Just as the racing season heats up in Europe, so too does the XTERRA Pan Am Tour with three races in 14 days from July 7 to July 20.
This Sunday, the 7th, it's XTERRA Victoria in British Columbia, then it’s off to the other side of Canada for XTERRA Quebec on July 14, and on to the Colorado Rockies for XTERRA Beaver Creek on July 20.
Elites racing the Pan Am Tour count their best six scores, so how they do in these three races will go a long way towards determining their final position in the series.
There’s an interesting chase brewing for the top spot in the elite men’s scene. Kiwi Sam Osborne has made it his mission to win the Tour and took a bold step towards that goal by winning XTERRA Brazil then XTERRA Oak Mountain in Alabama on back-to-back weekends in May.
The title, however, goes through Suunto Multisport Team racer Josiah Middaugh from Colorado, a 19-year veteran with an XTERRA World Championship and 13 National Championships to his credit.
Those two meet up Sunday in Victoria for a challenge that combines a 1500-meter swim in the clear waters of Durrance Lake with a fantastic 25K bike course in the world-class mountain bike trails in Mt. Work Park and a 10K trail run through the wilderness area of Partridge Hills.
Other elite men on the start list include Canada’s fastest man Karsten Madsen, plus Branden Rakita, Evan Pardi, Will Ross, and Barret Fishner.
In the women’s race the frontrunners for the Tour title are Suzie Snyder, the reigning U.S. Champ who won XTERRA Oak Mountain to start her season, and Samantha Kingsford from New Zealand, who won XTERRA Brazil to start her Pan Am campaign.
Both Snyder and Kingsford are in Canada, alongside fellow elites Julie Baker, Katie Button and Emanuela Bandol from Canada, and Anne Usher from the U.S.
Learn more at xterraplanet.com.