The 33-year-old Spaniard Ruzafa is currently in impressive form. Shortly after winning the ITU World Championship on Tuesday, he wins the technically demanding XTERRA Czech, and quite impressively. Already after the swim split it was obvious that the Spaniard worked a lot on this discipline, his gap to the top (Chane and Allen) was relatively small and it was only a matter of time when he took over the top on the MTB track. This happened after 19 km. The South African and reigning XTERRA Worldchamp Bradley Weiss, Sam Osborne and the strong Czech Kocar, however, remained in close contact. Osborne had a technical defect and Kocar a crash, which the Frenchman Maxim Chane could use for himself and entered T2 in 3rd place. However, he could not hold this place. The Czech came back on the trail and finished 3rd after Ruzafa and Weiss. Peter Lehmann (DE) came back among the top ten and was happy about 8th place.
As expected, local hero Helena Karaskova (CZ) won the women’s competition, but she had to fight. The old champion of European crosstraathlon, the Swiss Miss Renata Bucher attacked the favourite especially on the bike course hard and came as the leader in T2, followed by the New Zealander Orchard. Karaskova was still in 3rd place, but the Czech is a courageous runner and took the lead in the first lap. However, the best runtime – the Austrian Carina Wasle. She was still able to fight her way up to second place and the New Zealander to third place. Renata Bucher finished 4th.
All in all, a successful comback for the XTERRA Czech after a break of several years. Prachatice and surroundings are a great location for cross-triathlon, the isotonic cold drinks behind the Finishline legendary 😉
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