Conrad Stoltz Denmark

Stoltz, Mueller win XTERRA Denmark Championship

Photos / Complete Results

Conrad Stoltz and Kathrin Mueller captured the XTERRA Denmark Championship in “Viking weather” at the beach and forest of Tisvilde.

The ominous gray skies opened up just as the race started at 1pm.  The cold North Sea, somewhere around 17 degrees Celsius (63 Fahrenheit), was just the start of the challenge Mother Nature dished out for competitors.  To follow was slick roots, soft sand, biting trees, treacherous, relentlessly steep hills, pouring rain and slinging mud that made for blinding conditions.

Nobody handled better than the “Caveman” – seven-time World Champ Conrad Stoltz who won his second major in as many weeks (it was XTERRA England last Sunday).  By midway through the two-lap bike course he was up by almost two minutes and by transition it was more than four.

Interestingly, the last split he got was still 1:40 (from after the first lap on the bike) so he figured he better lay down the hammer early on the run jest he might get chased down by the younger guns behind him.  As such, he made even more time after the first lap on the run, until he heard he was five minutes for the good.

“I got off the bike and heard I had 1:45 on three people, and thought I’m gonna have to run hard because who knows how fast guys like Ben are going to run. I didn’t know I had that time,” explained Stoltz, who collected his unprecedented 51st career XTERRA Championship win.

He shared his thoughts after the race, saying “During the swim the rain came pouring down, which changed everything.  It made a relatively easy course quite technical, which made it fun for me.  Today was much more technical and slippery than yesterday.  I crashed one time and I could hear my neck go “crraaacck”.  I just clipped a pedal because you can’t see with all the water and mud in your eyes.  It was just a little bump in the trail and my pedal caught it and I went flying and I could hear my neck wrench. And the run course was very challenging, long sections sliding down my backside, holding on to trees.  This was my first time here and I really enjoyed it, and would love to come back and support the sport here.  People here are passionate about the outdoors and it’s great to be a part of this event.  It’s really true to the XTERRA tradition where you can combine a great country and experience with exceptional racing.  I think the race was fantastic.  Muddy and cold and wet, you really have to thank the volunteers for braving these conditions as well.  Hopefully it grows from strength to strength and XTERRA builds roots here in the Viking country.”

Behind Stoltz was a marvelous duel for 2nd, with Dan Hugo (7 World Tour wins this season), Ben Allen (2 World Tour wins this year and 7 last) and Francois Carloni who captured his first major in Greece this year.

Allen led out of the water, followed by Hugo and then Stoltz.  About 6K into the bike Stoltz passed Allen, then Hugo caught up and those two rode together until Carloni went flying by during the second lap and took a one-minute lead on Allen and Hugo heading into the run.  Ultimately both Allen and Hugo caught and passed Carloni (as did Jan Pyott to take fourth down the finish chute) with Allen finishing runner-up.

Here is how Allen tells it…

“Rough conditions like this during the swim are my specialty.  I took a hard line to the shallow section at the end of the first lap because you can run faster than you can swim, so I swam to the shallow end then dolphin dived and that played to my advantage.  Conrad caught me probably 6 or 7K into the bike, and I tried to stick on his wheel, which I did for a bit, but then he got away and Dan and I rode together the rest of the way.  Francois came by riding like a man possessed on the second lap.  He had a minute on us heading on to the run but started to fade and I caught him as we started the second lap. They say Mother Nature is your toughest competitor in XTERRA and she nailed every one of the competitors out there to the ground today. I am absolutely tired, hurting, my legs are stinging, and I’ve got mud in every crack and crevice of my body.  Those hills, you couldn’t run down them and you couldn’t run up them.  It was like a slippery slide.  I just slide on my bum all the way down to the bottom, which was the quickest way.  This was a cool race atmosphere, got some Euro disco-tech blasting, ridiculously challenging weather, but a fantastic day, and a really good overall experience.”

