XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs Open for Entry

Registrations are now open for the third annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race scheduled for April 2, 2016 at Callala Beach in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

The main event features a 1.5K ocean swim, 34K mountain bike and 10K trail run and has received a certified stamp of approval from the legendary Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz.

“The whole race is phenomenal and very well designed,” said the 7x World Champ. “There is a lot of really good single track and it’s well balanced. I loved this course and was super excited to race here. Even the run is great.”

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship boasts one of the richest purses in off-road triathlon at $50,000 AUD which annually attracts some of the world’s best triathletes like Braden Currie, Courtney Atkinson, Ben Allen, Stoltz, Flora Duffy, Barbara Riveros, and many more.  It’s televised on ESPN and dishes out 50 qualifying spots to XTERRA Worlds to the fastest amateurs.

There is also a half-distance race featuring a 750m ocean swim, 14K mountain bike and 5K trail run, and new this year is the “XTICER” – a family-friendly beginner race that couples a 200m ocean swim with 10-kilometers of mountain biking and a 2K trail run. There’s even an XTERRA kids race for the young ones ages 7-to-11 that features a 50K swim, 2k bike, and 500m run. It’s a non-competitive event (untimed) where everyone wins.

Have a look at last year’s action in this video:
https://vimeo.com/125329580.

Sign-up today to take advantage of early-bird rates at http://www.xterraasiapacific.com.

SNEAK PEAK AT THE 2016 ASIA-PACIFIC TOUR

The 2016 XTERRA Asian-Pacific Tour actually got started last Saturday in Hokkaido with the Japan Championship, however, for those looking ahead at booking trips to some of the best exotic triathlon travel destinations on earth here it goes:

The XTERRA Philippines Championship returns to the volcano in Albay on February 7 to kick off the series. The “Crown Jewel” of XTERRA Saipan is slated for March 12, followed a week later by XTERRA Guam on March 19.

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race is slated for April 2nd in Australia, with XTERRA New Zealand two weeks alter on April 16.

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour finale will take place in Langkawi, Malaysia on May 7 and will offer up double points to tour competitors. Details on the points structure will be forthcoming pending the announcement of new races and confirmed dates.

Steve Cole

Steve Cole Still Perfect: 2015 XTERRA Regional Champions

The XTERRA America Tour’s 65-race regular season that started in March and stretched across the continental United States and into Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan came to a close on Saturday, and as such it’s time to recognize the regional champions.

Click here to view the 11×17 PDF listing all 183 athletes that won their region this year. Winners have been invited to race in the XTERRA USA Championship (along with other top age group finishers – see final points standings here) and will be honored at the Night of Champions dinner at Union Station on Historic 25th Street in downtown Ogden, Utah on Friday, Sept. 18.

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 15 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, and this year won his fifth straight 55-59 division title.

While Cole is the only 15-time regional champ, Beverly Enslow of Metamora, Illinois is the most prolific female age grouper with 14 regional titles in the Midwest region.  Cindi Toepel is right behind with 13 titles. Russell Clark and Linda Usher have 12. Kyle Grieser, Barbara Peterson, Casey Fannin, Kathy Frank, Errol Lassiter, Hans Dieben, and G L Brown all have 11, and Ken Robins is the only other member of the double-digit club with 10.

Also of note, there are three athletes who won their region this year – a full 15 years after winning their region in the inaugural 2001 season: Steve Cole, Hans Dieben, and Lorenn Walker.

Lesley Paterson

Maui 2011: Welcome to Kapalua

After 15 years of racing on Haleakala on the south shore in Makena the XTERRA World Championship moved to the northwest side of the island to their new home base at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in 2011.

The new course was dramatically different.  From calm waters to raging surf, kiawe thorns and jagged lava rocks to lush tropical trails and epic views atop razor ridge.

XTERRA’s new digs featured a brutal run and that was just fine by Lesley Paterson, who made her mark on the trails of Kapalua.

Due in part to a punctured tire on her bike, Paterson started the run course in fourth place – nearly six-and-a-half minutes behind then-leader Melanie McQuaid. Paterson quickly ran down the three women in front of her, fell flat on her face less than a mile from the finish, and still managed to take the women’s title by more than two minutes.

“I felt really good,” said Paterson that day. “I was so angry because I punctured on the bike, and I think that anger helped me to really sort of knuckle down and go as hard as I could and see where the chips would fall.”

Paterson, 31, finished with a time of 2:45:59, including a run time of 43:54, which was nearly three minutes faster than any of the other females.

“I had pre-run the course a lot,” she said. “I came out 10 days early just to make sure I knew the course really well, especially the run for me because that’s where I thought I could win it.”

It was a breakthrough win for Paterson. She had three previous top-10 finishes, including a runner-up showing in 2009. She got so excited after passing McQuaid late in the run course that she fell on the rocks leading to the stretch run on D.T. Fleming Beach.

“What happens is your heart rate is super high, it’s at the end of the race, you’re dehydrated and your legs are not quite sure what you’re doing with them,” Paterson said. “And I just got in the lead, so you’re kind of nervous with anticipation.”

Marion “Bubu” Lorblanchet of France took second with a time of 2:48:08. She also got passed by the roadrunner legs of Paterson during the run.

“On the run, I was good, then I see ‘beep, beep’ and it was Lesley,” Lorblanchet said. “I think it was not possible for me to follow her. “I’m very happy because it was a good race for me. Last year, I was third, this year second, so maybe next year?”

Helena Erbenova of the Czech Republic capped an impressive XTERRA rookie season with a third place showing at Worlds. She finished with a time of 2:51:51 in her first appearance on Maui. Erbenova is a former Olympic cross country skier.

Renata Bucher of Switzerland placed fourth in 2:52:02, and Danelle Kabush of Canada was fifth in 2:54:35.

In the men’s race Michi Weiss was the overall winner, completing the course in 2 hours, 27 minutes, including an race-best bike split of 1:19:32. No other competitor finished with a bike time under 1:21:03.

Weiss was in the middle of the pack after the swim, but made his remarkable move to the front on the bike. By midway through the bike course, Weiss and South Africa’s Dan Hugo were riding next to each other in second place.

