A look back at XTERRA Tahoe City and a preview of XTERRA America Tour regional races.
XTERRA Tahoe City served as the season opener for the XTERRA West Region, and for some XTERRA warriors, this was the first chance to gauge their fitness after a long, snowy winter.
The 1500-meter swim took place in the iconic and beautiful Lake Tahoe. While it was certainly chilly, for those intrepid enough to dive in, they were able to experience one of the cleanest and deepest lakes in North America. The 22-mile mountain bike course showcased the spring wildflowers of the region that lined some pretty epic single- and double-track trails through the Sierras. The 5-mile trail run treated the XTERRA Tribe to some beautiful mountain vistas. This year, some of the fire road was replaced by single track, giving athletes even more dirt on which to revel.
Max elevation for the race topped out at about 7200 feet, but with a starting elevation of 6000 feet, athletes were constantly exposed to the challenges of altitude. Additionally, the XTERRA Tahoe City demanded over 3000 feet of climbing and descending.
In the men’s race Donatas Ereminas was 11th out of the water then posted the fastest bike and run splits on the day to take the tape in 2:37:51, more than six minutes ahead of runner-up Evan Rudd. Kyle Simmons placed third one-minute later.
In the women’s race Todd, a former XTERRA elite, crossed the line in 3:00:09 and in seventh place overall, with Sian Crespo in second two-minutes back and Jessica Koltz in third.
Of note, MMA star Nate Diaz, a long-time XTERRA racer, finished fifth in his division and posted a photo of himself exiting the swim to the delight of his 2.8 million Instagram followers.
This weekend the XTERRA America Tour heads to the extreme northeast for XTERRA French River, which will be held in Oxford, Massachusetts on July 13. Held near Carbuncle Pond in North Oxford and the adjoining high school grounds, XTERRA French River will feature challenging and fast trails located within the US Army Corp of Engineers property in Hodges Village Dam. For both long and sprint events, a traditional swim-bike-run race is offered in addition to a duathlon option.
The race includes a ½ mile swim, a 12-mile mountain bike race, and a 5.5-mile trail run. The duathlon features a 1.5-mile trail run, a 12-mile mountain bike race, and a 5.5-mile trail run.
Last year, Seamus Woods, Steve Bedilion, and Trent Koopman took the top spots. For the women, Amanda Bayer, Angie Defilippi, and Celeste St. Pierre claimed the first three steps of the podium. This year, it’s anyone’s race. What we know for sure is that early July in New England is pretty amazing.
Also this weekend on July 13, XTERRA Magnolia Hill kicks off July in Texas. Located in the piney woods in Navasota, Magnolia Hill Ranch is a private ranch with the trail system only available to experience by those who participate in the event. You don't want to miss this opportunity to experience this beautiful property with a lake full of sparkling blue water and trails winding through the pines.
The race features an 800-meter swim, a 13-mile mountain bike, and a 6K trail run. Joel Grimmett and Dian Papafote will be race directing this XTERRA, which means you will have both an amazing course and a great time.
Last year, Kyle Grieser, Orgeas Herve, and Michael Tarabay took the top spots for the men while Alyssa Magrum, Alyssa Lutz, and Jeanne Hoffman took the top steps for the women.
In North Liberty, Indiana, July 13 means XTERRA DINO time. This is the closest XTERRA to Chicago, and a great choice for first-timers. It's flowy, fast, and fun for the experienced off-roader as well. The ½ mile swim, 15-mile mountain bike lap, and 7K trail run provide fun challenges without being too technical. The swim is always calm and clean while the mountain bike is flowy and beginner-friendly with only a few short and steep grades. The run has two small hills, and for experienced athletes, it provides a quick course on which to test speed and agility.
Last year, Mike Hermanson, Ralph Nurse, and Matthew Burrell were the first three athletes across the line while Mimi Stockton, Kristen Wade, and Nancy Whillock were the first for the women.
The following day, in Flintstone, Maryland, XTERRA EX2 takes off on July 14. It’s a perfect time to escape the D.C. heat and head to Rocky Gap State Park where you can camp, golf on a Jack Nicklaus course, relax on sandy beaches and challenge yourself on some classic trails.
Last year, Kyle Boorsma, Zach Bittinger, and Brian Lovett were the top athletes of the day for the men, while Kate Lucas, Florence Lamirand, and Casey Holbert led the women.
The race begins with a two-lap, 3/4-mile swim in the clear waters of a mountain lake. The bike course includes a 13-mile trek over twisty, lakeside single-track and wide fire roads. Described as “ridiculously awesome,” the 5-mile run will surprise you with fun, rooty trails, smooth open flats, and a big climb. XTERRA EX2 also included a duathlon that features a 3-mile trail run, a 13-mile bike, and a 5-mile run.