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