In order to be eligible for the series, professionals must race in a minimum of THREE races, but we will count the scoring from a maximum of FOUR races.
At each race, points will be awarded based on placement.
Costa Rica, Wisconsin, Maine,
Knoxville, Quassy, Portland
Cedar Point, Florida
•1st place = 750 points
•2nd place = 630 points
•3rd place =540 points
•4th place = 465 points
•5th place = 405 points
•6th place = 360 points
•7th place = 330 points
•8th place = 310points
•9th place = 295 points
•10th place = 290 points
•1st place = 1000 points
•2nd place = 840 points
•3rd place =720 points
•4th place = 620 points
•5th place = 540 points
•6th place = 480 points
•7th place = 440 points
•8th place = 410 points
•9th place = 390 points
•10th place = 380 points
•1st place = 1150
•2nd place = 960 points
•3rd place =830 points
•4th place = 715 points
•5th place = 620 points
•6th place = 550 points
•7th place = 505 points
•8th place = 470 points
•9th place = 445 points
•10th place = 435 points
Additionally, we will reward athlete commitment beyond the four points-scoring races with LOYALTY POINTS.
•5 Aditional Races = 300
•4 Additional Races = 220
•3 Additional Races = 150
•2 Additional Races = 90
•1 Additional Race = 40
1.Athletes must compete in at least three (3) Rev3 races of any distance to be considered for the series prize, but we will score A MAXIMUM of four (4) races. (Athletes can better their chances by competing in multiple races. We will keep the points from your four (4) best races.
2.Series races include the Costa Rica Olympic Rev / Knoxville Olympic Rev / Quassy Half Rev / Portland Half Rev / Wisconsin Half Rev / Maine Olympic Rev / Cedar Point Full Rev / South Carolina Half Rev / Florida Half Rev.
3.Series ending prize money will be paid out to the Overall Man and Woman
4.Loyalty points are awarded on an increasing scale to athletes who complete more then four (4) races. The points increase for each race over four (4) that you finish.
ALL PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES WILL BE GIVEN A FREE RACE ENTRY AND OFFERED A HOMESTAY IF AVAILABLE.
Triathlon England launches 2012 National Championship calendar
Triathlon England has unveiled its National Age-Group Championships calendar for 2012 after an encouraging inaugural season of events. In 2011, Triathlon England hosted a standard distance and club championships, both receiving positive feedback from participants, inspiring the launch of an additional National Duathlon Championships for 2012.
Triathlon England has created the events to provide the same opportunity for its members to be crowned National Champion, as those of fellow Home Nations Welsh Triathlon and triathlonscotland currently receive as benefits of membership. The events also provide a platform for Triathlon England to raise awareness of its work enabling participation within the sport.
Once again, Big Cow Events will host the standard distance and club championships at Emberton Park. Nigel Woods of Big Cow Events is delighted to once again be hosting a Triathlon England Championship and said "It was great to be a part of the inaugural year of the Triathlon England National Championships, and to be selected to host the championships once again is a great honour. The Club Championships particularly, captures the spirit of what triathlon
is all about, taking part and enjoying the experience with your fellow triathletes and club members."
Punishing Events will host the new National Duathlon Championships at Carsington Water as part of the well-known Ashbourne Duathlon. James Cresswell of Punishing Events shares Nigel's enthusiasm adding, "The Ashbourne Duathlon has a great history and is an iconic duathlon event during the past 11 years, hosting many World Championship qualifiers, National Ranking Series events, British Championships and now the first Triathlon England – National Duathlon Championships.
"As many duathletes know Ashbourne is a really challenging course, in the iconic setting of the Peak District making it the perfect place to award the first ever Triathlon England – National Duathlon Championship medals."
Duncan Hough, Director of Triathlon England for Events, Rules and Technical concluded, "The Triathlon England National Championships are a vital part of our strategy to raise the profile of our work within the sport, whilst providing the opportunity for English members to achieve their triathlon challenge and be crowned National Champion.
"Our membership continues to grow and as more people take part in triathlon, the greater the need to offer and deliver tangible benefits that meets the needs and expectations of our membership."
To take part in any of the events athletes can enter directly through the event organiser's website. National Championship honours are only available to Triathlon England members.
2012 Triathlon England – National Duathlon Championships
Ashbourne Duathlon, 28 April 2012
Punishing Events, www.punishingevents.com
2012 Triathlon England – National Triathlon Championships
MK Tri, Emberton Park, 19 August 2012
Big Cow Events, www.big-cow.com
2012 Triathlon England – National Club Championships
TriStar adds Cannes and Salzkammergut as new 2012 destinations
TriStar has two new race destinations for 2012, taking its tally to 14 international events. Cannes in France and Salzkammergut in Austria are the newest TriStar 2012 locations – adding to Berlin and Deauville, which were officially presented back in September.
TriStar Cannes (111K and 55.5K formats) adds to Deauville, Lyon, and brings TriStar close to its home in Monaco. Located on the Riviera, Cannes is very attractive for its cultural life and for its touristic side. It is, of course, also the home of one of the best known International Film Festivals. This destination gives the opportunity for 'athletes to enjoy a beautiful beach for swimming, a tough and demanding bike segment and a run race through the historical centre of the movies capital of France, on 29 April 2012.'
