Middaugh, Corona Win XTERRA Mexico

By XTERRA
Aug. 4, 2018

Josiah Middaugh and Mexico's Fabiola Corona captured the titles at XTERRA Mexico on August 4,, 2018 in Tapalpa, Mexico. The race included a 1500 meter swim, a 30K mountain bike ride, and a 10K run.

It’s the third win of the XTERRA season for both Middaugh and Corona. Middaugh, the 2015 XTERRA World Champion, won XTERRA Oak Mountain and XTERRA Dominican Republic while Corona won XTERRA Argentina and XTERRA Dominican Republic.

Elite Men’s Race a Game of Cat and Mouse

In the swim, Mexican ITU triathlete, Irving Perez, who won the 2017 Yucatan ITU World Cup, was the first out of the water in 19:32 and gained almost a minute on the rest of the pack. Leonardo Saucedo and Esteban Rosas were out next in 20:17, followed by Branden Rakita, who was about 30 seconds behind.

“I was swimming with Rosas, and Saucedo,” said Rakita. “Karsten wasn’t too far behind and then Kieran McPherson and ‘Paco’ Serrano were just behind. Josiah had a rough swim.”

“I had a pretty atrocious swim,” admitted Middaugh, “But I felt fine, no issues. I got on the bike and I didn’t hear any splits but I knew I had a big gap to make up. I kept pressing the whole time, but I was riding in no man’s land for most of the race.”

While Middaugh was putting his heart and soul into catching up, the leaders kept looking over their shoulders, expecting to be caught. They were pedaling as hard as they could to stay out in front of Middaugh, who is an expert climber with a knack for riding at altitude.

“I had a pretty good swim,” said runner-up Kieran McPherson. “I got out of the water with Paco and I knew he would be heading out to the front of the race on the bike. We worked well together to reel the front guys in. On the climb, there was a group of four of us – Branden, Paco, myself, and Irving Perez – who were working well. I tried to attack the second climb to make a get but we were still together at the top. My game plan today was to get over the top of the first hill before Josiah caught us, but we managed to stay away until the last three kilometers of the bike.”

Canadian Karsten Madsen, who is usually solid on the bike, had a big crash on a steep downhill and lost ground to the leaders.

“On the bike, I worked to stay as close to the leaders as I could,” said Madsen. “On the downhill, my bike went away from me and I tumbled halfway down the hill. I had to really persevere to stay on track.”

During the last three kilometers of the bike course, the pack included Middaugh, McPherson, Rakita, and Serrano. Each was trying to make it into T2 before anyone else, but they all entered transition together. Middaugh had the fastest bike split of the day with 1:21:35 followed by Francisco Serrano with 1:24:10 and Kieran McPherson in 1:24:21, showing just how well matched these athletes are.

In transition, McPherson had some trouble with his shoes and lost about 15 seconds, which ended up being the difference between first and second place today.

“The ten to fifteen-second gap I lost in transition remained the ten - to fifteen-second gap that Josiah and I stayed apart for the rest of the run,” said McPherson, who remained positive about the outcome. “I’m pretty happy with how it went today. It was a showdown of the top five on the XTERRA Pan Am Tour, and it truly lived up to its expectations. I’m really looking forward to XTERRA Quebec when we all meet up again.”

After Middaugh left T2, he was followed by Serrano and then McPherson and Rakita.

“It was a footrace from there on out,” said Rakita. “Those guys steadily got away on the run. Paco and I fell off the back and it was a cat and mouse game with Josiah and Kieran.”

Middaugh finished in 2:25:04 with McPherson just 18 seconds back in 2:25:22. Karsten Madsen was third in 2:25:53.

Kieran McPherson typically runs like the wind, and usually, the only XTERRA elite who can get an edge on him is Mauricio Mendez. Today, however, the fastest split on the run belonged to Canada’s Karsten Madsen, who has been supplying the fireworks all season with his surprising performances. McPherson admitted that he rode his heart out and didn’t have much left in his legs for the run. Madsen, on the other hand, was left with a bad taste in his mouth after his ninth-place finish at XTERRA Beaver Creek last week and was frustrated with his crash on today’s course.

“I had the mental fortitude to tell myself that if I ran really hard I could get myself back into the top,” said Madsen. “So I put my head down and ran as hard as I could. This was an incredible field of athletes, an exhilarating race, and I was fortunate to get on the podium today.”

