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XTERRA Ardennes and its long distance event are becoming part of one of the most popular triathlons in Belgium: The Gileppe Trophy.
A triathlon is dedicated over a weekend in the heart of the Ardenne region. The Gileppe Lake and its magnificent dam is located in the Belgian Haute Ardenne, 40km away from Liège and 20km away from Spa. Nature lovers will certainly enjoy this part of Belgium.
Thanks to XTERRA Ardennes, the XTERRA Belgium team is going to diversify its race offering by adding a long distance event.
An event dedicated to seasoned athletes.
XTERRA Ardennes Trophy
Date: August 13, 2022
Location: Lake La Gileppe – Belgium
Distance: Swim 2000m | Mountain Bike 60km | Run 20km
After swimming for 2000m, athletes will execute a 60km loop through the heart of the Ardenne and the Hautes Fagnes plateau. A trail in nature and in the heart of a lush nature reserve. Rolling, the route won't necessarily be easy. However despite its reputation, Belgium and more particularly its Eastern region offers its participants a multitude of climbs that will be physically tiring before attacking the trail part of the competition.
The trail is also constituted of a 20km loop. A 100% off-road track in the great Ardennes Forest with a beautiful view on the Gileppe Lake and its impressive dam.
155 Euro- for the first 100 registrants
170 Euro- from 101 to 200 registrants
195 Euro- from 201 to 600 registrants
Event is open to athletes 18 years old and above (born in 2004 or before, turning 18-year-old during the race year)
- Additional fee for non-licensed athletes: 25€
- Information about licenses is available in the "License information" .
- Cancellation insurance option: 25€
- Information about the Cancellation insurance is available in the "cancellation and refunds" section.
THE REGISTRATION PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- An exclusive XTERRA Ardennes gift offered during bibs withdrawal
- A swimming cap provided by our partner DARE2TRI
- Live tracking during the event
- 6 quality nutrition products offered by our partner HIGH5
- A finisher medal.
- 3 stars refreshment supplies on arrival at the buffet.
CANCELLATION & REFUND CONDITIONS
With cancellation insurance
Cancellation and 100% refund of the registration fees (excluding bank charges) possible until the 5/08/2022
Cancellation possible for personal reasons (without proof) or cancellation of the event.
The cancellation insurance option must be chosen when registering for the event and cannot be taken out later (25€)
Postponement to the 2023 edition is not possible.
Without cancellation insurance
Cancellation possible until the 13/07/2022, partially refunded of 70 euros.
Registration transfer to another participant possible until the 13/07/2022 (15€ administration fees).
- If you are licensed by a federation recognized by the International Triathlon Federation for the year 2022, please indicate your license number in the registration form. That license number will be verified by the federation when withdrawing your bib.
- If you are not licensed by a federation recognized by the International Triathlon Federation for the year 2022, you must buy a one-day license when registering. Once bought, the cost of the one-day license will not be refunded. Warning: the one-day license does not exempt from the medical certificate. The medical certificate must be brought to the race secretariat when withdrawing your bib.
NOTE: if you do not currently own a triathlon license but planning on joining a triathlon club and obtain a license in 2022, please select "Demand in progress" in the registration form.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, August 11th 2022
19:00 XTERRA Briefing - Live on Facebook
Friday, August 12th 2022
16:00-20:00 Race Office Open - Race bibs pick-up
19:30 La Gileppe Trophy Jogging 6km & 9km Start more info
Saturday, August 13th 2022
07:30-09:00 Race Office Open - Race bibs pick-up
08:30-09:45 Bike Transition Park Open
09:00-18:00 EXPO Village Open
10:00 XTERRA ARDENNES Start
15:00 La Gileppe Trophy 20km Trail Start more info
18:00 Awards Ceremony XTERRA Ardennes & Trail
Sunday, August 14th 2022
09:00-18:00 EXPO Village Open
09:30 HANDISPORT TRIATHLON DISCOVERY Start more info
10:00 TRIATHLON DISCOVERY Start more info
14:00 TRIATHLON OLYMPIC Start more info
The XTERRA ARDENNES will take place on Saturday 13th August 2022.
The minimum age to participate is 18 years old (born 2004 or before).
The distances are : 2000m swim – 60km mountain bike – 20km trail.
When collecting the bibs, non-licensed athletes must bring their identity card and provide a medical certificate certifying their ability to take part in a competitive triathlon. The medical certificate must be valid for 6 months and hold the mention "able to practice triathlon in competition."
Licensed athletes must bring their identity card and their valid license attesting their affiliation to an international triathlon federation.
Mass start in the water.
A 2000m loop.
Wetsuits are allowed only if water temperature is below 23°C
Wetsuits are mandatory if water temperature is below 16°C
The maximum cut off time for swim is 1:15hrs
ATTN: Training in the lake is not permitted on the day of the race.
Mountain Bike 60km
60km loop in the heart if the Belgian Ardennes with approximately 1400m of elevation
Gravel type bikes are allowed
3 Aid Station points on course
The maximum cut off time for swim + bike is 5:30hrs
The current trend is Gravel biking and there are more and more practitioners. By opening the LONG DISTANCE XTERRA formats at Gravel, our primary desire is above all to allow its followers to be able to participate in the events. The opening of this practice is not intended to influence the type of course that will be offered.
I often see people on the Internet wondering what a "Gravel course" is. I ask myself this question and I think that it mainly depends on the practice and the technical level of each one. The XTERRA Ardennes bike route is a fairly mixed route which, in my opinion, represents the Fagnes Ardennes region quite well or in any case the multitude of paths that this region offers.
Let's be clear, it won't be an extreme course with ultra-hard descents and extreme climbs. We have traced the route according to the type of path and the difference in height that is specific to this region. For having done the reconnaissance, I can however say that the length of the course and the sequence of bumps will seriously attack the bodies before the trail part. As an XTERRA athlete, I remain convinced that these long-distance formats will make an impression not only by the difficulty of the effort but also by the natural setting in which the 4 events of the European program will take place.
The XTERRA Ardennes course will offer incredible views and landscapes. In designing the course, we wanted to focus on the beauty of the course rather than the spectacle and difficulty that can be encountered on the "classic" XTERRA formats that we know. It is the reason why the bike course will consist of a long 60km loop.
If you ask me today what kind of bike I would choose, I frankly cannot tell you. This will be a rather complicated strategic choice for athletes who have both types of machines in their garage. This choice could in any case influence the results since at the end of the race a classification will be established without distinction between Gravel and MTB. As for each of my organizations, my wish is above all that the athletes have a new experience and leave with their heads full of memories!
Trail Run 20km
One loop of 20km on 100% trail road with approximately 600m of elevation
3 Aid Station points on course
The maximum cut off time for swim + bike + run is 9:00hrs
Course details coming soon
For this first edition, no prize money will be distributed.
The three firsts of the general ranking will receive various prizes and each category's podium will receive the following:
1st Place AG Category M/W:
A/G Slot for the XTERRA World Championship in Hawaii
Free registration to the XTERRA Ardennes event in 2023
Other gifts from partners
2nd Place AG Category M/W:
50% off of the XTERRA Ardennes 2023 registration fee
Other gifts from partners
3rd Place AG Category M/W:
25% off of the XTERRA Ardennes 2023 registration fee
ATTN: Athletes that are absent from the prize-giving ceremony will not be allowed to reclaim their prizes later.
For questions about the event and the organization contact us at info [at] xterra-ardennes.be
For questions about registration and payment contact us at registration [at] xterra-ardennes.be