Stoltz, Van Huyssteen win big in Buffelspoort

For the third straight year Conrad Stoltz and Carla Van Huyssteen captured the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Buffelspoort presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT at the picturesque Buffelspoort Dam in the North West Province of South Africa on Saturday.

Conrad StoltzThe victory also marked a milestone for Stoltz as it was his 50th win in his storied 13-year XTERRA career.  The “Caveman” is also the all-time XTERRA Championship race victory record-holder at 46.  Take a moment to watch this terrific video of Conrad training in his hometown posted by the guys at Specialized.

“It was great, at 39-years-of-age, to be able to win my 50th XTERRA, by six minutes, in front of my home crowd in South Africa today,” said Stoltz after the race.  “The sport is growing like crazy in this country and it’s really exciting.  There were 2,500 people racing this weekend.”

One of the thousands to participate was XTERRA pro Dan Hugo who was taking part in his first XTERRA since last April, having missed most of 2012 due to injury.  Hugo finished second on the day, and deflected attention of his return to honor Stoltz instead.

“The greatest guy to ever do an XTERRA was untouchable today,” said Hugo.  “If I was at my best shape I don’t think I would have been able to match.  You’ve got to accept that and show respect.  I was glad to be the best of the rest.”

On the women’s side Van Huyssteen, who was third at the ITU Cross Tri World Championships held in Alabama last year, won at Buffelspoort for the third straight year.

“The combination of the heat and altitude definitely added to the toughness of today’s XTERRA.  It was definitely good exercise for XTERRA Grabouw”, says Van Huyssteen, who will look to defend her XTERRA South Africa Championship title in Grabouw on February 24.

Watch a video from the race here: http://actionhub.tv/view_video.php?video_id=400

Towards the end of this video you’ll see Conrad Stoltz high-fiving the last finisher, nearly six hours after the day began.

Introducing XTERRA Malaysia

The XTERRA World Tour boosted its offerings in Asia with the addition of XTERRA Malaysia in 2013.  The event, scheduled for April 28 at Putrajaya, will feature a $15,000 pro prize purse and 15 slots into the XTERRA World Championship for age group athletes.

XTERRA Malaysia ScenicThe race will combine a one-mile swim in Putrajaya Lake fronting the Maritime Centre with an 18-mile mountain bike through Challenge Park and a 6-mile trail run. The weekend will be packed with activities with a Sprint distance off-road tri and trail runs happening the day before on April 27 and a Team Relay option running concurrently with the championship contenders on the 28th.

“We’ve got a vibrant, growing participant base in Asia and are thrilled to offer athletes another opportunity to race off-road, experience a new destination, and qualify for the XTERRA World Championship,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.  “XTERRA is a great fit for Malaysia – a place where adventure reigns – and we’re very happy to welcome new athletes from the region into our Tribe.”

Putrajaya, which sits just 25 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, joins established XTERRA World Tour events in the region that include XTERRA Philippines (March 2), XTERRA Saipan (March 9), XTERRA Guam (March 23), and XTERRA Japan (August 24).

“Putrajaya is rich in nature and serene landscapes,” said organizer Eunice Lee of RADIUS MALAYSIA.  “There is so much to explore here and with XTERRA we can provide an opportunity for visitors and locals alike to experience the nature that Malaysia has to offer.”

Race director Dave Spence, an enthusiast and fan of the XTERRA series having raced in the Philippines, New Zealand, and the XTERRA World Championship in Maui himself, is building the course and assures a quality experience for participants.

2013 XTERRA Malaysia is set to be a challenge and an experience not to be missed!

Learn more at http://www.xterramy.com/

XTERRA Across America

Brent Bieshaar’s odyssey to compete in an XTERRA triathlon every week of the 2013 season

Imagine if this was your race schedule (see below) … an XTERRA America Tour event EVERY weekend for the entire season. That amounts to 23 races in a span of 24 weekends.

XTERRA Across AmericaBrent Bieshaar (pictured) is striving to become the first athlete to complete such an amazing feat. He will enter the XTERRA Miami on March 17, and will follow that with an XTERRA race every weekend until the XTERRA Buffalo Creek on August 24. The only break is on Memorial Day weekend, when no races are scheduled.

After that regular season is completed, he plans to focus on the XTERRA USA Championship in September, then the XTERRA World Championship in October.

