XTERRA Report – XTERRA Mexico Championship


August 8, 2015 (Tapalpa, Jalisco) – America’s best off-roader Josiah Middaugh of Eagle-Vail, Colorado and Fabiola Corona, an Olympian from Mexico, captured the eighth running of the XTERRA Mexico Championship on a rainy, muddy day in Tapalpa, Jalisco this morning.

It’s Middaugh’s third XTERRA major win in as many tries since winning the East Championship in June, and all came against World Championship contenders.  For Corona it’s her third straight win in Tapalpa and fourth Mexico title in six years.

In the men’s race super swimmer Irving Perez blitzed the field out of the water with a 16:30 split that was one-minute faster than Mauricio Mendez, two-minutes faster than Olympian Francisco Serrano, and a full three minutes better than ultimate winner Josiah Middaugh.

In XTERRA, however, what you do on the bike and run is a lot more important and that is where Middaugh took over.  His 1:16:41 bike split was the best of the day, and nearly three minutes faster than Serrano, the runner-up.

“I knew I couldn’t take anyone for granted and I would really need a smokin’ bike to be able to pull it off,” said Middaugh, who’s been in the top 4 at XTERRA Worlds in each of the last four years and was 2nd twice (last year to Ruben Ruzafa and in 2012 to Javier Gomez).

Serrano, who upset Middaugh to win the XTERRA West Championship in April, is from Monterrey, Mexico – a sea-level town that’s hot and humid, quite the contrast to Tapalpa, a mountain town that sits above 6,000-feet. The altitude played more to Middaugh’s strength’s than Serrano’s.

“Josiah passed me right at the bottom of the main climb,” explained Serrano.  “I kept up about half way then he took off, but I was able to extend my gap to the rest of the field. I tried to come close to Josiah on the run but altitude sucks for me.  Still, against this field, I’m really happy with this result.”

Middaugh said, “The course was very muddy, and had two challenging climbs on the mountain bike with the last one lasting about 6km and parts at 22% grade.  I caught Perez, Rom, and Paco going into the long final climb and Paco hung on for a while and then I was able to break away and I just kept pushing hard.  As hard as the climbs were, I think I actually put more time on the flatter sections that had hard pedaling through bumpy grassy cow pastures with lots of puddles and mud bogs. The run was long and also had some stream crossings and also very muddy.  Everyone was pretty spent by the run but Mauricio had a superb run to break Perez and catch Rom.”

Mendez, who was 5th at XTERRA Worlds, had the best run of the day before to work his way into third at the finish line.  Rom Akerson, who upset Middaugh to win the XTERRA Costa Rica Championship in March, placed fourth and last year’s winner Irving Perez placed 5th.

Pro Men    
Pl Name Time
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:18:55
2 Francisco Serrano, MEX 2:19:52
3 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 2:21:33
4 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:23:07
5 Irving Perez, MEX 2:24:40
6 Branden Rakita, USA 2:29:15
7 Esteban Rosas, MEX 2:39:06
8 Juan Gayton, MEX 2:41:01
9 Eduardo Padilla, MEX 2:43:13
10 Gustavo Penagos, MEX 2:47:37
Also: Manuel Arenas

In the women’s race the highly anticipated showdown between Corona and American great Suzie Snyder never happened as Snyder crashed pre-riding on Thursday, landed hard on her hip, and was too injured to compete on Saturday.

“She was still out there cheering the loudest for me while on crutches with a fractured pelvis. Tough chica,” said Middaugh.

Snyder’s injury left Corona to do her thing, in front of an adoring local crowd.

“I swam with Maria Barrera, but in the last buoy I passed her and took the lead,” said Corona.  “The Bike course was muddy but rideable and I began the run with six-minutes of advantage. With my family and friends, and my father’s town, I can’t ask for more. I am very happy to win in my country!”

Barrera took second, Dunia Gomez third, and Laura Mira Diaz of Brazil held off Ana Guerrero by 18-seconds to take fourth.

Pl Name Time
1 Fabiola Corona, MEX 2:59:39
2 Maria Barrera, MEX 3:09:12
3 Dunia Gomez, MEX 3:10:09
4 Laura Mira Diaz, BRA 3:18:13
5 Ana Guerrero, MEX 3:18:31

Complete Results / Pictures

Right about now XTERRA Warriors from near-and-far are enjoying the awards ceremony, fireworks, and post-race party in the town square of Tapalpa with literally thousands of locals and the best food, drink, and vibes you could imagine.  Tapalpa has been designated a “magic town” for having such rich history and beauty.

2015 (Tapalpa) Josiah Middaugh, Fabiola Corona
2014 (Tapalpa) Irving Perez, Fabiola Corona
2013 (Tapalpa) Leonardo Chacon, Fabiola Corona
2012 (Tapalpa) Francisco Serrano, Renata Bucher
2011 (Tapalpa) Seth Wealing, Shonny Vanlandingham
2010 (Valle de Bravo) Seth Wealing, Fabiola Corona
2009 (Valle de Bravo) Seth Wealing, Shonny Vanlandingham
2006 (Puerto Vallarta) Francisco Serrano, Jamie Whitmore

Next up: August 15 – XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*


The XTERRA Mexico Championship was the 29th 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 (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 (Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady)
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship (Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova)
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona)
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship (Ben Allen / Helena Erbenova)
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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