Photos, Videos, and Press Releases From Around The World

More than 25 countries were represented at the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship. You may have read the press release about how athletes did from your country, but would you like to know how the other countries experienced the race too? We have gathered press releases from around the world about the race last month in Lake Crackenback, New South Wales, Australia. Not all countries created a press release, but these are the ones that we could locate.

**These articles are from around the globe. We recommend using a web browser that will translate for you.**

*In alphabetical order*

Australia ??

Elite Athletes

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship - Brodie Gardner - Photo: MW Photography

Top placed Australians Charlotte McShane and Ben Allen put their bodies on the line in the Snowy Mountains today when the elites put on a spectacular showing at the ITU Cross Tri World Championships.

McShane, who has established herself as one of Australia’s future Olympians this year, finished a busy competitive season on a high – putting herself out of her comfort zone.

Swapping her road bike for a mountain bike was some feat, given limited time to prepare for what she described as a tough but technical 30km in and around Lake Crackenback.

While, Allen, Australia’s leading Cross Triathlete “left everything out on the track” when he raced the best of the best in the elite men’s division… [continue reading]

Age Group Athletes

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship - Age Group Athletes - Photo: MW Photography

Canberra’s New Zealand-born Rowan Beggs-French pushed his younger Kiwi rivals to the limit when some of Australia’s toughest off-road age group triathletes conquered the Snowy Mountains terrain around Lake Crackenback today in search of a world title.

As hard as the experienced 28-year-old tried it was the younger legs of 18-year-old Kiwis Hayden Wilde and Lewis Ryan who finished first and second across the line – claiming podium finishes in the 18-19 years age group.

Beggs-French, one of the most experienced off-road triathletes in the field who cut his teeth on the rugged west coach of New Zealand himself, was the first Australian across the line…[continue reading]

Mixed Team Relay

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship - Mixed Team Relay

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games hopeful Charlotte McShane has finished off 2016 on a gold medal moment in Lake Crackenback today – although she did have a little help from her friends.

McShane, who stormed home to take the bronze medal in this year’s World Triathlon Series grand final in Cozumel in September = after missing Olympic selection for Rio, was fourth in yesterday’s ITU World Cross Triathlon World Championship.

And although her body was still recovering from the three hours of getting “dirty down under” she backed up today to play her part in the gold medal-winning performance from Australia in the World Teams Relay… [continue reading]

Germany ??

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship - Sebastian Seifarth crowned his strong race in Crackenback with World Championship silver in the AK 20-24 (Photo: ITU / Delly Carr)
Sebastian Seifarth crowned his strong race in Crackenback with World Championship silver in the AK 20-24 (Photo: ITU / Delly Carr)

Two times silver and bronze is the yield of the DTU delegation, who took the long trip to the ITU Crosstriathlon World Championship after Crackenback (Australia) last week. After bronze for Annkathrin Franzmann (W 55-59) old master Steffen-Luis Neuendorff also took the leap to third place in the AK of the 70-74 year-olds. Anna Pauline Saßerath (Krefeld) and Sebastian Seifarth (Gera) travel back to Germany with silver medals.The DTU German champion Jens Roth (Trier) beat himself very well in the strong field of the Elitemänner as twelfth. [continue reading]

Great Britain ??

Elite Jacqui Slack, with fellow brit David Spence, who happens to be race director for XTERRA Malaysia. Photo: David Spence 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship
Elite Jacqui Slack, with fellow brit David Spence, who happens to be race director for XTERRA Malaysia. Photo: David Spence

The ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships concluded the 2016 season in Australia with Great Britain Age-Group athletes claiming two medals at Lake Crackenback, Snowy Mountains… [continue reading]

New Zealand ??

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship - Braden Currie of Waneka, New Zealand. Photo: Delly Carr / ITU
Braden Currie of Waneka, New Zealand. Photo: Delly Carr / ITU

New Zealand enjoyed a successful weekend at the ITU World Cross Tri Champs in Australia, bringing home numerous elite and age group medals from Lake Crackenback in New South Wales Snowy Mountains.

Highlighting that success was Braden Currie’s bronze in the elite men’s race, while the New Zealand teams picked up silver and a fourth place finish in the inaugural mixed team relay concept that had elites and age groupers sharing the course together.

Sam Osborne, Lizzie Orchard and husband and wife team Sarah and Matt Backler raced to the silver medal, while Olly Shaw, Hayden Wilde, and Kathryn and Elizabeth Bunkenburg backed up from their individual races to finish agonizingly just one spot off the podium in a great showing. [continue reading]

South Africa ??

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship

South African cross triathletes had strong performances over the past weekend at the 2016 Snowy Mountains Cross Triathlon World Championships. With exceptional performances in the Junior Men, Junior Women, U/23 Men, 30-34 Male Age group and also Female Age group categories, we had 5 South African athletes claiming top 3 positions.

