The XTERRA Wales scheduled for June 4th, 2017 has been cancelled… for the second time. But, this time it is unfortunately permanent.
The race began having trouble in early January when within a few days between January 4th-6th the race was cancelled then brought back under new direction.
However, yesterday morning the below post appeared on the XTERRA Wales Facebook page:
The cancellation was confirmed and explained early today in the below statement from XTERRA Europe:
XTERRA WALES CANCELLED
XTERRA announced today that the 2017 XTERRA Wales off-road triathlon has been cancelled due to changes in staffing which were primary to event operation.
The race was scheduled to take place 4 June at a new venue located entirely on the grounds of UWC Atlantic College in Llantwit Major, South Wales.
European Tour director Nicholas Lebrun spent two days with administrators at UWC Atlantic College earlier this week to explore options.
“In this unique situation, where the race was to be held all on campus, it was necessary to have someone from the college take the lead” said Lebrun.
“The staff have been helpful and were happy to have the race on-site but unfortunately nobody could dedicate the time needed to coordinate a world-class XTERRA event. We hope all the athletes who supported the event, by registering to participate, will accept our sincere apologies. “
All athletes registered for the race have been contacted and will receive full refunds by the 30 January 2017.
Following the cancellation of XTERRA Wales there are now 15 championship events on the 2017 XTERRA European Tour, starting with XTERRA Malta on April 2 and concluding with the XTERRA European Championship race in Denmark on September 3. Learn more at www.xterraeurope.com.
XTERRA have had a challenging time in the UK with the series failing to maintain a consistent venue or event since the inaugural XTERRA England in 2000.
DirtTRI is in the process of researching the current situation and will have a more complete story as soon as we have responses to our inquiries.
For now, we sympathize with all the UK off-road triathletes. We promise we will do everything we can to build off road multisport in the United Kingdom.