Early in the European tri season, TriStar Cannes presents a unique chance to start the season in France, bringing the opportunity to athletes and their families to enjoy this Mediterranean hotspot. This race itself is organized by Star Production France, and Manuela Garelli is the Race Director.
TriStar Salzkammergut (111K and 55.5K formats), in Attersee, in the region of Upper Austria, will be held in one of the most popular places in Austria on 3 June, offering a range of natural surroundings to its participants. Triathletes can enjoy a triathlon that passes 'spectacular spots and experiencing beautiful views racing around Lake Attersee.' In addition to the natural environment, Attersee is very close to big cities such as Salzburg or Linz. This presents TriStar with an opportunity to tap
into the local triathlon population, but also presents a tri tourism destination for the whole family – with shopping and a range of cultural pursuits on offer.
Located in the north of Austria (Upper Austria), also makes TriStar Salzkammergut an ideal race for German triathletes, who in 2012 will have the option to choose TriStar Worms-Germany and TriStar Berlin as well. The Economic and Tourism Official of Upper Austria, Viktor Sigl said that "as evidenced by the numerous state championship titles, Upper Austria, with its successful athletes inside the red-white-country is the number one Federal State.
"Moreover, when it comes to hosting major international sporting events we are certainly a reliable partner. Numerous world and European championships were organized such as: mountain biking, horse riding and sailing. The TriStar Salzkammergut in Upper Austria is an excellent opportunity to present ourselves internationally as host."
For Georg Hochegger, CEO of Star Production SARL, "We are very proud to host a TriStar race in Cannes as an exclusive destination at the Côte d'Azur, which completes a great offer of events in France and Monaco. For Star Events it was also one of our main goals to set up in Austria. With TriStar Salzkammergut we found the perfect place to continue introducing the brand to the German and Centro European market, so important for the growing TriStar [brand] in 2012, in a natural area unique in the continent and so special for the company because it is the first race in Austria."
Meanwhile, on 11 November 2011 StarEvents is celebrating the 'TriStar Day' (11/11/11), with fun contests and games to win free race slots for 2012 TriStar races. Competitions are currently under way on Twitter (@stareventsintl) and www.facebook.com/StarEvents.
The TriStar label is owned by Star Production SARL, a Monaco based company specializing in organizing high quality sports events that are focused on fun, social responsibility and environmental protection. The TriStar Series has now grown to 27 races in 14 destinations in less than three years: Split (Croatia), Nevis (St.Kitts and Nevis), Mallorca y Madrid (Spain), Worms-Germany and Berlin (Germany), Lyon, Deauville, and Cannes (France), Estonia-Otepää (Estonia), Minnesota (USA), Monaco (Monaco), Sardinia (Italy) and Salzkammergut (Austria).
TriStar has introduced new distances to the sport of triathlon (i.e. 111K and 222K), is officially recognized by ITU, and has introduced a new Team Racing Concept T5.
USA Triathlon Announces 2012 National Championship Schedule
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the dates and locations of its 2012 National Championship schedule, providing multisport athletes from across the United States the opportunity to compete in a top-notch championship environment.
On the heels of an extremely successful 2011 USA Triathlon National Championship season, which included record fields and sold-out events, the 2012 events will again give athletes a chance to earn official national champion status.
"We are looking forward to bringing our members another great year of national championship racing in 2012," said USA Triathlon National Events Director Jeff Dyrek. "Athletes will see some new venues on the list, as well as some return trips to fantastic locations from 2011. We look forward to crowning our 2012 national champions and securing our team members for Team USA for upcoming ITU World Championships."
Cities selected to host 2012 USA Triathlon National Championships include: Burlington, Vt.; Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Mercer Island, Wash.; Cambridge, Md.; Austin, Texas; Pelham, Ala.; and Gilford, N.H.
Details on the 2012 Junior and Youth National Championship, Elite National Championship, Club National Championship and Aquabike National Championship will be announced in the near future.
Once again, the USA Triathlon Age Group and Sprint National Championships will be held in Burlington, Vt., next year as a two-day event with Age Group Nationals taking place on Aug. 18, 2012, and Sprint Nationals on Aug. 19, 2012. In 2011, nearly 2,500 of the nation's
top amateur triathletes participated in the sold-out Olympic-distance and sprint-distance events held on the shores of Lake Champlain. Registration will open Jan. 5, 2012, for Age Group and Sprint Nationals.
For the sixth consecutive year, Tuscaloosa, Ala., will welcome triathletes to its waterways and streets for the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship on April 21, 2012. Talented collegiate triathletes will battle for national titles on a course similar to this year's event, which saw nearly 1,600 athletes from more than 120 clubs competing for titles in the Olympic-distance, sprint-distance and team competition.
Next year in Tuscaloosa, a four-person, draft-legal mixed team relay will be contested on April 22, 2012. Registration will open Jan. 5, 2012, for Collegiate Nationals.
Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz., is the third city to repeat as a host from 2011, welcoming age group duathletes and paraduathletes from across the country on April 28, 2012, for the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championship. Registration will open Dec. 1 for Duathlon Nationals.
