Weiss, Leicester win XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay

Bradley Weiss and Johandri Leicester dominated the field at the Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay in the city of Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province on Saturday.

Staging his comeback from injury, Weiss proved to be in a league of his own completing the 1.5km ocean swim, 28km MTB discipline and 12km trail run in a combined time 2:00:02.

“I wasn’t sure if I’d make the start today. My doctor actually advised me not to race, but I wasn’t going to stay away any longer,” says an adamant Weiss. “I felt amazing today. It seems that the long rest period did me good. The XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay course is becoming one of my favourite courses.   It features a lot of single track and is pure mountain biking. Racing against Stuart today was really special, while having Conrad Stoltz out in the field was also pretty cool. Today was a good test before XTERRA Grabouw. It was nice to get the feeling of racing again.”

According to Marais, who came second on the day, Bradley Weiss was driving the pace on the mountain bike discipline. “The swim was hard. Brad and I exited the water together behind Keegan Cooke and Theo Blignaut. We jumped onto the bikes at the same time, but I lost Brad’s wheel at a river crossing.  I decided to ride smoothly instead of fast. From there Brad lead for the rest of the race. XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay’s ocean swim is fantastic. The mountain bike course is technical, a real cross country style course. The run is cool. It’s fast, there are climbs and sand. Next up is the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw, it’s the grail of XTERRAs. I feel good. Anything can happen at this event.” Theo Blignaut rounded off the podium on the day.

Johandri Leicester’s finishing time of 2:38:20 secured her the top spot on the podium in the women’s race. “Today was tough,” says Leicester. “I misjudged the swim, but managed to catch a wave on my way out. I completed the mountain bike discipline slower than in 2016, but there was more sand this year so that is understandable. I just took it easy. Overall I had a good race. I really like the ocean swim and technical mountain biking.” Alexia Loizou came in second, while Tracey Campbell finished third.

Next up is the XTERRA South Africa Championship in Grabouw next Saturday, February 25.

Read Brad’s blog post about the event here.

Learn more at www.stillwatersports.com

Thailand

Yin-Dee Ton-Rap XTERRA Thailand!

XTERRA welcomes the kingdom of Thailand to the World Tour on April 1 with the inaugural XTERRA Phuket off-road triathlon.

Thailand’s largest tropical island is a well-known international destination for beach goers, serious divers, and road triathletes.  And now, dirt lovers have the chance to experience its natural beauty too.

XTERRA Phuket is the second stop of the 2017 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour and combines a 1.5k swim in the crystal-clear ocean of Layan Beach, with 30k of mountain biking and 10k of trail running in a stunning jungle setting.

“It’s a tough course and a true jungle experience,” says race director Serge Henkens, an experienced event producer with a passion for off-road racing and the great outdoors.  “Competitors can expect a hilly, rolling course, hot weather, and a spectacular swim in crystal clear water that starts from a pristine beach.”

Henkens, who also produces trail runs, road triathlons, mud obstacle races, and Southeast Asia’s most popular adventure race, the River Kwai Trophy Adventure Race, said he’s most excited to share the famous Thai hospitality with the athletes visiting from around the world.

“I’ve been wanting to produce a world-class XTERRA event here in Thailand for more than a decade now, and truly believe the market is ready for it,” said Henkens.

At stake is $7,500 in elite prize money, age group slots to the XTERRA World Championship on Maui, and points in the Asia-Pacific Tour.  Reigning Asia-Pacific Tour champion Ben Allen (AUS) is scheduled to compete, alongside his perennial APAC Tour rival Bradley Weiss from South Africa, up and comer Kieran McPherson from New Zealand and David Escobar Ballesteros of Spain, who won the XTERRA test event in Koh Samui this past September.

Highlighting the women’s elite field is the reigning XTERRA Malaysia Champion Jacqui Slack of Great Britain, and the “Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher, who will be looking to add another title to her incredible string of 33 career championship wins.

A sprint distance (750m swim, 20km MTB, 5km trail running), duathlon (5km Run, 30km MTB, 10km trail running) and 30K/10K/5K trail runs are also available, and entry to all events includes a gala awards dinner.

Visiting athletes are encouraged to allow plenty of time to explore all that the island has to offer – its blue lagoons and gorgeous sunsets, diverse water sports, tropical gardens and Buddhist temples. The island boasts a vibrant nightlife and sensational cuisine from local street stalls to fabulous restaurants.

