The 16th Annual XTERRA World Championships took place today at a new race venue on the Northwest coast of Maui. The race featured a 1.0 mile ocean swim from DT Fleming Beach in Kapalua, followed by a technical 18.3 mile mountain bike ride through lush and challenging terrain, completed with a 6.1 mile trail run up steep coastal territory.
Michael Weiss, of Austria, joined a deep, international field of professional men, including 4x XTERRA World Champion, Conrad Stoltz, and 7x Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong. Weiss placed 2nd in the XTERRA World Championships in 2008, followed by 3rd place finishes in 2009 and 2010.
Michael was the 23th athlete out of the water with a swim time of 23:24min, approximately three minutes behind Lance Armstrong, 5th place after the swim. Once on the bike course, Michi moved powerfully through the field and found himself overtaking the leader, Armstrong, at roughly the 14 mile mark. Weiss was first into T2, posting the fastest bike split of the day (1:17:30), with nearly a minute gap on Lance Armstrong. Weiss put his legs and willpower to the ultimate test on the brutal run course and managed to hold the lead for the remainder of the race. He ran the Austrian flag proudly through the finish line with a total time of 2:27:00.
1.) Michael Weiss 2:27:00
2.) Dan Hugo 2:27:33
3.) Eneko Llanos 2:28:26
4.) Josiah Middaugh 2:29:14
5.) Ivan Rana 2:29:31
6.) Olivier Marceau 2:29:40