Busy weekend of XTERRA Racing in Luxembourg, Dominican Republic

September 2nd, 2019

Busy weekend of XTERRA Racing in Luxembourg, Dominican Republic

The penultimate events on both the XTERRA European and Pan Am Tours took place today in Rosport, Luxembourg and Samana, Dominican Republic. Yeray Luxem and Helena Karaskova took the top steps at XTERRA Luxembourg, while Karsten Madsen and Fabiola Corona won at XTERRA Dominican Republic.

The penultimate events on both the XTERRA European and Pan Am Tours took place today in Rosport, Luxembourg and Samana, Dominican Republic. Yeray Luxem and Helena Karaskova took the top steps at XTERRA Luxembourg, while Karsten Madsen and Fabiola Corona won at XTERRA Dominican Republic.

It’s the fourth XTERRA World Tour win for Luxem, who won his first title at XTERRA Poland in 2016, his second at XTERRA Cyprus in 2017 and his third three months ago at Belgium 2019. For Karaskova, a four-time XTERRA European Tour Champion, the victory was the 34th of her storied career and her fourth this season.

In the men’s elite race local favorite Jens Roth was first out of the water, followed by Will Crudgington 45-seconds back. Tiago Maia exited in third, one minute and 30-seconds later. On his feet was a group featuring Doug Hall, Francois Carloni, Arthur Serrieres and Veit Hoenle. Luxem, the eventual winner, was a further 50 seconds behind this group.

Early in the bike Roth maintained his lead over Serrieres and Carloni who had dropped Hall and Maia and were riding together to close the gap. Luxem pushed hard on the first loop and was able to catch the French duo by the end of the first lap.

On the second lap of the bike Roth was still in the lead, but Luxem had closed the gap to just 30 seconds as they reached transition. Carloni followed Luxem leaving Serrieres in fourth, one minute and 30 seconds behind the duo.

Once onto the run, Luxem made his move and passed Roth quickly to cross the finish line in first place with a time of 2 hours and 23 seconds.

“I had two goals this season,” said Luxem. “It was Belgium and Luxembourg. I won both so what can I say, I am so happy for it. I had to push on the bike to catch the other guys in-front and then relax on their wheel and keep some energy for the run. I usually run fast but in XTERRA you never know what can happen. Eventually everything went well!”

Serrieres posted the fastest run split of the day, passing Carloni and then Roth to finish in second.

“I feel I little bit tired as I didn’t train much for this one, so I am happy with the second place behind Yeray who was so strong today,” said Serrieres. “He prepared very well for every race he participated this summer. I am very happy with my season as I finished first or second in every race I started, and I’ve also won the Euro Tour. XTERRA Luxembourg is a great event in such a beautiful location. I loved the course, the place and the atmosphere.”

Roth’s third place finish proved he has made great improvements both on the bike and the run this year. Carloni finished fourth and Rui Dolores fifth.

“The crowd was amazing today and supported me all the way,” said Roth. “I was pushing hard from the beginning and lead the bike in “all out” mode and tried to keep my position on the run, but you saw that the other guys were strong and closed the gap. For sure I will win this race in the future, maybe next year! A big thank you to all my friends and supporters.”

​Elite Men Results

Pos Name, Country Time Points
1 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:23:19 75
2 Arthur Serrieres , FRA 2:23:50 67
3 Jens Roth, GER 2:24:06 61
4 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:24:40 56
5 Rui Dolores, PRT 2:25:42 51
6 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 2:25:58 47
7 Sébastien Carabin, BEL 2:27:06 43
8 Peter Lehmann, GER 2:29:00 39
9 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:29:25 36
10 Geert Lauryssen, BEL 2:29:32 33
11 Jan Kubicek, CZE 2:30:43 30
12 Simon Schwarz, DEU 2:30:52 27
13 Doug Hall, GBR 2:31:11 25
14 Arthur De Jaegher, BEL 2:32:01 23
15 Gaetan Vivien, FRA 2:32:24 21


Complete Results

In the women’s elite race, Nicole Walters was first out of the water with Lizzie Orchard 20 seconds behind, followed by Alizee Paties one-minute back in third. Louise Fox was fourth and Karaskova was in fifth two minutes and 30 seconds behind the leader.

Paties made her move early on the bike and passed Walters and Orchard to take the lead.

