Bradley Weiss of South Africa and Carina Wasle from Austria captured the 5th annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship elite titles on a beautiful day in Danao, Philippines and on the same day in the Mediterranean Roger Serrano from Spain and Brigitta Poor from Hungary emerged victorious at XTERRA Cyprus.
Bradley Weiss of South Africa and Carina Wasle from Austria captured the 5th annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship elite titles on a beautiful day in Danao, Philippines on April 22, 2018.
The win is the second of the year for boh Weiss and Wasle, who captured the XTERRA South Africa crowns to open the season, and it’s the third victory in a row for Weiss since Maui last October. Moreover, it’s Weiss’ fourth straight win in the Philippines and he now holds the XTERRA European, Asia-Pacific, and World Championship titles.
“I’m not gonna complain about it,” laughed Weiss. “It was a very good day, and I love racing against Sam Osborne. This was our first race against each other in 2018, and it was a good battle. I wasn’t sure where his form was at. I knew he had done some solid work, though, and I was a bit worried I had not done enough.”
As the race unfolded it became clear both Weiss and Osborne were in world-class form.
The morning started with Ben Allen posting the best swim split (18:39), with Osborne right on his heels, Weiss about 20-seconds back, then Kieran McPherson one-minute later followed by Brodie Gardner.
“I swam well, but I lost all the time I gained in the water with a bad transition,” said Weiss. “I put my shoes on before I took my speedsuit off, so I had to take my shoes back off again, take the suit off, and do it all over again. It felt like I was in there forever.”
Onto the bike, which starts with a really steep climb straight out of transition, Weiss was able to reel in Allen about 5K into the first lap, but Osborne was holding the gap at roughly 40-seconds longer than the World Champ had wanted.
“I was concerned if I could ever bridge the gap, Sam was certainly calling the shots through that first lap,” he said. “I didn’t close until he punctured on the jagged volcanic rock. He fixed it fast though, and we were on to the second lap together.”
“Luck wasn’t entirely on my side today but it sure was another good dog fight out there,” replied Osborne. “I had a solid swim, but Ben and I were playing a bit too much tactically in the swim to make it really fast. I got away straight away on the bike and had some good legs but coming into the last descent of the lap I hit a rock or something in a grassy section and punctured. I got it fixed reasonably quickly but obviously lost all of my advantage over Brad and had to ride back on. We went at each other for the 2nd lap of the bike, had a small lie down towards the end of it but with a good transition got back across.”
The two hit the run course, and another steep hill, stride for stride.
“We ran together until about the halfway point, but I went through a really bad patch with the heat and that’s when Brad got away,” said Osborne. “That was essentially the gap we stayed at for the rest of the run.”
Weiss said the climbing on the run is so steep “you’re basically walking with hands on your knees. I could hear Sam was working behind me, and midway through he slowly faded. From there I pushed to get ‘out of sight, out of mind.”
Weiss crossed the line in 2:16:28, less than a minute ahead of Osborne.
“Thrilled to be back racing XTERRA after three half-ironman road races,” said Weiss. “I think the changes in training for those helped me in a lot of ways, making me a better all-around athlete, but I was not ready for the intensity of the punchy climbs on the bike today, and that’s always been my strength.”
Kieran McPherson posted the fastest run split of the day to finish in third, followed by Allen in fourth and Fabien Combaluzier from France in fifth.
Elite Men’s Results
|1||Bradley Weiss, RSA||2:16:28||100|
|2||Sam Osborne, NZL||2:17:17||90|
|3||Kieran McPherson, NZL||2:19:47||82|
|4||Ben Allen, AUS||2:23:48||75|
|5||Fabien Combaluzier, FRA||2:25:35||69|
|6||Brodie Gardner, AUS||2:31:31||63|
|7||Alex Roberts, NZL||2:34:04||58|
|8||Will Ross, USA||2:46:53||53|
|9||Jacky Boisset, FRA||2:54:56||49|
|10||Joe Miller, PHI||2:55:31||45|
|11||Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN||3:04:58||41|
In the women’s race Wasle came out of the water with Penny Slater about one-minute behind Jacqui Allen, who had the fastest swim split of the day.
