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Pro Race Reports from the XTERRA World Championship

The following is a compilation of the race reports from the professional athletes at the XTERRA World Championship that was held on Maui, Hawaii on Sunday November 1st, 2015. For a full list of results click here.

Note: The field was comprised of cross triathletes from around the world, some language translations were made. 

Josiah Middaugh

JOSIAH MIDDAUGH – USA

Things don’t always go as planned in a race or in life for that matter. They rarely do.  We rehearse these images in our minds, we dream how things might turn out.  It fuels us through our workouts and gives us motivation to overcome adversity and to persevere. Continue reading…

 

Fabiola CoronaFABIOLA CORONA – Mexico

We arrived Tuesday Pro style to acclimatize and make the tough bike on Wednesday to recover and take time for the descent. Very different tour than 4 years ago , just as hard : heat, humidity, trepadon , but now with more mud and too single track until dizzy , really killer! Continue reading…

 

Jan PyottJAN PYOTT – Switzerland

The final race of the year for me took place on Maui and at the XTERRA World Championships. This edition of XTERRA Maui was also very special as being the 20th anniversary of the sport as is started 1996 as the Aquaterra on the shores of Makena beach.  Continue reading…

 

Helena ErbenovaHELENA ERBENOVA – Czech Republic

This year, I went to the race with mixed feelings. Season was very good, but incredibly long and loaded with a lot of races worldwide. Plus I’m 14 days just before the start and been in bed for practice left much time.  Continue reading…

 

Courtney AtkinsonCOURTNEY ATKINSON – Australia

Just days after a podium in his final ITU event of the season in Korea, Courtney jumped on the plane to Maui and pushed hard to come home fifth from more than 40 of the world’s best.  Continue reading…

 

Alena StevensALENA STEVENS – Slovakia

For my first try as professional at a World Championships race placing 15th would be a reasonable result. My preparation was progressing well, however, I caught an inflammation of my sinuses a few days before the race which hampered my breathing. Continue reading…

 

Ruben RuzafaRUBEN RUZAFA – Spain

Suddenly everything changed. The defending world champion started losing time quickly during the run. Ruzafa was struggling, completely empty and could not keep up the pace! Continue reading…

 

Jess SimsonJESS SIMSON – New Zealand

This morning I woke up in hospital. Apparently I went unconscious about a km from the finish. Had a seizure & couldn’t remember my name among other things. When I woke up in the ambulance I actually thought I must have crashed on my bike but as the evening progressed I remembered that I had done some running. Continue reading…

 

Francisco Serrano

FRANCISCO SERRANO – Mexico

I was in 4th and for a few moments in 2nd before being passed through the world champion and runner-up Rufaza world encumbre Middaugh, near the tip and I knew that the race was within my grasp, I started to go down well and a few miles I started to feel weird the bike little by little he felt loose the seat. Continue reading…

 

Lizzie OrchardLIZZIE ORCHARD – New Zealand

Ever since I started racing Xterra it’s been my dream to be a top 10 Professional at World Champs. The race brings together over 800 athletes from 43 countries – Off Road Triathletes, Olympic Triathletes, Adventure Racers, Mountain bikers, Cross Country Skiers, Ironmen, the list goes on.  Continue reading…

 

Olly ShawOLLY SHAW – New Zealand

I went over early this year to try and get as used to the heat as I possibly could. Coming from New Zealand I definitely take a while to start feeling good in the heat and humidity so I was pretty happy to go early and get more training done on the island than I have ever managed before.  Continue reading…

 

Elisabetta Curridori

ELISABETTA CURRIDORI – Italy

I raced the first time in Maui in 2011, I was 20 years and only few experiences in XTERRA and being in Hawaii was a kind of holiday. Since then many things changed…3 years in the army, left the army, met Jim and started training for triathlon again one year ago. Continue reading…

 

Jim ThijsJIM THIJS – Belgium

The 20th edition of the XTERRA World Championships was a personal disaster. After 8 attempts, this is the score: Maui 4 vs Jim 4. Nothing to be proud of. Definitely if I check the score from the last 5 editions since they changed the race location: Maui 4 vs Jim 1.  Continue reading…

 

Yeray LuxemYERAY LUXEM – Belgium

5:50! New jingle chosen on the smartphone but I am actually just naturally awakened. It’s still dark. Quietly pull me going for a sober gait. Across the road I recognize the ghost of another runner … it’s Sam Osborne from New Zealand.  Continue reading…

 

Branden RakitaBRANDEN RAKITA – USA

The beginning part of the bike is brutal with some steep unrelenting climbing right off the bat and my legs were not feeling it early on but over the course of the bike they slowly and steadily improved, It was hot and humid on the outer part of the course which is more exposed and the sun is beating down on you.  Continue reading…

 

Albert SoleyALBERT SOLEY – Spain

Top 15 in the world championship xterra in Hawaii!! We go back to the fight against the best one more year. Happy with the outcome, taking into account the high level of this year. Satisfied with my swimming and especially by the progress on the bike for 10 positions.  Continue reading…

 

Kara LaPointKARA LAPOINT – USA

This year marked my fourth in a row competing in Maui, and I have treasured each one of those opportunities so much. I just love the entire experience of being a part of such an iconic event, with an incredible group of people, and in such a magical place. Continue reading…

 

Arthur ForissierARTHUR FORISSIER – France

The first out of the water form a small group ALLEN, DAUBORD, MENDEZ, SEXTON, etc. SERRANO Far ahead of me! On the bike, it’s a bit as usual, RUZAFA ascent in the lead. This is where it all happens almost since in the first 8 overall, there are the 7 best bike time. Continue reading…

 

Emma GarrardEMMA GARRARD – USA

The XTERRA World Championships in Kapalua on Nov 1st was the final race in my 2015 season. Traveling to Maui every October has become a tradition for my family since 2006. This would be my 10th time going although I did not compete in 2012 when I was pregnant. Continue reading…

 

Chris GanterCHRIS GANTER – USA

It’s taken me a bit of time to recover from the XTERRA World Championships, both physically and mentally.  The second half of my racing season had it’s challenges for sure.  I wasn’t satisfied with my performances at the Mountain, European, and US Championships.  Continue reading…

 

Debby SullivanDEBBY SULLIVAN – USA

I started working with a new coach, Josiah Middaugh, and I was hoping that things could come together and I could finally have the breakthrough race that I am looking for. However, I was also battling those discouraging performances. Continue reading…

 

Conrad_Hall_of_FameCONRAD STOLTZ – Republic of South Africa

Watching (and commentating for LiveStream) from the sidelines was quite insightful and more fun than I expected.Here’s some thoughts from “Caveman the outsider” – who used to be on the inside. Continue reading…

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