XTERRA Czech

XTERRA Czech Carrying on Tradition

It‘s been 14 years since XTERRA was introduced in the Czech Republic by former XTERRA Pro Michal Pilousek. These days it’s Michal Pilousek Jr. carrying the torch, and here he brings us a preview on the show he and his Dad are putting together for the XTERRA Tribe in Prachatice on August 8th.

“For the first eight straight years XTERRA had its home in Hluboka nad Vltavou and became one of the “must do“ races on the XTERRA circuit.  In 2010 the race moved to Spindleruv Mlyn, and in 2012 XTERRA Czech found it´s new home in Prachatice, an historical town in the Sumava mountains.

The village and surrounding nature are a spectacular location for XTERRA. Last year we made a weekend festival including a big XTERRA Kids race, relays and also what we called an XTERRA Easy (sprint distance race). There were concerts in the evening, pasta parties and a lot of other things.

New this year, we are making a comprehensive program for competitors. With one wristband athletes will have free entry to the swimming pool, athletic stadium, historical sights, discounts in restaurants and hotels. For those planning their holidays, consider spending more time in the Czech Republic. There are safe, quiet roads, nice people and the prices are very, very cheap so bring your family with you!

On Friday afternoon there is very big (250 competitors) XTERRA Kids duathlon race in the city center. For most of the children it is the first time they can race in a wonderful renaissance city center on closed roads with a full size transition area and finish under the official XTERRA finish arch! This race and all the attractions for children are for free.  If your wife or husband are not so strong to do the big XTERRA Championship they can try our easy version (0,7k swim, 14k bike and 4,5k run). The start of the race is two hours prior to the main event, so they can support you during your race, too!

The main race has two transition areas. The Swim is located on wonderful pond called Kristanovicky Rybnik. It has the highest elevation of any pond in Czech and has very clear water because of the peat bottom. Athletes will swim 2 laps (each 750 meters). The bike sement of the race has two laps, but each is different! The first lap goes from the pond to Prachatice, and you will climb two steep hills and ride a few narrow singletracks with lot of mud. After 18K you will go through the Prachatice main square and start your second lap. It is more technical, but you will have wonderful views and you can enjoy a fast downhill back to the city. Transition 2 is located in the city center on the Great square. The run course is two laps of 5K. First part is on cobbles and tarmac, but middle part is steep and narrow singletrack. The second lap is real test of your confidence and endurance! The finish is a super celebration in the Great square.

XTERRA Czech is not only just a race, there are two pasta parties, and this year we will have something new for you!  Our original race organizer Michal Pilousek is opening his own brewery in the city center called Pivovar Prachatice. They will have original beer from Prachatice and a restaurant. The after party in the brewery is something new in our program and will be unforgettable, for sure!

Join us in Prachatice next month!

Learn more at www.xterra.cz.

BC Course Preview

XTERRA Mountain Champs Course Preview

To learn more about the specific demands of the XTERRA Mountain Championship, just listen to Josiah…

“The XTERRA Mountain Championship in Beaver Creek, Colorado marks a turning point in the XTERRA US championship series with a shift to big mountain races,” explains Middaugh, a 10x U.S. National Champion.  “The consistent theme is long, sustained climbs on the bike and run. Beaver Creek (Mountain Championship), Ogden (US Championship), and Maui (World Championship) all present over 3,000-feet of climbing over a 15-20 mile mountain bike leg and more than 1,200-feet of climbing on the 10k trail run. Both the Mountain Championship and the National Championship have a net elevation gain with the lake at the lowest point and the second transition and the finish line at a higher elevation. This favors the stronger climbers and are considered to be less technical courses.

The race at Beaver Creek begins with a swim in Nottingham Lake at about 7,400-feet above sea level. Even for the Colorado athletes, a high altitude swim needs to be approached differently than a swim at low elevation. Most triathletes at some point have experienced anxiety in the water and lack of oxygen makes that scenario a little more likely. I remember during my first ever XTERRA in Keystone and experiencing for the first time the inability to keep my face in the water. I thought it was the strangest thing. For some reason I could not exhale under water. Anxiety surely plays a role, but in many cases the panic attack may be the result of simply going out too hard. The penalty for going into oxygen debt at altitude is just greater. So get in a good warm-up including some race paced efforts and settle into your steady race pace sooner.

The swim start can be difficult to simulate in training. One example is to swim 5 x 300 meters (or yards) with the first 50-75 sprint and then settle into a 1500-meter race pace. Take full recovery between each repetition. The part that is harder to mimic is the mass of people, the dark water, and all of the dynamics of open water. Take advantage of any open water swims in your area such as the Avon Dunk-N-Dash series (www.avon.org). All of these obstacles can be overcome with some courage and proper mindset.

