Josiah Middaugh

Middaugh, Baker win XTERRA Beaver Creek

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(Beaver Creek Resort – Avon, CO) – Reigning XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh defended his home turf and rookie women’s pro Julie Baker took the top step in her elite debut on an absolutely epic day in the mountains at the 8th annual XTERRA Beaver Creek Championship in Avon, Colorado this morning.

The win is Middaugh’s fourth in a row on his home course (he lives and trains just one-mile down the road) and his fourth in a row this season following victories at XTERRA Argentina, XTERRA Tahiti, and XTERRA Oak Mountain.

For Baker, who won the overall amateur XTERRA USA and World Championship titles last year, the win re-affirms her decision to go pro.  Of note, 24-year-old Tess Amer from Boulder, Colorado actually had the fastest women’s time of the day in 2:37:21, however, due to the two-minute start time difference between the pro women’s swim wave and the amateur women’s start, she crossed the finish line in 2nd.

In the men’s race, local pro Brad Zoller swam up front in the 66-degree, wetsuit-legal waters of Nottingham Lake all by himself and had the fastest swim split of the day in 19:14 with Branden Rakita, Leon Griffin, Greg Bennett, Rom Akerson and Ben Hoffman all together about 30-seconds back.

Middaugh had a good swim by his standards (21:01) and in what has become a commonplace occurrence here at Beaver Creek, he made up the difference by the end of the first big (brutal) climb about five miles into the bike.

“I felt good in the swim,” said Middaugh. “I knew there was a gap, but it was okay, it was a pretty good gap for me.  I was worried that I was going to come out and be 2:30 behind, but I was able to keep it close enough, I think it was 1:30ish, so it was right where I wanted to be.”

By mile 11 Middaugh was 25-seconds ahead of the Costa Rican, Akerson, and roughly one-minute in front of Hoffman and the young gun Sam Long.  (Long, at just 20-year-old, was racing in his first-ever XTERRA. The CU student has only been pro for a month!)

By the time Middaugh hit the last twisty downhill section of the bike course called Corkscrew he had increased his lead on Akerson to 1:15, had 1:40 on Hoffman and Long, and 2:40 to Rakita riding in fifth.

Despite posting the fastest bike of the day (1:10:13) and taking the lead into the run Middaugh said the race was far from over.

“I did not have much left on the run,” he said.  “For the first time in a couple of years I was in survival mode.”

Survive he did, and with the win moves into the lead of the Pan Am Pro Series standings.

Behind him the longshot Sam Long put in the fastest run split of the day and caught Hoffman and Akerson to move into second-place just 20-seconds behind the world champ.

“Outrageous, I can’t even believe it right now,” said Long, who has a double major going at CU in psychology and integrated physiology.  “2nd in a pro race, against these guys, it’s incredible.”

Akerson was equally excited to hold off Hoffman and finish in third.

“On the run the Long and I hit the first big climb together and man can that kid run fast downhill,” said Akerson.  “I mean, I thought I could run fast downhill but he really went at it. I was just killing my legs going down and he just kept opening it up and I thought Hoffman was going to catch me too but he didn’t, so I guess I had a solid run and pulled it off.”

Hoffman finished in fourth, his fifth straight top four at this event.

“That was painful like always,” said Hoffman.  “I thought I would have a better day but when the run started I just didn’t have any punch. The main objective was to punch my ticket for Maui so I got that done.  I didn’t crash, and it’s fun.  I love getting out here and doing something different, it’s definitely a good fun battle with all these guys. Josiah took it to us like he always does.  He’s a class act and a world champion so I’m not surprised, but I’ll be back next year probably to see if I can go on better.”

Leon Griffin passed Rakita on the run to round out the top five, and after the race said “it was a blast, certainly going to try to do more of these in the future.”

MORE QUOTES FROM THE TOP FOUR MEN

JOSIAH MIDDAUGH

(What was it like getting into the lead on the bike?)

“I got in the top 5, I could see the lead of the race, so I felt really good about it, but you know I was around really strong guys.  Sam was riding strong.  Rom was riding strong, Leon was riding strong, Ben was riding strong too, so it wasn’t like I was flying by guys. I was catching and then dragging them all up together and then all of a sudden we had 4 or 5 guys all in a line, so I wasn’t shaking them off to easy.”

(So when did you take the lead for good?)

On the pavement climb just right before we got back on the dirt, I gradually reeled guys in but we were all kind of in a line. I put in a little attack at the very top just to put a little distance and then I was able to get ahead and then Rom and I put some distance on some of the downhill and then the only guy I could see was Rom for the rest of the way.

(Are you on track?)

I’m a little behind, I don’t know.  I can’t rest on my fitness, I gotta build on it a little bit. Yeah definitely, a wins a win and I got confidence to that, I can race well when I’m not feeling that well, so I feel good about that.

(On the tight racing)

It made for a really exciting racing, you know there was a much bigger front swim pack which made it exciting, not for me so much because I wasn’t in it but you know when I caught up on the bike there was a big group of riders and those guys are just super strong in their other disciplines, those guys are monsters on the bike, and Ironman and ITU racing and you know they can climb, they are lightweight, they go up hill and they can put down the power so it wasn’t easy to catch them.  Luckily I caught them early enough and was able to put a distance and use some of the technical skills to put a little bit more gap.”

(On his 12-year-old Sullivan racing the Sprint event, his first try)

I was thinking about him all day and it was good motivation for me.  It was great to see him having fun. I took a lot of pride in that.

SAM LONG

The swim was pretty hard; I always have a hard time in the swim. Me and Josiah came right out of the water together and I said I’m just going to hang with him on the bike, so I rode right by him till the top of the climb.  We passed Ben Hoffman and all those guys. He was in first and I was in second then he lost me on the decent a little bit and I rode with Ben Hoffman the rest of the way. I think Ben Hoffman came in a little in front of me, he came in 4th off the bike.  Then I just felt amazing off the run, actually only probably ran twice in the last two weeks, I’ve been dealing with a foot injury so I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to finish to be honest but my legs felt 100 percent fresh on the run, I’ve never had such a feeling. I’ve grown up in Boulder my whole life and my family has been fortunately enough to have a house in Crested Butte so I have mountain biked up their tons, every summer I go up there and just hammer it so I like to think this is home, this is a lot like Crested Butte. I got into triathlons my Junior year in High School so its only been three years

(What’s next)

I’m racing Calgary next weekend actually, 70.3. I wasn’t planning on doing any other XTERRAs but now I have to. I’ll be at Nationals, and maybe World’s after that. It’s so fun.

