From the jungles of Japan, to the world class single track of New Zealand, to the pristine beaches of Saipan and Thailand, the XTERRA Asia Pacific Tour will treat athletes to spectacular venues and offer unique challenges around every turn. There are seven races on the docket for 2017. We pulled together some info, videos, and photos to get you pumped and ready for the events.
XTERRA Asia Pacific Tour Rankings
Don’t forget, the points system for XTERRA Tours around the world has changed to be “most points wins”. The more you race, the more points you get. There is no limit to your score. You must race in at least two events to be ranked in a particular tour.
Slots for the XTERRA World Championship
XTERRA Saipan – March 18th
Dubbed “The Crown Jewel” of XTERRA, this iconic race is in it’s 16th year. Warm, tropical weather is a pleasant treat for athletes whether you’re in Northern Hemisphere winter or Southern Hemisphere Summer. Starting on golden beaches, athletes jump into the Pacific Ocean for a two lap swim. The transition is close by on soft grass for athletes to grab their mountain bikes. The course takes riders through technical jungle, a monster climb up Mt Tapachou, and a wicked decent back to the beach. The run course follows a similar pattern of destroying your legs from climbing immediately out of T2, and sending you flying back down the mountain. Old World War II caves will break your stride as you fly down a ravine before hitting the final kilometers of beach running.
Swim – 1.5km: Beach start with a 2 lap ocean swim. No major surf, but currents can become swift. Somewhat unpredictable. No wetsuits.
Bike – 30km: Lots of climbing (3 small ones, 1 big one) with equal amount of descending. Course profile HERE. Becomes very slick if it rains. Plenty of opportunity to eat and drink throughout the course.
Run – 12km: Similar to bike, lots of climbing (2 big ones) and equal amount of descending. The descent is very challenging, so have shoes with good traction. Running through caves is a unique feature of this run. Finishes off with a beach run.
Pro Prize Purse: $7,500 USD
Other Notes: Fly in Saipan International Airport (SPN)
XTERRA Phuket – April 1st
After a successful debut event in Samui in 2016, the event coordinators moved their event to the city of Phuket. The new venue offers easier access for traveling athletes, lots of extra activities to take part in outside of the race, and an absolutely spectacular venue on the beaches and forests of Thailand.
Swim – 1.5km: No wetsuits or speed suits allowed. Swim starts on the pristine, untouched sands of Layan beach.
Bike – 30km: The bike has lots of steep hills in the first of two loops. The second loop is much flatter. It is a mix of smooth dirt road, rough dirt road, paved road, and little bit of single track. Lots of twists and turns so stay sharp and watch for markings.
Run – 10km: The first half of the run is flat and fast. The second half has some big climbs. It will be a very hot day as you finish up on pavement for the last kilometer.
Pro Prize Purse: $7,500 USD
Other Notes: The heat is excruciating in Thailand; come prepared. T1 and T2 are separate. They also offer a duathlon, sprint triathlon, and team division in the full distance XTERRA. Fly into Phuket International Airport (HKT). The local street markets are great on Thursday and Friday nights.
XTERRA New Zealand – April 8th
One of the largest and most epic XTERRA’s on the entire world circuit, XTERRA New Zealand is a must do for any off-road enthusiast. With clear mountain waters, some of the most well built single track trails in the world, and a fast beautiful run, it’s no wonder this is one of the largest XTERRA’s on the planet.
Swim – 1km: Single lap in Blue Lake – click HERE to see the course. The lake is so clean and clear you could swim without goggles, but we don’t recommend it. Wetsuits are most likely, so come prepared.
Bike – 26km: There is a mix of climbing, descents, single track and logging roads set in New Zealand’s best mountain bike terrain. The course is not for novice mountain bikers. Click HERE to see the course.
Run – 11km: The run course is a mixture of flat, small rolling hills and stairs. There is single and double track trail and open dirt road. Some of the single and double track trail is a bit more technical as it has some loose rock. These sections are not very long, but require extra attention. They are completely runable. Click HERE to see the course.