The 2012 USA Triathlon National Championship schedule gets under way Jan. 22 with the USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship in Gilford, N.H.
In addition to chasing national titles, athletes also will be competing for prized spots on Team USA at a number of USA Triathlon National Championships. Team USA is comprised of age group athletes that represent the U.S. at each ITU world championship event. Click here for more information on Team USA.
Visit usatnationalevents.org for more information on each USA Triathlon National Championship.
2012 USA Triathlon National Championship Schedule (Click links below for event and registration information)
Finishline Multisport has seen tremendous growth over the last couple years as demonstrated by our increasing portfolio of products and services. Already recognized as a leader in triathlon oriented content and use of social media, we expanded our portfolio by releasing our first digital magazine, 3rd Transition, which has received widespread acclaim. In addition, demand for our photography services has increased as our community
has recognized the quality photographs we place in our own publications.
To support this trend, we have decided to give our primary website its own unique brand to sit alongside its sister properties. In early 2012 we will transition the Finishline-Multisport website to a new name called Tri Lounge (www.trilounge.com). Tri Lounge will continue to produce the same quality content our readers have come to expect. Finishline Multisport will remain as the parent entity overseeing and continuing to develop our growing portfolio of media products and services. Our Twitter handle has already been changed to @TriLounge.
We thank everyone for their ongoing support.
In Sport Always,
LeadmanTri Life Time Epic 250 expands to Bend, Oregon in 2012
Life Time Fitness, 'The Healthy Way of Life Company', has unveiled the 2012 LeadmanTri Life Time EPIC 250 schedule. The category redefining, ultra-distance triathlon will make its return to Las Vegas on Saturday 19 May 2012. New in 2012 is the inaugural LeadmanTri Life Time EPIC 250 in Bend, Oregon, set for Saturday 22 September 2012.
Launched in Las Vegas in 2011, the LeadmanTri 250 offers a unique, ultra-distance triathlon course that features a 5K swim, 223K bike and 22K run. Both professional and age group divisions are offered, as well as a relay category.
"We are excited to expand our ultra-distance triathlon platform to the Northwest, which enjoys a vibrant and active endurance community, as well as return to our inaugural host city – Las Vegas," said Kenneth Cooper, Vice President at Life Time Endurance.
"As we seek to
grow this new category of triathlon, we wanted to provide endurance athletes with the perfect platform for competing in multiple long-distance events with a heightened focus on the non-impact elements – namely the swim and bike portions. In essence, we have created the perfect healthy way of life distances for the ultra-endurance athlete."
Back to Vegas
LeadmanTri 250 Las Vegas features a swim in the shadow of Dead Man's Island, a bike through the Valley of Fire State Park and a picturesque trail run that navigates the Hoover Dam trail system. The course also features more than 7,000 feet of climbing and a peak elevation of 2,600 feet in historic Boulder City.
For athletes seeking shorter distances, the LeadmanTri 125 Las Vegas will also be offered, featuring a 125K course with a 2.5K swim, 111.5K bike and 11K trail run.
LeadmanTri Bend features a swim in idyllic Lake Cultus, a bike around dormant volcano, Mount Bachelor, and a breath-taking trail run through Tetherow Country Club along the Descheutes River. The course also features nearly 5,000 feet of climbing and a peak elevation of 6,200 feet ending in the Old Mill District of Bend.
Each race has a capacity of 500 participants and registration is now open at www.leadmantri.com
Leader in power measurement technology launches the highly anticipated SRM PowerMeter for Campagnolo drive trains.
Colorado Springs, Colo. (November 3, 2011) - SRM Training System is proud to announce the launch of the Campagnolo PowerMeter complete with distinctive PowerControl 7 aluminum head unit. Uli Schoberer, owner and founder of SRM, collaborated with the Campagnolo design team and engineers to develop a unique PowerMeter and crankset combination capable of delivering accurate and precise data while maintaining the superiority and classic aesthetics of the Campagnolo brand.
Campagnolo designed an Ultra Torque™ crank arm specifically for the SRM PowerMeter featuring an opening to access the retaining spring of the bottom bracket. The cranks will be available in 170mm, 172.5mm, and 175mm with a Q-Factor of 145.5mm. The Ultra Torque™ is Campagnolo's offering in the integrated crankset sector presenting "lightness, rigidity, and efficiency of power transmission." With technology containing CULT™ (Ceramic Ultimate Level Technology) the SRM Campagnolo Powermeter will demonstrate maximum smoothness and wear resistance. SRM Campagnolo PowerMeter users will also benefit from Campagnolo's X.P.S.S™ shifting system (Extreme Performance Shifting System) guaranteeing superior speed and precision.
The SRM Campagnolo PowerMeter has been
race tested and approved by the Team Omega Pharma-Lotto. During the 2011 season the team trained and competed with the SRM Campagnolo Training System, contributing valuable data and feedback on the exclusive system. In addition, Philippe Gilbert and André Greipel won several races including stages of the 2011 Tour de France riding the SRM Campagnolo Training System.
