Did You Know The UAE Has A Cross Triathlon? Urban-Ultra X-Tri

Urban-Ultra X-Tri Brings Cross Triathlon To The Middle East

Ryf Triathlon Triple Crown
Daniela Ryf and Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa after her 2015 Triathlon Triple Crown Win. Photo –

The Middle East is a region not often out of the media spotlight. Lately the region has received a ton of attention from the road triathlon media due to the controversial Bahrain Endurance 13 and questionable $1 Million Triple Crown, both financed by Bahraini Prince Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. While Daniela Ryf became the first athlete to win the $1 Million Triathlon Triple Crown it remains to be seen if Ryf has actually received anything beyond the giant novelty check.

Perhaps that’s not quite a fair statement, but, considering the 2015 series saw changes in race production company, event venues, and format its safe to say much of the road tri world was pretty surprised the Triple Crown actually survived to completion much less produce a million dollar winner in Ryf. That said, most of those issues were not the fault of Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa but rather down to the all too typical business model of the World Triathlon Corporation commonly known as Ironman.

Regardless it is good to see triathlon spreading into a new market. More importantly we at were very happy to discover the Middle East region is not exclusively limited to road triathlon. Yep, they have a cross tri and it looks like a good one.

Urban-Ultra X-Tri (off road triathlon) www.DirtTRI.comThe Urban-Ultra X-Tri takes place Saturday, March 26, 2016  in Kalba, UAE and offers two race options:

  • Championship Distance: 1.5km Sea Swim, 35k Mountain Bike, 10km Trail Run
  • Sport Distance: 750m Sea Swim, 18.5km Mountain Bike, 5km Trail Run

Race organizers, Urban-Ultra describe the X-Tri as “the ONLY off-road mutli-discipline event in the region! Swim in a beautiful salt water lagoon, mountain bike your way over the rough and challenging terrain, then trail run through the mountains to the finish! Sport and Championship course distances are open to individuals and teams … this new and exciting terrain adds an extra dimension to the usual physical challenges!”

Find all the info on the Urban-Ultra X-Tri and their other events on the Urban-Ultra website HERE.




Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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