XTERRA France Weekend Wrap
July 5, 2022
Panagiotis Bitados (GRE) and Loanne Duvoisin (SUI) won the exciting new XTERRA Short Track France off-road triathlon titles with times of 39:35 and 46:10, respectively, on a beautiful day in Xonrupt on Saturday, July 2, 2022.
/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Panagiotis Bitados (GRE) and Loanne Duvoisin (SUI) won the exciting new XTERRA Short Track France off-road triathlon titles with times of 39:35 and 46:10, respectively, on a beautiful day in Xonrupt on Saturday, July 2, 2022.
It’s the first Short Track win for Bitados and the third for Duvoisin.
An innovative new format was unveiled for the race that challenged competitors to a 200-meter swim, two-kilometer mountain bike, and one-kilometer trail run, three rounds through. The action was non-stop with dozens of lead changes and podium spots decided by seconds.
Watch the replay here:
Viewing timecode notes:
27:00 – Live coverage starts
37:00 – Women’s race starts
1:41:45 – Men’s race starts
In the women’s elite race Amanda Felder (USA) led the field out of the water after the first of three swim segments with Samantha Kingsford (NZL) right on her heels and Jindriska Zemanova (CZE), Alizee Paties (FRA), and Duvoisin close behind.
Once on the bike Paties took over and held the lead until the last of three laps on the bike when Duvoisin surged to the front then blitzed the final 1K run in a day’s best time of 4:27 to take the tape with 15-seconds to spare.
“Even though it’s called short track, I still had to pace myself to make sure I could get across all three rounds,” said Duvoisin, who won the first-ever XTERRA Short Track event in 2019, and captured XTERRA Short Track Lake Garda last year.
“It was so fun to race so close together in this format, with so many changes in the lead. Normally in XTERRA, we race mostly alone, but here it was so good to be racing head to head throughout,” she added.
Paties held on for second with Solenne Billouin (FRA) coming in third just 27-seconds later.
“I pushed hard on the front for the first two rounds, but I made a mistake in the final transition putting on my shoe and it cost me more than 10 seconds and as Loanne is very fast on the run it was always going to be difficult to stay ahead,” said Paties, who won the first XTERRA full distance race of the season in Greece. “In the end, I am happy with my shape, and I hope to show it when we go again tomorrow.”
Billouin, who won the XTERRA Portugal full distance race in May, said the hardest part of this new short track challenge was staying focused.
“I am really happy to finish on the podium and add another good result for this year,” said Billouin, who tomorrow will try to defend her XTERRA France full-distance title. “It was really fun but hard at the same time today, because you have to race fast but also concentrate through the many transitions and technical sections.”
Kingsford, Marta Menditto (ITA), and Zemanova finished 4-5-6 and were the only athletes outside the top three to avoid elimination. In the eliminator format, any athlete entering transition more than two-minutes behind the leader is pulled from competition. Those athletes are still awarded series points based on position when eliminated from the race, but do not continue to the finish line.
Place – Name, NAT (Final Time) Points
1 – Loanne Duvoisin, SUI (46:10) 100
2 – Alizee Paties, FRA (46:25) 90
3 – Solenne Billouin, FRA (46:52) 82
4 – Samantha Kingsford, NZL (47:17) 75
5 – Marta Menditto, ITA (47:25) 69
6 – Jindriska Zemanova, CZE (48:46) 63
7 – Carina Wasle, AUT (Eliminated after bike 3) 58
8 – Amanda Felder, USA (Eliminated after bike 3) 53
9 – Jacqui Allen, GBR (Eliminated after run 2) 49
10 – Segolene Leberon, FRA (Eliminated after bike 2) 45
In looking at the unusual stat sheet – the culmination of three swim times, three bike times, three run times, and eight transitions – a few things stand-out. Most notably, everyone’s swim time was at least 15-seconds slower the second-time around. Kingsford had the fastest cumulative swim times (9:50) and transition times (1:48), Billouin had the best combined bike times (19:48), and Duvoisin had the quickest run splits (13:46).
