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Chane, Billouin win XTERRA France on July 4

July 6, 2021

It’s the second XTERRA World Tour win for Chane, who got his first at the 2020 XTERRA Nouvelle-Aquitaine off-road tri in the south of France, and the first big win for Billouin.

Maxim Chane and Solenne Billouin captured the 14th XTERRA France off-road triathlon elite titles on a rainy day in the Vosges mountains of Xonrupt on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

It’s the second XTERRA World Tour win for Chane, who got his first at the 2020 XTERRA Nouvelle-Aquitaine off-road tri in the south of France, and the first big win for Billouin.

In the men’s elite race, Brian Tetard was the first out of the water followed by Chane, Francois Vie and Felix Forissier, with trio Karel Dusek, Arthur Serrieres, and Francois Carloni 10 seconds behind in the chase group.

Chane pushed hard at the front to lead the pack  on the bike and create a 1-minute lead on Sloth Nielsen in second, with Vie and Arthur Forissier following in 3rd and 4th place, respectively, going into the bike-to-run transition.

Looking strong from the outset, Chane held his lead all the way to the finish line to take the title in 3:13:52, with Sloth Nielsen and Arthur Forissier rounding out the podium in second and third place respectively, followed by Xavier Dafflon and Vie.

Elite Men’s Top 5

Pl Name Swim Bike Run Finish
1 Maxim Chane, FRA 19:23 2:06:45 45:51 3:13:52
2 Jens Sloth Nielsen, DEN 21:04 2:05:44 46:15 3:15:51
3 Arthur Forissier, FRA 20:43 2:07:45 50:26 3:21:01
4 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 23:33 2:08:01 47:01 3:21:07
5 Francois Vie, POR 19:26 2:09:30 52:16 3:23:20

Full results

In the Women’s Elite race, newcomer Aneta Grabmullerova stormed the swim, one minute up on a chase group that consisted of Segolene Valance, Billouin and Jindriska Zemanova. She held onto her lead for most of the first loop of the bike course, but Billouin was hot on her heels just 30 seconds behind, followed by Zemanova and then Menditto, who had done well to close the gap after losing two-minutes on the lead pack in the swim.

It all changed heading into the second loop of the bike, however, with Zemanova and Billouin leading the race and working as a duo to open the gap on Grabmullerova and Menditto.

Billouin continued to dominate on the run, posting the fastest run split of the day and crossing the finish line in first place to earn her first major XTERRA title with a time of 3:51:24. She said, “I am ecstatic about my first XTERRA victory, and it being XTERRA France makes this even more special.”

Menditto also produced an impressive run to hold onto second place, with Zemanova posting her best XTERRA performance and finishing third, closely followed by Grabmullerova and Carina Wasle in fourth and fifth respectively.

Elite Women’s Top 5

Pl Name Swim Bike Run Finish
1 Solenne Billouin, FRA 21:42 2:34:50 52:23 3:51:24
2 Marta Menditto, ITA 23:42 2:34:59 53:21 3:54:48
3 Jindriska Zemanova, CZE 22:00 2:37:39 57:20 4:00:06
4 Aneta Grabmullerova, CZE 20:59 2:41:48 59:15 4:04:23
5 Carina Wasle, AUT 23:39 2:43:19 54:34 4:06:26

Full results
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All-Time XTERRA France Elite Champions
Year     Men’s Champ / Women’s Champ (Site)

2006    Cedric Fleureton / Renata Bucher (Saint Raphael)
2008    Nicolas Lebrun / Renata Bucher (Auron)
2008    Nicolas Lebrun / Renata Bucher (Mondelieu)
2010    Nicolas Lebrun / Marion Lorblanchet (Xonrupt)
2011    Victor Del Corral / Renata Bucher (Xonrupt)
2012    Asa Shaw / Helena Erbenova (Xonrupt)
2013    Nicolas Lebrun / Helena Erbenova (Xonrupt)
2014    Ruben Ruzafa  / Kathrin Mueller (Xonrupt)
2015    Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller (Xonrupt)
2016    Ruben Ruzafa / Lesley Paterson (Xonrupt)
2017    Ruben Ruzafa / Laura Philipp (Xonrupt)
2018    Ruben Ruzafa  / Brigitta Poor (Xonrupt)
2019    Arthur Forissier / Morgane Riou (Xonrupt)
2021    Maxim Chane / Solenne Billouin (Xonrupt)

XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series Schedule

XTERRA France was the 11th of 38 races around the world where amateur athletes could qualify for the 25th XTERRA World Championship to be held December 5, 2021 in Kapalua, Maui.

Date Event Venue
13-Feb XTERRA Wellington Festival Wellington, New Zealand
27-Feb XTERRA Iceman Lake Pleasant, AZ, USA
27-Mar XTERRA Taiwan Kenting, Taiwan
10-Apr XTERRA Rotorua Festival Rotorua, New Zealand
24-Apr XTERRA ATX Austin, TX, USA
8-May XTERRA Oak Mountain Pelham, AL, USA
22-May XTERRA Tahiti Moorea
12-Jun XTERRA Cameron Park Waco, TX, USA
12-Jun XTERRA Lory Bellvue, CO, USA
19-Jun XTERRA Czech Prachatice, Czech Republic
26-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
4-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Magnolia Hill Narasova, TX, USA
10-Jul XTERRA Belgium Namur
11-Jul XTERRA EX2 Flintsone, MD, USA
17-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
18-Jul XTERRA Italy – Lake Scanno Scanno, Abruzzo
24-Jul XTERRA DINO Northern Indiana North Liberty, IN, USA
8-Aug XTERRA Portugal Golega
14-Aug XTERRA Indian Peaks Nederland, CO, USA
14-Aug XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Canada
14-Aug XTERRA Conquer the Crater Sudbury, ON, Canada
21-Aug XTERRA Lake Tahoe Incline Village, NV, USA
21-Aug XTERRA Germany / European Championship Zittau
28-Aug XTERRA Nouvelle-Acquitaine Moliets-et-Villemartin, France
28-Aug XTERRA Tremblant Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada
4-Sep XTERRA Brazil Ilhabela
5-Sep XTERRA Victoria Victoria, BC, Canada
5-Sep XTERRA Dominican Republic Samana
11-Sep XTERRA Netherlands Ameland Island
12-Sep XTERRA Laguna Beach Laguna Beach, CA, USA
19-Sep XTERRA Japan Marunuma
25-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Snowbasin, UT, USA
26-Sep XTERRA Trentino-Dolomiti Paganella Molveno, Italy
European Triathlon Cross Tri Championships
9-Oct XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
16-Oct XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
23-Oct XTERRA Malta Golden Bay
5-Dec XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui

About XTERRA

XTERRA® is a global lifestyle brand and off-road race series. What started in 1996 as the world’s first off-road triathlon in Maui, Hawaii, is now an endurance sports lifestyle with a racing presence in over 30 countries worldwide and expanding. XTERRA® cultivates a passionate and dedicated community, celebrated by intrepid triathletes, trail runners and outdoor adventurists around the globe.  Learn more at www.xterraplanet.com.