DUFFY TO DEFEND TITLE AT XTERRA ASIA-PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIP IN NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA
The most dominant female racer in XTERRA is returning to Jervis Bay in New South Wales, Australia next month.
Flora Duffy, from Bermuda in the Caribbean, will defend her title at the 2nd annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championshiprace on April 18, 2015.
“The area is gorgeous,” said Duffy after winning last year’s inaugural event. “Growing up in Bermuda I’m kind of a beach snob, so it takes a lot for a beach to impress me and I can tell you it is gorgeous here, that white sand and water is beautiful.”
The 27-year-old, two-time Olympian won the first two XTERRA majors of 2015 in the Philippines and South Africa and has now won nine of the last 10 she’s entered including the XTERRA USA, Asia-Pacific, and World Championship.
As the most prestigious event in the Asia-Pacific series that includes championship races in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Guam, Tahiti, and Saipan – the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship will offer $50,000 in prize money to the sport’s top professional athletes and produce a television show for international distribution.
The main event combines a 1.5-kilometer ocean swim at Callala Beach, approximately two and a half hours south on Sydney, with 30-kilometers of mountain biking followed by 10-kilometers of trail running.
Last year Duffy edged 2013 XTERRA World Champion Nicky Samuels from New Zealand to win the women’s title while Dan Hugo from South Africa held off a hard-charging Courtney Atkinson from Australia to win the men’s race.
The event lures amateur and professional athletes from around the world to New South Wales, and locals flock to the event in pursuit of XTERRA Australia Championship honours.
The off-road sports festival weekend also includes a sprint distance off-road triathlon, trail runs, and relay team competitions attracting more than 500 competitors of all ages.