Why it matters: Loanne Duvoisin and Arthur Forissier have claimed the titles of the Xterra Switzerland off-road triathlon, showcasing their outstanding physical endurance and strategic capabilities.
Setting the pace: This year's Xterra Switzerland, the 13th edition of the event, was held for the first time in the Brévine Valley, Canton of Neuchâtel. The competition was intense, with Duvoisin leading the women's race from start to finish and Forissier making a rare accomplishment of winning the swim in the men's race.
What they're saying:
- "Always good to win the national title, and to do it here in Brévine is really special," - Loanne Duvoisin
- "I enjoyed this race a lot, the track was super fun, and I was really happy to hold on to second place today because I was having some stomach problems on the run and Carolyne was coming on strong," - Ségolène Léberon
- "I had a good swim, but it was long and I felt like the buoys were not getting bigger even though I was pushing hard," - Arthur Forissier
- "I made a big effort to pull away on the run, and really enjoyed my day in Switzerland. I will be back again next year," - Arthur Forissier
- "I had a good fight with Arthur, I did the whole bike with him and did what I could on the run but he is faster than me," - Théo Dupras
By the numbers:
- Duvoisin won with a time of 2:47:25, Léberon finished second at 3:02:46, and Carolyne Guay took the third spot with a time of 3:03:04 in the women's elite race.
- Forissier won the men's race with a time of 2:19:42, followed by Théo Dupras at 2:21:28 and Sébastien Carabin at 2:27:55.
Between transition: This race marked some significant milestones. Forissier scored his 10th career Xterra World Tour victory, and his second this year. Meanwhile, Duvoisin scored her second win in as many weeks following her victory at the Xterra European Championship. For Guay, this race marked her first time on the podium in a Silver level race after turning pro.
Through Time: Forissier has a long history with Xterra Switzerland, winning the event for the fifth time, with his first victory dating back to 2015. Dupras made his best result yet, finishing second in the men's race, having previously placed third in 2021.
The bottom line: With their latest victories, Duvoisin and Forissier continue to underscore their dominance in the Xterra World Tour, raising the bar for future competitors.