The only rider in front of them was the legendary seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who was competing in the XTERRA World Championship for the first time.

Weiss and Hugo actually talked about working together so that they could conserve energy in their pursuit of Armstrong.

“That was a critical moment for me, about three-quarters of the way through the bike and I was with Weiss, and we said let’s work together, but (Weiss) was one notch stronger and he kind of took off from me and he bridged to Armstrong,” said Hugo.

Shortly after breaking away from Hugo, Weiss closed in on Armstrong, and said it gave him an adrenaline rush that pushed him all the way to the finish line.

“It felt amazing,” Weiss said. “I had goose bumps. It’s something very special to catch Lance on a climb. It was an amazing feeling, and even motivated me more.”

Weiss used that motivation to do the unthinkable – he passed Armstrong on an uphill bike climb.

“I stayed a little bit behind him, I looked how he was doing, and I just gave it a shot and attacked and Lance couldn’t follow,” Weiss said. “It was cool.”

Watch the Show / 2011 Results

2011 XTERRA World Championship from XTERRA TV on Vimeo.

XTERRA European Tour Champions

For the second straight year France boasted the most XTERRA European Tour Champions. Last year they had eight winners, this year it was five – all men – with Remi Jeaugey (15-19), Valentin Genewe (20-24), Christophe Betard (30-34), Samuel Pourchez (40-44), and Jerome Georges (45-49).

Switzerland was right behind with four winners – Franziska Peier (pictured, 35-39), Nadja Schmid (40-44), Patrick Lanz (35-39), and Peter Naegeli (60-64). Germany, Czech, and Denmark all had two winners while the Netherlands, Italy, England, and the USA each had one XTERRA European Tour Champion.

Of note, Peier and Naegeli won their divisions for the second straight season.  Peier collected the most points of any athlete with 451 after winning her division at XTERRA Switzerland, Czech, and the European Championship, placing 2nd at XTERRA Italy and 3rd at XTERRA Sweden.

Pourchez picked up the most points for the men with 431 with wins at XTERRA France and the European Championship, a runner-up at XTERRA Portugal, and third-place finishes in Italy and Switzerland.

Last year’s XTERRA Warrior award winner Christophe Maury once again did the most races on the XTERRA European Tour with nine (last year he did eight).

The best-of-the-best from Europe and around the world now focus their attention on Maui, and the 20th XTERRA World Championship race to be held November 1 in Kapalua.

Final XTERRA European Tour Points Standings

2015 European Tour Champions
Division Name – Nationality
F20-24 Marketa Roubalova – CZE
F25-29 Mariana Sopouskova – CZE
F30-34 Ruth Owen-Evans – UK
F35-39 Franziska Peier – SUI
F40-44 Nadja Schmid – SUI
F45-49 Annette Mack – GER
F50-54 Carol Rasmussen – DEN
F55-59 Barbara Peterson – USA
M15-19 Rémi Jeaugey – FRA
M20-24 Valentin Genewe – FRA
M25-29 Stephan Radeck – GER
M30-34 Christophe Betard – FRA
M35-39 Patrick Lanz – SUI
M40-44 Samuel Pourchez – FRA
M45-49 Jerome Georges – FRA
M50-54 Mark Waaijenberg – NED
M55-59 Karsten Olsen – DEN
M60-64 Peter Naegeli – SUI
M65-69 Claudio Panichi – ITA
Emma Utah

Real. Authentic. Racing.

There is no barbed wire. No fire pits. No zombies.  No Gimmicks.

For 20 years now XTERRA has hosted authentic endurance sports challenges – off-road triathlons and trail runs – for those who believe the obstacles provided by Mother Nature are awesome enough.

It all started in 1996, when mountain biking and triathlon met in a duel of the fittest on the island of Maui. The race consisted of a rough water swim, a mountain bike race, and a trail run. It represented a bold new racing format that attracted outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, mountain bikers and triathletes. The mountain bikers brought their laid-back style and bold self-assurance. The triathletes brought their hard-core training and avid dedication. They soon discovered a common “Live More” spirit that pulled them together. The relationship flourished into an internationally-recognized brand called XTERRA, and today there are tens of thousands of athletes not only taking part in the races, but truly living the lifestyle.

A fitting representation of this “XTERRA Tribe,” more than one-thousand of America’s top outdoor athletes, are headed to Utah to race against the best-of-the-best for the title of XTERRA National Champion in two weeks time.

The main event, the USA Championship triathlon, starts with a one-mile swim in Pineview Reservoir (4,900-feet elevation), follows with an 18-mile mountain bike leg that climbs more than 3,000-feet to the top of Sardine Peak (7,300-feet elevation), and culminates with a 7-mile trail run featuring another 600-feet of climbing on trails around Snowbasin Resort in the Wasatch Range.

Pros will race for $80,000 in prize money, dozens of cameramen will position themselves around Wheeler Canyon and the Wasatch Range to capture all the action for a nationally syndicated one-hour TV show, and amateurs who qualified will have a go at winning a national title.

To qualify for the main event athletes had to finish in the top 15 of their division at one of the 60 XTERRA Point Series races held across the country since March.

Those who didn’t qualify can race the same distance in the XTERRA Utah long course event, and there is also a half-distance sprint race open to everyone along with relay-team options.

All three triathlons will be held Saturday, September 19 and on Sunday it’s the trail runners turn on the mountain.

The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals half-marathon features scenic views, technical trails, and big climbs. The half-marathon, plus the 5K and 10K trail runs are open to everyone, and it’s important to note that you don’t have to be fast to join in the fun. For some, it’s just about finishing and that’s okay as XTERRA is all about perpetuating the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle.

In addition to the races XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden on Friday with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Then on Saturday from 8am to 10pm the streets shut down for a massive, community wide block party as Ogden hosts its 14th annual Harvest Moon Celebration with a wealth of family-friendly activities including live music, a farmer’s market, kid’s activities, arm wrestling, pumpkin decorating, and fantastic fare from Historic 25th Street’s incredible restaurants.

There is great entertainment to be found at Snowbasin Resort as well highlighted by the spontaneous, ecstatic, and sometimes tear-jerking displays of emotion at the finish line for the races.

