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XTERRA DUATHLON REBILD EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WAS A BIG SUCCESS

DIRT TRI 2 days 1 hour ago

The below comes via XTERRA Nordic. However, I have to say, if you have the opportunity to do one of their races I highly recommend it. I fell in love with Denmark after spending much of 2010 training there with Rasmus Henning. The triathlon and sporting culture is phenomenal. If you have the opportunity, get over there for a race. 

Spangsberg, Sloth Nielsen Claim European Championships

This Sunday it was time for the big final. Rebild National Park offered some spectacular courses and terrain for the XTERRA Duathlon Rebild European Championship 2018. It was both an European Championship and the final of the XTERRA Duathlon Series.

Some serious contenders had found their way to Rebild and the field looked deeper than in any other race in the XTERRA Duathlon Series, that has consisted of 5 races every 2nd weekend from the end of February until today, on April 22.

JANNI SPANGSBERG (DEN) WITH YET ANOTHER WIN – THIS TIME AS EUROPEAN CHAMPION

The big favourite in today’s race on the women’s side was Janni Spangsberg from Denmark. And she lived up to that role. She had three strong legs – first through the 5 km run, then building her lead on the bike, and yet again a strong finish so that she could cross the line first. Janni has won several XTERRA races in Denmark. Now she can add the title as XTERRA Duathlon European Champion to her collection. On second was place Emma Lyngholm, also from Denmark, and strong contender Carol Rasmussen from Denmark.

With three victories in the XTERRA Duathlon Series, Spangsberg also took the win in the overall series. Rasmussen came second two 1st places and one 2nd place.

JENS EMIL SLOTH NIELSEN (DEN) TOOK HOME THE TITLE AS EUROPEAN CHAMPION

When it’s XTERRA time, nothing can be predicted. However, we had predicted some favourites. Both it moved around a lot in the top 3. Strongest man on the first run was the Norwegian Øivind Bjerkseth. But shortly after came strong MTBer Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen, who was the Danish favourite. Right after Sloth Nielsen, a strong internationale name mounted his bike. It was Kris Coddens from Belgium.

Øivind kept the lead but unfortunately had a flat tire. He kept going however with his tubeless setup but it was hard. Sloth Nielsen and Coddens were less than 30 sec. after Øivind. They worked well together and shared the front position in the wind. Eventually Sloth Nielsen used his strong MTB skills, rode away from Coddens and watched Bjerkseth on the last long hill before transition T2. They all knew that they couldn’t sit up for too long, because Chris Fischer from Denmark was in fourth position, followed by some more strong MTB riders.

Sloth Nielsen entered transition just 8 sec. in front of Bjerkseth. However, Bjerkseth looked to be struggling with some cramps in transition. Sloth Nielsen started the second run first but with his eyes looking over his shoulder. He knew Bjerkseth had the fastest run on the first run, so nothing was safe. Bjerkseth couldn’t close the gap and Sloth Nielsen managed to keep the lead and run further away from Bjerkseth.

Sloth Nielsen crossed the finish line and claimed his first ever international title in XTERRA. Something he couldn’t really believe he said when coming across the finish line. Bjerkseth came 2nd and Coddens managed to take the last spot on the podium and a bronze medal. Fischer held on strong and came fourth in a strong field, remarkably in his first ever offroad event. Afterwards he said that it was fun to try something new and he definitely took away a lot preparing for XTERRA Aarhus and eventually Cross Triathlon World Championship here in Denmark in July.

CHARLOTTE LONGHI WON THE SHORT DUATHLON

Besides the distance for the European Championship there was a Short Duathlon, which is a new distance this year. It was thought as being a distance for beginners but the competition has become very strong in fact. Several podium getters from the last races were in Rebild to fight for it. One of them was the strong Danish athlete Heidi Thranum who is one of the best short distance triathletes in Denmark. She came 3rd on Maui at the XTERRA World Championship in 2017. And even though her favourite discipline wasn’t here, she had still found her way to the startline. Thranum ran fastest on the first run but Charlotte Longhi was 39 sec. after.

Longhi passed Thranum on the 15 MTB and was the first woman out onto the last 2,5 km run where she kept the lead until the finish line. Thranum reached the finish line and captured yet another podium. On 3rd place was Sidsel Møller Hvas, a clubmate of Thranum in Aalborg Triathlon Klub. Another athlete from Aalborg Triathlon Klub came 4th. It was the winner from XTERRA Duathlon Gribskov, Jannie Blicher Jakobsen.