Learn more at www.xterrathailand.com.

XTERRA La Union Cancelled

Sunrise Events, organizers of XTERRA La Union, today announced the March 26 race has been cancelled.

“It is with deep sadness that we had to come to this decision, as we were very recently made aware that the Host Province cannot support the event as originally intimated,” explained Sunrise Events in its official cancellation notice.  “Staging a world class event requires full commitment and support from the host province. This is far and beyond any commercial support — it requires genuine sincerity and passion to host the event in the Province.”

Registered athletes are being provided a full refund on entry fees, hotel bookings, and non-refundable airfare, as well as a bike jersey and event medal.

“Sunrise Events is a world-class event producer with a proven track record, and years of experience in working with Provinces to promote tourism through events,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “They have successfully produced XTERRA events in the Philippines for the past six years and received rave reviews from age groupers and elites alike. This is a very unfortunate situation, however, they are going above and beyond in extending every courtesy to all registered participants.”

Of note, the XTERRA Cebu off-road triathlon scheduled for April 23rd in Danao will continue as planned.

For further information about the cancellation visit https://www.launion.xterraphil.com

For more on the 2017 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/asian-tour

Strong Field Set for Inaugural XTERRA Chile

On April 1st, the XTERRA Pan American Tour will introduce its newest member – XTERRA Chile.  The event will be held in San Bernardo, 30-minutes outside of Santiago.

The race will include a 1.5K swim with two laps in Lake Maipo, a brand new ski lake set alongside the XTERRA Village, followed by 30K mountain bike and 8K trail run.  The 2-lap bike course will be fun for riders of all skill levels with some challenging altitude gains and plenty of room for passing.  And the trail run will take competitors around the lake and into mountains revealing stunning Chilean landscape views.

A Sprint course is also offered on April 1 (750m swim, 10K mountain bike and 3K trail run), and the following day is equally as action packed with the XTERRA Kids triathlon for children from 7-15 years old and XTERRA Relay races over the full distance.  The weekend will be filled with Chilean-style fun and hospitality.

With US$7,500 in elite prize money on the line, competition will be fierce in this first-time event.  Fittingly, Chilean Olympian Barbara Riveros (pictured) is confirmed to race.  “Chicka” is no stranger to XTERRA and reached the podium in XTERRA races all over the world, including two second place finishes at the prestigious XTERRA World Championship.  France’s Morgane Riou, who finished 5th in the 20016 XTERRA European Tour, American Kara LaPoint, who ranked 3rd in last year’s XTERRA Pan American Tour, and  Brazil’s Sabrina Gobbo, 5th in the 2016 Pan Am Tour, will be there to challenge her.

In the men’s race, Chile’s Felipe “Pipo” Barraza, who took 4th last year in a stacked field at the XTERRA Pan American Championship, will be racing, along with fellow Chilean Benjamin Munizaga. Legendary Argentinian triathlete, Oscar Galindez, 4th at XTERRA Argentina last year, will compete, as will 2012 Argentinian Olympian Gonzalo Tellechea. American Ian King, 7th in the 2016 XTERRA Pan American Tour, and Frenchman, Julien Buffe are also racing.

The producers of XTERRA Chile are passionate and experienced triathletes.  Rodrigo Ballivian is the oldest international distributor of XTERRA Wetsuits & Boards, and his partner, Emilio Ramirez, brings a wealth of experience in event production.  His company Milpies, produces numerous high profile road triathlons as well as mountain bike races.

Chile promises a great XTERRA race experience and a spectacular travel experience rich in natural beauty, culture and history.  It is home to Patagonia, Easter Island, the high Andean plateau, and vineyards producing some of the world’s best wine.  Don’t miss it.

Information and registration: xterrachile.com

About XTERRA Pan American Tour

The XTERRA Pan American Tour is a 10-stop series for both amateur and professional athletes starting March 25th at XTERRA Argentina and concludes September 16 with the XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Ogden, Utah. In between are majors in the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Learn more at www.xterrapanam.com.

Fedhealth XTERRA Kids take Nelson Mandela Bay by Storm

The picturesque Kings Beach was a hub of excitement on Friday with eager junior adventure seekers lining up to partake in the Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Nelson Mandela Bay.

