Weiss, Poor win XTERRA European Championship Race

Published
02/09/2017

 

 

Bradley Weiss from South Africa and Brigitta Poor from Hungary won the XTERRA European Championship elite race titles on a beautiful day in Mons Klint, Denmark this afternoon.

 

It’s the second win of the season for Weiss and the highest profile victory of his XTERRA career. For Poor, it’s her sixth win this season and third in a row on the XTERRA European Tour.

 

In the men’s race Jens Roth was the first man out of the choppy water and up the famous 497 stairs from the Baltic Sea to the bike-to-run transition, followed by Sam Osborne, Roger Serrano, Maxim Chane, Hannes Wolpert, Doug Hall, and Bradley Weiss about 1:20 back.

The mountain bike course featured four 7.5km loops on single track through the forest of the Geo Center, and by the end of the first lap Weiss had caught and passed Hall, Wolpert, Chane, and Roth. At the end of the second lap he caught Osborne and Serrano, who were riding together, then attacked and broke away.

 

“I put my head down and rode really well after that,” said Weiss. “Over the past couple of years I’ve really developed my biking, so my biking is my strength and that’s where I won the race today.”

 

Weiss posted the fastest split of the day in 1:21:58, followed by Xavier Dafflon (1:22:39) and three-time XTERRA World Champ Ruben Ruzafa (1:23:45) and put just over one-minute on Osborne and Serrano heading out on to the run.

 

“I thought that probably wasn’t going to be enough of a gap because Sam is such a strong runner,” said Weiss, whose concerns were realized by the end of the first lap when Osborne caught and passed him into the lead.

 

“I heard him coming but never gave up, because I knew everyone would be tired as we went so hard on the bike,” said Weiss. “Then on the second lap he started cramping up and I took back the lead, dug in, and was able to finish it.”

 

While Weiss has won a bunch of XTERRA majors around the world, including a rewarding one on his home course in South Africa two years ago, this one came against a deep and stacked field that included Ruzafa and all of the top 10 ranked men in the Euro Tour.

 

“I’ve been racing XTERRA for five years now professionally, so it’s about time I won one of these big races,” said Weiss, who had to overcome a broken wrist he suffered in January. “In the big races, I’ve been struggling and making small errors so to finally pull off a big win means so much to me. This course suited me well, and the riding at the Geo Center here in Mons Klint is unbelievable and so fun. I think it’s one of the best courses I’ve ever raced, and I loved this pro-only format.”

 

In the end Weiss posted the second-best run split (Danish elite Anders Lund Hansen went two seconds faster) and took the tape in 2:32:20, more than one-minute ahead of Osborne.

 

“It’s been a while since I’ve won a race,” he said. “It’s special because you can’t guarantee these and the field was super strong. I’m very happy, and confident now going into the XTERRA Pan American Championship in two weeks. From here I’m headed to training in Boulder, Colorado with Sam, so the world better watch out for the two of us come Maui.”

 

Osborne, who led the majority of the first two laps on the bike, said “when Brad caught us on the bike at the start of the third lap he put on a massive attack and we never got him back, but coming out of transition I had amazing legs and was able to catch him super quick. I got him but then my quads started cramping, and he caught back up and attacked and I couldn’t respond.”

 

Serrano came into the bike-to-run transition with Osborne but lost 15-seconds during the changeover and never got back in the mix up front.

 

“I really have to stop making those mistakes in T2,” said Serrano, who held strong on the run to secure third-place and the title of XTERRA European Champion as the top European elite finisher in the race.

 

“The level of this race was so high. I’ve been racing with Sam the last four weeks and we know each other, and work really well together on the bike. It’s amazing going four times the same lap, you get to feel confident in the corners. Also on the run, everyone is cheering. It’s amazing this format.”

 

Ruzafa held off Yeray Luxem to finish fourth, Luxem was fifth, Mark Hamersma had his best career finish in sixth, and Maxim Chane placed seventh.



