On April 27, the XTERRA America Tour touched down in Texas and North Carolina for XTERRA ATX and Fort Yargo.
At XTERRA ATX in Pace Bend Park, near Austin, Texas, XTERRA Pan Am Tri and Trail Run Champ Andy Lee held off 13-time XTERRA Regional Champ, Kyle Grieser for the win.
Lee finished the 800-meter swim, 13-mile mountain bike, and 6K trail run in 1:48:11 with Grieser just 18-seconds back in 1:48:29. Mark Saroni was third in 1:51:25.
Lee, who will shortly turn 47, recently traded in his amateur status and is now racing with the elites, based on his desire to start in the first wave and challenge himself even more than he already does.
In the women’s race, Arizona State Triathlon team member Charlotte Ahrens, originally from Germany, won the day with a time of 2:13:43, six-minutes ahead of Melanie Etherton, who finished in 2:19:43. Four-time XTERRA Regional Champ Alissa Magrum was third in 2:37:50.
On the other side of the country, near Atlanta, Georgia, XTERRA Fort Yargo kicked off with a beautiful half-mile lake swim in the middle of Fort Yargo State Park. The race continued with a 10-mile mountain bike ride and 5-mile trail run on some pretty sweet trails.
Four-time XTERRA Regional Champ Caleb Baity was the day’s champ, beating coach, mentor, and former Mr. XTERRA Marcus Barton by almost two minutes. Baity, who has been getting faster each season, finished in 1:29:11 with Barton behind in 1:30:56. Last year’s XTERRA Fort Yargo champ, Kevin Jett, was third in 1:32:24.
Barton, who always graciously tips his hat to whoever is ahead of him, is showing the 45-49 age group how it’s done, while Baity – in the 25-29 age group – is proving what a great mentor he has in Coach Barton.
The XTERRA America Tour continues this Sunday, May 12, with XTERRA Charlottesville at The Miller School of Albemarle. Located in one of the most spectacular spots in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and kicking off the season for the XTERRA Atlantic Region, XTERRA Charlottesville showcases some of the best mountain bike trails in the state, complete with climbs, shaded single track, and features constructed by the Miller School students. The race includes a 1000-meter lake swim, a 30K mountain bike, and a 10K trail run.
The following weekend in Hewitt, New Jersey on May 18, XTERRA Way Over Yonder offers a wild race just an hour outside of Manhattan. Known as “The Beast of the East” and taking advantage of the incredible trails in Wawayanda State Park, the race includes a 1000-meter swim in Wawayanda Lake to Beech Island and back. The adventure continues with a 14-mile mountain bike ride on challenging single track trails and the 6-mile trail run is no easier as you roll through the forest terrain and finish along the beach.
This is exactly how it’s supposed to be in XTERRA where the challenge of the course is exceeded only by the warmth of the XTERRA Tribe and the joy of spending a day on the dirt.
Also, on May 18, the 14th annual XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road triathlon marks one of the highlights on both the XTERRA America Tour and the XTERRA Pan Am Tour. It has arguably the best trails on Tour, and probably the best BBQ too!
Learn more about the XTERRA America Tour at xterraplanet.com.