The inaugural 10-stop XTERRA Pan America Tour for amateurs and professionals culminates in Ogden, Utah on September 17.
For pros, the XTERRA Pan Am Championship race counts towards their final points tally regardless if they race or not, so all the big guns will be there. In the men’s chase American Josiah Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA World Champion, holds all the cards with 342 points but Karsten Madsen from Canada and Rom Akerson from Costa Rica are close behind with 322 points apiece. Josiah simply needs to finish top 3 to secure the crown, however, if (hypothetically speaking) Karsten or Rom win in Utah and Josiah finishes fourth or worse they could take the title.
In the women’s race Suzie Snyder sits on top of the elite standings with a perfect 350 points as a result of two Gold and two Silver victories, with Myriam Guillot-Boisset from France in second with 332 points. Suzie needs to finish top two to guarantee the Tour title. Should Suzie finish third and Myriam win it, they would be tied at 432 points with Guillot-Boisset taking the tie-breaker. Of course there are countless number of other scenarios that could come in to play, creating a whole lot of excitement for September 17.
XTERRA Pan America Tour titles for amateurs are also up for grabs. To qualify for Tour titles an athlete had to race in at least one of the first nine events. There are only two racers coming into Ogden that are guaranteed to win their division; Heather Horton, who won all four races she entered this year at XTERRA Oak Mountain, XTERRA Mine over Matter, XTERRA Victoria, and XTERRA Beaver Creek; and Steve Cole; who took the top spot in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Oak Mountain.