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Allen: ‘Xterra Czech didn’t disappoint’

Jacqui Allen Xterra Czech

When it comes to getting down and dirty in the sport of triathlon, few do it any better than Ben (AUS) and Jacqui Allen (GBR). The Wollongong duo has spent the better part of the past decade honing their skills in the sport’s grittier subset of off-road tri.

Having made the move to train at Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort in Phuket, the Allens are all set to contend in the second half of the season en route to yet another run at the Xterra World Championships in October.

The next leg of the couple’s Xterra World Tour calendar kicked off at the 16th annual Xterra Czech off-road race, which doubles as the 2019 Xterra European Championships, with Jacqui Allen (née Slack) earning a fourth-place finish behind Loanne Duvoisin (SUI), Helena Karaskova-Erbenova (CZE) and winner Morgane Riou (FRA).

The 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships silver medallist finished the 1.5km swim, 35km mountain bike and 10.5km trail run in a time of 3 hours 3 minutes even, just 32 seconds off the podium and less than two minutes behind Riou (3:01:03.2).

“Xterra Czech didn’t disappoint loved every minute of being back in Europe,” Jacqui Allen (Hills Tri Club) posted on Instagram following the race. “First hit out in a while and leading the race until the second lap of the run.

“I was feeling great but was passed by the top three girls in the final kilometres. Thrilled at where my form is at maybe a little lack of racing showed today but a super start to a big racing block coming up.”

 

 

For Ben Allen (Hills Tri Club), it was a day filled with ups and downs — literally.

“Xterra Czech lived up to all the hype and delivered the goods,” posted the 19-time Xterra winner and five-time Australian Cross-Triathlon champion, who managed a 13th-place result (2:42:31.1) on the day despite taking a tumble on the mountain bike.

“Happy with my effort, but hungry for more. Even managed to visit the hospital for a few stitches after I when down on the bike during the race.

“Some people collect postcards and I collect scares,” the 34-year-old continued.

“Stellar performance from the wife. Fourth at the Euro Champs is solid.”

Frenchman Arthur Serrieres took up the top step on the elite men’s podium with an overall time of 2:31:41.9 to bring his 2019 Xterra points total to 399 — trailing only Rui Dolores (PRT) with 436 and Xavier Dafflon (SUI) with 448. Ben Allen picked up 34 points for his efforts on the day.

Meanwhile, Jacqui Allen picked up 75 to put her on the board, with Karaskova-Erbenova currently leading the season’s overall standings with 481 followed by Riou with 350.

Road to Kapalua continues — Xterra World Championships (Maui, Hawaii)

4-Aug             XTERRA Conquer the Crater / Sudbury, ON, Canada

17-Aug           XTERRA Germany * GOLD / Zittau                

18-Aug           XTERRA Canmore / Alberta, Canada             

24-Aug           XTERRA Sleeping Giant / Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

25-Aug           XTERRA Hawaii Island / Hapuna, Big Island

1-Sep             XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver / Samana

1-Sep             XTERRA Luxembourg * Silver / Rosport

7-Sep             XTERRA Pan Am / USA Championship # GOLD / Ogden, Utah, USA

14-Sep           XTERRA Netherlands * Silver / Ameland Island

15-Sep           XTERRA Japan * Silver / Marunuma

22-Sep           XTERRA Kunming + GOLD / Yunnan Province, China

22-Sep           XTERRA Altifort (Long Distance) / Megeve, France

27-Sep           XTERRA Korea / Wonju City

28-Oct            XTERRA World Championship / Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii 

Photo: Carel du Plessis/XTERRA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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