Mendez, Paterson win XTERRA Beaver Creek

By XTERRA
Jul. 21, 2018

Mauricio Mendez from Mexico and Lesley Paterson from Scotland captured the 10th annual XTERRA Beaver Creek off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful morning in the Rocky Mountains surrounding Avon, Colorado on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

It’s the third XTERRA win of the season for Mendez, the 2016 XTERRA World Champion, and the second for Paterson, who captured the ITU Cross Tri World Title just 11 days ago in Denmark.

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MAU OF THE MOUNTAIN

The elite men’s race was one of the most exciting back-and-forth, all-out battles in XTERRA history.  It all started with a one-mile swim in the 67-degree calm waters of Nottingham Lake.  The air quality was good despite a light haze in the air from the wildfire smoke coming from the Lake Christine Fire still burning near Basalt, CO.

Brad Zoller was first out of the water in 17:55, followed closely by Mendez and Branden Rakita. The other key players on the day were roughly 1:40-to-2 minutes back with Sam Long (19:38), Ryan Petry (19:43), Kieran McPherson (19:59), and Josiah Middaugh (20:04) exiting the water in places 7th thru 10th.

Mauricio Mendez XTERRA Beaver Creek Bike

At mile four on the bike Mendez, after nearly 2,000-feet of climbing, had 20-seconds on Rakita, 38-seconds on Long, :40 on Petry, and 1:10 on Middaugh.

“When we were on the bike I could tell this was going to be a super hard race,” said Mendez.  “The whole race was hard because you didn’t know if it was about pacing or attacking, and I didn’t know how my body was going to respond.”

About one-mile later at the top of the climb (about 9,400-feet) Long passed Mendez for the lead.

“I just hammered the bike, I stayed on the gas the whole time,” said Long.

“He did,” replied Mendez.  “Sam rode super hard, he was attacking, attacking, attacking the whole time.”

At mile 11 Long was still in the lead, Petry had moved into second 30-seconds behind with Mendez on his wheel, Middaugh was 50-seconds back, and Rakita was one-minute behind in fifth.

From there the race just got tighter and tighter.  Middaugh, boosted by the fastest bike split of the day (1:09:17), finally caught Long as the two headed into the bike-to-run transition.

“It ended up being a tight race, which is unusual at high altitude,” said Middaugh. “It’s just a testament to how strong the field is. Everyone is getting better and better and there’s no margin for error.”

Middaugh turned on in the first half of the run and opened up a 15-second lead on Long at mile two, but Mendez was right there as well.

“About a mile into the run I took the lead. I knew it was the only chance I had. You know, I learned from XTERRA Victoria two weeks ago that I can’t get complacent and I had to run hard from the start. And I just ran that first mile as hard as I could because that was the only way. But I had nothing left. My reserves were empty for sure,” said Middaugh.

Mendez, however, still had something left.

“I passed Sam at around mile two, and I got Josiah at the end of the second climb crossing the river,” said Mendez.  “I felt terrible because I was struggling, and I was worried Josiah might attack back so I just said let’s be strong and don’t look back. When I got close to the finish line I turned back and didn’t see Josiah and I was finally was able to breathe. Finally, after two hours of super hard racing. Today was super exciting. You didn’t know who was going to win until the very finish.”

The 22-year-old, who has had many big wins already in his young career, said this one was among the best.

“It was just racing. True racing. When we were six-kilometers into the run I felt like if I win this race, it will be one of my biggest wins in my career in XTERRA because it’s just about the mind. It wasn’t about strength or anything else today so I’m super excited and super happy.”

With the win Mendez, the 2016 XTERRA World Champion, upset Josiah Middaugh, the 2015 XTERRA World Champ, in his own backyard.  Middaugh, who lives nearby in Eagle-Vail, had won this race in each of the last five years. Mendez took the tape in 2:07:35, less than one-minute ahead of Middaugh in second (2:08:31).

Sam Long finished in third for the second straight year in 2:09:22.

“I’m trying to win one of these, and if it could have been today, that would’ve been great.  Still, best race I’ve ever had, for sure.  It was fun out there,” said Long.

Petry, who last raced XTERRA in Maui in 2016, posted the second-best bike split of the day and finished fourth, while Brian Smith came in fifth.

ELITE MEN RESULTS

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:07:35 100
2 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:08:31 90
3 Sam Long, USA 2:09:22 82
4 Ryan Petry, USA 2:12:43 75
5 Brian Smith, USA 2:12:58 69
6 Branden Rakita, USA 2:15:48 63
7 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:16:51 58
8 Tyler Butterfield, BER 2:17:56 53
9 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:18:36 49
10 Brad Zoller, USA 2:20:20 45
11 Joshua Merrick, USA 2:23:47 41
12 Lewis Elliot, USA 2:26:47 37
13 Hans Ryham, USA 2:27:34 34
14 Alex Roberts, NZL 2:30:56 31
15 Will Kelsay, USA 2:31:35 28

Also: Alex Willis

Lesley Paterson XTERRA

THE SCOTTISH ROCKET REPEATS

In the women’s race it was a duel between the last two women’s champions on this course.  Julie Baker won it in 2016, and Lesley Paterson won it last year.

