XTERRA Europe

XTERRA Teams Up with Running26 to Expand & Grow XTERRA in Europe

Honolulu, HI – TEAM Unlimited LLC, owners of XTERRA, today announced an alliance with Running26 of Denmark to build a marketing and business development office in Europe.

“The importance of Europe on the XTERRA World Tour continues to grow each year and we sense both the need and opportunity of opening a business operation,” said XTERRA CEO Tom Kiely.  “We have been fortunate to form a close working relationship and alliance with Denmark-based Running26, and they are a talented event, marketing, and media group.”

Running26 is also the current license holder for the increasingly successful series of events in the XTERRA Nordic region which includes XTERRA branded off-road triathlons, duathlons, trail runs, and swim-run events held year-round.

“Our goal is to build an even more powerful XTERRA brand in Europe, and create an attractive platform for all organizers, sponsors, and partners in the region,” said Kristian Uhd Jepsen, the director for Running26.

Jepsen said his short-term goals include securing sponsorship for the XTERRA European Tour, exploring merchandising opportunities, and increasing both the number of XTERRA licensed events and the number of participants at each event in Europe.

Jepsen has assembled a staff of seven to launch the XTERRA Marketing Office in Europe and service new social media, sponsorship and licensing initiatives.

“We plan to empower and involve the existing XTERRA Europe organizations to help achieve economies of scale, and build value across all events,” said Jepsen.  “Our first order of business will be to create professional and coherent XTERRA branding across Europe through extensive use of social media.”

The first-ever XTERRA race in Europe dates back to 2000, with the inaugural three-stop XTERRA European Tour taking place in 2003.  This year there are 11 championship events in Europe.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

TEAM Unlimited LLC, founded in 1988, is the Hawaii-based television, events, and marketing company that brought off-road triathlon and trail running to the world under the brand name XTERRA.  From a one-off race held on the most remote island chain in the world XTERRA evolved into an endurance sports lifestyle with worldwide appeal. Over the past 20 years XTERRA transcended its status as ‘just a race’ to become a bona-fide way of life for thousands of intrepid athletes as well as an emerging brand in the outdoor industry.  In 2016 XTERRA will offer more than 200 off-road triathlons and trail running events in 30+ countries worldwide and produce 10 adventure television shows for international distribution.  Learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterracontent.com.

About Running26

Running26 connects people and creates strong relationships and personal development through endurance sports such as running, cycling and triathlon.  The company operates throughout the full value chain of sport events and experiences in that arena and has full service line of products targeting individuals and companies. All cases are fully supported by an extensive use of media and valuable content production. Learn more at running26.dk or xterranordic.com.

 

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR SCHEDULE

DATE TOUR EVENT LOCATION
3-Apr XTERRA Malta S
Majjistral Nature Reserve
7-May XTERRA Greece S
Vouliagmeni
21-May XTERRA Portugal S
Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium S
Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland – ETU Championship G
Vallee de Joux
3-Jul XTERRA France G
Xonrupt
31-Jul XTERRA Italy S
Lago Di Scanno
7-Aug XTERRA Poland S
Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden S
Stockholm
20-Aug XTERRA Germany G XTERRA Euro Champs
Zittau
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark G
Mons Klint

S = Silver / G = Gold

Elites racing in the 2016 XTERRA European Tour will count their best four (4) Gold scores and their best three (3) Silver scores. Amateurs count their best 4 Gold and 2 Silvers. Amateurs must score points in at least two events to be considered for Euro Tour honors.                                                             See Rules Doc for more details. More XTERRA European Tour News

Andrew Knutsen Strives for National Title

If Andrew Knutsen’s goal was to win the 35-39 division XTERRA Mountain Regional Championship his strategy would be “to go to 4-5 races and win them all.”

“We are lucky here in Colorado having the Beaver Creek XTERRA in our backyard.  That would be the mid-season A race where you would get 100 points.  Then I would probably aim to get an early season 75-points at XTERRA Lory, a mid-season 75-points at XTERRA Winter Park, and finish it out with the late 75-points at XTERRA Buffalo Creek.  This strategy would space the races out to one per month and allow ample time to train and recover for each race.”

