Jacqui Slack

2017 XTERRA Wales Announced

UWC Atlantic College, an international college near Llantwit Major, has been announced as the venue for the first XTERRA triathlon race to take place in Wales since 2008.

With no British XTERRA event in 2016, the leading global off-road triathlon series will return to the UK in June 2017 within the grounds of UWC Atlantic College, featuring races for both children and adults.

XTERRA Triathlon superstars Australian Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack from the UK, who are the Posh and Becks of triathlon, are excited that XTERRA is back on British soil:

“The event showcases everything that Wales has to offer and it’s going to be one of those races you won’t want to miss out on.  Bring the whole family as there is even a kids race supported by UWC Atlantic College, the event’s major sponsor. Without their support and belief the race wouldn’t happen. So thank you AC; we look forward to joining in on an action packed weekend of fun.”

Saturday June 3rd 2017 will see a range of children’s races for everyone from four-year-olds who will be racing duathlons on balance bikes, to 16 year olds who will race in triathlons using UWC Atlantic College’s outdoor swimming pool.

The adult race on Sunday June 4th 2017 will comprise a 1.5km sea swim, followed by a 30km mountain bike ride and a 10km run.

Two-time XTERRA World Champion,  Lesley Paterson, who will be participating, said of the event: “I’m honoured to race the inaugural Wales XTERRA next year as not only is it a beautiful country but I also call it home which makes it even more special. The course is supposed to be epic and a true testament of what XTERRA is all about.

“We are lucky enough to get to do this wonderful sport and giving back through outreach programs is a way to pay forward the gratitude we feel about being a part of the XTERRA family.”

UWC Atlantic College, which houses over 350 students from more than 90 countries, has outreach at the heart of its mission. More than half of its students – 55% – receive some kind of scholarship or bursary, and the financial proceeds from XTERRA are planned to fund two further student scholarships.

Staff at the college will also set up a children’s triathlon club for the wider community as part of the UWC Atlantic College’s local outreach programme.

The Vale of Glamorgan’s own Olympic triathlete, Helen Jenkins, said: “It is extremely exciting to see a fun, challenging incredible course in and around the amazing grounds of UWC Atlantic College. Using proceeds to fund scholarship places and help young people experience the sport for the first time makes it all the more worthwhile and commendable. Anyone racing will walk away knowing they raced an amazing race in a unique location”

Gerry Holden, caretaker Principal at the College, added: “We’re always looking for exciting events that bring our student body and wider community together – XTERRA certainly provides us that opportunity. We’re proud not only to be at the forefront of Welsh triathlons, but to be able to use the XTERRA event to extend our established outreach programme.”

ENDS

All media enquiries can be directed to Greg Landon (greglandon@workingwordpr.com) or Matthew Parr (matthew.parr@workingword.co.uk) at Working Word on 029 20455 182.

For specific information on XTERRA itself, please contact Keith Davies (Keith.Davies@atlanticcollege.org) at UWC Atlantic College on 01446 799012.

About UWC Atlantic College

UWC Atlantic College is an international residential sixth form college based in Llantwit Major, South Wales. The academic programme is the International Baccalaureate Diploma, which the college helped to develop.  It is the founding college of the UWC movement and was the first school in the UK to follow an international curriculum. The independently run college receives no subsidy from the UK government. However, approximately 55% of its students receive some financial support, enabling a diverse student body.

UWC Atlantic College is attended by approximately 350 students from more than 90 countries, who are selected on personal merit and potential – regardless of race, religion, cultural or socio-economic background.  Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that is academically rigorous and embodies the school’s mission, preparing them for a life of service and leadership.

A core component of the UWC ethos is a commitment to community service; its service programme involves students engaged in a service or activity that supports other members of the college or local community.

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Ruzafa, Paterson win XTERRA France

Complete Results | Photo Gallery

Xonrupt, Gerardmer – Ruben Ruzafa and Lesley Paterson captured the XTERRA France Championship titles in Xonrupt this afternoon.

The win is Ruzafa’s third straight on the European Tour this year and his 22nd XTERRA major victory in 27 races since winning Worlds as a rookie in 2008.  For Paterson, the win is her second major this season (she won XTERRA Tahiti back in May) and the 14th of her career.

“I like this course and I like this race,” said Ruzafa, who has won it three years in a row now.  “It is very technical and this is where I am at my best.  I rode very good today and was able to control everything.  It was almost perfect for me.”

In the men’s race Aussie Ben Allen had the fastest swim of the day followed by Veit Honle from Germany, and those two got the early lead on the bike but by the halfway point it was Ruzafa in the lead thanks to his race-best 1:02:37 bike split.  By the bike-to-run transition Ruzafa had more than five minutes on South Africa’s Bradley Weiss, and cruised into the finish line with a winning time of three hours, seven-minutes flat.

Behind Ruzafa, Yeray Luxem from Belgium was powering his way to the fastest run of the day and overtook Weiss to finish as the runner-up.

“This course is good for me,” said Weiss.  “I came out of the water with Ruben but he was so strong on the bike I could not keep up with him.  Then on the run Yeray surprised me.  He was going so fast and when he passed me I knew I must settle for third.”

Honle finished in 4th for the second week in a row and Damien Guillemet finished in 5th.

In the women’s race it was all Lesley Paterson, who has proven time-and-time again that when the going gets tough, she gets going.

“XTERRA France lives up to its reputation…the beauty, the true toughness and the unbelievable organization and support,” said Paterson, who owns two XTERRA World Championships, an ITU Cross Tri World Title, and was the European Championship race winner last season.

“I felt great all day and just so grateful to be able to compete against great gals and in one of the best XTERRAs I’ve ever experienced! Roll on the rest of the summer!

Jacqui Slack took the early lead out of the swim, with Tour leader Brigitta Poor and Paterson close behind, but once Paterson got in front ‘that was that.’

“I knew this was a long race so I took it very easy on the first lap of the bike,” said Paterson.  “I heard Renata was close to me so I pushed really hard on the second lap and got a good gap.”

Bucher did have a great bike, cut into Paterson’s lead and worked her way into the second position where she stayed through the finish line.

“I was so disappointed and sad after Switzerland,” said Bucher, who finished 4th in her home country last weekend.  “I rode good today and the race was long, so I was able to make enough time to keep second place on the run.”

