Osborne, Allen win XTERRA New Zealand

Sunday 09 April 2017
Hometown hero Sam Osborne from Rotorua and the newlywed Jacqui Allen (nee Slack) from Australia (nee Great Britain) captured the 15th annual XTERRA New Zealand Championship elite titles at Lake Tikitapu on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

It’s the second win of the season for Osborne, who became the first local to win this race in 15 years, and the second XTERRA NZL crown for Allen, who last won it in 2012.

“Absolutely bloody stoked,” exclaimed Osborne. “It’s the first time both Mum & Dad have been able to watch the race here so they were just going nuts. That really makes it so magic, they only usually get to see me race once a year because of work and usually only one can watch, but to pull off today in front of both of them is just so special.”

Osborne didn’t have the fastest swim of the day, that honor went to the young Fynn Thompson, but he did have the best bike and run splits to win going away in 2:06:01, more than three-minutes ahead of two-time XTERRA 15-19 age group World Champion Hayden Wilde in his elite debut.

“I didn’t have one of best of swims but had a really good transition so got out first still,” said Osborne. “There was a group of five all together at the start of the bike and as soon as we hit the first open sections things started to go nuts. It was just attack after attack with all the ITU guys in that group and an always aggressive Braden Currie right there. The first part of the bike was fireworks.”

Currie, who has won the last two XTERRA New Zealand Championship titles, pulled out during the run due to injury, the extent of which is unknown at press time. “He did his fair share of damage to all of us on the bike before that happened,” said Osborne.

Today’s race showcased a wealth of young Kiwi speedsters who made an impact on the race.

“I took the lead in the first real downhill, Taura, and got a bit of a gap but Kyle (Smith) came back to me on the next short road section,” said Osborne. “I could hear he was redlining though and made sure I rode the next section full gas. The rubber band stretched but didn’t really snap. Into the big climb up to Frontal Lobotomy I had good legs and transitioned into an incredibly smooth run down Eagle vs Shark.”

Of course, the trail names are as fantastic as the forest they reside … Whakarewarewa.

“On the run, I had good legs and I just let them go and do their thing,” said Osborne. “The atmosphere from everyone out there that turned up was just next level. I had support 90% way round the course and that really carried me through.”

It was an all Kiwi top five, with Wilde in second, Smith in third, Thompson just five-seconds back in fourth, and Olly Shaw in fifth.

In the women’s race Rebecca Clarke took the early lead out of the water but Jacqui Allen was close behind and pounced early on the bike, taking the pole position 1km in and all the way to the tape.

“I really had no idea how it was going to go today, my numbers in training have improved but I had no idea how that would translate to an XTERRA race at full speed,” said Allen. “I got bashed around a bit in the swim but still existed in 2nd and after 1km on the bike I took over the lead.”

The former XTERRA Warrior award winner and reigning XTERRA Malaysia Champion married fellow XTERRA elite Ben Allen just a few weeks ago and apparently the two managed a wee-bit of trail time in the off-season as well.

“I was riding well and my skills on the bike have improved a lot over the summer so the XTERRA New Zealand course was right up my street,” said Allen, who posted the fastest women’s bike split of the day. “I came off the bike in the lead and ran my first lap conserving a little energy. I thought I was being chased down so with 4km to go I put the hammer down.”

Hannah Wells, who posted the fastest run split of the day, was indeed trying to chase Allen down but fell just about three-minutes shy in the runner-up position.

“I’m really happy with my form right now and it’s unbelievably nice to be back on the top step supporting Team Allen,” said Allen. “Rotorua is just the perfect location for XTERRA racing. That along with the fabulous set-up and organization from Frank Clarke and his team make this event truly world class.”

Wells finished second, XTERRA Motatapu Champ Josie Wilcox was third, recent XTERRA Thailand Champ Renata Bucher place fourth, and Penny Slater from Australia rounded out the top five.

ELITE MALE:
1 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:06:01
2 Hayden Wilde, NZL 2:09:11
3 Kyle Smith, NZL 2:12:09
4 Fynn Thompson, NZL 2:12:14
5 Olly Shaw, NZL 2:14:48

ELITE FEMALE:
1 Jacqui Allen, GBR 2:34:58
2 Hannah Wells, NZL 2:37:44
3 Josie Wilcox, NZL 2:41:45
4 Renata Bucher, SUI 2:45:56
5 Penny Slater, AUS 2:46:20
XTerra Triathlon


Coming Triathlon Events View all

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

10

Jun

2017

Schloss Triathlon Moritzburg

Moritzburg, Germany

Website Google Map YouTube

10

Jun

2017

Challenge Denmark

Herning, Denmark

Website Google Map YouTube

11

Jun

2017

Challenge Venice

Venice, Italy

Website Google Map

11

Jun

2017

UK Ultimate

Whitchurch, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube

11

Jun

2017

Goto Nagasaki Int.

Nagasaki, Japan

Website Google Map

11

Jun

2017

Wasserstadt Triathlon

Hannover-Limmer, Germany

Website Google Map

11

Jun

2017

AlpsMan

Annecy, France

Website Google Map YouTube

17

Jun

2017

Celtman

Torridon, Scotland, United Kingdom

Website Google Map

18

Jun

2017

Lakesman

Keswick, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Website Google Map

18

Jun

2017

Diablak Beskid Extreme

Silesian and Zywiec Beskids, Poland

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

11

Jun

2017

Ironman Cairns

Cairns, Australia

Website Google Map

11

Jun

2017

Ironman Boulder

Boulder, CO, United States

Website Google Map

02

Jul

2017

Ironman Austria

Klagenfurt, Austria

Website Google Map

09

Jul

2017

Ironman Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany

Website Google Map YouTube

16

Jul

2017

Ironman UK

Bolton,, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube

23

Jul

2017

Ironman Lake Placid

Lake Placid, United States

Website Google Map

23

Jul

2017

Ironman France

Nice, France

Website Google Map YouTube

29

Jul

2017

Ironman Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa, California, United States

Website Google Map

30

Jul

2017

Ironman Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Website Google Map YouTube

30

Jul

2017

Ironman Canada

Whistler, BC, Canada

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

02

Jun

2017

Rapa Nui

Easter Island, Chile

Website Google Map YouTube

03

Jun

2017

Rev3 Quassy

Quassy, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

03

Jun

2017

TOUGHMAN Washington State

Ocean Shores , WA, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

03

Jun

2017

Challenge Samorin

x-bionic® sphere, Samorin, Slovakia

Website Google Map

03

Jun

2017

IronStar 113

Sochi, Russian Federation

Website Google Map YouTube

04

Jun

2017

Cotswold113

Ashton Keynes, United Kingdom

Website Google Map

10

Jun

2017

Challenge Denmark

Herning, Denmark

Website Google Map

17

Jun

2017

Chinook Half

Calgary, Canada

Website Google Map

17

Jun

2017

TOUGHMAN Wisconsin

Sherwood WI, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

24

Jun

2017

Tinman

Tupper Lake, NY, United States

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

03

Jun

2017

70.3 Hawaii

Kohala Coast, Hawaii, United States

Website Google Map

04

Jun

2017

70.3 Raleigh

Raleigh,NC, United States

Website Google Map

04

Jun

2017

70.3 Victoria

Victoria, BC, Canada

Website Google Map

11

Jun

2017

70.3 Kraichgau

Kraichgau, Germany

Website Google Map

11

Jun

2017

70.3 Cairns

Cairns, Australia

Website Google Map

11

Jun

2017

70.3 Switzerland

Lake of Zurich, Switzerland

Website Google Map

11

Jun

2017

70.3 Eagleman

Cambridge, Maryland, United States

Website Google Map

11

Jun

2017

70.3 Japan

Tokoname, Japan

Website Google Map

11

Jun

2017

70.3 Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Website Google Map

18

Jun

2017

70.3 Syracuse

Syracuse, New York, United States

Website Google Map

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

Ruzafa, Poor win XTERRA Portugal

Ruzafa, Poor win XTERRA Portugal

Sunday 28 May 2017 [Triathlon News]

Reigning XTERRA European Tour Champions Ruben Ruzafa of Spain and Brigitta Poor from Hungary captured the fourth-annual XTERRA Portugal Championship race in Golega this afternoon. The win is the 27th of Ruzafa’s career, his fourth of the season, fourth straight in Portugal, and third-in-a-row on the European Tour. For Poor, it’s her third win of the year and in the other two races she finished runner-up to Helena Erbenova. more

Sissons and Taylor-Brown grab first ever ITU World Cup wins in Madrid

Sissons and Taylor-Brown grab first ever ITU World Cup wins in Madrid

Sunday 28 May 2017 [Triathlon News]

It was a day of firsts in the Spanish capital for the 2017 ITU Madrid World Cup, with both Ryan Sissons (NZL) and Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) winning their first ever World Cup. Also first on the podium were Taylor Spivey (USA) and Chelsea Burns (USA), as well as Raphael Montoya (FRA) while his compatriot Simon Viein grabbed in Madrid his second world cup top three finishes. more

Cunnama, McNamee, Skipper set for Challenge Salou Spain on Sunday

Cunnama, McNamee, Skipper set for Challenge Salou Spain on Sunday

Friday 26 May 2017 [Triathlon News]

Challenge Salou promises to be a classic. Salou is home to the greatest beaches in Spain. The bike course is a flat, single loop, perfect for a personal best. Transition, the run course and finish line are on the seafront promenade, lined with palm trees. In the swim you’ll have the chance to swim at a spectacular beach with shallow water and views which reach the Ebro delta and the Mussara mountain range. The cycling circuit goes along a dual carriageway where you’ll be surprised by the average more

Fame in Florianopolis: Who Will Take the Title?

Fame in Florianopolis: Who Will Take the Title?

Friday 26 May 2017 [Triathlon News]

On Sunday the third of five IRONMAN regional championships kicks off in tropical Florianopolis, Brasil with a bevy of talented athletes making the trek to South America to vie for their share of $150,000 and 4000 KPR points. The challenging yet fast race has once again drawn a deep international field. Late-May fitness levels and mild conditions will team up to offer IRONMAN fans a couple of smoking fast races in both men’s and women’s fields. more

ITU World Cup Racing Returns to the Spanish Capital

ITU World Cup Racing Returns to the Spanish Capital

Friday 26 May 2017 [Triathlon News]

After an eight-year hiatus, world cup racing returns to the Spanish capital to host the 2017 Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup. First appearing on the calendar in 2003, Madrid hosted a world cup event every year until 2008, until it became a regular stop on the World Triathlon Series from 2009 to 2013. As one of the headquartering cities to ITU, the city of Madrid is a special place for triathlon, sure to produce an exciting event. more

Twitter


Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.