Flora Duffy dominated a strong womens field as she lead from start to finish to win her third XTerra World Championship title in Maui.
Flora emerged from the water ahead of the womens field and by mile 7 of the bike she already had a 7 1/2 minute lead over Scotland’s Leslie Paterson, who was 2nd last year. Any thoughts that the women’s mounain bikers in the field might take advantage of Flora’s relative lack of XTerra racing were soon dispelled as Flora mastered the muddy course and was never challenged.
An elated but very muddy Flora was full of smiles as she acknowledged the crowds applause. Although her winning margin was not available at press time it appears that she was close to 10 minutes ahead of Paterson.
By winning today Flora became the only athlete to win both the ITU World Championship Grnd Final nd the XTerra World Championships.
WAY TO GO FLORA ; WHAT A REMARKABLE SEASON AND WHO WOULD BET AGAINST FLORA WINNING THE ITU CROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN AUSTRALIA TO CAP A BRILLIANT SEASON.