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- Updated: September 27, 2010
Our three-time World Xterra champion, Conrad ÔÇ£The CavemanÔÇØ Stoltz continued to dominate the US Xterra circuit with a win at the Xterra USA Championship off-road triathlon at Snow Basin Resort in Oregon on Sunday.
Stoltz, a two-time Olympian, completed the one-mile swim, 19-mile mountain bike ride, and 6.5-mile trail run in 2hr 24min 03sec, a five full minutes in front of last year’s race winner, Nicolas Lebrun from France. With the victory, Stoltz also won the six-stop Xterra US Pro Series for the eighth time since 2001, and took home $12,500 in prize money.
Stoltz was surprised with his win after saying repeatedly that his course was the ÔÇ£anti-ConradÔÇØ course. Most of the race is climbing (3000 feet of climbing to be exact) and very little in the way of descents, a specialty of Stoltz. ÔÇ£I’m 180 pounds, so it is especially challenging for me, but my legs felt amazing and the Specialized 29’er I was riding was incredible, it just rolled over all the roots and rocks.ÔÇØ
Stoltz’s five-minute margin of victory was by far the most dominating performance in the history of the Xterra USA Championship race, and his prowess on the mountain bike turned it into a race for second place early on.
Stoltz had a minute to make up on Patrick Valentine, Seth Wealing, Branden Rakita and fellow South African, Dan Hugo after the 1600m swim.
The roles though had been reversed after the fourth mile (6.5km) when Stoltz had not only passed the opposition, but had also opened a one-minute gap of his own.
After just under 13km the lead was three minutes. Coming into the transition for the 10.5km trail run it was over 5min. Stoltz was never going to be caught with such a lead and won quite comfortably. Stellenbosch’s Hugo was fourth.
1 Conrad Stoltz 2:24:03
2 Nicolas Lebrun 2:29:02
3 Josiah Middaugh 2:29:38
4 Dan Hugo 2:29:44
5 Felix Schumann 2:30:03