Melanie McQuaid 2003

2003 Maui Show Was One For The Ages

If you could only put one XTERRA show from the 21st century into a time capsule to represent the sport and its people, the 2003 broadcast of the World Championship would be a worthy submission. It had everything – smack talk, carnage, drama, glory, inspiring athletes, and a really good look at a relentless course.

It was the year Eneko Llanos and Melanie McQuaid each won their first of three XTERRA World Championship crowns. It was the start of a very-well chronicled rivalry between McQuaid and Jamie Whitmore. It showed that the greatest racer in the sport is not immune from mechanicals and crashes, and it proved that overcoming all odds is one of our favorite story lines.

One of the athlete profiles was on the amazing Hans Dieben, at “64-years-young”, who suffered so much on the run he said “I saw Elvis, I saw Jesus, I saw Madame Pele … and all three of them, they didn’t like me.”

The other athlete profile was on Blair Barklow, who after a ski crash two years earlier was pronounced clinically dead and lay in a coma for three months. “It’s not just a race, it’s a celebration of life,” he explained.

We also heard a little more from “the Caveman,” who said back then that XTERRA was made for him, and watch him masterfully climb up Heartbreak Hill while Peter Reid and Eneko Llanos struggle behind.

“I had five flats and crashed once, that’s my story,” laughed Stoltz after the race. “I’ve had so much good luck for so long in XTERRA. The first year I came I used old bikes with bad tires and everything always worked out for me, I always had good luck and today, it caught up to me.”           He still finished, crossing the line in 17th place.

Steve Larsen had the fastest bike split, and although he came off the bike in first, he headed out into the run in second behind Llanos, then gave Nico Lebrun a pat on the back when the Frenchman passed him to move into third. Effects of the flu kept Larsen from finishing Ironman the week before, and upon arriving in Maui he was stung by a bee in his left hand. The cartoonish looking inflammation in his hand never fully went away, nor did the lingering effects of his sickness. Despite that he moved from 32nd out of the water to 5th overall.

In a really cool display of sportsmanship Peter Reid – who won Ironman the week before (for the third time) tosses Stoltz a can of air midway through the bike.

For the second straight year the top American was Justin Thomas from Virginia, who finished third. It capped a breakout season where he had five podium finishes and won the XTERRA Canada Championship. Jason Chalker of Australia also capped a great season that included a win at XTERRA Saipan, finishing fourth overall, and Josiah Middaugh finished 6th in his first Maui race as a pro. The whole top 10 was a “who’s-who” of multisport with Reid in 7th, Jimmy Riccitello in 8th, Cam Widoff in 9th, and Michael Tobin in 10th.

For the women, McQuaid put an exclamation point on what had been an impressive few years of racing XTERRA.

“It was a magic day for me,” she said after the race. “I didn’t crash on the bike, which helps, and then I got out on the run and it was about eight billion degrees and I was just thinking holy crap am I hot and I just put my head down and I didn’t think about it. I was just counting to 10…10 steps, 10 steps, 10 steps, and I don’t remember finishing…so I was pretty happy to find out that I won.”

Whitmore finished second, two minutes back, but her day in the Maui sun would come soon. The defending champ Candy Angle placed third, with Aussie Raeleigh Rogers in fourth and Jenny Tobin in 5th.

The sport was also showing more and more signs of its growing international base. That year there were World Tour races in Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Saipan, and the United States.

Fastest swim: Jan Sibbersen (18:25), Candy Angle (20:51)

Fastest bike: Steve Larsen (1:27:47), Melanie McQuaid (1:42:10)

Fastest run: Chris Legh (36:32), Heather Fuhr (42:55)

Watch the 2003 Show / 2003 Results

The Gang's all here2

Ruzafa, Mueller win XTERRA France

(Xonrupt, France) – Three-time and reigning XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa of Spain and reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion Kathrin Mueller from Germany captured the XTERRA France Championship for the second straight year this afternoon in Xonrupt.

Ruzafa

The win is Ruzafa’s 12th in a row since winning the World title in 2013 and for Mueller, her eighth victory in the last 10 races she competed at on the XTERRA European Tour since the start of last year.