Elite Men's Results
Pos Name Country Time Points
1 Bradley Weiss
RSA 02:32:20 100
2 Sam Osborne
NZL 02:33:41 90
3 Roger Serrano
ESP 02:35:37 82
4 Ruben Ruzafa Cueto
ESP 02:36:12 75
5 Yeray Luxem
BEL 02:36:44 69
6 Mark Hamersma
NED 02:38:01 63
7 Maxim Chané
FRA 02:38:39 58
8 Xavier Dafflon
SUI 02:38:51 53
9 Honza Kubicek
CZE 02:39:04 49
10 Rui Dolores
POR 02:42:48 45
11 Arthur Serrieres
FRA 02:43:33 41
12 Doug Hall
GBR 02:43:39 37
13 Peter Lehmann
GER 02:43:47 34
14 Anders Lund Hansen
DEN 02:44:02 31
15 Francois Carloni
FRA 02:45:41 28
16 Jens Roth
GER 02:47:32
17 Geert Lauryssen
BEL 02:50:25
18 Guillemet Damien
FRA 02:56:47
19 Anders Bregnhøj
DEN 02:58:13
20 Joost Christiaans
NED 03:04:16
21 Xavier Jové
ESP 03:09:20
22 Jörg Scheiderbauer
GER 03:16:05
23 Caimin Stevens
NED 03:22:30
DNF Hannes Wolpert
GER -
DNF Tomas Kubek
SVK -
DNF Krzysztof Kokot
POL -


POOR PROVES EURO TOUR DOMINANCE

 

In the women’s race Nicole Walters had the fastest swim followed by Carina Wasle 1:30 behind, then Brigitta Poor, Anna Pauline Sasserath, and Lizzie Orchard.

 

Walters was strong on the bike and held the lead the entire way. Poor and Wasle rode together in second and third early on before Poor, who posted the fastest bike split, charged into second and ultimately got on Walters wheel heading into the bike-to-run transition.

 

The newly crowned XTERRA European Tour champion passed Walters at the beginning of the run and posted the fastest run of the day to take the tape in 3:01:31, more than two-minutes ahead of Walters.

 

“I’m so happy, I worked so hard for this,” said Poor. “It was a tough race, a tough day, and Nicole and the other girls were very strong.”

 

For Walters, an accomplished road triathlete who won a bronze medal in the Rio Paralympics as the guide to Melissa Reid, it was her best-ever race day in the dirt.

 

“I love this sport, it’s great to come out and do something different,” she said. “It’s all so very new to me but I had a very good race so I’m pleased and I’m looking forward to coming back next year and doing some more. It was a really fun course. I love sea swims, the steps are very, very hard, especially that last time up on the run, and the bike course had a bit of everything.”

 

Lizzie Orchard had the second-best run split of the day and finished in third.

 

“I really enjoyed the bike because I got more and more familiar with the corners each lap, so every time I was getting a little bit better even though I did clip a tree and take a tumble out there,” said Orchard, who spent much of the early part of the season recovering from injury. “It took a long time for me to get healthy this year but looking at the long term I feel good. I’ll come back stronger next year and see what I can do.”

 

Carina Wasle finished fourth and Helena Erbenova, who had the fastest bike split of the day, finished fifth to secure her fourth XTERRA European Tour title.

 

ELITE WOMEN'S RESULTS
Pos Name Country Time Points
1 Poór Brigitta
HUN 03:01:31 100
2 Nicole Walters
GBR 03:03:45 90
3 Elizabeth Orchard
NZL 03:04:27 82
4 Carina Wasle
AUT 03:06:20 75
5 Helena Erbenová
CZE 03:08:21 69
6 Angela Niklaus
SUI 03:17:27 63
7 Sabina Rzepka
POL 03:22:55 58
8
Louise Fox GBR 03:24:05 53
9 Anna Pauline Sasserath GER 03:27:51 49
10 Nicoline Sørensen
DEN 03:30:53 45
11 Tanja Hultengren Larsson
DEN 03:37:48 41
12 Lucie Materova
AUT 03:41:20 37


All-time XTERRA European Championship Race Winners
Year (Location) Champions
2017 (Mons Klint, Denmark) Bradley Weiss, Brigitta Poor
2016 (Zittau, Germany) Ruben Ruzafa, Michelle Flipo
2015 (Cranleigh, England) Ruben Ruzafa, Lesley Paterson
2011 (Zittau, Germany) Olivier Marceau, Marion Lorblanchet
2010 (Sardinia, Italy) Franky Batelier, Melanie McQuaid
2009 (Klopeinersee, Austria) Franky Batelier, Renata Bucher
2008 (Sardinia, Italy) Olivier Marceau, Sibylle Matter
2007 (Sardinia, Italy) Olivier Marceau, Eszter Erdelyi
2006 (Villacidro, Italy) Nicolas Lebrun, Renata Bucher

 

Ruzafa, Karaskova-Erbenova win XTERRA European Tour



Ruben Ruzafa and Helena Karaskova-Erbenova captured the 2017 XTERRA European Tour elite titles. It’s the third in four years for Ruzafa and the fourth in six years for Erbenova.



