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XTERRA USA Champs Ogden Utah 2013

2013 XTERRA USA Championship from XTERRA TV on Vimeo.

Boulder floods- washed away car by Conrad Stoltz

In the build up to USA Champs, Boulder received 20 inches (510mm) of rain in about 5 days- the annual rainfall usually expected in a year. Once the rain subsided the incredible devastation of the flooding became clear. We dont have a TV, so I only realized the scale of the damage once I ventured outside to try train. In the middle of nowhere, this car was swept off the road- the yellow “do not cross” tape stuck in the wiper telling part of the story…

Conrad Stoltz Flooded road Boulder























In order to get some riding done, I crossed quite a few yellow barriers myself and “carefully” rode on the white line to avoid pot holes.

Conrad Stoltz Salt lake from air

Flight over Salt Lake City was also watery

Conrad Stoltz printing race kit

Liezel and Gary Mandy spent a lot of time and effort designing race kit, making sure the right logos are in the right places and the right sizes. And of course, once in Ogden- lots of time at the printers.  (Boulder businesses were closed) Stoked with the comfortable and light Castelli RossoCorsa kit with its hydrophobic INSTADRY SPEED FABRIC.

Conrad Stoltz XTERRA USA Series Specialized epic

“I’m so awesome, they gave me number 1 AND 2.” At XTERRA your current Series ranking determines your number plate.  After 11 “go’s” at the USA Series titles- and 10 Series wins, (Silvain Dodet, FRA won in 2004) this years series was a nix for me. If you dont know the story- I crashed in Vegas- cut my hand, continued to race and train with the injury, which caused much worse (and harder to fix) compensation injuries. Which made me DNF in ‘Bama and DNS in ‘Richmond and put me out of the series. So I was free to travel and train leisurely for XTERRA Brazil, Italy and Cross Tri Worlds.

Conrad Stoltz Hoka One One Bondi Speed Kona, oakley radarlock, clif shot , XTERRA USA Champs

I jumped the gun a bit and deployed the Kona themed Hoka One One Bondi Speed shoes for this race. Other than the 29er feel over the rocks and great cushioning on the mine shaft down hill, I was hoping the colours (representing Kona Lava and tribal design) would match the fall colours of these beautiful mountain slopes around Snow Basin Ski resort. But unlike the spectacular past few years, the trees had not yet turned colours much.

Conrad Stoltz Caveman fly fishing Ogden creek























I’m not going to go into it too much, but I slightly overcooked my last big training day a week out. Then 2 days of packing up an entire house and moving it to storage down in a basement didnt do much for certain muscle groups, general recovery and troop morale. Thus lots of rest, hardly any training, body work by Todd from Interative Healing in Boulder and eventually some light fly fishing was prescribed by coach Ian.

When Ian’s new recruit and fellow XTERROR Anthony Snoble heard about the “fly fishing scheduled into training” he yelled (New York style): “DUDE! I’m BROKEN from Ironman, and I dont get “fly fishing”!! What do I have to do to get “fly fishing” written into my training programme?!”

Conrad Stoltz Caveman Fly fishing Brown trout

In Western Cape’s (South Africa) gin clear streams, Brown trout* is a rarity, but here in the Ogden Creek, below the swim course, they are a dime a dozen. Ok, maybe a dime a dollar on the Caddis fly, but once I put the Parachute Adams on, they were a dime a dozen… Considering its ankle deep water running next to a busy road and through some neigbourhoods, there are some good sized fish in there.

*No fish were hurt in the making of this blog. Also, thanks to our gracious home stay Guy Letendre for the use of his gear. And Colleen for her car. And their first born’s bedroom. And their bike tools. And the fridge and the kitchen. PS- Sorry about the damage to the contents of the M&Ms jar…

Colleen Letendre Specialized truck Ogden























Homestay Colleen found other transport- just down the road.  Also big thanks to Eric from Specialized who gave my bike some TLC.

Conrad Stoltz Caveman XTERRA USA Champs 2013 by Nils Nilsen portrait

Race day:

After a week spent mostly in bed or massage table, I was quite uncertain what was going to come out.

The swim was looong. One of the bouys floated away, and I was holding it together nicely for the 1500m, but the other 700m didnt go so great and I lost about 90″ to the leaders. I swam 29.34 instead of the usual 19.34 -ish. Full results here.

