XTERRA 2018 World Championships, What a Day

October 28, 2018 (Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii) – Rom Akerson from Costa Rica and Lesley Paterson from Scotland captured the 23rd annual XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon elite titles on a sunny but muddy day in Kapalua, Maui.

It’s the first XTERRA World title for Akerson and the third for Paterson, who last won in 2011 and 2012. Both earned $20,000 for their respective victories, their share of the $100,000 elite purse.

 

More than 700 endurance athletes from 44 countries and 39 U.S. states competed in the event, which started with a one-mile rough water swim at D.T. Fleming Beach, continued with a muddy 18.5-mile mountain bike ride that traversed the West Maui Mountains, and finished with a 6.5-mile trail run through forest trails and beach sand.

There was more than 4,000 feet of combined climbing on the technical bike and run courses, which were muddy and slippery due to recent rainstorms on Maui’s northwest coast.

 

On a very difficult and muddy course Colorado athletes made a great showing.

Josiah Middaugh of Vail, rounded out the Pro Men’s race with a 5th place finish and the only American in the top 10.

In the Pro Women’s race, Americans Suzie Snyder, Julie Baker and Allison Baca, of Boulder, all finished in the top 10.

Deanna McCurdy of Littleton and Sharon McDowell-Larsen or Colorado Springs topped the podium in their Age Groups.

 

Full Recap and results here

Champions Collide at 23rd XTERRA Worlds in Maui on Sunday

From XTERRA News

Kapalua, Maui (October 22, 2018) – The 23rd annual XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon scheduled for Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Kapalua, Maui boasts the most competitive elite men’s field ever assembled.

It’s a bold statement, but easy to support considering the past four winners, and second-place finishers, are on the start list.

Bradley Weiss from South Africa won last year, Mauricio Mendez from Mexico was second.  Mendez won in 2016, and Ruben Ruzafa from Spain was second.  Josiah Middaugh from the U.S. won in 2015, with Ruzafa finishing second, and Ruzafa won in 2014, the year Middaugh placed second.

And that’s the story, all these men have gotten the better of each other at one time or another, and they’ve all remained at the top of their game.

“I think that Maui always shows us that there is more than one favorite,” said Ruzafa, who has been first off the bike at XTERRA Worlds each of the last five years.  He won two of those races, in 2013 and 2014, but got chased down by Middaugh in 2015, Mendez in 2016, and Weiss in 2017.

“This year, for the first time since 2014, I’ve done altitude training to prepare for Maui and I’ve changed things in my run and bike training,” said Ruzafa, who has won Maui three times and captured four of the last five ITU Cross Tri World Titles since 2014.  “I was in the Sierra Nevada for two weeks at the end of September, and since then at my home in Spain. The course is so hard, and different every year because of the weather.  We always have to wait until the last moment to see what the terrain conditions will be like.”

No matter what the conditions are like on Sunday, you can count on the reigning champ Brad Weiss to be in the mix.

“The goal is always to win, and I will be disappointed with anything less than defending my title,” said Weiss, who won the XTERRA Asia-Pacific and European Championships this year. “Saying that, the caliber of athletes racing continues to improve and there is a long list of contenders working hard to dethrone me. I welcome the challenge and look forward to facing it come race day, and at the risk of sounding arrogant, I will say I am the favorite. I proved I can win on this course in 2017 and plan to do the same in 2018. The course suits me well and I look forward to maximizing those advantages come race day.”

If experience means anything, give the advantage to Middaugh, who will be racing in his 18th straight XTERRA World Championship fresh off a win at the XTERRA Pan Am Champs last month against Weiss and Mendez.

Read the full article

Intriguing XTERRA World Championship Elite Race Shaping Up

from XTERRA News

A sneak peek at the 23rd annual XTERRA World Championship tentative elite race start list reveals a wealth of past champions in the men’s lineup, and a golden opportunity for the women’s elite field.

The men’s race features the fearsome foursome, as the last four men to win the XTERRA World Championship are on the start list including the defending champ Bradley Weiss from South Africa, the 2016 champ Mauricio Mendez from Mexico, the 2015 champ Josiah Middaugh from the U.S., and the 2014, 2013, and 2008 winner Ruben Ruzafa from Spain.

Each of those four has made Maui their A-race for the season and will no doubt come into it in the best shape of their life. While it’ll be tough to top any of those guys, there are many who will try.

 

In the women’s elite race, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy, the first-and-only elite to win four in a row (2014-2017), is sitting this one out after a tough year dealing with injuries. Her focus now is getting the much-needed rest and recovery she needs to build herself back to unbeatable form for 2019.

“Really sad not to be in Maui…it just doesn’t seem right,” said Duffy, who will be missing Maui for the first time since 2012. “But Dan and I will be supporting the event and cheering everyone on from afar.”

