XTERRA ShortTrack - The thrilling, spectator friendly, multi-lap style of off-road triathlon racing is headed to the Dolomites!
“Our test event in the Czech Republic last summer was a real success and I’m excited to take the concept into new territories this season,” said Nico Lebrun, the director for XTERRA Europe. “This style of racing is gritty and intense, it’s fun for athletes, and great for spectators and TV.”
Massimo Massacesi and Alex Miconi, the organizers for XTERRA Italy, will host the first-ever weekend full of off-road triathlon racing dedicated exclusively to the XTERRA ShortTrack format on October 3-4 in Molveno.
"It’s after the XTERRA European Tour season has ended and before XTERRA Worlds, so the perfect time for athletes to either wrap up the year or get in one last test before Maui,” said Massacesi. "And it’s not just for elites, we’ll have opportunities for all ages and skill levels as we’ve designed the courses with A and B lines that allow athletes to choose either the shortest route through the tricky technical sections or go the longer, easier way around."
Athletes will race a time trial on Saturday morning that combines a 200-meter swim with a 4-kilometer mountain bike and 1.5K trail run. The fastest in each division - elite men, elite women, age group men, and age group women – will advance to the finals in the afternoon and roughly $6,000USD in prize money will be awarded to the top elite men and women. Youth and VIP races will be contested on Sunday, followed by a grand celebration party that night.
“I invite the XTERRA Tribe to join us in the Dolomites of northern Italy, both to challenge themselves, and discover one of the planet’s most spectacular destinations,” said Miconi.
Kostas Koumargialis, the marketing director for XTERRA Europe, says the new XTERRA ShortTrack format is pushing boundaries for the sport in the best of ways.
“The drama and action is unbelievable,” explains Koumargialis. “It’s unlike anything we’ve seen before in our sport. Athletes are constantly fighting for position over a short, twisting course. There are jumps, crashes, frustration, tears of disappointment and tears of joy, all happening right in front of the crowd and cameras for all to see over the course of 45 minutes of racing. I think it’s a great next step for XTERRA, and we are excited to show it off to a global audience this year in Molveno.”
For more information visit https://xterra-italy.it/en/molveno-short-track/