XTERRA USA Championship Show

The 2013 XTERRA USA Championship was staged in picture-perfect conditions last September at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, and if you missed it – now is your chance to see it for yourself as the full hour-long show is up on YouTube.

The race consisted of a 1,500-meter swim, a 28-kilometer bike and a 9.8-kilometer trail run.

Although it is officially the “USA Championship” the pro start list featured an international cast of stars. One of them was Leonardo Chacon, who participated in the 2012 Olympics and is considered a triathlon legend in his home country of Costa Rica.

His XTERRA experience, however, was limited to a fourth-place finish at the XTERRA World Championship last year in Hawaii, and a victory at the XTERRA Mexico Championship this year.

To make up for his relative lack of off-road experience, he trained in the mountains of Costa Rica. In particular, he found a trail that matched the elevation levels of Snowbasin (start at 4,900 feet above sea level, and reaching a peak of 7,300 feet).

“I’ve been training for this many months, like five to six months, improving my techniques,” said Chacon, 29, after the race. “Now I’m very happy I can be with these fast guys up there.”

Chacon, MiddaughChacon completed the course in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 31 seconds – including the fastest run split at 39:57. He came out of the swim just seconds behind Australia’s Ben Allen, and had the lead for the first half of the bike leg. XTERRA veterans Conrad Stoltz of South Africa and American Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colorado) eventually passed Chacon in the second half of the bike. At that point of the race, Chacon said he was content just to stay within sight of Stoltz and Middaugh.

“I knew I could run a bit faster than them, and I attacked,” he said of his run split.

Chacon and Middaugh were shoulder-to-shoulder midway through the run course before Chacon eventually turned it up in the final two miles and took the win by 57 seconds.

“I thought I had something in the tank, but I didn’t,” said Middaugh, who won the USA Championship in 2012. “Reached for it and it wasn’t there. I thought I was running the downhill stuff pretty good, but I was bonked and tired that last mile.”

Middaugh finished in 2:33:26, and his second-place showing was enough to net him the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series championship – his first in 10 years on the tour. “It’s been a long pursuit for this title,” he said. “Glad it finally worked out.”

In the women’s race, there was a point early during Saturday’s race when Lesley Paterson actually thought she was having a “horrible” day, thanks to lingering effects of a cold she carried into the race. That she went on to beat the women’s field by 43 seconds to win the XTERRA USA Championship for the second consecutive year shows just how dominant she has been in the past two years.

Paterson, 32, turned in the fastest bike split among the women and then held off 2012 Olympian Barbara Riveros (Chile) on the run to take the win.

“It was a tight race, there were a lot of good girls here,” Paterson said after the race. “It took me a good half the race just to get into it.”

Paterson came out of the swim in fifth place, but surprisingly got passed by several others during the first half of the bike course. “The legs just felt horrible,” she said. “We were at Wheeler Canyon and everyone was passing, and I’m a climber. I was like ‘what’s going on?’ ”

Once Paterson got into her rhythm, it was over for the other women. By the end of the bike leg, she was ahead by more than a minute. Her winning time was 2:53:21, including 1:36:38 on the bike leg.

The XTERRA USA Championship is not just about professionals. In fact, the age-group competitors make up the bulk of the field, and the two winners of this year’s race epitomized the amateur spirit.

Matthew Balzer from Reno, Nevada, was the top overall amateur with a time of 2:49:50. He finished 12th overall, topped only by 11 established professionals.

Despite the impressive victory, Balzer said he has no intention of returning to the professional ranks. He already owns two businesses in Reno – the Reno Running Company and MMS West (a mailing/shipping company). He also has a wife and two young daughters (8 and 5 months).

“I have an amazingly supportive wife and two young girls, so I’m happy with where I am,” he said.

Cole Bunn, a 17-year-old high school student from Bettendorf, Iowa, was the second amateur with a time of 2:51:11. He came in right after Balzer, good for 13th overall.

In the women’s amateur race, Elizabeth Gruber from Redding, California, took top honors with an all-out effort. She finished in 3:11:13, and rallied from a deficit of more than four minutes out of the swim.

