Race Report

Osborne and Paties win XTERRA Tahiti

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October 27, 2022

Sam Osborne from New Zealand and Alizee Paties from France captured the sixth XTERRA Tahiti off-road triathlon elite titles on the beautiful island of Moorea on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

It’s the 14th career XTERRA World Tour win for Osborne, his second in Tahiti, and the fourth career win for Paties, her third this year.

XTERRA Europe’s technical director, Nico Lebrun, was on-site in Moorea to bring us a first-hand account of the day’s race…

For everyone who missed ending their season in the island paradise of Maui this year, consider booking a trip to Tahiti in 2023! The location is incredible, the organisers do a fantastic job, and it’s hard to imagine a better way to wrap up a wonderful season of racing.

The morning started in Opunohu Bay with an ancestral Haka performed to invoke the mana and energy of the island. From there, participants were ferried out by boat to the middle of the bay for the start - a straight swim of 1500 metres in perfectly calm, turquoise water back to the shore.

Local amateur Jean Marc Rimaud was the first of the men to get back to shore, with Sam Osborne and Olly Shaw close behind. Rimaud, having recorded the fastest swim split in multiple events in Europe, now lives and coaches in Tahiti where his speed and skill in the water were on full display. For the women, it was Samantha Kingsford to exit first with Alizee Paties following close behind.

Onto the bike for three 11km laps, the course provided a perfect balance for non-technical riders on the mountain bike and also for travelling athletes that are not in full racing mode.

Osborne and Shaw were quick to take the lead on the bike, with Rimaud falling a fair distance back. Paties took the lead for the ladies about halfway through, with Kingsford strong in second. Emma Briggs held onto third place for a good section of the bike course before being passed by Clemence Dedeo, a very solid athlete who has been on the podium in Maui before.

The single-loop run began with an easy, rolling start before heading into a steep climb at the 3km mark, made more difficult by humid conditions. But over the technical midsection, the race finished in a fast 4km downhill sprint to the finish.

Osborne led the run and crossed the line to capture the top podium position, with Shaw a very close second. Paties had a solid lead from the bike to the finish line to end her season in style too, with Kingsford in second.

“I can’t speak more highly of the organising team here in Tahiti,” said Osborne. “I’ve been to a lot of races around the word and can tell you the hospitality here is second to none, and you can’t find a more beautiful destination to end the season at. It’s my third time here, and I just encourage anyone who can do it, to come experience just how lovely the island of Moorea is.”

Paties was quick to agree, adding, “The atmosphere here is so nice. The race is hard, and it’s hot, but the water is gorgeous and the people are lovely. It’s really a special place.”

2023 XTERRA ELITE SERIES RESULTS & UPCOMING RACES
Date
Event
Location/Winners
25 February
XTERRA Wellington Festival
New Zealand
11 March
XTERRA Rotorua Festival
New Zealand
18 March
XTERRA Oman
Musandam, Oman
2 April
XTERRA Australia
Dunsborough, WA
15 April
XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship
Kenting, Taiwan
22 April
XTERRA Greece
Vouliagmeni, Greece
13 May
XTERRA Weston Park
Shropshire, Great Britian
20 May
XTERRA Portugal
Golega, Portugal
20 May
XTERRA Oak Mountain
Alabama, USA
27 May
XTERRA Lake Garda
Toscolano, Italy
10 June
XTERRA European Championship
Namur, Belgium
11 June
XTERRA Belgium Short Track
Namur, Belgium
2 July
XTERRA France
Xonrupt, France
9 July
XTERRA Victoria
British Columbia, Canada
23 July
XTERRA Lake Scanno
L'Aquila, Italy
12 August
XTERRA Czech
Prachatice, Czech Republic
13 August
XTERRA Czech Short Track
Prachatice, Czech Republic
18 August
XTERRA Germany Short Track
Zittau, Germany
19 August
XTERRA Germany
Zittau, Germany
26 August
XTERRA Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Mouliets, France
26 August
XTERRA USA Championship
Avon, Colorada, USA
3 September
XTERRA Dominican Republic
Coson Bay, Dominican Republic
17 September
XTERRA Whistler
British Vancouver, Canada
23 September
XTERRA World Championship
Trentino, Italy
24 September
XTERRA Trentino Short Track
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21 October
XTERRA Tahiti
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