Andreev, Fox win XTERRA Finland

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Pavel Andreev (RUS) and Louise Fox (GBR) captured the inaugural XTERRA Finland Championship off-road triathlon race in Rauha this afternoon.

The event combined a 1.5 kilometer swim in the beautiful Saimaa Lake, followed with a 30-kilometer mountain bike in the forest surrounding the lake, and concluded with a 10-kilometer challenging trail run.

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

I hate it when the weatherman is right.  And right on time the sprinkles began about 10am.  This small rain did not deter the Finns at all and it did help the temperatures were in the high 60’s.

Everything was perfectly organized and ready for a noon start and the bunch took off from a deep water start on a one lap 1500m swim.  We expected local triathlete Panu Lieto would be quick, but he destroyed the field and came out of T1 with a 3 minute lead.  Czech Jan “the fox” Kubicek and Russian Winter Tri World Champion Pavel Andreev left literally side by side in 2nd and 3rd.  The first K of the bike is on paved paths headed to the forest.  Riders cross a bridge and take a 270 degree circle under the road and onto the trails.  It is gravel and downhill and with the fresh rain – slick.  Kubicek locked his brake and fell hard.  “I was surprised by this and lost contact with Pavel” he said “But Pavel was so strong today I don’t think I could stay with him”

Indeed the Russian rode well putting in the fastest bike time by far.  With Kubicek’s having lost time on his fall, he never caught our Finnish triathlete until T2.  In a pretty slick move, Kubicek came in behind Lieto and left before him.   One of the favorites, Norwegian Oivind Bjerkseth had a bad day.  His first open water swim in his life was at XTERRA Malta and although he has been training, he lost over 8 minutes to Pavel and over 11 to Lieto.  Oivind did have the second fastest bike of the day but had lost too much in the beginning and ended 4th.

For the women, Louise Fox had a good swim and led Swede Cecilia Jessen by over a minute.  “Foxy” as we often call her rode well and made no mistakes.  She was able to pull out nearly another minute over Cecilia and she needed it as our Swedish woman pulled it back on the run for a very solid second place.

The weatherman had predicted the rain would stop in the afternoon but it never did.  It never came down hard but was on and off all day.  Great for the athletes as they stayed cool the whole race.  The now famous “Swamp” a typical Finnish bog was wonderful with people sloshing through, feet plunging into the bog up to the ankle.  Leader Pavel Andreev lost his shoe running through and had to stop, find it and put it back on.  I was there and stayed outside it but to no avail, my shoes went through the moss and I spent the rest of the afternoon with soaked feet.  I can only imagine what the runners feet were like having to run another 5K lap and through it again!

Rave reviews from everyone about the bike and the run.  Every trail was beautifully marked and despite the cloudy day and rain nobody got lost.  Dozens of volunteers were everywhere, aid stations manned by enthusiastic workers.

Finland will be held in August next year and this place will be rocking.  Imatra has a major league baseball team and you will not believe Finnish baseball.  The trails and lake are beyond great – women’s winner Louise Fox said it was the only swim she was ever in where she could drink the water !

St. Petersburg, Russia is only a few hundred K away and the Russian Border only 10K.  Get your VISA now.  Simply a great experience.

ELITE RESULTS

Xterra Finland 
Men
Pos Time Points
1 Pavel Andreev  (RUS) 02:32:25 75
2 Jan Honza Kubicek  (CZE) 02:36:42 67
3 Panu Lieto  (FIN) 02:39:11 61
4 Oivind Bjerkset  (NOR) 02:48:57 56
5 Pavel Jindra  (CZE) 02:53:12 51
6 Pekka Nieminen  (FIN) 02:56:29 47
7 Samuli Heikkila  (FIN) 03:02:55 43
8 Jonne Mustonen  (FIN) 03:42:33 39
Women
Pos Time Points
1 Louise Fox  (GBR) 03:08:28 75
2 Cecilia Jessen  (SWE) 03:10:25 67
3 Elina Honkavuori  (FIN) 04:01:12 61

RUZAFA, POOR KEEP LEADING EURO TOUR AFTER SEVEN

No changes at the first 4 places of the elite men’s standings, after XTERRA Finland.
With his 2nd place today, Kubicek jumped to sixth. Bjerkseth, after having an operation in his hand 5 weeks ago, finished fourth and is back in 5th position. Those were the only big moves on the men side.

In the women’s standings, Poor is still leading wth 6 points ahead of Erbenova. Golsteyn holds on the third spot, but the move of the day was from Cecilia Jessen who moved to 4th after her second place in Finland. Fox was able to get some points with her win today and is now in 7th position.