The design team at SRM combined rider feedback with research and testing, resulting in an enhanced accuracy of ±1.5%. An improved strain gage design, circuit components and manufacturing process are all important factors in SRM's continuing innovation. As a testament to SRM and Campagnolo's reliability, quality, and durability, a three year warranty will be included on cranks, bearings, PowerMeter, PowerControl, and batteries.
The complete SRM Training System purchase includes the unique PowerControl 7 Aluminum (PC7) and all accessories (heart rate belt, speed sensor, multi-charger, download cable, handlebar mount, cadence magnet and SRM software). The PowerMeter Only option allows customers to purchase the SRM PowerMeter separately to be used with other ANT+Sport™ compatible devices or for a second bike with a shared wireless PowerControl.
The SRM Campagnolo PowerMeter is now available to pre-order with shipping on December 1st.
Technical Specifications PowerMeter:
Crankset: Campagnolo Ultra Torque™11-speed crankset with CULT™bearings and stainless steel axle,170mm - 175mm
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo CULT™bearing (included), bottom bracket cups not included
Chainrings: Campagnolo Standard 53/39 11-Speed (135mm BCD)
And another Ironman branded event has sold out in a matter of hours! Entries opened for Ironman 70.3 Vineman on the morning of 1 November and, three hours later, the 2,250 age group slots had sold out.
Ironman 70.3 Vineman takes place on
15 July 2012. A waiting list for the 2012 event is now available – and 750 athletes will be accepted to this list.
To sign up for the waiting list athletes can go to www.vineman.com, select the Vineman Ironman 70.3 tab, and click on the waiting list registration button. In past years everyone on the waiting list has been accepted into the race.
TriColumbia, the Mid-Atlantic's premier endurance event production company, has announced its 2012 race season schedule, with events starting in April and running through to September. TriColumbia's events take place throughout the Maryland area, and are positioned to be perfect for triathletes, runners, swimmers and cyclists of all ages and skill levels.
2012 TriColumbia events include...
Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Coed 5K – Sunday 29 April 2012
This all women's half marathon and coed 5K takes place in Columbia, Maryland. Billed as the first of its kind in the Mid Atlantic, this 'inspirational all women's event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle, and celebrating your unique grace as you journey toward the finish line.' Proceeds will benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Maryland.
Registration: US$85 individual, US$140 relay
The Columbia Triathlon – Sunday 20 May 2012
A 1.5K swim, 41K bike, 10k run that takes place in Ellicot City, Maryland. This is the 29th annual Columbia Triathlon, and is TriColumbia's hallmark event and one of the most challenging and longest running triathlons in the US. Attracting world class pros and amateurs from across the country and across the world, this widely acclaimed Olympic distance race had its beginnings in 1984 when 90 triathlon enthusiasts competed.
Registration: US$150 individual; US$240 relay
The Blackwater Duathlon – Sunday 3 June 2012
A 10K run, 70K bike, 10K run held in Cambridge, Maryland. This is the inaugural Blackwater Duathlon, and will serve as the 2012 USAT National Long Course Duathlon Championship.
Registration: US$125 individual; US$200 two person relay
Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon – Sunday 10 June 2012
A 1.2 mile swim, 56
mile bike, 13.1 mile run in Cambridge, Maryland. The Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon is one of the most popular Ironman 70.3 triathlons in the US. The race is a qualifier for the Ironman 70.3 Championship in Lake Las Vegas (30 slots).
Registration: US$275 individual, US$350 relay
EagleMan AquaVelo – Sunday 10 June 2012
A 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike in Cambridge, Maryland. The EagleMan AquaVelo takes place concurrently with the Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon. It is the 2012 USAT Mid-Atlantic Aquabike Championship event.
Celebrating Heroes Triathlon – Sunday 24 June 2012
A 0.62 mile swim, 17.5 mile bike, 3.4 mile run in Ellicot City, Maryland. The Celebrating Heroes Triathlon is a sprint event benefitting The National Rehabilitation Hospital.
Registration: US$125 individual; US$225 relay
Kidz Triathlon – Sunday 2 July 2012
A range of event distances are on offer depending on age (7-14), in Columbia, Maryland. The Kidz Triathlon provides youth aged 7-14 the opportunity to experience a healthy, fit lifestyle while boosting self-esteem in a fun, family-friendly environment.
Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon – Sunday 19 August 2012
A 0.62 mile swim, 17.5 mile bike, 3.4 mile run in Ellicot City, Maryland. The 7th Annual Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is the largest event of its kind in the US. This inspirational all-women's event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle.
Registration: US$135 individual; US$235 relay
ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival – Saturday 29 September 2012
Taking place in Cambridge, Maryland are four events: USAT Mid-Atlantic Regional Ultra Championship (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run); AquaVelo (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike); Skipjack (1.2 mile swim, 64 mile bike, 10 mile run); and Bugeye Sprint (800 yard swim, 15 mile bike, 3.1 mile run).
The ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival is 'perfect for triathletes of all skill levels.' The Ultra Championship has been named a '140.6 Best Race' in Triathlete Magazine, and is the USAT Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship.
TriColumbia is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organisation providing an array of events for all ability levels across the triathlon/multisport landscape. Founded by current President, Race Director and 6-time Ironman Kona finisher, Robert Vigorito in 1983, the organisation makes a difference for participating athletes by 'providing superior events and memories to last a lifetime, but also gives back to the community by supporting many local and regional charities, which provide a full spectrum of support for citizens in need.'