BUT, the 35-year-old father of two isn’t thinking about winning his region, at least not this year.

“The regional title is nice, but the National title is my ultimate goal,” he said.

To make that dream come true Knutsen, an electronics engineer for Lockheed Martin, is coming up with a plan every bit as detailed as the hardware he designs for aerospace applications.

“After racing quite a bit of XTERRA over the past two years, going to Nationals and Maui with decent results I’ve realized that to be at the top of the podium in Ogden or Maui you have to be an elite mountain biker,” said Knutsen, who finished 24th overall, sixth amateur, and 3rd in the 30-34 division at Nationals last year.

“So, this year in order to achieve that I’ve decided to sacrifice racing as many XTERRA races in order to get stronger on the mountain bike by immersing myself in mostly mountain bike races this year.  Therefore, although I plan to win both of the XTERRA’S on my schedule (Beaver Creek and Buffalo Creek) prior to Nationals, I have a feeling it won’t be enough points to take home the regional title.”

Knutsen, who has been racing XTERRA for six years now, was already a triathlete when he tried his first XTERRA race in 2010.

“I bought a mountain bike because my friends were into it and enjoyed mountain biking in the Colorado foothills, and at some point I thought ‘how hard could it be, I already do road tri’s, so I signed up for Beaver Creek in 2010.  It was by far the hardest race I had ever done. I said something like ‘I’m never doing this again’ as I crossed the finish line only to say 10 minutes later, ‘I’ll be back next year.’

He finished 15th in his division that year and 106th overall, “and I still couldn’t believe how much heart throbbing climbing was involved.  I knew I could do better so I had to come back and try again.”

Each year Knutsen added another XTERRA to his schedule.

“My best finish was probably at Beaver Creek in 2014 where I took 1st Overall Amateur and beat a few pros along the way.  I ended up 11th in the whole race, including the pros, with Cody (Waite) one spot in front of me.”

In an interesting twist it was Cody Waite (his coach) whom Knutsen credits for his improvement in XTERRA.

“Cody really loves the sport and it shows, and that is why I’ve been working with him for a couple years now,” said Knutsen. “I love his approach to XTERRA in general but at the heart of XTERRA is the mountain bike and that is where I think Cody’s expertise lies.  I’ve always performed my best when I was in my best shape on the bike and Cody knows how to get someone to that place.  Most people don’t enjoy riding on a trainer but the Sessions:6 bike trainer series has made me look forward to getting on the trainer.  The super focused nature of each session using FTP testing, Watts prescribed workloads and a methodical progression to the 13-week series provides the perfect individual training stress which in turn results in an unparalleled fitness adaptation.  And this is really only the tip of the iceberg.  Cody’s training plans continue this strategy all year long.  This year I’ve even started using Cody as a coaching Mentor as I’ve started to get more involved on the coaching side of things by working with Sessions:6 athletes and leading a Sessions:6 bike trainer series.”

Specifically for this year, in an effort to win in Utah, Knutsen and Waite have come up with a focused plan.

“Normally I have a couple of peak cycles, but this year I’m approaching things a little differently.  It is more or less a year-long build to be the fastest at Nationals.  Although I have broken the year into three phases/focuses.  The first phase, from January to March, my focus is on developing running speed with a series of running races culminating in an “A”ish running race in March.  Then I will maintain that running speed as I shift my focus between April and July to the bike with a series of mountain bike races with an “A”ish race at Beaver Creek.  Then I’ll attempt to maintain both my running and mtb gains and shift my focus to the pool as I prepare for nationals.”

When asked why XTERRA Nationals was the goal, Knutsen said it was his favorite race, “partly because of the stunning beauty of the leaves changing colors and the majestic back drop of the Snowbasin Resort ski slopes and Sardine Peak.  The temperature seems to always be perfect in Ogden in mid-September, and personally I like it cooler such that when you get out of the water the first few minutes on the bike are a little chilly until you start climbing up Wheeler canyon.  And all the climbing on the course is such a great equalizer.  There is no cheating that course, you have to be in shape and get everything out of yourself to have a good result.  Bottom line, that course makes you earn it and I love every second of it.”

