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Xterra: Mine Over Matter Race Recap

On Saturday, June 27th the Xterra Mine Over Matter 2015 Canadian Cross Triathlon Championships took place at the Kelso Quarry in Milton, Ontario. Each five-year age group had 10 qualifying spots for the 2016 World Cross Triathlon Championships in Australia. There were also 14 qualifying age group spots for the 2016 Xterra World Championships in Maui, Hawaii. This full-distance, off-road race featured a one km swim, a 21 km bike course and 9.8 km trail run. The race has been a favourite among cross triathletes for the fast few years, winning several awards for best off-road triathlon. Karsten Madsen won the men’s race while Heather Pady won the women’s race. Alexander Vanderlinden, a rising pro triathlete from Chatham, Ontario placed third in a time of 1:50:15 after winning the Welland Half triathlon the weekend before.

Molly Hurford took third on the women’s side and told TMC,

“Mine Over Matter is one of my all-time favorite races, and this is the second year I’ve been able to claw my way to third place! The quarry is one of the best swim spots I’ve had the pleasure of racing, so much so that I’m afraid I chilled out a bit too much to enjoy the water. And the bike course this year was a major improvement, with a bit more technical riding while keeping in some incredibly painful longer climbs. But the run somehow manages to be my best segment, and that’s where I was able to move up the most—at least, I think that’s when I passed the most people! It felt pretty darn painful hitting the last kilometer around the lake.”

Overall Results – Men

1 Karsten Madsen 1:40:17
2 Sean Bechtel 1:49:19
3 Alexander Vanderlinden 1:50:15

Overall Results – Women

1 Heather Pady 2:07:07
2 Katherine Wilson 2:09:12
3 Molly Hurford 2:15:29