October 23, 2011 (Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua - Maui) - A new venue served as a fitting place to crown new XTERRA world champions.
The 16th XTERRA World Championship turned into a sweet celebration for Michael Weiss, Lesley Paterson and Kapalua, Maui.
Weiss and Paterson earned their first XTERRA world titles on a new course that was described as both beautiful and brutal. After 15 previous years at Makena, the XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon moved to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua this year. A total of 675 athletes representing 28 countries and 42 states participated in the event, which featured a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 30-kilometer mountain bike and a 10-kilometer trail run.
INSPIRING BIKE SURGE LEADS WEISS TO WIN
Weiss was the overall winner, completing the course in 2 hours, 27 minutes, including an astonishing bike split of 1:19:32. No other competitor finished with a bike time under 1:21:03. It was a breakthrough win for the 30-year-old Weiss, who had finished second at the 2008 XTERRA Worlds, and then third in 2009 and 2010.
"It's amazing," said Weiss, who is from Vienna, Austria. "I still cannot believe it. A big dream came true, and it was a really tough course."
Weiss was in the middle of the pack after the swim, but made his remarkable move to the front on the bike. By midway through the bike course, Weiss and South Africa's Dan Hugo were riding next to each other in second place.
The only rider in front of them was the legendary seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who was competing in the XTERRA World Championship for the first time.
Weiss and Hugo actually talked about working together so that they could conserve energy in their pursuit of Armstrong.
"That was a critical moment for me, about three-quarters of the way through the bike and I was with Weiss, and we said let's work together, but (Weiss) was one notch stronger and he kind of took off from me and he bridged to Armstrong," said Hugo.
Shortly after breaking away from Hugo, Weiss closed in on Armstrong, and said it gave him an adrenaline rush that pushed him all the way to the finish line.
"It felt amazing," Weiss said. "I had goose bumps. It's something very special to catch Lance on a climb. It was an amazing feeling, and even motivated me more."
Weiss used that motivation to do the unthinkable – he passed Armstrong on an uphill bike climb.
"I stayed a little bit behind him, I looked how he was doing, and I just gave it a shot and attacked and Lance couldn't follow," Weiss said. "It was cool."
Armstrong later crashed toward the end of the bike course, and landed on his head. He said he needed a minute or two to gather his bearings before getting back on the bike.
"I hit it harder than I thought, because I stood there for a while taking inventory, trying to remember my name," he said. "That probably took a little out of me ... I've never hit my head that hard before."
Hugo also crashed late in the bike course, but managed to recover with only one other competitor passing him (Conrad Stoltz). However, Hugo rebounded with a strong run, and passed Stoltz and Armstrong early in the run course.
"I caught Armstrong pretty early (in the run) and knew I was in second," Hugo said. "But I could never make it up on Weiss. He was a little too far in front. Looking back, that crash really hurt my chances, but that's part of it. I would have loved it to be different, but it wasn't meant to be."
Hugo (pictured in white) finished second with a time of 2:27:33 – 33 seconds behind Weiss. Former three-time XTERRA world champion Eneko Llanos of Spain was third in 2:28:26, followed by Josiah Middaugh of Colorado in 2:29:14. Spain's Ivan Rana, a three-time Olympian who was making his XTERRA debut, placed an impressive fifth with a time of 2:29:31.
"I caught some guys on the bike and thought I could reel some people in on the run climbs or downhills, but I really didn't have anything left in the tank," Middaugh said. "Even at the end of the run, coming to the finish here, (Ivan) Rana was right there and I had to do everything I could to hold him off."
Perhaps affected by his bike crash, Armstrong (pictured in grey) faded during the run and finished in 23rd place overall with a time of 2:36:59.
"I made some mistakes," Armstrong said. "I think the combo of swimming – I went out too hard on the swim, got a little excited and over-cooked it. It took me four to six miles to get comfortable on the bike and at that point, I was able to get in a rhythm and ride fast, but then the crash is the way it ended. If I had to do it over, I probably would have backed off on the swim and hoped for a more balanced bike ride, and of course, take the crash out. Like all these things, hindsight is 20/20."
Still, Armstrong's presence created a huge buzz for the 2011 XTERRA World Championship, and thousands of fans lined the course to catch a glimpse. He said he would like to take another shot at the XTERRA Worlds in 2012, but with a little more training time.
"Yeah, I don't see why not," he said when asked about a return to Maui next year. "But I think I would need to try some other events throughout the year. It seems to me the more you practice the little things like the strategy of the event, the transition from swim to bike, and transition from bike to run, the easier they become."
South Africa's Conrad Stoltz, who won his record fourth XTERRA World Championship in 2010, withdrew from the race early during the run course. He said he was experiencing breathing problems almost from the start of the race.
"I came into this race with some really strong training sessions, and I think this year I was in good form --
better than last year at the same time," Stoltz said. "But coming out of the swim, I couldn't breathe properly and felt like I was going on one lung. I kept pushing and pushing and just couldn't get going."
Stoltz was still in third place after the bike, but said his breathing situation worsened as soon as the run started, so he stopped.