In addition, last year’s runner-up Barbara Riveros, a 3x Olympian from Chile, will be racing the ITU World Cup in Korea on the same weekend to collect points towards 2020 Olympic qualification. Riveros, who finished 2nd three times in Maui, was 5th in Rio and hopes to do even better in Tokyo.

 

Read on for more great intel on the pro field and some amazing back stories on some of this year’s amazing age group athletes.

Complete article here

Middaugh, Paterson win XTERRA Pan Am Championship

Josiah Middaugh from Eagle-Vail, Colorado and Lesley Paterson from Scotland captured the 15th annual XTERRA Pan American off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful morning at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

It’s the third win in four years for Middaugh at this race, and the second in a row for Paterson. Both have now won the championship in Utah four times in their careers.

More than 500 athletes from 30 countries took part in the event, which was the culmination of a 12-stop series of off-road triathlons spanning South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S.

The challenge started with a one-mile swim in Pineview Reservoir (4,900-feet elevation), followed with an 18-mile mountain bike leg that climbed more than 3,000-feet to the top of Sardine Peak (7,300-feet elevation) and culminated with a 7-mile trail run featuring another 700-feet of climbing on trails in the Wasatch Range.

In the men’s elite race Middaugh came out of the water less than one-minute behind the leaders, took the lead from South Africa’s Bradley Weiss at about mile eight on the bike, and took the tape in 2:26:34. Weiss finished second in 2:30:32, and Sam Long from Boulder, Colorado was third in 2:31:18.

One of the race favorites, 2016 XTERRA World Champion Mauricio Mendez, had to drop out during the mountain bike section due to a broken saddle on his bike that couldn’t be repaired.

Brad Zoller had the fastest swim of the day, but Mendez was second out of the water and was charging hard on the bike. Branden Rakita was next, followed by Ian King, Brad Weiss, Karsten Madsen, and Middaugh, who interestingly, didn’t know Mendez was out of the race.

“Going up Wheeler, Brad Weiss was riding off the front and Karsten was riding really well,” said Middaugh. “I caught them both and couldn’t see Mauricio. I thought he was a good minute or two ahead of me up the trail. I thought I was having a really bad day.”

It wasn’t until after the bike-to-run transition that Middaugh realized he was in the lead.

Read the entire article here.

XTERRA Pan American Championship Elite Race Preview

More than 30 elites from around the world are scheduled to compete at the XTERRA Pan American / USA Championship race in Ogden, Utah next Saturday, September 15.

As the culmination of a 12-stop series of off-road triathlons spanning South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S., the contenders are coming from near and far, and with $80,000 in prize money at stake and cameramen capturing all the action for a nationally broadcast one-hour TV show, the stage is set for XTERRA’s best to show what they can do.

The story lines run deep in the men’s elite race, and the best one belongs to Bradley Weiss. The 29-year-old from South Africa, once the prodigy of XTERRA Hall of Famers Conrad Stoltz and Dan Hugo, has an opportunity to do something neither of his fellow countrymen ever did – win the continental Grand Slam of XTERRA.

“So far in 2018 I have won the XTERRA African Champs, XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs, as well as most recently the XTERRA European Champs, so if I could win the Pan American Champs and hold all the continental titles in one calendar year, that would be pretty special,” said Weiss.

It would also be unprecedented, but to do it the reigning XTERRA World Champion will have to get past the 2016 XTERRA World Champion, Mauricio Mendez from Mexico, and the 2015 XTERRA World Champion, Josiah Middaugh from the U.S.

Read the full article here.

Q & A at the Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival

Need a another great reason to race the Western Slope??

The Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival will feature a pro’s panel Q & A on Friday night Sept. 7 during packet pick-up from 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Branden Rakita (professional XTERRA athlete)
Louis Cicchino (Accelero Endurance Head Coach)
and Libby Harrow (local XTERRA ambassador)

They plan on discussing the following topics:

    • How Offroad Tri (XTERRA) affects body different than road triathlons.
    • Tips during race:
      Fueling
      Hydration
      Pacing
      Techniques
    • Tips for next race:
      Training plan
      Why get a coach?
      Planning for next race
      Tapering

Stick around for some sweet swag and samples from each of their sponsors!

Tri Coach Tuesday: Salvaging Your Season

by Kurt Dallow, MD,  2 Doc Tri Coaching

 

I’m grieving. The race I had been training all summer for, Xterra Aspen Valley, was cancelled because of the horrendous fire and mudslides that have occurred in the Basalt area.

I scheduled time off from work and hoped to make a mini vacation with my wife, Cindy.  I trained hard all summer and looked forward to this race. But like all triathlons, they are subject to Mother Nature and sometimes she doesn’t cooperate the way we want her to.

