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XTERRA West: Las Vegas preview
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Thursday 12th April 2012


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We have a busy weekend coming up of interesting international racing. Alongside the big ITU World Triathlon Series Sydney event, plus Challenge Fuerteventura and TriStar Mallorca, the off-road specialists have their own highlight.

Doug Hall (Total Fitness Bath) and Richard Stannard are flying to Las Vegas, joining US-based British World Champion Lesley Paterson at the XTERRA West Championship.

Quality racing from a strong field is promised and Doug has kindly put together a pre-race preview for us.


This Saturday sees the opening round of the XTERRA USA tour, the XTERRA West Championship, held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The race consists of 1500m swim, 30km (ish) of mountain biking and 10km of trail running. With $15,000 of prize money up for grabs it's no surprise to see such a strong field. With four of the top five ranked American off-roaders competing against nine-time series champ Conrad Stoltz (RSA), 2011 world champs second placed athlete Dan Hugo (RSA) and two-time Ironman World champ Tim DeBoom (USA), things are set for a cracking men's race in the city of Sin.

The women's race is by no means a side show either. Melanie McQuaid has shown good form already this year winning Oceanside 70.3, but will face stiff competition from 2011 World Champ Lesley Patterson (GBR) and Renata Bucher (SUI), fresh (?!) from a busy Asia-Pacific racing tour.

British interest lies with Lesley Paterson as mentioned above, and also with Doug Hall (Total Fitness Bath) and Richard Stannard. Both had successful domestic off-road seasons in 2011 and are looking to take it overseas in 2012.

Doug will be updating on his trip to the States on his Twitter (www.twitter.com/littledoughall) and race updates can be found via www.facebook.com/XTERRAplanet or www.twitter.com/xterraoffroad


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