The race is on to sign-up for the first-ever XTERA Asia-Pacific Championship race with entries being accepted online at www.xterraasiapacific.com.
Special early bird rates apply through November 30, 2013, and team entries (2-3 persons) are also available in the full and sprint distance races.
The inaugural event is scheduled for April 27, 2014 at Callala Bay, a small town on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It is situated on the north shore of Jervis Bay, roughly 2 to 2-1/2 hours drive from Sydney or Canberra.
Callala is renowned for its mountain biking, white sand beaches and clear turquoise water. The area boasts several national parks and is teeming with native wildlife as well as whales, dolphins and an amazing array of ocean life.
The main event will combine a one-mile swim with roughly 30-kilometers of mountain biking followed by 10km of trail running. The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race will double as the XTERRA Australia Championship, awarding national titles to locals and qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship for all involved.
The April 26-27 weekend will also include a sprint distance off-road triathlon (half-mile swim, 15K mountain bike, 5K trail run), plus stand-alone trail runs, ocean swims, kid’s races, camps, clinics, and social gatherings.
As the most prestigious event in XTERRA’s Asia-Pacific series that includes championship races in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Guam, and the Northern Marianas – the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship will offer $50,000 in prize money to the sport’s top professional athletes and two television shows will be produced for international distribution.
Those interested in racing around the region’s exotic destinations offered by the XTERRA Asia Pacific Tour have a myriad of scheduling opportunities from March through May. Here’s a glance at the events docket:
Mar 8 - 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
Apr 5 - XTERRA Saipan Championship, Northern Mariana Islands
Apr 12 - XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua
Apr 26 - XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, NSW, Australia
May 4 - XTERRA Malaysia, Putrajaya
Learn more and register at www.xterraasiapacific.com. For more information on the XTERRA brand and worldwide event series, visit www.xterraplanet.com Athlete inquiries may be directed to info [at] xterraplanet.com.
Photo: Jervis Bay, NSW - Adam Taylor, Destination NSW