“I had no idea I was in first,” she said after the race. “I was in the medical tent for more than an hour after the race, and I didn’t know where I placed.”

Gruber, 23, was 12th overall among all females, and collapsed after crossing the finish line and needed fluids to replenish her body. “I think it’s still unreal,” she said. “I don’t know if it will ever hit me.”

Gruber is a nursing student at Loma Linda University, and was surprised that she finished ahead of standout teenager Hannah Rae Finchamp. “I was like seven minutes behind her at the West Championships, and that was the closest I ever got to her before today,” Gruber said.

Finchamp, who won the XTERRA USA and World amateur titles in 2012, placed third this time in 3:14:51 and won the female 15-19 division for the third consecutive year.

Watch the show

Optic Nerve Named Official Eyewear Partner of XTERRA

(Honolulu, HI) – Optic Nerve, a Colorado-based leader in the sport sunglass industry, is joining forces with XTERRA, the nation’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series, as a Participating Sponsor and the Official Eyewear Partner of the 2014 XTERRA America Tour.

Josiah with Optic Nerve SunglassesAs part of the partnership Optic Nerve will produce a dynamic line of high-quality, co-branded, lifetime guaranteed eyewear for the XTERRA Tribe.

“Optic Nerve is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with XTERRA. Not only is it a chance to team up with a well-respected, worldwide brand, but it gives us a global platform to carry out our mission of getting more people outside and active. We are impressed with XTERRA’S health and wellness initiatives and find them incredibly synergistic with our own core values,” said Bill Cotton, President of Optic Nerve.

The agreement puts Optic Nerve in a prime position to connect with XTERRA’s active, national audience of adventure seekers, weekend warriors and competitors at more than 165 XTERRA off-road triathlons and trail runs held across the U.S. this year.

“There’s a great synergy between our two companies,” said XTERRA CEO, Tom Kiely.  “We both strive to empower weekend warriors and promote the healthy, active, Live More lifestyle. I’ve been thoroughly impressed by not only the product Optic Nerve produces, but the people behind it, and really look forward to working with Bill Cotton and his team.”

The partnership is great news for XTERRA athletes as well, who can now purchase XTERRA co-branded sunglasses at http://opticnerve.com/collection/sunglasses/xterra-collection.Theline premiers with the XTERRA Thujone and XTERRA Apex models, and will feature new styles regularly as the year progresses.

XTERRA Optic Nerve sunglasses will also be awarded as prizes to amateur winners at each of XTERRA’s U.S. Championship triathlon and trail running events.  Josiah Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Champ, wore both the Thujone and Apex sunglasses on his way to several big wins in 2013.

“Beyond just their extensive performance eye wear product line they also have great awareness as a company, and are associated with non-profit youth organizations where I live,” said Middaugh.

About Optic Nerve

Independently owned and firmly rooted in Colorado for over three decades, Optic Nerve is committed to supporting communities worldwide through making performance-driven, price-conscious sunglasses and goggles. Backed by a lifetime guarantee, all styles have 100 percent UVA and UVB protection; lightweight, durable construction, and fashion-conscious styling. To learn more about Optic Nerve, visit them online at www.opticnerve.com.

Optic Nerve Media Contact:

Mae Harris, Marketing Communications Specialist

Phone: 303.872.2060

Email: maeharris@mountainshades.com

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988.  It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2014 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 20+ countries worldwide.  In the U.S. alone nearly 200,000 participants took part in the XTERRA lifestyle last year.  In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990.  View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.

XTERRA Media Contact:

Trey Garman, Vice President

Phone: 808-792-2603

Email: trey@xterraplanet.com

Pictured above: Josiah Middaugh wearing the Optic Nerve White Thujone 2.0 on his way to winning the 2013 XTERRA Mountain Championship at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado.