In all of these big mountain races, the mountain bike is where the magic happens. Although there are many changes in pitch, I recommend settling into your threshold climbing pace early because there is a high price to be paid by overcooking it early. Use your gears by shifting often as the grade changes to keep your power output as steady as possible. I am often asked how hard someone should go on these climbs and I truly believe it becomes self-limiting. If you have done the proper preparation with specific threshold climbing efforts, then your body will know what to do even if your mind is unsure. Be patient early and ramp your perceived effort as the climb continues.

“Beware the fury of the patient man (woman).”—John Dryden, 1678

With so much sustained pedaling, there are few places to hide on the course. It is important to stay alert and stay on the gas. It is easy to fall asleep along the middle section on Village-to-Village, a 5-mile false flat on wide singletrack. So get back into the time trial mode and keep tapping out your own race tempo. This is a place the big strong athletes can really lay down some watts and take back some time lost on some of the steep climbs. Since the largest time portion of the race is on the bike, you need to play all of your cards here and just hope there is something left in the dealer’s deck.

The run immediately begins with more sustained climbing which I actually find as an easier transition since a short stride uphill is closer mechanically to biking uphill than running flat. The main limiter of your run ability will depend on the depth of your fitness. It doesn’t matter how good of a stand-alone runner you are, more important will be how well you run tired. It has more to do with the size of your engine and less to do with your running economy. I like to say that you swim with your arms, bike with your legs, and run with your heart.  I mean this in more ways than one.

The Beaver Creek XTERRA is a true mountain course with high energy demands all around. Compared to flatter courses, nutrition becomes more of a factor as does pacing, and overall endurance.   Patience early is rewarded later. Consider the swim, bike, and run a closed system. Your energy bucket will not be refilled after each event so arrive tapered and well fed. Think of it more as a big sponge that you are gradually squeezing dry. Your goal with nutrition is not to replace everything you lose, but to delay your depletion just long enough to cross the finish line. I like to think of the Mountain Championship as a personal test on a challenging course rather than a race against competitors. We are all in it together and if everyone has their best day, the mountain will decide the finishing order.” – Josiah Middaugh.

Flora-wins

XTERRA Mountain Champs Pro Preview

Next Saturday’s (July 18) XTERRA Mountain Championship race may be in Josiah Middaugh’s backyard – and on a course he helped design – but that isn’t stopping some of the sports best off-roader’s from heading up to the Rockies for a crack at the title.

Middaugh, who has won the last two at Beaver Creek Resort and three of the last four (Stoltz won in ’02), heads into the final of four regional events as the leader in the XTERRA U.S. Points Series chase and the undisputed man to beat. That said, he’ll be up against two guys that have beat him already this year.

Costa Rican Rom Akerson, who upset Middaugh to win the XTERRA Costa Rica Championship back in March, is on the start list and so is Kiwi Braden Currie, who won a thriller against Middaugh at the Southeast Championship in May.

The list of contenders doesn’t stop there. Ben Hoffman is up for “a little mid-summer fun” and he’s proven to be as much of a force off-road as on. He was second last year at this race and placed third the two previous years. Brian Smith, another legendary mountain man, is jumping back into the fray as is the famous Chris Legh. Chris Ganter, who is ranked 2nd in the Pro Series, is looking to build on his early-season success, and Branden Rakita, 3rd in the Series, had one of his best-ever races here two years ago when he placed 2nd. Ryan Ignatz is fresh off a 3rd place showing in Richmond last month, Alex Modestou was 5th here last year, and Brad Zoller lives here. Add Chris Foster and Thomas Spannring to the mix and you’ve got a worthy elite field gathered to take on one of the sports toughest challenges.

No. – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Josiah Middaugh – 36, Eagle-Vail, CO
2 – Chris Ganter – 36, Boise, ID
3 – Branden Rakita – 34, Colorado Springs, CO
4 – Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, NZL
6 – Ryan Ignatz – 36, Boulder, CO
7 – Alex Modestou – 28, Durham, NC
8 – Brad Zoller – 37, Avon, CO
13 – Chris Foster – 32, Redondo Beach, CA
NR – Rom Akerson – 30, Tambor, Costa Rica
NR – Ben Hoffman – 31, Boulder, CO
NR – Chris Legh – 42, Melbourne, Australia
NR – Brian Smith – 39, Gunnison, CO
NR – Thomas Spannring – 39, Longmont, CO

No. = Rank in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series / NR = Not Ranked

The women’s race is just as sweet with the return of reigning XTERRA World Champion Flora Duffy. Although she said she’d never do another XTERRA after suffering to a sixth-place finish at Beaver Creek two years ago – she is a radically different racer now having won 10 of the last 11 XTERRA Championship races she’s entered since the start of 2014 (the lone “loss” was a 2nd-place showing to Kathrin Mueller at XTERRA Germany last year).