Knutsen thinks this year’s national championship race, now that it doubles as the XTERRA Pan American Championship as well, will bring out the best.

“It will be very interesting to see how the field gets deeper at the Pan Am Champs this year.  I think the top three guys on the podium at Nationals from last year’s 30-34 age group (Balzer, Merrick and myself) are all aging up to the 35-39 age group this year.  So if we all show up in Ogden in good form the 35-39 age group may be toughest age group in the field and Mexico and Canada’s best athletes will only make it more interesting.”

Although his focus and effort may come across as intense, what draws Knutsen to XTERRA is the exact opposite.

“I like the laid back family atmosphere,” he said. “Camping with the family next to the course before some of the races has been a real highlight for us.”

XTERRA MOUNTAIN REGION RACES 

18-Jun XTERRA Lory Bellvue, Colorado
16-Jul XTERRA  Beaver Creek Avon, Colorado
30-Jul XTERRA Aspen Valley Carbondale, Colorado
6-Aug XTERRA  Winter Park Winter Park, Colorado
7-Aug XTERRA Flathead Kalispell, Montana
20-Aug XTERRA Iron Creek Spearfish, South Dakota
27-Aug XTERRA Buffalo Creek Bailey, Colorado
10-Sep XTERRA Fruita (2017) Fruita, Colorado

America Tour Rules / America Tour Schedule / XAT Overview

Mine over Matter

XTERRA Mine Over Matter June 25

Stop number five on the inaugural XTERRA Pan American Tour takes racers to the magnificent Kelso Conservation Area in Milton, Ontario, Canada – just 40 minutes outside of the bustling city of Toronto.

For Americans, the XTERRA Mine over Matter off-road triathlon on June 25 provides a great opportunity to mix destination travel with premier XTERRA racing.

“Right now the U.S. dollar is incredibly strong which makes our entry fees a fraction of what they would be normally. We probably have some of the cheapest XTERRA races on the calendar due to the drop of Canadian dollar,” said race director James Kowalewski, who hosts three events in the XTERRA Ontario Series.

“As for touristy suggestions, I think racers would enjoy seeing the newly designed Toronto Waterfront, perhaps go kayaking around the 13 Island archipelago of the Toronto Islands, they could go see the Toronto Blue Jays, or even climb the CN Tower – which was once the tallest free standing structure in the world.”

Jason Carr from Nashville, Tennessee has already booked his trip.

“Guys trip full of XTERRA and some Canadian beer,” exclaimed Carr, who said he and his friends will drive up Thursday, do a bunch of pre-riding, race, and then play in Toronto on Sunday. “I haven’t been to Canada in a long time and this race/place is just the perfect combination.”

XTERRA Mountain Region Champions Carl Horton (55-59 division) and his daughter Heather (15-19 division) from Draper, Utah are also headed to Milton, both with their sights set on collecting valuable points in the Pan American Tour.

“We are going for it,” said Carl. “We are also doing Victoria BC, Beaver Creek, Oak Mountain, and of course Ogden. Heather decided to make XTERRA her primary race goal this year, even at the expense of high school and club mountain bike races. She would like to see how far she can go with it over the next few years.”

For David Iozzo of Michigan it’s the mountain biking that has him excited about his trip to Milton.

“I’ve ridden previously in Kelso and can tell you they have great mountain biking trails,” said Iozzo. “Plus, Toronto is a great city and this a brilliant excuse to go race and visit.”

The race will also dish out 25 qualifying spots to Maui to the top finishers, and for Canadians it serves as a qualifier into the 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships.

Sign up now at http://elementracing.ca/mine-over-matter/.

HOST CITY INFO

We will be using Burlington Ontario as the host town.  Its a medium sized city which is positioned along the shores of Lake Ontario.  It has many hotels to choose from including along the waterfront itself.
It boasts a 2km sandy beach walking distance from downtown as is flanked by a very large network or trails to hike, run and explore.

Burlington is also a city which seeks out the tourism and has a very active and supportive Tourism board. http://www.tourismburlington.com/

Burlington is an excellent option for those wanting to stay in a city type environment with lots of restaurants and activities all walking distance from your hotel.

