Middaugh, Button Win XTERRA Quebec

Middaugh, Button win XTERRA Quebec

Josiah Middaugh and Katie Button captured the XTERRA Quebec off-road triathlon elite titles at Lac Delage in Quebec, Canada.

It’s the first win of the season for Middaugh, his second in a row in Quebec, and the 35th major victory of his storied career. For Button, it’s her second XTERRA World Tour win as an elite.

The event started with a 1.5K swim, followed with a grueling 27K mountain bike on epic trails at Empire 47, and finished with a tough 10K trail run.

In the men’s race Middaugh was eighth out of the warm water of Lac Delage, about four minutes behind the swim leaders Edmond Roy and Karsten Madsen, but quickly went to work on the bike, posting the fastest split in each of the three laps, and caught Madsen for the lead just before the bike-to-run transition.

“I’m in a little funk with non-wetsuit swims so gave up more time than I wanted to, but I felt good on the bike and was able to reel everyone back in,” said Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA Pan American Champion. “It’s such a technical course, even more technical than Victoria last week and it featured a lot more up and down. I was able to catch Karsten right at the end of the bike and we ran out of T2 side by side. The run here starts out up a hill and I hit the first climb really hard, and Karsten backed off and from there I just tried to hold the gap.”

Middaugh ended up posting the second-best run time, just a few seconds slower than Matthew Alford who finished sixth, and took the tape in 2:46:18, more than two minutes ahead of Madsen in second.

“It feels good to get the first win of the season, and now I’ll head back home and see if I can defend the home turf at XTERRA Beaver Creek on Saturday,” said Middaugh.

As for Madsen, he went all out from the gun to see if he could swim and ride away from Middaugh.

“I went after it today,” said Madsen. “I wanted to put as much time on Josiah in the non-wetsuit swim as possible. On the bike I knew I would lose some time to him, but I felt I was riding the downs really good. On the third lap I made a mental mistake and crashed hard over the bars and my face took most of the impact. I collected myself and got going again when Josiah came by me like a freight train. We came into T2 together, but I was running hurt. Racing full out to try and win is risky and today I found myself on the ground but, I’m happy I took my shot it. Honestly, every race and training session my heart does what it should, is building confidence again in my mind.”

Will Ross had arguably his best race as an elite to finish third, just two minutes back of Madsen and four-minutes off the pace set by Middaugh. Edmond Roy finished fourth and Branden Rakita rounded out the top five.

Elite Men’s Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:46:18 75
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:48:39 67
3 Will Ross, USA 2:50:58 61
4 Edmond Roy, CAN 2:52:13 56
5 Branden Rakita, USA 2:56:37 51
6 Matthew Alford, USA 2:57:39 47
7 Vince Bethumeur, CAN 3:00:26 43
8 Carlos Chang, CAN 3:05:22 39
9 Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, CAN 3:11:15 36

 

In the women’s race Button was second out of the water, just six seconds behind Kelli Montgomery, then turned on the jets on the bike, posting the fastest split in 1:52:04, which was more than 10-minutes faster than the second-best time put up by Deanna McCurdy.

“It was smooth sailing for me today,” exclaimed Button. “I passed Kelli coming out of the swim-to-bike transition and was able to stick to my plan of riding strong and smooth with no mistakes (ok I put my foot down a couple times). The longer and relentless bike course here really spread everyone out, so I lost track of the rest of the girls.”

Once on the run, Button was out of sight and simply needed to survive the punishing 10K course and her winning time of 3:24:07 was more than 14-minutes ahead of McCurdy in second.

“On the run I finally started noticing last weekend’s race legs, and it didn’t feel awesome,” said Button. “That was a challenging one, super techy up and down – so I might have felt just as rough even if I hadn’t raced in Victoria last weekend. Overall, such a great event – so much effort by the race organizers to make sure everyone has a great day. Just a big day of crushing some great trails!”

Behind Button, McCurdy was busy posting the fastest run split of the day to finish in second, five minutes ahead of Montgomery in third. Amanda Bayer placed fourth and Laura Mira from Brazil finished in fifth.