ROM AKERSON

I’ve been at altitude for 12 days and this is the difference. I had a little mess up on my bike for a second, you know my chain came off but it’s all part of the racing though. Solid race. I wanted to get off my bike with Josiah today, it was close though, but one step at a time and I’ll get ready for my next race.

(On racing against Josiah in the Pan Am Pro Series)

I’ll see him in Dominic Republic, I’ll see him in Mexico, and I’ll see him at Nationals. I got plenty time to race against him.

(On Beaver Creek)

I love it here, I’m actually thinking of coming up and getting ready for the US Nationals here and the people are great. Beaver Creek is the Sh*%!

BEN HOFFMAN

(On Sam Long)

“I’m happy for him, he had a good day, you can’t argue with the way he raced, he pushed all day, he was up there with me on the bike coming in and he actually went up the top of the climb pretty much with Josiah, he had a special day, and then on the run he ran passed me about a mile and a half in and I had nothing to match it. I’ve raced him on the road a few times and pretty much have been ahead of him there but he had a great day today and definitely took it to us on the run especially, I think he ran back pretty close, he’s got a future in XTERRA for sure.

ELITE MEN RESULTS

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:10:05 100
2 Sam Long, USA 2:10:35 90
3 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:12:20 82
4 Ben Hoffman, USA 2:13:30 75
5 Leon Griffin, USA 2:14:23 69
6 Branden Rakita, USA 2:16:37 63
7 Greg Bennett, AUS 2:18:00 58
8 Brad Zoller, USA 2:19:12 53
9 Mario de Elias, ARG 2:20:40 49
10 Brian Smith, USA 2:20:53 45
11 Thomas Spannring, USA 2:22:32 41
12 Michi Weiss, AUT 2:23:49 37
13 Patrick McKeon, USA 2:25:10 34
14 Cody Waite, USA 2:26:00 31
15 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:26:15 28
Also: AJ Baucco, Michael Nunez, Joshua Merrick, Ian King

Julie Baker

BAKER SHAKES UP WOMEN’S ELITE RANKS

Julie Baker, a 39-year-old soil scientist out of Sonora, California, led just about from wire-to-wire.

XTERRA first-time Julie Stupp had the fastest swim of the day in 19:32, then came Baker in 21:17, the third best swim was from Snyder in 22:40, then it was nearly three minutes to Mayalen Noriega with the fourth-best split.

Baker caught Stupp early on the bike and never looked back, posting the fastest ride of the day in 1:29:36 and took the tape in 2:38:54, nearly two-minutes ahead of Snyder.

“This is like a dream,” said Baker.  “I can’t believe it, and I didn’t expect it. I was just hoping to beat my time from last year (when she won the amateur title here). I’m super psyched to race with all these ladies who are awesome. I kind of died a little bit on the run but I had a good enough swim and bike to hold on.”

Baker actually credits her full-time job for giving her the necessary break from training that her body needs.

“I have a good group of road biking friends in Sonora and they push me really hard,” said Baker.  “I just try and get out when I can and actually my work forces me to rest, go out and dig holes. I like racing at altitude even though I live at 2000 feet.”

As for Snyder, winner of XTERRA Oak Mountain and XTERRA Mine over Matter on the Pan Am Tour to start the season, she’s just happy to have got through it today.

“It was a just see what happens kind of day,” she said.  “My body didn’t feel great, I wasn’t digesting the nutrition well, my legs didn’t have anything.  It was hard.”

Maia Ignatz posted the fastest run of the day to finish in third, her best result yet at Beaver Creek.

“I’m so impressed with Julie and Tess today,” said Ignatz after the race.  “I never saw Julie, she swims so fast, and Tess came by me on the bike smiling and peddling away.  It was pretty good day for me, though, best I’ve ever felt on the bike here.  The run is forever hard, and swimming here I just try not to die or blow up, so all things considered it was a good day.”

Two other first-year XTERRA elites, Katharine Carter and Liz Gruber, took home the fourth and fifth spots.

ELITE WOMEN’S RESULTS

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Julie Baker, USA 2:38:54 100
2 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:40:47 90
3 Maia Ignatz, USA 2:42:36 82
4 Katharine Carter, CAN 2:50:39 75
5 Elizabeth Gruber, USA 2:52:33 69
6 Kara LaPoint, USA 2:54:53 63
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 3:00:19 58
8 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 3:02:02 53
9 Sarah Gravves, USA 3:02:44 49
10 Caroline Colonna, USA 3:07:43 45
11 Julie Stupp, USA 3:10:17 41
12 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:17:55 37

BCamateur

WANE, AMER WIN AMATEUR TITLES

Cedric Wane and Tess Amer took home the amateur titles, and as previously mentioned Amer actually won the women’s race with the fastest time.

“I didn’t expect that at all,” said Amer.  “I haven’t done a tri in like three years.  I graduated CU in 2013, when I was the president of the tri club.  I’ve been mountain biking but not putting all three together.  And I just signed up last night.  It turned out well, it was good.  I guess I should go pro and go to Maui now.”

Amer, who works as a 5th grade teacher just outside of Boulder, said she can’t wait to tell her class what happened on Monday.

As for Wane, a Tahitian who was on the CU tri club during Amer’s reign as Pres, he finished 13th overall and ahead of several pros.

Here’s a look at all of today’s age group champs:

FEMALE AGE GROUP CHAMPS    
Division Name Time Hometown
15  – 19 Heather Horton 3:18:00 Draper, UT
20 – 24 Katarina Marks 3:01:34 Durango, CO
25 – 29 *Tess Amer 2:37:21 Boulder, CO
30 – 34 Megan Riepma 3:05:59 Lafayette, CO
35 – 39 Whitney Barrett-Kaucher 2:45:04 Golden, CO
40 – 44 Deanna McCurdy 2:53:04 Littleton, CO
45 – 49 Patricia Smaldone 3:30:50 Portland, OR
50 – 54 Janet Soule 3:04:22 Davis, CA
55 – 59 Janie White 3:27:43 Paradise Valley, AZ
60 – 64 Martha Buttner 3:26:25 Boulder, CO
65 – 69 Libby Harrow 5:23:21 Fruita, CO
MALE AGE GROUP CHAMPS    
Division Name Time Hometown
15 – 19 Benny Smith 2:54:21 Glenwood Springs, CO
20 – 24 Nelson Hegg 2:31:08 Boulder, CO
25 – 29 Kris Ochs 2:26:09 Vail, CO
30 – 34 *Cedric Wane 2:24:21 Papeete, Tahiti
35 – 39 Nick Stengl 2:35:47 Longmont, CO
40 – 44 Garren Watkins 2:34:13 Boulder, CO
45 – 49 Rife Hilgartner 2:33:17 Vail, CO
50 – 54 Charlie Wertheim 2:44:43 Carbondale, CO
55 – 59 Tom Monica 2:46:49 Thousand Oaks, CA
60 – 64 Johnny Davis 3:05:40 Boulder, CO
65 – 69 David Rakita 3:28:24 Durango, CO
PC Andre Szucs 3:47:10 Encinitas, CA