New this year, every race counted in the points tally on the European Tour. Ruzafa won six of the eight races he did and collected 640 points. Karaskova-Erbenova raced 11 events this year, won XTERRA Greece, Spain, Belgium, and Italy, and finished with 789 points – the most of any racer on the Tour this year.



“Today in Mons Klint we had not only the European Championship, but also the final race of our 2017 Euro Tour,” said XTERRA European Tour director Nicolas Lebrun. “It was a long journey of 14 races starting in Malta early April and finishing here in Denmark. Helena won this Euro Tour, but by only two points!"

 

By finishing 5th Karaskova-Erbenova won the title. Had she finished 6th, Poor would have won it.

 

“Brigitta won again, her third in a row. She couldn’t be any stronger, she just needed an extra race to win. Carina, after a great season in the Asia Pacific Tour, finished 3rd in Europe. Nicole Walters made a big move with her 2nd place finish today, moving up two spots from 6th to 4th. Maud Golsteyn, who didn’t race the finale, lost one place and ends up 5th. Louise Fox gained one place to move into seventh and Morgane Riou dropped from 5th to 8th as she focuses on the Pan Am Tour. Cecilia Jessen lost one place to 9th by not being at the start, and in a good move made by Angela Niklaus she went from 15th to 10th,” said Lebrun.

 

In the men’s chase Ruzafa had the tour title wrapped up before the race started, but Osborne made a big jump into the No. 2 spot.

 

“Sam went from fourth to second with his runner-up showing today,” said Lebrun. “He didn’t start the season until the end of June, so this is really impressive. François Carloni lost one spot today, but finishing 15th he did get the last points he needed to save his place on the podium. Xavier Dafflon also lost one place, and missed the podium this year, but for his first season as a pro it’s an amazing result. Rui Dolores kept his 5th place standing. He was consistent all season and deserves this top five. Maxim Chane, just 21-years-old, improved a lot this season and showed big potential. He stays 6th. Yeray Luxem gained one place and ends up 7th in the tour, and Roger Serrano moved up two places today in the ranking, from 10th to 8th. Arthur Serrieres lost two places with his results during this final to end up in 9th, and Bradley Weiss made the biggest move of the day coming from 14th to 10th with the win."


Top 25 Final Elite Men Points Standings:
Pos Name/Country Total Points
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 640
2 Sam Osborne, NZL 465
3 Francois Carloni, FRA 446
4 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 438
5 Rui Dolores, POR 391
6 Maxim Chane, FRA 369
7 Yeray Luxem, BEL 362
8 Roger Serrano, ESP 352
9 Arthur Serrieres , FRA 335
10 Bradley Weiss, RSA 313
11 Jens Roth, GER 291
12 Jan Kubicek, CZE 251
13 Peter Lehmann, GER 250
14 Arthur Forissier, FRA 233
15 Oivind Bjerkseth, NOR 217
16 Pavel Andreev, RUS 201
17 Hannes Wolpert, GER 177
18 Xavier Jove Riart, ESP 171
19 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 159
20 Mark Hamersma, NED 157
21 Jan Pyott, SUI 145
22 Doug Hall, GBR 134
23 Thomas Kerner, GER 127
24 Tomas Kubek, SVK 108
25 Pavel Jindra, CZE 105
Top 25 Final Elite Women Points Standings:

Pos Name/Country Total Points
1 Helena Karaskova-Erbenova 789
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 787
3 Carina Wasle, AUT 535
4 Nicole Walters, GBR 346
5 Maud Golsteyn, NED 343
6 Louise Fox, GBR 296
7 Elizabeth Orchard, NZL 280
8 Morgane Riou, FRA 266
9 Cecila Jessen, SWE 206
10 Angela Niklaus, SUI 192
11 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 165
12 Isabelle Klein, LUX 155
13 Isabelle Ferrer, FRA 153
14 Kristina Lapinova, SVK 139
15 Kathrin Mueller, GER 134
16 Lucie Materova, CZE 119
17 Diane Lee, GBR 116
18 Pauline Sasserath, GER 116
19 Miriam Casillas Garcia, ESP 110
20 Nicoline Sorensen, DEN 106
21 Renata Bucher, SUI 104
22 Michelle Flipo, MEX 100
23 Laura Philipp, GER 100
24 Daria Rogozina, RUS 100
25 Rocío Espada, ESP