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Purse
1 Michael Weiss 30 Vienna, Austria 2:27:00 $20,000
2 Dan Hugo 26 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:27:33 $12,000
8 Richard Ussher 35 Nelson, New Zealand 2:29:54 $800
9 Jan Kubicek 31 Chodov City, Czech Republic 2:30:54 $600
10 Christopher Legh 38 Lyons, Colorado 2:31:10 $500
11 Sam Gardner 36 Surrey, United Kingdom 2:33:15 $400
12 Jan Frodeno 30 Cologne, Germany 2:33:20 $300
13 Nicolas Lebrun 38 Digne-les-Bains, France 2:33:57
14 Mike Vine 38 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2:34:03
15 Tim DeBoom 40 Boulder, Colorado 2:34:23
Also: Kelly Guest, Jim Thijs, Braden Rakita, Alejandro Santamaria, Lance Armstrong
Graham Wadsworth, Llewellyn Holmes, Felipe Moletta, Antonello Pallotta, Brad Zoller
Richard Stannard, Jason Michalak, Brian Astell, Ben Allen, Marcel Zamora Perez, Cody Waite
Cid Santos, Will Ross, Adam Wirth, Victorien Lafargue, Pierre-Yves Facomprez,
Denis Giovannetti, Simone Calamai, & Yu Yumoto
PATERSON RUNS TO HER FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
If Weiss took the men's title with an inspiring bike ride, then Lesley Paterson won the women's title with an equally amazing run.
Due in part to a punctured tire on her bike, Paterson started the run course in fourth place – nearly six-and-a-half minutes behind then-leader Melanie McQuaid. Paterson quickly ran down the three women in front of her, fell flat on her face less than a mile from the finish, and still managed to take the women's title by more than two minutes.
"I felt really good," said Paterson, who is originally from Scotland, but now resides in San Diego, Calif. "I was so angry because I punctured on the bike, and I think that anger helped me to really sort of knuckle down and go as hard as I could and see where the chips would fall."
Paterson, 31, finished with a time of 2:45:59, including a run time of 43:54, which was nearly three minutes faster than any of the other females. Her run time was the same as Weiss, and was topped by only 12 other males in the entire field.
"I had pre-run the course a lot," she said. "I came out 10 days early just to make sure I knew the course really well, especially the run for me because that's where I thought I could win it."
Like Weiss, it was a breakthrough win for Paterson. She had three previous top-10 finishes, including a runner-up showing in 2009. She got so excited after passing McQuaid late in the run course that she fell on the rocks leading to the stretch run on D.T. Fleming Beach.
"What happens is your heart rate is super high, it's at the end of the race, you're dehydrated and your legs are not quite sure what you're doing with them," Paterson said. "And I just got in the lead, so you're kind of nervous with anticipation."
McQuaid had a large lead after the bike, but could not complete the race due to exhaustion. She collapsed just a few hundred yards from the finish line, and had to be assisted off the course. She said she was okay a few hours after the race.
Marion "Bubu" Lorblanchet of France took second with a time of 2:48:08. She also got passed by the roadrunner legs of Paterson during the run.
"On the run, I was good, then I see 'beep, beep' and it was Lesley," Lorblanchet said. "I think it was not possible for me to follow her.
"I'm very happy because it was a good race for me. Last year, I was third, this year second, so maybe next year?"
Helena Erbenova of the Czech Republic capped an impressive XTERRA rookie season with a third place showing at Worlds. She finished with a time of 2:51:51 in her first appearance on Maui. Erbenova is a former Olympic cross country skier.
Renata Bucher of Switzerland placed fourth in 2:52:02, and Danelle Kabush of Canada was fifth in 2:54:35.
Paterson and Weiss each received $20,000 for the victory. A total purse of $100,000 was awarded.
Shonny Vanlandingham, who won the 2010 XTERRA World Championship, did not compete this year due to a knee injury. Julie Dibens, the 2007, 2008 and 2009 women's champ, also did not compete due to a foot injury.
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Purse
1 Lesley Paterson 31 San Diego, Calif. (Scotland) 2:45:59 $20,000
2 Marion Lorblanchet 28 Clermont Ferrand, France 2:48:08 $12,000
3 Helena Erbenová 32 Czech Republic 2:51:51 $7,000
Tanis Tomlin, Caroline Colonna, Kim Baugh, & Brandyn Roark
HAAS, DONELSON TAKE AMATEUR TITLES
Alexander Haas of Germany and Tamara Donelson of Colorado took the overall world titles among the amateur age-group competitors.
Haas (pictured) placed an impressive 13th overall, which ties the record for best placing by an amateur at the XTERRA World Championship. In 2003, Robert Latschen also placed 13th overall. Haas finished with a time of 2:33:37, which was 17 seconds behind Olympic gold medalist Jan Frodeno, and 20 seconds ahead of former XTERRA World Champ Nico Lebrun.
Ryan Ignatz of Colorado was the second amateur in 2:36:53. His wife, Maia Ignatz, also won an age-group world title. Ryan took the men's 30-34 age division, while Maia placed first in the women's 30-34 age group.