XTERRA Celebrating 19th Year

America Tour BikeAs XTERRA enters its 19th year its footprint on the endurance sports community has never been greater.  With 78 races in 35 states in this year’s XTERRA America Tour, 90+ races in the nationwide  XTERRA Trail Run Series, 26 World Tour Championship events, an incredible line-up of sponsors and partners, a bevy of national and internationally broadcast TV productions, an online video channel, branded products ranging from watches to wetsuits, and tens of thousands of the most enthusiastic participants on the planet – the XTERRA brand is vibrant and ready to rock in 2014.

Have a look at the tentative 2014 XTERRA America Tour off-road triathlon schedule featuring 78 races in 35 states, plus the U.S. Territory of Guam and the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.

XTERRA WORLD TOUR

The XTERRA World Tour gives athletes around the world a chance to race in some of the most diverse, spectacular, and challenging natural environments on the planet – from tropical jungles to snow-covered alps.  Pro athletes compete for prize purse and fame, while amateurs race for national titles and coveted slots to the World Championship.

Here’s a look at the tentative 2014 XTERRA World Tour Schedule…
Feb 02 – XTERRA Luxembourg XTrail 7.5/14/25km Trail Run, Wiltz
Feb 23 – XTERRA South Africa Championship, Grabouw
Mar 08 – XTERRA Motatapu, South Island, New Zealand+
Mar 15 – XTERRA Philippines Championship, Cebu+
Mar 29 – XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti+
Mar 30 – XTERRA Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria, Australia+
Mar 30 – XTERRA Costa Rica, Playa Reserva Conchal
Apr 05 – XTERRA Saipan Championship, Northern Mariana Islands+
Apr 12 – XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua+
Apr 26 – XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia
May 03 – XTERRA Malaysia, Putrajaya+
May 18 – XTERRA Switzerland Trail Run – 20/36/56km, Vallée de Joux
May 24 – XTERRA Spain Trail Run – 10.5km, Cieza, Murcia
May 25 – XTERRA Spain Championship, Cieza, Murcia*
June 01 – XTERRA Portugal, Golega
June 07 – XTERRA Brazil Championship, Ilhabela, SP
June 08 – XTERRA Brazil Night Trail Run – 7/21km, Ilhabela, SP
June 14 – XTERRA Luxembourg Ergo Night Trail 8.5/16/27km Trail Run, Kautenbach
June 21 – XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
June 28 – XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
July 05 – XTERRA Ontario, Milton – 2014 Canada Cross Tri Championship
July 06 – XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
July 06 – XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada (age group qualifier)
July 13 – XTERRA Sweden, Stockholm
July 19 – XTERRA Ireland Trail Run – 7/13km, Killaloe
July 20 – XTERRA Ireland, Killaloe
July 26 – XTERRA Abruzzo, Lago di Scanno, Italy
Aug 02 – XTERRA Mexico Championship, Tapalpa
Aug 03 – XTERRA Norway – Pending
Aug 09 – XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
Aug 16 – XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau* ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship
Aug 17 – XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada (age group qualifier)
Aug 23 – XTERRA Japan Championship, Marunuma+
Aug 24 – XTERRA England, Cranleigh, Surrey*
Aug 31 – XTERRA Denmark, Tisvilde
Sept 20 – XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah
Oct 26 – XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
Nov 08 – XTERRA Prachatice Trail Run – 6/12km and Kids races, Prachatice, Czech Republic

XTERRA ASIA-PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIP

New for 2014 is the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship presented by Paul Mitchell. Plan your travels down under for the month of April as the inaugural XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship will be held in New South Wales, Australia. The world’s best off-road triathletes will compete for a pro prize purse while amateurs compete for the title of XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champion and qualification slots into the XTERRA World Championship held in Maui, Hawaii each year in October. Learn more at http://www.xterraasiapacific.com.

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR

The XTERRA European Tour will feature an unprecedented 12 majors in 2014 including new stops in Portugal, Ireland, Sweden, and Denmark.

For the second straight year the Series will start in Spain (May 25), a country home to  more XTERRA World Championship men’s pro titles than any other with six combined between Eneko Llanos (3), Ruzafa (2), and Javier Gomez.  The following weekend the Tour visits a new venue and new local organizer for XTERRA Portugal in Golega.

