The 2012 XTerra World Championship is underway on Maui as we gear up for this Sunday’s off-road triathlon racing action at Kapalua Resort in West Maui! This week's bike blog includes a bike video showing the new Razor Ridge section of the XTerra bike course, my podcast interview with XTerra Coach Jeff discussing West Maui Cycles bike services for XTerra and a couple bike videos from The Caveman training for XTerra on Maui.
Listen to Coach Jeff's interview with Kahuna Dave providing inside details describing the race course and how the mountain bike course at Kapalua has been fine tuned for the 2012 XTerra World Championship. Kahuna Dave provided a lively discussion about the history of XTerra on Maui going all the way back to Aquatera and the now infamous challenges of The Plunge on the former mountain bike trails! Afterwards, Coach Jeff interviewed the XTerra media guy, Trey Garmin, who shared the challenges of capturing XTerra and interesting details about the live streaming feeds from the on course cams with synced GPS tracking features available at XTerralive.com. Then, at the 59:34 point, listen to the noted interview with yours truly as I talk about our bike services for XTerra. When you've finished listening, catch a glimpse of the new Razor Ridge section of the bike course and watch The Caveman as he reports on his XTerra training regimen from Maui.
Who Will be The 2012 XTerra World Champion?
Coach Jeff picked Conrad The Caveman Stoltz to win the race because 'he is due, he is hungry and keen. And, because the bike course changes suit him now'. Coach Jeff also picked the women’s winner but you’ll have to listen to the podcast above to find out who. After last winning XTerra in 2006, Kahuna Dave still thinks a longtime veteran, The Professor, will be crowned 2012 XTerra World Champion 'because he finished his house and got married to his longtime girlfriend'. Take note of Kahuna Daves prognostication of Helena Erbenova winning over favorite Lesley Paterson to win the womens XTerra race. Who do you think will win the 2012 XTerra World Championship at Kapalua? Use the comments section below to let us know if you agree with Kahuna Dave and Coach Jeff’s predictions for winners of the 2012 XTerra World Championship. Who will win?
Razor Ridge Section of the XTerra Mountain Bike Course
Enjoy this short 22 second video showing a rider on what is being called Razor Ridge, a new section of the mountain bike course added for XTerra 2012:
As the closest bike shop to Xterra at Kapalua, you can find West Maui Cycles at the 2012 XTerra too! If you forget to stop by our bicycle shop in Lahaina on the way to Kapalua, we’ve set up a portable bike shop for the XTerra on Maui. Beginning earlier today, we will be here throughout XTerra in the XTerra Athletes Expo area at the Ritz Cartlon Kapalua. We’ve also added extra staff to the bike shop and increased our bike parts inventory to be ready for any bike repairs. If you forgot any of your bike riding gear, stop by West Maui Cycles in Lahaina or at our booth at XTerra! A few riders have already been out practicing and posting videos and pics of the Xterra course on social media channels. Checkout some of the action below.
Conrad “The Caveman” Stolz has been on Maui training for XTerra and posted the following bike video showing his practice session making the transition from the swimming course to the bike course. Watch caveman transition from D.T. Flemming beach to the bike course at Kapalua:
And, Conrad talks about using the Command Post adjustable seat post:
Don’t forget to refer to our 2012 XTerra Tips sheet and updates. Or, review the entire XTerra course map with separate maps for the bike, swimming and running courses along with the elevation profiles for the running and biking courses.
And a few more 2012 XTerra links:
http://www.xterraplanet.com/maui - Official XTerra World Championship website
http://www.XTERRALive.com – Live video streaming from on course bike and run cameras with GPS tracking and other media features, sponsored by luckstone.com.
Need a bike rental for XTerra or to ride during your Maui cycling vacation? Visit our bike shop in Lahaina (just behind the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in Lahaina) for bike parts or cycling logo gear. We have extra bike mechanics on hand during for bike tuneups or repairs during XTerra World championship! If you are ready to reserve a bike in advance of your arrival, check out our huge fleet of performance road bike rentals and mountain bike rentals and then make bike rental reservation online. We'll have your bike ready and waiting for you when you get to Maui!