Archive for 2012
The XTERRA England off-road triathlon, to be held in Surrey on September 8, 2013, is now taking registrations.
XTERRA England is the last of eight majors on the European Tour and offers up 40 qualifying spots to age group competitors interesting in racing at XTERRA Worlds in Maui on Oct. 27.
The event combines a 1.5km swim, 30km mountain bike, and 10km trail run. The swim will be held in Vachery Pond, one of Surrey’s best kept secrets. It’s a 12th century private spring fed lake almost 900-meters long and covering over 50 acres.
The bike course – designed by XTERRA Pro and Surrey legend Sam Gardner (former winner of XTERRA Guam, Saipan, and Philippine Championship races) features two loops through woodland single-track, country trails and fast open off-road paths within the Vachery Estate.
“Sam has designed a route that encourages racing; he was determined to make sure his course design wasn’t a test of a racer’s hard-core mountain bike technical riding skills or insanity, with huge jumps and scary drop-offs. After all, it is a triathlon,” said race organizer Mark Davis.
The run features two 5K loops on tracks, trails and paths including The Downs Link – a disused railway line forming part of the 37 miles (59km) long-distance path linking St Martha’s Hill, near Guildford, to near Shoreham on the south coast.
To watch a video from the test event in Surrey and to sign-up visit http://xterra-england.co.uk/
The XTERRA European Tour will feature an unprecedented eight majors in 2013; including new stops in England, Greece, and Spain; and new race venues in Italy and Switzerland.
“XTERRA in Europe has never been stronger,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas. “We started XTERRA in Europe in 1999 and have seen the popularity grow by leaps and bounds in recent years. Our big races are selling-out, and every October at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui we are noticing an increasing number of qualifiers from nearly every nation in the European Union. “
In 2013 XTERRA will host eight XTERRA World Championship qualifying events in Europe, and award approximately $150,000 (US) in prize money to professionals.
The Series starts in Murcia, Spain on June 2, travels to Lake Plastira in Greece for the first-time on June 15, discovers a new venue at Vallee de Joux in Switzerland on June 29, heads to Gerardmer, France on July 7, visits a new Italian stop in Abruzzo on July 20, heads to Prachatice in the Czech Republic on Aug. 10, then to Zittau, Germany on the following Saturday, Aug. 17; and the Series concludes in Surrey, England on September 8.
Professional athletes will count their best six of eight scores while amateurs will count their best five.
Nicolas Lebrun won the European Tour for the fourth time in 2012; while former Olympian Helena Erbenova won the women’s crown for the first time.
Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (October 28, 2012) – A tsunami warning for the Hawaiian Islands was canceled early on Sunday morning, and then Javier Gomez Noya and Lesley Paterson went out and stormed the competition at the 2012 XTERRA World Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on the island of Maui.
Prangins, Switzerland – Nico Lebrun and Helena Erbenova won the XTERRA Switzerland Championship race and captured the XTERRA European Tour pro titles on a beautiful day for a sold-out field of XTERRA Warriors in Prangins on Saturday.
A few days before the third edition of XTERRA Switzerland – off-road triathlon – the balance of entries looks auspiciously with 600 participants -on 650 places available- on 7 open categories (Classic Men Classic Women, Classic Relay Men, Women Classic Relay, Mixed Relay Classic, Mens Short Shorts and Women).
With an impressive panel of international athletes ready to pounce on September 8 in Prangins, this international meeting of “green” triathlon could not exist without the support of sponsors and of the Commune of Prangins, essential , to ensure the success of this event. The presence of nearly 150 volunteers is also essential to ensure the safety of the athletes.
The Euro season finishes in Prangins, Switzerland just outside Geneva, on September 8. Most of the 2013 Championship crowns are up for grabs and this race will determine the winners in many of them.
Zittau, Germany – Asa Shaw and Helena Erbanova won the XTERRA Germany Championship in Zittau on Saturday. It’s the third straight win on the XTERRA European Tour for Erbanova. It’s the second Euro Tour win for Shaw, who is now even with Nico Lebrun heading into the finale at XTERRA Switzerland in September.
XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas brings us this report…
Having won two of the first three events on the XTERRA European Tour schedule Nico Lebrun and Helena Erbanova can clinch the 2012 Tour titles with a victory at the XTERRA Germany Championship in Zittau on Saturday, August 11.
Prachatice, Czech Republic – Nico Lebrun and Helena Erbanova captured the 11th edition of the XTERRA Czech Championship in the new host venue of Prachatice on Saturday.
It’s the second win in a row for Erbanova and the second in three races on the XTERRA European Tour for Lebrun (pictured below in red); and the two lead the five-race circuit with two events to go, including XTERRA Germany next weekend.
XTERRA managing director “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas was on-site and brings us this report…
Filed by “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas, the managing director of the XTERRA World Tour.
A new page in the history of XTERRA Czech, the oldest Euro Tour race on the schedule, begins on Saturday. The new location is the medieval city of Prachatice, pronounced pra – ka –teets – ay. The village is located a few hours south of Prague in southern Bohemia. Prachatice itself is located in a verdant valley surrounded by heavily forested hills and dairy farms.