While it is an epic spot for winter sports (think 3,000 skiable acres and 3,000 vertical feet) Snowbasin is also ideal in the summer time and when the fall colors turn the mountain landscape into a kaleidoscope of colors, it’s simply spectacular.

For more info and links to registration visit www.xterrautah.com, or call toll-free to 877-751-8880. Live More!

Ruzafa

Ruzafa, Paterson win XTERRA European Championship

(Vachery Estate, Cranleigh, UK) – Ruben Ruzafa edged Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz in dramatic fashion and Lesley Paterson chased down Jacqui Slack and Renata Bucher on the run to win the XTERRA European Tour Championship elite races at Vachery Estate in Cranleigh, England this afternoon.

A solid, driving rain the night prior left the trails muddy and slick, leaving those without the proper gripping tires (or time-tested skills) flying off their bikes left-and-right.  The day, however, was perfect for racing with cool temps and not a drop of rain.  The atmosphere was teeming with excitement as the build-up to the race heralded the Caveman’s last XTERRA, commanding the attention of the local and worldwide off-road community all at once.

In a funny side story, Stoltz woke up this morning to his watch set on South Africa time (which is an hour earlier) and ended up rushing to the race site thinking he was late.  Instead, he was an hour early, the first to set up his transition, and had plenty of time to pose for photos with his wife Liezel and baby Zena, talk to friends and fans, and speculate on the day.  Also of note, he was the last to leave the site, standing on stage and greeting the amateur champions until the very last award was handed out.  Clearly the depth and impact of his retirement decision was not lost on anyone.

To the race…  As per tradition, British legend Richard Stannard exited Vachery Pond first with the fastest 1.5km swim followed by Ben Allen in 17:41 and Stoltz more than one-minute back in 18:54 and Ruzafa almost two minutes behind at 19:35.

Allen moved past Stannard early on the bike to take the lead and Stoltz said “it took him ages” to catch him.  He eventually did, and Ruzafa ultimately did what he does best and moved into the front on the second lap of the bike but couldn’t shake Stoltz.

“I couldn’t pull away,” said Ruzafa, a three-time XTERRA World Champ who has now won 15 straight XTERRA majors since winning Worlds in October of 2013.  “I took speed and tried to pull away but he didn’t drop, he stayed on my wheel.”

The tight action made for marvelous, best in the business spectating, with viewpoints in literally dozens of places around the iconic XTERRA England tree to watch it all unfold.  Ruzafa and Stoltz came into T2 practically together and then it was a foot race.

“I thought back after my first XTERRA in Richmond where it was all about the experience and not about the result and I just wanted to enjoy the race and I did,” said Stoltz.  “The bike course was so much fun, it was slippery and challenging and it was pretty crazy.  I had the best run form I’ve had in a while and Ruben and I went out on the run and were together through about 7K and I thought I’d test him a little bit and I went to the front and he hung in and then my shoe got stuck in some mud and came undone for two seconds and he took advantage and really pushed the screws down and I went from being comfortable to pretty uncomfortable in a quick time.  Then I jumped across the river and my legs started cramping so I was literally on the ropes.  Like I said, even though I came to enjoy the race as much as possible I do get carried away in the racing and of course I wanted to win my last XTERRA.  Winning is important, but enjoying it all is important too, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself.”

After the race Ruzafa said that was as hard a challenge as he could handle.

“When I wasn’t able to drop Conrad on the bike I thought it might come down to a sprint, but then he had a problem with his shoe and I knew that was my chance.  I was behind him and he stopped and I said, OK, I’ll take it and I just pushed ahead and was able to keep it to the finish.  It was a great finish, and a really big challenge for me.   It’s exhausting.  So slippery out there, and all the time concentrating.  I really liked this race, and I think Conrad should be really proud.  He is a great person and a great racer.”

Stoltz, the four-time XTERRA World Champion and all-time wins leader with 51, said he did his best to stay in the moment and not let the idea of this being his last XTERRA get in the way.

“I didn’t try to think about it too much,” he said.  “There are too many emotions so I tried not to hang on to the emotions, I just went through the process.  I think I’ve been able to do that throughout my career, not worry about what’s happening on the outside rather what’s happening right now, so that’s what I did.  Just focused on today and the here and now, and I really enjoyed the spectators cheering and the people out there.  I actually thought I had the situation under control on the run but Ruben beat me to it and was obviously the faster one.  I wasn’t sure if he was playing cat and mouse or if he was really tired, and I tried to burn him off at 7k but couldn’t.  By the time I stepped in the mud puddle he was right on me, got that little gap, and I couldn’t close it.  I may have played it wrong, maybe should have take it easy until the sprint at the finish and I may kick myself for it later. I literally just lost two or three seconds because my shoe didn’t come off completely, it just came off the heal, and I stopped to put it back on and it was right at the summit of a little hill and when it happened he really put the hammer down.”

Behind Ruzafa and Stoltz, Ben Allen was posting the fastest run split of the day and closed the gap considerably.

“I was 30 seconds too slow,” said Allen.  “I’m a bit disappointed, but that’ll be my goal working towards Maui.  I couldn’t have done anything more.  The conditions out there were treacherous for everybody and I crashed four or five times, it was like skating on ice.  It was pretty gnarly out on the bike.  I had cross tires, not mud tires, made it hard on myself but just gave it my all.  I let two minutes go, but it gives me a good indication on what I need to do in Maui.   I thoroughly enjoyed it though and I love being here.  We got hometown support from Jacqui’s family that was great.  Coming in and out of the forest and seeing the spectators cheering you on, and all the crashes, it was spectacular.  Such a fun event.”

XTERRA Malta Champion Nico Fernandez finished fourth and Spain’s Albert Soley came in 5th. As proof of the diversity of the European Tour Championship the top 10 men represented nine countries.

