Middaugh wins Xterra Quebec for his 4th victory in 2018 season

Josiah Middaugh, of Eagle-Vail, finished first in an Xterra off-road triathlon competition in Quebec, Canada, on Aug. 18. The course received heavy rain the day before the race, which made the long and technical trails even more difficult.

From the Vail Daily
by Pamela Hunt

Eagle-Vail triathlete Josiah Middaugh captured the Xterra Quebec off-road triathlon elite title on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Lac Delage in Quebec, Canada.

It was his the fourth win of the season in the Xterra off-road triathlon’s Pan Am Tour.

Fellow Colorado racer Branden Rakita posted the fastest swim split in the race, followed by Ian King, of Virginia Beach, and Canadian Karsten Madsen. Middaugh exited the water a little more than one-minute later with Tour leader Kieran McPherson, of New Zealand, and the chase was on.

“I had a good swim and started the bike with Kieran about 1:30 down, but Karsten was riding strong up ahead, putting time on me in corners and descents,” Middaugh said. “I was pulling back time on some of the pedaling sections and finally caught him beginning the third loop.”

‘WAY OUT FRONT’

Madsen, who was on a mission to win for his home country, said he was putting time on everybody but Middaugh.

“This course had 3,000 feet of climbing, so that created a lot of back and forth with Josiah,” Madsen said. “I started to get the impression him and I were way out front.”

Those two were out front, but McPherson has been running faster than all the regulars on the Tour this year and was still a threat.

“On the run I had a small cushion to Karsten and a big gap to the rest of the field,” Middaugh said. “I looked at my Suunto and realized we were starting the run about the same time we would normally be finishing an Xterra, so I decided to fuel and pace the first lap and attack the second. The strategy worked and luckily I had something left in the tank.”

Indeed, the course was one of the longer and harder on the Xterra World Tour this year, and heavy rain on Friday added some time to the already long and technical bike trails.

“The trails are amazing but the speeds are slow with so many twists, turns, ups, downs, roots and rocks,” Middaugh said. “Made for a long, tough day.”

Madsen agreed.

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Josiah Middaugh is a runner and mountain biker from Eagle-Vail who competes in the Xterra Pan Am Tour off-road triathlon series every year, winning the tour the last two seasons. While swimming is always Middaugh’s weakest discipline, on Saturday, Aug. 18, Middaugh exited the water in fourth alongside tour leader Kieran McPherson of New Zealand, setting himself up for his fourth Xterra win of the season.

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“Many people see Sam as simply a professional athlete. Many forget that he is still just 22 years old.

He has a bright future, the conversations we have are not about fitness, but execution of his training, racing and all the little details that make the difference when you are racing the top 1% of the sport. I can’t wait to see him in 5 years.”

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Mauricio Mendez from Mexico and Lesley Paterson from Scotland captured the 10th annual XTERRA Beaver Creek off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful morning in the Rocky Mountains surrounding Avon, Colorado on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

It’s the third XTERRA win of the season for Mendez, the 2016 XTERRA World Champion, and the second for Paterson, who captured the ITU Cross Tri World Title just 11 days ago in Denmark.

 

MAU OF THE MOUNTAIN

The elite men’s race was one of the most exciting back-and-forth, all-out battles in XTERRA history.  It all started with a one-mile swim in the 67-degree calm waters of Nottingham Lake.  The air quality was good despite a light haze in the air from the wildfire smoke coming from the Lake Christine Fire still burning near Basalt, CO.

Brad Zoller was first out of the water in 17:55, followed closely by Mendez and Branden Rakita. The other key players on the day were roughly 1:40-to-2 minutes back with Sam Long (19:38), Ryan Petry (19:43), Kieran McPherson (19:59), and Josiah Middaugh (20:04) exiting the water in places 7th thru 10th.

At mile four on the bike Mendez, after nearly 2,000-feet of climbing, had 20-seconds on Rakita, 38-seconds on Long, :40 on Petry, and 1:10 on Middaugh.

“When we were on the bike I could tell this was going to be a super hard race,” said Mendez.  “The whole race was hard because you didn’t know if it was about pacing or attacking, and I didn’t know how my body was going to respond.”

About one-mile later at the top of the climb (about 9,400-feet) Long passed Mendez for the lead.

“I just hammered the bike, I stayed on the gas the whole time,” said Long.

“He did,” replied Mendez.  “Sam rode super hard, he was attacking, attacking, attacking the whole time.”

At mile 11 Long was still in the lead, Petry had moved into second 30-seconds behind with Mendez on his wheel, Middaugh was 50-seconds back, and Rakita was one-minute behind in fifth.

 

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Vail’s Middaugh takes another Win

Josiah Middaugh and Fabiola Corona captured the third annual XTERRA Dominican Republic off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful day in Samana on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

It’s the second win on the XTERRA Pan Am Tour this season for both Middaugh and Corona.

In the men’s race, as has become custom, Middaugh exited the water more than one-minute behind the leaders, posted the fastest bike split to pass everyone but Rom Akerson heading into the bike-to-run transition, then unleashed “beast mode” on the run to take the tape in 2:18:35, more than three-minutes ahead of Akerson.

“Yes, I had a pleasant swim by myself in the turquoise clear waters of Coson Bay,” joked Middaugh, the reigning and two-time XTERRA Pan Am Tour Champion who has won 31 career XTERRA World Tour races despite trailing after the swim. “The relatively flat course profiles on the bike and run certainly did not suit my strengths, but with the heat and humidity and soft sand, it became a strength race eventually.”

Early on it was Karsten Madsen, Akerson, Branden Rakita, and Kieran McPherson leading the way in the water and pushing the pace together on the bike. It wasn’t long, however, before things started to fall apart for the lead pack.

“With a fast and flat bike we all knew it would be advantageous to work together to keep or extend the gap on Josiah,” explained Rakita. “But it didn’t quite work out that way. I had a small slip on a corner that dislodged me from the group and even with a quick recovery I couldn’t catch the three guys hammering ahead. Then I suffered a flat tire, and as I stopped to fix it I noticed Kieran messing with his bike in a sandy section up ahead and learned he ran over a palm frond that bent his derailleur. His Kiwi mate Alex Roberts tossed him a link that he used to convert his bike into a single speed and carried on.”

Rakita would go on to encounter a series of unfortunate events that wiped out any chances of staying in contention but it did reinforce his belief in the spirit of XTERRA sportsmanship on the course.

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Middaugh, Paterson win XTERRA Oak Mountain

Josiah Middaugh and Lesley Paterson captured the 13th annual XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful day at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama this morning.

It’s the third straight year Middaugh has won this race and his fifth win in six years on this course.  For Paterson, it’s her fourth victory here since 2012, and for both, their first big XTERRA win of 2018.

In the men’s race Ian King was first man out of the water in 21:11, followed closely by Karsten Madsen, Branden Rakita, Rom Akerson, and Victor Arenas.  Middaugh came of the 1.5-kilometer swim in 23:56, nearly three-minutes behind the leaders, and quickly went to work on the bike.

“I had quite a deficit out of the swim and had to remind myself to just keep pushing all the time,” said the reigning XTERRA Pan Am Tour Champ, who posted the fastest 30km bike split of the day in 1:20:56.  “For me to get to the front, it’s max effort every chance I get.”

Middaugh was able to pass six of the eight guys ahead of him by the end of the bike, all but race leader Rom Akerson  and Karsten Madsen.

Complete event write up from XTERRA here