Mike Vine and Chantell Widney captured the XTERRA Canmore titles in the Canadian Rockies on Sunday. It’s the second straight year Vine won the event, and it’s the first off-road title for Widney – who recently placed 3rd at XTERRA Abruzzo in Italy and 3rd at the ITU Cross Tri World Championships in the Netherlands.
Vine, a long-time XTERRA pro who won the inaugural XTERRA Canada Championship back in 2000, posted the fastest bike and run splits and took the tape by more than 10 minutes over Jeff Krar.
In the women’s race Widney led from start-to-finish and finished nearly 10 minutes ahead of runner-up Sarah Backler from New Zealand – who was the third overall amateur finisher at XTERRA Worlds last year.
The swim for XTERRA Canmore in Quarry Lake is just about as majestic a swim start as you’ll ever discover with Ha Ling Peak and the Ehagay Dakota Range providing a dramatic backdrop for the die-hard Canadian XTERRA fanatics looking to earn one of the 15 qualifying spots into XTERRA Worlds.
It’s the second year the Canmore Nordic Center hosted XTERRA (it also hosted the Olympics back in 1988). Complete Results.