Erbenova, who finished in third, had a good run to make her way to the podium, but thinks she fell too far behind during the opening swim leg.

“My swim was just terrible today,” said the reigning European Tour Champion, who came out of the water four-minutes behind Paterson and two-minutes behind Bucher.  “I worked hard to move up into third, and am very happy with it.”

Brigitta Poor held on for fourth and Myriam Guillot-Boisset finished in 5th.

XTERRA Managing Director Dave Nicholas was on site and brings us this report…

As is usual, it rained in the Vosge Mountains in Xonrupt.  The good news is it rained on Friday and we were cool and dry for race day Saturday.  The Charbonnier’s once again did their Magic with a multi lingual race briefing and huge pasta party on Saturday eve.  Sunday morning showed a bit of blue and sunshine and racer spirits were high.  The decouvert or discovery race had over 900 entrants and the usual, hi energy music, clapping, yelling and cheering start right at 8am.  The day progressed with two youth races, the first for ages 11-13 and the second for 8-10 year olds.  These kids and families are serious.  I saw small bikes and race kits that cost more than half the adult field’s gear.  Clubs came from as far away as Calais and between the two kids events there were over 200 entries.  No wonder the French have the biggest fields in Europe.  They have a genuine feeder system and it works.

The start was equally chaotic for the Big Show.  It was impossible to keep the masses back in a water start so the gun went off at 1:58.  The dynamic duo of Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack led the men and women out of the water, respectively.  But lurking just behind each was the amazing Ruben Ruzafa and the equally amazing Leslie Patterson.  These two have 5 World Championships between them so it was no surprise that by the 3K mark on the bike Nico Lebrun reported both had the lead.  A lead neither would relinquish all day.

Renata Bucher had a fantastic day on the bike being only 20 seconds slower than Lesley for the bike leg.  “I knew this was a long race and made sure there were no mistakes on the first bike lap” said the wee Scottish lass.  Renata got within 25 seconds starting the second lap but Patterson put the speed back on and kept the gap at over a minute.  Then Les did what she does best and that is run.  She put in the 2d fastest womens run on a technical course to win by 3 minutes.  Renata’s bike was so strong she had no problem taking second by over 5 minutes over Czech Helena Erbenova.  “I was so disappointed and sad from Switzerland to lose 2d place by less than a minute” said the Swiss Miss.  “Here the bike is longer and more technical and I am so happy to finish second”.  Erbenova was just as happy with 3rd.  “My swim was so bad.  So many people in the water and then I had difficulty all day passing on the bike”.

For Ruzafa it was another epic ride.  “I was with him coming out of the swim but he just took off and no matter how hard I rode, I could not stay with him” said 3rd place Bradley Weiss.  “This is my kind of course with lots of climbing and technical parts but right now Ruben is just too good”.

German Veit Honle (pronounce that white, like the color) was 4th last week in Switzerland and again here in France.  His swim was second only to Ben Allen and he rode very well.  So did Spain’s Roger Serrano but Serrano suffered from two flats and retired – Belgian winner and Swiss 2d placer Kris Coddens also had a flat and walked his bike a long way.  Kris kept going and put in the 2d fastest run only to finish 13th.  The days mens story had to be Yeray Luxem.  Yeray had a great 2d behind Ruben in Portugal but a bad home race in Belgium.  He did not race in France to recover and did a great job here today passing Weiss on the run to finish second.  French speedster Francois Carloni had a bad day back in 14th so with 3 of the top men scoring very little, Ruzafa now has a huge lead in the men’s standings.

The big field of age groupers provided tons of entertainment.  The Charbonnier’s always have some great wooden structures near the finish and this year was no exception.  “Le Monster” super steep ramp plunked riders smack in the middle of a sand beach volleyball court and the slips and flips were many.  The huge difference in skill sets was wonderful to observe and even some age group world champs were caught out.  The pros skip onto the sand, rock the bike over and pedal away.  The normal citizen rider has the front wheel squish out or the back wheel start to spin and down they go.  The end of the feature was a neat jump ramp about 1m high.  Hundreds had fun doing mini knack-knacks and I saw one guy come to a complete stop at the end of the ramp, look it over, turn around and walk back about 20 feet and pedal hard and jump it.  Now that is entertainment and the crowd went wild for him.

If you want the longest, toughest race anywhere with hours of entertainment for the spectators you simply cannot do better than France.  And if you podium?  You get a bottle of custom XTERRA France Champagne.

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Elite results:

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 3:07:01 100
2 Yeray Luxem, BEL 3:12:50 90
3 Bradley Weiss, RSA 3:13:57 82
4 Veit Holne, GER 3:18:19 75
5 Damien Guillemet, FRA 3:18:39 69
6 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 3:18:46 63
7 Henry Sleight, GBR 3:19:48 58
8 Peter Lehmann, GER 3:20:13 53
9 Bartosz Banach, POL 3:20:19 49
10 Christophe Betard, FRA 3:20:58 45
11 Kris Coddens, BEL 3:23:56 41
12 Francois Carloni, FRA 3:26:21 37
13 Maxim Chane, FRA 3:27:51 34
14 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 3:29:25 31
15 Anthony Flinois, FRA 3:32:00 28
Also: Boris Chambon, Felix Schumann, Martial Schmidt, Ben Allen, Rich Sumpter, Pascal Faivre-Pierret, Florian Luquet, Izar Van Gool, Valentine Genewe,
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Lesley Paterson, GBR 3:38:30 100
2 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:42:48 90
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:48:04 82
4 Brigitta Poor, HUN 3:51:57 75
5 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 3:53:03 69
6 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:54:37 63
7 Jacqui Slack, GBR 3:57:16 58
8 Sandra Koblmueller, AUT 3:57:42 53
9 Maud Golsteyn, NED 3:59:13 49
10 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:59:41 45
11 Sanne Van Paassen, NED 3:59:56 41
12 Kara LaPoint, USA 4:03:16 37
13 Jessie Roberts, GBR 4:05:31 34
14 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 4:11:41 31
15 Louise Fox, GBR 4:13:15 28
Also:  Lenka Cibulkova, Belinda Hadden

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DESANTIS 16 IN 2016 HITS HALFWAY MARK

XTERRA Warrior David DeSantis knocked off race No. 8 of 16 at XTERRA France with a little help from his good mate, XTERRA elite Ben Allen from Australia.