Pro Prize Purse: $10,000 NZL
Other Notes: They also offer a 5.5km/11km/21km trail runs, 26km mountain bike race, short course XTERRA (with teams), and team division in the full distance XTERRA. Fly into Auckland International Airport (AKL).
XTERRA Cebu – April 23rd
In 2017, XTERRA returns to Cebu. Known for having some of the most enthusiastic crowds of any XTERRA event on in the Asia Pacific Tour, the new venue in Cebu offers an upgrade on the previous courses with more challenging bike and run courses.
Swim – 1.5km: The swim will start and end in Coco Palm beach resort. The counter clockwise rectangular swim course will traverse the perimeter of the beach area in Coco Palms. No wetsuits allowed.
Bike – 40km: The two loop bike course starts with village roads that head up hill from the beach. There are several punishing climbs as the riders continue uphill. Participants will then enter fire roads and followed by rocky terrain.
Run – 10km: The run course will start with a gradual climb in grass. The course will climb from there across rough and rocky terrain. The one loop course will also take participants to single track and narrow trails before bringing them back to the finish line.
Pro Prize Purse: $15000 USD
Other Notes: There are two separate transition areas (T1 & T2). You will need to plan accordingly on race morning. They will also offer a short distance triathlon and duathlon. Fly into Cebu International Airport (CEB).
XTERRA Malaysia – Asia Pacific Championship – April 29th
The championship event of the Asia-Pacific Tour, this Gold level event boasts a big prize purse for the pros, maximum points for age groupers and pros, and spots to the XTERRA World Championship in Maui. Located on the island of Langkawi off the northwestern coast of Malaysia, this course will take place on golden sand beaches and world class trails.
Swim – 1.5km: The warm lagoon like waters off Berjaya Resort beach front provide a calm ocean swim for the athletes. No wetsuits.
Bike – 30km: Soon after leaving transition, athletes will encounter “The Wall” that will send them straight up Mat Chinchang (the 2nd highest peak on Langkawi). Riders will be rewarded with fantastic downhill that gets technical and will reward the more skilled bikers and allow some of those “fishes” in front of you to be hauled in. The bike route will be the opposite of last years event.
Run – 11km: There are several climbs (one very big one) and athletes will cross many streams. Make sure to use shoes that drain water well. The course finishes up with a sandy beach run to the finish line.
Pro Prize Purse: $25,000 USD
Other Notes: They will also have a sprint triathlon, 5km/11km/21km trail runs, and a team relay for the full distance XTERRA. Fly into Langkawi International Airport (LGK). This will be another incredibly hot and humid race. Don’t underestimate the heat combined with difficulty of this race.
XTERRA Tahiti – May 6th
In it’s third year, XTERRA Tahiti is a true off-road adventure challenging the racers not only with solid competition, but a brutal and beautiful course.
Swim – 1.5km: The point-to-point swim is a straight shot across Ophunohu’s Bay. Warm waters mean, no wetsuits. During the swim, outriggers and paddle boards will escort the triathletes for their safety.
Bike – 35km: Two laps through the tropical rain forest includes steep climbs, a couple of creek crossings, and technical sections with lots of roots. After they technical section, the track gets more rolling as you pass through pineapples fields.
Pro Prize Purse: $7,500 USD
Other Notes: They will also have a short course race, kids race, duathlon, 9km trail run, and a 43km trail run. Fly into Fa’a’a International Airport (PPT). Expect lots of climbing at this race.
XTERRA Japan – September 2nd
Due to a typhoon last year, the event was cancelled, but it’s on again for 2017. The course will be around around Kanayama Lake Minamifurano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido. This race is one of those that you visit for the whole experience, not just the event itself. The culture, people, and surrounding are very intriguing.
Swim – 1.2km: Two lap of 600 meters with waters between 19-21 Celsius. So bring your wetsuit.
Run – 10km: One loop.
Pro Prize Purse: $7,500 USD
Other Notes: All athletes will be required to wear “bear bells” to ensure they don’t accidentally surprise a bear coming around a corner. They will also have trail runs and an XTERRA mini for beginners. Fly into New Chitose International Airport (CTS).