In the men’s race Ruzafa was dominant once again.  He was among the leaders on the swim, jumped into the front on the bike early-on, posted the fastest bike split by more than five minutes and cruised to victory in 3:18:08, more than five minutes ahead of South African Bradley Weiss.

“I had no problems, no cramps, no mechanicals,” said Ruzafa. “But it was a long race and very hot.”

Mueller

In the women’s race Mueller led from start to finish for another impressive performance in France.

“The first 8K of the bike is tough, but then the next is all great biking – so much fun” said Mueller, who took the tape in 3:55:21, more than three-minutes ahead of Erbenova.

Erbenova, who won at XTERRA Greece and Spain last month, said “I finally had a good swim but could not get any speed on the first bike lap.  It was so hot but my legs were OK.  I knew the girls were chasing me, but I was able to keep them away.”

XTERRA managing director said “It was a great event, a super show with big screens, great music, a fabulous announcer, and huge crowd.  Organizers put in an additional water station on the run – they had a woman spraying down riders as they were about 2K from the finish of 1st or 2d lap.  Everyone seemed to enjoy reversing the course (on the bike) and said it was more fun for sure.”

Pictures

Pro Results

Men      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 3:18:08 100
2 Bradley Weiss, RSA 3:23:20 90
3 Francois Carloni, FRA 3:24:54 82
4 Arthur Forissier, FRA 3:28:14 75
5 Malte Plappert, GER 3:31:21 69
6 Damien Guillemet, FRA 3:38:33 63
7 Damien Derobert, FRA 3:39:02 58
8 Tomas Jiranek, CZE 3:39:11 53
9 Henry Sleight, GBR 3:40:53 49
10 Florian Luquet, FRA 3:41:13 45
Also: Marc Pschebizin (41), Veit Honle (37), Martial Schmidt (34), Felix Schumann (31), Sebastian Veith (28), Jon Heasman, Maxime Boudot, Kevin Grieten
Women      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Kathrin Mueller, GER 3:55:21 100
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:58:45 90
3 Myriam Guillot, FRA 4:00:14 82
4 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 4:04:48 75
5 Sandra Koblmueller, AUT 4:07:46 69
6 Brigitta Poor, HU 4:09:43 63
7 Becci Kaltenmeier, GER 4:10:12 58
8 Morgane Riou, FRA 4:11:01 53
9 Celine Augueux, FRA 4:18:11 49
10 Jessica Roberts, GBR 4:20:21 45
Also: Lenka Cibulkova (41), Louise Fox (37)

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

XTERRA France was the sixth of 12 races in the XTERRA European Tour, and the third of seven Gold level events.  Elite athletes count their best four (4) Gold and three (3) Silver finishes.  Elites can compete in as many events as they wish, but will count only their best four Gold and three Silver finishes. How it Works.

Next up: July 11 – XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*

Updated Standings after 6 events:

Men     S S G S G G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 354 67 56 82 67 82 DNS
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 332 47 67 75 61 DNS 82
3 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 275 DNS 75 100 DNS DNS 100
4 Albert Soley, ESP 219 43 39 90 47 DNS DNS
5 Arthur Forissier, FRA 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75
6 Kris Coddens, BEL 165 DNS DNS DNS 75 90 DNS
7 Henry Sleight, GBR 165 DNS 25 DNS 33 58 49
8 Jan Pyott, SUI 141 DNS 23 49 DNS 69 DNS
9 Yeray Luxem, BEL 136 DNS 61 DNS DNS 75 DNF
10 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 122 75 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
11 Xavier Riart, ESP 105 36 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS
12 Tim Van Daele, BEL 103 25 27 DNS 51 DNS DNS
13 Jan Kubicek, CZE 102 39 DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS
14 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 92 56 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Veit Hönle, GER 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 37
16 Bradley Weiss, RSA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
17 Martial Schmidt, FRA 83 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 34
18 Tomas Kubek, SVK 82 DNS 43 DNS 39 DNS DNS
19 Malte Plappert, GER 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
20 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 66 21 DNP DNS DNS 45 DNS
21 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP 63 DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS
22 Damien Guillemet, FRA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
23 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 60 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS
25 Ruben Salmeron, ESP 58 DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
26 Rory Downie, GBR 58 33 DNP DNS 25 DNS DNS
27 Damien Derobert, FRA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58
28 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 57 DNS 30 DNS 27 DNS DNS
29 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
30 Jose Borrino, ESP 53 DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
31 Tomas Jiranek, CZE 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
32 Clement Briere, FRA 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Hector Guerra, ESP 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Juan Gracia, ESP 45 DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
35 Florian Luquet, FRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
36 Markus Benesch, AUT 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
37 Dominique Fernando, ESP 41 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS
38 Juan Marti, ESP 37 DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS
39 Marc Pschebizin, GER 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
40 Grigoris Souvatzoglou, GRE 36 DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS
41 Carlos Martinez, ESP 34 DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS
42 Jens Roth, GER 33 DNS 33 DNS DNS DNF DNS
43 Sergio Espejo, ESP 31 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS
44 Dr. Felix Schumann, GER 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
45 Javier Oliver, ESP 28 DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS
46 Sebastian Veith, GER 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28
47 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 27 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS
48 Nicolas Corentin, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS
49 Matt Dewis, GBR 23 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
50 Simone Calamai, ITA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS
51 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL 21 DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 James Walker, GBR 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS
53 Pablo Navarrete, ESP 0 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS
54 Jon Heasman, GBR 0 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
55 Maxime Boudot, FRA 0 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
56 Kevin Grieten, BEL 0 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
57 Kenny Van Laere, BEL 0 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
 Women
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 446 75 61 90 67 90 63
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 414 DNS 67 100 75 82 90
3 Louise Fox, GBR 340 51 51 82 56 63 37
4 Jessica Roberts, GBR 196 47 DNF DNS 51 53 45
5 Kathrin Mueller, GER 175 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 100
6 Carina Wasle, AUT 161 DNS DNS DNS 61 100 DNF
7 Morgane Riou, FRA 156 DNS 56 DNS 47 DNS 53
8 Myriam Guillot, FRA 151 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 82
9 Karin Hansen, SUI 139 43 47 DNS DNS 49 DNF
10 Maud Golsteyn, NED 136 61 DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
11 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 136 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
12 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
13 Ladina Buss, SUI 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
14 Becci Kaltenmeier, GER 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58
15 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Celine Augueux, FRA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
17 Sofia Brites, POR 43 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Deniz Dimaki, GRE 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
19 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
20 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA France Championship was the 22nd of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter (Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady)
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest (Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley)
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers

Angle - Whitmore

2002: The Pass

Flashback to the 2002 XTERRA World Championship race in Maui. It was year seven, when Stoltz won his second in a row and Candy Angle outran Jamie Whitmore to win the women’s race.   Challenged athlete Paul Martin continued to amaze everyone and won his third World Title, and Josiah Middaugh won the 20-24 division in his last race as an amateur before crushing it as a pro.

Lots more dirt and destruction to be found in the video. Watch the 2002 show / 2002 Maui Results

2002 XTERRA World Championship from XTERRA TV on Vimeo.

Rakita

Morrison to Race XTERRA England

Four-time ITU duathlon world champ Catriona Morrison is headed off-road to compete in the XTERRA England Championship race on August 30, 2015 at Vachery Estate in Surrey.

Morrison, who also collected eight Ironman 70.3 titles and a pair of long-distance IM crowns in her illustrious career on the road, will be taking to the dirt for the first time.

The 38-year-old from Scotland, who announced her retirement from professional racing in January, posted “Let’s be clear about this, not coming out of retirement, more enjoying new challenges in retirement!” to her twitter feed on Tuesday.

