Renata Bucher

The March of XTERRA is Underway

The XTERRA Philippines and South Africa Championship races set a high standard for what’s to come on the 2015 World Tour and this month the schedule rolls out in full force with an epic adventure on the South Island of New Zealand, the start of the American and European Tours, the Crown Jewel at XTERRA Saipan, and a gem in Costa Rica.

Every stop is a gateway to the 20th running of the XTERRA World Championship in Kapalua, Maui set for November 1.

XTERRA’s version of “March Madness” starts Saturday at XTERRA Motatapu, where the young Kiwi Oliver Shaw looks to take the next step in his evolution as an XTERRA Pro on one of the hardest courses on Tour (see related story “Olly Shaw’s Time to Shine“).

In the U.S. the chase to win one of 200 regional championship titles starts at Hickory Knob State Park in McCormick, South Carolina on Sunday, the 22nd.  It’s the first of 65 races in 35 states on this year’s XTERRA America Tour (see how the Series works).

Then on March 28 in the middle of the Western Pacific Ocean – 1,300 miles south of Tokyo, 1,400 miles east of Manila, 3,200 miles west of Honolulu, and 2,900 miles north of Sydney, XTERRA Saipan will celebrate its 14th running as the sports original exotic destination.

On the 29th XTERRA Costa Rica hosts a strong contingent of elites with the likes of Josiah Middaugh, Emma Gerrard, Lesley Paterson, Mauricio Mendez, Christine Jeffrey, Craig Evans, Laura Mira, Sebastian Neef, Sara McClarty, Alex Modestou, and more for an XTERRA island adventure all its own. They’ve even got live race coverage planned so even those of us who can’t make it can join in the fun.

Also on the 29th the Euro’s get in the mix at the inaugural running of XTERRA Malta, the first of 12 majors on the European Tour where amateur and elite athletes can collect points towards Tour titles, fame, cash, and glory.

It’s time to explore!  Find your adventure at www.xterraplanet.com.

Olly Shaw

Olly Shaw’s Time to Shine

Oliver Shaw just turned 23-years-old, but he’s already a seasoned XTERRA veteran.

“I started XTERRA eight years ago at the New Zealand Champs which are held at Rotorua every year. I’m from Rotorua and always wanted to do the race and my Dad thought I could do quite well if I trained for it,” explained Shaw, who was just 15 when he did his first race.

Turned out Dad was right, as the young Kiwi has been a force back home and in Maui through the years.  In the height of his amateur career in 2012 Shaw finished 25th overall, second amateur, and first in the 20-24 division to win the XTERRA World Championship.

Now entering his third year racing as an elite Shaw has his sights set a little bit higher, and rightly so as he could just be the favorite to win Saturday’s iconic XTERRA Motatapu off-road triathlon on the South Island of New Zealand.

“I’m not too sure if I am the favorite even with Braden sitting this weekend out,” said Shaw, referring to fellow Kiwi all-star Braden Currie who won XTERRA Motatapu three years running but will sit-out Saturday to give his body a rest after a grueling slate of races that included a big win at Speight’s Coast-to-Coast adventure race a few weeks ago.

“Dougal Allan is also racing and he is fresh off a 2nd place at Challenge Wanaka just over a week ago so he will be in very good form and looking for the top step as well,” said Shaw. “It’s great to know that I am capable of challenging for the race though and I am looking forward to getting out there and giving it my best!”

Last year Shaw had an impressive season racing across the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Region, placing 2nd at XTERRA Motatapu, 3rd at XTERRA Guam, 4th at XTERRA Saipan, 3rd at XTERRA New Zealand, and 7th against a stacked field at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship.

With a refreshed training routine courtesy of Kiwi legend Richard Ussher, this could be the year Shaw really breaks out.

“I’ve been pretty fortunate to link up with Richard Ussher who is guiding me through this season.  It has been an exciting change from what I have been doing in the past and I’m hoping it help me progress to the next level as an athlete,” said Shaw.  “Training has been going really well lately and I have been building nicely for the upcoming XTERRA season.”

The young-gun did have a bit of a set-back last weekend, however, at the Oceania Cross Tri Champs in Australia.