Even without her favourite discipline the swim, Thranum can now call herself the winner of the XTERRA Duathlon Series on the short distance. Jakobsen took 2nd in the overall series.

CARSTEN STRASZEK WITH HIS FOURTH WIN IN THE SERIES ON SHORT DUATHLON

A man that has been unbeatable and set the level on Short Duathlon on the men’s side is Carsten Straszek. Being a former elite duathlete Straszek knows how to get the job done. And he has showed this season that he can still be a contender. Carsten has won three races before this race in Rebild so he was a clear favourite. Though the competition could be a bit better on the final of the XTERRA Duathlon Series.

But nothing could stop Carsten. With a lead on 1:03 min. after the first run, Carsten did what he usually does. Run away from the rest and never look back. The lead was increased by a minute on the 15 km MTB and with even more when he came across the finish line as the winner, 2:38 min. ahead of 2nd place Jens Trærup Nielsen. Andreas Tange took 3rd place and rounded off the podium.

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT DAY AND SEE YOU SOON AGAIN IN JUNE

The XTERRA Duathlon Rebild European Championship was a success in many ways. The field was deep, the competition and racing was at a high level, the courses were challenging, the sun was out and the spectators cheered all the XTERRA Warriors over the hills and across the finish line.

Now the XTERRA Duathlon Series is over and we look forward to the next event, XTERRA Aarhus on June 9-10, which is the 2nd largest XTERRA event in the world. You can still save your spot but not for long – the last spots are soon sold out.

RESULTS
Watch results from the day here.

PICTURES AND VIDEO
Look back upon a fantastic day in the beautiful Rebild National Park and enjoy some specially selected pictures here from Christian Jørn and pictures of the athletes here from Lasse Hyllehøj.

Additionally, you can already get that special chill when watching video from the event. Watch a shorter teaser from the day here made by our videographer Christian Jørn.

FUTURE XTERRA NORDIC EVENTS HERE

 

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Qu’est ce qu’un niveau ceinture noire en triathlon ?

Trimes 2 days 2 hours ago
Connaître à l’avance son chrono sur la ligne d’arrivée est le rêve de tout athlète d’endurance. Pour aider à exaucer ce vœu, il existait déjà l’aide de tables de référence pour estimer le niveau des différents athlètes, par exemple les tables VDOT de course-à-pied de Jack Daniels, les tables de puissance en vélo d’Andrew Coggan, les…

XTERRA Report: Serrano, Poor win XTERRA Cyprus

DIRT TRI 2 days 5 hours ago
Serrano and Poor double up on victories at XTERRA Malta with wins in Cyprus

Via XTERRA-

Roger Serrano from Spain and Brigitta Poor from Hungary emerged victorious at XTERRA Cyprus today. It’s the second win in as many weeks for Serrano and Poor, who took home the titles at XTERRA Malta last weekend, and it’s the second year in a row Poor has won here in Cyprus.

XTERRA European Tour director Nicolas Lebrun was on-site to take in all the action and brings us this report…

After the disappointment of the swim being cancelled in 2017, Lara Beach offered perfect swimming conditions and calm waters today. This beach can be a real handful when the winds picks up and the swells grow larger and larger. Luckily the wind stayed away which got XTERRA Cyprus off to the perfect start.

I  had my doubts that Serrano would perform his best today, as during warm-ups I noticed him flinch when he entered the water and the salty Mediterranean water started working on his wounds.

The siren went off on time and although all the athletes entered the water in a vigorous fashion, no one wanted to take the lead. Maybe they wanted to see if Serrano was feeling strong and it took a while for Maxim Chané to take the lead on the pack. After the first loop Maxim was in the lead but not by much as Roger was hot on his tail with Hannes Wolpert, Sebastian Neef, Tiago Maia and Anthony Pannier not far behind.

After a big crash in Malta, Serrano was not sure if he would make the start line.

“I had a fever because of the crash earlier this week and was quite tired, but slowly it became better,” said Serrano.

Chane and Serrano realized they would have to work together on the bike to get away from Victor Del Corral who they knew would be riding hard to catch them.