Pro Men      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 02:29:05 100
2 Conrad Stoltz, RSA 02:29:30 90
3 Ben Allen, AUS 02:30:15 82
4 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 02:34:45 75
5 Albert Soley, ESP 02:36:17 69
6 Tomas Kubek, SVK 02:37:46 63
7 Jan Pyott, SUI 02:38:00 58
8 Jim Thijs, BEL 02:38:45 53
9 Chris Ganter, USA 02:39:53 49
10 Henry Sleight, GBR 02:41:11 45
Also: Doug Hall (41), Llewellyn Holmes (37), Matt Dewis (34), Lee Williams (31), JP Donovan (28), Jon Heasman, Euan Adams, Noah Wright, Pete Dyson.

Paterson

In the women’s race it was all about Jacqui Slack early and almost all the way through the bike.  Christine Jeffrey was first female out of the water but Slack was close behind and had an incredible bike and was putting more and more time on the rest of the field.

“I had an amazing swim, came out with Ruben,” smiled Slack.  “I’ve been working so hard and I felt like it paid off today.  I spent so much time training, working on corners, and was really confident, and I like the mud, and the longer the girls didn’t catch me the more I was motivated.  Renata caught me with about 4K to go on the bike. I made a mistake on a hill and she rode up it and off and was really, really strong and I had no chance to hang with her but Lesley never caught me on the bike which I was really surprised about so that gave me some confidence.  I went on the run hoping I could catch Renata but she ran strong and then Lesley came flying past early on.  She’s so fast.”

Bucher, the 33-time XTERRA winner, was out in front and if not for the blistering foot speed of Paterson would’ve made it 34.

“I gave it everything I had on the run, and when Lesley came by on the first lap I was thinking to myself ‘oh, Lesley, please come back’” said Bucher.  “I tried to keep it steady after that and hold off Jacqui. I’m super happy now.  I changed a few things this year, and have a real base, and know what I want, and I’m my own boss.  I have amazing sponsors, and I feel really good with no pressure, my family is healthy. I’m in a good place.”

As for Paterson, she didn’t play the dominant role she normally does until it counted, then she poured it on thick.

“I was pretty down on myself after the first lap because I couldn’t stay upright, but I talked myself into staying positive,” said the two-time XTERRA World Champ who has now won all four XTERRA races she has entered this season all the while chasing mountain bike racing dreams.  “I’ve not been running, so when it came down to the run I was like, awesome (sarcastically).  I got to the run though and I’m comfortable with that.  Ironically, I’m Scottish and it was like I’ve never been in the mud before. I live out in San Diego where it’s sandy and rocky and the mud out there today was just something else.  I was with one guy and he said ‘c’mon, c’mon just say positive because everybody is running’ … and this was on the bike!  Seriously though, those girls were awesome out there today. There’s just so much camaraderie, everyone is very encouraging.  It’s really cool, it’s what I love.”

Brigitta Poor, who finished the year ranked 2nd on the XTERRA European Tour, came in fourth and Jessie Roberts had a great day on the trails to finish fifth.

All in all the day of racing was magnificent, and exciting. The race announcer Richard Campbell could be heard through the fields and in the trees around the course and the action was everywhere.  Passionate fans, a really great course, and brilliant racing all around.

“It’s made me proud to be English,” said Slack.  “Every corner, every turn someone was shouting your name so I’m really pleased I could put together a good race. Looking forward to putting in some more work and giving it my best shot in Maui.”

Women      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Lesley Paterson, GBR 02:54:26 100
2 Renata Bucher, SUI 02:55:35 90
3 Jacqui Slack, GBR 02:56:14 82
4 Brigitta Poor, HUN 03:04:52 75
5 Jessie Roberts, GBR 03:05:40 69
6 Alena Stevens, SVK 03:07:34 63
7 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 03:09:34 58
8 Christine Jeffrey, CAN 03:17:22 53
9 Louise Fox, GBR 03:19:29 49
10 Verena Eisenbarth, FRA 03:19:35 45
Also: Genevieve Evans (41), Belinda Hadden (37), Karin Hansen (34), Emily Bashton (31), Daz Parker (28), Hana Kolarova

Complete Results / Photos

ALL-TIME XTERRA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINNERS
Year (Location) Men’s Winner / Women’s Winner

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

2015 XTERRA European Championship Press Guide

SERRANO, ERBENOVA WIN XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR

Although neither raced today Roger Serrano and Helena Erbenova won the XTERRA European Tour points series, having scored the most points in seven events through the season.  Here’s a look at the final standings (tentative):

