Archive for 2010
Below is a look at the tentative 2011 XTERRA off-road triathlon World Tour championship race schedule. Each of these events offers pro prize money to the top elite finishers as well as slots to the 2011 XTERRA World Championship for amateurs.
Date – Event (Location)
Feb 26 – XTERRA South Africa Championship (Western Cape)
Mar 6 – XTERRA Philippines Championship (Cebu)
Mar 12 – XTERRA Saipan Championship (Northern Marianas)
Apr 9 – XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Rotorua)
May 29 – XTERRA Italy Championship+ (Orosei, Sardinia)
June 11 – XTERRA Brazil Championship (Manaus, Amazon)
July 10 – XTERRA France Championship+ (Xonrupt, Alsace)
Aug 6 – XTERRA Mexico Championship (Tapalpa, Jalisco)
Aug 13 – XTERRA Czech Championship+ (Spindleruv Mlyn)
Aug 20 – XTERRA European/Germany Championship+ (Zittau)
Aug 20 – XTERRA Japan Championship (Marunuma)
Sept 4 – XTERRA Canada Championship (Whistler)
Sept 10 – XTERRA Switzerland Championship+ (Prangins)
Sept 24 – XTERRA USA Championship (Ogden/Snowbasin, UT)
Oct 23 – XTERRA World Championship (Makena, Maui, Hawaii)
MAKENA, Maui – Conrad Stoltz of South Africa made history and Shonny Vanlandingham of Colorado started history at the 15th Annual XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort today.
Stoltz, who turned 37 on Oct. 23, dominated the international field of 550 triathletes. He completed the course in 2 hours, 31 minutes, 7 seconds, which was more than five minutes ahead of his closest competition. It was his record fourth victory in the event, which is considered the world championship of off-road triathlons.
Eneko Llanos from Spain won the men’s pro Hawaiian Airlines Double award for the 5th consecutive year today. Llanos placed 7th at the Ironman World Championship in 8:22:02, and 6th at XTERRA Worlds today for a combined time of 11:02:46, his fastest combined total time in the last five years. Julie Dibens from Bath, England won the women’s pro “Double” with a 3rd place finish in Kona, and a 2nd place in Maui today for a combined 12:09:36.
The XTERRA World Championship is just 17 days away on Sunday, October 24. The 15th annual event is sold-out, and right now those 550 adventurous souls are getting ready to put their mental and physical toughness up against Mother Nature’s arsenal of sun, sand, water, kiawe, and lava.
When it’s all over they’ll don some of the weirdest and most wonderful costumes you’ve ever seen and dance the night away at what is surely triathlon’s greatest after party.
Athletes from 30 countries and 30 U.S. states are coming to Maui – the spiritual birthplace of XTERRA – having competed all season long for the right to be at the World Tour’s culminating event.
$105,000 in prize money is at stake for a stacked pro field and for age groupers, the title of XTERRA World Champion. All the action will be filmed for a one-hour TV special, and on race day, friends, family and fans from around the globe can log-on towww.XTERRAMaui.com for live updates.
Once the dust had settled at the XTERRA European Tour final stop in Prangins, Switzerland two XTERRA pros from France (le magnifique) stood on top of the European tour pro standings. For their wins, Franky Batelier and Marion (call her “Bubu”) Lorblanchet each earned US$4,000 as part of the XTERRA European Tour Championship US$20,000 prize purse. Batelier repeats as tour champ after having gone a perfect 4-for-4 in 2009 and winning 3 of the 4 races he entered this year. Look for Batelier to be a strong contender for the XTERRA World Championship title this year in Maui.
(Prangins, Switzerland) – Olivier Marceau and Marion Lorblanchet won the XTERRA Switzerland Championship in Prangins yesterday.
XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas was on-site and brings us this report:
What a fantastic ending to the 2010 European season. The race in Switzerland had everything an XTERRA addict could want. The weather was perfect, the organization fabulous and the racing fast and furious. The day was a long one with XTERRA light starting at 9am, about 100 kids in two separate races starting at noon and the BIG ONE kicking off at 2pm.
Since her XTERRA career started in 2004 Renata Bucher, aka “The Swiss Miss of XTERRA”, has traveled the world and conquered some of the most beautiful and challenging courses on the planet.
Her resume includes 24 XTERRA Championship victories with wins in the U.S., Austria, France, Czech, Italy, Spain, Saipan, Great Britain, Japan, Malaysia, and Portugal.
On Saturday she’ll finally get the shot to win one in her own country as the inaugural XTERRA Switzerland Championship unfolds in the city of Prangins. (Course preview video)
British pro Ian Leitch and Saipan’s own Mieko Carey won the XTERRA Japan Championship amidst heavy rain and thunder in Marunuma on Saturday.
South Africa’s Lieuwe Boonstra finished second, followed by Japan’s Takahiro Ogasawara and Yu Yumoto. Hirofumi Hayakawa and Akiko Sato won the men’s and women’s amateur titles.
The cancellation of the XTERRA German Championship was unfortunate but necessary given the conditions of the villages of Olbersdorf and Zittau. The decision on how to allocate slots to the XTERRA World Championship from Germany has been made.
Slots will be allocated based on the top finishers of the 3 race German Tour; the Eifler Cross-Duathlon, the 3 land triathlon and the new Rhein-Neckar.
The 2010 season has come down to the last race at a new village in Switzerland. I’ve been to the site and it is fabulous. Swimming in Lac Leman just a few K from Geneva. From the start, on a clear day you can see the amazing “jet d’eau” fountain that streams 450’ high.
The bike and run are very unusual and include lots of water crossings, running under bridges and roads and some beautiful woods high above the lake. Not extremely technical, with 2 laps for swim, bike and run – it will be fast and fun. Rumor has it the run course will go by 7 time Formula 1 Champ Michael Schumacher’s home. Maybe he will sponsor an aid station.