Middaugh Currie

Currie Coming to Utah

Last year’s XTERRA USA and World Championship runner-up Braden Currie of New Zealand is headed to Utah to give Josiah Middaugh another run for his money at the XTERRA Pan America Championship next Saturday, September 17.

Last year’s race in the Wasatch Range was a thriller between those two as they traded leads on the bike and run until about mile four of the run when Middaugh opened a little gap and held on for a 26-second margin of victory.

“Braden Currie just never gives up, and I was really wishing he would have, but he didn’t.  It was never over, I just kept having to dig deeper and deeper,” said Middaugh after the race last year.

Currie, who has been rehabilitating a calf strain, is hopeful to push the pace once more.

“This race is my only lead-in event to the XTERRA World Champs, and I am hoping for a good day out,” said Currie.  “If anything the injury only fueled my fire and increased my commitment to my main goal of becoming a World XTERRA Champion this year. I intend to put everything into the next seven weeks and our plan to stay in Lake Tahoe after the Pan Am Champs and train is the best possible training environment I could hope for going into this event. Each year we learn a little bit more and make better decisions about my training and racing and I really feel as if I am making the right steps towards this goal.”

Currie isn’t the only racer for Middaugh to worry about.  Karl Shaw from Great Britain, who got the better of Middaugh at the Pan Am Pro Series opener in Costa Rica back in March, will toe the line and so will Rom Akerson, who upset the champ at XTERRA Dominican Republic (thanks in part to an epic mechanical on the bike for Middaugh).

Another guy to look out for is Karsten Madsen, who is having the best season of his life.

“This season has been a massive breakthrough that I didn’t really expect,” he said.  “I have gotten strong in every race since Alabama. My goal in Utah is simple. I want to win. I have found when I shoot for the stars I have reached them this year (he won both XTERRA Mine over Matter and XTERRA Victoria) and I respect everyone I race with and this will be the biggest field yet, but I have bested some pretty amazing athletes this year and I want to keep that going in Utah. I have a massive amount of trust in the training I have done leading into this race. I will be racing with an eye over my shoulder as Josiah will be a man on a mission and he can never be counted out so many people have over the years and he proves them wrong. To beat him on this course you need a day where everything goes perfect and in XTERRA that’s far from reality. The game plan is simple on my end swim hard and get away early. Then back up the bike with one of the day’s fastest run splits. I look forward to putting the fitness to the test.”

Matt Lieto is back as well, looking to improve on his 5th place showing last year.

“I love this race because it suits my strengths (fitness and power) and limits my weakness (you know, riding down the hills),” Lieto joked.  “Seriously though, since most of my time spent training is on a TT bike having a mostly uphill time trial on the mountain bike is pretty great for me. Also, it’s freaking beautiful, and at a good time of year to get in the dirt.  Last year I made the podium with a 5th, and this year I’ll be looking to be top three. It’s a BIG ask, but this race rewards an athlete willing to hurt, and that’s what I’m best at. Embrace the pain.  I’ll be riding an MTB about 6-8 times before the race, but focusing on sustained climbs and hour efforts in my training. Should set me up well.”

With so much talent on the start line including 20-year-old rookie pro Sam Long, who was second at XTERRA Beaver Creek, looking to make his mark on the sport and 41-year-old veteran Brian Smith – looking to be one of the top Americans and grab a spot on Team USA for Cross Tri Worlds – one thing is for certain … this race is going to be exciting.

Follow the elite race live on twitter @xterraoffroad starting at 9am on Sept. 17.

XTERRA PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIP ELITE START LIST
Bib #/Pan Am Pro Series Rank – Name, NAT
1/1 – Josiah Middaugh – 38 – Vail, Colorado
2/2 – Rom Akerson – 32 – Tambor, Costa Rica
3/3 – Karsten Madsen – 24 – Guelph, Ontario, Canada
4/4 – Kieran McPherson – 24, Matamata, New Zealand
5/5 – Branden Rakita – 35 – Colorado Springs, Colorado
6/6 – Chris Ganter – 37 – Boise, Idaho
7/7 – Ian King – 26 – Virginia Beach, Virginia
8/9 – Sam Long – 20 – Boulder, Colorado
9/10 – Thomas Spannring – 40 – Longmont, Colorado
10/12 – Cody Waite – 38, Lakewood, Colorado
11/16 – Karl Shaw – 36, Great Britain
12/21 – Ryan Ignatz – 37, Boulder, Colorado
14/37 – Brad Zoller – 39, Avon, Colorado
15/45 – Dan Molnar – Bismark, North Dakota
16/46 – Brian Smith – 41, Gunnison, Colorado
17/47 – Michael Nunez – 35, Salt Lake City, Utah
18/56 – Eduardo Marcolino – 36 – Sao Paulo, Brazil
19/62 – Patrick McKeon – 27, Philadelphia, Penn.
20/NR – Rodrigo Acevedo – 30 – Bogota, Colombia
21/NR – Felipe Barraza – 24 – Santiago, Chile
22/NR – Barret Fishner – 33, Blodgett, Oregon
23/NR – Matt Lieto – 37, Bend, Oregon
24/NR – Alex Martinek – 24 – Durango, Colorado
25/NR – Alex Modestou – 29, Durham, North Carolina
26/NR – Cameron Paul – 26 – Taupo, New Zealand
27/NR – Jean-Philippe Thibodeau – 25 – Quebec, Canada
28/NR – Walter Schafer – 25 – Centennial, Colorado
29/NR – Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, New Zealand
30/NR – Alex Roberts – 26, Taupo, New Zealand
31/NR – JP Donovan – 29, Incline Village, Nevada