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR ELITE POINT STANDINGS

After 7 – 18 June 2017

Men S S S S S S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT CYP GRE ESP POR BEL FIN
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 300 DNS DNS 75 75 75 75 DNS
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 263 61 47 43 DNS 61 51 DNS
3 Yeray Luxem, BEL 203 DNS 75 DNS DNS 67 61 DNS
4 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 170 DNS DNS 47 DNS 56 67 DNS
5 Oivind Bjerkseth, NOR 156 33 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
6 Jan Kubicek, CZE 149 DNS DNS DNP 39 DNS 43 67
7 Roger Serrano, ESP 142 75 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNF DNS
8 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 128 67 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS
9 Thomas Kerner, GER 127 DNS 61 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS
10 Rui Dolores, POR 122 DNS DNS 39 36 47 DNS DNS
11 Xavier Jove Riart, ESP 118 DNS DNS DNS 67 51 DNS DNS
12 Jens Roth, GER 117 DNS DNS 61 56 DNS DNS DNS
13 Jan Pyott, SUI 114 56 DNS 25 33 DNS DNS DNS
14 Maxim Chane, FRA 113 30 DNS 36 DNS DNS 47 DNS
15 Julien Buffe, FRA 79 DNS 56 23 DNS DNS DNP DNS
16 Hannes Wolpert, BEL 79 DNF 43 DNP DNS 36 DNP DNS
17 Geert Lauryssen, BEL 75 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS
18 Pavel Andreev, RUS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
19 Mark Hamersma, NED 66 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS
20 Stephan Radeck, GER 64 25 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Arthur Serrieres , FRA 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNP DNS
22 Panu Lieto, FIN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
23 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 58 DNS DNS DNS 25 33 DNS DNS
24 Peter Lehmann, GER 57 DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS 30 DNS
25 Kris Coddens, BEL 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Bradley Weiss, RSA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
27 Tim Van Daele, BEL 52 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS 25 DNS
28 Jörg Scheiderbauer, GER 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Sebastian Neef, GER 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Arthur Forissier, FRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Pavel Jindra, CZE 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51
32 Tomas Kubek, SVK 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Albert Soley, ESP 47 DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS
34 Pekka Nieminen, FIN 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 47
35 Pau Botella Tarres, ESP 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
36 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
37 Samuli Heikkila, FIN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43
38 Jim Thijs, BEL 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS
40 Jonne Mustonen, FIN 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39
41 Pierre Alain Nicole, FRA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS
42 Tiago Maia, POR 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNF DNS DNS
43 Guillaume Jeannin, FRA 30 DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS
44 Alejandro Tenorio, ESP 30 DNS DNS DNS DNP 30 DNS DNS
45 Doug Hall, GBR 27 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Rafael Gomes, POR 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS
47 Theo Dupras, FRA 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS
48 Octavio Vicente, POR 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS
49 Callum Hughes, GBR 23 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
50 Javier Oliver Vives, ESP 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS
51 Markus Benesch, AUT 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Zeus Gutierrez Ochoa, ESP 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS
53 Morten Olesen, DEN 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS
WM S S S S S S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT CYP GRE ESP POR BEL FIN
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 359 75 75 67 67 75 DNS DNS
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 353 67 DNS 75 75 61 75 DNS
3 Maud Golsteyn, NED 210 56 DNS 47 DNS 56 51 DNS
4 Cecilia Jessen, SWE 206 39 61 DNS DNS DNS 39 67
5 Carina Wasle, AUT 185 51 DNS DNS DNS 67 67 DNS
6 Morgane Riou, FRA 184 DNS 67 56 DNS DNS 61 DNS
7 Louise Fox, GBR 115 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
8 Rocío Espada, ESP 98 DNS DNS DNS 51 47 DNS DNS
9 Kathrin Mueller, GER 89 33 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
10 Anna Pauline Sasserath, GER 79 36 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
11 Nicole Walkers, GBR 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
12 Miriam Casillas Garcia, ESP 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Sara Bonilla, ESP 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS
14 Elina Honkavuori, FIN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
15 Daz Parker, GBR 56 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
17 Marika Wagner, SWE 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Isabelle Ferrer, FRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Ladina Buss, SUI 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS
20 Kristina Lapinova, SVK 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Aina Picas, ESP 47 DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS
22 Ine Couckuyt, BEL 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS
23 Renata Bucher, SUI 43 DNS DNS 43 DNF DNS DNS DNS
24 Sheila Marques, POR 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
25 Jessica Roberts, GBR 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS
26 Anne-Sophie Marechal, BEL 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS
27 Marta Menditto, ITA 30 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
XTERRA Finland was the seventh of 14 races on the XTERRA European Tour, and 21st of 40 on the XTERRA World Tour where amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 29.
Date Race Elite Winners or Location
25-Feb XTERRA South Africa Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
4-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Dougal Allan / Josie Wilcox
18-Mar XTERRA Saipan + Silver Sam Osborne / Carina Wasle
25-Mar XTERRA Argentina # Silver Gonzalo Tellechea / Suzie Snyder
1-Apr XTERRA Thailand + Silver Kieran McPherson / Renata Bucher
1-Apr XTERRA Chile # Silver Felipe Barraza / Barbara Riveros
2-Apr XTERRA Malta * Silver Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
8-Apr XTERRA New Zealand + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
9-Apr XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
16-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Danao + GOLD Bradley Weiss / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Cyprus * Silver Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor
29-Apr XTERRA Langkawi + GOLD Osborne,Allen,Weiss,McPherson/Wasle
30-Apr XTERRA Greece * Silver Ruben Ruzafa, Helena Erbenova
6-May XTERRA Tahiti + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
13-May XTERRA Brazil # Silver Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
14-May XTERRA Spain * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
20-May XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
27-May XTERRA Portugal * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Brigitta Poor
10-Jun XTERRA Belgium * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
17-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter ^ Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady
18-Jun XTERRA Finland * Silver Pavel Andreev / Louise Fox
24-Jun XTERRA Switzerland * GOLD Vallee de Joux
2-Jul XTERRA France * GOLD Xonrupt
9-Jul XTERRA Victoria # Silver Victoria, B.C., Canada
15-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD Beaver Creek, CO, USA
30-Jul XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver Scanno, Abruzzo, Italy
5-Aug XTERRA Mexico # GOLD Tapalpa
5-Aug XTERRA Norway * Silver Norefjell
6-Aug XTERRA Canmore ^ Canmore, Alberta, Canada
12-Aug XTERRA Quebec ^ Quebec City, Canada
12-Aug XTERRA Parry Sound ^ Ontario, Canada
13-Aug XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver Barahona
13-Aug XTERRA Poland * Silver Krakow
19-Aug XTERRA Germany * GOLD Zittau
26-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant ^ Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
2-Sep XTERRA Japan + Silver Hokkaido
3-Sep XTERRA European Championship (DEN) * GOLD Mons Klint
16-Sep XTERRA Pan Am Championship / USA # D-GOLD Ogden, Utah, USA
29-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Inaugural XTERRA Finland This Sunday

The XTERRA European Tour rolls on with stop number seven of 14 in Imatra, Finland on Sunday.

