This is another great event in the Euro Tour calendar. This is not only one of our biggest and historical races as XTERRA has been held in the city of Zittau since 2009 but maybe one of the best organized events in Europe. Klaus “Benno” Schwager and his team literally create a village where the workers (all friends and locals) live for the week. A city of tents, a kitchen that prepares three meals a day, sofas, beds, and always a ready beer keg and even a disco ball hanging from the main shelter. This allows them to work 24/7 if they wish.
The venue is at the Olbersdorf Naturepark but everybody calls it “O-See”. This place was once a Soviet coal mine, and it was a huge one. When the Iron Curtain fell, the citizens of Zittau gathered support and created a fabulous park for swimming, hiking, biking, camping and just hanging out on the huge lawns. It was a remarkable transformation. The organization is superb and the permanent marked trails are challenging but achievable.