XTERRA France this Weekend in Xonrupt

June 29, 2023

The 12th of 21 stops on the 2023 XTERRA EMEA Tour annually draws thousands of racers and fans from around the world to the beautiful lake of Longemer in northeastern France.

/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The 16th annual XTERRA France off-road triathlon takes place this Sunday, July 2, in the beautiful Vosges mountains of Xonrupt.

It’s the 12th of 21 stops on the 2023 XTERRA EMEA Tour, and annually draws thousands of racers and fans from around the world to the beautiful lake of Longemer in northeastern France.

The course itself is one of the toughest on the XTERRA World Tour, combining a 1.5K swim with a 40K mountain bike that climbs more than 1200 meters and weaves through a magnificent bike park made of wooden ramps, and a 10K technical trail run through the forest. (Read the full preview here).

The top four ranked women in the XTERRA World Rankings are on the start list with reigning World Triathlon Cross Tri World Champ Sandra Mairhofer, reigning XTERRA World Champion Solenne Billouin, current XTERRA World Cup leader Alizée Paties (pictured), and recent XTERRA European Championship race winner, Loanne Duvoisin.

Adding to the intrigue is Diede Diederiks, the 2023 World Triathlon Cross Duathlon Champion, who finished runner-up at the XTERRA European Championship two years ago.

Elite Women

XWR – Name, NAT

1 – Sandra Mairhofer, ITA

2 – Solenne Billouin, FRA

3 – Alizée Paties, FRA

4 – Loanne Duvoisin, SUI

10 – Diede Diederiks, NED

14 – Carina Wasle, AUT

19 – Segolene Leberon, FRA

33 – Carolyne Guay, CAN

34 – Solene Marnoni, FRA

35 – Georgia Grobler, RSA

37 – Camille Jobard, FRA

50 – Maud Golsteyn, NED

79 – Katja Krenn, AUT

In the men’s elite race all eyes will be on the 2019 XTERRA France Champion and World Ranked No. 2, Arthur Forissier (pictured), going up against his fellow countryman, the 2021 XTERRA France Champion, Maxim Chané.

Those two will certainly do their best to claim the title for their home country fans while XTERRA World Cup standouts and mountain bike specialists, Sébastien Carabin and Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen, hope to take advantage of the grueling bike course to steal a big win for themselves.

Elite Men

XWR – Name, NAT

2 – Arthur Forissier, FRA

5 – Sébastien Carabin, BEL

7 – Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen, DEN

8 – Maxim Chané, FRA

14 – Francois Vie, POR

16 – Michele Bonacina, ITA

20 – Xavier Dafflon, SUI

26 – Scott Anderson, GER

33 – Guillaume Meunier, FRA

34 – Lucas Van Deynze, BEL

42 – Rui Dolores, POR

47 – Geert Lauryssen, BEL

55 – Tom Fisher, AUS

64 – Timothee Augeul, FRA

69 – Matteo Sfregola, ITA

94 – Gianfranco Cucco, ITA

95 – Joeri Deleebeeck, BEL

99 – Guillaume Desette, FRA

110 – Tim Van Daele, BEL

111 – Paris Fellmann, LUX

112 – Morgan Rhodes, GBR

176 – James Shalvoy, USA

There is a lot at stake for amateur racers as well, including the chance to secure a qualifying slot into the XTERRA World Championship in Trentino, Italy this September.

In addition to the main event, XTERRA France will host an invite-only enduro race (swim-bike-run x3), kids’ races, a swim-run, and a sprint tri with more than 2,000 competitors taking part in the action.

Find event updates on Instagram, and live results here.

All-Time XTERRA France Elite Champions

Year – Men’s Champ / Women’s Champ (Site)

2006 – Cedric Fleureton / Renata Bucher (Saint Raphael)

2008 – Nicolas Lebrun / Renata Bucher (Auron)

2008 – Nicolas Lebrun / Renata Bucher (Mondelieu)

2010 – Nicolas Lebrun / Marion Lorblanchet (Xonrupt)

2011 – Victor Del Corral / Renata Bucher (Xonrupt)

2012 – Asa Shaw / Helena Erbenova (Xonrupt)

2013 – Nicolas Lebrun / Helena Erbenova (Xonrupt)

2014 – Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller (Xonrupt)

2015 – Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller (Xonrupt)

2016 – Ruben Ruzafa / Lesley Paterson (Xonrupt)

2017 – Ruben Ruzafa / Laura Philipp (Xonrupt)

2018 – Ruben Ruzafa / Brigitta Poor (Xonrupt)

2019 – Arthur Forissier / Morgane Riou (Xonrupt)

2021 – Maxim Chane / Solenne Billouin (Xonrupt)

2022 – Felix Forissier / Marta Menditto (Xonrupt)


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