Then starting on June 21 the XTERRA European Tour heads to Greece, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Czech, Germany, England, and Denmark on successive weekends.

Of note, the XTERRA Germany Championship in Zittau on August 16 will double as the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships.  With XTERRA Czech a week before and XTERRA England a week after, there’s a neat opportunity for Americans (and athletes from around the world) to race for their nation and have two or three chances to qualify for XTERRA Worlds at the same time.

 

Date Race Location
25-May XTERRA Spain Cieza
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Golega
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Lake Plastira
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
6-Jul XTERRA France Gerardmer
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden* TBD
20-Jul XTERRA Ireland Killaloe
26-Jul XTERRA Italy  Abruzzo
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Prachatice
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Zittau
24-Aug XTERRA England  Cranleigh
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark TBD
26-Oct XTERRA Worlds Maui

*tentative, as of 1.10.13

For more information visit www.xterraeurope.com

Scott Scudamore, A Man to Remember

It’s been an emotional few weeks as we’ve read about the accomplishments and memories inspired by long-time XTERRA Ambassador Scott Scudamore, who passed away on December 28, 2013.

Remember ScudWe read the tribute written by his friend Sal Ruibal on the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame website, browsed through the posts on his Facebook page, and worked our way through the websitewww.scudfries.orgdedicated to celebrating his life and legacy.

There are a wealth of stories shared by friends painting a vivid picture of a life well lived and a whole lot of love shared.

The XTERRA Tribe knew “Scud” well for his outgoing and welcoming spirit.  He was the prototype XTERRA ambassador.  He calmed racers nerves at the start line, fixed their bikes, gave them words of encouragement and helpful tips, was the ultimate training partner, and guided the XTERRA crew every chance he got.

“Scud was never afraid to express his opinion on anything,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas.  “If he thought we could improve something or if he found a place on the course that he did not think was marked properly – we heard about it.  There were numerous times he would find us, and with that big booming voice, let us know that he found something that had to be changed.  Scud never did it maliciously or with anything but the best of intentions and we often found what he noticed was true.”

And he knew what he was talking about.  He was an icon in the Mid-Atlantic mountain bike scene, built trails, conducted how to ride your mountain bike with confidence clinics, and taught newbies how to ride.

Scott was retired but hardly stood still. He was on the local water rescue team and had recently learned how to surf a kayak in white water.  His volunteerism efforts were off-the-charts, perhaps most notably his connection with Trails For Youth, a program that connected kids to the natural world around them.  You can get a glimpse into the heart of the man by reading this story shared by Pat Childers.

He served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a captain.  He was famous for his fries, for making people smile, as a soccer coach, and a family man. He left an undeniable mark on this world, and will be greatly missed by his extended family within the XTERRA Tribe and far beyond.

Scott “Scud” Scudamore is most certainly, a Man to Remember.

Top 10 XTERRA Stories of 2013

A look at some of our favorite tales from the off-road (click on the embedded links for more on each piece)…

1. Putting it all in perspective – Kim Cross, a racer/mom/author from Birmingham, Alabama made us both laugh and cry in her wondeful piece titled “Learning the Art of Losing” which was posted online by espnW.  Her perspective on racing and life and parenthood is akin to a big breath of fresh air. There’s a terrific video that goes with the story too, check it out.

Julie Dibens2. The Comeback Kids– We are constantly inspired by those who overcome adversity.  This year there were several notable XTERRA racers who did just that…

Julie Dibens – returned to tri at the XTERRA Mountain Champs in July and brought a barrel full of laughs for the XTERRA Tribe with her.  Always a treat to have the witty and uber-talented Brit along for the ride, AND she actually led the bike through the first 10 miles before Shonny Vanlandingham took over.  Don’t ask what happened in Hawaii.

Ron Hill – Our XTERRA Warrior award winner crashed hard on the downhill in Maui last year and crushed his pelvis.  It’s not an easy injury to recover from, not when you’re 30, definitely not when you’re 75, but Ron did. He spent weeks prone in a hospital bed, graduated to a wheelchair to a walker to light jogging to racing again in July to winning his second XTERRA World title this October.