Race #/Pan Am Pro Series Rank – Name – Age – Hometown
51/1 – Suzie Snyder – 34 – Reno, Nevada
53/3 – Maia Ignatz – 36 – Boulder, Colorado
54/4 – Kara LaPoint – 29 – Truckee, California
55/5 – Sabrina Gobbo – 39 – Sao Paulo, Brazil
56/7 – Katharine Carter – 29 – North Vancouver, BC, Canada
57/8 – Debby Sullivan – 35 – Stafford, Virginia
58/9 – Caroline Colonna – 52 – Taos, New Mexico
59/10 – Rebecca Blatt – 36, Lakewood, Colorado
60/12 – Sarah Graves – 39 – Ballantine, Montana
61/13 – Julie Baker – 40, Sonora, California
62/17 – Liz Gruber – 27, Colorado Springs, Colorado
63/28 – Lisa Leonard – 28 – Las Vegas, Nevada
64/36 – Amanda Felder – 34, Del Mar, California
65/NR – Elizabeth Orchard – 31 – Auckland, New Zealand
66/NR – Annie Bergen – Kelowna, B.C., Canada

NR = Not Ranked in Pan Am Pro Series

Paul Martin

PC Athletes Light the Way

As the 2016 Paralympics get underway today in Rio (J-Dawg just won a silver medal) we give thanks and praise to the long line of physically challenged athletes who have inspired a generation of XTERRA racers.

We’ve been in awe since 1999 when we first witnessed Paul Martin hop out of the water on one leg, then tackle the unforgiving XTERRA World Championship bike and run courses.

Soon after that a pre-teen Rudy Garcia-Tolson captured our hearts and spirits as a super-fast relay team swimmer at XTERRA events all over the west coast in the early 2000’s.  Today, he’s the captain of the 2016 USA Paralympic swim team and participating in his fourth games with four medals (two golds) already in his pocket.

We knew the sky was the limit when we met “one-arm” Willie Stewart.  He was the first challenged athlete with one-arm to race XTERRA thanks in part to a futuristic prosthetic arm that would break-away in case of a bike crash.

Then came Bobby McMullen, who raced it blind, and Taylor Seavey, who couldn’t hear a thing.

Through the years every physically challenged athlete that raced in the dirt with XTERRA – and there have been dozens upon dozens – have shown us the strength of the human spirit, the kind of courage we are capable of, and the perseverance to find a way.

Next week at the XTERRA Pan America Championship race in Ogden, Utah – a grueling event that mixes a one-mile swim with 18-miles of mountain biking and 6.5-miles of running, we have the privilege to cheer on four physically challenged athletes.

Two-time XTERRA PC Division World Champion Judy Abrahams, a below-knee amputee, is back racing off-road after a year spent dealing with prosthetic problems.  It’s been 10 years since the bike accident which subsequently lead to her amputation.

“I think this race is a fitting tribute to a comeback, although I feel like I seem to go through a comeback almost every year with all the silly stuff that goes on in my life,” said Abrahams.

Michael Stone knows the feeling.  The two-time XTERRA PC National Champion, who is legally blind with Retinitis Pigmentsosa, has experienced a persistent decline in his sight.

“One of the biggest challenges despite navigating everyday life, was to figure out how to continue my participation in the sports I have come to love so much,” he said.  “It became quite obvious that I could no longer safely participate in these sports, namely running, cycling and triathlon independently. Losing this independence has been quite a personal challenge. However, with some amazing support I am continuing to race.”

Stone will race with guides Kristin Brown (swim) and Kimberly Baldwin for the bike and run, and all the while raise awareness for the specific research his doctors are doing to treat his condition.

“They have had great success thus far as they have proven in the lab that they can repair our retinas and restore sight,” said Stone.  “Their work has been well documented and published.”

Craig Vogstberger, the most decorated PC athlete on the America Tour having captured his record-setting 9th XTERRA Regional Championship this year, returns to Utah for a duel against friend and four-time regional champ Darren Smith.  Those two wear the same carbon fiber orthodic brace that provides the balance and agility necessary for them to run and bike.

For many physically challenged athletes, the equipment plays a major role.  That is why the Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, as it has for 20 years now, will be on-site in Utah providing professional haircuts with 100% of the proceeds going to the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

To support that cause XTERRA Warrior and cancer survivor David DeSantis, who won the Northeast 55-59 Regional Championship for the third time this year, has raised nearly $29,000 for the CAF as part of his campaign to race 16 XTERRAs around the world this year.  He’s done a dozen races so far, most of them while tumors grew and chemo raged through his body.  DeSantis had surgery Tuesday to remove those cancerous tumors, and says he’s doing fine and can now focus his energy on training to race at XTERRA Worlds.  You can help him reach is goals, which is to help physically challenged athletes reach their goals, at https://www.gofundme.com/DeSantis16in2016.

We wish all the Paralympians racing in Rio this week – particularly Team USA’s Jamie Whitmore, Megan Fisher, and Rudy Garcia-Tolson – the best of luck and thank all the physically challenged athletes for the endless amount of inspiration they provide to us all.

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XTERRA European Tour Finale Sunday in Denmark

The last of 11 events on the XTERRA European Tour takes place Sunday in Mons Klint, Denmark.

“They’ve found the only place in Denmark that isn’t flat,” exclaimed XTERRA European Tour technical director Nicolas Lebrun upon his arrival.

