Ruzafa, Karaskova capture XTERRA Czech crowns in Prachatice

July 16th, 2018

Ruzafa, Karaskova capture XTERRA Czech crowns in Prachatice

Ruben Ruzafa and Helena Karaskova-Erbenova captured the 14th annual XTERRA Czech off-road triathlon elite titles in Prachatice on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Ruben Ruzafa and Helena Karaskova-Erbenova captured the 14th annual XTERRA Czech off-road triathlon elite titles in Prachatice on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

It’s the third big win in two weeks for Ruzafa, who won XTERRA France on July 1 and the ITU Cross Tri World Title in Denmark on July 10.  The 33-year-old who lives in Aizarnazabal, Spain, is a three-time XTERRA World Champ and four-time ITU Cross Tri World Champ. He has now won all three XTERRA majors he raced this year and 33 of the 42 XTERRA World Tour events he has competed at in his career.

For Karaskova, the reigning and four-time XTERRA European Tour Champion, the win is her second this season and 29th of her career, and she has now won four of the last five XTERRA majors in her home country of the Czech Republic.

In the men’s elite race Maxim Chane from France was first out of Kristanovicky Lake with a swim time of 17:48, followed by Aussie Ben Allen and Kiwi Sam Osborne about 20-seconds back, then Bradley Weiss, Lukas Kocar, and Hannes Wolpert not far behind.  Ruzafa was out of the water less than two minutes after Chane.

“The hard work Ruben put in during the off-season to improve his swim is rewarding him now, as he’s losing very little time to his opponents,” said XTERRA European director Nicolas Lebrun, who himself won XTERRA Czech five times in his career.

At the 10km mark on the mountain bike Chane, Weiss, and Osborne were riding together up front, Kocar was in fourth and Ruzafa had made up a full-minute and was in fifth.

“It was hard to recover after ITU Worlds in Denmark,” said Ruzafa of Tuesdays’ race.  “I just tried to push a hard during the swim so I wouldn’t be too far behind going into the bike.  I continued to push hard at the beginning of the bike and took the lead halfway.”

By the 19km point on the bike Ruzafa had pulled into the lead and put 40-seconds on the trio of Chane, Weiss, and Osborne.  Kocar was in fifth right behind them, then came Austrian Andreas Silberbauer.

XTERRA World Tour Majors 

Date Race M/W Elite Winners or Location
24-Feb XTERRA South Africa Bradley Weiss/Carina Wasle
10-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Dougal Allan/Paties Alizue
18-Mar XTERRA Chile # Mauricio Mendez/Allison Baca
24-Mar XTERRA Argentina # Kieran McPherson/Fabiola Corona
25-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica # Rom Akerson/Kelli Montgomery
7-Apr XTERRA New Zealand + Sam Osborne/Jacqui Allen
15-Apr XTERRA Malta * Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
22-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs + Bradley Weiss/Carina Wasle
22-Apr XTERRA Cyprus * Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
29-Apr XTERRA Greece * Arthur Forissier/Nicole Walters
5-May XTERRA Uruguay # Karsten Madsen/Carolina Nieva
11-May XTERRA Tahiti + Mauricio Mendez/Jacqui Allen
12-May XTERRA Brazil # Kieran McPherson/Sabrina Gobbo
19-May XTERRA Oak Mountain # Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
27-May XTERRA Garda * Arthur Serrieres/Helena Karaskova
2-Jun XTERRA Portugal * Ruben Ruzafa/Brigitta Poor
3-Jun XTERRA Dominican Republic # Josiah Middaugh/Fabiola Corona
9-Jun XTERRA Belgium * Francois Carloni/Morgane Riou
17-Jun XTERRA Albay + Sam Osborne/Penny Slater
23-Jun XTERRA Switzerland * Arthur Forissier/Brigitta Poor
1-Jul XTERRA France * Ruben Ruzafa/Brigitta Poor
8-Jul XTERRA Victoria # Kieran McPherson/Julie Baker
15-Jul XTERRA Czech * Ruben Ruzafa/Helena Karaskova
21-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek # Beaver Creek, CO, USA
22-Jul XTERRA Abruzzo * Scanno,Italy
4-Aug XTERRA Mexico # Tapalpa
5-Aug XTERRA Romania * Tirgu Mures, Transylvania
12-Aug XTERRA Poland * Krakow
18-Aug XTERRA Quebec # Quebec City, QC, Canada
18-Aug XTERRA European Champs * Zittau, Germany
26-Aug XTERRA Finland * Imatra
1-Sep XTERRA Norway * Norefjell
9-Sep XTERRA Denmark * Mons Klint
15-Sep XTERRA Spain * Madrid
15-Sep XTERRA Pan Am / USA Champs Ogden, Utah, USA
28-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
* XTERRA European Tour / # XTERRA Pan American Tour / + XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour


Ruzafa, Karaskova capture XTERRA Czech crowns in Prachatice

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