Jamie WhitmoreJamie Whitmore – One of our favorite comebacks of all-time.  She’s conquering the world again, and still shaking things up at XTERRA too.  This year J-Dawg had big fun with the Tribe at XTERRA Guam.

Ryan DeCook – Talk about a guy that doesn’t give-up or give-in.  The 10-year XTERRA vet bounced back from not one, but several gnarly injuries to mix it up with the best in the business yet again in 2013.

Shonny Vanlandingham – After blowing out her knee in 2011 it was hard to imagine the 2010 XTERRA World Champ returning to form, especially at 44-years-old.  But she did, in convincing fashion by winning the XTERRA Mountain Championship for the fourth time in five years in July, then posting the fastest bike split at XTERRA Worlds in October.  Perhaps her best is yet to come!  ESPN wrote a great article on Shonny title “age is no obstacle” this September, read it here.

Dan Hugo – Following nearly a year off the XTERRA circuit in 2012 due to injuries Hugo rejuvenated his career and passion for the sport by traveling to 14 XTERRA races in nine countries.  He finished in the top three at 11 of those – and his victory at the XTERRA East Championship in Richmond was cause for celebration for his friends, family, and XTERRA fans worldwide.

3. Life Re-Imagined – Cindi Toepel took the “age is no obstacle” theme to a whole new level this year by winning the women’s overall at XTERRA Iron Creek AND the 60-64 division at the same time.  Cindi also won her unprecedented ninth XTERRA USA Championship (seventh in a row).

4. Caveman wins 7th World Title – The legend grows.  After cutting his hand open at the season-opener in Vegas Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz battled through a series of ensuing injuries that forced him to pull from the run in ‘Bama, then not even start at one of his favorite all-time races in Richmond.  Living up to his mantra “never give up,” the Caveman pulled off an improbable win at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in the sands of the Netherlands – his third straight ITU World title to go with his unprecedented four XTERRA crowns.  For good measure, he beat Europe’s best XTERRA racers in Italy a week later.

5. Looking to the Source – Tom Dhans gave us a glimpse into the strength of the human spirit this year as he raced at XTERRA Worlds in honor of his 16-year-old daughter who passed  away in an auto accident.

Ben and Jacqui6. Ben and Jacqui – What a year it was for the reigning XTERRA Warrior award-winners.  Ben won an unprecedented seven XTERRA World Tour championship events, they both won the Asia-Pacific Triple Crowns, and with a heavy heart after losing her beloved grandfather Jacqui won the XTERRA England Championship in his honor in front of an extended collection of family and friends.  It was the first triathlon her father had ever been to.  Tim Carlson captured the essence of this duo just a few weeks ago in an article title “Family Matters in Life and Sport

7. Streakers – No, not that kind, we’re talking about winning streaks like Lesley Paterson, who won seven straight XTERRA races from the 2012 USA Championship through to the 2013 USA Champs. In Europe, the distinction belonged to Helena Erbenova who won five straight (Greece, Switzerland, France, Italy, and Czech) on her way to capturing the XTERRA European Tour for the second year-in-a-row.

8. A decade of excellence – In 2004 the Stillwater Sport & Entertainment team introduced XTERRA to South Africa in Grabouw, a mountain paradise situated in the Western Cape atop the Sir Lowry’s Pass. The sport, and lifestyle, has grown spectacularly ever since.  Aided by a magnificent base of sponsors, athletes, and media coverage, this year’s XTERRA South Africa Championship weekend accommodated close to 3,000 racers…“There is little doubt this is the biggest XTERRA on earth,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas.

9. The Professor – 2005 XTERRA World Champion Nico Lebrun announced his retirement from professional racing this year and shortly after became the first European inducted into the XTERRA Hall of Fame.  He was nicknamed the “Professor” and will now use those strengths to help others in his new ventures with OrgaNICOach.  So many great Nico stories to remember…like the time he fell and broke his wrist on the rocks just before winning worlds.

