Everything to Know About the All-New XTERRA World Cup

A supercharged series for professional off-road triathletes. Seven stops, twelve races, and a record $340,000+ prize purse for XTERRA's strongest and fastest to contend for on the road to becoming the first XTERRA World Cup Champion.

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The all-new XTERRA World Cup explained

The XTERRA World Cup makes its debut this year and for anybody who appreciates the sheer endurance, speed and power of XTERRA’s elite, you’re going to want to keep an eye on this one. The new format significantly ramps up the stakes to draw XTERRA’s fastest and strongest elite athletes into a 7-stop, 12-race circuit that will undoubtedly produce some of the fiercest competition in off-road triathlon.

The series may only be open to elites, but with over $340,000 on the line, the largest purse in XTERRA history, fans and spectators can expect a wild ride through each of the full-distance and short track races as deeper competition pushes the sport to a new level. 

Hype master Chun de Stockel / XTERRA Short Track Series / 2022

Differing from the XTERRA World Tour, which is open to all age group athletes and currently spans 51 races across 24 countries and offers qualifying slots to the XTERRA World Championship, the World Cup is an elite-only, points-based competition with all the action and prize money condensed into 7 full-distance races and 5 short track races spread across just 7 stops. Similar to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, every stop has a winner but the overall victory goes to the male and female athletes that finish the series with the highest score. 

This means very different things depending on which side of the tape you're on. For those between the tape, it means more prize money to contend for and the chance to plan their season around a series that is, for the most part, travel and recovery friendly. With the exception of Czech, Germany, and the USA Champs which are separated by only a week, each of the other stops are separated by almost a month. However, athletes do not need to race every stop as their final score will only include the points earned at their top races, so they can be tactical about which races they choose. More on that in a bit. 

"This series will mark another milestone in the progression of the sport."

But for those outside of the tape who have been following the growth of cross tri, this series will mark another milestone in the progression of the sport. Greater competition is what pushes all sports forward. We’ve seen it in Europe where the depth of the elite field has produced such formidable forces as Arthur Serrieres, Ruben Ruzafa, the Forissier brothers, Solenne Billouin and Sandra Mairhofer. Now, with the XTERRA World Cup offering a significantly higher prize purse all the way down to 10th position, those in the front will be pushed harder, forced to take risks, and collectively raise the level of elite off-road racing. 

Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) / 2022 XTERRA Short Track Series / Molveno, Italy
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How the point-based scoring system works

While each full-distance and short track race will have their individual winners, the title of XTERRA World Cup Champion will go to the male and female athletes that finish the series with the highest total score. But not all races dish out an equal amount of points and not all races will be counted to the total score. So how does it work?

"Every stop has a winner but the overall victory goes to the male and female athletes that finish the series with the highest score."

First, points are weighted according to discipline (full-distance vs short track) and event status. The XTERRA World Championship race offers the most with the winner taking 120 points, Continental Championships (APAC, Europe, USA) offer the next highest with 110 points for first place, then the Gold Level tour races with 100 for the top spot, and finally the Short Track races with 20 points allocated to the first finisher. 

Then, it’s only the top races from each athlete that matter. Athletes can play to their strengths with the courses that suit them best as their final score will be the total sum of the following:

  1. Their 4 highest race scores taken from the first six full-distance races of the series
  2. Their 3 highest scoring short track races
  3. Their XTERRA World Championship result

The elites with the highest total score in the mens’ and womens’ category will be crowned the XTERRA World Cup Champion and, if eligible, will also walk away with the series bonus.

Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen (DNK) / 2022 XTERRA World Championship / Molveno, Italy

See the full breakdown of the points to contend for at each race here.

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The €100,000 series bonus

Over and above the accumulative $240,000 prize purse for the 12 races (paid in US$ or Euros according to race location), the 2023 XTERRA World Cup will also have a €100,000 series bonus to contend for. 

To be eligible for the €100,000 series bonus, athletes must race at least two of the three continental championship events - the APAC Champs, the Euro Champs, or the USA Champs. The key point here, however, is ‘race’ and not ‘score’. If an athlete gets a DNF by means of a mechanical or any other reason at a championship race, they can still use any of the first six full-distance races to complete their top four. 

Similarly, the XTERRA World Championship full-distance race is a ‘must-count’ so those who don't start, don't finish, or don't place will count 0 as one of their eight scores.