Michael Ferreira claimed the Junior Men’s title with Brad Matthew Edwards claiming the U/23 Men’s title. Mikaela Jonsson also made the podium by claiming a silver in the Junior women’s race as did Kate Munnik in the 30-34 Female AG category. Jason Reed came third in the 30-34 Male Age group Category. [continue reading]

Spain ??

Elites Athletes

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship - Photo: Delly Carr for ITU - Ruben Ruzafa

The Spanish has achieved a new victory in this discipline after overcoming a handicap of plus one minute and fifteen seconds at the conclusion of the 1.5 km swim. Ruzafa has gone sixteenth after completing two laps of swimming, and once again returned to perform a demonstration prodigious domain in the cycling leg. The triathlete has advanced positions since the beginning of the route of 32.8 km, reaching the top places, to then be placed in the front along with Ben Allen Braden Currie and during the two laps of the course. A superb display that has driven Ruzafa the lead at the exit of the T2 with a 3:30 income over rivals. [continue reading]

Age Group/Junior/Para Athletes

Great performance of Spanish participants this November 20 World Championships Triathlon Cros played in Snowy Mountains (Australia). A day in which Juan Luis Muguruza Sixto Ay ndrés Vaquero, they have won two new medals in paratriathlon and male junior category.

In paratriathlon Juan Luis de Andrés Muguraza has won the second place in category PT3. A competition in which local triathlete, Justin Godfrey has won the victory. [continue reading]

Switzerland ??

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship - Jan Pyott

Renata Bucher came from Lake Crackenback as a ninth, switched to the running shoes as a tenth after the mountain bike and also reached the goal in this position.”Swimming was good, unfortunately I fell into the group hectic shortly after the change zone,” Bucher said. “I lost the rhythm on the bike and did not feel good at all. On the track it did not get any better and I was partly dizzy. But I did not want to give up on my last ITU Cross Triathlon, it was an emotional goodbye, “said 39-year-old Renata Bucher.

“The atmosphere was fantastic, the route challenging. My performance was not satisfactory, yet it was my most beautiful World Cup I have ever experienced. I’ve denied all ITU off-road World Cups and was always in the top ten. I am now looking forward to my next chapter as a trainer. If I can, I’ll be running from time to time at an XTERRA race, MTB race. Sport remains a big part of my life “… [continue reading]

USA ??

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship - Josiah Middaugh

SNOWY MOUNTAINS, Australia — Off-road elite and age-group triathletes from the United States picked up three medals and one world title at the 2016 Snowy Mountains ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships on Friday and Saturday.

Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) was the top U.S. elite finisher in second, logging the fastest run of the day to finish in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 43 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 32.8-kilometer mountain bike, 10-kilometer trail run course. Ruben Ruzafa of Spain won with a time of 2:34:25. New Zealand’s Braden Currie was third in 2:38:14.

“I wanted to finish the season with a good race,” Middaugh said. “Ruben was on another level today; he’s just amazing on those corners, and there was no matching that. Second place — I was pretty happy.” [continue reading]

Press Releases from the International Triathlon Union (ITU)

Men’s Elite Race

He was the hunter for the first part of the race, as he predicted, but his patience, experience and skill earned Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) a third ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship.

After exiting the water in 16th place he clawed his way to the front on lap two of the bike and ran away with it from there, winning an unprecedented third consecutive year. Earning his first ITU podium, Josiah Middaugh(USA) finished with the silver medal and Braden Currie of New Zealand with the bronze… [continue reading]

Women’s Elite Race

It’s been a career best season for Bermuda’s Flora Duffy that just got dialled up another level when she dominated at the 2016 Snowy Mountains ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in Australia, and winning an historic third world championship title.

Duffy entered the race as the defending champion, reigning ITU World Champion, Xterra World Champion and raging favourite. She led from the gun and increased the margin at every change over to eventually win by four minutes from the pocket rocket Chilean Barbara Riveros in the silver medal position, and Suzanne Snyder (USA) taking bronze… [continue reading]

Age Group Women’s Race

It was our age group women that were the first to race the purpose built course at the 2016 Snowy Mountains ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship held at Lake Crackenback today.

In all, 28 nations are represented here across the three days of racing, matching the number of nationals who worked on The Snowy Mountains scheme – a hydroelectricity and irrigation complex that consists of sixteen major dams; seven power stations; two pumping stations; and 225 kilometres (140 mi) of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts that were constructed between 1949 and 1974… [continue reading]

Official Post Race Videos

Race Photographs

Mandy Lamont

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship - Images:  Mandy Lamont

MW Photography

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship - MW Photography

International Triathlon Union

2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship - Photos: Delly Carr for ITU

Complete Race Results for all Events





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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