Brent Bieshaar10. XTERRA Across America – Brent Bieshaar truly captured the “Live More” spirit of XTERRA this year by turning his bucket-list idea into reality.  He did 22 XTERRA races in 23 weekends and an unprecedented 24 overall during the year.  Along his 50,000-mile journey he made a lot of friends, raised thousands of dollars and hope for those touched by Lou Gehrig ’s disease in the name of the Blazeman Foundation, and taught us all a lesson on how to “adapt and conquer.” Read his blog

Honorable Mention: Josiah Middaugh becoming the first American to capture the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series since 2006; Marcus Barton cancelling his weekend plans to drive three hours to work on repairing trails effected by XTERRA Hickory Knob; this shot of Craig Evans face-planting in Richmond (he’s OK); Ben Allen offering to lend his bike to a traveling age grouper who lost his in transit to Greece just so he could pre-ride the course; Lesley Paterson’s remarkable life and diverse passions; and Conrad Stoltz saving Anthony Snoble from falling down the side of a trail in Richmond.

Trust that we only scratched the surface with this list.  The XTERRA Tribe is filled with some of the greatest people on earth and we are humbled to provide them with a sport they can thrive in.  Here’s to many more adventures in 2014!

EPC Coaching Back At It in 2014

It’s back and better than ever! Group Coaching specifically designed for the 2014 XTERRA Southeast & East Championships, XTERRA Mountain Championships, and XTERRA USA & World Championships.

WHAT IS GROUP COACHING?

EPC CoachingSimply put, EPC’s Group Coaching is a training plan taken to the next level. Imagine getting a detailed monthly training plan that takes you through all of the necessary training phases to have your reach your peak for you target event(s). Pretty cool. You can find plenty of great training plans online, in book, magazines, from your local stud or stud-ette athlete in town; but it’s up to you to decipher the plan, stay on track and maintain overall motivation. Well, take this killer training plan developed by professional racer, coach, family man, Cody Waite; and include with it a monthly conference call where you can listen in and learn all the ‘ins & outs’ of the plan, gain additional wisdom and insight from the man himself, and even ask the specific questions you’re going to have with any training program. Pretty rad! Now what if we put the proverbial ‘cherry on top’ of the program by including email access to Coach Cody throughout the entire process? That’s right, you have a question about a piece of the plan, or ‘if you should add this local training race in’, or ‘eat this piece of pie'; you can contact Coach Cody by email and get your questions answered! You’re probably thinking, “Holy crap this is good stuff.” Why yes it is, thank you.

WHO IS GROUP COACHING FOR?

For 2014 we have two individual programs available: one for the XTERRA Southeast & East Championships and one for the Mountain Championships. That’s right, we have a program designed specifically for athletes on the eastern half of the country that are afraid of the cacti at the XTERRA West Championship and are terrified of the altitude and elevation gain that comes with the XTERRA Mountain Championship; this eastern program targets both the XTERRA Southeast and East Championships in Alabama and Richmond, respectively. The second XTERRA program is for the folks on the western side of the country that love the beauty and grandeur of the Rocky Mountains and the courses that come with it (or those that happen to live in the west and have to “climb that damn mountain at Beaver Creek” because it’s their championship race). After their first ‘peaks’ of the season, both XTERRA programs include a continuing program to take you all the way through to the XTERRA USA and the big show at the XTERRA World Championships for the second peak of the season. That’s 10 months of training plans, conference calls, and direction!

WHEN DOES GROUP COACHING START AND WHEN DOES IT END?

The XTERRA programs run January through October (10 months). These take you through the build up and peaking for the Regional Championships, and then a rebuild for Nationals and Worlds.

WHAT DOES GROUP COACHING INCLUDE?

  • A highly detailed Training Plan (delivered on a monthly basis)
  • A private Basic Training Peaks account for program access & log (or link to your own Premium account)
  • Monthly Live Conference Call (and recorded version)
  • Email Q&A Support
  • Suggested ‘points’ races to include in your schedule
  • EPC Group Training options and ‘pre-rides’ throughout the year for Denver athletes
  • Attendance to open water swim practices, Denver training camps and clinics put on by EPC
  • EPC Sponsor & Partner Discounts

WHAT DOES GROUP COACHING NOT INCLUDE?