“I was able to stay with Maxim on the swim, but was not able to move my arm to push all the way, and had to shorten my stroke which made it impossible to get ahead of him,” said Serrano.

Meanwhile in the women’s race Barbara Riveros had the lead but Nicole Walters was right on her feet.

“I was happy with my swim today, staying with Barbara was ideal to put a bigger gap on Brigitta” said Walters.

On the second loop, Riveros pushed hard and ended up leading Walters buy 25 seconds with Poor 1min45s behind.

“I didn’t have a good swim today,” said Poor.  “Early on in the swim I got kicked in the head and lost my googles, and had a hard time getting back on pace.”

Serrano and Chané headed out on the bike course together with the chase pack of Pannier, Maia and Wolpert 45-seconds behind. Those three were trying to catch up with the lead pair, and at the same time keep the dangerous Victor Del Corral at bay. He was two minutes down after the swim but made up time quickly and joined Serrano and Chané.

“The first loop was easy with Roger, but I knew it was a good pace, this race is long, and I wanted to had a good run this time” said Chane.

Serrano expected Del Corral to catch up to him as the Cyprus bike course is long and very technical and he knew the 4x Ironman winner would be very strong.

“I had very good legs today,” said Del Corral.  “I caught Roger and Maxim on the top of the second long climb, Roger was able to come with me, but not Maxim.”

Maxim kept a cool head and had learnt from his mistakes in Malta, saying “When Victor passed us and accelerated the pace I did not want to kill myself. I know they are faster runners than me anyway. I had to focus on my own race and save some energy for the run.”

Sadly, Del Corral suffered a puncture on a fast fire road and lost any chance of a victory. Roger took the lead and entered T2 with less than a minute on Maxim and four-minutes on Victor.

Barbara Riveros did the best she could on a borrowed bike that she only received on Friday, but she made no excuses.  “The goal today was to have fun and come back in one piece,” said Riveros.

Riveros and Walters headed out on the bike with Poor not far behind and by the end of the first loop she had passed both Barbara and Nicole and seemed determined to put the hurt into the Chilean as she has never been able to beat her.

“I had a very good first loop on the bike, but then had to manage the long distance of this course and in very hot conditions,” said Poor.

Poor entered T2 with a lead of three minutes while Riveros and Walters arrived at the same time.

“I wanted to push hard and try to take the lead on the first loop, and I had very strong legs today on the bike,” said Riveros.  “But it’s a long race so I paced myself on the second lap so I could save energy for the run.”

The men were running strong at this point. Roger was under no pressure as he managed to control the race from the front to take his second win in two weeks. Chane was delighted with his second place which just happens to be the first XTERRA podium for this young 22-year-old.

“I had a good run this time, everything started to work, so see you in Greece,” said Chane.

Victor on the other hand was quite disappointed after finishing in third. His puncture on the bike might have cost him the race and chance to fight for his first XTERRA victory in many years.

“This is part of the game, of course I’m not happy with 3rd place, because this race was good for me, but I’m still on the podium and it’s not that bad,” said Del Coral.

The veteran Jan Kubicek had the fastest run split and finished in 4th with Doug Hall 5th.

Back to the women’s race, Poor was running for the win.

“At the 5K turning point I saw Barbara not far behind and had to start pushing harder, but I was happy because my legs reacted and I was able to accelerate,” she said.

Like Roger, Brigitta managed to pull off two wins in as many weeks. Barbara held on to second and Nicole crossed the line in 3rd to finish off the podium spots. Cecilia Jessen finished 4th and Ania Tomica 5th.