“I swam better than expected today,” said Paties. “On the mountain bike I enjoyed all of the race, especially the downhills. I was riding well on the uphills but found the running part hard, a battle with myself all the way. My grandfather lives near here, I really love this place and for sure I will be back next year.”

Karaskova was also pushing hard and was able to move into second before the end of the first loop. Orchard was riding strong and passed Walters for third position.

“I was so happy to finish the race and feel stronger than the last two races,” said Orchard. “I loved the course; the bike was fun, and it was so nice to run through the vineyards.  Rosport is amazing with a great atmosphere, lots of sponsors and spectators, a great family day out.”

On the second loop Karaskova was closing the gap to Paties and was increasing the distance to those behind. By the end of the second lap Karaskova was only 20 seconds behind the lead and was looking primed for the win.

“The race today was tough,” exclaimed Karaskova. “I felt tired in the water then I tried to push on the bike, I felt I was riding fast but then I also did many technical mistakes and lost some time. On the run I said to myself to push a little bit more and just like that I took the lead. After that I just had to keep the tempo. I’m so happy to win today.  This is an amazing place for a new event, the bike and run courses are beautiful.”

Karaskova passed Paties early on the run and crossed the line in 2 hours and 46 seconds to capture her fourth title of the season.

Paties came in second, and the ever-smiling Orchard produced the performance she has been looking for all season to finish third. The surprise of the day came from newcomer Emelin Azam, who posted the fastest run split of the day to finish fourth. Nicole Walters came in fifth.

Elite Women Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, CZE 2:46:40 75
2 Alizee Paties, FRA 2:48:43 67
3 Elizabeth Orchard, NZL 2:52:05 61
4 Emeline Azam, FRA 2:59:26 56
5 Nicole Walters, GBR 3:02:50 51
6 Janni Spangsberg, BNK 3:05:48 47
7 Louise Fox, GBR 3:11:46 43

Serrieres, Karaskova lead XTERRA European Tour

With their podium positions today, Serrieres and Karaskova both secured the 2019 XTERRA European Tour victories. Elites count their top eight scores, which must include their score from the European Championship race. Up next, the inaugural XTERRA Netherlands off-road triathlon on September 14th. Learn more about the European Tour at xterraplanet.com.

Top 20 Men

1 Arthur Serrieres , FRA 566
2 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 498
3 Rui Dolores, PRT 451
4 Francois Carloni, FRA 423
5 Arthur Forissier, FRA 392
6 Peter Lehmann, GER 328
7 Maxim Chane, FRA 301
8 Doug Hall, GBR 274
9 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 272
10 Samuel Jud, CHE 253
11 Geert Lauryssen, BEL 228
12 Jens Roth, GER 212
13 Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen, DNK 211
14 Yeray Luxem, BEL 211
15 Filippo Rinaldi, ITA 197
16 Corentin Duclos, FRA 181
17 Cedric Fleureton, FRA 173
18 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 165
19 Kris Coddens, BEL 158
20 Tiago Maia, PRT 145

Top 20 Women

1 Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, CZE 656
2 Carina Wasle, AUT 377
3 Morgane Riou, FRA 350
4 Anna Tomica, POL 324
5 Ladina Buss, SUI 315
6 Matilde Bolzan, ITA 300
7 Maria Doring, DEU 279
8 Eleonora Peroncini, ITA 272
9 Eva Garcia Gonzalez, ESP 260
10 Alizee Paties, FRA 255
11 Camille Defer, FRA 233
12 Nicole Walters, GBR 228
13 Loanne Duvoisin, SUI 223
14 Janni Spangsberg, BNK 209
15 Pauline Vie, PRT 192
16 Sandra Mairhofer, ITA 187
17 Marta Menditto, ITA 171
18 Angela Niklaus, SUI 158
19 Brigitta Poor, HUN 157
20 Jacqui Allen, GBR 144

Madsen, Corona win XTERRA Dominican Republic

Karsten Madsen from Canada and Fabiola Corona from Mexico captured the fourth annual XTERRA Dominican Republic off-road triathlon elite titles on a hot, beautiful day in Samana on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

In the men’s elite race Madsen and Branden Rakita swam together in the warm, glassy waters of Samana Bay and ended up posting identical swim times of 18:55.  Madsen had the faster transition and put a surge on early in the bike.

