Taiwan to Host XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship
Last year’s inaugural event in Kenting was honored as the “Best Off-Road Triathlon in Asia for 2018″ by AsiaTRI.com correspondents, who added that last September’s race “lived up to the expectations of off-road triathletes”, and that Kenting National Park is an idyllic outdoor sports paradise.
The main event is Saturday, March 30, and boasts a $25,000 USD elite prize purse, 51 qualifying spots to XTERRA Worlds for amateur racers, and a 100-point scale scoring structure for both amateurs and elites vying for XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour honors.
The race starts with a 1.5-kilometer swim at Little Bay Beach, follows with a 26-kilometer mountain bike that traverses coastal terrain to rocky riverbeds to uncharted territory high atop Menmalou mountain, and finishes with a 10-kilometer trail run through the “enchanted forest” of Chihniuling.
Other weekend events include the Xticer beginner distance off-road triathlon, trail runs, kids races, live music, local cuisine, cultural demonstrations, and entertainment to delight family, friends, spectators and racers alike. All the action will unfold at the Kenting Youth Activity Center which showcases the area’s traditional Minnan style architecture.
What To Expect From Taiwan
“Following a successful debut race at Kenting in September, it was clear Taiwan could host a world-class event and provide a magnificent experience for competitors,” said XTERRA President, Janet Clark. “I was impressed with their attention to detail, from the unique cultural experiences like the local song and dance performance at the start of the race to the 750-meters of red carpet they laid down from the beach to transition. Plus, getting in-and-out of Kaoshiung International Airport is a breeze, the fresh seafood is fabulous, the locals are warm and welcoming, and so is the weather and the water.”
Lewis Ryan, who won the inaugural men’s elite race at XTERRA Taiwan, is quick to agree.
Lewis Ryan -2018 XTERRA Taiwan Champion
The landscape is mesmerizing, the atmosphere is beyond words, and as far as race courses go, it’s got to be one of the best, if not the best in the world.
“I think I can speak on behalf of everyone who participated in 2018 when I say this is an incredible event and should be on everyone’s bucket list,” said Ryan, who will return to Kenting in March. “The landscape is mesmerizing, the atmosphere is beyond words, and as far as race courses go, it’s got to be one of the best, if not the best in the world. The place feels so untouched you wouldn’t be surprised if a dinosaur was waiting around the next corner.”
The sixth annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Taiwan is the first of five majors on the 2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour that also includes stops in Rotorua, New Zealand (April 6), Moorea, Tahiti (May 31), Marunuma, Japan (Sept. 15), and culminates at the inaugural XTERRA China off-road triathlon in Kunming on September 21.
Registration and more information about the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship and XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour rules for amateurs and elites can be found online at xterraplanet.com.