Sandra Mairhofer (ITA) and Solenne Billouin (FRA) / 2022 XTERRA Wold Championship / Molveno, Italy

See the complete 2023 World Cup series bonus and prize purse denominations here.

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All the 2023 stops and dates to remember

The very first race of the freshly-minted format kicks off on April 15 when the 2023 Asia-Pacific Championship returns once again to Kenting, Taiwan. The series then heads to the USA, Belgium, Czech Republic, and Germany before heading back to The States for the USA Champs and finally finishing strong at the biggest event of the year - the 2023 XTERRA World Championship in Molveno, Italy. 

April 15 - XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship

Location: Kenting, Taiwan

Max points: 110

Total prize purse: US$25,000

May 20 - XTERRA Oak Mountain

Location: Shelby County, USA

Max points: 100

Total prize purse: US$15,000

May 21 - XTERRA Oak Mountain Short Track

Location: Shelby County, USA

Max points: 20

Total prize purse: US$5,000

June 10 - XTERRA European Championship

Location: Namur, Belgium

Max points: 110

Total prize purse: EUR€25.000

June 11 - XTERRA Belgium Short Track

Location: Namur, Belgium

Max points: 20

Total prize purse: EUR€5.000

Aug 12 - XTERRA Czech

Location: Prachatice, Czech Republic

Max points: 100

Total prize purse: EUR€15.000

Aug 13 - XTERRA Czeck Short Track

Location: Prachatice, Czech Republic

Max points: 20

Total prize purse: EUR€5.000

Aug 18 - XTERRA Germany Short Track

Location: Zittau, Germany

Max points: 20

Total prize purse: EUR€5.000

Aug 19 - XTERRA Germany

Location: Zittau, Germany

Max points: 100

Total prize purse: EUR€15.000

Aug 26 - XTERRA USA Championship

Location: Avon, USA

Max points: 110

Total prize purse: US$25,000

Sep 23 - XTERRA World Championship

Location: Trentino, Italy

Max points: 120

Total prize purse: EUR€100.000

Sep 24 - XTERRA Trentino Short Track

Location: Trentino, Italy

Max points: 20

Total prize purse: EUR€5.000

Josiah and Sullivan Middaugh (USA) / 2022 USA Championship / Avon, Colorado

View the complete 2023 XTERRA World Cup schedule.

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Will we see XTERRA’s first ever double-champ?

The title of XTERRA Champion is, and will always be, awarded to the first male and female to cross the line at the annual XTERRA World Championship. Right now that honour belongs to French athletes Arthur Serrieres and Solenne Billouin who crossed the line after 2:38:21 and 3:11:05 respectively in Trentino, Italy on October 1, 2022. For those who were there to witness it, no one will have forgotten what it meant to Serrieres as he captured the most elusive title of his career.

But as of 2023, a new champion will be crowned - the XTERRA World Cup Champion - and whether one athlete will walk away with both titles or not is anybody’s guess. The XTERRA World Cup is likely to catch the attention of a few names outside the XTERRA circuit who may shake up the status quo. At the same time, the format also allows current top contenders to be tactical in the races they choose and plot a path to victory that plays to their strengths. Even so, it will still take nothing short of a world-class performance to outswim, outride, and outrun the current XTERRA World Champions. But come race day, anything can happen. 

2023 is set to be a massive year for XTERRA off-road racing. With the launch of the XTERRA World Cup and the XTERRA Trail Run World Series, the return of XTERRA Short Track racing, the APAC Tour and the Americas Tour, the first ever XTERRA Trail Run World Championship and a trip back to the Brenta Dolomites for the XTERRA World Championship, the calendar is absolutely stacked.

Now is the calm before the storm. But that all changes on January 21 at 7:30am in Grabouw as the starting gun gets the first race of XTERRA South Africa underway and officially marks the start of the biggest XTERRA season yet. 

To leave absolutely everything on the course / Solenne Billouin wins the 2022 XTERRA World Championship
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How to follow the 2023 XTERRA World Cup

Felix Forissier (FRA) / 2022 XTERRA Short Track Series / 2022

The official home of XTERRA World Cup is xterraplanet.com/world-cup, where you’ll find series rankings, media and press added throughout the racing season.

After the 2023 World Cup kicks off on April 15 at the Asia-Pacific Championship, rankings and points will be added and updated after each event along with videos, insights and info from every race. 

Links to the live broadcast of all 5 short track races will be available at xterraplanet.com and be sure to follow the global IG and FB pages to keep up with everything XTERRA in 2023.

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