Previously located in the volcanic vistas of South Maui, the new course will offer unique challenges from the fertile terrain of pineapple farms and mountains situated above DT Fleming Beach.
Michael arrived in Maui on October 13th, eleven days prior to race day, for training and landscape inspection. Weiss notes that the ocean conditions of Fleming Beach are considerably rougher than the former Makena Beach swim with large crashing breakers and choppy surf.
Following the 1 mile rough water swim is an 18.3 mile mountain bike course which is predicted to be steeper and more technical than past Maui races. The 6.1 mile trail run will take athletes up and around an old golf course with many climbs, twists, and turns finishing at the poolside lawn of the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, host hotel.
The competition is expected to be high within the professional field. Lance Armstong, 7x Tour de France winner, will be returning to his triathlon roots on Sunday to compete in the XTERRA World Championships after his 5th place finish in the XTERRA US Nationals. Conrad Stolz (3x XTERRA World Champion), Olivier Marceau (2000 ITU Long Distance World Champion and multiple XTERRA Champion), Eneko Llanos (2009 XTERRA World Champion), and many other talented athletes from around the world will all be contenders next Sunday.
Visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/maui/worldChamps.html for more information and race coverage.
After the disappointing DNF at Ironman Kona, Michael is back on track. "I don't want to think about my recent performance in Kona anymore. After a good race in 2009 and a very solid performance in 2010 this year's race day was one of the worst days in my triathlon carreer. But you know: some you win, some you lose. And I will be at the start line in Maui as rested as I've never been there before. And that's good!"