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Moreno, Gray Claim XTERRA Trail World Champs

DIRT TRI 1 week 6 days ago

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Joe Gray wins XTERRA Trail Run Worlds for the fourth year while Moreno defends her title.

Joe Gray and Dani Moreno defended their titles when they each won the 11th annual XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch this morning.

Gray, from Colorado Springs, finished the muddy course in 1:23:08, about two minutes in front of 2018 XTERRA Trail Run National Champ, Brett Hales, who ran 1:25:22. Hales lives in Billings, Montana. Andy Wacker, from Boulder, Colorado was third in 1:27:54.

This is the fourth XTERRA Trail Run World title for Gray, who is now tied with Max King, who won the race from 2008-2011. Gray won the race in 2012, 2016, 2017, and now in 2018.

In the women’s race, Santa Barbara, California’s Dani Moreno won with a time of 1:41:09, holding off two-time XTERRA Trail Run World Champ Polina Carlson from Kaneohe, HI, who finished in 1:42:49. Taylor Ward, from Ogden, Utah was third in 1:44:03.

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The men’s race took off with Joe Gray, Brett Hales, and Andy Wacker quickly establishing the lead pack, which included Abu Kebede Diriba.

“It was a great race,” said Gray. “Brett and I traded the lead a couple of times until we hit the mud in the back of the valley.” 

Gray, who excels in muddy conditions made his move at about mile five. Even though he didn’t look back, Gray said that he didn’t let up for a minute. 

“I’ve been on world teams with Brett and Andy, so I definitely couldn’t dog it or lag the pace because I knew they would come back and make it an honest race,” said Gray. “So, I had to keep pressing. The course was definitely muddy. I bit it a lot. I’ve never fallen on this course as much as I did this year.” 

When Gray crossed the line and the crown of flowers and wreath of ti leaves was placed on him, Gray’s singlet and shoes were brown with Hawaiian soil. 

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“Joe and I ran toe to toe with one another for the first few miles,” said runner-up Brett Hales. “The separation happened between miles four to five on the backside of the valley where it got sloppy. It was fun to mix it up with Joe but he’s strong in the mud.” 

Hales’ performance validated the opinion that he is of the most promising trail runners in the country. Previously, his wins at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship came after he jumped into the race on a whim. Even though he has been planning on running in XTERRA Worlds, he has had a year full of change including a move, a new job, and a new baby on the way. 

“My training has been good but running didn’t take as much precedence this year,” said Hales. “I’ve been going out and training because I’m scared not to. The way I decide what races to do is whether or not they sound interesting. And if it sounds interesting, I want to make sure I’m in shape enough to drop everything and go do it.”

Next year, Hales wants to return to the U.S. Mountain Running Team as well as qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. 

“Brett and Joe and I were close in the beginning but that was only for about two miles,” said Wacker, who was third. “Joe and Brett are just so strong. They pulled just far enough away, and this course is so windy that I barely saw them again.” 

Wacker also emphasized just how tough this course is. He was in third place until about mile seven, when he was passed on a steep climb by Diriba. This was a bit of déjà vu for Wacker, who was passed at a similar spot in last year’s race by Sage Canaday. 

“There is always a place in a race where you get tested and for me, it was miles seven through ten, when I was passed,” said Wacker. “It’s mentally challenging to be in fourth because I always want to podium. I knew I had to be really patient.”

Wacker decided to use the muddy and slippery downhill descent at mile ten to claim his podium spot and he put in a surge past Diriba. 

“I felt lucky to know this course and my own strengths,” said Wacker. “Each year you get a little better and know yourself a little more.”

MEN’S TOP 7 PlaceNameTimeHometownPrize1Joe Gray1:23:08Colorado Springs, CO$2,0002Brett Hales1:25:22Billings, MT$1,0003Andy Wacker1:27:54Boulder, CO$7504Abu Kebede Diriba1:32:34New York, NY$5005Douglas Gouvea da Silva1:34:27Taubate, Brazil$3006Seiji Nishizawa1:34:52Kyoto-shi, Japan$2507Joseilton Santos1:38:00Macae, Brazil$200 WOMEN’S RACE

In the women’s race, Taylor Ward took an early lead, but the pack of talented elite women remained close throughout the race. 