Fair to say the conditions were gnarly, dark and wet, but it did not dampen the spirit of this competitor group, clearly something of note about the Viking culture.  Here’s how Dan Hugo explains it…

“Everybody seems to be smiling, loving it; they are used to the cold and rain.  I mean, nobody seems to be up in arms about it, but I can tell you this is not summer.  I can show you summer, and this isn’t it.  You could hardly see out your eyes it was that muddy.  That I found as tough as anything, the visibility.  It was touch, super tricky.  Assure you it was really tough for the first-time XTERRA athletes today.  It was super slippery, unclipping around corners. On the run, sitting down on my haunches, hands behind me like rudders.  On the ups clawing with all fours.  It was pretty messy.  Stoltz, he’s got great race form at the moment and with these sorts of conditions he is a true genius. When it’s like this, he is unmatched.  Still, it was fun to race with Ben and Carloni and be in the same space.  I struggled a bit, but knew it would be the case.  Still, to race in Denmark is fantastic.  The forest is beautiful, especially being here by the coast and all its history.  You can see the fisherman’s cottages.   Races with culture like this float my boat.”

Place First name Last name Time Swim Bike Run
1 Conrad Stoltz 2:30:56 00:19:31.900 01:23:03.170 00:47:13.750
2 Ben Allen 2:35:47 00:18:39.000 01:28:53.910 00:47:14.000
3 Dan Hugo 2:36:28 00:19:03.610 01:28:30.680 00:47:42.470
4 Jan Pyott 2:38:23 00:20:46.250 01:28:55.990 00:47:26.070
5 Francois Caloni 2:38:37 00:20:44.800 01:25:37.170 00:50:41.400
6 Tomas Kubek 2:39:58 00:20:49.170 01:28:49.630 00:48:54.220
7 Philip Tavell 2:41:17 00:25:35.550 01:26:44.190 00:46:58.950
8 Michael Szymoniuk 2:44:19 00:22:12.950 01:32:29.950 00:47:59.230
9 Markus Benesch 2:47:31 00:21:04.470 01:34:04.350 00:50:33.840
10 Rory Downie 2:48:49 00:19:40.830 01:37:46.910 00:50:04.170
11 Simone Calamai 2:57:20 00:23:41.400 01:37:41.520 00:54:09.840
12 Jim Thijs 3:07:48 00:21:03.260 01:33:18.900 01:12:12.020
Women            
Place First name Last name Time Swim Bike Run
1 Katrin Müller 2:53:01 00:20:46.670 01:41:26.320 00:49:20.360
2 Helena Erbenová 2:54:15 00:23:45.770 01:38:14.010 00:50:31.390
3 Jacqui Slack 3:01:44 00:21:04.040 01:43:06.770 00:56:01.160
4 Carina Wasle 3:02:08 00:23:44.190 01:46:30.180 00:50:15.750
5 Renata Bucher 3:07:13 00:23:40.700 01:42:51.120 00:59:02.650
6 Maud Golsteyn 3:08:28 00:24:59.510 01:46:54.350 00:55:01.690
7 Louise Fox 3:17:40 00:23:47.000 01:55:22.780 00:55:42.480
8 Darrelle Parker 3:26:44 00:26:58.370 01:57:46.620 00:59:34.590
Kathrin Mueller

In the women’s race Kathrin Mueller put an exclamation point on her XTERRA European Tour Championship with her sixth win of the season against the best in the business as the top five women in Europe were in the race.

She came out of the water and rode the first lap with Jacqui Slack, then grabbed on to the wheel of two-time Euro Tour champ Helena Erbenova on the second lap.  The two took off on the sandy run at the same time but Mueller sprinted out, forced a small gap, and never looked back.

“Yesterday I really loved this course in dry conditions, but today it was too technical for me.  I had difficulties on the bike,” said Mueller.  ” The run was fantastic though, like a monkey course.  I sprinted the first 2K to try to get away from Helena and it worked.”