MIDDAUGH, SNYDER LEAD XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES

After seven of 10 events in the Pan Am Pro Series Josiah Middaugh and Suzie Snyder sit in the top spots.  With several of the top 10 men and women all racing in the final three events at XTERRA Dominican Republic, XTERRA Mexico, and the XTERRA Pan Am Championship in Utah on September 17, anything can happen.
Pros count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) and whatever they get (or don’t get) at the finale in Utah to determine their final score.
Learn more about the XTERRA Pan Am Tour at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xterra-pan-am-tour/

2016 XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS
After 7 – 7.16.16
Men     S G S G S S G
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 342 67 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS 75
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 322 DNS 90 DNS 82 75 75 DNS
3 Branden Rakita, USA 199 DNS DNS DNS 75 61 DNS 63
4 Chris Ganter, USA 169 DNS DNS DNS 63 67 39 DNS
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 158 DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 61 28
6 Ian King, USA 153 DNS 53 DNS 53 DNS 47 DNP
7 Rom Akerson, CRC 143 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82
8 Mario De Elias, ARG 112 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
9 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS
10 Thomas Spannring, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 41
11 Sam Long, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
12 Cody Waite, USA 89 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS 31
13 Jonatan Morales, ARG 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Karl Shaw, GBR 75 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Oscar Galindez, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Albert Soley, ESP 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
17 Ben Hoffman, USA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
18 Lucas Mendez, ARG 69 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Leon Griffin, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
20 Felipe Moletta, BRA 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Paul Tichelaar, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
22 Diogo Malagon, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Facu Medard, ARG 58 DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Greg Bennett, AUS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58
25 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Bruno Silva, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
28 Brent McMahon, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
29 Brad Zoller, USA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
30 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Sean Bechtel, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS
33 Nathan Killam, CAN 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS
34 Mauro Ayesa, USA 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Greg Schott, USA 47 47 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
36 Raul Furtado, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Daniel Molnar, USA 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
38 Victor Arenas, ARG 45 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Michael Nunez, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNP
40 Brian Smith, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
41 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Brian MacIlvain, USA 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
43 Clarke Lind, CAN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS
44 Parada Penagos, ARG 41 DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
45 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Adam Morka, CAN 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS
47 Michi Weiss, AUT 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
48 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Jimmy Archer, USA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS
50 Patrick McKeon, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
51 Stenio Bezerra, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Rogério Paula, BRA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Ramon Bustos, BRA 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS
55 Cristiam Suzin, BRA 25 DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS
56 Juscelino Vasco, BRA 23 DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS
57 Wellington Conceição, BRA 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS
Women   S G S G S S G
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 265 DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS 90
2 Maia Ignatz, USA 233 DNS DNS DNS 90 61 DNS 82
3 Kara Lapoint, USA 212 67 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 63
4 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 205 61 DNS 75 69 DNS DNS DNS
5 Caroline Colonna, USA 202 51 DNS DNS 63 43 DNS 45
6 Rebecca Blatt, USA 184 47 DNS DNS 53 DNS 47 37
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 184 DNS DNS DNS 75 51 DNS 58
8 Miriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 175 75 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
9 Sarah Graves, USA 150 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 43 49
10 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 149 DNS 82 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
11 Katharina Carter, CAN 131 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 75
12 Julie Baker, USA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
13 Fabiola Corona, MEX 90 DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Erika Simon, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Katie Button, CAN 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
16 Elizabeth Gruber, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
17 Joanna Brown, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS
18 Zoe Dawson, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
19 Isabella Ribeiro 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Danelle Kabush, CAN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS
21 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Luisa Saft, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Jaime Brede, USA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
24 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
25 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Lisa Leonard, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS
27 Maggie Rusch, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
28 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
30 Brisa Melcop, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Julie Stupp, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
32 Beatriz Granziera, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Amanda Felder, USA 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS
34 Melania Giraldi, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Monalisa Vieira, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS
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Up Next: XTERRA Dominican Republic on July 31.

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Beaver Creek was the 22nd 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 Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
7-May XTERRA Greece Roger Serrano/Helena Erbenova
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
21-May XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa/Helena Erbenova
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
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 European Championship Zittau, Germany
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
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
Kincaid-Hammerman

DeSantis / America Tour Notes

XTERRA Beaver Creek is just one of four races on the America Tour schedule this week.

Also on the schedule is XTERRA Sky High in New York, XTERRA DINO in Indiana, and XTERRA Hammerman in Alaska.

“This is our 16th year, and we are still going strong,” said long-time XTERRA age group standout and Hammerman race director Andy Duenow.

“We’re selling out registration again and with the amazing summer we have been having I don’t anticipate too many race day no shows. The lake is an awesome 68-degrees, the bike course is in great shape, the run course is perfect… and the whole thing is a blast, when it’s not kicking your ass!  :-)”

DESANTIS GOES FOR #9

Over in Cropseyville, NY our XTERRA Warrior David DeSantis is competing in race No. 9 in his 16 in 2016 campaign.

“Last Thursday I got another round of chemo and by Saturday I looked like the Michelin Man.  My knees, ankles, elbows and digestive system went nuts,” explained DeSantis.

“The rheumatologist drained my left knee yesterday (for the 3rd time in as many weeks) and explained that the chemo is creating an inflammatory response in my body.   My joints and digestive system become inflamed and swelling persists for about 4-5 days.  Today I feel great and XTERRA Sky High is only two days away.  Since I have to get chemo infusions every two weeks and have 4-5 days of recovery from the infusions, I’m going to have to modify the schedule to hit as many races as possible in the US and Canada (closer to home).  I’m looking forward to seeing some local XTERRA friends at the race on Saturday.   Now I have to figure out how to cram a months-worth of training into three days…”

DeSantis has already raised more than $22,000 towards his goal of $32,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation this season.

Join in the fight at: https://www.gofundme.com/DeSantis16in2016?utm_medium=wdgt

BAITY, CARVER WIN XTERRA WHITEWATER

Caleb Baity and Amy Carver won the challenging XTERRA Whitewater last weekend on a hot and humid day in Charlotte, NC. XTERRA Ambassador Marcus Barton, who finished runner-up, brings us this report.

