Davies Dominates and Draper Tracks Down Rhodes at XTERRA Weston Park

Press Release / 16.05.2024
/ © XTERRA media

STAFFORDSHIRE, UK — Daisy Davies (GBR) dominated the women's Full Distance off-road triathlon, and Will Draper (GBR) secured victory in the men's race at the 2024 edition of XTERRA Weston Park, which unfolded on Saturday, May 11th.

Held in the expansive 1,000-acre private estate of Weston Park, the UK’s flagship race on the 2024 XTERRA World Tour delivered an intense showdown in its second year. The event kicked off with a calm lake swim, followed by fast and flowing mountain bike singletrack, and concluded with a heated, technical trail run under sunny skies with temperatures above 20°C. The presence of global elite athletes, local heroes, and passionate UK spectator support from across the region created a competitive atmosphere.

Course Description:

Swim (1.5K): The Full Distance race began with a two-lap, 1.5-kilometer swim in the estate's private lake. Organizers ensured the waters were clear and unobstructed, providing a smooth start for the competitors.

Bike (28K): After the swim, athletes took on a 28-kilometer bike course that covered two loops of the estate. The route combined wooded singletrack with fast-paced gravel tracks, allowing participants to fully experience the diverse terrain of Weston Park. The flat and fast sections early in the course enabled athletes to draft together, while the tight, twisty singletrack later in the route demanded careful line-following and close cooperation.

Run (10K): The race concluded with a course that was redesigned to increase the challenge significantly compared to the previous year. The new run course featured more technical singletrack, a scramble through a quarry, and a challenging ascent. This year's course nearly tripled the elevation gain of last year's, testing the athletes' endurance through the tough, technical terrain.

Course Insights From Race Winners:

Daisy Davies (GBR): “The bike & run courses [were] fairly technical with a mixture of free flowing trails and some gnarlier sections.”

Will Draper (GBR): “The course was a great mixture of terrain and speeds. It [became] technical when you start to ride it fast which makes it a great option for beginners to take the routes more controlled and the pros to race their hardest on.”

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