“O Canada” was the anthem in Incline Village, Nev., as Canadians Mike Vine and Melanie McQuaid dominated the pro classes of the XTERRA USA Championship, which pitted some of the world’s best endurance athletes in a grueling swim, bike ride and run at Lake Tahoe’s high altitude.
Incline Village local Seth Wealing also showed strong, coming in second in the men’s professional class.
In all, more than 300 mostly amateur athletes made the trek to Lake Tahoe for the annual XTERRA event, the crown jewel in a series that tests athleticism, endurance and will power. More than a triathlon, the race demands cycling and running skills – pushed to the limits for close to three hours. Luckily for the athletes, Tahoe’s North Shore offered relatively warm temperatures, sunny skies and some enthusiastic fans.
The event also honored the spirit of 5-time XTERRA USA Champ and now cancer-stricken athlete Jamie Whitmore, who was presented the XTERRA Warrior award at dinner the night before the Sunday race.