Ruzafa, Wasle repeat at XTERRA Reunion

April 18th, 2017

Ruzafa, Wasle repeat at XTERRA Reunion

Ruben Ruzafa from Spain and Carina Wasle of Austria captured the third-annual XTERRA Reunion off-road triathlon elite titles for the second year in a row on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. It’s the 24th career XTERRA major win for Ruzafa and the 15th for Wasle.

La Saline les Bains (Trou d’eau) – Reunion Island – Ruben Ruzafa from Spain and Carina Wasle of Austria captured the third-annual XTERRA Reunion off-road triathlon elite titles for the second year in a row on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. It’s the 24th career XTERRA major win for Ruzafa and the 15th for Wasle.

Ruzafa’s winning time of 2:18:50 was more than two-minutes ahead of Frenchman Brice Daubord and four-minutes in front of 2015 Reunion Champ Bradley Weiss.  “It was a great victory, but it was hard-earned,” posted Ruzafa to his twitter account.

In the women’s race, Wasle, who won XTERRA Saipan earlier this year, led from wire-to-wire with the fastest swim, bike, and run times.  “Mission completed,” she exclaimed on her Facebook page. “Easter Sunday fun at XTERRA Reunion! Very happy to win this year again.”

In the men’s race Daubord was first out of the water in 20:18 followed closely by Weiss then Ruzafa 38-seconds later.

“It was one of my best swims in recent memory,” said Weiss, who broke his wrist in a mountain bike accident in December. “It’s been a rocky road back to full fitness since my injury and I’m happy with a solid swim after months of hard work. My injuries are now a thing of the past.”

Daubord’s lead didn’t last long as the four-time champion of France’s cross-country triathlon championship suffered a brief mechanical issue, giving way to Ruzafa and Weiss.

From there Ruzafa posted the fastest split of the day in 1:11:23, more than two-minutes quicker than Weiss, and took a lead into the run he would not relinquish.

“Having Ruben in a race always changes the dynamics, including my race tactics, and I was determined to give him everything I had on the bike,” said Weiss.

Ruzafa’s lead grew to about 40-seconds on Weiss after a technical single-track section, and Ruzafa began the run with a two-minute lead.

Daubord had the fastest run split of the day and passed Weiss halfway to the finish to move into second-place. “Brice is a phenomenal runner,” said Weiss. “When I saw him on the run, I knew I was in trouble. He came past me at the 5K mark. I hung in for a while but he broke the elastic first.”

Nico Sterk finished eight-minutes behind Weiss in fourth, with Dominik Wychera in 5th.

As for Wasle, she went relatively unchallenged as South African Vicky Van Der Merwe, who placed 4th at XTERRA South Africa in February, had a tough fall on the bike that made for a long day.

“Yesterday was the deepest I’ve had to dig to finish a race,” she posted to her FB page. “After a bad crash on the bike I ran the last 5km of the bike leg with a fractured wrist. The 10km run after that was purely on adrenaline! Silly mistake but happy just to have finished.”

Truly a gutsy performance for Van Der Merwe, who basically ran nine miles with a broken wrist, “and massive thanks to organizers and doctors for looking after me so well,” she added.

Organizer Yannick Desfarges called the event a huge success.  “Everyone I spoke with said it was a magnificent race with beautiful trails.  We are proud to provide this unique experience in the Indian Ocean, on the island of Reunion we call the ‘intense island!”

More than 500 participants took part in the weekend events, include 180 kids on Saturday.

All-Time XTERRA Reunion Champions

2015 – Bradley Weiss/Carla Van Huyssteen
2016 – Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
2017 – Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle

XTERRA Reunion Elite Results

Pl           Name, NAT         Time

  1. Ruben Ruzafa, ESP – 02:18:50
  2. Brice Daubord, FRA – 02:21:33
  3. Bradley Weiss, RSA – 02:22:59
  4. Nico Sterk, RSA – 02:30:32
  5. Dominik Wychera, AUT – 02:31:23
  6. Christophe Betard, FRA – 02:33:16
  7. Aidan Nugent, RSA – 02:34:38
  8. Darryn Purtell, RSA – 02:42:33

Elite Women    

Pl            Name, NAT         Time

  1. Carina Wasle, AUT – 02:51:02
  2. Vicky Van Der Merwe, RSA – 03:28:25

2017 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series Schedule

XTERRA Reunion was the 10th of 41 events where amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 29.

Date Race Elite Winners or Location
Feb 25 XTERRA South Africa Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
Mar 4 XTERRA Motatapu Dougal Allan / Josie Wilcox
Mar 18 XTERRA Saipan + Silver Sam Osborne / Carina Wasle
Mar 25 XTERRA Argentina # Silver Gonzalo Tellechea / Suzie Snyder
Apr 1 XTERRA Thailand + Silver Kieran McPherson / Renata Bucher
Apr 1 XTERRA Chile # Silver Felipe Barraza / Barbara Riveros
Apr 2 XTERRA Malta * Silver Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
Apr 8 XTERRA New Zealand + Silver Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
Apr 9 XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
Apr 16 XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa / Carina Wasle
Apr 23 XTERRA Cyprus * Silver Lara Beach/Akamas, Paphos
Apr 23 XTERRA Cebu + GOLD Danao, Cebu, Philippines
Apr 29 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship / Malaysia + GOLD Langkawi, Malaysia
Apr 30 XTERRA Greece * Silver Vouliagmeni
May 6 XTERRA Tahiti + Silver Moorea
May 14 XTERRA Spain * Silver Taragonna
May 14 XTERRA Brazil # Silver Ilha Bella, Sao Paolo
May 20 XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD Pelham, AL, USA
May 27 XTERRA Portugal * Silver Golega
Jun 10 XTERRA Belgium * Silver Namur
Jun 17 XTERRA Mine over Matter ^ Milton, Ontario, Canada
Jun 18 XTERRA Finland * Silver Imatra
Jun 24 XTERRA Switzerland * GOLD Vallee de Joux
Jul 2 XTERRA France * GOLD Xonrupt
Jul 9 XTERRA Victoria # Silver Victoria, B.C., Canada
Jul 15 XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD Beaver Creek, CO, USA
Jul 30 XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver Scanno, Abruzzo, Italy
Aug 5 XTERRA Mexico # GOLD Tapalpa
Aug 5 XTERRA Norway * Silver Norefjell
Aug 6 XTERRA Canmore ^ Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Aug 12 XTERRA Quebec ^ Quebec City, Canada
Aug 12 XTERRA Parry Sound ^ Ontario, Canada
Aug 13 XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver Barahona
Aug 13 XTERRA Poland * Silver Krakow
Aug 19 XTERRA Germany * GOLD Zittau
Aug 26 XTERRA Sweden * Silver Hammarbybacken, Stockholm
Aug 26 XTERRA Sleeping Giant ^ Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
Sep 2 XTERRA Japan + Silver Hokkaido
Sep 3 XTERRA European Championship / Denmark * GOLD Mons Klint
Sep 16 XTERRA Pan American Championship / USA # D-GOLD Ogden, Utah, USA
Oct 29 XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* XTERRA European Tour / # XTERRA Pan American Tour / + Asia-Pacific Tour

Silver = Min. $7,500 pro purse & 75-point scale // GOLD = Min $15,000 pro purse & 100-point scale

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

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Ruzafa, Wasle repeat at XTERRA Reunion

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