The inaugural XTERRA Finland Championship race takes place at Lake Sainaa, a three-hour drive from Helsinki airport. The lake is the largest in Finland, a country that boasts more than 1,000 lakes.

“From here in Sainaa one can navigate nearly 300K on water,” said XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas. “This lake alone is over 100K in length. The wind was whipping up some small waves yesterday that reminded me a bit of Lake Tahoe.           Our event coincides with the 100th anniversary of a free Finland.  On December 6, 1917 Finland became independent from Russia who had taken Finland from Sweden in 1809.  Prior to 1809, the area now Finland was under Swedish rule from the 13th century.  The Finns are a very proud and very strong people and are celebrating the entire year of 2017.”

XTERRA is held near a big resort named Holiday Club Sainaa, an all-inclusive club with a fantastic indoor swim park complete with slides, sauna’s, and fountains.

“There are game rooms, kids activities, even a full bowling alley with 6 lanes,” said Nicholas. “It’s really quite amazing. Three restaurants, a sports bar and a huge sundeck complete about everything you could want. There are dozens of small “Norwegian” fishing village houses all connected and near the lake and other condos that surround the resort.  A big choice of places to stay.  In winter, the huge lake is frozen over for skating or fishing.  Cross country ski, snowmobiles and sauna are the big features.  Yes, there are sauna’s right at the lakes edge.  Sweat it out and jump into the frozen lake.  As I said – the Finns are tough people.”

The mountain bike course in Finland features a very unusual three-lap course.  Transition is very close to the lake and bikes will ride up and past the resort before entering the forest, which is home to brown bears, fox, wolves and lots of moose. The run goes in a different direction and is two laps and dishes out more than 300m of climbing in just 10K.

In the elite men’s race Olli Miettinen, who won the Finnish Cross Triathlon Championship on this same course, will be the local athlete everyone is cheering for. Czech veteran Jan Kubicek will be strong, he was 7th last week in the middle of a big pro field at XTERRA Belgium. He will have competition from Pavel Andreev, the Russian winter triathlon champion who has done well in other XTERRA’s and Cross triathlons.  Like Kubicek, he is not a strong swimmer but will be very strong on the bike and run.  It will be nice to have him back, maybe again directly from Siberia where he lives.

Another strong athlete with the same profile is Oivind Bjerkseth from Norway.

“He started in Malta and almost sank on his first open water swim,” joked XTERRA European Tour director Nicolas Lebrun. “But then he finished second at XTERRA Cyprus, which was a duathlon.”

Other contenders include Pavel Jindra, and Barret Fishner from the USA who is hopefully recovered from an injury he had at XTERRA Portugal.

“I’m also curious to see the other four Finnish elite men, Nieminen, Heikkilä, Mustonen and Lieto, who might just surprise us on Sunday,” said Lebrun.

There are just two elite women in the field; Cecilia Jessen who has competed at Malta, Cyprus and Belgium and is 6th in the Euro Tour rankings currently.  She can jump to 3rd after this race if she wins.  Louise Fox from England will get her season started on Sunday, and could very well take the lead out of the swim and stay in front all day.

“We have about 20 age group women who will start and we may find some strong local mountain bikers or trail runners in the field.  This can happen when we start in a new country, as athletes new to our sport come in and compete quite well,” said Lebrun.

“We have also some famous European Tour age group racers coming here to chase some big points,” added Lebrun. “Didier Bucheler, despite a bad day at home in Belgium, is leading the 50/54 category, and will come here to secure even more points to add to his top ranking.  Same with Christophe Maury, who was not in Belgium, but did the first five races on the tour. The “The Frenchman” is smart and knows where he can get big points.  Marco Lanzetta from Switzerland is leading the 55/59 division with four races in his basket, and with another good race here in Finland could be almost untouchable. For the women we have Maria Kring and Maria Sturluson, who were 2nd and 3rd on the 40/44 Euro tour ranking last year and are coming from Denmark.”

Follow the race online at Facebook.com/xterraeurope.

Elite Men

XET Rank – Name, Nationality

13 – Øivind Bjerkseth, NOR

14 – Jan Kubicek, CZE

NR – Olli Miettinen, FIN

NR – Barret Fishner, USA

NR – Pekka Nieminen, FIN

NR – Simone Calamai, ITA

NR – Samuli Heikkilä, FIN

NR – Pavel Andreev, RUS

NR – Jonne Tuomas Mustonen, FIN

NR – Panu Lieto, FIN

NR – Pavel Jindra, CZE

 

Elite Women

XET Rank – Name, Nationality

6 – Cecilia Jessen, SWE

21 – Louise Fox, GBR

XTERRA Couch to Trail – Transition Tips

By Mimi Stockton, 4x 40-44 Division XTERRA World Champ

It’s the day before the race. You’ve done all the training and eaten your fruits and veggies. You’re feeling strong. You’re ready to roll. Now it’s time to pack your triathlon bag and think about the transition area. 

Below is the check list I use to make sure I have everything I need on race day:

The Bag

The best way to show up at a race with everything you need is to use a dedicated triathlon transition bag. They really do make a difference, with pockets and partitions for everything from your wetsuit and shoes to keys and phone (so after your epic day you can tell the world about it). There’s a place for everything and everything’s in its place.