“I opened a small gap early, but Branden came back to me on the first climb,” said Madsen.  “It was probably around 5K into it I pulled away and didn’t look back from there.  Managed the heat well today, which bodes well for Maui.   Super pleased with the outcome, and happy to keep things in check today so I didn’t need to dig any unnecessary holes for Utah next weekend.”

Madsen posted the fastest bike and run splits of the day to take the tape in 2:27:11, more than 12 minutes ahead of Rakita.

“I was with Karsten through the first climb on the bike but just at the top, I spun out on the wet rocks and lost his wheel and he started to open the gap.  We were riding similar on the climbs through the first lap, but I think he was riding the downhills better and opened the gap up to 90 seconds at the end of the first lap.  I felt like I rode the second lap well, but I was really starting to feel the heat and he opened things up and put a load of time on me on the second lap. Once on the run I it was all about managing the heat and trying to stay cool.  I knew that unless Karsten really blew up I would not take any time out of him, so I just ran steady.  There was a lot of running on the beach and through sand and the temperature was climbing and at times there was very little shade, so I took full advantage of two water crossings to cool down and fully submerged myself and took down as much water as I could through the run.  I lost a heap more time but hoping I will be able to recover and be 100% ready for Utah.”

In the women’s elite race Corona was victorious for the second straight year here in the Dominican Republic.

“The race was awesome,” she exclaimed.  “The swim was beautiful, like a swimming pool, and I led the race from the start.”

Indeed, Corona posted the fastest swim, bike, and run times to cross the line in 2:56:00, more than three minutes ahead of the reigning XTERRA U.S. women’s champ Suzie Snyder.

“I pushed hard from the very beginning of the bike because I know Suzie is a good biker,” said Corona. “She caught me on the second lap of the bike, but I was able to stay in front and on the second uphill I pulled away. I had super quick T2 and stayed focused on winning the race. It was hard, but beautiful! The run features many kilometers in the sand along the coast, a bamboo forest, then jungle and stairs until a risky section with a panorama view that was incredible. On the downhill on the way back, we crossed two rivers, and finally I got to the finish line with my hands up and a big smile!”

As for Snyder, her day was struck with some bad luck.

“I felt good this morning, ready to take on the challenges of the new course and the heat and humidity of the DR, but unfortunately, I got off to a bad start, trailing Fabiola onto the bike course. I managed the steep climbs and slippery course well on the first lap and closed the gap to start the second lap. We were riding together and then my saddle began sliding backwards. I ignored it for a bit and just rode the best I could despite the issue, but it continued to get worse and I was afraid of losing the saddle completely, so I stopped to tighten it back on. Ultimately, I’m disappointed that a mechanical took me out of the fight, but that’s racing, and I hope for better luck next week!”

Kelli Montgomery finished in third with Laura Mira in fourth.

Complete Results

Osborne, Kingsford still on TOP Tour Standings

After nine of 10 events Sam Osborne and Samantha Kingsford remain atop the XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series standings with just Saturday’s finale in Utah remaining. With the win today, Madsen moved into second place and is the only man who could catch Osborne, although unlikely. For Madsen to win the Tour, he’d have to win in Utah and Osborne would have to finish outside of the top 15. The women’s tour title is much closer with Snyder trailing Kingsford by just 16 points.

Follow Saturday’s XTERRA Pan American Championship elite race on twitter @xterraplanet starting at 9am MST.