“The Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race was the perfect ice breaker for a weekend of action packed XTERRA racing,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.  “XTERRA is all about fitness, fun and most importantly family.  We are thankful to all parents for making it possible for their children to be part of the experience.  It was truly heart-warming to see the joy on the faces of each and every entrant. ”

Says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth: “It’s always with great excitement that we welcome kids at our Fedhealth XTERRA events. Physical exercise is a major part of a healthy childhood, and when Mom and Dad can also join in the fun, there’s the added benefit of spending quality family time together. Our Nelson Mandela Bay event offered a wonderful day (and weekend) out, for both the young and the young at heart.”

Junior XTERR Warriors could choose between three age group categories when entering the Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race: 6-8 years (50m Swim, 1,5km Cycle, 1km Run), 9-11 years (100m Swim, 5km Cycle, 2km Run), and

12-15 years (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 3km Run).

Lisa De Villiers (age category 6 – 8 years), made her XTERRA debut on the day.  “Today was nice.  I really enjoyed the swim and mountain bike leg.  I was very happy to cross the finish line.”

Francois De Villiers (age category 12 – 15 years), enjoyed the swim leg the most.  “I’m not a strong swimmer, but I really enjoyed the swim because I did well today.  I enjoyed the event.  It was very nice winning.”

Zac Fletcher (age category 9 – 11 years) had a good race.  “I really liked the mountain bike leg,” says a very happy Zac.  “I had a good race and really enjoyed the XTERRA.”

For further information or to enter the Fedhealth XTERRA visit www.stillwatersports.com.

XTERRA Blackwater Sold Out for Third Year

XTERRA Blackwater, with competitors representing twenty states and Puerto Rico, has sold out for the third year in a row.  The race is scheduled for April 1st at Blackwater River State Forest in Milton, Florida and is second in the 50 race, 30 state 2017 XTERRA America Tour.

XTERRA Blackwater headlines the weekend long Blackwater Multisport Festival, which also includes the Bear Lake Off-road Super Sprint and XTERRA 21K and 6.5K Trail Runs. Entries for these events are still available.

The man behind Florida panhandle’s XTERRA is Ben Dillon, a 10-year Navy veteran who has 30 XTERRA race finishes to his credit. “It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to produce XTERRA’s,” said Dillon. “My passion for many years was racing on the XTERRA circuit around the globe. Now that passion extends to multi-sport event production…and to be able to put this together so that others have an opportunity to enjoy what I have experienced is priceless!”

Twenty percent are first-timers to the sport, and if history repeats itself, they will join the ranks of Blackwater enthusiasts like Florida’s Wendy Ewing and Butch Houser.

“I have done road racing and road triathlon for years and was suffering from burnout,” said Wendy Ewing, 2016 XTERRA Blackwater women’s champion. “I had watched my husband and son race XTERRA over the years and decided last spring to give it a go. The atmosphere of XTERRA reminds me of the old days of triathlon, very low key, yet still very competitive. Getting out there in the dirt, mud, rocks, and whatever XTERRA throws at you, has renewed my desire to race again.”

“I did my first tri in 1986, and never raced off-road till 2015,” said Butch Houser. “It’s a blast. If you have never raced on trails you are missing out on a new treat/challenge. This race is as good as anything you’ll find on road.  Warning though – you might get hooked!”

For more information: http://www.bwmultisport.com

Suzie Snyder

$570,000+ Up for Grabs in 2017

In 2017 the XTERRA World Tour features 37 races in 32 countries offering more than $570,000 USD in prize money to the fastest off-roaders from around the globe.

The 15-stop XTERRA European Tour awards $172,500, the 10-stop XTERRA Pan American Tour awards $171,500, the 8-stop XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour awards $102,300, and the XTERRA World Championship is a stand-alone event that dishes out $100,000.

Last year more than 140 elites earned prize money from XTERRA and since its inception in 1996 XTERRA has distributed more than 7.7 million to its professional athletes.

For more information on professional XTERRA racing visit www.xterraplanet.com.

Suunto Named Official GPS Sports Watch of XTERRA in U.S.

MARQUEE PATRON OF THE XTERRA PAN AMERICA TOUR

(HONOLULU) – TEAM Unlimited LLC, owner and producer of the XTERRA World Tour, today announces Suunto as the official GPS sports watch of XTERRA in the United States and a marquee patron of the XTERRA Pan America Tour.

The partnership puts Suunto, a global leader in sports instruments, in a prime position to connect with XTERRA’s active, international audience of adventure seekers, weekend warriors and competitors at more than 100 XTERRA off-road triathlons and trail runs held across the Americas this year.