Morrison will join what is certain to be one of the strongest fields assembled for an XTERRA this season. With XTERRA UK doubling as the European Championship, and offering $25,000 in prize money, the best off-road elites from around the EU and overseas are expected to take part. The race has already received early confirmations from previous XTERRA UK Champs Emma Garrard (USA) and Jacqui Slack (GBR), along with Myriam Guillot (FRA), Alena Stevens (SVK), Jo Carritt (GBR), Louise Fox (GBR), Nienke Oostra (AUS), Elisabetta Curridori (ITA), Sara McLarty (USA), Emily Bashton (USA), Jessica Roberts (GBR), Genevieve Evans (USA), and Brigitta Poor (HUN).

The men’s race will include last year’s winner and seven-time world champion Conrad Stoltz (RSA), the reigning and three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa (ESP), plus Ben Allen (AUS), Richard Stannard (GBR), Asa Shaw (GBR), Chris Ganter (USA), Stephen Bayliss (GBR), Jan Pyott (SUI), Henry Sleight (GBR), and many more.

Age-group triathletes will have the opportunity to race on the same championship course with the pros and compete for prestigious amateur National and European titles, as well as 50 qualifying spots into the 20th running of the XTERRA World Championship in Maui on Nov. 1.

XTERRA England offers the rare chance to swim, ride, run, race, eat, sleep, and dance in the serene and seductive ancient wooded countryside of Surrey. All on a private estate, no less, where huge open fields of grass welcome hundreds of campers, bands, caterers, and racers.

The championship distance is open to all triathletes and athletes of any ability and background and combines a 1.5K swim / 30K bike / 10K trail run on Sunday. There is also a half-distance sprint race option and athletes can join together to tackle either triathlon as part of a relay team.

The XTERRA England course starts with a swim in the strictly private and extraordinarily clean spring-fed Vachery Pond. The purpose built bike course has riders twisting in-and-out and up-and-down the dense tree-lined forests. The run is just as fun, crossing over creeks and hopping over logs.

Spectators are in for quite a treat as well with both the bike and run courses filter through the “arena” several times making it quite easy to track the action.

The event was dubbed the “Woodstock of XTERRA” last year in large part to the massive amount of camping available in the wide-open fields, live music, access to elites and a great beer and catering tent, and one can expect that atmosphere to get even better this time around.

To make things even sweeter, race weekend falls on the bank holiday (Monday off), there are trail runs and kids races on Saturday, and the annual Wings & Wheels celebration nearby treats the XTERRA crowd to amazing aerial displays from the Red Arrows and others.

Learn more at www.xterraengland.com

Andaz - Costa Rica

XTERRA Travel Adds Gem in Costa Rica

The award-winning Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica has been added to the XTERRA Travel consortium, which connects active travelers with idyllic destinations.

Overlooking the serenely beautiful Bay of Culebra, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica offers a wide variety of activities from stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling to nearby zip lines, hikes and eco-adventure.

The resort was recently honored with the Prestigious Award of Excellence in the category of “Top Hotel Opening of 2014 in Mexico/Central America/South America” by Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine.

“Each year we proudly recognize the industry’s top luxury suppliers that make clients’ travel experiences so unforgettable,” said Ruthanne Terrero, founding editorial director of Luxury Travel Advisor and vice president of editorial for the Questex Travel Group. “We congratulate Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica for demonstrating outstanding customer service delivery and exceeding client expectations, time and time again.”

The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica is home to 153 spacious rooms, including 21 suites, all of which are elegantly appointed in locally-inspired luxury. Full service Onda Spa’s nine treatment rooms invite guest to bask in restorative and rejuvenating treatments using local ingredients and practices, while the property’s three distinct restaurants indulge guests in the best flavors of the area with world-class service and style.

Learn more at http://www.papagayo.andaz.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

XTERRA France

XTERRA France This Sunday

It’s about to get real on the XTERRA European Tour. Stop number six of 12 takes the tour to Xonrupt, Gerardmer in northeastern France for one of the World Tour’s most iconic races on Sunday.

The XTERRA France Championship is arguably the toughest and most popular off-road triathlon in Europe. The main event sold out in three months at 1,000 entries, the light race has 900 entries, and there are more than 200 kids racing as well.