With a knee swollen up to the size of a grapefruit following his race at XTERRA Switzerland last weekend, one of the many unexplainable side effects of chemo, DeSantis smartly decided to watch this one from the bleachers and let Allen carry the torch for his cause to raise funds (goal $32,000) for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

“Wish I could have finished on the podium for him, but it wasn’t my day,” said Allen.  “Gave 100% with what I had on the day and that’s all I could ask for! I’m proud to race for David, he fights the fight of life, everyday!  He is a true inspiration to everyone in XTERRA and the world. I admire him as a friend, person and athlete. We have had the best week in France altogether. Home cooked meals, laughter, it’s like a big family! I will remember this trip forever. It’s why I do this sport because of people like David and his wife Kathy!”

Learn more about 16 in 2016 and join the fight at: http://www.desantis16in2016.org/.

All-Time XTERRA France Elite Winners    
       
Year Men’s Champ Women’s Champ Site
2006 Cedric Fleureton Renata Bucher Saint Raphael
2008 Nicolas Lebrun Renata Bucher Auron
2008 Nicolas Lebrun Renata Bucher Mondelieu
2010 Nicolas Lebrun Marion Lorblanchet Xonrupt
2011 Victor Del Corral Renata Bucher Xonrupt
2012 Asa Shaw Helena Erbenova Xonrupt
2013 Nicolas Lebrun Helena Erbenova Xonrupt
2014 Ruben Ruzafa Kathrin Mueller Xonrupt
2015 Ruben Ruzafa Kathrin Mueller Xonrupt
2016 Ruben Ruzafa Lesley Paterson Xonrupt

RUZAFA, POOR LEAD XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS

With his third straight win, including two 100-point scores from Gold races in the last seven days, Ruben Ruzafa has taken a commanding lead in the men’s Euro Tour title chase with five events to go.   In the women’s chase Brigitta Poor sits in the top spot with five scoring races, with Erbenova not too far behind. Elite athletes count their best 4 Gold and 3 Silver finishes.
Next up: XTERRA Italy on July 31.

2016 XTERRA EURO TOUR STANDINGS            
After 6 – 7.3.16              
                 
Men     S S S S G G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 342 DNS 67 75 DNS 100 100
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 253 DNS 47 DNS 75 90 41
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 211 75 75 61 DNS DNF DNS
4 Francois Carloni, FRA 205 DNS 51 56 61 DNS 37
5 Brice Daubord, FRA 186 43 61 DNS DNS 82 DNS
6 Yeray Luxem, BEL 184 DNS DNS 67 27 DNS 90
7 Sam Osborne, NZL 176 DNS DNS 51 67 58 DNS
8 Veit Hoenle, GER 173 DNS DNS 23 DNS 75 75
9 Bradley Weiss, RSA 145 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 82
10 Henry Sleight, GBR 125 DNS DNS DNS 39 28 58
11 Damien Guillemet, FRA 120 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 69
12 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 116 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 63
13 Hannes Wolpert, GER 114 36 DNS 33 DNS 45 DNS
14 Christophe Betard, FRA 108 27 DNS DNS 36 DNS 45
15 Peter Lehmann, GER 104 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
16 Tomas Kubek, CZE 90 DNS 43 DNS 47 DNS DNS
17 Maxim Chane, FRA 90 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
18 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 89 DNS DNS 25 33 DNS 31
19 Pierre Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Max Neumann, AUS 79 DNS 30 DNS DNS 49 DNS
21 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 77 47 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS
22 Jan Kubicek, CZE 73 DNS 36 DNS DNS 37 DNS
23 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
25 Sebastian Norberg, GER 68 DNS 25 DNS 43 DNS DNS
26 Jan Pyott, SUI 67 DNF 33 DNS DNS 34 DNS
27 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS
28 Tim Van Daele, BEL 57 DNS 27 30 DNS DNS DNS
29 Arthur Forissier, FRA 56 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNF DNS
30 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
31 Bartosz Banach, POL 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
32 José Estrangeiro, POR 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS
33 Max Sasserath, GER 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
34 Anthony Pannier, FRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS
35 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Julen Loroño, ESP 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS
37 Rui Dolores, POR 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS
38 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS
39 Toma Jurkovic, SVK 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS
40 Ben Allen, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNP
41 Anthony Flinois, FRA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28
42 Gonzalo Orosco, ESP 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS
43 Markus Benesch, AUT 25 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
44 Jim Thijs, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS
45 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNF 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Martial Schmidt, FRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNP
47 Tiago Maia, POR 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DHS
48 Boris Chambon, FRA 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP
Women     S S S S G G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 341 75 67 61 DNS 63 75
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 307 DNS 75 75 75 DNS 82
3 Morgane Riou, FRA 273 67 51 DNS 61 49 45
4 Carina Wasle, AUT 244 DNS DNS 56 67 58 63
5 Maud Golsteyn, NED 232 56 DNS 39 47 41 49
6 Myriam Guillot, FRA 218 DNS DNS 67 DNS 82 69
7 Renata Bucher, SUI 216 DNS DNS 51 DNS 75 90
8 Louise Fox, GBR 176 DNS 56 47 DNS 45 28
9 Jacqui Slack, GBR 148 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 58
10 Ladina Buss, SUI 130 DNS 61 DNS DNS 69 DNS
11 Jessie Roberts, GBR 122 DNS DNS DNS 51 37 34
12 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 114 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
13 Michelle Flipo, FRA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS
14 Lesley Paterson, GBR 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
15 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 74 DNS DNS DNS 43 31 DNS
16 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 74 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
17 Kara LaPoint, USA 65 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 37
18 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
19 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS
20 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Diane Lee, GBR 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Sara Bonilla Bernardez, ESP 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
23 Sanne Van Paassen, NED 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
24 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS
25 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 39 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP DNP
26 Monica Cibin, ITA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA France was the 20th 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 Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA 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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XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on ESPN in Oz and the Caribbean

The half-hour broadcast of the 2016 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race will be shown in prime time on Australia and New Zealand’s ESPN at 7:30pm Sydney and Brisbane time (7pm in Adelaide/Darwin, 5:30pm in Perth and 9:30pm in Auckland) July 9. There will be a repeat airing on July 16 at 10pm – Sydney time.

