Hugo, Duffy win XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship

April 26th, 2014

Hugo, Duffy win XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship

Dan Hugo and Flora Duffy captured the inaugural XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on a beautiful day at Callala Bay in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia on Saturday afternoon.

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April 26, 2014 (Callala Beach, NSW, Australia) – Dan Hugo and Flora Duffy captured the inaugural XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on a beautiful day at Callala Bay in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia on Saturday afternoon.

“It was a great win for Dan Hugo and perhaps his coming of age as a bona fide international superstar,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas.  “He has had 2nd-place finishes at XTERRA Worlds, wins at various places around the globe, but he broke the back of a stellar field today in Australia that marks his first big win.”

The 28-year-old from Stellenbosch, South Africa is quick to agree…“Great to win a championship, probably my first of this stature, it’s been a while coming.  I grew up knowing Australia as the pinnacle of triathlon, where are all the legends are from, so to win in my first race here is special.” Said Hugo, who has now won four XTERRA majors this season.  “It’s beautiful when it all clicks, and make no mistake this course suits me down to the ground. It was super technical to ride this course quick and it had some power climbing. I loved the bike course, it was so fun, and you just don’t get to see Kangaroos very often.”

Everybody agreed on that point, that the course was epic, even four-time XTERRA World Champ Conrad Stoltz.

“The whole race is phenomenal and very well designed. There is a lot of really good single track and it’s well balanced. I loved this course and was super excited to race here.  Even the run is great,” said Stoltz, who pulled out of the race at the bike-to-run transition while in 2nd place due to fatigue from a lingering cold that didn’t shake.

“I’m super disappointed I couldn’t put in a proper performance because I would love to do this race justice. It’s a big race, has a TV show, big money, just look how the Aussies crawled out of the woodwork, that’s good for the sport.  But when you’re racing at the level we’re racing at if you’re not 100%, well…”

Indeed, the inaugural XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship featured a $50,000 pro purse, two internationally distributed TV shows, and a big-time field worthy of the attention.

“Biggest championship until Maui, really, and for us as professional athletes we so appreciate New South Wales for putting up the incredible pro purse, so to come out here to show gratitude and elevate the sport was super important, and to be on the top step is really special,” said Hugo.

The day started with two-time Olympian Courtney Atkinson from Australia putting a minute into the field in the water, but that lead was quickly taken away…

“Straight in, first mud hole, I got the first big crash done,” laughed Atkinson. “I thought I’d be able to hold a lead but it seems the fire tracks are as hard as the single track here.”

A group of riders with Hugo, Ben Allen, and Roger Serrano bridged the gap to Atkinson within the first few kilometers of the bike, then Hugo “chose a line through a mud section and that was it.” He got some daylight and drove a wedge between himself and the rest of the field from there.

By the bike-to-run transition Hugo had three minutes on Serrano and Allen, and roughly six minutes to Braden Currie, Bradley Weiss, and Courtney Atkinson.  Atkinson showed off some amazing foot speed by picking off everyone in front of him but Hugo with the fastest run split of the day by far.

“When I heard I was six minutes down I didn’t think I could bridge that no matter how well I ran but I heard that Benny (Allen) was two minutes up so starting thinking about winning the XTERRA Australia title and pushed,” said Atkinson, who finished three minutes, 48 seconds behind Hugo for 2nd place.

Currie, who finished 5th at XTERRA Worlds last year, stayed with Atkinson for about 8K “but just couldn’t hang in there at the end.”  Still a great effort, especially considering he competed in an adventure race in China last weekend.

Hugo’s mate and fellow South African, Bradley Weiss, had another under-the-radar amazing performance by placing 4th overall – his sixth top four finish this year (which include three runner-up showings).

Hometown hero Ben Allen held on for fifth to a rousing applause at the finish line.  Allen is beloved in this part of the world (he grew up about an hour away in Wollongong) and he put a ton of effort into hosting and pre-race promotion.

“It’s a win, even though I didn’t win,” said Allen.  “It’s so great to see the race go off so well, and the community get involved, and everybody is happy.  Jacqui and I, my family, we love the sport and the people and wanted to do our best to welcome the XTERRA Tribe to Australia.  The day came out amazing.”

Allen also made special effort to tell of how Weiss kept him moving after he passed him towards the end of the run.  “He just told me keep going and kept my spirits up. It’s just classy to have guys like that in the sport.”

Brendan Sexton, an Aussie Olympian making his XTERRA debut, finished sixth on the day and came away with some stories for sure.