Among this massive collection of XTERRA Warriors are 43 elites from a dozen countries, including some of the finest off-road triathletes on the planet. Just look at this list…

RUBEN RUZAFA, ESP – Reigning and 3x World Champ. Hasn’t lost a race since 2013 (11 straight W’s)
KRIS CODDENS, BEL – 2015 XTERRA Greece Champion
BRADLEY WEISS, RSA – 2015 XTERRA Philippines, Reunion, and Asian Tour Title in Malaysia
ARTHUR FORISSIER, FRA – 2015 XTERRA Switzerland Champion
NICOLAS FERNANDEZ, FRA – 2015 XTERRA Malta Champion
FRANÇOIS CARLONI, FRA – 2014 XTERRA Greece Champion, Ranked No. 2 in Euro Tour standings

Plus: YERAY LUXEM, BEL; DR FELIX SCHUMANN, GER; LLEWELLYN HOLMES, GBR; DAMIEN DEROBERT, FRA; ANTHONY PACAUD, FRA; KEVIN GRIETEN, BEL; KENNY VAN LAERE, BEL; DAMIEN GUILLEMET, FRA; STIJN SWIJNS, BEL; TOMAS JIRANEK, CZE; MAXIME BOUDOT, FRA; SEBASTIAN VEITH, GER; MALTE PLAPPERT, GER; HANNES BONAMI, BEL; JENS ROTH, GER; JON HEASMAN, GBR; TIM MCDOWELL, GBR; VEIT HÖNLE, DEU; HENRY SLEIGHT, GBR; PIERRE-YVES FACOMPREZ, FRA; MARC PSCHEBIZIN, GER; SÉBASTIEN VEITH, GER

The women’s elite field is equally impressive:

KATHRIN MÜLLER, GER – 2015 XTERRA European Tour Champ, 2015 XTERRA Portugal Champ
HELENA ERBENOVA, CZE – 2015 XTERRA Spain & Greece Champ, 2x Euro Tour Champ
CARINA WASLE, AUT – XTERRA Guam and Switzerland Champ
MYRIAM GUILLOT-BOISSET, FRA – XTERRA Asian Tour Championship in Malaysia
BRIGITTA POOR, HUN – XTERRA Malta Champ, Ranked No. 1 in Euro Tour
LOUISE FOX, GBR – Ranked No. 3 in Euro Tour
JESSICA ROBERTS, GBR – Ranked No. 4 in Euro Tour
KARIN HANSEN, SUI – Ranked No. 5 in Euro Tour

Plus: CORALIE REDELSPERGER, FRA; MORGANE RIOU, FRA; SANDRA KOBLMÜLLER, AUT; BECCI KALTENMEIER, GER; LENKA CIBULKOVA, CZE; CÉLINE AUGUEUX, FRA; NICOLE OLIVARI, ITA

Race organizer Paul Charbonnier believes the women’s race will come down to a big battle between two past winners – last year’s champ Kathrin Mueller and two-time winner Helena Erbenova (2012-13). “Each time these women won, they just destroyed the field,” he said.

The spoilers could be Carina Wasle who was super strong in Switzerland last weekend and young Brigitta Poor who is having a breakout season and sits atop the European Tour standings after the first five events.

In talking about the men’s race he wonders, like the rest of the XTERRA Planet, if anyone can catch Ruzafa. “I think the South African Brad Weiss will give him a tough challenge, along with the strong Frenchmen Francois Carloni, Arthur Forissier, and the fast Belgians Yeray Luxem and Kris Coddens.”

Ruzafa won last year’s race in front of Braden Currie and Coddens, but fell to hometown hero Nico Lebrun in 2013.

“That was the last time he lost a race in Europe,” explained Charbonnier. “He was passed by Lebrun in the last 2k of the run course. It’s rare for a rookie to win XTERRA France.”

The signature spot on the XTERRA France course is a huge man-made, twisting-and-turning bike ramp in the middle of the village to the delight of spectators and racers alike. This year they are running the bike course in the opposite director to give all those who have raced it before a whole new experience. Also new this year, Charbonnier is hosting the “XTERRA Eliminator” competition on Saturday before the main event. It’s all on and around the ramp with a mountain bike loop of 800-meters. Four mountain bikers race at a time and the winner advances, thus the name, Eliminator.

