XTERRA adventures to the Island of Lošinj on the north coast of Croatia in 2020.
The first Croatian edition of the world's leading off-road triathlon series, XTERRA, was recently introduced at a press conference in Zagreb, the country's capital. The event will be held April 18, 2020 on the island of Lošinj, located on the northern coast of the Adriatic Sea.
XTERRA Croatia will serve as the first Gold race on the 2020 XTERRA European Tour, offering up $15,000 USD in prize money for elites and 51 age group qualifying slots into the 25th Anniversary edition of the XTERRA World Championship on Maui in November.
The XTERRA Mountain Bike Marathon will also take place as part of the XTERRA Croatia race weekend. The length of the off-road mount bike track will be 40 kilometers with a total altitude difference of 900km, with a starting and finishing position in Mali Lošinj.
Along with the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board, XTERRA Croatia race is hosted by Losinj Hotels & Villas. Ricardo Hesky, member of the board of Jadranka Hotels, emphasized the value of this race for positioning the destination of the island of Lošinj and the brand itself on the global tourist map.
“Lošinj Hotels & Villas are very happy to support such events. We believe that Croatian premiere of XTERRA race on the island of Lošinj, will bring together individuals and teams who want to try out in these sports disciplines, get to know the island, our offer, hospitality and bring back home a lot of memories," said Hesky.
The introduction of the inaugural XTERRA Croatia event weekend was attended by Helena Karaskova Erbenova, a five-time European XTERRA Champion and 2019 inductee into the XTERRA Hall of Fame.
"Lošinj is a beautiful place, simply beautiful," said Karaskova Erbenova, an Ambassador for XTERRA Croatia. "I am fascinated by the nature, hospitality of the locals and rich historical heritage, especially through the Apoxyomenos Museum. For that part of the race tracks and routes that I've seen and tested I can say that they are very challenging and beautiful at the same time. I am sure that the competitors will enjoy and bring beautiful memories with them. I look forward to the spring and the XTERRA here in Lošinj!"
Kostas Koumargialis, marketing director of XTERRA Europe, exclaimed his excitement about this new addition to the XTERRA European Tour.
"Croatia is a very popular tourist destination and Losinj is know as the island of health and vitality," he said. "Natural beauty along with excellent accommodations, restaurants, and activities for the whole family makes this the perfect race destination. This is my second visit to the island and I am very impressed with the professionalism of Luca and his team. They have the experience required to put on a great event and we are all excited to be part of this journey."
Luca Micovic, the race director for XTERRA Croatia, added, “We are excited about joining the XTERRA European Tour and look forward to showing both local and international athletes everything Croatia and Lošinj have to offer.”
Registration for XTERRA Croatia is open at: https://www.xterraplanet.com/event/xterra-croatia