Ogden, Utah — Felt multisport athlete Josiah Middaugh won his first XTERRA USA National Championship Saturday, topping a talented men’s field at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. For Middaugh, a 34-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, the title marked a breakthrough that he’s long been chasing.
Middaugh, the top U.S. male in XTERRA racing over seven of the last eight years, has come close at past USA Championships but never finished higher than third. This year he came out swinging and wouldn’t be denied.
Riding his Felt Edict 9 race bike, Middaugh took the lead midway through the bike course, a technical track featuring some tight singletrack sections, and never looked back.
“I caught the leaders early, about mile 6 or 7,” he said after his win. “That first downhill Conrad [Stoltz] got back ahead of me, and it wasn’t until about mile 9 that I passed him again for the second time. I knew my fitness was good, I just had to be careful. I was a little bit nervous, but it worked out for me.”
Middaugh protected his lead in the run, going on to post a time of 2:26:58 and beat second-place finisher Ben Allen of Australia by nearly 2 minutes.