After a few tentative minutes on the opening climb up Wheeler Canyon, I found my legs and started putting the power down nicely. I recently switched to the more oval (16% oval) QXL Qrings. (Non round chainrings) And found quite a few Watts gained compared to the “old” 10% oval Qrings. This is also part of the reason I didnt get to ride the ridiculously cool new 2014 Specialized World Cup Epic 29er I test rode in April. However, there is an XX1 style Qring in the works called QX1- which should be ready to go on my 2014 Specialized Epic for XTERRA Worlds.

Conrad Stoltz Caveman XTERRA USA Champs 2013 by Nils Nilsen  Specialized Epic 29er bike

Thanks to Nils Nilsen for the stunning pix as per usual.

By the time we hit the 1st of 2 puny little down hill sections on this beast of a climbers course- I was up to 2nd place. Chasing Leonardo Chacon– a respected ITU and Olympic athlete, and now an XTERRA cross over from Costa Rica. Leon has a smart coach, he sleeps on a volcano at 2000m, trains on a volcano at 1500m, got 4th at XTERRA Worlds last year, won XTERRA Mexico this year, he has been riding his MTB specifically for this and most importantly- Leon weighs 65kg. (143lbs) Now I’m 20kg heavier. I know- its all muscle, and more muscle makes more speed. Right?

Without getting all mathematical about it,  no matter how much you’ve trained or how fit you are, assuming everyone is equally fit- power to weight ratio is what its all about on a course like this. To draw a parallel to cycling: You dont see Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara (both 180lbs/82kg guys) contesting Mt Ventoux or L’Alpe d’Heuz?  And I’d love to see Nairo Quintana (57kg) bounce around on the cobbles of Flanders. SA cycling legend Willie Engelbrecht calls it “horses for courses.” But I think he was referring to the garage full of dirt bikes he kept- after his sterling cycling career.

This course is a point to point bike- lake to Ski resort- which gains 3400ft, but only loses 1500 ft. So there is about 1900ft gained but not lost. Not a fair course to have USA Champs on year after year for 9 years, but it is what it is and I have to make the best of it.

On the little 3min23 downhill halfway through the course, I cut Leon’s lead from 1.20 to about 30″. But after that it was all climbing again- up to 8000some feet. Leon kept the gap to the top of the climb- he is a Specialized rider too, so no equipment advantage for me there.

For the Strava fans, here the Strava file for the down hill during practice-  wonder how much faster my race time was.

I passed Leon just after the summit, and on the final drop to the finish- a weird, fast but mostly non technical yet dangerously leafy tunnel to the finish, I made a minute. (Video is in the making.)

Conrad Stoltz Caveman XTERRA USA Champs 2013 by Nils Nilsen Josiah Middaugh, Ruben Ruzafa, Leon Chacron

Brewing behind me was the perfect storm:  The 3 hit T2 at the same time: Leon was joined by ex pro mountain biker and fellow tiny guy Ruben Ruzafa, (also Specialized) and mountain man, smart trainer, leader of USA Series and lover of altitude and mountains- Josiah Middaugh.

I had a minute lead, but these guys chopped it down by the summit of the 1st of 2 big climbs. With another big climb looming, and my ass dragging, I had no answer as the 2 little and one medium guys took off. The 700ft gained on 8k of the run is lost all at once in 2k. With no one to chase and no one chasing, I shuffled down, saving the quads for Worlds training starting in Kona yesterday.

Conrad Stoltz Caveman XTERRA USA Champs 2013 by Nils Nilsen Hoka One One Bondi Speed trail run

Josiah and Leon had a spectacular tussle down to the last mile, when Leon dropped the hammer and won by 55 seconds. I know Josiah’s prep was far from good- I’ll let him tell (or not tell) you more about it. Ruben who was 2nd to me at ITU Cross Tri Worlds, was 3rd, about 30″ behind Josiah. XTERRA Worlds is going to be action packed!

Bradley Weiss had breakthough performance for 7th- Dan was 5th- so 3 Saffers in the top 10.

Not overly stoked with 4th, I decided to get my own trophy in the creek on the way home.

