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Battle For Top Rankings At XTERRA Denmark Winter Duathlon Championship

By: Andreas Juul Jeppesen

On Sunday we welcome spring while the XTERRA Off Road Duathlon series will come to an end. The completion of the series will culminate with the XTERRA Denmark Duathlon Championship event which is the Danish XTERRA-Nationals in Duathlon. The event will take place in Hedeland Nature Park.

It is going to be one heck of a day with a record high number of participants when more than 400 participants are to try their hand at 5 K trail run – 15 K MTB – 5 K trail run.

All previous winners will be at the race

XTERRA Nordic Aarhus Cross Duathlon
Racers power through a dusting of snow at the XTERRA Nordic Aarhus Winter Duathlon. Photo – XTERRA Nordic

It a going to be a tough struggle for both money prizes and Age-group titles as many of Denmark’s best XTERRA competitors will be present at the event.

At the event you will find all five previous winners of XTERRA-Duathlon, namely; Anders Laustsen (winner Helsingør 2016), Benjamin Justesen (winner Tisvilde 2016), Erling Madsen (defending champion from Hedeland 2015), Øivind Bjerkseth from Norway (winner Helsingør 2015) and last but not least the super experienced Henrik Søeberg (winner Tisvilde 2015).

However, the five tough guys will have to fight all the way to the finish line seeing as other very strong competitors are ready to take up the challenge.

As the MTB course in Hedeland offers lots of speed and less technical passages it invites strong runners to join the top rankings. Among others this accounts for debutant Steen Walter who was previously among the best runners in Denmark. Also the big talent Thor Bendix Madsen will have his XTERRA debut and in spite of his only 16 years of age he is already one of the best cross runners in the U20 category. Not to mention his promising high speed on the MTB.

Similarly, the three triathletes Jens Grønbæk, Adam Erritsø and Martin Bissenbacker will have the opportunity to get a taste of the podium rankings. And then, we must not forget a couple a the more experienced athletes like Kenneth Carlsen, Thomas Midtgaard and Rune Bohn Jensen who most likely also will roam among the top performances.

Two XTERRA World Champions among the women:

It is not everyday that we are able to present two XTERRA Age-group World Champions at our event. But this is in fact the case on Sunday when we welcome Carol Rasmussen and Clara Blohm Clemmensen to the race.

The two tough women will however have to fight all the way to the finish line seeing as they are up against 50 other women. The highest number of female competitors seen till this date!

Among these female competitors we find five tough Swedish women and Kristine Nørgaard. Kristine Nørgaard who will try her best in order to replace her two second place rankings from Tisvilde and Helsingør with a first place ranking in Hedeland. Additionally, two former XTERRA World Championship competitors – Maria Sturluson and Mette Lindstrøm will be present along with Mette Flansmose and Anna Olivarius. All of them more than ready to race on Sunday!

Sun, good catering and nice offers:

Besides the fact that it with out a doubt will be extremely exiting to follow our competitors in the XTERRA Denmark Off-Road Duathlon it looks as though we will get a nice and sunny day. Furthermore, the Guerilla Kitchen will make sure that you will not go hungry! They will serve food to all participants while all spectators are able to buy food, coffee and drinks in the event area.

Moreover, the XTERRA Merchandise Shop will have excellent offers on clothes from CRAFT, enery products from SiS and equipment from Catlike.

We look forward to seeing you on this festive day!

Find more information at: http://xterranordic.com/en/events/duathlon/

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Founder and Editor at dirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 15 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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