Wednesday, 07 Dec, 2022

Xterra World Championships in words and pictures

Hayden Wilde on his way to taking the men's title at the Xterra World Championships. Photo: Xterra

We reported on the wins by Flora Duffy and Hayden Wilde at yesterday’s Xterra World Championship in Maui, Hawaii – now we’ve got quotes, more results and photos to share from the day.

There was so much pressure and expectations on me going into the Olympics as the gold medal favorite, it was a five-year Olympic build, and that extra covid year really added to the intensity,” Flora Duffy said after her win. “After I won, I was on the highest cloud I could be on but also everything hit me – the expectations, the pressures I was carrying around on my shoulders. And, since then, it’s been difficult to balance all the media obligations while still trying to train and wanting to keep my season going because I had some big goals. I wanted to come here and defend my title, wanted to still race on the World Triathlon circuit, so it’s been a lot and I’m just thrilled I managed to pull off a great race day, win my sixth Xterra, and now I can go on a big holiday.”
According to a report from Xterra – “In the chase for second, Eleonora Peroncini was solidly in second place on the bike before the rain hit on her second lap and she had a big crash that broke her seat and set her back. Duvoisin and Flipo (pictured above), who rode much of the bike together, took advantage to move into second and third where they remained to the finish.”
“The course is tough, its always tough, but we got lucky it didn’t rain as much as we anticipated early on because the second lap of the bike when it started to rain it got real slick out there real quickly, so that was nerve-wracking. I just told myself to stay smooth, and stay on my bike,” Duffy said after the race.
The swim was cancelled for the first time in the 25-year history of the event due to “massive surf and hazardous rip currents.” The race was converted to a duathlon that included a 3 km run, a two-lap, 31 km mountain bike ride and an 11 km trail run.
“I couldn’t take the group until the end of first lap, but then I had to stop to fix my hand lever, but when it started to rain I went very fast and overtook them, and probably got 30 seconds. The mud changed the course a lot,” said Ruben Ruzafa, who had the day’s fastest bike split and led off the bike for the eighth straight time at the Xterra worlds.
“I just really applied the pressure as hard as I could in that first 5 km and I knew it was downhill from there, so just focused on staying on my feet and getting home safely,” said Wilde, who posted the fastest run split (40:11) and took the tape in 2:18:39, 23-seconds ahead of Serrieres in second. “Feels good, awesome to come here and win it, and I still have unfinished business because I want to race here when it’s a triathlon so that gives me extra incentive to come back.”.

TOP ELITE WOMEN

PlName, NATRUN1BIKERUNFINISH
1Flora Duffy, BER0:12:381:39:570:45:322:39:49
2Loanne Duvoisin, SUI0:12:571:44:000:48:192:46:56
3Michelle Flipo, MEX0:12:561:45:150:50:162:50:17
4Eleonora Peroncini, ITA0:13:181:47:100:54:082:56:09
5Suzie Snyder, USA0:14:231:52:050:53:313:02:01
6Alizée Paties, FRA0:13:321:52:240:55:273:02:55
7Carina Wasle, AUT0:13:321:57:420:51:453:05:02
8Amanda Felder, USA0:13:461:56:090:55:453:07:54
9Katie Button, CAN0:14:561:56:040:58:373:11:29
10Melanie McQuaid, CAN0:14:031:58:421:02:423:17:21
11Chelsea Raymond, CAN0:15:312:13:051:00:293:31:13
12Irena Ossola, USA0:15:122:18:550:56:443:33:45
13Brandi Swicegood, USA0:15:582:20:071:03:333:42:26

TOP 15 ELITE MEN 

PlName, NATRUN1BIKERUNFINISH
1Hayden Wilde, NZL0:10:341:26:330:40:112:18:39
2Arthur Serrieres, FRA0:11:081:25:540:40:412:19:02
3Ruben Ruzafa, ESP0:11:131:25:350:41:162:19:33
4Seth Rider, USA0:11:081:25:510:42:142:20:43
5Sebastien Carabin, BEL0:11:281:26:220:41:222:21:02
6Josiah Middaugh, USA0:11:121:26:380:42:002:21:26
7Maxim Chane, FRA0:12:051:28:060:42:372:24:16
8Francisco Serrano, MEX0:11:241:31:150:44:072:28:04
9Xavier Dafflon, SUI0:11:571:29:230:45:312:28:27
10Geert Lauryssen, BEL0:12:161:32:340:46:512:33:22
11Karel Dušek, CZE0:12:241:35:370:44:102:33:58
12Rom Akerson, CRC0:11:161:35:320:48:392:37:07
13Samuel Jud, SUI0:12:141:36:210:47:172:37:40
14Brice Daubord, FRA0:10:561:42:270:42:472:38:00
15Branden Rakita, USA0:12:541:41:470:49:452:46:06

Full results can be found here.

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