) mountain bike that climbs 3,500 feet up and down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains, and a 10.5-kilometer (6.5-miles) trail run that traverses forest trails, and beach sand. Top pros finish in roughly two-and-a-half hours.

WHO RACES IN MAUI: A sold-out field of 800 racers including 75 professionals and more than 700 amateurs representing 46 countries, ages 14 (Bowen Satterthwaite) to 79 (Ron Hill). 95% of the field is from out of state. See Competitor Stats below.

WHEN: The XTERRA World Championship starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 23. The XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs are on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: At The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui’s northwest coast.

WHY: The XTERRA World Championship race is the last in a series of more than 100 off-road triathlon races held in 30 countries and 38 U.S. States. The concept is to provide a bona-fide world championship for amateur and elite off-road triathletes. For pros there is $100,000 in prize money at stake.

HOW THEY QUALIFIED: Pros must race an XTERRA World Tour event & amateurs enter through one of four means:
1. Earn a slot by qualifying as one of the top finishers in their age group at an XTERRA Championship race in the Philippines, South Africa, Saipan, Costa Rica, Argentina, Malta, New Zealand, Reunion Island, Australia, Malaysia, Brazil, Greece, Tahiti, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, France, Italy, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Japan, Denmark, and Alabama, Colorado, and Utah in the United States. For those “lucky-you-live-Hawaii-guys” there was a local qualifier, XTERRA Freedom Fest at Kualoa Ranch on Oahu.
2. Won their regional championship during the course of the XTERRA America Tour.
3. Age Group Champions from the previous year were provided a slot to defend their crown.
4. The at large drawing – a limited number of slots were offered on a first-come first-serve basis in December, 2015.

XTERRA BACKGROUND: This is the 21st year for the XTERRA World Championship on Maui, the birthplace of off-road triathlon. The first XTERRA race was held here on November 3, 1996 and was televised on Fox Sports Net. The demand for the sport of XTERRA exploded thereafter and there are now more than 50,000 competitors from all 50 states and more than 50 countries worldwide.

TELEVISION: This will be the 21st straight year a nationally (now internationally) broadcast one-hour show will be produced on the event, which showcases Maui’s natural beauty. The 2016 XTERRA World Championship will be seen by more than six million viewers via national syndication (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX), Fox Sports Network, ESPN International, and European distribution. This year’s show will start its run in national syndication in mid-January 2017. In addition, the award-winning XTERRA Adventures TV series, XTERRA USA and World Championship broadcasts are available as a video subscription for Prime members on Amazon Video. Four seasons (32 shows) of the half-hour episodes of XTERRA Adventures, and the 2012-through-2015 XTERRA USA and World Championship triathlon races are available now and 2016 shows will be added soon.

ECONOMIC IMPACT: Direct visitor expenditures from the 2015 XTERRA World Championship were $6 million. The average length of stay on Maui is 6.8 nights (8.5 nights in Hawaii), the average party size is 2.7, and 56% of the field had a household income of more than $100,000 (expenditure source: DBEDT and post event online survey).

HOW TO WATCH: Log on to www.xterramaui.com for race information and race coverage starting at 9am Hawaii time (12pm PST, 3pm EST, 9pm in Paris, 6am in Sydney, and 4pm in Rio). Also on twitter @xterraoffroad, #xterramaui and on Facebook.

Countries Represented: 46
Argentina (21), Australia (25), Austria (5), Belgium (13), Bermuda (1), Brazil (38), Canada (62), Chile (14), China (2), Colombia (5), Costa Rica (13), Czech Republic (9), Denmark (19), Dominican Republic (5), France (66), French Polynesia (11), Germany (15), Hong Kong (2), Italy (18), Japan (22), Luxembourg (2), Malaysia (2), Malta (1), Mexico (20), Morocco (1), Namibia (1), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (36), Nicaragua (2), Peru (1), Philippines (4), Poland (5), Portugal (1), Singapore (5), Slovakia (1), South Africa (9), South Korea (5), Spain (9), Sweden (8), Switzerland (6), Thailand (2), Trinidad and Tobago (1), United Kingdom (10), United States (302)