“It was an experience, definitely different from anything I’ve done before but I had a great time, it was really fun,” said Sexton, who took a spill that took some skin off his arm.  “Those boys are in a different league, so I just kind of let them go and did my own thing.  Tried to stay upright but was unsuccessful.  I got through it though. You could say I’m hooked, I definitely would like to prepare better next time but certainly enjoyed it enough to come back again.”26

Pos

Name,
Country

Time

Swim

Bike

Run

1

Dan HUGO,
RSA

2:19:01

0:18:35

1:11:24

0:47:26

2

Courtney
ATKINSON, AUS

2:22:49

0:17:45

1:18:11

0:45:25

3

Braden
CURRIE, NZL

2:23:46

0:19:17

1:16:12

0:46:40

4

Bradley
WEISS, RSA

2:24:09

0:19:06

1:16:18

0:46:52

5

Ben ALLEN,
AUS

2:25:35

0:18:29

1:15:02

0:50:53

6

Brendan
SEXTON, AUS

2:25:57

2:25:57

7

Oliver
SHAW, NZL

2:30:30

0:21:00

1:18:33

0:49:11

8

Alex
REITHMEIER, AUS

2:31:45

0:18:40

1:23:01

0:48:16

9

Jarad
KOHLAR, AUS

2:35:01

0:22:35

1:17:41

0:53:04

10

Craig
EVANS, USA

2:36:39

0:18:53

1:19:30

0:56:52

Also:
Joshua Kenyon, Joseph Miller

DUFFY DOMINATES THE WOMEN’S RACE, WINS BY SEVEN MINUTES

For the women it was another amazing performance by Bermudian Flora Duffy who finished far ahead of XTERRA World Champ Nicky Samuels and placed 9th overall.  Samuels was first woman out of the water and an equally amazing 2nd overall out of the swim.  Jacqui Slack put together three solid legs of swim/bike/run that netted her 3rd woman.  XTERRA Saipan winner Carina Wasle 4th and the “Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher 5th.

“It all came together,” said Duffy, who won the XTERRA West Championship two weeks ago and has clearly solidified herself as the woman to beat this year.  “I felt great coming into T2 after a really tough bike course and just hammered the first 2K of the run.  I just focused on my turnover because I knew Nicky is a strong runner and I wasn’t sure how far behind she was.”

Samuels was just about four minutes back at the bike-to-run transition, but coming off a cold and without the power she had hoped to put up a worthy fight.

“Having been sick for a week, to finish in 2nd is a great result,” said Samuels.  “I’m not so good on the single track and this race was fast, and a bit technical through the bush and over trees. Having been racing World Series for nine years I can’t expect to be riding a mountain bike that well, so am justly happy for the result.”

Slack was the third woman out of the swim more than two minutes back and hoping to catch Duffy and Samuels by T2 but it wasn’t in the cards.

“I couldn’t have done much better so really happy with the effort,” said Slack.  “It’s great to have such talent in the field and keeps the drive going to get faster and stronger.”

Renata Bucher had the second-best bike split of the day behind Duffy but Wasle was able to catch her on the run to take the fourth spot.

The entire field echoed the same sentiment, that New South Wales is a special place.

“This area is gorgeous,” said Duffy. “Growing up in Bermuda I’m kind of a beach snob, so it takes a lot for a beach to impress me and I can tell you it’s gorgeous here, that white sand and water is beautiful.  I really enjoyed the swim and seeing Kangaroos, it definitely felt like Australia.”E

Pos

Name,
Country

Time

Swim

Bike

Run

1

Flora
DUFFY, BER

2:33:07

0:18:28

1:22:28

0:50:24

2

Nicky
SAMUELS, NZL

2:40:07

0:18:26

1:26:14

0:53:49

3

Jacqui
SLACK, GBR

2:44:29

0:20:53

1:25:56

0:56:01

4

Carina
WASLE, AUT

2:46:58

0:22:56

1:27:46

0:54:12

5

Renata
BUCHER, SUI

2:51:19

0:22:52

1:23:49

1:03:08

6

Lizzie
ORCHARD, NZL

2:56:24

0:23:21

1:34:59

0:56:10

7

Mieko
CAREY, JPN

2:57:27

0:22:57

1:30:21

1:02:20

8

Dimity-Lee
DUKE, AUS

2:58:13

0:23:07

1:34:42

0:57:46

9

Jody
MIELKE, AUS

3:20:49

0:22:49

1:40:55

1:13:55

NEILSON, SIMPSON WIN AMATEUR CROWNS

Daniel Neilson and Jessica Simpson were the top overall amateur finishers, and they (along with the fastest amateurs in each division) were named XTERRA Australia National Champs and awarded a qualifying spot into XTERRA Worlds for their efforts.

