XTERRA European Championship 2024: High Stakes and Festivities in Prachatice

XTERRA
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December 12, 2023
Key Points
  • Prachatice, Czech named as official destination of 2024 XTERRA European Championship.
  • A €30,000 Elite prize purse and regional championship crowns up for grabs in one of the most competitive races of the year.
  • Elite Short Track race to be livestreamed direct from Prachatice.

PRACHATICE, CZECH REPUBLIC - a town rich in history and culture, has been officially named as the destination host for the 2024 XTERRA European Championship on August 9th next year. XTERRA Czech is one of XTERRA’s oldest races, dating back over two decades, and those familiar with the spectacle of the event will know that this will be a European Championship for the ages when athletes from arguably the most competitive region descend on the medieval town to compete for one of the most coveted titles in off-road triathlon.

Central to the festivities is Prachatice’s famed town square, which will transform into the heart of the championship, complete with live music, food trucks, entertainment and an unmistakable festival atmosphere. Enhancing the spectator experience, Red Bull pilot Martin Sonka will perform aerial displays, along with a live broadcast of the fast-paced Elite Short Track race, featuring an increased number of on-course cameras to capture the action in detail for fans around the world. The XTERRA Czech team have consistently raised the bar of every event since the first race 20+ years ago, and athletes, as well as the thousands of spectators the event draws, can expect the bar to be raised once again as the event prepares to host the 2024 European Championship.

The Championship race begins with a 1.5K swim in the pristine waters of Ktis Lake, followed by a challenging point-to-point 33K bike segment. This section weaves through historical and natural landscapes, including old panel roads from the 60s, the forested trails of the Golden Salt Path, and sleek singletrack. The race then culminates with a scenic 10K run into Prachatice’s old Great Square, promising a memorable finish amidst the town's original renaissance architecture.

Jan Bauer, the Mayor of Prachatice, shares his enthusiasm for the event: "XTERRA Czech is not just a race; it's a catalyst that brings our community together, energizes our businesses, and enriches our cultural fabric. Each year, we see an incredible impact, and hosting the European Championship is a great honor for us. We eagerly await to welcome athletes and visitors from around the world to experience the unique charm of Prachatice."

Frantisek Bican, Operations Manager of XTERRA Czech, speaks about the organizational efforts: "Organizing XTERRA Czech is a monumental task, made possible by the incredible support from landowners, local mayors, and the entire community. We are committed to preserving our natural landscapes and ensuring that the race leaves a positive footprint. Our focus is on sustainability, reducing waste, and ensuring that the beauty of our race course remains unspoiled for future generations."

Race Director Michal Piloušek elaborates on the race's design: "Crafting the XTERRA course in Prachatice is about striking the perfect balance. We aim to challenge athletes with technical sections while showcasing the region's natural beauty and historical landmarks. Our goal is to create a race that is not only demanding but also inspiring, leaving athletes with a sense of accomplishment and a deep connection to the spirit of Prachatice."

Seasoned XTERRA Czech competitor Tomas Peter remarked, “I found out about XTERRA Czech in 2015 and I fell in love with this sport of triathlon. It is such a special feeling every year to travel in shuttle to the start of the race. You feel a little bit like a NASA astronaut going for the launch of the rocket!” 

The 2024 European Championship will also include multiple other races throughout the 2-day event, such as the Youth Sprint Triathlon and Youth Super Sprint races, offering an intense XTERRA experience in a condensed format. The introduction of the XTERRA Youth European Championship for young athletes aged 14 to 19 highlights XTERRA's commitment to nurturing future champions. The innovative XTERRA Camp near the race center allows athletes and fans with camper vans or tents to sleep just a few hundred meters from the finish line.

The festival atmosphere around the event will be palpable. Prachatice becomes a living, breathing XTERRA village, with local communities, restaurants, and shops fully embracing the championship spirit. The Food Trucks, Music Festival, and the expansive Expo area go beyond a traditional race setting, creating a rich cultural experience.

The 2024 XTERRA European Championship in Prachatice is set to be an unforgettable event, combining high-intensity sports with a deep cultural immersion. The Piloušek family, including race directors, Michal Junior and Senior, along with their local team dedication has transformed XTERRA Czech into a highlight of the EMEA Tour

As the athletes prepare to face the course, the town of Prachatice readies to pulsate with the energy and camaraderie of XTERRA, ensuring an experience that will be cherished by all. For more information and to register, athletes and enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the XTERRA European Championship page.

