The Pulse: Bringing You News From the DirtTRI Universe

Road triathletes continue to…should we say, flock, to off-road triathlon aka dirtTRI.

The most recent addition is long course stand out and former ITU Long Course World Champions Caroline “Xena” Steffen. Who announced she would be competing in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on April 18 in Jervis Bay, Australia.

Steffen stated to XTERRA:

“I was an outdoor kid from a young age and before I started with triathlon I spent most of my time on the mountain bike exploring the Swiss Alps. Sadly, however, as I moved towards triathlon and relocated to Australia I had to leave my passion – my mountain bike – behind.”

In addition to Caroline Steffen we saw road standout and super-swimmer Sara McLarty take 3rd at the XTERRA Costa Rica, look for an interview with Sara later this week on

Steffen and McLary join a deep and rapidly growing list of talented road triathletes who have tried and sometimes completely transitioned to dirtTRI.

Is this due to something lacking on the road side of things? We will have to look into that…

Find the full XTERRA Interview HERE

 The roadies are coming to dirtTRI, are the mountain bikers as well?

Olympian and multiple time National Champion pro mountain biker, Todd Wells, competed in and won the Trizona Triathlon at Starr Pass, Arizona besting non other than XTERRA pro Branden Rakita in the process.

Can we expect to see Todd in Maui this year? He does ride for Specialized you know. One has to wonder if Ned, Stoltz, and Ruzafa might have got Wells thinking about what he could do at the big show.

  Reigning XTERRA World Champ, Ruben Ruzafa wins his home town opener.

Ruzafa won the closest thing he has to a home town race by claiming the XTERRA Axarquia – Costa del Sol.

“Running at home is special, it allows you to be spend more time with the people you love,” said Ruzafa. “It’s exciting to see so many people here that I’ve known for a long time. It was also a very well organized race and that means a lot to me.”

Ruzafa had to overcome two flat tires and riding the last 8k of the mountain bike on his rim to win the unusually long race in 3:51:58, more than six-minutes ahead of runner-up David Bernal.

 XTERRA Malta a huge success

After a successful inaugural event XTERRA caught up with the winners to get there impressions of the race and learn a bit more about two of our lesser know pros, Brigitta Poor and Nico Fernandez

Full Interview HERE

Patterson Wins XTERRA Costa Rica while all busted up!

Former XTERRA World Champion and renowned tough chick, Lesley Patterson won XTERRA Costa Rica with one arm and some messed up feet.

In an interview with XTERRA Patterson saidshe tore a tendon while pre-riding and couldn’t rotate her shoulder:

“I couldn’t lift my arm above my head so I had to do the whole swim one armed…1500-meters is a long way with one arm! I had to have the other one down by my side.”

To add to the swim difficulty the sandy terrain of Costa Rica shredded Patterson’s feet on the run and saw her finish with blood stained shoes.

Proof that they don’t just give XTERRA World Championships away to anyone.





Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 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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