Top bets arrive for Xterra triathlon

FOREIGN triathletes and some of country’s top triathletes are already in Cebu for the 2013 Xterra Weekend Off Road Philippines Championship and Trail Run this weekend in Liloan.

The event gathered 460 foreign and local triathletes as well as 380 trail runners.

Xterra World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas said that this year’s off road triathlon offers a great deal of challenge to participants.

“I went to see the new bike course today, and it’s very different compared to last year. This has more climbs and is very technical,” said Nicholas who attended the kick-off of the 2013 Xterra World Tour in Cape Town, South Africa.

Some of the foreigners who have arrived are 2011 and 2012 Xterra world champion Leslie Paterson, 2011 Xterra Philippines champion Sam Gardner and defending champions Ben Allen and Renata Bucher.

The other pro competitors are Oliver Marceau, Matt O’Halloran, Rory Downie, Bradley Sean Weiss and Shahrom Abdullah of Malaysia.
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