Flora Duffy arrived in Maui this week hoping to add the Xterra Triathlon World Championship title this Sunday 26th October to her already impressive record in offroad triathlon in 2014.
Having won the US National Xterra Championships this month and also in 2014 three USA Regional Xterra Championships, the Oceania XTerra Championships and the South African Xterra Championships and finished 2nd in the ITU Cross World Championships Flora will start as one of the favorites.
For the third straight year the XTERRA Worlds course will traverse Maui Land & Pineapple Company’s 22,000-acre Kapalua oasis. There are changes from last year, however, to the bike course.
SWIM DISTANCE: 1.5-kilometers (0.93 miles)
MOUNTAIN BIKE DISTANCE: 32 Kilometers (20 miles) on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains
Scotland’s Lesley Paterson, the 2011 and 2012 Xterra World Champion has been battling injuries and Lyme’s Disease and will not be on the start line but New Zealand’s Nikki Samuels, the 2013 Xterra World Champion will be along with Barbara Riveros of Chile who was 4th last year and Emma Garrard of the USA .Flora’s bike has improved this year and she is running strongly. Last year she gave up crucial time on the bike to Nikki Samuels and got caught almost on the line by Paterson to finish 3rd, but barring any spills, flats or mechanical problems and if Flora’s swim and bike go to form she should take a lead going into the run this year and would then be hard to catch.
To find out if Flora will become Bermuda’s first ever professional triathlon world champion log on to the link below on Sunday. The race gets underway at 4PM Bermuda time, which is 9M in Maui.
With Karen Smith becoming Bermuda’s first ever amateur age group world champion this week, what a month it would be for Bermuda if Flora were to claim her first world championships !!