Maui Ready to Say Aloha to World’s Best Endurance Sports Athletes

October 9th, 2012

The 17th edition of the XTERRA World Championship on October 28 at Kapalua, Maui will feature one of the strongest, most diverse professional fields in triathlon history

October 9, 2012 (Honolulu, HI) – The 17th edition of the XTERRA World Championship on October 28 at Kapalua, Maui will feature one of the strongest, most diverse professional fields in triathlon history.

There are more than 70 pros representing 20 countries headed to Maui, including some of the biggest names from the Olympics, XTERRA, ITU, Ironman, 70.3, Duathlon, Winter Tri, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and adventure racing scenes.

Here is a look at some of the headliners:

  • Conrad Stoltz, RSA – Unprecedented four-time XTERRA World Champion, 10x US Pro Series Champion
  • Javier Gomez, ESP – Olympic Silver Medalist (current ITU No. 2)
  • Sebastien Kienle, GER – 2012 IM 70.3 World Champion
  • Eneko Llanos, ESP – 3x XTERRA World Champion
  • Tim Don, GBR – 2006 World Champion (current ITU WTS No. 16)\
  • Victor Del Corral, ESP – 2012 IM Lanzarote and ETU Cross Tri Champ, 2011 XTERRA France Champion Olivier Marceau, SUI – Three-time Olympian and XTERRA European Tour Champion
  • Nicolas Lebrun – 2012 XTERRA European Tour Champion, 2005 XTERRA World Champion
  • Josiah Middaugh, USA – 2012 XTERRA USA Champion
  • Richard Ussher, NZL – World Adventure Racing Champion
  • Chris Legh, AUS –  Nearly 100 professional triathlon victories
  • Francisco “Paco” Serrano, MEX – 2008 Olympian
  • Brent McMahon, CAN – 2012 Olympian (current ITU WTS No.37)
  • Ben Allen, AUS – Won 5 straight XTERRA’s in Guam, Philippines, Saipan, New Zealand, and Italy this year
  • Asa Shaw, FRA – Captured the XTERRA France and Germany Championships
  • Mike Vine, CAN – Won the XTERRA Canada Championship

For the women…

  • Lesley Paterson, GBR – Reigning XTERRA World Champ, ITU Cross Tri World Champion
  • Erin Densham, AUS – Olympic Bronze Medalist (current ITU No. 1)
  • Mary Beth Ellis, USA – 2012 Ironman Texas and New York Champion (70.3 wins in Norway, Singapore)
  • Barbara Riveros, CHI – London Olympian (current ITU WTS No. 7)
  • Magali Tisseyre, CAN – 2012 IM 70.3 Calgary, Mooseman, and Mount Tremblant Champion
  • Marion Lorblanchet, FRA – 2010, 2011 XTERRA European Tour Champion
  • Helena Erbenova, CZE – 2012 XTERRA European Tour Champion, 2006 Winter Olympian
  • Renata Bucher, SUI – 29 career XTERRA Championship wins, 4 Euro Tour titles
  • Melanie McQuaid, CAN – 3x XTERRA World Champ, 2011 ITU Cross Tri World Champion
  • Shonny Vanlandingham, USA – 2010 XTERRA World Champ, American Mountain Biking Legend
  • Heather Jackson, USA – 2012 Wildflower Long Course and San Diego Int’l Triathlon Champion
  • Danelle Kabush, CAN – Won the XTERRA Mountain Championship
  • Jacqui Slack, GBR – Won XTERRA New Zealand and XTERRA Italy Championships

FOLLOW IT LIVE ON XTERRAMAUI.COM

XTERRA and Luck Stone are teaming up to bring fans a comprehensive slate of coverage for the XTERRA World Championship on xterraMAUI.com starting Sunday, October 28 at 9am Hawaii time (12 noon PST, 3pm EST, 9pm in Europe, 5am in Sydney, Australia, 8am in New Zealand, 4pm in Brazil).

One screen will feature live video feeds from several spots around the course, another will showcase a social media (GIS) map of the course with detailed positioning and tweets from strategically positioned spotters; and every elite athlete is being equipped with a GPS tracking device that will allow followers to see their every movement.  The “shadow” device reports location, speed, distance, and elevation.

The Google Chrome browser seems to be the best browser for viewing and for the GPS Tracker you can download a free app for the iPhone that is pretty cool.  Just go to www.xterraMAUI.com and follow the various links for more info.

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES DOUBLE

The Hawaiian Airlines “Double” award is given to the pro and amateur man and woman with the fastest combined 2012 XTERRA World Championship and Ironman Hawaii Championship time, a feat reserved for the world’s leading endurance athletes.  Hawaiian Airlines pays $2,500 to the pros and presents the amateur winners with round trip tickets for two. There are several elites racing at the Ironman World Championship that also plan on racing at XTERRA Worlds including Sebastien Kienle, Maxim Kriat, Eneko Llanos, Josh Rix, and Mary Beth Ellis.