We caught up with former XTERRA World Champ Nico Lebrun to hear what he had to say about XTERRA France…

“XTERRA France is the best race of the Euro tour, off course, I’m French,” “With Zittau and Maui those three races are the biggest organizations I’ve seen, and from what I’ve heard we can add South Africa, New Zealand, and soon England to that list.

The Charbonnier Family have a great background organizing triathlons, a really professional staff, an amazing reputation, and they grow this race every year. Last year with the ramp they added something enormous I had never seen in XTERRA before. I won this race twice, and I’m really proud of it, first because it’s always special to win at home, but winning this kind of perfect and big event make it even better. Last year I was on the side, for XTERRA and my Organicoach team, and to see the campground with the huge ramp around a big screen, spectators all around, music and speakers lighting the fire when an athlete was riding it, showing him on the screen it made me speechless! We have to thank Paul and his family to bring XTERRA to this level, and invest in our sport like this!

So just for that this race is already special. Then you have the beautiful Vosges Forest, with the smell of pine, green foam. It’s a tough bike, maybe too much, but people look like they love to suffer, and to have a big challenge even if they are not sure to make the cut off time.

For the elites, I think Ruben will be again the freak of the day with young Forissier full off motivation, Coddens on a race he was strong last year, Carloni rest last week to be fresh on this one, and Fernandez want to show Malta was not an accident. For the women, another battle between Muller and Erbenova with Poor and Wasle stronger than ever and I bet on Guillot for a surprise on this one!”

Follow along on our XTERRA Europe Facebook page for updates as the race nears.

Clips from the 2013 XTERRA France Championship

Forissier

Forissier, Wasle win XTERRA Switzerland

(Vallee de Joux, Switzerland) – Twenty-year-old Arthur Forissier from France in his first full season as an elite and veteran XTERRA racer Carina Wasle from Austria in her 11th year of racing took home the titles at the XTERRA Switzerland Championship in Vallee de Joux on Saturday afternoon.

“It was a beautiful day,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas.  “The water was just cold enough for wetsuits and the air temp was in the low 70s with a breeze.   The winners were a comeback kid and a brand new kid.  Carina Wasle, in her second race after a big crash in Malaysia, took the win by 30-seconds over the vastly improving Brigitta Poor from Hungary.  Helena Erbenova was third, just under 30-seconds back of Poor.”

For Wasle the victory marks her 11th career championship title, but first on the European Tour since winning XTERRA Czech back in 2009.  She won her first title in her rookie season of 2005 at Germany, would go on to win two more there, plus two in Czech and South Africa, and one each in Brazil, Saipan, Guam, and now Switzerland.

“I was not fully trained last week at XTERRA Greece and could not go fast the whole race,” said Wasle.  “Here I felt good everywhere.”

Despite some rash on her right shoulder from coming off the bike, Wasle caught Poor just before T2 and managed a perfect run to take the tape in 2:29:42.

Wasle

For the men it was all about the young blood.  Forissier is not an unknown, he was 7th overall and top amateur against a tough field at XTERRA France but was just 32nd in his elite debut at XTERRA Worlds last year (he was 5th in the 15-19 division at Maui in 2013).

“I am so happy,” said Forissier, who said he was really pushing his training for next week’s XTERRA France Championship but clearly had the chops today.  “I was riding close with Luxem and Pyott and started thinking this is so good.  Then Yeray and I saw Roger (Serrano) in the distance and we pushed even harder.”

Forissier headed out onto the run in the lead and posted the second-fastest run of the day to win his first XTERRA major in 2:07:10.

Last week’s XTERRA Greece winner Kris Coddens was close in second-place, just 35 seconds back.

“I had to work very hard this past week as it was the last week of school,” smiled Coddens, who works a full-time job on top of his elite racing schedule. “I just arrived last night so I am very happy with the results.”

“Indeed the tall Belgian posted the fastest run of the day but it was not enough to catch Forissier.  In fact, it was barely enough to hold off a hard charging Roger Serrano.  Roger was passed by Coddens early but reeled him back in on the last uphill,” explained Nicholas.

