XTERRA have today released many of the details, dates, and Championship locations for the XTERRA World Tour and Asia Pacific events.
2015 saw massive growth in both events and participation globally for the XTERRA cross triathlon brand. For 2016 XTERRA hope to build on that trend. While last week XTERRA announced a major shakeup in North America with the XTERRA Pan American Tour, the European and Asia Pacific events won’t see anything change massively in 2016 as XTERRA focuses on growth and development of existing events. That said the European tour will add events in Belgium and Poland.
For those who already know which events they plan to do Early Bird discounts are available until January 31 on several events. Find those discount links and all XTERRA information below:
NEW DATE FOR XTERRA ASIA-PACIFIC CHAMPS
The 2016 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race has been moved from April 2-3 to April 23-24.
The new date offers local athletes an extended holiday on the South Coast, as it is also Anzac Day long weekend. For those racing XTERRA New Zealand in Rotorua on April 16, XTERRA will award “The Double” to the fastest combined elite and age group men and women at both events.
The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship offers $50,000 AUD in prize money to elites, and features new family friendly beginner triathlons to those just getting into the sport.
Learn more at www.xterraasiapacific.com.
XTERRA Germany will host the 2016 XTERRA European Championship race on August 20 in Zittau. The event will offer $25,000 USD in elite prize money and 50 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship for amateurs.
“We are very pleased to announce Germany as the European Championship race for 2016,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas. “Benno Schwager and his team have operated fabulous events for XTERRA since 2010 as well as the ITU Cross Triathlon race in 2014. The area around Zittau and the park at Olbersdorf are perfect places to host this race. The area has dozens of great hotels and guest houses that are comfortable and affordable. The beach and lake are clean and pristine, the bike course, while not overly technical, is a true challenge with lots of climbing and fast descents. The run is a leg burner where you simply must go fast the entire way around. Perhaps as good as anything is a lot of tasty, cold and free beer at the awards and after party.”
2016 will mark the 16th year of racing for the O-SEE Challenge in Zittau.
“Everybody here is proud and excited that O-SEE Challenge got nominated to host the XTERRA European Championship in 2016,” said Zittau Mayor Thomas Zenker. “The international elites and age groupers will find excellent conditions, very friendly hosts, and a region giving full support. We can expect a great race because the regional organization and the XTERRA team are longtime partners with big experience, energy and creativity.”
Dr. Klaus “Benno“ Schwager, the event director for XTERRA Germany and the O-SEE Challenge, says he’s excited to see the best-of-the-best amateurs and elites race in Zittau for the European Championship.
“We are delighted to be the heart of XTERRA in Europe next year,” said Schwager. “The XTERRA European Championship is a good chance to create some changes in the bike and run course so we’ll go to work – and the racers can be surprised. And, of course, we are looking forward to the legendary party after the race. Live More!”
The XTERRA Germany Championship sold-out last year, and those interested in competing are encouraged to register early at http://www.xterragermany.de/en.
This will be the eighth time XTERRA has hosted a European Championship race. The first one was held in 2006 in Italy, and last year’s race was won by Ruben Ruzafa and Lesley Paterson in England.
All-time XTERRA European Championship Race Elite Winners
Year, Location – M/W Elite Champs
2015, England – Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
2011, Germany – Olivier Marceau/Marion Lorblanchet
2010, Italy – Franky Batelier/Melanie McQuaid
2009, Austria – Franky Batelier/Renata Bucher
2008, Italy – Olivier Marceau/Sibylle Matter
2007, Italy – Olivier Marceau/Eszter Erdelyi
2006, Italy – Nicolas Lebrun/Renata Bucher
2016 XTERRA WORLD TOUR PREVIEW
While there are still a few weeks left in 2015 it’s not too early to get excited about the adventure opportunities available on the 2016 XTERRA World Tour.
The XTERRA World Tour is looking stronger than ever with championship races in 27 countries and fully developed XTERRA Pan American, European, and Asia-Pacific Tours.
There are still several races yet to be announced, so check back regularly to www.xterraplanet.com.
The first race of the 2015-16 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour took place August 29, 2015 in Hokkaido, Japan with Courtney Atkinson and Mieko Carey picking up race wins and big points.
The next four majors on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour are XTERRA Philippines on February 7 in Albay, the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on April 23 in New South Wales, Australia, the XTERRA New Zealand Championship April 16 in Rotorua, and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour finale in Langkawi, Malaysia on May 7.
The top 15 amateur and professional racers at each event will earn points, with double points being offered at the finale in Malaysia. Racers will count their best three scores to determine champions in each division.
The XTERRA Asian Tour will award a prize bonus of $10,000 USD to the top five pro men and women in the final standings ($2,000 for 1st, $1,500-2nd, $800-3rd, $400-4th, $300-5th).
XTERRA Tahiti on May 14 will mark the start of the 2016-2017 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour.
DATE XTERRA ASIA-PACIFIC TOUR 7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship 16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship 23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship 7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Start of 2016-2017 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour 14-May XTERRA Tahiti 27-Aug XTERRA Japan (Subject to Change) 3-Sep XTERRA Korea
XTERRA EUROPE WELCOMES BELGIUM, POLAND
The 2016 XTERRA European Tour will welcome two new races to the mix with XTERRA Belgium on June 11 and XTERRA Poland on August 7.
“We start again on Malta, Greece moves to the Olympic venue in Athens, we introduce new races in Belgium and Poland and the European Championship race goes to Germany,” summarizes XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas. “Look for an exciting weekend in Sweden with multiple venues all around Stockholm. Denmark will finish the year outside Copenhagen with its usual fine organization. Relax for now and enjoy the Holiday season – but things get going early so make your plans for the warm weather in Malta, Greece and Portugal and start training after the New Year.”
As a couple races are still yet to be added to the schedule, Nicholas said he will wait until the New Year to determine how the XTERRA European Tour point series will work for amateurs and professionals.
DATE XTERRA EUROPE 3-Apr XTERRA Malta 7-May XTERRA Greece 21-May XTERRA Portugal 11-Jun XTERRA Belgium 25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship 3-Jul XTERRA France Championship 7-Aug XTERRA Poland 13-Aug XTERRA Sweden 20-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship – XTERRA European Championship 4-Sep XTERRA Denmark
XTERRA EARLY BIRD SPECIALS ON NOW
From now until January 31 XTERRA is offering early-bird prices on registration rates for its championship races and the trail runs held at select venues.
Rates start at just $85 for the full length off-road tris ($110 for teams), $55 for Sprint races ($70 for Sprint teams), $30 for the new “Xticer” beginner off-road tris, and $40 for 21km trail runs, $30 for 10km races, and $20 for 5km runs.
|Follow the registration links below for more information:
May 21-22 – XTERRA Oak Mountain – Pelham, AL
July 16-17 – XTERRA Beaver Creek – Avon, CO
Sep 17-18 – XTERRA Pan American Championship – Ogden, UT
Oct. 22 – XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs – Kapalua, Maui
Dec. 4 – XTERRA Trail Run Worlds – Kaaawa, HI