XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Report

By XTERRA
Apr. 29, 2017

Langkawi, Malaysia – In a powerful display of unity, Sam Osborne, Kieran McPherson, Ben Allen, and Bradley Weiss – the top four ranked elite men in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour standings, crossed the finish line together and were declared co-champions of the 2017 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race held in Langkawi this afternoon.

The day started with Allen and Osborne coming out of the water together, with Weiss and McPherson about one-minute back.  By the 20km mark on the bike those four were riding single file with Weiss leading the way.  It was shaping up to be a race for the ages, but then “the last 5km of the bike we couldn’t find the signage on the course, and we all went the wrong way,” said Allen.

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“There were markers out there but they were everywhere,” added McPherson.  “We’d get down a path and realize it led to nowhere and have to turnaround.”

“It was un-raceable at that point,” said Weiss.

While the group managed to find their way out of the bike route and back to the bike-to-run transition, the racing spirit was gone.  Instead of turning it into a running race to see who won, they decided to neutralize the event, do the run together as a group, and finish together.

“Last thing in the world we wanted to do but really felt there was no other option,” said Osborne.

The decision was upheld by the racing committee, who agreed it was the best possible solution given the circumstances.

"We tried to pre-empt this from happening,” said Weiss.  “We had been here from earlier in the week and were unclear where the course went. We had meetings to address our concerns but it didn’t get marked in time to pre-ride, so on race day we were still not sure where it went.”

Elite Men's Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
Tied 1 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:51:27 87
Tied 1 Sam Osborne, NZL - 87
Tied 1 Kieran McPherson, NZL - 87
Tied 1 Ben Allen, AUS - 87
5 David Escolar, ESP 2:58:39 69
6 Alex Hunt, AUS 2:58:57 63
7 Brodie Gardner, AUS 3:04:00 58
8 Will Kelsay, USA 3:12:59 53
9 Joe Miller, PHI 3:19:42 49
10 Taylor Charlton, AUS 3:20:36 45
11 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 3:23:06 41
12 Akihiko Maeda, JPN 3:53:29 37
13 Jacky Boisset, FRA 4:01:08 34

Carina Wasle

In the women’s race Carina Wasle passed Jacqui Allen on the run to win her third title in 13 days following wins at XTERRA Reunion Island and XTERRA Danao in the Philippines.

“I like this run course, lots of climbing and very technical,” said Wasle, who overcame a five-minute deficit on the run to take the win.

Jacqui Allen had the fastest swim by more than one-minute and the best bike by nearly four-minutes.  After being passed by Wasle on the run, however, she subsequently veered off-course and Myriam Guillot-Boisset moved into the second spot.

Leela Hancox from Australia, in her first race as an elite, finished fourth.

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:20:26 100
2 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 3:32:53 90
3 Jacqui Allen, GBR 3:44:00 82
4 Leela Hancox, AUS 3:54:06 75

With the win Wasle takes a commanding lead in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour standings with two races to go, while the top four elite men remain unchanged with Osborne, McPherson, Allen, and Weiss.  Next up: XTERRA Tahiti (May 6).

XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Elite Standings - After 5 (As of Apr. 29)

