DEFENDING champion Bradley Weiss seeks to dish out another explosive performance in the off-road triathlon race around majestic Mayon Volcano as he banners a stellar field in the XTERRA Albay 2016 on February 7.
Weiss struck gold last year when the prestigious event had its maiden run in Albay province. And the South African ace determined as ever to set another coronation for himself with the world’s most perfect cone as backdrop.
Out to foil Weiss' bid are 2015 male pro third-placer Ben Allen of Australia, 2015 fourth placer Brodie Gardner also of Australia, Charlie Epperson of Guam, Michal Bucek of Slovakia, and the Philippines' own Joseph Miller.
The women’s pro crown, meanwhile, is up for grabs as 2015 winner Flora Duffy, the world titlist from Bermuda, has opted to skip this year’s event to concentrate on her bid for the Rio Olympics.
Australians Jacqui Slack, the runner-up last year, and third placer Dimity Lee Duke head the contenders in the distaff side along with Mieko Carey of Guam, who placed fourth last time.
Pros Lizzie Orchard, Taylor Charlton, Cameron Paul, Cameron O'Neal, and Jon Slaney are making their debut in the 2016 edition of the event organized and produced by Sunrise Events, Inc. and backed by Cetaphil, Columbia, Finisher Pix, Shotz Sports Nutrition, Timex, David’s Salon and official courier and logistics partner 2Go Express.
The race tests the participants in courses around Mayon that offer uniquely challenging terrain.
The 1.5K swim starts in the shores of Lidong in Mayon Rivera, where the water is calm and deep and the sands are black.
The 35K bike course features wide and open trails and provides breathtaking view of Mayon. It is a single loop point-to-point race passing through fire roads, grass fields, sands and rocky trails.
The 10K run follows the ATV route in Mayon passing through rocky and sandy areas, river bed, and grasslands with the finish line set at the famous Cagsawa Ruins.