LEAMINGTON triathlete Peter Hawkins, who earlier this year won the Stratford Sprint Triathlon, is now focusing his efforts on a race further afield after successfully qualifying for the XTERRA World Championships in Maui, Hawaii.
Hawkins, 32, earned his place to the 2012 World Championships earlier this month through impressive results in both the Czech Republic and Germany XTERRA World Tour series races, where he was up against some of Europe’s best triathletes.
Hawkins, who finished 3rd and 2nd respectively in his age category in the Czech Republic and Germany races, was delighted with the results and is now focusing his training on the big event which takes place at the end of October and involves over 500 competitors from around the world.
XTERRA is the world’s premier off-road triathlon and combines a one mile rough ocean swim with a gruelling 20 mile mountain bike section on the slopes of the mighty Haleakala Volcano.
The bike course involves more than 3,000 feet of climbing over rock strewn paths, gnarly golf ball sized gravel, hard packed lava and deep silt.
Then it is off the bike and straight into a six mile off- road, endurance trail run where athletes will find energy sapping soft sand, many more hills, a dozen different surfaces to cross and then a welcome finish line on Hawaii’s stunning ocean front.
Hawkins, who works at Jaguar Land Rover as an engineer, has been competing in XTERRA races for the last four years qualifying for the legendary World Championships twice before, where he finished first and second in his category.
In the 2008 race he won riding a carbon and aluminium bike built at home by himself and his brother, James.
Hawkins said:“Maui is a true championship course. It combines all the aspects a good course should, with long, tough climbs coupled with fast, technical descents all set around amazing, natural scenery.
“Being a qualify-only event, XTERRA attracts world-class athletes and I am very much looking forward to returning to Hawaii to contest this year’s race.”
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Peter Hawkins on his was to victory in an XTERRA qualifying race. (s)
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