In just his first full season of racing XTERRA, 35-year-old Spaniard Hector Guerra sits atop the XTERRA European Tour standings and with a strong performance at XTERRA England on September 8th can win the title.
Guerra was fourth at XTERRA Spain, second at Switzerland, Czech and Germany, and third in France – the most consistent performer of the year thus far.
We caught up with Guerra this week to learn a little more about him.
XTERRA: How did you learn about XTERRA?
Hector Guerra: A friend of mine who’s a mountain bike rider spoke to me about. He watche the Maui race and thought this format could be good for me. Last year, I went for the first time to XTERRA Switzerland (Prangins) and I enjoyed a lot.
XT: What do you like about the sport?
HG: A lot of things, but the most important for me is the way of XTERRA life.
XT: Will you race at XTERRA England, also XTERRA World Championship?
I will go to XTERRA England to defend the lead of European Tour and after the race I will decide if I go or not to World Championship. I would like to go to Maui … as an experience and also to discover the most important race of triathlon cross.
XT: Tell us about your racing background.
HG: Since I was young, I always go to cycling competitions. At the beginning, MTB and then road but always trying to steal going to MTB races and cyclo-cross.
Desafio Donana in 2011 was my first crazy triathlon experience. During the swim part in a river I only try to stay alive!
XT: Do you have a nickname?
HG: Children from triathlon school call me THOR
XT: Where are you from?
Originally from Spain. Born in Madrid. Now I live in different countries; Madrid (Spain), Paris (France) and for training time in winter I go to Malaga and Jerez de La Frontera (South of Spain).
XT: Favorite XTERRA?
HG: All of them are different but one moment was really the best for me: the Start in Gerardmer – XTERRA France with the music and all the people dancing in the water.
XT: Do you also have a “normal job”?
HG: I’m an architect but I’ve never built a house! I am also a trainer for Cyclisme, and in the future I would like to become a fireman.
XT: Interests outside of athletics?
HG: My family, having good time with friends and try to reach my love for sport with children of Jerez Triathlon School.
XT: Any words of advise?
HG: I want to mention to all XTERRA boys and girls: don’t hesitate to speak, to ask, to reach inclusive to train with us (pro athletes) during the days before races.