Having first debuted on the XTERRA circuit in 2013, Greece is not entirely a newcomer. But while many elite athletes will arrive with experience on this course, never will they have pushed it at the pace necessary for a podium finish in World Cup conditions. If Taiwan is a test of resilience, Greece is a test of speed.
It’s also the first of 3 stops in Europe, meaning that the start list is likely to be one of the most competitive as the continent’s biggest names show up in numbers. And with the new ‘all races count’ rule, full-throttle will be the only mode of operation.
The race begins in the open waters of the Aegean Sea before heading into the mountain trails above Varkiza and Vouliagmeni to decide who goes and who stays in the coveted top-10 section of the World Cup leaderboard.
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