All told, Bieshaar has an unprecedented 25 races in 18 states on his docket for 2013. The 48-year-old father of two from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is the two-time 45-49 division XTERRA Mountain Region champ.

Brent Bieshaar“It’s going to be a wild ride,” said Bieshaar, who was ultimately pushed into the odyssey on a dare from his brother.

“I kept talking about doing this in terms of a bucket list item, saying ‘someday’.  Well, I said someday one too many times for my brother, who challenged me by replying that “I had the talking part down.”

And that was all it took to turn a dream into an actual plan.

“I can use frequent flier points for most of the flights. My Summit status with Frontier Airlines will enable the bike to fly for free.  I figure I can do the whole season using just five vacation days.  Some weekends there are several races to choose from, and some there’s just one – so that’s where I’ll go.”

Bieshaar will use the attention garnered by his expedition to help raise awareness for the Blazeman Foundation – a family-run non-profit named after the late Jon Blais.  Blais’ courageous battle against Lou Gehrig’s disease inspired a generation of triathletes when he became the first person with ALS to finish the Ironman World Championship in 2005.

“I selected the Blazeman Foundation and the war on ALS for a number of reasons, chief among them is my friend and former high school teammate Don Young who has been diagnosed with ALS. His positive outlook and determination to make the most of his time has made quite an impression on me,” said Bieshaar, who had a special kit made with “War on ALS” emblazoned on the back along with the foundation saying “So Others May Live.”

Interestingly, this is only Bieshaar’s third year of triathlon.  He did his first race at XTERRA Indian Peaks in 2010, got the bug and discovered Cody Waite’s EPC endurance coaching and racing team shortly after.

“I love the trails and being off the road.  I like that the challenge is different at every race, and I love the EPC group.  I’ve been training with them year round.  They are so encouraging and you always have someone to train with,” said Bieshaar.

Bieshaar also has the support of his wife Paula, and sons Ryan, 26, and Danny, 23.

“They love that I’m doing this and are planning on attending a few races.  My wife, who is a trail ultra-marathoner, has always been extremely supportive.  She is helping me out with the blog and facebook posts as I go and is really behind the Blazeman Foundation as well.”

Bieshaar’s journey is the latest example of an XTERRA athlete putting the “Live More” lifestyle to the test. Through the years, XTERRA has encouraged and marveled at other adventurous souls:

There was the pioneer Dennis Fox, who after finishing his tour of duty in 1999 spent his last Army paycheck on entry fees to all the stops on the XTERRA America Tour.  He lived his dream that year – going to all 11 races from coast-to-coast, including the world championship in Maui.

We fondly remember the summer of 2007 when Will Kelsay embarked on a 12-race, 12,000-mile XTERRA journey in a beat-up RV.  He was on the road for 83 straight days (would’ve been longer but Will went broke, and so did the RV).

Most recently we’ve been celebrating the unbridled enthusiasm of young Aussie pro Ben Allen and his girlfriend Jacqui Slack as they traveled to more than a dozen XTERRA’s around the world in pursuit of their passion.

Now add Bieshaar to the list of the ambitious few who push the envelope of possibilities and capture our imagination.
Follow Brent’s “XTERRA Across America” odyssey at www.xterraacrossamerica.com &www.facebook.com/XterraAcrossAmerica.
XTERRA ACROSS AMERICA : BRENT’S 2013 SCHEDULE

Date  Race   Location
17-Mar  XTERRA Miami  No. Miami, FL
24-Mar  XTERRA Hickory Knob  McCormick  SC
30-Mar  XTERRA REAL  Granite Bay, CA
6-Apr  XTERRA Renegade  San Dimas, CA
13-Apr  XTERRA West Champs  Las Vegas, NV
21-Apr  XTERRA Bluebonnet  Burnet, TX
27-Apr  XTERRA Fort Yargo  Winder, GA
5-May  XTERRA Gator Terra  Ruston, LA
12-May  XTERRA Key Biscayne  Key Biscayne, FL
18-May  XTERRA Southeast Champs  Pelham, AL
1-Jun  XTERRA Lory  Bellvue, CO
9-Jun  XTERRA Eureka Springs  Eureka Springs, AR
16-Jun  XTERRA Torn Shirt  Brighton, MI
23-Jun  XTERRA Curt Gowdy  Cheyenne, WY
29-Jun  XTERRA Dairyland  Sheboygan, WI
7-Jul  XTERRA Vashon Island  Vashon Island, WA
14-Jul  XTERRA Magnolia Hill  Navasota, TX
20-Jul  XTERRA Mountain Champs  Avon, CO
27-Jul  XTERRA Indian Peaks  Nederland, CO
4-Aug  XTERRA Black Diamond  Black Diamond, WA
11-Aug  XTERRA STOAKED  Hanover, NH
17-Aug  XTERRA Iron Creek  Spearfish, SD
24-Aug  XTERRA Buffalo Creek  Bailey, CO
21-Sep  XTERRA USA Champs  Ogden, UT
27-Oct  XTERRA World Champs  Kapalua, Maui, HI

