The 2011 XTERRA World Championship saw two first time winners cross the finish line in Kapalau, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon.
Austrian Michael Weiss is your men’s winner. He posted a 23:34 swim, had the best bike split of the day at 1:19:32 and ran a 43:54. His finish time was 2:27:00.
VIDEO: MICHAEL WEISS FINISH & POST RACE INTERVIEW
The second place finisher was only :33 seconds back. Dan Hugo, from South Africa, swam 21:42, biked 1:23:24 and ran 42:27 for a total time of 2:27:33. Hugo won XTERRA South Africa earlier this year.
The third place finisher was Eneko Llanos from Spain. The 3-time XTERRA World Champion, finished 1:26 back from Weiss but like Hugo, had a faster swim and run than Weiss. Llanos swam 21:54, biked 1:23:43 and ran 42:49.
VIDEO: TOP 3 MEN CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
Weiss took the race lead at mile 14-ish on the bike over 7-time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong. Lance started strong and was with the first group out of the water and held steady on the bike but faded toward the end due to a nasty bike crash which resulted in a cracked helmet.
“Tough but fun day today @XTERRAoffroad. Went out too hard in the swim, finally got going on the bike but took a nasty spill at the end,” he tweeted after the race. he tweeted after the race. “Don’t remember the last time I cracked a helmet. In fact, I don’t remember much!”
VIDEO: LANCE ARMSTRONG XTERRA RACE FOOTAGE
Lesley Paterson from Scotland is your women’s 2011 XTERRA World Champion. Paterson swam a 26:12, suffered two flat tires early on the bike course but still managed to post 1:35:53 and finished the day off with a 43:54 run. She crossed the line in 2:45:59. Paterson won the XTERRA Pacific championship earlier this year and just claimed her first ever world title here in Maui.
VIDEO: LESLEY PATERSON FINISH & POST RACE INTERVIEW
Marion Lorblanchet of France was second this year after posting a third place finish last year. The 2010 and 2011 XTERRA Euro Tour Champion swam 24:17, biked 1:37:01 and ran 46:50 for a total finish time of 2:48:08.
Helena Erbenova had an impressive third place finish Sunday afternoon. This is the Czech’s rookie season as an XTERRA athlete. She swam 27:53, bike 1:36:55 and ran a 52 flat. Her finish time was 2:51:51.
VIDEO: TOP 4 WOMAN CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
The women’s race favorite, Melanie McQuaid was in the lead up until the very end. She collapsed within sight of the finish line and was unable to finish the race. The men’s defending champion, Conrad Stoltz dropped out at mile three during the run due to asthma attack.
Full results and more race coverage can be found on XTERRAMAUI.com.