Ben Allen und Renata Bucher gewinnen XTERRA Malaysia
Ben Allen(AUS) und Renata Bucher(SUI) rundeten mit Ausrufezeichen-Siegen bei XTERRA Malaysia in Putrajaya am Wochenende zwei Monate Abenteuer pur in der asiatisch-pazifischen Region ab. Für Allen war es der fünfte XTERRA World Tour Sieg der Saison und für Bucher der dritte XTERRA-Sieg allein im April 2013 und der 32. in ihrer Karriere.
Beide sind 2013 kaum zu schlagen, ein Gesamttoursieg erscheint schon jetzt realistisch.
Der Australier wird auch in Zittau an den Start gehen, von der „Swiss Miss“ gibt es noch keine Informationen.
Allen and Slack win XTERRA Saipan Championship
Saipan, Northern Marianas (March 9, 2013) – Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack - the most proficient XTERRA World Tour travelers in the sport, captured the XTERRA Saipan Championship in the Northern Marianas on Saturday.
Allen, Paterson win XTERRA Philippines
Liloan, Cebu – XTERRA Warrior award winner Ben Allen from Australia and two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson from Scotland captured the third edition of the XTERRA Philippines Championship at the seafront of Barangay Jubay in Liloan (Cebu Province) on Saturday.
For Allen the victory marks a successful title defense and fourth straight win in the Western Pacific having swept last year’s Triple Crown of championship events in the Philippines, Saipan, and Guam.
“Very proud and honored to defend my title here in the Philippines, loved every minute of it,” said Allen. He needed every minute of it, too, as South Africa’s Dan Hugo finished just 51 seconds back thanks to the fastest run split of the day.
“Thrilling event, in many ways,” posted Hugo to his twitter account Saturday. “Two flat tires, a crash and a meltdown. Ran into lead, but lost to a class effort by Benny Allen.”
It’s Hugo’s second straight second-place, having finished in same position at the XTERRA World Tour opener in South Africa last week.
2010 XTERRA Philippines Champion Sam Gardner from the UK posted the fastest bike split of the day to take third-place, with young-gun Bradley Weiss in fourth, and triathlon legend Olivier Marceau in fifth.
Marceau, a three-time Olympian who finished 2nd here in the Philippines last year, didn’t arrive into Cebu until late Friday night due to travel delays.
Murry and Van Huysteen shake up XTERRA SOUTH AFRIKA CHAMPS
Olympian Richard Murray and reigning XTERRA South African champion Carla Van Huyssteen were on fire in Elgin Grabouw (Western Cape) on Sunday, 24 February 2013 at the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA South African Championship presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT completing the 1.5km swim, 27km mountain bike and 11km trail run first in the men’s and women’s category in combined times of 02hours23minutes02seconds and 02hours51minutes01seconds respectively.
For Van Huyssteen the successful title defence was a-dream-come true. “I had to work hard the entire race,” says Van Huyssteen. “The swim was a bit chaotic in the beginning with me choosing the wrong line. I still had a good swim though, entering transition first. I knew I had to work hard as Shonny Vanlandingham is an amazing mountain biker. I managed to find good rhythm on the bike. Going into the run I knew I had to give my all as my husband wouldn’t be impressed with me if it looked like I was taking it easy,” laughs Van Huyssteen. “Today’s race was great. I had a knot in my stomach the whole way as I really wanted this win”. Susan Sloan came in second, while Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colorado) finished third.