American triathlon legend Ben Hoffman is the reigning and two-time Outrigger Resorts Double award winner and on Sunday, at the XTERRA World Championship, he is looking to prove once again he is the best at both road – and off-road – triathlon.
The Outrigger Resorts Double award is given annually to the elite and amateur man and woman with the fastest combined XTERRA World Championship and Ironman Hawaii Championship time. It’s a challenge fit for the world’s leading endurance athletes as the two events are held just two weeks apart. Elites are awarded $2,500 and t
he top amateur man and woman win a 4-night stay at a Maui Outrigger Resort.
On October 14, 2017 in Kona, Hawaii at Ironman Worlds Hoffman finished 9th overall in 8:19:26, more than 30-minutes ahead of the next fastest elite men’s “doubler” Braden Currie, who came in at 8:50:05.
“I’m feeling good now, and just got back into a descent rhythm with my training,” said Hoffman.
“I would love to have a good performance and defend the double title from the past two years, and hopefully improve on my 7th place in Maui from last year.”
Last year, Hoffman finished 4th at Ironman Worlds in 8:13:00 and then 7th at XTERRA Worlds in 3:01:41 to win the double in a head-to-head battle against fellow Ironman and XTERRA great, Sebastian Kienle from Germany. Kienle was three minutes faster than Hoffman in Kona, where he finished second, but Hoffman was six minutes faster than Kienle in Maui. His combined time was 11:14:41, while Kienle combined for a 11:17:46.
“It’s almost the same amount of pain as Ironman, but packed into three hours instead of eight,” said Hoffman after last year’s XTERRA World Championship race. “It was crazy. It might as well have been an Ironman. It felt like some of those moments out there were slow-mo and a real grind. I was definitely calling on the Ironman strength that I had to get through that one.”
While Hoffman and Currie are the only two elite racers qualified to compete for the Double award this year, there are 17 amateur racers from all over the world taking on the challenge, including last year’s amateur men’s champion Pablo Ureta from Argentina. Ureta trails Philipp Widmann by 37-seconds going into Sunday’s race, and Kenji Takeya from Japan is another 12-minutes back. For the women, Verena Eisenbarth has a near 20-minute advantage on Ashley Robota from Arizona.
Here’s a look at the 2017 Outrigger Resorts Double Participants:
Boulder, CO, USA
PRO / Elite
Wanaka, New Zealand
PRO / Elite
La roche sur Foron, France
Tempe, AZ, USA
La Verne, CA, USA
Aiea, HI, USA
Honolulu, HI, USA
Olympia, WA, USA
Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
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