The XTERRA Philippines and South Africa Championship races set a high standard for what's to come on the 2015 World Tour and this month the schedule rolls out in full force with an epic adventure on the South Island of New Zealand, the start of the American and European Tours, the Crown Jewel at XTERRA Saipan, and a gem in Costa Rica.
Every stop is a gateway to the 20th running of the XTERRA World Championship in Kapalua, Maui set for November 1.
XTERRA's version of "March Madness" starts Saturday at XTERRA Motatapu, where the young Kiwi Oliver Shaw looks to take the next step in his evolution as an XTERRA Pro on one of the hardest courses on Tour (see related story "Olly Shaw's Time to Shine").
In the U.S. the chase to win one of 200 regional championship titles starts at Hickory Knob State Park in McCormick, South Carolina on Sunday, the 22nd. It's the first of 65 races in 35 states on this year's XTERRA America Tour (see how the Series works).
Then on March 28 in the middle of the Western Pacific Ocean - 1,300 miles south of Tokyo, 1,400 miles east of Manila, 3,200 miles west of Honolulu, and 2,900 miles north of Sydney, XTERRA Saipan will celebrate its 14th running as the sports original exotic destination.
On the 29th XTERRA Costa Rica hosts a strong contingent of elites with the likes of Josiah Middaugh, Emma Gerrard, Lesley Paterson, Mauricio Mendez, Christine Jeffrey, Craig Evans, Laura Mira, Sebastian Neef, Sara McClarty, Alex Modestou, and more for an XTERRA island adventure all its own. They’ve even got live race coverage planned so even those of us who can’t make it can join in the fun.
Also on the 29th the Euro's get in the mix at the inaugural running of XTERRA Malta, the first of 12 majors on the European Tour where amateur and elite athletes can collect points towards Tour titles, fame, cash, and glory.
It's time to explore! Find your adventure at www.xterraplanet.com.