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November 9, 2012

XTERRA World Champ: Team Magellan Athlete Wins

by katiejohnsen

Two weeks ago in tropical Maui, Hawaii more than 800 athletes from around the world including professionals and amateurs were at the start line for the annual XTERRA World Championship. This event is described as the world’s premier off-road triathlon, consisting of a 1-mile rough water swim, an 18.89-mile mountain bike and a 5.9 mile trail run. To get an idea, imagine running through tropical pineapple fields and forests- not to mention there was a tsunami warning the night before, so the ocean was pretty wild!

After 5 previous attempts at the race, Magellan athlete Oliver Shaw was ready to go and hoping to win an event he’s trained for all year. He trained using  Switch Up. “It’s really convenient that I’m able to use the same monitor for running, biking and swimming, and be able to use it as a watch and on my bike handlebars!” Oliver, better known as Olly, is a 20-year-old XTERRA and Half-Ironman amateur athlete and had a great start to the race. “Out onto the bike, I quickly found a rhythm and started picking people off…wasn’t long until I started passing a lot of the pros so that gave me a huge boost (we started around 2 minutes behind)!”

Olly had a really good 2nd half as he and another athlete in his age group, Graham Norman, broke away and were the first into transition for amateur racers. “Graham took off and I told myself to find a rhythm and to back my climbing on the run and technical downhill skills.” Sure enough, Graham started slowly pulling back, and Olly was able to pull ahead.
Since Olly knew he was in the lead, the last 5k were intense, “I kept within myself, and kept thinking about nutrition and hydration.”

Olly won his age group and placed 2nd amateur overall. Despite still being an amateur, his race time would’ve put him in the top 25 of the Pro athlete’s race. “Running down the finish chute was amazing and I will never forget it!”

With a final time of 2:42:49 and leaving this time as a World Champ, Olly can now relax and look forward to the next race. Congratulations from all of us at Magellan, Olly!

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