The 2016 XTERRA America Tour regular season racing schedule came to a close Sunday, points were tallied, and the regional champions list is out.
Click here to view the 11x17 PDF listing all 185 athletes who won their region this year.
Winners have been invited to race in the XTERRA World Championship and will be honored on the eve of the XTERRA Pan America/USA Championship race in downtown Ogden, Utah on Friday, Sept. 16.
Topping the list once more is 2011 Mr. XTERRA and former National Champ Steve Cole, a pilot living in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Cole remains the only racer in XTERRA history to win all 16 regional championships since the inception of the America tour back in 2001. He was the best age group racer in the South Central’s 45-49 division from 2001 to 2005, won the SC 50-54 division from 2006-2010, swept through the 55-59 division from 2011-2015, and welcomed himself to the 60-64 division in style by posting a perfect score (325 points) with wins in Saipan, Tsali, Knoxville, and Oak Mountain.
While Cole is the only 16-time regional champ, Beverly Enslow of Metamora, Illinois is the most prolific female age grouper with 15 regional titles in the Midwest region.
Cindi Toepel is right behind with 14 titles. Russell Clark and Linda Usher have 13. Kyle Grieser, Barbara Peterson, and GL Brown have 12. Casey Fannin, Kathy Frank, Errol Lassiter, Hans Dieben, and Ken Robins have 11, and new this year to the double-digit club are Ron Hill and Mike Carter, who each won their 10th regional championship crown.
The 2016 XTERRA America Tour featured more than 50 races in 30 U.S. States and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. Learn more at http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/america-tour.