Posts Tagged ‘josiah middaugh’
XTERRA Worlds review 2015
Watching (and commentating for LiveStream) from the sidelines was quite insightful and more fun than I expected.
Here’s some thoughts from “Caveman the outsider” – who used to be on the inside:
This race was really loaded and promised to be quite exciting:
Listed in finishing position. First part on each athlete are my thoughts before the race and below the image, the actual race.
Josiah Middaugh USA: Supreme competitor. Scientific & focused prep. Physically gifted. Awesome guy (outside of racing and humble with a quirky, fun loving family.
Strengths: Climbing, any kind of running. Halloween costume.
Weakness: Swim, technical riding. (except in Bama when its raining)
Had 15 tries at Maui! Really wants to win.
And win he did! An epic and mostly close fought battle with seemingly unbeatable Ruben Ruzafa (15 wins in a row, 4 World titles) and rising star Braden Currie.
Josiah had the swim of his life to get out the water on Rubens feet – usually he is 1min+
XTERRA Worlds 2012
A tsunami warning the night before caused some pretty interesting ocean conditions- complete with “shark” “no, dolphin” “no, shark” spottings at the turn buoy.
The tsunami was predicted to hit land at 10.28pm causing a large number of athletes to evacuate, only to return to bed at 1am.
Stoltz, Bucher win XTERRA East Championship
The next XTERRA champion, Evan Carlson, 14 years old, won his XTERRA Sport race. AND he knows all about tires pressures…
Stoltz, Bucher win XTERRA East Championship
Flying out in a few hours and packing like crazy. Luckily my canceled flight this morning (would have been home already) will leave today after all. Instead of tomorrow…
Borrowed race report from XTERRAplanet.com
(Richmond, VA) – Conrad Stoltz, 36, from South Africa and Renata Bucher, 33, of Switzerland captured the XTERRA East Championship off-road triathlon pro titles in Richmond, Virginia this afternoon.
It was a characteristically hot mid 90’s summer day in the River City, and that didn’t seem to bother Stoltz one bit. The “Caveman” had the second-best swim time with a 12:42 (just 20 seconds off Seth Wealing), the fastest 24km bike split by far (a blazing 52:11), and even turned in the quickest 10km run of the day in 40:24. It all added up to yet another win for the tall South African – his fourth straight on the XTERRA America Tour this year, and fifth win in six years here in Richmond.
“Since I finished high school in 1991 I’ve been racing professionally so I’ve had basically 18 summers back-to-back, so I’m familiar with the heat,” said Stoltz. “I’m not great in the heat, though, so I have to prepare for it, which mean’s pacing and never going too hard in the swim, bike or run. The whole race I had to pull back a little bit, pull back a little, and make sure I had some energy left for the run.”
By midway through the bike Stoltz’ biggest threat was coming from his hometown of Stellenbosch in the form of 25-year-old Dan Hugo. Hugo, making his 2010 U.S. debut (he won XTERRA South Africa back in February), was riding and running strong and all by himself in second place for most of the day.
“I didn’t get splits until the very end so I had no idea what was going on behind me so I was racing more against the heat and myself, but it’s really good to see Dan back,” said Stoltz about Hugo, who was just 15-years-old when the Caveman did his first-ever XTERRA here in Richmond back in 2001. “Obviously he had a good race, and I’m excited to see him healthy and back, and racing. That should be good for XTERRA.”
XTERRA Waco, Texas and how “the Caveman” became “the Cowboy”- for a day
Caveboy. (or Cowman- Cowboy Caveman?) Renata Bucher’s 1st big win in the US Xterra Series
Due to excellent journalism by Trey Garman, I borrowed part of my race report from www.xterraplanet.com
[Conrad Stoltz, 36, from Stellenbosch, South Africa and Renata Bucher, 32, from Lucerne, Switzerland captured the inaugural XTERRA South Central Championship pro titles on a hot and humid day deep in the heart of Texas at Cameron Park in Waco this afternoon.
Nobody on the XTERRA Planet knows how to “Cowboy Up” like Stoltz, and he proved it by crushing the twisty-turny-tree-lined bike course, and walking tall across the finish line with a cowboy hat on in 2:02:21, more than three-minutes ahead of runner-up Josiah Middaugh from Vail, Colorado.
XTERRA Waco, Texas
Picture and story borrowed from www.slowtwitch.com
Conrad Stoltz won his second straight XTERRA 2010 USA Championship race and Renate Bucher her second ever with definitive victories at the XTERRA South Central Championship at Waco, Texas today.
Stoltz followed his XTERRA West Championship win at Lake Las Vegas last month with a 2:02:21 finish for the 1.5 k swim, 24k mountain bike and 10k trail run for a 3:05 margin of victory over runner-up Josiah Middaugh of Vail, Colorado. Stoltz seems to be getting better as the season goes on, since his margin of victory over Middaugh last month was just 39 seconds.
“Actually Josiah by rights should have won that race in Lake Las Vegas,” said Stoltz. “”But he had a flat and lost two minutes. Today, I was feeling much better and I loved this course. It has 300 turns and twists and a ton of sharp uphills and it suits my power.”
Bucher avenged a 6th place finish at Lake Las Vegas for a 2:17:59 finish that gave her a 2:15 margin of victory over Shonny Vanlandingham. Bucher’s win was her second XTERRA USA Championship win to go with her 21 XTERRA International career victories.