Swim:

Make sure you have a clean and scratch-free pair of goggles for the swim.  It’s always a good idea to have a pair with clear lenses (for overcast days) and ones with darker lenses (for bright, sunny days).

Bring your wetsuit.  Always.  Even if you know you won’t need it. Pack your skin suit (if you have one). If wetsuits aren’t allowed, you can always wear your skin suit. 

Bike:

As is good practice before any bike ride, do a quick maintenance check the day before the race.  You do not want to show up on race day with a broken derailleur.

Some races have tents from local bike stores set up on site to help with mechanical problems.  They are there to help you, but you should never rely on them to fix something big 30 minutes before the race start.       

Bike Maintenance Check List:

  • Inspect the tires for wear and trail debris, and inflate the tires to your preference (tire pressure will depend a lot on the trail conditions).
  • Check that the front and rear suspensions are properly tuned.
  • Lubricate the chain.
  • Check that the wheels are true, spinning freely, and that there is no play in the hubs, also check for even spoke tension.
  • Check the brake pads for excessive wear and check your brake power.
  • Shift through your entire gear range to make sure the shifter cables are working properly and front and rear derailleur are properly adjusted.
  • Make sure all bolts are properly tightened and there is no play in the crankset.

If you don’t already have a tubeless setup, making the switch may be the biggest performance enhancement you can make to your current bike. Riding with tubeless tires eliminates the risk of pinch flats and allows you to ride with lower air pressure, which greatly improves traction and control. 

For the race, make sure you’re prepared for a flat.  You’ll almost always see a novice racer walking his or her bike back to the transition area.  Don’t let that be you.  The last thing you want is to be stuck 6 miles from transition with a flat tire.  Carrying your bike over obstacles is fun but carrying or pushing your bike for miles on end is not.

Consider carrying tools like a CO2 cartridge and tire levels. You can easily stick a tube in a saddle bag or tape it to the seat post.  Alternatively, you can store tools in a hydration pack or empty water bottle. 

Pack your helmet

Clean and pack your sunglasses

Pack your gloves

If you are riding with clipless pedals, check the cleats on your bike shoes 

Clean out your hydration tube and pack so you aren’t drinking out of a gross, moldy straw

Run:

Don’t run in brand new running shoes the day of the race. But do make sure your shoes are clean and dry.

You never know what the weather will be like, so it’s always good to have a hat or visor.

Pack the race belt you train with so you can easily access your nutrition and avoid chafing.

Photo by Georgia Schofield

Miscellaneous:

Nutrition – Pack lots of it!  It’s better to have more than you need than not enough.  The night before, tape your gel packs to the bike frame.  It’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about on race day.  Remember to race with what you train with.

Water bottles

Sunscreen and lip balm

Towels – Bring several.  Use one to lay your gear on next to your bike; others can be used to dry off after a warm-up swim or to wipe your feet after the swim and before you put on your bike shoes. 

Bike Pump – Don’t rely on the guy next to you.  Be self-sufficient and bring your own to top off the air in your tires on race morning. 

Photo ID and USAT card

Baby Powder -to keep your feet dry in your bike and running shoes

Dry socks, shoes and clothes for after the race – don’t over look this.  You will love having something that is “not” your running shoes to wear when you are finished. 

Toilet Paper – There’s more than enough stress on race morning than to have to deal with finding no TP in the porta-potty. 

This may seem like a lot to pack, but if you use a dedicated transition bag, you will simply have to update and refill your bag for each race. And there is nothing like the feeling of being prepared and ready for anything.

The XTERRA Couch to XTERRA training series is presented by SheriAnne Little, Jeffrey Kline, and four-time XTERRA age group world champion Mimi Stockton of PRS Fit.  Their new 12-week “Couch-to-XTERRA” training program is designed to do just that, get aspiring athletes off the couch, into training, and to the start line of an XTERRA.  Read past training articles from PRS Fit at http://www.xterraplanet.com/training/couch-to-trail and learn more about their coaching programs at prsfit.com.

XTERRA Lory June 17th

XTERRA Lory, in Bellevue, Colorado is one of those races adored by both beginners and experts. The two-lap, 12.2 mile bike course flows over rolling terrain and the challenging 4.8 mile run will get your adrenaline pumping, even if you’ve been racing for years. The half mile swim in the clear waters of Horsetooth Resevoir (Eltuk Bay) is one of the most scenic swims in the state of Colorado with steep canyon walls on either side.

Oh and did we mention the 25-foot Slip n’ Slide waiting to cool you off at the finish line?

Last year Brad Zoller was the XTERRA Lory Champ in 1:38:15. He was followed by 2016 XTERRA Pan Am Champs Nelson Hegg in 1:40:17 and Garren Watkins 1:41:09.

Elite racer Elizabeth Gruber was the 2016 women’s champ in 1:52:06. Megan Riepma and Jennifer Razee fought hard for second, finishing in 1:54:35 and 1:54:56, respectively.

This year, Elizabeth Gruber and Nelson Hegg will be racing again for the honor to be the first on the Slip n’ Slide. Mr. XTERRA 2014, Craig Vogtsberger, will also be racing in the physically challenged category.

Watch a preview of XTERRA Lory and learn more at www.withoutlimits.co.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Hodges

XTERRA’s First Blind Athlete – Amy Dixon

In 1996, then twenty-two year old Amy Dixon knew something was wrong when the wine she was pouring for her customers ended up on the table instead of their glasses. “I was mortified,” she said. “I was a sommelier and I couldn’t properly pour wine.” 

When her mother visited her, she gasped when she saw the bruises that covered Dixon’s legs. I told my mom I was just clumsy and she said, “Amy, no one has that many bruises. No one is that clumsy.”

