Elite Racing Information
In 2019, the XTERRA World Tour features more than 30 elite races in 26 countries offering more than $530,000 USD in prize money to the fastest off-roaders from around the globe.
The 14-stop XTERRA European Tour awards $165,000, the 11-stop XTERRA Pan American Tour awards $185,000, the five-stop XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour awards $82,500, and the stand-alone XTERRA World Championship dishes out $100,000.
Last year more than 100 elites earned prize money from XTERRA and since its inception in 1996 XTERRA has distributed more than eight million dollars to the sports biggest stars.
Below you’ll find basic information about competing as an elite in 2019.
Should you have any questions, e-mail pro [at] xterraplanet.com or call our Hawaii office toll-free 1-877-751-8880.
TOUR RULES (PDF)
QUALIFYING FOR XTERRA WORLDS – MUST RACE ONE RULE
To compete at the XTERRA World Championship elite athletes are required to race at least one XTERRA event, then request an entry by emailing pro [at] xterraplanet.com.
“The spirit of the rule is to honor the core collection of elite athletes that race with us year-round and support our growing number of XTERRA World Tour championship events,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “From February through September we offer more than 30 prize paying races in 26 countries around the world. We feel this provides ample opportunity for professionals serious about racing in Maui to compete in at least one qualifying race. We need to honor the commitment and loyalty of the pros that are with us during the year.”
There are five notable exceptions to the rule, which are granted to 1) former world champions, 2) XTERRA World Tour race champions from previous year, 3) sponsor exemptions, 4) athletes actively racing for a spot on their nation’s Olympic team in 2019/2020; and 5) extenuating circumstances due to injury.
- Former XTERRA World Champions are always welcome.
- All World Tour Championship race winners from the previous season will automatically qualify to enter the XTERRA World Championship the following year.
- The Title Sponsor of the XTERRA World Championship is allowed two racer selections per year. Presenting Sponsors are allowed one racer selection per year. The decision as to who receives the sponsor exemptions is made by the managing director in conjunction with each sponsor.
- Athletes actively racing for a spot on their nation’s Olympic team will be exempt from the “must race one” rule in 2019 and 2020 with the understanding they will be confined to a strict schedule.
- The managing director can use their best judgment on a case-by-case basis in determining severity of injuries that kept an athlete from competing in a qualified race.
Athletes interested in receiving a sponsor exemption or wish to explain non-compliance due to injury should email XTERRA at pro [at] xterraplanet.com.
Any racer wanting to enter as an elite/professional must furnish proof that they have been accepted as a professional by a recognized multisport governing body. Examples of this are:
- USA Triathlon
- USA Cycling (road, cyclocross, track or mountain bike)
- Any national governing body for triathlon
- Any national governing body for cycling
The athlete must present a current card marked clearly and legibly. Without proof of being licensed as a professional, athletes may not compete in the pro category. If your country does not issue elite cards, request a letter from the president of your federation granting permission for you to represent your country as a professional in international competition. Write pro [at] xterraplanet.com with questions.
USA TRIATHLON REQUIREMENTS
Athletes wishing to race as an elite off-road triathlete in any USAT sanctioned event must hold an elite license. XTERRA Oak Mountain, XTERRA Beaver Creek, the XTERRA Pan American Championship, and the XTERRA World Championship are all USAT sanctioned events. Foreign athletes may apply to USA Triathlon for a Foreign Elite License. Every person who races must have a valid USA Triathlon membership or purchase a one-day membership before being allowed to compete. Learn more about USAT Elite Membership.
2019 XTERRA WORLD TOUR ELITE RACE SCHEDULE
|Date||Race||Location||QS||Elite Purse $USD|
|24-Feb||XTERRA South Africa||Grabouw, Western Cape||51||^|
|9-Mar||XTERRA Motatapu||South Island, New Zealand||18||$2,400|
|23-Mar||XTERRA Argentina # Silver||Dique Ullum, San Juan||26||$7,500|
|30-Mar||XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship + GOLD||Kenting, TW||51||$25,000|
|31-Mar||XTERRA Chile # Silver||San Bernardo, Santiago||26||$7,500|
|6-Apr||XTERRA New Zealand + Silver||Rotorua||26||$7,300|
|7-Apr||XTERRA Cyprus * Silver||Akamas||26||$7,500|
|21-Apr||XTERRA Greece * Silver||Vouliagmeni||26||$7,500|
|11-May||XTERRA Brazil # GOLD||Ilhabela||51||$15,000|
|18-May||XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD||Pelham, Alabama, USA||51||$15,000|
|18-May||XTERRA Malta * Silver||Majjistral Nature Reserve||26||$7,500|
|26-May||XTERRA Italy - Lake Garda * Silver||Toscolano||26||$7,500|
|26-May||XTERRA Costa Rica * Silver||Playa Reserva Conchal||26||$7,500|
|31-May||XTERRA Tahiti + Silver||Moorea||26||$7,500|
|1-Jun||XTERRA Portugal * Silver||Golega||26||$7,500|
|8-Jun||XTERRA Belgium * Silver||Namur||26||$7,500|
|16-Jun||XTERRA Denmark * Silver||Aarhus||26||$7,500|
|29-Jun||XTERRA Switzerland * Silver||Vallee de Joux||26||$7,500|
|7-Jul||XTERRA France * GOLD||Xonrupt||51||$15,000|
|7-Jul||XTERRA Victoria # Silver||Victoria, B.C., Canada||26||$7,500|
|14-Jul||XTERRA Quebec # Silver||Quebec City, QC, Canada||26||$7,500|
|20-Jul||XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD||Beaver Creek, CO, USA||51||$15,000|
|21-Jul||XTERRA Italy - Scanno * GOLD||Abruzzo||51||$15,000|
|3-Aug||XTERRA Mexico # GOLD||Tapalpa||51||$15,000|
|3-Aug||XTERRA European Championship * GOLD||Prachatice, Czech Republic||51||$25,000|
|4-Aug||XTERRA Conquer the Crater||Sudbury, ON, Canada||10||^|
|11-Aug||XTERRA Poland * Silver||Krakow||26||$7,500|
|17-Aug||XTERRA Germany * GOLD||Zittau||51||$15,000|
|18-Aug||XTERRA Canmore||Alberta, Canada||15||^|
|24-Aug||XTERRA Sleeping Giant||Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada||15||^|
|25-Aug||XTERRA Hawaii Island||Hapuna, Big Island||25||^|
|31-Aug||XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver||Samana||26||$7,500|
|1-Sep||XTERRA Luxembourg * Silver||Rosport||26||$7,500|
|14-Sep||XTERRA Netherlands * Silver||Ameland Island||26||$7,500|
|14-Sep||XTERRA Pan Am / USA Championship # GOLD||Ogden, Utah, USA||51||$20,000|
|15-Sep||XTERRA Japan * Silver||Marunuma||26||$7,500|
|22-Sep||XTERRA China + GOLD||Kunming||51||$25,000|
|22-Sep||XTERRA XTERRA Altifort (Long Distance)||Megeve, France||18||TBD|
|27-Sep||XTERRA Korea||Wonju City||2||^|
|28-Oct||XTERRA World Championship||Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii||$100,000|