viernes, agosto 15, 2014

Campeonato del mundo tri cross gana rubèn ruzafa 2:33:47 !!


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Ruben Ruzafa Cueto – bike is my strongest discipline in cross triathlon
Published August 11, 2014
XTERRA World Champion 2013 and 2008 and Vice Champion ITU World Cross Triathlon in 2013
Rubén Ruzafa (Team TRIATLON COLEGIO AÑORETA NOVASCHOOL), aged 29, has twice been crowned XTERRA World Champion (in 2013 and 2008) and came second at the ITU World Cross Triathlon in 2013. Born in Málaga (Spain), Rubén Ruzafa had a successful mountain bike career before becoming a world-famous cross triathlete, and first competed in Zittau in 2013. Asked about the fascination of cross triathlon, Ruzafa declared: “Each race is an adventure!” Read the whole interview here:

1. What do you find so fascinating about cross triathlon?
I like the contact with nature. Each race is an adventure.

2. What’s your strongest discipline in cross triathlon – and will you be able to use it to your advantage in Zittau?
The bike is my strongest discipline in cross triathlon. Zittau bike course is hard so I think is good for me.

3. What have been the highlights of your sporting career?

2013 World cross triathlon runner up
2008-2013 Xterra World Champion
10º Overall Mountain bike World cup 2010
2005-2006-2008 Spanish Mountain bike champion
2005 Team relay Mtb World Champion
4. How has this season been for you so far?
After a food injury in April, I am really happy with my season. I won in Xterra Spain, Portugal, Swiss, France and Italy.

5. What’s your aim at the World Championships?
Give my best and get the best position as my body can give.

6. Are you familiar with the Zittau region? If so, what do you associate with it?
Yes I came last year. I associate Zittau with a beautiful and peacefull place.
Excellent for mountain biking, hiking, running…



Stage is Set in Zittau

August 15, 2014/in All, Triathlon /
Tomorrow is a big day for the sport of off-road triathlon as the XTERRA Germany Championship – doubling as the fourth annual ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship – unfolds in the foothills of the Zittau Mountains.The event has attracted a stellar elite field, arguably the toughest outside of the XTERRA World Championship. Consider this … Ruben Ruzafa and Jacqui Slack won at XTERRA Germany last year. Asa Shaw and Helena Erbenova won on this course in 2012. Renata Bucher won in Zittau in 2009. All of them are on the start list, as are the top 13 men and top seven women in the current XTERRA European Tour standings.

There’s more. The top six men from the 2013 XTERRA World Championship (Ruben Ruzafa, Asa Shaw, Ben Allen, Josiah Middaugh, Braden Currie, and Conrad Stoltz) are all ready to go as are six of the top 10 elite women (Flora Duffy, Emma Garrard, Chantell Widney, Helena Erbenova, Jacqui Slack, and Suzie Snyder).The field also features the top four from ITU Cross Tri Worlds last year – Stoltz, Ruzafa, Brice Daubord, and Kris Coddens and four of the top 5 women – Erbenova, Chantell Widney (3), Bucher (4), and Slack (5).

Leonardo Chacon from Costa Rica – who was brilliant in winning the XTERRA USA Championship last season and took down a tough field in his home country this year – is on the list and so is Kiwi Braden Currie, who has given Ruzafa all he can handle in Europe and won XTERRA Sweden last month. South Africa’s Brad Weiss hasn’t won a major yet but he’s been in the top four at a dozen races with stacked fields over the past year.The men’s start list also includes 2011 XTERRA World Champ Michi Weiss in his first XTERRA race since receiving a two-year suspension from competition by Austria’s NADA; and Ironman star Faris Al-Sultan.

Perhaps the most notably missing from the star-studded line-up for the men is South African Dan Hugo, winner of seven XTERRA World Tour championships this season, and for the women – Nicky Samuels, the defending women’s world champion (and certainly Lesley Paterson who has not raced this season).Even with all those big names, the story line has to be carried by “The Caveman” Conrad Stoltz and the Spaniard Ruben Ruzafa.Stoltz has won all three ITU Cross Tri World Titles so far – 2011 in Spain, 2012 in the U.S., and last year in the Netherlands. He’s XTERRA’s all-time winningest pro with an unprecedented 49 championship titles and four XTERRA World Championships.