When asked what her secret to success has been this season, Mueller replied, “I don’t know, it’s a secret to me too. I’m happy in my life, I have really good conditions to train at home in Freiburg, the atmosphere with my family and friends is really good and I think the secret is just being happy and relaxed and enjoying racing.”

Mueller will now focus her attention on good preparation for Maui and the ultimate goal of winning an XTERRA World Championship.

Erbenova finished second on the day and second in the XTERRA European Tour after standing on the top step in 2012 and 2013.  Jacqui Slack had a magnificent day in third, Carina Wasle was fourth and Renata Bucher fifth.  In the final Tour standings, it went Mueller-Erbenova-Wasle-Slack-Bucher.

The day was defined by athletes with the Viking spirit – resilient and steadfast in their determination to conquer this course where most would rather curl up in bed with a book or a movie.

“It’s Viking weather, we’re Viking people, this is how we do it,” explained race announcer and Danish cycling legend Torbjørn Sindballe.

FINAL EUROPEAN TOUR ELITE TOP 10 (Counting six of 11 majors)

Elite Men
Place First Last ESP POR GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER ENG DMK TOT
1 Ruben Ruzafa X100 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
2 Braden Currie 90 90 ## 90 75 82 527
3 Francois Carloni 90 100 x31 75 58 63 69 455
4 Ben Allen 63 82 82 75 90 392
5 Jan Pyott 75 58 63 53 53 75 377
6 Yeray Luxem 82 69 75 69 82 377
7 Conrad Stoltz 82 53 ## 100 335
8 Kris Coddens 82 82 63 90 317
9 Asa Shaw 69 75 69 69 282
10 Rory Downie 75 58 45 34 45 257

 

Elite Women
Place First Last ESP POR GRE SUI FRA SWE ITA CZE GER ENG DMK TOTAL
1 Kathrin Müller x90 100 100 100 X82 100 100 100 600
2 Helena Erbenova 100 90 X63 ## 100 X82 x82 90 90 570
3 Carina Wasle 69 90 90 90 75 x41 75 489
4 Jacqui Slack 75 82 58 90 x63 75 82 462
5 Renata Bucher 75 82 82 75 69 x58 69 452
6 Brigitta Poór 82 75 69 58 49 69 402
7 Maud Golsteyn 82 82 63 45 63 63 398
8 Louise Fox 75 69 49 45 58 58 354
9 Chantell Widney 90 75 75 82 322
10 Sandra Koblmueller 90 58 69 63 280

2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Denmark Championship is the 32nd of 35 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.

Date Race Location / Pro Winners
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Leonardo Chacon / Shonny Vanlandingham
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road

 

Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Ben Allen / Carina Wasle
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Conrad Stoltz / Barbara Riveros
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Dan Hugo / Jacqui Slack
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
24-May XTERRA Mauritius Sam Gardner / Karyn Southgate
24-May XTERRA Spain Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa / Coralie Redelsperger
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Francois Carloni / Kathrin Mueller
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Dan Hugo / Cecilie Overbye
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria Brent McMahon / Melanie McQuaid
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Braden Currie / Helena Erbenova
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Josiah Middaugh / Chantell Widney
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helene Erbenova
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Irving Perez / Fabiola Corona
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Mathieu Signoretty / Brittany Webster
24-Aug XTERRA England Conrad Stoltz / Emma Garrard
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Conrad Stoltz / Kathrin Mueller
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Lac Delage, Quebec, Canada
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ogden/Snowbasin, UT
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Maui, Hawaii
XTERRA Women

XTERRA Women Race Wraps Up 2014 Season

For the first-time since its inception in 1996 XTERRA will offer a women’s only off-road triathlon,and it’ll be the last race of the 2014 XTERRA America Tour’s regular season.

The XTERRA Steamboat Springs all-women’s event on August 31 will take place in Steamboat Springs, Colorado as part of the 2014 XTERRA America Tour.

Heather Gollnick, a five-time Ironman champion, and her husband Todd of the Get Fit Family Racing team will be the race directors for the first-ever event, and hope to produce a full nationwide series of all-women XTERRA races next year.

