Flora Duffy

XTERRA on ESPN International

The worldwide leader in sports is honoring the worldwide leader in off-road triathlon with several dozen broadcasts of the hour-long XTERRA USA and World Championship race shows.

ESPN International networks in the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Mexico, and Australia are featuring the shows this month and next, exposing the sport and its stars to millions of viewers.

“The international distribution of these shows is so cool for the sport, the destinations, and our athletes,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “Sports fans in Bermuda are going to be able to see how Flora Duffy captured XTERRA Worlds. In Chile they can watch Barbara Riveros tackle the trails, in Mexico they can marvel at Mauricio Mendez, and fans of Aussie pro Ben Allen can see him strut his stuff in Utah and Maui.”

In addition, existing XTERRA host countries in Costa Rica, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, and Australia will be able to tune in to the XTERRA broadcasts.

“XTERRA is a worldwide phenomenon with momentum that continues to build and the shows do a great job of capturing the spirit and energy of the sport,” said Clark. “Last year we had more foreigners than Americans at XTERRA Worlds and I think it’s safe to say that trend will continue with exposure like this coupled with the magnificent racing opportunities available to athletes around the world.”

Upcoming international broadcasts include:

Network Date Time
ESPN2 Pacific Rim Tue 1/27/2015 12:00 AM
Pacific Rim Thu 1/29/2015 8:00 AM
ESPN Caribbean Thu 1/29/2015 8:00 PM
ESPN3 South Thu 1/29/2015 8:00 AM
ESPN Caribbean Fri 1/30/2015 2:00 AM
ESPN Caribbean Fri 1/30/2015 12:30 PM
ESPN2 Caribbean Sun 2/1/2015 8:00 AM
ESPN3 North Sun 2/1/2015 3:00 PM
ESPN3 North Mon 2/2/2015 1:00 AM
ESPN3 North Mon 2/2/2015 11:00 AM
ESPN3 North Tue 2/3/2015 4:00 AM
ESPN3 North Wed 2/4/2015 4:00 AM
ESPN Dos Mexico Thu 2/5/2015 7:00 PM
ESPN3 North Mon 2/9/2015 11:00 AM
ESPN Dos Mexico Thu 2/12/2015 7:00 PM
ESPN Latin HD Sat 2/14/2015 4:00 PM
ESPN Dos Mexico Sat 2/14/2015 2:30 PM
ESPN Latin HD Sat 2/14/2015 4:00 PM
ESPN+ Brazil Tue 2/24/2015 5:00 PM
ESPN Brazil Thu 2/26/2015 12:30 AM
ESPN Brazil Thu 2/26/2015 9:00 AM
Dan Hugo South Africa

Summertime in South Africa

Every year the XTERRA World Tour heats up in South Africa’s summer months with a pair of iconic events put on by Stillwater Sports.

It all starts this weekend in Buffelspoort, and on Feb. 22 the largest XTERRA weekend in the world will go down in Grabouw (Western Cape) where the South Africa Championship race will run for the 12th straight year.

“From the first time I heard about XTERRA, I knew it was something South Africans would love!” exclaimed Michael Meyer, the man behind the magic. “Not only does South Africa have perfect venues and routes for XTERRA but the people adopt a uniquely adventurous, active and outdoor lifestyle; making the fit with XTERRA perfect!”

To celebrate and share all they’ve accomplished organizers created a digital magazine: http://www.stillwatersports.com/emag/xterra/FlipBook.html#page/1

Inside you’ll find profiles on the South African greats, event descriptions, a little history, a compelling argument from “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas on why every XTERRA racer should go at least once, and some colorful images from races past.

Ben Allen - XTERRA Wetsuits

XTERRA Wetsuits Australia Swim Prime

The top swimmers at the 2015 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race to be held April 18 at Callala Beach in Jervis Bay (New South Wales, Australia) will be rewarded with some of the most buoyant rubber on earth … and some cash.

As the official swim sponsor of the event XTERRA Wetsuits will award full suits as prizes to the top amateur male and female swimmers, and dish out $300 AUD in cash to the top male and female pros to hit the beach.