Tim Van Daele, who was the top amateur in 2009 and 2010, placed fourth this year.
Donelson finished with a time of 3:09:47, which placed her 14th among all the females. It was quite a contrast from last year's XTERRA World Championship, when Donelson needed medical assistance on the bike course after she crashed. One of the brake handles on her bike punctured her arm, and racer/Dr. Kathy Coutinho and other competitors came to her aid to help stop the bleeding before help arrived.
"My goal for this year was to be first amateur at XTERRA Nationals and Worlds, and I'm blown away that I've managed to achieve those goals," said Donelson, 36. "I'm not getting any younger, and after last year, I realized that anything can happen so I decided I wanted to make this a big year and I trained really hard for it."
Donelson is originally from Australia, but now resides in Edwards, Colo., where she works as a personal trainer.
"Having accomplished this, I think I'd like to look into turning pro next year," she said.
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONS (MALE AGE GROUP)
Div Name Hometown Time
15-19 Marvin Gruget Beaumes De Venise, France 2:35:22
20-24 (2) Alexander Haas Georgensgmuend, Germany 2:33:37
25-29 Daniel Carleton Sheffield Beach, South Africa 2:49:21
30-34 Ryan Ignatz Boulder, Colorado 2:36:53
35-39 (2) Thomas Vonach Schwarzach, Austria 2:40:10
40-44 (4) Calvin Zaryski Calgary, Canada 2:39:28
45-49 (2) Mark Geoghegan Honolulu, Hawaii 2:50:17
50-54 David Maclean Ludington, Michigan 3:02:36
55-59 Jaroslav Balatka Jablonec, Czech Republic 3:19:56
60-64 Mike Lyons Mairangi Bay, New Zealand 3:52:52
65-69 (2) Bruce Wacker Colorado Springs, Colorado 3:33:27
70+ (2) John Stover Jackson, Michigan 4:37:55
CEO Rudy Achberger Maui, Hawaii 3:38:18
PC (6) Fouad Fattoumy Honolulu, Hawaii 3:32:51
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONS (FEMALE AGE GROUP)
Div Name Hometown Time
15-19 (2) Hannah Rae Finchamp Altadena, California 3:16:16
20-24 Danielle Kehoe Arvada, Colorado 3:22:14
25-29 Lizzie Orchard Auckland, New Zealand 3:10:05
30-34 Maia Ignatz Boulder, Colorado 3:12:44
35-39 Tamara Donelson Edwards, Colorado 3:09:47
40-44 Kim Baldwin Boulder, Colorado 3:22:52
45-49 Sue Lambert Anchorage, Alaska 3:30:42
50-54 Tamara Tabeek San Diego, California 3:29:04
55-59 (6) Barbara Peterson Berkeley, California 3:56:52
Pablo Ureta and Danielle Kehoe won the Hawaiian Airlines "Double" award as the competitors with the fastest combined times from the XTERRA World Championship and the Ironman Hawaii Championship.
Ureta had an Ironman time of 9:18:34 two weeks ago, and finished with an XTERRA World Championship time of 2:46:51. Kehoe had an Ironman time of 10:57:13, and an XTERRA World Championship time of 3:22:14, which was fast enough to win the women's 20-24 age group.
Ureta and Kehoe each received roundtrip airfare between Maui and the west coast of the United States from Hawaiian Airlines.
There were no professionals, male or female, that completed the Double this year.
The XTERRA World Championship is presented by Paul Mitchell, Hawaiian Airlines, The Ritz-Carlton, Maui Visitors Bureau and Outrigger Hotels & Resorts. Sponsors include the Kapalua Resort, GU, Gatorade, Zorrel, Kona Brewing Company, Hawaii Tourism Authority, T S Restaurants, and the XTERRA Alliance - Vitality, Footwear, Fitness, Flex, Wetsuits, and Cycling.
XTERRA caught up with Lance Armstrong today, Wednesday, October 19, 2011, in advance of Sunday's XTERRA World Championship at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui.
Below are quotes from the interview and attached are two images of Armstrong pre-riding the bike course today, courtesy XTERRA.
XTERRA: After your first XTERRA in Utah, what has that given you in terms of experience?
LA: It definitely gave me a little bit of experience, not compared to a lot of the other guys who are still here, but that was a complete shock to me on many levels, whether it's the intensity of the race, the transitions, definitely the competition. But, I would much rather have one under me than none.
XTERRA: So it was definitely helpful?
LA: It was definitely helpful, although I think it seems to me a lot of these races are different from race to race, whether it's the course on the mountain bike, whether it's the fact that it's at altitude, some of them are wetsuit swims and some aren't. It seems to me they vary a lot, but still, just the idea of transitioning from sport to sport to sport is something you can only get from racing.
XTERRA: What's the swim here going to be like for you?
LA: Well, I grew up in Texas, so there's not many waves in central Texas or north Texas where I grew up. It also can vary from day to day. Some days are bigger than others. Also I think it varies from where you start. You almost have to be lucky, depending upon how you get in the water. If you have a misstep and fall down, people come over the top of you, you're losing 10 seconds right there trying to make it back up.
XTERRA: You see any turtles out there?
