Back in 2005 athletes in Guam banded together to producer their own off-road tri, dubbed the "Xticer." It was the start of something big. The next year they made the race an official XTERRA event, and two years ago race director Eric Tydingco rallied the local community to transform into a World Tour Championship stop, complete with $15,000 in pro prize money and qualifying spots to Maui for amateurs.
“The 10th anniversary of the XTERRA Guam Championship is truly a milestone,” said Tydingco. “We have an amazing group of both professional and amateur athletes that have signed on for the event, which gives Guam lots of international exposure and really puts our island on the map as a fantastic destination for international sporting events.”
Nearly 130 professional and amateur athletes representing 11 countries are set to compete in next Saturday's XTERRA Guam Championship, presented by Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) and PIVOT LLC.
“XTERRA Guam served as my introduction to the sport of off-road triathlons in 2011,” said Charlie Epperson, a Guam-based XTERRA pro who just finished 4th at the XTERRA Philippines Championship. “It is an amazing landscape and community-supported event. A must-do race for all triathletes and adventure racers.”
Dan Hugo and Renata Bucher, winners of the XTERRA Philippines Championship, enter as race favorites.
“Guam treated me really well last year, and I’m pleased to be returning for a second time to have another shot at winning here,” said Hugo. “Beyond [the race], I’ll be spending two weeks on Guam in total and hope to get to know a lot of it.”
Of note, last year's Guam champs Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack will be competing in Australia on the same weekend.
The course begins at Port Authority Beach with a 1.5-kilometer swim, followed by a 35- kilometer mountain bike up Nimitz Hill, into the technical terrain of Mt. Aluton, then down through Mannengnon Hills. Competitors will then return to the transition point at Port Authority Beach to begin the 8.2-kilometer trail run through jungle rivers and slippery waterfalls.
“I’m racing XTERRA Guam for the third time, and every time it is a new challenge,” said Carina Wasle from Austria. “It’s so much fun riding through the red sand, with its flowy and technical ups and downs. On the run, there are some surprises, like the waterfall, which is my favorite part.
|ALL-TIME XTERRA GUAM CHAMPIONS|
|2006||Courtney Cardenas||Jamie Whitmore|
|2007||Olivier Marceau||Julie Dibens|
|2008||Andrew Noble||Mieko Carey|
|2009||Sam Gardner||Julie Dibens|
|2010||Sam Gardner||Renata Bucher|
|2011||Sam Gardner||Mieko Carey|
|2012||Ben Allen||Renata Bucher|
|2013||Ben Allen||Jacqui Slack|