Madsen finished the run in 37:22, almost a minute ahead of Middaugh who ran it in 38:15. McPherson posted a split of 38:22.

“That was a hard race,” said Middaugh, after crossing the finish line. “I feel good now that it’s over but I was suffering out there for sure. Now, I feel a bit of relief and a whole lot of joy. As a professional athlete, I’m always questioning myself, but today was a validation of my training.”

Then Middaugh said that maybe his win was due to his years of experience. (Middaugh celebrated his fortieth birthday last week at XTERRA Beaver Creek.)

“I’m pretty pumped to have my first win in my new, 40-plus age group,” he said with a wink. “I have to kind of take it to these young guys a bit. It’s good to be back on top, at least for a little while.”

ELITE MEN RESULTS

Place Name, Nat Final Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:25:04 100
2 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:25:22 90
3 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:25:53 82
4 Francisco Serrano, MEX 2:26:59 75
5 Branden Rakita, USA 2:31:35 69
6 Irving Perez, MEX 2:32:58 63
7 Brian Smith, USA 2:35:07 58
8 Esteban Rojas, MEX 2:37:22 53
9 Rafael Juriti, BRA 2:40:47 49
10 Leonardo Saucedo, MEX 2:41:03 45
11 Alejandro Sfriso, ARG 2:51:19 41
12 Leonardo Ramirez, MEX 2:56:20 37
13 Eduardo Padilla, MEX 3:07:03 34
14 Alfonso Magana, MEX 3:16:06 31
15 Alex Roberts, NZL 3:23:03 28
Mexico Women's Podium

LaPoint and Corona Battled for Women’s Title

The women’s race was a battle between XTERRA Pan Am Tour leader Fabiola Corona and Kara LaPoint, who is currently ranked second in the XTERRA Pan Am Standings.

“Today was perfect,” said Corona who had no issues on her home turf today and cruised to a victory in 2:59:10. “XTERRA Mexico is the best.”

La Point was second in 3:01:34 while Mexico’s Maria Barrera was third in 3:07:45.

“I’m really happy with my race today,” said LaPoint. “I felt strong and consistent throughout the day. Some of the most amazing swimmers I’ve ever seen were assembled here today and I ended up last out of the water with a much bigger gap than I would have liked on the bike.”

On the swim, Andrea Gutierrez, who finished fourth, had the fastest swim split of 21:38 and fastest run split of 44:45. Corona had the fastest bike split in 1:44:50 and LaPoint was close behind with a 1:45:16. She also had the third fastest run split of the day.

ELITE WOMEN RESULTS

Place Name, Nat Final Time Points
1 Fabiola Corona, MEX 2:59:10 100
2 Kara LaPoint, USA 3:01:34 90
3 Maria Barrera, MEX 3:07:45 82
4 Andrea Gutierrez, MEX 3:14:33 75
5 Kelli Montgomery, USA 3:27:08 69
6 Paola Reyes, MEX 3:34:25 63

XTERRA Pan Am Tour Elite Standings

In the men's XTERRA Pan Am Tour Elite Standings, New Zealand's Kieran McPherson remains on top with 652 points followed by Canada's Karsten Madsen with 508 points. Josiah Middaugh moves into third after today's race with 499 points, with Branden Rakita behind him with 490 points. Brian Smith also made a jump today after finishing seventh at XTERRA Mexico. He now moves into the number seven spot with 209 points, while Alejandro Sfriso and Rafael Juriti bumped up as well.

The women's XTERRA Pan Am Tour Elite Standings remain consistent with Mexico's Fabiola Corona in the lead with 529 points followed by Kara LaPoint with 503 points and Kelly Montgomery with 395 points.

Next up on the XTERRA Pan Am Tour is XTERRA Quebec on August 18th.