Fastest swim lap/cumulative: Amanda Felder (3:02, swim1)/Samantha Kingsford (9:50)
Fastest bike lap/cumulative: Loanne Duvoisin (6:23, bike3)/Solenne Billouin (19:28)
Fastest run lap/cumulative: Loanne Duvoisin (6:23, run3)/Loanne Duvoisin (13:46)
Fastest transition/cumulative: Samantha Kingsford (:15)/Samantha Kingsford (1:48)
In the men’s race there were dozens of lead changes and even with cameras covering nearly the entire course it was impossible to keep track of them all. The definitive move, however, belonged to the youngest man in the field, 18-year-old Panagiotis Bitados.
In the third and final swim leg, Bitados entered the water five seconds after race leader Arthur Serrieres (FRA), but exited with a five-second lead that ultimately held up to both the speed of Maxim Chane (FRA) on the bike and the the rush of Serrieres on the run.
“To win you needed speed and today I had it,” exclaimed Bitados, the young gun who won his second straight XTERRA Greece full distance race title earlier this year. “This short track format is so much fun, but even better when I win. The race was full on right from the swim all through the bike and run so I hope my legs will feel good tomorrow and I can go again!”
Serrieres passed Chane on the run to take second place, a rare miss for the 28-year-old from Montpellier, France, who won an unprecedented three majors in one week last month. He captured XTERRA Lake Garda victory in Italy on June 4, the World Cross Triathlon Championship for the second straight year on June 8, and XTERRA Belgium on June 11.
“I was telling everyone, and even myself, that I would hold back and try to save some energy for Sunday’s race but once you start the race you have no choice, the racing instinct takes over and you just push really hard the whole way,” exclaimed Serrieres, whose last ‘defeat’ was finishing runner-up to Olympic bronze medalist Hayden Wilde at the 2021 XTERRA World Championships in Maui.
“Everyone was pushing so hard on this amazing format so on the first lap I was at full gas and I was really struggling,” he added. “Fortunately, everyone slowed up and I could start to influence the race, at least until Bitados rode away from us! It was a really clever move by him to save energy and beat us all.”
Serrrieres finished just 12-seconds back, followed by Chane in third another nine seconds later.
“This format is amazing, especially here in France with the incredible ramps they build,” said Chane, who will try to defend his XTERRA France full-distance title tomorrow. “The race was so crazy fast. I tried to pace myself and race smart, but when the guys are so close together you have to follow the race, or you cannot fight for the podium. Can’t wait to go again tomorrow!”
Arthur Forissier (FRA), winner of three previous XTERRA Short Track races, finished fourth and Michele Bonacina (ITA) rounded out the top five.
Place – Name, NAT (Final Time) Points
1 – Panagiotis Bitados, GRE (39:35) 100
2 – Arthur Serrieres, FRA (39:47) 90
3 – Maxim Chane, FRA (39:56) 82
4 – Arthur Forissier, FRA (40:04) 75
5 – Michele Bonacina, ITA (40:13) 69
6 – Francois Vie, POR (40:20) 63
7 – Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen, DEN (40:27) 58
8 – Kristoffer Visti Graae, DEN (40:30) 53
9 – Ruben Ruzafa, ESP (40:43) 49
10 – Sam Osborne, NZL (40:56) 45
Fastest swim lap/cumulative: Jens Roth (2:33, swim1)/Jens Roth (8:10)
Fastest bike lap/cumulative: Ruben Ruzafa/Panagiotis Bitados (5:26, bike3)/Ruben Ruzafa (16:34)
Fastest run lap/cumulative: Arthur Serrieres (3:53, run3)/Arthur Serrieres (12:04)
Fastest transition/cumulative: Several (:15)/Kristoffer Visti Graae/Sam Osborne (1:43)
The showcase XTERRA Short Track race was an invite-only event exclusive to the top 25 eligible men and women. Up next for all the athletes in today’s race is the XTERRA France full distance off-road triathlon tomorrow that combines a 1.5-kilometer swim with a grueling 40km mountain bike and 10km trail run.
There was a €5,000 euro purse awarded to the top five men and women in today’s race and €15,000 will be awarded tomorrow. It was the first of four Short Track/Full-Distance weekends that will award €200,000 to the world’s fastest XTERRA racers.
