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DirtTRI Weekend Roundup #12 – 12-13 March 2016

DirtTRI Weekend Roundup #12

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

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  • XTERRA Saipan Championship
  • Villacidro Cross Duathlon
  • Lagenser Cross Duathlon
  • Belgium Cross Duathlon National Championships
  • MTB Cross Duathlon #4 Vinterserien

XTERRA Saipan Championship

March 12, 2016

1.5k swim, 30k mountain bike, 12k trail run

Australian Brodie Gardner and Austrian Carina Wasle captured the 15th annual XTERRA Saipan Championship titles on a picture-perfect day in the Northern Marianas on Saturday.

Weekend Roundup #12 - 12-13 March 2016 - Brodie Gardner Photo: Paradise Saipan
Brodie Garner navigates the tropical jungles of Saipan on his way to winning the 2016 XTERRA Saipan Champs. Photo: Paradise Saipan

“I led out of the swim and went as hard as I could not to give it up,” said Gardner, 29, who works full-time as a strength and conditioning couch on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

“I got lost in the caves, went right instead of left, bumped into the walls. It was pitch black in there. Then I was trying to enjoy how pretty the beach run was except I was tired and I didn’t know how far I had left to go so just had to keep my focus and keep going through the finish line.” – Overall Winner Brodie Gardner

His winning time of 2:52:46 was more than one-minute faster than runner-up Takahiro Ogasawara from Japan. Joe Miller from the Philippines finished third.

In the women’s race Wasle came out of the water right behind Belinda Hadden and Renata Bucher, got in the lead early on the bike and never let go.

Weekend Roundup #12 - 12-13 March 2016 - Carina Wasle Photo: Lewis Santos
Carina Wasle ran barefoot in the final  kilometers of the XTERRA Saipan Champs on her way to the win. Photo: Lewis Santos

“I felt very good,” said Wasle. “I had a good training camp in South Africa at the beginning of the year and felt really strong today.”

It’s the 12th world tour win in the storied career of Carina Wasle, and her second in three years here in Saipan.

“I love this place, and have friends here that I have to come see every year,” said Wasle. “It’s a really beautiful course. It tests you a lot. The run is very technical. It’s just a very special course with the jungle and the caves. There is no race quite like this one.” – Overall Female Winner Carina Wasle


Weekend Roundup #12 - 12-13 March 2016 Men's Podium Photo: Kyungah Thompson
Men’s podium at the 2016 XTERRA Saipan Champs


  1. Brodie Gardner 02:52:46
  2. Takahiro Ogasawara 02:54:14
  3. Joseph Miller 03:05:03


  1. Carina Wasle 03:05:40
  2. Mieko Carey 03:12:40
  3. Renata Bucher 03:22:38

For full results, click here.

Villacidro Cross Duathlon

March 13, 2016

6k trail run, 20k mountain bike, 3k trail run

DirtTRI Weekend Roundup #12 - 12-13 March 2016 - Jim Thijs
Belgian Jim Thijs used a solid bike split to gap the field and hold on for the win.

Belgian triathlete Jim Thijs won this weekend the Cross Duathlon of Villacidro, Sardinia.

Thijs set the pace during the 6K trail run. By the time the leaders hit the first transition, only Emanuele Aru, Giovanni Curridori,and Daniele Fraoni matched Thijs’ speed. In the early kilometers on the mountain bike, the athletes had to do a steep 2K climb. Thijs distanced himself from the lead group and built a one minute lead in the remaining 15K of the bike.

Nobody was able to close the gap on Thijs during the last part of the race, a 3K trail run. Thijs won in 1:27:39. Gianni Curridori took second a minute later and Emanuele Aru claimed the final podium spot one minute later.

“I’m really happy with this win. This is the exact same place where I did my first XTERRA 10 years ago. XTERRA Italy 2006 in Villacidro. It was the start of many great things for me. And, it’s the hometown of my girlfriend. It’s a very special place to me so it’s also a very special victory.” – Overall Winner Jim Thijs

Elisabetta Curridori, Thijs’ girlfriend, won the women’s race with a comfortable lead. Both triathletes will race the Chia Half Triathlon on April 16 as there next goal.


Weekend Roundup #12 - 12-13 March 2016 - Elisabetta Curridori on bike
Elisabetta Curridori cruised to a comfortable win at the Villacidro Cross Duathlon


  1. Jim Thijs 01:27:39
  2. Giovanni Curridori  01:28:24
  3. Emanuele Aru  01:29:55


  1. Elisabetta Curridori 01:42:20
  2. Valentina Sgaravato  02:16:25
  3. Giorgia Mura  02:19:42

For full results, click here for men, here for women.

Lagenser Cross Duathlon

March 13, 2016

5k trail run, 16k mountain bike, 5k trail run

Scott Anderson used two fast run splits to take the overall win despite being significantly out ridden by 2nd place finisher Mathias Frohn. In the women’s race, Anna Pauline Saßerath easily took the win having both the fastest run splits and the fastest bike split. 2nd place finisher Petra Romberg was nearly four and a half minutes back.



  1. Scott Anderson 01:11:41
  2. Mathias Frohn 01:12:02
  3. Johannes Franzky 01:12:12


  1. Anna Pauline Saßerath 01:26:50
  2. Petra Romberg 01:31:13
  3. Jasmin Brammert 01:33:46

To see full results, click here.

Belgium Cross Duathlon National Championships

March 13, 2016

4k trail run, 24k mountain bike, 4k trail run

In an incredibly tight race for the win between Bart Aernouts and Seppe Odeyn, neither gave more than a few seconds lead to the other throughout the day. Aernouts edged out Odeyn by just 4 seconds to claim the title and win the Belgium Cross Duathlon National Champs.



  1. Bart Aernouts 01:20:04
  2. Seppe Odeyn 01:20:08
  3. Bart Borghs 01:20:38


  1. Stefanie Adam

Link to full results will be posted soon.

MTB Cross Duathlon #4 Vinterserien

March 13, 2016

5k trail run, 15k mountain bike, 5k trail run

Weekend Roundup - 12-13 March 2016 The final race in the MTB Cross Duathlon series took place Fløjstrup forest south of Aarhus. Jonas Lemvig and Tobias Bartholdy cruised into T1 together ahead of the pack after the first run, but Lemvig gapped Bartholdy on the 15k mountain bike to take the lead. He held on for the win during the second 5k trail run.

Marie-Louise Jorgensen used a strong bike split to catch and pass Katrine Meldgaard after leaving T1 more than a minute down from Meldgaard. Jorgensen’s lead on the bike was enough to hold off Meldgaard as she chased hard on the second run. Jorgensen took the win in 1:35:08.



  1. Jonas Lemvig  01:22:00
  2. Tobias Bartholdy  01:25:15
  3. Martin Steen Thomsen  01:27:09


  1. Marie-Louise Jørgensen  01:35:08
  2. Katrine Meldgaard 01:37:18
  3. Anne Grønne Bisgaard 01:49:07

To see 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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