The main event, honored as the "Best Off-Road Triathlon in Asia,” started with a 1.5-kilometer swim in the warm, clear waters of Little Bay Beach, followsed with a 28-kilometer mountain bike that traversed coastal terrain to rocky riverbeds to uncharted territory high atop Menmalou mountain, and finished with a 12-kilometer trail run through the “enchanted forest” of Chihniuling.
Sam Hsieh and Chi-Wen Chang won the men’s and women’s overall titles at the XTERRA Taiwan off-road triathlon, Saturday, March 27, in Kenting National Park.
Hsieh, although relatively new to mountain biking is one of Taiwan’s top road triathletes and turned in the fastest swim and run splits of the day in his XTERRA debut and took the tape in 3:19:00, more than one-minute ahead of XTERRA Coach Cliff Chiang who finished second.
“Wow, off-road triathlon is awesome,” he exclaimed after the race. “Those who haven’t tried this before, be sure to sign up next year!”
In the women’s race Chang was third overall out of the water then took a commanding lead and crossed the line in 4:07:39, more than 20-minutes ahead of runner-up, Chia-En Chiang.
Then on Sunday in Kenting, Ching Chou and Mong-Lei Liu captured the XTERRA 42K Trail Runs with winning times of 4:15:24 and 5:24:37, respectively.
Find full results, images, videos, and more from an amazing weekend in Taiwan on Facebook/xterrataiwan.