Unlike college basketball’s “March Madness”– which signals the end of a season - March marks just the beginning of the madness for XTERRA. It’s officially Spring, after all, which means it’s time for the XTERRA Tri and Trail Run Series to spring into action.
Over the next seven months XTERRA will host more than 200 triathlons and trail runs around the world, including 30+ international championships, 70+ U.S. triathlons, and more than 100 trail runs.
The XTERRA America Tour hosts events every weekend until the end of August (except Easter and Memorial Day) and this weekend the World Tour kicks into high gear with three majors – XTERRA Guam, XTERRA Costa Rica, and the XTERRA Great Ocean Road off-road tri in Australia.
Some of the best racers from the XTERRA elite class are using those marquee events in exotic warm weather destinations to kick-start their seasons.
Reigning XTERRA U.S. National Champions Josiah Middaugh and Shonny Vanlandingham lead a strong American contingent headed for the sandy beaches of Costa Rica that includes Craig Evans, Branden Rakita, and Suzie Snyder. They’ll be joined by the “Big Fish” Christine Jeffrey from Canada, Laura Mira Diaz from Brazil, amateur XTERRA World Champ turned pro Mauricio Mendez of Mexico, and a worthy representation from Europe with Sebastian Bauer and Sebastian Neef from Germany, Simone Calamai and Fabrizio Bartolin from Italy, Llewellyn Holmes and Flo Dannah from Great Britain, and Jan Kubicek from the Czech Republic. Their local hosts include 2013 XTERRA USA Champion Leonardo Chacon and Rom Akerson.
South Africa’s Dan Hugo and Brad Weiss will be in Guam, joined by Kiwis Mark Leishman and Olly Shaw, Austrians Carina Wasle and Markus Benesch, the Swiss Miss Renata Bucher and Slovakia’s Michal Bucek, and local pros Charlie Epperson and Mieko Carey.
Down under, Australia’s best – Courtney Atkinson, Ben Allen, Erin Densham and Jacqui Slack and host of others will take on the 2nd annual XTERRA Great Ocean Road in Anglesea.