Soon afterward, Dixon experienced flashes of light like the kind you get when you stare too long at the sun. After seeing a handful of specialists, she was diagnosed with uveitis, an autoimmune condition of the eye that causes inflammation and destroys eye tissue.

“My doctor asked how many fingers he was holding up and I had to tell him that I couldn’t even see his arm. It was like a curtain dropped.”

Soon after, Dixon lost 70% of her vision. The first line of defense was steroids, which caused her to gain more than 60 pounds but put her in remission.

In 2008, her sight got worse, and Dixon lost most of her remaining sight. For the next five years, she struggled with her uveitis and developed glaucoma. Dixon endured 19 surgeries as well as chemotherapy to suppress her immune system, but her vision continued to decline. 

“I have about two percent of usable vision now,” Dixon explains. “It’s sort of like looking through a keyhole in a door. If you are right in front of me and I am making eye contact, I can only see your right eye and your nose. If you are ten feet away from me, I can see your whole face. If you are across a room, maybe I can see your whole body.”

In 2013, Dixon began swimming as a way to feel better. “I was sick of feeling sick. I figured I would be safe in a pool – 25 yards is 25 yards and there’s a black line I can follow.”

Later, Dixon began sneaking into her YMCA’s spinning room, where she tied her guide dog to a stationary bike and started pedaling.

“Someone caught me one day,” she said. They were like, ‘Oh hey, there’s a spin class here in an hour,’ and I told them I was too slow and too fat. But they pressured me into it. Soon after, I started running on a treadmill, which I tied myself to with a Theraband.”

A friend on social media pointed out that maybe she should enter a triathlon, since apparently, that was what she was training for. “Oh my god, it was crazy,” said Dixon. “I couldn’t afford a tandem bike for my guide and me. But I went to a triathlon expo where someone offered me one from his garage. It was this 35-year old, 60 pound steel bike that dropped chain several times, but I was so, so grateful to have it.”

She did so well in her first triathlon that she was invited to the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s paratriathlete development camp. It wasn’t long until she was competing on the world ITU Paratriathlon circuit on the USA team.

It looked as though Dixon would be an obvious choice to compete in the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio. She was ranked 6th in the world and took first in many races, but the complicated process behind the selection committee meant that she was left behind while the team went to Brazil. 

Dixon was devastated and turned to her sport psychologist and friend Simon Marshall and two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson, who encouraged her to set a new goal. Through a Braveheart Coaching Camp she attended as a guest speaker, she met two-time XTERRA World Championship qualifier Christy Fritts.

“I said, ‘Hey Christy, I’m looking for a guide for the ITU Aquathlon World Championships in Mexico in September,’ and Christy said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it!’”

Fritts was having her own issues at the time. “I had a degenerative disc that was just bone on bone,” Fritts explained. “I had a lot of pain but since the Aquathlon was a run-swim-run, I knew I could do it. Amy is just an amazing athlete and an amazing person. In a few days she taught me everything I needed to know from communicating obstacles to running and swimming with a tether between us, to how to navigate the transitions.”

The two won the ITU Aquathlon World Championships, but before they went on to bigger and better races, Fritts needed surgery. “I didn’t want to be responsible for Amy ‘s medal or rankings slide because of my injury,” she said. “After researching my options, it turned out I was a candidate for an Artificial Disc Replacement.” 

 She explained that this procedure is a great alternative to athletes looking for an alternative to fusion.The surgery was in January and Fritts is already back on her mountain bike. 

Dixon took note of Fritts’ off-road prowess. “I said to Christy, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to do an XTERRA together?”

The talented duo will be competing in XTERRA Tahoe City on June 24th. Dixon will be the first blind female athlete to compete in an XTERRA race. 

“We are really excited to have Amy and Christy on the course,” said race director, Todd Jackson. “This is not an easy course, but they are tough athletes, and we’ve got their backs.” 

The XTERRA Tahoe City course features two 750 meter swim laps separated by a 50 meter beach run. The swim is followed by a 22 mile mountain bike ride and a five mile run. 

“I’ll let you know when we figure out trail running,” said Dixon. “On the roads we run side by side, but on the trail I’m going to have to run five feet behind Christy. I’ll just listen to her verbal cues and stare at her feet and hope mine do what hers do.”

The duo is also learning to navigate the tandem mountain bike. “Christy is so great about calling out obstacles but after the first ride it was clear I needed a long sleeve shirt and long fingered gloves. Christy said, ‘Oh, crap I forgot all about the branches.”

“Amy is incredible,” said her friend and off-road mentor Lesley Paterson. “She is such a tough cookie and never gives up! Not only that, she will fit in perfectly with the XTERRA community because she gets at the heart of what everyone loves about this sport! She is going to be amazing.”

XTERRA Heads to Canada This Weekend

As summer heats up, the Canadians get their first shot at XTERRA racing this weekend at the 8th annual XTERRA Mine Over Matter.

“We are expecting our largest field ever,” said race director, James Kowalewski. “We have a new switchback section about 1.5 km into the bike course. It’s full of accelerations and quick breaking sections that are sure to take your legs early in the race.”

Kowalewski adds that while XTERRA Mine Over Matter is gaining popularity each year, it hasn’t lost that grass-roots feeling. You can expect the same great, eclectic music and Canadian hospitality as always.

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Another thing that hasn’t changed is Canadian pro Karsten Madsen, who was runner up at last month’s XTERRA Oak Mountain, less than a minute behind 2015 XTERRA World Champ Josiah Middaugh.

“I expect Karsten to go head to head with fellow pro and former training partner Sean Bechtel,” said Kowalewski. “They are the only two who have ever won the race, with Karsten taking the championship for the last three years.”