 M S S S G G
PL NAME, NAT TOT SPN THA NZL PHI MAS
1 Sam Osborne, NZL 327 75 DNS 75 90 87
2 Kieran McPherson, NZL 300 56 75 DNS 82 87
3 Ben Allen, AUS 290 61 67 DNS 75 87
4 Bradley Weiss, RSA 254 67 DNS DNS 100 87
5 Will Kelsay, USA 216 47 47 DNS 69 53
6 Brodie Gardner, AUS 205 39 61 47 DNS 58
7 David Escolar, ESP 168 DNS 56 43 DNS 69
8 Joe Miller, PHI 142 30 DNS DNS 63 49
9 Taylor Charlton, AUS 141 DNS 43 DNS 53 45
10 Olly Shaw, NZL 109 DNS DNS 51 58 DNS
11 Markus Benesch, AUT 102 51 51 DNS DNS DNS
12 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 92 21 30 DNS DNF 41
13 Alex Roberts, NZL 85 DNS DNS 36 49 DNF
14 Aleksandr Dorovskikh, RUS 72 36 36 DNS DNS DNS
15 Hayden Wilde, NZL 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS
16 Alex Hunt, AUS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
17 Akihiko Maeda, JPN 62 25 DNS DNS DNS 37
18 Kyle Smith, NZL 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS
19 Fynn Thompson, NZL 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
20 Yuichi Hosoda, JPN 43 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Jacob Storey 39 DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS
22 John Mering, NZL 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS
23 Jacky Boisset, FRA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
24 Dominik Wychera, AUT 33 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 33 DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS
26 Cedric Wane, FRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS
27 Emil Duraj, SVK 27 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Michal Bucek, SVK 23 23 DNF DNS DNS DNS
 WM S S S G G
PL NAME, NAT TOT SPN THA NZL PHI MAS
1 Carina Wasle, AUT 275 75 DNS DNS 100 100
2 Jacqui Allen, GBR 157 DNS DNS 75 DNF 82
3 Penny Slater, AUS 141 DNS DNS 51 90 DNS
4 Renata Bucher, SUI 131 DNS 75 56 DNS DNS
5 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
6 Jessica Koltz, USA 82 DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS
7 Leela Hancox, AUS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
8 Kelli Montgomery, USA 67 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS
9 Mieko Carey, JPN 67 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
10 Hannah Wells, NZL 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS
11 Marika Wagner, SWE 61 DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS
12 Josie Wilcox, NZL 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS
13 Belinda Hadden, AUS 56 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
14 Rebecca Clarke, NZL 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
15 Lizzy Bunckenburg, NZL 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS

2017 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series Schedule

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race was the 13th of 41 events where amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 29.

Date
Race
Elite Winners or Location
Feb 25
Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
Mar 4
Dougal Allan / Josie Wilcox
Mar 18
XTERRA Saipan + Silver
Sam Osborne / Carina Wasle
Mar 25
Gonzalo Tellechea / Suzie Snyder
Apr 1
Kieran McPherson / Renata Bucher
Apr 1
XTERRA Chile # Silver
Felipe Barraza / Barbara Riveros
Apr 2
XTERRA Malta * Silver
Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
Apr 8
Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
Apr 9
Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
Apr 16
Ruben Ruzafa / Carina Wasle
Apr 23
Bradley Weiss / Carina Wasle
Apr 23
XTERRA Cyprus * Silver
Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor
Apr 29
Osborne,Allen,Weiss,McPherson/Wasle
Apr 30
XTERRA Greece * Silver
Vouliagmeni
May 6
Moorea
May 14
XTERRA Spain * Silver
Taragonna
May 14
XTERRA Brazil # Silver
Ilha Bella, Sao Paolo
May 20
Pelham, AL, USA
May 27
Golega
Jun 10
Namur
Jun 17
Milton, Ontario, Canada
Jun 18
Imatra
Jun 24
Vallee de Joux
Jul 2
Xonrupt
Jul 9
Victoria, B.C., Canada
Jul 15
Beaver Creek, CO, USA
Jul 30
Scanno, Abruzzo, Italy
Aug 5
Tapalpa
Aug 5
XTERRA Norway * Silver
Norefjell
Aug 6
Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Aug 12
Quebec City, Canada
Aug 12
Ontario, Canada
Aug 13
Barahona
Aug 13
XTERRA Poland * Silver
Krakow
Aug 19
Zittau
Aug 26
XTERRA Sweden * Silver
Hammarbybacken, Stockholm
Aug 26
Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
Sep 2
XTERRA Japan + Silver
Hokkaido
Sep 3
Mons Klint
Sep 16
Ogden, Utah, USA
Oct 29
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* XTERRA European Tour / # XTERRA Pan American Tour / + Asia-Pacific Tour
Silver = Min. $7,500 pro purse & 75-point scale // GOLD = Min $15,000 pro purse & 100-point scale.

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