United States Represented: 38
Breakdown: Alabama 3, Alaska 8, Arizona 8, Arkansas 1, California 60, Colorado 56, Connecticut 1, Florida 3, Georgia 10, Guam 1, Hawaii 37, Idaho 5, Illinois 5, Indiana 1, Kansas 1, Kentucky 2, Maine 1, Maryland 2, Massachusetts 6, Michigan 7, Montana 2, Nevada 5, New Hampshire 1, New Mexico 4, New York 4, North Carolina 6, Ohio 2, Oregon 6, Pennsylvania 7, South Carolina 1, South Dakota 1, Texas 10, Utah 7, Vermont 3, Virginia 9, Washington 12, Wisconsin 1, Wyoming 1

By Age Group
Women 15-19: 5
Women 20-24: 9
Women 25-29: 24
Women 30-34: 21
Women 35-39: 37
Women 40-44: 30
Women 45-49: 28
Women 50-54: 22
Women 55-59: 13
Women 60-64: 3
Women 65-69: 4
Women 70-74: 1
Women 75-79: 0
Physically Challenged Women: 2
Organizer Challenge: 1
Pro Women: 21
Total: 228
Men 15-19: 20
Men 20-24: 30
Men 25-29: 35
Men 30-34: 58
Men 35-39: 56
Men 40-44: 73
Men 45-49: 93
Men 50-54: 66
Men 55-59: 43
Men 60-64: 25
Men 65-69: 8
Men 70-74: 3
Men 75-79: 4
Physically Challenged Men: 7
Organizer Challenge: 4
Pro Men: 50
Total: 585
Oldest Male: 79, Ronald Hill – Hayden,Idaho
Oldest Woman: 71, Wendy Minor – Kamuela, Hawaii
Youngest Man: 14, Bowen Satterthwaite – Eden, Utah
Youngest Woman: 15, Morgan Fortin – Albuquerque New Mexico

maui podium

Updated Elite Start List

We got some sad news this week from Chilean star Barbara Riveros who had a mountain bike crash and suffered a slight fracture to her foot that will force her to sit-out XTERRA Worlds for the second year in a row.

“I’ll get back there and give it another try, I just need to be patient,” said Riveros, who has finished runner-up in Maui twice and was one of the women’s favorites for next Sunday’s race.

Here’s a look at the updated elite men’s and women’s start list, sorted by country.

ARGENTINA: Lucas Mendez, Maximiliano Morales
AUSTRALIA: Ben Allen, Courtney Atkinson, Alex Hunt
AUSTRIA: Michi Weiss
BRAZIL: Diogo Malagon, Felipe Moletta, Juscelino Vasconcelos
CANADA: Karsten Madsen
CHILE: Felipe Barraza,
COLOMBIA: Rodrigo Acevedo, Victor Arenas
COSTA RICA: Rom Akerson, Leonardo Chacon
DENMARK: Anders Bregnhoj
FRANCE: Julien Buffe, Francois Carloni, Anthony Pannier
GERMANY: Sebastian Kienle
HONG KONG: Jason Hsieh
ITALY: Mattia De Paoli
JAPAN: Takahiro Ogasawara
KOREA: Kaon Cho
MEXICO: Mauricio Mendez, Francisco Serrano
NEW ZEALAND: Braden Currie, Kieran McPherson, Sam Osborne, Cameron Paul, Alex Roberts
SOUTH AFRICA: Bradley Weiss
SPAIN: Ruben Ruzafa, Roger Serrano
SWEDEN: Sebastian Norberg, Jari Palonen
USA: JP Donovan, Chris Ganter, Ben Hoffman, Ryan Ignatz, Ian King, Sam Long,
Brian MacIlvain, Josiah Middaugh, Ryan Petry, Branden Rakita, Will Ross, Noah Wright

AUSTRIA: Carina Wasle
BERMUDA: Flora Duffy
BRAZIL: Melania Giraldi, Isabella Ribeiro
CANADA: Joanna Brown, Katharine Carter
CZECH: Helena Erbenova
FRANCE: Myriam Guillot-Boisset, Morgane Riou
GREAT BRITAIN: Lesley Paterson, Jacqui Slack
JAPAN: Mieko Carey
MEXICO: Michelle Flipo
NEW ZEALAND: Lizzie Orchard
USA: Julie Baker, Caroline Colonna, Sarah Graves, Maia Ignatz, Kara LaPoint, Suzie Snyder, Jennifer Todd

Find full XTERRA Worlds Participant List as of 9.29.16 here.


Kienle, Hoffman Highlight Outrigger Resorts Double Chase

Two of the top four men at the Ironman World Championship – Sebastian Kienle from Germany who finished 2nd and Ben Hoffman (pictured above) from the U.S. who was 4th – are set to square off again Sunday at the XTERRA World Championship for the Outrigger Resorts Double title.

