Off-road triathlon phenom Mauricio Mendez (MEX) continued to rack up wins on the 2016 XTERRA circuit with a victory at XTERRA Sweden this weekend, and only one week after taking 2nd at IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, Radka Vodičková (CZE) blazed through Challenge Iskander Puteri for a 2nd place finish.
“We’re thrilled to see another weekend of podium spots for Mauricio and Radka,” said Michael Cardoza, Human Interest Group Director. “We are really impressed with these performances considering their race schedules this summer.”
XTERRA Sweden is the second race in three weeks on the XTERRA European Tour that Mendez has won, while Vodičková can now claim seven podium appearances at IRONMAN 70.3 and Challenge Family races this year.
“With smart and consistent training, along with strategically-timed race calendars, Mau and Rads are demonstrating what it takes to succeed as elite professional triathletes. And their positive and healthy perspectives definitely contribute to their accomplishments too,” explained Cardoza.
Mauricio Mendez – 1st place XTERRA Sweden
Mendez put together his win in Stockholm with the fastest swim (18:06) and fastest run (42:08) among the pro men; he also had the fastest swim and run last week at XTERRA Poland. Mendez exited the swim first, and on the mountain bike leg of the race, Mendez clocked 1:18:04 that put him in third place out of T2. Propelled by his trademark fast run, Mendez was able to catch up to and pass his two main competitors, crossing the finish line at 2:19:26, about one minute ahead of second place.
Mendez’s victory in Sweden comes after his first place finish at XTERRA Italy and runner-up spot at XTERRA Poland. He now travels to Germany for the XTERRA European Championship on August 20th.
“I’m so happy to come away with another XTERRA win in Sweden. Couldn’t do it without my team supporting me,” Mendez said.
Radka Vodičková – 2nd place Challenge Iskandar Puteri
Throughout the inaugural Challenge Iskandar Puteri, Vodičková alternated between the first and second positions with eventual winner Amelia Rose Watkinson on a hot and humid day. Despite a solid swim and a close bike, Vodičková ran just behind Watkinson to earn second place.
Vodičková most recently took second place at the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship and is next preparing for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, Australia.
“I was a bit ill after my race in Cebu, so my prep and race didn’t pan out the way I would have liked, but that’s racing and I’m happy to come away with another podium finish,” Radka said after this inaugural race in Malaysia.
XTERRA Sweden – Stockholm, Sweden (1.5km swim, 30km MTB, 10km trail run)
Mauricio Mendez (MEX) 2:19:26
Yeray Luxem (BEL) 2:20:16
Sam Osborne (BEL) 2:21:21
Challenge Iskandar Puteri – Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia (1.9km swim, 9okm bike, 21km run) *
Amelia Rose Watkinson (NZL) 4:21:00
Radka Vodičková (CZE) 4:23:12
Kathryn Haesner (NZL) 4:40:48