XTERRA Mountain Championship & Beaver Creek Sprint


XTERRA Mountain Championship

XTERRA returns to Beaver Creek / Avon, CO for the 2015 XTERRA Mountain Championship.

XTERRA Mountain Championship events include a full-length XTERRA championship race, a shorter distance XTERRA Sprint race as well as 5/10/21km trail runs.

Paul Mitchell stylists will be on-site giving professional hair cuts in exchange for a $15 (or more) donation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation.  100% of the proceeds benefit CAF.




XTERRA Mountain Championship – 1 mile swim / 25km mountain bike / 9.3 km trail run

XTERRA Beaver Creek Sprint – .5 mile swim / 14.4km mountain bike / 4.9km trail run

XTERRA WETSUIT POLICY – If water temps drop below 70 degrees, wetsuits are required for age group racers. A final determination and official announcement will be made onsite. Please check the bulletin board at registration for updates.


A .5 or 1 mile swim in Avon’s Nottingham Lake will kick off the point-to-point race. This is a 1 or 2 lap, rectangular course and a 10 minute warm up is allowed before the race begins. The starting gun will be fired at 8:15am for sprint racers / 9:00 a.m for full XTERRA racers, with swimmers staged in waves. Average water temperature is between 67 and 71 degrees. Athletes will be given a plastic bag with a race number at registration/packet pick-up.  Please use this bag for all belongings used at T1 for transfer by Race Personnel to finish area in Beaver Creek Village.


You may pay $5 to pre-swim on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30-7:30pm only.

Other local “pay-per-swim” options include the Avon Recreation Center Pool, the Eagle-Vail Community Pool, and the Westin Pool.


After the swim, racers transition to the mountain bike course. Ride out to pavement and get ready to climb for 2,200 feet or 3,600 feet of elevation gain. The off-road uphill climb goes along the trails of Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead and Beaver Creek:

Riders leave T1 via the bike path around the north side of the Lake.

  • Turn left onto paved West Beaver Creek Blvd (Intersection will be marshaled during race)
  • Continue over railroad tracks and across HWY 6 (Police controlled intersection during race)
  • Turn left at skier parking lot and pick up a paved bike path at the end of the lot
  • Cross over Prater Road and hit the dirt at the top of the Riverfront Gondola
  • Total pavement leaving lake is approximately 1 mile – Great chance to get the legs cranking!
  • Follow trail at top of Gondola and cross under Lower BC Express chairlift. You are on the Elkhorn Trail (some steep climbs)
  • After you cross under the second lift, you will intersect the “Village to Village Trail”. This is where you will see the first Aid Station
  • Sprint Course racers will take a left onto “Village to Village Trail” at the Aid Station, immediately crossing over the paved road and follow signs to FINISH bike portion
  • Full Course racers will climb up the paved “Strawberry Park” road for .9 miles (Full XTERRA racers only)
  • After climbing the .9 miles, turn right onto “Daybreak Ridge Trail”. (Full XTERRA racers only)
  • At the high point on the trail, turn right onto “Primrose Trail”/ gravel service Road (Full XTERRA racers only)
  • At the top of the Arrowhead Lift, you will pass through descending to the West on askiway, just after you pass by the Arrowhead Yurt on the switchback, you will make a SHARP LEFT TURN onto a winding downhill single track “Arrowhead Mt. Trail” (Full XTERRA racers only)
  • When you intersect the “Village to Village Trail”, head back across Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch ski slopes, then back through the Aid Station (Full XTERRA racers only)
  • Cross over Strawberry Park paved road and follow signs on “Village to Village Trail”
  • Turn hard LEFT onto Beaver Lake Trail and connect to Alley’s Way.
  • Turn right at the gravel service road “Cinch” for a short, approx. .2 miles up to the “Cork Screw Trail”
  • Turn left off “Cinch” service road and descend into “Corkscrew” – singletrack switchbacks with small root drops
  • Continue on “Lower Corkscrew” singletrack / service roads into T2

Trail Run

Runners hit the trails for a 3 mile/ 5.75 mile run through aspen glades, along skyways andsingletrack, returning to the base of Beaver Creek Village for the post-race party! There is an elevation gain of 700 or 1,300 feet.