“I’m stoked I got to defend my championship,” said Moreno (pictured), who was the eventual champion. “It was definitely the hardest race I’ve run this year with a truly great field of women. I was excited to race with them because they all bring something different to the table.”

Through the first mile, it was Ward, Polina Carlson, Louise Mercer, Sam Lewis, and Lauren Wallace who remained tight. One of Moreno’s strengths is her technical ability on the trails, and her strategy was to be patient until she hit the more gnarly sections of the course. 

“A lot of people say they run scared,” said Moreno. “But for me, I have to run with confidence. I told myself that when I took the lead, I had to do so with purpose because everyone knew what they were doing out here. I took deep breaths and tried to keep myself calm and relaxed.” 

One thing that gave Moreno comfort was her strong training this year on the uphills.

“I don’t think I was ever unsure,” said Moreno. “But once I had the lead, I was looking over my shoulder the entire time because I know these women have great leg speed. The last couple of miles, I looked back and saw Polina and thought, oh my gosh, I really have to get going.” 

Carlson, who won this race in 2013 and 2016 also praised her fellow competitors, including Taylor Ward, who ran with Carlson for about half of the race. 

“I know how good Taylor is,” said Carlson. “She is an amazing marathoner. She has a lot of speed, and she’s strong and consistent. We were together for about six miles until I felt like my heart rate and legs were good enough to go. But it was amazing to be out here with the level of competition in the race this year.”

Third-place Taylor Ward was the surprise of the day. The second American female finisher at the Chicago Marathon in October, Ward PR’d there with a time of 2:32. She hasn’t been training on the trails and wasn’t even planning on coming to Hawaii to run until a few days ago. Her husband, Kurt Ward, was fourth at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah in September. 

“I decided to come less than a week ago,” said Ward. “This was my first race back after Chicago and I decided to do it for fun and to get the legs moving again. I haven’t done a lot of trail runs previously, but I’m definitely coming back again. I thought it was so much fun.”

TOP 7 WOMEN PlaceNameTimeHometownPrize1Daniella Moreno1:41:07Santa Barbara, CA$2,0002Polina Carlson1:42:49Kaneohe, HI$1,0003Taylor Ward1:44:03Ogden, UT$7504Louise Mercer1:45:05Salt Lake City, UT$5005Sam Lewis1:45:47Moscow, ID$3006Ashley Brasovan1:51:49Westminster, CO$2507Susie Stephen1:51:51Kaneohe, HI$200

In other racing action 27 runners representing five countries and seven U.S. states also captured XTERRA Trail Run World titles. Of note, Ray Brust from Honolulu and Ash Dustow of Lanai each won their fifth title, Joe Gray and Polina Carlson won their fourth, a trio of locals – Nova Stickley, Candes Gentry and Sergio Florian, won their third, while Joseilton Santos, Thomas Miller, Dani Moreno, and Jo May each won their second.

Here’s a look at all of today’s winners…

2018 XTERRA TRAIL RUN WORLD CHAMPIONS MALE   DivisionNameHometownTime10-14Nicholas PuglieseHonolulu, HI1:49:4715-19Noah BuePearl City, HI2:20:2120-24Miles WedekingKailua, HI1:57:5125-29Abu Kebede DiribaNew York, NY1:32:3330-34*Joseph Gray (4)Colorado Springs, CO1:23:0835-39Sergio Florian (3)Kaaawa, HI1:45:0140-44Joseilton Santos (2)Macae, Brazil1:38:0045-49Gerald RomeroColorado Springs, CO1:45:2350-54Edwin JohnsonSandy, UT1:58:5155-59Ray Brust (5)Honolulu, HI1:53:2260-64Ash Dustow (5)Lanai City, HI1:59:5965-69Randolph WhiteMoorea, Tahiti2:11:0070-74Ellis Andrews (4)Oliver, Canada2:58:0375-79Thomas Miller (2)Park City, UT3:52:16    FEMALE   DivisionNameHometownTime10-14Nova Stickley (3)Kaneohe, HI3:06:2615-19Eowyn DalbecPeyton, CO2:13:1220-24Louise MercerSalt Lake City, UT1:45:0525-29*Daniella Moreno (2)Santa Barbara, CA1:41:0730-34Polina Carlson (4)Kaneohe, HI1:42:4935-39Cindy AndersonKailua, HI1:49:4740-44Candes Gentry (3)Honolulu, HI2:05:5945-49Pina DeianaDorgali, Italy2:02:2550-54Laura BushnellMenlo Park, CA2:23:2555-59Deanna MicrosSan Francisco, CA2:22:1460-64Anna HettingerPrinceville, HI3:01:3865-69Bonnie HallinanDanvers, MA3:58:4170-74Jo May (2)Houston, TX4:05:17(#) Denotes number of World Titles  *Overall Champs  

