Welcome to the 2009 season. This 10th year of the Tour will mark the biggest changes ever and we want to let you know early, what those changes will be.
First and foremost are the bigger Championship events will now be called the XTERRA Regional Cup series and instead of having just 4 big races with slots for Maui (Temecula, Pelham, Richmond, Utah in 2008) we will now have Eight (8) major events – one in each region – that will award the higher points AND give you a chance to qualify for the World Championship on Maui. The pros will be invited to the Cup series races and each will have a pro purse. Pro points are given only at the 8 Regional Cup events and pros, for 2009, will count the best 5 of the 8 plus the finals in September.
How you become a champion is also changed. Each region now has at least 6 races and we have over 50 races throughout the nation. For 2009 you will count your best three (3) finishes. You must count one (1) event from your region in your total.
The XTERRA staff will be at each of the 8 Regional Cup events, although in fewer number than usual. But you’ll get that same pumping feeling you get by seeing loads of competitors and friends and we have some fantastic new places for you to race at; and now closer to home.
The USA Championship is on the same late September date as always but is now in Ogden; for years home of the Mountain Championship. The Mountain Cup event will be at Beaver Creek, CO.
We hope you’ll like this new format. It gives each of you double the chances to get to Maui and for the USA champs, we are increasing the number of people in some age groups that will be invited All the rules and regs will be published on the website for those of you who want the details.
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Each Cup location will offer a variety of activities including:
Other competitive events such as trail runs, mtb races, duathlons, swims, paddling events, adventure races and more
XTERRA University clinics presented by Paul Mitchell
Paul Mitchell Cut-A-Thon to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)
Great parties afterwards
Teasing the XTERRA crew as usual!
Professionals racing in the XTERRA Cup Series can drop three races from their point total, thus counting five of eight events plus the USA Championship in Utah towards their final score. The XTERRA USA Championship race will have a $20,000 race purse, and will also award $60,000 to the top overall points leaders in the Series. Combined with the $105,000 purse awarded at the XTERRA World Championship, there will be more than a quarter-million dollars up for grabs in the U.S. next year.
Prize money for the XTERRA Cup Pro Points Series and World Championship is $265,000.
$10,000 at each of the 8 XTERRA Cup Series events
$20,000 at the XTERRA USA Championship
$60,000 for the top men and women for the XTERRA America Tour Series
$100,000 for the XTERRA World Championship
$5,000 for the Hawaiian Airlines Double
1. XTERRA Cup Series (XCS)
$10,000 at each of the XCS races:
2. XTERRA USA Championship in Ogden / Snowbasin, Utah - $20,000 total
3. XTERRA America Tour Pro Series - $60,000 total
4. XTERRA World Championship - $100,000 total
The top 15 pro men and women at each event are awarded points based on overall PRO finish. Pros can drop three of their scores from the eight XTERRA Cup series races, but must count points they get (or don't get) at nationals in Ogden, UT. The final point total combines the best five scores of eight events plus the USA Championship. Points are awarded as follows:
Pros do not need to qualify to race. Pros wishing to race on Maui should present their credentials to the race director via email.
Best combined time from Ironman and XTERRA World Championship. Awards a total of $5,000 to the top male and female finishers ($2,500 each).
Licensed, professional athletes may enter and compete in the National Championship races. Any person wanting to enter must furnish proof that they have been accepted as a professional by a recognized multi-sport governing body. Examples of this are:
USA Cycling (road, cyclocross, track or mountain bike)
Any national governing body for triathlon
Any national governing body for cycling
The athlete must present a current card marked clearly and legibly. Without proof of being licensed as a professional, no athlete may compete in the pro category.
The Race Director may, at his discretion, allow an athlete to compete as a pro from time to time.
USA Triathlon licenses elite athletes based on a series of qualification criteria. You can find this information at http://usatriathlon.org/content/index/670.
Questions should be directed to Katie Baker, USA coordinator at email@example.com.
Athletes holding elite licenses in cycling, running, swimming or that have participated in the Olympics in the past 10 years can be eligible by writing to Dave Nicholas firstname.lastname@example.org and presenting their qualifications.
Foreign athletes who wish to compete in the USA as an elite must get approval and be able to show proof of their standing by emailing Dave Nicholas at email@example.com. Foreign athletes may also apply to USA Triathlon for a Foreign Elite License for the year.
Every person who races must have a valid USATriathlon membership or purchase a one day membership before being allowed to compete.
By now you’ve looked at and heard about the 2009 XTERRA Regional Cup series events. But what exactly made it happen and how does it affect the age group or pro athlete?
For the past several years we’ve had 4 or 5 big national events around the country. But XTERRA has 8 regions that our age group athletes compete in. It simply didn’t seem fair.
XTERRA is fortunate to have dozens of great local race directors around the country. We decided to focus on making one of these great, points races in each region a Cup Series event. The idea was to have 8 big races rather than 4. To give everybody a chance to qualify for Maui a little closer to home, a chance to showcase your sport with a big event but without the cost of traveling.
So here we go and we’re looking to you to come and support the new series and make it grow. These are the features:
Each cup race will have pro athletes competing for the USA Pro Series title
Each cup race will pay a $10,000 pro purse
Each cup race will award 35 guaranteed slots, plus 6 Challenged Athlete slots to Maui
Each cup race will pay bonus points in each age group towards your regional championship
*Pro Athlete slots are additional.
*Pros apply directly to Dave Nicholas firstname.lastname@example.org
At these races you’ll see familiar faces from the tour staff, the tents, the music, the flags, the banners. If you loved Richmond we’ll be there. But we also will be in Battle Creek, Michigan and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont and near Spokane and C’oeur d’Alene in Idaho. That gives our racers in New York, New England and the Pacific west a chance to go against the best and do it close to home. For those of you who like excuses to travel – there are 6 new places to come and race.
We’ve had a wonderful run in Tahoe for 7 years and for 2009 we change the USA finals to the former site of our Mountain championship in Ogden at Snowbasin Resort. So Be Happy, Don’t Worry and keep in mind one of the Kahuna’s 17 great rules of life that states “the only thing that never changes is that everything changes”.
Jump in and Live More.
Our interactive age group reports let you sort through the standings for different regions, age groups, division and more! There's nothing to download and it's easy to use. Click on any division below to get started. Points are usually published online Monday / Tuesday after the race. If you have questions about your points, please call the Points Series Hotline at 828-669-6753.