RaceWeekend Roundup

DirtTRI Weekend Roundup #17 – 21-22 May 2016

DirtTRI Weekend Roundup #17

Every week the DirtTRI Weekend Roundup brings you the news from the previous weekends competitive off-road multisport events from around the world.

If we missed your event, or you want to share a future event contact us HERE. This roundup includes:

  • XTERRA Oak Mountain
  • XTERRA Portugal
  • The Original Meowler Mountain Duathlon

XTERRA Oak Mountain

May 21, 2016

1.5k swim, 32k mountain bike, 9.6k trail run

Pelham, AL – Josiah Middaugh and Suzie Snyder took home the elite titles at the XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road triathlon in Shelby County, Alabama on Saturday.

The 4th of 10 stops on the 2016 XTERRA Pan America Tour had all the right ingredients … calm, clean, warm water to swim in, perfect racing weather, superb trail conditions, and great competition in both the amateur and elite fields.

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Mauricio Mendez threw down the fastest swim split of the day at XTERRA Oak Mountain. Photo: XTERRA

Mexican superstar Mauricio Mendez led out of the water nearly 45 seconds in front of a chase pack of three comprised of Canadian Karsten Madsen, Mitchman Braden Rakita, and Ian King. Reigning world champion Josiah Middaugh was nearly three minutes back from Mendez, but used the fastest bike split of the day to move into 1st position after the 32k mountain bike.

Coming into T2, Middaugh had not only caught Mendez, but put 47 seconds into him. Madsen was still near the front with Rakita not far behind as they dismounted and took off on the 9.6km run in 3rd and 4th place. Chris Ganter entered T2 in 5th followed by Kieran McPherson.

On the 2 loop run, Mendez reeled in Middaugh, but despite out splitting him by 40 seconds, the lead that Middaugh had established on the bike proved to be to great for Mendez to overcome. Middaugh took the win just 11 seconds in front of Mendez. Madsen and Rakita held their same positions throughout the run and crossed the line in the same positions they had left T2 – 3rd and 4th respectively. McPherson used a peppy run split to pass Ganter and nearly catch up to Rakita, but simply ran out of real estate to do so. He took the 5th place spot just 14 seconds behind Rakita.

“XTERRA racing is never easy and I was reminded of that today. Mauricio made me dig pretty deep and I was lucky to come out on top. It was good racing!” – Overall Winner Josiah Middaugh

The women’s race was a bit more clear cut than the men’s. Suzie Snyder, of the Sierra Endurance Sports Team from Reno, Nevada, came out of the water with men’s winner Josiah Middaugh, nearly 4 minutes in front of her teammate Kara LaPoint.

On the bike, Snyder continued to open up the gap on the other women as she threw down the fastest female bike split. Maia Ignatz of Boulder, CO gained on LaPoint on the bike, but was still 17 seconds down coming into T2.

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Suzie Snyder exits the water far in front of her competition at XTERRA Oak Mountain. Photo: XTERRA

“I had a pretty crazy day. Nerves were at an all time high after taking so much time off recovering from last years injury. I know my running fitness isn’t where it needs to be yet so I strategically went all out on the swim and bike in hopes of being able to hang on for the final 6 miles.” – Overall Female Winner Suzie Snyder

Ignatz out ran the other women by a big margin (over 3 minutes), and was able to pass LaPoint to move into 2nd position. But Snyder’s lead from the swim and bike proved to be to great for the quick feet of Ignatz and she crossed the line in 2nd.

“This was my first race of the year and it was my goal to just have fun. I would have liked to have swam with someone, but I still came out of the water with Kara in sight in transition. I had so much fun on the bike course and was happy to feel pretty good and ride well. I could see Kara just ahead of me the whole course and came into transition with her. I felt great as I started the run and passed Kara after the first road section.” – 2nd Place Female Maia Ignatz

Click here to read the XTERRA race report.



