2019 will see XTERRA Europe enter its 20th year of competition, and we’ve come a long way since our first race in year 2000. For next season, we are excited to present 15 races across the continent visiting all the beautiful corners of Europe, and welcome two new locations in Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Here's a look at this year's XTERRA European Tour schedule of events:
2019 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR SCHEDULE
In this article, we will preview the first 6 races to whet your appetite and motivate you ahead of a winter of training.
XTERRA Cyprus opens the tour on the 7th of April. Cyprus has amazing weather all year around which makes it perfect for athletes wanting to combine some racing with some warm weather after a cold and wet winter. Race directors Tony and Nikoletta have made some changes from last year, moving the race venue nearer to the town of Paphos with the swim taking place in a small harbour before heading into the Akamas national park for a dry and rocky MTB loop. The run is an out and back affair along the coastal path, flat but quite technical in places. More info at www.xterracyprus.com
Two weeks later the tour moves onto XTERRA Greece on the 21st of April. Situated in the Vouliagmeni bay, race Director Constantinos Mitropapas continues to build this race into a real highlight of the XTERRA European season. Amazing clear water, a fast mountain bike section with some technical sections before a really tough run with the now infamous famous climb up the rocks to the highest point of the course. More info at www.xterragreece.com
After Greece the tour takes a few weeks off to allow its athletes to fight for podiums at the ITU World Cross Triathlon championships in Pontevedra, Spain.
XTERRA Malta on the 18th of May is the third stop on the tour. Despite a move from its traditional April date, Nathan and Deirdre Farrugia have established this race as a classic and will end the Mediterranean series of races in style. The weather is always good in Malta and the race venue at Golden bay beach is beautiful with a good course offering a challenge for all level of athletes. More info at www.maltaxterra.com
Just a week after Malta will see the first mainland European race at Lake Garda, Italy. Race organisers Marco and Sarah host for the second time in Toscolano Maderno after a fantastic debut race in 2018. The course is one of the hardest of the season with lots of climbing and technical challenges on both the bike and the run course. This race will challenge even the best athletes! More info at www.xterra-italy.it
XTERRA Portugal follows quickly on the 2nd of June in Golega. A town known for being the Portuguese capital of horses really gathers behind Jaime and his family in race week for a great show. You swim in a specially built water park before riding to a nearby mountain for a fairly technical bike section before a flat and fast run! More info at www.xterra-portugal.com
The final race in our early season preview is the first really big event of the season. XTERRA Belgium on the 9th of June is when ‘sport meets party!’ Race directors Florian and Dennis turn the Citidel of Namur into a spectacular race venue. The climb up from the cobbled street after the swim to the top of the hill is one of the most iconic sections on the whole of the European tour. The courses in Belgium are quite challenging especially in the wet with some hard climbs and some steps around the Citidel. More info at www.xterra-belgium.be
Next week we will continue the race previews, but for now. enjoy the training and get excited for XTERRA Europe 2019!
For more information please visit www.xterraplanet.com/race/tour/europe