Top 3 Men:
1. Caleb Baity – 2:23:51.7
2. Marcus Barton – 2:25:45.7
3. Ali Arasta – 2:28:11.1

Top 3 Women:
1. Amy Carver – 3:03:44.4
2. Angie Callaway Childre – 3:06:40.0
3. Elizabeth Skiba – 3:08:24.5

Full XTERRA Whitewater results: http://usnwc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2016-XTERRA-overall-results.pdf

Find the most up-to-date XTERRA America Tour race results and regional standings at: http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/points/

 

Middaugh

Catching Up With The Champ

There is never a dull moment in the life of reigning XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh.

As the father of three who runs a full-time coaching business and is a community icon, the demands on his time are relentless … even on race week!

Case in point: Last night, just two days from one of the premier races of his season, he was one of the featured celebrities in the Star Dancing Gala, a benefit for the Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Power 365 program. It’s a big deal, and required a ton of practice time to nail down a routine.

“I was excited to be able to help out,” said Middaugh. “It’s for the Vail Valley Foundation. The charity is Youth Power 365, and I see a direct benefit with my kids because that organization takes up a lot of the slack where the school funding falls short with after school programs and educational/recreational stuff in the community good that is really great for kids.”

13680902_10154346312309579_1676695871352005827_nWe caught up with Middaugh to learn more about the dance, and other random things…

XTERRA: So, what dance did you do?

Middaugh: The Napoleon’s dynamite “Vote for Pedro” dance routine, it was pretty funny.

XT: Video evidence?

JM: We’ll see.

XT: Through the years with you living here in Eagle-Vail and around Beaver Creek have you seen the general awareness for the sport of XTERRA increase?

JM: Yes, definitely.   When I first moved here it was a strong mountain bike community that dabbled in other stuff but it certainly wasn’t a triathlon community. Over the years, however, as a direct result of XTERRA, that has developed. There is an XTERRA community here, training groups, and a lot of rides and runs. The community is aware of XTERRA, even people that don’t do XTERRA are aware of it with re-runs of the race shows on the TV all the time, and the local press that covers it like a real sport. It’s a fun place to live and clearly has a lot of great facilities and options for endurance sports enthusiasts.

XT: Your oldest boy Sullivan, 12-years-old, is doing the Sprint race by himself on Saturday.   Are you more anxious about his race or yours?

JM: I’ll be more nervous about his race for sure. For me, I know what to expect. For him, I’ll be worried about him as a father, but he’s got it figured it out I think. He’ll be fine, he’ll be worried less than me.

XT: What’s your favorite part of this course, or what about it do you enjoy the most?

JM: I enjoy the fact that you have to dig deep and push yourself. There is no easy way around it, and you’ve got to test your limits to meet your goals.

XT: And where is the most challenging spot on this course?

JM: Coming off the bike and starting the run up Aspen Glade. It’s hard to know what you have in your legs until you hit that climb. Some years it has been good, and some years I’ve found the well is dry.

XT: How worried should visiting athletes be about running into Bears or other wildlife out there?

JM: I worry more about hitting tourists than I do hitting bears. I’ve seen a bear maybe twice in 16 years here, but tourists are always around.         You’ve got to be careful coming around a blind corner and finding someone on a leisurely hike.

XT: What have you seen out there?

JM: I saw two mountain lions by arrowhead five years ago during the winter. Saw a moose, elk, deer. I did see a black bear running the other way during the race a few years back.

XT: What one piece of advice have you been consistently giving to your athletes racing this weekend?

JM: Mainly to pace yourself, kind of in all three disciplines, because you don’t get many breaks on this course. You’ve got to consider the entirety of the race and not blow yourself up during the first couple minutes of any of the three disciplines.

XT: You’ve been racing XTERRA for 15+ years, do you have a favorite XTERRA shirt that you still wear?

JM: Yeah, I still wear the Maui 2002 shirt all the time. One of those old grey shirts, cool colors, basic design thin cotton.

XT: Having traveled all over the world with XTERRA, what do you say to the big group of international athletes who have traveled here to your backyard?

JM: We welcome all the visiting athletes with open arms. That’s the spirit of XTERRA to get out and live more, and that’s what we want people to see in this destination just like the other ones. It’s an amazing place.   Enjoy the environment, and take a break from your busy lifestyle.

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Meet an Elite: Katharine Carter

Josiah Middaugh isn’t the only elite racing this weekend with some local knowledge of the trails around Beaver Creek. In the women’s race we have Katharine Carter, who spent some time living and working in the Vail Valley and is now in her rookie year racing pro.

When she’s not racing, Carter works as a biomedical engineer at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute at the Vail Valley Medical Center.

In her pro debut at XTERRA Mine over Matter last month she finished fourth in front of a bunch of family and friends in the Toronto area. On Saturday, she’ll try to improve on that performance in front of yet another collection of local supporters here in Colorado.

We caught up with Katharine recently to learn more about her…

XTERRA: When was your first XTERRA?
Katharine Carter: July 2012, XTERRA Mountain Championships. I had just moved to Vail, Colorado earlier that week and heard about this strange type of triathlon was happening. With no previous swim training, my big all-mountain bike from BC, and little realization that racing at altitude might be a tad bit harder, I did the XTERRA. I think I almost came last in my age group. But I loved every second! I’ve been hooked on XTERRA ever since.

XT: You’ve moved around a lot … how come?
KC: Partly for work, partly for adventure. I’m originally from the Toronto area, but after doing grad school in Vancouver, British Columbia I got offered a job working in the hospital in Vail, Colorado. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to live/work in a ski town. My boyfriend (now husband) Paul & I moved down there and after a few seasons of rocky mountain powder Paul got a spot in an MBA program in Cape Town, South Africa. So we picked up and moved there for a year. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. There is also a large triathlon community and the XTERRA is by far one of my favorites. Most of the flights out of South Africa go through Europe, so it also gave me a chance to try out some of the European circuit (ie. XTERRA England, France & Germany). After a short stint in Chicago for Paul to finish up the MBA, we have settled back in North Vancouver (at least for now…)

XT: Where were you born and raised?
KC:  In Brampton, Ontario, home of Russell Peters 🙂

XT: What’s your background, were you a mtb’er or triathlete or runner or swimmer?
KC:  If anything I was a tennis player growing up, but I got into mountain biking and triathlon during university. Let’s just say that I was mostly doggie-paddling until a few years ago.

XT: What made you decide to go pro this year?
KC:  I want the challenge! I have been steadily increasing my training/racing over the past few years and I’ve reached that point where I want to stand on the line beside these amazing other women pros and just see how I can do.

