Middaugh, Duffy win XTERRA West Championship

April 13th, 2014

Middaugh, Duffy win XTERRA West Championship

Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy won the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series opener at the XTERRA West Championship around the desert of Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada on Sunday.

April 13, 2014 (Lake Las Vegas – Henderson, Nevada) – Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy won the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series opener at the XTERRA West Championship around the desert of Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada this morning.

Complete Results / Photo Gallery

It’s the third time in four years Middaugh has captured the West Championship title.

It started in the calm 58-degree waters of Lake Las Vegas fronting the Reflection Bay Golf Clubhouse with 18-year-old sensation Mauricio Mendez (last year’s amateur XTERRA World Champion from Mexico) leading the swim ahead of a pack that included Dan Hugo, Craig Evans, Branden Rakita, and Flora Duffy.

Hugo, winner at XTERRA South Africa, Philippines, and Guam already this year, quickly asserted his will on the bike and broke away from the field.  He had a one-minute lead on second-place Mendez after the first of two bike laps and when he zipped by the 13-mile mark he looked poised to run away with the win.  That was until he flatted on a tricky section a few miles later, and then again not long after.  They weren’t your ordinary flats, either, rather the kind that would send most to the bike shop for help, and it took him totally out of the race.  He soldiered on to finish 7th.  Hugo put it mildly when he said “It was a nightmare. Never had that happen before, but its part of the game.”

For Middaugh, the day started two minutes, thirty seconds behind the lead swimmers but as he has so many times before, he pedaled his way back into the race on the bike.  He picked off 10-of-the-11 guys ahead of him by the second-lap and passed Hugo when his troubles struck and took a 15-second lead into the bike-to-run transition that he built into a comfortable two-minute margin of victory.

“Certainly wish Dan would have had a mechanical-free day so we would have had a clean race, but it was still a good race, and a good day for me,” said Middaugh, who has won five of the last six U.S. Pro Series majors since 2012.  “Brad (Weiss) was climbing stronger than I’ve ever seen him and he was pretty much matching me on the climbs so he’s going to be tough this year, and Mauricio is really figuring it out.”

For Brad Weiss, it was a career day.  When Middaugh caught him on his hard charge towards the front on the bike the young South African responded with everything he had and went along for the ride – something not many have ever been able to do.  He was rewarded with a U.S. Series career-best runner-up finish against a class field.

“Today, for the first time, when he (Middaugh) caught me I was really aggressive and I wasn’t going to let him go.  I sat on his wheel most of the second lap, and he’s riding a step above what I’m capable of, so I was really hurting by the end there.  Still, for the first 4K or so on the run the gap didn’t change much. Into the descents though he seems to have the longer stride and really opened the gap up and there was not much I could do.”

Mendez, the rising star from Mexico City, beat everybody out of the water then hung tough with some of the sports best riders and entered the bike-to-run transition with Branden Rakita and Craig Evans.  Despite the heavy legs he had enough in the tank left to pull away and finish third in convincing fashion.

“It was a very hard race, very tough but it feels amazing and such a great experience being with all these guys I really admire,” said Mendez.  “When I finished the bike, I was like ‘oh my gosh I have nothing left’, but I gave all I had on the run and it was a very good result.  It’s my dream to follow this path.”

Branden Rakita and Craig Evans finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  Its Evans best performance in the desert yet, made even sweeter because his wife and two kids flew in from Tennessee to watch it unfold up-close. Also of note Ryan Petry was stellar in his pro debut, finishing sixth overall.

PRO MEN 

Pl

Name

Age

Hometown

Time

Points

1

Josiah Middaugh

35

Vail, Colorado

2:10:07

100

2

Bradley Weiss

25

Cape Town, South Africa

2:12:08

90

3

Mauricio Mendez

18

Mexico City, Mexico

2:13:00

82

4

Branden Rakita

33

Colorado Springs, Colorado

2:15:11

75

5

Craig Evans

36

Hendersonville, Tennessee

2:15:40

69

6

Ryan Petry

22

Tempe, Arizona

2:18:17

63

7

Dan Hugo

28

Stellenbosch, South Africa

2:19:22

58

8

Chris Ganter

35

Boise, Idaho

2:20:18

53

9

Matt Lieto

35

Bend, Oregon

2:21:33

49

10

Ryan Ignatz

35

Boulder, Colorado

2:24:49

45

Also: Justin Thomas (41), Jeff Smith (37), Will Kelsay
(34), Ryan DeCook (31), Will Ross (28), Chris Bagg, Nick Fisher, Brian
Astell, Andy Lee, Chris Legh

DUFFY DOMINATES WOMEN’S RACE

Flora Duffy was sensational on Sunday, posting the fastest swim, bike, and run times on her way to a convincing win in the desert.

