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Two-time Xterra World Champ Lesley Paterson Dominates Xterra France In First Attempt: Weekend Wrap-up

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Two-time XTERRA world champ Lesley Paterson (GBR) was victorious this past weekend in her debut at XTERRA France. The win in Xonrupt, France is Paterson’s third win of the season after claiming the top podium spots at XTERRA Tahiti and XTERRA Laguna Beach.

“The Scottish rocket soars again,” said the Human Interest Group Director Michael Cardoza. “Congrats to Lesley for her accomplishment at XTERRA France.”

“Defeating two previous course champions on her first attempt at XTERRA France shows that Les is fit and racing well, despite a hectic calendar this time of year. We can’t wait to see her in action later this fall at the world championship on Maui.”

Paterson started her race conservatively: she had a 20:21 swim time and managed a steady pace on the first loop of the bike course. On the second loop, however, Paterson powered to the lead spot that she kept through the remainder of the bike (2:24:09) and onto the run (51:09). Her final time of 3:38:39 was about four minutes ahead of the second place finisher.

“I felt great all day and just so grateful to be able to compete against great gals and in one of the best XTERRAs I’ve ever experienced! Roll on the rest of the summer!” Paterson told XTERRA after her race.

With the XTERRA World Championships in Maui on her horizon, Paterson is planning a summer of focused training and selected races, including XTERRA Italy in a few weeks.

XTERRA France

Lesley Paterson (GBR) 3:38:30

Renata Bucher (SUI) 3:42:48

Helena Erbenova (CZE) 3:48:04