Boulder’s Flora Duffy Wins XTERRA World Championships

 October 28, 2019 John Levison from Tri247.com

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Record-breaking fifth XTERRA World Championship for Flora Duffy

Repeat of 2017 as Bradley Weiss adds second title

A year spent mostly recovering from injury for two-time ITU Triathlon World Champion, Flora Duffy, ended on a high on Sunday with a fifth title at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui. A dominating performance, a gun-to-tape win saw her set the fastest splits across all three discipline to relegate Great Britain’s Lesley Paterson, the defending champion, into second place.

Paterson added to her impressive history of success at the XTERRA World Champs. A three-time winner herself, that was her eighth finish in the top two positions at the race since 2009:

  • Gold (2011, 2012, 2018)
  • Silver (2009, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019)

The Men’s Elite Champion two years ago, Bradley Weiss dropped to the Silver medal last year, but returned to claim another victory and the winners $20,000 first prize cheque.

Here is the full race report and imagery courtesy of Trey Garman at XTERRA Media.


Weiss, Duffy win XTERRA World Championship

Bradley Weiss from South Africa and Flora Duffy from Bermuda captured the 24th XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful day at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui’s northwest coast on Sunday morning.

It’s the second title in three years for Weiss, who won it in 2017 and was second last year, and the unprecedented fifth XTERRA World Championship crown for Duffy, who won four straight from 2014-2017 before sitting out last year due to injury. Both earned $20,000 for their respective victories, their share of the $100,000 elite purse.

More than 600 endurance athletes from 42 countries and 42 U.S. states competed in the event, which started with a one-mile rough water swim at D.T. Fleming Beach, continued with a grueling two-lap 20-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 nearly 4,000 feet of combined climbing on the technical bike and run courses, which were dry all week before a heavy downpour on race morning made the early riding slick and challenging.

Read the rest HERE: https://www.tri247.com/triathlon-news/elite/xterra-world-championship-2019-results

Colorado Athletes on Maui: Dallow & Klawitter

Kurt Dallow

My name is Kurt Dallow and I’m in the 65-69 yo age group and will be competing at the Xterra World championship in Maui in a few weeks. This is my second trip- my family and I made a great vacation out of our last trip to the World’s Championship 6 years ago. Then, I was lucky to get in on the lottery. It was an incredible experience racing with some of the world’s best triathletes in a beautiful setting.

 

This year I qualified through perseverance​. I competed at the Mountain States championship held in Beaver Creek, CO this year. Three miles into the bike leg, I had mechanical problems and pushed my bike the remainder of the bike leg. I was able to get support at the last aid station on the bike course and made it in just before the cut off time.

When you are in the 65-69 year age group, the numbers competing are less, so while placing a distant 3rd, the world’s spot rolled down to me. If I had DNFed – No Maui trip!

I have raced triathlons now for over 20 years and in the last 5-10 years have done mainly off road triathlons like Xterra. I am a sports medicine physician so my training time is limited Xterra meets my need to compete as I age.

My wife Cindy and I, now coach endurance athletes and provide both nutritional coaching and sports medicine advice. You can find us at  2Doc tri coaching

 


Lukus Klawitter

 

I am a Professor of Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics at Adams State University in Alamosa Colorado. Adams State is a small Division II University in southern Colorado sitting just above 7,500ft in elevation. I was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Colorado five years ago to complete my Master’s degree in Sport Physiology.


This is my second year racing Xterra triathlon. I grew up running and always saved time to ride a bicycle. I was becoming extra fond of mtn bike racing after my move to Colorado, when a friend told me about Xterra, combining mtn biking and running after surviving a swim
sounded like fun. My first year of Xterra I raced two races, Xterra Beaver Creek and the Xterra World Championships. I qualified for Worlds at Beaver Creek through a roll over position. I didn’t feel as if I deserved the trip but didn’t want to end the season so soon. I am glad I went because it really fueled me for taking this year current serious and bettering myself in the sport.

This year I had a full race schedule planned from the end of May to the Xterra World Championships if I was able to qualify straight up. However, at the end of May I suffered a stress fracture in a metatarsal of my foot which put me in the pool and off the bike and out of the running shoes for eight weeks. This ended my entire summer race schedule.

I was able to maintain some fitness swimming and push the limits of my rehab to be ready for Xterra Fruita the weekend before Xterra Pan Ams. I had great outings in both races wining the open male category at Fruita and winning my age group at Pan Ams where I qualified for this year’s world championships where I am very excited to bring my current fitness and see what I can do.

My goal for Xterra Worlds is to mix it up in my age group and place high in the amateur rankings. I am really excited to get back on the mtn bike course hoping for little to no rain this year.