Elite Women’s Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Katie Button, CAN 3:24:07 75
2 Deanna McCurdy, USA 3:38:10 67
3 Kelli Montgomery, USA 3:43:30 61
4 Amanda Bayer, USA 4:03:33 56
5 Laura Dias, BRA 4:36:21 51

 

XTERRA Quebec was the sixth of 10 races on the 2019 XTERRA Pan American Tour. Elites count their best six scores of the season, including what they get (or don’t get) at the Pan Am Championship race which will be held September 7 in Ogden, Utah. Up next, XTERRA Beaver Creek in Avon, Colorado on July 20.

PAN AM TOUR ELITE STANDINGS
After 6, as of 7.14.19

ELITE MEN
PL NAME, NAT TOT AR CH BR OM VC QC
1 Sam Osborne, NZL 275 x x 100 100 75 x
2 Josiah Middaugh, USA 232 x x x 90 67 75
3 Kieran McPherson, NZL 216 67 67 x 82 x x
4 Felipe Moletta, BRA 212 61 61 90 x x x
5 Will Ross, USA 211 43 56 x x 51 61
6 Branden Rakita, USA 170 x x x 63 56 51
7 Alejandro Bulacio, ARG 156 51 47 58 x x x
8 Rafael Juriti, BRA 153 39 51 63 x x x
9 Rom Akerson, CRC 150 75 75 x x x x
10 Karsten Madsen, CAN 128 x x x x 61 67
11 Evan Pardi, USA 105 x x x 58 47 x
12 Alex Roberts, NZL 99 56 43 x x x x
13 Alex Rhodes, GBR 85 36 x 49 x x x
14 Sebastian Neef, GER 82 x x 82 x x x
15 Diogo Malagon, BRA 75 x x 75 x x x
16 Elliot Bach, USA 75 x x x 75 x x
17 Marcus Fernandez, BRA 69 x x 69 x x x
18 Brian Smith, USA 69 x x x 69 x x
19 Edmond Roy, CAN 56 x x x x x 56
20 Hugo Barbosa, BRA 53 x x 53 x x x
21 Walter Schafer, USA 53 x x x 53 x x
22 Ryan Ignatz, USA 49 x x x 49 x x
23 Lucas Mendez, ARG 47 47 x x x x x
24 Matthew Alford, USA 47 x x x x x 47
25 Raul Furtado, BRA 45 x x 45 x x x
26 Will Kelsay, USA 45 x x x 45 x x
27 Barret Fishner, USA 43 x x x x 43 x
28 Vince Bethumeur, CAN 43 x x x x x 43
29 Edivando Cruz, BRA 41 x x 41 x x x
30 Zach Winter, USA 41 x x x 41 x x
31 Carlos Chang, CAN 39 x x x x x 39
32 Ronaldo Ferreira, BRA 37 x x 37 x x x
33 Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, CAN 36 x x x x x 36
ELITE WOMEN
PL NAME, NAT TOT AR CH BR OM VC QC
1 Samantha Kingsford, NZL 257 x x 100 82 75 x
2 Laura Mira, BRA 254 67 61 75 x x 51
3 Suzie Snyder, USA 167 x x x 100 67 x
4 Valentina Carvallo, CHI 165 x 75 90 x x x
5 Julie Baker, USA 131 x x x 75 56 x
6 Katie Button, CAN 126 x x x x 51 75
7 Deanna McCurdy, USA 116 x x x 49 x 67
8 Kelli Montgomery, USA 106 x x x 45 x 61
9 Lesley Paterson, USA 90 x x x 90 x x
10 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 82 x x 82 x x x
11 Erika Simon, ARG 75 75 x x x x x
12 Mirian Gomes, BRA 69 x x 69 x x x
13 Maia Ignatz, USA 69 x x x 69 x x
14 Johandri Leicester, RSA 67 x 67 x x x x
15 Amanda Felder, USA 63 x x x 63 x x
16 Melanie McQuaid, CAN 61 x x x x 61 x
17 Jessie Koltz, USA 58 x x x 58 x x
18 Javiera Gainza, CHI 56 x 56 x x x x
19 Amanda Bayer, USA 56 x x x x x 56
20 Tess Amer, USA 53 x x x 53 x x
21 Emanuela Bandol, CAN 47 x x x x 47 x
22 Anne Usher, USA 43 x x x x 43 x
23 Allison Arensman, USA 41 x x x 41 x x
24 Brittany Oliver, USA 37 x x x 37 x x

