Middaugh Wins Winter Nats

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Midway, Utah – Felt Xterra Triathlete Josiah Middaugh won the USAT Winter Nationals Triathlon.  The 32-year-old American posted the fastest bike split en route to victory.
The Winter National Triathlon is unique event comprised of a 5k run, 10k mountain bike, and 8k cross country ski.  Middaugh was pushed early in the race by two-time defending champion Brian Smith, who took off quickly at the gun.  Middaugh pulled Smith back, and finished the run with a lead of 8 seconds.   On the bike, Middaugh extended his lead to over a minute and recorded the fastest bike split of the day.  Middaugh maintained his lead through the ski portion, and took the win by a margin of 45 seconds.
“The Felt Nine Team handled the snow very well with wide tires and low psi and I posted the fastest bike split by more than a minute,” Middaugh said after the race.  “My winter computrainer sessions seem to be paying off.  Although the ski is not my specialty, I held it together for the win the third fastest ski split of the day.”