Baker posted the fastest swim of the day, about 1:20 in front of Paterson, and held the lead on the bike until the top of the climb.

“I started the race and felt like I was on the struggle bus the whole day,” said Paterson.  “It really was a hard race for me today. Last year I came out 10 or 12 days before the race and this time it was only three or four days and it was brutal. It was really hard. I wasn’t my usual smiling self.”

Still, the “Scottish Rocket” posted the fastest bike (1:26:08) and run (45:10) splits on the day to take the tape in 2:34:21, nearly four-minutes ahead of Baker in second.

“In the end my body held together and I’m happy,” said Paterson.  “I think it was more the mind, just pushing through that pain today and trying to stay positive. At the start of the bike I was not feeling very good and then all the demons started to come in, like, I can’t do this today. I think on this kind of course you just have to be super patient and know that the demons are there and say, you know what, I’ve done this before, I can do it again.  Ultimately you just have to relax, keep fighting through it, and make it home.”

Kara LaPoint was third in 2:42:12, Allison Baca finished fourth, and XTERRA Pan Am Tour leader Fabiola Corona placed fifth.

Of note, Tess Amer, the overall amateur champ, posted the second-best time of the day and had she been racing in the elite field, would have finished in second ahead of Baker and less than one-minute behind Paterson.

“Everyone asked me why aren’t you racing elite,” said Amer. “But I hadn’t done a triathlon in two years since this race in 2016 and didn’t have what I needed for my elite license.  That’s okay though, now I can get my pro card.  Next, I want to go to Nationals in Ogden because I have never been, and then to Maui so that would be fun too.”

ELITE WOMEN RESULTS

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Lesley Paterson, GBR 2:34:21 100
2 Julie Baker, USA 2:38:16 90
3 Kara LaPoint, USA 2:42:12 82
4 Allison Baca, USA 2:46:52 75
5 Fabiola Corona, MEX 2:49:52 69
6 Heather Zimchek-Dunn, USA 3:08:26 63
7 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:43:03 58

ALL TIME XTERRA BEAVER CREEK ELITE CHAMPIONS

Year Man Woman
2018 Mauricio Mendez Lesley Paterson
2017 Josiah Middaugh Lesley Paterson
2016 Josiah Middaugh Julie Baker
2015 Josiah Middaugh Flora Duffy
2014 Josiah Middaugh Chantell Widney
2013 Josiah Middaugh Shonny Vanlandingham
2012 Conrad Stoltz Shonny Vanlandingham
2011 Josiah Middaugh Danelle Kabush
2010 Nico Lebrun Shonny Vanlandingham
2009 Nico Lebrun Shonny Vanlandingham
XTERRA Beaver Creek Amateur Titles

GONZALEZ, AMER WIN AMATEUR TITLES

Francisco Gonzalez from Santiago, Chile and Tess Amer from Boulder, Colorado captured the overall amateur titles in 2:20:01 and 2:35:12, respectively.  Gonzalez was 10th overall male and Amer was second overall female.  We will break down the age group races in further detail next week, but until then here is a look at today’s age group champs:

FEMALE AGE GROUP CHAMPS

Division Name Time Hometown
15 - 19 Sophie Allen 4:03:34 Lake Worth, FL
20 - 24 Abigail Bird 3:29:41 Cheyenne, WY
25 - 29 *Tess Amer 2:35:12 Boulder, CO
30 - 34  Amelia Van Dyke 3:05:30 Dillon, CO
35 - 39  Whitney Barrett-Kaucher 2:54:12 Golden, CO
40 - 44  Deanna McCurdy 2:48:16 Littleton, CO
45 - 49  Anne Nevin 2:47:31 Trondheim, Norway
50 - 54 Margo Pitts 3:16:20 Raleigh, NC
55 - 59 Sharon McDowell Larsen 3:03:07 Colorado Springs, CO
60 - 64 Martha Buttner 3:21:52 Boulder, CO
65 - 69 Jo Garuccio 4:09:33 Sandy, UT
PC Jodi  Petit 4:53:10 Littleton, CO

MALE AGE GROUP CHAMPS

Division Name Time Hometown
15 - 19 Colin Szuch 2:41:45 Evergreen, CO
20 - 24 Ben Hogan 2:27:14 Louisville, CO
25 - 29  Chris Portugal 2:26:02 Arequipa, Peru
30 - 34  Andrew Hall 2:23:52 Salt Lake City, UT
35 - 39  * Francisco Gonzalez 2:20:01 Santiago, Chile
40 - 44  Garren Watkins 2:30:25 Boulder, CO
45 - 49  Henry Reed 2:36:41 Edwards, CO
50 - 54  Grzegorz Zgliczynski 2:44:34 Littleton, CO
55 - 59 Eric Long 2:53:46  
60 - 64 Tom Monica 2:57:23 Thousand Oaks, CA
65 - 69 Dawes Wilson 3:31:35 Vail, CO
70 - 74 Laurence Goddard 3:58:13 Los Alamos, NM
PC Michael Stone 3:59:39 Boulder, CO


McPHERSON, CORONA TOP PAN AM TOUR ELITE STANDINGS

Kieran McPherson and Fabiola Corona remain in the lead of the XTERRA Pan America Tour elite standings after nine of 12 events. 

