Hawaii Beat


POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2008

Ruzafa, Dibens prevail on Maui

Spanish mountain biking champion Ruben Ruzafa edged Austria's Michael Wiess by 34 seconds to win the Xterra World Championship on Maui.

The 24-year-old finished the grueling 28-mile swimming, mountain biking and trail running competition in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 36 seconds.

Julie Dibens of England won the women's race in 3:03:57. Dibens finished a full minute ahead of runner-up Danelle Kabush of Canada after taking the lead from the start of the swim.

Eiler Alexander of Kaneohe was the first Hawaii finisher, completing the course in 3:04:43 to finish 45th overall.