lunes, octubre 20, 2014

Xterra Maui hawaii , la semana decisiva

Rubén Ruzafa se ha convertido en el auténtico dominador del triatlón cross mundial. El próximo domingo, en Maui (Hawaii), es el favorito indiscutible para llevarse el que sería su tercer Mundial Xterra. Esta temporada ha arrasado en casi todas las pruebas que ha disputado. Podría decirse de él que es “el Noya” del triatlón cross… Además, vive en El Rincón de la Victoria…

Ha conquistado en dos ocasiones el Mundial XTerra –2008 y 2013– y es el vigente campeón ITU de triatlón cross, título conseguido en Zittau (Alemania) el pasado mes de agosto. Natural de Málaga, vive en el lugar más indicado para un triatleta como él: El Rincón de la Victoria… Si gana el domingo, igualaría a Eneko Llanos (2003, 2004 y 2009) con tres “victorias” en el Mundial XTerra


2013 XTERRA World Championship Highlights from XTERRA TV on Vimeo.

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 28 countries and 42 U.S. states including professionals and amateurs.
WHEN: The XTERRA World Championship starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014.
WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, USA
WHY: The XTERRA World Championship race is the last in a series of nearly 100 off-road triathlon races held in 16 countries and 30+ U.S. States. The concept is to provide a bona-fide off-road world championship for amateur and pro athletes. For pros there is $105,000 in prize money at stake. Amateurs race for the title of XTERRA World Champion. Also, the fastest male and female age group swim time (from start to timing station between beach exit and T1) receive a XTERRA Vortex Full wetsuit.
SWIM DISTANCE: 1.5-kilometers (0.93 miles)
MOUNTAIN BIKE DISTANCE: 32 Kilometers (20 miles) on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains
TRAIL RUN DISTANCE: 10 Kilometers (6.1 miles)

XTERRA WetsuitsSTART AND SWIM: The race starts with a 1.5-kilometer rough water swim at D.T. Fleming Beach fronting the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; and will feature wave starts beginning with pro men and women, followed by age group men, then age group women

There will be wave starts for this year’s race starting with pro men and women, then all age group men, then all age group women. We have tentatively set one-minute intervals between waves. Also, be aware that there could be high surf at the swim beach. We recommend you practice swimming in and out of the surf break before raceday.

XTERRA follows ITU rules regarding wetsuits and speedsuits.

Bike bottles will be available on course – option of water or Gatorade - at two exchange locations at roughly mile 8 and mile 15. PowerBar gels will be available as well. There will be five aid stations on the run, each roughly a mile apart, serving water, Gatorade and PowerBar gels.

BIKE: The bike is one big 20-mile loop with 3,300-feet of climbing that goes up-and-down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains more than a dozen times. This year several technical single and double track sections have replaced dirt jeep roads. “The new stuff has tight, twisting, sharp corners, space just wide enough for your handlebars, places if you don’t get it right you’ll hit your shoulder on a tree,” said race director Dave Nicholas. “Almost all of the dirt roads have been eliminated on the way to the top and this will appeal to the better bikers. At about the five-mile mark you will pop out on a narrow ridge trail with hundred foot drop offs on either side. Don’t panic – the top is at least 15’ wide and the views of the surrounding forest and hills are simply spectacular. If I didn’t fall off – neither will you. In fact, if you come early and preview the course, bring your camera with you. The scenery is something that not many people get a chance to see.”

Tire Choice:
Here is some advice from our elite racer Ben Allen on tires: A fast tread xc tire is the best with clingy edges. Maxxis ikon or Schwalbe racing Ralph are very good. Also WTB wolverine is a great tire too. These tires offer a fast rolling moderately spaced tread pattern that combines plentiful working edges that cling to hard packed surfaces and the outside knobs that let you shred the sandy & grassy corners. Top three tire brands specifically for Maui: Maxxis, Schwalbe, WTB.
Leilani's On The BeachRUN: Once on the 10K run competitors will be faced with a whole lot of climbing while they weave along dirt trails, through Oleander forests, and into 60-foot high ironwood evergreens to an unexpected mountain lake at the 700-foot level. “It descends like a slalom course through high green Bermuda grasses and opens up in spots to expose fantastic views of the Pacific,” said Nicholas. “Obstacles are everywhere, including a technical, steep downhill into a gully where racers will have to jump over and duck under fallen trees, navigate a rocky dry creek, head through thick elephant grass, up a short rope-assisted scramble and along a narrow single track trail with switchbacks that drop all the way down to the beach. The final test of skill and endurance is a calf-busting 250-meter sandy beach run.”
Fastest male and female pro, age group, and Maui resident run times will receive a $100 gift certificate from Leilani's On the Beach.

