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South Africa’s Bradley Weiss and Bermuda’s Flora Duffy captured the fifth annual XTERRA Philippines Championship race in Albay on Sunday.
The race was the first XTERRA World Championship qualifier of the season for amateurs, as well as the first race of the XTERRA Asian Tour. It’s the second win of the season for Weiss and the eighth in nine races since last year for Duffy, the reigning XTERRA world champion. The black sand beaches of the Albay Riviera welcomed about 300 racers and over 1,000 spectators.
Ben Allen and Mauricio Mendez were first out of the water. Brad Weiss was not far behind and quickly took control out on the bike, turning in the fastest time of the day a bit over 2 minutes faster than Allen. Mendez came into T2 about 30 seconds behind Allen. Mendez put in a 40 minute 9K and gained almost 2 minutes, but was still a minute behind Weiss at the finish. Weiss crossed at 2:28:00 to take the win, with Mendez in second and Allen following in third.
Duffy was the first woman out of the water and kept the lead with the fastest bike and fastest run. Her dominant day was good enough for the fifth overall fastest time of the day and the women’s win. Slack had the second best swim, second fastest bike and third fastest run for the women, putting her in second place at the finish line. Aussie Dimity-Lee Duke earned her first XTERRA podium, crossing in third.
XTERRA Philippines Championship
Legazpi City, Albay – Feb. 8. 2015
1. Brad Weiss (RSA) 2:28:00
2. Mauricio Mendez (MEX) 2:28:58
3. Ben Allen (AUS) 2:33:51
4. Brodie Gardner (AUS) 2:40:35
5. Charlie Epperson (USA) 2:51:20
1. Flora Duffy (BER) 2:43:40
2. Jacqui Slack (GBR) 2:56:51
3. Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) 3:03:18
4. Mieko Carey (JPN) 3:06:39
5. Renata Bucher (SU) 3:12:53