Men     S S G S G G S G G G S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT POR ESP GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER DEN GBR
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 526 67 56 x82 67 82 DNS DNS 82 90 82 DNS DNS
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 497 47 67 75 61 DNS 82 DNS 90 DNS 75 DNS DNS
3 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 475 DNS 75 100 DNS DNS 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS 100
4 Jan Pyott, SUI 356 DNS 23 x49 DNS 69 DNS 61 63 82 x41 DNS 58
5 Albert Soley, ESP 333 43 39 90 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS 69
6 Kris Coddens, BEL 307 DNS DNS DNS 75 90 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
7 Ben Allen, AUS 282 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 100 DNS 82
8 Jan Kubicek, CZE 273 39 DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS 51 DNS
9 Tomas Kubek, SVK 271 DNS 43 DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 63 DNS 63
10 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 255 75 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 75
11 Henry Sleight, GBR 255 DNS 25 DNS 33 58 49 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS 45
12 Yeray Luxem, BEL 192 DNS 61 DNS DNS 75 DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
13 Markus Benesch, AUT 186 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 69 37 37 DNS DNS
14 Bradley Weiss, RSA 180 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNF 90 DNS DNS
15 Arthur Forissier, FRA 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Veit Hönle, GER 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 37 DNS DNS 41 34 DNS DNS
17 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 165 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNF 58 DNS DNS 47 DNS
18 Jens Roth, GER 163 DNS 33 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 61 DNF
19 Sam Osborne, NZL 142 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
20 Tim Van Daele, BEL 139 25 27 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS
21 Martial Schmidt, FRA 132 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 34 DNS 49 DNS DNP DNS DNS
22 Jim Thijs, BEL 128 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 53
23 Pavel Andreev, RUS 106 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 53 DNS DNS
24 Xavier Riart, ESP 105 36 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 James Walker, GBR 102 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS 47 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Malte Plappert, GER 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS
27 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 94 DNS 30 DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
28 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 92 56 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Conrad Stoltz, RSA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
30 Vaclav Holub, CZE 80 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 31 DNS DNS
31 Michael Szymoniuk, AUT 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNF
32 Theo Blignaut, RSA 71 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF 28 43 DNS
33 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 66 21 DNP DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP 63 DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Damien Guillemet, FRA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Ruben Salmeron, ESP 58 DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Rory Downie, GBR 58 33 DNP DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Damien Derobert, FRA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
41 Matt Dewis, GBR 57 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
42 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF
43 Lars Erik Fricke, GER 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
44 Jose Borrino, ESP 53 DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
45 Tomas Jiranek, CZE 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Fabio Guidelli, ITA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
47 Clement Briere, FRA 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
48 Hector Guerra, ESP 51 DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Christian Otto, GER 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
50 Chris Ganter, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
51 Juan Gracia, ESP 45 DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Florian Luquet, FRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Jan Francke, CZE 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
54 Christopher Schwab, AUT 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNF
55 Dominique Fernando, ESP 41 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
56 Antonello Pallotta, ITA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS
57 Doug Hall, GBR 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
58 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP 39 DNS
59 Juan Marti, ESP 37 DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
60 Marc Pschebizin, GER 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
61 Marco Spadaccia, ITA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS
62 Grigoris Souvatzoglou, GRE 36 DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
63 Carlos Martinez, ESP 34 DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
64 Pavel Jindra, CZE 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS
65 Joel Jameson, GBR 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS
66 Sergio Espejo, ESP 31 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF
67 Dr. Felix Schumann, GER 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS
68 Lee Williams, GBR 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
69 Jens Graenback, DEN 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS
70 Javier Oliver, ESP 28 DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
71 Sebastian Veith, GER 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
72 JP Donovan, USA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28
73 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 27 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
74 Martin Bjeld 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS
75 Nicolas Corentin, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
76 Thomas Munch, DEN 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS
77 Simone Calamai, ITA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
78 Jason Rojas, DEN 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS
79 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL 21 DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
80 Henrik Brandt, DEN 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS
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2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 555 75 61 90 67 90 x63 x61 DNS 90 82 DNS x75
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 544 DNS DNS DNS 61 100 DNF 67 90 69 82 75 DNS
4 Louise Fox, GBR 389 51 51 82 56 63 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
5 Jessie Roberts, GBR 328 47 DNF DNS 51 53 45 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS 69
6 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 278 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 75 DNS 67 DNS
7 Jacqui Slack, GBR 254 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 90 DNS 82
8 Karin Hansen, SUI 231 43 47 DNS DNS 49 DNF DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS 34
9 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 196 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS 58
10 Kathrin Mueller, GER 175 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
11 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 168 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS 58 69 DNS DNS
12 Renata Bucher, SUI 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 90
13 Morgane Riou, FRA 156 DNS 56 DNS 47 DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Myriam Guillot, FRA 151 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 82 DNS DQ DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Maud Golsteyn, NED 136 61 DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Corinna Choun, AUT 114 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 51 DNS
17 Verena Eisenbarth, GER 108 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS 45
18 Genziana Cenni, ITA 105 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 56 DNS
19 Lesley Paterson, GBR 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
20 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Olga Parfinenko, RUS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Alena Stevens, SVK 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
23 Tanja Hultengren Larsson 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS
24 Ladina Buss, SUI 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Becci Kaltenmeier, GER 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Emilie Lefur, FRA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS
27 Sabina Rzepka, POL 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Elke Innerebner, ITA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
29 Christne Jeffrey, CAN 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
30 Celine Augueux, FRA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Christina Thøgersen 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS
32 Sofia Brites, POR 43 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Deniz Dimaki, GRE 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Caroline Lerche, DEN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS
35 Genevieve Evans, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
36 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Belinda Hadden, AUS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
38 Emily Bashton, USA 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
39 Daz Parker, GBR 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28


AMATEUR CHAMPS

Louise Hanley and Geert Lauryssen captured the overall amateur championship titles today, and here’s a look at all of this year’s age group XTERRA European Champions:

Category Name Country Time
Ages 15 – 19 Molly Campbell UK 04:00:01
Ages 25 -29 Samantha Aplin UK 03:37:28
Ages 30 – 34 Ruth Owen-Evans UK 03:44:50
Ages 35 – 39 Franziska Peier Switzerland 03:34:42
Ages 40 – 44 Nadja Mueller Schmid Switzerland 03:51:24
Ages 45 – 49 Louise Hanley UK 03:29:33
Ages 50 – 54 Mireille Martin France 04:36:50
Category Name Country Time
Ages 15 – 19 Harry Leleu UK 03:01:01
Ages 20 – 24 Tanguy Nivot France 03:09:39
Ages 25 -29 Sam Begg UK 02:53:44
Ages 30 – 34 Geert Lauryssen Belgium 02:46:33
Ages 35 – 39 Daniel Mannweiler Germany 02:58:38
Ages 40 – 44 Samuel Pourchez France 02:58:43
Ages 45 – 49 Jerome Georges France 03:00:14
Ages 50 – 54 Rob Moore UK 03:13:43
Ages 55 – 59 Simon Osborne UK 03:19:18
Ages 60 – 64 Virgile Miralles France 04:04:45
Ages 65 – 69 Ray Haines UK 04:34:46

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
The XTERRA European Championship was the 38th 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 (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound (Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady)
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona)
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark (Kris Coddens / Carina Wasle)
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (Courtney Atkinson / Mieko Carey)
30-Aug XTERRA European Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Lesley Paterson)
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

Atkinson, Carey win XTERRA Japan

(Hokkaido) – Courtney Atkinson and Mieko Carey captured the XTERRA Japan Championship at Lake Kanayama in Hokkaido today.

In the men’s race Atkinson, the reigning and three-time XTERRA Australia Champion and two-time Olympian, took a big lead out of the water, hung on during the bike, and used a blistering fast run to take the tape in 2:18:55, more than two-minutes ahead of Cedric Lassonde.

For Carey, who has now won the XTERRA Japan Championship five times, a fantastic bike leg gave her a big cushion to hold-off the speedy Kiwi Lizzie Orchard by nearly three minutes at the finish.