All Age Group Winners in all divisions will be guaranteed a slot to the 2015 XTERRA World Championship to defend their titles.

The race will be held November 1, 2015 at Kapalua, Maui. Each winner will receive a certificate at the awards ceremony with a PIN code that permits access to 2015 event registration.To accept the slot, winners must enter and pay for the race by December 31, 2014. Winners not accepting the slot by the deadline, will need to qualify at a 2015 XTERRA World Tour venue, or through the "At Large" or "Waiting List".



We have a fully marked mountain bike practice course ready for you now. These are the only trails you are authorized to ride prior to the full course opening on Wednesday, October 22.

The practice course is marked with blue arrows, and features the first five-kilometers and last 8-kilometers of the actual bike course. Do not use any other trails for practice. You must begin and finish at, or near, The Ritz Carlton or MLP public trail use entrance. Do not enter the course from any other location.


“ONO DINNERS”, Maui is a reward for a great season and as such competitors are treated to a pair of amazing dinners with the Night of Champions carbo-loading affair on Friday and the awards celebration on Sunday – complete with highlight videos and special presentations.

Competitor dinner ticket is included in entry fee. Guest tickets are available at registration - $65 adult/$35 children 3-12 for Friday and Sunday night dinner. Any tickets remaining from online sales will be available at registration until sold out. Tickets will not be available for sale at the door.

2014 XTERRA World Championship Schedule

All events are at the host hotel, The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, October 22
9am-2pm Registration and Packet Pick-up TRIATHLON ONLY, XTERRA Athlete Village Open
12-2pm Registration and Packet Pick-up TRIATHLON AND TRAIL RUN, XTERRA Athlete Village Open
10am-2pm Bike Practice Course Open (must be registered and sign in/out to use course - no new entry after 2pm)

Thursday, October 23
9am-2pm Registration and Packet Pick-up, XTERRA Athlete Village Open
9am-2pm Bike and Run Practice Course Open (must be registered and sign in/out to use course - no new entry after 2pm)
4pm XTERRA Pro Annual Meeting, Amphitheater

Friday, October 24
5:15am* “Hiuwai and E ala E” - Sunrise Hawaiian “Cleansing & Rejuvenation” Ceremony - open to all athletes, friends and family who wish to participate (wear swim gear, meet at the Beach House Lawn at D.T.Fleming Beach. Please be on time – we start at 5:15)
9am-5pm Registration and Packet Pick-up, XTERRA Athlete Village Open
9am-2pm Bike and Run Practice Course Open (must be registered and sign in/out to use course - no new entry after 2pm)
2pm XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell
3pm XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell
4pm XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell
5-6pm Pre-race Christian Prayer Service – all competitors, friends and family welcome, Amphitheater
6:30pm NEW DATE: “Night of Champions” Dinner, Aloha Garden Ballroom (Free to World Championship competitors. Additional tickets available online and at registration until sold out).

Saturday, October 25
7-8am Registration for NEW Trail Run Entries
7-8:30am XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run Packet Pickup (pre-registered athletes only)
9am-12pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, benefit for the Challenged Athlete Foundation
9am Hula Grill XTERRA Kapalua 5K Trail Run Start
9:20am Duke’s Beach House XTERRA Kapalua 10K Trail Run Start
9am-4pm Registration and Packet Pick-up, XTERRA Athlete Village Open
10am-2pm Bike Course Open (must be registered and sign in/out to use course – no new entry after 2pm)
10:30am XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run Awards Ceremony
11am-3pm Run Course Open
11am Kimo’s XTERRA Kapalua Keiki K Run (free for kids 10 and under)
11am XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – “Art of XTERRA” hosted by Nicky Samuels, Ruben Ruzafa, Conrad Stoltz and Emma Garrard
4pm Champions Forum- featuring current and former World Champions, Aloha Garden Ballroom
5pm Mandatory Competitor Briefing – Aloha Garden Ballroom

Sunday, October 26
7am Transition Open for set-up
7am Body Marking Open
8:30am Transition Closed
9am XTERRA World Championship Start
10am-3pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, a benefit for the Challenged Athletes Foundation
2pm Cut-off at T2 - *TIME CHANGE
1:30pm Pro Awards (finish area)
7pm Awards Dinner (free to World Championship competitors. Tickets available online and at registration until sold out).
9:30pm Halloween Costume After Party – XTERRA Village (orange wrist band required, 21 and over only – sorry!)
11pm Preliminary parade and judging of costumes to determine finalists.
12pm Costume Contest Grand Final

*Practice on the bike course - must be registered and sign in and out. No new entry after 2pm. Must be off the course by 3pm. Practice is NOT permitted on the bike course outside of designated hours.


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