RaceWeekend Roundup

Weekend Roundup May 12-13 2018: XTERRA, Calvi Xtri, and Ignite SwimRun

This week we decided to bring back the DirtTRI Weekend Roundup. Sometimes it takes quite a bit of time to track down, translate, and write up the various events. However, the point of this format is to highlight all off road multisport happening around the world. We began this endeavor as a way to educate the outdoor industry and (unfortunately) the National and International governing bodies as to just how much off road multisport is happening globally and remind them not to ignore this exciting and vibrant segment. Recently we’ve been reminded that the off road format still needs this advocacy. So… we’re bringing back the Weekend Roundup.

This week saw major cross triathlon events from XTERRAs Tahiti and Ilhabela, Brazil as well as the Calvi Xtri from Corsica. Also, we had the Ignite SwimRun Series in Maryland.

Calvi Xtri Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Calvi Xtri
Calvi Xtri. Photo – Calvi Xtri

The Calvi Xtri is the pinnacle of Coriscan triathlon. Now in its 10th year the Calvi Xtri has given rise to the Ecole de Triathlon Calvi X Tri a group which their website (and some rather poor google translate) describes as:

“Born from the dynamic spirit of a group of enthusiasts, the organization of CORSICAXTRI has generated many passions. Under the leadership of Jérôme Sévéon, the CROSS TRIATHLON event has become over the years the flagship event of the Corsican and French calendar. It is through the discovery of this event, that young and old have decided to embark on the adventure.

The “Minitri”, a small group of friends led by Emmanuelle Cadenat and made up of Raphael, Abdul, Ratib and many others, took the game of CORSICA XKIDS. This test is the declination of CORSICA XTRI for triathletes in herbs. Today, the band has grown and the desire to form a federal school of triathlon labeled is the main goal .

At the dawn of the 2017-2018 season, the Calvi X Tri enters a new era. With a staff of over 60 licensed, the club, under the presidency of Emmanuelle Cadenat, turns to family triathlon, without neglecting the practice to the highest level! “

2018 Calvi Xtri Results


  1. DURIN Nicolas 1:54:57
  2. GIRE Thibault 1:57:20
  3. DANON Maxime 1:58:27
  4. THIJS Jim 2:02:23
  5. CHAUVY Jean Noel 2:03:17


  1. MARECHAL Anne Sophie 2:31:27
  2. BODINEAU Karine 2:54:00
  3. GRANDE RAMA Beatriz 2:57:51
  4. PERETTI Sophie 3:09:49
  5. MARIE Nathalie 3:21:50

Full Results HERE

Mendez, Allen win XTERRA Tahiti

XTERRA Tahiti 2018 Winners, Mauricio Mendez and Jacqui Allen . Photo- XTERRA

Mauricio Mendez from Mexico and Jacqui Allen from Great Britain captured the fourth annual XTERRA Tahiti elite titles in Moorea on Friday, May 11.

It’s the second XTERRA win of the season for Mendez, who won at XTERRA Chile in March, and the seventh major in his career which includes the 2016 XTERRA World Championship.  It’s also the second victory of the season for Jacqui Allen, who took the tape at XTERRA New Zealand in April, and it’s her second win in as many years in Tahiti.

In the men’s race it was chaos from the start with four top-level elites all exiting the 1.5km swim together.  Ben Allen registered the fastest split in 18:06, but reigning XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour champ Sam Osborne was one-second back, XTERRA Cyprus runner-up Maxim Chane from France was four seconds behind, and Mendez was nine seconds back.

“We all came out of the swim together,” said Osborne. “I had a really fast transition and saw an opportunity so made the start of the bike really fast. It was a good move, and the move that needed to happen if I was going to win the race. Benny & Maxim came back across and it was a 3-up TT for a large amount of the bike.”

Of note, it was Chane who posted the fastest bike split of the day (1:37:15), with Osborne just a few seconds back, then Mendez two minutes later.

“The running legs just weren’t there today,” Osborne continued.  “From when I left transition it was one of those days where you know it is going to hurt every step of the way. I suffered every part of that run. I kicked as hard as I could that last km before Mau caught me, but he was on in the run today and hit me with one better.”

Mendez crushed the run with a split (40:23) that was more than three-minutes faster than Osborne to take the tape in 2:40:09, just 37-seconds ahead of the Kiwi.

“Thirty-seven seconds and on the last long straight home,” sighed Osborne, who finished second by 49-seconds to Brad Weiss at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race in Danao three weeks ago.  “Last two races I’ve had two very close battles with the past two World Champs. Hats off to them, and I’m sure the next battle will be just as epic.”