“Right in the middle of having a great race I broke my chain in the worst place possible and ended up having a pretty spectacular crash on concrete,” said Shaw.  “It left me with a few bumps and bruises but more concerning, a lot less skin then I started with. I’m sure I will recover in time for Motatapu this weekend, but I’ll have to be careful this week.”

Asked if he considered sitting out Motatapu, Shaw said “no way.”

“XTERRA Motatapu is an absolutely awesome race! Both scenic and challenging it has everything you could ask for in an XTERRA. Even though I’m not the strongest swimmer, I love the swim in Lake Wanaka with clear cool water in the middle of the mountains. Out onto the ride and my favorite part is no doubt the huge amount of river crossings you have to take…the best part being that all the crossings get bigger and more challenging as you go! The best part of the race though has to be the run. Only 15km in length, it is more like a half-marathon in time, with the biggest climb I have ever had to do in an XTERRA. It’s worth it though as the view at the top and on the way down are simply breath taking. You can’t lose focus though as the descent is one of the most technical out on the circuit, and then finishing with a few river crossings just finishes you off,” said Shaw.

Indeed Motatapu is longer than your typical XTERRA, combining a 2km swim in Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka, 47km Mountain Bike and a 15km mountain run over the historic Miners Trail course.  While this is just the fourth year XTERRA Motatapu has been part of the World Tour and offered up 14 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship, it’s the 11th anniversary for the weekend of events that attracts thousands of competitors with races in mountain biking, an off-road marathon, adventure runs and triathlons.

“I think it is an achievement in itself just to finish this race. It’s probably the longest XTERRA on the circuit and leaves everyone who finishes struggling to walk for the next few days (just ask Renata Bucher…) but every time I finish I always think I have to come back and do it again. I was second last year so I’m looking forward to having a great race again and hopefully challenging for the win!”

New Zealand has a long and strong history with XTERRA. It’s hosted the XTERRA New Zealand Championship since 2003 and is home to a pair of XTERRA World Champs – Hamish Carter (2006) and Nicky Samuels (2013).   Maybe with the help of Richard Ussher, Olly Shaw will “usher-in” the next generation of Kiwi greats.

Here’s some excerpts from our interview with Shaw this week:

XTERRA: What did you make of your experience in Saipan and Guam last year?

Oliver Shaw: Guam and Saipan were awesome races to go to. I haven’t had that much experience in racing in the heat (other than in Hawaii) so it was great to get a few more races under my belt in brutal conditions. The races themselves were both on really tough courses, especially Saipan, and it was great to race some top guys with the likes of Ben Allen, Dan Hugo and Brad Weiss competing. I also got to travel with Mark Leishman who has been around the triathlon/multisport/mountain bike scene for a long time so it was a great experience for me. I really enjoyed my time there and am pretty gutted that I’m not going to be racing there this year. XTERRA New Zealand is on in my home town of Rotorua on the same day as Guam and whilst I enjoyed Guam, Xterra NZ is my favorite race of the year!

XT: Are you still living in Rotorua?

OS: I am still lucky enough to be calling Rotorua home. It has everything you need for training (great lakes, pools, mountain bike trails, road riding and trail running) and there is always an event on if you need a hard training session, including my favorite XTERRA, XTERRA New Zealand.

XT: What races are on your schedule this year?

OS: After XTERRA Motatapu I am racing XTERRA New Zealand, then the Asia-Pacific Champs and then head to the U.S. for the first three rounds of the US series (Las Vegas, Pelham and Richmond). After that I will head back home and look towards the rest of the year but I think it will include racing XTERRA in the Asia region, hopefully the U.S. Champs and then finish it off again at XTERRA Worlds.

XT: You got your college degree in “sport” from the University of Waikato, are you doing anything with that now?

OS: In between training and racing I am working part time at the Waiariki Recreation Centre in Rotorua where I do a little bit of personal training. I have also used my degree and training experience to start coaching a few athletes which I am really enjoying as it makes you really think and evaluate why you do particular sessions and what you are getting out of them! It is also nice as it makes you think about and focus on other people rather than just yourself because being an athlete can be quite selfish at times so it’s always good to be taken out of your own ‘bubble’.

XT: What kind of stuff does Richard having you doing … think you’re getting faster?

