Gomez Noya, Paterson Dominate at XTERRA World Championships
Javier Gomez Noya has been on a roll throughout the 2012 season. A roll so dominant, not even a tsunami warning could slow him down. A tsunami warning was issued for the entire island of Maui late Saturday night, but it was canceled early Sunday morning. Gomez Noya racked up yet another win this weekend at the XTERRA World Championships at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on the island of Maui. The event featured a 1.5km swim, a 30km mountain bike ride and a 10km trail run. His winning time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 54 seconds was extra impressive being that it was Gomez Noya’s first appearance at the race. On the women’s side, Lesley Paterson defended her 2011 XTERRA title finishing in a winning time of 2:44:12.
Gomez Noya’s race was highlighted by a surprisingly fast swim. He gained a lengthy lead over eventual second place finisher “The Caveman,” Conrad Stoltz of South Africa. Stoltz tracked down the Spaniard late on the bike, but Gomez Noya’s superior running skills shined bright as he regained the lead soon after T2, never looking back. The London 2012 Olympic silver medalist backed up his win the previous weekend at the ITU Grand Final in Auckland, NZ with an impressive XTERRA World Championship victory.
“I didn’t expect that," Gomez Noya said. “I had a really good swim … but I knew these guys like Conrad (Stoltz) and the good mountain bikers, they are much better than me, especially on the technical sections, so my tactic was try to push really hard uphill because they you can go hard uphill and then on the downhill just not even try to go crazy fast, just try to recover and avoid crashing. It worked pretty well.”
32-year-old Lesley Paterson, of Scotland, not only won the XTERRA World Championship in Maui, she ran away with it. Paterson finished a full four minutes ahead of the second place finisher. Taking the lead early on the mountain bike, Paterson utterly dominated the second half of the race. She came across the finish line long before Barbara Riveros of Chile pulled through in second. Marie Rabie from South Africa rounded out the podium with a time of 2:53:56.
“It was perfect from start to finish for me,” Paterson said. “I’ve done some great training leading up to this. This was my big focus of the year, and it panned out exactly how I wanted it to.”
Congratulations to both Gomez Noya and Paterson on their impressive XTERRA World Championship performances.