Burlington is situated a 30min drive from the  the Kelso Conservation area and the XTERRA Mine Over Matter race course and itself.

If you are looking for hotel type accommodations much closer to the race site, Mohawk motel is your stay.  Situated less than a 10 min drive from the event course, patrons can even ride their bikes to the trials of the Kelso Conservation area and the event site itself.

Option 3 is camping directly at the Conservation Area. And directly next door to the event site.

People looking for additional activities and things to do while visiting Ontario can check out Ontario Tourism. http://www.ontariotourism.com/
OR Toronto – http://www.seetorontonow.com/ (60km from Burlington and 60 km from the Race site – both are approx 35 – 45 min drive from either location)

Atkinson

XTERRA Japan Set for September 3

The XTERRA Japan Championship race is confirmed to return to Lake Kanayama in Hokkaido on Saturday, September 3, 2016.

XTERRA Japan will be the third scoring race in the 2016-2017 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour, award $7,500 USD in prize money equally to the top five elite men and women, and distribute 25 qualifying spots into the 2016 XTERRA World Championship in Maui to the top amateurs in each division.

The race combines a 1,200-meter swim with a 24-kilometer mountain bike and 10K trail run. Last year Courtney Atkinson and Mieko Carey took the titles.

Learn more at xterrajapan.net.

Julie Baker

USAT Honors XTERRA Stars

Josiah Middaugh and Emma Garrard were named the USA Triathlon Elite Off-Road Triathletes of the Year for the third straight year this week while Cole Bunn and Julie Baker won the USAT amateur off-road triathletes of the year awards.

Middaugh, 37, of Eagle-Vail, Colorado, has been America’s best for more than a decade now and won the XTERRA World Championship in his 15th try on November 1.

Garrard, 35, of Park City, Utah, has just gotten better-and-better these past three years and in 2015 broke through by winning the XTERRA USA Championship, the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series, the USAT Off-Road National Title. She also placed a career-best third at XTERRA Worlds.

In the amateur division Cole Bunn, a 19-year-old sophomore at CU-Boulder, had a breakthrough day at Nationals to finish as the top amateur, 13th overall. In a field that featured 20 elite men Bunn posted the 9th best swim, 17th fastest bike and 12th quickest run. He finished 1:33 ahead of the 2013 overall amateur champ Matthew Balzer, who was the runner-up for the award.

Bunn, who has been racing XTERRA since 2012 and also won the 15-19 division national title in 2013, credits the CU triathlon team he trains with for his steady improvement the past two years.

Julie Baker (pictured above on the top step at Worlds), 39, from Sonora, California ran away with the award in the women’s amateur division. She finished as the top amateur (fourth overall) at XTERRA Nationals and was also the top amateur at XTERRA Worlds. Of note, Liz Gruber was right behind Baker in both Utah and Maui and was also the runner-up for this award.

The question for Baker now is, will you go pro?

“I have been considering an elite license, just because it would be so fun to line up and race head to head with all those awesome women…but I might be too old and decrepit.  🙂   If I can stay healthy I might go for it.  I am always really inspired by the older competitors out there, especially the older women, who might have grown up in a culture where sports weren’t as accessible or encouraged as they are now.”

About USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Rom Akerson

Rom Reigns in Costa Rica

Ten years ago at the age of 22 Rom Akerson won the overall amateur XTERRA World Championship title.

He turned pro soon after and has since put together a stellar triathlon racing career.

Last season was one of his finest, highlighted by an 8th place finish at XTERRA Worlds and a huge home-country win at the XTERRA Costa Rica Championship over eventual world champ Josiah Middaugh.

In just three short weeks, on March 20th in Playa Reserva Conchal, Akerson will have the chance to defend that title at XTERRA Costa Rica in a race that will kick-off the XTERRA Pan America Tour.

“I am super excited to try to defend the title,” said Akerson. “I like to think of myself as one of the best XTERRA racers, and train as if I was one. I have raced off-road events my whole life so XTERRA just kind of falls into my place.”

Akerson added that Costa Rica fits right in with XTERRA as well.

“Costa Rica is an amazing place and it’s my home country, so I think it is a perfect place to have an XTERRA. It really is a beautiful country. We have nice beaches, great weather, and amazing people. Plus, we believe in “Pura Vida” which means means pure life. XTERRA’s motto is “Live More” which has about the same idea.”

Beyond defending his title in Costa Rica, Akerson plans on making a run for the inaugural XTERRA Pan American Tour title as well.

“I also want to race at XTERRA Mexico, XTERRA Beaver Creek, XTERRA Dominican Republic, and then the final in Ogden,” said Akerson. “I think the new Pan Am Tour is a great idea and am looking forward to racing the events and challenging all the other XTERRA pros from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.”

To win at XTERRA Akerson says “you have to be tuff to be competitive, not just fast.”

“I wish all of the XTERRA racers safe training and I think this is going to be a great year, the field is super strong.”

Discover Costa Rica for yourself, visit costaricaxterra.com.

Bradley Weiss

Weiss, Duffy win XTERRA South Africa

Complete Results / Photo Gallery

February 20, 2016 (Grabouw Country Club) – Bradley Weiss and two-time XTERRA World Champion Flora Duffy won the 12th annual Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club today.

It’s the fourth win in five weeks for Weiss, who captured all three events in the XTERRA South Africa Series that also included races at Buffelspoort and Nelson Mandela Bay, and it is his second win on the XTERRA World Tour this year following his victory in Albay, Philippines just two weeks ago.

“I don’t think the win has sunk in yet,” said Weiss.  “It’s been approximately five years since I started taking part in XTERRA Grabouw.  I started out in the XTERRA Lite. If I think back to then, I would never have dreamt about winning at the XTERRA SA Champs.  It’s such a surreal feeling.  I couldn’t be more proud.”

Weiss is the fifth different men’s champion in five years and joins a classy list of past SA champions that includes Conrad Stoltz, Dan Hugo, Richard Murray, Stuart Marais, and Lieuwe Boonstra.  His winning time was 2:30:42, followed by fellow South African James Cunnama two minutes back in second, and Kiwi Aiden Dunster in third.

For Duffy it’s her third straight SA title, 9th consecutive XTERRA major, and 13th win on the XTERRA World Tour in 16 tries since her debut in 2013.

“Getting my third victory in Grabouw is really cool,” says a delighted Duffy.  “I won my very first XTERRA here.  As I spend five months out of the year in South Africa, XTERRA Grabouw is an unofficial home race for me.  The XTERRA Grabouw course is phenomenal.  It’s a true XTERRA course.  You have to know how to ride a mountain bike.  The crowd and community involvement really makes this race special.  I’m happy with my overall 7th place and my third XTERRA Grabouw title.”

Her winning time was 2:39:08, followed by Austrian Carina Wasle 17-minutes later then the top South African female Susan Sloan in third.

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

An unusually cool morning for this time of year.  It rained buckets on Friday making the kids race a muddy affair and the rain continued into the evening.  The result of the rain was the cool morning and a very fast but sometimes slippery bike course.

Last year’s winner Stuart Marais did a short run first thing and had to admit he was not well and withdrew.  With Michael Szymoniuk and Theo Blignaut already having crashed themselves out, the men’s field was down three top contenders before the start.

The elite field was given a one-minute swim start lead on the masses yet Team T3 came out of the water first followed by Flora Duffy and a pack of men.  Poor Brice Daubord from France had his front brake lock on him just 1K into the bike and had to ride the whole way with the brake dragging and making his life miserable.

Weiss got into the lead quickly and by the 7K mark he was over a minute in front of local Ironman great James Cunnama in his first XTERRA.

“I’m not really a mountain biker but live close and rode the course 3 times this week” said Cunnama..  “I fell off on every one of those practice rides but stayed on the whole way today.”

Cunnama was locked into a great bike battle with 20-year-old Michael Lord.  Michael is very tall and a very enthusiastic young man.  “I love XTERRA and I’ll be racing for a long time” he grinned.

Trailing closely behind was another youngster, Aiden Dunster from New Zealand.  Weiss increased his lead with a steady, smooth ride that was three minutes quicker than the next fastest.  Young Lord got the upper hand and was 2nd into T2 with Cunnama close behind.