Then you have Ruzafa, winner of six straight on the European Tour and the defending (and two-time) XTERRA World Champion.Team USA looks to reigning XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Champ and 9x National Champ Josiah Middaugh, buoyed by American greats Branden Rakita, Craig Evans, and Will Kelsay.The women’s elite team is led by Emma Garrard, 2012 National Champ Suzie Snyder, and Caroline Colonna.The focus for the women, however, will be on Flora Duffy from Bermuda. Duffy has been perfect in 2014, winning XTERRA titles at XTERRA South Africa, the XTERRA West, Southeast, and East Regionals in the U.S., and taking down Samuels at the inaugural XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in New South Wales, Australia.

Duffy hasn’t raced against Europe’s best yet, however, and leading that charge is Kathrin Mueller – the lone elite women’s representative from the host country of Germany. Mueller has won four majors on the Euro Tour this season, leading Helena Erbenova (three wins this year) who is a two-time Euro Tour and the reigning ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion.

The women’s start list is strengthened by the likes of Aussie Olympian Erin Densham, and European Tour standouts Carina Wasle, Renata Bucher, and Jacqui Slack, Canadian Chantell Widney (recent winner of the XTERRA Mountain Championship), and South Africa’s Carla Van Huysteen.Rain and thunder is in the forecast for tomorrow’s race … and you can count on the competition being electric. See complete start lists and find results at:

XTERRA’s managing director “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas is in Zittau for the XTERRA Germany Championship and also serving as the captain for Team USA’s efforts in the ITU Cross Tri World Championship.

He filed this report on the eve of the race…

Wow. The former East German city of Zittau has never seen this kind of spirit. Hundreds of mountain bikes with thin, fit, uniformed riders bombing around town, zipping in and out of restaurants and shops.Packet pickup was to open today at 1pm but the crowd was anxious and the tent walls were pulled back about 15 minutes early. A dozen food vendors with everything from wurst to pizza to soft ice cream and crepes were ready. Yes, several beer tents were open and doing fine business.

Rain ruined a bit of the day, but by the time the pasta party opened at 5pm followed by the parade of nations and opening ceremony it was cool but not raining. A swanky VIP party where all the Elite athletes were invited, a fabulous rhythm drum band marched the hall, speeches and the Secretary General of the State of Saxony declared the games open. One hell of a way to open the 2014 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships and XTERRA Germany and O See Challenge.

The field for both men and women is definitely world championship quality. Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz will be looking for his 4th ITU in a row; Ruben Ruzafa has not been defeated since Maui. Former World Champion and 70.3 star Michi Weiss is here to represent Austria, the man who led Maui for better than half; Leo Chacon is here with his Costa Rican teammate Rom Akerson. That would make a world class field by itself, but add Ben Allen, Francois Carloni, Kris Coddens, Brice Daubord, Ironman star Faris-Al Sultan, German champion Felix Schumann, Asa Shaw, Jan Kubicek, veteran Rob Barel and Americans Josiah Middaugh, Craig Evans, Will Kelsay, and Branden Rakita – whew – you see what I mean.

It is no less impressive for the women starting with German favorite Kathrin Mueller who has gotten big press this week. She faces Aussie super star Erin Densham, many time XTERRA winner Helena Erbenova and the super-fast Flora Duffy. Bring to the start line last year’s winner Jacqui Slack, Canadian Chantell Widney, Carina Wasle, Renata Bucher and Americans Emma Garrard and Suzie Snyder with another bunch like Maud Golsteyn and Carla Van Huysteen and this is a star-studded women’s field.The course is fast with a fair amount of flat, a lot at the start. Those quick swimmers could make a deal among themselves and team time trial the first 5K to try and gap the field. OR, those in the second pack could team up, draft those first few miles and bridge it up to the swimmers.

The weather will play a big part. It is muddy and wet out there but tonight’s wind could dry it out a bit. Rain is forecast and if it happens, the technical riders will dominate on the slippery rocks and roots. Age groupers head out at 9:30 with women and then two waves of men. Our XTERRA Age Group champions are here and I expect them to dominate the medals.