XT:  How was XTERRA Mine Over Matter?
KC: Awesome! It was a very fast course. The bike course was tight, twisty, lots of corners and technical skills really was the name of the game. I grew up not too far from the race course so it was a special feeling to be on home turf and to have all my family (3 dogs included) out there to support me. And I couldn’t ask for a better breakout race into the pro ranks! I felt great that day and was very happy to come in 4th.

XT: What do you think about the Pan Am Series and the open invite to race in Utah for Canadian racers?
KC: I think the Pan Am series is a great idea. It’s a chance for us to travel to places we wouldn’t otherwise, experience other cultures and boost the sport of XTERRA in other countries.

XT: Why do you like XTERRA?
KC:  Every race is different. Some are flat and fast, some have grueling climbs, or technical mountain biking sections, or are ultra-muddy, or have man-made obstacles. That, and the community of people. I’ve never done a sport that had such friendly people, they leave everything they have out on the course and then sit back & drink a beer after. What’s not to love?

XT: What do you do for a living when you’re not racing?
KC:  I’m a biomedical engineer, working for an orthopaedic clinic doing research on new MRI sequences. My work has been a great motivation not to injure myself. I know what all the nasty joint injuries look like inside and out, and believe me, it’s not pretty. If you hurt anything then let me know, maybe we can get you in our next study as a test subject 😉

XT: When did you become Katharine Carter (neh Wilson)?
KC: One year ago! Woo hoo. July 2nd, 2015. Paul doesn’t race XTERRA but he’s one of my best training partners. He drives me a little crazy sometimes because while I train a lot, he trains just enough to stay faster than me on everything. Typical!

XT: Favorite all-time XTERRA race?
KC: XTERRA France. That’s one grueling adventure. From the 1000-person mass swim start, to the muddy mountain pass you go up over twice, the huge man-made wood ramps/structures, to the ultra-muddy/rocky trail run. Allez allez!

XT: Best XTERRA moment?
KC: Winning my age group at US Nationals in 2013. It was a complete surprise. I am not a great swimmer and I knew girls had gotten out of the water ahead of me, and I spent the whole bike/run trying to chase them down. I never saw any of them. Turns out I passed them all in the swim/bike transition 🙂

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The Highest XTERRA in the World

Colorado’s high country during the summer time is something to behold with its big blue skies, white aspens, majestic mountain ranges and cool, fresh air. It’s simply beautiful and Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, host to XTERRA Championship racing since 2009, enhances the experience with world-class facilities and people.

Then there is the course itself which is an absolute beast, boasting the highest elevation of any major on the XTERRA World Tour.

It starts with a mile swim in the cold waters of Nottingham Lake situated at 7,400-feet elevation. Nottingham is just big enough to get a full mile swim with 2 laps, and Buck Creek flows into the reservoir so even though the lake is small, the water temp rarely tops 70 degrees.

The next step involves roughly 15 miles of mountain biking that climbs 3,500-feet into the thin air of the Rockies. The first climb on the bike gains 2,000 vertical feet in five miles.

The bike course peaks out at above 9,400 feet above the Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch ski slopes, then turns into some well-maintained single track that switches through the aspen trees and works its way to the village-to-village trail and down to Beaver Creek Village.

The final piece of resistance is a calf-burning, six-mile trail run which breaks down into essentially two challenging climbs that each have over 500 vertical feet of climbing (roughly 1,050ft for the course).

Appropriately, America’s best XTERRA athlete and reigning XTERRA World Champion Josiah “Beast Mode” Middaugh calls this place home, and has won the last three races here.

“What I like about this course is the fact that you have to dig deep and push yourself. There is no easy way around it, so you’ll have to test your limits to meet your goals,” he said.

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Deep Field for XTERRA Beaver Creek

The 2016 XTERRA Beaver Creek Championship race on Saturday will host perhaps the most competitive elite field in race history.

“The top 10 is going to be the strongest ever at this race I think,” said reigning XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh. “It’s a super talented, deep field, which we don’t always see here. Some are new to XTERRA, some dabble in it, and there are a few XTERRA veterans here as well. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all pans out.”

Among the XTERRA vets in the men’s elite field you have Middaugh – winner of three straight and four of the last five here on his home course. There’s Brian Smith, an exceptional mountain biker, Branden Rakita, the runner-up on this course in 2013, and mountain dwellers like Cody Waite, Brad Zoller, Joshua Merrick, and Thomas Spannring.

Those that “dabble” in the sport – and do quite well when they do – include IM star Ben Hoffman who has been the runner-up here the last two years and in the top three for four straight years, Rom Akerson from Costa Rica, who was 4th here last year, Kiwi Kieran McPherson who is ranked 6th in the Pan Am Tour, Mario de Elias who was 6th at his home country race at XTERRA Argentina, and Austrian Michi Weiss, a former XTERRA World Champ.

Perhaps the most intriguing racers, however, are the XTERRA first-timers which includes Greg Bennett, an Olympian (4th in Athens) with more than 100 international wins in his storied career.

“Got on a mountain bike for the first time in 28-years back in November, and Laura and I have been having a ball,” said Bennett. “We feel like newbies starting a brand new sport with so much to learn. This will be our first XTERRA so our expectations are low, but we can’t wait!”

Other newbies to XTERRA include accomplished roadies Leon Griffin, the 2006 World Duathlon Champ, AJ Baucco, Sam Long, and Patrick McKeon.

“The podium is going to be mixed up a bit, that’s for sure, and I’m curious to see how Greg and Leon perform,” said Middaugh. “I know Ben and Michi will be strong. I know Rom and the other Colorado guys like Brian and Branden will be strong, but it’s hard to say how the other guys will do so it’ll be interesting.”

Middaugh, who sits in the 2nd position in the Pan Am Tour rankings after six events (trailing only Karsten Madsen who won the last two Pan Am Tour races in Canada), has victories at XTERRA Argentina, XTERRA Tahiti, and XTERRA Oak Mountain so far this season. He said this one matters the most.

“There is a lot of pressure for this one. I definitely put it on myself, and would say this is the most important race so far this year,” said Middaugh. “I want to win this one. It’s the best case scenario for me to race big names at home, and a great test to see where I’m at. This type of race is reflective of nationals and worlds, so far as course profiles, so if I don’t perform well I’ll have to go back to the drawing board, and if do well, it means I’m on track.”

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SNYDER LOOKS TO MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW IN WOMENS RACE

Suzie Snyder has successfully overcome a prolonged rehab assignment after crushing her pelvis in a bike crash while pre-riding at XTERRA Mexico last summer.