“I exited the swim with Michael, Antoine and Aiden close behind me,” explained Weiss.  “Although my transition was slower, by the time that I reached the first climb on the mountain bike discipline I managed to work my way up into third place.  I caught Michael Lord on the crest of the climb.  By the second portage climb I could hear that James and Michael were breathing hard.  I jumped onto my bike, pushed as hard as I could and opened a gap.  I didn’t have the best bike to run transition with my gloves and shoes getting caught, but my run felt solid.

Flora Duffy

On the women’s side it was all Duffy.  Fastest swim, fastest bike by nearly seven-minutes and fastest run by four.  That is a dominating performance.  Behind her was a great race between Carla Van Huyssteen, Susan Sloan and Carina Wasle.   Carla led with a very quick swim and held that position well into the bike.  Susan Sloan held third and passed Carla about half way into the bike with Carina not far behind.  It was a great battle with all three of these women within a minute of each other.  The run proved the podium placings with Carina moving to second, Sloan passing Van Huyssteen for third.

The men had a position change as well at the top with Aiden Dunster passing Michael Lord to come home 3rd. Cunnama put in the fastest run to consolidate 2nd and Lord carried on for a fine fourth-place finish.

FedHealth has become the title sponsor of XTERRA in South Africa and created a great contest for any athletes who competed in all three of the series races.  It came down to 11 people who were in the draw for an all-expense paid trip to the 2016 XTERRA World Championship on Maui.  Quite a prize as it included Air, Hotel, Entry and some spending cash to boot.  The winner of the drawing was also the winner for women 25-29, Denine Van Heerden.

All told, it was another fabulous XTERRA South Africa.  Anyone who has come down here to experience the great organization, the atmosphere, and the warm and friendly people will come back.  There is so much to do during a trip to Cape Town and the Garden route and a total world class XTERRA as well.

RESULTS:  Open Men

1 Bradley Weiss 02:30:42, 2 James Cunnama 02:32:39, 3 Aiden Dunster 02:35:01, 4 Michael Lord 02:35:44, 5 Antoine Van Heerden 02:36:12, 6 Jan Pyott 02:38:26, 7 Jeffrey Neethling 02:41:19, 8 Brad Matthew Edwards 02:43:17, 9 Aidan Nugent 02:44:39, 10 Darryn Purtell 02:45:56

RESULTS:  Open Women

1 Flora Duffy 02:39:08, 2 Carina Wasle 02:56:05, 3 Susan Sloan 02:57:32, 4 Carla Van Huyssteen 02:58:54, 5 Nicolette Griffioen 03:03:08, 6 Sandra Koblmuller 03:05:18, 7 Adrienne Moolman 03:15:41, 8 Denine Van Heerden 03:15:52, 9 Denine Van Heerden 03:15:52, 10 Johandri Leicester 03:18:46

“The Fedhealth XTERRA Full caters for more seasoned triathletes who want to put their fitness to the test,” says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth.  “Regardless of the athletes’ own unique goals, it is also a fun weekend away in which the entire family can participate. We thoroughly enjoy seeing so many fit, healthy people in action!”

The 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Full saw off-road multi-sport athletes having to complete a 1.5km swim, followed by a 28km mountain bike discipline before finishing off with a 12.5km trail run.

After a gruelling day out on route, XTERRA Warriors can look forward to recovering in the NUUN Recovery Zone.  “We’ll be there to put back what the race takes out with cold coolers of our proprietary blend of electrolytes in natural, delicious flavours – all without any sugars. Get excited for refreshing flavours like Strawberry Lemonade, Tri-Berry, Fruit Punch, Lemon and Lime and Citrus Fruit,” says Etienne du Plessis, CEO of NUUN.

Another special feature to look forward to in the NUUN Recovery Zone will be the serving of the proudly South African ButtaNutt series of authentic tree nut spreads.  “Our spreads are filled with healthy fats and proteins for sustained energy.   ButtaNutt will also be giving away an entire year’s supply to one lucky XTERRA finisher at each of the three events,” says Antoine van Heerden, Managing Director of ButtaNutt.

