The fifth of five XTERRA races in Canada – the XTERRA Sleeping Giant off-road tri at Giants Tomb Provincial Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario on September 7 – is open for business.
“It's been a long time in the works, but 2014 has seen the return of XTERRA to Ontario,” exclaimed James Kowalewski from the Element Racing Crew.
“I have been looking to build unique races, something I'm very passionate about, and also assist other groups and clubs in bringing XTERRA to their area. XTERRA Sleeping Giant is an example of this. Working with Gordon Ryan, we have brought the XTERRA brand and Element Racing's experience and infrastructure to Thunder Bay.”
The race will dish out six precious spots into the XTERRA World Championship to the top amateur finishers, but they’ll have to earn it.
“Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is known for its rough and rugged terrain and a giant rock peninsula, which, at the right angle, depicts a sleeping giant,” said Gordon Ryan, owner of XTERRA Sleeping Giant. “The water is pristine clear, the bike is predominantly single-track, and the trail run is set beneath a forest canopy. This course defines true off-road triathlon- it's the natural human playground.”
Ryan encourages racers to bring their tent or trailer and truly take in all the area has to offer.
“There’s 50 miles of hiking/biking trails and make sure you climb the 1300-foot ascent to the top of the massive Sleeping Giant peninsula. Also enjoy the old mining town of Silver Islet right on the shores of Lake Superior. It's now mostly converted cottages but the history is still deeply engrained. Whether you're from Thunder Bay, somewhere in North America or anywhere else in the world, I promise an exciting and safe race,” said Ryan.
The other Canadian races with slots to Maui include XTERRA Mine over Matter in Ontario on July 5, XTERRA Victoria on July 6, XTERRA Canmore on August 17, and XTERRA Quebec on August 31.
“XTERRA’s Canadian contingent of racers is one of the strongest and most colorful in the world and we’re happy to be able to provide them with more quality events and opportunities to qualify for Maui in different parts of the country,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.
Indeed, Canadians have been racing XTERRA since Greg Timewell finished 7th at the inaugural World Championship back in 1996, and they started hosting their own XTERRA races more than a dozen years ago.
Learn more about XTERRA in Canada at xterracanada.com