She won XTERRA Oak Mountain and XTERRA Mine over Matter in convincing fashion to start the season, sits in 3rd position in the Pan Am Pro Series, and hopes to improve on her best-ever finish here in the mountains which was her 3rd place showing in 2013.

“I’m keeping a positive attitude and embracing the challenge,” said Snyder, who moved to Reno last year and for the first-time in her career had better altitude training options heading into this race.

“I’ve never had my best races here, whether it be the altitude or what, but I should be better prepared this year. Last year I had only been in Reno for a couple months and hadn’t fully acclimated or been able to take advantage of the training opportunities the area has to offer. Though Reno is only 5000ft, I’m better acclimated to some altitude and have done a lot of climbing and training with great riders like Matt Balzer and feel much stronger in that aspect this year. This is a difficult course and always pushes your physical and mental strength but is a good progress test for Ogden which poses very similar challenges.”

In Suzie’s way of a breakout day are six girls ranked in the top 10 of the Pan Am Pro Series (Caroline Colonna, Maia Ignatz, Kara LaPoint, Rebecca Blatt, Debby Sullivan, and Sara Graves), the overall amateur XTERRA World Champion making her pro debut Julie Baker, 3x age group World Champ turned pro Elizabeth Gruber, Canadian Katharine Carter who feels right at home in the mountains, and a trio of XTERRA first-timers with Julie Stupp from Austin, Mayalen Noriega from Spain, and the most notable of the bunch – two-time Olympian Laura Bennett.

For Bennett, she says the hardest part is just letting go…

“My biggest setback so far in picking up the mountain biking component to XTERRA is thinking too much,” she exclaimed. “I am working really hard on that, but what I have come to realize is that the less fit you are the more calculative you are and therefore are counterintuitive to what you are trying to achieve…letting go! So I am most worried about not being fit enough to allow the bike to do what it does best…roll over everything and let it be in control. Worried or not, I am sure it will be a great experience and I look forward to it!”

Three-time XTERRA World Champ Julie Dibens will also be racing, but likely as part of a relay team with IM great Cait Snow. “Just not sure my knees are up to that run, but we’ll see,” said Dibens.

All-in-all a fantastic collection of elites set to take on one of the XTERRA World Tour’s toughest challenges. Follow the elite race live on twitter @xterraoffroad, #xterrabeavercreek, starting at 9am MST on Saturday, July 16.

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XTERRA BEAVER CREEK ELITE START LIST

Rank denotes current position in XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series after six events.
NR = Not ranked

Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
2 – Josiah Middaugh – 37, Vail-Eagle, CO
4 – Ian King – 26, Virginia Beach, VA
5 – Branden Rakita – 35, Colorado Springs, CO
6 – Kieran McPherson – 24, Matamata, New Zealand
15 – Mario de Elias – 32, Boulogne, Argentina
16 – Rom Akerson – 32, Tambor, Costa Rica
19 – Cody Waite – 38, Lakewood, CO
29 – Thomas Spannring – 40, Longmont, CO
34 – Michael Nunez – 35, Salt Lake City, UT
38 – Jimmy Archer – 43, Denver, CO
NR – Rodrigo Acevedo – 30, Boulder, CO
NR – AJ Baucco – 30, Boulder, CO
NR – Greg Bennett – 44, Boulder, CO
NR – Leon Griffin – 36, Longmont, CO
NR – Ben Hoffman – 33, Boulder, CO
NR – Sam Long – 21, Boulder, CO
NR – Patrick McKeon – 28, Philadelphia, PA
NR – Joshua Merrick – 35, Alamosa, CO
NR – Brian Smith – 41, Gunnison, CO
NR – Michael Weiss – 35, Colorado Springs, CO
NR – Brad Zoller – 39, Avon, CO

Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
3 – Suzanne Snyder – 34, Reno, NV
4 – Caroline Colonna – 52, Taos, NM
5 – Maia Ignatz –  36, Boulder, CO
7 – Kara LaPoint – 30, Truckee, CA
8 – Rebecca Blatt – 36, Lakewood, CO
9 – Debby Sullivan – 35, Stafford, VA
10 – Sarah Graves – 39, Ballantine, MT
21 – Katharine Carter – 30, Vancouver, BC, Canada
NR – Julie Baker –  40, Sonora, CA
NR – Laura Bennett – 41, Boulder, CO
NR – Elizabeth Gruber – 27, Colorado Springs, CO
NR – Mayalen Noriega – 34, Mataro, Spain
NR – Julie Stupp – 30, Austin, TX

(7.15 UPDATE: Laura Bennett withdraws due to injury)

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Madsen, Button win XTERRA Victoria

Complete Results

(Victoria, B.C., Canada) It was a great day for Canada at the 2016 XTERRA Victoria race, with Canadians Karsten Madsen and Katie Button taking top spots on the tough trails near Durrance Lake Sunday.

Ontario’s Madsen made it two in a row with back-to-back XTERRA Pan Am Tour wins – both on Canadian soil.  His win today also earned him the lead in the series rankings, leap-frogging American Josiah Middaugh for the top spot on tour.

Madsen came out of the water with two-time Olympian Brent McMahon and was first to leave transition. 

He extended his lead from there and finished with a 2-minute lead over runner-up and fellow Canadian, Paul Tichelaar.

“It’s amazing to win my second major XTERRA title!” said Madsen.  “I took the swim hard and got out of the water with Brent.  I took the bike safe as this course was very demanding and super technical. The run was also super technical with a lot of climbing and steep, hard descents. I’m incredibly overjoyed to come away with the win today. And I’m still in shock that I’m now leading the Pan-American tour… my mind is blown!”

Young Kiwi Kieran McPherson took third, with a solid performance that rocketed him up the tour rankings from 12th to 6th.   McMahon finished 4th, with his race record intact.

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In the women’s race Canada’s Katie Button took a solid win with the fastest bike split of the day. British Columbia local, Zoe Dawson had a blazing run to finish runner-up only 50 seconds back. Danelle Kabush, in semi-retirement, finished third less than a minute behind Dawson.

“I really do love the trails and the riding on Vancouver Island so its such a bonus to have a Pan Am Tour race in Victoria. I haven’t raced a triathlon since this race last year, so I was both nervous and excited to see where another year of training has gotten me.” said Button.
“I managed to have a strong and comfortable swim then after the usual post-cold swim dizziness wore off, continued to have strong and smooth bike – enjoying all the fun technical downhills and single track sections I complain I never get enough of on the other courses!
I am mostly proud of my run effort though. Zoe blew by me on the run last year and I was waiting for the same thing to happen this year, but just tried to keep my effort up as high as possible. It wasn’t until the last section of trail before the finish I realized she wasn’t going to catch me!” Button added.