ELITE STANDINGS AFTER TEN

  ELITE MEN                      
PL NAME, NAT TOT CHI ARG CRC URU BRA OAK DOM VIC BCR MEX
1 Kieran McPherson, NZL 652 67 75 DNS 67 100 69 51 75 58 90
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 508 DNS DNS 61 75 90 90 61 DNS 49 82
3 Josiah Middaugh, USA 499 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS 100 75 67 90 100
4 Branden Rakita, USA 490 61 56 DNS DNS 75 58 47 61 63 69
5 Alex Roberts, NZL 318 DNS DNS DNS 61 58 37 56 47 31 28
6 Rafael Juriti, BRA 253 51 43 DNS 47 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
7 Rom Akerson, CRC 217 DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS 75 67 DNS DNS DNS
8 Brian Smith, USA 209 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 69 58
9 Alejandro Sfriso, ARG 192 DNS 51 DNS 51 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
10 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 175 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS
11 Sam Long, USA 145 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS 82 DNS
12 Will Kelsay, USA 124 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS 53 DNS 43 28 DNS
13 Maxi Morales, ARG 117 56 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Ian King, USA 104 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS 41 DNS 27 DNS DNS
15 Will Ross, USA 96 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS 51 DNS DNS
16 Brent Mattison, USA 88 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS 39 DNS DNS
17 Alexandre Manzan, BRA 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Humberto Rivera, USA 78 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Francisco Serrano, MEX 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
20 Ryan Petry, USA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
21 Diogo Malagon, BRA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Gonzalo Tellechea, ARG 67 DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Irving Perez, MEX 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
24 Ryan DeCook, USA 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS 33 DNS DNS
25 Luis Piedra, CRC 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Andres Darricau, ARG 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Brent McMahon, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
28 Esteban Rojas, MEX 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
29 Felipe Moletta, BRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Gustavo Torres, ARG 47 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Lucas Mendez, ARG 47 DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Leonardo Saucedo, MEX 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
34 Eduardo Lass, BRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Brad Zoller, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS
36 Andres Zuniga, CRC 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Gabriel Angeloro, URU 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Fernando Toldi, BRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Joshua Merrick, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS
40 Pericles Andrade, BRA 39 DNS 39 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
41 Harold Ramos, CRC 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Leonardo Ramirez, MEX 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
43 Rodrigo Braga, BRA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
44 Lewis Elliot, USA 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS
45 Nelson Hegg, USA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS
46 Eduardo Padilla, MEX 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
47 Paulo Cabrera, BRA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
48 Victor Arenas, COL 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Hans Ryham, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS
50 Alfonso Magana, MEX 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
51 Gustavo Pereira, BRA 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Jake Stollery, AUS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNF DNS
53 Wellington Santos, BRA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
54 Timothy Winslow, USA 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS
55 Tyler Butterfield, BER 0 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DSQ DNS
                         
  ELITE WOMEN                      
PL NAME, NAT TOT CHI ARG CRC URU BRA OAK DOM VIC BCR MEX
1 Fabiola Corona, MEX 529 67 75 DNS DNS DNS 82 75 61 69 100
2 Kara LaPoint, USA 503 DNS DNS DNS 67 75 75 67 47 82 90
3 Kelli Montgomery, USA 395 DNS DNS 75 61 58 49 56 27 DNS 69
4 Carito Nieva, ARG 274 61 56 DNS 75 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
5 Julie Baker, USA 255 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS 75 90 DNS
6 Allison Bacca, USA 254 75 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 75 DNS
7 Lesley Paterson, GBR 200 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS 100 DNS
8 Rebecca Blatt, USA 155 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS 58 DNS
9 Jessie Koltz, USA 153 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS 69 DNS 23 DNS DNS
10 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 146 DNS DNS DNS 56 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
11 Heather Zimchek-Dunn, USA 138 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS 30 63 DNS
12 Anne-Sophie Marechal, BEL 123 56 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Katie Button, CAN 114 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS 51 DNS DNS
14 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Anne Usher, USA 92 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS 39 DNS DNS
16 Nike Matanza, USA 86 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 25 DNS DNS
17 Maria Barrera, MEX 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82
18 Andrea Gutierrez, MEX 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
19 Luiza Zanini, BRA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Adilia Jimenez, CRC 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Melanie McQuaid, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS
22 Paola Reyes, MEX 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
23 Camila Nicolau, BRA 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Erin Storie, USA 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Suzie Snyder, USA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
26 Tatiana Queiroz, BRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Maria Lujan Soto, ARG 51 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Ana Prade, BRA 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Brisa Melcop, BRA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Vanessa Teixeira, BRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Lisa Helmer, CAN 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS
32 Emanuela Bandol, CAN 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNF DNS
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