Michelle Parsons wins the inaugural Hispaman Xtreme Triathlon

Michelle Parsons Hispaman Xtreme Triathlon

Powerman Duathlon veteran gets ‘Xtreme’ in Spain

Image gallery from the first Hispaman Xtreme Triathlon

We featured the event last year (HERE), and on Saturday the Hispaman Xtreme Triathlon (www.hxtri.com) made its debut as the latest addition to the XTRI World Tour, following in the spirit of the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon.

Attracting athletes from 11 countries, Hispaman is a ‘back to the roots’ event providing a demanding course in the Xtreme mould, starting with the swim around the majestic Peñíscola’s Castle. The 180km bike leg included 3,500 metres of elevation gain and if that wasn’t enough, the mountain marathon added another 2,000metres of climbing, crossing the Natural Park of Penyagolosa until reaching the finish line in Vistabella del Maestrat.

“Beautiful but brutal” was how Great Britain’s Michelle Parsons described the bike course, while the marathon was “not exactly a run but mountaineering and hiking!’. A regular on the Powerman Duathlon scene in years past, Michelle is still going strong and uber fit at 52 and was the inaugural winner of the race.

To see what it is all about, check out the images from the race below.

Hispaman Xtreme Triathlon, Spain – Saturday 29th September 2018
3.8km / 180km / 42.2km

Men

1st – Rafael Espinar – 12:43:30
2nd – Raul Delgado – 12:55:12
3rd – Mikel Otaegi – 13:16:22

Women

1st -Michelle Parsons – 18:36:08
2nd – Djedjiga Kachenoura – 18:58:53
3rd – Linda Schonewille – 19:22:40

All images courtesy of José Luis Hourcade (www.joseluishourcade.com)

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The inaugural Hispaman Xtreme Triathlon gets underway
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Peñíscola’s Castle
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Start early, finish very late

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It would be a long day for supporters too

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Hispaman Xtreme Triathlon 2018
Djedjiga Kachenoura

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Hispaman Xtreme Triathlon 2018

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Michelle Parsons on the bike

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Thirsty work

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Hispaman Xtreme Triathlon 2018

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Gerard Morgado

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Victor Bernad would finish fourth
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Nicolas Sartoux

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Men’s winner, Rafael Espinar
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Great Britain’s Michelle Parsons was the first female finisher
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Athletes celebrate a very tough race