Guided by a commitment to comfort, speed, buoyancy and value, XTERRA Wetsuits has been producing tri-specific wetsuits since 2001.

Considering last year’s inaugural Asia-Pacific Championship was a wetsuit-optional race for amateurs, having an XTERRA wetsuit at the ready would be a good idea and rentals will be available.

Learn more at xterrawetsuits.com and sign-up today for the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs.

XTERRA Woolastook

Introducing XTERRA Woolastook

The footprint of XTERRA in Canada continues to grow and the hardy racers on the East Coast will be delighted to know of another opportunity to race off-road and qualify for XTERRA Worlds.

XTERRA Woolastook is the latest addition to the World Tour Schedule. The race will take place on September 13 in Woolastook Park near Fredericton, New Brunswick.

“Thrilled to join the XTERRA Tribe and bring a race to our backyard,” said race organizer Clifford Worden-Rogers, who is an XTERRA racer himself. “Athletes can expect a unique swim course that requires racers to navigate around a suspension bridge.  The mountain bike course is comprised of single and double track through mostly shaded wooded areas of the park, and runners can expect a rolling course of grass and dirt trails.”

Winners of every division (10 year age groups 20-29, 30-39, etc…) will earn a qualifying spot into XTERRA Worlds and prize money will be awarded to the top three overall men and women in both the long and short course races (1st – $150, 2nd – $100, 3rd – $75).

There will also be a duathlon on offer and relay team divisions for all events, plus a bbq party after the races.

For more info visit xterrawoolastook.com or write to info@xterrawoolastook.com.

Flora Duffy

Flora Duffy Highlights Pro Field at XTERRA Philippines Championship

2014 XTERRA World Champion Flora Duffy will lead an all-star cast of elites into the shadows of the world’s most perfectly shaped volcano for the 5th annual XTERRA Philippines Championship race in Albay on February 8.

Other big names headed to the island of Luzon include three of the top ten elite men from Maui – Aussie Ben Allen (a two-time XTERRA Philippines Champ), Mexico’s Mauricio Mendez and South Africa’s Bradley Weiss, along with two-time women’s Philippines Champ Renata Bucher from Switzerland and XTERRA Malaysia champ Jacqui Slack from the UK. The tentative elite list also includes home grown hero Joe Miller, Charlie Epperson from Singapore, Fabrizio Bartoli and Simone Calamai from Italy, Dimity-Lee Duke and Brodie Gardner from Australia, Mieko Carey from Guam, and Daz Parker from England.

Mayon Volcano

The real star of the race, however, is sure to be the Mayon Volcano.   It’s one of the most active volcanoes on earth and certainly one of the most breathtaking to look at as well.

“I understand we’ll be climbing up the lower slopes of that volcano during the race so we’ll have a nice up-close look at it,” said Allen, who added that the Philippines is one of his favorite places in the world, “so to say I’m excited would be an understatement.”

The early race date adds intrigue to see just how fit everyone comes into it…

“I’ve been enjoying my time in South Africa, and slowly feeling like I am getting back into shape,” said Duffy, who has a busy year ahead of her defending XTERRA titles while chasing ITU points so she can race in her third Olympic games in Rio. “Quite a full race schedule so we’ll see how it goes! Luckily my ITU season ends early September which gives me enough time to properly prepare for Maui.”

For Ben and Jacqui the season never really ended, as the duo did a bunch of racing in their “off-season.”

“I’ll rest when I’m dead,” exclaimed Allen, while Slack elaborated a bit to say “We did a lot of racing during November and December but it was so much fun. It’s what we love doing.  We were able to compete in the races but also had the opportunity to relax and spend much more time than normal enjoying the culture of the places we went to. To be honest, I don’t have my race head on just yet, but I can’t bear missing out on all the fun. It’s no secret that Ben and I love the Philippines so I suppose you could say it’s a social catch up as well as a race.”

For the entire field just the chance to be part of a Sunrise Events production is reason-enough to race.

“It will be my 3rd visit to the Philippines and I have become great friends with Fred Uytengsu, Princess Galura, and the Sunrise Events crew,” said Weiss. “I am dead excited for the trip and the new location in Albay makes it an even more attractive race to start my international racing calendar.”

