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Xterra Tiathlon & Trail New (April)







"Kahuna Dave" Nicholas, the managing director of the XTERRA World Tour, landed in Las Vegas last night and put together his thoughts on what might unfold during the pro race at the XTERRA West Championship on Sunday...

We head into the second decade of the 21st Century this weekend.  Who will win?

I like young Dan Hugo to have a breakout season.  He was hurt a good deal of last year and did not show his full potential.  As the protégé of the great Conrad “the Caveman, is this the year that Daniel-San beats Mister Miyagi?

Nico Lebrun will be there but is never at peak this early in the year.  He had a nice race in Portugal but “the Professor” likes to have his performance at the top in September and October.  Josiah “the Quick” had his operation and was a killer in the winter sports.  He really wants to not just be the first American - Josiah wants the top step of the podium.  Top 5 men in Vegas?  Stoltz, Hugo, Middaugh, Lebrun, Brian Smith.  Branden Rakita and Cody Waite are lurking to unseat the big guns and Seth Wealing has beaten all of them, but one never knows which Seth will show up.

If the skies clear Renata will come to the desert and she has been super fast this spring.  But no woman wins without having to deal with the many time champ Melanie McQuaid.  Certainly Lesley Paterson is showing very strong this spring.  She was second in the California 70.3 and the heat should not bother her much.  We know that Christine Jeffrey will have a lead out of the swim and has been working hard on speed for the bike.  Smiling Shonny Vanlandingham is always a threat and has been training hard in Hawaii.  For this race we should see Mel, Lesley, Shonny, Renata and maybe Christine.

Regardless, Las Vegas is a very different course than anywhere else.  Steep, rutted, hard packed and fast.  It has all that.  Passing is never a problem, so having two laps of the course makes viewing lots of fun without the hassle of the fast folks pushing the slower riders around.

It has been a long winter - time to get racing.


XTERRA has trekked through some exotic jungles before, but never the Amazon…until now.  X3M, the producers of the XTERRA Brazil Series, are putting on XTERRA Amazon – a 1.5km swim, 30km mountain bike, and 9km trail run – on June 5, 2010 in the city of Manaus in Northern Brazil. 

To get a feel for just what kind of jungle can be found in the planet’s largest rainforest, organizer Bernardo Fonseca posted this YouTube video from a scouting trip to the race site. The venue is a military base and as such athlete safety and all activities will be supported by the Brazilian Army.

Some of the XTERRA pros heading to the Amazon include Brian and Jenny Smith, and there is an $8,000 pro prize purse for the top five men and five women.  There are only 50 entries for foreign athletes.  For registration and travel packages, contact Cameron Widoff, or Dan Hugo,  Click on this link for more info.


- Diego Corredor and May-Li Cuypers won the XTERRA Caloosahatchee off-road tri in Ft. Myers, Florida on Sunday, and long-time XTERRA amateur Ross McMahan (pictured), the 2006 National Champ in 35-39 division, filed an insightful first-person account of his race experience.  Read Story.

- Jamie Cleveland and Suzanne Vernau won the amateur races at the XTERRA Muleshoe off-road tri in Spicewood, Texas on Sunday, while XTERRA Pro Shae Rainer won the women’s division (And was 5th overall).  Complete Results.

- Dave Walick and Claudia Spooner won the XTERRA Muleshoe 22km trail run in Spicewood, Texas on Saturday.  It was the first race in the inaugural XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series, which continues on May 22nd in Waco with 5, 10, and 21km trail runs at Cameron Park.  Full release and results.

- Alex Plasencia and Lizzy Johnsen won the XTERRA Doug Harris Memorial 10k trail run in Clemson, South Carolina on Saturday.  The race is dedicated to Jerry Douglas Harris III, who died in a tragic accident in the fall of 2006.  “Doug was an outstanding student and an exemplary Air Force ROTC cadet with the potential to become a great officer. In his honor, Detachment 770 has set up a memorial scholarship fund that helps benefit current and future AFROTC students with tuition assistance. All proceeds from the event went directly to the Doug Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund, said race director Daniel Hermida.  Full release and results.

- Sam Robinson and Jennifer Joynt won the XTERRA Redwood Peak 17k trail run in Oakland, California on Sunday.  Also of note, former XTERRA Pro Justin Thomas finished second.  Complete results.











Download the XTERRA West Championship press guide to see the latest pro start list, racer profiles, course map, last year's results, and more.


 Apr. 24 - XTERRA Fort Yargo (Winder, GA)
Apr. 24 - XTERRA Lake Las Vegas 5k/10k/21k
Apr. 24 - XTERRA Vulture's Knob 11k (Wooster, OH)
Apr. 25 - XTERRA Crystal Cove 5/17k Trail Run (Newport, CA)
Apr. 25 - XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Duathlon (Henderson, NV)
Apr. 25 - XTERRA West Championship
(Henderson, NV)
May 1 - XTERRA Epic (Ruston, LA)
May 2 - XTERRA Gator Terra (Ruston, LA)
May 2 - XTERRA Uwharrie (Uwharrie, NC)
May 5 - XTERRA Warwick Park Revenge 5k (Pottstown, PA)
May 8 - XTERRA Malibu Creek Revenge 6/22k (Malibu, CA)
May 8 - XTERRA Del Valle (Livermore, CA)



The XTERRA fan page on facebook will host short videos previewing the XTERRA West Championship at Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, Nevada this week.  The first preview posted this morning shows the ceremonial arrival of the XTERRA 18-wheeler, a look at the crew, and a welcome greeting from race director Dave Nicholas.




Canadian XTERRA star Mike Vine is headed back to Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan to defend his XTERRA Malaysia Championship on June 13th.  Vine will be up against XTERRA Saipan and Japan champ Sam Gardner as well as XTERRA New Zealand Champ Scott Thorne (last year’s runner-up). 

The 2009 race was XTERRA’s first in Southeast Asia and got rave reviews from Vine, who said “Top notch! This event was a huge success with big backing and major media too. It sold-out early with 500 racers and they really nailed it.  For a first time event, this race was just totally amazing. We even had the Royal Prince of Panang there who watched the whole event."

The race combines a 1.5km swim in the warm waters of the South China Sea followed by a 30km mountain bike through a wide mix of technical singletrack, wide open plantation trails and scenic village locales, and a 10km sandy beach/rainforest trail run that finishes under swaying casuarinas trees.

 “The course has lots of rooty slick jungle, beach sections and even a tour through the zoo,” said Vine.

Kuantan is a 2.5 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur (or a 45-minute flight) and is known for its lush rainforest jungle and is home to the country’s National Park.  Just off the beach you can jungle trek through the Forest Reserve onto Pelindung Beach and visit the Teruntum park which has a mini zoo for children.

For more information and to register visit

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