“We are focusing on promoting health, wellness and sport for women,” said Heather Gollnick, who is also a motivational speaker, published author, and mother of three.  “We hope to introduce XTERRA to a whole new group of female athletes.”

Two distances will be offered, an Olympic distance (1-mile swim, 18-mile bike, 6.2-mile run) as well as a half-distance sprint race.  Both will start in Bald Eagle Lake, a beautiful private lake in the heart of Steamboat Springs.  The bike and run are at Mt. Werner, the main Ski Mountain in Steamboat Springs where women will enjoy an incredible system of trails.

“We’d like to see more women join the Tribe and believe providing them with a friendly and supportive environment in which to discover our sport is a great place to start,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.  “Heather and Todd are proven event directors that focus on the family and are very positive.  We’re happy to have them lead the way on this new initiative.”

Learn more at http://getfitfamilyracing.com/family-endurance-festival/.

Christophe Maury

Meet the “Frenchman” – Christophe Maury

You might recognize him for his black racing kit and red socks.  You have likely seen him at the finish line, jumping high in the air with his legs behind him and hands held high.  You will most certainly recognize his bright blue eyes and inviting smile.  And this year, you’ll see him on the top step of the XTERRA European Tour 45-49 podium.

He is Christophe Maury, aka the “Frenchman”, a nickname given to him by XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas, who was surprised to discover a French man who spoke only English around him.  Dave started calling him the Frenchman every time he saw him, then others did as well, and finally Christophe adopted the name and branded his Facebook page “The Frenchman XTERRA Triathlete”.

Maury started racing XTERRA five years ago after seeing a picture of the race in France.  His background in adventure racing and love for the outdoors were a perfect prelude to the rigors of XTERRA.

“After the second year when I raced XTERRA France then XTERRA Switzerland I knew this sport was for me, and it became a lifestyle and a passion,” said Maury over a plate of pasta on a beautiful afternoon in Tisvilde.  “It’s outdoors, its several sports into one.  I need open space, and I love the experiences.”

A teacher by trade Maury has the luxury of spending summer vacation traveling the XTERRA circuit.  He has raced eight of the 11 European majors – the most of any amateur.  It has come with consequences, however.

“I miss my kids terribly,” said Maury, who has a 12-year-old son, 9, and 6-year-old daughters.  “It is hard because I don’t see them as much as I want to, but I Skype with them every day.  I bring them souvenirs, send postcards, and take so many pictures. I do this for them and post them on Facebook so they are with me that way.”

He’ll also work with them on math problems – everyday – and explain in detail the experiences he has.

“I tell them everything, how it is and what it is like.  I think they are proud.  Proud because I succeed in my age group.  I tell them if you want to be good you have to practice, that sometimes it’s hard. Mostly, I tell them I love them.  I know it’s hard for them, but they are with me every day.”

2014 has been a breakout year for Maury, with a win at XTERRA Sweden and several top finishes within his division.  It’s part of a step-by-step plan that ends with a world title in 2015.

“I race first for the experience, but I keep in mind I’m an athlete and here to compete,” said Maury.  “When I was 2nd in my division in Europe last year I finished 38th in Maui.  I came up with a plan.  This year to be European Champion, and top 10 in Maui. Next year I want to be Euro Champ, and Maui Champ.  The plan is coming along, slowly, step-by-step.  But these plans come after the experience. If I succeed its good.  If I enjoy the experience, I win.”

And regardless of how he places, “the jump” will come.

“I always jump. I have to jump.  It’s hard because when I finish I have no more legs, but I started doing it in Maui last year and now it is a must. To me it means I’m happy, that this is XTERRA. I think people can see my joy.  I finish my race not when I cross the line, but after I jump and slap my legs on the way down with all my energy.  Then it’s finished.”

Asked what he would do next, after Sunday’s XTERRA Denmark Championship and before the XTERRA World Championship…

“I will play tennis with my daughter, and love my family.”

Utah Runners

XTERRA Nationals Time!

