T-26 to XTERRA Worlds

Off-road triathlon’s greatest day is just one month away.

On October 27, 2019, the best amateur and professional XTERRA athletes from around the world will gather at D.T. Fleming Beach in Kapalua, Maui to chase the ultimate title of XTERRA World Champion.

The challenge combines a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim that starts at D.T. Fleming Beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua with a new and improved two-lap 32-kilometer (20-miles) mountain bike course, and a tricky 10.5-kilometer (6.5-miles) trail run that traverses forest trails, and beach sand.

A star-studded elite field will race for their share of $100,000 in prize money, including the top five men from last year with defending champ Rom Akerson from Costa Rica, 2017 Champ Bradley Weiss from South Africa, 2019 Pan Am Champ Sam Osborne from New Zealand, three-time XTERRA World Champ Ruben Ruzafa from Spain, and the 2015 World Champ Josiah Middaugh from the U.S.  Then you’ve got the « two Arthurs » – Arthur Forissier who won the ITU Cross Tri World Title this year, and Arthur Serrieres, who took home the biggest wins of the season in Europe including the Tour title.

In the women’s elite chase the fabulous Flora Duffy from Bermuda looks to become the first to win five XTERRA World Championship titles.  She’ll be up against reigning and three-time XTERRA World Champ Lesley Paterson from Scotland, the reigning XTERRA European race champ Morgane Riou from France, the Euro Tour Champ Helena Karaskova Erbanova from the Czech Republic, Pan Am Tour Champ Samantha Kingsford from New Zealand, and Asia-Pacific Tour Champion Carina Wasle from Austria, among others!

Those are just a few of the top contenders headed to Maui for the last in a series of more than 100 races held in 30+ countries in 2019.  We’ll have more on the elite and amateur races in the days and weeks to come. The event will be filmed for an internationally broadcast TV show and streamed live online starting at 8am Hawaii time on xterraplanet.com.

XTERRA Worlds is just one month away

XTERRA Adventures from Colorado Premieres Oct 2 on OTV

(Honolulu, HI) – The fifth of 12 half-hour shows in the 2019 XTERRA Adventures television series debuts nationwide in the U.S. on Outside TV this Wednesday, October 2, at 10pm EST*.

International viewers can watch it on Outside TV’s YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/Outsidetelevision.

Episode five takes viewers to Colorado and the stunning ski resort of Beaver Creek located 8,000 feet above sea level in the Rocky Mountains where XTERRA legend Josiah Middaugh lives, trains, and thrives. We’ll also meet U.S. Air Force veteran Liz McClean, who is using her life experiences to help others transition through adversity.

Along with spending a day in the life of Josiah and Liz, this edition of XTERRA Adventures documents the highest altitude XTERRA championship race on the World Tour, XTERRA Beaver Creek, which was held July 21, 2019.

Produced by XTERRA Global, LLC, and Icarus Sports, the XTERRA Adventure series features the colorful characters of the sport as they race, train, and travel around the world to XTERRA events in Taiwan, Greece, Belgium, France, America, Italy, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Germany, and China.

* Find Outside TV distribution partners on outsidetv.com/find. Those who do not have access to the channel through their provider can watch the episodes through the Outside TV Features product available on the Outside TV App, Amazon Channels, Comcast XFINITY, Sling, Dish and COX.  The App offers a free 7-day trial, followed by a monthly subscription of $4.99.

About Outside TV
Outside TV is the leading video provider for the adventure sports and outdoor lifestyle category. Outside TV delivers high-quality, compelling storylines focused on a wide variety of sports including skiing & snowboarding, surfing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and more. Outside TV’s Emmy Award winning content is distributed through multiple platforms, including national cable, satellite and OTT providers, outsidetv.com, social media and the Outside TV App, available on all devices.

T S Restaurants Enter 9th Year of XTERRA Partnership

Honolulu, HI – For the ninth straight year T S Restaurants’ Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s will serve as title sponsors of the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs in Maui on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

With four runs to choose from there is a distance and challenge for every member of the family.  Go big or start small with Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki K, Leilani’s XTERRA 3.3K Scramble, the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K or Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K trail runs.

Held in conjunction with the 24th annual XTERRA World Championship triathlon, the Kapalua trail runs are an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to get involved and experience the legendary XTERRA run course.

The Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki Run is for boys and girls ages 10 and younger. It is free, although parents must be present to sign a waiver form at the site of the race. Race distances vary from 100 yards to 1-kilometer, depending on the age of the child. Parents are welcome to stay on the course as well.

The Leilani’s XTERRA 3.3K Scramble is a test of agility, speed, and strength as it goes from the Ritz to the Ravine to the soft sand of D.T. Fleming Beach.  Kids 8-12 run for free, but it’s open to everyone.