Next up: XTERRA Mexico, August 4, Tapalpa 

2018 XTERRA PAN AMERICA TOUR ELITE STANDINGS

ELITE MEN

PL NAME, NAT TOT CHI ARG CRC URU BRA OAK DOM VIC BCR
1 Kieran McPherson, NZL 562 67 75 DNS 67 100 69 51 75 58
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 426 DNS DNS 61 75 90 90 61 DNS 49
3 Branden Rakita, USA 421 61 56 DNS DNS 75 58 47 61 63
4 Josiah Middaugh, USA 399 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS 100 75 67 90
5 Alex Roberts, NZL 290 DNS DNS DNS 61 58 37 56 47 31
6 Rom Akerson, CRC 217 DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS 75 67 DNS DNS
7 Rafael Juriti, BRA 204 51 43 DNS 47 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS
8 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 175 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
9 Alejandro Sfriso, ARG 151 DNS 51 DNS 51 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
10 Brian Smith, USA 151 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 69
11 Sam Long, USA 145 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS 82
12 Will Kelsay, USA 124 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS 53 DNS 43 28
13 Maxi Morales, ARG 117 56 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Ian King, USA 104 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS 41 DNS 27 DNS
15 Will Ross, USA 96 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS 51 DNS
16 Brent Mattison, USA 88 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS 39 DNS
17 Alexandre Manzan, BRA 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Humberto Rivera, USA 78 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS
19 Ryan Petry, USA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
20 Diogo Malagon, BRA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Gonzalo Tellechea, ARG 67 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Ryan DeCook, USA 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS 33 DNS
23 Luis Piedra, CRC 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Andres Darricau, ARG 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Brent McMahon, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
26 Felipe Moletta, BRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Tyler Butterfield, BER 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
28 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Gustavo Torres, ARG 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Lucas Mendez, ARG 47 DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Eduardo Lass, BRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Brad Zoller, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
33 Andres Zuniga, CRC 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Gabriel Angeloro, URU 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Fernando Toldi, BRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Joshua Merrick, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
37 Pericles Andrade, BRA 39 DNS 39 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Harold Ramos, CRC 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Rodrigo Braga, BRA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Lewis Elliot, USA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
41 Nelson Hegg, USA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS
42 Paulo Cabrera, BRA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS
43 Victor Arenas, COL 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS
44 Hans Ryham, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
45 Gustavo Pereira, BRA 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Jake Stollery, AUS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNF
47 Wellington Santos, BRA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS
48 Timothy Winslow, USA 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS


ELITE WOMEN

PL NAME, NAT TOT CHI ARG CRC URU BRA OAK DOM VIC BCR
1 Fabiola Corona, MEX 429 67 75 DNS DNS DNS 82 75 61 69
2 Kara LaPoint, USA 413 DNS DNS DNS 67 75 75 67 47 82
3 Kelli Montgomery, USA 326 DNS DNS 75 61 58 49 56 27 DNS
4 Carito Nieva, ARG 274 61 56 DNS 75 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS
5 Julie Baker, USA 255 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS 75 90
6 Allison Bacca, USA 254 75 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 75
7 Lesley Paterson, GBR 200 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS 100
8 Rebecca Blatt, USA 155 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS 58
9 Jessie Koltz, USA 153 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS 69 DNS 23 DNS
10 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 146 DNS DNS DNS 56 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS
11 Heather Zimchek-Dunn, USA 138 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS 30 63
12 Anne-Sophie Marechal, BEL 123 56 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Katie Button, CAN 114 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS 51 DNS
14 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Anne Usher, USA 92 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS 39 DNS
16 Nike Matanza, USA 86 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 25 DNS
17 Luiza Zanini, BRA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Adilia Jimenez, CRC 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Melanie McQuaid, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
20 Camila Nicolau, BRA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Erin Storie, USA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
22 Suzie Snyder, USA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
23 Tatiana Queiroz, BRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Maria Lujan Soto, ARG 51 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Ana Prade, BRA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Brisa Melcop, BRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Vanessa Teixeira, BRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Lisa Helmer, CAN 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS
29 Emanuela Bandol, CAN 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNF

SPECIAL THANKS

The 2018 XTERRA Beaver Creek Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell and Beaver Creek Resorts. Sponsors include the Utah Sports Commission, Gatorade Endurance, Suunto, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, XTERRA Boards, Oofos, City of Avon, Michelob Ultra, and Beaver Creek Mountain Lodging. Special thanks to all the great locals, volunteers, mountain ops, and medical staff for an amazing job. This great event would not be possible without their generous support.

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