The XTERRA Planet was in racing mode in Tahoe City, California, Bellvue, Colorado, and Albay, Philippines last weekend.
In the shadows of Mount Mayon, Sam Osborne and Samantha Kingsford from New Zealand captured the XTERRA Albay elite titles on Sunday.
It’s the eighth XTERRA World Tour win for Osborne, and the first for Kingsford. With the win Osborne also secured the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour title for the second year in a row, while Penny Slater won the women’s tour by virtue of her second-place showing in Legazpi.
In Colorado, Robbie Day and Katarina Marks won XTERRA Lory. Day, who is just 15-years-old, finished the course in 1:42:25 followed by Benny Smith in 1:44:41. Craig Depperschmidt was third in 1:44:50. This is Day’s second overall and age group win of the season. He also won the amateur title at XTERRA Costa Rica on March 25.
In the women’s race, Kiki Silver was out of the water first, but Marks passed her on the bike and led the rest of the race, finishing in 1:54:07. Silver was second in 1:56:58, and Sharon McDowell-Larse was third in 2:04:23.
Finally, under a sky as clear and blue as the lake they swam in, Sian Crespo and Mike Sooder claimed the titles at XTERRA Tahoe City.
Crespo took the women’s race in 3:27:42 while Emma Briggs was behind her in 3:43:49. Janet Soule was third in 3:44:17. Briggs was out of the water before Crespo, but Crespo demonstrated her mad skills on the bike and led for the rest of the race.
In the men’s race, Mike Sooder won in 2:54:16 with Niels Vande Casteele just behind him in 2:54:39. Jeremie Showa was third in 2:55:38. Sooder was one of the first out of the water and had the fastest run split – over 30 seconds per mile faster than anyone else - while Vande Casteele had the fastest bike split by about five minutes.