The thoughts are echoed by all who have had the pleasure to race XTERRA in the Philippines.

“Fred, Princess, and everyone involved at Sunrise events are some of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet,” said Allen. “Fred is an athlete himself and that allows him to understand the needs for all athletes. His passion, dedication and love for sport is infectious. So infectious, it brings the best out of me and we all come together after the race and cherish in the amazing memories we have had. Its one big family…”

“Fred is one of the kindest, most generous people I have ever met,” added Slack. “What he has done for triathlon in the Philippines is mind blowing.  Sunrise events go above and beyond to give competitors the whole package and that’s what destination racing should be about.”

Learn more at xterraphil.com.

Conrad Stoltz

Caveman to Start Season at Buffelspoort

XTERRA legend Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz will kick-start his 15th season of XTERRA in his home country of South Africa in Buffelspoort (North West Province) when he toes the line at the much anticipated TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Full presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT on Saturday, January 24.

Stoltz started his XTERRA career in Richmond in 2001 when searching for a way to get motivated after the 2000 Olympics.  “I felt burnt out and had a hard time getting motivated for another four year slog to the next Olympic Games,” says Stoltz.  “My coach at the time said that I could do anything I wanted to get my mojo back.  Paging through a USA Triathlete Magazine, I saw a picture of Steve Larsen running his mountain bike through a knee deep stream.  This really appealed to my sense of adventure”.

“I made a few rookie mistakes at my first event including not knowing the course, borrowing a bike, riding with road pedals and road shoes to mention just a few,” continues Stoltz.  “For most new triathletes swimming is the biggest hurdle, but once you’ve learnt to swim it’s by far the easiest of the three disciplines. If you’re new to swimming, spend the time and money to get private lessons.  Swimming fitness is not a big deal.  It’s all about having a good stroke, being comfortable in open water and being able to swim straight without having to follow a black line on the bottom.  The XTERRA Buffelspoort mountain bike course is not exceptionally hilly or technical, but you need a decent level of fitness and skill to get through it in good shape. You’ll need some reserves for the run.  It is a tough run that starts out fun, scenic and technical, trail running at its best.  After about 5km, the trail points to the sky and you start climbing. It will probably be hot, you’ll definitely be tired and the hill is long, really long.  XTERRA is not easy, but I recommend it to all athletes because it is fun, it’s an adventure and you get to meet really cool people”.

Adventure enthusiasts that are not yet ready for the challenge of the Totalsports XTERRA Full, can enter the less daunting Totalsports XTERRA Lite.

Learn more at www.stillwatersports.com.

Desantis Richmond

Richmond Date Changed to June 14

The 17th annual XTERRA East Championship in Richmond, Virginia is scheduled for Sunday, June 14 (It was previously listed as being held on the 7th, and those who had already signed-up are eligible for 100% refund if they can’t make the new date).

Sign-up now while early-bird rates rule…

From now until January 31 XTERRA is offering its best prices on registration rates for its regional championship races, XTERRA Utah, and the trail runs held at regional champ venues.

Rates are just $85 for the regional championships ($110 for teams), $55 for Sprint races ($75 for Sprint teams), $40 for 21km trail runs, $30 for 10km races, and $20 for 5km runs.

Follow the registration links below for more information:

April 25 – XTERRA West Championship – Lake Las Vegas, NV
May 16 – XTERRA Southeast Championship – Pelham, AL
June 14 – XTERRA East Championship – Richmond, VA
July 18 – XTERRA Mountain Championship – Beaver Creek, CO
Sep 19 – XTERRA Utah – Ogden/Snowbasin Resort, UT

XTERRA Malaysia

Malaysia to Host XTERRA Asian Tour Championship

New Five-stop Series in 2015 will award points and prize money to top triathletes in Region

Honolulu, HI – TEAM Unlimited, owners and producers of the XTERRA World Tour, has united its championship triathlons in Asia to create the XTERRA Asian Tour and will crown series champions at the season finale in Langkawi, Malaysia this May.