Complete 21K Results

XTERRA Kualoa 10K/5K Recap

Christopher Cordova and Maiya Fujiwara, both of Kaneohe, Hawaii, captured the titles in the 10K Trail Run. Cordova finished the race in 38:28, which is a sub-seven-minute pace. He was followed in by Andrew McHowell, who was second with a time of 40:46 and Parker Mooney, who was third in 43:34. 

Fujiwara won with a time of 46:45, which is about an 8:30 pace. Caroline Guerin was second in 46:49 while Laura Darrow was third in 49:49. 

In the 5K, Mid-Pacific Institute’s Parker Wagnild and Corinne Fitzgerald of New York City claimed the titles. Fitzgerald wasn’t just the second female – she was also the second overall finisher. 

Wagnild, who is a junior at MidPac, is a standout cross-country runner. 

“We don’t have hills like this in cross country,” he said after the race. “I really had to dig deep out there. This was the toughest 5K I’ve ever run.” 

Wagnild won the race in 20:55. Mark Newton was the third male in 22:24 and Irie Gray was third in 23:52. 

Fitzgerald’s time was 22:05. Gene Yoon was second for the women in 25:40 and Sasha Iizuka-Sheely was third in 26:27. 

Fitzgerald was in town from Manhattan to visit her brother, which she does every year. Five years ago, she ran the 21K. “I loved the race at Kualoa Ranch so much that I wanted to do it again,” said Fitzgerald. “But I’m coming off a little injury, so I decided to run the 5K this year instead. It’s such a great place for a race.” 

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10 reasons why you should bike on Zwift this winter

Triathlon Magazine Canada 2 weeks 2 hours ago

— Original story posted by Philippe Tremblay at Canadian Cycling Magazine

Let’s face it, training over the winter is tough. Winter is cold, snowy, wet and windy.

But, training indoors doesn’t have to be as depressing as the weather. Zwift, the social training app drops you into a digital world where you can ride alongside your friends, professionals and riders from around the world. It gamifies your training experience, giving you achievements to chase and provides you with a variety of bike workouts to do over the winter to increase your Functional Threshold Power (FTP), endurance and explosiveness.

Zwift provides users with power data, the sense of movement in a digital environment and allows you to ride with your friends year-round. For just $18.99 a month, you can stay motivated all winter and return to triathlons next season in better shape than last.

1) Train with power at a low cost

Buying a power meter can be expensive. With Zwift, you can train with power by merely using a speed sensor and selecting one of the classic trainers in the application’s library. Using the estimated trainer resistance, weight, speed, cadence and in-game terrain, Zwift can provide you with an estimation of your power output so you can get the most out of your training. It’s called zPower and while not a replacement for a power meter it’s a useful training tool that comes at no extra cost.

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2) Make your time on the trainer more engaging

Some like to stay old school, they zone into an effort and stare at their hands. Just because “they” do it this way doesn’t mean you have to. By getting on Zwift, your pain cave will no longer be so lonely. Jump on a course map, join a friend for a ride, or do your own workout and hundreds of riders to chase, this virtual peloton will give you a much more rewarding indoor training experience.

3) Unlock achievements and new places to ride

Remember playing video games as a kid? What kept you coming back for more? It was likely the achievements and a sense of accomplishment. Zwift has those same features.

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As of right now, you can ride Watopia, Richmond, Va., New York City, Innsbruck and London. The course you ride depends on the app’s schedule. There’s also a volcano climb and Mayan jungle island that you can unlock by reaching Level 10. Not only will these new places refresh your experience, but the quest for these routes will motivate you to keep levelling up so you can get to where all the cool kids are riding.