XTERRA is headed to Ogden, Utah  on September 20th and 21st for its biggest party of the year –XTERRA Nationals!

The XTERRA tribe from all over the country, and even overseas, will be there to contest the “Best of the Best” – and you can race this legendary course too.

While the XTERRA USA Championship is for XTERRA America Tour qualifiers and pro athlete only there are two off-road triathlon options for individuals and relay teams – XTERRA Utah Long or XTERRA Utah Short (half distance).  Your entry includes a great lunch and an ice cold beer (21 and over) when your race is done.

XTERRA’s Trail Run National Championship, on Sunday, is contested at the half marathon (21K) distance, and we also offer 10K and 5K fun runs. All are welcome to participate.

Bring your friends and family – there’s plenty for them to do with free races and activities for children and the Harvest Moon Festival on Ogden’s 25th Street on Saturday offers a wide range of entertainment for folks of all ages all day and night long.

MORE INFORMATION

We look forward to seeing you in September.

USA CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

2014 XTERRA USA Championship invites have been sent. If you’ve looked at your points and think you’ve qualified but have yet to hear from us let us know! It’s possible our email invitation has landed in your spam or we are missing up-to-date contact information for you. Email us at info@xterraplanet.com or call toll-free 877-751-8880.

BOOK YOUR ROOM AT THE SUMMIT HOTEL IN OGDEN NOW
Summit Hotel and Conference Center
Summit Hotel in Ogden offers XTERRA rates through September 8 – and after that space/rate available basis.

Click here to book your room online. Use Group Code: 301243.

 


LET RENTALCARS.COM GET YOU THERE

 

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XTERRA Denmark

European Tour Finale Sunday in Denmark

The XTERRA European Tour finale takes place Sunday in the scenic and sleepy beach town of Tisvilde, which lies about an hour north of Copenhagen on the North Sea.  It is a place of great beauty where the beach meets the forest.  In summer time local and international tourists flock to the charming town but right now it’s all about the XTERRA Tribe.

The course itself embraces all Tisvilde has to offer, from the cold water to the sandy dunes and singletrack through the dense, mystic forest trails.  This is the “spiritual home of the Viking” and out on the course competitors will ride by an elaborate Viking grave.  There’s no doubt some of the Viking spirit will be on display this Sunday as participants go storming through the woods.

The weather in Tisvilde has been delightful … tee shirts and clear blue skies.  The food here is remarkable, so much care to be taken in the preparation and presentation of meals and the locals are famously friendly folk, enjoying the opportunity to mingle in the international languages of XTERRA.

Today, Friday, athletes can pick up their packet, go on a designated pre-ride of the course with organizers, and later join in a classic beach barbeque.  On Saturday they offer everyone the chance to experience the grueling 10K trail run course.  While there’s no sustained climbs the run course goes up-and-down incredibly steep ravines carved out of the hillside more than a dozen times (see pictures).  Those calf-burning climbs and tricky descents are complimented by long shuffles through deep, soft, white sand filled with rocks waiting to roll the unsuspecting ankle.  On Sunday the XTERRA Denmark Championship starts at 1pm local time, and the weather forecast is calling for calm air and sunny skies.

The competition itself will be fierce, with exciting match-ups in both the men’s and women’s elite races.  The Caveman, Conrad Stoltz from South Africa, is here fresh off his 50th major XTERRA win at England on Sunday and will face-off against fellow countryman Dan Hugo, one of the stars of the 2014 XTERRA World Tour.  Hugo has won eight XTERRA races on five continents this season, including a big one at the Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia against a stacked international field.  The field also includes some of XTERRA’s very best – Ben Allen, Jan Pyott, Jim Thijs, Yeray Luxem, and more.

The women’s race features ALL of Europe’s top performers including this year’s Tour Champion – winner of five majors and the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship – Kathrin Mueller.  She’ll be up against the top 5 in the Tour with two-time champ Helena Erbenova, Carina Wasle, Jacqui Slack, and Renata Bucher.

