Tune-in to www.xterralive.com today at 4pm MST (3pm Pacific, 6pm Eastern) to join in some fun and frivolity as the “Scottish Rocket” Lesley Paterson leads some of XTERRA’s most distinguished elite athletes into a lively conversation about everything from the vote on Scottish independence to the size of their tires.
September 18, 2014 (Ogden, UT) – Tune-in to www.xterralive.com today at 4pm MST (3pm Pacific, 6pm Eastern) to join in some fun and frivolity as the “Scottish Rocket” Lesley Paterson leads some of XTERRA’s most distinguished elite athletes into a lively conversation about everything from the vote on Scottish independence to the size of their tires.
The third annual XTERRA Pro Roundtable from the ENVE Composites manufacturing facility and test lab in Ogden, Utah is part of the build-up to Saturday’s XTERRA USA Championship, the last race of the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series.
Featured guests include…
Ruben Ruzafa from Spain, the reigning and two-time XTERRA World Champion, XTERRA European Tour Champion and ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion. Winner of eight straight majors.
Josiah Middaugh from Colorado, the reigning XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Champion and 9x National Champ. Winner of six of the last seven XTERRA regionals, and No. 1 ranked racer in this year’s Pro Series.
Dan Hugo from South Africa, winner of seven XTERRA World Tour championship races on five continents this season, including the inaugural XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia against a stacked international field.
Ben Allen from Australia, winner of nine XTERRA majors around the world in the last two seasons. Ben was third at XTERRA Worlds last year.
Brad Weiss from South Africa, who has had a breakout season finishing in the top four at nine XTERRA majors around the world this season. Weiss is ranked 2nd in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series
Mauricio Mendez from Mexico, the 18-year-old sensation who has already established himself as one of the best swimmers and runners in the sport. He’s ranked third in the Pro Series in his rookie season.
For the women …
Flora Duffy from Bermuda, the two-time Olympian set her sights on XTERRA this year and nearly ran the table, winning championships at XTERRA South Africa, the Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia, and the West-Southeast-and-East regionals in the U.S. before finishing 2nd to Euro Tour Champ Kathrin Mueller at XTERRA Germany.
Emma Garrard from Park City, Utah, the local favorite is having a career year and is fresh off her first major win at the XTERRA England Championship last month. She finished 2nd at four straight regionals in the U.S. and has been the top American female in the sport since this race last year.
Suzie Snyder from Virginia, the 2012 XTERRA National Champion is ranked third in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series.
Lesley Paterson from Scotland, the two-time XTERRA World Champion won the XTERRA USA Championship and XTERRA U.S. Pro Series last year but has not raced (due to injury) since she chased down Flora Duffy in the finish chute to place 2nd at XTERRA Worlds last year.
XTERRA USA CHAMPIONSHIP TRIATHLON COURSE STATS: Swim course: 1,500-meters (0.93 miles) Combines two 750-meter laps (no run in-between) Elevation at Port Ramp Marina for swim start: 4,900-feet / Water temperature: Traditionally around 67 degrees Mountain bike course distance: 28-kilometers (17.7 miles) / Total climbing on bike: 3,400-feet Elevation at highest point: 7,300-feet (where Sardine Peak Trail meets the ridgeline) Elevation at T2/Snowbasin Resort Lodge: 6,400-feet Trail Run course distance: 10.4kilometers (6.47 miles) / Total climbing on run: 616-feet / Total climbing on course: 4,016-feet
XTERRA NATIONALS QUICK FACTS
WHO: More than 1,000 athletes from 45 states and 10 countries ages 9-to-76.
WHAT: The XTERRA USA Championship triathlon and XTERRA Utah short and long course tri’s are on Saturday, plus kids races, clinics, and Ogden’s annual Harvest Moon Celebration, and the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon and 5k, 10k fun runs are on Sunday.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, September 19-21, 2014 The XTERRA Expo is from 10am to 6pm on Friday in Ogden The XTERRA USA Championship race starts at 9am Saturday The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals race starts at 9am Sunday
WHERE: Ogden on Friday and Snowbasin Resort on Sat/Sun
WHY: Both the XTERRA Tri and Trail Run National Championship races are the culmination of 70-race nationwide series, that end with a best-of-the-best showdown in Utah.
TV: XTERRA TV is producing an hour-long, nationally broadcast television show on the USA Championship, highlighting Northern Utah as a mecca for outdoor adventure recreation. Watch last year’s show right now at http://vimeo.com/84062339
Follow Saturday’s race with live updates on twitter @xterraoffroad, #xterrautah starting at 9am MST
The 2014 XTERRA Nationals weekend is presented by the Utah Sports Commission, Paul Mitchell, and the XTERRA Live More Card. Sponsors include Snowbasin Resort, GOAL Foundation, Gatorade, PowerBar, ENVE, Utah Media Group, the U.S. Forest Service, XTERRA Wetsuits, Muscle Milk, Rockwell watches, XTERRA Fitness, LifeProof, XTERRA Coffee, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, Champion System, Greenlayer, and XTERRA Boards.
About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988. It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2014 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 25+ countries worldwide. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990. View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.