Up and coming British triathlon brand, Zone3 just became and official partner to the XTERRA UK. In celebration of the partnership Zone3 is offering a 20% discount at its web store using the code XTERRA20 at www.racezone3.com/products.html.
Zone3 will also be on site at the August 30 XTERRA UK event at the Vachery Estate in Cranleigh, Surrey, England.
Also Zone3 has posted interviews with their athletes advice and thoughts on XTERRA triathlons.
From the Zone3:
XTERRA Athletes Share Their Advice, Aims, and Thoughts On The Sport Ahead of XTERRA UK!
I wanted a new challenge, a change of scenery (after 6 years racing road tri and duathlon), and perhaps the biggest motivator – to get away from bike training on busy roads. After several collisions with wayward drivers, road riding was becoming a chore and even a fear, instead of something I looked forward to.
Proudest moment in the sport so far?
Getting my first GB Elite selection – to race the European Champs in Germany last month. Within Xterra itself, my proudest moment was achieving my first podium (3rd place) in Xterra Spain.
What gets you through those gruelling training sessions?
I’m fortunate that I rarely struggle for motivation – but of course some sessions I enjoy much less than others! I get bored doing long mileage for example. It may sound strange, but being able to tick off everything that Jez (my coach) has set me, day by day, is satisfaction enough.
Ultimate aim through the sport?
For me it’s more about being able to live the lifestyle of a professional athlete – travelling to amazing places and making friends from all over the world. Just being able to line up on the start as a Pro has been my main goal – so in a way I’ve already achieved it!
However I still have plenty of room to improve, as I’ve only been doing the sport for 2 years. So I guess my ultimate goal would be to win an Xterra race on the World Tour.
#1 piece of advice for someone thinking of taking up Xterra?
Stop thinking about it – just enter one! I wish I had tried it sooner!
The biggest obstacle for most road triathletes, is either not wanting to spend money on a mountain bike, or worrying that their skills are not good enough. But you don’t need to spend thousands – the first mountain bike events ever I raced were on a £100 Halfords special with flat pedals and rim brakes! As I progressed, I rewarded myself with upgrades, but I felt I should earn these by improving my riding first.
As for the skills – I would encourage anyone to just have a go. It doesn’t matter if you have to get off and walk in places – you will be in the same boat as most of the field! It would be especially good to see more ladies racing off-road. In most countries women are quite a minority outside of the Pro field.