XTERRA Adventures into 16th Year of Racing on Saipan

Thursday 16 March 2017
The 2017 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour gets underway Saturday, March 18, at the 16th annual XTERRA Saipan Championship in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Sixteen elites representing 10 countries are on the remote tropical island for the challenge, including recently wed, 4x Saipan Champ Ben Allen of Australia.

“I would love to make history and win it for the fifth time, and I also want to defend my XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour title” said Allen, who married fellow XTERRA Warrior Jacqui Slack over the weekend in Australia.

Allen will have his work cut out for him this year as the men’s field is one of the deepest, fastest, and most unpredictable line-ups ever assembled for this event.

It includes Allen’s perpetual Asia-Pacific Tour nemesis Bradley Weiss from South Africa, who recently finished 2nd at XTERRA South Africa to Richard Murray despite a mechanical on the bike that cost him precious time.

It also includes a pair of formidable Kiwis, Sam Osborne and Kieran McPherson, who are both coming off breakout seasons on the XTERRA World Tour.  Last year Osborne finished runner-up on the XTERRA European Tour, runner-up at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, runner-up at his hometown race in Rotorua, and runner-up at XTERRA Belgium, Italy, Germany, and Denmark.

“2016 was a good year for me, as you say a lot of 2nd’s but if all the 2nd’s were 1st’s it would have been an incredible year, BUT, they weren’t so yea I want to go and win some races this year,” said Osborne. “I haven’t placed a lot of pressure on myself to go and chase a win, I just want to be good at the moment, make good decisions, have good legs, and good race craft.  If I do that I’ll be happy and that should bring the good results.”

Osborne, like all first-timers to Saipan, is excited for the experience, saying “I didn’t really know where Saipan was before I decided to come here. After consulting Uncle Google though, it looks like a pretty epic place to have a race.  And we’ll see about the heat. I’ve had a look at the weather, and it looks like the heat isn’t anything outrageous but the humidity is going get you.”

As for the competition, Osborne added “There is a pretty decent field coming, especially this early in the season and to start the Asia-Pacific Tour off. Looks like we all must have had the same idea … great minds think alike!  There are the obvious hitters Benny & Brad. Brad’s going well from his South African races. Benny’s an Aussie and they are always crafty buggers so you’ve got to watch them, but he just tied the knot though so could be a bit sleep deprived.   And, there are other guys who are more than capable of stirring things up. I know Yuichi (Hosoda) from road racing, and have seen how he swims first hand when he’s been in NZ for some of our races.  Fresh off Abu Dhabi, I’m sure he’ll be dangerous.”

As for McPherson, he finished 5th overall in his first full season on the XTERRA Pan America Tour last year and got better as the season progressed, posting a 3rd place showing at the Dominican Republic and a runner-up finish at XTERRA Mexico.

“I’m looking forward to another long and busy season,” said McPherson.  “I’m still hoping to fly under the radar like last year.  My lead up has been good and I guess the rest we will all just have to wait and see.”

Former XTERRA Japan Champion Takahiro Ogasawara, who was 2nd at this race last year, is joined by countrymen Yuichi Hosoda – a 2012 Olympian, and Akihiko Maeda.  Filipino star Joe Miller, who was third last year, is also back in the mix.

A pair of Austrians – Dominik Wychera and Markus Benesch – add some European Tour flavor to the race.  Wychera had three top 10’s in Europe last year and finished 18th in final standings.  Benesch placed in the top 15 at Malta, Italy, and Poland and was 32nd overall.

Others on the start list include familiar faces like former Mr. XTERRA Will Kelsay, the ever-popular Michal Bucek from Hong Kong, a regular from Russia named Aleksandr Dorovskikh, and a relative unknown from Slovakia, Emil Duraj.

In the women’s race Carina Wasle is back to defend her title and Mieko Carey returns to try and steal it away from her.

“I feel good and ready to race on Saturday,” said Wasle, who has more than a dozen wins on the World Tour in her 12-year career. “Most of my preparation for the upcoming season I did in South Africa. It was a perfect training camp with XTERRA South Africa at the end.”

Wasle was running in third position at South Africa before having to pull the plug due to cramps…“The race went well until the last 2km on the run,” she explained.  “I was in a safe 3rd position, but then I started to cramp very bad and had no chance to even walk to the finish.  Now I’m in Saipan and can’t wait to race on this course, it’s so unique. The bike has lots of very steep climbs and some very slippery trails through the jungle, and the run is the most technical course I’ve ever done. It goes through the jungle, under and over trees, lots of slippery roots and rocks, a cave, and many jumps that make it a hard challenge.”

For Carey, taking the quick flight from her home in Guam back to Saipan signals a return to her XTERRA roots.

“Saipan is a special place where I met XTERRA and fell in love with it,” exclaimed Mieko Carey, the four-time XTERRA Japan Champion who stumbled upon XTERRA while working at the host hotel many years ago.  “Saipan changed my whole life.  It is here where I found my passion for the sport, and love for the people who all share the same goal, to Live More.”
Xterra Triathlon


