XTERRA MALAYSIA 2015
The adventure of all adventures await athletes taking part in Saturday’s XTERRA Asian Tour Championship race in Langkawi, Malaysia.
Monkey’s, man o’ war, mosquitos, muddy water buffaloes, pythons, a long, technical run from the swim to the bike, a lung-busting opening climb on the ride and some screaming, scary down hills all in the stifling heat and humidity of Malaysia in May.
Seems a fitting final stop for the Asian Tour, which combined five of the most exotic destinations imaginable into a triathlon circuit like no other. For the intrepid triathletes who took part, the experiences shared in the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, Australia, and now Malaysia have left a permanent mark on their memories.
For Charlie Epperson from the U.S., a former collegiate runner for the Tennessee Vols, the opportunity to travel and race to such unique spots was too good to pass up.
“I think we are all very lucky to take part in the XTERRA Asian Tour. Many of the race venues are some of the most sought out destinations for adventure travelers and we get the opportunity to hit three or four over the course of a couple of months. From my experience, the race directors in this Series go out of their way to put on a first class experience- the courses, assistance with trip planning, and the posh accommodations- it is well done.”
The men’s pro field features the top six racers in the Asian Tour standings with Ben Allen (AUS) 282pts, Brad Weiss (RSA) 280pts, Joe Miller (PHI) 189pts, Takahiro Ogasawara (JPN) 164pts, Markus Benesch (AUT) 150pts, and Charlie Epperson (USA) 138pts, plus Theo Blignaut from South Africa – who finished in the top six at both XTERRA South Africa and XTERRA Reunion.
Charlie had an awesome race and outpaced his rival Markus Benesch for the 4th spot both for the race and the pro Asian tour standings. An awesome Season for Charlie !!
3 other athletes from the CHIRU-MAGURA team made it to Langkawi, and it was worth the trip !!
In the women’s pro race Myriam Guillot – CHIRU-MAGURA adventure racing and winter sports star from France – came seemingly out of nowhere to win the women’s race. She was way back out of the water but then cranked out the second-best bike and fastest run of the day to take the title.
Jacky Boisset and Pierre-A. Le Magnan took respectively 2nd and 1st in their age group to conclude a full trophies harvest of the Week-end.
Pierre-A. Le Magnan Founder of Chiru Bikes comment : " Happy we all made the trip to this beautiful location and double happy with the awesome results of the team Here !! "
CHIRU-MAGURA Team is supported by the best bike component makers on the planet !!, Special thanks to :
CHIRU, MAGURA, ROTOR, SYNTACE, KENDA, TIME pedals, American Classic, ZERORH+, GEBIOMIZED Saddle, GRIPPP, POWER COOKIES, ENERVIT, CL Brakes, B&B rack.