The XTERRA America Tour is filled with 70+ off-road tris in every nook and cranny of the country. Next weekend alone adventurous multisporters could tackle an urban adventure on the East coast in Richmond, VA, venture to the rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, race in "a small town with a big history” outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, or soak in the sun at one of the nation’s premier mountain biking destinations – Moab!
On Saturday, June 9 those in the South can skip over to the seventh-annual XTERRA Eureka Springs off-road tri, one of the most beautiful and unique triathlon destinations on the XTERRA America Tour. The Ozarks provide a spectacular backdrop for both the race and the town.
“Come for the race and stay for the charm and beauty of Eureka Springs,” said race director Shawn Wierick. “With over 60 races on the XTERRA America Tour in 2011, XTERRA Eureka Springs was ranked first overall by racers who participated in a post-race survey. XTERRA Eureka Springs offers a beautiful venue, challenging course and a production crew that pulls out all the stops. Come see what we're doing at this year's event to retain our ranking as the favorite XTERRA race of 2012!”
For those that compete in each of the three Arkansas XTERRA races, the best combined time will be crowned the XTERRA Arkansas Triple Crown Champions.
Also on the 9th the West offers an opportunity to race in one of the mountain biking meccas of the world – Moab, Utah. XTERRA Moab combines a 1.5K swim in Ken’s Lake, a 15-mile ride on the world-famous Steelbender trail, and a two-loop 6.8-mile trail run to Faux Falls. There’s a half-distance sprint version too, a trail run, a kids tri, plus short and long course road triathlons on tap.
“This will become the biggest XTERRA race out there. Be prepared for a HUGE turnout next year. Get ready to be famous for THE PREMIER XTERRA event,” said Burke P. after last year’s race.
On Sunday, June 10 the Midwest is an action at East Fork State Park in Bethel, Ohio, home to 2,000+ year-round residents including former President Ulysses S. Grant (well, a while back).
“Bethel is a village where everyone knows everybody else and no one minds that a bit because everyone is welcome, and even if the casual visitor just passes through for something to eat there is a sense of homely goodness to the social atmosphere as well as the cooking!” boasts the village website.
The XTERRA East Fork features a 1K swim, 12-mile mountain bike on some sweet flowing mountain bike trails, and a 5-mile trail run. “The lake will be the perfect temperature and the trails will be well groomed,” said race director Brian Grafton.
And, of course, there’s the classic XTERRA East Championship urban adventure in RVA on June 10th as well.
The real question is, what are you doing next weekend?