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New on the XTERRA America Tour – Win Your Region, Go To Maui!

The race is on to earn a coveted XTERRA World Championship slot by winning your regional championship.  Pursuit of National and even a Pan American Championship title is also on the line.  Our nationwide network of races is the key.

The more you race, the more points you collect and the more likely you are to win a Regional Championship.  We will count your best four finishes – including two in region.  To be considered for a Regional Championship, you must do one race in region.  All Regional Champions in every XTERRA region will qualify for Maui.

And the grand finale of the U.S. season is the Pan American Championship in Ogden, Utah.  All are welcome to race, and in addition to Americans, we expect to welcome competitors from South America, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.  The fastest athletes in Utah will earn the title of Pan American Champion and the fastest Americans earn the title of U.S. Champion.

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Summertime in South Africa

The XTERRA racing season is in full swing in South Africa right now. Last weekend they hosted the XTERRA Buffelspoort in the North West Province and this weekend they make their debut at Nelson Mandela Bay.

At the center of all the action is South African racing star Bradley Weiss, who defended his title at Buffelspoort on Saturday and has his mind set on a South Africa Series sweep.

“I have had a great start to the year this past weekend and I would love to continue building on this momentum,” said Weiss. “Goals for 2016 include winning our National Championships at XTERRA Grabouw in February and with it the inaugural SA XTERRA Series.”

Next up for Weiss is the new XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay race on Saturday.

According to Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports, it will not be a traditional XTERRA SA Event.  “While XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay won’t feature an Urban course, it will have a ‘City Feel’ to it.  The event will also feature an ocean swim this has been missing from XTERRA SA for a few years now.  We’re excited by the new dynamic that the venue brings to the sport of XTERRA and look forward to hosting a memorable event.”

“Entrants can expect a unique XTERRA experience, the routes in Baaken’s Valley and Happy Valley will guarantee this,” says Hendrico Burger, Route Manager. “XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay will start off with an ocean swim. From here XTERRA Full contenders will need to overcome a 25km MTB course.  The first 2km has its own unique set of ‘city like’ obstacles in the form of railway tracks and steps. The Baaken’s River Valley, however, will break the city feel with its fast-paced single tracks and unique cliffs.  Although the trails aren’t extremely technical, riders can expect a few surprises. Prepare for a lot of short steep granny gear climbs.”

South Africa’s premier off-road triathlon will start and finish at Kings Beach. With four events to choose from: an XTERRA Kids on the Friday, followed by the XTERRA Full on the Saturday and the XTERRA Lite and PUMA Trail Run on the Sunday, there will be no lack of excitement this weekend.

Learn all about XTERRA South Africa, get race results, videos, and images at http://www.stillwatersports.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/XTERRASouthAfrica/

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Psst! XTERRA is Awesome, Pass it On!

Over the past 20 years thousands of athletes have discovered the thrill of running trails and racing off-road with XTERRA.

In 2016 the goal is to get thousands more into the sport and expose the “Live More” lifestyle to a whole new generation of athletes.

“XTERRA is a great way to discover your own backyard, increase your fitness, live longer, and meet some really great people,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.

To help newcomers get started this season XTERRA will roll out a 3-month “couch to trail” training program hosted by XTERRA veteran Amy Eck, post bi-monthly training tips from XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh, and produce beginner and family-friendly super-sprint distance races.

The new beginner race, dubbed the “Xticer” (with thanks to our friends at XTERRA Guam) combines a 200-meter swim with a 10-Kilometer (6.2-mile) mountain bike, and 2km (1.2-mile) trail run.

Xticer races will be held at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama on May 21, and Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado on July 16 and it’s just $30 to enter right now.

There are more than 100 more options to race XTERRA at all kinds of distances and environments around the world.  Find a race near you at www.xterraplanet.com.

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Shonny V’s Next Adventure

XTERRA World Champion Shonny Vanlandingham may be “retired” but she’s not slowing down.

“I was recently asked to join this group of inspiring women on a mission to Nepal to help with their recovering economy,” said Vanlandingham.