Conrad Stoltz Caveman XTERRA USA Champs 2013 tropies

The next day we were on our way to Kona. Princess Hotstuff formulted complex formulae to find the cheapset flights. They include factors like cost of flight, luggage fees, bike fees, time spent travelling, bonus mileage programmes, and pervious bad experiences. American, US Air and Cathay Pacific are voted off the island for ridiculous bike fees.  The cheapest way to Kona was with Alaskan Air (which included the cost of the hotel) and had us spend 22 hrs in Seattle. It broke up the travel nicely and we got to see parts of this amazing city.

Conrad Stoltz caveman Seattle Space Needle

We took the light rail to the fabled City Church on 1st Street, and was inspired yet again by pastor Judah Smith. Look out for the webcast dated 22 Sept called “Still havent found what I’m looking for” on  Afterwards we strolled over to the Space Needle- and even though the weather looks nice when the picture was taken here in Seattle Alaska, you may as well keep the umbrella out for the next rain or cold wind. We were wearing our entire winter wardrobes and later the evening used the umbrella as a wind shield…

LIezel Stoltz Conrad Stoltz Space Needle Seattle

Warm me uppers in the Space Needle.

conrad stoltz seattle amphibious vehicle

Other than the weird and wonderful- When is Cape Town getting and amphibious bus tour? Think about it-no traffic, no okes selling cell phone chargers at the robots, no hi jackers and no speeding cameras…

Conrad Stoltz Chihuly glass museum Seattle

we also visited the Pikes Place market and totally mind blowing Chihuly Glass museum.

Conrad Stoltz Caveman Kona Reef Hawaii ocean view

Day 1 in Kona: XTERRA Worlds training camp is ON! Bring on title #5…

Liezel Stoltz Kona Hawaii ocean swim

Lance Armstrong vs The Caveman. XTERRA USA Champs


Caveman and Lance Armstrong at XTERRA USA Champs

Here is some really cool footage of Lance and I duking it out up the 1st long climb at XTERRA USA Champs in Ogden Utah. The buzz  Armstrongs’ participation at XTERRA created was amazing, and never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined trading punches with the 7x Tour winner up n climb on knobbly tired bikes. Even though Nico, Dan and Josiah (and the altitude!) worked me over, I’ll show the kids this video footage some day and say: “Your daddy used to be GOOD”.

Watch this video on

Thanks a lot to the good folks at for making me look good…

Part of the reason I havent been blogging lately is the fact that my WordPress is too outdated to upload video.


2012 Specialized Sworks Epic 29er with Fast Trak 2.2 tires and 1x on form Caveman – ready for 5th XTERRA Worlds title

Here is an interview with Triathlon Competitor about Sunday’s (23 Oct) upcoming XTERRA Worlds.

XTERRA USA Champs: Caveman vs Armstrong showdown

XTERRA USA Champs 2010.  1st race on my beloved Specialized Sworks Epic 29er. Knocked the bike leg out of the park.

Due to lack of time, I’m cutting and pasting Trey Garman from XTERRA’s pre race report:

To follow the event live, follow my twitter feed: @conradstoltz  

This is for sure the most exciting Pro field we’ve ever had, and I’m really looking forward to racing Lance Armstrong. This climbing extravaganza provides a nice comfy introduction to XTERRA. Apparently he’s a fast swimmer, so for once on the run I may be chaser and not the chasee…  Whichever way- its gonna hurt!


Can Lance run? Will DeBoom stay close enough on the bike? Is there enough technical riding and running to bring out the best in the Caveman? Could this be the race that makes Josiah a household name? Perhaps the Frenchman will peak at just the right time? Maybe Seth will have the magic day?  Or is this the race Hugo busts out of the shadow of his mentor and becomes the champion?

Thank goodness races aren’t decided on paper, as the questions on “who can do what” at this year’s XTERRA USA Championship are simply too difficult to answer.  One thing is for certain, a pair of 40-year-old XTERRA rookies, Lance Armstrong and Tim DeBoom, ignited a firestorm of interest into what was already off-triathlon’s national treasure.

The other wildcard is a brand new 7+ mile Sardine Peak Trail that extends the mountain bike course to one of the Wasatch Range’s most visible peaks at 7,300-feet.  The 360-degree views that span from east to west are nothing short of breathtaking.


Combine more than 1,000 of the world’s best athletes with one of the nation’s best courses, perfect weather, and a community brimming with excitement and support and you have all the right ingredients for an intense showdown at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.  Yet, intense isn’t the right descriptor – fun is.