XTERRA Pro Charlie Epperson, who finished fourth overall on the day, took some time after the race to tell us about the day in this report…

Turned out to be a beautiful day on Lake Kanayama.  The morning started cool and clear and once race officials determined the water temperature was 15 degrees celsius (just above the cut off to cancel the swim) participants began the daunting task of sliding into wetsuits.

With a 9am race start it was almost perfect for racers to enjoy a nice breakfast and take the short drive to the picturesque venue.  As racers entered the water, it was evident the cold water temperature impacted a number of competitors.  It’s no so common in the XTERRA Asia Pacific Tour series to encounter cool water that requires a wetsuit.  As a result, a number of racers abandoned the shorter than normal 1200-meter swim due to the conditions today.

One athlete that made little work of the swim course was none other than Courtney Atkinson.  Atkinson has probably swam in every water condition imaginable so it was just another day at the office.  Exiting the water with a 2-3 minute lead over a chase group that included Cedric Lassonde of France and Takahiro Ogasawara (Oga) of Japan, it was evident Lassonde didn’t intend to let Atkinson have too easy of day in Hokkaido.

The bike course was in pristine conditions as a few days of rain didn’t seem to slow it down.  Lassonde bridged the difference from the swim by T2, with Oga another minute back to ensure the podium would be decided by the run segment today.

As I heard from spectators, Atkinson set a blistering pace out of T2 across the sand that let Lassonde know real quickly that his ITU background means, if anything, he can run!  Atkinson broke the tape in 2:18:55 and Lassonde was not too far off at 2:21:13.  Oga held on for third place in 2:26:11.

I asked Atkinson on what the future may hold for him racing after 2016 and if he moves away from ITU racing.  Atkinson responded, “Yeah, I only got into mountain biking after the 2012 Olympics and broke my wrist during the first couple of weeks of riding, but I stuck with it.  My future (racing) may involve more adventuring races and off-road triathlons.” (paraphrased).  If you haven’t met Courtney he’s certainly the type of athlete we want to see in the XTERRA community- a genuinely nice guy that can race with the best of them.

In the women’s race Mieko Carey of Japan (Guam based) and Lizzy Orchard of Auckland, New Zealand were separated by only a few seconds exiting T1.  Carey laid a blistering bike split down that was mostly set by crushing each climb. I know this because she passed me on each and every one of them.  Her coach, Josiah Middaugh, has made her a formable opponent on the bike.  I came into T2 alongside Carey who didn’t believe her lead was great enough to hold off the gazelle-like speed that Orchard possesses.  She was almost correct as Orchard closed the 6-7 minute gap from T2 to under 3 minutes by the end of the race. Carey claimed her 5th XTERRA Japan title with a 2:41:33 compared to Orchard’s 2:44:24.

Carey, who I train with on Guam, is equally impressive in her dominance at XTERRA Japan. I asked her post race if her plan was to race the bike course lights out.  Carey smiled and offered “yeah, I was afraid of how fast Lizzy can run and I just wanted to push myself on the bike.  My training has been focused on the mountain bike the last few months and I knew if was going to have a chance to win it would be with pushing the bike to my limit.”  Carey got a moment to reflect on how important it is to come back home to race here, “I’ve raced this race for years, I know Taro and many others for over 10 years, and it’s special to come back and see them and be a part of this event.”

Men’s Elite Results:

Courtney Atkinson, Australia, 2:18:55
Cedric Lassonde, France, 2:21:13
Takahiro Ogasawara, Japan, 2:26:11
Charlie Epperson, USA (Guam), 2:35:44
Taro Shirato, Japan, 2:51:06
Cameron O’Neal, Guam, 2:55:30
Jason Hsieh, Hong Kong, 2:58:24
Cho Kaon, S. Korea, 3:00:18

Women’s Elite Results:

Mieko Carey, Japan (Guam), 2:41:33
Lizzy Orchard, New Zealand, 2:44:24

The amateur competition was just as heated with numerous XTERRA World Championships slots up for grabs.  In the men’s race, Toshiyuki Furuya of Sait crossed the line in 2:46:07 or roughly 51 seconds ahead of Hirofumi Hayakawa of Fuku.  In the women’s race, Kasumi Saito of Kana recorded a 3:26:53 effort while her closest competition, Aiko Hiroki of Ibar, crossed the tape in 3:56:36.

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Japan Championship was the 36th 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 (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound (Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady)
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona)
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (Courtney Atkinson / Mieko Carey)
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde (Kris Coddens / Carina Wasle)
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

Belhumeur, Carbonneau win XTERRA Quebec

Partly-sunny skies and perfect 26C temps greeted athletes in Lac Delage for the second running of the XTERRA Quebec off-road triathlon and sports festival last weekend – August 22-23, 2015.

Boasting a world class trail system, pristine waters and an easy thirty minute drive from the heart of Quebec City, Lac Delage played perfect host for XTERRA’s brand of dirty, off-road endurance fun.

The festival-style weekend of events included workshops, an open water swim race, off-road duathlons, trail runs, kid’s races, short and long distance off-road triathlons, live bands and a BBQ party to send everyone home full with XTERRA spirit.

With fifteen XTERRA World Championship slots up for grabs, Vincent Belhumeur (02:59:14) and Julia Carbonneau (03:44:42) took top honors on the day for the men and women in the championship race. View full results.

Well-traveled and longtime XTERRA age grouper Chuck Fortier (pictured above by  Pascal Gagné) from New Westminster, B.C. shares his XTERRA Quebec experience.

I had the chance to take part in the second edition of XTERRA Quebec City this past weekend. Although still in its inception, this race did not disappoint and provided plenty of challenges.

Nestled near Stoneham Ski resort, Lac Delage is about 30 minutes north of Quebec City setting the stage for an epic off-road adventure. The swim course is a giant square of 1200m, favoring the less experienced swimmer as it is a bit shorter than the usual 1500m. To the dismay of yours truly, the water temperature last weekend was too warm to be wetsuit legal.

If the swim is on the short side and probably not as hard, the bike course is definitely the opposite. One could describe this course as reminiscent of a true world cup cross country course in “La Belle Province”.

