We recap XTERRA Tsali and look forward to racing in Lake Tahoe on Saturday.
Charlie Ledford and Amelia Shea won the XTERRA Tsali off-road triathlon in Bryson City, North Carolina on Sunday, June 23.
Ledford, who won the 35-39 division and was second overall amateur in his first-ever off-road tri at XTERRA Oak Mountain last month, came out of the water almost three minutes behind runner-up Dwayne Dixon but had the fastest bike and run splits on the course by over two minutes to take the tape in 1:32:51. Dixon finished over one-minute behind in 1:34:07, Caleb Baity was third in 1:38:07.
In the women’s race another relative newcomer to XTERRA, Amelia Shea, finished in 1:46:42, nearly 10-minutes ahead of Jess White in second (1:54:39). Amy Carver placed third in 1:58:45.
Of note, Shea has been competing in triathlons since age 12 and said she loves the North Carolina trails off Lake Brandt and Lake Townsend in Greensboro. She ran a 2:59:22 at the Boston Marathon this year, breaking the celebrated three-hour mark, and last year she broke the 40-minute barrier in the 10K, running a 39:16 at the Peachtree 10K.
The day before XTERRA Tsali, Shea jumped in a long-distance mountain bike race and put in 32 miles.
“I just started mountain biking and wanted to build up my strength,” she said after the race. “I come from a strong swimming background and got into running after college, so the bike skills were what I needed to gain first. I’ve been wanting to do an XTERRA since last year, but the schedule didn’t work out until now. Luckily this year I put it on my calendar early and made it happen. Now I want to add in more XTERRA to my racing calendar.”
The race mixes a 1500-meter swim in Lake Tahoe with a 22-mile mountain bike ride and 5-mile trail run through fields of wildflowers with incredible views of the Sierra Mountains. The event weekend also features a sprint triathlon, duathlon, and an aqua bike race.
Find results, schedules, standings, and more at xterraplanet.com.