Josiah Middaugh, the current XTERRA U.S. Pro Series leader, took home another win this weekend at XTERRA Mexico in Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico bettering 2014 winner, Irving Perez and Olympian, Francisco Serrano who early season was finishing ahead of Middaugh.
Perez, a known talented swimmer, lead the field out of the wetsuit legal alpine lake swim with close to a minute gap on the lead pack and nearly three minutes on Middaugh.
True to form, Middaugh took control on the mountain bike putting in a race best ride positioning himself for the win. “The bike course had two major climbs and I caught the lead group of four just before the climb. Serrano made a big effort to go with me on the climb but I was able to get away and kept charging to the finish and had almost 1:30 gap going into the run.” The region received a lot of rain prior to the race and tested the riders with stream crossings, farm pastures, two major climbs and of course the high elevation of the hills of Guadalajara.
“The course definitely suited me well since it was at a similar elevation to where I live. I also feel like I thrive on adversity so I welcomed the rain and mud.”
Middaugh held onto the lead on the relatively flat run with several stream crossings and sloppy conditions, edging out Serrano by 57 seconds for a hard fought win.