Middaugh, Riou win XTERRA Dominican Republic

By XTERRA
Aug. 13, 2017
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August 13, 2017 - Reigning XTERRA Pan America Tour Champion Josiah Middaugh from Colorado and Morgane Riou from France won the 2nd annual XTERRA Dominican Republic Championship race elite titles on a clear, sunny day at the Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge in Barahona this morning.

It’s the fifth straight win of the season for Middaugh, and the 29th major victory of his storied career. For Riou, it’s her first XTERRA World Tour win as an elite.


In the men’s race two-time Olympian Leonardo Chacon from Costa Rica took the early lead with a swim that was two-minutes faster than the rest of the field, but Middaugh turned in the fastest bike of the day to take a two-minute lead of his own into the bike-to-run transition then posted the fastest run of the day to take the tape in 2:25:55, more than two minutes in front of runner-up Kieran McPherson.

“This race is the closest representation to the Maui course we have on the Pan American circuit, so it was good for me to come to this amazing location and test myself on a challenging tropical course against great competition like Kieran and Leonardo,” said Middaugh.

McPherson said, “I was happy to get out of the water with Branden and Josiah, as I knew Josiah would be riding up to the front of the race.  I managed to stay close on the first long lap with a small gap at the top of the first major climb, however it was extended on the second loop.  I was happy to share a similar run spit to Josiah.  I will be the first to commit to next year’s race here.”

Chacon, still recovering from a stress fracture suffered early in the season, finished third followed by Pan Am Pro Series points leader Branden Rakita in fourth, and Julien Buffe from France in fifth.

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:25:55 75
2 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:28:24 67
3 Leonardo Chacon, CRC 2:33:46 61
4 Branden Rakita, USA 2:47:23 56
5 Julien Buffe, FRA 2:47:47 51


In the women’s race Jessie Koltz led out of the water, roughly two-minutes ahead of Riou and Genevieve Evans. By the mid-way point on the first big climb Riou took the lead, followed next by Kara LaPoint about 15-seconds back, with Evans in third. From there the young French stand-out extended her lead to three-minutes at the bike-to-run transition and then she did what she does best … run.  Her run time was nearly three minutes faster than LaPoint, who came in second-place about six-minutes later.

Evans was third, with Laura Mira Dias from Brazil in fourth, and Koltz in fifth.

“I really went for it today” said LaPoint. “I was going for the win. Having not yet won an XTERRA major, I was really hopeful I could make my first one happen here in the DR, which is a very special place for me. I knew it would take a truly stellar day, as Morgane is in such great form right now. After getting out of the water a little behind, I fought hard to pull back time on the bike, and got within about 15 seconds near the top of the climb on the first lap, but I made a few critical mistakes that set me back, and I lost contact. In the end, Morgane was just too strong today, and she left no room for error out there. She really had an amazing race, and I am very happy for her on taking her first win here – I know she wanted it bad as well! While I didn’t quite get the result I wanted, I am happy with my day. I gave it everything, I felt strong out there, and I am very pleased with 2nd today. All the women turned in a super strong showing, which was cool to see. It was another amazing experience here at Casa Bonita, the host hotel. This venue is fantastic, and truly one of my very favorite races!”

Evans, who is back in the pro ranks after spending a brief stint back in the amateur field, added “XTERRA DR was my second international XTERRA experience and it was truly an adventure. I enjoy doing races that are out of my norm and this was certainly the case. Swimming in the Caribbean Sea as the sun rose and exchanging greetings with other racers on the out and back run course along the river were some of the highlights.  The volunteers, other racers, and locals were supportive and put on a good race.”

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Morgane Riou, FRA 3:00:05 75
2 Kara LaPoint, USA 3:06:46 67
3 Genevieve Evans, USA 3:19:54 61
4 Laura Mira, BRA 3:25:13 56
5 Jessie Koltz, USA 3:34:01 51

RAKITA, SNYDER REMAIN ATOP PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS

Josiah Middaugh got another 19 points closer but Branden Rakita remains in the No. 1 spot in the Pan Am Pro Series heading into the season finale at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Utah on September 16.  In the women's standings Snyder held on to her top spot as well.

