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Kathrin Müller and Rubén Ruzafa are the 2014 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champions Zittau!

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Kathrin Müller
ITU-Cross World Champion 2014

Die einzige deutsche Elitestarterin Kathrin Müller ist die neue ITU-Cross Triathlon Weltmeisterin. Die 30-jährige gewinnt mit über 2 Minuten Vorsprung zur Vizeweltmeisterin Flora Duffy (Bermuda). Die Weltmeisterin von 2013, Helena Erbenová (Tschechien) kommt als Dritte ins Ziel.

Der neue ITU-Cross Triathlon Weltmeister heißt Rubén Ruzafa. Der 29-jährige Spanier wurde 2013 bereits Vize-Weltmeister der ITU Cross Triathlon World Champions in Den Haag. Der 3-fache Weltmeister und diesjährig 8. platzierte Conrad Stoltz tritt somit den Weltmeistertitel an Ruzafa ab. Vizeweltmeister 2014 ist Josiah Middaugh (USA) und als Dritter kam Braden Currie (Neuseeland) ins Ziel.

Die kompletten Ergebnisslisten findet ihr hier.

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Rubén Ruzafa
ITU-Cross Triathlon World Champion 2014

In the Zittau ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship of 2014 Kathrin Müller (Germany) and Rubén Ruzafa (Spain) became the new Cross Triathlon World Champions.

The only German woman in the elite category is the new ITU-Cross Triathlon world champion. The 30 year old women won the title with a lead of 2 minutes before the vice champion Flora Duffy (Bermuda). The world champion of 2013, Helena Erbenová (Czeche Republic) finished as the third woman.

The new ITU-Cross Triathlon world champion among the male athletes is Rubén Ruzafa. The 29-year old Spanish athlete had become vice world champion of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in Den Haag in 2013. Hence, the triple World Champion Conrad Stoltz, who reached the finish line as the eigth this yers has ceded the titel to Ruzafa. The vice champion of 2014 is Josiah Middaugh (USA). The third athlete who finished the race was Braden Currie (New Zealand).

The complete list of results can be found here.

TOP 10 Elite Women

TOP 10 Elite Men

1. Kathrin Müller (GER)
2. Flora Duffy (BER)
3. Helena Erbenová (CZE)
4. Chantell Widney (CAN)
5. Emma Garrard (USA)
6. Jacqueline Slack (GBR)
7. Renata Bucher (SUI)
8. Suzanne Snyder (USA)
9. Brigitta Poór (HUN)
10. Maud Golsteyn (NED)
2:58:35
3:00:53
3:02:32
3:05:00
3:05:36
3:05:46
3:07:24
3:10:02
3:11:11
3:13:59
1. Rubén Ruzafa (ESP)
2. Middaugh Josiah (USA)
3. Currie Braden (NZL)
4. Michael Weiss (AUT)
5. Leonardo Chacon (CRC)
6. Kris Coddens (BEL)
7. Francois Carloni (FRA)
8. Conrad Stoltz (RSA)
9. Brice Daubord (FRA)
10. Pavel Andreev (RUS)
2:34:33
2:35:28
2:37:10
2:38:28
2:39:00
2:39:28
2:39:57
2:40:42
2:42:30
2:42:48

Ben Allen – My dream would be to win the World title.

Ben Allen

Ben Allen
14-time winner XTERRA World Tour

Ben Allen, aged 29, is a successful Australian cross triathlete. After a number of years on the ITU Sprint Triathlon circuit, he now mainly competes in XTERRA races – and has already racked up 14 XTERRA World Tour victories. In October 2013, Ben Allen came third in the Cross Triathlon World Championships in Maui. And his participation in the 2014 Zittau ITU Cross Triathlon will be his fourth race on Lake Olbersdorf. Both Ben and his partner Jacqui Slack (also a successful British cross triathlete, who won the XTERRA Germany in 2013 and came fifth in the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships that same year) were bestowed with the title of official XTERRA Warriors in 2012. What’s more, they both know and love Zittau and the surrounding region: “We feel at home in Zittau.”

1. What do you find so fascinating about cross triathlon?
Its the ultimate action packed multi disciplined sport on the planet. Open water swimming, gnarly mountain biking and adventurous trail running, what more of a thrill could you ask for. It challenges both your mental skill and pushes your capabilities beyond your own limitations, causing you to step outside your comfort zone.

