As summer heats up, the Canadians get their first shot at XTERRA racing this weekend at the 8th annual XTERRA Mine Over Matter.
"We are expecting our largest field ever," said race director, James Kowalewski. "We have a new switchback section about 1.5 km into the bike course. It's full of accelerations and quick breaking sections that are sure to take your legs early in the race."
Kowalewski adds that while XTERRA Mine Over Matter is gaining popularity each year, it hasn't lost that grass-roots feeling. You can expect the same great, eclectic music and Canadian hospitality as always.
Another thing that hasn't changed is Canadian pro Karsten Madsen, who was runner up at last month's XTERRA Oak Mountain, less than a minute behind 2015 XTERRA World Champ Josiah Middaugh.
"I expect Karsten to go head to head with fellow pro and former training partner Sean Bechtel," said Kowalewski. "They are the only two who have ever won the race, with Karsten taking the championship for the last three years."
"Since XTERRA Oak Mountain, my training has gone really well," said Madsen. "I've been training in Guelph, Ontario and in Barbados because of the heat and the waves there. I'm looking to make large gains in both of those areas at XTERRA Worlds in Maui this year."
Madsen added that he was looking forward to racing in front of family and friends. "The course at XTERRA Mine Over Matter is always stunning and a weekend I look forward to every year."
Joining them at the start will be Tahiti's Cedric Wane and Canadian pros Luka Senk and Adam Byrne.
The race takes place this Saturday at Kelson Quarry in Milton, Ontario. Despite its remote location, the race will have participants from North and South America, including Florida, Chile, and Western Canada.
The course features a 1 km swim in the spring-fed waters of Kelso Quarry, a two lap, 24 km bike course, and a 10.4 km run. Both the bike and run courses are on some of Canada's finest single and double track trails.
"This is a fast and flowing course, which constantly changes from double to single track and back again," said Kowalewski. "There are lots of opportunities for passing, and racers are treated to several vista views on the run course."
Check out the XTERRA Mine Over Matter preview and register for the race at www.elementracing.ca