Sam Osborne, Samantha Kingsford win XTERRA Albay in the Philippines

 

It’s the eighth XTERRA World Tour win for Osborne, and the first for Kingsford. With the win Osborne also secured the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour title for the second year in a row, while Penny Slater won the women’s tour by virtue of her second-place showing in Legazpi.

Sam Osborne and Samantha Kingsford from New Zealand captured the XTERRA Albay off-road triathlon elite titles in the Philippines on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

It’s the eighth XTERRA World Tour win for Osborne, and the first for Kingsford. With the win Osborne also secured the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour title for the second year in a row, while Penny Slater won the women’s tour by virtue of her second-place showing in Legazpi today.

“Incredible mate, and special to share the top step of the podium with Samantha,” said Osborne of his girlfriend and travel partner.

“I never thought I would be stepping on the top of the podium this year with only just starting the sport, and definitely not at my third-ever race,” replied Kingsford.  “And it was awesome to share it with Sam as well!”

In the men’s elite race the day started with Osborne, the reigning XTERRA World Champ Bradley Weiss, and Olly Shaw exiting the water and swim-to-bike transition close together.

“I had a great swim and was only 15 seconds down on Sam and 10 seconds behind Brad starting the ride,” said Shaw, who hails from mountain bike riding paradise of Rotorua, New Zealand, just like Osborne. “Brad caught Sam quite quickly on the first climb and then we all came together when I was able to bridge up after about 10 minutes on the bike. From there we rode together for the entire ride. In the first lap we all found ourselves at the front at various points but into the 2nd lap I found myself leading most of it. It was a really fun course to ride and definitely gave an advantage to skilled riders.”

For Osborne and all competitors, half the battle was managing the heat.

“It was one of those days when the body didn’t really seem to want to fire I had a really off swim and didn’t manage to split anything, and that seemed to translate onto the bike,” said Osborne.  “I lacked a fair bit of power, but you know the heat does funny things to your body and it seemed Brad was lacking a bit of fire power on the bike as well. I just come out of NZ winter, where on a good day we get double digits, so it’s very tough on the body to race in the extreme heat of the Philippines.”

Osborne, Weiss, and Shaw posted near identical bike split and it all came down to the run.

“I really threw all my eggs into the running race basket,” said Osborne.  “I knew coming into T2 that I had to pull all the strings in my transition bow and put Brad & Olly under some pressure. It was a bit of a gamble but the running legs had come out to play and found a good stride, the legs just kept getting better and better and I thought if anyone could close me down with how I feel now, they deserved this.”

As for Shaw, he said, “I felt awful early on in the run and had to watch Sam and Brad pull away. After about three kilometers my body came around and I was able to get into a decent tempo and slowly pulled closer to Brad. I wasn’t quite able to close the gap and finished in 3rd, around 20 seconds behind Brad.”

Osborne posted the fastest run of the day and crossed the line in 2:16:58, more than two-minutes ahead of Weiss in second-place.  With the win, Osborne also snapped Weiss’ string of four straight wins in the Philippines, two of which came here in Albay.

“Racing in Albay is an absolute bucket list race, you get so immersed in their culture here,” exclaimed Osborne.  “The Filipinos are so passionate about their sport and really come out to make it such a memorable race. This is the living and travelling experiences we all love.”

Elite Men’s Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:16:58 100
2 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:19:26 90
3 Olly Shaw, NZL 2:19:43 82
4 Joe Miller, PHI 3:04:24 75
5 Akihiko Maeda, JPN 3:12:18 69
6 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 4:19:57 63

In the women’s race it was Kingsford from wire-to-wire.  She posted the fastest swim (20:50), the best bike (1:39:48) and the second-best run to Penny Slater to take the tape in 2:54:18, more than five minutes ahead of Slater.

“I managed to get a gap on the other girls in the swim and continued this lead the whole race,” explained Kingsford.  “I knew I had to pace myself on the bike and not use up all my energy on the first lap as it was going to be a very hot day. I managed to extend the lead on the bike each lap. The course was technical and I knew I had to ride smart so I didn’t crash or get a mechanical.”

Kingsford came into T2 with a comfortable lead and was able to manage her efforts on the run to stay in front the whole way.   “The run was tough,” she said.  “It was so hot, especially on the steep climbs.”

For Slater, coming in second in Albay and winning the tour was a rewarding experience.

“I feel really stoked that I managed to win the tour as it was one of my main goals this year,” she said. “It’s been pretty amazing to travel to all the fantastic locations that the races have been this year.  The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour definitely offers a unique experience to race and travel.”

As for the race itself, Slater said “It was tough! The course was very well built and all the athletes were impressed with the effort that had gone into making the course. I didn’t know what to expect coming into the race as I suffered a concussion from a nasty crash about 2.5 weeks ago and had only ridden my mountain bike once since! Personally, I suffered in the heat and had a hard crash early on in the bike which left me and my bike a bit battered. I was chasing Samantha all day but just couldn’t find that next gear! The whole experience on course was amazing, however, as the locals lined the bike course and with the back drop of the volcano it was definitely pretty spectacular.”