  • Exit T2 – a slight climb to service road under Chair 1 – Gondola
  • Cross Kiva skier bridge over paved road and turn left down hill, paralleling road
  • Turn Right onto “Buddie’s Way” single track, this turns into a double track skiway
  • Turn Left onto “Aspen Glade” singletrack
  • At “Cinch” service road, turn right, follow this down below the horse stables.
  • Just past the road bend below the stables, turn left onto “Village Loop” single track.
  • When you intersect “Cinch”, turn left. Sprint racers will then take an immediate right to the finish!
  • (New routing) Full XTERRA racers continue left on “Cinch” past an aid station and turn left up onto Dally Road after crossing over Beaver Creek
  • (New routing) Dally Road will take you to the Beaver Creek Maintenance Facility
  • You will join “Lost Buck Spur” singletrack.
  • As you cross under ski lift #12, follow “Stack-it” single track across then down hill.
  • Follow “Stack-it” below “Lost Buck” service road and the water tank.
  • When “Stack-it” intersects “Lost Buck”, take this service road to the bottom
  • Cross “Strawberry Park Skier Bridge” to Finish!




Mtn Championship Bike / Run Map Mtn Championship Bike / Run Map

Mtn Championship Bike / Run Map

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Transition 1, Set up and Aerial Swim View (PDF)

Transition 2 & Gear Drop Map (PDF)


Venture SportsVenture Sports, Avon is the official bike support of the XTERRA Mountain Championship and XTERRA Sprint

100 West Beaver Creek Blvd. Avon, CO 81620
(970) 949-1318



Swimming Conduct

4.1 Permissible Strokes. Swimmers may use any stroke to propel themselves through the water and may tread water or float.

4.2 Bottom Contact and Resting. A participant may stand on the bottom or rest by holding an inanimate object such as a buoy, boat, rope or floating object. Excluding the bottom, a participant shall not use any inanimate object to gain forward progress. A violation of this section shall result in a variable time penalty, unless the Head Referee in his/her sole discretion determines that (i) the violation was substantial and resulted in an unfair time advantage, or (ii) the violation constituted endangerment under Section 3.4(1).

4.3 Emergencies. A swimmer experiencing difficulty and in need of assistance shall raise an arm overhead, and pump it up and down, and call or seek assistance. A swimmer, who has received official assistance, whether voluntary or involuntary, must retire and withdraw from the remainder of the race unless such assistance did not aid the swimmer in making forward progress. No swimmer shall return to the race if the official rendering assistance requests that the participant withdraw from the race or receive medical assistance.

4.4 Wet suits. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite athletes at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.

4.5 Notice of Wet Suit Policy. The wet suit policy for any particular race shall be included on all race literature that is intended for distribution to potential participants. The wet suit policy shall conform to Section 4.4, unless a change is granted in compliance with Section 1.4. The wet suit policy on such literature shall include the following information, if applicable; a. Any changes from Section 4.4; b. Any specific restrictions on equipment; c. Any disparity between the wet suit policy for age group athletes and the policy for elite athletes.

4.6 Measuring Water Temperature. It is recommended, but not required that the water temperature for a race be finally determined by a measurement made within 2 hours of the race start. A water temperature measurement should also be taken prior to any pre-race meetings in order to forecast to the athletes as early as possible the likely water temperature on race day and the likelihood of whether wet suits will be allowed on race day.

4.7 Official Equipment. If provided by race management, a swimmer shall wear the proper official swim cap corresponding to his wave. The penalty for an infraction of this rule is a variable time penalty. For safety reasons if no official cap is provided, all swimmers should wear their own brightly colored swim cap.

4.8 Goggles. Swimmers may wear, but shall not be required to wear, swim goggles or face masks.

4.9 Illegal Equipment. Any swimmer wearing any artificial propulsion device, including but not limited to fins, gloves, paddles, or floating devices of any kind shall be disqualified.

Download full USAT competition rules


XTERRA WetsuitsYou can rent the fastest and most flexible triathlon wetsuit on the market. XTERRA Wetsuits is offering full or sleeveless wetsuit rentals. Extended rental periods are available.

Check them out at  http://www.xterrawetsuits.com/store/index.php/pro



Thursday, July 16 – Avon:
5:30-7:30pm Nottingham Lake open for community swim ($5)

Friday, July 17 – Beaver Creek Village:
2-8pm Late Registration and Packet Pickup
2-8pm Expo Open
5-6pm XTERRA University and Triathlon Race Briefing, presented by Paul Mitchell with XTERRA Pros Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy, and race director Chris Appleton.