As the last of 11 races on the circuit elite and age group champions will be crowned after Sunday’s race.  There is no drama in the pro ranks as Ruben Ruzafa and Kathrin Mueller have already claimed the elite XTERRA European Tour Champions title.  Vice-champions have also been decided with Braden Currie and Helena Erbenova claiming the runner-up spots.  On the line, however, are intriguing battles for the 3rd thru 7th spots, which are rewarded with increasing levels of Tour prize payouts. In particular, Carina Wasle, Renata Bucher, and Jacqui Slack are all within 14 points of each other in the battle for 3rd.

Here’s a look at the current top 10 elites in the standings:

Pl, Name, Pts
1 – Ruben Ruzafa, 600
2 – Braden Currie, 527
3 – Francois Carloni, 417
4 –  Yeray Luxem,377
5 –  Kris Coddens, 317
6 –  Ben Allen, 302
7 –  Jan Pyott, 302
8 –  Asa Shaw, 282
9 –  Will Kelsay, 245
10 –  Conrad Stoltz, 235

Pl, Name, Pts
1 – Kathrin Müller, 590
2 – Helena Erbenova, 562
3 – Carina Wasle, 455
4 – Jacqui  Slack, 443
5 – Renata Bucher, 441
6 – Brigitta Poór,402
7 – Maud Golsteyn,335
8 – Chantell Widney, 322
9 – Louise Fox, 296
10 – Sandra Koblmueller, 280

Complete XTERRA European Tour Standings

Pros are fighting for their share of the $15,000 USD race purse plus XTERRA European Tour points towards the final standings split of $20,000 USD to the top performers in the Series. For amateur racers there are 41 qualifying spots into the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui this October 26.

Dan Hugo

Save the Date: 2015 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship

XTERRA returns to Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia for the 2nd annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on April 18, 2015.

XTERRA Asia-Pacific and Australian champion titles will be up for grabs along with age group slots to the 2015 XTERRA World Championship in Maui.

The event will be televised for Australian and overseas audiences and carries a $50,000 in pro prize monies.

Fun for the entire family! The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship weekend will include a shorter distance sprint off-road triathlon, trail runs and a host of free kids events.

Please save the date and look for event registration to open in the coming months.

We look forward to seeing you on the South Coast next April.

Learn more at www.xterraasiapacific.com and check out our new facebook page for the Asia-Pacific region.

Conrad Stoltz

Stoltz, Garrard win XTERRA England Championship

Photos / Complete Results

Conrad Stoltz and Emma Garrard captured the XTERRA England Championship on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Vachery Estate in Cranleigh, Surrey.

It was a landmark victory for Stoltz, his 50th career XTERRA championship win.  For Garrard, it was her first, made all the more special with a big cheering section full of family.

In the men’s race Stoltz came out of the water near the leaders (Richard Stannard was first out of the water) then blew the competition completely out of the water. He had a big lead at the 5K mark on the bike and then built on that.  Funny thing was, he was bleeding everywhere, but not from crashing.  The course is so tight and twisty in the forest his arms and legs just kept brushing the bush, not that he noticed.  His bike split was more than three minutes faster than the next best time of Francois Carloni.

Behind him a great mix of XTERRA’s elite were battling for second with last year’s champ Ben Allen, Yeray Luxem, Francois Carloni and Roger Serrano trading places.  Heading into the bike-to-run transition (well behind Stoltz) it was Luxem, Serrano, Allen, and Carloni … but then Kris Coddens got to the run and chased them all down with the fastest split of the day by more than two minutes.

Emma Garrard

All the while the women were having their own all-out battles.  Last year’s winner Jacqui Slack led out of the water and early on the bike and was looking strong.  A few hundred twists in the forest later and Garrard was in the lead with Chantell Widney not far behind.  Then came along Helena Erbenova on a mission to win her fourth XTERRA European Tour Championship of the year.  Those three – Garrard, Widney, and Erbenova – put on quite a show and it couldn’t have come at a better venue as the XTERRA England course cuts through the “arena” dozens of times so spectators and announcers can really get into the action.