  • A training schedule created around your schedule (you can move the workouts around to best fit your needs)
  • Workouts designed specifically for you (they are self-modifiable in duration & intensity to fit your needs)
  • Every race you plan to do throughout the year (you learn how to add additional races to your plan as desired)
  • Training evaluation or accountability (we’ll help keep you motivated but it’s up to you to follow the plan and stay on track)

WHEN DO I START? CAN I JOIN IN LATER?

The programs officially begin in January, and the earlier you join in the better off you’ll be. However,  you can join in at any time. Keep in mind our programs are very progressive and the training and workouts build upon the earlier training performed. If you miss our official start date in January, as long as you are not coming off the couch in spring and expecting to get in shape two months before a goal event, you can join in mid-program and make the most out of the time you’ve got with us.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Great question and one I knew was coming. We are offering a one-time flat fee option for those that want the best deal, as well as a monthly payment option for those that are either ‘late to the party’ or don’t have the lump sum available upfront (but trust us, it’s a way better deal to pay up front!). The fees are the same for both programs: XTERRA Southeast/East & XTERRA Mountain

  • A done deal at $400 for the 10-month program
  • or $75 per month (paid on auto debit), jump in any time
  • No membership, no set-up fee, no other monies required!

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Champion System and XTERRA Races to Release Co-Branded Apparel Line

A full line of custom designed cycling, running and triathlon clothing available through online store and select retailers nationwide.

HONOLULU, HI – Champion System, a worldwide leader in custom technical apparel will produce a co-branded line of clothing with Team Unlimited/XTERRA for the 2014 season.

“Champion System is excited to team with the XTERRA family of events. Their longevity within off-road racing and their depth of events makes our relationship a perfect match with our extensive technical triathlon, cycling and running apparel,” said Champion System Co-Founder Scott Kaylin.

Men’s and women’s cycling, triathlon and running apparel in a large range of designs, are being offered through an online store and at select national retailers. Limited edition designs will also be offered throughout the season.

Champion System / XTERRA“We are most excited to have Champion System join the XTERRA team and develop state of the art cycling and running tech wear products. Scott Kaylin has been a leader in the endurance sports world and has a great and innovative design team which will help to accelerate the XTERRA brand,” said XTERRA CEO Tom Kiely.

XTERRA is a series of premier off-road triathlons and trail running races with events worldwide. 2014 will be the 14th year running of the XTERRA America Tour and stands to be one of the longest running series in the USA in the sport of triathlon. With these two companies doing a co-branded line, the depth of experience within the endurance sport world is deep.

Champion System will also supply custom gear unique to the XTERRA Ambassador Program.

“Our XTERRA Ambassadors share the ‘Live More’ spirit far and wide for us and they’ve done a tremendous job of making us look good through the years.  We’re happy to return the favor, and make them look good in custom-made gear from Champion System,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.

The full line is available at: http://xterra.champ-sys.com/xterra

About Champion System

Champion System, a worldwide leader in custom technical apparel, was founded in 2005 and has quickly earned the reputation as a company offering the finest quality handmade garments for a wide range of sports and activities. Strong customer relationships and close collaboration with the world’s top athletes has been the key to Champion System’s success. Its’ distinctive and stylish garments are worn by Olympians, National and World Champions and recreational athletes of all levels. Champion System’s goal is to allow the customer to be their own brand and be known for its commitment to pioneering innovative, race-proven garments that can be customized with virtually any design. It has revolutionized sublimation printing, redefined garment construction and simplified the custom ordering process. With offices in 22 countries Champion System continues to set the standard in the custom apparel industry.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988.  It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2014 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 20+ countries worldwide.  In the U.S. alone nearly 200,000 participants took part in the XTERRA lifestyle last year.  In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990.  View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more atwww.xterraplanet.com and www.xterratrailrun.com.