OS: Rich brings many, many years of experience racing in all sorts of racing. He has been at the top and has had a very successful career in sport. It’s awesome to have his guidance and experience as I work my way towards my dream of being an elite World Champion. We’ve only been working together for a short time period but I have definitely noticed really positive improvement in training. It’s also been refreshing to have a change of training patterns and different sessions as things can get quite repetitive after a while. With the season fast approaching I can’t wait to see my improvement in the racing scene!

XT: What is it about XTERRA that keeps you going?

OS: I race XTERRA because I love the events and the training. You get to see so many awesome places when you are travelling and every course is a change from the others. Different soil, different track types and different conditions, which makes every race unique and challenging in its own right! That’s always refreshing and it keeps you looking to improve as an athlete as one course may suit you but another might not. I also find that whenever you are at an XTERRA event there is always a fun, enjoyable, and happy atmosphere which always keeps you excited about the races!

XT: What did you like about the XTERRA Asia-Pacific race and course?

OS: The most enjoyable part of the Asia-Pacific race for me was the second half of the mountain bike. There were some awesome purpose built mountain bike tracks that were fast and flowed really well and meant you always had a smile on your face even when you were hurting! The race itself was well organized and set in an awesome spot in Callala Bay. I can’t wait to go back this April!

XTERRA Malta

2015 Euro Tour Kicks Off March 29 in Malta

XTERRA Malta is new to the XTERRA Euro Tour in 2015 and has the auspicious role of opening this year’s 12-stop series.
This island nation in the Mediterranean, is one of Europe’s favorite holiday destinations and its sunny, warm climate will be a welcome change from harsh winter weather.

The venue is spectacular Majjistral Park, in Ghajn Tuffieha, where the race begins with an ocean swim off a golden sand beach. Bike and run trails traverse a pristine natural reserve and include spectacular cliff edges.  The scenery will make it tough for warriors to concentrate on racing over sightseeing.

XTERRA Malta offers 6,650 Euro in pro prize money and 25 coveted age group slots to the 2015 XTERRA World Championship to be held in Maui on November 1.

More information and entry is here

http://www.maltaxterra.com/

XTERRA Kids

The Next Generation of XTERRA Warriors

The Grabouw Country club was buzzing with excitement on Friday, 20 February 2015 when just under 300 junior XTERRA Warriors toed the line to follow in the footsteps of their sporting heroes by taking part in the much anticipated Totalsports XTERRA KIDS presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT.

According to Nicola Collins, Event Manager, the excitement grows each year at the XTERRA Kids event.  “We were blown away by today’s turn out.  It really is special watching these junior warriors in action, not to mention seeing the phenomenal support that they receive from their parents. This is a key factor in any athlete’s sporting future.  The XTERRA Kids event is the ideal opportunity to introduce the younger generation to the sport of XTERRA.  One day we’ll be able to welcome these XTERRA Kids to the XTERRA Lite event and then eventually the XTERRA Full race, but for now we are happy that they were able to experience the XTERRA Vibe”.

With three age categories to choose from, 6 – 8 years (50m Swim, 1,5km Cycle, 1km Run), 9 – 11 years (100m Swim, 5km Cycle, 2km Run) and 12 – 14 years (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 3km Run), the Totalsports XTERRA Kids Race is a source of much entertainment for both competitors and spectators alike!

XTERRA Spain

Six Races in XTERRA Spain Tour

The XTERRA Spain Tour has added races in San Sebastian and Huelva to its 2015 calendar, creating six opportunities in all to race XTERRA this year in Spain.

The 2015 XTERRA Spain Tour starts March 28th in Málaga, home to the reigning and two-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa; and the marquee event on the Tour is in Plasencia (Extremadura), home to the XTERRA Spain Championship race on June 7.

New venues include one in the north of Spain in Basque Country near the Urkulu Reservoir on June 21, and one in San Sebastian in September hosted by Sport Club Fortuna. XTERRA Madrid (July 12) and XTERRA Reino de Granada (October 4) both return to the Tour.

In addition to a championship distance course, all six venues will also host a Sprint race and an XTERRA Kids race, consisting exclusively of a running route for the youngest family members.

Learn more at xterraspain.es.

marais

Marais, Duffy win XTERRA South Africa Championship

Complete Results / Photos Part I / Photos Part II / Highlight Video

(Grabouw, Western Cape) - Stuart Marais and Flora Duffy took home the titles at the 12th annual TOTALSPORTS XTERRA South Africa Championship in front of a packed house at the magnificent Grabouw Country Club on Sunday.

