Allen, Slack win XTERRA Saipan Championship

Mar. 28, 2015

Complete Results / Photos by Mark James

(Saipan, Northern Marianas) - Ben Allen from Australia and Jacqui Slack of Great Britain won the 14th annual XTERRA Saipan Championship race in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Saturday.

It’s the fourth year in a row Allen won the title, matching Olivier Marceau’s streak from 2004-07.

For Slack, it’s her second Saipan victory in three years.  Both led from wire-to-wire in wet conditions that made the already difficult jungle bike and run courses all the more treacherous.

“Some of the worst conditions I've ever raced in. The rain didn't let up and it made for super slippery conditions,” explained Allen.

Allen, one of the sports best swimmers, used those skills to bridge an early one-minute gap over Bradley Weiss and backed it up with the fastest bike and run splits of the day to win in convincing fashion with a time of 2:40:25, more than six-minutes ahead of Weiss.

“The climbs on the bike where the only place to really push because you had to be so careful on the descents not to crash.  The descents were going to be make or break your day so if you could ride within your own ability and stay upright you were in for a good day.”

For Weiss, who was forced to take some time off from training leading into this race because of a troublesomeiliotibial band (IT band), the results are satisfying.

“Obviously I am far from my best shape now but was still very excited for my trip out to the Islands. My hopes are to finish well in the XTERRA Asian Tour and take some momentum into the U.S. Tour,” said Weiss.

“All being said I am optimistic for the future and feel confident this injury is finally behind me. It’s been a frustrating few months but the future looks bright and for that I am excited.”

Former XTERRA Japan Champ Takahiro Ogasawara finished in third, followed by Markus Benesch of Austria and Aleksandr Dorovskikh from Russia.

Pro Men        
Pl Name Final Swim Bike Run
1 Ben Allen, AUS 2:40:25 15:57 1:29:54 54:34
2 Brad Weiss, RSA 2:46:45 17:10 1:33:03 56:32
3 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 2:48:19 19:59 1:32:06 56:14
4 Markus Benesch, AUT 2:52:24 18:25 1:36:39 57:20
5 Aleksandr Dorovskikh, RUS 2:55:51 20:02 1:38:14 57:35
6 Joe Miller, PHI 3:02:33 22:10 1:39:11 1:01:12
7 David Esposito, FRA 3:13:39 20:32 1:48:16 1:04:51
8 Kaon Cho, KOR 3:25:43 20:12 2:03:07 1:02:24


The XTERRA Saipan Championship was the second of five races in the 2015 XTERRA Asian Tour that will crown series champions at the season finale in Langkawi, Malaysia this May.

With his runner-up performance today coupled with his Philippines win, Weiss now has 190 points followed by Allen with 182 (he was third in the Philippines).  In the women’s chase Slack also has 190 points, following her runner-up performance to Flora Duffy in the Philippines with a win today.

The five majors are XTERRA Philippines, XTERRA Saipan, XTERRA Guam on April 11 in Piti, the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on April 18 in New South Wales, Australia, and XTERRA Malaysia - which will double as the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship race - on May 2 in Langkawi.  (Note: The XTERRA Japan Championship in Hokkaido on August 29 will serve as the first race of the 2016 XTERRA Asian Tour.)

The top 15 amateur, Asian-elite, and professional racers at each event will earn points, with double points being offered at the finale in Malaysia.  Racers count their best three scores to determine champions in each division.

The XTERRA Asian Tour will award a prize bonus of $10,000 USD to the top five pro men and women in the final standings ($2,000 for 1st, $1,500-2nd, $800-3rd, $400-4th, $300-5th).

In all, more than $100,000 in prize money for pros will be awarded on the XTERRA Asian Tour.  There are $15,000 USD payouts at the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, and Malaysia races, and $50,000 AUD awarded at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia, plus the 10K bonus to the series’ top performers.

For further details on the 2015 XTERRA Asian Tour visit, and for more on the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship in Malaysia visit, supported by Malaysia Major Event.

2015 XTERRA Asian Tour Standings (After 2)
Pros count their best 3-of-5 races, Malaysia counts double

PRO MEN        
Pl Name PHI Saipan Totals
1 Brad Weiss, RSA 100 90 190
2 Ben Allen, AUS 82 100 182
3 Joe Miller, PHI 63 63 126
4 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 x 90
5 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN x 82 82
6 Brodie Gardner, AUS 75 x 75
7 Markus Benesch, AUT x 75 75
8 Charlie Epperson, USA 69 x 69
9 Aleksandr Dorovskikh, RUS x 69 69
10 Michal Bucek, SVK 58 x 58
11 David Esposito, FRA x 58 58
12 Kaon Cho, KOR x 53 53
Pl Name PHI Saipan Totals
1 Jacqui Slack, GBR 90 100 190
2 Mieko Carey, JPN 75 82 157
3 Renata Bucher, SUI 69 75 144
4 Daz Parker, GBR 63 69 132
5 Flora Duffy, BER 100 x 100
6 Carina Wasle, AUT x 90 90
7 Dimity-Lee Duke, AUS 82 x 82
8 Belinda Hadden, AUS x 63 63
9 Aya Stevens, SVK 58 x 58


Chuck Fortier from Canada and Kyoco Urashima of Japan captured the XTERRA Saipan Championship amateur titles today, and dozens more qualified for the XTERRA USA and World Championship races with strong performances.

For Fortier, a policeman by trade, it’s his third island win in a row as he captured both the XTERRA Saipan and Guam amateur titles last year.

Of special note is Tyce Mister (pictured), one of the pioneers of XTERRA in Saipan, who holds the distinction of being the only athlete to have competed in all 14 XTERRA Saipan races since its inception in 2002.


The XTERRA Saipan Championship was the fourth of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on November 1, 2015.

8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta, Mellieha, Malta*
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica, Playa Reserva Conchal
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti+
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua
18-Apr XTERRA Australia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+
XTERRA Australia Championship
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA#
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers


April 11 XTERRA New Zealand Championship

XTERRA Guam Championship

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