Look back at great coverage from the day on twitter and Facebook @XTERRASA / @Fedhealthmed

For further information visit www.stillwatersports.com or www.Fedhealth.co.za

XTERRA SOUTH AFRICA ALL-TIME PRO WINNERS  
Year Men Women
2004 Conrad Stoltz Megan Hall
2005 Conrad Stoltz Mari Rabie
2006 Conrad Stoltz Michelle Lombardi
2007 Conrad Stoltz Michelle Lombardi
2008 Dan Hugo Eszter Erdelyi
2009 Lieuwe Boonstra/Felix Schumann Carina Wasle
2010 Dan Hugo Mari Rabie
2011 Dan Hugo Carina Wasle
2012 Conrad Stoltz Carla Van Huyssteen
2013 Richard Murray Carla Van Huyssteen
2014 Dan Hugo Flora Duffy
2015 Stuart Marais Flora Duffy
2016 Bradley Weiss Flora Duffy

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA South Africa was the second of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Albay
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Grabouw, Western Cape
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu South Island, New Zealand
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Saipan, CNMI
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Playa Reserva Conchal
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Dique Ullum, San Juan
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Majjistral Nature Reserve
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Rotorua, North Island
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion La Reunion Island
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Langkawi
7-May XTERRA Brazil Ilhabela, São Paulo
7-May XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Papeete
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Pelham, Shelby County, AL, USA
21-May XTERRA Portugal Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Jul/Sept XTERRA Japan (Subject to Change) Hokkaido
Jul/Aug XTERRA Korea (Subject to Change) Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
Marcus Barton

XTERRA Southeast Region Spotlight

In our on-going curiosity to learn how different athletes plan on going about winning their region we’ve stumbled across an interesting fact … not everybody wants to give away their strategy!

Take Marcus Barton for example.

Marcus, a self-described “average Joe Schmo trying to be a good employee, husband, dad and granddad while squeezing in training and racing,” is the ring leader of XTERRA’s Southeast Region.

The 46-year-old from Waxhaw, North Carolina is quick to share stories on races and places, lead group rides and trail work days, tell you what lines to take, where to stay, and how to get into the sport.  He’s a great resource for race director’s and racers alike, and even moderates the Southeast Region Facebook page.

Last year Marcus won his fourth SE regional championship title (45-49 division). We asked him if he was chasing his fifth title this year and he enthusiastically replied, “you’re damn right I’m going for it!!”

Then we asked him how he planned to do it, and he said “none of your business.”

Of course, that’s not actually what he said but it’s what he meant!

What he actually said was “I haven’t laid out my strategy just yet, but I have an idea of which ones I am doing.  Some of them are based around the fun ones; some are based around ones I think I’ll be good at.  BUT, I do want to keep the strategy to myself.”

Lucky for us, however, Marcus was willing to let us take a look back to last season to see how his chase for the regional championship unfolded …

“My original plan in 2015 was to win Pelham, get my USAT National title back, then go do Tsali and Greensboro (two races I hadn’t done before),” explained Barton.  “However, low and behold, David Meadows kicks my butt in Pelham, giving him 100 points.  I knew I was doing OtillO late in the season, so I wouldn’t be in racing shape (at least bike wise) in August and September.  This meant that he could have done Tiger, Tide and Blackwater and taken the Southeast title from me.  Soooo this means that Richmond HAD to be my win.  I HAD to get 100 points.  Even if I went to Richmond and got 100, he still could have tied me and if he raced Tide and Tiger, he would win the tiebreaker.  This meant I also HAD to beat him at a local race.  When I found out he was doing Knoxville (one week before Richmond I might add), I had no choice but to drop Tsali and Greensboro, go to Knoxville, beat him and then go to Richmond and win.  Luckily, I did and it worked out.  Why did I tell you this long story?  Because if someone is serious about the title, it’s not just about getting points, it’s about how you strategize against the other racers.”

Awesome stuff, huh!

This year, with 11 races in the Southeast region, the chase is wide-open for the regional championship title and qualifying spot into XTERRA Worlds that goes with it. We just hope you’re not in Marcus’ division!