“Mons Klint is the translation for “Cliffs of Mon.” Completely white, made of chalk, you can see the impact of the Baltic sea. The highest point is 120m above the water and 6km long. On top of it there is a beautiful forest with huge beech trees and pastures with nice black cows that look almost like Buffaloes. The entire area is a protected nature reserve, and very popular area with tourists.”

You’ll find the signature spot on this course before the race even starts as competitors (and hardy spectators) will have to walk down nearly 500-steps of stairs to get to the swim.

“This is the “fun” part of the race, the already famous 487-stairs athletes will have to climb from the beach to T1,” said Lebrun. “It’s a perfect wooden path that athletes can do barefoot. And for the best, they can try to beat the fastest Strava time to the top, 2’47”.

Athletes get to do it again on the run, just before the finish.

In between racers will do two laps of a 14km mountain biking loop in a beautiful forest, with lots of small climbs and descents.

“It’s a lot of climbing for Denmark, and also a lot of corners that require technical skills to to break, turn, and shift at the same time.   It’ll be good for mountain bikers.”

There is a lot at stake in both the pro and amateur divisions as everyone tries to win their European Tour Championship title and custom jersey that goes with it. Read pro preview here.

XTERRA European Tour Rank – Name, Nationality

2 – Kris Coddens, BEL

3 – Sam Osborne, NZL

5 – Mauricio Mendez, MEX

6 – Francois Carloni, FRA

8 – Peter Lehmann, GER

9 – Jan Kubicek, CZE

13 – Roger Serrano, ESP

14 – Arthur Forissier, FRA

16 – Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA

17 – Maxim Chane, FRA

23 – Jan Pyott, SUI

25 – Dominik Wychera, AUT

31 – Markus Benesch, AUT

37 – Tim Van Daele, BEL

44 – Thomas Kerner, GER

58 – Simone Calamai, ITA

NR – Anders Bregnhoj, DEN

NR – Mikkel Johnsen, DEN

NR – Mark Hamersma, NED

NR – Glenn Wesseling, NED

 

XTERRA European Tour Rank – Name, Nationality

1 – Poór Brigitta, DEN

2 – Renata Bucher, SUI

4 – Carina Wasle, AUT

7 – Maud Golsteyn, NED

8 – Louise Fox, GBR

17 – Sandra Koblmüller, AUT

20 – Cecilia Jessen, SWE

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XTERRA Japan Cancelled

Typhoon Lionrock wreaked havoc all over Hokkaido and northern Japan late Tuesday night causing widespread flooding, landslides, and power outages.

As a direct result the XTERRA Japan Championship race scheduled for Saturday at Lake Kanayama in Hokkaido was cancelled.

Roads to the race site were closed, debris flooded the lake making the water un-swimmable, trails were blocked with downed trees, and the local hotel lost electricity. The entire area will be in recovery mode through the next several days.

Organizers sent out notices as soon as it was clear the race could not be held, however, many athletes were either en route or decided to still come to Hokkaido.

XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Champion Ben Allen had just landed in Chitose from Australia when he heard the news.

“I’m so sad I won’t get the chance to race XTERRA Japan as I have been wanting to for the past few years, but safety is first and foremost and my heart goes out to all the people here in this region that have been effected by the Typhoon,” said Allen.

“All I know of Japan was seven hours in the airport, but I was in good hands with Mai who did her best to take me on a tour of the Sapporo airport, eat Sushi, check out the Pokémon store for some cool toys for my niece and nephew. I was so impressed by the people and food I tasted even though I didn’t even exit the airport. I can only imagine what it’s like outside.”

Two other Aussie pros headed to Hokkaido had different fates. Last year’s XTERRA Japan winner Courtney Atkinson missed the notice of cancellation by about 45 minutes and got all the way to Tokyo before turning back around. The lucky ones seem to have been Brodie Gardner, who learned of the cancellation before he left Australia and Mieko Carey, who was able to get off the plane in Tokyo and take advantage of an opportunity to catch up with family and friends.

For others, the trip started anew in a coffee shop in the Chitose Aiport. That’s where former XTERRA Japan Champion Takahiro Ogasawara, several amateur racers and the organizing committee gathered Thursday morning … to talk about what’s next.

“Life is what you make of it, ya know, you have to take the bad with the good,” said Allen. “I’ll be back here, you can guarantee that, and next time I’ll have my partner in crime (Jacqui) with me and we’ll go nuts and dive deep into Japan’s culture, fads, and outrageous technology. I can’t wait.”

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XTERRA Pan Am Championship Elites

The XTERRA Pan America Championship race is just two weeks away (Sept. 17) in Ogden, Utah and the elite field is looking strong with nine of the top 10 ranked men and women headed to the Beehive State.

XTERRA PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIP ELITE START LIST

 

Bib #/Pan Am Pro Series Rank – Name, NAT

1/1 – Josiah Middaugh – 38 – Vail, Colorado

2/2 – Rom Akerson – 32 – Tambor, Costa Rica

3/3 – Karsten Madsen – 24 – Guelph, Ontario, Canada

4/4 – Kieran McPherson – 24, Matamata, New Zealand

5/5 – Branden Rakita – 35 – Colorado Springs, Colorado

6/6 – Chris Ganter – 37 – Boise, Idaho

7/7 – Ian King – 26 – Virginia Beach, Virginia

8/9 – Sam Long – 20 – Boulder, Colorado

9/10 – Thomas Spannring – 40 – Longmont, Colorado

10/12 – Cody Waite – 38, Lakewood, Colorado

11/16 – Karl Shaw – 36, Great Britain

12/21 – Ryan Ignatz – 37, Boulder, Colorado

14/37 – Brad Zoller – 39, Avon, Colorado

15/45 – Dan Molnar – Bismark, North Dakota

16/46 – Brian Smith – 41, Gunnison, Colorado

17/47 – Michael Nunez – 35, Salt Lake City, Utah

18/56 – Eduardo Marcolino – 36 – Sao Paulo, Brazil

19/62 – Patrick McKeon – 27, Philadelphia, Penn.