Elite women start at 2:15 and the men at 2:35. I warned the organizers that the fast men are going to have to weave their way through – but it fell on deaf ears.No matter what – the rain, the cold, dry or wet, traffic or not – tomorrow will have a series of great battles and the winner will have given his or her all.


la bici de ben allen

Gana rubèn ruzafa en 2h 33min 47 seg
2º jossiah Middaugh USA 2h 34min 44seg
3ºbraden currie NZL 2h 36min 27 seg
4º michel weiss AUT 2h 37min 44 seg
5º leonardo chacòn CRC 2h 39min 05 seg

en chicas gana katrin muller GER en 2h 57 min 32 seg

1 Ruben Ruzafa ESP 02:34:33
2 Josiah Middaugh USA +00:55
3 Braden Currie NZL +02:37
4 Michael Weiss AUT +03:55
5 Leonardo Chacon CRC +04:27
8 Conrad Stoltz RSA +06:09

13 Roger Serrano ESP +10:13
30 Albert Soley-Castells ESP +17:17
35 Rob Barel NED +19:40
41 Faris Al-Sultan GER +20:54
54 Rodrigo Garcia Baquero ESP +38:35


Kathrin Müller and Rubén Ruzafa are the 2014 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champions Zittau!
Published August 16, 2014
Kathrin Müller
ITU-Cross World Champion 2014
Die einzige deutsche Elitestarterin Kathrin Müller ist die neue ITU-Cross Triathlon Weltmeisterin. Die 30-jährige gewinnt mit über 2 Minuten Vorsprung zur Vizeweltmeisterin Flora Duffy (Bermuda). Die Weltmeisterin von 2013, Helena Erbenová (Tschechien) kommt als Dritte ins Ziel.

Der neue ITU-Cross Triathlon Weltmeister heißt Rubén Ruzafa. Der 29-jährige Spanier wurde 2013 bereits Vize-Weltmeister der ITU Cross Triathlon World Champions in Den Haag. Der 3-fache Weltmeister und diesjährig 8. platzierte Conrad Stoltz tritt somit den Weltmeistertitel an Ruzafa ab. Vizeweltmeister 2014 ist Josiah Middaugh (USA) und als Dritter kam Braden Currie (Neuseeland) ins Ziel.

Die kompletten Ergebnisslisten findet ihr hier.

Rubén Ruzafa
ITU-Cross Triathlon World Champion 2014
In the Zittau ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship of 2014 Kathrin Müller (Germany) and Rubén Ruzafa (Spain) became the new Cross Triathlon World Champions.

The only German woman in the elite category is the new ITU-Cross Triathlon world champion. The 30 year old women won the title with a lead of 2 minutes before the vice champion Flora Duffy (Bermuda). The world champion of 2013, Helena Erbenová (Czeche Republic) finished as the third woman.

The new ITU-Cross Triathlon world champion among the male athletes is Rubén Ruzafa. The 29-year old Spanish athlete had become vice world champion of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in Den Haag in 2013. Hence, the triple World Champion Conrad Stoltz, who reached the finish line as the eigth this yers has ceded the titel to Ruzafa. The vice champion of 2014 is Josiah Middaugh (USA). The third athlete who finished the race was Braden Currie (New Zealand).

The complete list of results can be found here.


El malagueño Rubén Ruzafa, campeón del mundo de triatlón cross

El deportista de Rincón de la Victoria completó el duro recorrido de Zittau (Alemania) en 2h. 34:33
16 agosto 2014 18:07

El malagueño Rubén Ruzafa ha vuelto a demostrar hoy su supremacía en el mundo del triatlón cross, tras conquistar en Alemania el Campeonato del Mundo de esta disciplina. El deportista de Rincón de la Victoria era el actual subcampeón del mundo y esta tarde ha subido un puesto más en su carrera. En el complicado recorrido de Zittau (Alemania), Ruzafa ha terminado la carrera en un tiempo de 2 h. 34:33, por delante del norteamericano Josiah Middaugh (+00:55) y del neozelandés Braden Currie (+02:37). El malagueño consiguió así su primer título mundial de la ITU (International Triathlon Union), aunque ya sabe lo que es ganar el XTerra, circuito mundial de mayor prestigio.

