There are four races on tap this weekend on the XTERRA America Tour.
There are four races on tap this weekend on the XTERRA America Tour, from XTERRA Muleshoe in Spicewood, Texas to XTERRA Indian Peaks in Nederland, Colorado to XTERRA Portland in the Pacific Northwest, all on Saturday, August 10. Then, on Sunday, August 11, it’s over to XTERRA St. Louis in Belleview, Missouri.
In Texas, XTERRA racers will discover a festival of cedar-lined trails and limestone outcroppings, Hairpin turns, gravel washes, and rock gardens which are all part of the adventure. This 800-meter swim, 13-mile mountain bike, and 6K trail run provide an authentic XTERRA South Central experience, which usually means a hot and grueling race followed by a BBQ with the best friends you could ever imagine.
That same day, on a high peak in Colorado, XTERRA Indian Peaks shows why it was named one of the best races in the Rockies by Elevation Outdoors Magazine. Located just 21 miles west of Boulder at the lauded Eldora Nordic Center, these races are true trail events. The day includes short steep climbs, meandering trails through the forest, and technical descents. The day begins with a 1000-meter swim in chilly Peterson Lake, a 22K mountain bike course, and a 7K run on an epic XTERRA course. The day ends up at the Indians Peak Lodge with live music, food trucks, beer, and great camaraderie.
In the XTERRA Northwest on August 10th, XTERRA Portland promises a test of agility, stamina, and balance on the trails surrounding Hagg Lake. Whether you are a novice looking for a new challenge or a seasoned veteran looking to race against top off-road competitors, XTERRA Portland is a place to test your limits and enjoy every second of the experience.
Last year, three-time XTERRA World Champ Lesley Paterson captured the women’s race while elite Brent Mattison captured the men’s division.
Paterson described the event as: “True to XTERRA - part bike race, part obstacle course. You can tell this course was designed by athletes for athletes."
Perhaps this is most notable by the fact that the finish line is accompanied by a Slip’n’Slide, which Paterson described as, “pure, dead brilliant.”
“Our goal is to definitely have the slip and slide again,” said race director Lindsay Jackson. “That was such a hit, we can't imagine not bringing that back.”
The XTERRA race features a 1000-meter swim, a 27.5K mountain bike, and a 10K trail run. The day also includes an off-road duathlon and an Xticer Triathlon that welcomes beginners and junior competitors.
Looking back at recent results, on July 28 at Panther Creek State Park two new members of the Tribe, Charlie Ledford and Tabitha Price, won the XTERRA Panther Creek off-road triathlon in Morristown, Tennessee.
Ledford, who is in his first season of racing XTERRA, took the tape in 1:46:37. Mike Hermanson was second in 1:48:59, and Keith Crouch was third in 1:57:03.
Ledford and Hermanson – a former elite Ironman athlete – have been swapping steps this season. At XTERRA Myrtle Beach, Ledford was third behind Hermanson and Dwayne Dixon while at XTERRA Oak Mountain, Ledford finished ahead of Hermanson, who had a debilitating flat. Ledford was also the overall champ at XTERRA Tsali.
“I was looking forward to racing Mike again,” said Ledford. “He beat me at Myrtle Beach and I beat him at Oak Mountain, but that didn’t count, in my opinion, on account of his tire. At XTERRA Panther Creek, he was way ahead out of the water, but I got him at about mile five on the bike.”
Ledford expressed his appreciation of encouragement he has received from both Hermanson and Dixon, who has been helping Ledford with his swim.
“I talked to a coach this week who wanted me to change my attitude about the water – imagine that,” said Ledford. “So, I’m going to Myrtle Beach this weekend to get my head in the ocean, so it doesn’t scare me as bad. I’ve never gone swimming in the ocean aside from snorkeling for scallops.”
Ledford plans on competing in the XTERRA World Championship in Maui this October.
In the women’s race, Tabitha Price won with a time of 2:17:27. Jodi Schwab was second in 2:18:08 while Sarah Gaskin was third in 2:18:45.
Until the Sprint at XTERRA Oak Mountain in May, Price had never competed in a triathlon. A SUP racer and weight lifter, she underwent labrum and subscapularis repair last year. Initially, Price was going to take photos at XTERRA Oak Mountain.
“Two days before the race, I was hanging out and decided that instead of taking photos I was going to try this,” she said. “Everyone can swim, I love mountain biking, and I figured I could survive a 5K run.”
To her surprise, Price was third overall in the sprint race and decided to find a coach.
“If I’m going to do something, I put everything into it.”
Her new coach, five-time XTERRA age group world champ Mimi Stockton, has been creating workouts for Price and analyzing her swim on video.
At XTERRA Panther Creek, Price wasn’t one of the first athletes out of the water, … “But something happens on the mountain bike,” she said. “It’s like I’m coming for you. I’m hunting you down.”
Next up for Price is XTERRA Dominican Republic on August 31st.
August 3 on the XTERRA America Tour took competitors to Versailles, Indiana, where Mike Hermanson was back, and this time it was for the win. He crossed the line in 2:00:41 while Mike Barro was second in 2:03:18. Steve Bedillion was third in 2:05:05.
Hermanson was out of the water first and posted the fastest run split, a few seconds faster than former D1 runner, Mike Barro, who hasn’t lost his speed since his college days. Ralph Nurse (fourth in 2:06:28) posted the fastest bike split.
In the women’s race, Janet Edwards won with a time of 2:21:30 and the fastest bike and run. Stacey Jackson was second in 2:37:29. Kate Vermann was third in 2:41:32 and had the second fastest swim of the day, coming out of the water just seconds behind Mike Hermanson.
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