Both Marais and Duffy grinded out convincing wins to claim the lions’ share of the new and improved R249,000 prize purse but the day’s story lines ran much deeper.

The drama started early with a magical African sunrise lighting up the skyline in bright orange and yellow coupled with word that four-time XTERRA World Champion Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz had pulled from the line-up due to a nasty cold.

With defending champion Dan Hugo also on the sidelines, missing his first showcase event since retiring in the off-season, the race was without not only the two biggest XTERRA stars in South Africa but perhaps the two biggest forces in off-road triathlon over the last decade.

In their place Mother Nature – the constant in all of XTERRA – showed up in full strength as if to express her displeasure with Stoltz and Hugo for not racing.  An unseasonable cold front complete with blustery winds rolled in overnight and dropped the water temps in the small lake by more than two degrees, turning a non-wetsuit swim into a wetsuit optional affair and sending unprepared elites scrambling to find some rubber to swim in.

Eventual winner Stuart Marias was the most notable of those affected but was saved by his mate Niel Swanepoel.

“In the buildup to the event I didn’t know it would be a wetsuit event and didn’t even pack my wetsuit in so when they announced it would be a wetsuit swim I was caught very off-guard.  Fortunately my mate, who finished second in his age-group today, relinquished his suit just so he could put me on the front foot today,” explained an appreciative Marais to the crowd at awarding.

Marias took full advantage and exited the water just 30-seconds or so behind the leaders then took off like a man possessed passing Bradley Weiss, Roger Serrano, and Theo Blignaut in the first 5K of the bike and built an insurmountable lead from there that was never truly challenged.

“Stuart was just one-notch up,” said Weiss, the winner of the XTERRA Philippines Championship earlier this month who came in 2nd today.  “He was in control the whole day, and he still had a few gears left that he could turn on for the run if he needed.”

In the three previous SA Championship races Marais had finished 2nd twice (last year and 2012) and fourth in 2013.  He said winning it all and joining a cast of local legends like Stoltz, Hugo, and Richard Murray is unforgettable.

“I spent a lot of time out here on this course getting to know every little rock and turn and bit of sand and I suppose that makes the difference between winning and losing.  I did my homework and the plan worked out pretty good,” said Marais.

It also seems Marais fits the proto-type of the “built tough” South African to the tee…

“I like to think of myself as a tough folk, I grew up on a farm in Eastern Cape and we were dairy farmers, citrus farmers, and always playing in the mud whether it was on bikes or running barefoot.  That’s our vibe and that’s what XTERRA is all about.  It’s a lifestyle event where the hard guy usually wins and I thought I was a bit harder than everybody else today maybe.”

Roger Serrano rode brilliantly all day to finish third, and also pulled off a classy move by sharing his bike bottle with Weiss on the course after Weiss lost his on the route.  Blignaut turned it on during the run and nearly caught Serrano at the finish, placing fourth just 15 seconds back.

Of note, Stoltz was on-hand cheering for his fellow countrymen and women and the visiting international elites he graciously hosted in the week leading up to the race.  Hugo, still in top shape, did the swim as part of a relay team then rode around on course in great support of his extended racing family.  And, the early morning chill burned off into bright sunshine and an absolute stunning day in Grabouw.

Here’s a look at the top 20 men’s finishers…

Place First  Last Time Division
1 Stuart Marais 2:32:47 PRO M
2 Bradley Weiss 2:35:42 PRO M
3 Roger Serrano 2:37:20 PRO M
4 Theo Blignaut 2:37:35 PRO M
5 Antoine Van Heerden 2:38:34 PRO M
6 Michael Szymoniuk 2:41:13 PRO M
7 Nico Sterk 2:42:35 PRO M
8 Jan Pyott 2:43:55 PRO M
9 Aidan Nugent 2:44:51 PRO M
10 Raoul de Jongh 2:46:48 35-39 M
11 Matt Daneel 2:48:49 25-29 M
12 Jim Thijs 2:50:12 PRO M
13 DESFARGES YANNICK 2:50:40 30-34 M
14 Michael Lord 2:51:14 20-24 M
15 Niel Swanepoel 2:51:48 30-34 M
16 nicolas tauty 2:51:56 30-34 M
17 Mitchell Ginsberg 2:52:22 PRO M
18 Charl-Stephan Nienaber 2:56:05 20-24 M
19 Daniel Manwwiler 2:57:20 35-39 M
20 Rohan Kennedy 2:57:54 35-39 M

Duffy

In the women’s race the reigning XTERRA World Champion Flora Duffy was simply unstoppable.  She led everybody – men included – out of the water then rode and ran seamlessly to take the tape in 10th place overall with nearly 20 minutes to spare.