Endure Nepal, a women’s mountain bike documentary, is using mountain biking as a vehicle to help the relief efforts in Nepal.

“I am honored to be a part of the Endure Nepal,” said Vanlandingham. “I will be able to utilize my degree in nutrition to help feed the people of Nepal through the greenhouse projects and use my background as a professional XTERRA and mountain bike racer as a platform to bring exposure through the film to others around the world.”

Shonny and the other members of the Endure Nepal team will ride Rocky Mountain Sherpa 650B+ bikes to a remote village in the Langtang Valley in Nepal to start a self-sustaining greenhouse project in the area. The project will help provide better nutrition and economic empowerment to the people of the region.

Film festival showings and sales of the finished full-length feature film will go toward the continued building of greenhouses and community recovery efforts from the devastating earthquakes of 2015. Endure Nepal is in the final days of a Kickstarter to raise funds for the project, where 65.5 cents of every dollar raised will go directly into Nepal. You can learn more and donate here.

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XTERRA Early-Bird Rates End Jan. 31st

From now until January 31 XTERRA is offering early-bird prices on registration rates for its championship races and the trail runs held at select venues.

Rates start at just $85 for the full length off-road tris ($110 for teams), $55 for Sprint races ($70 for Sprint teams), $30 for the new “€œXticer”€ beginner off-road tris, and $40 for 21km trail runs, $30 for 10km races, and $20 for 5km runs.

Follow the registration links below for more information:
May 21-22 – XTERRA Oak Mountain – Pelham, AL
July 16-17 – XTERRA Beaver Creek – Avon, CO
Sep 17-18 – XTERRA Pan American Championship – Ogden, UT (Championship rates start at $150)
Oct. 22 – XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs – Kapalua, Maui
Dec. 4 – XTERRA Trail Run Worlds – Kaaawa, HI

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Swiss XTERRA to Host ETU Champs

The 2016 XTERRA Switzerland Championship race to be held June 25 in Vallee de Joux will double as the European Triathlon Union Cross Triathlon European Championship race.

“This is very good news for XTERRA Switzerland,” exclaimed race organizer Laurent Ardiet.  “This means the various titles of European champion will be awarded right here at Vallee de Joux, providing yet another reason for athletes from across Europe to participate in this great event.”

It’s the first time the ETU, the European governing body for Triathlon, has designated an XTERRA race as its cross tri title race.

XTERRA Switzerland is the fifth of 11 majors in this year’s XTERRA European Tour and falls a week before XTERRA France on July 3, making an attractive two-race in one-week “race-cation” opportunity for amateurs and professionals.

On August 20th, XTERRA Germany will host XTERRA’s one-day European Championship race, which boasts a $25,000 USD elite prize purse. The 2016 XTERRA European Tour concludes on September 4th at XTERRA Denmark.

Amateurs and professionals will count their best four Gold scores and three Silver scores to determine final standings in the XTERRA European Tour. New this year, athletes that race all five Gold events can count their best four scores at the 100-point Gold level and convert their lowest score to the 75-point Silver level.

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XTERRA Philippines in Two Weeks

XTERRA Philippines, the first major on the 2016 XTERRA World Tour, is just two weeks away on Sunday, February 7th in the Bicol Region of southeastern Luzon.

“It seems like only yesterday we were crowning a new World Champion and a repeat Champion at Maui but that was three long months ago and we are now set to start another XTERRA World Tour in the province of Albay in the Philippines,” said Dave Nicholas, managing director of the XTERRA World Tour.

“This is our second year racing in the shadow of the perfectly shaped and still active volcano – Mayon.  You can see the volcano from nearly everywhere in Albay and the bike course runs through the local warning areas where Ms Mayon often hurls rocks.  Yes, there is an 8K circle around the volcano that is considered dangerous, as every day the tip spews clouds of steam. We’ve seen lava rocks as big as VW’s.  The entire experience is one that can only be described as the spirit of the Philippines.  Great trails, great hotel, good food, fun and inexpensive shopping and a host of other cool, interesting places to go see.”