Ultimately it came down to the run and a “refuse-to-lose” attitude from Garrard.  She posted the fastest run split by almost two minutes to capture her first major victory after four runner-up finishes in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series (including one to Widney last month in Colorado).

XTERRA England was the 10th of 11 races in the European Tour, which concludes next Sunday at the XTERRA Denmark Championship in Tisvilde.

More stories and photos from an epic day in England to come…

Elite Men
Pl Name Time
1 Conrad Stoltz, RSA 2:07:44
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:11:41
3 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:12:04
4 Ben Allen, AUS 2:12:54
5 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:14:11
6 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:17:09
7 Matt Dewis, GBR 2:17:31
8 Jan Pyott, SUI 2:18:30
9 Richard Stannard, GBR 2:19:22
10 Liam Lloyd, GBR 2:19:37
Also: Beau Smith, Branden Rakita, Rory Downie, Grayson Keppler, Graham Wadsworth, Doug Hall, Asa Shaw, Rhys Davey
Elite Women
Pl Name Final
1 Emma Garrard, USA 2:24:29
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 2:26:27
3 Chantell Widney, CAN 2:28:21
4 Jacqui Slack, GBR 2:32:48
5 Brigitta Poor, HUN 2:32:55
6 Maud Golsteyn, NED 2:37:29
7 Louise Fox, GBR 2:43:02
8 Jessica Roberts, GBR 2:44:54
9 Bethan Fowler, GBR 3:05:12
10 Natasha Berry, GBR 3:14:42
Also: Nicole Oliveri

The XTERRA England Championship is sponsored by RentalCars.com, XTERRA Wetsuits, PowerBar and Squirt.

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2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA England Championship is the 31st of 36 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.

Date Race Location / Pro Winners
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Leonardo Chacon / Shonny Vanlandingham
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road  Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Ben Allen / Carina Wasle
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Conrad Stoltz / Barbara Riveros
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Dan Hugo / Jacqui Slack
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
24-May XTERRA Mauritius Sam Gardner / Karyn Southgate
24-May XTERRA Spain Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa / Coralie Redelsperger
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Francois Carloni / Kathrin Mueller
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Dan Hugo / Cecilie Overbye
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria Brent McMahon / Melanie McQuaid
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Braden Currie / Helena Erbenova
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Josiah Middaugh / Chantell Widney
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helene Erbenova
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Irving Perez / Fabiola Corona
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Mathieu Signoretty / Brittany Webster
24-Aug XTERRA England Conrad Stoltz / Emma Garrard
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Tisvilde
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Lac Delage, Quebec, Canada
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ogden/Snowbasin, UT
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Maui, Hawaii

 

XTERRA Quebec

History will be Made at XTERRA Quebec

XTERRA history will be made on August 31 at XTERRA Quebec – XTERRA’s first race in Eastern Canada.

The race takes place at picturesque Lac Delage, where over 1,000 man hours have been spent on 10km of trail building – all specifically for XTERRA.  It is truly a mountain biker’s playground.  Less experienced riders take heart – the Discovery race will be modified to avoid the more technical sections. This course is sure to become an XTERRA legend.

Close to 300 athletes are already on the start list and you be there too. Online registration is open until August 26, so don’t delay.

Learn more and register here: http://www.xterraquebec.ca/insc_ligne_an.html

CEO Challenge - Mike Byam

CEO Challenge at the XTERRA World Championship

The CEO Challenge at the XTERRA World Championship, offers a truly unique experience for C-level executives who are looking for a new perspective on endurance racing.  In addition to toeing the line with the world’s best offroad triathletes, the CEO Challenge package includes exclusive invitations to private events, pre-race strategy lunch, the Night of Champions and Awards dinners, entry to the famed Halloween costume party, and 5 days / 4 nights luxury accommodations at the host hotel – the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

Click here for more information http://www.ceochallenges.com/triathlon/2014-xterra-world-championship-maui