Coming Triathlon Events View all

    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

16

Dec

2017

Sufferfest Mount Martha

Mount Martha, Australia

Website Google Map

06

Jan

2018

HITS Naples

Naples, FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

26

Jan

2018

Israman

Eilat, Israel

Website Google Map YouTube

17

Feb

2018

Challenge Wanaka

Wanaka, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

31

Mar

2018

HITS Ocala

Ocala, FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

14

Apr

2018

HITS Napa Valley

Napa Valley, CA, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

15

Apr

2018

Taitung Puyuma

Taitung City, Taiwan, China

Website Google Map

29

Apr

2018

Challenge Taiwan

Taitung City, Taiwan, China

Website Google Map YouTube

19

May

2018

Ironcat

I`Ampolla, Spain

Website Google Map

20

May

2018

Tri Forth Worth

Fort Worth, TX, United States

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

03

Mar

2018

Ironman New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

15

Apr

2018

Ironman African Championship

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Website Google Map YouTube

28

Apr

2018

Ironman Texas

The Woodlands, Texas, United States

Website Google Map

06

May

2018

Ironman Australia

Port Macquarie, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

12

May

2018

Ironman Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa, California, United States

Website Google Map

26

May

2018

Ironman Lanzarote

Canary Islands, Spain

Website Google Map

27

May

2018

Ironman Florianopolis

Florianopolis, Brazil

Website Google Map

03

Jun

2018

Ironman Subic Bay

Subic Bay, Philippines

Website Google Map

10

Jun

2018

Ironman Cairns

Cairns, Australia

Website Google Map

10

Jun

2018

Ironman Boulder

Boulder, CO, United States

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

16

Dec

2017

Rotorua Half

Rotorua, New Zealand

Website Google Map

20

Jan

2018

Port of Tauranga Half

Tauranga, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

04

Feb

2018

Hell of the West

Goondiwindi, QLD, Australia

Website Google Map

18

Feb

2018

Husky Long Course

Huskisson, NSW, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

24

Feb

2018

Coles Bay Half

Coles Bay, TAS, Australia

Website Google Map

03

Mar

2018

Sufferfest Nagambie

Nagambie, Australia

Website Google Map

04

Mar

2018

Ocean Lava Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Website Google Map

17

Mar

2018

Florida Challenge

Clermont, Florida, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

24

Mar

2018

Sufferfest Murray Bridge

Murray Bridge, Australia

Website Google Map

25

Mar

2018

Ocean Lava Madeira

Madeira, Portugal

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

14

Jan

2018

70.3 Pucon

Pucon, Chile

Website Google Map

28

Jan

2018

70.3 South Africa

Buffalo City, South Africa

Website Google Map YouTube

02

Feb

2018

70.3 Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Website Google Map

18

Feb

2018

70.3 Geelong

Geelong, Australia

Website Google Map

25

Feb

2018

70.3 Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Website Google Map

04

Mar

2018

70.3 New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand

Website Google Map

11

Mar

2018

70.3 Bariloche

Bariloche, Argentina

Website Google Map

18

Mar

2018

70.3 Campeche

Campeche, Mexico

Website Google Map

18

Mar

2018

70.3 Taiwan

Kenting, Taiwan, China

Website Google Map YouTube

18

Mar

2018

70.3 Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Website Google Map

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

Phillips, Watkinson win 70.3 Taupo

Phillips, Watkinson win 70.3 Taupo

Monday 11 Dec 2017 [Triathlon News]

An architect and a structural engineer are building impressive careers in IRONMAN after victories at IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo. New Zealanders Amelia Watkinson, a qualified architect, and Mike Phillips, who gave up his job as a structural engineer to chase a triathlon career, took the honours in the final IRONMAN event of the year. A toxic algae bloom in the usually crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo forced organisers to cancel the swim, replacing with a 3km run. Both Watkinson and Phillips made their more

70.3 Taupo Contingency Course Implemented Due to Algae-Affected Lake

70.3 Taupo Contingency Course Implemented Due to Algae-Affected Lake

Thursday 07 Dec 2017 [Triathlon News]

Due to dense mats of potentially toxic algal species at five sites around Lake Taupo, prompting a Council warning for the public to avoid swimming in affected areas, organisers of IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo have been forced to remove the swim leg and implement a contingency course, consisting of a 3km Run, 90km Bike and 21km Run. After receiving reports from the public of algae blooms, Waikato Regional Council scientists collected a number of algae samples on Tuesday and again yesterday from five sites. more

Triathletes, Runners, SUP, Yogi’s, to Enjoy Wildflower Experience

Triathletes, Runners, SUP, Yogi’s, to Enjoy Wildflower Experience

Wednesday 06 Dec 2017 [Triathlon News]

Motiv Sports has announced today that the all-new, rebranded Wildflower Experience will offer a full weekend of traditional racing plus additional events and premium camping options at Lake San Antonio. Wildflower is known all over the world for its legendary triathlons and festival-like atmosphere. more

Terenzo Bozzone, Around the world in 25 days!

Terenzo Bozzone, Around the world in 25 days!

Tuesday 05 Dec 2017 [Triathlon News]

Around the world in 25 days! Last stop was Ironman Western Australia, in Busselton this past weekend where I would be fighting to defend my title from last year. After the long trip from Bahrian to Perth and with the body feeling pretty battered from the weekend before race, I was stoked to have my Physio Tawhai, here in Perth with me. After hours of massage, throughout the week, I felt back to normal and I was ready to get the show on the road. more

Chrabot, Piampiano win Ironman Mar del Plata

Chrabot, Piampiano win Ironman Mar del Plata

Monday 04 Dec 2017 [Triathlon News]

In the men's race for much of the swim and the better part of the bike it was Matt Chrabot (USA), Igor Amorelli (BRA) and Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) duking it out and putting time on the field. Late in the bike Amorelli surged to the front while Chrabot eased off let Amorelli go as Colucci faded hard. Amorelli would eventually carry advantages of 3:53 on Chrabot and +9:35 on Colucci heading into T2. more

Twitter


Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.