The Hula Grill XTERRA 5K is an honest three-miles of climbing and descending and for those up to the challenge, the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K dishes out big hills and dusty trails as it twists through oleander forests to an unexpected mountain lake at the 700-foot level then sends runners crashing down to the shoreline.

“They are all awesome races, and the vibe around The Ritz-Carlton rocks on Saturday morning,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.

In addition to the trail runs there will be a full slate of fun activities for the entire family including a kids obstacle course, face painter, great food and drinks, and the famous Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon, where runners and spectators alike are welcome to get their hair cut by professional Paul Mitchell stylists, with all donations benefitting the Challenged Athlete Foundation.

More than 1,000 runners from around the world will take part in one of the four events, and to the winners go the spoils as the first-place man and woman overall and the first-place male and female Maui resident (if different) in the 10K, 5K, and 3.3K win T S Restaurant gift certificates worth $100.

There is also an internal struggle going on, as employees from T S Restaurants created a race within a race dubbed “The T S Restaurants XTERRA Challenge » in which each restaurant fields a team of 10 employee runners; and the team with the fastest cumulative time from their quickest five runners in the 5K take home the coveted T S Trophy.

New this year, the four Maui restaurants will see added competition from their neighbor islands associates, as employees from Duke’s Waikiki, Duke’s Kauai, and Keoki’s Kauai and Hula Grill Waikiki are flying over to compete.

Last year, Hula Grill captured the perpetual trophy for the fourth time, and have it proudly displayed in their restaurant for all to see.  Hula Grill also won the title in 2017, 2012 & 2013, while Duke’s Beach House captured the inaugural challenge in 2011, and Kimo’s won three straight from 2014-2016.

The restaurants will also compete for the title of “Fittest Restaurant” – given to the establishment who has the most participants per restaurant volume. That went to Duke’s last year and Hula Grill in 2017.

In addition to the trail runs there will be a full slate of fun activities for the entire family including a giant kids bounce slide, face painter, tattoo artist, great food and drinks, and the famous Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon, where runners and spectators alike are welcome to get their hair cut by professional Paul Mitchell stylists, with all donations benefitting the Challenged Athlete Foundation.

“It’s all about celebrating the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle with our employees and our community,” said Scot McGill, Corporate Chef for T S Restaurants and XTERRA triathlon racer.

Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s are four of Maui’s finest restaurants, and all are located within a short driving distance of Kapalua.

“The unique feeling and setting of West Maui is exhibited at each of these four restaurants, and it is in keeping with what the XTERRA athletes and their families have come to expect when they get to the island of Maui,” XTERRA President Clark said. “Dining at any, or all, of these restaurants can only enhance the experience for our athletes, whether it be eating a pre-race meal or celebrating with a post-race meal.”

More information, results, and links to registration:

About T S Restaurants of Hawaii and California
Founded in 1977 by Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten, T S Restaurants owns and operates 13 restaurants in Hawaii and California, including Duke’s Waikiki and Hula Grill Waikiki on Oahu; Kimo’s, Leilani’s on the Beach, Hula Grill Ka’anapali and Duke’s Beach House on Maui; Duke’s Kauai and Keoki’s Paradise on Kauai; and Jake’s Del Mar, Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge, Duke’s La Jolla, Duke’s Huntington Beach and Duke’s Malibu in California.  For more information visit www.tsrestaurants.com.

Dave DeSantis XTERRA Legacy Grant applications due Oct 11

Applications for the 2020 Dave DeSantis XTERRA Legacy Grant are being accepted now through October 11, 2019 at xterraplanet.com/DeSantisLegacyGrant.

The $2,500 grants are intended to help recipients pursue their boldest XTERRA travel dream and result in a connection with the global XTERRA community through a shared love of the “Live More” spirit.

DeSantis was a true XTERRA Warrior and an inspiration to everyone he met. In 2013, he was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma and was given a year to live. He fought the cancer with everything he had and continued to race XTERRA off-road triathlons throughout his treatment. He lost his long and valiant battle with melanoma on June 5, 2017.

In his memory, XTERRA renamed the recurring XTERRA Warrior Award the Dave DeSantis XTERRA Warrior award and to perpetuate his legacy further, his wife Kathy Doyle established the Dave DeSantis XTERRA Legacy Grant, affording others the opportunity to follow in his footsteps.

“Dave traveled and raced XTERRA all around the world. He rode with passion in his heart and love in his soul,” said Doyle.

“The sport brought immeasurable joy into his life, and his happiness was obvious when you heard him cheerfully whistling while pedaling away for another ride, another race, another challenge.”

Apply now at xterraplanet.com/DeSantisLegacyGrant.

Middaugh Coaching Corner, presented by Suunto

Maui Focus and The Aggregation of Marginal Gains

Many athletes are drawn to XTERRA because of its laid back, friendly atmosphere, but even though it’s laid back and the community supports one another doesn’t mean that we’re not each looking to squeeze every second out of our race.  With the XTERRA World Championships rapidly approaching athletes are analyzing their fitness and performances to date trying to figure out how to best focus their time so that they can perform the best on race day. Sometimes this means taking a look at many aspects of your life as well as your daily training.