Five laps of a 6 km loop posed plenty of challenges and demanded technical ability on the mountain bike. This true cross country course has it all from the Chicken pass option almost at the start of the course to steep power climbs, rocks and roots and tricky descent; mountain biking skills are a must.

With two swim waves 10 minutes apart, the trail was not too crowded given the fact that it was a multi loop system and all riders that I encountered were very gracious to let faster riders pass as soon as they could. The nice thing about the multi loop system is that it is great for spectators as they would see you in a pump track style every lap where a live band, music, and beer garden were accessible for them.

The run course was also a challenge as although there was not a lot of elevation gain was compared to other courses around the world, the technical and short power climbs were tiring on the legs.

The run course was a two laps of a 5km loop with a longer ascent and a technical descent, so one could not take a rest. This run course was also a true cross country run presenting all the challenges that one would expect.

It is to be noted that if this course was in the rain and mud as it was last year, it would be very challenging to say the least.

Although in its infancy this race has definitely the potential to become a marquee race and should definitely be on your race calendar if you are looking for a challenge on the bike and on the run. The volunteers were great and you can see that a lot of har d work has been poured into the trail system.

As for me, it was nice to be back to racing after having been sidelined for three and a half months with a broken foot.

Happy Trails.

XTERRA European Championship Sunday

Sunday’s XTERRA European Championship is held in conjunction with XTERRA England and the XTERRA World Tour, a global series of off-road triathlons spanning more than 30 countries that qualifies athletes to race at the XTERRA World Championship.

It is the last of 12 championship events in the 2015 XTERRA European Tour, distributes $25,000 USD to the top 10 male and female professionals, crowns XTERRA European and European Tour Champions, plus awards an additional $20,000  to the best elite performers in the series.

For amateurs it’s their last chance to score points towards winning an XTERRA European Tour title in their age division, and also the last stop in Europe where they can secure one of 50 qualifying spots into the 20th edition of XTERRA Worlds in Maui on November 1.

The main event combines a 1.5-kilometer swim with a 30km mountain bike and 10km trail run. It starts with a swim in the strictly private and extraordinarily clean spring fed Vachery Pond.  The 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, hopping over logs.

“The course is fantastic, I really enjoy it,” explained Conrad Stoltz, who is adding a fair bit of drama to the day as its his proclaimed last XTERRA race.  “It’s all natural, freshly carved, lots of turns, twists, roots, whoops, humps, some fair pedaling sections which is nice too and the run course is really cool. There’s this big ditch you have to jump across, there’s a bog that you have to run through and not lose your shoes, you have to jump over a tree.  It’s not just running, it’s cross country. What I think XTERRA really embodies. Fun all around. Good event. Fun people. Woodstock atmosphere. The British crowd really gets into it, and a lot of South African expats come out and yell all kinds of stuff in Afrikaans.”

Reigning and three-time XTERRA World Champ Ruben Ruzafa is in the field, looking to win his 15th straight XTERRA.  Aussie Ben Allen, who won the England title here two years ago, is hell-bent on stopping him.

“I came to Europe to target Ruben and I was hoping to race against him at XTERRA Czech and Germany,” said Allen, who won both those races earlier this month without Ruzafa in the line-up.

“Now I finally get the chance to race him this weekend. I don’t really care who wins the race as long as I beat Ruben, that’s my objective. He’s undefeated. This course probably plays to his strengths, and Conrad’s too, because it is so mountain biking focused and such a tight and twisty course. I think to beat Ruben you’ve got to be ruthless, get in his way, not let him get passed you and try different things. I’ll stick to a game plan, look to limit loss on the bike and hopefully it comes down to a running race at the end.”

The women’s race has plenty of spice as well with two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson taking on four-time XTERRA European Tour Champion Renata Bucher, who won the ETU Cross Tri European Championship in July and 2013 XTERRA England Champion Jacqui Slack who is excited to race on her home turf.

“Home country, super excited, and its fun for my family and friends to get to see so many great athletes from all over the world here,” said Slack. “It’s such a strong field. Of course, I think Lesley (Paterson) is the target. I’ll see if I can stick with her on the bike and take it from there. Although, I understand she’s been mountain bike focused so probably has this technical riding nailed by now.”

Spectators are in for quite a treat as well with both the bike and run courses filtering through the “arena” several times making it quite easy to track the action.  Join the discussion by following along on Facebook/xterraplanet, Instagram/xterraoffroad, and Twitter @xterraoffroad using hashtag #xterraUK15.  Race starts at 12 noon on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the past winners of the one-day XTERRA European Championship race, last staged in Zittau in 2011…

Year (Location) Men’s Winner / Women’s Winner
2015 (Cranleigh, England) To be determined Sunday
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

XTERRA European Championship Elite Start List, as of 8.25.15

Rank, Name, Age, Hometown
3, Ruben Ruzafa, 31, Malaga, Spain
4, Jan Pyott, 34, Oberageri, Switzerland
5, Albert Soley, 28, Catalunya, Spain
8, Henry Sleight, 26, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
9, Tomas Kubek, 24, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
10, Ben Allen, 31, New South Wales, Australia
12, Nicolas Fernandez, 31, Pelissanne, France
28, Jim Thijs, 35, Huldenberg, Belgium
38, Llewellyn Holmes, 34, Somerset, United Kingdom
66, Matt Dewis, 23, Loughborough, United Kingdom
NR, Euan Adams, 29, East Sussex, United Kingdom
NR, Jimmy Archer, 43, Colorado, United States
NR, JP Donovan, 28, Nevada, United States
NR, Pete Dyson, 26, London, United Kingdom
NR, Chris Ganter, 37, Idaho, United States
NR, Doug Hall, 27, Bath, United Kingdom
NR, Jon Heasman, 40, Surrey, United Kingdom
NR, Richard Stannard, 41, Surrey, United Kingdom
NR, Conrad Stoltz, 41, Stellenbosch, South Africa
NR, Lee Williams, 31, Mid Glamorgan, United Kingdom
NR, Noah Wright, 41, Texas, United States