Saturday, July 18:
6-7:30am Late Packet Pickup (Sorry, no day of race registration)
6:30-8am Transition Area Set-up (setup T2 first at Beaver Creek. Then bike to T1 or drive
to T1 parking and setup).
6:30-8am Body Marking at Nottingham Lake, Avon
7:30am T2 Closed for Sprint Athletes
8:00am T2 Closed for Championship Athletes
8:00am XTERRA Sprint Pre-race Briefing
8:05 am XTERRA Sprint Swim Warm-up
8:15 am XTERRA Sprint Race Start at Nottingham Lake
8:40am XTERRA Mountain Championship Pre-race Briefing
8:50am XTERRA Mountain Championship Swim Warm-up
9:00 am XTERRA Mountain Championship Race Start (waves TBD) at Nottingham Lake
9:30-2pm XTERRA Expo Open at Beaver Creek Resort
9:30-2pm XTERRA Trail Run Registration/Packet Pickup Open
9:45am First place Sprint Finisher Expected
10am-2pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, benefit for the Challenged Athlete Foundation
11:15am First XTERRA Championship Finisher Expected
11:30am Post Race Barbeque and Party
12:30pm XTERRA Kids Sprint – free (enter at XTERRA Registration)
1:00pm T2 Cut-off.
1:00pm XTERRA Mountain Championship/Sprint Award Presentation

Sunday, July 19 – Beaver Creek Village
7:00-8:00am XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run Late Registration/Packet Pickup
8:00am-12pm XTERRA Expo Open
8:00 am XTERRA 20K Trail Run Start
8:15am XTERRA 10K Trail Run Start
8:20am XTERRA 5K Trail Run Start
8am-12pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, benefit for the Challenged Athlete Foundation
9:30am XTERRA 5K Trail Run Awards Ceremony
10:00am XTERRA 10K Trail Run Awards Ceremony
10:30am XTERRA Kids Sprint – free (enter at XTERRA Registration)
11:00am XTERRA 20K Trail Run Awards Ceremony



  • Pros race for a $15,000 pro purse
  • Age groupers battle for 50 slots to the World Championship (see chart below)
  • Top amateur finishers earn points toward their standings in the XTERRA America Tour

Top finishers at Mountain Championship race are awarded slots to the XTERRA World Championship in Kapalua, Maui based on the following age group allocations.

Division Male Female
15-19 1 1
20-24 2 2
25-29 2 2
30-34 3 2
35-39 3 2
40-44 3 2
45-49 3 2
50-54 3 2
55-59 2 2
60-64 2 2
65-69 2 2
70-74 1 1
75+ 1


Distance:.5 mile swim / 9 mile mountain bike / 3 mile trail run

The XTERRA Sprint race is a half-distance race run on the same course and day as the championship race. The race is a great opportunity for new competitors, or for those who want a less-demanding XTERRA experience.

XTERRA Beaver Creek 5/10/21km Trail Runs

The XTERRA Runs at Beaver Creek are adventurous, fun and challenging. From a 5km around Beaver Creek resort to a more challenging 10km or 21km – XTERRA has a challenge just for you.

More Information

XTERRA University

Paul MitchellGet ready to XTERRA with the sport’s best.

XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell, offers competitors a chance to take in last-minute advice and pointers from some of the best off-road multisport athletes in the sport.

The FREE sessions target improved swimming, biking and trail running techniques plus dealing with the specifics of the Richmond course. There will be time for Q&A with the pros during each session. All classes will be held at the race compound at Brown’s Island.

Paul Mitchell Cut-a-Thon

Racing makes you feel good – Paul Mitchell makes you look good! Make a donation to charity and get a professional cut on the spot. No appointment necessary, just come on down.


Hotel Accommodations

East West ResortsEast-West Resorts Beaver Creek

1, 2 or 3 bedroom condominiums offering 20% off two nights or more to XTERRA participants and guests. Includes Highlands Lodge, Highlands Westview, Ridgepoint Townhomes and The Ascent.

Information and rates: http://www.eastwestbeavercreek.com/Xterra-Beavercreek

Rental Car Discount for XTERRA Athletes

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Join us for an exciting morning of XTERRA racing at the XTERRA

Please email or call the XTERRA Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@xterraplanet.com.  



Rick Kent and his team of photographers from Enduro Photo are the official athlete photographer of the XTERRA America Tour. Athlete photos will be available shortly after the race.

You can request to be notified when your photos will be ready at www.myxterraphotos.com.

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For questions or more information, call toll-free 1-877-751-8880 or email info@xterraplanet.com


Registration fee includes an event T-shirt and post-race refreshments.

A USA Triathlon license is required. Single-day licenses are available for $12 through XTERRA registration.

Note: You must be present to receive your award. Awards will not be mailed after the event.


2014 Championship Results

2014 Sprint Results

2013 Championship Results

2013 Sprint Results

2012 Championship Results

2012 Sprint Results