OGDEN, UT - The USA XTERRA Championships took place on September 26, 2009 in the beautiful setting of Snowbasin Ski Resort, located near Ogden, Utah. Nicolas “Nico” Lebrun chased down the defending champ Conrad Stoltz during the last quarter of the run while Melanie McQuaid held off a hard-charging Shonny Vanlandingham to capture the men’s and women’s XTERRA USA Championship titles on an absolutely epic day in Northern Utah’s Wasatch Range.
GOODE Sponsored atheletes Josiah Middaugh and Brian Smith finish 3rd and 9th respectively.
OGDEN, UT – Brian Smith (Gunnison, CO) and Rebecca Dussault (Gunnison, CO) won the second annual XTERRA Winter World Championships which were held at Snowbasin Ski Resort. The XTERRA Winter World Championship is a multisport race that combines 10-kilometers of mountain biking on hard packed snow with 5km of snowshoeing, 5km of running, and 8km of randonee ski mountaineering.
Both Smith and Dussault were using GOODE Randonee Race Skis.
Brian Smith defended his title in two hours and 21 seconds, more than five minutes ahead of two-time Winter Triathlon World Champion Nicolas Lebrun from France.
“It feels good to defend the title,” said Smith. “I wanted to be flawless today and I was able to put some gaps on the field in the first climbing section on the bike and from there I just stayed on the gas and pulled away. My GOODE Skis were just awesome.” Smith posted the fastest randonee ski split of the day with a 39:39 .
Last year Rebecca Dussault had a two-minute lead heading into the final ski stage but was on a heavy telemark ski set-up while eventual champion Sari Anderson came screaming by her on randonnee rig and took away the win.
It was an important equipment lesson learned for Dussault and the same situation would not be repeated … for two reasons 1) Anderson stayed home nursing a cold, and 2) Dussault was on her new pair of GOODE Randonnee race skis made of pure carbon fiber that are half the weight and twice the physical properties of other comparable skis that have wood in them.
Dussault was also in much better shape and focus this time around having won the USA Winter Triathlon Nationals and earning a bronze medal at the Winter Triathlon World Championships in Austria, where she became the first American to ever medal.
“I’m in much better shape than last year, and I’m the proud owner of GOODE Skis for four days now” exclaimed Dussault. “These skis are so lightweight and really fun on the downhills.”
The 8-time U.S. National XC Ski Champion and 2006 Winter Olympian dominated just about every phase of today’s race – posting the fastest bike, run, and ski splits. Only Myriam Guillot from France, the XTERRA Winter European Champ, had a better snowshoe time.
In the end Dussault finished nearly 15 minutes ahead of Lisa Isom, with long-time XTERRA pro Jenny Tobin in third, Guillot in fourth, and Jari Kirkland in fifth.
“To have GOODE Skis finish 1st, 4th and 5th in the Men’s Division and 1st, 2nd and 5th in the Women’s Division was great! It was nice to see our randonee skis perform so well.”, said Dave Goode, President and Founder of GOODE Ski Technologies. “This event requires that the athlete’s conditioning and equipment be the best. I was happy to see GOODE Skis help the athletes win.”, GOODE continues. “The organizers of the XTERRA, Snowbasin Ski Resort and all of the volunteers did an amazing job.”, GOODE concludes.