Chane finished in third, less than two minutes behind Osborne, and Allen placed fourth for the third time in a row on the Asia-Pacific Tour.

Elite Men’s Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:40:09 75
2 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:40:46 67
3 Maxim Chane, FRA 2:42:08 61
4 Ben Allen, AUS 2:56:26 56

In the women’s race Jacqui Allen was able to erase the memories of a crash during the bike in Danao that left her unable to finish and shaking her head.  It turns out, the rest required from that mishap might have been just what the doctor ordered.

“I’m thrilled. I guess a little bit of forced rest does me good,” smiled Allen, who twisted her arm and banged up her elbow and toe in the fall a few weeks ago.

Indeed, the former XTERRA Warrior award winner seems to thrive on adversity. “I was sort of happy that the rain came down, as I seem to go well in muddy adverse conditions,” she explained.  “There was a solid female field here and I knew it would take a perfect race to take the win.  I had a good swim exiting first with Samantha (Kingsford) hot on my heels.”

Kingsford, who was second to Allen at XTERRA New Zealand, took the early lead on the bike but then the course start climbing.

“As we hit the first hill I rode away,” said Allen.  “I technically rode well but did have a few minor offs through a couple of the creaks. It was tough out there and the mud zapped your energy. Still, I loved it.”

All the while two-time XTERRA World Champ Lesley Paterson was working, but she came out of the water two-minutes behind Allen and lost another two minutes on the bike.

“My fitness was just not there today,” said the legendary Braveheart and reigning XTERRA Pan America Tour Champ.

“I took four months off over the winter to let my body heal (from a stress fracture in her pelvis and a whole lot more), and I’ve never done that before. That said, Jacqui had an awesome race so can’t take anything away from her! Today’s race was muddy, technical, and draining. I almost passed out! Now I need to knuckle down and do some training!”

First race back or not, Allen knows what kind of competitor Paterson is and was running scared.

“When I came off the bike I heard I had a 5-minute lead, but knew that may not be enough to keep Lesley at bay,” said Allen.  “I thought if I could make it to the 5k mark I might stand a chance.”

Allen not only made it to the 5k mark, she made it to the 10k mark and took the tape in 3:12:15, more than two-minutes ahead of Paterson.

“I’m delighted to take the win here in Tahiti again,” she said.  “It’s such a fantastic event with super volunteers and a passionate crew with a fantastic course and the most stunning scenery. It really is a world class event.”

Penny Slater, the Tour leader, finished in third, followed by Kingsford, Leela Hancox and Kristy Jennings.

Elite Women’s Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Jacqui Allen, GBR 3:12:15 75
2 Lesley Paterson, GBR 3:14:41 67
3 Penny Slater, AUS 3:20:57 61
4 Samantha Kingsford, NZL 3:31:10 56
5 Leela Hancox, AUS 3:33:12 51
6 Kristy Jennings, NZL 3:50:14 47

Complete Results

McPherson, Gobbo win XTERRA Brazil

Sabrina Gobbo wins XTERRA Brazil Ilhabela 2018. Photo – XTERRA

Kieran McPherson and Sabrina Gobbo captured the 14th annual XTERRA Brazil elite titles on the island of Ilhabela, on Saturday, May 12.

It’s the second win of the year for McPherson, who took the XTERRA Argentina crown in March, and the first for Gobbo, who has now won on her home turf at XTERRA Brazil for five straight years.

In the men’s race it looked like Canadian Karsten Madsen was well on his way towards his second win in as many weeks.  He led out of the water, all the way through the bike, and on to the run, but the experience McPherson had from last year’s race in Ilhabela, coupled with a killer run made all the difference.

“I am ecstatic with my first gold level XTERRA win and excited for it to come here in Brazil on this renowned tough course,” said McPherson.  “It was hard coming in a close second-place last year and I was determined not to let it happen again.”

The day started in unique fashion with a mass start and the famous pier jump.

“It was chaotic with a narrow chute and everyone starting together,” said Rakita, who was the runner-up in the XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series last year. “We dolphin dived for about 100-yards before we could get down to the business of swimming.  Then we had the 12-foot high jump off the pier to start the second segment of the swim, that was awesome and a real highlight.”

On the bike Madsen pushed hard and pulled away from the pack, but McPherson never gave in.

