The 5th annual XTERRA Philippines Championship race will take place this Sunday in Albay, a province located on the southeastern side of Luzon Island.
Reigning XTERRA World Champion Flora Duffy from Bermuda highlights the women’s elite field that also features two-time XTERRA Philippines Champion Renata Bucher of Switzerland, British stand-outs Jacqui Slack and Daz Parker, Guamanian Mieko Carey, Aussie Dimity-Lee Duke, and Alena Stevens of Slovakia.
The men’s race boasts three elites that finished in the top 10 at XTERRA Worlds last year – Aussie Ben Allen (a two-time XTERRA Philippines Champ), Mexico’s Mauricio Mendez, and South Africa’s Bradley Weiss. Others in the mix include home grown hero Joe Miller, Charlie Epperson from Singapore, Fabrizio Bartoli and Simone Calamai from Italy, Brodie Gardner from Australia, and Michal Bucek from Slovakia.
XTERRA World Tour managing director “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas is on-site in Luzon to take in the first major on the 2015 XTERRA World Tour calendar and brings us this report …