Coddens said “I had a choice, either run the uphill or save it for the flats.  I knew Roger was there and it was not easy.”

Yeray Luxem was back and rode strong holding second place through the first lap of the run, but faded to finish 4th.  “On the second lap my body said, enough” grimaced Luxem.

Pro Results

Men      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Arthur Forissier, FRA 2:07:10 100
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:07:45 90
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:08:07 82
4 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:09:01 75
5 Jan Pyott, SUI 2:14:01 69
6 Jan Kubicek, CZE 2:15:44 63
7 Henry Sleight, GBR 2:16:30 58
8 Veit Hönle, GER 2:18:41 53
9 Martial Schmidt, FRA 2:20:13 49
10 Lars van der Eerden, NED 2:29:45 45
Women      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Carina Wasle, AUT 2:29:42 100
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 2:30:13 90
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 2:30:38 82
4 Maud Golsteyn, NED 2:33:24 75
5 Myriam Guillot, FRA 2:35:14 69
6 Louise Fox, GBR 2:37:46 63
7 Ladina Buss, SUI 2:40:21 58
8 Jessica Roberts, GBR 2:42:29 53
9 Karin Hansen, SUI 2:43:03 49

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XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

XTERRA Switzterland was the fifth of 12 races in the XTERRA European Tour, and the second of seven Gold level events.  Elite athletes count their best four (4) Gold and three (3) Silver finishes.  Elites can compete in as many events as they wish, but will count only their best four Gold and three Silver finishes. How it Works.

Next up: July 5 – XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*

Updated Standings after 5 events:

Men   S S G S G  
Pl Name, NAT MLT POR ESP GRE SUI TOTAL
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 67 56 82 67 82 354
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 47 67 75 61 DNS 250
3 Albert Soley, ESP 43 39 90 47 DNS 219
4 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP DNS 75 100 DNS DNS 175
5 Kris Coddens, BEL DNS DNS DNS 75 90 165
6 Jan Pyott, SUI DNS 23 49 DNS 69 141
7 Yeray Luxem, BEL DNS 61 DNS DNS 75 136
8 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 75 47 DNS DNS DNS 122
9 Henry Sleight, GBR DNS 25 DNS 33 58 116
10 Xavier Riart, ESP 36 DNS 69 DNS DNS 105
11 Tim Van Daele, BEL 25 27 DNS 51 DNS 103
12 Jan Kubicek, CZE 39 DNS DNS DNS 63 102
13 Arthur Forissier, FRA DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 100
14 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 56 36 DNS DNS DNS 92
15 Tomas Kubek, SVK DNS 43 DNS 39 DNS 82
16 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 21 DNP DNS DNS 45 66
17 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS 63
18 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
19 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS 60
20 Ruben Salmeron, ESP DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS 58
21 Rory Downie, GBR 33 DNP DNS 25 DNS 58
22 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR DNS 30 DNS 27 DNS 57
23 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 56
24 Jose Borrino, ESP DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS 53
25 Veit Hönle, GER DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 53
26 Clement Briere, FRA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51
27 Hector Guerra, ESP DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS 51
28 Martial Schmidt, FRA DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 49
29 Juan Gracia, ESP DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS 45
30 Markus Benesch, AUT DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS 43
31 Dominique Fernando, ESP DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS 41
32 Juan Marti, ESP DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS 37
33 Grigoris Souvatzoglou, GRE DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS 36
34 Carlos Martinez, ESP DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS 34
35 Jens Roth, GER DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS 33
36 Sergio Espejo, ESP DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS 31
37 Javier Oliver, ESP DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS 28
38 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 DNS DNS DNS DNF 27
39 Nicolas Corentin, BEL DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS 25
40 Matt Dewis, GBR 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS 23
41 Simone Calamai, ITA DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS 23
42 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS 21
43 James Walker, GBR DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS 21
44 Pablo Navarrete, ESP DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS 0
Wom Name, NAT MLT POR ESP GRE SUI TOTAL
Pl Brigitta Poor, HUN 75 61 90 67 90 383
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE DNS 67 100 75 82 324
2 Louise Fox, GBR 51 51 82 56 63 303
3 Carina Wasle, AUT DNS DNS DNS 61 100 161
4 Jessica Roberts, GBR 47 DNF DNS 51 53 151
5 Karin Hansen, SUI 43 47 DNS DNS 49 139
6 Maud Golsteyn, NED 61 DNS DNS DNS 75 136
7 Morgane Riou, FRA DNS 56 DNS 47 DNS 103
8 Kathrin Mueller, GER DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
9 Myriam Guillot, FRA DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 69
10 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 67
11 Ladina Buss, SUI DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 58
12 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
13 Sofia Brites, POR DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 43
14 Deniz Dimaki, GRE DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS 43
15 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Switzerland Championship was the 20th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers

Josiah Middaugh

XTERRA Mountain Championship – Back at Beaver Creek July 18-19

The XTERRA Mountain Championship triathlon and trail runs return to Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado for the seventh straight year on July 18-19.

Several hundred competitors from across the country will gather at Beaver Creek to take part in the various races. The main event, an off-road triathlon comprised of a one-mile swim in Nottingham Lake, a 16-mile mountain bike and 6-mile trail, awards $15,000 in prize money and attracts some of the world’s best athletes.

As the last of four regional championships in the nationwide XTERRA America Tour that features 70 races in 38 states, the Mountain Championship on Saturday, July 18 awards 50 qualifying slots into the XTERRA World Championship to the top amateur finishers in each age group.

In addition to the main event a half-distance off-road triathlon dubbed the “XTERRA Sprint race”, and 5km, 10km, and 20km trail runs will be offered. The best Paul Mitchell stylists in Colorado will be onsite giving haircuts in exchange for a $15 donation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and there are free kids races too.

“Of the plethora of endurance events on this state’s summer sports calendar, perhaps none screams “Colorado” as much as the XTERRA Mountain Championship triathlon,” wrote Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post. “You know, just a quick dip in a mountain lake, a mountain bike ride up a ski hill — with 3,600 feet of climbing — and nearly six miles of running on dirt trails through aspen and pine trees.”

Learn more at www.xterrabeavercreek.com.

Bear Lake

XTERRA Whitewater / Blackwater on Horizon

There are a couple cool races coming up on the XTERRA America Tour that are as different as black & white.

First up is XTERRA Whitewater, Saturday, July 19, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The U.S. National Whitewater plays host to this one and puts XTERRA triathletes to the test at the world’s premiere outdoor recreation facility.

“The race begins with a 1K flatwater swim split between the Catawba River and our man-made channel, followed by 23K on mountain bike across all difficulty levels of the USNWC trail system, and concluding with an 8K trail run to cross the finish line,” explains race director Brian Mister.

Over 500 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 25 unique activities available to all ages and skill levels, including whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip lines, and ropes courses.

Learn more at http://usnwc.org/play/whitewater-race-series/xterra-whitewater-triathlon/

Next up is XTERRA Blackwater, a first-year race to be staged August 2 in Milton, Florida.

XTERRA age group standout Ben Dillon, who has done dozens of races around the world, saw the need for more opportunities in his home state of Florida and took it upon himself to bring the sport to the Northwest part of the state. Dillon is hosting the event alongside his buddies from SOML Racing (So Others May Live).

“SOML Racing is a non-profit organization consisting of Naval Aviation Rescue Swimmers, our families, and friends,” said Dillon, a rescue swim instructor out of Pensacola. “They’re an organization that strives to be a formidable force in the lives of those who seek to better themselves mentally and physically, as every Navy rescue swimmer knows, “So Others May Live!”

Staged in the beautiful Blackwater River State Forest at the Bear Lake Recreation Area, the race consists of an 800-yard swim, a 13-mile mountain bike and a 3.75-mile trail run.

“This is the first of its kind in NW Florida and the excitement leading up to has been astounding,” exclaimed Dillon.                                                             “This race is really going to challenge your skills and abilities in a rugged outdoor setting.”

More information can be found at www.somlracing.org.