XTERRA Germany World Cup Weekend Wrap

August 19, 2023

Arthur Serrières (FRA) and Alizée Paties (FRA) made it a clean sweep by winning the XTERRA Germany full-distance off-road triathlon titles at Olbersdorfer See on Saturday, August 19, 2023, a day after capturing the XTERRA Short Track titles in Zittau.

/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Arthur Serrières (FRA) and Alizée Paties (FRA) made it a clean sweep by winning the XTERRA Germany full-distance off-road triathlon titles at Olbersdorfer See on Saturday, August 19, 2023, a day after capturing the XTERRA Short Track titles in Zittau.

It’s the 24th career full-distance XTERRA World Tour victory for Serrières, his fourth straight in Germany, and his second on the World Cup this year. With the win he moved past Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen (DEN) into the top spot in the series standings after nine events. It’s the seventh career win for Paties and her third in the World Cup this year, solidifying her position at No. 1.

Saturday’s XTERRA Germany Short Track Recap

Paties and Serrières captured the XTERRA Germany Short Track off-road triathlon titles at Olbersdorfer See in Zittau on Friday, August 18, 2023.

The action-packed events were the eighth of 12 points-scoring races and the fourth of five XTERRA Short Track showdowns in the XTERRA World Cup. The course combined a two-lap 400-meter swim, with a four-loop 6-kilometer mountain bike, and a two-lap 2.6K trail run.

Paties won it in 35 minutes, 50 seconds, Serrières in 31:21, and both were awarded prize money and 20 points for their efforts. For Paties, it’s her first Short Track win of the season and the second in her career (she won this same race last year), and for Serrières, it’s his fifth career Short Track win and he’s now won three of the four ST events this season.

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In the women’s race Emma Ducreux (FRA) was first out of the water in 5:46, followed by Maria Calleja (ESP), Solenee Billouin (FRA) and Paties about 12 seconds back.

Once on the bike the rain and wind made an already technical mountain bike course even tougher for competitors. Paties and Billouin took to the front and were in a tight battle with Paties up front on the first lap until Billouin took the lead early in the second lap before crashing in the rock garden.

“The weather changed during the race and it was very challenging because it got really slippery, but I had fun. I like when we have these kinds of conditions,” said Billouin, who won the XTERRA Czech full distance and Short Track races last weekend.

“I tried to make my move on the second lap but then I crashed in the rock garden. Tried to stay in the race anyway, and I think I was seven or eight seconds back from Paties and almost kept that distance the whole race. Third race in eight days, so the body is starting to feel it.”

Paties indeed held the gap through the finish, posting the fastest bike (18:12) and run (10:16) times of the day and crossed the line 30 seconds ahead of Billouin in second place.

“I’m happy because last week was not good. I broke my bike during the Short Track race and wasn’t able to finish so I wanted to take my revenge here,” said Paties. “It was a good battle out there with Solenne, even after her crash, and I love the course here. Now it’s time to recover for tomorrow.”

Marta Menditto (ITA) was solid in third place almost the whole race, with Loanne Duvoisin (SUI) finishing fourth and Helena Karásková Erbenová (CZE) in fifth.


Pl – Name, NAT (Time)

1 – Alizée Paties, FRA (35:50)

2 – Solenne Billouin, FRA (36:20)

3 – Marta Menditto, ITA (37:42)

4 – Loanne Duvoisin, SUI (38:19)

5 – Helena Karásková Erbenová, CZE (38:49)

Complete Results

In the men’s race Jens Roth (GER) and Michele Bonacina (ITA) were first out of the water in less than five minutes, with Jules Dumas (FRA) and Eric Lagerstrom (USA) close behind.

Once on the bike Bonacina and Lagerstrom took to the front early, then Lukáš Kočař (CZE) grabbed the lead, and by the fourth lap Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen (DEN) and Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) were setting the pace with Serrières in tow.

Sloth Nielsen, the XTERRA World Cup points leader, posted the fastest bike split of the day in 15:46, overtaking 14 riders in the process, and was first on the run but Serrières was right behind.

“It was a great race, really good mountain biking from Arthur out there. I didn’t expect he could follow me but he glued himself on to my back wheel towards the end there and he’s a really hard runner, it’s like having to race Kipchoge,” said Sloth Nielsen, who will look to pick up his first win on the World Cup tomorrow in the full-distance race. “I’m all good for tomorrow, today’s race was a good leg opener. For me, the win will come when it’ll come, and I think it’ll be an avalanche when I start winning, then it’ll come back to back and I’m ready for it.”

