I’m currently training in Villacidro, Sardegna to prepare the XTERRA World Championships in Maui. The timing couldn’t be better, because I had the opportunity to race a Tnatura event in Santa Teresa, a 3h drive from Villacidro and the Curridori family.
It was a great decision to race in Santa Teresa for many different reasons. It was a well organized race by Fabriozio Baralla, the scenery was fabulous, I had an amazing strong performance and it was nice to do one more final race with Elisabetta this year before our roads will split for a while when I’ll go to Maui.
The 1000m swim in a warm sea went very well. Guidelli was too fast for me but I managed to jump on my bike less than 1min behind him.
I started the 20k mtb part of the race very aggressive and closed the gap within 5k. Some parts of the course were really technical and rocky and it really suited my way of racing.
Because I had a lot of fun on this course and I felt very powerful on the short climbs I extended my lead to 3min.
The 6k trail run was very technical with lots of rocks, tight cornering and short but steep hills. The views were amazing and because of my big lead I could really enjoy this part of the race as well.
Guidelli finished 2nd, Fraoni 3rd.
Elisabetta finished 2nd after losing too much time on the rocky parts of the mtb course. But her 2nd place was enough to be crowned as the 2014 Cross Triathlon champion of Sardegna. A nice title to have along with her Italian XTERRA Pro Champion title.
An Italian anti-doping doctor was present and some of us were tested for all kinds of doping, including EPO and CERA. I was really happy to be tested, and to know that they test in cross triathlon. Sadly this is only my second test in one year!!! My other test was at the European Cross triathlon championships, also in Sardegna. This means that after one full season on racing in Europe on the highest level, with some top performances, I’ve only been tested twice. And both times in the same region. I really hope XTERRA, ETU and Tnatura find a way to test us a lot more to keep our wonderful and professional sport as honest and clean as I hope it is right now.
I’ll continue training in the Villacidro mountains with Elisabetta for a few more days. The next time you’ll read something here it will be from another island. The XTERRA World Championships in Maui, Hawaii are less than 2 weeks away! Yeah!