The five majors in the 2015 XTERRA Asian Tour are XTERRA Philippines on February 8 in Albay, XTERRA Saipan on March 28 in the Northern Marianas, XTERRA Guam on April 11 in Piti, the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on April 18 in New South Wales, Australia, and XTERRA Malaysia – which will double as the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship race – on May 2 in Langkawi.  (Note: The XTERRA Japan Championship in Hokkaido on August 29 will serve as the first race of the 2016 XTERRA Asian Tour.)

The top 15 amateur, Asian-elite, and professional racers at each event will earn points, with double points being offered at the finale in Malaysia.  Racers will count their best three scores to determine champions in each division.

“Creating a point series for the XTERRA Asian Tour just like we’ve done in the U.S. and Europe provides us the opportunity to reward the amateur athletes in the region, and the international pros who travel to several events with more prize money and recognition,” said XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas.

The XTERRA Asian Tour will award a prize bonus of $10,000 USD to the top five pro men and women in the final standings ($2,000 for 1st, $1,500-2nd, $800-3rd, $400-4th, $300-5th).

In all, more than $100,000 in prize money for pros will be awarded on the XTERRA Asian Tour.  There are $15,000 USD payouts at the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, and Malaysia races, and $50,000 AUD awarded at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia, plus the 10K bonus to the series’ top performers.

There is also a new athlete classification being introduced for the Tour – the “Asian elite” division – enabling fast age group athletes from the region to race against each other.

For further details on the 2015 XTERRA Asian Tour visit www.xterraasia.com, and for more on the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship in Malaysia visit www.xterramy.com. Supported by Malaysia Major Event.

Africa Waterfall

XTERRA Striding into Africa

The highly-celebrated Ethiopian Lakes (April 25-May 4) and Victoria Falls (Aug. 10-19) trail runs, in collaboration with Haile Gebrselassie’s International team, have been added to the 2015 XTERRA Trail Run World Tour.

Haile is one of Ethiopia’s most famous athletes with two Olympic Gold Medals and four world championships in the 10,000m races as well as winning the Berlin Marathon four times consecutively and three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon. Further to this, he won four world titles indoors and was the 2001 World Half Marathon Champion.

The Ethiopian Lakes Trail run will celebrate its 5th Edition in 2015. The organizers are A.S.D. running and travel headed by Patrizio Bogni, Rosella Stramare and Migidio Bourifa, a 4-time Marathon Champion from Italy.

“What Patrizio, Rosella, and Migidio have done in creating such an amazing trip that involves great sport, travel and adventure is something we at XTERRA felt was perfect for our Live More lifestyle,” said Dave Nicholas, the managing director of the XTERRA World Tour.

The locations of the runs are in the south central valley of Ethiopia near the Capital of Addis Ababa on the Rift Valley lakes. The events consist of 8-days of running/walking and travel with 4 races with a total of about 85Km distance.

“The trail runs in Ethiopia and later in the year at historic Victoria Falls provide an incredible opportunity for runners to see fantastic wildlife, run with legends, and experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world at Victoria Falls,” said Nicholas.

Each days race will have refreshment points every 5-kilometers. It will not be necessity to have a camelback or fluid pack, however one could be useful as at times you will be in sandy, dry conditions and having water with you might help.

The trails, except Yirgalem, will not have hard climbs. In Yirgalem, most of the course is in the forest with many up and down hills, “a true trail run on the mountain,” explains Bogni.

“A running or walking experience in Ethiopia is very special,” said Bogni. “A particular characteristic of this event is the participation of local athletes. They will become friends with our competitors and we are honored and happy to meet them and to exchange with them our running experiences. The interesting thing is that they understood that Trail Running is not a marathon so they run fast but with an attention to the landscape and to the other runners as it is important to run but also to enjoy themselves. We will have with us, as guests, Ethiopian champions: Million Wolde, 5000m Gold Medal at Sydney Olympics Games, and Gezahegne Abera, Marathon Gold Medal at the Sydney Olympic games and World Marathon champion in 2001.”

To learn more visit http://www.runandtravel.it/