The amateur athletes proved to be just as fast on the B.C. trails. Nate Youngs (Boring, OR) took fifth place overall and first place for age group men and Lisa Helmer (Shawnigan Lake, BC) was first place amateur woman and fourth overall woman.

Elite Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:10:51 75
2 Paul Tichelaar, CAN 2:13:19 67
3 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:16:02 61
4 Brent McMahon, CAN 2:16:30 56
5 Nathan Killam, CAN 2:31:09 51
6 Ian King, USA 2:35:48 47
7 Clarke Lind, CAN 2:36:36 43
8 Chris Ganter, USA 2:39:14 39
9 Jimmy Archer, USA 2:40:14 36
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Katie Button, CAN 2:37:43 75
2 Zoe Dawson, CAN 2:38:53 67
3 Danelle Kabush, CAN 2:45:35 61
4 Jaime Brede, USA 2:58:48 56
5 Lisa Leonard, USA 3:04:44 51
6 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:10:13 47
7 Sarah Graves, USA 3:20:32 43
8 Amanda Felder, USA 3:24:27 39

YOUNGS, HELMER TOP AMATEURS

The amateur athletes proved to be just as fast on the B.C. trails. Nate Youngs (Boring, OR) placed 5th overall and first place for the age group men while Lisa Helmer (Shawnigan Lake, BC) was first place amateur woman and 4th overall woman.

MEN
M16-19 Lewis Ryan

2:23:39

M25-29 Mat Signoretty

2:28:59

M30-34 Patrick Nesbitt

2:24:15

M35-39 Nate Youngs

2:20:29

M40-44 Mike Smith

2:34:12

M45-49 Kevin Donovan

2:32:18

M50-54 Steve Mackenzie

2:38:52

M55-59 Randal T Walker

2:55:43

M60-99 Scott Forrest

2:55:54

M60-99 Carl Peterson

3:06:07

WOMEN
F16-19 Heather Horton

3:14:43

F20-24 Jaylene Kemp

3:06:44

F25-29 Heidi Manicke

3:15:28

F30-34 Heather Zimchek-Dunn

2:54:47

F35-39 Lisa Helmer

2:51:14

F40-44 Kimberly Larson

3:12:44

F45-49 Jennifer Burtner

3:10:57

F50-54 Susan Moote

3:37:06

F55-59 Janice Meek

4:29:29

MADSEN, GOBO LEAD PAN AM PRO SERIES AFTER SIX

Following race #6 in the inaugural 10-stop XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Canada’s Karsten Madsen has taken the lead in the rankings, while Brazil’s Sabrina Gobo continues to hold the top spot for the women.

Racers count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) plus what they earn at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race September 17 in Utah.

Learn more about the XTERRA Pan Am Tour at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xterra-pan-am-tour/

Next up:  XTERRA Beaver Creek on July 16 in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

2016 XTERRA Pan American Tour Standings After Six

Men S G S G S S G G G
PL NAME CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DR MEX USA TOT
1 Karsten Madsen, CAN DNS 90 DNS 82 75 75 322
2 Josiah Middaugh, USA 67 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS 267
3 Chris Ganter, USA DNS DNS DNS 63 67 43 173
4 Ian King, USA DNS 53 DNS 53 DNS 47 153
5 Branden Rakita, USA DNS DNS DNS 75 61 DNS 136
6 Kieran McPherson, NZL DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 61 130
7 Mauricio Mendez, MEX DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS 90
8 Jonatan Morales, ARG DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS 82
9 Karl Shaw, GBR 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
10 Oscar Galindez, ARG DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
11 Albert Soley, ESP DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS 75
12 Lucas Mendez, ARG DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
13 Paul Tichelaar, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 67
14 Felipe Moletta, BRA DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS 67
15 Mario De Elias, ARG DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
16 Rom Akerson, CRC 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
17 Diogo Malagon, BRA DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS 61
18 Facu Medard, ARG DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58
19 Cody Waite, USA DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS 58
20 Brent McMahon, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 56
21 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
22 Bruno Silva, BRA DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS 56
23 Alex VanderLinden, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 56
24 Nathan Killam, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 51
25 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51
26 Frederico Zacharias, BRA DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS 51
27 Sean Bechtel, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 51
28 Mauro Ayesa, USA DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
29 Thomas Spannring, USA DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 49
30 Greg Schott, USA 47 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS 47
31 Raul Furtado, BRA DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS 47
32 Daniel Molnar, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS 47
33 Victor Arenas, ARG DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
34 Michael Nunez, USA DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS 45
35 Henrique Lugarini, BRA DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 43
36 Brian MacIlvain, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS 43
37 Parada Penagos, ARG DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
38 Jimmy Archer, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 39
39 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS 39
40 Adam Morka, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS 39
41 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS 36
42 Stenio Bezerra, BRA DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS 33
43 Rogério Paula, BRA DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS 30
44 Ramon Bustos, BRA DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS 27
45 Cristiam Suzin, BRA DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS 25
46 Juscelino Vasco, BRA DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS 23
47 Wellington Conceição, BRA DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS 21
Women S G S G S S G G G
PL NAME CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DR MEX USA TOT
1 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 61 DNS 75 69 DNS DNS 205
2 Miriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 75 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 175
3 Suzie Snyder, USA DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS 175
4 Caroline Colonna, USA 51 DNS DNS 63 43 DNS 157
5 Maia Ignatz, USA DNS DNS DNS 90 61 DNS 151
6 Laura Mira Dias, BRA DNS 82 67 DNS DNS DNS 149
7 Kara Lapoint, USA 67 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 149
8 Rebecca Blatt, USA 47 DNS DNS 53 DNS

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9 Debby Sullivan, USA DNS DNS DNS 75 51 DNS 126
10 Sarah Gravves, USA DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 43 101
11 Fabiola Corona, MEX DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
12 Katie Button, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

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13 Erika Simon, ARG DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
14 Zoe Dawson, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 67
15 Joanna Brown, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS 67
16 Danelle Kabush, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 61
17 Isabella Ribeiro DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS 61
18 Jaime Brede, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 56
19 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
20 Luisa Saft, BRA DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS 56
21 Katharina Carter, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 56
22 Lisa Leonard, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 51
23 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS 51
24 Maggie Rusch, USA DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 49
25 Fernanda Prieto, BRA DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS 47
26 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS 47
27 Brisa Melcop, BRA DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 43
28 Amanda Felder, USA DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 39
29 Beatriz Granziera, BRA DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS 39
30 Melania Giraldi, BRA DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS 36
31 Monalisa Vieira, BRA DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS 33

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Victoria was the 21st 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 Oct 23.  