Several of the sports biggest stars, including reigning XTERRA Asian Tour Champions Brad Weiss and Jacqui Slack, are headed back to Albay for the experience.

“This will be our 5th appearance at XTERRA Philippines, we just love this place” said Slack, who was engaged to Aussie XTERRA great Ben Allen in the off-season. “Fred, Sunrise events & the Filipino people are so welcoming we can’t say no. Plus, the Mt Mayon Volcano is the most stunning back drop for an XTERRA race.”

Slack, who finished second to two-time XTERRA World Champ Flora Duffy last year in Albay, will be racing against XTERRA Japan Champion Mieko Carey (4th last year), Dimity-Lee Duke (3rd last year), and the up-and-coming Kiwi Lizzie Orchard, among others.

“I’m really excited about XTERRA Albay, first time visiting and racing there,” said Orchard, who collected three runner-up finishes and an impressive 5th place showing at XTERRA Worlds last year. “The course looks great, transition two is setup in some amazing ruins, and the organizing team have been so welcoming and helpful already.”

XTERRA Philippines is the second of six races in the 2015-2016 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour where pros and amateurs count their best three scores (the finale in Malaysia counts double). Carey and Orchard got a head start on the series in Hokkaido, Japan last August where they notched first and second-place points, respectively.

“I really enjoyed the 2015 Asia-Pacific Tour Races I competed in (Jervis Bay and Malaysia), so I’ve decided to race and explore more of the 2016 Tour,” said Orchard. “Pleased to already have some points on the board from XTERRA Japan, and now will be looking to find some more in the Philippines! It would be a dream come true to clock a major win, with three 2nd places last year I’ve gained some belief that one day it could happen. There are so many talented ladies and I’ve learnt that in XTERRA – anything can happen. It will be interesting to see where we are all at a few months after Maui, and it should be fun to see how the Tour progresses.”

Slack said she’ll do her best to defend her tour title by racing the Philippines, XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia, and the tour finale in Malaysia.

As for the men’s race, the season-opener renews a great (and friendly) rivalry between Weiss and Allen. In their four head-to-head races in Asia last year Weiss won two (Philippines and Malaysia) and Allen won two (Saipan and Guam).

Allen, who won the 2012 and 2013 XTERRA Philippines titles, said he’s not thinking about that…

“I’m more excited just to get back to the Philippines to spend time with my friends and enjoy everything Albay has to offer.  XTERRA Philippines offers a good hit out leading into the Asia-Pacific Champs.”

Learn more at www.xterraphil.com

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XTERRA World Championship Show Debuts This Weekend

The XTERRA World Championship TV show will celebrate its 20th year of showcasing the beauty of Maui to the world with its television broadcast debut airings in the U.S. this weekend.

“It’s always fun to hear from our friends who see the show at this time, especially those poor buggers who have a foot of snow on their doorstep,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “We hope seeing the sunshine of Maui and spirit of XTERRA helps warm them up a little bit.

We also hope it gets the whole nation excited to win their region, qualify for Maui, and join us this year!”

New York, New York is first to see the show on MSG Cable at 5:30pm Saturday (with a repeat at Noon on Sunday).   Columbus (OH), Albuquerque (NM), Fresno (CA), Spokane (WA), Idaho Falls (ID), and Des Moines (IA) are among the other markets first to see the show as it starts its national syndication run through the country.

Learn more at www.xterraplanet.com/television
Highlights: https://vimeo.com/144325955

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Finally! XTERRA in Belgium

Racers from Belgium have been a force on the XTERRA World Tour for more than a decade, boasting several of the sports fastest racers and biggest personalities, and now for the first time, on June 11, 2016 in Namur, they’ll have a championship race of their own.

“I can’t describe in words how much I’m looking forward to this race,” said Yeray Luxem, a 30-year-old elite from Merksem, Belgium who finished 7th at the XTERRA World Championship last year.