20/NR – Rodrigo Acevedo – 30 – Bogota, Colombia

21/NR – Felipe Barraza – 24 – Santiago, Chile

22/NR – Barret Fishner – 33, Blodgett, Oregon

23/NR – Matt Lieto – 37, Bend, Oregon

24/NR – Alex Martinek – 24 – Durango, Colorado

25/NR – Alex Modestou – 29, Durham, North Carolina

26/NR – Cameron Paul – 26 – Taupo, New Zealand

27/NR – Jean-Philippe Thibodeau – 25 – Quebec, Canada

28/NR – Walter Schafer – 25 – Centennial, Colorado

29/NR – Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, New Zealand

30/NR – Alex Roberts – 26, Taupo, New Zealand

31/NR – JP Donovan – 29, Incline Village, Nevada

 

Race #/Pan Am Pro Series Rank – Name – Age – Hometown

51/1 – Suzie Snyder – 34 – Reno, Nevada

52/2 – Myriam Guillot-Boisset – 37 – Brindas, France

53/3 – Maia Ignatz – 36 – Boulder, Colorado

54/4 – Kara LaPoint – 29 – Truckee, California

55/5 – Sabrina Gobbo – 39 – Sao Paulo, Brazil

56/7 – Katharine Carter – 29 – North Vancouver, BC, Canada

57/8 – Debby Sullivan – 35 – Stafford, Virginia

58/9 – Caroline Colonna – 52 – Taos, New Mexico

59/10 – Rebecca Blatt – 36, Lakewood, Colorado

60/12 – Sarah Graves – 39 – Ballantine, Montana

61/13 – Julie Baker – 40, Sonora, California

62/17 – Liz Gruber – 27, Colorado Springs, Colorado

63/28 – Lisa Leonard – 28 – Las Vegas, Nevada

64/36 – Amanda Felder – 34, Del Mar, California

65/NR – Elizabeth Orchard – 31 – Auckland, New Zealand

66/NR – Annie Bergen – Kelowna, B.C., Canada

 

NR = Not Ranked in Pan Am Pro Series

 

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Steve Cole

2016 XTERRA Regional Champions

The 2016 XTERRA America Tour regular season racing schedule came to a close Sunday, points were tallied, and the regional champions list is out.

Click here to view the 11×17 PDF listing all 185 athletes who won their region this year.

Winners have been invited to race in the XTERRA World Championship and will be honored on the eve of the XTERRA Pan America/USA Championship race in downtown Ogden, Utah on Friday, Sept. 16.

Topping the list once more is 2011 Mr. XTERRA and former National Champ Steve Cole, a pilot living in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Cole remains the only racer in XTERRA history to win all 16 regional championships since the inception of the America tour back in 2001. He was the best age group racer in the South Central’s 45-49 division from 2001 to 2005, won the SC 50-54 division from 2006-2010, swept through the 55-59 division from 2011-2015, and welcomed himself to the 60-64 division in style by posting a perfect score (325 points) with wins in Saipan, Tsali, Knoxville, and Oak Mountain.

While Cole is the only 16-time regional champ, Beverly Enslow of Metamora, Illinois is the most prolific female age grouper with 15 regional titles in the Midwest region.

Cindi Toepel is right behind with 14 titles. Russell Clark and Linda Usher have 13. Kyle Grieser, Barbara Peterson, and GL Brown have 12. Casey Fannin, Kathy Frank, Errol Lassiter, Hans Dieben, and Ken Robins have 11, and new this year to the double-digit club are Ron Hill and Mike Carter, who each won their 10th regional championship crown.

The 2016 XTERRA America Tour featured more than 50 races in 30 U.S. States and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. Learn more at http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/america-tour.

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Interview with Osborne

We caught up with Sam Osborne, the 24-year-old from Rotorua, New Zealand, to ask him about the XTERRA European Tour finale in Denmark and other random things…

XTERRA: When was the first time you raced XTERRA?
Sam Osborne: 2013 in Rotorua was my first time on the line, although things didn’t go all to plan that year. 2014 in Rotorua was the first time I finished an XTERRA.

XT: We understand your Dad has been running the coffee stand at XTERRA New Zealand for a long time.  That race has been growing in legend since 2003, even before Hamish Carter won it three years in a row.  Was your Dad there from the beginning?
SO: Yup, Dad is the man behind the machine at XTERRA NZ. I don’t think he was there from day one but very close, possibly after that first year. He’s been known to ditch the machine for the finish and when we come off the bike to give me a bit of a yell.

XT: There’s a big XTERRA crowd back home, it’s a recognized sport isn’t it?
SO: XTERRA at home is getting bigger and bigger every year. Kiwi’s historically love this kind of adventure sport so naturally its taking off. Hopefully after this year with me being over here there’s a few more young guys who are getting fired up for it. 

XT: How bad do you want to win one in Rotorua?
SO: Really bad!! That is huge goal for me next year is to win my home race. I got very close last year and this year I had a brilliant battle again with Braden Currie. I’m sure we’ve put on a good show Braden and I going head-to-head there but the show needs to end with me breaking that tape next year. 