Hoffman won the Double last year and Kienle won it in 2012. This year Kienle finished Kona in 8:10:02, and Hoffman was less than three minutes behind him in 8:13:00.

“Should be a good battle with Sebi for the double this year,” said Hoffman. “Spoke to him at the awards banquet and he is looking forward to it as well. Hopefully the legs will come around in time!”

Last year Hoffman finished 10th overall at XTERRA and took the double with a combined time of 11:55:18. The last time Kienle raced in Maui in 2012 he finished 14th overall and took the double crown with a time of 11:03:38.

Kienle, the 2014 IM World Champion and 2012-13 IM 70.3 World Champ, first raced XTERRA in 2005 and won XTERRA Germany in 2006. The year Kienle won in Kona, Hoffman was second. “The Hoff” has been racing XTERRA since 2008, and has been in the top 4 at the Mountain Championship in Colorado each of the last five years.

In the amateur men’s chase former double champ Pablo Ureta of Argentina has a six-minute lead on Olivier Lyoen of France, and in the women’s competition Virginia Sellers of Canada has roughly a half-hour jump start on Janie White of Arizona.

The Outrigger Resorts Double award is given annually to the pro and amateur man and woman with the fastest combined XTERRA World Championship and Ironman Hawaii Championship time. Elites are awarded $2,500 and the top amateur man and woman win a 4-night stay at a Maui Outrigger Resort.

Here’s a look at this year’s doublers (tentative as of 10.14.16)

Name Hometown Division IM Time
Sebastian Kienle Muehlacker, Germany Elite M 8:10:02
Ben Hoffman Boulder, CO, USA Elite M 8:13:00
Michi Weiss Gumpoldskirchen, Austria Elite M 8:49:54
Pablo Ureta Cordoba, Argentina M35-39 9:37:49
Olivier Lyoen Pertuis, France M35-39 9:43:46
Filipe Aragao Brasilia, Brazil M30-34 9:50:35
Andrew Sellars Vernon, B.C., Canada M45-49 9:58:10
Arnaud Bouvier Digne les Bains, France M50-54 10:12:45
Virginia Sellars Vernon, B.C., Canada F40-44 11:34:44
Karsten Olsen Fredericia, Denmark M60-64 11:52:00
Mark Alderman Rutland, VT, USA M50-54 11:57:37
Janie White Paradise Valley, AZ, USA F55-59 12:04:27
Megan Arthur Hamilton, New Zealand F40-44 12:42:24
Mitchell Wendorff Wailuku, HI, USA M30-34 13:29:15
Scott Perrine Gilbert, AZ, USA M45-49 13:58:41
Marcy Fleming Kailua, HI, USA F55-59 15:29:44

The Course in Maui

The XTERRA World Championship starts with a 1.5-kilometer rough water swim at D.T. Fleming Beach fronting the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. The mountain bike is one big 20-mile loop with 3,500-feet of climbing that goes up-and-down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains more than a dozen times, and the run features a whole lot more climbing (1,200-feet) along dirt trails, through oleander forests, and into 60-foot high ironwood evergreens.

To get a better feel for what the course is like we asked some of the pros what they thought…

Suzie Snyder, USA – “I think the course is challenging and there’s no faking any weakness you might have, right from the start in the swim. The rough ocean swim can take a lot out of you if you’re not strong in the water, the bike course is well rounded with hard climbs, descents, some technical challenges that require good skills, and of course some places that are wide open where you can show off your fitness. The run course is relentless in the climbing, which demands as much mental toughness as physical and can break your spirit if you let it.”

Bradley Weiss, RSA – “I love it. I am a smaller athlete who loves going uphill in any format and Maui has plenty of climbing.”

Carina Wasle, AUT – “If you go fast all courses are hard. Here it is lots of climbing, which I really prefer. When you come to the top you think yeah it’s downhill now, but it is still a very long way to go and there are some more climbs to do. The hardest part for me are the never-ending last 8km on the single trail. The little climbs and all the corners need lots of concentration and with tired legs that hurts a lot. My favorite part is the run. It is very beautiful and just awesome to run.”

