Ben Allen’s Quest for Xterra World Champion Continues
After winning the Asian tour, Xterra champion Ben Allen started the European season in Cieza Spain last week. He came up just short behind winner Ruben Ruzafa. Status Quo: Five victories and two second places at the Xterra World Tour. Ben is highly motivated and looks forward to the upcoming races. Read how he felt after the competition last weekend:
Ben, congratulations on another fantastic performance and your second place. How did you feel on the race morning? Thank you. I felt good in the morning before the race. I was very relaxed and confident that I had done everything possible to perform at my best. How did you view your competition? Anyone who steps on that line has the opportunity to win the race. There were former Xterra world champions and a strong European contention, which meant that the race was going to be fierce and fast. You needed to be ready as soon as the gun went. What was your objective? Put together a perfect race. Fight hard to the end and never give up. It was the first Xterra race in the heart of Cieza, Spain. What was the atmosphere like? It felt great to participate in the first Xterra race there. Many locals came down to watch and cheer athletes on throughout the whole race. The organisation and volunteers did an amazing job to accommodate every athlete’s need and provided an awesome Xterra experience. Let’s have a closer look at the race and your performance: How did the swim go? As the gun goes I tried to start very strong to fight for clear water. Once into clear water, I settled into my rhythm and began to feel comfortable, relaxed and swam my race. How long did it take you to get into the flow of the bike? As soon as I jumped on my bike I instantly tied to settle into a nice cadence, concentrated on my breathing and the rocky and technical terrain ahead. How was the transition from bike to running? It was very fast and furious (laughs). It was exciting to come off the bike. The adrenaline was pumping and the crowd was cheering me on. I tried to stay in control of my emotions and to stay in the zone to give myself every possible chance of having a speedy second transition.
How was the run? Stepping out of the transition my legs began to realise I was no longer riding and I needed to find my stride straight away. The course was very challenging with a couple of steep climbs and some very technical descents. My On Cloudracers were perfect for the challenging terrain. Very stable and light - they guide my foot naturally over the undulating terrain. How did you feel after you crossed the finish line? I felt very satisfied with my performance. I was able to put together a solid race in all three disciplines and enjoyed the opportunity to perform in front of a wonderful Spanish crowd. But it wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support from my family, friends and sponsors. You are my dream providers. Thank you! What’s next for you? 2nd Round of the Xterra European World Championship Tour in Greece on June, 15th. A few days ago Ben and his girlfriend and Xterra champ Jacqui Slack arrived at Lake Plastira in Greece and are now preparing for their race on Saturday. They had a look at their course and are enjoying the amazing scenery at Lake Plastira. It’s the first Xterra in Greece and has attracted 23 top professionals and 200 amateur athletes from all around the world. The whole On team wishes Ben and Jacqui best of luck.