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How the XTERRA America Tour Works

The 2013 XTERRA America Tour is comprised of 58 XTERRA Point Series races (XPS) and five XTERRA Championship Series (XCS) races – also known as the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series.  Amateurs are welcome at XCS events, and can earn more points at these races because, generally, participation is higher and the courses are tougher.

XTERRA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (U.S. PRO SERIES)
All four regional championship venues from 2012 return in 2013, as does the USA Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.

Follow the registration links below for more information on each:
April 13 – XTERRA West Championship – Lake Las Vegas, NV
May 18 – XTERRA Southeast Championship – Pelham, AL
June 9 – XTERRA East Championship – Richmond, VA
July 20 – XTERRA Mountain Championship – Beaver Creek, CO
Sep 21 – XTERRA USA Championship – Ogden/Snowbasin Resort, UT

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How the XTERRA America Tour Works

The 2013 XTERRA America Tour is comprised of 58 XTERRA Point Series races (XPS) and five XTERRA Championship Series (XCS) races – also known as the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series.  Amateurs are welcome at XCS events, and can earn more points at these races because, generally, participation is higher and the courses are tougher.

XTERRA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (U.S. PRO SERIES)
All four regional championship venues from 2012 return in 2013, as does the USA Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.

Follow the registration links below for more information on each:
April 13 – XTERRA West Championship – Lake Las Vegas, NV
May 18 – XTERRA Southeast Championship – Pelham, AL
June 9 – XTERRA East Championship – Richmond, VA
July 20 – XTERRA Mountain Championship – Beaver Creek, CO
Sep 21 – XTERRA USA Championship – Ogden/Snowbasin Resort, UT

For Pros: The top 15 pros at each championship event are awarded points based on overall pro finish.  Pros count their best three-of-four regional scores plus the points they get (or don’t get) at the XTERRA USA Championship in Utah. Thus, the final point total combines the best three scores in the first four races, plus the USA Championship race points.  He/she with the most points in the end is declared the U.S. Pro Series Champ. The U.S. Series will dish out $140,000 in prize money: $15,000 at each regional championship race, $20,000 at the USA Championship, and $60,000 to the top overall points scorers in the Series. Note:  The XTERRA World Championship on Oct. 27 in Maui is a stand-alone event worth $100,000.

For Amateurs:  The XTERRA America Tour is designed to provide age group athletes (amateurs) with a bona-fide championship to compete for within their geographic region. At the end of the regular season the top performers in each of seven regions are invited to compete against other athletes their same age – but from different regions – at the national championship in Utah on Sept. 21.

Here’s how the Series works:

1) CHOOSE REGION: There are seven regions, determined by a competitor’s primary residence at the time of their first race.  New for this year the Atlantic and Northeast regions have merged – creating 8 races in that region.  There are six races in the Northwest, nine in the Midwest and Central regions, and 10 events in the Southeast, Mountain, and West Regions.

2) DETERMINE YOUR DIVISION/AGE GROUP: “XTERRA Age” is based on a competitor’s age on December 31, 2012.  Athletes compete in the following age categories: 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 (men), and 75+ (men). We also have Physically Challenged Divisions.

3) RACE AND SCORE: Series competitors race for points at their choice of events – including XTERRA Points Series (XPS) races & XTERRA Championship Series (XCS) races.  Competitors can enter as many events as they’d like but just their best four finishes count towards their total points score.  Competitors are required to race in at least one event in their region, and must COUNT two events in their region.  Note: You don’t have to race in two, but you have to count two in your region.  Bottom line, to play the game (to qualify for nationals and win a regional championship) you have to race in at least one event in your region, and everything more than that is gravy and increases your chances of scoring points and winning.

