XTERRA in Canada, Eh!
There are seven XTERRA races from coast-to-coast in Canada in 2017, and each race dishes out qualifying spots for amateurs into the XTERRA World Championship*.
The action starts at the magnificent Kelso Conservation Area with XTERRA Mine over Matter on June 17. It’s Karsten Madsen’s home course, and sits just 40 minutes outside of the bustling city of Toronto.
There are two races on the weekend of July 8-9, is XTERRA Falcon Lake in Manitoba on the 8th followed by XTERRA Victoria (B.C.) 1,500 miles away on the West Coast on the 9th.
Falcon Lake is a new race in the heart of the Canadian Shield – about half way between Kenora and Winnipeg with good proximity to US athletes in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Victoria is one of the true epic courses on the XTERRA World Tour and part of the Pan America Tour for professionals and amateurs offering US$7,500 in elite prize money and Maui slots to first place age groupers in all divisions.
August gets started at XTERRA Canmore, a spectacular destination in the Canadian Rockies. The event is August 6th in a beautiful town with stunning trails to ride and a long-history of great organization.
On August 12th, we have XTERRA Parry Sound in Ontario and XTERRA Quebec City in the French-speaking east coast of Canada. Both races offer up epic trails. The Parry Sound course navigates the newly-opened trail network at the Georgian Nordic Ski Club, while the Quebec course trails were literally custom-built for the race. Quebec hosts a weekend long offroad festival with three different triathlons, duathlons for kids, swimruns, and trail running.
The last race in Canada is XTERRA Sleeping Giant in Thunder Bay, Ontario on August 26. It’s a beauty of a course contained entirely with Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
2017 XTERRA Races in Canada (Maui spots)
June 17 – XTERRA Mine over Matter (14 OPS) – Milton, Ontario, Canada
July 8 – XTERRA Falcon Lake (15) – Falcon Lake, Manitoba
July 9 – XTERRA Victoria, (26) Victoria, B.C., Canada*
August 6 – XTERRA Canmore, (15) Canmore, Alberta, Canada
August 12 – XTERRA Parry Sound (14 OPS) – McDougall, Ontario, Canada
August 12 – XTERRA Quebec – (15) Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
August 26 – XTERRA Sleeping Giant, (6) Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
*See individual race websites for Maui spot breakdowns