Today’s win, however, belonged to the fastest runner in XTERRA. Serrières strided past Sloth Nielsen towards the end of the first lap then managed the gap through the finish line and took the tape with eight seconds to spare. It’s his second Short Track win in six days, and with today’s victory he maxed out his XTERRA World Cup scoring potential in Short Track races with three wins and 60 points.

“Before these races everyone says they’ll go easy and then during the race they all go fast,” laughed Serrières. “I’m happy with the win here in the kids race, and tomorrow I’ll try to win the adults race, but it will be hard with the heat and humidity.”

Felix Forissier (FRA) came into the bike-to-run transition in fifth but posted the fastest run split of the day (8:40) to move past Kočař and Ruzafa to finish in third, with Kočař fourth and Ruzafa fifth.

“Ah the guys are strong, and my bike was just so-so today, so that’s where I lost it,” said Forissier, noting that just 26-seconds separated the top five finishers. “Happy to finish third. The run was hard, I tried to push a lot to get to the front but after the first lap I could see it was not possible, so I just had to manage the effort from there.”


Pl – Name, NAT (Time)

1 – Arthur Serrières, FRA (31:21)

2 – Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen, DEN (31:29)

3 – Felix Forissier, FRA (31:40)

4 – Lukáš Kočař, CZE (31:45)

5 – Ruben Ruzafa, ESP (31:47)

Complete Results

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 Serrières/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) Lukáš Kočař/Diede Diederiks

August 29, 2021 (Pujols, France) Arthur Serrières/Michelle Flipo

July 2, 2022 (Xonrupt, France) Panagiotis Bitados/Loanne Duvoisin

August 14, 2022 (Prachatice, Czech Republic) Lukáš Kočař/Sandra Mairhofer

August 19, 2022 (Zittau, Germany) Felix Forissier/Alizée Paties

October 2, 2022 (Trentino, Italy) Lukáš Kočař/Daisy Davies

2022 XTERRA Short Track Series Champions: Maxim Chane/Loanne Duvoisin

May 21, 2023 (Pelham, AL, USA) Arthur Serrières/Loanne Duvoisin

June 11, 2023 (Namur, Belgium) Arthur Forissier/Sandra Mairhofer

August 13, 2023 (Ktišský Lake, Czech) Arthur Serrières/Solenne Billouin

August 18, 2023 (Zittau, Germany) Arthur Serrières/Alizée Paties

Up Next:

September 21, 2023 (Trentino, Italy)

Sunday’s XTERRA Germany Short Track Recap

XTERRA Europe GM Doug Hall was on-site and filed this report…

A big push in the swim from Jens Roth – not keen to share the fastest swim with anyone, saw only American Eric Lagerstrom able to hang on to the German’s feet.

Behind, a patient Michele Bonacina (ITA) took a risk to stay within the main chase group and at the halfway point the pack featured all the big favorites; Serrières, Felix Forissier (FRA), Maxim Chané (FRA), Lukáš Kočař (CZE), and Jules Dumas (FRA), who were all content to ride the feet of the Italian.

Roth posted the fastest swim (20:10) with Lagerstrom right behind as the pair took a 30-second lead into the swim-to-bike transition.

Onto the bike, a powerful front group formed on the flat and fast opening 10km on the approach to the biggest climb on this epic bike course. Serrières led at the base, with Kočař, Vie, Forissier and Bonacina in close formation as this elite group peeled themselves off the front.

Lagerstrom was 50 seconds back and doing his best to hold off a charging Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) who was on a mission towards the front of the race after a bad swim.

Indeed the Spaniard was all in, catching the front group before the top of the climb then attacking like a man with nothing to fear on the descent, creating a gap before being undone by a flat tire and a broken wheel – an indication of how hard he was pushing

“I’m running out of ways to beat these young talented guys, so I have to take some huge risks if I want to try and win one of these ever again,” said Ruzafa, the seven-time World Champion. “I’ve already sent an email about racing next week in Beaver Creek, so maybe I can race there to give my World Cup season a boost.”

Cresting the top alone was World Cup leader Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen (DEN), who was two minutes back and pushing hard and making progress but with a mammoth task ahead of him when chasing the world-class group solo.

Taking advantage of the chaos, Forissier attacked, forcing Serrières to follow and the two carved out a lead during the rest of the bike leg and entered the bike-to-run transition with a one-minute, 30-second lead on Bonacina.

Sloth Nielsen entered T2 in 4th, but nearly three minutes from the lead, meaning the XTERRA World Cup leader would have to do the impossible to hold onto the golden jersey awarded to the series points leader after every race.