2. What’s your strongest discipline in cross triathlon – and will you be able to use it to your advantage in Zittau?
I dont have any weakness. I pride myself on having all three disciplines very strong and I think that you will need to be 100% committed, focussed and with a bit of luck on your side, to deliver an outstanding performance to cross the line a champion.

3. What have been the highlights of your sporting career?
Recognised as an Xterra Warrior with my partner Jacqui Slack, Representing Australia at numerous multisport events, Winning 14x Xterra World Tour Races, Australian Surf Life Saving Champion, Australian Adventure race champion and Australian ITU Cross Triathlon Champion.

4. How has this season been for you so far?
I started the year by claiming the Australian ITU Cross Triathlon Championship and backed it up with an Xterra World title win on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria Australia. I then travelled to the Saipan Xterra World Tour event where I WON my third-straight title at the course, and the 14th World Tour victory of my career. 2nd in Rotorua, NZL Xterra and 3rd at the Xterra World Tour event in Malaysia. I am very excited to be in Zittau, Germany for my fourth consecutive year racing the Xterra World Tour and its even more special this year with the ITU World title on the line. Its going to make for some fast and action packed racing.

5. What’s your aim at the World Championships?
My dream would be to WIN the World title and wear the rainbow stripes with pride and honour. I will be doing everything possible to have the perfect race and represent myself, my sponsors and my country with honour.

6. Are you familiar with the Zittau region? If so, what do you associate with it?
Its my fourth consecutive year racing here in Zittau. I love the region and I have some amazing friends that I love coming back to visit every year. Micha, Jette and Carla are very special to Jacqui and I, we absolutely adore the kindness and friendship we have together. We feel at home in Zittau and its thanks to them that we feel safe and comfortable in beautiful Zittau.

Ruben Ruzafa Cueto – bike is my strongest discipline in cross triathlon

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Ruben Ruzafa
XTERRA World Champion 2013 and 2008
and Vice Champion
ITU World Cross Triathlon in 2013

Rubén Ruzafa (Team TRIATLON COLEGIO AÑORETA NOVASCHOOL), aged 29, has twice been crowned XTERRA World Champion (in 2013 and 2008) and came second at the ITU World Cross Triathlon in 2013. Born in Málaga (Spain), Rubén Ruzafa had a successful mountain bike career before becoming a world-famous cross triathlete, and first competed in Zittau in 2013. Asked about the fascination of cross triathlon, Ruzafa declared: “Each race is an adventure!” Read the whole interview here:

1. What do you find so fascinating about cross triathlon?
I like the contact with nature. Each race is an adventure.

2. What’s your strongest discipline in cross triathlon – and will you be able to use it to your advantage in Zittau?
The bike is my strongest discipline in cross triathlon. Zittau bike course is hard so I think is good for me.

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Over 1500 cross triathletes in Zittau

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Country overview of the starters 2014
throughout the weekend

The 2014 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships will shortly be held in connection with the 14th O-SEE Challenge in the Zittau Mountains National Park in Germany.

Professional and amateur athletes from all over the world will converge on the southernmost part of the region of Saxony for
this cross triathlon weekend. All in all, the number of participants is expected to exceed 1500 – from 32 nations.

Those taking part in the 4th ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships just outside the town of Zittau on Saturday 16 August include the world’s cross triathlon elite. So far, 533 athletes from 30 nations have signed up, including about 100 elite/U23 starters. Alongside defending champions Helena Erbenová (CZ) and Conrad Stoltz (RSA), the male participants will include Asa Shaw (GBR), Ruben Ruzafa (ESP), Ben Allen (AUS), 2005 Hawaii Ironman Faris Al-Sultan (GER) and Felix Schumann (runner-up in the 2014 German Cross Triathlon Championships). Among the female competitors will be Renata Bucher (SUI), Flora Duffy (BER) and German elite cross triathlete Kathrin Müller (European cross triathlon champion in 2014). With over 160 German athletes put forward for their home world championships via the DTU German Triathlon Union, Germany will be the nation with the biggest showing in the 2014 World Championships on Lake Olbersdorf.