“I knew the tough mountain bike course with its climbing and technical rooty descents would suit me,” said McPherson. “I closed the gap on some of the lead swimmers just before halfway and was able to work with Branden before finding out Karsten was still up the road. I maintained my composure through the last jungle section before entering the final and toughest climb.”

Last week at XTERRA Uruguay, Madsen edged out McPherson by two minutes, but this week, it was McPherson’s turn, and he found another gear on the run.

“I worked the ups and downs on the run course and felt like I was flying,” said McPherson. “I caught Karsten with 1500 meters to go, attacked, and never looked back.”

McPherson finished in 2:43:12 with Madsen just behind in 2:43:49. Brazil’s Alexandre Manzan was third in 2:46:53.

“It’s no secret that I’ve never been good at courses like this with lots of steep climbing,” said Madsen. “I’ve DNF’d the past two years at Maui so courses like this have really taken their toll on me. So, I really exorcised some demons today. I put everything into the race and held nothing back from start to finish. Kudos to Kieran on a massive win.”

“The course, the atmosphere, and the organization make this one of the pinnacle XTERRA events in the world,” said McPherson.

Rakita added that “this is definitely among the top three most physically demanding courses in XTERRA, but there is some great technical riding as well which really helps showcase the skill it takes to be able to handle your bike well.  I loved the run and it is in the top three as well for one of my all-time favorites alongside Guam and Victoria.”

Top 10 Elite Men

Pl Name Time Points Swim Bike Run
1 Kieran McPherson 2:43:12 100 22:18 1:32:37 47:28
2 Karsten Madsen 2:43:49 90 20:52 1:30:52 51:17
3 Alexandre Manzan 2:46:53 82 23:24 1:33:35 48:45
4 Branden Rakita 2:50:27 75 21:17 1:34:20 53:46
5 Diogo Malagon 2:53:32 69 23:43 1:33:30 55:24
6 Rafael Jurita 2:53:52 63 23:53 1:33:50 54:49
7 Alex Roberts 2:54:50 58 23:44 1:37:10 53:00
8 Felipe Moletta 2:55:52 53 22:56 1:42:23 49:34
9 Alejandro Sfriso 2:57:38 49 24:49 1:38:41 53:01
10 Eduardo Antonio Lass 3:01:00 45 20:34 1:41:12 58:07

Kieran McPherson Brazil

In the women’s race, former competitive swimmer Kelli Montgomery was first out of the water, but no one could keep up with Sabrina Gobbo as she expertly navigated the mountain bike course with the fastest split of the day by four minutes. She backed this up with the fastest run split of the day to take the tape in 3:30:50.

“I suffered out there today, it was hard, and for the first time here I had technical problems,” Gobbo posted to her Facebook page.  “At one point I thought everything was lost, but this is like an adventure race … just when everything seems lost, the wind starts blowing in your favor.”

Fellow Brazilian Laura Mira Dias was second in 3:37:29 and XTERRA Uruguay champ Carolina Nieva from Argentina finished third in 3:40:01.

Top 10 Elite Women

Pl Name Time Points Swim Bike Run
1 Sabrina Gobbo 3:30:50 100 27:56 1:58:39 1:03:07
2 Laura Mira Dias 3:37:29 90 25:57 2:05:36 1:04:27
3 Carolina Nieva 3:40:01 82 28:20 2:02:30 1:07:31
4 Kara LaPoint 3:52:20 75 26:02 2:10:07 1:13:16
5 Luiza Ines Zanini 4:01:05 69 32:57 2:15:48 1:09:06
6 Camila Nicolau 4:02:52 63 33:12 2:17:24 1:09:48
7 Kelli Montgomery 4:06:20 58 25:10 2:22:20 1:16:37
8 Tatiana Queiroz 4:09:56 53 28:00 2:24:31 1:14:51
9 Ana Prade 4:16:38 49 0:26:00 2:36:50 1:11:00
10 Brisa Melcop 5:03:03 45 0:27:58 2:47:23 1:45:55

Complete Results

Ignite SwimRun Maryland

Ignite SwimRun Maryland
Ignite SwimRun Maryland saw a very close sprint finish. Photo – Ignite SwimRun

It first stop of the Ignite SwimRun Series saw a sprint finish for the overall win with Team Orca (including XTERRA regular Marcus Barton) taking a slim 10 second win over Team Wattie Ink. In the women’s race Team 50’s and Fast! took a convincing win over the 16.2 mile (14.1 running/2.1 swimming) long course event.

More information on the Ignite SwimRun Series can be found on their homepage HERE.

Full Results HERE




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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