  1. Josiah Middaugh 02:19:17
  2. Mauricio Mendez 02:19:28
  3. Karsten Madsen 02:23:49
  4. Branden Rakita 02:25:20
  5. Keiran McPherson 02:25:34


  1. Suzie Snyder 02:43:57
  2. Maia Ignatz 02:48:12
  3. Kara LaPoint 02:51:25
  4. Debbie Sullivan 03:00:31
  5. Sabrina Gobbo 03:04:35

For full results, click here.

XTERRA Portugal

May 21, 2016

1.5k swim, 32km mountain bike, 10km trail run

In the soggy hills and fields around Golega, Portugal, 3x XTERRA World Champ Ruben Ruzafa rode away from the competition to take the win. This marked Ruzafa’s second win in 2016 after XTERRA Reunion and the upset in Greece from fellow Spaniard Roger Serrano two weeks ago. Serrano was in the mix of it again this week, but with a blistering run, Yeray Luxem from Belgium dropped Serrano on the run and moved into 2nd place on the day. Francois Carloni of France and Sam Osborne of New Zealand rounded out the podium in 4th and 5th respectively.

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Myriam Guillot-Boisset on the green trails of XTERRA Portugal. She finished 2nd on the day. Photo: XTERRA Portugal

“Ruben Ruzafa is back to his dominating ways.  He made a power move on Francois Carloni on a steep uphill, passed into first and never looked back.  For the women, Helena had a good swim and worked with Myriam Guillot-Boisset to catch leaders Brigitta Poor and Renata Bucher.  Bucher, Myriam and Helena stayed together passing and repassing until the end when Erbenova was able to break away followed by Guillot-Boisset.” – XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas


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Francois Carloni makes his way across the man made bridges and features of XTERRA Portugal. Carloni finished 4th on the day. Photo: Francois Carloni

“Very tough bike race with an untouchable Ruben. Carloni and I did a great job together on the mountain bike. [On the run] Yeray had an extra push to get us and kill it with a second place finish. Now I go to the beer.” – 3rd place finisher Roger Serrano from Spain

Click here to read the full XTERRA Race Report.



  1. Ruben Ruzafa 02:34:11
  2. Yeray Luxem 02:35:38
  3. Roger Serrano 02:36:28
  4. Francois Carloni 02:37:50
  5. Sam Osborne 02:40:52


  1. Helena Erbenova 02:59:53
  2. Myriam Guillot-Boisset 03:00:40
  3. Brigitta Poor 03:04:33
  4. Carina Wassle 03:07:46
  5. Renata Bucher 03:11:52

For full results, click here.

The Original Meowler Mountain Duathlon

May 22, 2016

32 mile mountain bike, 10 mile trail run

Gunnison, Colorado – High in the Rocky Mountains, athletes were challenged to some hardcore single track on both the bike and run. Racers carried their running shoes with them as they rolled out of town and onto some epic trails. Midway through the 32 mile mountain bike ride, they dropped their bikes and took on an isolated 10 mile trail run. Returning to their bikes, they completed the rest of the highly technical bike loop. Sari Anderson ripped some trail at Hartman Rocks on her way to winning the second Original Meowler Mountain Duathlon in a time of 4:45:57. Brian Paul Smith crushed the men’s race in 3:53:12.

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Sari Anderson and Brian Smith claimed the wins at the epic Original Meowler Mountain Duathlon. Photo: Sari Anderson



  1. Brian Smith 03:53:12
  2. Jesse Rickert 04:11:08
  3. Aaron Adams 04:17:57


  1. Sari Anderson 04:45:57
  2. Tracy Thelen 05:12:21
  3. Sarah Stubbe 05:20:54

For full results, click here.




Will Kelsay

Will Kelsay is one of the top cross triathletes in the world with a 10 year career spanning 5 continents competing in more than 18 countries. He has 20 career wins and more than 70 top 5 finishes. Anyone who has met him knows his passion for the sport is only overshadowed by his huge smile & his appetite for fun.

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