We gathered some of the leading contenders to get their thoughts before the big race on Sunday. The men’s elite press briefing featured the reigning and two-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa from Spain, four-time XTERRA World Champ Conrad Stoltz from South Africa, Ben Allen from Australia, Dan Hugo from South Africa, and Josiah Middaugh from Colorado.
“It’s a lifetime dream of mine to come out on top at this race and I’ve got lots of motivation to do it this year,” said Middaugh.
You can listen to what all of them had to say here:
The women’s briefing included the reigning champ Nicky Samuels from New Zealand, Barbara Riveros from Chile, Emma Garrard from Utah, Kathrin Mueller from Germany, and Flora Duffy from Bermuda.
“I’ve dreamed of being a world champion since I was 8-years-old. It’s up there on any professional athletes ‘to-do list’ in sports, and it would be huge for myself and for my country,” said Duffy. Here is the link to the women's chat:
THE NOT-SO-INTIMIDATING INTERROGATION ROOM
In the lead-up to Sunday’s race the XTERRA crew sat down with some of the sports’ biggest names.
Conrad Stoltz went back in time to talk about his journey from a rookie XTERRA pro in his 20’s to being the most successful XTERRA racer of all-time and now in his 40's...
“Just before that season (2001 when he won his first title) I had to sell cows to buy flight tickets. I drove my Dads old car, lived with my parents as a 28-year-old. And then I won a World Championship and got a $20,000 check, which I jumped in the Jacuzzi with at the after party so the check was all wrinkled and the ink was running, but that kind of money, especially in South African rand, was a fortune. In my mind it felt like rags to riches. It’s been a dream I wouldn’t have been able to envision back then. I’ve been really, really blessed with my career, and the sport, and the people around me, and the sponsors behind me.”
That’s just an excerpt from the interview, and you can catch the whole 20-minute conversation with Conrad and host of others by clicking the links below…
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PRESS GUIDE