XT: Let’s talk about breaking the tape next Sunday, how big would that be for you?
SO: It would be massive for me.  Before I came over to Europe this year I had said it was what I wanted to do over here.  Not sure if people thought that was a bit ambitious or not, but it was a big goal and now leading into Denmark I’m now faced with the possibility of pulling it off. 

XT: What’s it going to take?
SO: I’m going to really have to bring my A game to the table there. The thing is I’m not just racing Kris for the overall Tour, I’m racing a whole lot of other guys who all want to win that race on the day. I expect it to be a pretty fast aggressive race. This year the racing has become much more aggressive with a lot of attacking, and the way the course looks there this year it will just encourage that sort of thing.

XT: Let’s get to some lighter stuff.  Do you always pass out at the finish line?
SO: Haha, no…it has happened a couple of times, but it’s not common and I hope it doesn’t become frequent in races to come.  To take down a guy like Ruben though I think you have to be prepared to bleed out there (referring to last week in Germany).

XT: You did a couple races last year, but really got into it this year, why?
SO: Yea I only raced three off-road races over here last year but enjoyed all of them, so I thought why not give it a proper go this year. 

XT: Have you been a triathlete forever?  Did you come from athletic family?
SO: Both my parents were pretty active, Dad was a mad keen mountain biker and he actually wanted me to get into downhill. I ended up racing cross country when I was a junior and only made the switch to triathlon at high school when a couple of my teachers thought it would be good for me to have a crack at. 

XT: Favorite race?
SO: Would have to be my home race in Rotorua. I think the setting for that race is one of the best around and the course they’ve got going on there is just so good. I love racing at home as well, I spend a lot of time over here in Europe and you know there’s not a huge amount of support, no one really knows you that well, but racing at home everyone knows you and the support there is just unreal. 

XT: Most satisfying race?  Was it the win at Sweden last year?
SO: The win at XTERRA Sweden last year was awesome, it was my first XTERRA race out of Rotorua and I won it.  But, I think Euro Champs last weekend in Germany (second to Ruzafa in stacked field) and Sardegna Cross Tri Worlds (3rd) were probably more satisfying for me. I absolutely love this fast and close racing and with the fields being that stacked I live for that stuff. 

XT: How much fun are you having touring around Europe, outside of the racing?
SO: There hasn’t been a huge amount of exploring in between racing and I’ve been kept busy with my uni work in between that. The fun is with all the other guys on the tour, you see the same guys most races and we are all pretty good mates even if it is a bit of a dog eat dog affair out on the course. 

XT: Do people in Europe think you’re an Aussie or a Kiwi?
SO: Luckily I haven’t been asked that too many times, because when they do they almost get a smack. Although I’ve had the Aussie flag put on my number plate a few times here. NOTE: We have the red stars

XT: Can you do the haka?
SO: The haka is almost part of the curriculum in NZ…. but you need more than just one kiwi to pull it off.

XT: Do you have any rituals or good luck charms?
SO: Not so much, although I have a Tiki that was hand-sewn for me a few years back which I think is pretty cool.

XT: Do you have a nickname?
SO: Sammy is about as far as nicknames go for me. Nothing quite as cool as “The Caveman” or anything like that.  


XT: Well, let’s throw Bam Bam against the wall and see if it sticks.  Say, if you weren’t racing as a pro triathlete, what would you be doing?
SO: I’m still at uni over here while I’m racing studying math, still entirely unsure what I will do with that. I like the idea of teaching but it would be something with that degree. 

XT: Got any hobbies when you’re not racing?
SO: I’m quite into my coffee, probably enjoy making it more than drinking it. Dad’s got a fairly big reputation around Rotorua for his coffee and I think mine gives a good go. It is a bit of a running competition out at my parents’ bike shop and there’s a fair bit of banter over whose is better.

XT: How’s your road tri racing going, what are you up to for that?
SO: I haven’t actually done any of the ITU style racing since I’ve been over in Europe this year.  The Euro tour has so many races now it’s hard to do both. I’m still unsure how the season will pan out with it next year, but I’d say I will at least to a few back in the NZ summer, I still love that racing. I have been asked by my Bundesliga team to come back for next year, so we will see.  Probably a bit of that will depend on how the next two-months pan out for me.
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Epic Showdown On Tap in Denmark

It all comes down to this.

The Belgian, Kris “Cool Cat” Coddens VS the Kiwi, Sam “Bam Bam” Osborne

Heading into the XTERRA European Tour finale at XTERRA Denmark next Sunday (Sept 4) those two sit in second and third-place in the elite standings, separated by just 13 points.

The leader, three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa, will not make the trip.

“No, my focus now is on Maui,” Ruzafa explained.  “This year I have done two parts in the season, Reunion to XTERRA France, then two-weeks rest, and now I have Maui and ITU Worlds on my mind.  This year we have tried to make little changes to my swimming, so I can be faster in the water, and my running so I can be better on the climbs and the downhills.  The secret, however, is arriving fresh at each race.  With seven weeks focus on the preparation for Maui, I hope to arrive healthy and with energy, that is the key.”


Ruzafa collected 442 points on the XTERRA European Tour this season, 82 more than Coddens and 99 more than Osborne.

“What that means is if Kris finishes 1st or 2nd he beats Ruben.  If Sam finishes 1st he also beats Ruben, but if Kris is 2nd he beats Sam,” said XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas, who notably went out of his way to prod those two with these facts.

The tight race sets up an exciting finale in Mons Klint.  In head-to-head racing this year Coddens got the better of Osborne at XTERRA Belgium (He won, Sam was 2nd) and XTERRA Switzerland (He was 2nd, Sam was 7th) but Osborne finished ahead of Coddens at the last two races, placing 3rd at XTERRA Sweden (Kris was 4th) and 2nd at XTERRA Germany (Kris was 12th).