LA: I didn't today. I was here about six weeks ago for something else and swam out there and right when I got in, I saw a big turtle. But not today. I think there are too many triathletes.
XTERRA: What are you expecting on the bike course here?
LA: Obviously it will be very different from what we experienced in Ogden. That there you have your typical Rocky Mountain single track mountain bike circuit with a lot of climbing. I suspect this will be a lot more undulating. A lot of varying conditions ... whether it's wet or whether its dry or whether it's some other obstacle that's been thrown out there.
XTERRA: What is your bike selection going to be?
LA: I have both here. I brought the same setup I had in Ogden, the superfly 29er hardtail. But I also brought the top fuel dual suspension which is a 26 inch. I need to decide whether or not I need dual suspension.
XTERRA: What do you expect on the
LA: A lot of up and down. When I was here a while ago and swam the course, I ran the course as well. Very technical. A lot of fast downhills with off camber type turns at the bottom which you have to be safe on. You have to be careful. You have to think about those things. You can't make a mistake. Sounds funny, but you can do some damage just on these runs here just with a run crash. You have to factor in that it's technical and that you're tired. You're two hours into the race and it's easy to make mistakes. Your legs don't lift as high as they did if you were just out for a regular run, so it's easy to hit things, you can trip and fall. You have to keep your eyes open.
XTERRA: What are your expectations for this race?
LA: I didn't have any expectations, really, in Utah. I didn't know exactly what I was getting into. I certainly hadn't trained for it. I had been too busy. And at the end of the day, I didn't really enjoy it because I suffered so much. I thought this is terrible, why do I want to go through this? I could be doing other things.
But I took a few days and thought about it, went home and started training again and said maybe I should at least focus on this. Do some interval work, at least adapt the training to what the race is like. I started getting into that. I didn't travel for literally a month except for one trip.
I think my condition and form will be completely different from what it was in Utah, but then again, Conrad (Stoltz) can say that and Dan Hugo and Josiah Middaugh can say that ... all these people understand that this is the world championship and they had a month to prepare and a month to raise their game. Nobody peaked in Ogden; everybody is peaking here. I'll be happy going out there and giving my best and maybe that's top 5, maybe that's top 10, could be better, I don't know. That's why we have the race.
XTERRA: Would you be surprised if you won it?
LA: I'd be really happy if I won. So I guess that means I'd be surprised. Maybe shocked is too big of a word, too strong of a word. But yeah, I'd be very pleasantly surprised.
XTERRA: If you were watching this race from the sidelines and had to pick a winner, who would it be?
LA: We'll see on Sunday morning what those swells are like. If that sea is rocking and this is a really extreme swim, then you take guys completely out of the race. Done. This is just me speaking as somebody that doesn't have any experience and really speaks from no position of knowledge, but if that sea is rocking, I think it's over for some guys. I'm not a gambler, but I wouldn't bet against Conrad Stoltz. He understands this game and he 's won this race four times and this is his job. This is what he wants to do and this is his passion, so I'd put my money on him.
XTERRA: What do you think of XTERRA?
LA: Utah is really all I have to go off of and reading stories online and reading press clippings, watching XTERRA TV videos. The vibe here is a little more laid back, a little more relaxed, which is good for me. It's not like I'm jumping into full-distance Ironman in Kona where everybody wants to kill the guy next to them. It's good that this is a little more laid back.
XTERRA: Is it fun for you?
LA: It wasn't fun in Utah, only because I suffered so much. Most people would have that reaction. But if I didn't enjoy the racing and training I wouldn't be here. Nobody is paying me to come here. Nobody is saying you have to go there. This is something that I choose to do. This is a choice I made. I want to be a fit 40 year old guy who trains on his own time.
Challenge Cape Town, the South African city's first major long distance triathlon, which was due to be held in the city on 6 November has been postponed until 2012.
The decision was taken following organisers' concerns with the course's safety and the lack of available time to negotiate suitable alternatives. Race Director, Grant Kunneke, said while the postponement was a hugely difficult decision to make, the athletes' safety was paramount and essential to the future of Challenge Cape Town.
"Both Challenge and the City of Cape Town are committed to staging a successful event in 2012 and we're delighted that many of our major stakeholders and sponsors have recommitted for 2012, such is their strong belief in this event," he said. "We explored all available options before making this tough
decision and are confident this is the right decision for the long term benefit of the athletes and the event."
Challenge Cape Town was to have been the final race in 2011′s global roll out of new Challenge Family long distance triathlons, which included successful new Challenge races in Fuerteventura in Spain, Cairns in Australia, Aarhus in Denmark, Vichy in France and Henley-on-Thames in the UK.
"This is the hardest thing we have dealt with in Challenge's history as this affects so many athletes and their families," said Felix Walchshöfer, Challenge Family CEO. "However, it is the correct decision as we will never compromise the safety of our athletes nor the quality of experience we deliver them. We will now continue our good working relationship with the City of Cape Town and our team in South Africa to deliver an outstanding event in 2012."
All athletes registered for Challenge Cape Town will receive either a refund or a guaranteed place at Challenge Cape Town 2012. Athletes who choose to roll over to 2012 will receive a free relay entry for friends or family. Dates for the 2012 event are to be confirmed in due course.