Ruzafa no estuvo entre los primeros participantes en el segmento de natación, con el alemán Cristiano Otto como uno de los destacados. El surafricano Conrad Stoltz, campeón en las tres últimas ediciones también tenía problemas en el agua y Ruzafa empezó el segundo segmento con más de dos minutos de desventaja. Pero la sección de bicicleta de montaña era muy dura y ahí Ruzafa se desenvuelve a las mil maravillas. En su especialidad, el deportista de Rincón de la Victoria rompió la carrera en un ascenso de casi mil metros, recuperó la ventaja y además le sacó un minuto al resto de competidores en los 39 kilómetros del segmento de ciclismo.

En los nueve kilómetros de carrera a pie, el norteamericano Middaugh trató de recuperar terreno para ya no tuvo espacio para alcanzar a Ruzafa, que entró a meta con casi un minuto de ventaja sobre su perseguidor. Se da la circunstancia de que otro español, Roger Serrano acabó en el puesto 13º y se adjudicó el campeonato del Mundo sub23, logrando un doblete histórico.

Ruzafa prosigue un año excepcional tras lograr seis triunfos en las pruebas del circuito XTerra en España, Portugal, Suiza, Francia, Italia y la última, en la República Checa. Su gran objetivo es revalidar el título del Campeonato del Mundo XTerra en octubre, en Hawái.


Ruben Ruzafa consigue el título Mundial del Triatlon Cross, mientras que Roger Serrano el título sub23

Ruben_RuzafaUn carrerón de Ruzafa en Zittau, le coloca como líder del Mundo indiscutible en la especialidad. Roger Serrano también se llevó el título sub23.

La prueba fue liderada por el alemán Otto que salía destacado del agua con 4 sg sobre Leonardo Chacon y 15 sobre Roger Serrano. A 34 sg salía Faris Al Sultan y otros favortitos como Stoltz cedían 1:04 y Rubén Ruzafa cedía 2:10.

Las cosas cambiarían mucho en el segmento de BTT donde Ruzafa tomó la cabeza a pasos agigantados y se situó en la T2 con la prueba en el bolsillo, el circuito fue bastante duro y técnico tardando más de 1 hora 30 minutos en cubrirlo. La ventaja del malagueño fue de 2:45 sobre el americano Middaugh y 3:45 sobre el neozelandés Branden Currie que se estaba convirtiendo en la revelación del día. El siguiente mejor de nuestros representantes era el sub23 Roger Serrano que se bajaba noveno a 9 m.

Los 10 km de carrera a pie son un trámite para Ruzafa que aguanta sin problemas con un tiempo final de 2:34:36, Middaugh recorta entrando segundo a 55 sg, mientras que Currie aguanta también la tercera plaza. Michael Weiss finaliza cuarto a 3:55, mientras que Chacon cierra el Top 5.

Roger Serrano es el siguiente español finaliza en el puesto 13, Campeón del Mundo sub23.



Desde XTERRA Spain os queremos agradecer todo vuestro esfuerzo y dedicación con cada entrenamiento y buen hacer en todas las competiciones.Felicidades a todos los triatletas españoles que compitieron este fin de semana en el Campeonato del mundo de triatlón cross ITU y XTERRA Alemania celebrado en Zittau este 16 de agosto.

Con mención especial al malagueño, Rubén Ruzafa coronado campeón del mundo elite y el catalán Roger Serrano campeón Sub-23.
Mención destacada también para Rubén León Blázquez vencedor en su categoría de edad de 35 a 39 años.Sin duda se ha tratado de una de las mayores participaciones de atletas españoles en competiciones fuera de nuestras fronteras. Con la salvedad de ninguna aparición en categoría femenina.

Felicidades a todos: Albert Soley, Rodrigo García y Albert Sardá (PRO), León Martín Drajer (GGEE 30-34), Manuel Salinas, Miguel Ángel Cantero, Aníbal Fidalgo (GGEE 35-39), Alberto Puyal Masgoret (GGEE 55-59), Kevin Tarek Viñuela (Junior Men), Juan Luis de Andrés Muguruza (Campeón PT3), Joaquín Carrasco (PT3), Rafael Solís Torres (PT4).

Vuestra aportación en cada prueba internacional va posicionando poco a poco al triatlón cross español en lo más alto y esto le va otorgando la relevancia que se merece.Desde XTERRA Spain os queremos agradecer todo vuestro esfuerzo y dedicación con cada entrenamiento y buen hacer en todas las competiciones.

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