Branden Rakita, USA – “It’s very demanding. The swim is usually choppy and the shore break can really toss you around if there is a good swell. The bike course will really test your fitness and your ability to dose out your effort. The last couple miles you get a little check to see how well you can handle your bike when you are tired. The run is brutal for the first half with all the climbing, you just want to get in to a good rhythm and keep hydrated and try to stay as cool as possible. then I get to my favorite part with the downhill, you can really fly if you have the legs weaving through the trees and jumping and ducking underneath others.”

Lesley Paterson, GBR – “It’s tough, it’s gritty, it’s got loads of climbing and definitely the strongest athlete wins on the day. There’s nowhere to hide!”

Courtney Atkinson, AUS – “It’s just brutal and hard, but fun. You can lose a lot of time in the second half of the race if you’re not prepared.”

Kara LaPoint, USA – “The Maui course brings so many unique challenges, from the difficulty of the course itself with big, relentless hills – and lots of them! – to the environmental challenges of heat and humidity – to the rough water of the ocean swim, to the extra pressure of this being the World Championship race.”

Francisco Serrano, MEX – “It’s the beauty of Hawaii that I love, nice ocean swim, hard bike and run.”

Jacqui Slack, GBR – “The course improves every year, the bike course continually becomes more challenging and it’s exciting to see what changes there will be.”

Sam Osborne, NZL – “The course is tough, there’s no doubt about that and with the heat mixed in, it makes for a really hard day. The favorite part is the racing, live for that stuff.”

Maia Ignatz, USA – “I love this course. It’s Maui, it’s beautiful, yet brutal, it is a true test of your fitness and perseverance. It’s World Championship worthy.”


Ruzafa, Paterson on a Mission to Get Their World Titles Back

For three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa and two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson the goal is simple, to get their titles back.

“I feel good, strong and fresh,” said Ruzafa, who won his first Maui in 2008, then went back-to-back in 2013 and 2014 before finishing 3rd behind Josiah Middaugh and Braden Currie last year.

“This year I saved more energy for this race, and I think it has been a good decision. I don´t know if I am the fastest I have ever been, but I sure feel good.”

And he has sure raced good too. He won XTERRA Reunion to start the year, finished second behind Roger Serrano at XTERRA Greece, then reeled off four straight wins at XTERRA Portugal, Switzerland, France, and Germany en route to capturing the European Tour Championship for the second time in three years.

“I have had very good results this year, and I’m happy for the season so far but the most important races are now with Maui and then the ITU Cross Tri World Championships,” said Ruzafa.

“This race in Maui is different from all the others. It’s the last one, on a beautiful island with people from all nations. I love the course. It’s hard, semi-technical with muddy parts, dry parts, long climbs, a twisty downhill and warm, humid conditions. It’s what a World Championship course should be.”

As for his goal on raceday, “I just hope to give my best. Be concentrated, motivated, and sure of what I can give.”

For Paterson, who won this race in 2011 and 2012 and was the runner-up in 2013 and last year, the 2016 season turned from bad to good and now she is hoping it will end with great.

“The beginning of the year was awful – depression, Lyme flare up, wah, wah…” said Paterson.  “Then it picked up and I had some great races discovering the world a bit – Tahiti, France, Italy. Found some amazing people and places.”

Paterson said her early struggles this season made her “mentally tougher,” which will serve her well come October 23.

“I’m excited, nervous, ready to have fun and lay it down,” she said. “Its Worlds ya know, and all the big names come out and that course is tough, its gritty, has loads of climbing and definitely the strongest athlete wins on the day. There is nowhere to hide.”

Paterson is hoping to channel the energy she had in 2012.

“That was my best performance,” she explained. “I came to defend with all the pressure on me and I delivered. Not only that, it truly was one of those performances that felt perfect in every way.”

Now in her ninth year racing XTERRA, Paterson says she loves the sport more than she ever has and her mantra for race day, “To be grateful and never give up … oh, and to win!”


XTERRA SuperKids Jump Into Action Oct. 16

XTERRA is for everyone, especially our little ones and on October 16 in Santa Cruz, California we’ll celebrate an event just for them – the XTERRA SuperKid off-road triathlons.

“The future of our sport is with the youth,” said XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas.  “The XTERRA SuperKid will bring a whole new level of environment for XTERRA and its vision to bring kids into the sport.”

Held at the Simpkins Family Swim Center, XTERRA SuperKid courses range from 100-yard swims to 300-yard swims, bike segments from 1.5 miles to 3 miles, and runs from .75 to 2.5 miles.  The swim is in a pool since there are no lakes in the county, but the bike and run are all on dirt trails in the adjacent State Park.