Ah, but it’s not just about Bam Bam and Cool Cat!  The “Kid” Mauricio Mendez from Mexico will be in Denmark as well, eager to claim his third win on the European Tour this season and mess-up the whole deal.  If Mendez wins, and Coddens doesn’t finish second, the title goes to Ruzafa.

Looking back, Mendez was faster than Osborne on his way to winning at XTERRA Italy (Sam was 2nd), and he got the better of both Sam and Kris when he won in Sweden, but then Osborne bounced back in Germany last weekend with a runner-up showing to Ruzafa (Mauricio was 5th).

And let’s not forget about Roger Serrano, the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champ, who won the first two races of the season at XTERRA Malta and XTERRA Greece (where he beat Ruzafa).  He’s back from injuries and looking to re-establish his spot on top.

There’s drama in the women’s race as well, with Brigitta Poor looking to become the first elite racer from Hungary to win an XTERRA European Tour title.  She’s got the lead with 429 points, and behind her is the “Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher with 401 points.  Poor can lock-down the crown with a fourth-place finish or better.  If Renata wins it, and Poor is fifth-or-worse, Bucher will walk away with her fifth XTERRA European Tour title.
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Ruzafa, Flipo win XTERRA European Championship

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Zittau, Germany (August 20, 2016) – Three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa from Spain and Michelle Flipo from Mexico captured the XTERRA European Championship elite titles today in Zittau, Germany.

It’s the fourth win in a row for Ruzafa on the Euro Tour this year and the second straight for Flipo.

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

The weatherman was almost wrong.  Instead of a postcard perfect day, we started with clouds and sprinkles of rain.  But try as it did – by start time it was warm, a bit of a breeze and close to perfect conditions.  With a water temp of 22.5C there were no wetsuits for anyone.  Pro men and women got a healthy start of 3-minutes on age group men with another gap of 3-minutes to age group women.  After a bit, XTERRA lite took off.

To no surprise German Christian Otto came out of the first 750m lap with Hannes Wolpert next to him.  Roger Serrano, Steven Bayliss and Sam Osborne followed with a pack consisting of Karl Shaw, Mauricio Mendez and Brice Daubord on their heels.

For the women it was no contest with Michelle Flipo way out in front nearly two minutes ahead of points leader Brigitta Poor.  Renata Bucher was quick along with Carina Wasle and young French woman Morgane Riou. Myriam Guillot-Boisset was back 3’50” and many time champion Helena Erbenova was over 4 minutes back from Flipo and 2 minutes from the other women with a lot of age groupers to pass.

Headed around the lake and going into the trails it was Stephan Bayliss in front of Otto with Sam Gardner already coming forward and Roger Serrano on his tail.  About 10 seconds back Mauricio made a big pass under the main road tunnel followed closely by Brice Daubord, Karl Shaw and Hannes Wolpert.  Just a few meters’ back was another bunch headed by Francois Carloni with Veit Honle, Bradley Weiss, Maxime Chane, Ruben Ruzafa, Nico Fernandez, Arthur Serrieres and more.  Yes, it was early in the race but these men were fighting hard at the 3K mark.  Poor Kris Coddens was way back having suffered in the swim.  “I really don’t like non wetsuit swims” he said “I’m thin and really get cold and have a bad time thawing out.”

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At that mark Flipo was fighting with the men pros and had over a minute on Brigitta but Renata looked good, Carina was quick passing some men on a short hill and Morgane was back a few minutes with Louise Fox. Myriam Guillam-Boisset was now at 3’30” and Helena still over 4’ from the leader.

By the 10K mark things had spread a bit but the fights were still happening.  At this point the trails start to really climb and get steep.  First a rocky, rooty section that almost nobody can ride and then a semi paved climb of a few hundred meters to the Hochwald – this neat tower at the top of the mountain.  Ruben had asserted himself in first with Carloni and Bradley Weiss on his wheel.  Osborne had dropped back when he followed Brad Weiss but could not react quick enough to miss a big rock.

“Bradley jumped it but I was so close I hit it hard and just went straight over the bars” the Kiwi smiled.

Karl Shaw was strong in 4th with Roger Serrano and Mauricio next.  Then a pack with Veit Honle leading Malte Ploppert and Brice Daubord.  The quick swimmers, Otto and Bayliss had dropped back a bit but were still well placed.

Ruben chose to walk the steepest part and Carloni rode by him.  Bradley kept his pace and Osborne rode about 90% of the hill and caught the lead 3.  Francois’ lead did not last long as Ruben went hard on the downhill and started to gap the rest.

Flipo was still in command but now only 40” up on Brigitta.  Renata was caught by Carina at about 1-minute back.  It was a long wait for Myriam and Morgane to come up the hill and when Erbenova went by she was still about 4’ behind.

There is a notorious, technical rocky downhill at about 29K.  It is fierce but short and the really good guys pay almost no attention to it simply letting the suspension and tires take the beating.  It is really amazing how fast they go through this section.  Ruben came by alone with 1’20” on Carloni, Weiss and Osborne.  Bradley had done the lion’s share of work pulling the group.  Carloni admitted he did not work with the group a lot.

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“I was very tired and sick after Italy and did not even know if I could race.  So I decide to not go 100% and let Weiss do the work.  Thank you Bradley!”

Back about 4 min and out of the hunt were Daubord, Mendez, young Maxime Chane’, Arthur Serrieres and Veit Honle.

