October 28, 2019 John Levison from Tri247.com
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.