Liam Bromilow | Photos: Courtesy of Xterra
This weekend sees the 19th running of the Xterra World Championships in Maui, Hawaii. With ITU, long course triathlon, and off-road specialists all making the trek to the island, the race will be one of the most exciting in recent years.
Barring any disruptions from Hurricane Ana, which is currently wreaking havoc across the Pacific, Sunday’s race will feature the defending champions in Ruben Rufaza and Nicky Samuels. Rufaza hit some form of late by taking out Xterra USA recently with a dominant race, and will look to claim his third world title after also winning in 2008. Samuels comes to Maui after having raced one of her best ITU seasons on record, finishing with two podiums in the final two races of the World Triathlon Series.
The men’s race will also feature two men who lit up the roads of Kona a fortnight ago at the Ironman World Championships. Bart Aernouts placed ninth while Michael Weiss finished sixteenth, so if they have recovered...