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Roger Serrano - XTERRA Spain Race Director

XTERRA Pro Roger Serrano Takes Over XTERRA Spain Organization

Spanish XTERRA Pro and former U-23 ITU Cross TRI World Champion, Roger Serrano was recently announced as the new XTERRA Spain race organizer. XTERRA Europe sat down for an interview and find out why one of our sports top pros is jumping into race direction as well.

The below is courtesy of XTERRA Europe

You can read our interview with Roger here

Roger Serrano-Pro Athlete & XTERRA Spain Organizer

Roger Serrano is a young pro athlete from Spain, the country that has always been known to produce some of the greatest sportsmen and some of the best XTERRA triathletes and World Champions, like Javier Gomez, Ruben Ruzafa and others.
Roger had some excellent results in the past 3 years and was the 2015 XTERRA European Tour Champion.
“I met Roger in 2014 at the XTERRA Greece Championship in Lake Plastira. He arrived with his Spanish friend Albert Soley on Friday afternoon after driving for 4 hours and immediately fixed their bikes and went out to see part of the bike course as it was getting dark! The next day, they both had a great performance finishing 2nd and 3rd at the race! After a second place in 2015, he was the XTERRA Greece Champion last year in Vouliagmeni with a great victory just seconds in front of Ruben Ruzafa. He is a talented athlete, a great personality and a good friend! I am sure he will do a great job as the Organizer of XTERRA Spain in 2017” said Kostas Koumargialis, Marketing Director of XTERRA Europe & former XTERRA Greece Organizer.
We took some time to interview Roger and learn more about him:

XE: What is your Name, Country and residence?

Roger Serrano, Spain. Living in Tarragona for the last 5 years.

XE: Are you a full time pro Athlete, if not what is your occupation?

I have been a full time triathlete for the past 5 years but now I’m the organizer of XTERRA Spain 2017.

XE: Family Status?

In a relationship.

XE: What is your daily or week training plan?

Breakfast, answer the emails, big training session, lunch, sleep, second training, rest until bedtime.

XE: What do you eat for breakfast before a big race?

I don’t have a routine. I just eat what I like. Coffee and water with Fruit, bread, eggs, cheese…
Before a race I like to have my coffee and 2-3 fruits. Then some bred with eggs and cheese.

XE: What type of diet do you follow?

Just natural food. Anything that grows from the land, fish and meat. Fish from the Tarragona port is the best! I’m also lucky to know where to get wild meat or meat from natural farms.

XE: How many years you have you been involved with XTERRA?

Since my first XTERRA in 2013 in Cieza, Murcia.

XE: What is your athletic background-How did you started?

I started from swimming.

XE: Which of the three disciplines is your favorite?

Biking!

XE: How many XTERRA did you raced in 2016, (results)

I raced 7 XTERRAs. Two wins, one third place, two DNF and 11th in Maui.

XE: What is your favorite XTERRA?

XTERRA Tarragona from now on! hahahaha

XE: How do you keep the balance between regular (work), family & friends and training? How do you keep motivated?

I just do my job and after that I take care of family and friends. Motivation is not in my dictionary. I do what I want to do.

XE: What is your suggestion to someone that wants to change his life and start racing pro in XTERRA ?

First, you need the support of your family. Second, you need an alternative plan so if everything goes wrong, to return back to a normal job quickly. Third, and the most important, is patience. Things take time and there are a lot of pros out there, so to gain a position will take time.

XE: You won the first two races on the Euro tour last year in Malta and Greece, are you ready to do it again ?

Yes, i have been planning the season with Ruzafa and we agreed that I will win the first two races and then he can “start” racing. Well, no jokes, i’m training hard! I will do my best to win again.

XE: You are now on both sides, Athlete and Organizer of XTERRA Spain, did you spend a lot of time on this project, and will it affect your first part of the season ?

Well now its just computer work and I can organize my time very well. I can train and rest like last year so it won’t effect at all.

XE: Will you be able to race Spain, did you build a strong crew around you for that ?

No, I won’t race. It’s a big responsibility and I don’t want to fail. The pressure during the week will be high with Dave, Nico & Kostas in my city. The team is big but despite that they don’t need me to execute the race, it is my project and I want to be sure that everything will be ok!

XE: What are your XTERRA plans for 2017?

Malta, Cyprus and Greece. Then I have to take care of my XTERRA Tarragona race from the outside. After that I will take a week off and back to racing and training.

XE: Nico Lebrun told us that with so many interests: XTERRA Pro Racer, Beer Drinker, XTERRA Race Organizer, Are you maybe planning to take Dave’s, Kostas or his place in the future?

Hahahaha, well I have a lot of plans for my future, but up to know traveling around the world, checking bike trails and drinking beer with friends is just perfect!

XE: Thank you very much Roger, wish you all the best for the new season and good luck with the preparations for XTERRA Spain!

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