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Lebrun, McQuaid win XTERRA Nationals

Written by: Timothy Carlson
Date: Sat Sep 24 2011

OGDEN, Utah -- Nico Lebrun slashed past Dan Hugo with two miles to go on the run and Melanie McQuaid broke into an unassailable lead over Lesley Paterson on the bike as they won the XTERRA USA Championships on a mild, sunny day in the mountains above Ogden Utah.

While the XTERRA regulars proved they were world class on the day, seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, a winner at the Leadville endurance bike race and a 2:45 marathoner doing his first triathlon in two decades, proved to be more than decent with a 5th place men's finish just 1:55 behind 4th place finisher and 4-time XTERRA World Champion Conrad Stoltz.

Cheered on by hundreds of fans waving We Love Lance placards and likely the bait that drew a helicopter camera and dozens of journalists,. Armstrong emerged from the 1.5 k swim 4th in 21:55, came 4th off the bike in 1:24:32 just 90 seconds off the pace of leader Dan Hugo, and ran a 23rd-best 42:58 to cross the line in 2:29:25 -- 4:59 behind the winner.

While Armstrong looked thrashed at the finish and took 10 minutes to recover after finishing the high altitude race that began at 4,900 feet on the swim and climbed at least 2,000 feet, Armstrong did manage to beat several XTERRA athletes of note including Branden Rakita (6th) Seth Wealing (13th) and two-time Ironman World Champion Tim DeBoom (16th).

In the men's race, South African Dan Hugo and Conrad Stoltz led Lebrun off the bike. Lebrun then made short work of Stoltz but had to work hard to pass Hugo at Mile 4 of the run. Top USA competitor Josiah Middaugh might have contended for the win if he had not slashed a tire with two miles to go on the bike. He had to carry his machine several times during the final mile. Despite a cut leg, Middaugh unleashed a 2nd fastest 37:58 run to pass several rivals and finish 3rd, 47 seconds back of Hugo. Despite a good swim and bike XTERRA series leader Conrad Stoltz faded to 4th with a 42:27 run.

In the women's race, multiple XTERRA World and XTERRA USA Champ Melanie McQuaid opened up with a 2nd-best to Christine Jeffrey's 24:02 swim, then secured the win with a blazing race-best 1:34:16 bike that put six minutes on eventual runner-up Lesley Paterson. McQuaid then gave Paterson 4 minutes back with a 44:42 run, but she still finished with a 2:59 margin of victory, in a time of 2:43:00. Danelle Kabush of Canada was 3rd, 1:44 back of Paterson.
XTERRA USA National Championship
Ogden, Utah
September 24, 2011
S .93 mi. / B 18. 90 mi. / R 6.34 mi.

Results

Pro men

1. Nico Lebrun (FRA) 2:24:26
2. Dan Hugo (RSA)2:24:50
3. Josiah Middaugh (Vail CO) 2:25:37
4. Conrad Stoltz (RSA) 2:27:30
5. Lance Armstrong (Austin TX) 2:29:25
6. Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs CO) 2:30: 07
7. Ben Allen (AUS) 2:33:26
8. David Henestrosa (USA) 2:33:28
9. Brad Zoller (Avon CO) 2:33:35
10. Cody Waite (Lakewood CO) 2:34:20\

Pro Women

1. Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 2:43:00
2. Lesley Paterson (GBR) 2:45:59
3. Danelle Kabush (CAN) 2:47:43
4. Kelley Cullen (New Castle CO) 2:49:24
5.Emma Garrard (Park City UT) 2:52:01
6. Christine Jeffrey (CAN) 2:53:43
7. Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango CO) 2:54:16
8. Sara Tarkington (Boulder CO) 2:54:33
9. Suzy Snyder (Fredricksburg VA) 2:54:48
10. Jessica Noyola (San Diego CA) 2:59:41

  

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Comments

Nico 5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Herbert, Sep 30 2011 6:51AM

Roger, initially we did have a Lance pic in this story, but it was only a space holder until we found the solid Nico one.

Look again Roger 4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Paul Casino, Sep 28 2011 10:14AM

That is a picture of LeBrun! Why in the world did you think it was a picture of Lance? It's amazing how L-bashers immediately try to bash as soon as they get the chance.

What about Lebrun. 3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Roger, Sep 26 2011 1:19AM

I would have preferred to have seen a picture of the male and/or female winner/s attached to the article rather than a picture of an ex-pro rider. I think a bit more respect for the winners is in order rather than continuing to worship Lance simply for who he is.