There are 12 stops planned for the XTERRA European Tour in 2015, which opens at XTERRA Malta on March 29.
New this year is Silver and Gold classifications for the XTERRA European Tour stops.
Gold labeled events will feature a minimum of $15,000 USD elite prize purse, offer 50 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship for amateurs, and award points on the 100-point scale.
Silver labeled events will feature a minimum of $7,500 USD elite prize purse*, offer 25 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship, and award points on the 75-point scale.
Gold races for 2015 include Spain, Switzerland, France, Italy, Czech, Germany, and England. Silver races for 2015 include Malta, Portugal, Greece, Sweden, and Denmark.
For the XTERRA European Tour Points Series elite athletes will count their best four (4) Gold and three (3) Silver finishes. Elites can compete in as many events as they wish, but will count only their best four Gold and three Silver finishes.
Age group athletes will count their best four (4) Gold and two (2) Silver finishes. Age group athletes can compete in as many events as they wish, but will count only their best four Gold and two Silver finishes.
Elites and age group athletes do not need to compete in any specific number of events.
The top 15 elite and age group finishers in each division will accrue points as follows:
(GOLD) 100-point scale allocation: 1=100, 2=90, 3=82 4=75, 5=69, 6=63, 7th=58, 8th=53, 9th=49, 10th=45, 11th=41, 12th=37, 13th=34, 14th=31, 15th=28
(SILVER) 75-point scale allocation: 1=75, 2=69, 3=61 4=56, 5=51, 6=47, 7th=43, 8th=39, 9th=36, 10th=33, 11th=30, 12th=27, 13th=25, 14th=23, 15th=21
XTERRA World Championship qualifying spots allocation:
(GOLD) 50 Qualifying spots allocation:
(SILVER) 25 Qualifying spots allocation:
One to the first place person in each age group. Slot will roll down at awards presentation among the top 3 if the first place person declines.
* Organizers may choose to pay more prize money. As example Portugal will pay $US14,000 in prize money
Gold/Silver status is subject to change.
For more information and a schedule of events visit www.xterraeurope.com.