ESPN Caribbean will also carry the broadcast at 6:30pm (EST and AST) on July 9 with a second airing July 30 at 7pm.

Tune in to see some great racing action featuring the sport’s biggest stars as they swim, ride, and run all around Callala Beach at Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

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XTERRA TV Video Subscription Now Available on Amazon Video

(Honolulu, HI) – TEAM Unlimited, LLC today announced the award-winning XTERRA Adventures TV series, XTERRA USA and World Championship broadcasts will be available as a video subscription for Prime members, on Amazon Video starting July 1, 2016 in the U.S.

Four seasons (32 shows) of the half-hour episodes of XTERRA Adventures, and the 2012-through-2015 XTERRA USA and World Championship triathlon races will be available for $2.99 per month as a video subscription available to Amazon Prime members via the Amazon Video app for TV, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at Amazon.com/XTERRA.  For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

Produced by TEAM Unlimited, the XTERRA Adventure Series, USA, and World Championship shows are executive produced by Tom Kiely, and narrated by triathlon-legend Whit Raymond.  The series will be Amazon’s first video subscription that looks into the world of off-road triathlon and the active, outdoor adventure lifestyle.

“Expressing the XTERRA brand through video has been a big part of XTERRA since the inception of the sport in 1996, adding a dynamic personality and a broader audience than we may have enjoyed through the events alone,” said Kiely, the CEO of TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA.  “We are thrilled to work with Amazon to make XTERRA video properties available as an on demand video subscription through their dynamic and far reaching platform, and provide access to virtually everyone in the active lifestyle space.”

With XTERRA, Amazon Prime members now have access to real, authentic, endurance sports racing action from around the world with profiles on the sports’ biggest stars and events.  The XTERRA Adventure Series takes viewers on some of the world’s most accessible, and fun, outdoor adventures from surfing with legends in Hawaii to climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

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

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Boulder’s Best to Race at Beaver Creek

XTERRA Beaver Creek, scheduled for July 16 in Avon, Colorado, has always had a way of luring legendary road triathletes onto the dirt.

Remember 2013 when Flora Duffy took to the trails for the first time? She finished 7th that year and swore she’d never do another.         Lucky for us she did, and look at her now, literally, on top of the world with the ITU Cross Tri World Title, the last two XTERRA World Titles, and the No. 1 ranking in the WTS under her feet.

Could there be something to the challenge against Mother Nature that brings out the best in athletes?

Superstar couple Greg and Laura Bennett are about to find out.

“This will be our first XTERRA, so our expectations are low,” said Greg, one of the most decorated triathletes of all-time. “We got on our mountain bikes (the first-time ever for Laura) and 28 years ago for me, back in November. We’ve had a ball, and are enjoying the process. We feel like newbies starting a brand new sport… so much to learn… can’t wait!”

Laura, a two-time Olympian, said “I am having thoughts of intimidation. Not only because I know I won’t be as prepared as I would like to be but because I feel like race brain will take over and I will be riskier than my skill level, & I would really not like to get hurt ;)”

“We only just tried mountain biking for the first time last fall, and fell in love with it!  I like the dynamics of it (more on the uphill skill challenges than the all-out downs of just letting go).  You are getting a great workout in, while staying entertained the whole time.  I will always keep in touch with my running and swimming, so having XTERRA if we want to do some racing is brilliant!  I really wish I would have tried it sooner in my career, when I was younger, fitter, and had less development of my frontal lobe!”

The Bennett’s will have plenty of fans and familiar faces from around Boulder joining them on the start line in a few weeks with the likes of three-time XTERRA World Champion Julie Dibens and American Ironman great Ben Hoffman.

“Excited to make my annual appearance at the XTERRA Beaver Creek Championship in a few weeks and see where I stack up against some of the best athletes on the circuit,” said Hoffman, who finished second last year behind Middaugh.

“This year should be even more interesting as plenty of the on-road guys are having a crack at the high-altitude course in the Colorado mountains, including a big crew from Boulder (AJ Baucco, Sam Long, Rodrigo Acevedo, Leon Griffin, among others). Last year was the closest I’ve come to Josiah on his home course, and it will be fun to do battle again and see if I can take down the current world champion. He’s on the top of his game right now, and always shows up ready in Beaver Creek, so it won’t be easy.”

Indeed Beaver Creek is never easy, although Middaugh has made it look pretty easy while winning the last three years on the course here he helped to design.  This year, the 37-year-old father of three enters the race as the reigning XTERRA World Champion, a title he chased for 15 years ever since he moved to Colorado.

“I was in Maui last year for Josiah’s big win, and it’s great to see an American bring it home after so many years without a title,” said Hoffman (noting Michael Tobin was the last American to win Worlds back in 2000). “He’d been right there so many times, and it’s really cool to see the perseverance pay off. XTERRA is truly a global sport now, and to have the trophy back in the U.S. is definitely special.”

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The 10th edition of XTERRA France Set for Sunday

The 10th edition of XTERRA France takes place this Sunday, July 3, in the beautiful Vosges mountains of Xonrupt.  The sixth stop on the XTERRA European Tour is an important gold-scoring event, boasts one of the most difficult courses on the World Tour, has more than 60 of the best off-roaders in the world racing, and it is once again sold-out.

“The Charbonnier family are the key to the success of XTERRA France,” said Nicolas Lebrun, a three-time winner of the event who now serves as the technical director for the European Tour.  “They have with the triathlon of Gerardmer one of the oldest races in France, and a very professional crew with all the structure to be really the best set up in the tour.”

Lebrun last won XTERRA France in 2013, then Ruben Ruzafa took over with victories the last two years.

“It’s a big race and with the big screen showing all the live action, two pro announcers, and lots and lots of spectators it feels really special to win here in France,” added Lebrun.

XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas is also in France to take in all the action and brings us this report from around the field on Thursday…

The buildup for Europe’s biggest event is well underway.  The always fabulous “le monster” wood track is about half finished, the Canyon bridge is done, the ramp for Saturdays eliminator start is done and the best part – the pallets of beer have arrived.  Tomorrow things start happening as registration opens at 14:00 (2pm).  At 10am Nico Lebrun will lead an investigation ride of the very tough mountain bike course.  Lebrun will also compete in the Eliminator head to head competition on Saturday with some extreme bikers.

Francois Carloni is here for his home race, Nicolas Fernandez and Yeray Luxem are also back in action.  They all will have to go through the Spanish duo of Ruben Ruzafa and Roger Serrano who have dominated the men’s races to date.  Kris Coddens has a win and a second in the last two races and has been riding and running very fast.  Never count out South African Bradley Weiss.  Brad did not have a good race in Switzerland nor did Ben Allen.  Look to both of them to get it right here in France.  Sam Osborne has been knocking on the door all season but has had a string of bad luck.  Sam “Bam” can never be counted out.  Some great competition is coming from Germany with Veit Honle having his best race ever last week in Switzerland, the fastest swimmer Jens Roth always contends and an old friend in Felix Schumann returns to XTERRA.  This is their home race and besides the always fast Carloni, Arthur Forissier and Arthur Serrieres and Damien Guillemet are legitimate podium contenders.

For the women we have two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson here.  She will provide some very tough competition for current leader Helena Erbenova who is recovering from an injury that kept her out of Switzerland, France’s home hope Myriam Guillot-Boisset, the “Swiss-Miss” Renata Bucher, Britain’s Jacqui Slack, Austrian Carina Wasle, Hungarian points leader Brigitta Poor, and a host of other fast women (Find the full start list on their homepage at xterra-france.com).

Make no mistake – France is the toughest race around.  It usually rains, the hills are long and steep going up and coming down.  It is two laps and that means the fast pros are lapping the age groupers and it can cause problems.  Asa Shaw had a bad accident when forced off the trail by a back-marker a few years ago and is only now recovering.  The run is also steep and has its muddy, off-camber and narrow sections.  You can expect a few thousand spectators all over the hills and at the start line that features “the monster” and lots of music.

As always, the Charbonnier family has changed things up a bit. The “monster” of last year has been toned down but has become an even better show. It now features more dips on the first section, but no banked wall. Now riders will circle around the first section and have to navigate a series of jumps – a la motocross. For the less adventurous there is a chicane that is pretty slow but avoids the jumps.

Brad Weiss looks quite happy. He had an OK race last weekend in Switzerland but is happier here.

“I like hills and Switzerland was pretty flat. I should have a good race on Sunday,” he said.

Francois Carloni skipped Swiss to prepare for his home race in France. “I had a great weekend of training and feel very strong,” he said “this is my goal for 2016, to win in France.”

The bearded one, Roger Serrano loves the downhills “I can crush them and will on the first lap – but I must slow down a bit on the second when passing age groupers.”

He had a wicked smile when he said that and somehow I don’t think the Spaniard will slow down much. Llewellyn Holmes showed up with a red beard and we all poked fun at him because it has a lot of gray in it. Nicolas Fernandez also looked happy. “I like the long races as I am in good shape and won’t get tired.” As this is the longest race in Europe look for good things from him.

Helena Erbenova is back after missing Switzerland. “I was so sick” she moaned “but I am better now and think I am OK.”

Rain is expected tomorrow but only a 50% chance. It was partly sunny and cool today in the mid 70’s. If we can get Sunday like today it will be perfect.

There are two great kids races (with some 500 kids!), lots of food, dozens of vendors and the always popular beer tent.  Now if the weather will only cooperate.  Here in the north in the beautiful Vosges mountains one can never be certain.

Follow along in the days to coming and during the race (which starts at 1:30pm in France) at https://www.facebook.com/xterraeurope.

All-Time XTERRA France Elite Winners
Year Men’s Champ Women’s Champ Site
2006 Cedric Fleureton Renata Bucher Saint Raphael
2008 Nicolas Lebrun Renata Bucher Auron
2008 Nicolas Lebrun Renata Bucher Mondelieu
2010 Nicolas Lebrun Marion Lorblanchet Xonrupt
2011 Victor Del Corral Renata Bucher Xonrupt
2012 Asa Shaw Helena Erbenova Xonrupt
2013 Nicolas Lebrun Helena Erbenova Xonrupt
2014 Ruben Ruzafa Kathrin Mueller Xonrupt
2015 Ruben Ruzafa Kathrin Mueller Xonrupt

 

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My 2016 Belgium XTERRA

By Lorenn Walker

“Bravo Madame! Bravo Madame!” spectators yell enthusiastically to me during Belgium’s first XTERRA June 11, 2016 as I finish climbing a steep dirt path and complete the first lap of the bike course. Along with these lovely people, is Dave Nicholas (aka Kahuna), who’s yelling: “Come on old lady, get your butt going!” I laugh and throw him my sunglasses asking: “Can you hold these for me?” I’ve known and appreciated Dave since the 1990s when he directed the Wahine Windsurfing contests at Diamond Head on O’ahu.

My first XTERRA experience was at Wailea, Maui in 1999, when no qualification was necessary for the World Championships. I had gotten a mountain bike about two years before, and an off-road triathlon sounded fun. Unfortunately, my mountain biking experience consisted mainly of riding O’ahu’s asphalt paved Peacock Flats road. The World’s bike course at Wailea was A LOT more technical than I expected. I crashed about ten miles into the bike course and dislocated two right hand fingers that stuck out at a 90-degree angle. I ran for about six miles pushing my bike, trying to avoid seeing my finger’s hideously twisted out sideways, but that’s another story.

In June 2016, I had some work and conferences in Europe, and thought it would be fun to do an XTERRA there, which my friend Barbara Peterson encouraged me to do. Like my first Maui race, the Belgium XTERRA turned out to be way more demanding than expected.

Forty-eight hours after I leave my house on the North Shore of O’ahu, I arrive in Namur, Belgium, an hour train ride from Brussels. I had arrived in Belgium the day before and spent my first night in Leuven where I gave a talk about my work in restorative justice. My work reminds me of XTERRA because it’s about suffering and healing, only from crime, not mountain biking.

