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Trunks on the trail

The Hawaii finale of the X-Terra off road triathlon series saw the end of the previous year’s domination by Pro mountain bikers.

400 racers hit the course – a 1.5 kilometer swim in open ocean, an 18-mile mountain bike section and a final 6 mile off road run, but with high humidity and temperatures in excess of 84 degrees the DNF rate was high. And before you think that doesn’t sound far, the winner Michael Tobin finished in 2 hours and 31 minutes.

The top 4 male places went to Pro triathletes, with two times winner and legendary mountain biker Ned Overend finishing in fifth over 6 minutes down. In the Womens event Pro mountain bike honours were retained by Canadian rider Melanie McQuaid who came in second, two minutes behind series winner Kirsten Weule.

After the apparent success of the British round of X-Terra this summer, they’ll be running another round here this year. Full details will be appearing here if you fancy mixing a bit of running and swimming into your biking.

We’re also interested in your opinions on “Adventure racing” which is being hyped everywhere at the moment. If you’ve got an opinion on these multi activity events, whether you’ve tried them or whether you’d like to see more information about them here on the site let us know. If there’s enough interest we’ll pull on our trunks and trainers (not a pleasant image we know) and see what we can find out.


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