“More than a decade ago I saw a picture of Steve Larsen running his bike through a creek in Richmond, Virginia and said ‘wow’, that looks like fun, so I applied my fitness to XTERRA and I really enjoy it,” said defending USA Champ Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz (pictured above), who is shooting for XTERRA U.S. Pro Series title No. 9 on Saturday.  “I think that’s the same thing that draws Lance Armstrong here.  I presume he’s coming here to have fun and enjoy.”

It’s most certainly the reason Tim DeBoom is here.  “Oh yeah, the fun factor, and you know it’s for real when you see a guy like Conrad stick around the sport for 10 years,” said the two-time Ironman World Champ who is making his XTERRA debut on Saturday.

Indeed, the overwhelming majority of the men’s pro field have been in the mix for years, and it may be that experience – the time put in on racing against each other and at high speeds and on this mountain – that will make all the difference. The humble and soft spoken Josiah Middaugh (pictured), a true mountain man of all season and the six-time XTERRA National Champ, is certainly hoping so.


On the surface it seems that this is Melanie McQuaid’s race.   She’s won here the last three years, is in great shape, confident and determined.

Lesley Paterson, however, has progression on her side.  She was fourth here in Utah in 2008, third in ’09, and second last year.

“It suits me no doubt, lots of climbing, not too technical, and I race well at altitude,” said the fiery Scottish triathlete (pictured), who is also a film producer and writer.  “This is my year to win it maybe, who knows!”

Perhaps, but what if a miracle happens, and the reigning XTERRA World Champ Shonny Vanlandingham is able to overcame the aches and pains associated with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee?

“I tore my ACL five weeks ago, 90% off the femur,” said Vanlandingham, who has a custom brace that will do its best to keep her from further injuring the knee.  “I really just want to finish the race, and don’t have the same expectations of winning as I did five weeks ago but I I’m an athlete, I love to compete, and I am a woman of faith.  And, I do believe in miracles so it’s not totally out of my mind that I could win this race.  I do believe it’s possible.”

Vanlandingham has surgery scheduled on Oct. 7, so she won’t be able to race the XTERRA World Championship in Maui, but she will attend to support her fellow athletes and the sport.

While those are the premier three in the women’s race, the field is stacked and deep.  Watch out for Kelley Cullen – a mountain biker with mountain credentials – and Sara Tarkington, who is another great climber.  Emma Garrard from nearby Park City has had a great season, as has Canadians Danelle Kabush and Christine Jeffrey, who will lead them all out of the water.

Everywhere you turn there is a pro contender here in Utah, and they are all wearing smiles and having fun.  Only two, however, can ultimately walk away with the biggest grin – and the title of XTERRA USA Champion.  Who will they be?


While Lance Armstrong and the pro races are grabbing the majority of the headlines this week, there are literally hundreds of amazing stories to tell from this year’s field.  Here’s just a couple..
 – XTERRA great Jamie Whitmore makes a heroic return from cancer, and will compete in Saturday’s XTERRA Utah short course race. When Whitmore won the 2007 XTERRA USA Championship for the fifth time in her career it marked her 37th championship win.  At the time, it looked like 50, even 100 wins wouldn’t be out of the question. Then came cancer, and her focus turned from winning races to fighting for her life.  Thank goodness “J-Dawg” is as tough as they come and she not only survived, but thrived.  Whitmore now fills her days exercising, playing with her adorable twin boys – Ryder and Christian – and coaching others how to excel in their own careers.  While her days as an elite may have come to an end, her life as an athlete never will.  In fact, Whitmore’s athletic career got a new bill of health this year in the form of a brace that will allow her to ride her bike again.

“I have no glute, no hamstring, no calf and cannot move or feel my foot at all.  The only thing functioning on my left leg is my quad,” explained Whitmore.  “So this brace I’m going to get is really exciting stuff.  It’s the same brace Craig Vogtsberger uses when he races, and should be stiff enough for me to start riding the bike and not have my foot flop while I pedal. I am also having custom orthotics made to help with stability.”