The XTERRA will also be held on Saturday 16 August – and there are currently 152 starters from 15 nations. This competition offers participants an opportunity to qualify for the XTERRA World Championships in Maui, Hawaii, outside the world championship rankings. In both the XTERRA and the ITU World Championships, athletes will be competing on the ITU course/XTERRA trail.
Dr Klaus Schwager, the director of this year’s ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, is delighted by the big response among international cross triathletes. “We’re looking forward to an exciting weekend with plenty of spectators,” he declared. “We hope that the weather will be good – and would like to wish all the athletes the best possible results as well as lots of fun on the circuit!” Final preparations for this major sporting event at the Zittau Mountains National Park are now well underway with the backing of the entire region thanks to the efforts of a wealth of partners and hundreds of volunteers.
Moreover, up to 1000 athletes from 16 nations are expected to take part in the O-SEE Challenge on Sunday 17 August, when this amateur cross triathlon is held for the fourteenth time. Apart from numerous individuals and teams, about 160 children will be competing in the O-SEE X‘KIDS Challenge.

Conrad Stoltz – the three-time ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion

Conrad Stoltz, three-time ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion

Conrad Stoltz
three-time ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion

Conrad Stoltz is a three-time ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion and a four-time XTERRA World Champion. He has also taken part in the summer Olympics twice and won numerous professional races across the world. Hailing from South Africa, Conrad ‘The Caveman’ Stoltz completed his first bmx bike race when he was just nine years old – and his strongest discipline remains mountain biking. He entered his first triathlon when he was fourteen, and has been a professional cross triathlete since 1991. Now forty years old, although he’s completed almost every cross triathlon course in the world, this year’s world championships at Zittau Mountains National Park will be a new experience for him. Nevertheless, the objective of the reigning ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion is clear: “To win my fourth straight world title.”

1. What do you find so fascinating about cross triathlon?

With road triathlon, you chase the white line on the road. Its all about taking as much pain as possible. But with off road triathlon you mix adrenaline with lactic acid. To do well you need to be technically skilled, brave and robust- and and of course super fit. There’s tyre, suspension and shoe choices to be made – according to the terrain and constantly changing weather

You could be speeding through wooded single track with rocks, roots and mud- typically East Coast USA or Europe. Or you could be racing on a volcano in Hawaii, or running on a sandy beach in Brazil, riding the Flume trail overlooking Lake Tahoe, or bombing down crowd lined stairs and narrow alleys of a medieval Italian mountain village.

The destinations are phenomenal. Each with its own challenges and culture- this is what keeps it fresh, fun and challenging- its the reason I’m still racing Pro at 40.

The people are also quite laid back, relaxed and no one takes themselves too seriously which makes for a nice atmosphere at the races. Its really a great life-style sport.

2. What’s your strongest discipline in cross triathlon – and will you be able to use it to your advantage in Zittau?
The Mountain Bike. The bike course is longer than usual. 36km vs usual 30km. So that is good for me. I also like technical terrain, I havent seen this course yet- I hope its got some rocks, roots and turns! There is almost 1000m of vertical gain- more climbing than what I’d prefer…

3. What have been the highlights of your sporting career?

  • 4x XTERRA World Champion
  • 3x ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion
  • 2x Olympian
  • 10x XTERRA USA Series Champion
  • 53 XTERRA Career wins
  • Winner Mrs Ts Chicago
  • 5x All African Triathlon Champion (ITU)
  • 5x South African Triathlon Champion (ITU)

4. How has this season been for you so far?
Its been a very tough season for me. My form has been good all year, but I’ve had lots of bad luck at races. Flat tyres, sick at races, small injuries etc. Won XTERRA New Zealand and finished 2nd at SA TT Champs.

5. What’s your aim at the World Championships?
To win my 4th straight World title.

6. Are you familiar with the Zittau region? If so, what do you associate with it?
I’ve only been to Germany twice- once in 1992- when I raced Duathlon World Championships as a Junior. Finished 11th. Distances: 10km run, 60km bike, 10km run- when Juniors were tough!

The other time I stayed with Lothar Leders at his house after we traveled to race ITU World Cups in Japan in the mid 90s.

So I’m VERY excited to visit to Germany again. I love good beer, (especially with an Umpah band) and I think my wife and I will really enjoy the German culture and the wonderful green scenery.