“There’s great synergy between our two companies,” said XTERRA CEO, Tom Kiely.  “XTERRA athletes are all about discovering unknown territory, challenging themselves to be the best, and embracing the community.  Suunto is too, and its world-class ‘XTERRA-proof’ GPS watches and Movescount sports service offers exceptional mapping, training, and community features for our athletes.”

As part of the alliance, Josiah Middaugh, the 2016 XTERRA Pan American Tour Champion, who wears Suunto to train and race, will be sharing his workouts, tips, and more with bi-monthly Middaugh Coaching Corner, presented by Suunto columns this season.

“We’re excited to join forces with Josiah and the XTERRA Tribe, and use our expertise to enhance the quality of the XTERRA experience for all involved,” said Bryson White, Suunto’s brand manager for the Americas. “We’re looking to standardize XTERRA course maps, provide training content specific to upcoming events, host demo days, and inspire the XTERRA Tribe to get out and Live More.”

Suunto’s XTERRA course maps will make routes easier to read and follow, and provide more information to racers with layers of data that show altitude profiles, 3D terrain flyovers, and in some cases, historical user-data analysis of what it takes to succeed on a given course.

Suunto representatives will be on-site to educate and engage with the off-road community at XTERRA Oak Mountain (May 20-21, Pelham, Ala.), XTERRA Beaver Creek (July 15, Avon, Colo.), XTERRA Pan Am Championship (Sept 16-17, Ogden, Utah), XTERRA World Championship (Oct. 29, Maui, Hawaii), and XTERRA Trail Run World Championship (Dec. 3, Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii) as well as other select races throughout the year.

“This year XTERRA racers will get accustomed to seeing the Suunto logo at the finish line, on the clock, on course maps, on time cards, on Josiah’s training tips, and ultimately on their wrists,” said XTERRA Vice President Trey Garman.  “I’ve been using the Suunto Spartan Sport Watch and the features are phenomenal, perfect for couch-to-trail types like me and world champs like Josiah too.”

About Suunto

Suunto was born in 1936 when Finnish orienteer and engineer Tuomas Vohlonen invented the mass production method for the liquid-filled compass. Since then, Suunto has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and sports instruments used by adventurers all over the globe. From the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, Suunto physically and mentally equips outdoor adventurers to conquer new territory.

Suunto’s headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Vantaa, Finland. Employing more than 400 people worldwide, Suunto products are sold in over 100 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation along with its sister brands Salomon, Arc’teryx, Atomic, Wilson, Enve and Mavic. www.suunto.com

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

TEAM Unlimited LLC, founded in 1988, is the Hawaii-based television, events, and marketing company that brought off-road triathlon and trail running to the world under the brand name XTERRA.  From a one-off race held on the most remote island chain in the world XTERRA evolved into an endurance sports lifestyle with worldwide appeal. Over the past 20 years XTERRA transcended its status as ‘just a race’ to become a bona-fide way of life for thousands of intrepid athletes as well as an emerging brand in the outdoor industry.  In 2017 XTERRA will offer more than 200 off-road triathlons and trail running events in 35+ countries worldwide and produce 10 adventure television shows for international distribution.  Learn more at www.xterraplanet.com and www.xterracontent.com.

Select XTERRA Early Bird Entry Ends Tuesday

Early-bird pricing on select U.S. XTERRA events ends, Tuesday, January 31st that means the championship distance tri at Oak Mountain and Beaver Creek is just $85 and the sprint distance race is only $55!

There are also discounts for racers interested in racing all three majors in the U.S. this season, a 3-Pack entry option until January 31, 2017 is good for entry into the 2017 XTERRA Oak Mountain, Beaver Creek and Utah Championship off-road triathlons … all three for just $275 (the regular price for Pan Am race alone is $150!).

Trail runners can enjoy the lowest rates on offer at our U.S. championship events. Choose from 5km run/walks to half-marathon distances at Oak Mountain and Beaver Creek. Run for a title at XTERRA Trail Run Nationals in Utah or XTERRA Trail Run Worlds on Oahu in December.