Near the end of the bike Bradley and Sam attacked and Francois could not stay with them.  Coming out of T2 Ruben had nearly 2 minutes on the field.  Osborne attacked immediately out of transition and gapped Weiss. Sam was flying on the trails and at one point got under 30” from the Spanish leader.

“I wanted to catch him or get sight of him but just blew up,” said Osborne with his head down.  “But I survived and am really happy with second.”

Bradley had a lonely run but a solid third all the way.  Mauricio and Daubord came out with Carloni but there was little doubt Francois would stay with possibly the two fastest male runners we have.  Serrieres had dropped back a bit with Honle in 8th and first German competitor and Czech Honza Kubick coming off a very fast bike in 9th.

Osborne somehow held on to second just 40 seconds off Ruben and immediately collapsed.  He recovered quick enough and was last seen at the after party with a beer, chatting with Roger Serrano and Brad Weiss and waiting for the feature band.

“I knew the other girls might be stronger on the bike so I rode hard the whole way” said Michelle Flipo.  “I did not save anything for the run and I was really tired and hurting.”

What she did not know and what we did not expect was French woman Myriam Guillot-Boisset was having the ride of her life and put in the fastest bike time.  Then she proceeded to run the quickest of all the women and pulled within 22 seconds of the winner.  Another K and we may have had a different result.  Brigitta Poor had a solid day with a good swim, bike and run to finish 3rd ahead of a fast closing Helena Erbenova who once clear of traffic had a great run to finish less than 50” out of 3rd.  Carina came home 5th, Renata 6th, Morgane 7th all within a few minutes of each other.

The day played out as expected with the exception the fighting was so close and tight.  “just before the big climb I looked back and there had to be 15 guys all in a row” said Roger Serrano.  “I never saw so many guys fighting so close”.

Mauricio and Brice Daubord fought the run all the way with the Frenchman finishing just 5 seconds ahead of our young Mexican.  “He was so fast” Mau said “I ran hard but just could not catch him.  I would get close but he was too strong for me today.”

Not hard to believe as Mauricio had done 3 weeks in a row at Italy (he won) Poland (2d) and Sweden (1st) and then came directly to Germany.

Arthur Serrieres is steadily improving and came in front of the French veteran and great rider Francois Carloni with Veit Honle 8th, Honza Kubicek 9th and Peter Lehmann 10th.

The day ended with some great bands playing, the sky clear and the big yellow moon back to say hello. Germany is simply a great race and a great organization.  The athletes know it and they return every year.  Full marks to Benno and his “family” of crew.  I’m not sure but the best party may have been in the Helpers compound.

One to go and the possibilities abound.  We’ll have more on who needs to do what to win or place high in the final standings next week.  Bring on Denmark.

Find pictures, videos, and more stories from the XTERRA European  Championship at:
https://www.facebook.com/XTERRA.Germany // https://www.facebook.com/xterraeurope

ELITE RESULTS:

XTERRA European Championship (Zittau, Germany) August 20, 2016    
       
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 2:32:27 100
2 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:33:09 90
3 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:34:43 82
4 Brice Daubord, FRA 2:35:21 75
5 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:35:26 69
6 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 2:37:58 63
7 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:38:31 58
8 Veit Hönle, GER 2:39:22 53
9 Jan Kubíček, CZE 2:39:31 49
10 Peter Lehmann, GER 2:39:43 45
11 Stephen Bayliss, GBR 2:40:26 41
12 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:41:34 37
13 Christian Otto, GER 2:42:04 34
14 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 2:42:27 31
15 Jan Francke, CZE 2:43:01 28
Also: Maxim Chane, Aidan Nugent, Dominik Wychera, Gonzola Bernal, Jonas Hoffman, Markus Benesch, Lubos Truhlar, Damien Derobert, Llewellyn Holmes, Roger Serrano, Hannes Wolpert, Vaclav Holub, Thomas Kerner, Rui Dolores, Krysztof Kokot, Rafael Delaunay, Lukas Netik,
       
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Michelle Flipo, FRA 2:54:47 100
2 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 2:55:09 90
3 Brigitta Poór, HUN 2:58:03 82
4 Helena Erbenova, CZE 2:58:51 75
5 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:03:50 69
6 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:04:45 63
7 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:05:39 58
8 Louise Fox, GBR 3:17:10 53
9 Ivana Loubkova, CZE 3:18:12 49
10 Sabina Rzepka, POL 3:21:49 45
11 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 3:25:36 41
12 Birgit Jüngst-Dauber, GER 3:43:08 37

Complete Results

ALL-TIME XTERRA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE ELITE WINNERS: 

Year Location Men’s Winner Women’s Winner
2016 Zittau, Germany Ruben Ruzafa Michelle Flipo
2015 Cranleigh, England Ruben Ruzafa Lesley Paterson
2011 Zittau, Germany Olivier Marceau Marion Lorblanchet
2010 Sardinia, Italy Franky Batelier Melanie McQuaid
2009 Klopeinersee, Austria Franky Batelier Renata Bucher
2008 Sardinia, Italy Olivier Marceau Sibylle Matter
2007 Sardinia, Italy Olivier Marceau Eszter Erdelyi
2006 Villacidro, Italy Nicolas Lebrun Renata Bucher

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RUZAFA, POOR STILL ON TOP OF XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR RANKINGS

Ruben Ruzafa and Brigitta Poor remain on top of the Euro Tour standings with just one race remaining.  The finale in Denmark in two weeks will determine both the elite and amateur European Tour Champions.
Up Next: September 4 – XTERRA Denmark (Mons Klint)

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR PRO STANDINGS                  
After 10 – 8.20.16                      
                         