FULL Results / Photos

Tentative Elite Women’s Results Pos Name, NAT Time Points Swim Bike Run 1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 03:03:41 75 0:23:45 1:55:08 0:44:49 2 Barbara Riveros, CHL 03:04:37 67 0:22:02 1:59:41 0:42:54 3 Nicole Walters, GBR 03:07:48 61 0:22:27 1:59:21 0:46:00 4 Cecila Jessen, SWE 03:26:56 56 0:26:36 2:11:55 0:48:25 5 Ania Tomica, POL 03:43:21 51 0:28:11 2:20:00 0:55:09 6 Ksenia Chernykh, RUS 04:00:10 47 0:40:19 2:18:59 1:00:51 Tentative Elite Men’s Results Pos Name, NAT Time Points Swim Bike Run 1 Roger Serrano, ESP 02:41:02 75 0:19:57 1:40:10 0:40:55 2 Maxim Chane, FRA 02:42:33 67 0:19:48 1:41:13 0:41:32 3 Victor Del Corral, ESP 02:44:30 61 0:22:11 1:41:48 0:40:31 4 Jan Kubicek, CZE 02:45:51 56 0:22:19 1:43:19 0:40:13 5 Doug Hall, GRB 02:47:52 51 0:21:34 1:44:00 0:42:18 6 Anthony Pannier,FRA 02:49:25 47 0:20:53 1:46:50 0:41:42 7 Markus Benesh, AUT 02:52:36 43 0:22:35 1:46:17 0:43:44 8 Tiago Maia, PRT 02:53:58 39 0:20:46 1:50:01 0:43:11 9 Grigoris Souvatzoglou, GRC 02:54:26 36 0:21:52 1:50:40 0:41:54 10 Clement Briere, MTQ 02:55:22 33 0:22:25 1:49:37 0:43:20 11 Hannes Wolpert, GER 02:57:16 30 0:20:48 1:53:06 0:43:22 12 Emil Stoynev, BGR 02:58:16 27 0:22:10 1:50:48 0:45:19 DNF Sebastien Neef, GER DNF

Next week: XTERRA Greece, April 29

All-Time XTERRA Cyprus Elite Champions
Year – M/W
2018 – Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
2017 – Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor

Euro Tour Ranking  Women Place  Name, Country Total  MLT CYP 1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 150 75 75 2 Nicole Walters, GBR 108 47 61 3 Cecila Jessen, SWE 95 39 56 4t Carina Wasle, AUT 67 67 DNS 4t Barbara Riveros, CHL 67 DNS 67 6 Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, CZE 61 61 DNS 7 Morgane Riou, FRA 56 56 DNS 8t Maud Golsteyn, NED 51 51 DNS 8t Ania Tomica, POL 51 DNS 51 10 Ksenia Chernykh, RUS 47 DNS 47 11 Diane Luethi, SUI 43 43 DNS 12 Ine Couckuyt, BEL 36 36 DNS Men Place Name,Country Total MLT CYP 1 Roger Serrano, ESP 150 75 75 2 Victor Del Corral, ESP 128 67 61 3 Maxim Chane, FRA 118 51 67 4 Doug Hall, GBR 90 39 51 5 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 61 61 DNS 6 Clement Briere, FRA 58 25 33 7 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 56 DNS 8 Hannes Wolpert, GER 53 23 30 9t Geert Lauryssen, BEL 47 47 DNS 9t Anthony Pannier, FRA 47 DNS 47 11 Veit Hoenle, GER 43 43 DNS 12 Markus Benesch, AUT 43 DNS 43 13 Tiago Maia, POR 39 DNF 39 14 Rui Dolores, POR 36 36 DNS 15 Gregorios Souvatzoglou, GRC 36 DNS 36 16 Peter Lehmann, GER 33 33 DNS 17 Jose Estrangeiro, POR 30 30 DNS 18 Tomas Kubek, SVK 27 27 DNS 19 Emil Stoynev, BGR 27 DNS 27 20 Damien Guillemet, FRA 22 22 DNS

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Photos by Carel Du Plessis/XTERRA

UPCOMING XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR RACES 2018

RACE DATE RACE LOCATION 22-Apr XTERRA Cyprus Akamas 29-Apr XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni 27-May XTERRA Lake Garda – Italy Toscolano Maderno 02-Jun XTERRA Portugal Golega 09-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur 23-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux 01-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt 15-Jul XTERRA Czech Republic Prachatice 22-Jul XTERRA Lake Scanno – Italy Scanno, Abruzzo 05-Aug XTERRA Romania Tirgu Mures, Transylvania 12-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow 18-Aug XTERRA Germany -European Championship Zittau, Germany 26-Aug XTERRA Finland Imatra 01-Sep XTERRA Norway Norefjell 09-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint 15-Sep XTERRA Spain Madrid 28-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua Maui, Hawaii, USA

* XTERRA World Championship on Maui is not a stop on the European Tour, instead it’s the final stop on the World Tour.

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