His final words of wisdom … “He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.”

Check out his blog at www.speedylizard.com.

2016 XTERRA Southeast Region Races

24-Apr XTERRA Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC
30-Apr XTERRA Fort Yargo Winder, GA
14-May XTERRA  Clemson Clemson, SC
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain Pelham, AL
5-Jun XTERRA Knoxville Knoxville, TN
11-Jun XTERRA Greensboro Greensboro, NC
18-Jun XTERRA Lock 4 Blast Gallatin, TN
26-Jun XTERRA Tsali Bryson City, NC
9-Jul XTERRA  Whitewater Charlotte, NC
31-Jul XTERRA Panther Creek Morristown, TN
7-Aug XTERRA Blackwater Milton, FL
20-Aug XTERRA Auburn Auburn, AL
16-Oct XTERRA Hickory Knob McCormick, SC

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Olympian on Display in South Africa

Two-time XTERRA World Champion Flora Duffy is the best racer in the world of off-road triathlon.

In 2016 she has the chance to prove she’s the best in the world of road triathlon too as she prepares for her third Olympic games this summer in Rio.

First, Duffy will kick off her season by trying to make it three-in-a-row at the XTERRA South Africa Championship on Saturday. By doing so, she will be providing triathlon fans at the Grabouw Country Club with a glimpse into greatness.

“I’m excited for Saturday and can’t believe it is time to race again,” said Duffy, who is focusing on WTS races in her build-up to Rio this year but couldn’t resist racing here.  “XTERRA South Africa is my favorite race so I always have to show my support.”

In turn, thousands of XTERRA Warriors in South Africa will show Duffy their support this weekend and on her road to Rio.

Dave Nicholas

XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas is in South Africa and brings us this report on the eve of the 12th annual SA Championship.

“Great to be back in Grabouw for the FedHealth XTERRA South Africa Championships, which are being held on Saturday this year,” said Nicholas. “There have been drought conditions for several years here and the once huge reservoir is definitely lower.  There is still plenty of water to have the traditional 1500m point-to-point swim, but legendary route manager Hendrico Burger points out that it’s another 30-meters form the edge of the water to transition this year.”

“It’s looking like rain tonight and the forecast for tomorrow is calling for showers as well.  The forecast for the race itself, however, is a bit unclear.  While he looks strong, the rumor has it that Bradley Weiss, the very fast South African pro who won in the Philippines just two weeks ago, was a bit ill.  He says he is feeling fine and the world will find out tomorrow.  On the women’s side, Flora is looking fabulous and is happy to be racing.

Switzerland’s Jan Pyott is here with Frenchman Brice Daubord and young Austrian pro Dominic Wychera is starting his season early.  A host of South African men are in the race, none stronger than last year’s winner Stuart Marais.

Carina Wasle, who has won Grabouw a few times is back along with other fellow two-time winner Carla Van Huyssteen, and local Susan Sloan who finished in the top 10 at XTERRA Worlds last year.  The very fast Austrian pro Sandra Koblemueller has been here for a few weeks and actually won a 32K trail run over some of Africa’s fastest women last weekend.  She laughed when I asked her if she was taking swimming lessons.  Once Sandra gets out of the water only a few minutes behind – watch out.

Michael Szymoniuk from Vienna and Theo Blignaut from South Africa have withdrawn due to injuries.

Yes, the legendary Conrad Stoltz is entered, but as the swimmer on a team.  We saw the Caveman today as he got set for his “red couch” interview and he looks happy.  He just finished work on his house yesterday and smiled saying he had not swum since Italy last September.  We stopped by his Caveman Cafe located inside a very cool Specialized agency.  It has a great kids track just in front and a dirt pump track alongside.  Worth the visit.

Organizers have created a tent village on a bluff just above the swim start.  Most of their crew and several traveling athletes are camping there and the night scene is great.  I would imagine it will be quieter tonight as tomorrow starts early.

Race start is at 8am in the morning here, that’s 10pm Friday night in California. We’ll try to have results and photos for you when you wake up on Saturday.”

Learn all about XTERRA South Africa, get race results, videos, and images at http://www.stillwatersports.com/ and on Facebook.