Xterra Albay Off Road Triathlon 2016
South African Bradley Weiss successfully defended his title as the male pro champion 2:29:56 while Kiwi Lizzie Orchard from New Zealand made an impressive debut among the pro women in XTERRA Albay.
With Mt. Mayon shrouded in the background, Weiss crossed the finish line in scenic Cagsawa Ruins in 2:29:56, while Orchard followed a few minutes later in 2:52:00. “The nice and cool weather made it easier for me to defend my title as compared to last year when it was hot and humid,” said Weiss.
The first place finish for Orchard was memorable. “It makes my first race here in Albay and in the Philippines very memorable, plus of course, this is my first time to be a champion as a pro,” Orchard said.
Aussies Ben Allen and Brodie Gardner came in second in 2:33:59 and third in 2:34:08 respectively. Japan’s Takahiro Ogasawara took 4th at 2:41:04, with Guam’s Charlie Epperson over two minutes behind at 2:43:40.
Jacqui Slack of the UK crossed the finish just under three minutes after Orchard to place second among the pro women in 2:54:30. Guam’s Mieko Carey came in third at 3:07:35.
The Philippines’ pride John Leerams Chicano shared the spotlight and emerged as the first Asian elite champion in XTERRA Philippines’s six-year history. The Asian elite class was added in XTERRA-Malaysia in 2015 to recognize the region’s best who have not yet turned pro. With his 2:43:17 finish time, Chicano placed 5th overall in XTERRA-Albay.
Other Filipino elites with stellar performances were Southeast Asian Games triathlete Jonard Saim (2:48:49), Billy Biag (2:48:53), and Rosalito Dagoy (2:50:53). Filipina elite Anna Marissa Remigio ruled both the Asian and Filipina elite classes in 3:48:22, followed by Angelica Yvonne Limcojo (3:53:57), and Naomi Andrea Galeos (4:15:39).
XTERRA Albay is organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and is hosted by the Province of Albay.
To view full race results, visit: http://www.xterraphil.com/xterra-albay-off-road-triathlon-race-result-2016