“Everything seemed to work out today.  It’s a very technical, challenging bike course so my biggest fear was flatting or having a mechanical so I was concentrating on keeping it smooth in the single track,” said Duffy, who has won nine of the 10 XTERRA Championships she has raced in since capturing the SA title last February.

“Fabulous day, this is my favorite XTERRA on the circuit. It’s the best organized, the biggest, it’s just amazing and I’m so glad I could come here and defend my title.  Last year this race kind of kicked off my year that culminated in winning Maui so to come back here as a World Champion was very special.”

Runner-up Mari Rabie, Olympian and XTERRA SA Champion in 2005 and 2010, also had a very special day but for much different reasons.

“I had myocarditis chronic heart disease for seven months and I got cleared three weeks ago now, so just happy to be back racing and I haven’t ridden technical in more than a year so my main aim was just to stay on the bike.” said Rabie, who was 3rd at XTERRA Worlds in 2012.  “It was a tough couple months, you know, when a doctor tells you that you can’t do what you want to do because you might die.   I think you appreciate this so much more when it’s taken away from you.”

Rabie said her projected window to heal was six months to two years, and she did it in just seven months.  Now she’ll chase the Rio Olympics dream before getting back into the dirt.

“If I don’t get it I’ll swap over to XTERRA to race.  I’m naturally better suited to this type of racing, and definitely after Rio I’ll be racing XTERRA,” said Rabie, who puts into perspective the huge appeal the sport has in South Africa.

“It has grown exponentially. You rock up at a race like this and see people who you went to school with and everyone who is in sport at all has been bitten by this XTERRA bug.  My Dads’ racing and he’s 63, my brother was part of a team, my uncle was part of a team, everyone is just so involved.  It’s grown massively and this is one of THE multisport events in South Africa right now.  We love being outdoors and love endurance sports.”

Carina Wasle, a two-time SA Champ (2009 and 2011), said she didn’t have her best day but still managed to finish third overall.  Wasle has made South Africa her perennial training grounds at this time of year.

“I stay here for six weeks from mid-January to early March,” said Wasle.  “It’s a great place for training and to get ready for the season.  I love this race.  The people here put so much into it.  You can see they love what they do.”

Indeed, the love for XTERRA amongst the organizers and crew is very apparent, and the attention to detail is remarkable all the way down to the hot-shower trailer they roll into the remote event.

Through word-of-mouth XTERRA South Africa has quickly turned in to a must-do event for every XTERRA racer.  The arena for it is perfect with epic, memorable trails and a well-rounded challenge.

“If you put all the best parts of the bike courses from Europe together into one you’d still come up short to this course,” said well-traveled elite Jim Thijs from Belgium.

“Twenty-years of racing around the world and this is by far, hands down, the greatest course and event I’ve been a part of,” added Jan Pyott from Switzerland.

With mainstream media coverage and a full-slate of TV shows that make stars out of XTERRA athletes the sport is in a perfect place in the Western Cape and poised to get even bigger.

The 2015 TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Grabouw presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT featured a 1.5km swim, followed by a 27km mountain bike discipline and a 12.5km trail run. For further information contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.

Here’s a look at the top 20 women’s finishers;

Place First  Last Time Division
1 Flora Duffy 2:45:27 PRO F
2 Mari Rabie 3:04:06 PRO F
3 Carina Wasle 3:06:38 PRO F
4 Nicolette Griffioen 3:08:22 PRO F
5 Sandra Koblmueller 3:08:43 PRO F
6 Ladina Buss 3:12:25 PRO F
7 Susan Sloan 3:19:26 PRO F
8 Louise Fox 3:19:30 PRO F
9 Adrienne Moolman 3:21:08 35-39 F
10 Natia Van Heerden 3:21:47 PRO F
11 Hanlie Booyens 3:23:56 40-44 F
12 Daz Parker 3:24:26 PRO F
13 Tanya Rabie 3:32:21 40-44 F
14 Amandine Galindo 3:33:18 30-34 F
15 Sylvia Van Tromp 3:34:03 PRO F
16 Rita Terblanche 3:34:59 35-39 F
17 AMY BURGER 3:35:14 25-29 F
18 Robyn Williams 3:36:48 25-29 F
19 Nicola Harcus 3:38:31 No Cat
20 Sandy Russell 3:39:54 35-39 F