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
7-May XTERRA Greece Roger Serrano/Helena Erbenova
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
21-May XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa/Helena Erbenova
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
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 European Championship Zittau, Germany
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
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
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McMahon Headlines XTERRA Victoria on Sunday

Recent Ironman South American Championship winner, two-time Canadian Olympian and local Victoria resident, Brent McMahon, headlines a solid pro field at the sixth stop of the XTERRA Pan American Tour at Durrance Lake in Victoria, British Columbia this Sunday.  The race course personifies “tough” with a 1.5K fresh water swim, followed by a 24K mountain bike on the world class trails of Mount Work Park, and 9.2K trail run through Partridge Hills scenic wilderness.

“It’s fun to get back to some dirt racing here in Victoria,” said McMahon. “I spend the winters training and having fun on the trails so it’s a blast to be able to go race on them with some friendly competition.  It is a great location to swim and a challenging and a bit tricky of a bike course, especially if we get some west coast rain in the mix.  The run has only a few hundred meters of non-technical and all the rest is a test for your feet and mind.  After long hours of Ironman training and racing the constant stimuli of an XTERRA course will surely wake my senses up for the rest of the seasons build to Kona.”

McMahon has yet to be defeated on his home turf at XTERRA Victoria but will face stiff competition from a strong group of North American racers fighting for valuable tour points to solidify their ranking.

Guelph, Ontario’s Karsten Madsen, currently ranked second on the Pan American Tour, is a top contender.  He is fresh off a win at XTERRA Mine Over Matter and finished 2nd to reigning World Champion, Josiah Middaugh at XTERRA Argentina and 3rd at XTERRA Oak Mountain in Pelham, Alabama.  With national pride on the line, fellow Canadians Paul Tichelaar, 2008 Canadian Olympian and Nathan Killam who recently placed 6th at Wildflower will also be looking to unseat McMahon and Madsen.

Americans Chris Ganter, Ian King and newly-turned pro Dan Molnar, all head north of the border looking to make moves up the tour rankings. The young Kiwi pro, Kieran McPherson, currently ranked 11th in the Tour, is looking to improve his ranking as well.  McPherson finished ahead of the three Americans in Pelham, Alabama in May at the first U.S. race of the Pan American Tour and is expected to do well.

In the women’s race, Victoria’s Katie Button, who placed third here last year and a consistent XTERRA podium finisher, will use her experience to fend off a number of ranked Pan Am Tour women including Americans Caroline Colonna, Rebecca Blatt and Sarah Graves.   Appearing for the first time on the circuit is “wee Scottish lass” turned Las Vegas resident, Lisa Leonard, who is coached by fellow country-woman and XTERRA World Champ Lesley “the Scottish Rocket” Paterson.

The pull of the XTERRA Pan American Tour and this spectacular venue have more than doubled the entry over last year.

For age groupers, twenty-five slots to the prestigious XTERRA World Championship are up for grabs, and for Canadians the top five age groupers in each division will qualify to race at the 2017 ITU Cross Tri Worlds to be held in Penticton, BC.  This, combined with the pull of US$7,500 in prize money and a possible Pan American Tour title, has attracted truly international competition.

Of note, one of the youngest on the start line will be 16-year old Heather Horton (Draper, UT), looking to solidify her quest for a XTERRA Pan American Tour title, and  17-year old Lewis Ryan (Rotorua, New Zealand) who is aiming for the top age group spot at XTERRA Worlds this year.  The race will also see the return of former XTERRA pro and local girl, Danelle Kabush, who has had strong performances on this course in the past.  Multi-time XTERRA age group World Champion and XTERRA Canada pioneer, Cal Zaryski, will also compete, along with Mat Signoretty who finished 4th overall for the past 2 years.

Learn more about XTERRA Victoria at www.xterravictoria.ca.

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Pro Start List as of 7.7.2016

Men
Brent McMahon (CAN)
Karsten Madsen (CAN)
Chris Ganter (USA)
Ian King (USA)
Kieran McPherson (NZL)
Daniel Molnar (USA)
Jimmy Archer (USA)
Nathan Killam (CAN)
Paul Tichelaar (CAN)

Women
Katie Button (CAN)
Caroline Colonna (USA)
Rebecca Blatt (USA)
Sarah Graves (USA)
Annie Bergen (CAN)
Jaime Brede (USA)
Lisa Leonard (USA)

The inaugural XTERRA Pan American Tour is a 10-stop series for both amateur and professional athletes. Racers count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) plus what they earn at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race September 17 in Utah.

Learn more about the XTERRA Pan Am Tour at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xterra-pan-am-tour/

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XTERRA USA/Pan Am Championship Invitation

Come one, come all!

This year, for the first-time ever, everyone is invited to race for the one-day XTERRA USA and Pan America Championship crowns in Utah on September 17.

What has historically been an invite-only race just for U.S. citizens racing in the America Tour is now an open-to-everyone XTERRA USA / Pan American Championship event.

The challenge on offer mixes a 1.5km swim in Pineview Reservoir with a 28km mountain bike ride that climbs roughly 3,400-feet to Snowbasin Resort followed by a 10km trail run to the finish.

The fastest racers to knock off all three disciplines in each age group will be honored as the XTERRA Pan American Champion, and the fastest American in each of those divisions will be celebrated as XTERRA’s U.S. National Champion.

Opening up the race to all comers means one can expect all the fast cats from Canada, and all over the world for that matter, to converge on Ogden for a shot at the crown and a chance to race on one of the World Tour’s most challenging and scenic courses.  It also means you can register right now and plan your trip without having to wait for your qualifying invite.

XTERRA is also hosting a new, Pan-America themed after-party at Hub801 in downtown Ogden with food and drinks that come with the price of entry (not to mention the great lunch with every entry right after the race at Snowbasin Resort).  Don’t indulge too much, however, as you can run for a trail run national title in the half-marathon at Snowbasin the next day (5k, 10k’s too for a more mellow jaunt).

In addition to the one-day titles XTERRA will also honor the America Tour’s regional champions, the inaugural Pan America Tour Champions, and Mr./Mrs. XTERRA award winners.

Combine all the great racing action with the epic facilities and the most supportive community you’ll ever find for a triathlon and you’ve got an event not to be missed.

Sign-up today, no qualification is necessary, and join in the excitement of the new XTERRA USA/Pan American Championship race on the tried-and-true grounds of Ogden, Utah.

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