“I’ve been racing XTERRA for 10 years now and it’s nice to travel, experience the culture, explore new places and make new friends. I love it, but on the other hand I love to share my performances with family and friends too, and now this is my opportunity to do that. Expect I’ll be bringing a big fan base to Namur :)”

Luxem isn’t the only Belgian racer who can’t wait until June…

“I’m really excited,” exclaimed Jim Thijs, who is famous for chronicling his racing adventures on This Is Thijs TV. “I used to train in Namur. They have an amazing downhill track and I used to spend days riding down the track with friends Nico Vink and Kristof Lensens. We got back up by shuttle and with my XTERRA and mtb friends we rode back up using the scenic road up to the Citadelle. Funny, I did my first XTERRA in 2006, as a pro, at XTERRA Italy in Villacidro. And that’s where I live right now. So ironically, I will have to travel in June from the place where I did my first XTERRA to Namur for XTERRA Belgium. And Namur is only a 40min drive from where I used to live.”

Kris Coddens, who won XTERRA Greece and XTERRA Denmark in 2015, said it’s “very nice to me because we have nice parts in our country to mountain bike. I also feel lonely in my discipline from time to time. I hope it will get a little bit more popular this way. Now my friends and family will have an opportunity to see what we actually do.  The area itself at the Citadel of Namur, is a very nice, unique, and historic location (see the pictures). Swimming around an island in a river will be something different. Bike course very hilly, also beautiful but not so technical. I thought about Xonrupt and Zittau while riding it the first time. The run course has a lot of climbing too, not the steepest but quite long climbs. Climbs on the bike and run are never longer than about 300ft elevation gain, but they are there.”

Organizers Denis Detinne and Florian Badoux are XTERRA racers themselves, and put a lot of thought and effort into the idea of XTERRA Belgium before committing to host the event this year.

“We started to discuss hosting an XTERRA in Belgium with Dave Nicholas in Greece,” said Detinne.  “Then we made a marked study interviewing 95 athletes to understand where are they coming from, how many XTERRA do they do per year, how many nights they spent in the country.  We discovered that the main nations participating in XTERRA were coming from France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and Belgium… all the borders countries. Namur is also very accessible by car, by train, and by air with three Internationals airports connecting all the big cities around the world. XTERRA European Technical Director Nico Lebrun came also to see the route and was very positive, so after that we decided to organize XTERRA Belgium.”

Nicholas, the managing director of the XTERRA World Tour who developed the European Tour from one race to a dozen in the past decade, thinks Belgium is a great addition to the tour.

“We’re really looking forward to the new Belgium race,” he said.  “Nico Lebrun has been there and assisted with getting the trails and infrastructure to work well.  Plus, Denis and Florian are actually XTERRA competitors, so they know what our athletes expect. I have to bet this will be a great course.  Belgium is very centrally located in Europe so most people thinking about making the race can drive there.  For those flying, about an hour and a half from the Brussels airport.  For those who are not familiar – Belgium claims to have the absolute best frites on earth and they challenge Czech for the best beer.  What more do you want?”

Detinne said they chose Namur because “the location is just beautiful to organize such an event. The athletes will ride around the Citadel of Namur which is an historical site from the 17th century. Namur is also the capital of Wallonia and has a large offer of hotels, restaurants, shops, museums… and last but not least we live there so we know all the tracks of the region :)”

Last year Detinne and Badoux did four XTERRA races and qualified for Maui.

“It was a great experience.   We found this sport is amazing.  The combination of the three sport in the nature is very exciting, the people are very open and the atmosphere is friendly. Racing around the world is a kind of small vacation were we can meet people around the world and also doing our sport.”

Thijs says he has “no doubts XTERRA Belgium will be a huge success. The organization is doing a great job on all levels. I’m trying to convince everyone I know to participate. From the age groupers I coach to Ironman champions. And most of them say YES!”

“I also think the after-party will be one to remember,” added Luxem.

See images and watch a great highlight video on the new XTERRA Belgium at www.xterra-belgium.be and on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/xterrabelgium/