From then on it was the showdown we’ve all been waiting for, as the two Frenchmen – Forissier and Serrières – went to war over the 10km run. They battled the entire way until the last 500m where Serrières would have just enough to edge the victory by a mere seven seconds at the line thanks to a race-best 39.30 run split.

“That was definitely one of the toughest races I’ve ever had thanks to Felix,” said Serrières. “The victory is always great, but more special when you are pushed to the limit. We attacked each other on the bike and nothing stuck, but then Felix did a 10min full gas effort that left me with a 15-meter gap to close, I got back to the wheel and just laughed, this guy is so strong it’s like a joke! After this we took a gap to the group, so we played some poker until the second transition. Then during the run, we just played to our strengths and tried to hide our weaknesses. There were zero gifts and it was great to fight like this. I cannot wait for next month at the world championship, not to be arrogant, but we are the two best guys in the sport right now and I need someone to push me to my best level. Today I think together we did the best run performance there has ever been in XTERRA.”

Forissier was quick to agree, saying; “This is maybe the best second place I’ve ever had. I tried during the bike to attack and went really deep to try to break Arthur, but he managed to get back to the wheel and I knew that from now on it would be very difficult to beat this guy. I’d planned for this effort and knew exactly where to do it, going all in with everything I had. When he came back I had to hope he hadn’t managed his efforts, but we went out onto the run almost totally equal in energy and motivation. I tried everything to beat him and be first, but nothing worked. This was probably my best performance ever in a race so it’s almost a victory to go this close.”

Sloth Nielsen ran past Bonacina for the final spot on the podium, the Dane still missing that elusive victory on the World Cup stage.

“A tough day, a roller coaster from the start,” said Sloth Nielsen. “I tried to do my thing on the bike, but on this course, the front guys can work together to keep me out of the race. I guess I need to do some homework on the swim to join the party in Molveno. With the first 10km being so flat and fast, a few of the guys can treat it like a social coffee ride, saving the energy for later where it counts. I don’t have that option right now so it took longer to get back into the race than normal. Fortunately there is no hiding in Molveno, so the tough day I’ve had today can only pay off next month. The organizers have treated all the athletes to a great weekend. The course, the vibes, the party, this is such a good race and I look forward to it every year. I’m looking forward to a couple of beers tonight, the party is always great here, and it’s great to compare the battle stories with all the other athletes.”

Bonacina held on for fourth, a fantastic race for the Italian, followed by Lagerstrom in 5th. The American had a great day in Germany in only his second XTERRA full distance race of the year.


Pl – Name, NAT (Time)

1 – Arthur Serrières, FRA (2:41:05)

2 – Felix Forissier, FRA (2:41:13)

3 – Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen, DEN (2:46:53)

4 – Michele Bonacina, ITA (2:48:47)

5 – Eric Lagerstrom, USA (2:49:36)

Complete Results

In the women’s race Emma Ducreux took nearly a minute lead into T1 after a solo effort, race-best swim of 23:24.

Behind her the World Cup superstars were all content to look at each other forming a powerful front group containing Marta Menditto (ITA), Paties, Solenne Billouin (FRA), and Beatriz Ferriera all hitting the first transition together. Loanne Duvoisin (SUI) entered T1 on the back foot after another less-than-stellar swim.

Not content to wait around, Paties put her foot on the gas. After displaying some magic legs in yesterday’s XTERRA Short Track win, the Frenchwoman put on a masterclass during the mountain bike.

Pushing some big watts and wasting none of the effort on the technical sections, Paties built a huge buffer to enter transition with a four-minute and 20-second lead. Billouin reached T2 second with Duvoisin close behind, the Swiss woman having worked hard to make her way forward throughout the bike leg, catching Billouin on the flatter sections of the back end of the course.

For Paties, it was almost plain sailing all the way to the finish line, except for serving a 15 second penalty following a transition violation. The World Cup leader still had plenty of time to enjoy the finish line soaking up the applause as she completed her first perfect weekend.

“I’m super happy about a perfect weekend,” she exclaimed after the race. “Yesterday my legs felt so good in the Short Track and today the same, I pushed the hardest I could and every time I could just go. I relaxed on the swim, I didn’t want to be first and save my breath for the bike and run. I just stayed with the group and waited for the first technical part on the bike to push for the gap – then it was a case of riding my own pace and getting to the end of the bike. The run was tough! I was tired and focusing on my pace but then the penalty made me panic a bit, but fortunately I had a big lead and could relax. I can relax a little now in the World Cup standings, so I can focus on going all in for the XTERRA World Championship knowing I can chase a big result there.”

