Madsen, Snyder win XTERRA Mine over Matter

Milton, Ontario, Canada – Karsten Madsen and Suzie Snyder won the elite titles at the XTERRA Mine over Matter off-road triathlon on a beautiful day at the Kelso Conservation Area in Milton this morning.

For Madsen, it’s his first-ever XTERRA major victory and it came in front of a big contingent of family and friends on a course he’s ridden “a million times.”

“This race had more stress than the others, since it is more of a hometown race. You feel you are expected to win, although that is the pressure I put on myself,” said Madsen.

Madsen was on fire from the start, posting the fastest swim and bike splits.  He took an early lead out of the swim, increased the gap on Branden Rakita to nearly two minutes by the end of the first bike lap, made that a 3:30 gap heading into the run, and crossed the finish line in 1:37:53, almost a full five minutes ahead of runner-up Chris Ganter.

“Everything fell in place and I had the race I knew I could have,” said Madsen.  “I executed well and had no mechanicals. The race is unique as there is no travel, such as to the U.S. or Argentina, and you have friends and family who support you all season and you want to show them their dedication to you is important.”

Ganter came out of the water more than two-minutes behind the leaders but strung together the third-best bike and second-best run splits to move into second-place by the finish, and Rakita held on for third.  Canadian Alex VanderLinden had the fastest run split to finish fourth with fellow countryman Sean Bechtel not too far behind in 5th.

Of note, Daniel Molnar finished sixth in his pro debut, and Brian MacIlvain and Adam Morka came in 7th and 8th in their XTERRA debuts.

In the women’s race Suzie Snyder won her second Pan Am Pro Series race in as many tries, solidifying her successful return to the sport after nearly a full year spent recovering from a broken pelvis.

“It was amazing,” said Snyder, who picked up her fourth XTERRA major in the span of one calendar year.  “It was hard today, the shorter distance makes it that much harder in intensity and mentally, which also makes it more enjoyable and lots of fun while you are suffering.”

In her first-ever XTERRA race Joanna Brown took the early lead with the fastest swim of the day, one-minute quicker than Snyder, but XTERRA is all about the mountain bike and that’s where Snyder took over – posting the fastest bike split and crossing the line two-minutes in front of Brown.

Maia Ignatz was solid in third, her second top three finish of the season, with Canadian Katharine Carter in fourth and Debby Sullivan in fifth.

Special thanks to Briana Rickertsen for race correspondence and live twitter coverage @xterraoffroad 

Tentative Elite Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Karsten Madsen, CAN 1:37:53 75
2 Chris Ganter, USA 1:42:42 67
3 Branden Rakita, USA 1:43:36 61
4 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 1:44:46 56
5 Sean Bechtel, USA 1:45:24 51
6 Daniel Molnar, USA 1:46:33 47
7 Brian MacIlvain, USA 1:53:01 43
8 Adam Morka, CAN 2:02:36 39
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 1:52:12 75
2 Joanna Brown, CAN 1:54:11 67
3 Maia Ignatz, USA 1:54:23 61
4 Katharina Carter, CAN 1:59:05 56
5 Debby Sullivan, USA 2:03:53 51
6 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN 2:04:21 47
7 Caroline Colonna, USA 2:08:36 43

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MIDDAUGH, GOBBO STILL LEAD IN PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS

At the midway point in the inaugural 10-stop XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Josiah Middaugh from the U.S. and Sabrina Gobbo from Brazil still hold the top spots in the rankings.   With the win today Madsen moves into the second-position, just 20 points behind Middaugh.  In the women’s chase Suzie Snyder moves into a tie for 2nd with Myriam Guillot-Boisset.  Each of those two have one Gold and one Silver race victory for 175 points.

Racers count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) plus what they earn at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race September 17 in Utah.
Learn more about the XTERRA Pan Am Tour at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xterra-pan-am-tour/
Next up: XTERRA Victoria on July 10 on the other side of Canada in British Columbia.

2016 XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES STANDINGS            
After 4 – 6.25.16            
               
Men     S G S G S
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 267 67 100 DNS 100 DNS
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 247 DNS 90 DNS 82 75
3 Branden Rakita, USA 136 DNS DNS DNS 75 61
4 Chris Ganter, USA 130 DNS DNS DNS 63 67
5 Ian King, USA 106 DNS 53 DNS 53 DNS
6 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS
7 Jonatan Morales, ARG 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS
8 Karl Shaw, GBR 75 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
9 Oscar Galindez, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
10 Albert Soley, ESP 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS
11 Lucas Mendez, ARG 69 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS
12 Kieran McPherson, NZL 69 DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
13 Felipe Moletta, BRA 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS
14 Mario De Elias, ARG 63 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS
15 Rom Akerson, CRC 61 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Diogo Malagon, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS
17 Facu Medard, ARG 58 DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
18 Cody Waite, USA 58 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
19 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Bruno Silva, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
21 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
22 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS
24 Sean Bechtel, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51
25 Mauro Ayesa, USA 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
26 Thomas Spannring, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
27 Greg Schott, USA 47 47 DNS DNS DNF DNS
28 Raul Furtado, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
29 Daniel Molnar, USA 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47
30 Victor Arenas, ARG 45 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS
31 Michael Nunez, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS
32 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
33 Brian MacIlvain, USA 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43
34 Parada Penagos, ARG 41 DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS
35 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS
36 Adam Morka, CAN 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39
37 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS
38 Stenio Bezerra, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS
39 Rogério Paula, BRA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS
40 Ramon Bustos, BRA 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS
41 Cristiam Suzin, BRA 25 DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS
42 Juscelino Vasco, BRA 23 DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS
43 Wellington Conceição, BRA 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS
Women     S G S G S
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM
1 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 205 61 DNS 75 69 DNS
2 Miriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 175 75 100 DNS DNS DNS
3 Suzie Snyder, USA 175 DNS DNS DNS 100 75
4 Caroline Colonna, USA 157 51 DNS DNS 63 43
5 Maia Ignatz, USA 151 DNS DNS DNS 90 61
6 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 149 DNS 82 67 DNS DNS
7 Kara Lapoint, USA 149 67 DNS DNS 82 DNS
8 Debby Sullivan, USA 126 DNS DNS DNS 75 51
9 Rebecca Blatt, USA 100 47 DNS DNS 53 DNS
10 Fabiola Corona, MEX 90 DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS
11 Erika Simon, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
12 Joanna Brown, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 67
13 Isabella Ribeiro 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS
14 Sarah Gravves, USA 58 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
15 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Luisa Saft, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
17 Katharina Carter, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56
18 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS
19 Maggie Rusch, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
20 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
21 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47
22 Brisa Melcop, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
23 Beatriz Granziera, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS
24 Melania Giraldi, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS
25 Monalisa Vieira, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS
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2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Mine Over Matter was the 19th of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.