Conrad Stoltz, Melanie McQuaid Pick Up XTERRA Wins in Texas
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South African Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz wins his record-breaking 38th career championship while Melanie McQuaid picks up her second XTERRA win in as many weeks.
April 17–On a picture-perfect, breezy, 75-degree afternoon at Cameron Park in Waco, Texas, Conrad Stoltz and Melanie McQuaid continued their dominance in the offroad triathlon scene with wins at the XTERRA South Central Championships.
With just 15 seconds separating the top three men, it took every ounce of energy Stoltz had to pull off his win over American Josiah Middaugh. Middaugh, who was more than three minutes behind Stoltz at the bike-to-run transition, made up all but eight seconds by the finish line.
“I looked behind me with about one kilometer to go and just saw these elbows and knees coming at me and knew I had to kick into another gear so Josiah wouldn’t catch me,” said Stoltz.
In the women’s race, Melanie McQuaid came out of the water behind only Christine Jeffrey and after passing her on the bike she never looked back en route to winning her second XTERRA race in as many weeks. The top three–McQuaid, Shonny Vanlandingham, Jeffrey finished in the same order as last week at the XTERRA West Championship in Vegas.
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