2008 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Flash back to 1996… AquaTerra…the first XTERRA…123 Speedo-clad racers on the start line at dawn on the beach in Wailea, Maui. A who’s who of triathlon and mountain biking showed up to try something completely new…off-road triathlon. And, it turned out that XTERRA with its catch phrase “Your toughest competitor is Mother Nature” was right up Riccitello’s alley. He took the inaugural XTERRA World Championship by more than three minutes over triathlon great Mike Pigg. After the win, he said “Man this race is a bitch, but it’s the true spirit of triathlon – the athlete against the course”. Over seven years Riccitello raced XTERRA all over the U.S., including six more Maui World Championships, and was always the life of the party. Fellow athletes, XTERRA University students, and event staff alike were subjected to his less than politically correct opinions, quick wit, bodily sounds, and practical jokes.