On July 9, 133 multisport enthusiasts gathered at Durrance Lake in Saanich to take part in the XTERRA Victoria Triathlon.  This off-road triathlon acted as the Provincial Cross Championship and is part of the XTERRA World Tour and the Pan American Race Series.

This exciting and challenging race offered a 1,500-metre open water swim, a challenging 24-kilometer mountain bike in the Mt. Work Park, and a 4.6-kilometer scenic run in the wilderness trails of Partridge Hills.

The 2017 male champion in the pro category was Karsten Masden, a native of Ontario, who repeated his win from 2016.  Karsten led the heat out of the water, continued his lead on the bike, and solidified his first-place finish on the run.

Suzy Snyder from Reno, Nevada took the 2017 female championship title in the pro category.  The female field, almost double the size of the male category, offered a tight race for Snyder as she finished just two minutes ahead of the second-place competitor, Morgane Riou.

BC’s Tate Haugan, also demonstrated his athletic prowess on the course.  At a mere 17 years of age, this BC Games Alumni, placed 4th overall in the Championship race beating out several pro racers. “Tate really is an up and coming star.  His swim time without a wetsuit would have rivaled pro men’s winner Karsten Madsen and his bike time was on par with 2/3 of the men’s race.  Even his run time was competitive and 10km is definitely too far for a 17-year-old to train for.  It will be exciting to watch him develop,” said announcer and 4x Offroad Triathlon World Champion, Melanie McQuaid.

Triathlon BC was present at this event and handed out custom crafted belt buckles for this Provincial Championship event.  A list of the Provincial Champions* has been posted below and pictures from this event can be found at: https://goo.gl/photos/Ls1YpowZbywF48Re7

Provincial Champions

Male Female
16-19 Tate Haugan 25-29 Christy Drever
20-24 Evan Girard 30-34 Faye Armstrong
30-34 Tyler McCallan 35-39 Emmanuela Bandol
35-39 Derek Vinge 40-44 Jen Milton
40-44 Ryan Parton 45-49 Linda Pellicano
45-49 Tom Evans 55-59 Cheryl Moors
50-54 Dan Smith
55-59 Dewain Emrich

*In order to be named as a Provincial Champion you must be an active annual member with Triathlon BC

Congratulations to all those who took part in XTERRA Victoria on July 9, 2017!

View the Provincial Cross Champ video recap HERE.