XTERRA European Tour Finale Sunday in Denmark
The last of 11 events on the XTERRA European Tour takes place Sunday in Mons Klint, Denmark.
“They’ve found the only place in Denmark that isn’t flat,” exclaimed XTERRA European Tour technical director Nicolas Lebrun upon his arrival.
“Mons Klint is the translation for “Cliffs of Mon.” Completely white, made of chalk, you can see the impact of the Baltic sea. The highest point is 120m above the water and 6km long. On top of it there is a beautiful forest with huge beech trees and pastures with nice black cows that look almost like Buffaloes. The entire area is a protected nature reserve, and very popular area with tourists.”
You’ll find the signature spot on this course before the race even starts as competitors (and hardy spectators) will have to walk down nearly 500-steps of stairs to get to the swim.
“This is the “fun” part of the race, the already famous 487-stairs athletes will have to climb from the beach to T1,” said Lebrun. “It’s a perfect wooden path that athletes can do barefoot. And for the best, they can try to beat the fastest Strava time to the top, 2’47”.
Athletes get to do it again on the run, just before the finish.
In between racers will do two laps of a 14km mountain biking loop in a beautiful forest, with lots of small climbs and descents.
“It’s a lot of climbing for Denmark, and also a lot of corners that require technical skills to to break, turn, and shift at the same time. It’ll be good for mountain bikers.”
There is a lot at stake in both the pro and amateur divisions as everyone tries to win their European Tour Championship title and custom jersey that goes with it. Read pro preview here.
Men’s XTERRA European Tour Rank – Name, Nationality
2 – Kris Coddens, BEL
3 – Sam Osborne, NZL
5 – Mauricio Mendez, MEX
6 – Francois Carloni, FRA
8 – Peter Lehmann, GER
9 – Jan Kubicek, CZE
13 – Roger Serrano, ESP
14 – Arthur Forissier, FRA
16 – Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA
17 – Maxim Chane, FRA
23 – Jan Pyott, SUI
25 – Dominik Wychera, AUT
31 – Markus Benesch, AUT
37 – Tim Van Daele, BEL
44 – Thomas Kerner, GER
58 – Simone Calamai, ITA
NR – Anders Bregnhoj, DEN
NR – Mikkel Johnsen, DEN
NR – Mark Hamersma, NED
NR – Glenn Wesseling, NED
Women’s XTERRA European Tour Rank – Name, Nationality
1 – Poór Brigitta, DEN
2 – Renata Bucher, SUI
4 – Carina Wasle, AUT
7 – Maud Golsteyn, NED
8 – Louise Fox, GBR
17 – Sandra Koblmüller, AUT
20 – Cecilia Jessen, SWE
XTERRA Japan Cancelled
Typhoon Lionrock wreaked havoc all over Hokkaido and northern Japan late Tuesday night causing widespread flooding, landslides, and power outages.
As a direct result the XTERRA Japan Championship race scheduled for Saturday at Lake Kanayama in Hokkaido was cancelled.
Roads to the race site were closed, debris flooded the lake making the water un-swimmable, trails were blocked with downed trees, and the local hotel lost electricity. The entire area will be in recovery mode through the next several days.
Organizers sent out notices as soon as it was clear the race could not be held, however, many athletes were either en route or decided to still come to Hokkaido.
XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Champion Ben Allen had just landed in Chitose from Australia when he heard the news.
“I’m so sad I won’t get the chance to race XTERRA Japan as I have been wanting to for the past few years, but safety is first and foremost and my heart goes out to all the people here in this region that have been effected by the Typhoon,” said Allen.
“All I know of Japan was seven hours in the airport, but I was in good hands with Mai who did her best to take me on a tour of the Sapporo airport, eat Sushi, check out the Pokémon store for some cool toys for my niece and nephew. I was so impressed by the people and food I tasted even though I didn’t even exit the airport. I can only imagine what it’s like outside.”
Two other Aussie pros headed to Hokkaido had different fates. Last year’s XTERRA Japan winner Courtney Atkinson missed the notice of cancellation by about 45 minutes and got all the way to Tokyo before turning back around. The lucky ones seem to have been Brodie Gardner, who learned of the cancellation before he left Australia and Mieko Carey, who was able to get off the plane in Tokyo and take advantage of an opportunity to catch up with family and friends.
For others, the trip started anew in a coffee shop in the Chitose Aiport. That’s where former XTERRA Japan Champion Takahiro Ogasawara, several amateur racers and the organizing committee gathered Thursday morning … to talk about what’s next.
“Life is what you make of it, ya know, you have to take the bad with the good,” said Allen. “I’ll be back here, you can guarantee that, and next time I’ll have my partner in crime (Jacqui) with me and we’ll go nuts and dive deep into Japan’s culture, fads, and outrageous technology. I can’t wait.”