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Lesley Paterson, Mauricio Mendez Conquer Xterra Italy Terrain To Capture 1st Place Victories: Weekend Wrap-up

XTERRA Italy’s steep and rugged course was no match for XTERRA world champion Lesley Paterson (GBR) and triathlon phenom Mauricio Mendez (MEX) as both took 1st place at the competition held this past weekend. This is the third victory of the year for Paterson, and the first for Mendez in his professional career.

“Great job, Lesley and Mau!” said Michael Cardoza, Human Interest Group Director. “Their strong performances on the infamous XTERRA Italy terrain show how Les and Mau are ready for whatever these off-road races throw at them.”

“This victory in Italy marks Lesley’s 15th XTERRA career win, and she keeps getting stronger and faster year by year despite injuries and other setbacks. We’re all keen to see Lesley arrive at the championships on Maui this year in prime condition.”

“Since finishing fourth and fifth at XTERRA’s World Championships as the youngest pro in the past two years, Mau has been committed to ongoing improvement in his training. Even though Mau’s pro career is still young, he deserved this victory. We’re extremely proud of him.”

Lesley Paterson

Though trailing the leader about one minute after the swim, Lesley Paterson quickly took control of the race on the bike and never slowed down. On the second of the two loops, Paterson powered into the biggest climb of the course with a 3:25 advantage. She finished the bike and started the 10k trail run with more than eight minutes ahead of her closest competitor, eventually gaining a 14-minute lead only after 5k on the run. Paterson crossed the finish line with a time of 3:15:59, almost 15 minutes ahead of the runner-up.

The victory in Italy comes after 1st place finishes at XTERRA France and Laguna Beach. Paterson has not committed to any races before settling into a training block in preparation for the XTERRA World Championships this October.

Mauricio Mendez

Mendez exited the swim as part of the lead pack and remained a top contender throughout the race. On the bike, Mendez easily tore through the mountain ascents and entered T2 with a 1:30 gap to fill to re-take the top spot. A strong technical runner, Mendez caught up and passed his closest competition when the course hit a challenging 200m+ climb over 1km. The 20-year-old remained in the lead run position to take the XTERRA Italy victory with a 2:49:37.

With XTERRA Italy under his belt, the twenty-year-old Mendez resumes the European Tour with races in Poland, Sweden, Germany, and Denmark.

“I am so happy with this win and am stoked for what is to come,” Mendez said after the significant victory.

XTERRA ITALY (1.5 km swim, 30 km mountain bike, 10.4 km trail run)

Lesley Paterson (GBR) 3:15:59

Helena Erbenova (CZE) 3:29:01

Renata Bucher (SUI) 3:37:15

XTERRA ITALY (1.5 km swim, 30 km mountain bike, 10.4 km trail run)

Mauricio Mendez (MEX) 2:49:37

Sam Osborne (NZL) 2:53:15

Karl Shaw (GBR) 2:53:56

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