Beaver Creek, Colorado – Felt triathlete Josiah Middaugh won the XTERRA Mountain Championship in record time. Middaugh covered the 22 mile course 19 seconds faster than fellow Felt triathlete Seth Wealing who took second place.
Middaugh, who lives in Vail, Colorado, considers the Beaver Creek race his home course. Up until this edition, however, Middaugh had never been able to translate the home field advantage to a victory, finishing third in the past two events. For a moment, it looked as if Middaugh would have to wait another year for victory, as he came out of the water 1:47 behind Wealing. Middaugh’s strength on the bike paid off, gaining him the lead half way through the bike leg. Middaugh never looked back, and completed the race with the fastest time of the day and new course record of 2:12:05.
“I'm super-excited,” Middaugh said after the race. “It's incredible competition, so it's not that I've had terrible races before. I just haven't been quite on form. Now, none of that matters.” Both Middaugh and Wealing compete aboard Felt Nine LTD mountain bikes in XTERRA events.