Elite Racing Information
The 2020 XTERRA World Tour schedule features 29 elite-level races in 22 countries, awarding more than $525,000 in prize money.
The 14-stop XTERRA European Tour awards $187,500, the seven-stop XTERRA North American Tour awards $142,500, the six-stop XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour awards $92,000, and the stand-alone XTERRA World Championship dishes out $100,000.
The season gets underway February 1 at the inaugural XTERRA Wellington Festival in New Zealand and concludes with the 25th anniversary celebration of XTERRA Worlds in Maui on November 8.
Of note, the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship returns to Kenting, Taiwan on March 28, the XTERRA European Championship moves from the Czech Republic to Zittau, Germany on August 15, and the XTERRA USA Championship is back in Ogden, Utah on September 20.
Elites racing in the European Tour will count their best eight scores, those competing in the North American Tour count their best four, and on the Asia-Pacific Tour the top three scores count. In each tour, it’s mandatory for elites to count their score from the tour championship race.
Below you’ll find basic information about competing as an elite in 2020.
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.
There are three notable exceptions to the rule, which are granted to athletes actively racing for a spot on their nation’s Olympic team or competing at the Olympics in 2020; 2) sponsor exemptions, and 3) extenuating circumstances due to injury.
- Athletes actively racing for a spot on their nation’s Olympic team will be exempt from the “must race one” rule in 2020 with the understanding they will be confined to a strict schedule.
- Sponsors exemptions are allowed. The decision as to who receives the sponsor exemptions is made by the managing director in conjunction with each sponsor.
- 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 elite 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 USA 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.
2020 XTERRA WORLD TOUR ELITE RACE SCHEDULE
|Date||Race||Location||QS||Elite Purse $USD|
|1-Feb||XTERRA Wellington Festival + Silver||Wellington, New Zealand||19||NZD$10,000|
|28-Mar||XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship + GOLD||Kenting, Taiwan||51||USD$25,000|
|4-Apr||XTERRA New Zealand + Silver||Rotorua, New Zealand||32||NZD$10,000|
|4-Apr||XTERRA Malta * Silver||Golden Bay||26||USD$7,500|
|18-Apr||XTERRA Croatia * GOLD||Mali Losinj||51||USD$15,000|
|26-Apr||XTERRA Greece * Silver||Vouliagmeni||26||USD$7,500|
|9-May||XTERRA Brazil ><||Ilhabela||51||USD$7,500|
|10-May||XTERRA Portugal * Silver||Golega||26||USD$7,500|
|23-May||XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD||Pelham, AL, USA||51||USD$15,000|
|24-May||XTERRA Italy - Lake Garda * Silver||Toscolano-Maderno, Italy||26||USD$7,500|
|30-May||XTERRA Tahiti + Silver||Moorea||26||USD$7,500|
|13-Jun||XTERRA Belgium * Silver||Namur||26||USD$7,500|
|27-Jun||XTERRA Switzerland * Silver||Vallee de Joux||26||USD$7,500|
|5-Jul||XTERRA France * GOLD||Xonrupt||51||USD$15,000|
|5-Jul||XTERRA Victoria # Silver||Victoria, BC, Canada||26||USD$7,500|
|12-Jul||XTERRA Quebec # Silver||Quebec City, QC, Canada||26||USD$7,500|
|12-Jul||XTERRA Czech * GOLD||Prachatice||51||USD$15,000|
|18-Jul||XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD||Beaver Creek, CO, USA||51||USD$15,000|
|19-Jul||XTERRA Italy - Lake Scanno * GOLD||Scanno, Italy||51||USD$15,000|
|1-Aug||XTERRA Mexico # GOLD||Tapalpa||51||USD$15,000|
|9-Aug||XTERRA Luxembourg * Silver||Rosport||26||USD$7,500|
|15-Aug||XTERRA European Championship * GOLD||Zittau, Germany||51||USD$25,000|
|29-Aug||XTERRA Nouvelle-Aquitaine * Silver||Espiet, France||26||USD$7,500|
|30-Aug||XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver||Samana||26||USD$7,500|
|30-Aug||XTERRA Kunming + GOLD||Kunming, China||51||USD$25,000|
|19-Sep||XTERRA Netherlands * Silver||Ameland Island||26||USD$7,500|
|19-Sep||XTERRA USA Championship # GOLD||Ogden, UT, USA||51||USD$25,000|
|20-Sep||XTERRA Japan + Silver||Marunuma||26||USD$7,500|
|8-Nov||XTERRA World Championship||Kapalua, HI, USA||USD$100,000|
GOLD = Min. $15,000 USD elite prize purse & 100-point scale / Silver = Min. $7,500 elite prize purse & 75-point scale * XTERRA European Tour / # XTERRA North American Tour / + XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour / >< Independent QS= XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Slots available for amateurs / ^ no prize money or points Note: Races held on and after September 1 qualify athletes for their choice of a 2020 or 2021 XTERRA World Championship slot Tentative as of 11.22.19