The registration deadline for the World Championships

_MG_12482 Anyone who has not yet decided for participation in the 2014 ITU Cross Triathlon Zittau World Championships: Until Friday, June 6, 11.59 p.m., the registration for a championship standing must be done according to the „ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships Qualification Criteria“ and „ITU Online Entry System“ on the respective national federation.

Die Zeit läuft! Wer sich bisher noch nicht für eine Teilnahme an den 2014 Zittau ITU Cross Triathlon Weltmeisterschaften entschieden hat: Noch bis Freitag, den 6. Juni 23.59 Uhr, besteht die Möglichkeit sich über den entsprechenden Nationalverband für die Teilnahme an der WM anzumelden!

400 triathletes from all over the world already nominated for the Cross Triathlon World Championships in Germany’s Zittau Mountains

Germany will shortly be hosting the world championships for cross triathletes from all over the world for the very first time. On 16 August, the 2014 Zittau ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships will get underway in the Zittau Mountains national park. Even though there’s still 90 days to go, over 400 athletes from around the world have been registered by their national associations. In addition to numerous German participants, cross triathletes from the USA, Australia, Canada, Russia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, Japan and most European countries will be travelling to Upper Lusatia (Oberlausitz) this summer for the international highlight of the season.

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Hawaii champion Faris Al-Sultan at the Cross Triathlon World Championships in Zittau

One of the big names in the triathlon scene will be entering the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Zittau in the region of Saxony. Hawaii winner Faris Al-Sultan will be flying the German flag alongside other German endurance athletes at their home World Championships in the Zittau mountains on 16 August 2014. “Having the World Championships in your home country is always fantastic, so I’m really looking forward to the race,” said Al-Sultan, who lives in Munich, explaining his reasons for entering. The presence of this professional athlete competing for the Pewag Racing Team will be a prominent draw for the World Championships. His attendance will doubtless encourage some of his fellow elite athletes and members of the DTU Age Group National Team to take part. “We’re expecting a large international starting line-up and are confident that we’ll be able to welcome a highly motivated DTU Age Group National Team in Upper Lusatia,” declared chief organizer Dr Klaus Schwager optimistically.
 

ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Zittau

The ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Zittau will be the official world championships to be hosted in Germany by the ITU International Triathlon Union since 2007. The organizing team and the German Triathlon Union are looking forward to an outstanding international triathlon event in Upper Lusatia. The World Championships hold out the promise of unforgettable times in Germany – especially for age-group athletes taking part in the World Championships within the DTU Age Group National Team.

For regular updates on the Cross Triathlon World Championships log on to www.itu-wm-2014.de (German/English) and www.facebook.com/itu.wm.2014. All information on registration and the DTU Age Group National Team is posted on the DTU website (www.dtu-info.de).

In the interview: event director Dr. Klaus Schwager

Dr. Klaus Schwager1. What does hosting the 2014 ITU Cross Triathlon WM in Zittau mean to you – and how will you be involved?
For me as chief organizer and inspirer of the event, the World Championships are of course the culmination of the incredible development of ‘our’ O-SEE Challenge. But they mustn’t be allowed to be the final stage! Instead, they should just be a milestone in the hopefully long history of the O-SEE.
The event wouldn’t have become what it is without my input. Then again, it’s only thanks to the uncompromising support provided by the extremely dedicated team around me that my ideas have been materialized so effectively. I take my hat off to all those who have worked tirelessly in recent years to accomplish great things for the O-SEE and to raise the region’s profile.

2. How are you connected to Zittau and the region?
In many different ways! It’s my home, obviously. I’m proud to come from Zittau and I closely identify with the colourful history of what’s now the tri-border region. I’m upset about the economic decline of this once thriving industrial area, for example, but that’s how history goes sometimes. Now a new chapter has begun and we’re playing an active part in it. I love living in this picturesque little town with its wonderful surroundings and appreciate the benefits that go with it – probably because I’m often away on business in big cities like Berlin and Hamburg. It goes without saying that I make full use of the many recreational amenities in the region from the Zittau Mountains to Saxon Switzerland, Jeschken to the Krkonoše Mountains. After all, I live in a place where other people go on holiday – what could be better than that?!

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