“It’s pretty rugged,” said organizer Penni Bengtson of Finish Line Productions. “The courses are fit into the USAT age ranges, and it’s the only USAT sanctioned kid’s event around.”

SuperKid has always been about building strong bodies and healthy kids. This means getting them off the couch, away from the TV and Video Games, and outside for some healthy physical activity.

“It doesn’t matter if your child is already an athlete or is just starting to engage in sports and outdoor activity,” said Bengtson. “This is a great event for the whole family and gives your children the opportunity to be active and healthy. With a swim, bike and run course, real transition area, body markings and fun prizes for participants, you can help your child gain the self-esteem that comes from doing their personal best, not to mention a cool finisher medal and matching shirt.”

Learn more at http://www.finishlineproduction.com/events/triathlon/SuperKid/SuperKid.html


XTERRA Vouliagmeni Swim Challenge

One of most iconic swim locations on the XTERRA World Tour has turned into its country’s biggest open-water swimming challenge.

The XTERRA Vouliagmeni Swim Challenge held in the Athenian Riviera is set to host 600 swimmers on November 6 at the same location as the XTERRA Greece Championship triathlon. It’s a chance for visitors and locals alike to enjoy ideal swim conditions in a breathtaking setting.

“In 2013 we had 180 athletes, 320 in 2014, 480 in 2015 and this year we are targeting 600 athletes in order to become the biggest open water swim race in Greece,” said organizer Kostas Koumargialis.

The event hosts three different distances (1000m, 2500m, 5000m) and a kids race. Athletes are able to swim with and without wetsuits and awards are presented to the top three in all distances and various categories.

“It is a great opportunity for foreigners to visit the area and enjoy participating in a first class event with great weather conditions and a fantastic atmosphere,” said Koumargialis.

Watch a video from the 2015 event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoaNi0LA1z4 and learn more at Information about the race at http://bit.ly/2cVNY53.


Step One for Outrigger Resort Doublers Tomorrow in Kona

We have identified 14 triathletes (there could be more) who are signed up for tomorrow’s Ironman World Championship as well as the XTERRA World Championship on October 23.

These endurance die-hards will be eligible for the Outrigger Resorts Double award, which is given annually to the pro and amateur man and woman with the fastest combined XTERRA World Championship and Ironman Hawaii Championship time.  Elites are awarded $2,500 and the top amateur man and woman win a 4-night stay at a Maui Outrigger Resort.

American Ben Hoffman won the men’s Outrigger Resorts Double last year with a combined time of 11:55:18 (9:05:22 IM + 2:49:56 XTERRA) and is planning on returning this year to defend his crown.

Arnaud Bouvier of France won the amateur double for the second time in five tries last year after posting a combined time of 13:28:52, just over five minutes ahead of Jorg Schneider of Germany, and he’s also back to defend his crown. Nicole Valentine of Maryland won the women’s amateur double for the second straight year last year in 14:10:38, despite racing through an injury.

Sebastian Kienle, who won the 2012 Double Award, could make it interesting for Hoffman, as could Michi Weiss. It’ll just depend on how they all do tomorrow in Kona.


