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XTERRA Europe: Greece moves, Belgium is online.

The XTERRA European season is fully immersed in the off season with most athletes looking more toward the holiday season than the race season. However, that doesn’t mean the planning for the coming season’s events stops.

The most recent news out of Europe concerns XTERRA Greece and the newly formed XTERRA Belgium.

XTERRA Greece moves to the Athenian Riviera

After three successful years at Lake Plastira XTERRA Greece is moving to the Athenian Riviera and the Municipality of Vouliagmeni.

Vouliagmeni may sound a bit familiar, and rightly so as it was the site of the 2004 Olympic Triathlon. However, if you watched those races you might also remember a monumentally boring course consisting of multi-lap out and back bike and run courses with what seemed like endless 180° turnarounds which consistently disrupted the rhythm of the event.

However, if you’re like us you may also recall looking longingly at the hills and trails just off the coast and thinking “man, someone should have an XTERRA there”.

Well now someone has put an XTERRA there.

Find the XTERRA Greece press release below, and be sure to check out the 2016 promo video as well.

XTERRA Greece to Athenian Riviera

After three successful years at Lake Plastira, the XTERRA Greece Championship is changing locations and moving to the Athenian Riviera and the Municipality of Vouliagmeni.

The swim is taking place at the magnificent gulf of Vouliagmeni, the area that hosted the triathlon venue during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. During the bike & run course athletes will enjoy amazing views of the Saronic Gulf and the marvelous surroundings of the picturesque peninsula.

A few kilometers outside of Athens, participants will find a place where the urban landscape gives way to a unique seaside resort. The Municipality of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni at the South suburbs of the city, with its photogenic stretch of mountains, rocky coves, mineral lakes, seaside resorts and sandy beaches with blue-flag certified clean waters, is the jewel of the Athenian Riviera.

“Combined with an ideal climate, it makes you feel as if you are on an endless summer holiday,” said race director Konstantinos Koumargialis.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the XTERRA Tribe in Athens for the 4th edition of the XTERRA Greece Championship.”

Registrations are open now at www.xterragreece.com.

Follow XTERRA Belgium on Facebook

XTERRA Belgium is new for 2016 and was announced in November. We at DirtTRI are particularly excited about the addition of Belgium to the XTERRA World Tour as anyone with the most casual passing knowledge of sport knows the Belgians are mad about off road sport, particularly cyclocross. If all those cross fans embrace cross triathlon we could see a massive boost to the sport in Europe.

To help out this cause as of yesterday you can now follow the event on Facebook. We are guessing twitter will be coming soon as well but as of now the link on the XTERRA Belgium website is not live.

Also, XTERRA Belgium is looking for volunteers for the race. So, if you are in the area and want to help out be sure to checkout the website HERE. 

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Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at DirtTRI.com. 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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