XTERRA icon Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz look to win his third straight ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship to go with his unprecedented four XTERRA World Titles this Saturday in Den Haag, Netherlands.
Stoltz will be up against a strong international field that also includes former XTERRA World Champ and 2013 XTERRA Spain champ Ruben Ruzafa, XTERRA Triple Crown Champ Ben Allen, and 2013 XTERRA Switzerland Champ Victor del Corral. Click here for the complete start lists.
In the women’s race reigning and two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley, the “Scottish Rocket” Paterson looks to defend her ITU World Championship against Europe’s best which includes the defending European Tour Champ and winner of the last three in Europe this season Helena Erbenova, the 2013 XTERRA Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Spain champ Renata Bucher (who has 33 career XTERRA major titles), and Triple Crown champ Jacqui Slack.
Paterson is also vying to extend her majors win streak to seven, having won everything she’s entered since last September including the XTERRA USA and World titles last year, and the Philippines, West, Southeast, and East Regionals this year.
The elite and age-group course features a one-lap 1-kilometer swim, a four-lap 26K mountain bike, and three-lap 9K run – almost entirely on the beach and sand dunes surrounding Kijkduin. Visit triathlon.org for event details and elite race previews.
Nearly 30 U.S. athletes will compete for off-road world titles on Saturday with Branden Rakita serving as the lone American elite on the start list. He finished ninth at 2012 Cross Worlds, which were held in conjunction with the XTERRA Southeast Championship in Pelham, Alabama.
The amateur field is full of veteran XTERRA athletes from around the world highlighted by a strong contingent from the U.S. According to USAT this year’s Team USA squad is comprised of 28 age-group athletes from 18 states ranging in age from 25-66. In the two-year history of the event, U.S. age-group athletes have combined for 21 world titles and 53 total medals in the off-road multisport event. Richard Wall (65-69, Colorado Springs, Colo.) seeks to defend his age-group title from last year, while Kathy Hudson (45-49, Highland Village, Texas), Scott Ewing (55-59, Destin, Fla.) and Annette MacNiven (55-59, Wainscott, N.Y.) also return to the event after having won silver in their respective age groups last year.