The best athletes from the past, present, and future of XTERRA will gather to battle for the 2014 XTERRA World Championship crown. More than 80 elites qualified to race in Maui for the sports ultimate crown this year.
The man, however, is still the Caveman. Conrad â€œthe Cavemanâ€ Stoltz is the sports’ most successful racer ever with an unprecedented 51 championship wins and four XTERRA World Titles to go with his three ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. He’s also an XTERRA icon and fan favorite, looming larger than life when he walks through the athlete village. The Caveman is 40-years-old but shows no signs of slowing down â€“ and you need look no further than his back-to-back wins at XTERRA England and XTERRA Denmark in August as proof.
That said, the man of the moment is Ruben Ruzafa. The reigning and two-time World Champion from Spain is undefeated since winning Worlds last year as he swept through the European Tour with seven straight victories, then took down American legend Josiah â€œBeast Modeâ€ Middaugh at the USA Championship last month. Rumor has it, however, that the Beast is growing a beard and the last time his kids wore the â€œFear the Beardâ€ shirts, their Dad won.
Dan Hugo has been brilliant all year, won seven majors including the prestigious XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, and geared his training towards this one. Asa Shaw and Ben Allen finished 2/3 last year, Leo Chacon is super-fast just like Brent McMahon, Olympian Brendan Sexton from Australia will fit right in to Hawaii’s rough seas, Brad Weiss has been top four at everything the last two years, and Michi Weiss won this race last time he was here. Lots of contenders in the mix this year to say the least.
As for the future, that honor goes to Mauricio Mendez â€“ the 18-year-old sensation from Mexico has captured the hearts of the XTERRA Tribe and inspires one-and-all with his smile and youthful exuberance.
AUSTRALIA: Ben Allen, Chris Legh, Nick Moore, Brendan Sexton
AUSTRIA: Michi Weiss
BELGIUM: Bart Aernouts, Yeray Luxem, Jim Thijs, Rob Woestenborghs
BRAZIL: Felipe Moletta
CANADA: Brent McMahon, Jean-Philippe Thibodeau
COSTA RICA: Rom Akerson, Leonardo Chacon
CZECH: Jan Francke, Jan Kubicek, Lubos Truhlar
FRANCE: Francois Carloni (H), Brice Daubord, Romaric Delepine, Arthur Forissier, Nicolas Hemet, Cedric Lassonde
GREAT BRITAIN: Matt Dewis, Rory Downie, Jon Heasman, Llewellyn Holmes, Asa Shaw
JAPAN: Takahiro Ogasawara, Yu Yumoto
MEXICO: Mauricio Mendez, Irving Perez
NEW ZEALAND: Olly Shaw
NORWAY: Philip Tavell
PHILIPPINES: Joe Miller
SLOVAKIA: Tomas Kubek
SOUTH AFRICA: Dan Hugo, Grayson Keppler, Conrad Stoltz, Brad Weiss
SPAIN: Ruben Ruzafa, Albert Soley
SWITZERLAND: Jan Pyott
USA: Chris Ganter, Ryan Ignatz, Josiah Middaugh, Joshua Merrick, Branden Rakita, Cody Waite, Noah Wright, Brad Zoller