From there she posted the fastest bike split of the day and ran her way to victory in 2:49:38, exactly three minutes ahead of Penny Slater who finished in second.
“Today was the perfect race for me. I had a good swim and was quite close to Jacqui when I jumped on my bike,” said Wasle. “After 3km into the bike I took the lead and never looked back. I never knew how far ahead I was, so I stayed focused and pushed hard. On the run I knew I had a solid lead, so I could relax a little bit. My biggest fear was the heat and humidity, so I tried not to over pace and took my time at all the water stations. Running through the finish in first place and to defend my Danao title means a lot for me. It’s always a special atmosphere to race in the Philippines with lots of kids cheering you on and of course lots of high fives when passing them.”
Myriam Guillot-Boisset, who arrived in Cebu just hours before the start of the race, was solid all day to finish in third, followed by Leela Hancox and Kristy Jennings.
Allen crashed on the bike, suffering a fractured elbow and broken toe and was unable to continue. Kate Schultz had a mechanical on the bike and also did not finish.
Tentative Elite Women’s Results
|1||Carina Wasle, AUT||2:49:38||100|
|2||Penny Slater, AUS||2:52:38||90|
|3||Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA||2:56:33||82|
|4||Leela Hancox, AUS||3:03:58||75|
|5||Kristy Jennings, NZL||3:09:35||69|
|6||Laura Mira Dias, BRA||3:19:27||63|
Osborne, Slater atop XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Elite Standings
Sam Osborne and Penny Slater hold the top spots in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour standings after the first two events. Next up on the tour is XTERRA Tahiti, May 11 in Moorea, then it’s back to the Philippines – this time in Albay – for the 2018 tour finale.
2018 XTERRA ASIA-PACIFIC TOUR POINT STANDINGS
As of 4.22.18
|1||Sam Osborne, NZL||165||75||90|
|2||Kieran McPherson, NZL||143||61||82|
|3||Ben Allen, AUS||131||56||75|
|4||Alex Roberts, NZL||101||43||58|
|5||Bradley Weiss, RSA||100||DNS||100|
|6||Fabien Combaluzier, FRA||69||DNS||69|
|7||Olly Shaw, NZL||67||67||DNS|
|8||Brodie Gardner, AUS||63||DNS||63|
|9||Will Ross, USA||53||DNS||53|
|10||Hayden Wilde, NZL||51||51||DNS|
|11||Jacky Boisset, FRA||49||DNS||49|
|12||Lewis Ryan, NZL||47||47||DNS|
|13||Joe Miller, PHI||45||DNS||45|
|14||Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN||41||DNS||41|
|15||Rodney Bell, AUS||39||39||DNS|
|1||Penny Slater, AUS||146||56||90|
|2||Leela Hancox, AUS||118||43||75|
|3||Carina Wasle, AUT||100||DNS||100|
|4||Laura Mira Diaz, BRA||99||36||63|
|5||Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA||82||DNS||82|
|6||Jacqui Allen, GBR||75||75||DNF|
|7||Kristy Jennings, NZL||69||DNS||69|
|8||Samantha Kingsford, NZL||67||67||DNS|
|9||Hannah Wells, NZL||61||61||DNS|
|10||Deborah Lynch, NZL||51||51||DNS|
|11||Lydia Hale, NZL||47||47||DNS|
|12||Mary Gray, NZL||39||39||DNS|
All-time XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Elite Winners
Year – Man/Woman (Location)
2014 – Dan Hugo/Flora Duffy (Callala, NSW, Australia)
2015 – Braden Currie/Flora Duffy (Callala, NSW, Australia)
2016 – Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard (Callala, NSW, Australia)
2017 – Weiss, Allen, Osborne, McPherson/Carina Wasle (Langkawi, Malaysia)
2018 – Bradley Weiss/Carina Wasle (Danao, Philippines)
All-time XTERRA Philippines Elite winners
Year Men Women
2011 Sam Gardner Shonny Vanlandingham
2012 Ben Allen Renata Bucher
2013 Ben Allen Lesley Paterson
2014 Dan Hugo Renata Bucher
2015 Bradley Weiss Flora Duffy
2016 Bradley Weiss Lizzie Orchard
2017 Bradley Weiss Carina Wasle
2018 Bradley Weiss Carina Wasle
SERRANO, POOR WIN XTERRA CYPRUS
Roger Serrano from Spain and Brigitta Poor from Hungary emerged victorious at XTERRA Cyprus on Sunday, April 22, 2018. It’s the second win in as many weeks for Serrano and Poor, who took home the titles at XTERRA Malta last weekend, and it’s the second year in a row Poor has won here in Cyprus.