Name, Division, Hometown

Sebastian Kienle, Elite M, Muehlacker, Germany

Ben Hoffman, Elite M, Boulder, CO, USA

Michi Weiss, Elite M, Gumpoldskirchen, Austria

Filipe Aragao, M30-34, Brasilia, Brazil

Pablo Ureta, M35-39, Cordoba, Argentina

Megan Arthur, F40-44, Hamilton, New Zealand

Virginia Sellars, F40-44, Vernon, B.C., Canada

Scott Perrine, M45-49, Gilbert, AZ, USA

Andrew Sellars, M45-49, Vernon, B.C., Canada

Mark Alderman, M50-54, Rutland, VT, USA

Arnaud Bouvier, M50-54, Digne les Bains, France

Marcy Fleming, F55-59, Kailua, USA

Janie White, F55-59, Paradise Valley, AZ, USA

Karsten Olsen, M60-64, Fredericia, Denmark



Name, Nationality, Division, IM Time+XTERRA Time=Total

Ben Hoffman, USA, EliteM, 9:05:22+2:49:56=11:55:18

Arnaud Bouvier, France, M45-49, 10:10:35+3:18:17=13:28:52

Jorg Schneider, Germany, M45-49, 10:08:11+3:26:21=13:34:32

Nicole Valentine, USA, F30-34, 10:25:49+3:44:49=14:10:38

Mike Johnston, New Zealand, M45-49, 10:56:31+3:17:26=14:13:57

Megan Arthur, New Zealand, F40-44, 11:43:22+3:50:32=15:33:54

Uta Knape, Germany, F40-44, 11:36:17+4:07:20=15:43:37

Janie White, USA, F55-59, 11:49:45+4:22:08=16:11:53

Marina Klemm, Germany, F40-44, 13:04:35+4:07:35=17:12:10

Rob Kronkhyte, USA, M55-59, 14:27:48+4:15:22=18:43:10

Richard Byyny, USA, M40-44, 15:48:52+3:30:04=19:18:56

Flora Maui

Flora For A Three-Peat?

When we talk about the best in the world, we’re not kidding, just look at the women’s field.

Flora Duffy, the reigning and two-time XTERRA World Champion, just beat Olympic gold-medalist Gwen Jorgensen in the ITU finale to capture the World Triathlon Series title.

“The 2016 season has been a huge year for me,” said Duffy. “The build into the Olympics was intense, and once that was over it felt like a layer of pressure was removed, and another layer removed after the ITU Grand Final in Cozumel. After a few days off I started training again and kept asking myself, ‘what am I doing still training after the best race of my life?!’ I don’t know the answer to that exactly, but what I do know is that I love racing XTERRA and being involved with a completely different side of triathlon. It is such a hard race, but at the same time it’s so rewarding.”

This year in Maui Duffy will try to tie Julie Dibens record of winning three in a row.

“To win for a third time would be cool, and a special way to end what has already been an incredible year,” she said. “I haven’t done an XTERRA since February, however, and I know a lot of other women on the start line want to win as well so I will have to put together a perfect race to win.”

Barbara Riveros, a two-time runner-up in Maui, finished 5th at the Rio Olympics ahead of Duffy (who was 8th) and is right at home on single track trails. Then there is Lesley Paterson, a two-time XTERRA World Champ herself, who could just be the grittiest triathlete on the planet.

“Those three women have taken the elite women’s field to a whole new level these past few years,” said XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas.  “They’re not just fast, they’re fearless and they’re fighters.”

Suzie Snyder is a fighter as well, and back this season after missing last year’s race while recovering from a broken pelvis. Snyder dominated the XTERRA Pan America Tour with five wins in 2016 and is as fast as she’s ever been.

We also have seven of the top eight women from last year’s XTERRA World Championship back in Maui, excluding only Emma Garrard (3rd last year) who is pregnant with her second child.

Myriam Guillot-Boisset, an adventure racing world champ, was fourth last year and took home two majors this year.  Lizzie Orchard, 5th last year, won three races and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour title this season.

Helena Erbenova won five races on the XTERRA European Tour and Michelle Flipo won the big ones at XTERRA Switzerland and the XTERRA European Championship in Germany. Carina Wasle added the XTERRA La Reunion title to her trophy shelf, Jacqui Slack won in Malaysia, and Julie Baker pulled out a win in her rookie pro season at XTERRA Beaver Creek.

This amazing collection of women accounted for 25 of the 30 major championship titles on the World Tour this year.

2016 XTERRA World Championship Elite Women
Tentative as of 9.30.16
Sorted by bib #, based on finishing position in last year’s WC then alpha

Bib (2015 Pos) – Name (NAT)
61 (1) – Flora Duffy (BER)
62 (2) – Lesley Paterson (GBR)
63 (4) – Myriam Guillot-Boisset (FRA)
64 (5) – Lizzie Orchard (NZL)
65 (6) – Carina Wasle (AUT)
66 (7) – Helena Erbenova (CZE)
67 (8) – Jacqui Slack (GBR)
68 (12) – Maia Ignatz (USA)
69 (13) – Kara LaPoint (USA)
70 – Julie Baker (USA)
71 – Mieko Carey (JPN)
72 – Katharine Carter (CAN)
73 – Caroline Colonna (USA)
74 – Michelle Flipo (MEX)
75 – Melania Giraldi (BRA)
76 – Sarah Graves (USA)
77 – Isabella Ribeiro (BRA)
78 – Morgane Riou (FRA)
79 – Barbara Riveros (CHI)
80 – Suzie Snyder (USA)
81 – Jennifer Todd (USA)
82 – Joanna Brown (CAN)

XTERRA will cover the elite race with live streaming video online, on Facebook, and on twitter starting at 9 a.m. on October 23, 2016.