2023 XTERRA ELITE SERIES RESULTS & UPCOMING RACES
Dates
Event
Location/Winners
Prize Purse
Feb 25
XTERRA Wellington Festival
XTERRA Wellington Festival
Wellington
,
New Zealand
S. Osborne/M. Kennedy
$10,000NZL
Mar 11
XTERRA Rotorua Festival
XTERRA Rotorua Festival
Rotorua
,
New Zealand
J. Moody/M. Kennedy
$10,000NZL
Mar 16-18
XTERRA Oman
XTERRA Oman
Musandam
,
Oman
M. Chane/M. Menditto
$16,000USD
Apr 1-2
XTERRA Australia
XTERRA Australia
Dunsborough
,
Australia
S. Osborne/S. Kingsford
$7,500USD
Apr 15-16
XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship
XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship
Kenting National Park
,
Taiwan
A. Forissier/A. Paties
$25,000USD
Apr 15-16
XTERRA Puerto Rico
XTERRA Puerto Rico
Fajardo, PR
,
Puerto Rico
A. Plouffe/B. Swicegood
$7,500USD
Apr 22-23
XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
Vouliagmeni
,
Greece
P. Soukap/E. Ducreux
€7,500
May 13
XTERRA Weston Park
XTERRA Weston Park
Staffordshire
,
United Kingdom
A. Brownlee/E. Orchard
€7,500
May 18-21
XTERRA Oak Mountain
XTERRA Oak Mountain
Pelham, AL
,
United States
A. Serrieres/A. Paties (A. Serrieres/L. Duvoisin)
$15,000 + $5,000 (Short Track)
May 20-21
XTERRA Portugal
XTERRA Portugal
Golegã
,
Portugal
F. Vie/B. Ferreira
€7,500
May 27-28
XTERRA Lake Garda
XTERRA Lake Garda
Toscolano-Maderno
,
Italy
A. Serrières/H. Karásková
€7,500
Jun 10-11
XTERRA European Championship
XTERRA European Championship
Namur
,
Belgium
F. Forissier/L. Duvoisin (A. Forissier/S. Mairhofer)
€25,000 + €5,000 (Short Track)
Jun 17-18
XTERRA Switzerland
XTERRA Switzerland
Vallée de la Brévine
,
Switzerland
A. Forissier/L. Duvoisin
€7,500
Jul 1-2
XTERRA France
XTERRA France
Xonrupt, Vosges
,
France
A. Forissier/S. Mairhofer
€15,000
Jul 8-9
XTERRA Victoria
XTERRA Victoria
Victoria
,
Canada
K. McPherson/C. Drever
$3,000CDN
Jul 14-16
XTERRA Quebec
XTERRA Quebec
Manoir du Lac Delage
,
Canada
K. McPherson/S. Kingsford
$7,500USD
Jul 22-23
XTERRA Lake Scanno
XTERRA Lake Scanno
Lake Scanno
,
Italy
M. Bonacina/C. Wasle
€7,500
Aug 11-13
XTERRA Czech
XTERRA Czech
Prachatice
,
Czech Republic
A. Serrières/S. Billouin (A. Serrières/S. Billouin)
€15,000 + €5,000 (Short Track)
Aug 18-19
XTERRA Germany
XTERRA Germany
Zittau
,
Germany
A. Serrières/A. Paties (A. Serrières/A. Paties)
€15,000 + €5,000 (Short Track)
Aug 25-26
XTERRA USA Championship
XTERRA USA Championship
Avon, CO
,
United States
S. Middaugh/L. Paterson
$25,000USD
Aug 25-26
XTERRA Nouvelle Aquitaine
XTERRA Nouvelle Aquitaine
Moliets-et-Villemartin
,
France
J. Dumas/S. Marnoni
€7,500
Sep 16-17
XTERRA Whistler
XTERRA Whistler
Whistler
,
Canada
N. Killiam/C. Drever
$3,000CAD
Sep 21-24
XTERRA World Championship
XTERRA World Championship
Trentino
,
Italy
A. Serrières/S. Billouin
€100,000 + €5,000 (Short Track)
Oct 21-22
XTERRA Tahiti
XTERRA Tahiti
Tahiti
,
French Polynesia
R. Ruzafa/S. Billouin
$7,500USD

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