TENTATIVE XTERRA WORLD’S PRO LIST – 10.9.12

(Place at last year’s WC) – Name – Age, Hometown (origin)
(3) – Eneko Llanos – 35, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
(4) - Josiah Middaugh – 34, Vail, Colorado, USA (Michigan)
(6) – Olivier Marceau – 39, Vallauris, France, (Switzerland)
(8) – Richard Ussher – 36, Nelson, New Zealand
(9) – Jan Kubicek – 32, Chodov City, Czech Republic
(10) – Chris Legh – 39, Lyons, Colorado, USA, (Australia)
(11) – Sam Gardner – 37, Surrey, United Kingdom
(13) – Nicolas Lebrun – 39, Digne-les-Bains, France
(14) – Mike Vine – 39, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
(17) – Jim Thijs – 32, Huldenberg, Belgium
(18) – Branden Rakita – 31, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
(22) – Llewellyn Holmes – 30, Bristol, United Kingdom
(23) – Felipe Moletta – 25, Sao Jose Dos Pinhais, Brazil
(29) – Ben Allen – 27, North Wollongong, Australia
(31) – Cody Waite – 34, Lakewood, Colorado, USA
(32) – Cid Santos – 30, Natal, Brazil
(33) – Will Ross – 23, Anchorage, Alaska USA
(36) – Pierre Facomprez – 29, Nervers, France
(39) – Yu Yumoto – 34, Tokyo, Japan
Francois Carloni – 27, Frejus, France
Leonardo Chacon – 28, Liberia, Costa Rica
Leo Corrales – 28, Liberia, Costa Rica
Braden Currie – 26, Wanaka, New Zealand
Brice Daubord – 27, Orleans, France
Gianpietro De Faveri – 43, Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Victor Del Corral – 32, Santa Olivia, Spain
Tim Don – 34, London, United Kingdom
Craig Evans – 34, Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA
Jan Francke – 43, Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
Javier Gomez – 29, Pontevedra, Spain
Damian Gonzalez – 36, Stockton, California, USA
Brendan Halpin – 28, Missoula, Montana, USA
Sebastien Kienle – 28, Hohenklingen, Germany
Maxim Kriat – 28, Clermont, Florida, USA, (Ukraine)
Mark Leishman – 34, Rotorua, New Zealand
Yeray Luxem – 26, Merksem, Belgium
Brent McMahon – 32, Victoria, Canada
Takahiro Ogasawara – 32, Tokyo, Japan
Max Renko – 27, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Josh Rix – 34, Melbourne, Australia
Felix Schumann – 30, Bad Wimpfen, Germany
Paco Serrano – 32, Garza Garcia, Mexico
Asa Shaw – 28, Frejus, France (United Kingdom)
Tim Snow – 37, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
Conrad Stoltz – 39, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Michael Szymoniuk – 29, Vienna, Austria
Kenji Takeya – 43, Misato, Japan
Jean-Philippe Thibodeau – 22, Baie-Saint-Paul, Canada
Denilson Freitas – 44, Serra, Brazil

Women’s Tentative Pro Start List
(Place at last year’s WC) – Name – Age, Hometown (origin)

(1) – Lesley Paterson – 32, San Diego, California, USA, (United Kingdom)
(2) – Marion Lorblanchet – 29, Clermont Ferrand, France
(3) – Helena Erbenova – 33, Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
(4) – Renata Bucher – 35, Lucerne, Switzerland
(5) – Danelle Kabush – 37, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
(6) – Erin Densham – 27, Melbourne, Australia
(9) – Brandi Heisterman – 37, Brackendale, B.C., Canada
(15) – Suzie Snyder – 30, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
(17) – Catherine Dunn – 50, Wellington, New Zealand
(21) – Caroline Colonna – 48, Taos, New Mexico, USA
Katie Button – 28, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
Mary Beth Ellis – 35, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, USA
Heather Jackson – 28, Carlsbad, California, USA
Christine Jeffrey – 40, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Melanie McQuaid – 39, Victoria, B.C., Canada
Elizabeth Orchard – 26, Epsom, New Zealand
Mari Rabie – 26, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Barbara Riveros – 25, La Pintana ,Chile
Jacqui Slack – 29, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Magali Tisseyre – 31, St-Sauveur, Canada
Shonny Vanlandingham – 43, Durango, Colorado, USA

The XTERRA World Championship is presented by Paul Mitchell, AVIA, Hawaiian Airlines, The Ritz-Carlton, Maui Visitors Bureau and Outrigger Hotels & Resorts. Sponsors include the Kapalua Resort, PowerBar, Gatorade, Zorrel, Kona Brewing Company, Hawaii Tourism Authority, T S Restaurants, Rudy Project, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRAShop.com, XTERRA Footwear, and XTERRA Fitness.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988.  It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2011 produced more than 100 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 15 countries worldwide.  In the U.S. alone nearly 200,000 participants took part in the XTERRA lifestyle last year while XTERRA’s TV, publicity, advertising, online, and grassroots marketing efforts generated more than 400 million impressions.  In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990. View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.

TEAM Unlimited / XTERRA

Maui Ready to Say Aloha to World’s Best Endurance Sports Athletes

Contact Info

Trey Garman
808-792-2603
trey@xterraplanet.com
http://www.xterraplanet.com/maui/index.html

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