“Altogether a fabulous first XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race,” said Dave Nicholas.  “The location is superb, the trails got high marks for great riding and fun and the organization was excellent.  Toss in a few dozen Kangaroos, big, loud Cockatoo’s flying all over, Kookabura’s cooing in the woods, spicy meat pies and strong beer and you have the start of a classic event for years to come.”

As always there were stories galore, said Nicholas…Yank Craig Evans got confused on the bike; “there were two small lakes on the bike.  The first you rode around and the second you blasted straight through.  I got to the first one and slammed in then saw the side trail out of the corner of my eye and said Oh S * * T.  Next thing I knew I was totally underwater when the front wheel sank and I went over the bars.  Never unclipped and on my back in 2′ of water with the bike on top of me.”

There’s more to a great event than just the racing.  A great pasta party the night before and a better after party at the Callala RSL. Sunny but cool weather and a race start at 11am add to the pleasure. Just a few hours south of Sydney, you really need to think about coming Down Under to see the sights and have a great race to cap it off.

2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING EVENTS

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship was the 10th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.  Up next, XTERRA Malaysia next weekend.

Date

Race

Location / Pro Winners

23-Feb

XTERRA
South Africa

Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy

8-Mar

XTERRA Motatapu

Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels

15-Mar

XTERRA
Philippines Championship

Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher

29-Mar

XTERRA
Guam Championship

Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher

29-Mar

XTERRA
Costa Rica

Leonardo Chacon / Vanlandingham

30-Mar

XTERRA
Great Ocean Road

Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack

5-Apr

XTERRA
Saipan Championship

Ben Allen / Carina Wasle

12-Apr

XTERRA New
Zealand Championship

Conrad Stoltz / Barbara Riveros

13-Apr

XTERRA West
Championship

Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy

26-Apr

XTERRA
Asia-Pacific Championship

Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy

3-May

XTERRA
Malaysia

Putrajaya

17-May

XTERRA Southeast
Championship

Pelham, Alabama

24-May

XTERRA
Mauritius

Bois Cheri

25-May

XTERRA
Spain Championship

Cieza, Murcia

1-Jun

XTERRA
Portugal

Golega

8-Jun

XTERRA
Brazil Championship

Ilhabela, Sao Paulo

15-Jun

XTERRA East
Championship

Richmond, Virginia

21-Jun

XTERRA
Greece

Lake Plastira

28-Jun

XTERRA
Switzerland Championship

Vallee de Joux

29-Jun

XTERRA
Norway

Horten

5-Jul

XTERRA
Ontario – Canadian Cross Tri Championship

Milton, Ontario, Canada

6-Jul

XTERRA
France Championship

Xonrupt, Gerardmer

6-Jul

XTERRA
Victoria

British Columbia, Canada

6-Jul

XTERRA Freedom
Fest

Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii

13-Jul

XTERRA
Sweden

Hellasgaarten

19-Jul

XTERRA
Mountain Championship

Beaver Creek Resort, Avon, Colorado

20-Jul

XTERRA
Ireland

Killaloe, County Clare

26-Jul

XTERRA
Italy Championship

Abruzzo, Scanno

2-Aug

XTERRA
Mexico Championship

Tapalpa, Jalisco

9-Aug

XTERRA
Czech Championship

Prachatice

16-Aug

XTERRA
Germany Championship

Zittau

17-Aug

XTERRA
Canmore

Alberta, Canada

24-Aug

XTERRA
England

Cranleigh, Surrey

31-Aug

XTERRA
Denmark

Tisvilde

31-Aug

XTERRA
Quebec

Lac Delage, Quebec, Canada

7-Sep

XTERRA Sleeping Giant

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

20-Sep

XTERRA
USA Championship

Ogden/Snowbasin, UT

26-Oct

XTERRA
World Championship

Maui, Hawaii

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship is proudly supported by the NSW Government through  its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.  Presenting sponsors include John Paul Mitchell Systems, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Flight Centre Active Travel and XTERRA Wetsuits & Boards Australia

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

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Hugo, Duffy win XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship

Contact Info

Trey Garman
808-792-2603
trey@xterraplanet.com
http://www.xterraasiapacific.com

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