New! XTERRA Ontario Series

For the first-time ever XTERRA is headed to Eastern Canada.

XTERRA OntarioJames Kowalewski from Element Racing will produce the first of three races in the XTERRA Ontario Series July 5 with the XTERRA Mine Over Matter off-road triathlon in Milton, Ontario.

The race will double as the Canadian Cross Triathlon Championships and qualify 10 age group athletes to represent Team Canada at the 2015 ITU Cross Tri World Championships; and the race winners will qualify for the 2014 XTERRA World Championship.

XTERRA Mine Over Matter will also be the first of three events in the XTERRA Ontario Series that will award 16 slots into XTERRA Worlds.

“This location is spectacular,” said Kowalewski.  “The swim is in the spring-fed, baby blue waters of the Kelso Quarry and the bike takes place within Kelso Conservation Area- home to some of the area’s best mountain bike trails.  It’s a fast and flowing course, which constantly changes from double to single track and back again. There are lots of opportunities for passing, and racers are treated to several vista views on the run course.”

Race No. 2 in the series is the XTERRA Sleeping Giant off-road tri at Giants Tomb Provincial Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on Sept. 7; a third race for the Ontario Series being planned.

“We’ve been working on this for a few years now and are really excited to see the expansion take hold,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.  “XTERRA’s Canadian contingent of racers is one of the strongest and most colorful in all the world and we’re happy to be able to provide them with more quality events and opportunities to qualify for Maui in different parts of the country.”

There are six XTERRA races planned in Canada this year, which include XTERRA Victoria (July 6), XTERRA Canmore (August 17), and a new race in Quebec that is yet to be finalized.

Canadians have been racing XTERRA since Greg Timewell finished 7th at the inaugural World Championship back in 1996, and they started hosting their own XTERRA races more than a dozen years ago.

XTERRA Across America Challenge

2013 Mr. XTERRA award-winner Brent Bieshaar, who completed an XTERRA triathlon every weekend of the season this year during his XTERRA Across America journey (finishing an unprecedented 24 races overall) is challenging the Tribe to do the same in 2014…with a twist.

XTERRA Across America“It was such a rewarding experience I wanted to share it with others,” said Bieshaar.  “Now, realizing that not many of even the most die-hard triathletes are able to travel the nation every weekend, I had the idea to make it a more attainable goal by creating the team challenge.”

With that, we introduce the XTERRA Across America Team Challenge.  Here’s how it works.  Each team will consist of no more than three team members.  Those two or three people will combine their efforts to complete an XTERRA triathlon every week of the season, from the first race of the 2014 XTERRA America Tour* (tentatively XTERRA Key Biscayne on February 16) until the official end of the regular season on August 31st.

To start dreaming about the possibilities have a look at the tentative 2014 race schedule here.

How each team chooses to divide the races between themselves is entirely up to the team, and there is no requirement that each member compete in an equal number of races.

XTERRA will keep score based upon the age-group place finish for each race.  The team with the lowest score will be named the winner and each member of the winning team will earn a qualifying slot into the XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 26 (not a free spot, but a spot nonetheless).

XTERRA Across America will continue as a platform to raise money and awareness for the Blazeman Foundation and the War on ALS.  Each team will raise $1,500 ($500 per team member) and each member will receive an official XTERRA Across America racing kit.

Throughout the season, weekly stories about the teams will be posted on thewww.xterraacrossamerica.com web page and on Facebook, and teams will be encouraged to submit stories about their experiences.

There is already one team that has made the commitment to take on the XTERRA Across America Team Challenge.  Of course, Bieshaar is on it, and will be joined by Kevin Adams (Bethesda, MD) and Ben Dillon (Pensacola, FL).

Those interested in accepting the challenge or if you have any questions please contact Brent at bbieshaar@msn.com.  Also, individuals who are interested in the team challenge, but do not have a team formed, should contact Brent.  He will assist in hooking you up with others who have expressed an interest.

*The 2014 races held during the end of 2013 are not considered within this challenge