The third-stop on the 2019 XTERRA Pan American Tour adventures to the breathtaking island of Ilhabela on Saturday, May 11.
“Ilhabela literally means ‘beautiful island,’” said XTERRA Brazil organizer Bernardo Fonseca. “And yes, the island is beautiful, and the people are beautiful too. With nine races over the weekend, this is a wonderful event for families. For sure we are going to have a great time.”
The main event begins on Pereque Beach with a 1.5km swim followed by a 25.5K mountain bike ride, and an 8.5K run. While the island is small, it contains seven mountains higher than 1000m, so both the ride and run will be challenging.
It offers 51 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship in Maui and dishes out Gold-level Tour points and $15,000 USD in prize money for elites.
“The course, the atmosphere, and the organization make this one of the pinnacle XTERRA events in the world,” said last year’s men’s elite race winner and Pan Am Tour Champ, Kieran McPherson.
The 15th annual XTERRA Brazil weekend also includes both a 1.5K and 3K swim challenge, an Aquathon, an XTERRA kids race, 5/10/21K trail runs and a festive 10K night run.
Located 207km/127mi from Sao Paulo, the island of Ilhabela can only be accessed by ferry. It was colonized hundreds of years ago by indigenous Brazilian people and named Sao Sebastiao Island by Amerigo Vespucci in 1502. Ilhabela is a popular tourist destination because of its regattas, beautiful beaches, and excellent restaurants.
It’s also home to the signature pier-jump, a one-of-a-kind swim course feature found only in Brazil.
“The pier is lined three-deep for a raucous mid-swim moment of happiness before launching like a doomed sailor off the plank into a near spring low tide,” is how past champ Dan Hugo once described the mid-swim run and jump off a 10-foot pier edge.
Labeled one of the toughest courses on the XTERRA circuit, Hall of Famer Conrad Stoltz described it as "more of an adventure than a race."
Fonseca says it’s “the only place in the world to host over 3,000 people having fun as a family in nature in the right place and with the right people.”
Learn more at www.xterraplanet.com/brazil
XTERRA Brazil All-Time XTERRA Brazil Elite Champions
Year - Man/Woman
2018-Kieran McPherson/Sabrina Gobbo
2017-Felipe Moletta/Sabrina Gobbo
2016-Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
2015-Diogo Malagon/Sabrina Gobbo
2014-Felipe Moletta/Sabrina Gobbo
2013-Conrad Stoltz/Shonny Vanlandingham
2012-Felipe Moletta/Shonny Vanlandingham
2011-Ben Allen/Carina Wasle
2010-Dan Hugo/Shonny Vanlandingham
2009-Rom Akerson/Maria Omar
2008-Alexandre Manzan/Carla Prada
2007-Mike Vine/Candy Angle
2006-Nico Lebrun/Candy Angle
2005-Conrad Stoltz/Jamie Whitmore