Denis Detinne and Florian Badoux are the brilliant Belgium race organizers. They helped me find my hotel and a bike to use. The first bike I try is my size, but its shifters are broken and it won’t go into the lowest gear. Another kind Belgium biker tries to fix it, but he ends up messing it up further. Luckily, there is another bike. I use it even though it is too big for me and has tubed tires that need to be inflated around 40-45 pounds, while I’ve been using tubeless tires running about 20 pounds. The bike I use also has less gears than what I am used to, which coupled with my jet lag, makes biking up the hills especially hard. I am spoiled from my beloved Santa Cruz carbon bikes and Evo wheels. Still, I am hugely grateful to Denis and Florain for their kindness and help getting me the bike. It was much easier than bringing one from Hawai’i. Besides I only want to finish the race in a decent time, and not be last.

The race venue Namur is stunningly beautiful. It is an ancient European capital for French speaking Belgians. The town is filled with cobblestone streets from the Middle Ages, and old ornate stone buildings.

The race is held in the Citadel, which was first developed in the year 1000: “The Citadel of Namur has, at all times, held a strategic position in the heart of Europe. First of all as a command centre of an important earldom in the Middle Ages, it was then coveted and besieged by all the Great Powers of Europe between the 15th and 19th century.”

The Citadel is a fantastic fort that sits on a giant hill overlooking the town and rushing rivers that come together below. A massive stonewall encloses the Citadel that includes a castle, numerous other rock structures, along with all the cobblestone roads. The race center is held in an area of the Citadel that looks like an arena. Denis says this area was developed in the 17th Century as a village with markets, and other facilities for the community.

I practice riding the bike course two days before the race. I am exhausted, but confident I can take my time seeing what the course is like because the sun stays out in Belgium until after 10 pm in June. It’ll still be light when I finish.

The course is surprisingly tough to me. “What was I thinking?” begins to pop into my head frequently. I’d watched the race videos, and the distance didn’t seem so far, 20 miles, and the hills didn’t look super steep. Belgium is pretty flat, right? I signed up thinking we were going to ride in some easy peasy park course.

Maybe if Belgium hadn’t been inundated with torrential rains all spring, the bike course would have been much drier. I appreciated how the rain made the course lush with bright green trees and bushes, but the muddy and deeply rooted trails are hard to ride; especially on the steep sections. There is so much water coming down some of the trails I’m trying to ride up that there are gushing tiny rivers flowing down! I end up pushing my bike uphill so much that my shoulder (not the one I broke at the 2014 XTERRA Worlds, sorry yet another story) gets hurt from the bike pushing activity. No worries about an injured shoulder decreasing my swimming performance though. The unprecedented rains create extremely strong currents in the river. The swim is canceled. As Dave explains: “It’s like a dam burst basically. Normally the force of the river current flows around 70m but now it’s 450m.” Despite having practiced for months getting a wetsuit on and off (thank you again Jay Weber from XTERRA Wetsuits for the helpful info on that) it’s a relief that we’re spared having to swim in what looks like Willy Wonka’s chocolate river. We do an extra run instead of the swim on race day.

After it takes me three hours to finish one loop practicing the bike course catastrophe thinking sets in. I am worried about getting hurt, and being in the way of more competent bikers during the race. “I’m gonna get lapped for sure,” I think. I consider not doing it at all or maybe doing the XTERRA Lite that is only half the distance? After a few hours of obsessing, I decide: “Of course I’m doing it! I brought all my stuff. I’ll go slow. Be careful. No Cindi Topel or Barbara Peterson here to beat me. I’ll do my best and just have fun!”

The race starts at 1:30 pm on June 11th, four days after I arrived in Europe. It’s raining when I leave the hotel on my big bike. I’m cold until I start biking up the hill to the start at the Citadel, which takes about 45 minutes due to closed roads for the race.

By the time I get to the race start I feel good. I rack my bike next to Nathan an American Navy man, working in Germany. I’m wondering now if it was Nathan who told me that the bike course is 5000 feet in elevation? It sure seemed like it was that much during my practice ride, but it turns out the bike course is only 1200 meters, which equals about 3900 feet, and is about 1100 feet more than the Worlds at Kapalua that is roughly 2800 feet.

It’s fun chatting with Dave’s girlfriend Rosemary, and others waiting for the race to start. I notice most of the racers are really fit young men.

The race begins. My run (replacing the swim) is really slow, but I feel fine! I know I am going to finish the race, and with care, injury free.

After my first bike loop, when the dear Belgians who are cheerfully bravo-ing me, and Dave’s yelling at me to get my old ass going, I’m feeling confident I can do the second loop faster. Too bad I got a little too confident, and go too fast on a downhill muddy section.

My crash is one of those projectile headfirst sort. It’s like your body’s a missile and shoots straight out. Luckily, my helmet stays on when my head slams into a stonewall. Quickly I’m back on my bike peddling. I notice only minor scrapes and little blood. Nothing really hurts, but I begin to feel my helmet increasingly get tighter around my forehead. It takes me about thirty minutes to muster enough courage to touch my forehead. “Shit, black eye” I think when I finally feel a big swollen lump above my left eyebrow. “Just in time for the Spain speech in five days.” I brought makeup though and have developed humility from about five black eyes in my lifetime from sports (once I mediated a child protection case in family court with two black eyes from a windsurfing contest at Hookipa on Maui, and really, my husband is a business professor and one of the nicest people in the world).

After the crash I slow down, and bike way more conservative. But on some of the hills towards the end of the bike course, I manage to pass some of the younger guys pushing their bikes up. Bad me yells, “Watch out your grandma’s on your left!” Those who understand English laugh, and again I enjoy hearing. “Bravo Madame!”

Finally, I finish the bike course and am running the 10K. I have been racing for 4 hours by now, and feel strong. I’m surprised that I manage to pass people running. My usual cramps are kept at bay with the HotShot (formerly Itsthenerve) potion that I took, and tell others about who are walking because of their cramps (for real, if you cramp try this stuff that Rod MacKinnon, a long distance paddler, MD, and 2003 Nobel Chemistry Prize winner, developed to deal with his cramps).

I finish the race in 5:02, the longest XTERRA I’ve ever done. The men’s winner is 35-year-old Kris Coddens who finished in 2:33 and the women’s winner is 37-year-old Helena Erbenova who did it in 3:01. It turns out there were a lot of young men in the race. Out of the 472 finishers only 35 were women, and of the 28 people who DNF’ed, only one was a woman.

After the race I long to soak in a nice warm bath at my cozy hotel, but the after race meal seduces me. It’s giant sized meatballs covered in garlic tomato sauce with a huge serving of freshly made pommes frites (French fries). I sit and enjoy the food, and company of Johannes Franzky, and his mom, from Germany. He won the 35-year old age group finishing in 2:51.

As we eat, the weather worsens. It’s pouring rain now with lightening and thunder. I’m shivering and fantasizing about a warm jacket I left in my suitcase at the hotel. I’m not sure how I did in the race, and while I didn’t see any women around my age, I wonder if I won my age group? I can wait no longer and decide to leave. It’s getting darker out, and I have to ride the bike back to my hotel, which turns out to be the scariest part of the race. I ride down a long winding steep hill on slippery cobblestones in pouring rain with thunder. I go ridiculously slow imagining my hot bath.

I’m really happy I did the race, and makeup worked fine for the speech in Spain. Most of my restorative justice friends also know I do these races and sometimes look beat up.

BIG bravos to everyone who does what they fear they cannot. Thank you Denis and Florian, and a GIANT mahalo to Dave Nicholas for all the races, kindness and laughs over the years (but dude, please dump Trump!).

Lorenn is a sixteen time XTERRA World Championship female age group finisher—5 first places and 15x on the podium—64 years old in 2016.

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Ruzafa, Flipo win XTERRA Switzerland

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Vallee de Joux, Switzerland – Ruben Ruzafa and Michelle Flipo captured the XTERRA Switzerland / ETU European Cross Triathlon Championship under extreme weather conditions in the Vallee de Joux on Saturday afternoon.

The win is Ruzafa’s second straight on the European Tour this year and his 21st XTERRA major victory in 26 races since winning Worlds as a rookie in 2008.  For Flipo, the win is her first on the XTERRA World Tour.

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

What a mess!  The day started with some sun and a breeze after a monster storm Friday eve.  “I think we’ll be good, maybe some little rain” said Thomas Vasser, head of the Sports Center of the Vallee de Joux.  Nine minutes into the swim it started to rain, by 15 minutes it was steady and by 25 minutes it was a downpour.  Let The Mudfest Begin!

The swim was divided in three waves; pro men, pro women and then all age groupers.

“I never saw anything like it” marveled Spain’s Roger Serrano. “It was a war.  These guys went crazy.”

German Jens Roth led big out of the water and took a nice lead early.  By 1K Ben Allen, Sam Osborne and Brice Daubord were nose to tail chasing Jens.  By 5K, 3-time World Champ Ruben Ruzafa was already up into 3rd having passed Roth in a full slide down a muddy slope and in another 2K had taken the lead.

“This condition today is good for me” he smiled. “I like technical and today with the mud and steep places – I was very fast on the downhills.”

Fast? How about nearly four-minutes faster than the second best bike time.

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The women’s swim was no surprise as ITU and former XTERRA racer from Mexico now living in France, Michelle Flipo took first out of the water.  Brit Jacqui Slack caught her by the 4K mark and started to ride away.

“I really like XTERRA but my technical bike skills are not as good as I would like,” Michelle said shortly after the finish.  “I could keep up on the flats and uphills but lost time on the downhills and technical sections.”

I had to smile while interviewing her as she is a lovely woman, tall with blonde hair, but was totally covered in mud and one could only see her eyes and smile.  Jacqui Slack put in a great ride in the lead, but 33-time XTERRA winner Renata “the Swiss Miss” Bucher was the Mistress of the Mud today.  She was almost three minutes faster than Jacqui and came into T2 with the lead.  Another Swiss, Ladina Buss was 3rd and Flipo 4th. Our winner put in the fastest run of the day and picked off Buss, then Slack and finally Renata to take the lead and come home with a 2.5-minute lead.

The back story was Myriam Guillot-Boisett.  Her run was only a handful of seconds slower than Flipo’s and she passed Ladina and Renata to take a hard fought 3rd.  Second-place to fourth-place was separated by less than four seconds, a fantastic finish.

Back with the men, poor Sam Osborne took a wicked fall on lap two about 100m from me and nearly took Brice Daubord with him.  I’m not sure how Brice got around the Kiwi but this put him solidly in 2nd.  Sam never really recovered.  “I hit really hard and it knocked me pretty good” he said after the event.

Our fast swimmer Jens Roth was 4th, Ben Allen 5th and Veit Honle 6th.  XTERRA Belgium winner Kris Coddens was coming fast but was still back around 9th.  Allen did not look happy and yelled “I HATE MUD” every time he went past.  The men were really fighting on the bike.  A bunch were scrapping hard on the 2nd lap.

“I knew I could not run because I had a muscle tear” said Roger Serrano, the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion.  “These guys were going so hard I ask how will they run? Maybe I should go.”

Passing up and down the hills, slipping and sliding on the ever-worsening mud they came into T2 as a bunch with Roger, Veit Holne, Sam Osborne, Brice Daubord, Italian Mattia De Paoli and Kris Coddens all mixed together and now four minutes behind Ruzafa.

Serrano stopped, Sam was still stunned by his fall and dropped back.  Brice was a good second with Veit 3rd but Coddens was charging, caught them on the 1st lap and started chasing after Ruben.  At the end of the first lap officials stopped Kris in the penalty booth for a 15-second helmet infraction at T2.  This dropped him back to 4th but about the 2K mark the speedy Belgian was past Daubord and settled in for a great 2nd place finish just over a minute behind Ruben.

Today the mud was worse than Belgium two weeks ago, but the finish line was full of smiles as racers washed themselves off in the fresh water stream coming down from the mountains.

“Nobody was going to catch Ruben today,” said Ben Allen as he chatted with Brad Weiss at the awards.  “All those years as a pro mountain biker just makes him unbelievable in conditions like this.”

Our women’s winner was also all smiles and like a champ should say – she told me “I’m going to Maui.”