4) COUNT ‘EM UP:  Points are awarded to the top 15 finishers in each age group at each race. Athletes can earn more points at championship series races because, generally, participation is higher and the courses are tougher.  If an athlete races at more than one championship event, only the best finish counts at full points. Any other finishes earn points at the same rate as the XTERRA Points Series races.  See the points allocation.

5) BECOMING A REGIONAL CHAMP: At the end of the regular season in late August, the athlete with the most points – by gender, by division, by region – earns the title of XTERRA Regional Champion.  In addition, the highest points scorers in each region are invited to compete for a national title at the XTERRA USA Championship in Utah.  See breakdown of invites.

Note: All XTERRA America Tour events are sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the national governing body of multisport in the United States. As such all athletes are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the USAT.  Details available at www.usatriathlon.org.

The XTERRA Points Series races are a collection of independently produced off-road triathlons owned and operated by local promoters, while the championship series events are bigger races with pro purses on full-length courses operated by TEAM Unlimited / XTERRA.

XTERRA: The Gift of Adventure

Earlier this year a study by San Francisco State University suggested that “those who spend money to do things are happier than those who spend their money on possessions.”

Phillippines RiderIndeed the thought that life experiences are more valuable than “things” is a concept near and dear to the hearts of XTERRA Warriors around the world.

“As an old guy I can testify that the things I’ve been able to do, people I’ve met, and places I’ve been to because of XTERRA have been more valuable to me than any possession I’ve ever owned,” said XTERRA managing director “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas.

While Nicholas is the undisputed leader of long-distance travel with XTERRA, one only needs to venture outside of their hometown to discover new trails and new people to grasp the idea of “Live More.”

In 2013, such XTERRA adventure opportunities abound in the U.S. and around the world.

It all starts with the iconic XTERRA South Africa Championship race in the Western Cape on Feb. 24.  Can you imagine how cool it would be to have a cocktail with some elephants on a safari before-or-after the race…”except you always have to watch out for the water buffalo, they’ll just run you over,” smiled Nicholas.

If warm weather, clear blue water, and perfect training conditions in friendly, exotic locations appeal to you then March is your month.

Four races in four weeks on three incredible islands with XTERRA Philippines (March 2), Saipan (March 9), and Guam (March 24) in succession and lots of fun to be had in-between with the lively-spirited pros and amateurs who make the trek each year.

There are also early season races in Motatapu and Rotorua in New Zealand, and the beautiful beachside community of Anglesea in Australia.  When summer hits, Europe gets hot with big races in eight countries.  Other sure fire great experiences are up-for-grabs in Brazil, Mexico, and Japan next year.

In the U.S. alone XTERRA has nearly 70 races on tap, and at least one man – Brent Bieshaar of Colorado – plans on doing an XTERRA race every weekend from March through August.  We’ll hear all about his experiences as the year draws near.

This December, as the season of giving gets into full swing, remember that sometimes the best present is the gift of adventure … which can be found at an XTERRA near (or far) from you.

NEW DATE: XTERRA World Championship At-Large Registration Opens Dec. 5, 2012

NEW DATE: At-large registration for the 2013 XTERRA World Championship will open December 5, 2012 at 7am Hawaii Time (9am PST, 12pm EST, 6pm in Europe – adjust to your timezone).

Go to www.xterramaui.com for your chance to claim one of 150 at-large entries into the 18th annual XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, Maui to be held Oct. 27, 2013.

At-large spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

At large entry fee is US$500.00. Entry fee for qualified athletes will be US$475.00 (or US$450.00 for Hawaii residents). Entry includes admission to the Night of Champions Dinner and Awards Dinners.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received via email to info@xterraplanet.com no later than August 31, 2013, and are eligible for a partial refund of US$125.00. No refunds will be issued for requests made after August 31, 2013. Transfers or deferrals are NOT permitted.

Note: Non-U.S. athletes residing in countries hosting XTERRA World Tour Championship races will not be accepted into the “at large” pool prior to their National Championship event. You should apply directly to your National Organizer for an “at large” slot from any unused qualifying positions.

