XTERRA SWISS 2016 : ETU European Championship

Vallee de Joux, Switzerland – Ruben Ruzafa and Michelle Flipo captured the XTERRA Switzerland / ETU European Cross Triathlon Championship under extreme weather conditions in the Vallee de Joux on Saturday afternoon.

XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas was on-site to take in the action and brings us this…
What a mess!  The day started with some sun and a breeze after a monster storm Friday eve.  “I think we’ll be good, maybe some little rain” said Thomas Vasser, head of the Sports Center of the Vallee de Joux.  Nine minutes into the swim it started to rain, by 15 minutes it was steady and by 25 minutes it was a downpour.  Let The Mudfest Begin!

The swim was divided in three waves; pro men, pro women and then all age groupers.
The women’s swim was no surprise as ITU and former XTERRA racer from Mexico now living in France, Michelle Flipo took first out of the water.  Brit Jacqui Slack caught her by the 4K mark and started to ride away.

“I really like XTERRA but my technical bike skills are not as good as I would like,” Michelle said shortly after the finish.  “I could keep up on the flats and uphills but lost time on the downhills and technical sections.”

I had to smile while interviewing her as she is a lovely woman, tall with blonde hair, but was totally covered in mud and one could only see her eyes and smile.  Jacqui Slack put in a great ride in the lead, but 33-time XTERRA winner Renata “the Swiss Miss” Bucher was the Mistress of the Mud today.  She was almost three minutes faster than Jacqui and came into T2 with the lead. The back story was Team CHIRU-MAGURA Myriam Guillot-Boisset.  Her run was only a handful of seconds slower than Flipo’s and she passed Ladina and Renata to take a hard fought 3rd.  Second-place to fourth-place was separated by less than four seconds, a fantastic finish!!! Next Race this coming Week-end is the French National Championship : XTERRA France in Gerardmer !!

Myriam GUILLOT is supported by CHIRU, MAGURA, SKINFIT, HOPE.

Akira Mimasu