Next Up: XTERRA Pan Am Championship, September 16, Ogden, Utah

XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS
After 9 (As of 8.13)
S S S S G S G G S
PL NAME, NAT TOT ARG CHI CRC BRA OAK VIC BVR MEX DOM
1 Branden Rakita, USA 466 56 47 56 DNS 69 61 58 63 56
2 Josiah Middaugh, USA 450 DNS DNS 75 DNS 100 DNS 100 100 75
3 Kieran McPherson, NZL 320 DNS DNS DNS 67 63 DNS 41 82 67
4 Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, CAN 282 61 56 61 DNS 37 67 DNS DNS DNS
5 Gonzalo Tellechea, ARG 217 75 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
6 Cedric Wane, TAH 208 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 51 63 53 DNS
7 Brian Smith, USA 208 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS 75 58 DNS
8 Julien Buffe, FRA 182 43 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 51
9 Francisco Serrano, MEX 172 DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 90 DNS
10 Karsten Madsen, CAN 165 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 75 DNS DNS DNS
11 Ryan Ignatz, USA 149 DNS DNS 51 DNS 53 DNS 45 DNS DNS
12 Felipe Moletta, BRA 136 DNS 61 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Maximiliano Morales, ARG 118 67 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Chris Ganter, USA 114 DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 56 DNS DNS DNS
15 Ian King, USA 108 DNS 27 47 DNS 34 DNS DNP DNS DNS
16 Veit Hoenle, GER 98 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS
17 León Drajer, ESP 94 51 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Micheal Nunez, USA 92 DNS DNS 30 DNS 31 DNS 31 DNS DNS
19 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS
20 Sam Long, USA 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS
21 Felipe Barraza, CHI 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Guiherme Goncalves, BRA 72 DNS DNS 36 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Ben Hoffman, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS
24 Leonardo Mata , MEX 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
25 Kris Coddens, BEL 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Alexandre Manzan, BRA 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Leonardo Chacon, CRC 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
28 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Mario de Elias, ARG 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS
30 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 51 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Andres Darricau, ARG 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Diogo Malagon, BRA 47 DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Cody Waite, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Esteban Rosas, MEX 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS
35 Greg Schott, USA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Rodrigo Moreira, BRA 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Daniel Ramirez, MEX 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS
38 Federico Venegas, CRC 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Silveira Silva, BRA 39 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Thomas Spannring, USA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS
41 Joaquin Pereda, MEX 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS
42 Diego Moya, CHI 36 DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
43 Guilherme Goncalves, BRA 36 DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
44 Joshua Merrick, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS
45 Gaspar Riveros, CHI 33 DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Billy Gordon, PAN 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
47 Anderson Ferreira, BRA 33 DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
48 Benjamin Munizaga, CHI 30 DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Wellington Conceicao, BRA 30 DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
50 Ryan DeCook, USA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS
51 Taylor Charlton, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS
52 Andres Zuniga, CRC 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Pericles Andrade, BRA 27 DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
54 Fernando Melo, BRA 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
55 Leonardo Lisboa, BRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
ELITE WOMEN S S S S G S G G S
PL NAME, NAT TOT ARG CHI CRC BRA OAK VIC BVR MEX DOM
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 582 75 67 75 DNS 100 75 90 100 DNS
2 Kara LaPoint, USA 504 61 56 67 DNS 58 51 69 75 67
3 Morgane Riou, FRA 427 67 61 DNS DNS DNS 67 75 82 75
4 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 335 51 47 56 67 DNP DNS DNS 58 56
5 Annie Bergen, CAN 246 DNS DNS 61 DNS 31 27 58 69 DNS
6 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 235 56 51 DNS 75 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
7 Lesley Paterson, GBR 190 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS 100 DNS DNS
8 Caroline Colonna, USA 173 DNS DNS 47 DNS 28 DNS 45 53 DNS
9 Julie Baker, USA 164 DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS
10 Jessie Koltz, USA 139 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 49 DNF 51
11 Katie Button, CAN 124 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 61 DNS DNS DNS
12 Liz Gruber, USA 120 DNS DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Maia Ignatz, USA 118 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 43 DNS DNS DNS
14 Emma Garrard, USA 108 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS 63 DNS DNS
15 Fabiola Corona, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS
16 Heather Zimchek-Dunn, USA 83 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 53 DNS DNS
17 Barbara Riveros, CHI 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Debby Sullivan, USA 74 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 33 DNS DNS DNS
19 Kelli Montgomery, USA 70 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 36 DNS DNS DNS
20 Dunia Gomez, MEX 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS
21 Isabella Ribeiro, BRA 61 DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Genevieve Evans, USA 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61
23 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Zoe Dawson, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
25 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 51 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Katharine Carter, CAN 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Brisa Melcop, BRA 47 DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Ladina Buss, SUI 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS
29 Anne Usher, USA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS
XTERRA Dominican Republic was the ninth of 10 races on the XTERRA Pan America Tour where amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 29.
Date Race Elite Winners or Location
25-Feb XTERRA South Africa Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
4-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Dougal Allan / Josie Wilcox
18-Mar XTERRA Saipan + Silver Sam Osborne / Carina Wasle
25-Mar XTERRA Argentina # Silver Gonzalo Tellechea / Suzie Snyder
1-Apr XTERRA Thailand + Silver Kieran McPherson / Renata Bucher
1-Apr XTERRA Chile # Silver Felipe Barraza / Barbara Riveros
2-Apr XTERRA Malta * Silver Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
8-Apr XTERRA New Zealand + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
9-Apr XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
16-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Danao + GOLD Bradley Weiss / Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Cyprus * Silver Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor
29-Apr XTERRA Langkawi + GOLD Osborne,Allen,Weiss,McPherson/Wasle
30-Apr XTERRA Greece * Silver Ruben Ruzafa, Helena Erbenova
6-May XTERRA Tahiti + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
13-May XTERRA Brazil # Silver Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
14-May XTERRA Spain * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
20-May XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
27-May XTERRA Portugal * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Brigitta Poor
10-Jun XTERRA Belgium * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
17-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter ^ Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady
18-Jun XTERRA Finland * Silver Pavel Andreev / Louise Fox
24-Jun XTERRA Switzerland * GOLD Arthur Forissier / Michelle Flipo
2-Jul XTERRA France * GOLD Ruben Ruzafa / Laura Philipp
9-Jul XTERRA Victoria # Silver Karsten Madsen / Suzie Snyder
15-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Lesley Paterson
30-Jul XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver Xavier Dafflon / Helena Karaskova
5-Aug XTERRA Mexico # GOLD Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
5-Aug XTERRA Norway * Silver Ruben Ruzafa / Maud Golssteyn
13-Aug XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver Josiah Middaugh / Morgane Riou
13-Aug XTERRA Poland * Silver Sam Osborne / Brigitta Poor
19-Aug XTERRA Germany * GOLD Zittau
26-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant ^ Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
3-Sep XTERRA European Championship (DEN) * GOLD Mons Klint
16-Sep XTERRA Pan Am Championship / USA # D-GOLD Ogden, Utah, USA
29-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
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