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA South Africa Championship was the second of 42 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on November 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT
Jan-25 XTERRA Buffelspoort, Buffelspoort Dam, North West Province, South Africa
Feb-8 XTERRA Philippines Championship, Albay, Luzon+
Feb-22 XTERRA South Africa Championship, Grabouw, Western Cape
Mar-7 XTERRA Motatapu, South Island, New Zealand
Mar-28 XTERRA Saipan Championship, Micro Beach, CNMI+
Mar-29 XTERRA Malta, Mellieha, Malta*
Mar-29 XTERRA Costa Rica, Playa Reserva Conchal
Apr-11 XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti+
Apr-11 XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua
Apr-18 XTERRA Australia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+
XTERRA Australia Championship
Apr-25 XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA#
Apr-26 XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
May-2 XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
May-10 XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
May-16 XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
May-16 XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
Jun-7 XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
Jun-14 XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
Jun-20 XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
Jun-27 XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
Jun-27 XTERRA Norway
Jun-27 XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Triathlon Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
Jul-4 XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
Jul-5 XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
Jul-5 XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
Jul-18 XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
Jul-11 XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
Jul-25 XTERRA Ontario Series – Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
Jul-26 XTERRA Abruzzo, Lago di Scanno, Italy*
Aug-8 XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
Aug-8 XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
Aug-15 XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
Aug-16 XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
Aug-22 XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
Aug-23 XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
Aug-29 XTERRA Ontario Series – Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
Aug-29 XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
Aug-29 XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
Aug-30 XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
Sep-13 XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
Sep-19 XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
Nov-1 XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers

XTERRA Island

XTERRA Island

Next up on the 2015 XTERRA Asian Tour are two tropical islands in the Northern Pacific – Saipan on March 28 and Guam on April 11.  Both islands are rich in World War II history and warm-weather delights.  Pros and age groupers will earn XTERRA Asian Tour Championship points, as will XTERRA’s “Asian Elite” athletes racing in this special category designed to highlight fast amateurs in the region.  $15,000 in prize money is on offer at each race as well as the famed hospitality of the islands.  Fittingly, registration and more information is available at http://www.xterraisland.com!

XTERRA Greece

Say Yes to XTERRA Greece at Lake Plastira

XTERRA Greece is making easy to say “yes” to travel to Lake Plastira on June 20.  Leading XTERRA European Tour competitors are offered special travel packages that include race entry and 3-nights of 4-star accommodation, daily breakfast, transportation to/from the Athens airport and their famed pre-race Pasta Party.  Special rates are available for pros and age groupers ranked in the top 20 of the 2014 European Tour.  For reservations and more information contact info@xterragreece.com.

XTERRA Tahiti

Welcoming XTERRA Tahiti to The World

The newest member of the XTERRA World Tour will take participants across the heart of the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, from the west to the east coast.

The inaugural XTERRA Tahiti Championship on April 25 will start at Mataiea Beach, then traverse up mountains, past lakes, through historic sites, and across rivers and fords to where the fun really begins on the run.

“It’s the steepest bike course I have ever done,” said 2010 XTERRA World Champion Shonny Vanlandingham, who won the TransTahitienne off-road triathlon last year.  “I had so much fun.  Jean Michel Monot and his team do a wonderful job, and it’s a stunningly beautiful country and race course.”

With the finish line at the Papenoo River and an awards dinner party featuring local dance troops that will “take you to another world,” organizers are planning to showcase all the beauty and excitement of French Polynesia.

In addition to the XTERRA triathlon, a Run/Bike over 36 kilometers of spectacular terrain will be offered for two person teams.  Team members must stay within 50 meters of each other throughout the event.

VSOP, the local club who produces the event, will donate a portion of the proceeds to support ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) research.

To learn more visit www.xterratahiti.com or download their brochure click here.