Weiss, Orchard win XTERRA Philippines

Feb. 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016 (Albay, Luzon) - Bradley Weiss of South Africa and Lizzie Orchard of New Zealand won the 6th annual XTERRA Philippines Championship in Albay on Sunday.

It’s the third win in as many weeks for Weiss, who captured the first two races of the XTERRA South Africa Series before traveling to the Philippines to defend his title.  For Orchard, it’s her first championship win on the XTERRA World Tour following three runner-up finishes and an impressive 5th place showing at XTERRA Worlds last year.

In the men’s race Ben Allen was first out of the water, one-minute ahead of Weiss.  Weiss then posted the fastest bike split of the day (1:25:30) to take a one-minute lead of his own onto the run.   Allen crashed hard just before the bike-to-run transition but still hung on for second-place, holding off fellow Aussie Brodie Gardner by just nine seconds.  Takahiro Ogasawara came in fourth and Charlie Epperson posted the fastest run split among elites to finish in fifth.

“Has been a seriously crazy few weeks with 4 races in 5 weeks,” said Weiss. “Knowing I was taking on such an aggressive racing schedule I wanted to make sure I was in the best possible form coming in. Winning the first three has really gotten my 2016 year off to a flying start and I am hoping to build on this momentum heading into the XTERRA SA National Championships next weekend.”

“Regarding XTERRA Philippines itself I lost around a minute to Ben on the swim leg which is a little more than I was hoping to lose if I am honest. My legs were not feeling great after two hard races back home in Africa and the long travel over to the Philippines just 2 days prior to the race. I finally bridged the gap at around the half way mark of the bike leg which did give me some confidence and a boost of energy. I noticed Ben was struggling a little more than myself in the wet and tricky conditions and on the next long decent I pushed hard to try and get him out of his comfort zone. The strategy worked in my favor and soon Ben made an error and hit the deck behind me with a thud and a groan. I took the opportunity with both hands and pushed hard once I was in the clear. Onto the run I had about a one-minute lead and with Ben being slightly injured after his tumble I had a relatively comfortable run home. Racing in the Philippines is always a fantastic experience with the locals seriously buying into the hype around the event and coming out in their masses to support us on race day. I am thrilled to have defended my title from 2015 and I cannot wait to return to Albay in 2017.”


In the women’s race Jacqui Slack had the fastest swim and bike splits to take a two-minute, 35-second lead onto the run but Lizzie Orchard posted a blistering run split to take the tape in 2:52:14, more than two minutes ahead of Slack.  Mieko Carey finished in third.

“The race course itself was a lot of fun,” said Orchard. “The one-lap swim was really calm and I thought I was by myself in no man’s land but was later to find I was only 10sec behind Mieko most of the way! Jacqui had a great swim and had put about a minute and a half on us. We had done a practice ride a couple of days before so I knew there were a few very long hills to negotiate in the 1st half of the bike. After these, the course was undulating with some great trails through forest and past fresh (2006) Lava! It was drizzling most of the bike so not too hot. There were crowds of locals cheering in the villages which I enjoyed a lot. The run was an adventure up the mountain and through a lot of small streams and rice paddy’s, I caught Jacqui about half way and was able to pull away towards the finish. Being my first-ever Pro win this race is bound to stay high on my favorite race results, especially as it was amongst such a great bunch.”

More than just the race, Orchard felt the overall experience was world-class.

“We really enjoyed visiting Albay - we actually went over on the Tuesday before the race so we could explore the Region a bit. We were met with such a welcome at the airport, were driven to see our personalized massive banners and meet the Governor! I've never felt so welcome and treated as such an honored guest before, Sunrise Events sure know how to put on a show. It was new to me to do TV interviews and speak publicly but the people are so nice that I was nervous for no reason. The pros were really taken care of also which made travelling and competing overseas less stressful than usual.”

Pos Name, NAT Time S B R Points
1 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:29:56 20:47 1:25:30 42:20 100
2 Ben Allen, AUS 2:33:59 19:39 1:27:56 45:17 90
3 Brodie Gardner, AUS 2:34:08 22:31 1:29:53 40:27 82
4 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 2:41:04 24:23 1:30:04 45:11 75
5 Charlie Epperson, USA 2:43:40 25:27 1:35:40 40:22 69
6 Michal Bucek, SVK 2:54:17 22:35 1:41:40 48:22 63
7 Cameron O'Neal, USA 3:00:08 27:04 1:44:12 47:20 58
8 Joe Miller, PHI 3:11:48 30:09 1:46:02 54:14 53
9 Barry Lee, MAS 3:19:35 25:13 1:57:20 55:34 49
Pos Name, NAT Time S B R Points
1 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 2:52:14 24:08 1:43:08 43:30 100
2 Jacqui Slack, GBR 2:54:30 22:26 1:42:13 48:22 90
3 Mieko Carey, JPN 3:07:35 23:54 1:49:24 52:49 82
Year - Men / Women
2011 - Sam Gardner / Shonny Vanlandingham
2012 - Ben Allen / Renata Bucher
2013 - Ben Allen / Lesley Paterson
2014 - Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
2015 - Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy
2016 - Brad Weiss / Liz Orchard

XTERRA Philippines was the second of six races in the 2015-2016 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour where pros and amateurs count their best three scores (the finale in Malaysia counts double).  With the win Orchard moves into first place in the women’s chase, followed by Slack and Carey.  Ogasawara sits atop the men’s standings ahead of Americans Charlie Epperson and Cameron O’Neal.

Next up on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour is the Crown Jewel in Saipan (March 12, 2016), then XTERRA New Zealand (April 16, 2016), the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia (April 23, 2016) and the tour finale at XTERRA Malaysia (May 7, 2016).  The 2016-17 season will then begin with Tahiti (May 14, 2016) followed by Japan (date TBD) and points will continue to accumulate into 2017 until the Grand Finale in Langkawi at XTERRA Malaysia in May.

1 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 82 75 157
2 Charlie Epperson, USA 75 69 144
3 Cameron Oneal, USA 63 58 121
4 Courtney Atkinson, AUS 100 DNS 100
5 Bradley Weiss, RSA DNS 100 100
6 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 90 DNS 90
7 Ben Allen, AUS DNS 90 90
8 Brodie Gardner, AUS DNS 82 82
9 Taro Shirato, JPN 69 DNS 69
10 Michal Bucek, SVK DNS 63 63
11 Hsieh Jason, HKG 58 DNS 58
12 Joe Miller, PHI DNS 53 53
13 Kaon Cho, KOR 53 DNS 53
14 Barry Lee, MAS DNS 49 49
1 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 90 100 190
2 Mieko Carey, USA 100 82 182
3 Jacqui Slack, GBR DNS 90 90

XTERRA Philippines was the first of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 23.

7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Albay
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Grabouw, Western Cape
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu South Island, New Zealand
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Saipan, CNMI
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Playa Reserva Conchal
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Dique Ullum, San Juan
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Majjistral Nature Reserve
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Rotorua, North Island
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion La Reunion Island
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Langkawi
7-May XTERRA Brazil Ilhabela, São Paulo
7-May XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Papeete
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Pelham, Shelby County, AL, USA
21-May XTERRA Portugal Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Jul/Sept XTERRA Japan (Subject to Change) Hokkaido
Jul/Aug XTERRA Korea (Subject to Change) Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
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