If you follow cycling at all you know that British cycling has been unstoppable in recent years. They have dominated the cycling medals at the Olympics and have been on top of the Tour de France with Team Sky (Now Team Ineos) with Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Gerraint Thomas, and now Egan Bernal for years. This didn’t just happen. When Sir Dave Brailsford became the head of British Cycling in 2002 the team hadn’t won an Olympic gold medal in cycling in 76 years. The team broke down everything that goes into cycling and tried to improve each aspect by 1%. Brailsford thought that improvement in each area would lead to aggregated gains in overall cycling performance. This is called the Aggregation of Marginal Gains where you try to improve every single aspect of your sport, business etc. by 1%.

They paid attention to every minute detail that surrounded cycling from which pillow was the best for an athlete to use to which massage gel was the best, and even the best way to wash your hands so athletes don’t get sick and miss training. Now how does this translate to XTERRA, a sport many of us do because it is not made up of people concerned with these types of things? By finding the things in each of our races and lives that will lead to the biggest improvement. This does NOT mean skipping that post race beer with your competitors!

Focus on the big things first

In the case of the British cyclists, they first maximized the gains that could be made in their training programming, nutrition and equipment before they started to look at every other little thing.  Have a little patience and perspective and don’t expect changes overnight.  Shaving a few grams off from bike parts may be the last place you need to look for marginal gains.  Consider what changes will make the biggest difference first.  Athletes are individuals and solutions are not the same for everyone.  Also consider the special needs of XTERRA.  XTERRA racers spend roughly 65% of their total race time on the mountain bike.  In some cases, your limiter is not actually where you can make up the most time in a race. Look over some past race results and see where the biggest time gaps are (and don’t forget to look at transitions).

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Josiah Middaugh is the reigning XTERRA Pan American Champion, a 13x XTERRA National Champ, and the 2015 XTERRA World Champion. He has a masters degree in kinesiology and has been a certified personal trainer for 18 years (NSCA-CSCS). His brother Yaro also has a masters degree and has been an active USAT certified coach for more than a decade. Read past training articles at http://www.xterraplanet.com/training/middaugh-coaching-corner and learn more about their coaching programs at http://middaughcoaching.com.

An Ode to Fabiola Corona, aka « Miss September »

Mexico’s Fabiola Corona just accomplished one of the most remarkable feats in the history of XTERRA racing.

On September, the 2018 XTERRA Pan Am Tour Champ won the XTERRA Dominican Republic off-road triathlon for the second year in a row.  On a whim, she jumped on a plane to Salt Lake City, Utah and competed at the XTERRA Pan Am Championship on September 7, at altitude, before her planned trip to Japan.  She placed third, behind the World Champ, Lesley Paterson, and the Pan Am Tour Champ, Samantha Kingsford.

The next week, September 15, she won XTERRA Japan – featuring one of the toughest courses on the world tour, and then on Sunday, September 22, she captured the inaugural XTERRA Kunming off-road triathlon in mainland China against women’s elite field.

Twenty-two days.  Four races. Four countries.  Three wins.  And, she finished second (by just three points) in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour, and fifth in the final XTERRA Pan Am Tour standings.

“It was a wonderful month, but my body is dead now,” she laughed. “I just got back home, and I don’t want to talk about anything, not about walking, or touring, or traveling, or racing or even training. I need a vacation from that vacation, and a massage!”

Along her journeys Corona brought a contagious smile and spirit of adventure everywhere she and her husband Aaron traveled.  When pressed on her favorite race, she said, “I cannot say which one was my favorite. Japan is a mystic place, where you can breathe peace and nature. We loved the ryokan: sleep, eat and shower as old times. The course venue is like an adventure race, so technical and so different. I really fell in love with Marunuma. On the other hand is China, a magnificent and spectacular event with so many staff and people doing a big job behind the scenes. The bike course fascinated me, all the single track, twists, downhills, ups and downs between those purple flowers. We also loved the local food, the views, and that place.”

As for the hardest part, “Carrying the bikes between airports, all the flights, many hours, getting used to the new time zones, the layovers, and spending 14 hours on the plane!  I can’t live without my favorite position: legs up!  But, I can’t wait to do it again, and hope to see you on our next #XTERRAAdventure!”

2019 XTERRA Kunming Elite Race Recap
Upcoming XTERRA Off-Road Triathlons
Sep 27 – XTERRA Korea Wonju-si
Sep 29 – XTERRA Fort Custer (2020 Points) Augusta, MI, US
Oct 27 – XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, HI, US
Nov 23 – XTERRA Dwellingup Western Australia
Mar 28 – 2020 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Kenting, TW
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