“Since XTERRA Oak Mountain, my training has gone really well,” said Madsen. “I’ve been training in Guelph, Ontario and in Barbados because of the heat and the waves there. I’m looking to make large gains in both of those areas at XTERRA Worlds in Maui this year.”

Madsen added that he was looking forward to racing in front of family and friends. “The course at XTERRA Mine Over Matter is always stunning and a weekend I look forward to every year.”

Joining them at the start will be Tahiti’s Cedric Wane and Canadian pros Luka Senk and Adam Byrne.

The race takes place this Saturday at Kelson Quarry in Milton, Ontario. Despite its remote location, the race will have participants from North and South America, including Florida, Chile, and Western Canada.

The course features a 1 km swim in the spring-fed waters of Kelso Quarry, a two lap, 24 km bike course, and a 10.4 km run. Both the bike and run courses are on some of Canada’s finest single and double track trails.

“This is a fast and flowing course, which constantly changes from double to single track and back again,” said Kowalewski. “There are lots of opportunities for passing, and racers are treated to several vista views on the run course.”

Check out the XTERRA Mine Over Matter preview and register for the race at www.elementracing.ca

 

XTERRA Pan Am Champ Laura Morris

Although Laura Morris has been the XTERRA Pan Am Champ for two years in a row, she isn’t returning to Utah this year to defend her title.

“I love that course,” said Morris. “I know I won last year and the year before that, but I wasn’t trying to win. The only reason I go to XTERRA Nationals is because it’s so much fun!”

As the 45-49 age group champ, Morris doesn’t go to Snowbasin with any expectations, either.

“I was a competitive runner for ten years,” she explained. “And then I started to slow down. That was tough. So I did a short stint in triathlons, but I didn’t really like it.”

Morris is a pharmacist, and when she was in her late thirties, a friend at work suggested she try mountain biking.

“I loved the other athletes,” said Morris. “I loved the atmosphere at the races. And I love that mountain biking makes me think. You are constantly thinking. You just can’t check out.”

Morris, who lives and trains in Costa Mesa, California, was mountain biking with her friend Diana Greenwood, who suggested they try XTERRA Laguna Beach in the fall of 2015.

“We were like, ‘Let’s do this!’ Of course, I had to get back in the pool. I’m a terrible swimmer but I really enjoy it. And we ended up having a great time. I mean, it’s the three sports I love the most.”

Morris and Greenwood swim in the ocean at least once a week and in Greenwood’s pool at least two other times a week, putting in about 2000-2200 yards at a time.

“I double up about twice a week swimming and running and swimming and biking. I usually get up at 5:30 and get a good one to two hours in. I work from 10:30 until seven. Then I come home and eat and go to bed every night. I know you aren’t supposed to do that, but that’s how it is.”

For a while, when Morris was training for the Leadville 100 mountain bike race with her husband on a tandem, she was strict about her diet.

“We had to be as light as we could to get up to the top of the mountains,” she explained. “But it was too much. We were riding about eight hours at a time on the weekend. And when we got married, I had bones sticking out of my chest. That’s another thing I love about XTERRA races. Girls with a little more back can really kill it on the trails.”

During the week, Morris eats well to fuel her training. “But on the weekends I kind of blow it, which is fine. You gotta have a life.”

She and Greenwood both have a particular affinity for Popeye’s chicken. “When we found out Ogden had a Popeye’s, we didn’t even go back to our room after the race,” Morris admits. “We ran to Popeye’s.”

This year, Morris will be returning to the XTERRA National Championship, but she isn’t concerned about defending her title. “I’m just there for the course. The ride is perfect.”

As to whether she will be at the XTERRA World Championships – for which she has already qualified twice – Morris is more ambivalent. “Maybe one of these days I’ll save my dollars and go.”

Morris is equally mellow about what happens on the course. “Yeah, you’re going to fall. You’re going to crash. But it’s OK. You’ll get over it.”

 

XTERRA Whitewater is an Athlete’s Paradise

The U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina has everything an XTERRA athlete’s heart desires. From 30 miles of meticulously groomed single track, a rock climbing wall over a swimming pool, a zip line through the canopy, and whitewater rapids, The U.S. National Whitewater Center will make you feel like you are a kid at summer camp.

The only thing better than a day at this outdoor paradise would be an XTERRA race here. Right?

On Saturday, July 8th, the U.S. National Whitewater Center will play host to XTERRA Whitewater, putting triathletes to the test at the world’s premiere outdoor recreation facility.

The course for 2017 begins with a 1K flat water swim in the natural waters of the Catawba River, followed by 23K on mountain bike across all difficulty levels of the USNWC trail system, and concluding with a 6.5K trail run to cross the finish line.

“XTERRA Whitewater is a great opportunity to bring your family on a fantastic adventure,” said race director Jimmy Lawler. “You can challenge yourself on some truly awesome trails and then spend the rest of the weekend kayaking, zip lining, and listening to live music at River Jam on Saturday night.”

Don’t miss the XTERRA Whitewater Transition Clinic on Friday evening, at 6:30 pm. Join XTERRA Ambassador, Marcus Barton, to learn some simple steps to make your transition faster and more effective. The clinic takes place at the transition zone on Friday, July 7th at 6:30pm and will also include a Q&A of the following day’s XTERRA Whitewater Triathlon with the Race Director.

Over 1,300 acres of maintained woodlands along the Catawba River provide the ideal location for this challenging trail race as well as a weekend getaway for the whole family. Home to the world’s largest man-made recirculating river, the USNWC features over 30 unique activities available to all ages and skill levels, including whitewater rafting and kayaking, flat water kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, deep water soloing, zip lines, and ropes courses.

