XTERRA French River in Oxford, Massachusetts is quickly becoming a staple event on the east coast XTERRA circuit. Not only does the race offer traditional XTERRA and sprint distances, but athletes can also enter a "paddle-tri" or a duathlon this Saturday, June 24.
"XTERRA French River packs nearly everything you could ask for in off-road racing in a sprint-sized package,"said 2015 XTERRA French River Champ and 2016 XTERRA Pan Am Champ, Steve Croucher.
"Having found varied success at this race in the past, one thing is absolutely certain - this is anyone's race for the taking. XTERRA French River will test your mental strength, your capacity to burn some big matches, and your general spirit - if it doesn't break you! An event with everything to offer, this is quickly becoming a can't-miss-XTERRA-legend."
Croucher expects the water to be warm enough to shed the wet suit, but weather in Massachusetts can be unpredictable in June. He also recommends bringing a second set of running shoes to the beach for the short run to T1 if you have sensitive feet.
"The 12 mile bike course could stand alone and operate as a solo mountain bike race," Croucher said. "It's got it all: steep, punchy climbs; fast flowy, single track; and double track sections to hammer on. You will encounter loose shale, hard packed dirt, gnarly roots, and piney, loamy sections. While not as technical as XTERRA Way Over Yonder, XTERRA French River attracts cyclists and beginner triathletes of all abilities because of this bike course. This is a spot-on layout by MRA race staff."
"After the ride, runners head back out onto the trails on a challenging run course measuring at three and a half miles for short course, and five and a half miles for the long course race," said race director, Alex Rogozenski. "You will cross a river, you will go up rocky hills, you will go down rocky hills, you might go through mud, you will traverse over typical New England rooty sections, and you will have the time of your life."
"If you were looking for just a bit more single track bliss following the bike, this run course will deliver," added Croucher. "There's a river crossing in the first mile, a big gut-busting climb up the ridge line, and a spectator-friendly sprint to the finish. You won't forget these 5 miles even if you try."
Watch Steve Croucher's 2015 XTERRA French River post-victory interview on www.dirtwire.tv.
For more information and to register for XTERRA French River, visit www.mramultisport.com.