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Tentative Elite Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 2:47:58 100
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:49:18 90
3 Brice Daubord, FRA 2:49:28 82
4 Veit Holne, GER 2:49:36 75
5 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 2:50:28 69
6 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:51:36 63
7 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:52:49 58
8 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 2:53:17 53
9 Max Neuman, AUS 2:53:22 49
10 Hannes Wolport, GER 2:55:12 45
11 Anthony Pannier, FRA 2:55:49 41
12 Jan Kubicek, CZE 2:56:02 37
13 Jan Pyott, SUI 2:56:27 34
14 Toma Jurkovic, SVK 2:56:38 31
15 Ben Allen, AUS 2:57:37 28
Also: Henry Sleight, Maxim Chane, Andreas Silberbauer, Filippo Galli, Andy Klay, Ronnie Schildknecht, Jens Roth, Norbert Durauer, Lars Van der Eerden, Maia Tiago, Thomas Kerner, BG Orozco, Anthony Flinois, Julien Pousson, Rene Wuthrich, Joosh Christiaans, Leandro Glardon, Staps Joep, Richard Sumpter, Llie Regost, Barret Fishner, Kenny Van Laere
       
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Michelle Flipo, FRA 3:18:40 100
2 Jacqui Slack, GBR 3:21:16 90
3 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 3:21:20 82
4 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:21:20 75
5 Ladina Buss, SUI 3:22:21 69
6 Brigitta Poor, HUN 3:25:37 63
7 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:28:18 58
8 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 3:29:39 53
9 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:32:22 49
10 Louise Fox, GBR 3:32:45 45
11 Maud Golsteyn, NED 3:34:29 41
12 Jessica Roberts, GBR 3:34:47 37
13 Monica Cibin, ITA 3:35:55 34
14 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 3:36:58 31
15 Kara LaPoint, USA 3:39:43 28
Also:  Sabina Rzepla, AL Marechal, Lenka Cibulkova, Danica Spiteri
All-Time XTERRA Switzerland Elite Winners  
       
Year Men’s Champ Women’s Champ Location
2010 Olivier Marceau Marion Lorblancet Prangins
2011 Olivier Marceau Marion Lorblancet Prangins
2012 Nicolas Lebrun Helena Erbenova Prangins
2013 Victor Del Corral Helena Erbenova Vallee de Joux
2014 Ruben Ruzafa Kathrin Mueller Vallee de Joux
2015 Arthur Forissier Carina Wasle Vallee de Joux
2016 Ruben Ruzafa Michelle Flipo Vallee de Joux


RUZAFA, POOR LEAD XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS

Ruben Ruzafa and Kris Coddens jumped past Roger Serrano to take the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in the elite men’s standings after five of 11 races in the XTERRA European Tour.  Elite athletes count their best 4 Gold and 3 Silver finishes.  In the women’s chase Brigitta Poor and Morgane Riou moved into the 1 and 2 spots after recording their fourth scoring event.  Erbenova, who was a scratch in Switzerland, is still perfect having won all three races she’s entered and sits in third.
Next up: XTERRA France on July 3.

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR STANDINGS            
Elites after 5 (Tentative) – as of 6.25.16            
               
Men   S S S S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 242 DNS 67 75 DNS 100
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 212 DNS 47 DNS 75 90
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 211 75 75 61 DNS DNF
4 Brice Daubord, FRA 186 43 61 DNS DNS 82
5 Sam Osborne, NZL 176 DNS DNS 51 67 58
6 Francois Carloni, FRA 168 DNS 51 56 61 DNS
7 Hannes Wolpert, GER 114 36 DNS 33 DNS 45
8 Veit Hoenle, GER 98 DNS DNS 23 DNS 75
9 Yeray Luxem, BEL 94 DNS DNS 67 27 DNS
10 Tomas Kubek, CZE 90 DNS 43 DNS 47 DNS
11 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21 DNS DNS DNS
12 Max Neumann, AUS 79 DNS 30 DNS DNS 49
13 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 77 47 DNS DNS 30 DNS
14 Jan Kubicek, CZE 73 DNS 36 DNS DNS 37
15 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39 DNS DNS DNS
16 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
17 Sebastian Norberg, GER 68 DNS 25 DNS 43 DNS
18 Jan Pyott, SUI 67 DNS 33 DNS DNS 34
19 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS DNS DNS DNP
20 Henry Sleight, GBR 67 DNS DNS DNS 39 28
21 Christophe Betard, FRA 63 27 DNS DNS 36 DNS
22 Bradley Weiss, RSA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
23 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 58 DNS DNS 25 33 DNS
24 Tim Van Daele, BEL 57 DNS 27 30 DNS DNS
25 Maxim Chane, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Arthur Forissier, FRA 56 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNF
27 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
28 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
29 Peter Lehmann, GER 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Damien Guillemet, FRA 51 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS
31 José Estrangeiro, POR 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
32 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
33 Anthony Pannier, FRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
34 Dominik Wychera, AUT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Julen Loroño, ESP 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS
36 Rui Dolores, POR 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS
37 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Toma Jurkovic, SVK 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
39 Ben Allen, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28
40 Gonzalo Orosco, ESP 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS
41 Markus Benesch, AUT 25 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Jim Thijs, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS
43 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS
44 Martial Schmidt, FRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS
45 Tiago Maia, POR 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP
46 Boris Chambon 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS
Women   S S S S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 266 75 67 61 DNS 63
2 Morgane Riou, FRA 228 67 51 DNS 61 49
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 225 DNS 75 75 75 DNS
4 Maud Golsteyn, NED 183 56 DNS 39 47 41
5 Carina Wasle, AUT 181 DNS DNS 56 67 58
6 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 149 DNS DNS 67 DNS 82
7 Louise Fox, GBR 148 DNS 56 47 DNS 45
8 Ladina Buss, SUI 130 DNS 61 DNS DNS 69
9 Renata Bucher, SUI 126 DNS DNS 51 DNS 75
10 Michelle Flipo, FRA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
11 Jacqui Slack, GBR 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
12 Jessie Roberts, GBR 88 DNS DNS DNS 51 37
13 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 74 DNS DNS DNS 43 31
14 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
16 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
17 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Diane Lee, GBR 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 43 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Sara Bonilla Bernardez, ESP 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
21 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP
22 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 39 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP
23 Monica Cibin, ITA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
24 Kara LaPoint, USA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA France was the 18th 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 Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA 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