– There are a trio of young deaf competitors – John Klish , Taylor Seavey, and Jessica D’Amato – who are competing at the highest level in the USA Championship race.  Klish is one of the favorites in the overall amateur race and Seavey is one of the sports brightest young stars.  Led by Klish, this trio has an ambitious plan to start an organization designed to increase deaf participation in events that will ultimately lead to a better quality of life for deaf individuals.
– “One-arm” Willie Stewart returns to XTERRA.  Steward dominated the challenged athletes division at XTERRA for years, and now brings his contagious smile and sense of humor – along with tha
t super cool prosthetic arm that allows him to ride a bike – to Utah.  Other challenged athletes are also on the start list, including legally blind racer Michael Stone who returns to defend his title with the help of his friend and guide Jared Berg.  Craig Vogtsberger, who won the 2009 Physically Challenged XTERRA USA title, is also back (see story in today’s Deseret News).

WHO: More than 1,300 athletes from 40 states and 10 countries ages 13-to-80.
WHAT: The XTERRA USA Championship triathlon and XTERRA Utah short and long course tri’s are on Saturday, plus kids races, clinics, and Ogden’s annual Harvest Moon Festival, and the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon and 5k, 10k fun runs are on Sunday.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, September 23-25, 2011
The XTERRA Expo is from 12 noon to 6pm on Friday
The XTERRA USA Championship race starts at 9am Saturday
The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals race starts at 9am Sunday
WHERE: Ogden on Friday and Snowbasin Resort on Sat/Sun
WHY: Both the XTERRA Tri and Trail Run National Championship races are the culmination of 70-race nationwide series, that end with a best-of-the-best showdown in Utah.
TV: XTERRA TV is producing an hour-long, nationally broadcast television show on the USA Championship, highlighting Northern Utah as a mecca for outdoor adventure recreation.

View and/or download a PDF of the XTERRA Nationals Guide complete with racer profiles, course descriptions and maps, schedule of events, past USA results, and more.
Here’s the pro start list, complete with the bib number they’ll be wearing on Saturday.  Have a look at the key below that explains how they got their number…
2011 Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Conrad Stoltz – 37, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2 – Josiah Middaugh – 32, Vail, Colorado
3 – Nicolas Lebrun -38, Digne, France
4 – Branden Rakita – 30, Manitou Springs, Colorado
5 – Seth Wealing – 32, Boulder, Colorado
6 – Craig Evans – 33, Hendersonville, Tennessee
7 – Cody Waite – 32, Lakewood, Colorado
8 – Dan Hugo – 25, Stellenbosch, South Africa
10 – Jason Michalak – 33, Lakewood, Colorado
11 – Adam Wirth – 33, Boise, Idaho
12 – Brad Zoller – 33, Avon, Colorado
13 – Patrick Valentine – 25, Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 – Matt Boobar – 38, Stratton Mountain, Vermont
18 – Will Ross – 22, Anchorage, Alaska
24 – Jimmy Archer – Boulder, Colorado
25 – Will Kelsay – 29, Boulder, Colorado
30 – Ben Allen – 26, North Wollongong, Australia
31 - Lance Armstrong – 40, Austin, Texas
32 – Tim DeBoom – 40, Boulder, Colorado
33 - Chris Ganter – 32, Boise, Idaho
34 – David Henestrosa – 34, Manresa, Spain
35 – Michael Hiscott – 28, London, England
36 – Lewellyn Holmes -29, Bristol, England
37 – Greg Gibson – 31, Salt Lake City, Utah

2011 Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
61 – Melanie McQuaid – 38, Victoria, B.C., Canada
62 – Shonny Vanlandingham – 41, Durango, Colorado
63 – Christine Jeffrey – 38, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
64 – Emma Garrard – 30, Park City, Utah
65 – Suzie Snyder – 29, Fredericksburg, Virginia
66 – Jessica Noyola – 29, San Diego, California
67 – Caroline Colonna – 46, Taos, New Mexico
68 – Tracy Thelen – 31, Colorado Springs, Colorado
70 – Kelley Cullen – 30, New Castle, Colorado
71 – Lesley Paterson – 30, San Diego, California (Scotland)
72 – Sara Tarkington – 30, Boulder, Colorado
73 – Danelle Kabush – 36, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
74 – Luisa Bryce – 29, Denver, Colorado
75 – Jaime Brede – 33, Breckenridge, Colorado
77 – Kim Baugh – 31, Colorado Springs, Colorado
80 - Mical Dyck – 29, Victoria, B.C., Canada
81 – Tammy Jacques – 45, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
82 – Carina Wasle – 26, Kundl, Austria

