martes, noviembre 17, 2009
eneko ganò campeonato del mundo xterra
eneko gana en maui hawaii el campeonato del mundo xterra.Eneko gana el primer premio de 20.000 us $ +$2500 USD por hacer el mejor tiempo del ironman y el xterra sumados el premio se llama Hawaiian Airlines Double.
Eneko Llanos, Julie Dibens Each Win 3rd XTERRA World Title
domingo, 25 de octubre de 2009
MAKENA, MAUI - Eneko Llanos, 32, of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain and Julie Dibens, 34, from Bath, England (living in Boulder, Colorado) won the XTERRA World Championship and $20,000 first place prize money that goes with it at on a hot and sunny day at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort in Maui this afternoon.
Eneko LlanosLlanos finished in 2:37:22, 55 seconds ahead of Nicolas Lebrun from France, to collect his third XTERRA World Championship and first since winning back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004.
The men’s race was amazing, with all the sports heavy weights battling it out on the dusty slopes of Haleakala. Seth Wealing and Eneko Llanos were the first two contenders out of the one-mile warm water Pacific Ocean swim, followed by Olivier Marceau, Franky Batelier, and Conrad Stoltz.
Per his Maui routine, Stoltz jumped to an early lead on the mountain bike and was the first to hit the infamous “Heartbreak Hill” section at about mile 4, but the chase pack was thick and persistent.
By midway through the 20-mile bike Stoltz was still in front but with a tail that included Batelier, Llanos, Marceau, and Lebrun – one-by-one and separated by mere seconds. Just past the halfway point “Ned’s Climb” takes riders up some 1,400 feet in a matter of a mile to the highest point on the course at where the “Plunge” begins.
It’s here where Stoltz’ has built his legend and the spot where in past years he could put guys away with his fearless downhill riding. This year the course was as smooth as it has ever been and minimized the fear factor for his foes. Not to say that the Plunge isn’t still a gnarly, loose, jagged lava rock riddled stretch, it is – just not as bad.
“This was a tough race, but the bike course was a little smoother, a little faster,” said Llanos, who became the first racer in 14 years to win XTERRA Worlds after competing at the Ironman World Champs. “The course was a little less technical, and I went at a steady pace and it went really well.”
Stoltz cleared the section but didn’t put any time on the lead pack and at mile 15 Llanos and Batelier were right behind him with Josiah Middaugh pushing his way into the conversation just 30 seconds back, and Lebrun and Marceau within a minute. There hasn’t been a race in recent memory here in Maui where six guys were this close this far into the race, and another big name was about to be added to the mix.
Michi Weiss, last year’s runner-up, came out of the water in 79th place a full four minutes behind the leaders, but carved two minutes off his blazing fast bike split of a year ago (1:28:11) to close in on the leaders.
At the bike-to-run transition the spectators lining the lush luau grounds at the host hotel got to see for themselves just how exciting the racing action was with Stoltz, Llanos, and Middaugh all coming into and exiting together. Llanos got the early jump and once he got in front he never gave it up.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect to be this strong,” said Llanos, who finished 14th at the Ironman World Championship in 8:37:55 and captured the Hawaiian Airlines Double award for the fourth straight time. The award is given annually to the pro man with the fastest combined time at Ironman Worlds and XTERRA Worlds. “Just two weeks ago I was really disappointed in Kona, and now here I am so happy. I came here with no pressure and just wanted to have fun and then I felt strong from the swim and had a good day. When I crossed the finish line I couldn’t believe it, how fast feelings change, and something amazing happened and I’m just so happy now.”
Batelier was fourth into transition, then Lebrun, Marceau and Weiss. Any given day and any of the seven could do something special on the run and win. Lebrun did his best, and picked off everyone but Llanos on his way to 2nd place, his best finish in Maui since winning it all in 2005. Middaugh, who hasn’t done a legit training run in nearly a year due to injury, dropped to 9th by the finish line.
Weiss had a really good run, especially considering he was coming off the Ironman two weeks ago (he was 25th in Kona), and moved all the way up to 3rd.
“Last year I felt like I lost the race since I was so close to Ruzafa, but 3rd place was like a victory for me after the Ironman and not knowing what to expect recovery-wise,” said Weiss.
Marceau was his usual professional self and had a solid run to finish 4th for his fifth top 5 in Maui, Stoltz slugged it out for 5th, Batelier hung on for 6th, Felix Schumann worked his way into 7th, and Seth Wealing came across as the top American in 8th.
2009 XTERRA World Championship
October 25, 2009 - Makena Beach & Golf Resort, Maui
Name Race# Division Residence Swim Plc Tran #1 Bike Plc Tran #2 Run Plc Total Div Plc
1 Llanos, Eneko 6 Pro Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain :19:39 3 :00:53 1:31:37 5 :00:53 0:44:20 4 02:37:22 1
2 Lebrun, Nicolas 38 Pro Esroublon, France :21:44 35 :01:05 1:30:18 3 :01:01 0:44:09 2 02:38:17 2
3 Weiss, Michael 2 Pro Gumpoldskirchen, Austria :23:44 79 :01:09 1:28:11 1 :01:05 0:46:15 8 02:40:24 3
4 Marceau, Olivier 5 Pro Vallavris, France :20:07 6 :01:01 1:32:53 8 :00:57 0:46:08 7 02:41:06 4
5 Stoltz, Conrad 11 Pro Stellenbosch, South Africa :20:23 12 :00:59 1:30:40 4 :00:57 0:48:41 21 02:41:40 5
6 Batelier, Franky 14 Pro Rouen, France :20:09 7 :00:55 1:31:51 7 :00:52 0:48:28 18 02:42:15 6
7 Schumann, Felix 42 Pro Tuebingen, Germany :20:26 16 :01:01 1:33:57 9 :01:12 0:46:21 9 02:42:57 7
8 Wealing, Seth 10 Pro Boulder, CO :19:35 2 :01:06 1:35:48 12 :00:55 0:46:34 10 02:43:58 8
9 Middaugh, Josiah 7 Pro Vail, CO :22:15 42 :00:55 1:28:55 2 :00:55 0:51:14 30 02:44:14 9
10 Pfitzenmaier, Nico 17 Pro Besigheim, Germany :23:53 84 :01:03 1:31:49 6 :00:48 0:46:58 12 02:44:31 10
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