Following his victory two weekends ago at XTERRA Mexico, Josiah Middaugh picked up his 4th win of the Pan American series this past Saturday at XTERRA Quebec.
Opting to skip four of the early season Pan Am series races, Middaugh’s back end of the season has seen him hit the last 6 races in a row with gaining momentum. Only one race remains in the series – the Pan Am/US XTERRA Championships race – which takes place in less than a month.
A first timer to the Lac Delage XTERRA Quebec course, Middaugh said “Coming into the race, I thought the course would pose a challenge for me, since my strength is long sustained climbs. The course was very technical, but it also had 3000 ft of climbing mixed in. The lake was fantastic and the trails for both the bike and run were a mountain biker and trail runners’ dream. The trails actually handled the rain very well, but the roots and rocks were slick.”
While First Endurance athlete Branden Rakita led the race out of the water closely followed by Ian King and Canadian Karsten Madsen, Middaugh was a little over a minute in arrears with Kieran McPherson right on his heels. “Karsten was off the front early and he was very hard to catch. The bike took almost 2 hours, which is very long for an XTERRA. I caught him (Madsen) at the end of the second lap as I was climbing faster, but he was better in the corners and descending faster than me. The 2-lap run course was equally challenging with about 1400 ft of elevation gain on even more technical, wet trails. Karsten got close with one lap to go, but I was able to push a bit harder on the climbs on the second lap and open it back up.”
Riding more than 2 minutes quicker than Madsen’s second fastest split and edging out speedy runner McPherson by 13 seconds, Middaugh posted the top bike and run splits of the day to take home his 2nd win in as many weeks. Middaugh’s winning time of 3:06:37 was 1:57 ahead of 2nd place Madsen and 4:59 in front of McPherson in 3rd.
Eleven races into the 12-race series, of which Middaugh has competed in 7, things have been going well and look to be on track for the 2015 XTERRA World Champ who commented “I have had some good races this season, winning 4 races (Alabama, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Quebec) and 2nd place in Costa Rica, Victoria, and Beaver Creek. The last 4 races have all been separated by 2 weeks, so it has been tough with travel and illness. That said, I was able to train consistently between every race and was able to get in my long workouts which will pay off in the final two races of the season. Between now and Ogden I plan to put in a solid block of training followed up with enough recovery to be sharp in Ogden.”
Lac Delage, Quebec
August 18, 2018
1. Josiah Middaugh 3:06:37
2. Karsten Madsen 3:08:34
3. Kieran McPherson 3:11:36
4. Branden Rakita 3:21:26
5. Carlos Chang 3:35:37