Duffy will be reunited with some familiar faces on the U.S. circuit in Emma Garrard and Suzie Snyder. Snyder won the East Championship last month, her second major of the year, and Garrard has finished runner-up in all three regional championships so far this year.

Swim superstar Sara McLarty and Debby Sullivan are also in the mix, alongside a lot of fast riders from Colorado like Maia Ignatz, Sara Schuler, Rebecca Blatt, Jaime Brede and Jennifer Gersbach. Kara LaPoint twisted her ankle really bad in Richmond last month and is questionable to start, as is Solana Kline due to injury.

As the last of four regionals prior to Nationals, the Mountain Championship is a great opportunity for elites to move up in the points standings before the ultimate showdown in Utah on Sept. 19. For amateurs it’s one of only two races left where they can qualify for the 20th edition of XTERRA Worlds, and score big points towards winning their region.

No. – Name – Age, Hometown
2 – Emma Garrard – 33, Park City, UT
3 – Suzie Snyder – 33, Fredericksburg, VA
4 – Maia Ignatz – 34, Boulder, CO
5 – Kara LaPoint – 28, Truckee, CA
7 – Sara McLarty – 32, Clermont, FL
8 – Debby Sullivan – 33, Rocklin, CA
10 – Sara Schuler – 34, Boulder, CO
11 – Rebecca Blatt – 35, Lakewood, CO
16 – Jaime Brede – 38, Breckenridge, CO
NR – Flora Duffy – 27, Devonshire, Bermuda
NR – Jennifer Gersbach – 35, Durango, CO
NR – Solana Kline – 32, Bend, OR

No. = Rank in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series / NR = Not Ranked

Learn more at www.xterrabeavercreek.com

Helena Erbenova

XTERRA Sweden This Saturday

Helena Erbenova is back in Hellasgaarden to defend her XTERRA Sweden Championship crown on Saturday.

The 2nd annual XTERRA Sweden off-road triathlon serves as stop No. 7 on the XTERRA European Tour, and one of the most dream-worthy destination races on the World Tour.

“This has to be one of the most ideal locations on tour,” explained managing director Dave Nicholas. “Only 15 minutes from the old town of Stockholm, inexpensive cabins for athletes to stay in at the park, lots of hotels, shopping and services within minutes, two airports within 30 minutes and simply fabulous cycling and running and a clear, warm lake to swim in.  The bike is a technical but fast marvel.  Everyone loves it – and it provided everything one could ask for.  While no extended hills, there were plenty of short and very steep and technical climbs that challenged everyone.”

Erbenova, an Olympian from the Czech Republic, will have to contend with XTERRA Switzerland Champ Carina Wasle of Austria and current European Tour points leader Brigitta Poor from Hungary. Last year in Sweden Erbenova won big over Wasle, the runner-up, and Poor finished in fourth behind Renata Bucher who is recovering from injury.

In the men’s elite race hometown hero Jonas Djurback, who was fourth last year, is the top returning finisher. Last year’s champ Braden Currie is in the U.S. racing the America Tour, runner-up Dan Hugo retired, and third-place finisher Ben Allen is racing in his native Australian bush.

Djurback is in for a true challenge racing against the likes of Kris Coddens, the XTERRA Greece Champion, and Sam Osborne – a Kiwi who finished runner-up at XTERRA New Zealand in April. He also has Jan Pyott, Jan Kubicek, James Walker, Fabrizio Bartoli, Chris Schwab, and Lars Eric Fricke to deal with.

XTERRA Sweden will be posting live updates to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/xterrasweden and on twitter @xterrasweden. In addition, you can find videos showcasing the course on their website at http://www.xterrasweden.se/

Melanie McQuaid 2003

2003 Maui Show Was One For The Ages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the 2003 Show / 2003 Results

The Gang's all here2

Ruzafa, Mueller win XTERRA France

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

Ruzafa

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

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

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

Mueller

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

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

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

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

Pictures

Pro Results

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

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR UPDATE

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

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

Updated Standings after 6 events:

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

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

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

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

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

Angle - Whitmore

2002: The Pass

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

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

2002 XTERRA World Championship from XTERRA TV on Vimeo.

Rakita

Morrison to Race XTERRA England

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more at www.xterraengland.com

Andaz - Costa Rica

XTERRA Travel Adds Gem in Costa Rica

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

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

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

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

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

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