– Numbers 1-25 represent men’s exact position in 2011 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series standings
– Numbers 30-up represent non-ranked pro men in alphabetical order, then late additions
– Numbers 61-77 represents women’s exact position (those ranked 1-17) in 2011 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series standings
– Numbers 80-up represent non-ranked pro men in alphabetical order, then late additions


Here what some of the top contenders are saying before the race, see some of the images from around the course, and be sure to have a look at the footage Conrad Stoltz captured with his GoPro camera mounted to his handlebars on the bike course this week…
2010 XTERRA USA Championship Show
Conrad Stoltz clips from the course, Part I (scenics)
Conrad Stoltz clips from the course, Part II (downhill)
Conrad Stoltz Pre-Race Interview
Shonny Vanlandingham Pre-Race Interview
Tim DeBoom Pre-Race Interview
Lesley Paterson Pre-Race Interview
Cindi Toepel Pre-Race Interview
Christine Jeffrey Pre-Race Interview
Pictures from the course

The 2011 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series distributed $143,000 in prize money: $10,500 at each regional, $20,000 at the USA Championship, and $60,000 to the top overall points scorers in the Series. Here’s how Saturday’s payout breaks down to the top performers in the Series:

XTERRA U.S. Pro Series
Pro Purse ($60,000)    
Rank    Men    Women
1st    $10,000    $10,000
2nd    $6,000    $6,000
3rd    $3,500    $3,500
4th    $2,500    $2,500
5th    $2,000    $2,000
6th    $1,500    $1,500
7th    $1,200    $1,200
8th    $1,000    $1,000
9th    $800    $800
10th    $600    $600
11th    $400    $400
12th    $300    $300
13th    $200    $200
And for just the XTERRA USA Championship race:
XTERRA USA Championship
Pro Purse ($20,000)   
Rank    Men    Women
1st    $2,500    $2,500
2nd    $2,000    $2,000
3rd    $1,500    $1,500
4th    $1,200    $1,200
5th    $900    $900
6th    $700    $700
7th    $500    $500
8th    $350    $350
9th    $200    $200
10th    $150    $150

The XTERRA USA Championship triathlon is truly a national, even international, affair with just 5% of the field hailing from the home state of Utah.  Here’s a look at the stats…
Countries Represented: 10; Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Scotland/GBR, South Africa, Germany, Spain, Mexico, USA.
U.S. States Represented: 40
Oldest Man: Nathaniel Grew – South Woodstock, VT, 74
Oldest Woman: Libby Harrow – Vero Beach, FL, 60
Youngest Man: Nielsen Powless – Roseville, CA, 15
Youngest Woman: Erin Quinn – Littleton, CO, 15
Swim course distance: 1,500-meters (0.93 miles) Combines two 750-meter laps (no run in-between)
Elevation at Port Ramp Marina for swim start:  4,900-feet
Water temperature:
67.4 on Wednesday
Mountain bike course distance: 28-kilometers (17.7 miles)
Total climbing on bike: 3,400-feet
Elevation at highest point: 7,300-feet (where Sardine Peak Trail meets the ridgeline)
Elevation at T2/Snowbasin Resort Lodge: 6,400-feet
Trail Run course distance: 9.65-kilometers (6.0 miles)
Total climbing on run: 885-feet
Total climbing on course: 4,285-feet
Spectators should drive to Port Ramp Marina at Pineview Reservoir for the swim start th at 9am (there is plenty of parking) then head up to Snowbasin Resort for the finish. When leaving Pineview, the fastest route to avoid the slow down at the spillway (dam) will be to take a right turn out of the parking lot and go around the reservoir through Huntsville to the main highway (Trappers Loop) to Snowbasin.  At Snowbasin Resort spectators will be able to see the bike-to-run transition, finish line, and listen to live race updates from the announcers.
There has been an incredible amount of terrific media coverage in advance of this weekend’s XTERRA Nationals in Utah.  Here are links to a few of the stories, just in case you missed it…
Runner’s World Daily Digest – Max King Wanted Poster
Salt Lake Tribune Preview
Sports Illustrated Preview (AP)
ESPN – Armstrong to compete in XTERRA (AP)
15-year-old local boy McKay Hunt story
Deseret News – Craig Vogtsberger (pictured) overcomes all odds