4) Get new jerseys and bikes for free

Want new wheels, a fresh new look or a new bike? Unlocking these things are all possible on Zwift by doing challenges, using promo codes and more. If you want the Tron Bike that glows in the dark, ride 50,000 m after selecting the Everest challenge and voila, it’s yours to ride. You can pursue N+1 with digital bikes and not worry about storage. You can also ride in numerous different kits rocking a fresh set of threads without having to pull out your credit card.

5) Log more kilometres

Achievements, fitness goals and riding with your friends are all great ways to get motivated to ride more. All these features help to get you invested into your indoor training in a way you couldn’t just sitting unplugged on your trainer. Not only will you be reaching your fitness goals quicker than ever, but you’ll also be spending more time in the saddle getting fitter. Each achievement, each new kit and all the digital kilometres you are racking up will be good for your morale and keep you motivated to get back into the saddle. When it comes to pedalling and getting fitter, that certainly isn’t a bad thing.

6) Save money

If you have already decided you need to stay fitter this winter and lower your bike split for next season, you may be considering spin classes. Zwift is $18.99 a month and you can use it whenever you want for however long you’d like. You can input your own workouts or use Zwift’s built-in training programs. Then on your own schedule, you can get riding. If you are worried about not being as motivated and not being accountable to a coach, Zwift will sync your rides into Strava and you’ll be doing it alongside your friends who can hold you to the workouts you’ve committed too.

7) Ride with your friends all winter

Your long-weekend group rides don’t need to stop this winter. You can move them indoors onto one of the Zwift routes. You can chat with your friends while getting in the training that will have other riders in your club wondering how you got so fit for spring. Either using your computer keyboard or the Zwift Mobile Link App, you can chat with fellow riders. Using this feature, you can send private messages to your friends or messages to everyone in a particular range during the ride.

8) Race whenever you want

Scared to race in a peloton in real life? On Zwift, you don’t have to worry about that.

With a nearly endless list of rides to join, you can compete all winter, whether to gauge your fitness or just for fun. Everyday there are hundreds of rides you can join. You’ll have no trouble finding a pack that challenges you. From structured workouts, easy social rides, and challenging fondos—there is a ride for you.

With realistic drafting dynamics, you can stay hidden in the pack or push the pace at the front. While you can get dropped in the digital world of Zwift, you don’t have to let that stop you from trying a ride that’s a little above your ability.

9) Ride with celebrities and people around the world

On Zwift, you’ll find triathlon clubs and pros from all over the world riding around just like you. When the weather is poor, there are an increasing number of professional cyclists and triathletes who get on Zwift – you may even see Lionel Sanders blowing by you.

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10) Get fitter than ever before your early season goals

The entire reason for Zwift is to get you riding more. Living in Canada, you may have never thought it would be possible to put in so much quality training in the dead of winter. Zwift makes that not only possible, but enjoyable. A happy and motivated indoor-riding experience will see you hitting your early season goals with more training in your legs helping you to achieve your goals. There are no more excuses for having a slow start to your season.

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XTERRA Announce 2019 Worlds Qualifying Series Schedule

DIRT TRI 2 weeks 3 hours ago


In 2019 there will be 39 races in 29 countries where amateur racers can earn a qualifying spot to race at the 24th annual XTERRA World Championship on October 27, 2019 in Kapalua, Maui.

Amateurs can also earn a qualifying spot into the 2019 or 2020 World Championship by winning their division in the XTERRA European Tour, XTERRA Pan American Tour, and XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour.

Those racing in the XTERRA America Tour can earn a Maui spot by winning their regional championship; and elite racers qualify by competing in at least one of the races listed below:

2019 XTERRA Qualifying Series DateRaceLocationQSPurse USD24-FebXTERRA South AfricaGrabouw51TBD9-MarXTERRA MotatapuSouth Island, NZL18$2,40023-MarXTERRA Argentina #SSan Juan26$7,50030-MarXTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs +GKenting, Taiwan51$25,00031-MarXTERRA Chile #SSan Bernardo26$7,5006-AprXTERRA New Zealand +SRotorua26$7,3007-AprXTERRA Cyprus *SAkamas26$7,50021-AprXTERRA Greece *SVouliagmeni26$7,50011-MayXTERRA Brazil #GIlhabela51$15,00018-MayXTERRA Oak Mountain #GPelham, AL, USA51$15,00018-MayXTERRA Malta *SManikata26$7,50026-MayXTERRA Italy-Lake Garda *SToscolano26$7,50026-MayXTERRA Costa Rica *SReserva Conchal26$7,50031-MayXTERRA Tahiti +SMoorea26$7,5001-JunXTERRA Portugal *SGolega26$7,5008-JunXTERRA Belgium *SNamur26$7,50016-JunXTERRA Denmark *SAarhus26$7,50029-JunXTERRA Switzerland *SVallee de Joux26$7,5007-JulXTERRA France *GXonrupt51$15,0007-JulXTERRA Victoria #SB.C., Canada26$7,50014-JulXTERRA Quebec #SQ.C., Canada26$7,50020-JulXTERRA Beaver Creek #GAvon, CO, USA51$15,00021-JulXTERRA Italy-Scanno *GAbruzzo51$15,0003-AugXTERRA Mexico #GTapalpa51$15,0003-AugXTERRA European Champs *GPrachatice, Czech51$25,00011-AugXTERRA Poland *SKrakow26$7,50017-AugXTERRA Germany *GZittau51$15,00018-AugXTERRA CanmoreAlberta, Canada15^24-AugXTERRA Sleeping GiantO.N., Canada15^25-AugXTERRA Hawaii IslandHapuna, Big Island25^31-AugXTERRA Dominican Republic #SSamana26$7,5001-SepXTERRA Luxembourg *SRosport26$7,50014-SepXTERRA Netherlands *SAmeland Island26$7,50014-SepXTERRA Pan Am/USA Champs #GOgden, UT, USA51$25,00015-SepXTERRA Japan *SMarunuma26$7,50022-SepXTERRA China +GKunming51$15,00022-SepXTERRA Altifort (Long Distance)Megeve, France18TBD27-SepXTERRA KoreaWonju City2^28-OctXTERRA World ChampionshipKapalua, Maui$100,000 KEY:
  • * = XTERRA European Tour
  • # = XTERRA Pan American Tour
  • + = XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour
  • G = Gold Race with min US$15,000 pro prize purse & 100-point scale
  • S = Silver Race with min US$7,500 pro prize purse & 75-point scale
  • QS = XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Slots available for amateurs
  • ^ no prize money or points

Note: Races held on and after September 1 qualify athletes for their choice of the 2019 or 2020 XTERRA World Championship race (tentative as of November 28, 2018).

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Upgrade your wheels for 2019

Triathlon Magazine Canada 2 weeks 4 hours ago

When it comes to gear and toys, nothing seems to get a triathlete more excited than the thought of adding a new gadget to their biking arsenal. An easy way to lower your bike split in 2019, is treating yourself to a new pair of wheels. Here are three wheelsets that are sure to save you a few watts and help you slice through the wind.

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Shimano Dura-Ace C60 – $2,230, CLINCHER

Shimano Dura-Ace C60 - $2,230, CLINCHERShimano Dura-Ace C60 - $2,230, CLINCHER

The 60-mm deep D2 rims used in this speedy wheelset were developed through working with speedy cyclists and time in the wind tunnel. All that input resulted in this super-fast wheel that sits in between the popular 40- and 80-mm rims you see so often in T2, which means you get the benefits of the aerodynamics without as much buffeting from crosswinds. A wide rim and beefed up hub ensures you’ll get outstanding power transfer, too.

Enve SES 7.8 Disc – FROM $3,090, TUBULAR; FROM $3,350, TUBELESS CLINCHER

Enve SES 7.8 Disc – FROM $3,090, TUBULAR; FROM $3,350, TUBELESS CLINCHER

With so many of the super-bikes on the market now using disc brakes, Enve’s SES 7.8 Disc wheelset offers another great option to pair with your speedy ride. The carbon-fibre rims provide outstanding aerodynamics to cut through the air with ease, while also remaining extremely stiff laterally, so you get the most out of every pedal stroke.

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Mavic Comete Pro Carbon SL UST Disc – $2,499

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Offering outstanding rolling efficiency (15 per cent better than regular tubed tires, according to Mavic’s tests), these 24-spoke wheels from Mavic are much easier to install than other tubeless wheels. The 64-mm airfoil rim reduces drag and won’t get buffeted around in crosswinds, while the 26-mm width provides a nice combination of aerodynamics, stability and tire integration. Add in the disc brakes, and you get precise braking that works well even in wet conditions.

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