For more information and to register, visit www.usnwc.org.

Ruzafa, Erbenova win XTERRA Belgium

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June 10, 2017 (Namur, Belgium) – Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) and Helena Erbenova (CZE) captured the second-annual XTERRA Belgium Championship off-road triathlon race in Namur this afternoon.

For Ruzafa, a three-time XTERRA World Champion, the win is the 28th of his career, fifth of the season, and fourth-in-a-row on the XTERRA European Tour.  For Erbenova, a three-time XTERRA European Tour Champion, the win is the 26th of her career, third this season, and second-straight in Belgium.

The event combined a 1-kilometer swim in the Meuse River, followed with a 34-kilometer mountain bike in the forest surrounding the Citadel, and concluded with a 10-kilometer trail run.

Both Ruzafa and Erbenova came from behind out of the water, took the leads by the midway point on the bike and held on for the wins.  Ruzafa had a winning time of 2:45:42, 52-seconds faster than runner-up Xavier Dafflon of Switzerland.  Erbenova took the tape in 3:14:59, nearly five minutes ahead of runner-up Carina Wasle of Austria.

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

A beautiful day and a beautiful race.  It rained hard yesterday and it rained hard on the race last year, however, everything came good this morning and both the XTERRA Lite and championship races were held in near perfect weather.

The swim is unique here as it is a deep water start headed against the current of the Meuse river.  And this is no small piece of water; the Meuse is over 950k long.  There are no buoys except at the finish ramp as the course circumnavigates a huge island in the river.  Pretty neat.

Young French pro Maxim Chane dropped the field to come out of the water first and he held that lead to the top of the long climb from the river to The Citadel Fortress.  He was met by literally thousands of very enthusiastic fans banging plastic “bangers” together and shouting encouragement.  Following him starting the single track was Roger Serrano, but it was not to be his day.  Roger is still tired from organizing his XTERRA Spain and it showed today.  Brad Weiss up from South Africa was third at this point with a huge bunch including Ruben Ruzafa, Francois Carloni, Yeray Luxem and four others.

In the women’s race Carina Wasle got the lead quickly and we were all quite surprised to see Helena Erbenova much closer than usual.  “I had a very good swim today” she grinned.  “The ducks were with me in practice and I saw them on the island.  It seemed they were cheering me.” Hey, whatever works.

This course has a long climb on cobblestones before doing two loops of a fast and, at places, technical mountain bike course.  This means racers have to do that huge climb three times before T2.  At the top of the second-loop Ruben had asserted himself and Francois Carloni had moved into second with Luxem in third and Weiss in fourth.  At this point young first year pro Xavier Dafflon was not far behind.  Dafflon did the unthinkable in Portugal by posting a faster bike time than Ruben, and it appeared he was going to repeat that today.

Helena had taken the lead by the end of the first loop and looked very determined.  Carina had slowed a bit and told us after the race she was not feeling very strong, however, the mighty little Austrian gal felt good enough to have a commanding lead over third-place Isabelle Klein.  Unless a tree fell on her, this was Erbenova’s race and she controlled it well to win by five minutes.  Carina, sick or not, kept pace and was four minutes in front of Morgane Riou, who had passed Klein to move into third. Also on the move was Christine Verdonck, a very quick Belgian age group women who impressed by finishing 4th overall.  Klein finished 5th (4th elite), with Maud Golsteyn was 6th (5th elite).

On the mens side, Dafflon had caught and passed everyone but Ruzafa.

“I had a good race today but Xavier went past me on the last climb like he was on a motorbike,” exclaimed Carloni.

Luxem held onto Dafflon’s wheel and they came into T2 separated by seconds.

“My plan today was to pace myself on the bike during the first lap to save my legs, but when Dafflon went by me that plan went away,” said Luxem.

Dafflon took off on the run with intent to catch Ruzafa and indeed he turned in the fastest run of the day as well as the fastest bike of the day, but Ruzafa had too much for the big Swiss.  The promise that Dafflon showed in Portugal was cemented today and his bike time was exactly two-minutes faster than Ruzafa.  The kicker?  Dafflon had two flat tires today.

“It was a hectic day, two flat tires, cramps on the run, it was tough,” said Dafflon at the finish line.  “Still, happy to come in second to Ruben.”

Luxem took 3rd with Weiss 4th, and Carloni 5th.  Young Maxim Chane’ was having a great race but suffered badly on the run and dropped to 6th and was nearly caught by the old fox, Jan Kubicek, who was just one-second behind.

And so ended the second edition of XTERRA Belgium.  With about 1,200 entrants in just their second year, organizers Denis Detinne and Florian Badoux have exceeded anything we could have hoped for.  The courses are beautifully marked, volunteers everywhere, lots of parking, more than enough water safety, food vendors and expo to buy anything you need.  This race truly has it all.

We head back soon for the awards and after party. While I have a lot of great things to say about how good the race is – the after party is even better.

