Sunday December 8th summary:
With participants from 45 different countries jumping from a ferry boat in the dark early hours before the crack of dawn,the first edition of Patagonman Xtri started this last Sunday, December 9th in the cold waters of the Aysen Fjord in the Chilean Patagonia.
It was a glorious day in Patagonia for the competitors, especially for the young Mauricio Mendez. The former XTerra World Champion was the first to cross the finish line, ring the Patagonman bell and earned the fantastic prize of a luxury cruise in and icebreaker ship to Antarctica for two people with Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures.
Allan Hovda from Norway, three times Norseman champion, came second and the local athlete José Luis “Pipo” Rodriguez ended up third. Remarkable was the job done by Rodriguez, an Olympic cyclist from Chilean Patagonia, who decided to participate in this race, just a year ago.Having only 8 months to learn how to swim and to practice his run, the local athlete made the podium in his first triathlon everand having of course the fastest bike of the day.
Not less impressive was Lucy Gossage from the UK. After winning 12 Ironman races in her career, she came to Patagonia to race for last time in her life as a professional triathlete and she took the first place among the women, to seal a very successful year!
The competition was full of wonders, having a rough swim in the dark ocean, cycling against the famous Patagonian winds and running in one of the most stunning and tough triathlon running courses on the planet.
Athletes are absolutely amazed by the organization, the local authorities embraced the race as one of the major events that has ever taken place in this remote region of Aysén and the people are already queuing for next year event, which apparently will open lottery registrations in January 2019.