Preview: Xterra World Champs

800 to race in Hawaii this weekend

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The world’s top off-road triathletes will be racing on the Hawaiian island of Maui this weekend at the Xterra World Championship, with Britain’s Lesley Paterson and Jacqui Slack among the favourites to reach the podium.

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The race will start at 9am local time (8pm UK time) this Sunday with a 1.5km rough water swim, followed by a 32km mountain bike and a 10km trail run through pineapple fields and forests.

A capacity field of 800 athletes from 28 countries is expected to take part (including professionals and age-groupers), with a prize pot of $1050 on offer for the pros.

The Xterra World Championship is the last in an annual series of over 100 off-road triathlon races held in 16 countries and over 30 US states.

Last year’s event was won by this year’s ITU world champion Javier Gomez (in 2:26:50), while Lesley Paterson won the women’s event  for the second year running in 2:44:11. Other British hopes include Jacqui Slack, winner of this year’s Xterra England Championship.

In the men’s race, favourites include Australia’s Ben Allen (partner of Slack, who we profiled recently here), Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz (profiled here) and Josiah Middaugh of the USA.

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For our guide on how to watch the Xterra World Championship this weekend, click here