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DirtTRI Weekend Roundup #22 – July 9-10, 2016

DirtTRI Weekend Roundup #22

Every week the DirtTRI Weekend Roundup brings you the news from the previous weekends competitive off-road multisport events from around the world.

If we missed your event, or you want to share a future event contact us HERE. This roundup includes:

  • XTERRA Magnolia Hill
  • XTERRA Victoria
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin
  • Triathlon Neuveville
  • Italian Cross Triathlon Championships
  • XTERRA Whitewater

XTERRA Magnolia Hill

Thanks to Jenny Paul for sharing her thoughts and some insight on the race.

Navasota, Texas – At Magnolia Hill Ranch, outside of Austin, Texas temperatures climbed, as they do in July, but that didn’t stop around 100 off-road enthusiast from hitting the sandy trails in Texas hill country.

“It was about 80% humidity and approximately the temperature of the sun’s surface. The water temperature was a crisp 83 degrees – slightly more refreshing than stale bath water.”  — Jenny Paul

The race started a little bit late to allow for some athletes from Houston who were stuck in traffic to make it. It was cool of them to do that since they have that flexibility because there are no road closures to worry about. There was both a triathlon and a duathlon taking place at the same time, the only difference being the duathletes took a lap around the run trail before getting on the bike instead of swimming.

You can read the rest of Jenny’s race report here.

DirtTRI Weekend Roundup #22 - July 9-10, 2016 XTERRA Magnolia Hill Photo: Jenny Paul
Jenny Paul was all smiles despite the heat at XTERRA Magnolia Hill Photo: Jenny Paul



  1. Philippe Le Duff  01:45:03
  2. Jeff Gjertsen  01:46:42
  3. Steve Etherton  01:53:24


  1. Jeanne Hoffman  02:16:38
  2. Terrhan Dial  02:26:26
  3. Jenny Burden  02:40:24

For full results, click here.

XTERRA Victoria

Victoria, B.C., Canada – It was a great day for Canada at the 2016 XTERRA Victoria race, with Canadians Karsten Madsen and Katie Button taking top spots on the tough trails near Durrance Lake Sunday.

Ontario’s Madsen made it two in a row with back-to-back XTERRA Pan Am Tour wins – both on Canadian soil.  His win today also earned him the lead in the series rankings, leap-frogging American Josiah Middaugh for the top spot on tour.

Madsen came out of the water with two-time Olympian Brent McMahon and was first to leave transition.

He extended his lead from there and finished with a 2-minute lead over runner-up and fellow Canadian, Paul Tichelaar.

“It’s amazing to win my second major XTERRA title!” said Madsen.  “I took the swim hard and got out of the water with Brent.  I took the bike safe as this course was very demanding and super technical. The run was also super technical with a lot of climbing and steep, hard descents. I’m incredibly overjoyed to come away with the win today. And I’m still in shock that I’m now leading the Pan-American tour… my mind is blown!”

Young Kiwi Kieran McPherson took third, with a solid performance that rocketed him up the tour rankings from 12th to 6th. McMahon finished 4th, with his race record intact.

DirtTRI Weekend Roundup #22 - July 9-10, 2016 XTERRA Victoria Photo: XTERRA Victoria

In the women’s race Canada’s Katie Button took a solid win with the fastest bike split of the day. British Columbia local, Zoe Dawson had a blazing run to finish runner-up only 50 seconds back. Danelle Kabush, in semi-retirement, finished third less than a minute behind Dawson.

The amateur athletes proved to be just as fast on the B.C. trails. Nate Youngs (Boring, OR) took fifth place overall and first place for age group men and Lisa Helmer (Shawnigan Lake, BC) was first place amateur woman and fourth overall woman.

Elite Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:10:51 75
2 Paul Tichelaar, CAN 2:13:19 67
3 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:16:02 61
4 Brent McMahon, CAN 2:16:30 56
5 Nathan Killam, CAN 2:31:09 51
6 Ian King, USA 2:35:48 47
7 Chris Ganter, USA 2:39:14 43
8 Jimmy Archer, USA 2:40:14 39
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Katie Button, CAN 2:37:43 75
2 Zoe Dawson, CAN 2:38:53 67
3 Danelle Kabush, CAN 2:45:35 61
4 Jaime Brede, USA 2:58:48 56
5 Lisa Leonard, USA 3:04:44 51
6 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:10:13 47
7 Sarah Graves, USA 3:20:32 43
8 Amanda Felder, USA 3:24:27 39


For full results, click here.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin

Mixed Team Dominates and Crush Course Record

What an achievement of Kristin Larsson and Daniel Hansson, Team Addnature and Swedish Armed Forces! Not only did the Swedish duo win the overall victory of the third edition of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, but they also crushed the race course record with 14 minutes, and beat the second team with 15,44 minutes, with the impressive time of 6h 14min 17 sec!

“This race suits us. It’s our favourite race of all categories! We are strong runners even uphill and we like the altitude gain. Our team work is perfect as we have been racing together for a long time and know each other inside out. We are good at focusing for a long time and pushing hard to the very end.” — Kristin Larsson

320 competitors from 18 nations in teams of two took on the challenging and unique swimrun race ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin in the Swiss Alps. The athletes tackled a total of 53,3 kilometres of alternating trail running and open water swimming on the mountain trails and cold alpine lakes in the stunning Engadin valley. It has been a very special weekend as a mixed team also took the overall win at the shorter “sprint event” hosted on Saturday 9 July. An historical moment in the world of swimrun as there has never previously been a mixed team on top of the overall podium at an ÖTILLÖ event.

ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN ENGADIN 2016 Photo: Jakob Edholm
ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN ENGADIN 2016 Photo: Jakob Edholm

The 320 competitors in teams of two experienced a very tough physical challenge in the picture-perfect “Heidi”-like landscape of the Engadin valley. Besides a killing vertical gain of 1 450 metres, the 53,3 kilometre course consists of 47,45 km trail running (in your wetsuit) and 5,87 km open-water swimming through seven mountain lakes (in your running shoes), with a water temperature at around 12-14 degrees C. The competitors had 16 changes between running and swimming throughout the course, which is why you keep the wetsuit and shoes on for the entire race.

It wasn’t the cold water temperature that was the biggest challenge today, it was to handle the summer heat when running in a wetsuit, and then dealing with the big temperature differences of air and water.

The second team overall and winner of the men’s category, Igor Nastic and Jean-Marc Cattori, Ticino Bad Boys (SUI), was chasing the Germans André Hook and Wolfgang Grohe, Team Campz, all along the course and managed to pass them for the last hour and crossed the finish line four minutes ahead. The first women’s team Salli Carlfjord andCharlotte Eriksson of Sweden, finished at Silvaplana an hour after the overall winners at 7:17:54.

The race course passed the famous alpine village St. Moritz, as well as the genuine mountain towns Maloja, Sils, Champfer, to finally finish at the sports center in Silvaplana. Despite a gruelling race course the views are more than stunning; high mountains with snowy peaks reign over the valley with scenic emerald blue lakes, cows grazing on the flowery meadows close to the picturesque alpine villages, and surrounded by beautiful pine forests.


1. Igor Nastic and Jean-Marc Cattori (SUI), Team Ticino Bad Boys, 6:30:01
2. André Hook and Wolfgang Grohe (GER), Team, 6:34:23
3. Gilbert Cavedon and Daniel Besse (SUI), Rushteam 2, 6:39:04

1. Kristin Larsson and Daniel Hansson (SWE), Team Addnature and Swedish Armed Forces, 6:14:17
2. Martina Ågren and Oskar Davidsson (SWE), Team Carbon, 6:56:01
3. Elfie Arnaud and Tom Ralite (FRA), Team Belove, 6:57:19

1. Salli Carlfjord and Charlotte Eriksson (SWE), Team Öra, 7:17:54
2. Lise Darefeuille and Marion Puech (FRA), Team Les Poulettes, 7:41:28
3. Naomi Shiniks and Patricia Richardson (GBR), Team Tri London Ladies, 7:44:52

For full results, click here.

Triathlon Neuveville

Please pardon the translation

The 16th edition of Triathlon and Bike & Run La Neuveville was back on Sunday after one year of absence. The event was a great success for the organizers who have greatly benefited from exceptional weather conditions which allowed participants to enjoy this 4th round of the Jura Triathlon Championship which is the only place to Whitewater.

DirtTRI Weekend Roundup #22 - July 9-10, 2016 Triathlon Neuveville

More than 210 people participated in this sunny edition. The date change was beneficial on all points: the lake temperature approaching 23 degrees, the water was calm, it was sunny all day and working with the Maracana was a success. A good craze is noted on the side of the category Chicks / Poussines (born 2007 and after) with a score of ‘small’. As for results, Geraldine and St. Croix Pierre Fournier pair won the Bike & Run over two other couples, and Visinand Chédel. And yes, the Bike & Run is an excellent time (in principle) to spend a couple … As Triathlon adults, teneuse title Jura Triathlon Championship, Sarah Bonnemain (Porrentruy) won in 1:23: 43 to Amélie Marzo (Fleurier) and Vinciane Cohen-Cols (Savagnier). In men Pyott January (Grindelwald) came out first water is resisted the return of Ricardo Senos (Le Locle) and René Wutrich (Holderbank, Aargau) and won in 1:09: 40.

More pictures are available.



  1. Jan Pyott  01:09:40
  2. Ricardo Senos  01:10:59
  3. Rene Wüthrich  01:11:18


  1. Sarah Bonnemain  01:23:43
  2. Amelie De Marzo  01:27:09
  3. Lyne Dubois  01:29:25

For full results, click here.

Italian Cross Triathlon Championships


XTERRA Whitewater

DirtTRI Weekend Roundup #22 - July 9-10, 2016 XTERRA Whitewater Photo: US National Whitewater Center
XTERRA Whitewater Photo: US National Whitewater Center



  1. Caleb Baity  02:23:51
  2. Marcus Barton  02:25:45
  3. Ali Arasta  02:28:11


  1. Amy Carver  03:03:44.4
  2. Angie Childle 03:06:40.0
  3. Elizabeth Skiba  03:08:24.5

For full results, click here.





Will Kelsay

Will Kelsay is one of the top cross triathletes in the world with a 10 year career spanning 5 continents competing in more than 18 countries. He has 20 career wins and more than 70 top 5 finishes. Anyone who has met him knows his passion for the sport is only overshadowed by his huge smile & his appetite for fun.

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