Conrad Stoltz and Helena Erbenova won the third edition of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in Den Haag, Netherlands on Saturday.
It’s Stoltz’ third straight ITU World Title, and seventh overall to go with his unprecedented four XTERRA World Championships.
“My 7th World title. It didn’t sink in till the last kilometer. So proud. Happy. More like ecstatic. I’m blessed with an amazing career. Wonderfully supportive sponsors. Genes- I’m turning 40 in October and still winning. (thanks Mom and Dad) Rocket scientist coach Ian Rodger. My wife Liezel. So much goes into this job/life/career, it’s hard to phantom and acknowledge all in a paragraph or even a blog. It really reaches deep,” posted Stoltz to his blog at conradstoltz.com.
Former XTERRA World Champ Ruben Ruzafa finished second, 14-seconds back and Brice Daubord was third. Other XTERRA notable finishers included Victor del Corral (7th), Ben Allen (8th), Jim Thijs (11th), Tim Van Daele (14th), Branden Rakita (16th) and Asa Shaw (17th). View Complete Results
In the women’s race Erbenova outlasted defending champ and two-time XTERRA World Champ Lesley Paterson on the same course where she won the European Cross Triathlon title last year. It’s her fourth straight major off-road tri win having captured the last three championships on the XTERRA European Tour and it also compliments her 2013 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship.
The top eight elite women finishers are all established XTERRA stars with Paterson (2nd), Chantell Widney (3rd), Renata Bucher (4th), Jacqui Slack (5th), Riikka Kelja (6th), Carina Wasle (7th), and Brigitta Poor (8th).
Team USA was well represented in the Netherlands. Here’s a recap of their performances courtesy USA Triathlon;
Kathy Hudson (Highland Village, Texas) led the way as the top American finisher, winning her age group for the second time in the three-year history of the event. Hudson won the 50-54 age group in convincing fashion, logging a time of 2 hours, 59 minutes, 16 seconds on the 1-kilometer swim, 26-kilometer mountain bike and 9-kilometer cross country run course. Her time was more than 14 minutes faster than the next closest competitor.
Also winning medals in their respective age groups in the off-road event were: Matthew Campbell (35-39, Park City, Utah), Brad Moore (35-39, Parsons, Tenn.), Roxy Cate (50-54, Washougal, Wash.), Annette Macniven (55-59, Wainscott, N.Y.) and J. Alan Moore (Ada, Mich.).
For the third year of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, Team USA was comprised of 28 age-group athletes from 18 states ranging in age from 25-66. Team USA is comprised of the nation's top amateur multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championship event. Visit www.usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA.
United States Age-Group Medalists
2. Matthew Campbell (Park City, Utah), 2:35:29
3. Brad Moore (Parsons, Tenn.), 2:42:56
1. Kathy Hudson (Highland Village, Texas), 2:59:16
3. Roxy Cate (Washougal, Wash.), 5:44:04
2. Annette MacNiven (Wainscott, N.Y.), 3:36:55
3. J. Alan Moore (Ada, Mich.), 3:13:59