Duvoisin posted the fastest run split of the day (48:18) to move clear of Billouin to take the runner-up spot on the podium.

“Another bad start for me today, I felt awful during the warm up so I just had to take it step by step, pretending I was doing my favorite training session and just completing that instead of the race,” said Duvoisin. “So I did my favorite 4 x 30 minutes and somehow went back to the front of the race! I started the run with Solenne and knew I had to push as hard as I could for second place. It would have been so easy just to give up today, but I just had to keep going to prove to myself that I can have a good result while experiencing a bad day.”

For Billouin, the reigning XTERRA World Champion who swept the XTERRA Czech full-distance and Short Track races last weekend, the podium finish was hard earned.

“I’m happy with this after a really hard, long, hot day,” she said. “It was not a great day for me, my legs were not good all day so I am happy to make it to the podium even if it’s not the top step. Last week (in Czech) everything was perfect, and the legs and body worked together. Today I had to race with just my head. I’m so thankful to the organization for putting together a race of this status, the course is so hard and worthy of a World Cup, the crowd simply won’t let you give up even if you feel like doing so.”

Marta Menditto finished in 4th, and veteran XTERRA athlete Helena Karásková Erbenová rounded out the top 5.


Pl – Name, NAT (Time)

1 – Alizée Paties, FRA (3:11:41)

2 – Loanne Duvoisin, SUI (3:14:44)

3 – Solenne Billouin, FRA (3:17:23)

4 – Marta Menditto, ITA (3:19:20)

5 – Helena Karásková Erbenová, CZE (3:23:44)

Complete Results

Serrières New No. 1, joining Paties on top of XTERRA World Cup Standings

The XTERRA World Cup men’s leaderboard has a new number 1 for the first time since Oak Mountain back in May, as Arthur Serrières takes the lead with his win today. Felix Forissier also advanced, moving into the second-spot, with Sloth Nielsen dropping to third.

Also of note, Michele Bonacina jumped four spots to fourth, and Kočař moved up one to fifth.

In the women’s standings there was no change in order, but the points spread got closer as Duvoisin and BIllouin both improved their totals.

Up next, the XTERRA USA Championship full-distance race in Beaver Creek, Colorado this Saturday, August 26, before the final Short Track showdown of the season in Trentino, Italy on September 21 then the grand finale at the XTERRA World Championship on September 23.

To determine XTERRA World Cup Champions elites will add their best four scores from the first six full-distance races with their best three Short Track scores and whatever they get (or don’t get) at the XTERRA World Championship.

Find comprehensive coverage at xterraplanet.com/world-cup

XTERRA World Cup Standings

Top Five Women, after 9 of 12

Pl – Points – Name, NAT

1 – 456 – Alizée Paties, FRA

2 – 425 – Loanne Duvoisin, SUI

3 – 418 – Solenne Billouin, FRA

4 – 352 – Marta Menditto, ITA

5 – 277 – Sandra Mairhofer, ITA

Full Rankings

XTERRA World Cup Standings

Top Five Men, after 9 of 12

Pl – Points – Name, NAT

1 – 414 – Arthur Serrières, FRA

2 – 402 – Felix Forissier, FRA

3 – 391 – Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen, DEN

4 – 296 – Michele Bonacina, ITA

5 – 292 – Lukáš Kočař, CZE

Full Rankings

All-time XTERRA Germany Elite Winners

Year – Location – Men/Women

2023 – Arthur Serrières/Alizée Paties

2022 – Arthur Serrières/Sandra Mairhofer

2021 – Arthur Serrières/Sandra Mairhofer

2019 – Arthur Serrières/Helena Karásková Erbenová, CZE

2018 – Bradley Weiss/Brigitta Poor

2017 – Sam Osborne/Brigitta Poor

2016 – Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo

2015 – Ben Allen/Helena Karásková Erbenová, CZE

2014 – Ruben Ruzafa/Kathrin Mueller

2013 – Ruben Ruzafa/Jacqui Slack

2012 – Asa Shaw/Helena Karásková Erbenová, CZE

2011 – Olivier Marceau/Marion Lorblanchet

2010 – Canceled due to flooding

2009 – Franky Batelier/Renata Bucher

2008 – Ronny Dietz/Renata Bucher

2007 – Franky Batelier/Carina Wasle

2006 – Sebastian Kienle/Carina Wasle

2005 – Nicolas Lebrun/Carina Wasle

2004 – Olivier Marceau/Katrin Helmcke

2003 – Nicolas Lebrun/Jamie Whitmore

2002 – Ronny Dietz/Ute Schaefer

*Held in Titisee from 2002-2007 and Zittau from 2010-2023