|Homestays, bikes needed for XTERRA, Tagaman|
|Friday, 01 February 2013 05:38|
By Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter | Saipan Tribune
The 2013 XTERRA Saipan Championship will be held on March 9, while the 2013 Tagaman Triathlon is set for March 16 and with some off-island athletes confirmed to join both competitions, having hosts for their two-week stay on Saipan will be very much appreciated.
“We need at least 6 volunteers for homestays. I have done this many years and I can tell you first hand it is a great experience. Our homestays are very low maintenance, usually riding their bikes to where ever they need to go. We usually do casual dinners at home and they like to get to bed early so they can get up early to train,” said Northern Marianas Islands Triathlon Federation/SASC Saipan Adventure Sports Club president Russ Quinn in an email circulated to NMITF members.
Quinn added that offering “homestays” is what makes XTERRA Saipan different from the other legs in the XTERRA World Tour. He said the event was called XTERRA's Crown Jewel because Saipan is great with taking care of visiting triathletes.
“Each year the event gets bigger with more pros coming and more age groupers visiting to try the race they hear about from others,” the NMITF head said.
Besides the homestays, Quinn said visiting triathletes will also need bikes.
“We need 3 or 4 bikes, some road and some mountain to loan to competitors who plan on doing both events, but cannot bring two bikes. Again I've done this with my road bike and they have taken great care of it and returned it in better shape than when I lent it to them. So if you have a bike that is decent and you are not going to do one of the races, please consider lending it, But we need to know soon,” Quinn said.
Around 100 are expected to compete in XTERRA Saipan, including three pros who will be making their debut in next month's event. South Africa's Dan Hugo and Bradley Weiss and Scotland's Rory Downie, through their websites, have confirmed they are making a stop on Saipan to complete XTERRA's Asia Tour, which will begin in the Philippines (March 2) and end in Guam (March 23).
The three competitive pros will be battling the men's championship against former XTERRA Saipan winner Sam Gardner of United Kingdom and France's Olivier Marceau and defending champion Ben Allen of Australia.
Taga, Inc., which is organizing both XTERRA and Tagaman, is expecting to get a few more pros and a lot of age group participants this month when registration for both events gets into full swing. Registration for XTERRA will be until March 6 (11:59pm) while Tagaman's is on March 12. Early registration is encouraged to get discounted rates.