2014 marks the 14th year of racing in the XTERRA America Tour, and here is an overview of how the nation’s premier off-road triathlon series works;
The America Tour is comprised of 70 XTERRA Point Series races (XPS) and five XTERRA Championship Series (XCS) races – also known as the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series. Amateurs are welcome at XCS events, and can earn more points at these races because, generally, participation is higher and the courses are tougher. New this year we have one Women’s-Only race, the XTERRA Steamboat Springs off-road tri in Colorado on August 31. We also have four “Epic” distance races that feature a one-mile swim, 30-to-35 mile mountain bike, and 9-to-11 mile trail run for those that like to go long.
XTERRA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (U.S. PRO SERIES)
All four regional championship venues from 2013 return in 2014, as does the USA Championship in Ogden, Utah.
Follow the registration links below for more information on each:
April 13 – XTERRA West Championship – Lake Las Vegas, NV
May 17 – XTERRA Southeast Championship – Pelham, AL
June 15 – XTERRA East Championship – Richmond, VA
July 19 – XTERRA Mountain Championship – Beaver Creek, CO
Sep 20 – XTERRA USA Championship – Ogden, UT
For Pros: The top 15 pros at each championship event are awarded points based on overall pro finish. Pros count their best three-of-four regional scores plus the points they get (or don’t get) at the XTERRA USA Championship. Thus, the final point total combines the best three scores in the first four races, plus the USA Championship race points. He/she with the most points in the end is declared the U.S. Pro Series Champ. The U.S. Series will dish out $140,000 in prize money: $15,000 at each regional championship race, $20,000 at the USA Championship, and $60,000 to the top overall points scorers in the Series. Note: The XTERRA World Championship on Oct. 26 in Maui is a stand-alone event worth $100,000.
For Amateurs: The XTERRA America Tour is designed to provide age group athletes (amateurs) with a bona-fide championship to compete for within their geographic region. At the end of the regular season the top performers in each of eight regions are invited to compete against other athletes their same age – but from different regions – at the national championship in Utah on Sept. 20.
Here’s how the Series works:
1) CHOOSE REGION: There are eight regions, determined by a competitor’s primary residence at the time of their first race.
2) DETERMINE YOUR DIVISION/AGE GROUP: “XTERRA Age” is based on a competitor’s age on December 31, 2014. Athletes compete in the following age categories: 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+ (women), 65-69 (men), 70-74 (men), and 75+ (men). We also have Pro and Physically Challenged Divisions.
3) RACE AND SCORE: Series competitors race for points at their choice of events – including XTERRA Points Series (XPS) races & XTERRA Championship Series (XCS) races. Competitors can enter as many events as they’d like but just their best four finishes count towards their total points score. Competitors are required to race in at least one event in their region, and must COUNT two events in their region. Note: You don’t have to race in two, but you have to count two in your region. Bottom line, to play the game (to qualify for nationals and win a regional championship) you have to race in at least one event in your region, and everything more than that is gravy and increases your chances of scoring points and winning.
4) COUNT ‘EM UP: Points are awarded to the top 15 finishers in each age group at each race. Athletes can earn more points at championship series races because, generally, participation is higher and the courses are tougher. If an athlete races at more than one championship event, only the best finish counts at full points. Any other finishes earn points at the same rate as the XTERRA Points Series races. See the points allocation at xterraplanet.com.
5) BECOMING A REGIONAL CHAMP: At the end of the regular season in late August, the athlete with the most points – by gender, by division, by region – earns the title of XTERRA Regional Champion. In addition, the highest points scorers in each region are invited to compete for a national title at the XTERRA USA Championship in Utah. See breakdown of invites.
Note: All XTERRA America Tour events are sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the national governing body of multisport in the United States. As such all athletes are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the USAT. Details available at usatriathlon.org.
The XTERRA Points Series races are a collection of independently produced off-road triathlons owned and operated by local promoters, while the championship series events are bigger races with pro purses on full-length courses operated by TEAM Unlimited / XTERRA.