The first off road World Championship of 2016 took place at the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Zeltweg, Austria. Russia dominated the event taking the gold and silver in both the men’s and women’s events.
Pavel Andreev and Yulia Surikova claimed the titles, with Andreev claiming his fifth consecutive Championship.
Unfortunately, and somewhat worrying, was the snow lacking, springlike conditions in Zeltweg. Racers were seen, covered in mud coming out of T2 on the bike/ski transition. We would hope to have sees more fat bikes and a snow covered race course, but, one can’t control the weather.
Find the full race report HERE.
Cirencester Off-Road Duathlons
However, for Downton Abbey nerds (like we at DirtTRI) we must admit we were fascinated by the race information about the venue:
“The beautiful Cirencester Park is part of the Bathurst Estate, Cirencester. The Dowager Countess Bathurst has kindly let us hire a quiet area of the park for this event.”
In the end Jessica Roberts and Douglas Hall triumphed in the long event. However, we are sure fun was had by all. Particularly as it is always a reward to be able to ride on trails and in and area that is normally closed to the public. With any luck the Dowager Countess will be happy to host many more events.
Long Course Results:
2 mile run/10 mile MTB/2 mile run
- Jessica ROBERTS 01:23:57.7
- Natalie SMITH 01:29:49.8
- Nadia TRAMONTIN 01:31:00.8
- Natasha LITHERLAND 01:33:39.9
- Marianne BRITTEN 01:33:56.2
- Douglas HALL 01:06:25.1
- Will CRUDGINGTON 01:06:40.6
- Lee WILLIAMS 01:08:42.7
- Dan BLAKE 01:08:53.7
- Nick SLIM 01:09:19.4
Find Full Results HERE
Meanwhile in Belgium, Cross Duathlon Zelem was the next stop of the fantastic, and busy, Belgian and Dutch Cross Duathlon calendar.
Consisting of a 3.4k run/23.5k MTB/3.4k run the Cross Duathlon Zelem saw Rik Thijs come in as the strong favorite. However, Thijs mistakenly went off course and dropped to 30th off the bike before fighting back to 2nd overall behind Jan Debie.
After the race Thijs explained, “At the start of the second bike lap I still had a small loop at the finish, but I was wrong and did the full loop trail. I had a nice lead, but suddenly I was in spot 30. However, I kept on and finished in second place. Very unfortunate because winning is not always easy with (favorites) Odeynen and Borghskes in the same match. Today they were not there and that meant a great opportunity to go for the win, so it was just sour. On to next week in Herentals then. Still, congratulations to a strong Jan Debie”.
For the women, Clauda Claesen was victorious over Ils Ferdinand.
Find Full Results HERE.
- DEBIE JAN 01:14:26
- THIJS RIK RETIE 01:14:52
- VIJVERMAN TIM 01:15:33
- GEUDENS CHRISTOF 01:16:29
- SMETS KEN Heverlee 01:17:32
- CLAESEN CLAUDA 01:36:44
- FERDINAND ILS 01:44:15
Back in the USA the small New Mexican town of Grants celebrated the 33rd anniversary of the town’s largest yearly event, the Mt Taylor Winter Quadrathlon.
Consisting of 43 miles of biking, running, skiing, and snow showing from Grants to the top of 11,301 ft Mt Taylor, AND BACK, the race is a great challenge and a yearly highlight of many multisport athletes throughout the western USA.
Reigning XTERRA Triathlon World Champion, Josiah Middaugh took the men’s event while 2015 Mt Taylor Champion, Michelle Hummel reclaimed the women’s title.
Find Full Results HERE
Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon
13 mi road bike/5 mi run/2.5mi ski/1mi snowshoe/1mi snowshoe/2.5mi ski/ 5 mi run/13mi road bike
Place Name City/state Total Bib# Division ===== ===================== =================== ======= ===== ============= 1 Josiah Middaugh Vail CO 3:36:48 112 Solo:M30-39 2 John Donovan Incline Village NV 3:53:02 65 Solo:M20-29 3 Matthew Hickey Colorado Springs CO 3:56:38 81 Solo:M20-29 1 Michelle Hummel Albuquerque NM 4:12:25 16 Solo:F30-39 2 Caroline Colonna Taos NM 4:51:26 5 Solo:F50-59 3 Bridget Schwenne Genesee ID 5:08:27 29 Solo:F20-29
South Africa’s popular offroad duathlon series, the Momentum Health OatWell DualX powered by PeptoPro, kicked off just East of Pretoria at Legends MX, for a recently added venue to the series.
This cross duathlon series offers a full, half distance. and quarter distances as well as two kids races over a four race series.
The DualX Full is a 5km run, 30km bike and 2.5km run. The DualX Half, is a 2.3km run, 15km bike and 1.25km run and the DualX Quarter, a 1.2km run, 7.5km bike an 750m run. Athletes can enter either as individuals or in teams.
Event organizer, Fritz Pienaar of Advendurance explained the series saying, “offroad duathlons, with the absence of swimming, really makes the sport easily accessible, all you need is a mountain bike and some running shoes, which really brings down the barrier to entry. We select our venues carefully to give athletes a decent challenge without making it too difficult for beginners and, most importantly, enjoyable all round. The various distances you can choose from caters for all fitness levels and the kiddies event with child-minding facilities really makes this appealing to the whole family”.
DualX #1 went to Brand du Plaessis on the men’s side while Andrea Steyn took the women’s full event.
Complete Results will be available HERE soon.
5k run/ 30k MTB/2.5k run
- Brand du Plesis
- Nico Sterk
- Ian Peterkin
- Andrea Steyn
- Carla van Huyssteen
- Nicolette Griffioen