The XTERRA European Tour heads to Lake Plastira for the XTERRA Greece off-road triathlon Saturday. It’s the fourth of 12 stops on the Tour and racers from more than 20 countries are making their way to the popular resort town in the middle of the country.
As the third of five Silver-level events Greece presents a golden opportunity for elites and amateurs alike to collect valuable points and move up in the XTERRA European Tour standings.
The top two pro men in the current XET standings after three events – Roger Serrano and defending Greece champion Francois Carloni – are on the start list, as are the top five finishers from last year's race - Carloni, Serrano, Albert Soley (4th), Rory Downie (23rd), and Tomas Kubek (18th). They’ll be joined by Tim Van Daele (14th), Fabrizio Bartoli (26th), Llewellyn Holmes (27th), Henry Sleight (30th), Asa Shaw, Kris Coddens, and a cast of others.
The top three women in the standings – Brigitta Poor, Louise Fox, and Helena Erbenova (who finished 3rd, 4th, and 2nd last year respectively behind winner Kathrin Mueller) – highlight the elite women's field and will be joined by Carina Wasle, Nicole Olivari, Morgane Riou, Jessica Roberts, and local favorite Deniz Dimaki.
The race combines a 1.5-kilometer swim in the pure and clean waters of the mountain lake followed by a 30km mountain bike course through verdant woods filled with Oak and Chestnut trees and a 10km trail run through the forest.
We’ll post updates from Lake Plastira in the next two days on our Facebook page.
Here’s a look at last year’s race video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoeFEqtQyoI