For the second straight year France boasted the most XTERRA European Tour Champions. Last year they had eight winners, this year it was five – all men – with Remi Jeaugey (15-19), Valentin Genewe (20-24), Christophe Betard (30-34), Samuel Pourchez (40-44), and Jerome Georges (45-49).
Switzerland was right behind with four winners – Franziska Peier (pictured, 35-39), Nadja Schmid (40-44), Patrick Lanz (35-39), and Peter Naegeli (60-64). Germany, Czech, and Denmark all had two winners while the Netherlands, Italy, England, and the USA each had one XTERRA European Tour Champion.
Of note, Peier and Naegeli won their divisions for the second straight season. Peier collected the most points of any athlete with 451 after winning her division at XTERRA Switzerland, Czech, and the European Championship, placing 2nd at XTERRA Italy and 3rd at XTERRA Sweden.
Pourchez picked up the most points for the men with 431 with wins at XTERRA France and the European Championship, a runner-up at XTERRA Portugal, and third-place finishes in Italy and Switzerland.
Last year’s XTERRA Warrior award winner Christophe Maury once again did the most races on the XTERRA European Tour with nine (last year he did eight).
The best-of-the-best from Europe and around the world now focus their attention on Maui, and the 20th XTERRA World Championship race to be held November 1 in Kapalua.
|2015 European Tour Champions|
|Division||Name - Nationality|
|F20-24||Marketa Roubalova - CZE|
|F25-29||Mariana Sopouskova - CZE|
|F30-34||Ruth Owen-Evans - UK|
|F35-39||Franziska Peier - SUI|
|F40-44||Nadja Schmid - SUI|
|F45-49||Annette Mack - GER|
|F50-54||Carol Rasmussen - DEN|
|F55-59||Barbara Peterson - USA|
|M15-19||Rémi Jeaugey - FRA|
|M20-24||Valentin Genewe - FRA|
|M25-29||Stephan Radeck - GER|
|M30-34||Christophe Betard - FRA|
|M35-39||Patrick Lanz - SUI|
|M40-44||Samuel Pourchez - FRA|
|M45-49||Jerome Georges - FRA|
|M50-54||Mark Waaijenberg - NED|
|M55-59||Karsten Olsen - DEN|
|M60-64||Peter Naegeli - SUI|
|M65-69||Claudio Panichi - ITA|