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High speeds and hijinx at XTERRA

@richmondoutside
June 10, 2013 8:53am

I had a blast covering the XTERRA East Championship off-road triathlon yesterday. The race actually was turned into a duathlon because the high river level made the James unsafe to swim in. Dan Hugo, who I featured in my Sunday column, won the men’s race and Lesley Patterson took home the women’s crown. Make sure you check out T-D photographer Joe Mahoney’s photo gallery at TD.com. He was right there in Reedy Creek as American pro Craig Evans took a header into the water. If you’ve ridden these trails, you probably know the pain Evans was feeling at the time. Click here for my article on yesterday’s race.

And I’d be remiss, in talking about XTERRA, if I didn’t mention the crazy fans that lined Buttermilk Trail in the now-annual ritual of cross dressing, cowbell ringing and other hijinx. This picture was taken long before the area filled up with spectators, but the guy with the Mickey Mouse head gives you a sense of what was to come.

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About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?


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