XTERRA 2020 World Tour Opens With All New Wellington Event

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XTERRA Wellington is a completely unique, off road triathlon, duathlon and trail running experience. There is no other coastal triathlon like it in NZ or indeed the world.

The 2020 XTERRA World Tour kicks off  February 1 with a fresh new edition and it can’t be a more fitting start to XTERRA’s 25th year of off-road racing.

The XTERRA Wellington Festival embraces the rugged coastal landscape of Kāpiti, just 50km from Wellington, New Zealand, linking the beach to the mountains in a wickedly West Coast way. 

XTERRA Wellington Festival - Coastal Landscape of Kāpiti

“On a good day this course is ready to be taken apart, but underestimate her at your own peril,” said event director Bengy Barsanti, who lives in Paraparaumu.

“This rugged New Zealand beach offers an unpredictable sea, a mountain bike trail with 800m of climbing and a great mix of gravel racing and single track downhill that’ll make your legs burn on the way up, but make up for it with all the thrills of the ride down.”

 “And the run courses…oh, the run courses. The views will inspire you but with the wrong wind, they might just break you, too.”

XTERRA Wellington Festival - Run Course 1


  • A two-lap sea swim (can be choppy, but not big and adds to the flavor)
  • The MTB is not super technical. It features one grade-three downhill, two big climbs, a great mix of single and gravel 4WD tracks which allows for good racing, but you have to be on your game.  Downhills are fast and the forest and views are spectacular.
  • The run is through coastal dunes. Not big hill running, but very undulating and hard to find rhythm which keeps you on your toes.

XTERRA and Kiwi legends Sam Osborne and Samantha Kingsford, as well as Lewis Ryan, all from Rotorua, will be taking part in the XTERRA full distance.

Osborne is a two-time XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Champion, the reigning XTERRA Pan American Tour Champ, and finished fourth at the XTERRA World Championship in October.  Kingsford won the XTERRA Pan American Tour title as well this year.

Lewis, who won the inaugural XTERRA Taiwan off-road triathlon in 2018, sat out most of 2019 with injury and will be using the Kāpiti-based event as his comeback race.

“We are keen to see people attend from all over the country and the world,” said Barsanti.

“The majority of our field will be made up of people wanting to take on the challenge and enjoy XTERRA for what it is — a family and lifestyle.”

XTERRA Wellington Festival - Run Course 1

Barsanti welcomes visitors to compete with the elites in the main event or take part purely for the enjoyment with options including the Super 6km Trail Run, 31K mountain bike race, duathlon, or sprint events.  “There’s something for everyone at every level,” he said.


  • Trail Runs – 6/14/21km
  • MTB – 31km 
  • Duathlon
    • MTB – 31km
    • Trail Run – 10km
  • XTERRA Full (+ Teams)
    • Swim – 1km
    • MTB – 31km
    • Trail Run – 10km
  • XTERRA Sprint (+ Teams)
    • Swim – 0.5km
    • MTB – 14km
    • Trail Run – 6km

“With XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Points, 19 Maui qualification spots, NZD $10,000 Elite prize purse, local craft beer, live music….to say we’re excited about this inaugural event is an understatement,” said Barsanti.

XTERRA Wellington Festival - Expo

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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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