Intrigue awaits at the XTERRA Mine Over Matter off-road triathlon set for Saturday in Milton, Ontario, Canada as local boy Karsten Madsen carries the hopes of Ontario on his shoulders.
Madsen is off to hot start in 2016 following a runner-up performance at XTERRA Argentina (finishing behind World Champ Josiah Middaugh) and a third-place showing at XTERRA Oak Mountain, and has a wealth of experience and success in past races on the Kelso course, but will all that be enough to carry him past a quality collection of closely-matched competitors?
American pros Chris Ganter, Branden Rakita, and Ryan Ignatz – each ranked in the top six of last year’s XTERRA U.S. Pro Series – are all capable of being the fastest on the day and just like Madsen, none have an XTERRA major title on their resume. This Saturday one of those guys – not to discount newcomers Alex VanderLinden, Brian MacIlvain, or Daniel Molnar – is going to have his name added to the scroll of 2016 XTERRA World Tour major champions.
In the women’s race Suzie Snyder comes into Ontario fresh off a win at XTERRA Oak Mountain, and will be joined on the start line by fellow Americans Maia Ignatz, Caroline Colonna, and Debby Sullivan as well as home country standouts Katharine Carter and Joanna Brown.
It all starts at 8am EST and we’ll have live twitter updates from the pro race @xterraoffroad.
XTERRA Mine over Matter is stop number five of 10 on the XTERRA Pan America Tour where elites and amateurs count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) from the first nine events plus whatever they get, or don’t get, at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Utah.
For more information, visit www.xterrapanam.com.