XTERRA European Tour director Nicolas Lebrun was on-site to take in all the action and brings us this report…
After the disappointment of the swim being cancelled in 2017, Lara Beach offered perfect swimming conditions and calm waters today. This beach can be a real handful when the winds picks up and the swells grow larger and larger. Luckily the wind stayed away which got XTERRA Cyprus off to the perfect start.
I had my doubts that Serrano would perform his best today, as during warm-ups I noticed him flinch when he entered the water and the salty Mediterranean water started working on his wounds.
The siren went off on time and although all the athletes entered the water in a vigorous fashion, no one wanted to take the lead. Maybe they wanted to see if Serrano was feeling strong and it took a while for Maxim Chané to take the lead on the pack. After the first loop Maxim was in the lead but not by much as Roger was hot on his tail with Hannes Wolpert, Sebastian Neef, Tiago Maia and Anthony Pannier not far behind.
After a big crash in Malta, Serrano was not sure if he would make the start line.
“I had a fever because of the crash earlier this week and was quite tired, but slowly it became better,” said Serrano.
Chane and Serrano realized they would have to work together on the bike to get away from Victor Del Corral who they knew would be riding hard to catch them.
“I was able to stay with Maxim on the swim, but was not able to move my arm to push all the way, and had to shorten my stroke which made it impossible to get ahead of him,” said Serrano.
Meanwhile in the women’s race Barbara Riveros had the lead but Nicole Walters was right on her feet.
“I was happy with my swim today, staying with Barbara was ideal to put a bigger gap on Brigitta” said Walters.
On the second loop, Riveros pushed hard and ended up leading Walters buy 25 seconds with Poor 1min45s behind.
“I didn’t have a good swim today,” said Poor. “Early on in the swim I got kicked in the head and lost my googles, and had a hard time getting back on pace.”
Serrano and Chané headed out on the bike course together with the chase pack of Pannier, Maia and Wolpert 45-seconds behind. Those three were trying to catch up with the lead pair, and at the same time keep the dangerous Victor Del Corral at bay. He was two minutes down after the swim but made up time quickly and joined Serrano and Chané.
“The first loop was easy with Roger, but I knew it was a good pace, this race is long, and I wanted to had a good run this time” said Chane.
Serrano expected Del Corral to catch up to him as the Cyprus bike course is long and very technical and he knew the 4x Ironman winner would be very strong.
“I had very good legs today,” said Del Corral. “I caught Roger and Maxim on the top of the second long climb, Roger was able to come with me, but not Maxim.”
Maxim kept a cool head and had learnt from his mistakes in Malta, saying “When Victor passed us and accelerated the pace I did not want to kill myself. I know they are faster runners than me anyway. I had to focus on my own race and save some energy for the run.”
Sadly, Del Corral suffered a puncture on a fast fire road and lost any chance of a victory. Roger took the lead and entered T2 with less than a minute on Maxim and four-minutes on Victor.
Barbara Riveros did the best she could on a borrowed bike that she only received on Friday, but she made no excuses. “The goal today was to have fun and come back in one piece,” said Riveros.
Riveros and Walters headed out on the bike with Poor not far behind and by the end of the first loop she had passed both Barbara and Nicole and seemed determined to put the hurt into the Chilean as she has never been able to beat her.
“I had a very good first loop on the bike, but then had to manage the long distance of this course and in very hot conditions,” said Poor.
Poor entered T2 with a lead of three minutes while Riveros and Walters arrived at the same time.