August 13-14: XTERRA Short Track – Czech Republic
August 19-20: XTERRA Short Track – Germany
October 1-2: XTERRA Short Track – Italy
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All-time XTERRA Short Track Champions
Date (Location) Men’s Winner/Women’s Winner
August 4, 2019 (Prachatice, Czech Republic) Arthur Forissier/Loanne Duvoisin
September 4, 2020 (Prachatice, Czech Republic) Arthur Serrieres/Laura Philipp
October 3, 2020 (Trentino, Italy) Ruben Ruzafa/Marta Menditto
June 5, 2021 (Lake Garda, Italy) Arthur Forissier/Loanne Duvoisin
June 20, 2021 (Prachatice, Czech Republic) Arthur Forissier/Marta Menditto
August 20, 2021 (Zittau, Germany) Lucas Kocar/Diede Diederiks
August 29, 2021 (Pujols, France) Arthur Serrieres/Michelle Flipo
July 2, 2022 (Xonrupt, France) Panagiotis Bitados/Loanne Duvoisin
On Sunday, Forissier, Menditto win XTERRA France Full-Distance
Félix Forissier from France and Marta Menditto of Italy captured the XTERRA France full-distance off-road triathlon elite titles in Xonrupt on Sunday, July 3, 2022 with winning times of 3:02:40 and 3:33:50, respectively.
It’s the second career XTERRA World Tour win for both, as Forissier was victorious at XTERRA Portugal last year and Menditto captured the XTERRA Belgium title just last month.
The race combined a 1.5-kilometer swim with a grueling 40km mountain bike and 10km trail run.
Place – Name, NAT (Final Time)
1 – Marta Menditto, ITA (3:33:50)
2 – Loanne Duvoisin, SUI (3:35:22)
3 – Alizee Paties, FRA (3:41:04)
4 – Solenne Billouin, FRA (3:44:37)
5 – Jindriska Zemanova, CZE (3:49:31)
6 – Segolene Leberon, FRA (3:51:34)
7 – Carina Wasle, AUT (3:52:26)
8 – *Felix Corbeel, FRA (3:52:27)
9 – Jacqui Allen, GBR (3:54:20)
10 – Morgane Riou, FRA (4:01:12)
Fastest swim: Amanda Felder (20:01)
Fastest bike: Marta Menditto (2:17:59)
Fastest run: Marta Menditto (50:48)
Elite Men’s Results
Place – Name, NAT (Final Time)
1 – Felix Forissier, FRA (3:02:40)
2 – Arthur Forissier, FRA (3:03:33)
3 – Arthur Serrieres, FRA (3:03:54)
4 – Sebastien Carabin, BEL (3:04:16)
5 – Ruben Ruzafa, ESP (3:05:43)
6 – Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen, DEN (3:07:22)
7 – Maxim Chane, FRA (3:07:59)
8 – Xavier Dafflon, SUI (3:09:53)
9 – Panagiotis Bitados, GRE (3:11:00)
10 – Kristoffer Visti Graae, DEN (3:11:19)
Fastest swim: Jens Roth (18:22)
Fastest bike: Sebastien Carabin (1:55:17)
Fastest run: Arthur Serrieres (41:56)
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)
2022 XTERRA ELITE SERIES SCHEDULE
|Date||Race||Location / Race Winners|
|16-Apr||XTERRA Greece||Panagiotis Bitados/Alizee Paties|
|21-May||XTERRA Portugal||Arthur Serrieres/Solenne Billouin|
|4-Jun||XTERRA Italy – Lake Garda||Arthur Serrieres/Jindriska Zemanova|
|11-Jun||XTERRA Belgium||Arthur Serrieres/Marta Menditto|
|12-Jun||XTERRA Whistler||Edmond Roy/Katie Button|
|2-Jul||XTERRA Short Track France||Panagiotis Bitados/Loanne Duvoisin|
|3-Jul||XTERRA France||Felix Forissier/Marta Menditto|
|10-Jul||XTERRA Victoria||British Columbia, CAN|
|16-Jul||XTERRA USA Championship||Beaver Creek, CO, USA|
|17-Jul||XTERRA Italy – Lake Scanno||Abruzzo|
|6-Aug||XTERRA Nouvelle-Aquitaine||Moliets-et-Villemartin, FRA|
|13-Aug||XTERRA European Champs||Prachatice, CZE|
|14-Aug||XTERRA Short Track Czech||Prachatice, CZE|
|19-Aug||XTERRA Short Track Germany||Zittau|
|4-Sep||XTERRA Dominican Republic||Samana|
|1-Oct||XTERRA World Championship||Trentino, ITA|
|2-Oct||XTERRA Short Track Trentino||Trentino, ITA|
|15-Oct||XTERRA Sardegna||Castidias, ITA|
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