Shelby County, Alabama
May 20, 2017 – XTERRA Oak Mountain Championship, Sprint & Xticer
May 21, 2017 – XTERRA Oak Mountain 5/10/20km Trail Runs

Beaver Creek, Colorado
July 15, 2017 – XTERRA Beaver Creek Championship and Sprint
July 16, 2017 – XTERRA Beaver Creek 5/10/20km Trail Runs

Ogden / Snowbasin, Utah
Sept. 16, 2017 – XTERRA Pan Am Championship and Utah Sprint
Sept. 17, 2017 – Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals and Utah 5/10km

Kapalua, Maui
Oct. 28, 2017 – XTERRA Kapalua 3.3/5/10km Trail Runs

Kualoa Ranch, Oahu
Dec. 3, 2017 – Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World  Championship – 21/10/5km Trail Runs and Adventure Walk

Full list of XTERRA America Tour Early-bird deals is listed below:

Date Event Name State Code Discount Expiration
2/5/2017 XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run CA XTKICKOFF10 10% 1/31/2017
2/5/2017 XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run AZ      
2/18/2017 XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run GA      
2/25/2017 XTERRA Pedernales Trail Run TX      
2/26/2017 XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run CA XTKICKOFF10 10% 1/31/2017
3/5/2017 XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run AZ     Increase 2/1
3/12/2017 XTERRA Brandywine Trail Run DE      
3/25/2017 XTERRA Shepaug Trail Run CT      
3/26/2017 XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Run FL      
4/1/2017 XTERRA Blackwater FL      
4/2/2017 XTERRA Black Water Trail Run FL      
4/9/2017 XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run CA XTKICKOFF10 10% 1/31/2017
4/9/2017 XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain State Park CO XC2017   1/31/2017
4/22/2017 XTERRA Myrtle Beach Trail Run SC N/A   3/1/2017
4/23/2017 XTERRA ATX Trail Run TX      
5/7/2017 XTERRA Claw Trail Run FL      
5/20/2017 XTERRA Malibu Creek Trail Run CA XTKICKOFF10 10% 1/31/2017
5/20/2017 XTERRA Charlottesville Trail Run VA   $5 1/31/2017
5/20/2017 XTERRA Oak Mountain AL     1/31/2017
5/21/2017 XTERRA St. Louis MO      
5/21/2017 XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs AL     1/31/2017
6/3/2017 XTERRA Deep South Trail Run GA      
6/3/2017 XTERRA Knoxville Trail Run TN DIRTYBIRD15   2/12/2017
6/4/2017 XTERRA Knoxville TN     2/12/2017
6/11/2017 XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run  TX      
7/9/2017 XTERRA Harbison Trail Run SC XSC2017   1/31/2017
7/15/2017 XTERRA Beaver Creek CO     1/31/2017
7/16/2017 XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Runs CO     1/31/2017
7/16/2017 XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run TX      
7/23/2017 XTERRA Ionia MI   $20 Off 2/28/2017
7/23/2017 XTERRA Ionia Trail Run MI      
7/29/2017 XTERRA Panther Creek Trail Run TN DIRTYBIRD15   4/9/2017
7/30/2017 XTERRA Panther Creek TN     4/9/2017
8/5/2017 XTERRA Steep Rock Trail Run CT      
8/6/2017 XTERRA Castle Rock Trail Run CO      
8/12/2017 XTERRA Allatoona Trail Run GA      
8/12/2017 XTERRA Table Rock Trail Run SC XSC2017   1/31/2017
8/13/2017 XTERRA Cameron Park Trail Run TX      
8/19/2017 XTERRA Adventure Fest Trail Run HI      
8/19/2017 XTERRA Lake Tahoe Trail Run  NV XTLT1017 10% 3/31/2017
9/9/2017 XTERRA Smokechaser Trail Run ID      
9/16/2017 XTERRA Pan Am / USA Championship UT     1/31/2017
9/17/2017 XTERRA Trail Running National Championship UT     1/31/2017
9/23/2017 XTERRA Harbins Park Trail Run  GA      
9/23/2017 XTERRA Gold Rush Trail Run CA      
9/24/2017 XTERRA Golden Gate Trail Run CO      
10/8/2017 XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races CO XC2017   1/31/2017
10/14/2017 XTERRA Fort Yargo Trail Run GA      
10/15/2017 XTERRA Rockhopper AZ      
10/28/2017 XTERRA Battle at Big Creek Trail Run GA      
10/28/2017 XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs HI     1/31/2017
11/11/2017 XTERRA Little Mulberry Park Trail Run GA      
12/2/2017 XTERRA Mt. Tabor Trail Run GA      
12/3/2017 XTERRA Trail Running World Championship HI     1/31/2017