Leela Hancox finished in third, and Kristy Jennings was fourth for the elite women

Elite Women’s Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Samantha Kingsford, NZL 2:54:18 100
2 Penny Slater, AUS 2:59:36 90
3 Leela Hancox, AUS 3:17:04 82
4 Kristy Jennings, NZL 3:23:24 75

Full results
Osborne, Slater win XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour

Sam Osborne and Penny Slater are your 2018 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Champions.  Bradley Weiss and Ben Allen finished 2,3 for the men, while Leela Hancox and Samantha Kingsford placed 2, 3 for the women.

2018 XTERRA ASIA-PACIFIC TOUR ELITE STANDINGS
FINAL. 6.17.18
Elite Men S G S G
PL NAME, NAT TOT NZL DAN TAH ALB
1 Sam Osborne, NZL 332 75 90 67 100
2 Bradley Weiss, RSA 190 DNS 100 DNS 90
3 Ben Allen, AUS 187 56 75 56 DNS
4 Olly Shaw, NZL 149 67 DNS DNS 82
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 143 61 82 DNS DNS
6 Joe Miller, PHI 120 DNS 45 DNS 75
7 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 104 DNS 41 DNS 63
8 Alex Roberts, NZL 101 43 58 DNS DNS
9 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS
10 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 69 DNS 69 DNS DNS
11 Akihiko Maeda, JPN 69 DNS DNS DNS 69
12 Brodie Gardner, AUS 63 DNS 63 DNS DNS
13 Maxim Chane, FRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS
14 Will Ross, USA 53 DNS 53 DNS DNS
15 Hayden Wilde, NZL 51 51 DNS DNS DNS
16 Jacky Boisset, FRA 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS
17 Lewis Ryan, NZL 47 47 DNS DNS DNS
18 Rodney Bell, AUS 39 39 DNS DNS DNS
Elite Women S G S G
PL NAME, NAT TOT NZL DAN TAH ALB
1 Penny Slater, AUS 297 56 90 61 90
2 Leela Hancox, AUS 251 43 75 51 82
3 Samantha Kingsford, NZL 223 67 DNS 56 100
4 Kristy Jennings, NZL 191 DNS 69 47 75
5 Jacqui Allen, GBR 150 75 DNF 75 DNS
6 Carina Wasle, AUT 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS
7 Laura Mira Diaz, BRA 99 36 63 DNS DNS
8 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS
9 Lesley Paterson, GBR 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS
10 Hannah Wells, NZL 61 61 DNS DNS DNS
11 Deborah Lynch, NZL 51 51 DNS DNS DNS
12 Lydia Hale, NZL 47 47 DNS DNS DNS
13 Mary Gray, NZL 39 39 DNS DNS DNS

XTERRA World Tour Majors

Date Race M/W Elite Winners or Location
24-Feb XTERRA South Africa Bradley Weiss/Carina Wasle
10-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Dougal Allan/Paties Alizue
18-Mar XTERRA Chile # Mauricio Mendez/Allison Baca
24-Mar XTERRA Argentina # Kieran McPherson/Fabiola Corona
25-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica # Rom Akerson/Kelli Montgomery
7-Apr XTERRA New Zealand + Sam Osborne/Jacqui Allen
15-Apr XTERRA Malta * Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
22-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs + Bradley Weiss/Carina Wasle
22-Apr XTERRA Cyprus * Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
29-Apr XTERRA Greece * Arthur Forissier/Nicole Walters
5-May XTERRA Uruguay # Karsten Madsen/Carolina Nieva
11-May XTERRA Tahiti + Mauricio Mendez/Jacqui Allen
12-May XTERRA Brazil # Kieran McPherson/Sabrina Gobbo
19-May XTERRA Oak Mountain # Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
27-May XTERRA Garda * Arthur Serrieres/Helena Karaskova
2-Jun XTERRA Portugal * Ruben Ruzafa/Brigitta Poor
3-Jun XTERRA Dominican Republic # Josiah Middaugh/Fabiola Corona
9-Jun XTERRA Belgium * Francois Carloni/Morgane Riou
17-Jun XTERRA Albay + Sam Osborne/Penny Slater
23-Jun XTERRA Switzerland * Vallee de Joux
1-Jul XTERRA France * Xonrupt
8-Jul XTERRA Victoria # Victoria, B.C., Canada
15-Jul XTERRA Czech * Prachatice
21-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek # Beaver Creek, CO, USA
22-Jul XTERRA Abruzzo * Scanno,Italy
4-Aug XTERRA Mexico # Tapalpa
5-Aug XTERRA Romania * Tirgu Mures, Transylvania
12-Aug XTERRA Poland * Krakow
18-Aug XTERRA Quebec # Quebec City, QC, Canada
18-Aug XTERRA European Champs * Zittau, Germany
26-Aug XTERRA Finland * Imatra
1-Sep XTERRA Norway * Norefjell
9-Sep XTERRA Denmark * Mons Klint
15-Sep XTERRA Spain * Madrid
15-Sep XTERRA Pan Am / USA Champs Ogden, Utah, USA
28-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* XTERRA European Tour / # XTERRA Pan American Tour / + XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour

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