Duffy dominates, Weiss wins Xterra World Championship

Flora Duffy continues her world domination with a fourth-straight title, while Bradley Weiss held off Mauricio Mendez to take the Xterra World Championship in Maui, Hawaii.

| October 30, 2017 | NEWS

Flora Duffy hammers to another dominating performance at the Xterra World Championship.

Flora Duffy hammers to another dominating performance at the Xterra World Championship.

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As good as Flora Duffy has become in draft-legal triathlon racing, she is even more dominant when it comes to the off-road version of the sport. The Bermudan took her fourth straight Xterra world title this weekend, leading the entire race. She was so dominant that 26 km into the bike she was already ahead by six minutes.

In the end Barbara Riveros would finish second to the two-time ITU world champ, but was eight-minutes behind. Germany's Laura Philipp, who did her first off-road event in France earlier this year, took third after a "pleasant-surprise" swim that had her fourth out of the water. Xterra European champion Brigitta Poor finished fourth while former Xterra world champ Lesley Patterson finished an astonishing fifth. Patterson was injured after winning the Xterra Pan American Championship in September and was dealing with a stress fracture in her hip, which prevented her from doing any run training.

Nice pay checks for the champs - Bradley Weiss takes his first Xterra world crown, Flora Duffy takes her fourth in a row.

Nice pay checks for the champs - Bradley Weiss takes his first Xterra world crown, Flora Duffy takes her fourth in a row.

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"Bad Brad" takes the men's race

South Africa's Weiss is a training partner of Duffy's, so she was thrilled to share the top podium with him in Maui this year.

“I did my first XTERRA World Championship in 2013, and I can vividly remember almost falling over running on that beach down there,” said Duffy. “So, to be here today after winning four in a row is pretty unbelievable and pretty crazy to think about where I started. It’s a very special day for me, and what made it even cooler was that Bradley Weiss – Bad Brad I like to call him – won his first world title. We’ve done a lot of training together over the years. He helped me in my final prep to Rotterdam and I would like to think I helped him today.”

A stellar swim set the South African up for the title. After losing over two minutes to the leaders at last years race, Weiss found himself at the tail end of the lead group this year. He charged to the front early in the bike, but was eventually caught and passed on the bike course by Ruben Ruzafa. Weiss re-took the lead early in the run and was able to hold off defending champion Mauricio Mendez, who was uncharacteristically behind off the bike and, while he did post the day's fastest run split, was only able to move to second. Ruzafa took third to round out the podium.

2017 Xterra World Championship | Women

October 29, 2017 | Maui, Hawaii, USA

Name

Country

Overall

1.5 km Swim

32 km MTB

11 km Trail Run

1

Flora Duffy

BER

2:47:47

19:14

1:43:25

45:08

2

Barbara Riveros

CHI

2:56:11

20:07

1:49:04

47:00

3

Laura Philipp

GER

2:57:24

22:19

1:48:31

46:34

4

Brigitta Poor

HUN

3:02:26

22:46

1:48:15

51:35

5

Lesley Patterson

GBR

3:06:01

23:15

1:51:13

51:33

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2017 Xterra World Championship | Men

October 29, 2017 | Maui, Hawaii, USA

Name

Country

Overall

1.5 km Swim

32 km MTB

11 km Trail Run

1

Bradley Weiss

RSA

2:32:09

19:20

1:31:09

41:40

2

Mauricio Mendez

MEX

2:33:24

19:21

1:34:14

39:49

3

Ruben Ruzafa

ESP

2:33:45

20:07

1:29:57

43:41

4

Francisco Serrano

MEX

2:34:29

19:27

1:32:39

42:23

5

Cedric Fleureton

FRA

2:34:50

21:03

1:32:32

41:15

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