(Beaver Creek Resort/Avon, CO) – Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy captured the 7th annual XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon pro race titles on a picture perfect day at Beaver Creek Resort in the Rocky Mountains around Avon, Colorado this morning.
It’s Middaugh’s third straight win on his home course and fourth in five years. It’s also his second win in a row on the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series and puts him in prime position to capture his third straight Series title in Utah this September. Of note, Middaugh won his first-ever XTERRA major at the Mountain Championship when it was held in Keystone, Colorado in 2004. This is his 16th career XTERRA title.
The 36-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado is living proof that you can’t win the race in the swim. He exited the 68-degree water of Nottingham Lake about 2:30 back of rookie Eli Hemming and the established XTERRA core of racers Branden Rakita, Brad Zoller, Braden Currie, and Ben Hoffman.
At mile 3.5 Currie had nine seconds on Hoffman, more than a minute on Rakita and Rom Akerson, and Middaugh was 1:35 back. By T2 after several thousand feet of climbing up the mountain Middaugh had a 40-second lead on Currie and one-minute on Hoffman. Two miles into the run that lead had stretched to two minutes and he crossed the line in 2:07:26, followed by Hoffman in 2:09:10 and Currie in 2:10:50.
Josiah had this to say about his march up the mountain.
"Ben and Braden had a pretty big lead out of the water and they kept that lead all the way up the first climb.
I reeled them in at about mile ten on the bike so I had a lot of work to do to get to them. I tried to put a little bit of a cushion on them coming into the run. Luckily I had 40-50 seconds coming into the run.
Last year I had a really good race here. Today really felt like a struggle."
It’s Hoffman’s second straight runner-up here, and he was third in each of the previous two tries. With his third-place showing today Currie moves into 2nd place in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series standings and could take the Series with a win at the USA Championship combined with a third-place or lower finish by Middaugh in Utah.
XTERRA Costa Rica Champion Rom Akerson finished in fourth and Alex Modestou placed fifth for the second straight season.
|1||Josiah Middaugh||36||Eagle-Vail, Colorado||2:07:26||100|
|2||Ben Hoffman||31||Boulder, Colorado||2:09:10||90|
|3||Braden Currie||29||Wanaka, New Zealand||2:10:50||82|
|4||Rom Akerson||30||Tambor, Costa Rica||2:15:19||75|
|5||Alex Modestou||28||Durham, North Carolina||2:15:32||69|
|6||Ryan Ignatz||36||Boulder, Colorado||2:17:04||63|
|7||Chris Legh||42||Lyons, Colorado (AUS)||2:19:55||58|
|8||Brad Zoller||37||Avon, Colorado||2:20:17||53|
|9||Chris Ganter||36||Boise, Idaho||2:22:36||49|
|10||Thomas Spannring||39||Longmont, Colorado||2:23:14||45|
|Also: Chris Foster (41), Eli Hemming (37), James Hadley (34), Branden Rakita (31), Ben Torvik (28), Jimmy Archer (NP)|
MERRICK, BAKER TAKE AMATEUR TITLES
Joshua Merrick from Alamosa, Colorado finished eleventh overall and roughly two minutes faster than Bryce Phinney of Broomfield, Colorado to capture the men's amateur title today.
Sonora, California's Julie Baker was the sixth overall woman and top women's amateur. Finishing three minutes faster than former XTERRA Amateur World Champ Elizabeth Gruber from Colorado Springs, CO.
XTERRA MTN CHAMPIONS (FEMALE AGE GROUP)
|25 - 29||Elizabeth Gruber||2:44:59||Colorado Springs, CO|
|30 - 34||Whitney Barrett||2:52:04||Golden, CO|
|35 - 39||Julie Baker||2:41:23||Sonora, CA|
|40 - 44||Christena Ward||2:58:58||Dillon, CO|
|45 - 49||Lori Cooper||3:16:57||Trophy Club, TX|
|50 - 54||Paula Maresh||3:13:06||Littleton, CO|
|55 - 59||Sharon McDowell-Larsen||2:56:04||Colorado Springs, CO|
|60 - 64||Cindi Toepel||3:28:40||Littleton, CO|
|65 - 69||Libby Harrow||4:58:12||Fruita, CO|
XTERRA MTN CHAMPIONS (MALE AGE GROUP)
|15 - 19||Nelson Hegg||2:33:27||Boulder, CO|
|20-24||Jeff Sabatka||2:25:57||Gunnison, CO|
|25 - 29||Kris Ochs||2:31:46||Vail, CO|
|30 - 34||Joshua Merrick||2:23:16||Alamosa, CO|
|35 - 39||Bryce Phinney||2:25:23||Broomfield, CO|
|40 - 44||Ryan McMullen||2:39:13||Colorado Springs, CO|
|45 - 49||Stephen White||2:32:35||Avon, CO|
|50 - 54||Dennis Farrell||2:38:35||Morrison, CO|
|55 - 59||Cliff Millemann||2:59:28||Davis, CA|
|60 - 64||Peter Dann||2:50:07||Eagle, CO|
|65-69||David Rakita||3:23:01||Durango, CO|
|70-74||G L Brown||5:28:51||Ada, MI|
|Clydesdale||Robin Krejci||4:24:22||Columbus, OH|
* Top Amateur
Next up: The XTERRA USA Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on September 19.
2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
The XTERRA Mountain Championship was the 26th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.
The XTERRA Mountain Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell and XTERRA Travel, and sponsored by Beaver Creek Resort, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, XTERRA Optic Nerve, LifeProof, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, the town of Avon, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, Utah Sports Commission, Salming, XTERRA Boards, and Outrigger Resorts.
About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988. It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2015 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 35 countries worldwide. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990. View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.