Men     S S S S G G S S S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA POL SWE GER
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 442 DNS 67 75 DNS 100 100 DNS DNS DNS 100
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 360 DNS x47 DNS 75 90 41 DNS 61 56 37
3 Sam Osborne, NZL 343 DNS DNS x51 67 58 DNS 67 DNS 61 90
4 Yeray Luxem, BEL 299 DNS DNS 67 x27 DNS 90 DNS 75 67 DNS
5 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 286 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 67 75 69
6 Francois Carloni, FRA 263 DNS 51 56 61 DNS 37 x51 DNS DNS 58
7 Brice Daubord, FRA 261 43 61 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
8 Peter Lehmann, GER 239 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 39 51 DNS 45
9 Jan Kubicek, CZE 234 DNS 36 DNS DNS 37 DNS 56 56 DNS 49
10 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 230 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 63 DNS DNS 51 63
11 Bradley Weiss, RSA 227 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 82 DNS DNS DNS 82
12 Veit Hoenle, GER 226 DNS DNS 23 DNS 75 75 DNS DNS DNS 53
13 Roger Serrano, ESP 211 75 75 61 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
14 Arthur Forissier, FRA 150 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNF DNS 47 DNS 47 DNS
15 Tomas Kubek, SVK 137 DNS 43 DNS 47 DNS DNS x23 47 DNS DNS
16 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 127 47 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNP 23 27 DNS
17 Maxim Chane, FRA 126 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 36 DNS DNS DNP
18 Henry Sleight, GBR 125 DNS DNS DNS 39 28 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Damien Guillemet, FRA 120 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Hannes Wolpert, GER 114 36 DNS 33 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
21 Sebastian Norberg, SWE 111 DNS 25 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNF DNS
22 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 110 DNS DNS 25 33 DNS 31 21 DNS DNS DNP
23 Jan Pyott, SUI 110 DNF 33 DNS DNS 34 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
24 Christophe Betard, FRA 108 27 DNS DNS 36 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Dominik Wychera, AUT 108 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS 36 DNP
26 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 94 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS
27 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 87 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
28 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Max Neumann, AUS 79 DNS 30 DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Theo Blignaut, RSA 79 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 43 DNS
31 Markus Benesch, AUT 73 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 21 DNS DNP
32 Stephen Bayliss, GBR 71 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS 41
33 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 64 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS
36 Karl Shaw, GBR 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNF
37 Tim Van Daele, BEL 57 DNS 27 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Bartosz Banach, POL 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 José Estrangeiro, POR 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
41 Anthony Pannier, FRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Julen Loroño, ESP 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
43 Aidan Nugent, RSA 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNP
44 Thomas Kerner, GER 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP
45 Rui Dolores, POR 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
46 Christian Otto, GER 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
47 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
48 Norbert Durauer, AUT 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS
49 Mester Balint, HUN 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS
50 Jari Palonen, SWE 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS
51 Ben Allen, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Anthony Flinois, FRA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Jan Francke, CZE 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28
54 Gonzalo Orosco, ESP 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
55 Emil Stoynev, BUL 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS
56 Jim Thijs, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS
57 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNP
58 Simone Calamai, ITA 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS
59 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNF 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
60 Martial Schmidt, FRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNP DNP DNS DNS DNS
61 Tiago Maia, POR 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DHS DNS DNP DNS DNS
62 Boris Chambon, FRA 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS
Women   S S S S G G S S S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA POL SWE GER
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 429 75 67 x61 DNS 63 75 DNS 67 DNS 82
2 Renata Bucher, SUI 401 DNS DNS 51 DNS 75 90 61 61 DNS 63
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 382 DNS 75 75 75 DNS 82 x67 x75 x75 75
4 Carina Wasle, AUT 364 DNS DNS 56 67 58 63 DNS DNS 51 69
5 Morgane Riou, FRA 331 67 51 DNS 61 49 45 DNS DNS DNS 58
6 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 308 DNS DNS 67 DNS 82 69 DNS DNS DNS 90
7 Maud Golsteyn, NED 232 56 DNS 39 47 41 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
8 Louise Fox, GBR 229 DNS 56 47 DNS 45 28 DNS DNS DNS 53
9 Ladina Buss, SUI 228 DNS 61 DNS DNS 69 DNS 51 47 DNS DNS
10 Michelle Flipo, FRA 200 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
11 Lesley Paterson, GBR 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS DNS DNS
12 Jacqui Slack, GBR 148 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 130 DNS DNS DNS 43 31 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
14 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 125 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS 51 DNS DNS
15 Jessie Roberts, GBR 122 DNS DNS DNS 51 37 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 119 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP DNP DNS 39 DNS 41
17 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 114 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Diane Lee, GBR 103 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
19 Danica Spiteri, MLT 86 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS
20 Cecilia Jessen, SWE 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
21 Kara LaPoint, USA 65 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS
23 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Sandra Santanyes, ESP 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
25 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Ivana Loubkova, CZE 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
28 Sabina Rzepka, POL 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
29 Sara Bonilla Bernardez, ESP 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Belinda Hadden, AUS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
31 Sanne Van Paassen, NED 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Birgit Jüngst-Dauber, GER 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
33 Monica Cibin, ITA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

Learn more at…

http://www.xterraeurope.com

http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/pro-racing

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Germany was one of more than 30 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 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 Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
21-May XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa/Helena Erbenova
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Mauricio Mendez/Lesley Paterson
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Yeray Luxem/Helena Erbenova
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Mauricio Mendez/Helena Erbenova
20-Aug XTERRA European Championship Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
3-Sep XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui