javi humilde dice que si le pasan en la bici los mejores tratarà de seguirlos!
Specialized Athletes - #xterraMaui2012 - Xterra 2012 World Championship
no te pierdas èste video con javi dominando la nataciòn y la bici hasta que al final le pasa conrad , pero en la carrera a piè le quita las pegatinas en una pasada sensacional para ganar video meta
conferencia de prensa post carrera
Javier Gómez resumen de su impresiòn post carrera
mi tàctica fuè nadar muy ràpido y salir en cabeza, luego apretar mucho en las subidas de la bici y relajarme en las bajadas sin arriesgar nada para evitar las caìdas. Debo haber sido el màs ràpido en las subidas . La tàctica funcionò y me alcanzò conrad stolz ,que tiene la misma bici que yo, en la ùltima bajada tècnica y tambièn se acercò jossia. Conrad me sacò solo 20 segundos en la salida de la T2 y sabìa que los podìa neutralizar en la carrera. Luego sòlo fuì controlando la distancia hasta la meta.
2012 XTERRA World Championship Course Preview
Dave "The Kahuna" Nicholas walks us through the 2012 XTERRA World Championship course in Kapalua, Maui.
javi gomez first in T1
2012 XTERRA World Championship Live
WHAT IS XTERRA: The world’s premier off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) rough water swim, a 30.4-kilometer (18.89-miles) mountain bike and a 9.5-kilometer (5.9 miles) trail run best described as a tropical roller-coaster ride through pineapple fields and forests.
WHO RACES IN MAUI: A capacity field of 800 athletes from around the world including professionals and amateurs.(eneko llanos , victor del corral y javi gòmez noya ) WHEN: The XTERRA World Championship starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012.
when in Spain
Alicante (Spain) domingo, 28 de octubre de 2012, 20:00:00 CET UTC+1 hour
WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, USA
how to know
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Follow the action live on race day at http://www.XTERRALive.com
We will feature live video feeds from several spots around the course, showcase a social media (GIS) map of the course with detailed positioning and tweets from strategically positioned spotters and every elite athlete is being equipped with a GPS tracking device that will allow followers to see their every movement. The "shadow" device reports location, speed, distance, and elevation. For the GPS Tracker you can download a free app for the iPhone that is pretty cool or just go to www.xterralive.com on race day and follow the various links for more info.
Fans are encouraged to share their experiences via twitter with hashtag #XTERRAMaui.
For those on-site at the Ritz-Carlton Resort we’ll have a media tent with big screen TV’s displaying all the action.
THE COURSE: Maui’s XTERRA course is legendary, and conditions change radically from year-to-year, diminishing the advantage to repeat competitors and perpetuating the course's stature as the most intimidating in the series. Hawaii’s natural obstacles are unlike anywhere else on earth and for the 550+ athletes racing in Maui – the XTERRA World Championship is a truly unique experience. The victor will traverse this rugged terrain in roughly two and half hours (although Conrad Stoltz broke the record by almost two minutes when he crossed in 2:22:55 in 2002), with the lead woman approx. 30-minutes behind.
Distance: 1.5-kilometers (0.93 miles) Location: Maluaka Beach, aka Prince Beach
Access: Open to the public
The rough water swim is two laps of a 750-meter triangular course, with a 150-meter beach sprint between laps to get the blood pumping in a totally different direction.
Swim Record: Male - Glenn Wachtel (HI) 18:10 in 2000 Female - Raeleigh Tennant (AUS) 18:31 in 2000
Swim to Bike (T1), and Bike to Run (T2) Transition
Location: Located adjacent to the luau grounds at the Maui Prince just up from the swim start in a big grassy area.
Access: The swim/bike transition area is for competitors only, however, spectators may view the change-over from any position around the boundary.
Distance: 32 Kilometers (20 miles) Location: The slopes of the mighty Haleakala Volcano
Access: Closed to the public
Competitors are not permitted to pre-ride the XTERRA World Championship course. For newcomers, it is read and react. For veterans, the experience might allow them to remember portions but more often than not it instills a solid feeling of respect for the Old Lady of XTERRA.
Every year competitors say, “XYZ course is tougher than Maui”. Every year around noon on Championship Sunday, the look – the eyes pointing down and the head shaking side to side – tells you that there is nothing like Haleakala.
Climbing from sea level to 1,200 feet then down and back up to 1,400 feet with a final portion called “the plunge” of 8-kilometers back to sea level, this track has everything. Full of rock strewn paths, gnarly golf ball sized gravel, short steep and long go-forever climbs, hard packed lava, and deep, dusty silt. There’s more than 3,000 total feet of climbing.
Bike Record: Male - Conrad Stoltz (RSA) 1:24:12 in 2002 Female - Melissa Thomas (USA) 1:41:02 in 2004
Distance: 11 Kilometers (6.8 miles)Location: South Maui
Out on the run athletes will find all sorts of sand - white, gold, black, salt and pepper, green or garnet. There’s a lot more climbing involved, a spooky forest to navigate, a dozen different surfaces to cross, and just before the finish line some of Hawaii’s most stunning oceanfront scenery.
There is no accounting for the heat generated by gnarly lava fields, making otherwise simple obstacles extremely difficult to conquer. The “Makena Beach Mile” is a grueling slog along soft sand, but a beautiful end run along the oceanfront golf course helps racers forget it all at the finish.
Run Record: Male - Jan Rehula (CZE) 33:14 in 2004 Female - Erika Csomor (HUN) 38:18 in 2004
“Kahuna Dave” Picks Lebrun, Paterson to Win XTERRA Worlds on Sunday
October 24th, 2012
Having been to every World Championship race in Maui since creating the sport back in 1996, and having been onsite to see this year’s races unfold all over the world – race director “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas is more than qualified to speculate on who might win it all this year. That doesn't mean he'll get it right, in fact, he hardly ever does (just 3-for-20 in picking winners over the last nine years).
October 24, 2012 (Kapalua, Maui) - Nobody has been to more XTERRA Championship events than the managing director of the XTERRA World Tour – “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas. Having been to every World Championship race in Maui since creating the sport back in 1996, and having been onsite to see this year’s races unfold all over the world – the Kahuna is more than qualified to speculate on who might win it all this year. That doesn’t mean he’ll get it right, in fact, he hardly ever does (just 3-for-20 in picking winners over the last nine years).
Regardless, the man is an entertainer. So, with a grain of salt, but some tasty insight nonetheless, here are the Kahuna’s 2012 Maui prognostications…
Thankfully it only happens once a year that I must go out on a limb and predict the uncertain. For the 2012 World Championship it is even more impossible with perhaps the strongest all-around triathlon athlete entry of all time. We have world champs in Olympic distance, Long distance, Ironman branded, ITU branded, Adventure racing, Duathlon, Winter tri and naturally XTERRA.
We have to start with Lesley Paterson. She won the equivalent of the golf or tennis grand slam. XTERRA World Championship, ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship, the XTERRA USA Championship, and the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series. Nonstop, bring it on and I will win it racing. While our little Scot has to be the favorite, she will go up against last year’s second and third place women from the European tour that she has not seen all year. Helena Erbenova was new to XTERRA in 2011 and finished the last half of the season with podiums all the way. She proved it was no fluke with a solid 3rd in her first time at Maui. This year she won 4 of 5 races in Europe and most were convincing, dominating performances. Marion “Bubu” Lorblanchet was hurt early in the year and just returned to competition at the Swiss race. She was not 100% there but still finished second and has had another month to get better. Don’t forget she was 2nd to Les at Maui last year. Never count out Melanie McQuaid. She is a three-time World Champion, 70.3 and mountain bike champion to boot. She was leading by minutes last year when her body failed and I don’t expect that to happen twice to a veteran like Mel.
Danelle Kabush has had a love affair with Maui and has been 2nd twice. Danelle broke through with a big win in Colorado at the Mountain Championship and finished 3rd at this year’s USA champ race just 13 seconds behind the runner-up Suzie Snyder. With 2010 World Champ Shonny Vanlandingham not back to 100%, Suzie has to be America’s best hope. She is the 2012 XTERRA USA Pro Champion and has had a solid season. Suzie is ready for the top step and this determined young woman could make that happen at Kapalua. Is Shonny ready? Only she knows for sure and we all hope she is right there with her Luna teammates Danelle and Suzie. There is no doubting Shonnys courage and skill – it is only a question of how far her rehab has taken her.
The unusual suspects that we don’t have a lot of history could play a huge part in this year’s race. The Canadian Invasion will include Magali Tisseyre who has not done XTERRA, but is a strong roadie along with Heather Jackson. Those are unbelievably strong women and never forget what Julie Dibens has done at Maui. Our stealth woman has to be Barbara Riveros from Chile. A winner and consistent podium finisher in the ITU world cup series; she lists mountain biking as her favorite “other” sport. Brit Jacqui Slack has had a great year with wins in New Zealand & Italy, and was 2nd to only Erbenova in the Euro tour.
The men’s field may be more stacked than the women! Josiah Middaugh won the USA Championship race in Utah and is really fit and motivated. Will we “Fear the Beard” at Maui? Craig Evans, the “Tennessee Terror” has had a great season (seems to be sporting a beard too!) and will want to repeat his 2nd place finish at the ITU cross World Champs. Branden Rakita has had a good year and is training hard to end on a high note.
The European Invasion is incredible. At the top is Nico Lebrun, a former World Champ and the 2012 European Tour champ. Nico is smart, fast and wants another world crown. His big challenger in Europe this year was a Brit (living in France) Asa Shaw. Asa won in France and in Czech and gave Nico fits at the winner-take-all race in Switzerland. Sebastian Kienle is the 70.3 world champ and has experience in Maui. Together with his best friend “Herr Doktor” Felix Schumann, this German Duo could panzer the field. Olivier Marceau did not have his best season in Europe, but he is back healthy and has a fabulous history on Maui.
Three-time World Champion Eneko Llanos has shown he has the endurance to do well at Kona and then come to Maui and win. He’d love to tie Conrad as a 4-time World Champ. Also from Spain, Victor del Corral is fast, has won Euro XTERRAs, Ironman races, an ETU cross championship and is a threat. Maybe the biggest unknown is also from Spain in Javier Gomez. The Olympic silver medalist and current ITU No. 2, one cannot deny his skill in the swim and run. If he can hang on the MTB he may well surprise everyone. The UK’s Ex-World Champ Tim Don is here. He is finished with ITU and has asked about XTERRA for a few years. There can be no doubting his run and swim – again it is a question of the mountain bike. Add Czech Jan Kubicek (9th last year) Francois Carloni, Yeray Luxem, Jim Thijs and Pierre-Yves Facomprez from the European Tour and the contingent is strong and deep.
The Canadian boys are definitely on the radar. Mike Vine has been runner up on Maui and won Canada this year. He has taken a lot of time off and is fresh and focused. With perhaps more speed than Vine is Brent McMahon. Brent also has a 2nd at Maui and has been racing all year with ITU and at the Olympics. Is he fit and ready or has the season worn him out? I am betting he is ready.
Aussie Ben Allen has four wins this year after completing his XTERRA World Tour of four continents, Chris Legh was 3rd at the ITU championship and it is rumored he has a new bike. A very fast runner, if Legh is within a few minutes of the lead off the bike – look out. Kiwi Adventure Champ Richard Ussher was 8th at Maui last year and returns to step it up in 2012. Mexico’s Francisco “Paco” Serrano has also retired from ITU, has won XTERRA Mexico a number of times and is ready to make his mark at Maui.
Oh Dear – Did I forget Someone? A big kid, sits high on his 29er bike in his white and red kit? Is always the one everyone has to fear? The most respected XTERRA athlete of all time? Iconic Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz will again be the crowd favorite, the one everyone knows and cheers for and as the only 4-time World Champ is our perennial favorite.
Is that enough star power to ruin Captain Kirk’s day? So you can all laugh and make fun of the old man on Sunday night, I give the nod to Lesley for the women with Erbenova as the spoiler and Suzie Snyder, Riveros, and McQuaid making up the top 5. My sentimental has to be Shonny.
For the men I think Nico is ready for his second Championship. The ITU guys will need to be caught on the bike as they will have a few minutes lead out of the water. Conrad and Josiah will also need to be caught and we know their bike skills are at the top of the heap. We are a bit more technical this year and this will give a bit more advantage to Caveman and “The Beard” but it seems there is always a Maui specific racer that keeps it interesting. For Llanos and Kienle how things go at Kona will affect them. Marceau will be close off the bike but can he keep it up on the run?
I like Nico, Stoltz, Middaugh, McMahon, Kienle, Shaw and Llanos to make up the top 5 (Again, I know there are seven names – give me a break – there are 17 guys who can win).
We’ll talk Sunday night. First beer is on you.
Note: The XTERRA World Championship is Sunday, October 28 at 9am Hawaii time (3pm EST, 9pm in Europe, 5am in Sydney). Pros and select amateurs will be wearing a GPS tracking device that reports location, speed, distance, and elevation. The GPS tracking belt is put on at the swim-to-bike transition so you should see “shadows” moving once they get on the bike starting around 9:20am. To watch you can download a free app for the iPhone or just go to www.xterralive.com. There will also be an interactive social media map, live updates, and live streaming video. Open multiple browsers to view all the different features.
Download XTERRA Worlds press guide complete with pro bios, previews, past results, and start lists.
Event website: http://www.xterramaui.com
Live coverage: http://www.xterraLIVE.com
Primero saliendo del agua, javi gomez noya a 1min.20 seg eneko , stolz..et
para ver el gps de los atletas, va primero javi sobre el km 8
imagen del gps en el km 10 (20 h 53min,) va primero javi seguido de paco serrano , luego kienle victor del corral y eneko
ahora javi empieza la bajada 500m por delante del grupo que le sigue con conrad stolz , tim don , etc
conrad no pilla a javi en la bajada.. ahora va primero javi
(21 08) km 15 javi està subiendo en cabeza el segundo puerto
21 12 javi empieza la gran bajada en cabeza con su specialized 29"
km 20 21h 22min javi sigue en cabeza al final de la bajada, le sigue stolz ..
1º Noya. 2º Asa, 3º Chacon, 4º Llanos y 5º Victor del Corral
Pre-race course instructional video:
21h 30 min km 22,5 comienza el segundo bucle
21h 39 min km 28 grupo en cabeza con asa, javi y stolz,chacòn , middaugh
21h 44min quedan unos 3km , zona muy revirada que hace que los gps no se actualicen bien , enseguida la transiciòn que se podrà ver con la càmara fija
21h 52 min , ha empezado la carrera a piè, javi està con los primeros stolz y asa , vamos javi en media hora sabremos el vencedor
22h 01 , km 5 de la carrera a piè lidera javi seguido de stolz y middaugh .
Javi, va lanzado a la victoria !!
del corral està recuperando pero parece dificil que llegue al podio
los comentaristas ya dan por ganador a javi ...y yo tambièn si no pasa nada raro..
ya empieza la cuesta abajo en la carrera a piè , javi los machaca !
corren por la playa, último km ! estàn en cabeza 1ºjavi y 2ºmiddaugh 3º stolz
acaba de ganar javi ! campeòn!!!!
Javier Gomez Noya
He disfrutado muchísimo el Xterra!Feliz de ser campeón del mundo...fue durísimo pero me ha sorprendido mi rendimiento sobre todo en la BTT. Gracias a todos los que estáis ahí apoyandome. Un abrazo!
Xterra is a lot of fun!!But so tough.Happy to get the World title, it feels great..Surprised with my performance on the MTB.Thanks everyone!
No era el final de temporada que me hubiese gustado sin duda, pero un 12º hoy en el Xterra es lo máximo que he podido dar. Impresionante Javier Gomez Noya, mi admiración por el repaso que nos ha dado a todos, sin duda está en otra galaxia.
Y mi enhorabuena también para Victor del Corral por ese magnífico 5º puesto. Ahora toca desconectar... Aloha!!
ENG: It wasn´t the end of the season I was looking forward to, but a 12th at Xterra Worlds is the best I could do today. Awesome race by Javier Gomez Noya, he's an amazing triathlete and is in another league. And big congrats too to Victor del Corral for a great 5th place. Now is time to take some holidays... Aloha!!
XTERRA WORLDS QUICK FACTS
WHAT IS XTERRA: The world’s premier off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim that starts in front of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua … a 30-kilometer (18.6-miles) mountain bike that climbs more than 3,000 feet up and down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains, and a 10-kilometer (6.1-miles) trail run that traverses forest trails, and beach sand. Top pros finish in roughly two-and-a-half hours.
WHO RACES IN MAUI: A sold-out field of 725 racers including 65 professionals and 650+ amateurs representing 31 countries & 42 U.S. states, ages 15 (Jakob Dewald) to 75 (Ron Hill). 96% of the field is from out of town.
WHEN: The XTERRA World Championship starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 28. The XTERRA Kapalua 5km and 10km trail runs are on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: At the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui’s northwest coast.
WHY: The XTERRA World Championship race is the last in a series of more than 100 off-road triathlon races held in 15 countries and 38 U.S. States. The concept is to provide a bona-fide world championship for amateur and pro off-road triathletes. For pros there is $100,000 in prize money at stake.
HOW THEY QUALIFIED: Amateurs enter the World Championship through one of two means:
1. Earn a slot by qualifying as one of the top finishers in their age group at an XTERRA Championship race in Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Czech Republic, France, Guam, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Saipan, South Africa, Switzerland and Alabama, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Virginia in the United States. For those “lucky-you-live-Hawaii-guys” there were two local qualifying races at Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. 2. Enter through the at large drawing – a limited number of slots were offered on a first-come first-serve basis in January.
XTERRA BACKGROUND: This is year 17 for the XTERRA World Championship on Maui – the birthplace of off-road triathlon. The first XTERRA race was held here on November 3, 1996 with just 123 participants and was televised on Fox Sports Net. The demand for the sport of XTERRA exploded thereafter and there are now more than 30,000 competitors from all 50 states and more than 40 countries worldwide.
TELEVISION: This will be the 17th straight year a nationally broadcast one-hour show will be produced on the event, which showcases Maui’s natural beauty. The 2011 XTERRA World Championship show (watch it at www.xterra.tv) has been seen by some four million viewers via national syndication (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) and Fox Sports Network. This year’s show will start its run in national syndication in mid-January 2013.
ECONOMIC IMPACT: Direct visitor expenditures from the 2011 XTERRA World Championship were almost $5 million. According to the economic impact study conducted by Professor Bob Case of Old Dominion University, the average length of stay on Maui is 7.4 nights (9.1 nights in Hawaii), the average party size is 2.9, and 73% of the field had a household income of more than $75,000 (40% over $150,000).
The XTERRA World Championship is presented by Paul Mitchell, AVIA, Hawaiian Airlines, The Ritz-Carlton, Maui Visitors Bureau and Outrigger Hotels & Resorts. Sponsors include the Kapalua Resort, PowerBar, Gatorade, Zorrel, Kona Brewing Company, Hawaii Tourism Authority, T S Restaurants, Rudy Project, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRAShop.com, XTERRA Footwear, and XTERRA Fitness.
About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988. It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2011 produced more than 100 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 15 countries worldwide. In the U.S. alone nearly 200,000 participants took part in the XTERRA lifestyle last year while XTERRA’s TV, publicity, advertising, online, and grassroots marketing efforts generated more than 400 million impressions. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990. View samples at
Gomez Conquers, Paterson Defends In Maui
By Triathlete.comPublished Oct 28, 2012Updated 1 hour ago
The world’s best off-road triathletes—725 of them, including 65 pros—gathered on the northwest shore of Maui for today’s Xterra World Championship, a 1.5K rough water swim, 30K bike that climbs more than 3,000 feet into the West Maui mountains, and a 10K trail run that finishes with a stretch of deep beach sand. London Olympics silver medalist Javier Gomez of Spain captured the men’s world title in his Xterra debut, and Scot Lesley Paterson executed a flawless race to defend the title she first earned here a year ago.
The race kicked off under cloudy skies (air temperature at the start was around 76F), calm winds and with smaller-than-anticipated surf after yesterday’s tsunami warnings left race organizers and racers alike wondering what the impact, if any, might be from the earthquake near Canada that generated the risk. (Both of today’s champions were evacuated from their hotels yesterday, Paterson sleeping most of the night in her rental car, and Gomez stuck in a parking lot until 2am). The tsunami alerts were lifted in the early morning hours, and the surf was strong but not what had been feared for the day.
The Men’s Race
To no one’s surprise, Gomez immediately took the lead in the swim, exiting the first half of the M-shaped course with Costa Rican Leonardo Chacon, Brit Tim Don, and Ben Allen in pursuit 30 seconds behind. Gomez extended his lead on the back side of the swim and heading into T1, and was alone heading out onto the bike course. His swim split of 19:06 was the day’s fastest. “[The swim] was pretty rough, but I knew I needed some advantage there so I pushed as hard as I could and when they told me 1:20 to second place it was quite good and easier to start on the bike,” said Gomez in a post-race interview with Triathlete.com. By Mile 1 of the bike, Gomez had a 1:30 lead over Don, Allen and Chacon, and former Xterra world champions Eneko Llanos and Conrad Stolz were 2 minutes behind Gomez. Between miles 14 and 16, Stoltz overtook Gomez, and American Josiah Middaugh (the 2012 Xterra national champion) had moved up to third, less than 10 seconds back. Stoltz was first into T1, followed closely by Gomez and Middaugh. Gomez, who won the ITU Grand Final in Auckland, New Zealand a couple weeks ago, quickly ran into the lead, never to relinquish it. His 10K run time of 37:54 tied him with Canadian Brent McMahon for fastest of the day. Middaugh posted a 38:39 run to finish second, and Stoltz rounded out the podium in third.
“I never expected to win here to be honest,” said Gomez. “I’m not as good as the other guys on the mountain bike so my tactic was I never risk much in the downhill and use it to recover and then I push on the uphill. I think I was probably the fastest one going uphill.”
Gomez says the ride was the highlight of his race. “I really enjoyed the mountain bike—it’s something new for me. Uphill I was pretty comfortable behind [Stoltz], but the last technical section just before transition I lost a few seconds. I knew it wouldn’t be a problem if I had a good day on the run because I know I can run faster than him in normal conditions but you never know because you are so tired and anything can happen. It’s completely different running. You always have the feeling that you’re running very, very slow. It’s really hard and there were some sections that were so steep you were probably faster walking.”
Stoltz was quick to praise Gomez after the race for not only his versatile triathlon talent, but for his sharp mental game. “This course is tough for me as an 80kg guy,” explained Stoltz, the four-time Xterra world champion. “I did what I could and it wasn’t enough. I gave it everything I had.”
Canadian Christine Jeffrey and South African Mari Rabie swam together at the front of the women’s race, posting 21:12 and 21:17 splits, respectively. The duo was the first into T1, with Barbara Riveros of Chile just seconds behind. By the first mile of the bike, Riveros had opened up a 20-second lead over Rabie, and by Mile 6 Lesley Paterson, who said she swallowed a lot of water on the swim and struggled to find a rhythm in the chop, had closed in on the lead, followed by Jacqui Slack and Rabie by less than 2 minutes. Road superstars Heather Jackson and Magali Tisseyre and multiple Xterra world champion Melanie McQuaid rode within five minutes of Paterson. The Scot began pulling away from Riveros and the rest of the women’s field, and had established a 3-plus minute lead over Riveros by the time she ran out of T2. “I’ve been doing a lot of climbing, building a lot of strength,” said Paterson. “I’ve lost some weight, so my power-to-weight ratio is really good. I passed a lot of girls on the bike early on. Then I caught Barbara Riveros on a steep grassy climb. I just felt great.” She posted the fastest bike split, 1:36:02.
Paterson closed the deal on the run, also clocking the fastest run spit of the day, a 40:51 10K on a brutally hilly and technical course. “My running is my strength and I was running really good coming into this,” she said. “When I got on the run it was just magic, I was floating!”
“It was perfect from start to finish to be honest,” said Paterson. “The whole thing was just completely enjoyable and I felt amazing. It’s like that quiet confidence but you’re never sure you are going to come through on the day and make it happen so that was a huge relief. There’s not one minute that I didn’t enjoy.”
Xterra World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii – Oct. 28, 2012
1. Javier Gomez (ESP) 2:26:54
2. Josiah Middaugh (USA) 2:27:41
3. Conrad Stoltz (RSA) 2:30:04
4. Leonardo Chacón 2:30:19
5. Victor Del Corral (ESP) 2:30:24
1. Lesley Paterson (SCO) 2:44:12
2. Barbara Riveros (CHI) 2:48:19
3. Marie Rabie (RSA) 2:53:56
4. Heather Jackson (USA) 2:54:13
5. Jacqui Slack 2:55:19
Gomez, Paterson supreme in Maui new
Written by: Timothy Carlson Date: Sun Oct 28 2012
KAPALUA, Maui -- Olympic silver medalist Javier Gomez aced his first ever off road triathlon and Lesley Paterson dominated her field to win the men's and women's titles at the XTERRA World Championship at Maui Sunday.
Gomez used a dominating swim and a tied-for-best run to edge U.S. XTERRA veteran Josiah Middaugh by 47 seconds on the challenging Kapalua course that featured 3,485 feet of climbing on the 18.6-mile off-road bike and 1,092 feet of climbing on the 10k trail run.
The unexpected victory capped off an incredibly multitalented season for Gomez who took the silver medal at the London Olympics, won the $151,500 top prize at the non- drafting Hy-Vee 5150 event, won the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand final in a sprint finish over series champion Jonathan Brownlee, and took the European Championship.
Great as they were, none of these victories by the two-time ITU Olympic distance World Champion illustrated his immense natural talent as much as his conquering of the pinnacle of XTERRA on a rugged course in his first foray in off road triathlon.
As expected, Gomez posted a race-best 19:06 swim which led his closest pursuers -- former Australian Surf Lifesaving champion Ben Allen of Australia and 2006 ITU World Champion Tim Don -- by 1:19 and 2012 Olympian Brent McMahon of Canada by 1:20. Most significantly. Gomez put 2:11 on 4-time XTERRA World champion Conrad Stoltz and 3:43 on recent XTERRA USA champion Josiah Middaugh.
Gomez surprised himself by posting a 5th-fastest 1:27:20 bike split, which was good enough to hold the lead through 14 miles. Recognizing he was lacking the off road riding technical skills of Stoltz and Middaugh, Gomez pushed hard on the grinding uphills and rested on the downhills, letting Stoltz ride away in the final 4 miles as the South African took a 30-second lead starting the run after his 2nd-fastest 1:24:36 bike. Middaugh posted the fastest bike split of 1:23:36, but after his dilatory swim, he still trailed Gomez by a few seconds starting the run.
"I surprised myself on the bike," said Gomez. "But I decided to rest for the run and not take chances on the downhills."
The discretion-is-the-better-part-of-valor strategy paid off big time as Gomez passed Stoltz by Mile 1 of the run and finished with a tied-for-race-best 37:54 run. Middaugh, who made up for his swim deficit with his swift bike, had only enough left in the tank for a 5th-fastest 38:39 run that provided Gomez with his virtually all of his margin of victory.
Stoltz, worn out by his surge on the bike, fell to a 13th-fastest 41:24 run split, which was 2:23 back of Middaugh but just enough to hold off Costa Rican Olympian Leonardo Chacon by 15 seconds to secure the final spot on the podium.
Gomez' victory came despite one unexpected hurdle. His condo was near sea level and he was forced to evacuate at 10 PM the night before the race due to a tsunami warning stemming from a 7.7 earthquake in British Columbia. The anticipated tsunami fizzled, but Gomez, despite lack of sleep, did not.
Lesley Paterson remained a bit disappointed after her victory at Maui last year when friends and acquaintances asked her if long-time race leader Melanie McQuaid lost the race when she collapsed from overheating a hundred yards from the finish. "I felt I earned that win," Paterson emphasized. "I believe I ran hard and put the pressure on Melanie that caused her to blow up."
This year Paterson was determined to erase any doubts about who was responsible for that win. After losing a sprint finish to Renata Bucher at XTERRA West, she won the ITU Cross World Championship, dominated the XTERRA U.S. Pro series, and won the XTERRA USA Championship handily.
Still, Paterson felt she had something to prove at Maui and trained hard to prove it. After a typically sluggish swim in the choppy waters, Paterson started the bike more than a dozen riders down to two ITU stars - Mari Rabie's race-best 21:12 and Barbara Riveros-Diaz's 21:43. Paterson didn’t pout - she simply put her head down and chewed up the course and the field with a race-best 1:36:02 split that gave her 3 minutes on Riveros-Diaz and another 3 minutes on Rabe.
While Paterson could have cruised, she revealed after the race that Riveros-Diaz's ITU World Triathlon Series winning foot speed had put fear in her. So she responded with a race-best 40:51 10k trail run that was 1:50 better than the Chilean, who finished 2nd, and 4:23 better than Rabe, the South African Rhodes Scholar, who held off hard-charging XTERRA rookie Heather Jackson by 17 seconds for the final spot on the podium.
"This time I didn’t want any questions about who earned the win," said Paterson, whose finish time of 2:44:12 was 1 minute 47 seconds faster than her 2011 winning time - and a definitive 4:07 better than 2012 runner-up Barbara Riveros-Diaz.
Canadian Melanie McQuaid, who came to this race eager to avenge her collapse while in the lead last year, simply had an off day, finishing an unlucky 13th.
2012 XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui October 28. 2012
S 1.5k / B 18.6 mi. / R 6.2 mi.
1. Javier Gomez (ESP) 2:26:54
2. Josiah Middaugh (USA) 2:27:41
3. Conrad Stoltz (RSA) 2:30:04
4. Leonardo Chacon (CRA) 2:30:19
5. Victor de Corral (ESP) 2:30:24
6. Brent McMahon (CAN) 2:30:56
7. Asa Shaw (FRA) 2:32:16
8. Tim Don (GBR) 2:32:41
9. Yeray Lexem (BEL) 23:10
10. Olivier Marceau (SUI) 2:33:36
11. Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) 2:34:14
12. Eneko Llanos (ESP) 2:35:10
1. Lesley Paterson (GBR) 2:44:12
2. Barbara Riveros-Diaz (CHI) 2:48:19
3. Mari Rabie (RSA) 2:53:56
4. Heather Jackson (USA) 2:54:13
5. Jacqui Slack (GBR) 2:55:19
6. Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 3:01:11
7. Renata Bucher (SUI) 3:01:51
8. Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 3:02:24
9. Helena Erbanova (CZE) 3:03:48
10. Marion Lorblanchet (FRA) 3:04:21
11.Elizabeth Orchard (NZL) 3:04:59
12. Danelle Kabush (CAN) 3:05:17
13. Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 3:07:29
" El tsunami se llama Javier Gómez Noya, el orgullo español "
Lunes 29 de Octubre de 2012 09:46
Poco más tarde de que finalizara el Campeonato del Mundo de XTerra celebrado en Maui, Omar González, entrenador de Javier Gómez Noya, hacía estas emocionantes declaraciones sobre la actuación del triatleta español.
"Ya no sé qué decir. Lleno de orgullo y satisfacción. Este tío no deja de sorprenderme, el circuito era tremendamente duro y los rivales muy muy buenos, grandes especialistas mundiales del MTB, quería q lo ganasen para buscar una nueva motivación para este invierno pero el Señor Javier Gómez Noya es un fenómeno. Ha ganado carreras con drafting (Campeonato de Europa y la gran final en Auckland, además de la medalla olímpica conseguida en Londres) ha ganado sin drafting en bici contrarreloj (en Miami y Hy-Bee) y ahora se permite el lujo de ganar el mundial de XTerra sobre la bici de montaña, lo dicho...ya no sé qué decir. Ah! sólo pudo dormir 3h a causa del tsunami, pero como han dicho por aquí el tsunami se llama Javier Gómez Noya, el orgullo español"
El triatleta gallego, que no ha dejado de ofrecernos grandes momentos durante esta temporada 2012, se imponía en XTerra ante sus rivales donde se encontraban triatletas de la talla de Conrad Stoltz, Josiah Middaugh, Victor del Corral, entre otros, grandes especialistas de la MTB, demostrando una vez más su gran valía.
Con este espectáculo, Javier Gómez Noya, ha demostrado ser un fuera de serie en cualquier objetivo que se proponga, siendo el mismo Iván Raña quien hacía el pronóstico perfecto a esta prueba solamente unos días antes de la prueba “Javi les va a meter como mínimo minuto y medio o dos minutos a los especialistas en el agua, después intentarán recortarle las diferencias en el parcial de bici de montaña pero como no consigan llegar con una diferencia destacada a la T2 no tengo dudas de que Javi va a ganar, y si se llegan a la par que se den por muertos. Javi seguro que va a sacar a relucir su calidad de corredor de distancia olímpica, además es muy buen ciclista por lo que no creo que tenga problemas para hacerlo bien encima de la MTB”
De este modo, Noya finaliza una excelente temporada, con la vista puesta en el 2013 con nuevos objetivos y nuevas ilusiones para este fuera de serie del Triatlón.