The Caveman on Armstrong
Triathletes, Trail Runners head to Ogden/Snowbasin
The King to defend his Crown
Sept. 24 – XTERRA Utah Off-Road Tris (Ogden/Snowbasin, UT)
Sept. 24 – XTERRA Harbins Park 10k Trail Run (Dacula, GA)
Sept. 24 – XTERRA Nationals Tri (Ogden/Snowbasin, UT)
Sept. 25 – XTERRA Nationals Trail Run (Ogden/Snowbasin, UT)
Oct. 22 – XTERRA Kapalua 5k/10k Trail Runs (Kapalua, Maui)
Oct. 23 – XTERRA World Championship (Kapalua, Maui)
Check out XTERRA.TV to watch a wide variety of XTERRA programming right now.  Available content, which is updated weekly, features everything from the Maui show to adventures in Utah.  To see the XTERRA broadcast schedule listing shows that are on in your hometown check out our network TV Schedule

XTERRA USA Race report in the pipeline


XTERRA Ogden run was rough.

I’m painting house right now and will get to the race report tomorrow & once I have good photos…

A pre-able to tuesdays’ race report for XTERRA USA Champs, Ogden.

2009 XTERRA USA Championship Weekend

Melanie McQuaid, myself, Shonny Vanlandingham and Josiah Middaugh “teaching” The Art of XTERRA at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA University.  Pics by Nils Nilsen

I dont have 3hrs to write a good race report right now, but I know monday everyone spends half the day on their Facebook and reading about the weekends race results before real work starts, so here is a quick little something something about the weekend.

I’m driving to Reno today (9hrs) so I can get back to training for Maui in 4 weeks.

I finished 2nd behind Nico Lebrun on this mountain goat course, but nailed my 7th XTERRA USA Series title. More about this tomorrow.

This is a quick peek at this whirlwind weekend.

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Cavegirl on the way!!!

Cavegirl on the way!!!
Liezel and I are happy to announce our baby girl on the way! We are 23 weeks in, #PrincessHotstuff is fit and trim, and for me, time is not moving fast enough!  Due date 15-5-15. Suuuuper excited prix viagra en pharmacie! With these genes, she’ll be shooting hoops while wheelie-ing at the age of 3. […]
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Being the Caveman is hard work- have been busy…

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As you all know, its easy to overindulge and pack on the pounds during the festive season, so Cross Training is a key ingredient to keeping the Caveman fit and flexable. Gotta keep on top of skills training too. Breakfast sure wasnt pretty. But its all part of the food chain… Like I said, being […]
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Caveman wins in mountain region of Scanno at XTERRA Italy

Caveman wins in mountain region of Scanno at XTERRA Italy
XTERRA Italy has the most amazing course! Parts through the old mountain town of Scanno. To the tune of "eye of the tiger" (thanks DJ Jack!) Caveman wins XTERRA Italy by 4 minutes. XTERRA Italy made is debut in the idyllic mountain town of Scanno, in the province of Abruzzo. In terms of the culture […]
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Caveman’s specialized equipment choices in quest for 7th World title

Caveman’s specialized equipment choices in quest for 7th World title
#aeroiseverything #soisfattyres #dittohorsepower ITU Cross Triathlon Worlds 2013 Long version Cross Tri Worlds Highlights. (Short version- 2.40) Racing through the dunes, stairs and sidewalks of Holland proved a fertile ground for innovative equipment choices.  From the video you can get a feel for the course- but the real test was the long sections of deep, […]
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a Caveman car for a Caveman situation…

a Caveman car for a Caveman situation…
Caveman’s Stellenbosch Kelfords Ford Fietsta Ambiente 1.4 [Open letter to friend and owner of Kelfords Ford and Mazda in Somerset West, South Africa] Dear Tristan, Thank you very much for the use of your wonderful little Ford Fiesta. We love the fuel economy, (5.9L per 100km) the nippy handling, the voice activated, hands free phone […]
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Cheers to a remarkable 2012

Cheers to a remarkable 2012
18 races, 1 World Title (ITU Cross Tri), my 10th XTERRA USA Series title, 10 victories, 16 podiums and many many special memories. My sporting highlight was winning my 2nd ITU Cross Triathlon World Title in Pelham Alabama, USA. a Personal highlight was sharing the entire year and all the remarkable experiences with my gorgeous […]
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