DirtTRI.com XTERRA Mountain Championship Report will be posted Monday.
July 18, 2015 (Beaver Creek Resort/Avon, CO) – Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy captured the 7th annual XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon pro race titles on a picture perfect day at Beaver Creek Resort in the Rocky Mountains around Avon, Colorado this morning.
It’s Middaugh’s third straight win on his home course and fourth in five years. It’s also his second win in a row on the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series and puts him in prime position to capture his third straight Series title in Utah this September. Of note, Middaugh won his first-ever XTERRA major at the Mountain Championship when it was held in Keystone, Colorado in 2004. This is his 16th career XTERRA title.
The 36-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado is living proof that you can’t win the race in the swim. He exited the 68-degree waters of Nottingham Lake about 2:30 back of rookie Eli Hemming and the established XTERRA core of racers Branden Rakita, Brad Zoller, Braden Currie, and Ben Hoffman.
At mile 3.5 Currie had nine seconds on Hoffman, more than a minute on Rakita and Rom Akerson, and Middaugh was 1:35 back. By T2 after several thousand feet of climbing up the mountain Middaugh had a 40-second lead on Currie and one-minute on Hoffman. Two miles into the run that lead had stretched to two minutes and he crossed the line in 2:07:26, followed by Hoffman in 2:09:10 and Currie in 2:10:50.
It’s Hoffman’s second straight runner-up here, and he was third in each of the previous two tries. With his third-place showing today Currie moves into 2nd place in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series standings and could take the Series with a win at the USA Championship combined with a third-place or lower finish by Middaugh in Utah.
XTERRA Costa Rica Champion Rom Akerson finished in fourth and Alex Modestou placed fifth for the second straight season.
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh 36 Eagle-Vail, Colorado 2:07:26 100
2 Ben Hoffman 31 Boulder, Colorado 2:09:10 90
3 Braden Currie 29 Wanaka, New Zealand 2:10:50 82
4 Rom Akerson 30 Tambor, Costa Rica 2:15:19 75
5 Alex Modestou 28 Durham, North Carolina 2:15:32 69
6 Ryan Ignatz 36 Boulder, Colorado 2:17:04 63
7 Chris Legh 42 Lyons, Colorado (AUS) 2:19:55 58
8 Brad Zoller 37 Avon, Colorado 2:20:17 53
9 Chris Ganter 36 Boise, Idaho 2:22:36 49
10 Thomas Spannring 39 Longmont, Colorado 2:23:14 45
Also: Chris Foster (41), Eli Hemming (37), James Hadley (34), Branden Rakita (31), Ben Torvik (28)
In the women’s race the reigning XTERRA World Champion Flora Duffy’s reign of dominance continued.
A week after finishing third at the PanAm Games road triathlon in Toronto, Duffy proved she’s just as strong on a mountain bike and trails. The 27-year-old from Devonshire, Bermuda had the fastest swim, bike, and run to take the tape in 2:22:41, more than six-minutes ahead of runner-up Emma Garrard.
The victory marks her 11th XTERRA win in her last 12 tries since the start of the 2014 season.
Behind Duffy, Emma Garrard was having a great day of her own. She posted the third-best swim, got ahead of Sara McLarty early on the bike and had the second-fastest ride and run times to finish in 2:28:43, nearly six-minutes ahead of Schuler.
It’s Garrard’s fifth straight runner-up finish this year and she’s now placed 2nd at all eight regional championship races over the past two seasons. Sara Schuler ran her way into third, Jaime Brede had a career-best day to finish fourth, and last month’s XTERRA East Champion Suzie Snyder finished fifth.
In a pre-race preview piece Garrard had predicted the podium quite nicely, saying “If there’s one athlete who suits this course it is mountain goat momma Sara as she has the podiums here to prove it. If there’s local gal for this race it’s Jaime Brede who I’m sure knows the course better than the rest of us and had a breakthrough race here last year with a 5th place. Based on her 3rd place at the Go Pro Mtn Games and ample preparation at altitude she can certainly improve this year. Suzie living closer to the mountains will surely make her faster this year, plus coming off a win in Richmond. Then of course there’s Flora Duffy, who will be about a mile ahead with Sara McLarty before the rest of us even touch our bikes. Flora proved last year and early season this year she can dominate on any XTERRA course in any condition. She is back in action after injury placing 3rd in last weekend’s Pan Am games doing most of the work at the front of the bike with a race best swim and solid run to match…”
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Flora Duffy 27 Devonshire, Bermuda 2:22:41 100
2 Emma Garrard 33 Park City, Utah 2:28:43 90
3 Sara Schuler 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:34:36 82
4 Jaime Brede 38 Breckenridge, Colorado 2:36:56 75
5 Suzie Snyder 33 Reno, Nevada 2:38:01 69
6 Tamara Donelson 39 Edwards, Colorado 2:42:21 63
7 Maia Ignatz 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:45:47 58
8 Sara McLarty 32 Clermont, Florida 2:55:51 53
9 Debby Sullivan 33 Rocklin, California 2:56:09 49
10 Caroline Colonna 52 Taos, New Mexico 3:04:32 45
Also: Rebecca Blatt (41)
MIDDAUGH, GARRARD LEAD XTERRA U.S. PRO SERIES
The men’s and women’s XTERRA U.S. Pro Series title chase will come down to the final race at the USA Championship in Ogden, Utah on September 19th. Both current leaders – Josiah Middaugh and Emma Garrard – control their own fate and can secure the crowns with a win at Nationals (or by simply finishing in front of Currie and Snyder, respectively). For Currie, a win combined with a 3rd or worse from Middaugh would score him the Series win. For Snyder, a win in Utah would be enough to overcome Garrard, and their are several other possibilities based on outcome that become fairly complicated.
Next up: The XTERRA USA Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on September 19.
2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
The XTERRA Mountain Championship was the 26th of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world can qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.
DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
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 (Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder)
20-Jun XTERRA Greece (Kris Coddens / Helena Erbenova)
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship (Arthur Forissier / Carina Wasle)
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter (Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady)
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest (Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley)
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria (Brent McMahon / Zoe Dawson)
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller)
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden (Sam Osborne / Helena Erbenova)
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship (Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy)
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
The XTERRA Mountain Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell and XTERRA Travel, and sponsored by Beaver Creek Resort, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, XTERRA Optic Nerve, LifeProof, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, the town of Avon, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, Utah Sports Commission, Salming, XTERRA Boards, and Outrigger Resorts.