ELITE RESULTS

Men      
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 2:45:42 75
2 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 2:46:34 67
3 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:48:27 61
4 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:48:39 56
5 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:52:47 51
6 Maxim Chane, FRA 2:54:34 47
7 Jan Kubicek, CZE 2:54:35 43
8 Geert Lauryssen, BEL 2:55:28 39
9 Pierre Alain Nicole, FRA 2:57:13 36
10 Thomas Kerner, GER 2:57:40 33
11 Peter Lehmann, GER 2:57:47 30
12 Theo Dupras, FRA 2:59:19 27
13 Tim Van Daele, BEL 3:00:17 25
14 Mark Hamersma, NED 3:01:54 23
15 Morten Olesen, DEN 3:03:46 21
Also: Hannes Wolpert, Christophe Betard, Julien Buffe, Joost Christiaans, Arthur Serrieres, Caimin Stevens
Women      
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:14:59 75
2 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:19:49 67
3 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:23:52 61
4 Isabelle Klein, LUX 3:28:16 56
5 Maud Golsteyn, NED 3:33:13 51
6 Ine Couckuyt, BEL 3:37:58 47
7 Jessica Roberts, GBR 3:40:11 43
8 Cecilia Jessen, SWE 3:52:23 39
9 Anne-Sophie Marechal, BEL 3:54:36 36

RUZAFA, POOR LEAD EURO TOUR AFTER SIX

Ruben Ruzafa pulled further in front of the elite men’s standings following his fourth straight win today.  Carloni holds on to the No. 2 spot, Luxem jumps from fourth to third, Dafflon moves up six spots from 10th to 4th, and Serrano drops from 3rd to 5th after a DNF today.

In the women’s chase Erbenova closed to within six points of the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champ Brigitta Poor.  Poor has three wins and two runner-ups.  Erbenova has three wins, a runner-up, and a third-place finish. There are still eight races remaining, however, this is shaping up to be a great duel between the two.  Golsteyn holds on to the third spot, while Wasle leapfrogs over Riou into the 4th spot.

XTERRA EURO TOUR ELITE PTS STANDINGS

After 6 – 6.10.17
Men     S S S S S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT CYP GRE ESP POR BEL
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 300 DNS DNS 75 75 75 75
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 263 61 47 43 DNS 61 51
3 Yeray Luxem, BEL 203 DNS 75 DNS DNS 67 61
4 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 170 DNS DNS 47 DNS 56 67
5 Roger Serrano, ESP 142 75 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNF
6 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 128 67 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS
7 Thomas Kerner, GER 127 DNS 61 33 DNS DNS 33
8 Rui Dolores, POR 122 DNS DNS 39 36 47 DNS
9 Xavier Jove Riart, ESP 118 DNS DNS DNS 67 51 DNS
10 Jens Roth, GER 117 DNS DNS 61 56 DNS DNS
11 Jan Pyott, SUI 114 56 DNS 25 33 DNS DNS
12 Maxim Chane, FRA 113 30 DNS 36 DNS DNS 47
13 Oivind Bjerkseth, NOR 100 33 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Jan Kubicek, CZE 82 DNS DNS DNP 39 DNS 43
15 Julien Buffe, FRA 79 DNS 56 23 DNS DNS DNP
16 Hannes Wolpert, BEL 79 DNF 43 DNP DNS 36 DNP
17 Geert Lauryssen, BEL 75 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39
18 Mark Hamersma, NED 66 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 23
19 Stephan Radeck, GER 64 25 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Arthur Serrieres , FRA 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNP
21 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 58 DNS DNS DNS 25 33 DNS
22 Peter Lehmann, GER 57 DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS 30
23 Kris Coddens, BEL 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
24 Bradley Weiss, RSA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
25 Tim Van Daele, BEL 52 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS 25
26 Jörg Scheiderbauer, GER 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Sebastian Neef, GER 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Arthur Forissier, FRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS
29 Tomas Kubek, SVK 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Albert Soley, ESP 47 DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
31 Pau Botella Tarres, ESP 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
32 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS
33 Jim Thijs, BEL 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS
35 Pierre Alain Nicole, FRA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36
36 Tiago Maia, POR 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNF DNS
37 Guillaume Jeannin, FRA 30 DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS
38 Alejandro Tenorio, ESP 30 DNS DNS DNS DNP 30 DNS
39 Doug Hall, GBR 27 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Rafael Gomes, POR 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS
41 Theo Dupras, FRA 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27
42 Octavio Vicente, POR 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS
43 Callum Hughes, GBR 23 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
44 Javier Oliver Vives, ESP 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS
45 Markus Benesch, AUT 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS
46 Zeus Gutierrez Ochoa, ESP 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS
47 Morten Olesen, DEN 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 21
WM     S S S S S S
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT CYP GRE ESP POR BEL
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 359 75 75 67 67 75 DNS
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 353 67 DNS 75 75 61 75
3 Maud Golsteyn, NED 210 56 DNS 47 DNS 56 51
4 Carina Wasle, AUT 185 51 DNS DNS DNS 67 67
5 Morgane Riou, FRA 184 DNS 67 56 DNS DNS 61
6 Cecila Jessen, SWE 139 39 61 DNS DNS DNS 39
7 Rocío Espada, ESP 98 DNS DNS DNS 51 47 DNS
8 Kathrin Mueller, GER 89 33 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
9 Anna Pauline Sasserath, GER 79 36 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
10 Nicole Walkers, GBR 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
11 Miriam Casillas Garcia, ESP 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS
12 Sara Bonilla, ESP 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS
13 Daz Parker, GBR 56 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
15 Marika Wagner, SWE 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Isabelle Ferrer, FRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS
17 Ladina Buss, SUI 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS
18 Kristina Lapinova, SVK 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Aina Picas, ESP 47 DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
20 Ine Couckuyt, BEL 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 47
21 Louise Fox, GBR 43 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Renata Bucher, SUI 43 DNS DNS 43 DNF DNS DNS
23 Sheila Marques, POR 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS
24 Jessica Roberts, GBR 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43
25 Anne-Sophie Marechal, BEL 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36
26 Marta Menditto, ITA 30 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

XTERRA Belgium was the sixth of 14 races on the XTERRA European Tour, and 20th of 40 on the XTERRA World Tour where amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 29.

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

Next up on the XTERRA European Tour: XTERRA Finland, June 18 (Imatra)

Learn more at www.xterraeurope.com.