Ruzafa, Erbenova win XTERRA Spain

(Extremedura, Spain) – Three-time and reigning XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa and two-time XTERRA European Tour Champion Helena Erbenova captured the XTERRA Spain Championship crowns for the second straight year this afternoon in Extremedura.

The win is Ruzafa’s 11th in a row since winning the World title in 2013.  For Erbenova, it’s her first win since taking the XTERRA Italy crown last year.

Ruzafa Run Spain

In the men’s race Ruzafa was up to 2nd place by the 5K mark on the bike then took the lead at the 8K mark and never looked back.  The day was very hot at 35 degreesC (95F), but was actually cooler than the predicted 39C (102F).  The story of the day was not Ruzafa’s win, but Albert Soley coming from way back out of the swim to a brilliant second place.

For the women Erbenova took the lead from Hungary’s Brigitta Poor by the 20K mark on the bike and held on for the win.

See video clips from all the action on the XTERRA Spain Facebook Page:

Top 15 Elite Men

Pro Men
Pl Name Final Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 2:59:06 100
2 Albert Soley, ESP 3:05:09 90
3 Roger Serrano, ESP 3:06:36 82
4 Francois Carloni, FRA 3:08:57 75
5 Xavier Riart, ESP 3:09:07 69
6 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP 3:17:51 63
7 Ruben Salmeron, ESP 3:18:48 58
8 Jose Borrino, ESP 3:27:58 53
9 Jan Pyott, SUI 3:28:47 49
10 Juan Gracia, ESP 3:28:52 45

Also: Dominique Fernando (41), Juan Marti (37), Carlos Martinez (34), Sergio Espejo (31), Javier Oliver (28), Pablo Navarrete

Top 3 Elite Women

Pl Name Final Points
1 Helena Erbenova, CZE 3:40:16 100
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 3:54:20 90
3 Louise Fox, GBR 4:12:46 82


XTERRA Spain was the third of 12 races in the XTERRA European Tour.

With his third place finish today Serrano stays atop the leader board with Francois Carloni moving up to 2nd and Ruzafa close behind in third.  In the women’s standings Brigitta Poor also kept the No. 1 spot with Fox and Erbenova close behind.

Elite athletes count their best four (4) Gold and three (3) Silver finishes.  Elites can compete in as many events as they wish, but will count only their best four Gold and three Silver finishes.  Today’s race was a Gold event. How it Works.

Next up: June 20 – XTERRA Greece at Lake Plastira


After 3 – As of 6.7.15.  Tentative and subject to change.

Men S S G
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 67 56 82 205
2 Francois Carloni, FRA 47 67 75 189
3 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP DNS 75 100 175
4 Albert Soley, ESP 43 39 90 172
5 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 75 47 DNS 122
6 Xavier Riart, ESP 36 DNS 69 105
7 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 56 36 DNS 92
8 Jan Pyott, SUI DNS 23 49 72
9 Gonzalo Bernal, ESP DNS DNS 63 63
10 Brice Daubord, FRA 61 DNS DNS 61
11 Yeray Luxem, BEL DNS 61 DNS 61
12 Ruben Salmeron, ESP DNS DNS 58 58
13 Jose Borrino, ESP DNS DNS 53 53
14 Tim Van Daele, BEL 25 27 DNS 52
15 Clement Briere, FRA 51 DNS DNS 51
16 Hector Guerra, ESP DNS 51 DNS 51
17 Juan Gracia, ESP DNS DNS 45 45
18 Tomas Kubek, SVK DNS 43 DNS 43
19 Dominique Fernando, ESP DNS DNS 41 41
20 Jan Kubicek, CZE 39 DNS DNS 39
21 Juan Marti, ESP DNS DNS 37 37
22 Carlos Martinez, ESP DNS DNS 34 34
23 Rory Downie, GBR 33 DNP DNS 33
24 Jens Roth, GER DNS 33 DNS 33
25 Sergio Espejo, ESP DNS DNS 31 31
26 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 30 DNS DNS 30
27 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR DNS 30 DNS 30
28 Javier Oliver, ESP DNS DNS 28 28
29 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 27 DNS DNS 27
30 Henry Sleight, GBR DNS 25 DNS 25
31 Matt Dewis, GBR 23 DNS DNS 23
32 Lars Van der Eerden, NED 21 DNP DNS 21
33 Rob Woestenborghs, BEL DNS 21 DNS 21
34 Pablo Navarrete, ESP DNS DNS DNP 0
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 75 61 90 226
2 Louise Fox, GBR 51 51 82 184
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE DNS 67 100 167
4 Karin Hansen, SUI 43 47 DNS 90
5 Kathrin Mueller, GER DNS 75 DNS 75
6 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 67 DNS DNS 67
7 Maud Golsteyn, NED 61 DNS DNS 61
8 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 56 DNS DNS 56
9 Morgane Riou, FRA DNS 56 DNS 56
10 Jessica Roberts, GBR 47 DNF DNS 47
11 Sofia Brites, POR DNS 43 DNS 43
12 Danica Spiteri, MLT 39 DNS DNS 39


The XTERRA Spain Championship was the 17th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world qualify for the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1.

8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship (Francisco Serrano / Lesley Paterson)
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti (Brice Daubord / Sarah Backler)
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion (Brad Weiss / Carla Van Huyssteen)
2-May XTERRA Asian Tour Championship (Brad Weiss / Myriam Guillot)
10-May XTERRA Brazil (Diogo Malagon / Sabrina Gobbo)
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship (Braden Currie / Lesley Paterson)
16-May XTERRA Portugal (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers




Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at DirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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