The first reaction most of us have when a race is cancelled is anger. After all, we put a lot of time and energy (and money) into this race. Our bodies are pumped and primed to race and when we can’t do what our bodies are yearning to do, it’s FRUSTRATING!

Some people get angry at the race director but this is futile. He or she has also put a lot of time and energy into planning the race and the last thing they want to do is cancel it. It’s not their fault. The reality is, it’s no one’s fault. It’s the risk we all take when we sign up for an outdoor event and we need to remember that from Day 1 of training.

The second reaction is sadness. No, this is not the grief you experience when you lose a loved one or for those people in Basalt, who lost their homes. But it is still grief and the sooner we recognize it as such, the sooner we can get on with life.

 

What can you do about it? Here are some options:

  • Look for another race to do. For Xterra athletes consider another Xterra race such as the IronLake Xterra in Spearfish, South Dakota, August 24th, or Desert’s Edge in Fruita. Refocus and adjust your training plan so that the new race becomes your A race.
  • Volunteer at a local triathlon or outdoor event to ease some of the pain.
  • Look for something totally different and noncompetitive, but strenuous, like going for a hike or climbing one of Colorado’s mountains, to use up all that pent up energy!

 

Most importantly, just let it go. Move on. It’s not the end of the world. Watch five minutes of the news and you’ll quickly realize how unimportant a cancelled race is, in the big scheme of things. Remember how lucky you are to even be training for an endurance race!

For me, Aspen Valley was at the end of the season so I have chosen to throttle down the intensity of training and just maintain fitness. I’ll probably do a few local running races but will focus on planning out next year’s races. As my kids would say, it’s time to take a chill pill!

 

Kurt Dallow MD

 

Weekend Preview

Triathlon Events

Thursday July 26th

 

Boulder Stroke & Stride Week #8

Boulder


Saturday July 28th

 

Reuter Hess Open Water Swim  – SOLD OUT

Parker


XTERRA Indian Peaks

Eldora


South Suburban TRYathlon

Lone Tree


BAM Open Water Swim

Boulder


Sunday July 29th

 

Outdoor Diva Sprint Triathlon – SOLD OUT

Longmont


Spanish Peaks Duathlon

Walsenburg



Cycling Events

Thursday July 26th

 

BVV Thursday Night Racing

Erie


Adventure Cycling Regional Gathering

Boulder


USAC Amateur Road National Championships

Hagerstown, Md


Friday July 27th

 

Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


USAC Amateur Road National Championships

Hagerstown, Md


Saturday July 28th

 

Laramie Enduro Epic

Laramie


Telluride 100 MTB Race

Telluride


15th Annual Buttkicker Charity Ride

Montrose


Colorado Park 2 Park Challenge

Denver to Winter Park


Scott Enduro Cup Series: Powderhorn

Powderhorn Resort, Mesa


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


USAC Amateur Road National Championships

Hagerstown, Md


Sunday July 29th

 

Colorado Trail Race

Denver to Durango


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


USAC Amateur Road National Championships

Hagerstown, Md

XTERRA Beaver Creek: Colorado Athletes take 2 of Top 3 Mens Slots

“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.”

-Eric Kenney Sam’s training advisor

 

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.

 

Complete Results

Weekend Preview: Another Great Weekend on Tap

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 28th

 

Boulder Stroke & Stride Week #5

Boulder


XTERRA Night

Boulder


Saturday June 30th

 

BAM Bare Bones OWS Series

Boulder

Join Boulder Aquatic Masters for the first event in the Bare Bones Open Water Swim Series.

Choose from the 1, 2 or 3 mile events.  There is NO RACE DAY Registration.  Online registration ends Friday 7pm


Lookout Mountain Triathlon

Golden


Sunday July 1st

 

Grant Ranch OWS

Lakewood



Cycling Events

Thursday June 28th

 

Leadville Trail 100 Camp of Champions

Leadville


BVV Track Night

Erie


DRAFT + Camber Exchange

Boulder


XTERRA Night

Boulder


Friday June 29th

 

Boulder Omnium: Hill Climb

Boulder


Leadville Trail 100 Camp of Champions

Leadville


Saturday June 30th

 

Fandango MTB

Bailey


Boulder Omnium: TT

Boulder


Cycle to Saturn Century

Golden


Vuelta a Dillon

Dillon


Cannondale MTB Tour

Granby Ranch


Nederland Boulder Stage Race

Boulder


Eagle Ranch Classic

Eagle


Laramie MTB Series

Happy Jack, WY


Rocking the Velodrome

Erie


Leadville Trail 100 Camp of Champions

Leadville


Sunday July 1st

 

Boulder Omnium: Road Race

Boulder


Cannondale MTB Tour

Granby Ranch


Nederland Boulder Stage Race

Boulder


Leadville Trail 100 Camp of Champions

Leadville