Rank, Name, Age, Hometown
2, Brigitta Poor, 26, Sopron, Hungary
4, Louise Fox, 35, Berkshire, United Kingdom
5, Jessie Roberts, 26, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
7, Karin Hansen, 34, Lucerne, Switzerland
9, Jacqui Slack, 32, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
10, Lenka Cibulkova, Czech Republic
12, Myriam Guillot-Boisset, 36, Rhone, France
13, Elisabetta Curridori, 24, Sardegna, Italy
16, Renata Bucher, 37, Lucerne, Switzerland
18, Verena Eisenbarth, 30, Arthaz, France
NR, Emily Bashton, 35, Virginia, United States
NR, Genevieve Evans, 42, California, United States
NR, Belinda Hadden, 36, Wandana Heights, VIC, Australia
NR, Christine Jeffrey, 42, Ontario, Canada
NR, Hana Kolarova, 28, Czech Republic
NR, Nienke Oostra, 38, Angus, United Kingdom
NR, Daz Parker, 47, London, United Kingdom
NR, Lesley Paterson, 34, Sterling, Scotland
NR, Alena Stevens, 33, Slovakia
NR, Jip Veelenturf, 23, South Holland, Netherlands

Rank = Rank on the XTERRA European Tour (after 10 events)
NR = Not Ranked

FINAL WEEKEND FOR XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR

Only two races remain on the XTERRA European Tour – XTERRA Denmark on Saturday and the European Championship race in England on Sunday.

In the men’s elite chase for the XTERRA European Tour Championship title Roger Serrano sits atop the standings and needs only to wait for the formal announcement.

While there are two racers on the Tour – Francois Carloni and Ruben Ruzafa – that could potentially score more points in the final two races and pass Serrano, neither have it in their sights. Carloni is getting married this weekend and will not race and Ruzafa would need to compete at Denmark on Saturday before his scheduled appearance at the European Championship on Sunday but has no plans on doing so.

If that holds true Serrano is the champ, Carloni is safe in 2nd place, Ruzafa is solid in 3rd place, and Jan Pyott is looking good to keep his 4th place status.  There will be a lot of movement below those four, however, with Albert Soley, Henry Sleight, Tomas Kubek, Ben Allen, and Nico Fernandez all trying to move up to a better spot in the top 10 by racing well in England, while Kris Coddens and Yeray Luxem try to do the same by racing in Denmark.

The women’s standings are solid at the top with Helena Erbenova securing her third European Tour Championship in four years by posting a near-perfect score of 617 (625 is perfect) with six wins on the year.

Brigitta Poor had a breakout season to finish 2nd in the Tour standings with three runner-ups and a big win at XTERRA Malta.  Carina Wasle is solid in 3rd place, and will race in Denmark along with fellow Austrian Sandra Koblemueller.  Meanwhile Louise Fox, Jessie Roberts, Karin Hansen, Jacqui Slack, Lenka Cibulkova, Myriam Guillot, and Elisabetta Curriodori will all chase points at the XTERRA European Championship in England in hopes of climbing up high into the top 10 in the Tour.

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Here’s a look at the past XTERRA European Tour Champions since its inaugural season of 2003.

Year    Men’s Winner / Women’s Winner
2015    TBD / Helena Erbenova (CZE)
2014    Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) / Kathrin Mueller (GER)
2013    Hector Guerra (ESP) / Helena Erbenova (CZE)
2012    Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) / Helena Erbenova (CZE)
2011    Olivier Marceau (SUI) / Marion Lorblanchet (FRA)
2010    Franky Batelier (FRA) / Marion Lorblanchet (FRA)
2009    Franky Batelier (FRA) / Renata Bucher (SUI)
2008    Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) / Renata Bucher (SUI)
2007    Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) / Eszter Erdelyi (HUN)
2006    Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) / Renata Bucher (SUI)
2005    Olivier Marceau (SUI) / Renata Bucher (SUI)
2004    Olivier Marceau (SUI) / Jamie Whitmore (USA)
2003    Royce Kortekaas (NED) / Jamie Whitmore (USA)

HISTORY OF XTERRA IN ENGLAND

The inaugural XTERRA England Championship race was held in 2000 at the sandy beaches of Minehead in Exmoor. That race was just the second international event in XTERRA history and it’s first-ever major in Europe. This year’s race will be the 9th XTERRA in England, in its fourth different venue.

Here’s a look at the past elite winner’s from XTERRA England..

Year (Location) Men’s Winner / Women’s Winner
2000 (Minehead, Exmoor) Dave Harrison / Kerstin Weule
2001 (Minehead, Exmoor) Royce Kortekaas / Rachael Gordon
2002 (Minehead, Exmoor) Mike Vine / Kerstin Weule
2006 (Neath, South Wales) Seth Wealing / Renata Bucher
2007 (Resolven, Wales) Nicolas Lebrun / Julie Dibens
2008 (Resolven, Wales) Nicolas Lebrun / Julie Dibens
2013 (Vachery Estate) Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
2014 (Vachery Estate) Conrad Stoltz / Emma Garrard

Last year’s top 10 at XTERRA England:

Pl Name Time
1 Conrad STOLTZ 2:07:44
2 Kris CODDENS 2:11:41
3 Yeray LUXEM 2:12:04
4 Ben ALLEN 2:12:54
5 Roger SERRANO 2:14:11
6 Francois CARLONI 2:17:09
7 Matt DEWIS 2:17:31
8 Jan PYOTT 2:18:30
9 Richard STANNARD 2:19:22
10 LIAM LLOYD 2:19:37
Also: Beau Smith, Branden Rakita, Rory Downie, Grayson Keppler, Graham Wadsworth, Doug Hall, Asa Shaw, Rhys Davey
Pl Name Time
1 Emma GARRARD 2:24:29
2 Helena ERBENOVA 2:26:27
3 Chantell WIDNEY 2:28:21
4 JACQUI SLACK 2:32:48
5 Brigitta POOR 2:32:55
6 Maud GOLSTEYN 2:37:29
7 Louise FOX 2:43:02
8 Jessica ROBERTS 2:44:54
9 Bethan FOWLER 3:05:12
10 Natasha BARRY 3:14:42
Also:  Nicole Oliveri