XTERRA World Championship

XTERRA World Champ Triathletes Spotlight – Part 3

Over the last few weeks we’ve tracked down the age group world champions to see how their day unfolded.  Here we learn more about Hannah Rae Finchamp, Benoit Lalevee, Carol Rasmussen, and Oliver Shaw.

Hannah Rae Finchamp (15-19) Altadena, California – 3:05:55

Hannah Rae FinchampHannah Rae Finchamp wasn’t just the fastest woman in the 15-19 division at XTERRA Worlds, she was the fastest amateur woman in the entire field.  The 16-year-old junior at Maranatha High School finished 13th overall, ahead of six pro woman, and more than seven-minutes ahead of the next age group female.

“My race went extremely smooth, well as smooth as the ocean, sand, dirt, sun and a little rain can go,” said Finchamp, who did her first XTERRA (a trail run) when she was just 10-years-old.

“I had a better race than I could have ever imagined.  God truly blessed me and was with me the whole race.  I spent much of the race thinking it was too good to be true and I still couldn’t believe I was in first until mile four on the run when I passed a man from an older age group.  He said, “You’re going to be XTERRA world champion and you know it!”  At that moment I felt my eyes tear up and began to thank God for such an amazing race.”

It’s the second straight 15-19 division XTERRA World Championship for Finchamp, who was also the top amateur and winner of her second consecutive XTERRA USA Championship in September.  Together with 16-year-old Neilson Powless (who won the men’s USA and World Championship overall titles out of the 15-19 division) the duo became the youngest competitors to ever win the overall titles in the amateur division at both races this year.

“I have always been an adventure seeker and XTERRA fit the bill perfectly.  It was like nothing else I had ever seen and it was so exciting!  Then right when I turned 14 (race age 15) and I reached the age limit for the full XTERRA course I signed up.”

It’s clear that the future of XTERRA is coming of age.
“The best part of the World Championship in Maui, and XTERRA in general, is that you never know how your race will turn out because there are so many obstacles to overcome.  I absolutely love Maui, and while many people go there to simply vacation, I think I have the best of all worlds.  When racing in Maui I swam in the beautiful clear ocean, biked to what seemed like the top of the world and ran up hills some people wouldn’t even consider possible.  I am already looking forward to next year!”

Benoit Lalevee (45-49) St.Nazaire Les Eymes, France – 2:55:40

BenoitLaleveeMaui2012.jpgIn just his second year of racing off-road Benoit Lalevee can claim to be the fastest 45-49 division man in XTERRA.

“I did my first XTERRA in Switzerland last September and won, but before that I did mainly road tris. Now, I prefer off-road racing and being closer to nature,” said Lalevee.

The channel manager for Schneider Electric came to Maui with a group of Swiss and French athletes organized by long-time XTERRA pro Olivier Marceau.

“It was a wonderful trip.  We had good times during training, relaxing and visiting the island,” said Lalevee.

Raceday didn’t go quite as smooth as the rest of the trip, however… “The night before the race we got evacuated because of the tsunami and only had a few hours sleep, and the swim was not so simple due to the waves but I did my best.  On the bike I had problems with my rear derailleur due to the dust, and I did not know my position.  Then on the last climb on the run before the lake I had two big leg cramps and had to stop. I thought it could be finished for me, but on the descent everything fell back in order,” said Lalevee, who finished more than six-minutes ahead of runner-up Dan Smith from Canada.

Even more adventure greeted Lalevee on his return-trip home as he was re-routed through Chicago instead of New York to avoid Hurricane Sandy.

“The 2012 XTERRA could have been a disaster but in the end I am World Champion, proud and thankful for all my family and friends who believed in me.”

Carol Rasmussen (45-49) Karlslunde, Denmark – 3:33:09

Carol RasmussenBy trade Carol Rasmussen teaches Danish, English, German, physical education and swimming to kids ages 10 to 15.  After finishing Ironman Worlds in Kona (11:54:58) and winning the 45-49 division at XTERRA Worlds just two weeks later, she could probably teach them a thing or two about triathlon as well.

“I was actually a mountain biker that started to do some triathlon when I read about XTERRA last year,” explained Rasmussen about her entrance to the sport.  “So, my husband and I decided to participate in the German XTERRA, and I won, and we thought it was such a nice race that we participated again this year.  I also qualified for the Ironman so I thought why not go and do both.”

Rasmussen credits taking it easy (if that’s possible) during the marathon in Kona for her winning day in Maui.

