Asia-Pac Tour Stars all-in for XTERRA Danao

Friday 21 April 2017
All the stars on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour are headed to Danao in the Cebu province of the Philippines for the fourth-race of the Series this Sunday, April 23.

In the men’s race XTERRA Saipan and New Zealand Champion Sam Osborne, XTERRA Thailand Champ Kieran McPherson, the reigning XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Champ Ben Allen, the reigning XTERRA Philippines Champ Bradley Weiss, the 2016 XTERRA Motatapu Champ Olly Shaw, the 2016 XTERRA Saipan Champ Brodie Gardner, former XTERRA Japan champ Takahiro Ogasawara, and the fastest Filipino in XTERRA Joe Miller will all be on the start line.  Not to mention Will Kelsay, Alex Roberts, Dan Brown, and Taylor Charlton.

“It’s great to have such a competitive Asia-Pacific Tour, although I’ve made it even harder for myself personally with life changing moments occurring during the offseason,” said Allen, who married fellow XTERRA Warrior Jacqui Slack last month just before the Tour started.  “You can’t leave a stone unturned this day and age, it’s becoming a battle and making mistakes are costly. A race going to plan with luck is the key to success on the Tour.”

One man that’s had great success so far this year has been Sam Osborne, now a local hero in his hometown of Rotorua, New Zealand.

“It’s been crazy since XTERRA here in Rotorua, it’s something I’ve wanted and put a lot into and the support here at home has been amazing,” exclaimed Osborne.  “I’ve pulled up well since then and got back into my normal routine pretty quick so happy with how things are going.

When asked what his key to success has been, Osborne said “Have you ever seen Kung Fu Panda? What’s the secret ingredient to the secret ingredient soup…? I’ve got a good crew here at home who are as keen to get out in the bush & in the water as I am and we have fun, “Chop wood, carry water.”

Weiss, who won last year in the Philippines when the race was held in Albay, finished third at XTERRA Reunion on Sunday.

As for the course, Weiss says “I have done a few laps of the course and can tell you it’s going to be brutal out there and the climate is only making the challenge harder. The bike course is two loops of 20km with 700m+ of climbing each lap. Thats 40km total with 1500m elevation gain which is probably one of the toughest courses on the World Tour, add extreme heat and humidity and you have enough to frighten the most hardcore athletes! Doing one loop in training at an easy pace takes close on 90minutes and leaves even the pros pretty exhausted. Doing two laps at race pace should be an interesting experience. My plan is to take it conservatively and try to have something left to be able to run after that!”

In the women’s race it’s a showdown between XTERRA New Zealand Champion Jacqui Allen and XTERRA Reunion Champ Carina Wasle, with emerging talents Penny Slater and Jessica Kolts adding intrigue.

“I’m still on a high since XTERRA New Zealand,” said (Jacqui) Allen.  “I was so happy with my overall performance and now even more excited to tow the start line in the Philippines. I’ve raced XTERRA Philippines five times now and had three runner-up positions, so hopefully this Sunday might be my turn to take the top step. I love here, Sunrise always offers such a wonderful race experience. It’s a new course, new race location, so not too sure what to expect but I like it that way.”

As for Wasle, she has more than just Jacqui Allen to worry about.

“Unfortunately, I broke my little toe at the swim start at the race in Reunion,” she explained.  “At the moment I can’t run, so hope it will get better the next few days because right now my foot doesn’t fit into a running shoe!”

Still, broken toe or not, Wasle has already been out pre-riding the course.

“It is very hot and humid here,” she said.  “I just pre-rode one-loop of the bike course. It’s lots of very steep climbing, sometimes pushing the bike, rocky singletrails and crazy hot out there. It’s one of the toughest courses I have been on and its very long. I think it will take me nearly four hours to finish this race.”

Learn more at xterradanao.com.
XTERRA Triathlon


Coming Triathlon Events View all

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

29

Apr

2017

Challenge Taiwan

Taitung City, Taiwan, China

Website Google Map YouTube

07

May

2017

Tri Forth Worth

Fort Worth, TX, United States

Website Google Map

20

May

2017

Ironcat

I`Ampolla, Spain

Website Google Map

27

May

2017

FrenchMan

Hourtin, France

Website Google Map YouTube

27

May

2017

Balatonman Kenese

Balatonkenese, Hungary

Website Google Map

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

UK Ultimate

Whitchurch, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube

11

Jun

2017

Challenge Venice

Venice, Italy

Website Google Map

11

Jun

2017

AlpsMan

Annecy, France

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

07

May

2017

Ironman Australia

Port Macquarie, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

20

May

2017

Ironman Lanzarote

Canary Islands, Spain

Website Google Map

28

May

2017

Ironman Florianopolis

Florianopolis, Brazil

Website Google Map

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

30

Apr

2017

Ultimate Yamba

Yamba NSW, Australia

Website Google Map

06

May

2017

Challenge Lisboa

Lisbon, Portugal

Website Google Map YouTube

07

May

2017

Challenge Rimini

Rimini, Italy

Website Google Map YouTube

09

May

2017

Taitung Flowing Lake 113

Taiwan, China

Website Google Map

13

May

2017

Ocean Lava Austria

Gosdorf, Austria

Website Google Map

14

May

2017

Ocean Lava Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

Website Google Map YouTube

20

May

2017

Bilboa Triathlon

Bilboa, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

20

May

2017

TOUGHMAN Indiana

Noblesville, IN, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

21

May

2017

Outlaw Half

Nottingham, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube

21

May

2017

Big East

Bradwell Waterside, Essex, United Kingdom

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

06

May

2017

70.3 St. George

St. George Utah, United States

Website Google Map

07

May

2017

70.3 St. Croix

St. Croix, Virgin Islands, U.s.

Website Google Map

07

May

2017

70.3 Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Website Google Map

07

May

2017

70.3 Busselton

Western Australia, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

07

May

2017

70.3 Vietnam

Da Nang, Viet Nam

Website Google Map YouTube

13

May

2017

70.3 Mallorca

Mallorca, Spain

Website Google Map

13

May

2017

70.3 Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa, California, United States

Website Google Map

13

May

2017

70.3 Gulf Coast

Panama City Beach, Florida, United States

Website Google Map

14

May

2017

70.3 Pays d'Aix

Aix-en-Provence, France

Website Google Map YouTube

14

May

2017

70.3 Monterrey

Monterrey, Mexico

Website Google Map

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

Weiss, Wasle win XTERRA Danao

Weiss, Wasle win XTERRA Danao

Wednesday 26 Apr 2017 [Triathlon News]

Danao, Cebu, Philippines – Bradley Weiss from South Africa and Carina Wasle from Austria captured the 7th annual XTERRA Philippines Championship elite race titles on a brutally long, hot day in Danao on Sunday, April 23, 2017. It’s the third straight XTERRA Philippines title for Weiss and the third win this season for Wasle, who now has 16 majors in her career. “Brutally hot race and probably the longest, hottest, and hardest race ever in my six years of racing XTERRA,” said Weiss. “Very stoked more

Luxem, Poor win XTERRA Cyprus

Luxem, Poor win XTERRA Cyprus

Wednesday 26 Apr 2017 [Triathlon News]

Paphos, Cyprus – Yeray Luxem from Belgium and Brigitta Poor from Hungary captured the inaugural XTERRA Cyprus off-road triathlon, which turned into a duathlon, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. It’s the second career XTERRA major win for Luxem, who won his first at XTERRA Poland last year, and the second win this season for Poor, the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champ, who also won the opener at XTERRA Malta earlier this month. more

Brazilians Sweep Palmas

Brazilians Sweep Palmas

Tuesday 25 Apr 2017 [Triathlon News]

Brazil's Igor Amorelli proved once again he is the Brazils' premier distance athlete once again in Palmas. Using his patented strong swim and bike combination, Amorelli carried a seven-minute advantage heading into T2 and cruised the run for the win unchallenged. more

Potts and Jackson Perfect in Peru

Potts and Jackson Perfect in Peru

Tuesday 25 Apr 2017 [Triathlon News]

Andy Potts (USA) proved once again he is a brilliant race tactician at the 70.3 distance. Exiting the water first with three others, Potts took the initiative to pushed the pace early on the bike and broke the field up in the opening half of the bike. Now the front of the race had been reduced to three and Potts fell back to let the pair of Felipe Barraza (CHL) and Felipe Van De Wyngard (CHL) that accompanied him to share the work load up front. more

Record Breaking Win for Hanson - Robertson Grabs Title

Record Breaking Win for Hanson - Robertson Grabs Title

Monday 24 Apr 2017 [Triathlon News]

Andrew Starykowicz (USA) put his stamp on the race early as he was in the first group coming out of the water and he quickly pounded his way to the front of the bike in the opening miles. Starykowicz recorded one of the fastest IRONMAN bike legs ever (4:01:15) and dismounted his bike with a huge 13:04 advantage on his closest rival. This outcome was an incredible feat considering Starykowicz had to overcome a horrific accident when he was hit by a truck in August of last year. more

Twitter


Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.