Busy weekend of XTERRA Racing in Luxembourg, Dominican Republic

September 2, 2019

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

PosName, CountryTimePoints
1Yeray Luxem, BEL2:23:1975
2Arthur Serrieres , FRA2:23:5067
3Jens Roth, GER2:24:0661
4Francois Carloni, FRA2:24:4056
5Rui Dolores, PRT2:25:4251
6Xavier Dafflon, SUI2:25:5847
7Sébastien Carabin, BEL2:27:0643
8Peter Lehmann, GER2:29:0039
9Kris Coddens, BEL2:29:2536
10Geert Lauryssen, BEL2:29:3233
11Jan Kubicek, CZE2:30:4330
12Simon Schwarz, DEU2:30:5227
13Doug Hall, GBR2:31:1125
14Arthur De Jaegher, BEL2:32:0123
15Gaetan Vivien, FRA2:32:2421


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

PosName, NATTimePoints
1Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, CZE2:46:4075
2Alizee Paties, FRA2:48:4367
3Elizabeth Orchard, NZL2:52:0561
4Emeline Azam, FRA2:59:2656
5Nicole Walters, GBR3:02:5051
6Janni Spangsberg, BNK3:05:4847
7Louise Fox, GBR3:11:4643

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

1Arthur Serrieres , FRA566
2Xavier Dafflon, SUI498
3Rui Dolores, PRT451
4Francois Carloni, FRA423
5Arthur Forissier, FRA392
6Peter Lehmann, GER328
7Maxim Chane, FRA301
8Doug Hall, GBR274
9Ruben Ruzafa, ESP272
10Samuel Jud, CHE253
11Geert Lauryssen, BEL228
12Jens Roth, GER212
13Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen, DNK211
14Yeray Luxem, BEL211
15Filippo Rinaldi, ITA197
16Corentin Duclos, FRA181
17Cedric Fleureton, FRA173
18Maximilian Sasserath, GER165
19Kris Coddens, BEL158
20Tiago Maia, PRT145

Top 20 Women

1Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, CZE656
2Carina Wasle, AUT377
3Morgane Riou, FRA350
4Anna Tomica, POL324
5Ladina Buss, SUI315
6Matilde Bolzan, ITA300
7Maria Doring, DEU279
8Eleonora Peroncini, ITA272
9Eva Garcia Gonzalez, ESP260
10Alizee Paties, FRA255
11Camille Defer, FRA233
12Nicole Walters, GBR228
13Loanne Duvoisin, SUI223
14Janni Spangsberg, BNK209
15Pauline Vie, PRT192
16Sandra Mairhofer, ITA187
17Marta Menditto, ITA171
18Angela Niklaus, SUI158
19Brigitta Poor, HUN157
20Jacqui Allen, GBR144

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
1Sam Osborne, NZL465xx10010075x90100x
2Karsten Madsen, CAN375xxxx6167829075
3Branden Rakita, USA337xxx6356x51698267
4Josiah Middaugh, USA332xxx906775100xx
5Will Ross, USA2604356xx516149xx
6Rom Akerson, CRC2257575xxxxx75x
7Kieran McPherson, NZL2166767x82xxxxx
8Felipe Moletta, BRA212616190xxxxxx
9Alejandro Bulacio, ARG156514758xxxxxx
10Rafael Juriti, BRA153395163xxxxxx
11Evan Pardi, USA146xxx5847x41xx
12Brian Smith, USA122xxx69xx53xx
13Elliot Bach, USA120xxx75xx45xx
14Ryan Ignatz, USA112xxx49xx63xx
15Alex Roberts, NZL995643xxxxxxx
16Alex Rhodes, GBR8536x49xxxxxx
17Sebastian Neef, GER82xx82xxxxxx
18Diogo Malagon, BRA75xx75xxxxxx
19Mike Meehan, USA75xxxxxx75xx
20Marcus Fernandez, BRA69xx69xxxxxx
21Francisco Serrano, MEX69xxxxxxx69x
22Leonardo Saucedo, MEX63xxxxxxx63x
23Brad Zoller, USA58xxxxxx58xx
24Arturo Rodriguez, MEX58xxxxxxx58x
25Edmond Roy, CAN56xxxxx56xxx
26Hugo Barbosa, BRA53xx53xxxxxx
27Walter Schafer, USA53xxx53xxxxx
28Lucas Mendez, ARG4747xxxxxxxx
29Matthew Alford, USA47xxxxx47xxx
30Raul Furtado, BRA45xx45xxxxxx
31Will Kelsay, USA45xxx45xxxxx
32Barret Fishner, USA43xxxx43xxxx
33Vince Bethumeur, CAN43xxxxx43xxx
34Edivando Cruz, BRA41xx41xxxxxx
35Zach Winter, USA41xxx41xxxxx
36Carlos Chang, CAN39xxxxx39xxx
37Ronaldo Ferreira, BRA37xx37xxxxxx
38Alex Willis, USA37xxxxxx37xx
39Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, CAN36xxxxx36xxx
1Samantha Kingsford, NZL432xx1008275x75100x
2Suzie Snyder, USA416xxx10067x1008267
3Laura Mira, BRA328676175xxx51x6956
4Valentina Carvallo, CHI240x7590xxxx75x
5Julie Baker, USA221xxx7556x90xx
6Kelli Montgomery, USA167xxx45x61xx61
7Fabiola Corona, MEX165xxxxxxx9075
8Maia Ignatz, USA151xxx69xx82xx
9Katie Button, CAN126xxxx5175xxx
10Deanna McCurdy, USA116xxx49x67xxx
11Tess Amer, USA116xxx53xx63xx
12Lesley Paterson, USA90xxx90xxxxx
13Sabrina Gobbo, BRA82xx82xxxxxx
14Erika Simon, ARG7575xxxxxxxx
15Mirian Gomes, BRA69xx69xxxxxx
16Anne Nevin, NOR69xxxxxx69xx
17Johandri Leicester, RSA67x67xxxxxxx
18Amanda Felder, USA63xxx63xxxxx
19Sofia Rodriguez, MEX63xxxxxxx63x
20Melanie McQuaid, CAN61xxxx61xxxx
21Jessie Koltz, USA58xxx58xxxxx
22Nicole Valentine, USA58xxxxxx58xx
23Javiera Gainza, CHI56x56xxxxxxx
24Amanda Bayer, USA56xxxxx56xxx
25Kara LaPoint, USA53xxxxxx53xx
26Michelle Mehnert, USA49xxxxxx49xx
27Emanuela Bandol, CAN47xxxx47xxxx
28Anne Usher, USA43xxxx43xxxx
29Allison Arensman, USA41xxx41xxxxx
30Brittany Oliver, USA37xxx37xxxxx