After 9, as of 9.1.19
1 Sam Osborne, NZL 465 x x 100 100 75 x 90 100 x
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 375 x x x x 61 67 82 90 75
3 Branden Rakita, USA 337 x x x 63 56 x51 69 82 67
4 Josiah Middaugh, USA 332 x x x 90 67 75 100 x x
5 Will Ross, USA 260 43 56 x x 51 61 49 x x
6 Rom Akerson, CRC 225 75 75 x x x x x 75 x
7 Kieran McPherson, NZL 216 67 67 x 82 x x x x x
8 Felipe Moletta, BRA 212 61 61 90 x x x x x x
9 Alejandro Bulacio, ARG 156 51 47 58 x x x x x x
10 Rafael Juriti, BRA 153 39 51 63 x x x x x x
11 Evan Pardi, USA 146 x x x 58 47 x 41 x x
12 Brian Smith, USA 122 x x x 69 x x 53 x x
13 Elliot Bach, USA 120 x x x 75 x x 45 x x
14 Ryan Ignatz, USA 112 x x x 49 x x 63 x x
15 Alex Roberts, NZL 99 56 43 x x x x x x x
16 Alex Rhodes, GBR 85 36 x 49 x x x x x x
17 Sebastian Neef, GER 82 x x 82 x x x x x x
18 Diogo Malagon, BRA 75 x x 75 x x x x x x
19 Mike Meehan, USA 75 x x x x x x 75 x x
20 Marcus Fernandez, BRA 69 x x 69 x x x x x x
21 Francisco Serrano, MEX 69 x x x x x x x 69 x
22 Leonardo Saucedo, MEX 63 x x x x x x x 63 x
23 Brad Zoller, USA 58 x x x x x x 58 x x
24 Arturo Rodriguez, MEX 58 x x x x x x x 58 x
25 Edmond Roy, CAN 56 x x x x x 56 x x x
26 Hugo Barbosa, BRA 53 x x 53 x x x x x x
27 Walter Schafer, USA 53 x x x 53 x x x x x
28 Lucas Mendez, ARG 47 47 x x x x x x x x
29 Matthew Alford, USA 47 x x x x x 47 x x x
30 Raul Furtado, BRA 45 x x 45 x x x x x x
31 Will Kelsay, USA 45 x x x 45 x x x x x
32 Barret Fishner, USA 43 x x x x 43 x x x x
33 Vince Bethumeur, CAN 43 x x x x x 43 x x x
34 Edivando Cruz, BRA 41 x x 41 x x x x x x
35 Zach Winter, USA 41 x x x 41 x x x x x
36 Carlos Chang, CAN 39 x x x x x 39 x x x
37 Ronaldo Ferreira, BRA 37 x x 37 x x x x x x
38 Alex Willis, USA 37 x x x x x x 37 x x
39 Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, CAN 36 x x x x x 36 x x x
1 Samantha Kingsford, NZL 432 x x 100 82 75 x 75 100 x
2 Suzie Snyder, USA 416 x x x 100 67 x 100 82 67
3 Laura Mira, BRA 328 67 61 75 x x x51 x 69 56
4 Valentina Carvallo, CHI 240 x 75 90 x x x x 75 x
5 Julie Baker, USA 221 x x x 75 56 x 90 x x
6 Kelli Montgomery, USA 167 x x x 45 x 61 x x 61
7 Fabiola Corona, MEX 165 x x x x x x x 90 75
8 Maia Ignatz, USA 151 x x x 69 x x 82 x x
9 Katie Button, CAN 126 x x x x 51 75 x x x
10 Deanna McCurdy, USA 116 x x x 49 x 67 x x x
11 Tess Amer, USA 116 x x x 53 x x 63 x x
12 Lesley Paterson, USA 90 x x x 90 x x x x x
13 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 82 x x 82 x x x x x x
14 Erika Simon, ARG 75 75 x x x x x x x x
15 Mirian Gomes, BRA 69 x x 69 x x x x x x
16 Anne Nevin, NOR 69 x x x x x x 69 x x
17 Johandri Leicester, RSA 67 x 67 x x x x x x x
18 Amanda Felder, USA 63 x x x 63 x x x x x
19 Sofia Rodriguez, MEX 63 x x x x x x x 63 x
20 Melanie McQuaid, CAN 61 x x x x 61 x x x x
21 Jessie Koltz, USA 58 x x x 58 x x x x x
22 Nicole Valentine, USA 58 x x x x x x 58 x x
23 Javiera Gainza, CHI 56 x 56 x x x x x x x
24 Amanda Bayer, USA 56 x x x x x 56 x x x
25 Kara LaPoint, USA 53 x x x x x x 53 x x
26 Michelle Mehnert, USA 49 x x x x x x 49 x x
27 Emanuela Bandol, CAN 47 x x x x 47 x x x x
28 Anne Usher, USA 43 x x x x 43 x x x x
29 Allison Arensman, USA 41 x x x 41 x x x x x
30 Brittany Oliver, USA 37 x x x 37 x x x x x



Busy weekend of XTERRA Racing in Luxembourg, Dominican Republic

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