It was a sunny but muddy day in Kapalua, Maui with more than 700 endurance athletes from 44 countries competing in the Xterra World Championships.
It started with a one-mile rough water swim at D.T. Fleming Beach, continued with a muddy 18.5-mile mountain bike ride that traversed the West Maui Mountains, and finished with a 6.5-mile trail run through forest trails and beach sand.
Queenslander Robert Rhodes was the sole Aussie on the podium, grabbing a silver medal in the Male 65-69 category in a time of 5:11:40.
Congratulations to the Australian Athletes who finished within the Top Ten in their respective categories:
Male 65-69: Robert Rhodes: 2nd (QLD)
Male 55-59: Andrew Rutty: 4th (NSW)
Male 70-74: Daryl Stanley: 4th (NT)
Female 30-34: Kate Bramley 5th (VIC)
Female Pro: Penny Slater: 9th (NSW | ACT)
Male 15-19: Jack Direen: 10th (TAS)
Victorian, Kate Bramley, claimed the amateur "double award", given to the man and woman with the fastest combined 2018 XTERRA World Championship and Ironman Hawaii Championship time. Bramley won the women’s amateur division title with a combined time of 14:56:27 (10:18:32 IM + 4:37:55 XTERRA).
See the official race wrap from Xterra.