Julie Dibens & Eneko Llanos were crowned 2009 XTERRA World Champions in Maui today. With the win Dibens makes history, she is the first person to win 3 consecutive XTERRA World Championship titles in the 13 year history of the event.
The world's best off-road triathletes including 75 professionals from more than 20 countries and 35 states were in Maui to take on the world’s premier off-road triathlon course. A course comprised of a 1.5km ocean swim, a 32km mountain bike course that climbs 3,000 feet up and down the lower slopes of Haleakala, and a 12km trail run that traverses lava rock, forest trails, and beach sand. The professionals racing vied for the XTERRA World Champion title and $105,000 in prize money.
Conrad Stoltz who won the titles back in 2001, 2002 and 2007 was in the lead heading into T2 but Eneko Llanos over took him about two mile into the run and held on for the victory. Llanos had a somewhat disappointing race in Kona two weeks ago at the Ironman World Championship race but makes up for that with the victory in Mau in a time of 2:37:22 (Swim - :19:39 Bike - 1:33:23 Run - :44:20). With the win Llanos nets a cool $20,000 plus a $2,500 bonus for winning the Hawaiian Airlines Double. This is his third XTERRA World Championship title for him; he last won back in 2002 and 2003.
Julie Dibens entered the T2 transition holding a strong 5-minute lead over Melanie McQuaid. She pushed the pace on the tough run course to finish over 7 minutes ahead of 2nd place Lesley Paterson. He ended the day with a time of 2:56:42 (Swim - :20:25 Bike - 1:44:57 Run - :51:20).
2009 XTERRA World Championship Results:
|1 - Eneko Llanos||2:37:22||1 - Julie Dibens||2:56:42|
|2 - Nicolas Lebrun||2:38:17||2 - Lesley Paterson||3:04:16|
|3 - Michael Weiss||2:40:24||3 - Melanie McQuaid||3:05:46|
|4 - Olivier Marceau||2:41:06||4 - Carina Wasle||3:07:23|
|5 - Conrad Stoltz||2:41:40||5 - Shonny Vanlandingham||3:08:00|
Seth Wealing was the first American to cross the finish line on the men's side, he finished in 8th place in a time of 2:43:58
Spanish Mountain Bike racer and defending XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa pulled out of the race due to injuries he received after a crash on the practice course earlier this week.
The XTERRA World Championship race is the last race in a series of nearly 100 off-road triathlon races held in 12 countries and 32 U.S. States. The concept is to provide a bona-fide off-road world championship for amateur and pro athletes.
The race did not feature live video coverage as it has done so in previous years. Stay tuned to XTERRA.TV for some coverage at a future date.