“I wanted to push hard and try to take the lead on the first loop, and I had very strong legs today on the bike,” said Riveros. “But it’s a long race so I paced myself on the second lap so I could save energy for the run.”
The men were running strong at this point. Roger was under no pressure as he managed to control the race from the front to take his second win in two weeks. Chane was delighted with his second place which just happens to be the first XTERRA podium for this young 22-year-old.
“I had a good run this time, everything started to work, so see you in Greece,” said Chane.
Victor on the other hand was quite disappointed after finishing in third. His puncture on the bike might have cost him the race and chance to fight for his first XTERRA victory in many years.
“This is part of the game, of course I’m not happy with 3rd place, because this race was good for me, but I’m still on the podium and it’s not that bad,” said Del Coral.
The veteran Jan Kubicek had the fastest run split and finished in 4th with Doug Hall 5th.
Back to the women’s race, Poor was running for the win.
“At the 5K turning point I saw Barbara not far behind and had to start pushing harder, but I was happy because my legs reacted and I was able to accelerate,” she said.
Like Roger, Brigitta managed to pull off two wins in as many weeks. Barbara held on to second and Nicole crossed the line in 3rd to finish off the podium spots. Cecilia Jessen finished 4th and Ania Tomica 5th.
Tentative Elite Women’s Results
|1||Brigitta Poor, HUN||3:03:41||75||0:23:45||1:55:08||0:44:49|
|2||Barbara Riveros, CHL||3:04:37||67||0:22:02||1:59:41||0:42:54|
|3||Nicole Walters, GBR||3:07:48||61||0:22:27||1:59:21||0:46:00|
|4||Cecila Jessen, SWE||3:26:56||56||0:26:36||2:11:55||0:48:25|
|5||Ania Tomica, POL||3:43:21||51||0:28:11||2:20:00||0:55:09|
|6||Ksenia Chernykh, RUS||4:00:10||47||0:40:19||2:18:59||1:00:51|
Tentative Elite Men’s Results
|1||Roger Serrano, ESP||2:41:02||75||0:19:57||1:40:10||0:40:55|
|2||Maxim Chane, FRA||2:42:33||67||0:19:48||1:41:13||0:41:32|
|3||Victor Del Corral, ESP||2:44:30||61||0:22:11||1:41:48||0:40:31|
|4||Jan Kubicek, CZE||2:45:51||56||0:22:19||1:43:19||0:40:13|
|5||Doug Hall, GRB||2:47:52||51||0:21:34||1:44:00||0:42:18|
|7||Markus Benesh, AUT||2:52:36||43||0:22:35||1:46:17||0:43:44|
|8||Tiago Maia, PRT||2:53:58||39||0:20:46||1:50:01||0:43:11|
|10||Clement Briere, MTQ||2:55:22||33||0:22:25||1:49:37||0:43:20|
|11||Hannes Wolpert, GER||2:57:16||30||0:20:48||1:53:06||0:43:22|
|12||Emil Stoynev, BGR||2:58:16||27||0:22:10||1:50:48||0:45:19|
|DNF||Sebastien Neef, GER||DNF|
Next week: XTERRA Greece, April 29
All-Time XTERRA Cyprus Elite Champions
Year – M/W
2018 – Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
2017 – Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor
XTERRA World Championship Qualifiers
|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 *||Vouliagmeni|
|5-May||XTERRA Uruguay #||Punta del Este|
|11-May||XTERRA Tahiti +||Moorea|
|12-May||XTERRA Brazil #||Ilha Bella, Sao Paolo|
|19-May||XTERRA Oak Mountain #||Pelham, Alabama, USA|
|27-May||XTERRA Garda *||Lake Garda, Italy|
|2-Jun||XTERRA Portugal *||Golega|
|3-Jun||XTERRA Dominican Republic #||Samana|
|9-Jun||XTERRA Belgium *||Namur|
|17-Jun||XTERRA Albay +||Legaspi, Philippines|
|23-Jun||XTERRA Switzerland *||Vallee de Joux|
|1-Jul||XTERRA France *||Xonrupt|
|8-Jul||XTERRA Victoria #||Victoria, B.C., Canada|
|15-Jul||XTERRA Czech *||Prachatice|
|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