Over the last four years nobody has had more success during the course of the regular season than Daryl Weaver, a 42-year-old from Lititz, Pennsylvania.
The 2015 season, however, started off "slow" for the four-time regional champ. By slow we mean he finished third overall behind the reigning 20-24 XTERRA National Champion Billy Allen and last year's overall USAT Off-Road National Champion Rob Ricard at XTERRA Jersey Devil in April. Yet, he still won his division.
In his next race he stole that overall USAT Off-Road National Champion crown from Ricard in Pelham, Alabama (which doubled as the XTERRA Southeast Champs). In 'Bama he was the top amateur and 10th overall behind only nine elites. He followed that win with another overall amateur title at the highly competitive XTERRA East Championship in Richmond where he was 8th overall (and got the better of Billy Allen). Then it was three straight overall victories at XTERRA EX2, Sky High, and Appalachia before another run in with Ricard at XTERRA Syracuse. He finished 31-seconds behind Ricard in 2nd overall, but still won his division.
Since he stared racing XTERRA in 2011 Weaver has won his division in 26 of the 27 races he hass done during the regular season, and captured the overall at most of them. Here is how he explains it...
"I feel it is a blessing from God that I am 42 and still racing at this pace," said Weaver. "I like running races, mountain bike races, and road triathlons, but I love XTERRA!"
"I changed my approach to racing this year, and am trying to pay more attention to what my body is saying during the race and not over cooking the bike. This led to some good races this year and a lot of fun competing against guys like Billy Allen and Rob Ricard. They are great guys and my toughest competition on the east coast. Other than the time between the start line and the finish line, where we try to crush each other and would probably use each other for traction, we get along really good. It's an XTERRA thing. Truth be told, if it were not for some injuries for both of them, I would not have had as good of a record this year. There are also several other guys from across the U.S. that are coming to nationals that scare me. This is my third nationals, the first two were not good for me, so I'm excited to see if my changes help."