Just a year ago after placing sixth at the Mountain Championship race in Colorado Duffy wasn’t sure she ever wanted to do another XTERRA.  Then she had a break-out race at XTERRA Worlds, placing third, trained in South Africa over the winter (where she spent a lot of time on the mountain bike) and won the XTERRA South Africa Championship.

“I rode my mountain bike all winter so I think that’s showing and I feel more comfortable on it so I can go through things faster which makes a huge difference,” said Duffy. “I was pleased I could ride it pretty well.  Some sections were so rutted out and dry, it was hectic out there.”

Emma Garrard, who won the race for second and was the top American for the third time in a row said Flora “is super talented, and I think she may have just found her niche in triathlon.”

Shonny Vanlandingham overcame a big deficit out of the water to bike-and-run her way into the third position, with Suzie Snyder and Chantell Widney rounding out the top five. Danelle Kabush ran into 6th and Kara LaPoint finished in the money in her first race as a pro.

PRO WOMEN

Pl

Name

Age

Hometown

Time

Points

1

Flora Duffy

26

Boulder, Colorado

2:25:48

100

2

Emma Garrard

32

Park City, Utah

2:37:06

90

3

Shonny Vanlandingham

44

Durango, Colorado

2:37:59

82

4

Suzie Snyder

32

Fredericksburg, Virginia

2:38:24

75

5

Chantell Widney

34

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

2:39:14

69

6

Danelle Kabush

39

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2:40:26

63

7

Kara LaPoint

26

Truckee, California

2:44:46

58

8

Katie Button

28

Victoria, B.C., Canada

2:55:00

53

9

Jaime Brede

36

Breckenridge, Colorado

2:57:13

49

10

Debby Sullivan

32

Rocklin, California

2:58:29

45

Also: Rebecca Blatt (41), Amelia McCracken (37)

BALZER, FINCHAMP WIN AMATEUR CROWNS

A pair of familiar names – the reigning amateur XTERRA National Champ Matthew Balzer and the reigning XTERRA World Champion Hannah Rae Finchamp – won the amateur XTERRA West Championship crowns today. Maia Ignatz and Meghan Sheridan went 2/3 for the women while Cal Zaryski and John Hatala finished 2/3 overall for the men.

XTERRA WEST CHAMPIONS (FEMALE)

Division

Name

Time

15 – 19

Hannah Rae Finchamp

2:43:57

25 – 29

Heather Zimchek

3:14:12

30 – 34

Maia Ignatz

2:57:50

35 – 39

Meghan Sheridan

3:00:52

40 – 44

Kelli Montgomery

3:04:30

45 – 49

Linda Matheson

4:24:49

50 – 54

Janet Soule

3:21:01

55 – 59

Sheila Cotter

4:35:16

65+

Kathy Frank

5:42:24

XTERRA WEST CHAMPIONS (MALE)

Division

Name

Time

15 – 19

David Duncan

2:44:41

20 – 24

Rory Macomber

2:49:29

25 – 29

Tomas Matera

2:43:40

30 – 34

Matthew Balzer

2:31:04

35 – 39

Slater Fletcher

2:41:33

40 – 44

Mike Cabigon

2:41:14

45 – 49

Calvin Zaryski

2:34:52

50 – 54

Dennis Farrell

2:47:17

55 – 59

Dennis Brinson

2:54:30

60 – 64

John Royson

3:06:36

65 – 69

Dennis Freeman

4:14:51

70 – 74

Roger Kern

5:42:25

PC

Jamie Brown

3:34:52

The 2014 XTERRA West Championship is presented by Paul Mitchell and the XTERRA Live More Card. Sponsors include the Utah Sports Commission, Muscle Milk, PowerBar, Gatorade Endurance, Greenlayer, Champion System, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, XTERRA Optic Nerve Sunglasses, XTERRA Rockwell Watches, XTERRA Boards, XTERRA Coffee, Aston MonteLago Village Resort, LifeProof, McGhies Bike and Board, and Aquafina.

2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING EVENTS

The XTERRA West Championship was the ninth 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, the inaugural XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship at Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia on April 26.

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 / Shonny 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

Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia

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

Thundery Bay, Ontario, Canada

20-Sep

XTERRA USA Championship

Ogden/Snowbasin, UT

26-Oct

XTERRA World Championship

Maui, Hawaii

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Middaugh, Duffy win XTERRA West Championship

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