 

While this was the sixth edition of XTERRA Quebec, it’s just the second year the race has been designated as an XTERRA World Tour major. As such, it provided a chance for amateur athletes in the region to secure one of the 26 qualifying spots into XTERRA Worlds (one for every age group champion). Xavier Plouffe and Arianne Carrier won the overall amateur titles today.

The event was also part of the new XTERRA Quebec Series, which includes XTERRA Bromont and XTERRA Tremblant, and the Series winners also qualify for XTERRA Worlds.


XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series Schedule

XTERRA Quebec was was the 20th of 37 races around the world where amateur athletes could qualify for XTERRA Worlds.

Date              Race / Location – Winners

24-Feb           XTERRA South Africa – Brad Weiss/Hayley Preen
9-Mar             XTERRA Motatapu – Flavio Vianna/Emma Weston
23-Mar           XTERRA Argentina – Rom Akerson/Erika Simon
30-Mar           XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Brad Weiss/Penny Slater
31-Mar           XTERRA Chile Rom Akerson / Valentina Carvallo
6-Apr              XTERRA New Zealand Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
7-Apr              XTERRA Cyprus Filippo Rinaldi / Carina Wasle
21-Apr            XTERRA Greece Arthur Serrieres / Lesley Paterson
11-May           XTERRA Brazil Sam Osborne / Samantha Kingsford
18-May           XTERRA Oak Mountain Sam Osborne / Suzie Snyder
18-May           XTERRA Malta Rui Dolores / Maria Doring
26-May           XTERRA Italy – Garda Arthur Forissier / Morgane Riou
31-May           XTERRA Tahiti Brice Daubord / Carina Wasle
1-Jun              XTERRA Portugal Rui Dolores / Eleonora Peroncini
8-Jun              XTERRA Belgium Yeray Luxem / Morgane Riou
16-Jun            XTERRA Denmark Kris Coddens / Helena Karaskova
29-Jun            XTERRA Switzerland Arthur Forissier / Camille Defer
7-Jul               XTERRA France Arthur Forissier / Morgane Riou
7-Jul               XTERRA Victoria Sam Osborne / Samantha Kingsford
14-Jul             XTERRA Quebec Josiah Middaugh / Katie Button
20-Jul             XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD / Beaver Creek, CO, USA
21-Jul             XTERRA Italy – Scanno * GOLD / Abruzzo
3-Aug             XTERRA Mexico # GOLD / Tapalpa
3-Aug             XTERRA European Championship * GOLD / Prachatice, Czech
4-Aug             XTERRA Conquer the Crater / Sudbury, ON, Canada
17-Aug           XTERRA Germany * GOLD / Zittau
18-Aug           XTERRA Canmore / Alberta, Canada
24-Aug           XTERRA Sleeping Giant / Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
25-Aug           XTERRA Hawaii Island / Hapuna, Big Island
1-Sep             XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver / Samana
1-Sep             XTERRA Luxembourg * Silver / Rosport
7-Sep             XTERRA Pan Am / USA Championship # GOLD / Ogden, Utah, USA
14-Sep           XTERRA Netherlands * Silver / Ameland Island
15-Sep           XTERRA Japan * Silver / Marunuma
22-Sep           XTERRA Kunming + GOLD / Yunnan Province, China
22-Sep           XTERRA Altifort (Long Distance) / Megeve, France
27-Sep           XTERRA Korea / Wonju City
28-Oct            XTERRA World Championship / Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii


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