Elite Racing Information
In 2018, the XTERRA World Tour features 37 elite races in 32 countries offering more than $570,000 USD in prize money to the fastest off-roaders from around the globe.
The 16-stop XTERRA European Tour awards $195,000, the 12-stop XTERRA Pan American Tour awards $192,500, the four-stop XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour awards $65,000, 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 2018.
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 35 prize paying races in 30 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.
2018 XTERRA WORLD TOUR ELITE RACE SCHEDULE
|Date||Race||Location||Elite Purse $USD|
|24-Feb||XTERRA South Africa||Grabouw, Western Cape||$10,700|
|4-Mar||XTERRA Albay + GOLD||Legaspi, Philippines||$15,000|
|10-Mar||XTERRA Motatapu||South Island, New Zealand||$2,400|
|18-Mar||XTERRA Chile # Silver||San Bernardo, Santiago||$7,500|
|24-Mar||XTERRA Argentina # Silver||Dique Ullum, San Juan||$7,500|
|25-Mar||XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver||Playa Reserva Conchal||$7,500|
|7-Apr||XTERRA New Zealand + Silver||Rotorua||$7,300|
|8-Apr||XTERRA Reunion||Reunion Island||$9,000|
|15-Apr||XTERRA Malta * Silver||Majjistral Nature Reserve||$7,500|
|22-Apr||XTERRA Cyprus * Silver||Akamas||$7,500|
|22-Apr||XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship + GOLD||Danao, Cebu, Philippines||$25,000|
|29-Apr||XTERRA Greece * Silver||Vouliagmeni||$7,500|
|5-May||XTERRA Uruguay Silver||Punta del Este||$7,500|
|11-May||XTERRA Tahiti + Silver||Moorea||$7,500|
|$10,000 tour bonus|
|13-May||XTERRA Brazil # GOLD||Ilha Bella, Sao Paolo||$15,000|
|19-May||XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD||Pelham, Alabama, USA||$15,000|
|27-May||XTERRA Garda * Silver||Lake Garda, Italy||$7,500|
|2-Jun||XTERRA Portugal * Silver||Golega||$7,500|
|3-Jun||XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver||Samana||$7,500|
|9-Jun||XTERRA Belgium * Silver||Namur||$7,500|
|23-Jun||XTERRA Switzerland * Silver||Vallee de Joux||$7,500|
|1-Jul||XTERRA France * GOLD||Xonrupt||$15,000|
|8-Jul||XTERRA Victoria # Silver||Victoria, B.C., Canada||$7,500|
|15-Jul||XTERRA Czech * Silver||Prachatice||$7,500|
|21-Jul||XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD||Beaver Creek, CO, USA||$15,000|
|22-Jul||XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver||Scanno,Italy||$7,500|
|4-Aug||XTERRA Mexico # GOLD||Tapalpa||$15,000|
|5-Aug||XTERRA Romania * Silver||Tirgu Mures, Transylvania||$7,500|
|12-Aug||XTERRA Poland * Silver||Krakow||$7,500|
|18-Aug||XTERRA Quebec # Silver||Quebec City, QC, Canada||$7,500|
|18-Aug||XTERRA European Championship * GOLD||Zittau, Germany||$25,000|
|26-Aug||XTERRA Finland * Silver||Imatra||$7,500|
|1-Sep||XTERRA Norway * Silver||Norefjell||$7,500|
|9-Sep||XTERRA Denmark * GOLD||Mons Klint||
$20,000 tour bonus
|15-Sep||XTERRA Pan American Championship / USA # D-GOLD||Ogden, Utah, USA||
$60,000 tour bonus
|28-Oct||XTERRA World Championship||Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii||$100,000|
* XTERRA European Tour / # XTERRA Pan American Tour / + 2017 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour / As of 1.17.18
D-GOLD = 200-point scale / GOLD = Min. $15,000 purse & 100-point scale / Silver = Min. $7,500 purse & 75-point scale