“In Kona I decided to walk a third of the marathon back to the finish line, which I think saved my leg, so that I was able to run strong in Maui.”

Like many other competitors this year, Rasmussen got sidetracked by the Tsunami warning the night before the race.

“We were staying at a campground, and when we finally got back to our campsite after the pre-race dinner the police told us to evacuate and we drove up the nearest road towards the mountain.  I was trying to sleep in the back of the car but there was so much noise from all the other people it wasn’t really possible.”

The lack of sleep had little impact on her race or experience.

“We had a great time in Maui,” said Rasmussen.  “We did some sightseeing and got to meet a lot of friendly and interesting people from all over the world.  When people say that the Ironman in Kona is the greatest race they have ever participated in, I can only say, Kona is boring compared to XTERRA Maui. Everything is better on Maui; the welcome dinner, the award dinner, the Halloween Party, the bike and run tracks through the nature, the wild swim, and the friendly, easy going athletes. What a great experience.”

Oliver Shaw (20-24 Division) Rotorua, New Zealand – 2:42:49

Oliver ShawHe’s just 20-years but Oliver Shaw is already a seasoned XTERRA veteran.

“I started XTERRA five years ago at the New Zealand Champs which are held at Rotorua every year. I am from Rotorua and always wanted to do the race. My Dad thought I could do quite well if I trained for it, so I did and I’ve been to every New Zealand XTERRA and World Championship race since,” said Shaw.

Turned out Dad was right, as the young Kiwi has been a force back home and in Maui through the years. This year at the world championship Shaw finished 25th overall, second amateur, and just 14-seconds behind the overall amateur winner Neilson Powless.

“I was really happy on race day to see the clouds come over as all my build up had been done in New Zealand winter which isn’t Hawaiian-like at all,” exclaimed Shaw.  “I had an average swim but once onto the bike I felt pretty good and started to make my way up the field as I came out of the swim way back. I moved up to one of the top amateur’s off the bike and had a solid run. I took the lead about halfway through the run so I was pretty sure that I was leading my age group although it was nice to have it confirmed at the finish!”

Shaw edged Dennis Kruse from Germany by a little more than one-minute, and was nearly five minutes faster than Ryan Petry from Arizona who dominated the age group competition at the XTERRA West and Mountain Championships this year.

Having just finished his last year at the University of Waikato studying sport perhaps the next step for Shaw might be a pro career.  One thing is for certain, another trip to Maui is in order…
“Maui is an amazing place to visit and race. The beaches, resorts and people are some of the best in the world.”

XTERRA European Tour Stronger Than Ever

The XTERRA European Tour will feature an unprecedented eight majors in 2013; including new stops in England, Greece, and Spain; and new race venues in Italy and Switzerland.

Swim StartThose interested in racing at XTERRA France are encouraged to sign-up now, as the event is already close to selling out.

“XTERRA in Europe has never been stronger,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas. “We started XTERRA in Europe in 1999 and have seen the popularity grow by leaps and bounds in recent years. Our big races are selling-out, and every October at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui we are noticing an increasing number of qualifiers from nearly every nation in the European Union. “

In 2013 XTERRA will host eight XTERRA World Championship qualifying events in Europe, and award approximately $150,000 (US) in prize money to professionals.

The Series starts in Murcia, Spain on June 2, travels to Lake Plastira in Greece for the first-time on June 15, discovers a new venue at Vallee de Joux in Switzerland on June 29, heads to Gerardmer, France on July 7, visits a new Italian stop in Abruzzo on July 20, heads to Prachatice in the Czech Republic on Aug. 10, then to Zittau, Germany on the following Saturday, Aug. 17; and the Series concludes in Surrey, England on September 8.

Professional athletes will count their best six of eight scores while amateurs will count their best five.

Nicolas Lebrun won the European Tour for the fourth time in 2012; while former Olympian Helena Erbenova won the women’s crown for the first time.

2013 XTERRA European Tour Majors

Date – Race, Location
June 2 – XTERRA Spain Championship, Cieza, Murcia
June 15 – XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira
June 29 – XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux
July 7 – XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer
July 20 – XTERRA Abruzzo – Lago di Scanno, Italy
Aug 10 – XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice
Aug 17 – XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau
Sept 8 – XTERRA England, Cranleigh, Surrey